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Comment on Existentialism in the Execution of Sora no Woto by Violin Star

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:31:52 +0000

While there might be existentialism in Sora no Woto, it is incorrect and incomplete to think that existentialism was the only theme in this anime. It is quite convenient that in your discussion, you assert that it is sufficient to find meaning in life, when in fact, life is about having the will to act and realise a dream. If this discussion had been published prior to the second OVA, then one might be more forgiving, but since the second OVA makes it clear that dreams hold no weight unless acted upon, it feels awfully convenient to ignore them in favour of a simpler world view. There are two separate themes that more accurately describe Sora no Woto, described in this talk on the finale, and here, in the second OVA. This author clearly understood the thematic elements of Sora no Woto and has taken the pains to explain them in detail: besides you, vucub_caquix, I also invite each of TWWK, foshizzel, Gendo Mike Ikari and Overlord-G to take a look at what a complete, well-written review of Sora no Woto to look like.

Comment on Hagu’s Choice: Romantic Love Versus Reality in Honey and Clover by bibi

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:22:08 +0000

I know, i have never had friends that would spend so much time with me so it feels too sad. It is too bittersweet isn't it? I think that was the aim of the whole series though. They wanted us to feel bittersweetness.... through the whole story there was the happy/sad feeling & a lot of nostalgia. I'm glad i'm not that sentimental in my life haha, who could go on?

Comment on Hagu’s Choice: Romantic Love Versus Reality in Honey and Clover by bibi

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:17:56 +0000

hi! yayy someone else who has only just got into the story in 2017 haha ! I get what is being said in this post & i got what was being said by hagu's choice in the story BUT I DONT GET HOW BEING WITH SOMEONE WOULD RLY STOP YOU FROM CREATING. That's ridiculous imo.......... there is nothing more inspiring than being surrounded by other creative ppl. If yr partner is a creative genius u are v likely to pump out even greater work.

Comment on Hagu’s Choice: Romantic Love Versus Reality in Honey and Clover by Sapir

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 20:38:42 +0000

But overall, I think that the thing that most disappointed me was the open ending of the group-it looks like everyone stepped to his own life (which is very realistic and understandable) but for me, to see such a good-friends group that lived together and were together for over 6 years get separated like that without mentioning that they will still be friends or will still keep in touch , was the hardest . Well, maybe I took it too hard but I guess that I can't handle an ending that won't show everyone together . (sorry about the spamming I couldn't send it without separating the reply)

Comment on Hagu’s Choice: Romantic Love Versus Reality in Honey and Clover by Sapir

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 20:37:47 +0000

I also took it pretty hard since I usually like "happy endings". The ending here wasn't a sad one, or an unrealistic one but it made me broken hearted. As you said above, I was from those who wanted Hagu to end up with Shinobu, but as you described, the best solution for her now, is to stay with Shuuji. I do agree with AnimeLover . Through the manga, I felt that Hagu and Shinobu's relationship was beyond words- they understood each other even thought there weren't much "romantic scenes between them" so I do think that as time passes, they will find the way to get back to each other (but that means that Hagu won't "pay back" Shuuji for all the things he've done for her which I'm not sure if she'll do)

Comment on Hagu’s Choice: Romantic Love Versus Reality in Honey and Clover by Sapir

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 20:37:07 +0000

I've just completed reading the manga and it left me with a big impression. No one can put into words the things I felt for this masterpiece manga. All of the things that I took with me,the quotes and the amazing characters... I wonder if someone will see my post now (because I'm so late to reply) but I just wanted to share my thoughts on it.

Comment on Shirobako’s Glossary, with Pictures and Annotations by Skadi367

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:44:25 +0000

Thanks for compiling and updating such a comprehensive list! Really does help raise appreciation for the production flow and medium. I have a question, what can you gather about the term "diffusion" mentioned in episode 15?:

Comment on Aku no Hana is Good.* by Alex Swak

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:10:13 +0000

That scene from Sakamichi No Apollon isn't rotoscoped, or at least the parts Bahi JD worked on as he said here:

Comment on Your Lie in April: I met the girl under the full bloomed cherry blossoms and my fate had begun to change —— it’s not love, but so where near; the girl who chants love at the edge of this world ~ eX Fortissimo by ota235

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 04:20:43 +0000

This is coming very late, but I had watched four episodes of this the other day and dropped it. All I could say was "It looks nice, I guess." You made excellent points about how visuals and narrative relate and can make or break storytelling, and I earnestly agree with them to the extent of my experience. However, I would argue that how far fiction is pushed does indeed matter; viewers only have so much they are willing to put up with before they can no longer suspend their disbelief. This is a type of setting and story would work much better with older characters (perhaps like Nodame no Cantobile) who have more to lose. When a kid, prodigy or not, suffers a contrived trauma like this, it feels cheap more than anything. He could start over, he could have experienced more "realistic" drama like bullying or social exclusion for his talent. Drama that develops and drives characters. Instead we're treated to flashbacks. But my real gripes don't really fall on how "teenagers don't talk/act like this!" (though it's part of it). Instead, my problem is that this is a show that seems to lack any nuance. The visuals and underlying narrative are complementary in the sense that they leave nothing to the imagination: just a string of pretty scenes telling you what to think and feel, complete with pretentious monologueing to hammer it home. Beauty becomes maudlin and its absence becomes lugubrious. I love me a melodramatic tale about Youth, but the flashbacks, cliches, and visual/narrative excess crowd out the potential for engagement with the characters precisely because they leave no room for the viewer. In the end they feel like cardboard-cutout archetypes and never really go beyond that. As a closing point I guess I'll just note that humanity is never as plain and easily spelled out in trite monologues and sparkly images of falling sakura petals. For a story like this, it's simply not enough to look and sound good.

Comment on Showa-Genroku Rakugo Shinju: Visual Makura, Teaching an Audience, and Created Worlds by Anime Evo » Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju – 1-3 (Early Impressions)

Fri, 27 May 2016 02:24:50 +0000

[…] key points and features from early episodes. SeHNNG at Altair & Vega walks us through how SGRS uses cinematography and performance to explain rakugo to its audience; Isaac at Aniwords talks about the way the series creates empathy through specificity; and […]