Anime Club: Into the Forest of Firefly Light

Hello everybody! For this week’s anime club we have Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light.

INTO THE FOREST OF FIREFLY LIGHT

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CREATOR: Takahiro Omori

STARRING: Ayane Sakura, Koki Uchiyama, Shinpachi Tsuji, Izumi Sawada, Hayat Taya, Kanehira Yamamoto, Masanori Machida, Hiroki Goto, Asami Imai, Mami Uchida, Kumiko Tashiro

GENRE: Romance, Supernatural

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: Japan

The original Into the Forest Firefly Light manga and subsequent film tell the story of a six-year-old girl named Hotaru Takegawa, who gets lost in a forest inhabited by a yamagami, or mountain spirit, as well as yōkai (strange apparitions from Japanese folklore). She is found by a mask-wearing, human-like entity named Gin, who informs Hotaru that he will disappear forever if he is touched by a human. Gin then leads Hotaru out of the forest. Hotaru maxresdefaultkklreturns to visit Gin in the forest over the next few days and they become friends despite the limitations on their interactions. Although at summer’s end she must leave Gin to return to the city and her studies, Hotaru promises to return to visit him every summer holiday.

As the years go by, Gin hardly ages while Hotaru physically matures and grows closer to his apparent age. Upon reaching adolescence Hotaru begins to struggle with their budding romance and their uncertain future together, while Gin wishes he could touch and hold the young woman that Hotaru has become. When Hotaru reaches high school, Gin takes her on a date to a festival in the forest hosted by the spirits. The night ends in tragedy when Gin mistakenly touches a young boy who sneaked into the spirit festival, though before he disappears, he and Hotaru embrace and confess their love for one another. The story ends with Hotaru accepting her pain and moving on with her life. The 2011 anime film adaptation of the story follows all of the events from the manga, adding only a few additional scenes.

Hotarubi-gin_&_hotaru_under_the_treeI heard a lot about Into the Forest Firefly Light  for its great story, despite it being so short (45 minutes). It was a movie that people deemed was almost equal to others like 5 Centimeters per Second. I finally watched it after my friend pushed and pushed me to see it and I was definitely not disappointed.

While being a bit draggy and short, Into the Forest Firefly Light was still a fantastic movie. I didn’t expect myself to be as drawn in as I was and the final impact of emotions at the end showed me how great of a movie it was. I will NOT forget what this movie did to me. It’s showings of innocent love touched me and I’ll definitely won’t forget it in the future. I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys pure romance and won’t mind crying over a little heartbreak.

PROS:

  •  Characters.
  • Relationships.
  • Comparative to 5 Centimeters Per Seconds.

CONS:

  •  Overall themes.
  • Sure, follow the spirit into the forest.
  • Length.

SCORE: 7.0 / 10

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Halloween Horror: The Exorcist

Hello everybody! Today for Halloween Horror movie club we have the horror classic The Exorcist.

THE EXORCIST

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STARRING: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Jason Miller, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran,Mercedes McCambridge,

DIRECTOR: William Friedkin

GENRE: Supernatural, Horror

YEAR: 1973

COUNTRY: United States

A movie actress taking up temporary residence in Washington D.C. has her troubles. The script for the movie she’s filming seems inadequate. Her ex, who is also the father of her adolescent daughter, Regan, neglects to call the girl on her birthday. And the attic has rats. Meanwhile, Father Karras, a priest and a psychiatrist, is losing his faith; and he’s dealing with a sick mother who needs medical care he hasn’t the money to provide. Another priest, the old and ailing Father Merrin, has just returned from Iraq with forebodings of evil. These three persons meet when the sweet and cheerful Regan turns foul-mouthed and violent. But her sickness is beyond the reach of a medical doctor or a psychiatrist. What Regan needs is an exorcist.

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As it appears in the original cut, the story progresses at a speed that jolts the viewer with information about the characters and burgeoning evil onscreen, until the culmination with the ending’s exorcism. The film’s enduring themes of good versus evil, science versus religion, new versus old, and faith versus doubt come to fruition within the first scenes of the prologue in Iraq. Father Merrin (Max von Sydow) joins in the unearthing of an ancient tomb in Nineveh; there he finds a small carving of Pazuzu, a wind demon from ancient Mesopotamian mythology. Something heavy weighs on him, and he seeks out a large standing sculpture of Pazuzu. There, positioned opposite Merrin within the frame, looms a massive, man-sized sculpture of demonic origins. The shot foreshadows the forthcoming battle between Merrin and the demon, but also establishes thematic confrontations that appear throughout the film.

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Though, the notoriously troubled production remains infamous not only for the resultant effect on the audience, but for the controversy surrounding subsequent releases. Blatty wanted Friedkin to direct because, as a Jewish filmmaker with largely agnostic views on spirituality, Friedkin would know exactly how to dispel the doubts of his viewers. Warner Bros. had not considered Friedkin a suitable choice until he won his Best Directing Oscar for The French Connection; although, Blatty threatening legal action against Warner unless they hired the director he wanted surely influenced their decision. Friedkin rightfully believed the message of the film to be evident within the plot structure, whereas Blatty wanted the spirituality emphasized through palpable symbolism. Friedkin and Blatty argued endlessly during filming and the editing process about scenes that should be cut; but ultimately, Friedkin won these arguments and the film was released to his specifications.

PROS:

  •  Main cast performances.
  • Story pacing/story telling.
  • Interesting take on spiritualism.

CONS:

  •  Hasn’t aged well.
  • Plagued production.
  • No longer scary.

SCORE: 7.8 / 10

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Anime Club: Death Note

Hello everybody! For this week’s anime club we have a highly-requested series Death Note.

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DIRECTOR: Tetsurō Araki

EPISODES: 37

GENRE: Detective fiction, Psychological thriller, Supernatural

YEAR: 2006 – 2007

COUNTRY: Japan

Yagami Light is a 17-year-old genius from Japan who is tired of his life, school, and the state of the world as he knows it. One day, on the way home from class, Light stumbles upon a dark notebook with “Death Note” written on the front. Intrigued by its appearance, Light reads the first few sentences, only to find out that it states that anyone whose name is written inside will die. Discarding it as a joke, Light continues his daily activities. Soon after though, his human curiosity takes the better of him and prompts Light to try the notebook, discovering the truth behind first sentence. Now, with power in his hands, Yagami Light is on a quest to change the world and become God of the New World. His path to holy status won’t be easy however, as another genius, known as L, is working against Light’s beliefs and Light himself. Who will win this power of Gods between humans?

Death Note carries story elements and an intellectual integrity that is more commonly seen in your collegeate literary classics than your usual Shounen Jump title.

First we have the Platonic “Gyges’ Ring” scenario–in a discourse in Plato’s Republic, the integrity of mortal justice is questions and sequentially deemed fundamentally flawed by sinful, finite capacity of man and their deeply ruooted sense of pride and self-righteousness. The lead character Light is the incarnation of this discourse, a once seemingly flawless character driven to obsession over the notion of becoming like a god. At first his intentions are decent–rapists, child molesters, serial killers–deserve to die, right? The world would be better without them, right? But putting such power into the hands of a mortal–as perfect as Light might be–corrupts, as history proves time and again.

Accompanying the Death Note is its original owner, the Shinigami Ryuk. Rather than being morally bound to Light or serving as a conscience or guide, Ryuk hangs around simply to be a spectator–proclaiming humans to be “interesting.”

I like to think that I’m an audiophile myself, and I find this anime really interesting sound-wise. The background music, which slides in every now and then, will allow you to feel the suspense and keep you on the edge of your seat. The voice actors/actresses are also very good. The VA for the shinigamis really hits the spot with their hoarse voices. For the OP/ED songs, I personally believe they could find a better band to sing them. I find the OP/ED songs really weak in terms of dragging the viewers deeper into the show.

The characters are very unique and varied. Light won’t bat an eye when he is killing other people, L likes to sit with his legs raised on the chair. Light and L are pretty much opposite in everything they do, but they both don’t like losing, and they will do practically anything to avoid it. Other characters, like Amane Misa, which will be introduced later as the anime goes, is also very unique. Out of all the characters in the anime, I personally find L very interesting.

Death Note is one of those animes that require a bit of thinking in order for you to fully understand what’s going on. It’s really interesting to see how Kira and L try to outsmart one another, and it’s even more interesting when you can actually understand why they do what they do. That aside, if you are looking for some easy-viewing anime without any thinking, Death Note definitely is not your cup of tea.

PROS:

  • Story/plot.
  • Characters.
  • Background.
  • Sound.
  • Production value.

CONS:

  • Pacing.
  • At moments, convoluted plot.

SCORE: 9.0 / 10

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