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  • Sachi 3:36 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Anime News Network, , , , , , Satoshi Kon, , Yoshimi Itazu   

    Madhouse to Resume Production of Yume-Miru Kikai 

    Personally, I think it’s a great thing that Satoshi Kon’s final work is set to be completed. It’ll stand as testament to his life’s work, as well as being a tribute to him. After all the time and effort he surely put into it before passing, it would be a travesty to leave it unfinished. We’ll have to trust that the Yoshimi Itazu and the rest of the team at Madhouse studios will be able to complete it exactly as Kon intended. (More …)

  • Sachi 9:20 pm on October 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Comic Books, , , , , Guillermo Del Toro, Hayao Miyazaki, John Steinbeck, , , Satoshi Kon, Shadow of the Colossus,   

    Can Video Games be Considered an Art Form? 

    Art. What the hell is it? Is it a beautifully realistic painting of nature, an emotionally captivating piece of music, or simply an expression that portrays the largest amount of ideas using the smallest amount of material? It’s already hard enough to define what art is; heck, it’s probably impossible. However, there are still many things that can widely be considered art, many things cannot, and many things that are along the fence. Here I will be balancing on that fence and diving headfirst into the long-running debate of whether or not a video game can be considered a work of art. It really is a nasty subject to dive into, with a lot of people on both sides, but I’m in the mood to write a good rant and I’m not doing anything else with my time, so lets get to it. Can a video game ever being considered a form of art, or is it nothing more than entertainment? (More …)

  • Sachi 8:06 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Millennium Actress 

    For my final movie review of Kon Month I watched Satoshi Kon’s second movie, Millennium Actress. Released in 2001 by Madhouse Studios, Millennium Actress is a surreal journey of love which covers, as the name suggests a millennium. Of all of Satoshi Kon’s work, I must say that this movie is easily my least favorite of his, which is a good thing and a bad thing: the good is that I now finally have something to criticize in one of his movies; the bad is that Millennium Actress simply isn’t on the same par as the rest of his work. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed this movie, but it was really lacking in some important elements. I suppose the best way to tell you is to just explain it all, so here’s why: (More …)

    • BrikHaus 9:36 am on September 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am a big fan of Mr. Kon’s work. However, I agree this is probably his “worst” project. It is extremely overrated, and the first time I watched it, I fell asleep. Of course, Kon’s “worst” effort is still better than 95% of all other anime, but still, this movie was disappointing.

    • Canne 10:21 pm on September 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Chiyoko is indeed a completely static character but to me, her being static sets this movie apart from other anime. I think Chiyoko’s getting stuck on one and only thing in her entire life is the main point of this movie; a long and neverending search for her one true love. It was tragic and romantic. The unique storytelling did well to cover up the lack of developement and replace them with Kon’s signature visual feast.
      p.s. Blogroll exchange completed. Thanks for adding me. ^^

    • Johannes Lauri 10:41 am on October 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Too bad I didn’t notice this write-up earlier. Millennium Actress is my favorite Kon film and I feel the urge to defend it. The film’s point is how the characters are stuck in the monotonous yet completely solid characterization. Chiyoko even says it out loud at the very end: “what I loved was chasing after you” or something like that. I think you’re not giving enough credit for the inspirational narrative that keeps the madness perfectly clear and makes an otherwise “simple” story rather complex. Just because something isn’t complex doesn’t mean it isn’t good.

  • Sachi 1:29 am on September 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Christmas, , , , , , Satoshi Kon,   

    Tokyo Godfathers 

    Just about everybody loves to sit down and watch a nice Christmas story, any story that either shows how one learns the true meaning of Christmas (the presents, yo), or how one must save Christmas for whatever reason. Either way, stories of Christmas miracles seem to have a way of warming our hearts, no matter how ridiculously unlikely or serendipitous the story seems to be. And now for my stunningly smooth transition to the real review: Tokyo Godfathers, Satoshi Kon’s third film, is a great example of a Christmas story, but unlike most Christmas stories, this movie is about a group of unlikely heroes — well, most stories are about unlikely heroes, but Tokyo Godfathers has some really unlikely heroes, which I think brings a lot of realism to the story and is ultimately why I love this movie. Once again, I’ve stumbled upon a Kon film that I really can’t find anything wrong with, so be prepared to see a lot of praise. (More …)

  • Sachi 7:33 pm on September 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Perfect Blue 

    Diving headfirst into Kon Month, I’ll be starting off with Satoshi Kon’s very own directorial debut, Perfect Blue. An adaptation loosely based off a book of the same name written by Yoshikazu Takeuchi, Perfect Blue originally hit theaters in 1997 and was greatly received by many around the world, not just anime fans. To this day, Perfect Blue has strong holding in the anime industry. Many people consider this movie to be Kon’s magnum opus among his many great films. I personally had not seen it and was skeptical of their opinions; even as I began watching the film I was skeptical of its greatness. However, by the end my opinion was greatly changed, and here’s why: (More …)

    • soulassassin547 5:19 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Having watching stuff like Silence of the Lambs, and love a gritty, mind-blowing mystery, by the strength of your commentary and the images, well, I feel like I want to get a copy of this. Yeah, I wonder if PB is comparable to “The Shining”, because I watched a music video based on that movie.

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