Spring 2014 Week 5 Impressions – (Anime Power Ranking)

It’s a bit late, cause I’ve been tired, but here they are! Some lengthier write-ups for several shows! I should move to writing just these, honestly, for most shows. Welp, just checked, this post is quite long. Yeah, I could definitely move to just these, instead of episodic notes, and this is almost too long as well.

Shows listed in order of enjoyment. Links are to lengthier write-ups.

1) Ping Pong the Animation episode 4

Ping Pong the Animation episode 4 overview - Coach Koizumi Jou philosophy

This show is sort of funny in terms of me discussing it. I have a lot to say during the episode, where I break down shot-composition, imagery, facial expressions, words spoken and unspoken, plot-advancements, every small thing in this show is very much deliberate. People speak of the imagery in Mawaru Penguindrum, or Monogatari. But you know what? That’s only in very certain scenes, and those shows work really hard to hit you on the head. Even if you don’t always get what the imagery is, it’s clear it’s there. Also, there are stylistic choices that aren’t thematic, and don’t really convey much, they’re there as extra baggage riding the train (it’s not bad, it’s just as Studio Ghibli has its style).

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Media Month in Review – April 2014

April was my Spring Break month, I had a lot of plans, and ended up doing nothing… oh well. Happens. Too much vacation, I guess.

I use this post to go over all the media consumed/experienced over the past month, with 2-4 sentences per item. A way to give short thoughts on each topic.

Movies:

Only anime-films this time around. I hope I’ll catch Captain America: Winter Soldier, before it leaves the cinema theatres.

  • Richard the Third – Theatre – I used to go to a lot more plays in the past. This is actually my first time hearing the tale of Richard the 3rd, in any media. It’s interesting, how most collections of Shakespeare leave out the bloody and political tragedies (Richard the 2nd, Richard the 3rd, Titus). The writing was solid, they added a certain modern decadent atmosphere that reminded me of the Titus version Anthony Hopkins starred in. The actor of Richard the 3rd was very good, but most of the other actors weren’t overly impressive. Seems they went for melodrama, on purpose. Of the three female actresses, the Queen Mother was good, but the other two were either wooden and stuck too close to their lines, or just felt out of place altogether.

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