Presenting STUDIO GHIBLI’s first live action kaiju short film

Commissioned by Neon Genesis Evangelion director Anno Hideaki. Directed by key Eva artist Hijuchi Shinji. Monster design by Hayao Miyazaki.

A stellar combination without a doubt.

The tokusatsu’s title is Giant God Warrior Appears In Tokyo (Kyōshinhei Tokyo ni Arawaru) and was originally created for a museum exhinition.

I actually kinda find the effects cheesy but from what I’ve read, the film was really aiming for an old-school feel. And despite I barely understand the narration, I am touched by the film’s tone. That, and thoroughly amused by people just standing calmly while taking pictures as the monster tears through the city.

source: io9


こうこう cool animation


Today’s fascinating find is an abstract animation by Takashi Ohashi.

Apart from being visually spectacular, what makes this piece very interesting is the sound that accompanies it. Listen to the song carefully. Think you’re hearing Teletubbies gibberish? Nope. Those sounds are actually the unique syllabic sounds of the Japanese language.

The director, in a statement sent to Cartoon Brew, expounds:

This musical composition was made by recording 6 natural voice vocal tracks from singer Luschka and selecting lyrics with Japanese syllabic combinations which afforded expression. The track comprises words which themselves are meaningless, but carefully combining syllables and their respective unique resonances ensured highly musical peaks and troughs.

Awesome right?

Go check out his other masterpiece, the pv for cokiyu’s With My Umbrella.


“Spring arrives every year without fail”

Art by Yuko Shimizu for the Kyoto International Manga Museum.

I love how vibrant and whimsical this illustration is. So full of meaning. But what really drew me to it was the artist’s caption:

“No matter how long or severe the winter can be, Spring always arrives, every year without fail.”

I just find it so exhilarating that everything in my life seems to point to a new beginning.  Here’s to sustaining the momentum!

credits to Yuko Shimizu

Check out Yuko Shimizu’s other Spring themed works here.


“Without the doing, dreaming is useless”


I came across this video two days ago yet it in my mind, it still lingers.

What an engaging presentation by artist Rilla Alexander. She spoke with passion and in a very engaging manner. Furthermore, the visuals she used were fascinating. But the thing that drew me the most was her message.

She spoke gospel truth to me.

Her talk reminded me of all those times when I failed to translate ideas to action, of dreams that stayed dreams because I never took the first step in making them a reality. Sometimes, I do manage to take a shot at something but end up prioritizing another. Distractions abound and excuses are aplenty. And so the dream slinks deeper and deeper into the backseat until it becomes a loving memory, if not a faint wisp.

Then there is also this debilitating affliction called “self-doubt”. Rilla was right in describing it as ‘crippling’. Self-doubt shatters our ability to move forward via the extreme weight of our insecurities. But as Rilla also stressed, the key is to never give up and to keep on believing in one’s self.

“But I don’t give up.  I don’t abandon this one, I don’t cripple it with self-doubt.  I just keep working.  I work so hard that I’m prepared to defend it.  But I still do listen to the feedback that other people give me, and I make changes depending on the critique.  Actually sharing is part of the process, and I don’t even need to get feedback from people, because it’s how I feel.  If I know that I’m not 100% proud, it means that there’s something I can still fix.”

I will have a book published in time. And who knows, if I worked hard enough, perhaps the Rilla Alexander would even illustrate it. All in due time.

I am not a graphic design student but…

Take things away until you cry. Accept most things, and reject most of your initial ideas. Print it out, chop it up, put it back together. When you’re aimlessly pushing things around on a computer screen, print it out and push it around in real space. Change contexts when you’re stuck. Draw wrong-handed and upside down and backwards. Find a good seat outside.

– from What Advice Would You Give a Graphic Design Student by Frank Chimero

On dealing with trolls

Mathemusician Vi Hart dishes advice on how to deal with negative comments. While her presentation is geared towards YouTubers, much of her recommendations can be taken to heart by creators like you and me.

I especially like this line: “I have no power over you that you don’t give me, and you have no power over me that I don’t give you”. It reminds me of a phrase I’ve heard in grade school but has continued to guide me up to now: “he who angers you conquers you.”

For a recovering stress-o-holic like me, this is really something that should be kept in mind.

SOURCE: Brain Pickings