Living in the database: the appeal of the unreal

Ever since the Wachowskis repackaged the themes and imagery of Masamune Shirow’s cyberpunk staple Ghost in the Shell for western audiences in 1999, the notion of living in a virtual world has become something of a fascination among creatives, consumers and conspiracy theorists. The most frightening aspect of The Matrix was in how perfectly the illusion recreated our own existence so that no one thought … Continue reading Living in the database: the appeal of the unreal

Our only hope: anime’s most inspiring princesses

We were both left stunned and saddened by Carrie Fisher’s death in December. It seemed she was gone before we really had a chance to appreciate all the hope and joy she brought to the world. As you might know, we’re both huge fans of Star Wars and the Princess-General Leia, and so for a while we were stuck on how to honour her memory … Continue reading Our only hope: anime’s most inspiring princesses

The medium is the message: how anime creates reality

The nature of reality is amorphous, open to and yet immune to definition or explanation. The human mind still perplexes and eludes our greatest thinkers; narratives that explore the intangible ideas of reality are themselves abstract in nature. In anime we have an art form that is itself both conceptual and hyperreal in its depictions and signifiers, making it a fertile medium in which to … Continue reading The medium is the message: how anime creates reality