Kill la Kill

“A young girl arrives at a school of super-humans to find out the truth behind her father’s murder.” – IMDb

Pretty bland and conventional plot for an anime, nothing wrong there. I picked the series on a whim clicked by an intriguing review at MAL which went something like “so i watched the first episode of Kill la Kill, and, i like it”. This is where i went like “well that escalated quickly”. Now after having followed through all the episodes I rest my verdict on the fact that Kill La Kill is more than meets the eyes.

Matoi Ryouko invades Honnouji Academy wielding some kind of scissor-sword opposing the majestic Student Council President Satsuki Kiryuin and what have we here ? a talking highschool sailor uniform, some camel toe shots, bouncing tits and pervading nudity and what not, almost like another Ikki Tousen attributed with whacky animation and gags. Fan-service gone wild, Perhaps that is all one might perceive at first glance, but a prominent inspection might reveal it to be far more than that. Because pervasive fanservice is the very substance in the series ! Continue reading


A briefing on experimental manga

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To highlight, away from the conventional clutches of Commercialization there were minds in Japan that could pervade on wonders akin to Will Eisner, Dave Mazzucchelli, Joe Sacco or contemporaries like Sarnath Banerjee. People who went away from the commercialized markets to probe their pens into jotting down the unconventional. Experimenting on several acoustic art styles that would echo expressionist ideas, and themes that knew no bizarre boundaries.

Although their Graphic Novels can be categorized as having seinen/mature content over the internet, but originally they went out of the demographic shackles of shounen, seinen or Josei as they germinated in the libraries dating from Post-war Japan as an underground movement of sorts. The initiative was taken by Yashihiro Tatsumi when he decided to provide the country with a market which would appeal to the crowd that appreciates magical realism and other literary aesthetics. Though the market was misunderstood and gained notoriety among conscious parental circles who stereotyped drawings with speech bubbles as bad influence to the children and more so because of the lewd content at times. But there were significant number of adolescent readers that protested against these tectonic calamities which were up to shake off the foundation. Continue reading

Tatami Galaxy

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‘Tatami’, the cultural knowledge of which probably is visually clear to everyone who have been accustomed to watching anime for a while now, you’ll know when i say that it is a type of flooring material used in Traditional styled Japanese houses. The word is actually derived from the verb ‘tatamu’ which means, to fold or pile. Now, placing the word side by side particularly with the word ‘Galaxy’ definitely has a connotative implication of ‘claustrophobia’ which i guess most people did perceive. Yes, the shows throws the protagonist’s life as living in a 4.5 tatami room, almost like in a huge cube and the events occurring all around his college life are directly relate-able to the claustrophobic experiences he comprehends while expounding in the aspects of the space.

The show exhibits traits of dark comedy, much relate-able to the anime ‘Sayonara Zetsubo sensi’, heck even the protagonists look way similar. Though Itoshiko is a character who completely taints himself to pessimistic way of life exhibiting suicidal tendencies, the protagonist here is ideologically much more alive and doesn’t live by tending to hang himself everyday, nor is his life psychologically contorted to the point of living every second in horror within the walls of his apartment, as seen in the films of Roman Polanski who also dealt with the theme of claustrophobia. The show also perhaps is relate-able to the anime ‘Welcome to NHK’ which portrays the life of a shut in/NEET, but the line differentiating both the series is on the level of layered and visual symbolisms which is the main concern for this series, a symbolic succession resulting in an exhalting fulfillment. Continue reading