Balsa is Best Girl: Moribito Reflection

I have two questions…

 

Have you watched Moribito yet?

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Why haven’t you watched it?

 

It is an excellent show from the 2000s era, which was a unique era for anime. This anime has everything you need for a good show, intriguing plot, good action scenes and fantastic characters.

 

What is Moribito?

 

Moribito is an anime about a cursed prince who was supposed to be murdered to save his kingdom, but a female warrior comes to his country and makes a pact with the cursed prince’s mother to protect the prince.

 

Why is Moribito awesome

 

What makes Moribito impressive is the elements of depth and surprise. A lot of older anime have this element; It is what makes anime extremely unique way of storytelling. The portion of storytelling is usually something that may seem random, off-hand, propels the entire story into another realm. With Moribito, the element of surprise is another world. This series not only delves into the culture and how religious matters affect politics. What may seem like just another fighting show on the surface turns into something much more than that.

 

Another part of Moribito that shines is the characters. None of the characters seemed like an antagonist. They were very level-headed, and their motives were easy to relate too. Chaggum, the prince, was a fantastic character. He wasn’t your typical annoying prince or a fairytale like the prince. He had his snobby moments but also moments of leadership. He let his actions speak for him more than his words.

 

Balsa, the main character is another great character.  She expresses her morals and values through everything she does. The way her role is designed down to her fight style tells you more about her than she will say about herself. What makes Balsa amazing is the fact that she is a real ride or dies. She will go to complete a job or protect those she cares about. It does not matter if she is facing an invisible monster or will have a life of running away from royal guards. Balsa will finish what she starts, and I find that quite astonishing.

 

If you like the emotional element of Fullmetal Alchemist or you are looking for an excellent anime from the 2000s era, this is the show for you.

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6 Film scenes that have inspired me

This list is kinda like an extension of my favorite movies list that seems to never stop growing.  These scenes, in particular, I hold very near and dear to my heart. They keep my love for film alive in the midst of all of these subpar movies.

Here’s the list:

Kida and The Crystal Scene
This scene has always stuck out in my mind. The color and music create an omnipotent atmosphere. It is such an underrated scene and very rare. A woman of color who transcends from a princess to a divine power source, it makes me feel empowered and inspired. Each time I watch that scene, it reminds me that I have the power to create my own world.

 

The Water Spirit in Spirited Away
In Spirited Away there are many beautiful and breath-taking scenes such as Chihiro visiting Granny or the numerous world -exploring scenes. The scene that inspires me is the Water Spirit scene. The scene starts with everyone taking a relaxing bath and then there is the alarming presence of a spirit. The bath plays a huge role in this scene and that is the main reason why I like the scene so much. You can almost feel how relaxing the bath is from the steam, rushing water and the sighs of relaxation. The artwork and ornate decor enhance the scene.

 

 

Sharon Apple’s Concert Macross Plus
Macross Plus has one of the best soundtracks in anime history. The way this soundtrack shines is during Sharon Apple’s concert. The concert starts, the mood is set and then Santi-U plays. Sharon, the AI swims across the clouds and mesmerizes the thousands of people (plus the audience) with her singing. I love the soundtrack very much and frequently listen to it. My favorite songs are Pulse and Santi-U.

Magnetic Rose from Memories
Magnetic Rose is one of the best anime short films. Everything about this short film is beautiful plus the same person who scored Macross plus did the score for this film. It is hard to choose which part is my favorite because it was just so beautiful.

 

The flooding of the bathroom scene in The Shape of Water
This scene was very beautifully shot. The lighting and facial expressions were perfect. It encapsulated the innocence of the main character as well as transitioning the audience to a fantastical world in which the character and love interest are free. It is a rare scene.

 

Circus Scene from Cat Soup
The Circus scene from Cat Soup is an odd scene. It is very ethereal and eccentric, but I like it. It reminds me of when I would watch the circus at a place called the City Museum (it is essentially a building where you climb and find oddities). The style of the scene is somewhat nostalgic. It serves as a reminder that life experiences mixed with fantastical elements make an interesting story.

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New Video!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I didn’t want to do another top favorite blog post so I did a video. This video is on my favorite characters.  I was very nervous and camera shy but I finally did it. It was very fun and I probably will do another video like this again.

Let me know in the comment section what your favorite characters are

 

Top 10 Anime Series I like

Ghost In The Shell

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What drew me to this series was the Major’s character design. It took me a while to start watching this series but when I finally did I enjoyed myself. Episode 1 will always be memorable but it also feels like it was a rip off from the movie. The movie version was much more interesting but the series is still cool. Also, the soundtracks are amazing.

Deadman Wonderland

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The gritty dialogue is what sells this anime. The main character, Ganta is like Shinji Ikari (From Neon Genesis Evangelion).  What makes Ganta a better character than Shinji is that Ganta becomes assertive.

Wakakozake (The anime and The drama)

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This anime is one that I rewatch frequently.  I really like this anime because it is about a woman who eats food and enjoys going out by herself. I also like going out by myself so I can relate. The anime overall feels like taking a warm bath; it’s soothing.

Hunter x Hunter (2011)

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I was very skeptical about this show when I was first watched it, but now it is one of my favorite series.  After the first watch, it took me awhile to revisit the series and then I binged watch the series.

Devilman: Crybaby

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The art direction and everything about this anime was great. It was also thought-provoking.

Miss Koboyashi’s Dragon Maid

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This is another series that I rewatch frequently. It is funny and I love the characters plus, this series contains one of the best fight scenes in anime.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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This anime is the epitome of a good balance. There are the comedy, depth, and it’s just overall a great anime.

Ouran Highschool Host Club

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I have recently rewatched this show.  I enjoy watching this show because it makes me feel happy.  It’s fun and lighthearted.

Monster

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I’m not finished with this anime but the story is great. Each episode is glorious. I feel like this series is a bit underrated so far but again I am not finished with the series.

Kaiba

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I really enjoyed Kaiba. It was a short yet powerful series.  It has a similar art style as the Little Prince, Nemo Adventures in Slumberland and some other childhood favorites but it is a very adult show.

Special Mentions:

-Shinsekai Yori

-Samurai Champloo

-Aria

-Neon Genesis Evangelion

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Top 10 of my Favorite Films

10 of my Favorite Films that span from anime, foreign film and classics

For this list, I do not have a particular ranking.

Spirited Away

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When I heard about Spirited Away I was in Barnes and Noble. The store was showing a trailer for the film and I was mesmerized; the intricate design of the setting and just the overall feel of the film made me feel like I was in a dream. After my first viewing of Spirited Away my life had changed. I was on the search for the bathhouse. In my neighborhood, there was a road that was similar to the one in Spirited Away; I decided that I was going to follow that road and see where it lead me.  The road did not lead me to the bathhouse but it did lead to a really nice thrift store and an overpriced donut shop.

Kill Bill

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Out of all the Tarantino movies, Kill Bill is my favorite. Kill Bill resonated with me more than Pulp Fiction or Jackie Brown.  For me, it was the heavy Japanese influence.  There was anime, the setting is in Japan and the characters are inspired by Japanese cult classics such as Lady Snowblood. What makes this movie one of my favorites is O-Ren Ishii and Gogo Yubari. I would love to see a movie about O-Ren Ishii and Gogo Yubari. There are also other fantastic elements and characters but the anime sequence was what made the movie stand out.  As I watched, the anime sequence I hoped that Tarantino would do an anime series.

Notes: The anime seems very similar to Blood-C and I also heard that the director of Cowboy Bebop was involved……

Akira

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Akira is a visual feast for the eyes. Akira is art, even the Supreme Collab with the cells from the manga. The picture of Kaneda in the red pills jacket walking up to the motorcycle is a mere example of how iconic Akira is. That picture made me want to get the jacket and motorcycle. After I watched the movie I realized it is everything that makes anime great.  The art, the music, and everything combined was amazing. Even though the movie is epic there was a lot of elements missing. I read the manga and was blown away by what was left out. Also, I searched for more movies by Katsuhiro Otomo and found some gems. Overall,  Akira is more than just one of the great anime. I believe that Akira embodies anime as art. Akira is an example of what anime has the ability to do.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

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This movie had one of the most intense trailers.  What captured me the most was a scene where Kida turned into a crystal and spoke to Milo in her native tongue that was beautiful and well-filmed scene. The scene had a great impact on me: I had dreams about that crystal scene and I tried to replicate it in my script.

Ghost in The Shell

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Ghost in The Shell is another great anime film. With its intellectually engaging dialogue and very cool action choreography, it showcases the possibilities of anime. Every detail in the film has its purpose from the music to the setting there is a running theme of merging and rebirth.

Helter Skelter

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In Helter Skelter, Mika Ninagawa captures the beauty and essence of Erika Sawajiri and Kiko Mizuhara.  The entire film is visually pleasing but the part of the film that took my breath away was the opening.

Virgin: When Virginity is Questioned

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Virgin is a nostalgic film. It encapsulates everything about the millennium. The clothes and the music remind me of when I was younger and could not wait to be a teenager.

Titan A.E.

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Titan A.E. is an obscure yet well-done film.  It is a high octane space adventure that has a great soundtrack and unforgettable characters. There are so many good things that are great about this movie that it makes you question why it never was popular.

The Prince of Egypt

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The Prince of Egypt is a great movie and I am surprised that not a lot of people talk about it. It is a movie that raised the bar on animation. It was unique and no one has done anything like it before or afterward.

The Color Purple

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I had read the book and watched the movie.  I hold the movie and the book in really high regards because I resonate with the characters Alice Walker was inspired by one of my favorite Anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston, to write the book and it has black women owning businesses and traveling.

Special Mentions:

-Kirikou (all three movies)

-Vampire Hunter D

-Purab Aur Paschim

-36 Chinatown

-Lawerence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago

-Ben-Hur

-Anything Alfred Hitchcock

-James Bond movies

-The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Wall-e (Disney Trilogy…the great of the great)

-The Nun Story

-Satoshi Kon Movies

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The Welcome to the NHK complex

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To those who are avid or life-long anime watchers you have probably seen Welcome to The N.H.K. If not, I recommend it to you. Welcome to The N.H.K is an anime series (obiviously) about  a guy named Sato who is a hikikomori which is basically a person who never leaves home.  Recently I had finished the anime and found some painful similarties to my own life that Sato had.  After my summer semester at SWIC all I did was sit in the house. I wasn’t allowed to go out the house too much during school so basically I either went to school or was at home. When school ended all I did was sit at home. I found my room to be my personal holding cell. I kept hearing things, thinking that people were talking about me. I couldn’t sleep at times. I found myself running away through internet and writing. I never wanted to think too much about reality but once I was away from the virtual reality I get anxious.

 

Now I am in Atlanta, Georgia.  for 11 hours I did not want to think about what was next. I only slept just twice (usually I can sleep for the whole time). I left the four wall holding cell and now I am in a different state without the comfort I had felt before. It feels odd being here and on my own. Today was my off-day from having to go to school and I found myself going through what I like to call the N.H.K complex. I felt very anxious at the thought of going outside of my dorm or having to change clothes because I was hungry. Luckily I went outside my dorm twice (victory for me).

Red, Hellsing, Jesus, Love

Recently I was watching an anime called Helllsing ultimate which was pretty good. It was very dark and intense but very interesting because it dealt with old school vampires and such (like nosferatu and dracula). Speaking of which for those who are fans of the series dracula=alucard…..the name is backwards. Anyway, what really made this series stand out to me is the fact that the main antagonist wanted war. Why would the main antagonist want war? The answer: he just was passionate about war. I had to really analyze this because I found it interesting how certain passions can be a huge driving force that gets us to the point where we feel unstoppable. Passion (when developed) to me is the equivalent to energy. The color for passion is red, the color of blood is red and a depiction of energy is red. According to native americans red is the color of life as well and life=energy. The whole point is passion is a huge part of who christians are. Blood that Jesus bled for our sins is a great representation of this passion. In most movies that are made about christ this is the make or break point. The directors are in some sort of contest to see which actor can evoke the most emotion…. Now jumping to another thing: love. The first color that comes to my mind is red. Red, love, passion and energy. Jesus was displaying love when he died on the cross. Okay now what does this all have to do with a character who wants war, red, energy, love and the word of the day passion…..another word purpose. Another question….what do you think the antagonist of hellsing was made for? What was the antagonist trained to want? The antagonist wants victory, chaos and havoc. That was what the character was written for. What was jesus here for? One purpose that jesus had to fulfill is the purpose of cleaning our sins. Okay recap: red, passion, jesus, some guy in hellsing, and love. Passion is a part of love. Some say love and passion are synonymous but I would say no. Passion is the driving force behind love because passion is (you guessed it) energy. Passion can also lead to purpose which I have learned recently. When you have a passion for something you love it. When you love something you dedicate your life to it which is purpose of living and getting up everyday. Man must have passion in order to keep breathing everyday and we must live to our purposes. When we don’t live up to our purposes what is the meaning of life?

 

P.S. Hellsing=Red