When Marnie Was There by Studio Ghibli, now with a U.S. release trailer and english dub, is like a throwback to the late 19th century when the occult was actually foreboding. Rated PG, its mood is far gloomier than audiences accustomed to the new age health marketplace are used to.
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My cinematic graphic novel TRETA-YUGA—the sequel to my breakout success KALI-YUGA—is now live on Kickstarter. In light of this, I thought I’d note the ways in which Eastern lore has profoundly influenced my work in graphic novels.
From my original article at Reality Sandwich:
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The Japanese have always had a distinct way of portraying supernatural encounters with otherworldly beings. The infiltration of J-horror into the stale domain of Hollywood was an early sign of amnesiac Westerners longing to learn of the old ways. Supernatural encounters with the other (often the demonic Yokai), in whatever horrific way they are experienced in media, is seen by the Japanese as a way of gleaning knowledge from forgotten ancestry and learning the delicate threads of fate. It is in these darkly psychedelic, shadow healing encounters with the Gods that mortals are forced to reconsider the meaning of time, matter, and being.
Scholar Noriko T.
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I could have sworn I wrote about Attack on Titan last year when It began to take off, but now that it’s really taken off as a global pop culture phenomenon, it’s worth looking at it again.
I suppose I should summarise the plot for people who don’t know it. The story is set in an unspecified quasi-medieval era, possible the future, where the world’s dwindling human populations live in walled cities under constant attack from giant humanoid monsters called Titans that threaten to wreck their cities and eat them all. Their only defense is an army of specially-trained recruits whose life expectancy is unsurprisingly short. What sets the latest generation apart is the emergence of a new weapon that may be a trump card, more radical and ruthless strategies and, at last, a push to uncover the mystery of the Titans and their origins and the possibility of ending the war once and for all.
From the ever funny ’cause it’s true Married to the Sea.