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

Review: Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions

Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions was one of the more middling titles on the Winter 2016 slate and up against some pretty stiff competition in Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, Erased and Ajin. But it’s the earlier Sword Art Online that tends to overshadow the series. While both were produced by A-1 Pictures, the similarities all but end there. While SAO was concerned with teens trapped in … Continue reading Review: Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions

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