Tag Archives: Japan

Subtly Hidden (And Depressing) Poster Image

Grave of the Fireflies is one of the saddest Masterpiece ever made.

Decades after its original release, people have discovered a haunting, hidden image in the Japanese movie poster.

Attention has been re-focused on Grave of the Fireflies after director Isao Takahata’s recent passing. Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 Studio Ghibli movie about two children in Japan during World War II.

The image on the left is of the Japanese poster in question.

It looks like main characters Seita and Setsuko are playing with fireflies, right? 

But if you look closely at the top of the poster…

…or alter the poster’s colour…

There appears to be a B29 bomber hidden in the blackness.

If you alter the colour further, you can see that there’s the round glowing light of fireflies at the bottom contrasted with what appears to be bullets or firebombs raining down.

This poster is perhaps one of the most famous in animation, and it’s also depressing as hell, but doesn’t quite pack the same emotional punch upon closer inspection.

They should make the leader of every country watch that movie!

On the other hand, I better get to the hospital because all of this edge has me haemorrhaging.

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Studio Ghibli LEGEND Isao Takahata has died

Isao Takahata, co-founder of Studio Ghibli and director of such animated films as Grave of the Fireflies, passed away today in a Tokyo hospital at the age of 82.

Takahata’s distinguished career as a producer, director, and animator began in 1959 when he joined Toei Animation as an assistant. There, he met his longtime collaborator and fellow animation legend Hayao Miyazaki, with whom he later founded Studio Ghibli along with Toshio Suzuki.

A number of Studio Ghibli’s most famous anime have benefited from Takahata’s hand as a producer, director or writer. After producing 1984’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and 1986’s Castle in the Sky, Takahata directed Grave of the Fireflies (no movie has ever made me cry like Grave of the Fireflies) a brilliant and devastating World War II drama that received universal acclaim.

Between 1991 and 2013, Takahata directed Only YesterdayPom PokoMy Neighbors the Yamadas, and The Tale of Princess Kayuga, the latter of which was nominated for an Academy Award. He continued working through 2016.

RIP Mr. Takahata. Thank you for giving me so much beauty and such good cries. 

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Ikki

Here’s a confession…

Ikki is a nickname a use for some torrid encounters or just to exchange ideas in some so-called social media. I don’t understand those who share their real info on a virtual world, it’s like unprotected sex to me, careless of their safety.

I chose Ikki because is a name I like since I was a child, a Japanese name I should have had instead of my German real name.

But Ikki is also the name of one of my favourite characters from the EPIC manga Saint Seiya! Which was adapted into an anime when I was a kid (Saint Seiya is one of the most celebrated mangas of Japan).

Ikki (輝) literally means “Gleam” and he is the bronze saint of Phoenix.

I never thought too much about the whole concept behind the character, but recently some random stranger online made realised how it fits me like a glove.

In the mythology, the phoenix dies in a show of flames and obtains new life by arising from the ashes… Curiously, in real life, my element is fire ’cause I’m a Leo on the zodiac.

The person who made me realised the similarities with the anime was also familiar with the character and told me: “So you are a lone wolf! And I was like “OMG what? So true!”

Although I’m a fan of Saint Seiya, my focus on Ikky was always only on his powers.

In the anime Ikki has actually a lone wolf attitude as well as an above-average, fiery power. He is harsh, cold, aggressive, and very much of a loner. Yet he is guided by his deep love and loyalty for his younger brother and friends. 

He dislikes teamwork, but comes to battle whenever others need help.

You know when you met someone and his/her name looks like his/her face? 

When I chose Ikki I did it by the phonetic because it matches my persona: Straightforward!

But I never thought how much the anime matches the rest of personality. Even though I’m only harsh, cold, aggressive when I lose my cool… which gladly doesn’t happen often.

I short, only those who know me in real life know how much I hate my German name.

My parents had it wrong!! 

Ikky should have been my name, like the fiery loner Japanese avenger.

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Timeless Classic Of The Day

Macaroni by Perfume 

If the last time comes to us someday, until then, I want to keep looking over you.

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No Fucks Given

In this clip from Tastefully Offensive, which stars Instagram model Ganmo the Persian cat from Japan, the role of me is being played by that lazy pussy and the role of life is being played by that cat toy.

When life hits me in the face over and over again, I think about getting up and taking that evil bitch on, but then I realise that doing so requires energy and a little thing called “giving a fuck,” so I just take another nap.

Ganmo’s human filmed and uploaded a video of him being a lazy hero to lazies everywhere by refusing to get up as a toy slaps him in the head over and over and over again.

That toy is an “interactive pet camera and teaser” that costs $229, so Ganmo’s not the one getting screwed, his humans are. They spent that much money on a toy that Ganmo couldn’t give one fuck about.

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#雪だるま

Downtown Tokyo saw its heaviest snowfall for years last Monday, causing travel chaos throughout the city.

Cars were stranded and abandoned on roads, trains stopped running and people were left stuck at the airport as 250 international flights were cancelled.

What to do in the face of such a situation? Make snowmen, of course.

But wait, before you grab a carrot, some pebbles and a couple of sticks for arms, remember, this is JAPAN! 

Tokyo is dotted with snow sculptures that will put a smile on your face, and put old carrot nose in your backyard to shame.  

They are being shared on Twitter via the trending hashtag #雪だるま

It appears the Japanese attitude to snow sculptures is much more developed than basic European and North American stuff, but it shouldn’t be a surprise anyway. After all, when it comes to fun and creativity Asians are unmatched perfectionists.

Asians > the rest!

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MOVIES MARATHON PART II

Sorry, been busy with holidays stuff and also overwhelmed with all the guys, so I’m taking a break ’cause, blogging > men.  Blogging would never disappoint you, in blogging we can trust and the pleasure of it also lasts longer. 

That said, I’ve watched few more film this week:

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL

A man who can’t be killed teams up with a young girl to avenge the murder of her family… Because nothing says Christmas like watching a blood fest of revenge!

That’s the story of Takashi Miike’s adaptation of the famous manga Blade of the Immortal, a film that’s basically a samurai fan’s wildest dream come true.

It runs over two hours, and it’s filled with insane battles, crazy weapons, blood, tears, and more blood. Basically everything about it rules.

I’m walking paradox… While I don’t accept violence in real life, I love violent films with twisted humour… Specially when evil bastards pay.

Glorious, violent and completely relentless!

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THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE

I had to watch this film after reading the book…  I didn’t expect much and it did well ’cause the film adaptation of this horrific real-life story left me pretty meh!

I adore Jessica Chastain but I have no clue why they chose her to play the role of Antonina Zabinski. I hate when they chose American actors to play foreign roles with terrible bad accents when the world is vast and great actors exist around the globe in all languages.

That said, this movie would have better served with subtitles ’cause from times you spend more time trying to understand the spoken words than feeling the Holocaust…  See, you react more to the killing of animals than humans you know something’s amiss. 

If it’s remembered at all, it will be seen as a missed opportunity to tell a powerful story.

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OKJA

This movie may well make you a vegetarian…

Okja is the story of a young girl who travels the globe to save her massive but adorable monster friend from becoming processed meat is both a great adventure, a touching love story, and a biting commentary.

It begins on an idyllic mountain farm in rural South Korea, moves to Seoul for a massive amount of destruction, breaks your heart in a hellish laboratory in New Jersey, and visits a too-slick marketing stunt in New York.

Despite the overacting and lack of subtlety, this is a touching film that benefits from astonishing visual effects and offers a welcome ecological message about the exploitation of science and atrocities committed against animals for profit to the detriment of people’s health.

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