Evangelion: 3.0 +1.0 Thrice Upon a Time Review: A Worthy Conclusion to a Saga

Somehow my editor allowed me to review anime film at my work website, but life’s weird that way I guess.

You can read it here. But I’ll give you a couple of paragraphs review. Enjoy!

So, the end of the line.

Evangelion: 3.0 +1.0 Thrice Upon a Time is the final film in the Rebuild of Evangelion Tetralogy, a series of films that remake the classic Neon Genesis Evangelion.

The movie was initially released in Japan in March 8, 2021. International audience finally manages to get a chance to watch movie through Amazon Prime Video in August 13, 2021.

With the tetralogy that spans over 14 years finally coming to a close, has the creator of the franchise, Hideaki Anno, delivered a satisfying finale?

Why Fate/Grand Order is My Favorite Fate Entry

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I’ve mentioned a while back in my Heaven’s Feel review that I’ve always been a casual Fate fans. Somebody who can generally appreciate, but not in love with, the Fate franchise. Heaven’s Feel is the entry that really made me see how the property is so beloved.

Fate/Grand Order though? It’s probably the entry that made me a fan. This mostly comes down to its quirky ensemble of characters, the expansion of the franchise’s setting/story, and also its uses of Fate’s brand of self-deprecating humor.

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Thoughts on Psycho Pass and How it Correlates with Police Abolition Narrative

Recently, I’ve been rewatching season one of Psycho-Pass, a police sci-fi show partially written and composed by one of the most well-known anime writer, Gen Urobuchi. I’ve been meaning to rewatch it for some time because I don’t quite ‘get’ it the first time that I watched it (also I’m kind of a Urobuchi fan.)

While I was watching the first episode, I suddenly felt conflicted. After the death of George Floyd due to police brutality, many people called for complete police abolition and condemn mainstream media for glorifying the police as the arbiter of justice. While Psycho-Pass is about exploring hypothetical society, the show’s primary lens in exploring that society is through the lens of law enforcement officers. Inevitably, there is always going to complication of whether or not this show is merely depicting cops or glorifying them. Me watching this show, in turn, potentially propagate the glorification of police.

I still have a bit of reservation because of this, but as I watched the show, and remembering some of the show’s plot twist down the line, I actually found several interesting things about the show’s world-building that correspond to the narrative surrounding police abolition. In fact, based on my findings, while the society of Psycho-Pass is a pretty extreme fictional portrayal of hypothetical society, it probably is the closest to the ideal of a police-free/crime prevention society than our current society.

(Warning: Spoilers from here on)

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I Have Few Thoughts to Share on Heaven’s Feel I. presage flower

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(Warning. Slight spoiler alert)

When it comes to the Fate franchise, I have always considered myself a casual fan. My first exposure to the franchise was when I watched scattered episodes of Deen’s Fate/Stay Night on my cable TV (Back when I still watch TV. Internet and video game is everything I need nowadays). I remember that I enjoyed the anime, despite some criticism from the fandom regarding its adaptational choice. What I like about that anime basically sums up the entire appeal of the franchise for me. Some cool shonen action, likeable characters, interesting flesh-out world of magic, and the meta-textual appeal of seeing famous mythical/historical figure interpreted into an anime character.

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My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness and the Nature of Misfortune

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I’ve had the pleasure  of reading My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness, from here on referred to as MLEwL, not too long ago. Framed as a “report”, the story is an auto-biography chronicling a 20-ish college dropout who struggles to live her daily life of swinging from one part-time job to the next while dealing menagerie of mental health issues (from depression, self-ham to eating disorder) and trying to live up to the expectation of everyone around her, whether that’s her family or society at large. Part of what makes the manga compelling is the self-aware insight that the author provides and there’s a sense of honesty and earnestness to the writing which makes it feel very much real. The very same honesty which I strive to always have in my writing, both fictional and non-fictional.

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