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Anime Talk: Moana and the creative spirit

Great art is a subjective experience, at least to a large degree. Each of us are affected in a myriad of ways by the beauty of the things we experience and see in our lives. As I was re-watching Moana, Disneys island life adventure, I was struck by how much inspiration we can pull from the world around us. When […]

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Meshing the online and offline worlds

The popularity of anime such as Sword Art Online and other works has shown us a glimpse of the possible lives our children could be experiencing in the future, a time where the real world becomes mundane and the online world becomes one of fantastical possibilities. The actual issue is not people spending all their time online, but of them […]

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Novelty without quality

Novelty is a driving force in our modern age. We are suffering from a surplus of novelty and a severe lack of quality. Whether it’s Instagram, Facebook, books or video games, the more unique your content is, the higher the chance you’ll attract attention. In the past this was most definitely not the case. For centuries any changes to the […]

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DragonBall: Inspirational story or dumb action show?

I’ve been torn on the subject of Dragon Ball for most of my life. Very few series have attained the stardom it has, yet from a story perspective it isn’t too phenomenal. So what exactly drives people to adore it? Is it just childhood nostalgia, or something deeper? I think for many children, Dragon Ball and its subsequent continuations, was […]

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What defines an artist?

What defines an artist? Is it a single piece of work that touches millions, or is it the consistent grinding out of good quality content that keeps a core audience enraptured over decades? I don’t think there is an answer to the question, but it’s something that has sparked my curiosity over the past few years, what really makes someone […]

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The ridiculous beauty of Mob Psycho

There are a multitude of anime that manage to create characters that are infuriatingly stupid. Loud mouthed fools whos  only positive aspect is their sheer determination to beat the odds. As I have grown older, my patience for these types of stereotypical “male” idiots has dwindled as my appreciation for characters with more depth has grown. When I originally started […]

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Anime; will it continue to rise in popularity?

Love it or hate it anime has been growing and spreading it’s influence every year. But even as it grows it struggles to mark a place within our entertainment industry, the biggest hurdle being that the large majority of anime comes out of Japan and there are significant cultural differences between Japan and the western cultures which could be it’s […]