Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Anime Review: When They Cry

(Though I usually write spoilery articles, I've made effort to not spoil here given the interesting mystery)

When They Cry (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) is an awesome horror/mystery anime somewhere between The Wicker Man and Lost. When city-boy Keiichi moves to the rural Hinamizawa and becomes friends with a group of girls, he thinks he’s found paradise, until he learns that the town hides its darker face of creepy religious worship, a yakuza group, and a very relevant murder mystery. Similar to the Studio Ghibli anime music video On Your Mark, the show’s format involves the Buddhist-inspired concept of the universe restarting and everyone having another chance to get things done right, even if they don’t always remember anything from their previous lives. The show consists as a series of story arcs that act as these independent timelines involving the group of kids encountering dangerous situations that may be connected to an ancient curse. It seems like destiny that there will be murder, but there is always room to hope for a good outcome, while the viewer can meanwhile piece together clues about the general mystery.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Analysis of Boy Meets World, 1st Season

I decided to bring my analytical skills to one of my favorite shows of all time: Boy Meets World. It makes sense to do as Lewis Carroll wrote and start at the beginning, so I’ll look at the first season first. Hmmm.

Well, I don’t really like the first season that much. I mean, it’s fine, but it’s nothing special. They changed the show around so much in the second season that the first season feels like practically an entirely different show just with the same character names. It can be summed up as: Loud, obnoxious upper middle class boy Cory Matthews lives next door to his teacher Mr. Feeny, and though he wants life to stay the same, is forced to confront the prospect of growing up and liking girls.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

If I could talk to the Big Bang Theory characters...

...I'd say the following.

Leonard: Forget about Penny and find a nice girl who actually appreciates the same things you do.

Amy: Dump Sheldon. He doesn't care about you as more than a friend beyond some possessive inclinations. Assume an aromantic friendly relationship based on intellectual stimulation. And then ask her out.

Raj: Even if he wasn't straight, Howard's in a committed relationship with Bernadette, so stop making him feel uncomfortable with your obvious attraction to him.

Penny: You don't have to change your whole identity for a guy, but it wouldn't kill you to be a bit more respectful either.

Jeez, these people are dysfunctional!