Cat Soup

thumbnail_b10903e2-5c9c-49fb-8df2-8ac93baa5a9aIt’s been a while, since I’ve properly reviewed anime. Truth is, I fell out with anime and needed a break (more about that another time). Now that I’ve finished, having a wee sulk at anime, I’m ready to jump right back into it. No better way to rekindle my love of anime, than exploring its more unusual side. Honestly, I was spoiled for choice of strange anime. Picking one was quite the challenge, so I decided to select one at random. I ended up with a cute looking, short film called Cat Soup. It definitely did not fail to please, in the unusual department. So many WTF moments and questioning my own sanity.

Having no proper dialog and being extremely random, it’s hard to describe Cat Soup’s story. But I’ll give it a shot and say what I seen. To make this description easier, I’ll also give the cats names (I don’t think they had names, in the film).

Cat Soup, starts with a little white cat (Katze) playing in a pool of water. Suddenly Katze falls into the pool and looks to be drowning. However, he manages to pull himself out of the water and looks no worse for wear.

Katze is then distracted by the sound of the wind chimes, coming from outside. He runs to see what the commotion is and sees his sibling Pangur Bán, (who was previously in bed sick) being dragged of by a demon. Instinctively, Katze runs after the demon, to save Pangur Bán and ends up playing a game of tug of war with the demon, using Pangur Bán as the rope. This causes Pangur Bán to be rip in half and you then realise it was Pangur Bán’s soul, the demon ran off with. Not Pangur Bán.

Katze quickly returns home, with half of Pangur Bán’s soul. A doctor has come to see Pangur Bán, but Pangur Bán lies lifeless, in bed and the doctor gives up all hope. Katze then places his half of the soul, back into Pangur Bán’s body. Pangur Bán sits up, but sadly appears to have had a stroke.

In order to make Pangur Bán whole again, Katze and Pangur Bán travel to what seems like, the underworld or land of dead, to retrieve the rest of Pangur Bán’s soul. It is here we get to see Katze do a lot of messed up stuff. Including, very creatively murder several creatures and trap a S&M Mickey Mouse in a pot of soup/stew.

It’s a pretty crazy storyline and may be too much for some viewers. It not very clear what’s happening in this film and at first glance, just seems like a bunch of random weird nonsense. But get past that and with a little thought and imagination, you can come up with a theory, that solves the puzzle of this movie.

thumbnail_8a9788b3-8592-4802-aed8-571b1678ac31My own theory being, that Katze drowned at the beginning of the film and is actually dead (based on the fact that water, is a recurring theme in the underworld and plays a big role in retrieving Pangur Bán’s soul. Also based on the fact that, everyone but Katze disappears at the end of the film). As for Pangur Bán, I’m not sure. Pangur Bán could have been astral projecting, had a stroke, been very close to death or could have sold their soul to the demon. Also, Katze dying mind could have dreamt up the whole experience.

Overall, I’m not sure of this film. I really can’t say if I liked it or not. It was so very, very strange. It made me wonder, if I had eaten some extremely expired cheese and was hallucinating from the toxins. It’s kind of hard to pick out the good and bad point, when you’re not 100% sure about, what the hell’s going on. But that won’t stop me given it a go.

Cat Soup best quality, is that it’s very captivating. It’ll capture your full attention and you definitely won’t be bored, while watch it. There just some many bizarre and thought-provoking things happening, that you won’t be able to look way. Granted you may be staring at the screen, tilting your head like a confused puppy. But that’s all in the fun of these types of short films. They’re not meant to be obvious and aim to get you thinking. It’s like a moving puzzle, that really enjoyable to try to solve.

Cat Soup also has huge cute factor. Seeing little kitty cats do strange things, is just adorable. However, this only least until Katze does something twisted (like use a half-eaten pig as a mode of transport), then you start to question, if Katze is evil and if you’re watching a horror, from the villain’s point of view. On this point, the animation is pretty good. It’s really interesting and colourful, with a lot of weird and wonder creatures and sights. It is very trippy and unique, but you’d expect that from something, as strange as Cat soup.

Best of all, Cat soup is quiet and has no dialog. Meaning you can watch and relax, after a stressful day in the noisy world. Providing some much needed quite time, while still being entertained and not bored. You can literally just sit and watch it all unfold and let your brain turn off and wind down. Or, you can watch and take it all in and get your brain cogs turning. Allowing multiple viewing opportunities.

My only criticism of Cat soup is that, it could have toned down the craziness a bit. At times, I was left thinking “what the fudge is happening” and “Jaysus, that got disturbing fast”. It was a little too much at times. It went from rainbows and ponies to fire, death and dragons, in a matter of seconds. However, if it was toned down, the film mightn’t have had the same impact on the view and might have got boring.

To conclude, I would say Cat Soup is a very unique film, filled with wonder and madness. It has an interesting story and will very easily capture your attention. It would suit viewers, who enjoy or are comfortable with confusion and like watching thought-provoking shorts. But, keep in mind Cat soup has its dark, twisted and messed up moments. Being under 35 minutes long, I would recommend giving it a watch. If anything, it’ll give you a unique experience.
Rating: 3/5

First Attempt at a Self-Portrait on Paper.

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I always give my drawings a title, so I’ll title this :
All That’s Left  

It’s not bad for a first attempt, but I’m determined to get this right. The nature of a self-portrait, makes this hard to achieve, but I’m still going for it. I won’t give up until there’s a mirror image on my page.

But before I go any further, I want to clear something up. A few people asked me about the top hat (in person, not on this blog). It’s a small reference to Alice in wonderland, but in very roundabout way and only slightly about the mad hatter. I also just really like top hats and really want to make one, that looks like this.

The reference is more about the playing card on the hat, than the hat itself. The card is of a made-up suit, I created by combining two suits (the red hearts and black spades), to make the Black Hearts. It’s also missing its ranking, so it’s the Nothing of Black Hearts. I know, I need to improve at making my symbolism clear.

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Back to my drawing. I’ve done an okay job here, but it only slightly looks like me or how I think I look, at least. Good news is, I know where I went wrong. Mainly the nose. I have a little cute button nose and I didn’t capture that. If I want to get this right, I’ll have to learn to draw noses better.

Also, I might be too uses, of drawing in the anime/manga style, so I may need to make the eye smaller. However, I do have big shiny brown eyes and lack eyelids, so I’m not sure. I kind of got carried away, drawing the scar under my right eye, too. It’s not quite as bad as that.

(Warning the next paragraph got graphic. Sorry) If you’re wondering how I got it. I fell with a very sharp pencil in my hand and you can probably guess what happened. Let’s just say deep and didn’t fall out when I stood back up. I ended up with quite a number of stitches and destroyed a perfectly good pencil and a few hand towels.

Overall, it’s a good first attempt, but I aim to do better.

Your average doodler, Nel (a.k.a K.H.)

The Illusionist

thumbnail_8fbc7fc9-4dd3-4c4c-b6f3-6c8bd9ed2750Romance isn’t the usual genre I’d go for, but a film with an illusionist, is a different story. Illusionists are always entertaining. Even, if I wasn’t into the whole cringey love movie thing, the promise of some mind-boggling illusions, was enough to convince me to watch this movie.

Set in Vienna, The illusionist is about a master illusionist/magician, Eisenheim. A young Eisenheim, falls in love, with a young noblewoman (Sophie). However, due to the rules of high society, their love is not allowed and the two are separated.

Years later, during one of Eisenheim illusionist shows, the two unexpectedly reunite. Unfortunately, Sophie is promised to the brute, Crown Prince Leopold. Known for his self-arrogance and heavy-handed way with women (in other words, he’s a pompous, cowardly, woman beating prick).

Now a grown woman, Sophie decides to leave the awful Leopold, for Eisenheim. Being the Crown Prince, Leopold is having none of it and sets in motion, a plan to get Eiseheim put in prison and out of the picture. Unknown to Leopold, The illusionist Eiseheim has his own plan, to help Sophie escape and start a life together. This leads to a series of unexpected, tragic and bewildering events.

I have to say; the illusionist was really well done. I can’t find much wrong with it. I really enjoyed it and I don’t even like romance movies. But to give a well-rounded review, I’ll talk about a few small flaws, this movie has.

thumbnail_bbd2a994-9d91-43ac-bcf0-0894881594ccOne flaw being, that nothing really happens, in the first hour of the film. In the first hour, there’s a lot of character and plot building. They really only introduce the main characters and tell us a little about their background. This could be perceived as a bit boring, but is kind of necessary to the rest of the movie and without it, the film would be confusing.

Also, it’s a very male cast. There’s only, one female main character and some people mightn’t like this. I can kind of see why, because a female could have been, easily thrown in somewhere, to make it seem a bit fairer. However, being a romance, this movie is most likely aimed at women and the male cast, was probably for creep value.

The Illusionist strongest point is its storyline. Oh my glob, is it one hell of a storyline. So much plotting and scheming and unexpected turns. It’s so exciting and you’re constantly in suspense, about what’s going to happen next. At one point, there’s a three-way game of cat and mouse, between Leopold and Eisenheim, the police inspector and Eisenheim and between the police inspector and Leopold. Making for very interesting watching. There’s also, a massive twist, that’s so unseen and surprising. I never seen it coming.

The illusions, in the illusionist are very satisfying. They will definitely amaze you and leave in wonder. Although mostly camera tricks, they’re still very entertaining and unique. Eisenheim biggest illusion being at the end of this film, but I’ll not spoil for you. Instead I’ll mention his best illusion, his summoning spirits act. This is so creepy and well done. Obviously, the spirit, is added in after filming, but if you could pull of an act like that, it would be incredible.

The choice of actors in this movie, was so good. The man who played, the Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell), was just unbelievable. Just his look alone, screamed pompous arrogant prick. It was remarkable. The way he held himself, walked and talk was the epitome of over self-importance and over opinionated a-hole. It was so well done. He was by far, my favourite actor in this film. He even got the madness of the super-rich, down to a tee. At one point, he was in a field hunting invisible birds and rambling to himself. The other actors were also good, but didn’t hold a light to Rufus Sewell.

Overall, I really enjoyed the illusionist. It had mystery, excitement and an excellent storyline. It has a twist, that hits you in the face and makes your jaw drop off and the ending is incredible and so satisfying. Best of all, it’s not super lovey-dovey or in your face. If you’re looking for a romance, that’s not overwhelmingly soppy, I would highly recommend this film. Hell, if you’re just looking something interesting and exciting, I would also highly recommend the Illusionist.
Rating: 3.5/5

Running like maniacs, in the woods

thumbnail_20170718_125015My favourite pastime, wandering around the woods and seeing where I end up. Even better, when your sister decides to come with and brings the children.

thumbnail_20170809_183734Them little nutcases. You would swear, they had never seen trees before. Running around like little maniacs, shouting oh my glob, look how big that tree is.

thumbnail_20170718_123118Then attempting to climb the tree and barely getting an inch of the ground. Funniest thing, I seen in a while. No gold medals, for tree climbing, anyway.

thumbnail_20170718_125641They also have a weird fascination, with pinecones. Every 30 seconds, I was being handed pinecones and asked to hold onto them.

thumbnail_20170718_124722I left the woods, with pockets jam-packed, with pinecones. If someone had tried, pick pocketing me at that moment, they would have been left very confused.

thumbnail_20170718_123719My favourite thing about wandering around the woods, is the views and the places I end up. Truly beautiful. This time we ended up, by the shore and the view speaks for itself.

thumbnail_20170718_133909It feels like forever, since I’ve done one of these posts. I’ve shown you guys, a lot of scenery and weird forest finds, from the North of Ireland.

thumbnail_20170718_124928 I’ve only done one post of the South, so for my next wandering post, I’m going to try to wander, somewhere in the South of Ireland.

thumbnail_20170718_133901The 6 counties in the North and 26 in the South, can be complete opposites, in some ways, so it’ll be interesting to see the difference.

thumbnail_20170718_124229The woodland and forests aren’t as well-kept in the south and I’m not sure if they have themed forests, with random things placed, amongst the trees. But, the scenery is just as nice and hopefully, I’ll get some really nice photos.

Stake Land

thumbnail_dbac8e0c-e41d-48d7-90de-0258798ff0c3The zombie thirst is back. A thirst that can only be quenched, by watching ridiculous amounts of zombie films and shows. So, why the hell did I end up watching stake land, when it’s a vampire movie?

Stake land, is one of those films that dance with the line between zombies and vampires. Their vampires, behave like zombies, look like zombie and feed like zombies, however obey 2 important vampire rules (these being, they have fangs and burst into flames in sunlight). Essentially, more zombie like, than vampire. So, I renamed these creatures, zompires.

Stake land is about a boy (Martin), who is orphaned after vampires (zompires) devour his family. Martin is saved from this fate, by a vampire hunter called Mister. Martin’s father uses his last breath, to ask Mister to save his son. Mister then takes, Martin under his wing and trains him as a vampire hunter.

In an attempt to escape, the growing numbers of zompires, Mister and Martin travel north. This turns out to be a very eventful journey, involving mutant zompires, cults and survival of the fittest.

For a vampire movie, this wasn’t bad. It’s one of the better vampire films, I’ve seen. Even as a zompire movie, it was okay. In saying that, it does have a lot of flaws. The biggest being, poorly edited scenes. Throughout the film there’s scenes, where characters magically appear and disappear and jump from one position to another. Making the movie look very choppy, at times and badly Frankensteined together. Having watched so many zombie films (both high and low budget), I can forgive this and in whole, it doesn’t destroy your enjoyment of the film.

It also had a lot of subplots, that went nowhere. For example, Martin was warned about survivor in the north, resorting to cannibalism and no cannibals materialised and there was no more mention of these cannibals. Being cannibalised, is the scariest thing I can think of, so this was very disappointing. It got my hopes up, that I’d be scared by cannibals and there was none. There was a lot of other nowhere-subplots like this, that just left you disappointed or confused about the direction of the film. Due to this, the film had a very unsatisfying ending.

Despite its short comings, Stake Land had a lot going for it. Such as Mister. Mister was extremely bad ass. He single-handedly, knocked rainbows out of the zompires and completely destroyed them. He survived being thrown to a pack of zompires, with no weapons. The zompires really didn’t stand a chance, against Mister. (He was also rather nice to look at, for an old guy.)

thumbnail_aeed6214-5681-407d-ad6d-8e4c915d8ef9His relationship with Martin, was really sweet, too. They had more than, just a teacher pupil relationship. It was more like, father and son. You could tell they both, cared very much for each other and that they weren’t just using each other, as tools to survive. You could tell, they seen each other as family. This made Stake Land, really nice to watch and very touching. However, this is what makes the ending, kind of sad and unsatisfying.

Finally, the most important thing. The quality of the zompires. They were pretty good. They looked scary, weren’t incredibly cheesy and didn’t look fake. They weren’t TWD quality, but are probably as good as you can get, without making them look too graphical or unrealistic. They were still creepy as hell. They drooled blood and made what I think is, bear noises. Creating a very disturbing and frightening looking zompire, that when vocal, sent chills down your spine.

However, there wasn’t very many of zompires and no super gory or comical zompire deaths. For a vampire/zombie horror movie, I would have expected a lot more zompires and would expect them, to be more of a problem. They just seemed to be a background danger, that wasn’t that big of a threat. But, I think this was down to, the film focusing more on other groups of survivors, as a bigger threat.

Overall, this film was a very mild horror movie. It wasn’t scary and could be watched, by those easily scared, without becoming too frightened. It did have a jump scare in the first 5 minutes, but after that, it was very mild and there isn’t very many scary parts. It also took in interesting look at, how religion would impact society, if the world was filled with zompires, which is kind of scary, but fascinating.

Stake land isn’t that bad of movie. It’s okay, but just okay. I would only recommend it, if you were stuck for something to watch and wanted a horror. For hard-core zombie fans and lovers of gore, this film will not quench your zombie thirst, but is a good start, in a zombie film binge watch.
Rating: 2.5/5

Sleep Paralysis Conspiracy Theory (and other theories).

thumbnail_a0d6a6fd-a838-4d81-bec5-b9898fd0dd4aBeing a suffer of sleep paralysis, I’m just fascinated to hear people’s theories on the condition. I’ve come across a lot of wild and crazy theories, but there has always been, a few theories that have gone beyond this and are just down right bizarre. Somehow, these theories have also gained a lot of support and people actual strongly argue, them to be true. So, I’m sharing them with you guys and hopefully you’ll find them as entertaining as I did:

A vampire did it- That’s right, some believe sleep paralysis is caused by vampires. The theory suggests, a vampire breaks into your room and hypnotises you, into a trance. This leaves paralysed and unable to see clearly. Hence why you see the vampire as a shadow figure. This allows the vampire to feed of you, without being identified or you fighting back.
I find this idea hilarious, but some truly believe in this theory. The biggest problem I have with this theory is, bite marks. If a vampire was feeding of you, they’d have to leave a mark. No marks, no vampire. However, if this is true, it’s pretty glob dam terrifying.

thumbnail_d7235764-d79d-4470-8bf1-b4f1d0f773e4You’ve been kidnapped by aliens- The more I read into this theory, the weirder it got and there’s quite a lot of variations, of this theory. My favourite version involving, aliens pulling up, in their spaceship outside your bedroom window. They jump out and break and enter, via your bedroom window. The aliens, somehow drug you, as you sleep and carry you off. They then take you for a spin in their spaceship, while performing ungodly acts, on your body. When finished, they return you back home, and very kindly ensure, they place you in your own bed and pull the covers over you. It is while returning you, that people believe, the drugs start to wear off and you awake to see the aliens, standing in your room, however you are still too anesthetized to move.
It is very possible that in aliens exist. The universe is just too big, for them not to. But the whole abduction thing, very unlikely. Like, why the hell kidnap humans. On the greater scale of things, the human race is not important. If aliens have the technology to reach earth and fly around unnoticed, then humans wouldn’t be of much interest. We’d be like gold-fish to them. If they did want earth or human subjects. With that sort of technology, they could just take them with little effort. Also, why bother returning the humans and go to so much trouble to ensure their wellbeing. It would be so much easier, to just throw them out the back of the spaceship.

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Stands by my bedside and stares at me. Occasionally, snaps its jaws together, making the sound of bones, being hit together.

Your astral body left you– This theory reminds me a lot of insidious. It involves, you being so stressed out, that your astral body, decide to leaves you. It literally, finds your stress so unpleasant and insufferable, that it packs it astral bags and leaves your body empty. Other entities can sense your body is empty and rush to take over your body. Your astral body realises this and quickly returns to your body, before the other entity can possess it. This excitement, can wake your conscious self. If this happens while the astral body and body are merging, you see the shadowy figure, of the other entity, but are unable to move, because your astral body is not completely merged, with your body.
This theory is so creepy. The thought of a body snatcher, trying to take over your body, is beyond horrifying. However, this is a little too close to the plot of insidious, so I find it hard to believe. Still an interesting theory though.

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Lies across my legs or body. This feels so realistic, I can feel the heat from its body and stomach move, as it breathes. Has glowing white eyes, with no pupils.  

Shadow people conspiracy- Based on the idea, that everyone with sleep paralysis, sees the same shadow people. This theory considers, the shadow people as a higher form of life, that can’t normally be perceived by humans. It doesn’t go into much detail on this, but I’m guessing this implies, the shadow people are either, from another dimension or purposely staying out of sight of humans (maybe using some type of technology). This theory suggests, the shadow people are tormenting us while we sleep, for fun and entertainment. Kind of like, how a cat plays with a mouse, before killing it or how some humans torture animals, for amusement.
A really interesting theory, however I feel a bit left out. I don’t see the shadow people. I see creatures, that look nowhere near human. I’m sure there are many other people, that see creatures and not shadow people, so this theory can be debunked. Despite this, it’s still the most fascinating theory, I’ve come across.

No! Ghibli. No!

thumbnail_d4bdefa1-cd12-47f5-89d4-457357c6c909Someone mentioned, I should create a top 9 non-Ghibli anime films, from the movies I didn’t use, in my last list post. So, I did. It was an awesome idea and I thank that person for sharing, just a great idea.

However, my number paranoia, made a list of 9, seem very weird, uneven and slightly stressful, so I throw one more movie into the mix, to make a nice round even 10. (A far better number. I really dislike the number 9.)

This turned out to be, a real mix bag of styles and genres, but I think I’ve done a pretty decent job of ordering them. So, without rambling on further, I give you: My Top 10 Favourite Non-Ghibli Anime Films:

10.Night on the Galactic Railroad- A little cat and his best friend, go on a journey through the stars, in a mysterious night train. This film seems really innocent at first, but keep watching and you realise it’s quite dark. I don’t want to spoil this film, so I can’t say much more.
If you ignore the sudden religious turn near the end, it’s a rather interesting watch. It’s very slow pace, but is incredibly relaxing and so easy to watch. However, the ending is really sad and may bring a tear to your eye.

9. Origin: Spirits of the Past- A girl (Toola) is awoken from her 300 year slumber and finds herself in a post-apocalyptic world. Having the key to restore the world, to how it was in her time, she must decide whether to accept the world, as it is now or destroy this world, to bring back hers. This movie has quite an interesting concept and will have you wondering, what you would do if you were Toola. It gives a fascinating view of how civilisation, would look and cope after an apocalyptic event. There’s also some really beautiful scenes of the forest, making it really nice to watch.

thumbnail_19aa90b7-1c91-4704-9cda-7cd6c5b275508. Angel’s Egg- Okay, I can see a bit of a trend forming here. Another post-apocalyptic film. I’ve never realised, but I must have some weird fascination, with what the world would be like, after it is gets destroyed. I’m not sure, how I should feel about that, but we’ll put it down to my curious nature.
Angel’s egg is about a little girl, left alone in a post-apocalyptic world, with no memory. She finds an egg and believes if she keeps it warm, a bird will hatch from it. She wanders around this empty dark world with her egg, in search of food and water. While wandering, she runs into a mysterious stranger, that shows an unusual interest in her egg. The stranger then begins to stalk the girl.
This film has a bit of a weird feel, but I really like it. There’s very little vocal dialogue and is more observational, but is very captivating. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea and will leave a lot of people thinking “what the hell am I watching”, but if you like shows, that throw you into deep thought, then you’ll probably enjoy this film. The art style is very dark and unusual, but sets the film’s tone very well. It also gets weirdly religious at one point, but this just adds to the films mystery.

7. The House of Small Cubes- This is a short film, about a little old man who lives by himself, in a world engulfed, in ever rising water. I can’t say much more, without giving away the whole film, but it’s essentially about, the wee cute old man reminiscing, about his life. It’s not your stereotypical style of anime, but is still very cute and enjoyable. I love short films and this is a very sweet, but slightly sad, one. There’s no talking at all, but is very simple to follow. Great for those days, when you’re sick of hearing, the sound of people squawking and just want to relax and watch something quiet. It’s only around 12 minutes long and is available on Netflix, so is worth clicking out. I like it so much, I had to give the old man a name (not sure, if he already has a name). I named him, Frank the little old cute man.

6. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind- I was kind of reluctant, to include this in my list. This anime is usually gets grouped into studio Ghibli collections, but from my understanding, it’s not truly studio Ghibli. If I’m correct, it was made before studio Ghibli.
Another post-apocalyptic anime, about a jungle filled with plants, that produce toxic spores, capable of killing any nearby human, without some type of breathing mask. This leaves the remaining humans, living on pockets of land, where the spores don’t reach. But then, giant bugs come to kill everyone and Nausicaä must stop them.
There’s a lot going on in this movie and that was as simple as I could explain it, without spoiling the film. This definitely is not a movie for anyone with bug phobias. There’s a lot of giant creepy looking bugs, that will act as nightmare fuel, for anyone scared of bugs. This film is nice to watch. It has very nice art work and some bizarre methods of transport. Its storyline is hard to explain, but is interesting and very sweet at times.

thumbnail_075b9343-0e2f-4d49-8993-d9a1417a86315. Children who Chase Lost Voices- A young girl travels to a mysterious land, where it is said you can bring back the dead. This is a very sweet movie. It explores death and grief, in an interesting and magical way, without being too heavy or sad. For a movie based around death and loneliness, it should be a lot gloomier. Weirdly it’s not, its more magical and sweet. Its story is very interesting and based on mythology and creatures from the underworld. There’s also few wise words, throughout this film, that are very thought-provoking. My favourite being: “Everyone set out, on each of their journeys, as a cry for help. If only someone was able to stop them.”

4. The Garden of Words- A high school boy, meets a lady in the park and spends every rainy day, skipping school and talking to this interesting stranger, in the park. I know, that sound very dodgy, but it’s a really beautiful film. The storyline is a little bit sad, but very lovely to watch unfold. The animation and art work in this film is amazing. It’s so beautiful. It makes rain look like something truly wonderful, instead of wet, cold and miserable. It kind of rekindled my love, of going for walks in the rain. Really makes you view rain, in another light.

3. Perfect Blue- A pop idol becomes an actress, but the stresses of acting life, take their toll and she seemingly has a mental break. Meanwhile, a creepy guy, that’s obsessed with her, becomes her stalker. This film is a little crazy and sort of hard to keep up with, at times. I had to watch it a few times, to fully grasp its twistedness, but oh my glob, this is one hell of a movies. It’s a fantastic psychological anime, that will have you questioning everything you see. It will shock, amaze and confuse you, all at the same time. Being a lover of anything, involving wonder and confusion, this is right up my alley.
The animation is creepy as hell, which really suits the story and craziness of this anime. The stalker guy, looks terrifying and I surely hope, there is no one on this earth, that looks like him. Being of a nervous disposition, if there is and I was left alone in a room with him, I think one of two things would happen. I’d either freeze on the spot or cry on the inside (possible the outside too). He could be the nicest person, to grace this earth, but I still wouldn’t want to be left alone with him. However, I find most people scary looking, so you should probably check this guy out for yourself.

thumbnail_f034783d-3511-4819-93e4-2fa0391881d72. 5 Centimetres per Second- This follows the life of a boy, from sometime in middle school, until early adulthood. Its split into 3 parts and directly and indirectly, follows the boy’s story. This is one of the most realistic anime films, I’ve ever seen and I’m not talking about the animation. The storyline is really sad and kind of depressing, but fring do they capture the struggles and harsh realities of life, very accurately. Especially, the early adulthood stage and the depression many fall into. To be honest, the whole film is about depression and how its manifests in different forms. It captures these emotions and mindsets beautifully. Despite being based on just a sad and difficult subject, its story and art work is very beautiful. It is sort of depressing, but is still a very enjoyable emotive film.

1. Hal– To help cope with the death of her beloved Hal, Kurumi is given a robot, that looks identical to Hal, to take care of her. The two, start to fall in love with each other, but things are, not as they seem.
I usually don’t like love stories, but this is one of my few exceptions. It has a real mystery to it and the answer to this mystery, pretty much, hits you in the face, at the end of the film (unless you’re, super observant). Throughout the movie, you’re left in suspense, waiting to find out, what truly happened between Kurumi and Hal, in the run up to the plane crash (Also, about what’s on those Rubik’s cube). You’re left wondering, if Kurumi blames herself for Hal’s death and about Hal’s character and childhood. Your heart really feels, for both of them. I love this movie. It’s one of the very few films, that does death, love and mystery well. On paper, this film should have you crying like a baby, but strangely it manages to remain, somewhat positive and hopeful. It’s actually kind of heart-warming. However, the story is still very bitter-sweet, so I can’t guarantee you won’t cry.

Young Wolf

thumbnail_20170728_155856I wish I could write something deep and meaningful, under young wolf. I couldn’t come up with anything, relatable or that could be understood. It would have just, look like nonsensical gibberish. So instead, I’ll tell you about wolves.

I use wolves a lot in my drawings. Either in the background, as a tattoo on one of the figures or hidden somewhere in the image. Wolves hold a lot of meaning, to me.

Other than being beautiful creatures, they can be used to represent a lot of things. However, the reason I use them, is wildness.

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Even when caged from birth, they maintain their wildness. A wolf can never truly be tamed. You may think you’ve tamed a wolf and it may appear tame, but it never can be. Deep down, they retain their wildness. Improperly caged, a wolf will break free of its cage and return to the wilderness, where it belongs.

Cage a wild wolf and it will use all its strength and its last breath to break free, or it’ll lie in wait, for the first opportunity, to escape captivity. Either way, a wild wolf can never be caged.