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The secret tragedy of Totoro
My Neighbor Totoro has brought joy to the masses since its release in 1986. But surprisingly, it was initially supposed to be screened alongside Studio Ghibli’s most depressing film ever: Grave of the Fireflies. Can watching the two films side by side teach us anything, and will doing so change the meaning of Totoro? Let’s find out in this Wisecrack Edition: Did We Misunderstand Totoro?
The Shinsengumi (新選組 or 新撰組, ‘newly selected corps’) were a special police force of the Bakumatsu. Himura Kenshin, known as the legendary hitokiri of the Meiji Revolution, Himura Battōsai was feared by all and once faced by Shinsengumi at the ending of Meiji Restoration.
Perfect Blue (Japanese: パーフェクトブルー, Hepburn: Pāfekuto Burū) is a 1997 Japanese animated psychological thriller film directed by Satoshi Kon. It is based on the novel Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis (パーフェクトブルー：完全変態, Pāfekuto Burū: Kanzen Hentai) by Yoshikazu Takeuchi, with a screenplay written by Sadayuki Murai. Featuring the voices of Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shiho Niiyama, Masaaki Okura, Shinpachi Tsuji and Emiko Furukawa, the plot follows a member of a Japanese idol group who retires from music to pursue an acting career. As she becomes a victim of stalking, gruesome murders begin to occur, and she starts to lose her grip on reality.
Like much of Kon’s later works, such as Paprika, the film deals with Kon’s longstanding theme of the blurring of the line between fantasy and reality.
Here is how Wikipedia describes this anime TV show:
Shenmue the Animation, also known simply as Shenmue, is a Japanese anime television series based on the Shenmue video game series by Yu Suzuki and published by Sega. A co-production between Crunchyroll and Adult Swim, the series aired from February to May 2022. A Japanese streaming release followed in April 2022. Shortly after its streaming debut in Japan, it was decided that a televised broadcast of the series would commence a month later on Tokyo MX in May 2022. The anime series adapts the storyline of the first two games, Shenmue and Shenmue II.
After he witnesses his father’s murder at the family dojo, Ryo Hazuki dedicates his life to finding the man responsible – a mission that takes him from the streets of Yokosuka, Japan, to the sprawling metropolis of Hong Kong and beyond. Ryo will learn that larger, mystical forces are at play as he trains to become the ultimate martial artist in his quest for revenge.