global issues, media, psychology

National Symptoms, Invisible Causes

Suppose you have an nagging person in your life. They bug you, they irritate you, but they never hit you. Now and then they mock you. If you respond to them in anger, it may start a greater argument, and you might end up being the one criticized by others even though all you wanted to do was defend yourself. Still, if you do nothing, the problem within you only gets worse until you become very angry.

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art, comics and manga, media

ClipStudio Paint vs Krita

Some time ago, I made comparisons between different types of art software available. I compared Krita and Gimp, then I compared Krita and PaintToolSAI. Now it’s time to look at what the pros use. I’ll begin with procedure, explain the gaps in free software, and then discuss how ClipStudio Paint fills in those gaps. Finally, I’ll throw in alittle bit about what I think of Toon Boon Harmony.

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media, music, remix

ArtCore and the New East Asian Beats

Every now and then, you stumble on something amazing. I like hearing ethereal, epic, Japanese-sounding music, so while checking out some recommendations on Youtube, I learned about an awesome “new” genre of music made possible by a collage of global influences and technological inventions (a long way of saying “synth” and “drum machine”). Introducing “artcore“. Of course, I’m alittle behind in the labeling because there’s quite a bit of this stuff, supposedly starting in 2004 with Narcissus at Oasis by Ryu but finally jumping the ocean enough after a decade to stand out on its own.

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anime and games, media

Yonder comes a new game!

Yonder is a new game. I like to help indie devs, so today I thought I’d call out and comment on a new game set to hit the PS4 and Windows markets this July. Called “Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles”, it’s primarily an exploration and building game targeted it a casual audience: no fighting and very little “story”. For once, a game targeted at my kind of crowd – if I still played games, that is.

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anime and games, media, movies

君の名は Review

http://kirimimi.deviantart.com/art/Your-name-639314037
by Kirimimi

It’s time for a light-hearted article on this blog!

I went to go see Your Name in a theatre. I didn’t know you had such an interesting name. You may bow at any time – Japanese style, of course – but be sure to back away first so you don’t bump your computer monitor. Gee, I wish I could have a movie named after me… just kidding.

Like any award-winning movie, our hero and heroine repeat the title’s name over and over, supporting that typical time travel trope of only forgetting the most memorable part of your experience (if you’re good at remembering names, that is). Like many time travel stories, this romance separates our girl who leapt through time from her Satoru Fujinuma by a Stein’s gate. What a memorable trope.

The story is about a boy named Taki and a girl named Mitsuha who wake up and find themselves in each other’s bodies. As the story gradually progresses, they learn about each other through their interactions with friends and neighbors, find themselves in a desperate situation where they must work together, and by the end, they fulfill the much-anticipated happy ending and the audience isn’t walking away feeling like there are too many plot holes.

To summarize it in terms of genres: high-school, romance, drama, sci-fi, and eye-candy.

I’m going to start off with the story details and then eventually sing about the eye-candy.

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anime and games, media, movies

Critiquing the Wind Rises

Miyazaki directs a Zero. The film shoot revealed many deaths without showing one. And how many other cryptic ways of speaking about this movie can we utilize to describe this modern motion picture? A well-awarded (or nominated) documentary of many miserable failures? Yes, even that would be accurate. In this article, I briefly critique the Studio Ghibli film, The Wind Rises.

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