For this analysis, I will discuss the 2017 Ghost in the Shell film (USA) and the 1995 Ghost in the Shell animated film (Japan). There are spoilers for both. … More Ghost in the Shell (2017, USA)
Premise: A deaf student, Nishimiya Shouko, transfers to a new school and becomes the target of bullying by a boy named Ishida Shouya. The bullying eventually culminates in Nishimiya leaving the school. In the aftermath of her departure, Ishida becomes ostracised by his friends. Five years later, Ishida meets Nishimiya again. The events that follow … More A Silent Voice (2017, Japan)
Premise: The Hedgehog tells the story of Paloma, an eleven year old girl who looks at the adults in her life and sees no fulfilment, honesty, or meaning. Her father gives attention to his political career at the expense of all else, while her mother covers up emotional issues with antidepressants. Paloma is left believing … More The Hedgehog (2009, France)
This analysis draws from the video game, Nier: Gestalt. Care has been taken to avoid major spoilers. … More For Fan-service or Female Diversity?
Premise: The apparent hero of this story is Nier. Seeking a cure for his daughter’s fatal illness, known as the black scrawl, his quest takes us on a journey through a post-apocalyptic fantasy world that grows stranger with each step. Destructive creatures called ‘shades’ roam the lands, driving humanity to the brink of extinction. Behind … More Nier: Gestalt (2010, Japan)
Premise: The Housemaid tells the story of Li Eun-yi, a maid to an upper-class family. She has an affair with the father of the household and falls pregnant. When the secret is exposed, Eun-yi is faced with dire consequences and must fight to protect her unborn child. What to expect: Melodrama Tension Very emotional characters … More The Housemaid (2010, South Korea)
Last month I set myself an unusual goal: I could only listen to music if I didn’t choose the song. Here’s why: I listen to music all too frequently. (Of course, with so much music available at the touch of a button these days, I’m guessing that most of us do.) It reached a point … More What I Learned Without Music