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Porco Rosso

Porco Rosso is a movie about a former fighter pilot Marco who does bounty hunting work in a pre- World War II Adriatics. The sea is lawless and chaotic with bandits and bounty hunters being about indistinguishable; people still remember the WWI and the next war is approaching. It would make a great setting for a dark and heavy story, but the movie doesn’t go there, it tells its story with good humor and positive attitude. And it is not serious about trying to be a period piece. I mean, the pilot Marco is a pig, that kind of throws the realism out of the window from the start.


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But regardless, just the settings alone would sell the movie for me. Such a specific time and place, and not even something obvious or well known, it was bound to pick my interest. Also it is a Ghibli movie and so far I liked all they have put out. Porco Rosso was made in 1992, directed by Hayao Myazaki. The art and animation look very good, lots of moments worth pausing to have a better look at. I recommend this film to everyone who like anime movies.


Now come the spoilers, so feel free to stop reading and watch the film instead.

If you kept reading I assume you’ve already seen the movie :P So what that film was about? The only plot line that persists through the whole film is rivalry between Curtis and Marco and maybe slight romantic tension between Marco and Gina. But the story doesn’t really spend most of its time on either of those. Instead it would give you a good look  into the life of an Italian family that builds Marco a new plane. We even get a new main character Fio out of the blue, and she quickly gets the story to rotate around her. It feels strange when she jumps into the movie, you can almost say that Miyazaki just wanted to have an obligatory teenage girl in his film.


Fio, a 17 years old engineer

But I don’t think it is as simple as that. I think it is one of those stories that want to play a game with you, that give you a chance to guess what is going on without being told. And it is intentionally complicated, as the bits and pieces come in randomly, in no order. So I’ll try to give you my view on it, and you can decide if that makes sense or not.

First is Marco’s “curse”. I don’t think I need to argue that it is weird and out of place for such an otherwise realistic movie. What’s more, no one reacts to the fact that Marco is an anthropomorphic pic, a completely unnatural creature. The way people treat Marco is as if he just has some weird attribute, but nothing more. It is definitely intentional too. So it tells me that this is how I suppose to see that curse, as an attribute, or maybe as some sort of mental state.


Then let’s look at Marco himself. The key ingredient of his personality is him being self-centered, at least on the surface level. As Marco said to one of his friends: “I only fly for myself”. He lives alone in an isolated place, he works alone, he defies governments and laws. Even for people he cares about, like Gina, he remains distant. And it makes sense, with him being a pig. You can say that it is a what the curse has done to him, since we know he wasn’t a loner his whole life. Later in the movie Marco would say “It seems to me God was telling me I was a pig and maybe I deserve to be all alone”. I quote the dub, the lines are different the subs, but the  meaning is about the same.


A pirate plane, makes me wish Miyazaki had done more sci-fi movies *_*

We learn that Marco once was a fighter pilot, he fought in the Great War (WWI), and the finale of his career was a horrible fight where his best friend died while Marco was doing his best to save himself. Judging by Marco’s words I can guess the killing during the war and his actions during that last fight that he viewed as cowardly, that created a burden that Marco has carried with him since then. He left the air force and gave up on his former life. When talking to Gina he said “Good guys always die”, implying that he does not see himself as a good person. And it wasn’t a pose, it sounded like something he believed in. What’s more, he was not implying that his morals were twisted, rather that he failed to live up to what a good person is. Seeing himself as that sort of failure, wouldn’t that be a curse.

You can see where I am going with this. The curse was not a magic spell, Witch of the Waste didn’t have to be involved. It was Marco giving up on his own humanity. Unable to live up to his own ideals he turned to follow another road, more suitable for a pig, as he refers to himself every so often. And I can quote Marco yet again, as he says to Fio “Seeing you makes me wish I’ve never given up being human”. That line is pretty different in the subs though, much more neutral. And since I’ve compared the two, let me pull up another quote that I like and I feel it is missing from the subs. After that “I deserve to be all alone” line Fio tells Marco that he is a good person, to which he replies: “No, the good guys were the ones who died. Or maybe I’m dead and life as a pig is the same thing as Hell”.

Now why did we need the Piccolo family and Fio in that movie? Remember that scene when Marco was going to close the deal with his mechanic because he didn’t want his plane to be designed by a woman? And how he had given in the next day, seeing that Fio had what it took to build one? He given in because he wasn’t so stupid to actually be bothered by prejudice and he wasn’t rotten to actually believe that a woman can’t do as good job as a man. All he needed to do was to stop acting as a pig and give the girl a fair chance, and it worked out great for him. And I think that is a big part of Fio’s role in that movie, she makes Marco act decently, thinking of others instead of only about himself. Like that time when Fio was going to fly with him sitting in a tiny compartment on top of a machine gun. Marco couldn’t do that to her, so he got rid of one of his guns instead. Fio’s honesty and enthusiasm did way more for Marco than a company of his old wise friends could.


I really like that scene. A myriad of planes against the blue sky, it looks amazing.

My friend Shaurya said that the story feels like a fairy tale. I think so too. I am very happy that I got to watch that fairy tale about a middle aged man who once lost his own self. Tell me what you think about it! See you next time.

Roujin Z

Roujin Z is a 1991 movie that I came across while searching for a new movie to watch and I decided to pick it up because I liked the cover image.


Doesn’t it look promising?

The movie is about the Japan’s Ministry of Public Welfare testing a new bed that can take care of the elderly and the consequences of using such a machine. For their first test they selected an old man named Takazawa who is bedridden and needs someone to take care of him 24/7.

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And here is the amazing bed that can take care of old people

The bed can take care of all the needs of its occupant like bathing and feeding. It regularly monitors his health and sends an alert to the doctors and the family members if something happens to him. It also has built-in stereo, radio, phone and TV modules. The occupant can call the occupants of other beds and talk to them, or he can create a virtual friend. The movie talks about the moral implications of treating the elderly this way.

After Takazawa is made to become a guinea pig for the testing of the bed he becomes lonely and scared. He sends a message to Haruko, his voluntary caretaker, to help him. At this point it looked like Haruko is the only one who cared about him and is willing to help him. Takazawa’s family members happily gave the rights to conduct any experiments on him to the Ministry of Public Welfare.

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We have seen enough anime to guess what happens next. The bed has an advanced computer that has a mind of its own and things start going out of control. The plot is something we have already seen plenty of times and it never manages to surprise the viewers but the movie is entertaining nonetheless. The animation is beautiful and the voice acting is also well done.

There are a couple of things I want to complain about though. When a guy called Terada from the Ministry of Public Welfare was introducing the bed to the media, he said that the bed can even upgrade its own hardware and I was thinking ‘Yeah sure. It will order the new parts online, sign the delivery man’s papers, unscrew itself and replace the old parts with the new parts. You should have found something else to say in order to make the bed look smart.’ To my surprise the bed did actually upgrade its hardware.

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Though I have no idea what it intended to do with that speed limit sign

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It kept getting worse

I doubt they wanted the bed to be that creative about upgrading itself because even the bed’s creator was surprised.

Here is another part that is even worse. At one point Haruko asks a group of old hackers to hack into the bed’s operating system and control it. She hands a photo of Takazawa’s wife to them and asks them to simulate her voice to try and talk to Takazawa.

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Seriously? All you need to simulate a person’s voice is her photograph?

I also want to mention that the idea of the bed is not as bad as the movie made it sound. They purposely exaggerated certain functions of the bed to make it look like an inhumane machine. If you have ever taken care of a bedridden old person or saw someone else take care of such a person, you know how difficult it is to take care of people who can’t move a muscle. Imagine doing that 24/7 for a decade. Even the most loving family members will wish for a break and the relationships will start deteriorating. Not every family can hire a good caretaker like Haruko. It is not such a bad idea to have a machine that helps us take care of the old as long as we spend enough time with them and give them plenty of love.

Give Roujin Z a try if you have some time on your hands. It is a good movie and it deserves more love from anime viewers.

See you next time ^^/

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3 Level Combination

3 Level Combination is a Korean comic by Il-Kwon Ha, the guy you may know as the author of Annarasumanara. Shaurya recommended me both of those manhwa, and I am really glad she did. Here I want to talk about what I think about that comic. I’ll make a tiny introduction for those who haven’t read it and put a spoiler warning before the part where I start to go deeper into the story.

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3 Level Combination starts as a story about a boy Hogu, a boy from a poor family who is being bullied at school. We follow him around, observing how he is being humiliated, beaten and otherwise abused by a group of his classmates. It gets pretty heavy and the story doesn’t hold back at all. After a while a new character is introduced, a humanoid robot prototype named Chevrolet. That robot was supposed to attend school together with normal students as a part of its testing. For better or worse the robots ends up becoming Hogu’s friend, while Hogu is put in charge of keeping it safe. With this event the both the story and Hogu’s life become more complex, going through tragic and happy moments, always unpredictable and thought provoking. Please read it, it is very good.

I want to mention that for me 3 Level Combination was a really hard read, I even had to make a break for a few weeks, because I felt a bit overwhelmed. It is just my personal thing though, stories about abused people living in misery kinda get me. I don’t know if that affected my opinion about the comic, though.

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Spoilers start from here.

I want to talk about a few of the characters, and since I myself can barely remember any names from this comic I decided to list them all beforehand. Besides Hogu I am going to be talking his former friend Minwoo, his class president Anna and her father Dr. Lee. Hope it won’t get too long.

I think a good way to start thinking about this story is with Dr. Lee. Who was that person? We know he was largely responsible of making a complete mess of his family life. His wife committed suicide after seeing him clearly displaying preference for a female humanoid robot over her. He said that the robot is better because “it is obedient”, because it is “his type”. He was a sad man who wasn’t able to appreciate the people around him and would rather play with toys. And his story doesn’t even seem all that interesting. The main reason I’ve brought it up is his daughter Anna.

I think Anna might be the central figure to this whole story, and I will try to explain what I mean. What defines Anna as a person? She grew up in a broken family and saw a lot more ugliness of human relations than a child should. Do you remember what was her reaction to that? She would say that it was “boring”. Such an inadequate description, such an obviously wrong choice of words. But let’s go on. Anna’s mother committed suicide because her father brought home a robot and stated that he liked it more than his wife. Naturally that influenced the way Anna felt about robots. She learnt to hate them. She even decided to study robots to prove that they can never be humans. Now let’s pause and think about it. Why would she do that? It is not a disgust towards machines that can be understood in her situation. What’s more, she was still working with her dad. I think what we see here is Anna misplacing the responsibility for what happened in her family; instead of blaming her father entirely she puts a part of the responsibility on the robots. It should be easy to realize that Dr. Lee’s self-centered destructive behavior was the reason Anna’s family ended up in the state it is. He could have had any other occupation, it wouldn’t have mattered, it wouldn’t have changed the fact that he didn’t appreciate his wife and was abusive.

So here is what I am getting at. I think a large part of Anna’s character is self-deception and neglect. Just as she was pretending to be bored to ignore her pain as a child she now pretended that the robots are to blame for what happened in her family. Why would she do it this time – who knows, but an obvious reason is so that she would be able to live on with her father without losing her mind because of the cognitive dissonance.

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You’ve probably noticed that I didn’t justify the word “neglect” yet. To talk about that I will need to jump to another character I’ve said I would talk about, Minwoo. He, Hogu, and Anna were friends back when they were younger and Hogu was what kept them together. In the quick episode where Hogu takes a picture of Anna and Minwoo it is pretty obviously hinted that in this friendship Anna was mostly interested in Hogu, while Minwoo was more interested in Anna. And apparently she was oblivious to that. What’s more, this never stopped, with the only exception that after a while Minwoo started to target Hogu, making his school life worse and worse. It might have been jealousy, might have been a desire to get Anna’s attention, likely it was both. And it seems that Anna could have stopped the whole thing, as she did in chapter 17, just by asking Minwoo to do so. But she never even tried to talk to him, never started a conversation in the whole year, as Minwoo mentioned once. Imagine if she did, if she thought through this situation and realized Minwoo motives. Anna is smart, she definitely could do it. And if she asked Minwoo to stop hurting Hogu, then maybe there wouldn’t have been any fights in that class. And going from what we saw of Minwoo I think that is the only thing she needed to do was to ask, there wouldn’t have been conditions or price. But Anna never even thought about it. That is what I mean by “neglect”.

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I am sorry if you think I’ve spend more than enough time on Anna, but I have to go a little further. In the late chapters we see Anna repeatedly putting effort into making Hogu see that Chevrolet is a robot and hence his friendship with it is absurd. She doesn’t see (or prefer to not notice) the simple fact that Chevrolet was the only one who showed Hogu kindness and care, who spent time with him when he needed it. It is so simple to see, and it is so easy to then understand why the boy would be so attached to the thing, regardless of its nature. What’s more, it is not hard to imagine that Anna might have wanted to be the one who did all of that for Hogu; only she didn’t do it. She would say that Chevrolet was a piece of metal, only the reality was that this robot was more of a human then most of the people around it. And instead of embracing that reality Anna would rather destroy it. She did, with a lie, betrayal and murder, a one act that took away all she had, including her own conscience.

I find it interesting that throughout most of the story Anna doesn’t do anything wrong, and there is no way to blame her. She isn’t hurting anyone, even does good things here and there. Nevertheless, it is as if her way of life slowly places a rope around her heck. It is one of the most interesting character arcs I’ve seen in a long time.

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It doesn’t feel right to talk about supporting characters all this time and leave out Hogu and Chevrolet. But I don’t think I have as much to say about them. I like their story. It is the kind of story you would want to end on a happy note. While reading I thought that maybe they will use this bomb episode to say that from now on Chevrolet can’t be opened and since her remote control functions were disabled she could effectively become a human. That would open a possibility for a nice ending for both her and Hogu. I was also prepared for Chevrolet’s demise; I think Hogu would have survived that, and I wonder what kind of person would he ended up being. Neither of that happened though.

The actual end made me think of the Romeo and Juliet play. It used be regarded as the greatest love story of all. I’ve heard that since some time ago people started to look at it in a new light, considering Romeo and Juliet to be a cautionary tale about irresponsible passion of young people. I can see that point of view and I don’t think it takes away anything from the romantic side of the play. What’s more, I think the same argument can be made for the story of Hogu and Chevrolet. Do you want to see their story and it’s end as a beautiful romantic tragedy? Or do you want to see it as a tale that says “Don’t be as foolish as this boy was.”? Both ways are good I think. I like the ending, even though it does make the story even more sad.

One more thing. I imagine 3 Level Combination would naturally make you wonder about human-robot relations, asking yourself “What was this friendship between Hogu and Chevrolet? Was it different from the relations Dr. Lee had with his old robot? Can you take any of this seriously?”. I think the comic doesn’t have a lot to say about robots and their potential place as a new kind of sentient beings in our society. Was Hogu any different from Dr. Lee – I have no idea. It is a very hard question, and I don’t see any answers in the manhwa.

Sorry if this post was a bit too long. See you next time!


Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor

Before I begin, let me admit that this anime has awful art. If you are one of those people who dislikes Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji’s art, at least hear me out before deciding not to watch this anime.

Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji is an anime about gambling and in the first episode we see a guy telling Kaiji that he had co-signed some loan and the guy ran away without paying anything. So he wanted Kaiji to pay the money.This is a scenario we’ve seen countless number of times where an innocent guy signs something to help someone out and gets into trouble. The anime didn’t give us much time to feel sorry for Kaiji and quickly moved to the interesting part. The guy let Kaiji know that he can gamble and pay them back instead. If he wins, he can get out of the debt but if he fails, he has to work for them for the rest of his life.




Of course Kaiji chose to gamble

And thus, Kaiji gets pulled into the world of gambling where he has to put his life on the line to get out of the debt. It is a rather cliched story and yet Kaiji manages to make this interesting. So what makes this anime unique? It is the antagonist and the protagonist.

The antagonist Kazutaka is sort of like a guy taken straight out of a fairy tale. He is cruel and evil to the core. He is different from our typical antagonists. He doesn’t have a tragic past and he is not trying to take over the world. He is just pure evil and likes toying with the lives of others. He is used to getting his way and is drunk with power. He is the kind of guy you might find downright despicable. Yet the anime makes it clear to the viewers why he became a successful person with lots of money and power. He is clever and ambitious. He can calmly analyze a situation and form logical conclusions.



Next we have Kaiji. He is different from all other protagonists I’ve seen so far. He is not noble and is not willing to sacrifice himself for the sake of others. He is not trying to save innocent lives from Kazutaka’s clutches. He doesn’t want to defeat Kazutaka. No sir, he is more interested in saving himself and getting out of the debt. He is the kind of guy who can get on his knees and beg for his life.  There was a time Kaiji decided to save a guy and he had to pay lots of money for that. Kaiji didn’t save him because he wanted to be a hero. He was just mad because some guys betrayed him and wanted to throw the money that made them betray him right in front of their eyes. He just chose to save him on a whim. He later regretted it thinking that if he didn’t decide to save the guy, he would have been able to get out of the debt.  It seemed realistic. Not everyone will be happy with suffering for the rest of their lives for the sake of saving some stranger. Kaiji is not a noble hero, yet he is human. Once he participated in a gamble that required him to hurt someone physically  in order to win. He was tempted to do it but he decided not to anyway. He will save someone if he can but he won’t go out of his way to do it and he definitely won’t put his life on the line for the sake of someone else.

The best thing about this anime is that the creator Nobuyuki Fukumoto is not afraid of pushing Kaiji into a corner and making him break. Kaiji has to face an antagonist who is bigger, stronger and maybe even smarter then he is. From the beginning, we feel that Kaiji can’t really defeat Kazutaka. He might win the gamble and manage to save himself but he can’t do any real damage to Kazutaka. We feel that the guy will always be sitting in a high place  and enjoying everything while Kaiji has to paddle through a muddy stream trying to reach a dry place. Very few creators will dare to humiliate their protagonists the way Fukumoto does. Kaiji doesn’t get any convenient power ups and no one saves him if he messes up.  There is no guarantee that Kaiji will win. For all we know, he might lose and end up in some dark hole with his limbs cut off. The only thing we can be sure of is that Kaiji won’t die and it was interesting to watch. The plans that Kaiji comes up with look realistic too. He pays attention to details and tries to use them for his advantage.


Just a random image from the anime

I highly recommend Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji. Watch a couple of episodes of this anime and then drop it if it doesn’t look interesting.

See you next time ^^/


Madoka Magica’s postmodernism

I’ve recently finished watching Madoka Magica, a magical girl anime, famous for its unusually dark plot (at least by the standards of the time it was airing). Unfortunately for me I knew a fair bit about the anime before going into it, so the shock of seeing how different Madoka Magica is from other anime in the genre wasn’t that great for me. Maybe that is why today I chose such a weird topic, deciding to talk about whether or not there is a way to claim that Madoka Magica is a postmodern art, instead of just giving it the praises it deserves.

Here is a quick intro for those who have not seen the anime, but wish to keep reading (which is probably a bad idea, as I’ll spoil all there is to spoil in that show). Madoka Magica is an anime about a group of girls who were confronted by an alien creature (name is Kyubey) that offered to grant them one wish. In exchange they would have to become magical girls, fight witches, and eventually be killed in a fight. The anime makes sure to let you see that the stakes are high, showing you one death after another, revealing horrifying details of the contract Kyubey makes with the girls in exchange for the wish. The anime spends a lot of time with the characters, showing their normal lives, their parents, friends and loved ones, giving you reason to care about them. At times it almost is a nice and light-hearted slice of life story. But when they get to an action, especially when they show a witch fight, then the anime changes into something very unusual. I’ll talk about it below.

For me it started with admiring the artworks that are displayed during the fights (they are made by Gekidan Inu Curry, check them out). Let’s look at them together.

I started to wonder if there is a specific art genre they belong to. Eventually I started looking at what can be called postmodern art. I’ll post a few thumbnails here.

Here is Raoul Hausmann’s pictures:

Here is Robert Rauschenberg’s artworks:

And here is Wallace Berman’s works:

I don’t want to say that those artists are clearly defined as representatives of postmodernism, but I think it is possible to say that. Anyway, for me it seems like those works or similar ones were the inspiration for some of the art from Madoka Magica. That doesn’t say much, just an interesting observation. And it made me look in it a little bit more.

I think there are a few more ways in which Madoka Magica is connected to postmodernism. The show is a genre deconstruction piece, and while I don’t know if people acknowledge that as a trait of a postmodern work, I think it does go in line with the ideas of the movement. Madoka Magica is working within an existing genre, with existing tropes and concepts, and it uses the viewer’s awareness of those concepts to tell the story. In that aspect it is similar to Douglas Adams’ “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” or Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. Would you say that proves my point? I don’t know.

All in all, I am just amused by the idea that those serious classifications of art movements could be extended to fit in a popular anime series. Though I may very well be a victim of confirmation bias. If you think I am (or if for some reason you think I am not), please tell me in the comments, would love to hear different opinions.

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And to save this post from being completely dry I’ll say a few words about my experience watching the show. As I said I knew it was going to be a somewhat serious anime, with tragedy and death, thanks to the spoilers. I was pleasantly surprised by a few things I saw in the anime though. First are the architectural references. When I first saw Burj Khalifa I was like “Is this anime set in the Emirates? :O” I liked the idea a lot, though it didn’t turn out to be true.


Here is the Burj Khalifa, the white needle-like structure in the background

Also I liked the idea of ordinary people who lived good satisfactory lives being given a chance to have any wish granted. They just didn’t have a wish they would feel strong enough about. It was especially interesting with Madoka, who at the beginning clearly didn’t need anything and just wanted to become a magical girl cause she liked the idea. The show didn’t do much to develop this theme, instead it just gave the characters the motivations they were missing. That was kinda disappointing at first. Though eventually I started to appreciate the side stories they brought up to give the characters their motivations. Sayaka’s story turned out to be the one of the most emotionally engaging parts of the series for me. I liked the Madoka’s reason to become a magical girl, it made such a big contrast with the rest of the show. She suddenly changed that story about doomed people fighting for a lost cause into a fairy tale, and she did it in such a bizarre way that the transaction did not seem to undermine the feel of the show. At least it worked for me.

The few plot twists I didn’t have spoiled for me were that magical girls turn into witches, and that incubators were only there to gather energy, viewing people as live stock. Both are good enough twists, especially the first one, since it made such a big change for the relations between the characters and Kyubey.

Here is a reminder that this anime is made by studio Shaft

Here is a reminder that this anime is made by studio Shaft

That’s it from me. See you next time ^^/


The Pale Horse

Before I begin, let me admit that I didn’t know anything about the Book of Revelation and the four horse men. I had no idea that The Pale Horse is the horse ridden by Death. I thought the manhwa’s title looked kind of boring. I was like “Maybe it is a story about a horse that looked pale or something.” So my first impression on this manhwa wasn’t all that good.

The story looked bright and sunny at the beginning. The protagonist Rose Dupre is a twelve year old who is the prettiest girl in her village. The villagers bully her because they thought her mother was a witch. Her only friend was Pierre Grand who always stood up for her. It looked like the story of a typical pretty damsel in distress who needed to be protected. I thought the story was going to be about Rose making friends and proving to the villagers what a good person she was. I felt like dropping it but kept on reading since they had all this talk about a witch and I thought the witch might make things more interesting at some point. You could imagine my surprise as I watched this seemingly bright story spiral into a dark and twisted tale.


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It is hard to write about all the good things about this manhwa without spoiling the story. What I liked most is how they portrayed immortality. The witch is immortal and we see what it did to her. Being immortal is no joke. Most of the anime and manga show immortal protagonists as people who are just sad about losing everything they hold dear. The Pale Horse says that immortality is something that slowly makes you lose your sanity and it felt more real. Imagine living for a couple of hundred years and watching all your family and friends die one after another. Yes, you will be sad and depressed. Now imagine living for a million years where everyone you once held dear were nothing but a fading memory. You watch people being born and dying on a daily basis that at some point you just won’t care anymore. You won’t feel sad. You would just feel tired of it all. We see the witch who was cursed with immortality try to destroy everything someone else had because she couldn’t have them. She was just jealous and bitter. And then she saw all the lives she had destroyed and all the people she had hurt and felt awful. She was jealous of them and yet she couldn’t bear the burden of destroying them. When the villagers tried to kill her, she was so tired of everything that she didn’t even fight back. She just stood while they tried to kill her but she couldn’t die. It was sad, watching a person who wished for death so desperately but still couldn’t die. It didn’t mean she was a good person by the way. She is spoiled and cocky and always puts herself first.


This manhwa has amazing art.

The other good thing about this manhwa is that all the characters are flawed in one way or another. After watching all the anime with good protagonists, it is a nice change. After all people aren’t perfect. This manhwa deals with a lot of delicate issues like identity crisis, love, revenge and jealousy. It shows how people will cling to anything, even something that they know will destroy them, if they didn’t have anything else to hold onto. It shows how you can love someone up to a certain point and then hate them for the rest of your life because they did something really awful to you, something you could never forgive them for. This manhwa will mess up your sense of right and wrong because you wouldn’t want the witch or the hunters to die.

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It has interesting dialogue too. This is one of my favorites parts.

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Here is another interesting argument.

The character I found most interesting is Baron Guiness. It is hard to say anything about him without spoiling the story. I guess he is the guy who is sort of the antagonist of this story. I say sort of because he has his reasons for what he does and I like his character.


I like how his face can change from looking nice to cruel almost instantly.

All the chapters are in full color and the art is really good. I like the way the manhwa-ka uses colors. 019

If you feel like reading a good psychological manhwa with a deep story, read The Pale Horse. I highly recommend it. The only bad thing about this manhwa is that it is licensed. Only 63 chapters are out and it might take a long time before they release the next chapter. If you don’t like how the story leaves you hanging, just read the first 33 chapters and drop the manhwa. The first 33 chapters cover the most interesting part of the manhwa and the 33rd chapter gives you a kind of closure, you feel like  you have seen a bright and interesting chapter from a person’s life end and dropping it at that point won’t feel weird.

See you next time ^^/


Anime Movie Guide

I’ve recently stumbled upon a website “Anime Movie Guide”, the owner, whoever he/she is, made a list of “the best and only the best anime movies”. Here is the link.

I really like the list they have made. Too bad they didn’t include Yoshiaki Kawajiri’s movies, especially Vampire Hunter D. Thinking of the other famous ones that aren’t there I would name Angel’s Egg (haven’t seen it yet), Redline, Macross: Do You Remember Love, Barefoot Gen (have not yet seen this one either). But I mostly am happy with the list in terms of completeness.


I think there are a few movies that don’t need to be on the list. Like movie versions of TV series, namely Madoka Magika movies and Evangelion remakes. I understand that you can watch Evangelion: 1.0  on its own, so it is just as good a movie as anything else. But you can’t watch Evangelion: 2.0 on its own, you need to see the first movie first, and that starts to blend the boundary between a movie and a series… anyway, it is not too big of a deal.

They also have an OVA guide, but it’s very incomplete at the moment. Still, there are a few interesting suggestions there =)

That’s it from me, see you next time ^_^/