Summer Anime Round-Up 5-1

Please make yourself at home with Chef Fango! His brilliant cuisine will finally make your life complete…such genius! Summer seems to have bore the most top quality fruit of the year so far, and arguably one of the worst anime in recent memory. It truly is a rollercoaster and for once we have slowed down yet again. But this is like one of those repeating rollercoasters as I will be coming back season after season.

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Summer Anime Round-Up 10-6

Now we are into some deep water here. Is that…one of Fukawa’s steamy visualizations of Togami in the main image!? Yes as the trend suggests, this is going to be a tough top ten and one I never found myself predicting in the slightest. Most of these shows in particular have been close or in my number one spot for this season, yet all have found themselves further down the list because of some problems I had with them. Let the Togami roadrage ensue!

I will be discussing Danganronpa spoilers for the first and second games in the overviews of the two stories from Danganronpa 3. You have been warned.

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Liebster Award Nomination!

Well it is time again for another award nomination post and as always…I am late in doing so. I truly thank the kind Yahari Bento (Go and check out their Oregairu analysis posts for a great read, but be warned spoilers) for nominating me for this award and I’m glad to receive my second nomination. I’m not as new as I was before…well still a bit inexperienced in the blogger awards as a whole. It is nice to get experience though and who knows maybe I shall finally adapt one of these days! One can wish right? So without further ado let’s get into the task set before me.

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Post the award in the post.

Thank the person who nominated you.

Answer the 11 questions they’ve written for you.

Nominate 11 people (give or take) and give them 11 different questions to answer.

These are the questions I have been given and at the end I will give my own list of questions.

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12 Days of Halloween – Scream 2

Day 12

Well even with the days messed up, this is still the final post of the 12 Days of Halloween…though it probably should be called 15 days now that I think about it. The reason why this is a mystery pool day is because this is essentially a bunch of material I have either been extremely excited to watch or have really wanted to talk about. Last year for Halloween I did a slight look into the original Scream on a blog called popculturemecha, and while I do want to clean it up and potentially do another that will probably be after I do the rest of the franchise.

Wes Craven as a director has been one of my inspirations for wanting to be in cinema in the first place, primarily with the Scream films. Now after the hit that was Scream, he had something much harder to do…create a sequel that could stand apart from its predecessor while also satirizing something in the process like its predecessor. Kind of weird I know, but for that we got the horror sequel satirizing Scream 2. We all know the long string of horror sequels Hollywood had a problem with in the past, I mean there is still the umpteen Friday the 13th sequels. So could Wes Craven recreate the same reinvigoration to the horror genre that the original was in its sequel without falling prey to the very things he was attempting to satirize?

Now if you haven’t seen the first Scream, this review most likely will review some of its more important reveals. Ever since it is ultimately a whodunit, Scream 2 does make multiple references to the characters in the original as well as to discuss its main killer in reference to the events taking place in the film. Yes this will spoil the main twist of the original film so you have been warned.

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12 Days of Halloween – Perfect Blue

Day 11

It seems like I have failed in keeping everything going up on time, midterms easily saw to that. I wasn’t able to get everything down prior, but that doesn’t mean I’m just going to throw out the last two days! It just means I need to fit them in no matter how late they will be.

Satoshi Kon is a name many as anime fans know and love. We seem to have followed the term auteur and I have been throwing this term around a lot during this marathon. I can tell you with all certainty…when you have seen a Satoshi Kon film you can certainly recognize it. Sadly the man has passed away in 2010 at the age of 46 and the anime world has lost one of its best creators. Many western films have been inspired by the works of Kon such as Inception with the film Paprika. As well as the film I will be talking about today had inspired Black Swan and a scene from Requiem for a Dream. It is hard to deny the impact of Perfect Blue on director Darren Aronofsky’s work, yet Kon himself focuses at times on a more disorienting viewpoint in his film. Perfect Blue is one of the few directed titles from Kon, to which many (myself included) wanted to see more from, that helped to cement his name in the anime industry. Yet with all its visual theatrics does it still stand up today? Continue reading “12 Days of Halloween – Perfect Blue”