Thursday, February 17, 2011

There She Is! Animated Awesome

I had watched this short (but brilliant) animated series a while ago, and just yesterday I re-watched them and fell in love with them all over again. It's just a touching, adorable and well-animated story about a rabbit and a cat that fall in love, in a world in which such relationships are frowned upon. I think it's supposed to be a metaphor for Korean and Japanese interrelationships, but it also works as a metaphor for gay, interracial or inter-religious relationships that are condemned within certain societies. Although it starts off very fluffy and cute, it becomes darker, more emotionally gripping and more dramatic later on. It's amazing how it can tell such a great story without any dialogue at all, just using the animation and music. If you haven't seen this before, you really have to. If you have already, re-watch it!

Embedded below is a playlist of all 5 videos in the series, so you don't have to do anything but hit play and let it roll!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Survival, Gratitude and Life

Ever since I began to discover my spirituality I've been stumbling across things every once in a while that reflect some aspect of what I believe, or that seem very meaningful to me, or that are just plain touching. I really want to keep track of and share these instances, so I'll be doing that here on my blog. 

Since the tarot has been a large force that has shaped my spiritual development, and because it's something I'm deeply passionate about, I also want to share those things that have reminded me of the tarot, either in their visuals or in their content.

The first of these I shall share is from the manga "Jisatsushou" or "Suicide Island", which is a story about Sei, a young man who attempted suicide, and after signing a mysterious waver in the hospital he wakes up on an island with others like him. They have been left there to live or die as they choose. It deals with a lot of dark topics, not only suicide, but also rape, violence, starvation, etc., and yet it also has such a tone of hope. It really centers around Sei and how he finds the means and reasons to continue living, even in a harsh world. I was very moved by it, and surprised by how hopeful it was despite its dark tones.

First, the picture at the beginning of this post comes after Sei has matured and developed greatly, both in character and skill. That panel of him wearing his cloak, with his newly-acquired dog behind him, his pack and bow in hand, reminds me strongly of The Fool Card visually, which is why I thought I'd share it.

To read a short excerpt from the manga that really resonated with me, click "read more" below. The scene it depicts happens just after Sei has just killed and butchered his first deer, having taken much effort, preparation and practice.

Digital Art: Jekyll Screenshot Photoshop Painting

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Poem: But a Life, a Flower

 A poem created late at night in a creative fervor, about the life and fears of a small plant.

But a Life, a Flower

Tarot-Themed Simpsons Opening

A screencap that I took from an episode of the Simpsons a while back, which I just had to post here because of its fun incorporation of the Simpsons characters into the Rider Waite tarot. My favorite is Maggie as Death! Except for Marge, who looks almost nothing like the original Queen of Cups, I think a pretty good job was done in including enough visual elements from the original RW cards for them to be easily recognizable as such.

Tarot Animation: Break the Spell


Fire of Prometheus: 10,000 Years Burned in Effigy


Animation: The Coffee Song

Animation: in Two Words


Music Video: Jekyll and Hyde, Over and Over