Hotarubi no Mori e (2011) – Retrospective Review

“The first time I met him was when I was six.” Hotarubi no Mori e (2011), translated in English as Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light, is a 45-minute anime film directed by Takahiro Omori and based on the one-shot manga written by Yuki Midorikawa. It centers around Hotaru, who one day finds herself lost…

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Hannibal’s Will Graham: A Self-Exploration

One would think that a show titled Hannibal would have Dr. Hannibal Lecter as the main character. However, FBI Profiler Will Graham took the spotlight throughout all three seasons of Bryan Fuller’s psychological horror-thriller on NBC (2013-2015). In the opening scene of the pilot episode, Will is shown in a bloody reenactment of the crime scene he…

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Ghost in the Shell (1995) – Review

“I just have a whisper…A whisper from my ghost.” Ghost in the Shell (1995), directed by Mamoru Oshii, dives into the intricate and philosophical exploration of self-identity and belonging in an evolving technological world. The film follows Major Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg special agent, as she pursues a terrorist who has been hacking into the…

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