anime and games, art, books, media, tv

Introducing FLAT STUDIO

There’s a new animation studio making its debut this month on the animation scene. Named “FLAT STUDIO“, it’s run by none other than pixiv‘s famous artist “loundraw“.

The company was launched back in January when loundraw set up a website and declared he was recruiting. And according to the look on loundraw’s twitter page, he still is. He stated the company would be very open, and although now he has a bunch of people, you might still try your luck to get in the door.

loundraw as an artist has an impressive background – or should I say, prolific. He has quite the eye for light and shadow, which makes his works – now including animation – more fascinating. Critics are already saying he may be the next Makoto Shinkai.

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anime and games, art, comics and manga, media, tv, visual novels

Regarding the Funny Thing of Anthropomorphizing

(Featured image is 軍服 (Military Outfit) by 凪白みと)

Ever since ancient times (going back probably farther than even bear worship and the Egyptian god Anubis), people have put some kind of human attributes into non-human things. It’s easy to do. After all, we have a consciousness (which is in the soul),  personality, and character, leading to likes, interests, and traits that can be expressed through a body – ANY body. Pick a body or put eyes and a mouth on something – a planet, a tree, a potato chip bag – and you have a face.

Faces are quite critical in projecting our consciousness and human traits into something else. You could put arms and legs on a tree, but it wouldn’t seem human. But give in a face, and somehow we can affiliate with it.

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global issues

Notre Dame and The Fall of the Spire

In case you haven’t checked the news yet, there was a horrific fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris that has the world “in tears”, but for different reasons.

Notre Dame fire: dramatic video captures moment the spire collapsed

https://twitter.com/globalnews/status/1117997098874613760

While it’s quite early to be making sharp comments, I wanted to remark on the ironies. Europe is in love with the shell of its tradition. It loves its old cathedrals, its museums, its “histories”, and its “humanitarianism”. It wants to hang on to these things, and it seems to remember all about where they came from – or at least it remembers where the buildings come from. But it has no interest in maintaining the core. Last I heard, no one was going to mass (a Catholic service) in Notre Dame. It could be said that the casualties were only a single firefighter, but I think it’s more accurate to say that up to this point, the casualties consisted of all of France.

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history, politics

The Heart of Political Division – Part 6

To understand the platform of conservatives, it’s important to understand their unifying factor: the Republican Party. Recall in my previous post how this was shaped by the Democratic presidents leading up to that point. For Republicans, the political platform had revolved around a capitalistic economic ideology predating President Herbert Hoover and tracing its roots back to its very formation.

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history, politics

The Heart of Political Division – Part 5

And now we begin an exploration of conservatism and why it is what it is today. For that, we need to look at the most pivotal point in modern American political history and its background.

It was March 31, 1968, towards the end of the bloody Vietnam war when a shocking announcement was made that called out and inadvertently declared the ending of American political unity. While the tensions in the months preceding the announcement were evident and the collapse of the American political system into liberal and conservative parties may have seemed inevitable, it was the presidency that had held the nation together.

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