Thoughts on Kyousougiga
Kyousougiga is the best show about family set in a magical Kyoto that isn’t called The Eccentric Family. I think this is a show that flew under a lot of people’s radars last year (including mine), but if I could do my 2013 anime ranking over again, I’d feel very comfortable slotting this near the top.
Kyousougiga is a show that juxtaposes the creation and destruction of a family with the creation and destruction of universes using a mixture of Buddhism, Greek mythology, and Lewis Carroll references and symbolism. It can be rather dense at times, but I appreciate how thought through it was. A live action “episode 5.5” is a little difficult to sit through due to some overly-enthusiastic seiyuu, but is a much watch for Western fans. It helps shed a lot of light on the show’s references.
My first exposure to the series was the so-called “Episode 0” which is a digest of pre-existing ONA’s. I was pretty underwhelmed by it because I lacked any kind of context to follow the plot. I thought it was overly manic, alienating, and borderline incomprehensible. It doesn’t help that there are two characters with identical appearances AND two pairs of characters that share names in this show. However, the destruction and chaos do have a very important purpose and episode 1 of the series proper very quickly moves to a better narrative structure.
I was very impressed by how deftly this show handled quiet moments. It has a definite understated grace and subtlety that really helps to humanize decidedly un-human characters in a visually surreal setting. They handle montage incredibly well, particularly a very tender one in episode 6 that lacks dialog and still communicates emotion perfectly. The emotions of this show are absolutely pitch-perfect and universal.
The visuals are also very appealing. They remind me a bit of Kenji Nakamura's work (especially Trapeze and Gatchaman Crowds), but do manage to be very unique and special. I really liked the recurring motifs of breaking mirrors and glass as well as the background design.
I really urge everyone to check this show out. I was truly blindsided by how great it was, and there are lots of great bits that I think are better left discovered by the viewer rather than my writing. If you like shows that are visually unique, well written, have multi-faceted characters, and real emotional depth, this is the thing for you. It’s readily available on Crunchyroll and with only 10 proper episodes, it won’t take long to watch.
AND NOW these art directors are working on the new Sailor Moon. Kyousagiga is great! Sailor Moon is great!
If grandmothers around the world had a rallying cry, it would probably sound something like “You need to eat!”
Photographer Gabriele Galimberti’s grandmother said something similar to him before one of his many globetrotting work trips. To ensure he had at least one good meal, she prepared for him a dish of ravioli before he departed on one of his adventures.
“In that occasion I said to my grandma ‘You know, Grandma, there are many other grandmas around the world and most of them are really good cooks,” Galimberti wrote via email. “I’m going to meet them and ask them to cook for me so I can show you that you don’t have to be worried for me and the food that I will eat!’ This is the way my project was born!”
The project, “Delicatessen With Love”, took Galimberti to 58 countries where he photographed grandmothers with both the ingredients and finished signature dishes.
He acted as photographer and stylist during each shoot with the grandmothers, taking a portrait of both the women and the food they made for him.
From top to bottom:
Inara Runtule, 68, Kekava, Latvia. Silke (herring with potatoes and cottage cheese).
Grace Estibero, 82, Mumbai, India. Chicken vindaloo.
Susann Soresen, 81, Homer, Alaska. Moose steak.
Serette Charles, 63, Saint-Jean du Sud, Haiti. Lambi in creole sauce.
The photographer’s grandmother Marisa Batini, 80, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy. Swiss chard and ricotta Ravioli with meat sauce.
Normita Sambu Arap, 65, Oltepessi (Masaai Mara), Kenya. Mboga and orgali (white corn polenta with vegetables and goat).
Julia Enaigua, 71, La Paz, Bolivia. Queso Humacha (vegetables and fresh cheese soup).
Fifi Makhmer, 62, Cairo, Egypt. Kuoshry (pasta, rice and legumes pie).
Isolina Perez De Vargas, 83, Mendoza, Argentina. Asado criollo (mixed meats barbecue).
Bisrat Melake, 60, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Enjera with curry and vegetables.
Russian Ark (dir. Alexander Sokurov, 2002)
The American collegiate system in one gif set
the saddest part is that this isn’t even really a joke
Gutom na ko.
CAN WE FUCKING DO ALL THESE
Oh my gosh yummmmmmmmmm
im crying im making all of these
Shout out to all the religious kids who keep their beliefs to themselves in the middle of science class.
shout out also to the atheists who don’t shit on everyone else’s beliefs “because science”
shout out to everyone who can accept science and religion coexisting
shout out to everyone who can treat people with respect despite their differences
When pixar does the thing that makes you question if you are actually watching a children’s movie.