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Phases…

Strange fascination, fascinating me
Ah changes are taking the pace Im going through

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
(turn and face the strain)
Ch-ch-changes
Oh, look out you rock n rollers
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
(turn and face the strain)
Ch-ch-changes
Pretty soon now you’re gonna get a little older
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time
I said that time may change me
But I can’t trace time

Well David Bowie would totally understand what I am feeling about

I am itching to write about how I became such a cinephile,and I thought of that phase I have as a teenager. The anime phase that perhaps shaped me as this person.

What is a phase? Perhaps it is at that period of time where you got obsessed over these things and so. Perhaps there is a period of time where you are crazy about something and you are motivated to do that. As you grow older,you may not like it as passionately as before.

Like any usual teenager who searched for that identity ,you are looking for a place to belong. For me,I recall when I was 14-15 and recently transferred from a class that is not so kind to me. I saw one of my classmates who drew manga during my home economics class. That is where I got motivated to draw manga,and there I have the obsession of watching anime. I read random curiosity  religiously! I even asked my parents (who are pretty supportive) to get some merchandise of Fullmetal Alchemist (which I still owned til this day). I even tried cosplay (I only did it once and it was fun). Perhaps I though there is somewhere I belong

I think I started to slowly growing out of my anime obsession when I actually enter film school. I do leave cosplay for personal reasons. I got into a fight with a person I know in my film school,that I became jaded at anime figures who display hope and joy. I started to listen to 60’s-70’s Rock music. I discover the joys of film and sometimes it feels more fulfilling than seeing the animation on screen. Watching all types of films (including all animation) and diverging myself into reading all types of literature seems to intrigue  me more. I mean I get to somehow travel the worlds that are not simply one-dimensional.

I somehow look at myself in that phase,what am I in this phase ? I see that I was pretty lost and just desperate. I thought by looking at these two-dimensional figures with goggly eyes. I just want to masquerade myself in outlandish costumes to hide all my feelings.I do see anime as an art form. I do sometimes catch up with certain animes which I loved. However the joy of that it was over. It is not that I look at people being joyful at their obsession with anime with disdain,but I kinda look at it with bittersweet manner. I see that I grew out of it,it does not stick it out with me.

However if I look it with some form of gratitude,me scribbling reviews on my thoughts of what I watched in my anime episodes leads to me loving to research and write about film. I am glad that I do not get arrested for outrage of modesty as I read that hooha that an auntie arrested a cosplayer during AFA 13. I am glad that I appreciated animation and not to be too snobbish.

Sometimes you cannot turn back to the past but instead you move to the present.

An analysis of the hero’s journey:Avatar Wan from legend of Korra

Well hello everyone! I hope you are all good…

I would be focusing on the narrative aspect of the hero’s journey by Jospeh Campball and how does it get into Avatar Wan in “Beginnings Part 1 and 2”

Why should I discuss about this theory and Avatar Wan? I remember I was watching these,and I cannot help but to apply the molds of Wan’s story into the “the hero’s journey” from my “The western goes east” class from Simon Weaving. Yes it borrow from many mythologies,like Prometheus and the eastern philosophy of Yin and Yang but the story remains the same.

So what is the hero’s journey? It was created by this American mythologist and lecturer Joseph Campball (Thanks man!)

That is our man!

Well, he gather the structure of the journey of the  hero through his paper “The Hero with a Thousand Faces” after analyzing a whole lot of myths (I mean everyone from Chinese myths of The Monkey King to the Greek’s Prometheus). Of course they are so many variations of that,well like thus

It was famously used in Star Wars

As George Lucas used this module as inspiration for it!

Here is the one I learnt from my class…

It was divided into 3 sections,we have the world (i.e the character’s world),the threshold and the underworld

  • Call to action
  • Reculant
  • Helper
  • Test/Trials
  • Potions/Help
  • Main goal
  • Chase
  • Showdown
  • Give gift to the world
  • Hero’s change (either to go somewhere or perhaps death)

However it may not be filled all of the criteria but it still remains the same.

Now let’s move towards my analysis of Avatar Wan’s journey,feel free to debate with me about that topic.

Hero’s normal World

Looks like Disney leaks in Wan

Looks like Disney leaks in Wan

Wan is a poor peasant,who steals food from the Chus but however we see that he does have a compassionate heart for the animals and his fellow people like Yao and Jayin

Call into action

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Hating to be passive,he decided to “steal” bending from the lion Turtle to benefit his company,by chickening out into the mission. Of course it leads to the revolt with the Chus,however it was unravel when Wan gave mercy to one of them

Recluantcy

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Of course he is unsure how to use his fire while surviving in the forest.

I do also add Wan did not kill the Chu brother

Threshold level

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His banishment is perhaps the entrance to his test/trials

Trials/Tests

Well I think majority of what Wan experienced is mostly trials,there are many but I would bold those that are needed for his character growth

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Survival in the forest

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Saving Mula (It helped him to gain the trust of Aye-Aye)

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entering the spirit oasis

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Wan accidentally releasing Vaatu out of Raava (This is where he realized his true goal of saving the world)

Helper

There is the lion turtle (Because I loved them),who is willing to keep Wan’s power

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We have Aye-Aye and the spirits,there he learnt how to understand their nature

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I would also add the magical spring water as a helper too!

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His companion Mula (he gained a longtime friend)

His training of his fire-bending do save him (and protect his peers)

The Main Goal

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We have the air-village invasion,it urges him to learn the elements within the year (Visit more lion turtles people!)

Now Wan released chaos (i.e Vaatu),now he does need some help again after that Spirit attack in an Air Village. How does Wan,the hero prepare himself to his goal

Potions and Help

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We have Raava,who we can say it was the helper despite her reluctance to Wan in the beginning

We seen more lion turtles! And yes they helped in giving Wan the elements (YES!)

The Chase

Of course to me what really set the chase is perhaps the conflict between his old friend in the past and his spirit friends. It really show how urgent the situation is,and Wan realize it’s a do or die.

Raava is growing smaller!

Wan is unable to handle Raava’s spirit!

The Showdown

It’s pretty obvious it was the Harmonic Coverange

IT’S NOW OR NEVERRRRRRR

O.K we worry if Wan would be able to connect with Raava’s spirit and if Vaatu would destroy the world.

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Wan managed to convince Raava to fuse with him,and of course they kicked butt!

Gift to the world

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Of course he managed to contain chaos,and in result bringing balance in the world. He sealed Vaatu in the tree of Time.

As said in this line (with animation porn) ‘This is my mission: to use Raava’s light spirit to guide the world towards peace.,I would be the bridge between the humans and spirits”

He wanted to maintain diplomatic understanding with spirits and humans

Hero’s change

*cues ugly sobbing*

Now let me dissect why we suddenly feel very sad when Wan is dying alone in the field. He gave this world,a new era through the media,to establish peace and propersity. They do not need to shield with the lion turtles. However he feel that he is unable to contain the “darkness” i.e people’s greed and vices.

As Raava promised Wan in his dying breath “I would be there with you all of your lifetimes

He is given an another shot in maintaining balance with all of the Avatar reincarnations (until much later I would not tell you as I am still recovering on it)

(Screencaps courtesy of AvatarSpirt and gif courtesy of Tumblr)

The hero’s journey would start again,with many….

I know it’s a little cliche,but it really works as Beginnings Pt 1 & 2 are two of my favorite episodes ever. It allows us the viewers to join the character’s journey. We do support him emotionally to see Wan grow as a character.

I hope you guys enjoyed it,by the way feel free to debate on the events of the hero’s journey of Wan. I am more than happy to interpret it.

Predictions of the Oscar Best Animated Feature 2013

Predictions of the Oscar Best Animated Feature 2013

I have been following a bit on the oscars news and i am surprsied that 21 films are shortlisted for Best Animated feature for that year… So far it have an interesting mix of film genres that year.

Now here is my thoughts for which films would be nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature

Definitely

Brave

Yes I am a sucker for that movie and Pixar took it up to a notch on dealing with its first female protagonist and of course the landscapes are beautiful. I think it would get that nomination because of the story and the gorgeous animation here

A Liar’s Autobiography – The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman

It came to me as a surprise,I have been a Python fan for quite a while and seeing the trailer for the film. I am pretty impressed by the vast animation styles here. I think they translated the Pythonesque humor so well in their animated styles. I am hoping they would release that film into my country

Frankweenie

The stop-motion animation is too wonderful and I love those winks of horror movies.

Rise of The Guardians

Just watched this with my sister the other day,holy poop……I thought Brave was amazing. ROTG took the cake for its animation. I was entralled by the opening sequence and it gets better in every second. However I think it have a stiff competition with Brave on the technical aspect. However the story in Guardians is a little cliche (But I overlook it in my watching). So it was a difficult decision for me to decide which of these animated features are good because both have different qualities which I liked.

Maybe

From Up on Poppy Hill

It probably get in because it was a Ghibi film (Oscars have been nominating these countries over the years including the winner for 2002 Best Animated feature-Spirited Away which I don’t deny it). I heard it was directed by Goro Miyasaki (Hayao Miyasaki’s son). I watched one of his films and found it damn terrible. I heard lots of good things about this film but I need to see it

So these are my five for now as I did not watch the rest. So what do u think which films would be nominated for Best Animated Feature?

Being Brave-A look into the symbolism of Brave

Apologies,for the silence it seems I need to get my film analysis mojo back. So I would be analyzing Pixar’s latest addition “Brave” I know there are others who never get to watch the film as certain countries released Brave. For that reason that this film may contain spoilers from the film.

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