Academic Archive

Kurosawa and Akutagawa on Egotism and Truth

I provide a rough and brief analysis on the changes Akira Kurosawa makes to Ryuunosuke Akutagawa's "In a Grove".

NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind and Princess Mononoke: Environmental Disillusionment

I compare the environmental commentary of two Studio Ghibli films and that of two Western animated films to analyze the former's unique conveyance of theme.

Ghost in the Shell: Descartes in 2029 Japan

I use the classic 1995 film Ghost in the Shell as a challenge to an Enlightenment thinker's understanding of consciousness and existence.

Hal and Colorful: The Power of the Twist

I take Hal and Colorful as examples of how films can use twists to expand their meaning and value.

Grave of the Fireflies: A Revision of WWII Japanese Revisionism

I explore Seita's allegorical role in the classic Studio Ghibli film Grave of the Fireflies.

Hal: Flipping the Script of the Android Death Narrative

I introduce a new, more brief series of postings for anime I write about in class by using Hal (2013 film) as a pilot.

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