Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Japanese Ghost Stories

I know you are wondering what other media you can consume to prepare for Halloween. If you want some short and scary cartoons, try Yamishibai. Some of them I didn't think were scary at first, and then I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about them. But I think the scariest to watch was "Hair," because it was about a little thing that went wrong with something completely normal. Let me know if you watch/like them!

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Halloween movie suggestion: ParaNorman

I'm excited that it's October! I think one of the reasons I like Halloween is because it's a holiday centered around the supernatural, so it's a good excuse to read horrifying fairy tales and watch movies about ghosts. Today I watched ParaNorman, which is a really cute claymation movie about a boy who can see ghosts. I liked the art style, which gave characters unique silhouettes (something anime struggles with), wardrobes, and speaking styles. The attention to detail was awesome, from the ambient TV lighting to the bully's bowl cut. There were a lot of moments where I thought "kids would love this!" but enough spots where I found it amusing that I wasn't bored. I was happy that many of the characters who seemed like stereotypical teenagers had a little more depth. In short, I recommend it.