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samedi 30 septembre 2017 à 20:28
A few quick updates to throw out:

And lots more.
Have a good one!

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The Flowers of Evil

mercredi 20 septembre 2017 à 05:18
Aku no Hana (TV Series, 2013)
Produced by Starchild Records, Animax, Kodansha, KockWorx, GANSIS

Upon its initial release, Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil), won French poet Charles Baudelaire great criticism and a fine for indecency. In rather visceral language it details erotic, oft-forbidden pleasures. This collection of poems has seen several republications and influenced its fair share of creative folk since 1857.

A century later Les Fleurs continues to capture minds, and for young Takao Kasuga the words of Baudelaire are gospel. The middle schooler is rarely seen without a book in hand, prefers the used bookstore to other places in town and keeps a portrait of Baudelaire upon his bookshelf. At school Kasuga keeps his head low and the smart, pretty Nanako in the corner of his eye.

Kasuga's relationships are the central element of Aku no Hana: Kasuga and his parents, Kasuga and Nanako, Kasuga and the unpredictable Sawa Nakamura. While there is some semblance to a traditional story Aku no Hana is really driven by the reflexes of its characters. This keeps structure loose and the pace at a natural (be it a sprinting or crawling) pace.

Perhaps Aku no Hana's most divisive quality is its art. The rotoscope animation may require some getting used to, but it's an invaluable asset, which allows for a great amount of movement on screen and detailed body language. Beyond merely looking different, the rotoscoping manages to paint uncomfortable scenes with an impossible amount of intricacy. Characters are conservative in design; the cast a sea of dark hair and eyes, while their rusting town is beautifully shown in extended still shots.

The sounds of Aku no Hana are droning, reverb-drenched keys and synthesizers. This minimal soundtrack, drafted by Hideyuki Fukasawa (Vivired Operation, several Fate/stay nighttitles), isn't memorable for its simple melodies, but it fits well with the story and visuals. On the other hand ASA-CHANG & JUNRAY's ending theme gave me goosebumps the first time it kicked in, and from that moment on I was hooked.

As a story and as an animethere are plenty of flaws to be found. Honestly, Aku no Hana hardly feels like an anime at all—something about the way the story is told on top of the rotoscope look. The ending (intended as a promise for a second season) isn't satisfying on its own, but overall I greatly enjoyed Aku no Hana. The uncertainty of what would happen next, coupled with a number of fantastic scenes, kept me wanting more. Be prepared for a series that is uncompromising in both its atmospheric approach and awkward juvenile angst.

-2 Awful, ruined it
-1 Took away from the experience
0 Okay, didn't leave an impression good/bad
+1 Added to the experience
+2 Superb

Story: +1
Writing: +1
Characters: 0
Art/Animation: +1
Music: +1
Entertainment: +1
Personal Bias: +1


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Love & Fun, Music!

samedi 2 septembre 2017 à 19:33
Alluded to in an earlier rant, some more Tsubaki Yeah! has arrived. Love & Fun also features some tracks originally made for Capra Diaboli. This release can be downloaded below. Cheers!

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This summer was lacking in reviews. I had originally planned to complete at least one or two per month but ended up watching lots of new (and trashy) shows. For reviews I prefer to do shows I have watched at least once before. But with luck and some inspiration I'll get around to doing some more reviews in the weeks to come. If not... there's at least music on the way.

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vendredi 18 août 2017 à 20:49
Following up on 2015's Cub, Cub2 is a little audial homage to bd_collie.

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Love & Fun, Rambling.

mardi 15 août 2017 à 07:33
So...  One thing I have tried to avoid is inserting my political beliefs into my music, videos, and writing. In general I am pretty quiet, and when it comes to politics I am not a big supporter of either major party in the U.S.

That being said, I want to at least add my little voice to the fray--for no side other than peace.  I believe in treating others kindly and doing what can be done to help those around you have a nice experience, if nothing more.  There are numerous times I have just plain fucked up on this.  To the people I've hurt in the past, I hope that I have made my regrets known to you.  I am doing my best over here.

Now... back to the politics.  Let me restate that I have no political affiliation.  No political system or party is foolproof to greed and other human elements.  Some sort of fiscal-conservative establishment that supports equal rights in a world where people can safely govern themselves by principles of common sense and decency sounds good by me.

Pic by MeowNi

I support community help and voluntarism.  I am against censorship.  I love dark humor, and on the flipside I will cry my eyes out when it comes to seeing the terrible things people have really done to one another.  I am a big supporter of same-sex marriage, but we should all be able to enjoy a well-timed and non-malignant joke on such subjects. Trash talking and rivalries in a sporting context can be great fun, just don't let it carry over and ruin the other aspects of peoples' lives. If nothing else, let's just not kill each other.  That would be a decent starting point.  I suppose that would mean having to restrain ourselves in the populating department (I've got us covered there)!

I want the world to be a better place for everybody.  I believe there is no easy way to achieve this.  Honestly, I believe this will never happen.  There will be bad days, good days, and then we will die.  I'll simply continue doing my best to add to the good, even if in the smallest possible ways.

To my friends and family much love.
To the people who have helped me over the years thank you.
To the people who have called me a hacker in various games. :DDDDDDD (:P <3)
To the people I hurt by letting 'jokes' spiral out of control or being a prick otherwise I am sorry.
To the people who are having dark days I hope that things get better for you. <3
To the people who are doing their best to merely live a happy life while trying to support others in their own happiness... :)

Note: This post was intended to be accompanied by another new release, partially-inspired by recent events, but for now I am going to sit on that release and let this post be its own thing.

Also, Kai, your e-mail service is blocking my responses to you, but the new track you sent me sounded AWESOME. :D

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