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    Lord of the Rings TV Show [Amazon]

    The fact that this was shot practically is properly impressive. sZEpWvQFXqQ X:neo:
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    SPOILERS Remake's Shinra Experiments, Whispers, & Compilation Thematic Analysis

    Weird to think that it's been 3 months since I last replied here. It definitely doesn't feel like it's been that long. :\ I'm still working on things, but progress is a bit complex. Personal update for context: That all being said, I really am pleased with where things are going on what I've...
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    FFVIIR Official Concept Art & Twitter Whatnots

    That details makes me bet that this was done all the way back when they were still working with CC2. X :neo:
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    The Matrix FOUR… with Keanu Reeves & Carrie-Anne Moss

    I have to imagine that with him being in John Wick, there's almost certainly SOME quiet knowledge that he's being ridiculously professional about, as it's likely pivotal to the story since Morpheus being the key to the original film means that if/when he shows up, there's a massive payoff in...
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    BERSERK

    The whole point is that you CAN'T separate the two of them. Guts has to be able to choose between his revenge and keeping his son alive. There isn't a world where he can have both. That's because this is a mirror to the way that things have always been with Griffith, even going back to what...
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    BERSERK

    In that bottom left panel, you can already tell... ...I just wonder exactly how much it'll cover. X :neo:
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    SPOILERS Remake's Shinra Experiments, Whispers, & Compilation Thematic Analysis

    Yeah, this is almost certainly one of the driving factors early on that probably ties in to the "onmyoji boom" in the mid-80s for how visions and things started also being looked at as alternate worlds and experiences, where memories are DEEPLY important to the core narrative around reality...
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    Evangelion

    Watched this today. X :neo:
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    FFVIIR Official Concept Art & Twitter Whatnots

    Nicely done, @Tetsujin X :neo:
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    BERSERK

    Exactly what Mako said in regards to manga-ka VERY rarely having anyone pick up their work posthumously unless it was explicitly set up in advance. I think that the other part to consider about what they're deciding is that it's VERY likely that Miura had SOME content that was completed for the...
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    FFVII and the nature of grief

    Having had 3 of my friends die in the last two years, this is something that I think about CONSTANTLY, because it's you continually recontextualizing how important those people were to you, and how you felt like you might have failed to convey those things to them or potentially have altered the...
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    BERSERK

    What I'm telling you is that the only people who are left behind to potentially take up that task DO care about that – because that's what honoring their mentor and his work in BERSERK means. X :neo:
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    Naruto Anime/Manga (Manga Spoilers Not Tagged) [WSJ]

    It's a particular reexamination where I think you'll end up finding some of the most rewarding pieces of narratives in Japanese stories, because it makes you look REALLY hard into just how utterly horrible people can be when they're attempting to ensure that something they believe in is...
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    BERSERK

    This is all the exact reason that I brought up Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix, because Tezuka was literally the godfather of manga. Manga comics were considered a completely frivolous artform when he ditched medical school to start writing them. The genre of manga comics and the way that they integrate...
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    Naruto Anime/Manga (Manga Spoilers Not Tagged) [WSJ]

    One of the key parts of Tsukuyomi when Itachi uses it is that he's making Sasuke relive the psychological experience that drives Sasuke's core motives. Itachi is making sure that time won't dull the in-moment reality of the horror of what he experience when Itachi murdered their clan. One of the...
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    BERSERK

    Miura was quite a humble dude, but the undertaking of what he wrote about in Berserk wasn't so much just a dark fantasy narrative. The Star Wars references and goofy humor are the exact same type of thing that you see flavoured all throughout Osamu Tezuka's work in Phoenix as well. In the...
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    BERSERK

    What I can say is that with BERSERK specifically, this is especially difficult because of how it's carrying on a lot of existential examinations from Osamu Tezuka's own unfinished life's work in the manga Phoenix, as he was the godfather of manga and died in 1989 the same year BERSERK began. He...
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    SPOILERS Remake's Shinra Experiments, Whispers, & Compilation Thematic Analysis

    I'm going to disagree with the idea that this is Sephiroth-related this simply because while we don't witness the visions that Marlene & Red XIII see when they connect with Aerith, but we know they're about things that haven't happened yet. It's why Red XIII describes the other ones that the...
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    SPOILERS Remake's Shinra Experiments, Whispers, & Compilation Thematic Analysis

    One of the things that I've found interesting lately that's a bit closer to the main topic is the camera shot of Cloud's mako poisoning hallucination from Chapter 3 that is later one that's echoed in Chapter 12. While we more prominently see Cloud's flashbacks of trauma covering moments with...
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    SPOILERS Sephiroth's Redemption Thread

    So, without diving TOO deeply into all of this, since there are a lot of inter-related themes to what I've been writing about over the last year, what I touched on a bit in the last article I wrote, and what I just wrote when talking about parallels to how Itachi is used in Naruto (while still...
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