Star Wars : The Last Jedi Review

Patriotic, less emotional and more informational The Last Jedi managed to pass boredom with humor and sadness with bravery. Twice in the movie it focuses one massage, “the shame is not in running away, but to be wasted”. It explores many Easter eggs from all previous seven episodes. Like the blue milk for example. I appreciate how they made Yoda in the old fashion robotic way, not some CGI. It gives us a feeling that we’re looking at the old bumpy Yoda, not some 2.0 version. 

Spoilers ahead

Turns out the Force is a spiritual power of the nature and not some telekinesis of the mind. Like chi or chakra for the matter, what many fans have already known. This brings to the topic of Yin and Yang. Star wars always held to the constant struggle of good and evil. Keep in mind the battle of the force is not between the imperial and the residence but between dark side and Jedi’s. So the war of the stars are not in balance. When one rises to a higher order, other give rise to Darth Vader/Skywalker. In this newest edition too, when Snoke was killed by Kylo Ren, it disturbed the force which leads to the sacrifice of Luke Skywalker. 

The battle on the salt planet was stunning and magnificent. Red dusts on white field gives a gorgeous presentation. And like always there’s also a tiny bit of death star.

(Why can’t they just dump the idea of a death star. Or is it one with the force? lol)

What rogue one has started, the last Jedi carried on. Reminding us of the conflicts of hope. The movie presented itself as a long journey about the decay of the old and revival of the new. Setting foot for many destruction of death stars along the way.

(This implies nothing)

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Narcos Season 3 !! season parallels

Let’s talk about justice. The concept of justice differs in every culture. An early theory of justice was set out by the Ancient Greek philosopher Plato in his work The Republic. Justice is a stinking shield that people use to justify their immorality. Police, politicians, even the shinning star pēna couldn’t escape from the corruption that we put ourselves into. Season 3 left off giving rise to such topics. In a war against narcos, the story began with two brothers getting their way into the world of drugs and eventually become the kingpin of it. When one brother died in the hands of an CIA the younger brother Pablo Escobar became psychotic which leads to his downfall. Tata, the wife of Pablo then had to hand over Pablo’s entire drug empire in the hands of Rodríguez Brother. 

Season 3 started as two brothers, the Rodríguez brothers have built their own Empire throughout the world and now on their way of retirement. One of the Brother in a moonlit night fall in love with one of the cartel lord’s wife and eventually become obsessed about her. In his ways of getting her, the DEA got a lead on Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela’s location. The leader of Cali Carter got arrested. An unexpected event kind of like the death of Juan Pablo. This changed circumstances made Miguel Rodríguez Orejuela the leader of Cali Carter.

 Juan’s death was the crucial point towards Pablo’s insanity. The beginning where he started to lose it all. Though it wasn’t ‘lost’ but ‘power’ that played that significant role of Rodriguez Brothers downfall. Stepping out of the shadow, Miguel finally felt the power of being in charge. And eventually became insecure about everything. Just like Pablo started to suspect everyone and went on a rampage of killing, even his friends.

Now comes the motherhood. Maria was the love of Miguel’s life and his fear. Though they never married, Maria submitted herself to him for her son’s safety and protection. Just like Tata, she was just the collateral damage that happened. Like Tata to Cali’s, by the end of this season we get to see Maria in a meet with Northern Valley gang-lord.

I never expected a Narcos season without Pablo Escobar, but what I got is a thrilling experience that gives a cumulative rebirth.

I didn’t intended to make it long. Just a humble chitchat

Adiós 

The Handmaid’s Tale

Motherhood is the purest gift, now corrupted by modern sins. 

It’s not often when we came across a story which delivers such level of facts that we were forced to question our own morality. The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. Watching this you can’t help but wonder that it’s portrait on a woman’s perspective. Think of it this way, a woman gives birth to someone else’s child, someone she loves and dear. For nine months she takes care of his child and went through extreme pain. But if that someone is who she never met and had to obey in a life-threatening situation. Think about the psychological trauma she must have felt. This story has that kind of horrifying atmosphere.

Women world is itself pretty scary, as their weapons are words. They strike psychologically. To them giving birth to another life is a blessing, but when that power was taken from them, they felt envy and rage towards those who can (here referred as the Handmaid). So they divided the society in two groups and became the power. They treated the handmaids as their slaves. Cruel as it is, I must say I felt like, no matter how much evil they can be it’s them who were hurt the most. Their present twisted minds are the product of their long-suffering.

Watching the first three episodes I’m very impressed and I’m looking forward to how it goes.

What went wrong with Attack on Titan season 2?

“The dimming prayers have been heard as they finally decided to “Release the Kraken”.

It’s been four exhausting years since WIT Studio has presented us with its worldwide phenomenal that shattered our brains with horror and thrill, and then ran away with a cliffhanger and never came back as promised. No wonder so many people bailed, hoping for a sequel and just read the manga, including me. Though my love for the manga will not affect my judgment. So with that been said, let’s get into the sequence to be blessed with a colossal series with amazing fighting scenes, a shit ton of crying cowards and gargantuan steamy hen dolls. Attach on Titan Season 2.

Quick Recall

I don’t need to mention spoiler alert cause you will not be here if you haven’t completed the prequel.

Now,                                                       Mankind was slaughtered near extinction by monstrous humanoid creatures called Titan. To ensure their survival, the remnants of humanity began living with defensive barriers, three circles of gigantic walls. However, that fragile calm is soon shattered when a colossal titan manages to breach the supposedly impregnable outer wall, reigniting the fight for survival against the man-eating abominations. After witnessing a horrific personal loss at the hands of the invading creatures, Eren Yeager dedicates his life to their eradication by enlisting into the Survey Corps, an elite military unit that combats the merciless humanoids outside the protection of the walls. In his second encounter with colossal titan we find out that Eren himself is a titan, that his father somehow turned him into one. As people got scared and was at the point of extermination, Captain Levi managed to convince them to use this power to save humanity. After a long night of discussion they decided to go and find out what is in the basement of the Yeagar’s household. On their way they’ve encountered a female titan. Things got scarier when they find out that female titan was Annie Leonhart, a member of Military Police. After a steamy clash with Eren, Annie got defeated and covered her body in an unbreakable crystal. This fight led to a crack on the wall and we find out there is a titan in it. To be continued.

Season 1 Overview 

Many anime properties explore death but few ruminate on the visceral reality of it. In a way Titans are the physical personification of death. A walking reminder of human mortality. Sort of existential confrontation with the inevitability of demise. It’s pretty horrifying. However, the darkest element of the series isn’t the eerily introspective congratulations with death nor the fact that Titans have no genitals. It’s the construction​ of society itself. With German people living in German mansions on Nazi Cart Schmitt’s philosophy as a contrast. So, with such vivid construction, how come something went so wrong? It’s because they raised the bar too high. Expectations grows along with time doesn’t drops. For that lets loose the gentle writing style and be more critic​ to it.

1. Tetsurō Araki :  Araki was the series director of Attack on Titan season 1, movie part 1 and 2. But for some reason he is now the Cheif Director of the second season. Araki’s talent lied in making mundane situations​ feel dramatic. No-one can denies​ his talent for letting his characters eat chips. Season 1 had that dramatic atmosphere where death was a constant threat. Every person had to survive every minute of their existence. Those who don’t, fall into the list of tragedies. Araki directed these aspects beautifully. He can even turn a quiet dining into a room of despair. Something season 2 has failed to capture. Sometimes it felt like the characters are shouting way too much to make it up for it. And few times it just pure loose cannons.

How people do it

 ​How Araki do it

2. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress and Owari no Seraph : When AOT first released, it felt something new and original. But then came these two series by the same studio with the same type story and background. In Kabaneri, we see humans live within walls in fear of Kabane, virus infected humans with a hunger for human flesh. Seems familiar? That’s not all. The main character is half human half Kabane. 

In Seraph, the main character is also half human half “something else”, living in a world where humans are nearly extinction and also in a constant fear of vampires. When you made something original, it’s best to leave it original. Diving into same type of project increases​ arrogance, which can leads to catastrophe, not only for the rip-offs but the original story itself.

3. Long 4 years : Like I said, many people fade-up and read the manga, which I think was their intention all along, cause the artstyle of the manga is quite repelling. The story is excellent with foreshadowing, where a mere hint or a simple conversation can lead to a severe development in far distant future. Like a simple steam on Eren’s head lead to the biggest plot twist of the entire Arc. It hides​ the facts long before anyone can even be suspicious. But these long awaiting screwed these gems for those who haven’t read it. They don’t have friends anymore who they can discuss about their thoughts and predictions and not get spoiled.

4. lack of Gore : Though it looks like a miner issue but it’s not. When you want to make a horrifying situation, it needs to be bloody and messy to channel the horror psychologically.

5. Plot Armor : Another disappointment I find is the lack of plot Armor for the entire supporting cast. The anime always tend to show actions of a fight in tandem with the musical score which was very entreating. Was, because now it’s very lackey here and there.

6. Only 12 Episodes : That’s it, that itself is the reason​. After so long that’s​ what they came up with. The intentions were clear. They wanted to hype us back up for the latest season. But we’re talking about this season, so the package is no longer important. A OVA would’ve been nice.

What went right:

No matter the validation of these points there are things that still astonished us in time to time.

  1. The Opening: Attack on Titan is known for its patriotic presentations. Which make Guren No Yumiya  phenomenol. The opening from season 2 managed to capture such realism.
  2. Fighting Scenes: The fighting scenes are what defines AOT, a gore presentation of a person’s ferocious struggle and a win with some unexpected elements. Considering how strong the source material really is, it’s something expected. But it’s the execution where they crafted. The 2D animation with 3D frames felt refreshing as always with AOT.
  3. Execution of Plot Twist: if I may give some insights, the plot twist of Reinar and Burhtold being the Collosal and Armor Titan was executed with just the same casualty in the manga too. Makes you doubt your own eyes. And the anime did the same, being honest with its source material.

Attack on Titan is a worldwide phenomenon that demands attention. The Anime that spread the name Wit Studio over sea and introduced to western cultures, it felt shamefully disappointing.

    Warau salesman new first impression

    Have you ever desired to deal with the devil? Countless stories throughout the past had tried to portray the consequences of a deal. A fire tempting the fly. The laughing salesman is another display of such. A salesman disguised as a helping hand with a sole purpose to take you into a deeper despair. Like “the man with big eyes and the man with big mouth” in Monster, you all sure remember.

    Every episode has two separate stories with a same type of ending. A distinct setup of letting a person through extreme joy, meeting his or her ultimate desire and as they get used to such services, as their personality changes to ignorance, they find themselves in a depth of loans.  So it is clear that they have already set some rules they’ll always obey, but I would very much like if they add some volume into it. Otherwise, it may get quite boring for some.

    Being an ​episodic anime, unlike other anime such as natsume that moves us with emotions, laughing salesman strikes psychologically.

    Now the opening, oh my god the opening is already my favorite this season both visually and melodically. Just click here and see for yourself. And the music is also highly satisfying.

    Some might don’t like the animation style as it has an old-fashion cultural presentation with a comedic touch. But boy it suits completely.

    So other than those shits I had to pick this season, this is something I am very impressed with and probably gonna watch it on weekly basis.

    Play of words

    “A short article on 3-gatsu no lion”

    3-gatsu no lion, also known as March comes like a lion is not just a story to tell. It’s an opera of words. Something that can’t be enlightened to until it is observed. It plays with words that tinkles our heart and twitches our brain. Watching this show offen I felt warmth in my heart and cold blaze at my feet. Very few shows there are that sunk me as deep as 3-gatsu had taken me. The show doesn’t focus on delivering extreme impacts but creating moods to empathise with. 

    Slowly, gently, deeply.

    The aura of the show causes dizziness and many scenes are hypnotic. Words are pointy to some of life’s darkness yet simple enough to grasp. And all together they manifest a world of subconsciousness where one can float without any worries or uncomfortness. Anime is basically a safe zone from circumstances and conflicts of reality. We watch anime to enjoy in being unrealistic, imagine ourselves in fictional world. Breaking ourselves out of our four walls of shadow. We laugh on their joy, remorse to their sorrow, felt as if we’re fighting along side with them in battles. And 3-gatsu has the very basis of it. It is a show for weekly basis, allowing you to escape from all those confusions and anxiety that other shows offen creates. This intention of the show also reflects through Rei’s desires as he desperately finds his way back at trio sisters’ motherly household.

    Words are exquisite care of execution.

    Alluring with charming monologues they offen obliviate us of what we had expected. Every speech was designed to stand on its own and strike to capture us in its dilemma. Words are the root of a story. No matter how thrilling a story is, without the right choice of words it can collapse, leaving many sites unfold, confusing us with whether we were right or not. Though there are also stories which intentionally hides them to make the viewers cook their own alternatives. They plant clues in words to take viewers to the truth. But our story here is the simplest form of presentation. It never plays with us, never hide, never pretend. It’s like a box of colourful candies, each has a distinct taste. You can never guess what comes next. Each episode is seperated in three chapters and each chapter is a cocktail of delight and despair. 

    Express to explain

    Every living being have feelings, even cats and dogs and Studio Shaft has beautifully expresses them with its utmost intensity, taking even a step further on adding amusing SFX to wall’s and door’s expressions as if they were alive. These small gestures gave every part of that world a reason to exist, not just some details. Like that time when momo been chased by a dog and the dog kept saying “cute”. How a horrifying situation for momo turned into relish for us. Even expressions are subtitled on the screen to through an impact. In a way, a show with so little going can evolve into a beast.

    Their words had forked a lightning thy.

    Diving in deep despair, they also pulls us out with their optimism behaviour. Main characters are designed to express as shocked, scared and petrify on weird situations despite their broken hearts. While others are there to construct the palette of emotions. Kyouko in particular is a source to cause pain with her razor sharp words and our sweet fuffy momo is to lighten it up. Rei’s narration as well as an insightful direction that is willing to let it’s imagery speak for itself. Secondary characters are subjected in time to stretch the contents and connect them to increase the diameter of the settings. It doesn’t jump from one aspect to another but containing them as a whole.

    Visuals act as an auditor. Narrowing down the storytelling to adjustable standard to give us a sense of what’s going on while elaborating with stunning visual illustrations. Just like a painter expresses his thoughts with a single brushstroke. At the first scene we didn’t know much about what’s going on. And it doesn’t explain everything in that moment either. But offering an entry point to the scene and hinting at a deeper subtext it constructs the stage. Then putting Characters at their place it concludes with the starting. After that it let the Characters make their own flow of world, like Rei’s room is cold while Kawamotos’ house has warmth. Meeting their demands it starts the storytelling. And that’s how a story should be told.

    From award-winning mangaka Chico Umino (best known for Honey and Clover) a good story is expected. But for me 3-gatsu no lion is an experience to find hope despite the scenario we are in. Ripping the audience apart and stitching them back, it acts as a circle of life. For me it’s a perfect slice of life. 

    P.s : water and rivers are offen shown because our MC is characterised as water, taking any shape as given. He’s strong as an ice whenever he plays shogi but immediately melts afterward


    Cowboy Bebop Review

      Flawless individuality is always wished from an anime. However a show that is true perfection is yet to brought into existence, though Cowboy Bebop in many ways displayed the glence of it. With it’s distinct visual style, each episodes were treated as a miniature film or a session as we learned. The show was cancelled on TV Tokyo, but they soon comes to realise it’s depth and the beauties it holds. Later Bebop was shown to it’s entirety from Oct 24, 1998 to April 24, 1999 on WOWOW channel and landmarked itself as a gateway to introduce anime to the western culture. From influenced martial to philosophical concept this starwars of anime has proven not only inspiring but what an anime is capable of.

      THE SETTINGS

      The year is 2071 and with the invention of hyperspace gate technology mankind now wondering through the galaxy. But when criminals too elusive for the cops they need the help of a good old-fashion cowboy.

      Rating: The settings were vast yet explored within our soler system around mars, earth and Jupiter for most of the time. With that in mind, a score of 8/10.

      CHARACTERS

      Too many characters often create flaws in characterisation. Cowboy Bebop resolved it by simply eliminating unnecessity and giving enough distinct characteristics to each character it has. All characters are played straits in a way where characters designed to be overacted were considered to be norm, not to say that there isn’t some upbeat humour.

      • SPIKE SPIEGEL: Martial art expert and a skilled shooter with an outfit of lupin III based on the appearance of Japanese actor Yuusaku Matsuda mostly in his famous television show Tente Monogatari. From one of a highly prominent criminal Syndicate, spike’s past offen tent to haunt him in every step of his way. Spike’s greatest trait is how he is able to switch his attitude depending on the situation and not to be bogged down impression when things get rough, unlike other protagonist. The dark clothing colour and Spike’s suit was intended to reflect his state of mind. Director Toshihiro Kawamoto first designed Spike and then constructed the whole story around.Which makes him the centre of everything. One can always be deceived by Skipe’s lazy lying around figure to see the Bruce Lee in him. His eyes were designed specifically to show his pain and suffering.
      • JET: A former cop and one of the more straightforward character jet act as a guardian for the crew. He deals with the business side of things as well as ship maintenance analysis and holding the biggest contact book with outside agencies for information on their various targets. Jet is total opposite of spike and is the voice of reasons. With three other characters running around doing what they want, jet brought them together and holds the team.
      • FAYA VALENTINE: Frozen in cyrotube, this 77 years old famous Femme Fatale tops the list of most people’s sexiest anime character. Unlike Jet and Spike, Faya tries to find his way to his past, but eventually mercy herself on gambling and excessive greed. She can be vulnerable, adding much to her character but it’s her sassy attitude that keeps her entertaining.
      • EDWARD: A super hacher from earth, joint the crew because she thinks it will be fun. Ed exist to lighten the mood. Her childish Black and white attitude much needed, otherwise the show would spend far too long in the dark side of characterization.
      • SECONDARY CHARACTERS:  
      • Secondary Characters are the threshold of background details. Bebop’s SCs are simple yet involved they tend to be. Most new episodes have a new character who were introduced and developed to their depth in just a 20 min time slot. Same goes for reoccurring characters, three old guys and two actors from big shot. Who never gets in the way of storytelling but have enough screen play to be memorable in their own special way. 

      Rating:

      Primary and secondary characters have enough grip to be individuals on their own. 9/10 for making each character memorable.

      STORY

      The overall plot is simple enough to grasp yet holds the throne of being one of the most entertaining and interesting plots in anime. “Extremely skilled crew offen sucks at their job” is one of the main plot point of the series. Being a episodic anime Cowboy Bebop’s one major gripe is it’s slow start, which was one of the reason for cancellation. Bepop doesn’t get interesting until episode 5 ballan of the fallen angel. Considering it’s reputation, EP 1-4 were bad introduction. Not that they’re sucks but doesn’t present the morals. People offen starts from episode 5 and 6 and then head back to episode 1. Episode 5 and 6 have enough context for introduction and also make the first four episodes more entertaining.

      • INFLUENCE/INSPIRATIONS: The story highly influenced by specific films like Django (the coffin guy), Enter the Dragon (Spike’s fighting style), Desperado, The Crow, Reservoir dogs and Better Tomorrow being few. Ed’s chess moves are real moves that famous chess player Paul Morphy played. George Herman Ruth’s name was broken down to make three names of side characters. Data’s cryrotank number NCC-1701-B was taken from startrek. Many character names were taken from famous musician’s name.                                 And that is the beauty in details that only few holds.

        Rating: 8/10 for it’s simplicity yet deep as an ocean.

        ANIMATION

        Bebop’s animation is phenomenal for it’s time and still stands up today even though it was one of the last anime to be made using traditional CEL animation, which is just a testament of it’s fluid animation. Same quality as digital animation with frames drawn by hands.

        • Officially Cowboy Bebop was animated by SUNRISE, creaters of Gundam. However it is believed to be made by staffs of studio BONES, a studio that is known for it’s high production values. As, a very large chunk of sunrise staff at one point left to create their own production company BONES.

          Rating: 9/10 for it’s epicness in animation.

          SOUND

          Yoko Kanno’s one of the best work in Bebop has introduced Jazz and Blues to majority of anime fans. It’s a show that swims through music with multitude of genres that show from episode to episode. Most of the titles are even musical references like Rolling Stone’s honky Tonk women, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody etc.

          The opening theme “Tank” is in a class all of it’s own with blending of genres containing a big band Jazz piece performed in a latin hard bop style with rhythm that combines both a double bass and bongo drums. The intro voice was Tim Jensen’s.

          • Dubbing: The dubbing has basically been the benchmark of every anime dub. The show has some of the most memorable performances with vocals by Steve Blum, Wendy League, John Daniel and Alyssa Fun with voice direction by the great Mary Elizabeth McGovern herself.
          • Dialogue: A topic such as this is vulnerable in a review yet Bebop as a classic played many memorable lines that echoes whenever heard it’s name.

            Rating: So with that been said cowboy Bebop’s soundtracks deserves no less 10/10.

            SUMMARY

            Cowboy Bebop is a definition of what anime is and what it can achieve. I’ve yet to find someone who don’t like it or hasn’t found something from this epic classic phenomenon. So, to summarise goods and bads…….

            Temptations:

            • An absolute classic.
            • Vast and detailed settings and backgrounds.
            • Mesmerizing soundtracks from Yoko Kanno.
            • Each character has it’s own vibes.
            • Animation is fluid as water

            Flaws:

            • Throughout the series the crew is unable to catch or turn in bounty on 14 seperate occasions.
            • Most of the time the story takes place on Mars. Limited to our solar system.
            • Slow start and bad introduction.

            But those aside Cowboy Bebop is a must watch anime with R-17 rated.

            Finalized score for COWBOY BEBOP is 8.8/10