Takemitsu Zamurai : critique


Takemetsu Zamurai counts amongst one of the most beautiful and relaxing series that I’ve ever read, maybe it was the lazy setting of the edo period, maybe it was calm and relax attitude of the protagonist or maybe it was the talking animals. Reading this manga was a joyous experience.

The characters of this manga are simple yet eloquent and contain amazing depth. The interaction of one character with the environment or with another characters is very elegant, warm and natural specially the friendship of Senou and Kankichi in the beginning helps you in settling into the manga. The art, specially the human anatomy, might be considered mediocre by some, but I felt that it was surreal as it provided that folklore like feeling to the manga. It was like looking at some painting from edo period which is telling the story of Senou and his life. The battles were interestingly drawn and were easy to comprehend.Overall, this manga is a work of art, and I feel happy that I read it.

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Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou


“Today will be tomorrow’s yesterday”

The time is set in future where rising sea level has flooded most of the costal areas. The story of Alpha Hatseno, an Alpha 7 M2 series robot left by her owner at a countryside coffee shop, she acts fully like a human being running the coffee shop named ‘Cafe Alpha‘. The story surrounds as Alpha is getting in with behind the backdrop of a futuristic country-side Japan. The story begins with Alpha making a shopping trip to Yokohama. Marionette but yet like an elegant woman Alpha’s character is able to captivate the heart of most of the male readers. 

ykkAbout the manga in General, YKK is a ‘mono no aware’, a Japanese concept that awares us of the transience of things and describes beauty. The fragrance of the country side and it’s transcending charm, sober warmth of long scooter ride through desolate streets, a coffee shop in the country side with entertaining customers, the sober country people, scenes like the setting sun and mysterious essence of the ocean gives it a color blooming atmosphere evoking overwhelming feelings of nostalgia, reminding us how time is fleeting.
Ashinano is one of those few mangakas who can make you feel the warmth through his pages, the warmth as if a blurry reminiscence to those days when you were light headed and comfortably numb, those days you still long for, a nostalgia drive. Very much unlike the usual mangas where you find string of events with cliches and other elements to stew it up. This in fact exhibits more the traits of a country novel and short stories, with simple events and colloquial monologues. It is a piece that syncs with readers of all ages though only for people with a certain desire for this warmth. Most amusing part is the characters, how natural they are and able to blend through progressing events with just simple acts and that again captivates the readers, it’s as if the readers can relate them to their daily lives. To say it is as simple as amazing it is.

Recommending it to fans of series like : Wandering Emanon, Yotsubato

9.8/10

Reviewed by Rahul Ghosh

Spring and Chaos


spring and chaos cover

This is the tragic story of one of Japan’s most beloved poets, ‘Kenji Miyazawa’. Born at the end of the 19th Century. Kenji, like many artists, did not receive recognition for his tremendous literary contributions until after his death at the tragically early age of 37. The movie portrays people as cats, a homage to the stories Miyazawa wrote. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know about Kenji Miyazawa, or for the matter of fact anything about Japanese Literature, as director Shoji Kawamori does an admirable job of giving the viewer a sense of who Kenji Miyazawa was by attempting to show the world as he might have seen it, his own perspectives and perceptions. Miyazawa loved the beauty of the world and the science behind it. When something in nature catches his eye, Kenji freezes and intensely writes about what he sees in a notebook while seemingly entranced. At the same time we learn he could be captivated by modern technology as he stares hypnotically at a light bulb as it burns out, Kawamori carefully provides these scenes with the proper stipulations of cinematic artistry. The visuals in conjunction with the narrative are also to be cited. Scenes of starry or cloud-filled skies give way to amazing sequences that explore a sense of something greater in the world and the possibility that Kenji was closer than many of us ever have or ever will be to understanding it. Also, at times the visuals can give way to violent and disturbing images as Kenji wrestles with his inner torment. Spring and Chaos may not be able to turn you into a poetry connoisseur but it will definitely make you lean from the window and view the world a bit differently.

All said, I would recommend people not to look up at Kenji Miyazawa’s biography as of yet before watching this piece, for what I felt that this movie is more entrancing if one is oblivious about the author.

Reviewed by Rahul Ghosh

Annarasumanara


Annarasumanara cover

[Reviewed by Srinivas Akundi]

When I first read the name, the first word that reflected in my mind was “Abracadabra”..maybe that is what it means in Korean…

Kindly note, my views usually contain spoilers, and are definitely not poised to form a review’s. They are more like what people discuss while coming out from movie theater.

Annarasumunara is what I see as a coming-of-age Korean drama which is depicted in a webcomic format. The author, lemme check, Ha-Il_won or Hailgwon, got this idea while returning from a circus. He used the magic as a motif for portraying passive , behind the surface , intuitive feelings which people seem to forget as their life becomes more rule based with time, money, prestige, pride and most importantly ..people, involved.

Imagine yourself taking the same route to your destination, lets say by Bus. One day you wish to travel by your own automobile, you will feel the travelling experience totally different , maybe you will remember for times that come. One of the many plot devices of Annarasumunara teaches you that.

With just 3 Volumes (27 Chapters) long, neither you would feel the pace being too fast, nor the plot being too small to enjoy. Ah-yee mesmerizes you by constantly breaking the fourth wall with her letters to her Mom (Us!) as she narrates her feelings silently in words (with a neat handwriting, the typesetter was good!) Continue reading