Analysis in Retrospect: Piano no Mori | The Expressive Core of the Piano

Alternative Titles: The Perfect World of Kai, The Piano Forest

Director: Masayuki Kojima

Animation Production: MADHOUSE

Music: Keisuke Shinohara

Genres: Slice of Life, Music, Competition, Supernatural

Year: 2007

Disclaimer: the societal commentary present in this publication are all the writer’s own personal observations and opinions. No journalistic or scholarly value and sources are cited nor present (unless stated otherwise).

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Funomena Picks: Best of Anime 2015 | Part III

For my third and final venture into the best of anime 2015, I determine the overall winners of the year.

Below are my meticulously considered titles and studios that will be competing for and winning the Funomenon Globe (Took me 5 seconds to come up with this name…so it’s AWESOME. Design & 3D render pending.) for Best TV & Film Soundtracks, Top-Performing Studio and Favourite Anime of 2015.

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Funomena Picks: Best of Anime 2015 | Part I

(What’s with people rushing their top lists…even the Oscars are STILL contemplating on last year, and how to stump poor ol’ DiCaprio…)

Some mindless yapping first.

About a few weeks ago, I marked my first year anniversary as a regular anime follower. What has always amazed me by myself (yeah…self-centred asshole…), is how quickly I can adapt and project myself into new fandom communities: it took me one photograph to fall in love with photography, it took me a few days and a few dozen albums to fall in love with film music. It took me only a year to complete basically enough anime shows and films to sustain long conversations with people, who have been following anime for years. I completed no less than 100 titles, OVAs and films in 2015, around 37 days’ worth of content (or 53280 minutes), and have familiarized myself with enough anime-isms to be able to analyse in-depth and engage in fanboy arguments during my university’s anime society get-togethers. Overall, anime has greatly improved my enjoyment of life: I have one more passion to engage with other people of common interests, and good animation satisfies my love for great art. I am thankful for that.

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Funomena Previews: Anime Winter 2016 Opening Watchlist

I believe in the practice of casting a wide net from the get go, to reel in the best catch. Granted, I will have to deal with a multitude of indigestible garbage and an occasional shopping cart or human carcass, but this way, I can taste-test a wide range of shows, before settling with what to follow, drop or slot into my watchlist.

It’s because of this practice, that I usually start the season running with a dozen shows at least, before it dwindles into 3 or 4 shows I will still be following weekly after 5 or 6 rounds. The shows I stopped following and my reasoning vary, from ‘It’s not my type of show’ to ‘this will look great on 1080p BD’… or ‘This is too epic to NOT marathon’. There’s also added dilemma in what shows work better with a English dub. Then there’s the always fascinating slew of Funimation broadcast dubs. We are definitely in the future.

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Funomenal Overview: Anime Half-season Fall 2015 – Part II

Let’s continue our stampede across the alphabet, shall we?


Is the order a rabbit?? | Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka??

Too much kawaiiii in one picture.

Director: Hiroyuki Hashimoto

Animation Production: White Fox, Kinema Citrus

Music: Ruka Kawada

Genres: Slice of Life, Moe

Episodes watched/aired: 6/6

Sequel to: Is the order a rabbit? | Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?

This should be quick, because the obvious ‘final say’ I have for this precious little show is a gawddamn FOLLOW WEEKLY! Go watch it. Now!

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