Everybody, try laughing. Then whatever scares you will go away!
Welcome to probably the most beloved childhood anime, My Neighbour Totoro. The big fluffy country-side racoon that sleeps all the time will capture your heart will his big fluffy belly and stubby hands. If you loved watching Spirited Away and love to immerse yourself in the supernaturals, this anime may just be for you 😉
We start off with the Kusakabe family consisting of four members. Two daughters, Mei and Satsuki who are trouble makers from the start of the film. They were hiding from the “police” in the moving truck filled with furnitures. There’s also Tatsuo and Yasuko who are the parents. One has an eccentric personality while the other is as gentle as a feather. Who is who, you can see for yourself lol.
Another honourable mention is Kanta Ōkagi, who is a hardworking farm boy that has a big crush on one of the sisters wink wink. He’s not the sharpest tool in the shed but at least his heart is in the right place. He is always helping out the sisters when they are in trouble.
The new house that the Kusakabe family moves into is supposedly haunted. The first appearance of anything supernatural was the soot spreaders or dust bunnies as the children called them. They had fun having a wild goose chase to capture them, eventually figuring out they were low level spirits made up of soot.
After settling in, Mei was out and about on her adventurous acorn hunt in her backyard. She comes across a mini Totoro which lead her to find an even bigger Totoro. The chase led her to a secret passage which connects her backyard with the big ass tree. She follows the trail leading to the biggest Totoro that we all know and love.
Sleeping soundingly and squashily. Totoro was just a bundle of cuteness. Mei fell asleep on the big guy and eventually woke up in her backyard as Satsuki and her dad were trying to find her.
We discover that their mum is sick at the hospital with an unnamed illness. The kids desperately await for their mother to return home, brimming with hope. Until they get a notice from the hospital that her condition was getting worse and her return had to be postponed 😦
Like many kids, Mei goes off on her own to try find her mother. And she gets lost…… Satsuki asks for the help of Totoro and Catbus to search for her sister. Turns out she wasn’t really that far away lol.
I’m not sure if the was an LSD induced trip or a common Japanese folklore but nonetheless it was very cute and entertaining. Considering this anime was made nearly 20 years ago, the animation,song and storyline are incredibly well done.
It is not a sin to fight for the right cause. There are those who words alone will not reach.
AAAHHHHHHHHH, SUPER SAIYANNNNNNNNN! I’m sure all the Dragon Ball fans have tried to go Super Saiyan before. Nope? No one? So it was just me……… Welcome to the world of Dragon Ball Super! If you’re wondering where this one fits in, it sits right between Dragonball Z and Dragonball GT. Someone decided it would be cool to fill in the missing gap and from the bottom of our hearts, we cannot thank you enough.
Debatably the most popular character in the anime universe is Goku! Ever since the start of Dragonball in 1986, Goku was from the Saiyan race but was raised on earth. He was a bit of a rebel to his grandfather Gohan who raised him. One night on a full moon, Goku transformed into a giant ape that destroyed everything in its path. What a naughty boy lol
Goku has come a long way. He had a change of heart and became a kind and loving person. Despite that, it doesn’t subdue his natural instincts and love for fighting. He trained under his first sensei Master Roshi the perverted turtle hermit. Master Roshi was always looking for ways to hit on Bulma, this OG pervert that sets the bar for every other anime is truly legendary. Goku later goes on to compete in the world martial arts tournament. I can’t remember if he “officially” won any of them though. Either something interrupted or some bullshit happened lol.
Although the plot is pretty much the same, the hype for Dragon Ball Super is as high as ever! There’s just something about Goku never giving up and growing stronger during each battle. That or everyone just wants to see him blasting his Kamehameha wave at evil villains and knocking them out of this world. Regardless, the action, adventure and comedy in the series will make sure you’re in for a ride!
In Dragon Ball Super, The God of Destruction Berus sets out to destroy the earth out of sheer boredom. He was searching for someone strong to fight and ends up on earth. In desperation to fight the god of destruction, the crew finds all means to get stronger. And what better way to do this??? SUMMON SHENRON FOR THE 83rd TIME!!!!! I’m sure that dragon is getting sick of everyone’s shit lol.
Shenron being the useless dragon that he is, couldn’t grant Goku’s his wish to be transformed into a Super Saiyan God. But after seeing Berus in the crowd, he became scared shitless and spills all the beans. The ritual to transform a Saiyan into a Saiyan God required 5 pure Saiyan souls. Then he disappeared into the Dragon Balls and scattered across earth once again.
So what did they do? They stood in a circle and transferred their powers to Goku. It looked pretty much like a rain dance to me. It took about 3 episodes for him to transform like it usually does lol. His crimson red aura was hella fire and it looks epic! He even gave Beerus a run for his money as well!
Due to sibling rivalry, Beerus and Champa decided to have a fighting tournament. They would pick their representatives and send them out to fight each other. The winning prize wall Dragon Balls. BUT WAIT! THIS TIME THEY ARE THE SUPER DRAGON BALLS! EACH BALL IS THE SIZE OF A PLANET! OMGERDDDDDD. Look at them balls lol
Sadly the tournament was interrupted by none other than the supreme being, the most OP character in the whole universe, Zeno Samaaaaaaa. That’s right move aside the king is here you lowly peasants. Naturally, Goku made friends with Zen chan and suggested that they have a big battle against all the 8 universes. Little did he know it would become a sudden knockout when all 10 representatives from a universe are eliminated, their universe will disapear……..shit’s getting real lol
Now fast forward a few episodes, the whole universe finds themselves in a knockout battle royal. Here is the line up for Universe 7 team up top. Sorry Yamcha, you didn’t make the cut LMAO. You all are probably wondering why Frieza is in here. Well to put it simply……. it was either him or Yamcha……. yeah easy pick lol.
Let me just talk about possibly the best anime scene in the whole history anime before we get to the greatest fight of all time. Holy shit this scene caught everybody off guard and I’m sure you know which of I’m talking about. The fight between Kefla and Ultra instincts Goku. NEVER in the history of Dragonball, Dragonball Z or Dragonball GT have we ever seen something like this. Goku charging his Kamehameha jumped onto someone else’s ki blast and delivers the finishing blow. I mean Wow, OH MY GOD. Give the animators for this scene a Nobel prize for anime or some shit because this was just out of the blue and frickking amazing! Props to you Japan, good shit.
The real sauce is between Goku and Jiren. Stronger than the god of destruction, and obviously a tank, Jiren single-handedly took on multiple enemies himself. I mean shit, he didn’t even need his teammates lol. However, he was no match for Universe 7 and Goku’s awakened Ultra instincts.
That’s right Ultra Instincts is as cool as it sounds. Like the name suggests, it’s a state where the fighter has heightened abilities and sensitivities to their natural stimulus. This allows them to move according to their instincts bypassing the brains electrical signals to produce faster movements. Even the god of destructions said that they would have a hard time obtaining it.
Judging from his white aura and heightened abilities, this would make this transformation stronger than the Super Saiyan Blue form. I still have doubts about it being stronger in terms of strength than the Super Saiyan 4 transformation. If we’re talking about dodging abilities then ultra instincts easily take the cake lol. He be dodging Jiren like me dodging questions in math class lol.
After disappearing for like 20 episodes, Frieza decides to show up and help Goku take down Jiren. He was actually quite helpful despite his annoying personality. And then Android 17, after everyone else thought he blew up comes back into the fight. So many WTF moments I swear it will give you a headache lol
In the end, Android 17 was the only one left standing in the ring. He was granted 1 wish from Super Shenron. What would be the most morally ethical wish? That’s right, a boat cruise around the world. I wish lol. He decided to wish for all the universes that were eliminated to be restored once again. What a nice guy. But it turns out, if anything other than that was wished, Zeno Sama would have erased every universe for being so selfish. Damn midget, talk about attitude lol.
That concludes the story of Dragon Ball Super. Keep an eye out for the movie Broly, which is a continuation of the story. I wonder how long my free promotions will go on for before they get noticed lol. It will be lit my bros. And for anyone knows interested in watching Dragon Ball Super, don’t give it a second thought. It’s a great anime that I grew up with and it has never disappointed me. Apart from when Yamcha didn’t die permanently lol.
Android 21 Waifu from Dragon Ball Fighter Z Game ❤
Once you’ve met someone you never really forget them.
In the film, Spirited Away, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, the two prominent film techniques used were visual symbolism and dialogue. These techniques helped viewers understand the three main ideas in Spirited away, which are greed, identity and good vs evil. Spirited Away is about a 10-year-old girl called Chihiro moving towns and stumble across an abandoned theme park village. Her parents were turned into pigs after eating some of the local food. Chihiro finds a mysterious boy Haku who tells her that this is a supernatural resort, and she needs to work to free her parents.
In the film Spirited Away visual symbolismhelped viewers understand the theme of Good vs Evil.For most of the film, Haku along with Chihiro is on the good side, whereas Yubaba and Zeniba, are on the bad side.Visual symbolism makes the audience believe that the characters are associated with mystical powers, emotions, and states of mind. For example, Haku and Chihiro both have very fair skin which is symbolising innocence like an angel. Chihiro has small facial features, like a baby which are considered cute in our society. Another example is Yubaba and Zeniba who are both witches have portrayed with very large heads almost the same size as their bodies making them appear tough and evil.Furthermore, she is very wrinkly and has lots of warts on her face. This makes us think, people who appear more ugly are associated with evil.
I believe that director Hayao Miyazaki wants the audience to realise that we humans classify people into groups by just like we classify Haku and Chihiro as good and Zeniba and Yubaba as evil. This is called Racism also known as a classification of people into groups, when we classify people into groups we create stereotypes. This is when we think Yubaba is ugly because she’s a witch and stereotypes of witches are that they evil. Why are they evil? Because when we were kids our society and culture taught us this ideology.
Visual Symbolism helped viewers understand the theme of Greed. The owner of the bathhouse, Yubaba is the most greedy person out there because almost every time we see her in the movie she is usually dressed in rich clothing with gold jewellery and other excessive gems. She does this so she can show her power over everyone else. For example, when Yubaba realized that the customer was giving gold she shouted “Ahh, gold! All Gold!”. But as a punishment of being greedy, the gold turned into mud. Everyone in the bathhouse is greedy but it truly shows when No face was creating gold and giving it away. When this happened everyone started to give No face delicious or exotic foods.
An example of Greed was when Chihiro parents went into a restaurant that they weren’t invited to and started eating rapidly. This symbolised both greed and gluttony, therefore, they were turned into pigs. Hayao Miyazaki did this to show the sin of greed.As said in the bible “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions”(Luke 12:15). Hayao Miyazaki is trying to show that everyone can become greedy if they are persuaded by the right things.
Visual Symbolism helped viewers understand the theme of Identity. When Chihiro signed the contract to get a job at the bathhouse, Yubaba stole parts of her name and made it Sen. This is called Contract Bestowal and is the way that Yubaba keeps the worker from escaping the bathhouse. Over time the workers eventually forget their name and lose their identity. An example is when Yubaba said “So your names Chihiro such a pretty name (Pull characters of her name Chihiro and leaf Sen) and belongs to me now from now on your name is Sen”
But luckily Haku reminds Sen by saying “Here are your old clothes, you’ll need them to get home”. She remembers her real name and can use it escape. She also remembers Haku’s name which is Kohaku. When she was young she fell into a river and a river spirit called the Kohaku saved her. This set Haku and Chihiro free and they were able to leave the spirit world. Hayao Miyazaki could be symbolising that when you take someone’s name, you are also taking away their identity also taking away their soul.
After Yababa stole Sen’s identity (formerly known as Chihiro), Sen had to take care of herself because her parent were now pigs. This made her become more responsible for herself and her job giving her a stable identity in the bathhouse. An example of her having a stable identity is when she was offered gold from No face but refused. Chihiro learned from her father’s mistake of thinking that money can solve every problem.
She wisely chooses to do her duties instead of taking gold from No Face. No Face has never had an identity because has never had any friends or family that could teach him. He is trying to lure the bathhouse workers with gold and with want they want gold. If they accept No face will devour them and take the identity of the eaten person. Since he has the identity of the bathhouse worker he has all the greed, gluttony and viciousness and this doesn’t make him too happy because they were pretty empty on the inside.This would explain why No face wants to have Sen’s identity because she has the best identity in the bathhouse.
Furthermore, she was very respectful and kind to No face. Hayao Miyazaki wanted to symbolise No face as a Hungry ghost. Hungry ghosts are similar to no face because a hungry ghost has a mouth the size of a needle’s eye and a stomach the size of a mountain as written in Buddhist text. No face is like a hungry ghost because he had a never-ending appetite. The director Hayao Miyazaki is trying to explain that our identity is the result of other people’s identity especially close friends or family.
In the film, Spirited Away Dialogue helped viewers understand the theme of Greed. Chihiro’s father said at the start of the film “Don’t worry, you’ve got Daddy here. He’s got credit cards and cash.”. Chihiro’s father thought that wealth can compensate for lack of manners and respect. Chihiro learns from her dad’s mistakes. An example is when No face was offering gold then Chihiro said: “I don’t want any but thanks, I’m sorry but I’m in a very big hurry” and runs off. Chihiro knew that money or gold can’t solve every issue and those who give into greed with be condemned to servitude. I believe that the director Hayao Miyazaki is trying to show people the punishment of the greed, gluttony as mentioned in the seven deadly sins is paid in enslavement.
In conclusion, in the film, Spirited Away, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, several film techniques such as visual symbolism and dialogue. These techniques helped me understand the three main ideas in Spirited away is Greed, identity and Good vs Evil. The director Hayao Miyazaki got inspiration from the Christian bible, hungry ghost from the ancient Buddhist text. Furthermore, director Hayao Miyazaki was trying to show the consequences of the 7 deadly sins such as Greed, Gluttony.