As I look for ways to keep my writing brain well-oiled, I will be trying out a more ‘modular’ approach to blog posts: rather than dedicating each post to a singular theme that I hammer out mostly in one sitting, I’m taking a few pages from my old seasonal anime list posts, and compile short capsule reviews that I write throughout the week(s). In this instance, I have given myself a pretty decent schedule for the upcoming fortnight of movies that are screening at the annual Sydney Film Festival, and will be reflecting on each title I watch, before publishing it at its conclusion.
Duality: a simple but demonstratively cardinal term. The expressionistic properties of ‘duality’ alone can already form the metaphorical backbone of the most impressionable citings of physics, philosophy, mythology and visual arts in human history. Balance in its purest form constitutes two opposing beings; physical or otherwise, keeping each other in check. Gravity and mass, good and evil, light and dark. Man and machine.
It’s rather difficult, talking about a trip as…small-scaled and comparatively mundane as this, especially considering how the original intent was for me to go and visit a dentist there and yank out two of my misbehaving wisdom teeth. Nasty business.
However, in considering that during the two weeks while the right side of my mouth burnt like lava, there isn’t much for me to do in terms of relaxation, pleasure through eating (my personal favourite pastime outside of watching anime) and doing the usual things you would do whilst vacationing overseas. Instead, I had some time to think about things, as I sat back and observed this culture that I had partially left behind.
If I haven’t made it clear yet: yes, I am a Chinese-Australian, born and raised in China, but grew past the drinking age in the land down under (and yeah, the legal age is 18 down here, so SUCK IT America). I suppose it is time for me to go back there, and breathe in some of that countryside air again. I will be visiting my Dad; who’s currently living in Chongqing. I will also be dropping by at my old childhood village near Xichang and see how the old folks there are doing, before I swing around to Chengdu to visit my grandparents, second uncle and aunt for a bit. Also arranged to get my wisdom teeth removed there. Two birds with one stone.
If you have a) any knowledge of moe and slice of life, b) a love for moe and slice of life, c) an intense hatred for moe and slice of life, or d) read enough of my posts to notice a common pattern in subject matters, then you would be aware of the basic recipe for success of such shows: the construction of a world that’s charming and relaxing, and a cast of characters who are teeth-rottingly adorable.
This post acts as an accompaniment to my thesis on Tamayura OVA.
Final say: CERTIFIED FUNOMENAL
The iyashikei genre of anime has been a sanctuary for this writer/photographer/student, ever since joining the anime fandom a year ago; the seemingly effortless grace of the shows I’ve watched from this genre can be proud to include Tamayura, as well. This OVA’s magnum opus is its gentle atmosphere, which works to inflict the viewer with subtle urges of artistic inspiration without obvious implications of preachiness.
Needless to say, lovers of gentle shows with a curious artistic devotion to the normality of human lives, and with no difficultly twisted plots and characters, will find a lot to indulge upon here. It is certainly a love letter to all artists, and one which all recipients should accept and embrace.
News Re-gag: August Premiere For New Shinkai Film
The renowned director’s newest film, Kimi no Na wa | Your Name, will be debuting August 2016, featuring staff including Movie Director Shunji Iwai (Hana to Alice: Satsujin Jiken) and main casts, Ryuunosuke Kamiki and Moka Kamishiraishi.
Tagline of the key visual: I am searching for you, whom I have never met yet.
Just a heads up: My photography site is now up and running! You may run into a few ‘under construction’ signs, but rest assured that content will be added ASAP.
Shot and processed these images a while ago, but thought I would share it on here, to kinda commemorate the proper establishment of this blog.
Essentially, these are the best of a bunch of photos I took, intended on experimenting with Lightroom for some creative artistic results without distorting the original too much.
Had some fun playing with colour temperature, selective focus and post-process adjustments.
Another little experiment on selective focusing, utilising the light-bending nature of water in a glass. Also achieved some interesting textures and colour combinations with certain areas left B&W.
Now you have a basic idea of how my mind works with space and how it triggers creativity: anything to do with light distortions, incidental placings of objects and colours can be subjects of my images. Of course, I do have my share of love for grand landscapes and architecture, but sometimes, little things are interesting, too.
Director: Junichi Sato
Animation Production: Hal Film Maker
Music: Nobuyuki Nakajima
Genres: Slice of Life, Iyashikei, Photography
Season: Summer 2010 (OVA debut)
The Spark of a Photographer
There’s a general consensus, that photographs are just fragments of frozen time and moments, nothing more. We take them on a whim, hoping to save a split second of amazement or amusement, and in a world where social media and smartphones rule societies, it seems that the significance of photographs are becoming less…intimate.
In reality, there exists an almost…interdimensional relationship between a photo, its subject and the photographer: there’s a REASON WHY a photo was taken and WHY this particular subject was chosen, framed and shot. These actions acuminate from personal emotions and attachments between the documenter and the documented. Photographs that are…truly wonderful are those that had managed to capture a fragment of heartfelt fervour when the shutter button was pushed…or where a moment of preciousness fluttering through the air was captured permanently onto a single, perfect image.
See…I DO have a social life!
I recently attended my university’s (in collaboration with a few other unis) Anime Society Christmas Party. I was cosplaying as a stereotypical stalker (not really…I was just a guy with a fancy DSLR, occasionally snapping up a few pictures).
The photographs here were all extensively processed and edited in Adobe Lightroom from their original RAW formats, in order to look their best in terms of vibrancy and natural skin colour tones, etc. Hope you enjoy the different styles of presentations I have for showcasing the event.