Iroduku: The World in Colors (Anime Review)
Anime contains a fascinating mix of genres, some more well suited to the medium than others. The mismatch of genres becomes evident when a series that is well written seems out-of-place due to poor animation or when emotion is lost in the art of animation that requires dramatic storytelling. When a well written and interesting story is combined with excellent artwork the entertainment medium of animation truly shines. Iroduku: The World of Colors from P.A. Works beings in the future of 2078 and focuses on Hitomi Tsukishiro, a teenage girl from a family of magic users, who has lost her...
Laughing Salesman New (Anime Review)
Morality tales are often difficult stories to write in a modern age; moreover, one that allows the viewer to interpret the intended morals. While the morality play was itself a genre of entertainment, during the European Medieval and early Tudor periods, it rarely finds a place in modern media as a narrative focal point. Instead the concept of morals may be used to build a story which is more about the characters, actions, dialogue, situations, and spectacles. Morals may also be used, wrongly, as a mechanism for propaganda by dictating to an audience how to behave or what to believe. With the concept of how morality has been used in media, it becomes even more impressive that a modern representation would appear in anime.
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions (Anime Review)
Stories about traumatic events often focus on the events leading up to or directly following the event. Rarely, does a story follow those that attempt to cope with the trauma by escaping to another world and how those around the individual attempt to help. This escape from reality is further complicated when the child-like fantasies of a middle schooler attempting to be ‘cool’ by showing the world how they are ‘special’ continue into high school. While there are those, with similar past delusions of grandeur, attempting to live their idealized notion of a normal life. A slang term given to this situation is chunibyo. Precisely, chunibyo is when a middle schooler dedicates their entire personality to the self-created façade of being a fantasy character, often a vampire, demon, angel, wizard, alien, warrior or person with special bloodline.
Dusk Maiden of Amnesia (Anime Review)
From the start of this 2012 series the dark horror stylings are clear. The title provides the viewer a clue with the titular character’s mental state. However, what the viewer may initially be unaware of, is how the singular word ‘Amnesia’ relates to a more collective idealism of amnesia, which occurs over time. Undocumented histories, passed down orally among those connected by blood or general location, become stories. These stories, passed among those with only a momentary connection to a specific location, often become legend. Legends, whether ill or of sound reasoning, often become, in time, distorted, bringing about a new narrative with miniscule elements of truth. Those most saddened by this line of weaved tales, would be those who originally experienced. Characters within these stories that are left still asking questions, or seeking answers, feel the most pain, and will remain, unnoticed by many onlookers, until their stories find a true end...
Dog X Scissors (Anime Review)
Stories are an integral part of human nature. This narrative communication is used to explain the past, hopes and fears for the future, provide advice or instruction, or to entertain an audience. One of the most enduring forms of narrative is the medium of written stories. While stories have different meanings to many people, there are some that become obsessive about particular authors or types of stories...