Aviation And WWII: Studio Ghibli Animated Film, The Wind Rises, And Review By Mark Yang

A dreamer of aviation, both figuratively and literally. To be able to create planes, even at a time of war, and with his country in great poverty. He’s on a journey where his creation of planes, makes the wind rises. (There will be spoilers beyond this point).

For a period of time, I stopped watching Anime (a couple of months ago). But after watching the official (English dubbed) trailer for The Wind Rises, and listened to a beautifully created song by 97SPECIAL, which 1171Domino made a collaboration of both his song and the movie. I was inspired to watch The Wind Rises.

(The Wind Rises Trailer)

(Beatutifully created song by 97SPECIAl, and awesome collaboration of the both the beats and the movie, created by 1171Domino)

tumblr_mwhyritcgr1s715zso2_r1_250As I still continue to watch the movie, I’ve only gotten halfway through it. Not that it was a long movie, in fact it was only two hours, but because I was busy, I stopped watching it as of right now. Although I wasn’t emotionally attached to the movie like most movies created by Studio Ghibli, I was more so interested in the imagination of the main character Jiro. Instead of your original tear jerking story, or uplifting kids film usually created by Studio Ghibli, the Wind Rises portrays the deep thought of a person’s aspiration and dreams, for aviation. As this idea was brought up early on throughout the movie, it didn’t take long for me personally to understand that this dream of a young boy, and what his dreams and deep thoughts shown throughout the movie are, by showing us a character and taking us through his journey. It was as if we were in his mind. as if we were experiencing the living memory of Jiro’s perspective, and his journey and the fate that he goes through, of both good and bad times of his life.

Image result for howl's moving castle gif sceneryMy first impressions on the movie were simply, it must be another heart felt kids film about a boy, but with planes, and it’s going to be a good movie. But I always ask myself, “how will they make it a good story? How will they come out with this awesome fresh story that they always create?” Continuing on, throughout one fourth of the way through the movie, the main character Jiro, has dreams about a famous Italian inventor of avtiaon, thewindrises Caproni. And this made me think it would be a movie cattered to children, simply because the main character was a child dreaming of an aviator. But as I see the dreams of Jiro, the scenery reminded me of another film, and it was Howls Moving Castle (will explain later). Not until latter that they started adding more adult themes, such as teens and adults smoking (was acceptable for the Japanese), the references of war ( WWII), and the eerie feeling by just watching Jiro imagining the destruction of his planes. After seeing all that, I noticed that the story is actually a pretty deep, and not so simple story. But after thinking about comparisons of this movie with others, it was quite similar to Howls Moving Castle. When we get to see blood from Howl, and also a fictional war going on in Sophie’s world, the plot from both movies were indeed quite similar in a sense. And I’d say The Wind Rises is on the same approach as Howls Moving Castle, but the movie relates more to a realistic theme, more adult themes, and having more sophisticated or certain tastes that would make people appreciate the movie.

The Wind Rises is visually appealing, and by all means has a great story. What I’m trying to get here is that, people may have personal preference between liking fantasy movies like Howls Moving Castle, or liking historical movies like The Wind Rises, Everyone has their own different liking in sub-genres, but personally, I love all kinds of genres. Just as long as they’re interesting and in no shape or form cliched or felt rehashed, but I’ve felt Studio Ghibli does a lot of things to keep their movies feel new. Every movie I’ve come across with Studio Ghibli films so far, were as if I was a kid listening to a folk tale, or an urban legend. A story where even hundreds of other stories have copied off of, but Studio Ghibli, they rarely copy stories (some fi;ms use literature adaptations),they create them. And so, The Wind Rises is one out of every Studio Ghibli film that are an what I consider, an exceptionally great film.

Yet again, I’m not emotionally attached to the film but, I can’t deny that the film is a one of a kind, and in some ways inspiring. But what I’ve seen so far throughout the movie, things are not going to be so great, and maybe Jiro’s dreams may be flawed. But I’ll continue to watch the film, and fully experience the bad side of the movie (in a good way).

I’ve had a fun time creating this blog post, especially after I haven’t been posting as much, and not watching Anime in quite a while. I had a great time watching The Wind Rises, especially since it’s a more serious movie created by Studio Ghibli, and with the ending of my post, I am happy to watch the movie, The Wind Rises.

See you in the next blog post, peace.

“The Wind Rises: a movie that truly emphasizes the true meaning of chasing your dreams, even if they may seemed flawed, some part of the way through them.”

-Mark T Yang Jr



The Overly Sophisticated Japanese Animation Story; The Garden Of Words- – (Movie/Japanese Animation)-

itunes_gardenofwordsMy first thoughts initially were, a romance, and a story of the progression of two lovers, but I guessed wrong. Apparently, it was way more than that; something more sophisticated than just some love story. 

“A faint clap of thunder Clouded skies,
Perhaps rain comes
Will you stay here with me?”
Yukari Yukino:, The Garden of Words
If you ever read my latest blog post, I’ve been thinking about watching this Animated movie, but not knowing what it was about. This movie has always been in my interests, and I watched it as soon as I had the time too! And so, here I am with a post about this wonderful movie!

So what is, The Garden of Words? The Garden of Words is a Japanese animated CGI movie, that takes the perspective of a 15-year-old high school boy named Takao Akizuki, a want to be shoemaker, who always comes late to school on rainy days, and frequently visits a garden for inspiration for shoemaking. Eventually, Takao Akizuki notices a young but older lady sitting in his spot of inspiration, as the rain falls down. And the same experience happens again until it becomes a frequent occurrence; now a rendezvous when the rain falls. And the story continues on.

(Spoilers are beyond this point), what I like so much about The Garden of Words; although the story progresses quite slow in the beginning, I just can’t stop to think about how the animation looks so great and realistic looking, especially when it comes to different kinds of perspectives, and not wide open views (if that made any sense). It’s definitely one of the best quality animated movies in my own opinion, and when compared to other CGI movies like 5 Centimeters Per Second (which was also created by the same person that created The Garden Of Words), and CGI animes like Fate/Stay Night, The Garden of Words is just something special. And going back onto different kinds of perspectives, I just adored on how creative they were, as they mostly had an ants eye of view, and as well as the human eye of view.
 Now regarding the story, I thought this movie was going to be somewhat of a love story but, like I’ve said before, it’s definitely not a love story (kinda?). The movie ideally was realistic but somewhat poetic (literally, and metaphorically), and this is what made it sophisticated. The main parts of the movie that had me puzzled and made it complicated for me were, the quote that Yukari Yukino said and the part where Takao Akizuki responds back to her quote later on in the movie but mistaking what she actually meant. And although Akizuki had big ambitions for being a shoemaker, Yukari was actually putting him down in a metaphoric and verbal way, as Yukari acknowledges Akizuki for being another student, and Akizuki starting to realize what Yukari actually thinks about him. Extremely complicated! And not until the end of the movie that Akizuki says what Yukari actually thinks about him, for me to understand the true context of the poem that Yukari talked about. I’m finished with telling my thoughts on the story (because it’s already confusing as it is).
I truly enjoyed watching this movie, and I can’t think of any other words that would describe such a great animated movie like the Garden of Words. This movie was definitely a great refresher on what a good and noncliche animated movie or any Anime for that matter should look like. And before I go, I’d just like to thank my older brother for buying me a physical copy of the movie, The Garden of Words, and 5 Centimeters per Second. I also enjoyed watching the movie 5 Centimeters per Second together with me, my brother, and my sister. As my sister never watches Anime, and hearing from her that it was a good movie, made me feel accomplished as an Anime watcher.
So anyways guys, I enjoyed making this blog post, and it literally took me 2 weeks to make it. So hope you guys enjoyed my post; see you guys later, peace!
(Also, thanks to Matt-In-The-Hat for nominating me for the versatile award. I’ll surely be writing more of my own thanks to him in my versatile award when I have the time to write one).

-Walking Down Memory Lane; Rurouni Kenshin, Trust And Betrayal- -(Anime/Movie/OVA)- -Mark’s Blog-

Trust and betrayaklBefore I write about my review on Rurouni Kenshin (Trust And Betrayal). This was one of my favorite childhood Anime show, Rurouni Kenshin. I was probably 6 years old when I first watched Trust And Betryal and the Rurouni Kenshin Anime. I know what you’re thinking, why did you watch a gory Anime show like Kenshin? Because Anime fights, but for me now, it’s story. So let’s just get into Rurouni Kenshin, Trust And Betrayal.


(Warning, this give allot of spoilers)

Plot: This takes place before Kenshin becomes a wanderer and it tells the story of how Shinta gets his name as Kenshin (and he also learns how to use the Hiten Mitsurugi and recieves his infamous scar on his face). As a group of Bandits come to kill a bunch of travelers, which so happens Shinta Himura were along with the travelers, he saw all of the blood shed that has happened. Then after all of the travels died, a powerful Swordsman named Hiko Seijuro, came to kill the group of bandits. As Shinta was all alone now, Hiko takes Shinta as an apprentice, and renames him, Kenshin. Then years later, Kenshin left his master, as he wanted to fight for the innocent. Then he joins the Choshu Clan and becomes a fearless killer, later to be called as a Battōsai (man slayer). After Kenshin trys to assassinate Kiyosato Akira, a bodygaurd; Kenshin get’s sliced on the cheek by Kiyosato. Then Kiyosato dies due to Kenshin.  As an assassin later try’s to kill Kenshin, Kenshin successfully kills the assassin in front a girl named Yushiro Tomoe; which kenshin later finds out he killed her fiance.

and that’s basically how Trust and Betrayal begins.

For a better Explanation of the plot by the Kenshin Wiki

and a recomendation video from my older brother (a more sophisticated review. and I do not own this video)


My Impression: I’m surprised on how amazing this OVA was and how great the voice acting was compared to the Anime ( I haven’t watched the Anime in a while but I did come across finding a fight scene between Kenshin and Cho, and the voice acting was just so meh-ish). But anyways, I felt so many feels when Kenshin’s family or friends or whoever died to those bandits (Poor Kenshin). As I rarely get emotional over things, I would have to say that, that scene made me as emotional as I could be (I mean Tomoe’s death was kind of sad, but just seeing kenshin’s friends or FAMILY, whatever, getting killed just like that in beginning was the climax to the OVA ,just like that). As I really enjoyed the old look to Trust And Betrayal, as it really looked like one of those old looking Animes (Ironically, it probably is an old show/movie). Now as for the story; I really liked how it went as it was mostly full of sad scenes and scenes of Kenshin’s dark past. And one last thing that I thought about this movie; just the way Kenshin says the word “what”, just amuses me so much (Rewatch Trust And Betrayal and just try to hear Kenshin say “what”, it’s quite funny. Well in my opinion that is).

and I guess that’s it (as I edit through my blog, my impression paragraph was pretty horrible, not gonna lie. But oh well). Well, see you guys later, peace!


(Well before I go, here’s some Original AMV’s)

AMV, Numb by Linkin Park:


AMV. In The End by Linkin Park:


(And here’s the battle between Enshi/Tomoe’s Brother VS Kenshin)

-Tokyo Ghoul Manga Animation- – (Anime/Manga/Animation)- – Mark’s Blog-

Once again, I find another “good’ Manga Animation, because who doesn’t like there favorite manga being animated. This one contains allot of spoilers, so please, I warned you. ( Even contains spoilers for the people who only watched the Anime).

So, here it is:

See you guys later, and Peace!


-Yet Another Awesome Tokyo Ghoul Manga Animation- – (Anime/Manga)- – Mark’s Blog-

Yet another awesome master piece ( Not created by me). This may not be better than the other video that I posted on my blog, but here!


The Video I was Referencing about:

See you guys next time, Peace!