Animated works have a magical potential to let our imaginations unfurl in far greater ways than live-action. This was proven with irrefutable force when, in 2013, two of the founders of Studio Ghibli took their final bows with two films that were extraordinary even by Ghibli’s standards. The Wind Rises follows the tale of Jiro Horikoshi, who […]

Chiaki has been my role model in more ways than one for quite a long time now. Here’s his chilling performance of the first movement from Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto 2. When I watched Nodame Cantabile for the first time, I found it a bit odd that so much focus was being given on the performances for […]

This particular post is dedicated to Studio Ghibli music only. Each of their films is accompanied by a great score. I’ve handpicked few tracks which often send me spiraling into the world of wonder and magic. • Legend of Ashitaka, Princess Mononoke • Requiem, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind • One Summer’s Day, Spirited Away • Carrying You, […]

I had been waiting for a proper moment to watch The Wind Rises. And I finally watched it last month. Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you: But when the leaves hang trembling, The wind is passing through. I can’t emphasize my love for Miyazaki enough. I tend to agree vigorously with all […]

I haven’t been watching anime lately. I think I haven’t watched any anime at all this year. Sure there are my old favorites, which I revisit every now and then when I’m bored, but I don’t feel like starting anything new. Maybe it’s because of how the mainstream anime industry has changed over the past few […]

Anime provides an infinite scope for symbolism, which is something that got me hooked to it in the first place. Take Hyouka for example. Now, this is a series about small scale detective work and one can expect it to be factual rather than philosophical. It is indeed just that, but I really enjoyed the […]

Watanabe Shinichiro, the guy who made Cowboy Bebop comes back with another wonder, but of a completely different sort. The only link? Jazz! Continue reading

Review of the anime Rurouni Kenshin aka Samurai X. “I’m a wanderer, Miss Kaoru, and I must wander again.” – Kenshin Episodes: 95 Genres: action, comedy, drama Themes: historical, samurai, martial arts, politics For a child growing up amidst a bloody battlefield, war becomes the way of life. The child’s dreams get limited to becoming […]

“We never did go to the beach. All that planning for nothing. But somehow, the fake memory of the six of us bathing in the sun burnt into the back of my eyelids, as if we were really there.” – Takemoto Episodes: 36, divided into two seasons Genres: slice of life, romance, comedy Themes: college life, […]

Fate/Stay Night will be my first anime review. If you are actually planning to watch it, I warn you; this will be full of spoilers. Name: Fate/Stay Night Genres: Fantasy, romance, action Episodes: 24 My rating: 7/10 It was no coincidence that we met, For it’s a fate arranged long ago. Like most fantasy animes, this one has rules of its own. A war is going on among seven […]