Casshern Sins’ Biggest Flaw

Casshern Sins is one of my absolute favourite shows, but its biggest flaw is one I’ve devoted a lot of time thinking about: The fact that Casshern Sins is two very different shows, divided cleanly into the series’ two halves. What’s also interesting is how little this comparatively massive flaw harms my enjoyment.

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Sentimental Sentences: Correctness and Rightness in Unlimited Blade Works

Immortal words uttered by the oh-so-divisive Shirou Emiya. Right up there with “People die when they are killed”, it’s a line that I have often seen presented as evidence for the Fate/Stay night’s lack of quality, and particularly, bad writing.

These lines are dumb. They are dumb because Shirou is dumb. And he is. So the Unlimited Blade Works Blu-Ray subs deigned to fix it. Read More

Five Nights at Satoshi Kon’s: Tokyo Godfathers

I was quite apprehensiveexcited for this one. Apprehensive: I was unwilling to watch another film in the vein of Millennium Actress, in that it merely did the thing the other thing did again, while adding minor points that, while important, didn’t save the sameness of the film overall. Excited: I was definitely aware that this was the film that differed in tone and subject matter, and was certainly looking forward to a film that would apply Kon’s skills to something different, yet perfectly conducive to comedy through the detail of his art. So I was absolutely on board with the film, despite a fear of burning out on Kon’s style.  Read More

Ryougi Shiki Doesn’t Laugh: Character Design

So upon hearing oh so wonderful things about Kara no Kyoukai, one’s first reaction is to look it up, and be greeted with Shiki’s image. Disregarding everything that makes the character great, the design, as is the case with many of Takeuchi/Ufotable’s Type-Moon art, is immediately visually striking, drawing you in immediately. But what is it exactly that makes this design work so well?

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