Anime Club – Tokyo Ghoul

Hello everyone! Sorry for the wait, as we have been making plenty of changes behind the scenes. Anyway, this week we have the highly popular horror anime Tokyo Ghoul!

TOKYO GHOUL

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CREATED BY: Shuhei Morita

NO. OF EPISODES: 12 episodes

GENRE: Dark Fantasy

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: Japan 

tokyo_ghouls_01_1Tokyo has become a cruel and merciless city—a place where vicious creatures called “ghouls” exist alongside humans. The citizens of this once great metropolis live in constant fear of these bloodthirsty savages and their thirst for human flesh. However, the greatest threat these ghouls pose is their dangerous ability to masquerade as humans and blend in with society. Based on the best-selling supernatural horror manga by Sui Ishida, Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kaneki, a shy, bookish college student, who is instantly drawn to Rize Kamishiro, an avid reader like himself. However, Rize is not exactly who she seems, and this unfortunate meeting pushes Kaneki into the dark depths of the ghouls’ inhuman world. In a twist of fate, Kaneki is saved by the enigmatic waitress Touka Kirishima, and thus begins his new, secret life as a half-ghoul/half-human who must find a way to integrate into both societies.

tokyo-ghoul-0103Tokyo Ghoul was a very interesting anime to say the least. Would I highly recommend it? Possibly for an interesting series to watch. This first season is much more on the psychological side, as it dwells on Kaneki’s initial transformation and trying to deal with his new abilities and personality. Kaneki also deals with a morality crisis, which brings up many interesting grey areas among the idea of morals. Anyway, enough of that. The animation is very professional and actually looks great on screen. I have to give props for this job, it is fantastic. Also, if you want thoroughly interesting characters, pick up Tokyo Ghoul.

While most of my gripes for Tokyo Ghoul are with the second season, I still have a few a few problems. I was lot a fan of the original voice actors, as I felt that they made Kaneki too innocent sounding. I understand that this is in line with his character during the first season, but it just turned me off. I would like the English voice actors who dubbed season two to take a crack on season one, since only season two is dubbed. Oh well.

PROS:

  • Interesting plot.
  • Interesting characters.
  • Blood and gore!
  • Keneki’s morality crisis.
  • Professional and crisp animaion.

CONS:

  • Voice acting choices.
  • Kaneki is too innocent.

SCORE: 8.5/10

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Anime Club: Corpse Party

Hello everybody! For this week’s anime club we have the delightfully gruesome Corpse Party.

CORPSE PARTY

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CREATED BY: Akira Iwanaga

NO. OF EPISODES: 5

GENRE: Horror

YEAR: 2012-2013

COUNTRY: Japan

Corpse Party is set in Heavenly Host Elementary School, an elementary school that was torn down following the murders and disappearances of several of its staff and students. In modern day, a high school called Kisaragi Academy has been built over the elementary school site. One rainy night, after celebrating their school’s culture images (2)festival, a group of students are telling ghost stories when their class representative decides to perform a charm called “Sachiko Ever After”, which would allow them to remain friends for eternity. A sudden earthquake transports them to an alternate dimension where Heavenly Host still exists and is haunted by the ghosts of the school’s murdered children. The students try to figure out the truth and mystery of the cursed school, in order to find their way home and try to survive the other shadowy forces that haunt the school, but unfortunately some don’t make it, causing them to have a gruesome death.

Gore films are quite hard thing to state your opinion on. They’re technically in adult category for good reason, but Child_spirits_and_Naomi's_deaththey’re always too immature to someone who isn’t 15 anymore and doesn’t consider Grindcore music the epic poetry of vaginas gushing with pus. There are films that try to be meaningful despite their gory nature.

The anime definitely feels like it’s being written by a complete sadist who considers Higurashi no Naku Koro ni a way of life and masturbates with a vice. Without any reasons, the protagonist and her friend start talking about lubricant to make their asses shiny, then share a yuri moment together, only for the friend character to leave our heroine alone to get her part of a torn paper doll used as a catalyst of the ritual. What follows is a mix of a panty shot, tentacle rape and soon after, gore.

PROS:

  • Perfect example of an adult series.
  • Plenty of gore.

CONS:

  • Way to much fan service.
  • Gross images.
  • Poor animation.

SCORE: 5.5/10

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Shaun of the Dead: TimeSplitters and English Zombies

Hello everybody! For this week’s movie club, we have the first entry of the Cornetto trilogy, Shaun of the Dead.

SHAUN OF THE DEAD

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DIRECTED: Edgar Wright

STARRING: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Penelope Wilton, Bill Nighy

GENRE: Horror, Comedy

YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: United Kingdom, France

Its been quite a while since I watched the Cornetto trilogy. For the next two weeks we will be watching the first two entries of the trilogy, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. We will not be watching The World’s End, as we already have a review for that one. Anyway lets start.

shaun-of-the-dead-wide-2Shaun doesn’t have a very good day, so he decides to turn his life around by getting his ex to take him back, but he times it for right in the middle of what may be a zombie apocalypse… But for him, it’s an opportunity to show everyone he knows how useful he is by saving them all. All he has to do is survive… And get his ex back.

I attribute Shaun of the Dead to the beginning of my love for black comedies. They are fantastic and I could watch their demented humor all day. For being a British cast I primarily haven’t heard of (except Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) they all worked their archetypes well and performed to the best of their ability. As the beginning of the film Pegg and Frost pairing, these two bounced off of each other perfectly with limitless chemistry. Shaun of the Dead actually wasn’t half bad of shaunofthedeada zombie film either.

Initially, my biggest gripe was that there are many references from British culture that I didn’t understand, obviously since I don’t live in the U.K. This time around, I got most of them and picked up most of the Easter eggs as well hidden throughout the film. Did you catch them all? My only other gripe is I wish I cared more about the more useless supporting characters. All I see them as is stereotypical Banta fodder.

PROS:

  • Zombie genre.
  • Cast performances.
  • Chemistry.

CONS:

  • Too much British references.
  • Useless supporting characters.

SCORE: 7.0/10

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