The next Shinkai? ‘Before you wake up’ by loundraw

The next Shinkai? ‘Before you wake up’ by loundraw

Before you wake up/Yume ga Sameru Made, stunning college work by artist loundraw with strong vibes of Makoto Shinkai, the director behind Your Name.

The colours, the sci-fi/fantasy theme, boy meets girl, sunbeams/sunflares, the feelings evoked. Even though the art style isn’t exactly the same, the feel of the work is similar. A story about a relationship where boy meets girl, troubled by missing memories, a trick played by the passing of time and other science fiction and fantastical mechanics.
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Kimi no Na wa / Your Name – two months later

Kimi no Na wa / Your Name – two months later

I’ll try to keep my impressions spoiler light for anyone who have yet to watch the movie.

A few days after my final crit for the semester (crits for me are like final exams), I went to watch Kimi no Na wa in theatres. I went in cold, not having seen the trailers, only armed with the knowledge that it had been a huge hit in Japan and that it was by Makoto Shinkai, which was enough.

And boy was I glad I did.

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Architecture 101

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Movie poster for Architecture 101

Architecture 101 is a Korean romance movie that was a hit when it released in 2012 and also probably what brought Suzy, from K-pop group Miss A, to fame. She’s in the poster above.

SPOILER ALERT! 

The movie starts out very simply when Seung-Min, one of the male leads Uhm Tae Woong (seen below), is given a surprise visit at his Architecture office by Seo-Yeon, played by Han Ga In. She approached him for a job, to construct a house on Jeju island for her.  Continue reading “Architecture 101”

Harmony, by Project Itoh

Harmony, by Project Itoh
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Tuan Kirie, the narrator, the protagonist

My day today.

Exams over. See that Harmony is uploaded with english sub.

Excerpt from my facebook post: Project Itoh’s Harmony. wtfffffffffffff. one hour into a two hour movie. not sure if i can continue.

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The first drop of blood, the turning point

Finished it. Project Itoh’s Harmony. I don’t know if its the source material or the movie adaptation but man, some of the scenes are just heart-poundingly sick. I swear, I could feel the knife. That first drop of blood. Still, wtf. Came away feeling physically uncomfortable. On the other hand… Gorgeous animation, an amazing futuristic setting. But, I think I’d rather have more Psycho-Pass.

Sugoi Japan Award 2016 winners: The manga, anime, novels Japan thinks you should binge on

Sugoi Japan Award 2016 winners: The manga, anime, novels Japan thinks you should binge on

Your Lie in April, Shirobako and Psycho-Pass? Yes, yes and yes!

Danmachi’s a fun read too.

Stuff like this gives me a warm feeling inside because it means there are other people out there who likes the same stuff I do.

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sugoi 21 Chosen by the readers, these awards represent the cream of the current crop.

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A film to remember

A film to remember

With animation that grows on you, a beautifully smooth voice-over and an unforgettable man devoted to planting trees, The Man Who Planted Trees is a wonderful short animated film that will hook you for its 30 minute run.

“…rebuild the beautiful belief that even a single person, capable of only doing the smallest of actions, can do extraordinary things.”

As we approach the end of a long week, drained from work. Do take the time to watch this and rebuild the beautiful belief that even a single person, capable of only doing the smallest of actions, can do extraordinary things.

It will likely be the best 30 minutes you spend this week.

A simple yet brilliant story from Jean Giono.

Enjoy

Snape is dead

Snape is dead

Today I learnt of the death of storied actor Alan Rickman.

To be honest, it was a name I had never heard before. Just the name of another high-profile person that I had never bothered to learn before.

But once I learnt that he was Severus Snape, one of the more complex and memorable characters of the Harry Potter series, I felt this small void opening inside.

A little bit of myself died with him, I think.

May his last moments have been free of the regret that may have plagued his characters and full of the quiet fulfillment of a life well lived.

Here’s where I first read of this.