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[Review] The Garden Of Words – The Garden Of Beauty

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The Garden of Words, Kotonoha no Niwa, is a feature film done by CoMix Wave Flims which was released on 31st May, 2013. Garden of Words is truly a remarkable and beautiful film. It is easily the most gorgeous piece of cinematography I have ever seen. With the backing of a very touching and unexpected plot and its following twists, Garden of Words is sure to please even the most stubborn of film fans.

I’ll start off simple, the pictures. Garden of Words is quite frankly, absolutely gorgeous. This Production Studio has truly outdone anything I have ever seen and seeing as this isn’t the first time one of their productions has blown me away (Voices Of A Distant Star), I can safely say, whatever it is that they are doing, I hope they never stop.

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The animation was 100 percent fluid and well crafted. Each scene immersed you into this world and kept you on your feet with regards as what to expect, visually that is. A lot of the scenes in this movie was inspired by real life photographs, also in some places real life photographs where also imposed onto the film and then rendered. However, it was done so well that it felt as though it belonged in that world and not this one. Another major point is the rain. This movie centers around the rain, and the rain was just spine chilling. I mean when you see those droplets of water flying across the screen and falling in puddles of water and the artists were able captivate a real life-like motion for the water droplets, I feel as though it is able to really make you question a lot of what you think you know. Its just that good.

On the basis of character animation, again, brilliant. Each character was splendidly brought to life by the production and art teams. They were crafted so well, I honestly aren’t really sure how much more I can elaborate, just how amazing the quality of these drawings are.

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Onwards to the actual story. The plot of this show was quite simple, on the surface.

Takao Akizuki is a 15 year old student who lives with his melodramatic mother and adult older brother. He yearns to be a shoemaker, having being enraptured as a child by a pair gifted to his mother, though his immediate friends and family think little will come from his goal.

One morning commuting to school during the rainy season, Takao opts to skip his first class and head to the park to sketch shoe designs, and encounters Yukari Yukino, a well-dressed young woman drinking beer in the early morning drizzle. They do not speak to one another, but as the rain clears she notes the school crest on his vest and decides to bid him farewell with a tanka, leaving Takao puzzled as to its origin and meaning.

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The truth is, this is only the tip of the ice berg. Both characters are posed with very traumatic past experiences and if the opening of this show is any indication, they are in for a lot more.

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When it comes to character development, I really commend this anime. I wasn’t quite sure how they manged to get me so quickly invested in characters I hardly even knew. After all, they both were keeping secrets from the world, from each other and from us, the viewers. I really liked how quickly Yukari’s character developed. I mean for some people, it may not have appeared so, but for those who noticed the slight ticks that was evident during her conversations with Tako and the few spoken words she uttered to herself and to others throughout the show that drove her character to the point where it needed to be and it was quite a sight.

The show also feature quite a nice score. It wasn’t over powering, but it was just right. This isn’t an action oriented anime, in any way, form or shape. The nice and light pieces of music that accented the nature like sounds was just the right atmosphere. This isn’t always very easy to pull off, so the mere fact that it blended so well together was really a testament of how serious this studio takes even the simplest and subtlest matters.

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I honestly don’t want to give up too much about the show, because I honestly want you all to check it out. Its a really nice heart warming story, it had the perfect ending for what was going on and how they were dealing with their issues. It couldn’t have ended any better.

I really enjoyed this show, I came for the drawings and animation, stayed for the masterpiece that was A Garden of Words. I urge you all to check it out and push this show down everybody you knows throat. Because this was a really good show. I am sure you’ll enjoy it, long time fan of anime and just some random person in the interwebs. You’ll love it.

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Anti-Depressants – Is It? Or Is It Anti-Life?

NOTE WELL: THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN WITH THE INTENTION OF IT PROVOKING THOUGHTS. IT IS NOT MEANT TO BE USED AS A HARD AND FAST GUIDE OF DEPRESSION. IT IS MERELY THE THOUGHTS OF THE AUTHOR AND IT DOESN’T CLAIM TO BE TRUE, EVERYTHING WRITTEN WAS DERIVED FROM SOME RELIABLE SOURCE. THE AUTHOR ISN’T RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING THAT YOU MAY DERIVED FROM THIS ARTICLE NOR THE ACTIONS OF THE READER POST-READING OF THIS ARTICLE.

No, I am not depressed, if that is what you are thinking. I saw an advertisement for antidepressants a while back, and it got me thinking. Like serious thinking. For example have you seen the side effects of those pills? It is a massive list, and some has the potential for death. (Ironic isn’t it?) Now this is quite a confusing issue.

Now let’s say, your depressed, is it social depression (blanket term, I am referring to all non-medical depressions) or is it clinical depression? Both of these are in fact depression, however only one of them should require medical treatment. Can you guess which one?

Major depressive disorder (MDD) (also known as recurrent depressive disorder, clinical depression, major depression, unipolar depression, or unipolar disorder) is a mental disorder characterized by an all-encompassing low mood accompanied by low self-esteem, and by loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities.

Still need some ideas? Depression is that above which is written, although I believe that both of them can be classed as what is in the block quote above. Still though, some believe that clinical depression (not standard depression) is caused by an imbalance of certain chemicals in the brain. Some chemicals which affect mood in the brain are  serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. All of these work together to create mood in the brain.

Depression appears to involve a reduced amount of one or more of these, hindering brain signals and in turn causing the various symptoms of depression. MRI’s and brain tissue samples of depressed patients shows that these neurotransmitters are below normal.

According to HealthyPlace.com and you know, actual published medical papers (although I can’t find one right now), this is the definition of Clinical Depression – A deficiency of certain chemicals in the brain. Now this is something you should be treating with pills. However this is on par with the Chemical Imbalance Theory, which states:

The basic concept is that neurotransmitter imbalances within the brain are the main causes of psychiatric conditions and that these conditions can be improved with medication which corrects these imbalances.

However I am not saying that this is the cause, this is merely a theory that accounts for mood based on the Brain‘s chemical make up at a point.

Also, depression from your own life, where you seem to lack a sense of purpose and if you feel as though you are in a rut, this is what I call social depression. This doesn’t seem to be chemical or has anything to do with the ‘brain’ if you understand what I mean. I mean yes, the brain will produce certain amounts of chemicals, it may not be what you need, because it should be corrected by simply to doing something fun, right?

But that’s the real point, just felt that I needed to provided a background to the issue at hand. Now to the issue at hand. The real issue is that there are many side-effects when using the antidepressants. Here are just some:

  • Nausea
  • Dry Mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia (numbness)
  • Sleepiness
  • Constipation
  • Increased Blood Pressure
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Tremor
  • Headache
  • Agitation
  • Muscle Weakness

And in some cases the antidepressants works in the opposite way. Instead of ‘curing’ depression, it actually worsens it and causes suicidal actions.

So here’s is my problem. Why Take antidepressants? You may have remembered that I stated that only one form of depression should be treated medically, which is logically clinical depression. Which isn’t social depression. You know heartbreak, bullying, just plain lost of interest etc. etc. Although in severe cases it may be needed.

Still I can’t grasp my head around the fact that an anti-depressant has so many side effects and in addition to that fact that it can kill you.

I don’t think anyone should be taking antidepressants for any old thing, I think something like this should only be medically administered, by a doctor. I am aware that some requires  prescriptions but how will a doctor know if it is severe depression or you stuck in a rut?

NB: Care was Taken to cite well-known documentation, medical papers were unavailable at the time of writing, and so sites such as Wikipedia, HelpGuide.org, HealthyPlace.org was used. However, This is also based on my knowledge and my textbooks (CHEMISTRY AND BIOLOGY, OXFORD)

Protest! Anti-SOPA And Anti-PROTECTIP! Protest!

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) — together with the corresponding Senate Protect IP Act (PIPA) — is a proposed piece of legislation intended to curb online piracy. As the bills are currently written, they gives both the U.S. government and copyright holders the authority to seek court orders against foreign-operated websites associated with infringing, pirating or counterfeiting intellectual property. If either bill becomes law, it could drastically change the way the Internet operates.

It sounds nice, but in actualization, its not. All this means is that based on accusation alone, hundreds of thousands of sites will be pulled off the internet, and as the above stated, it will alter the internet for all eternity, in addition to what it says, there is more to the bill that what meets the eye. They want to CENSOR Everything!

So for all of you all who are wondering, I am not saying anything about priacy. I understand the music and film industries standing on this matter. However as Mark Zuckerberg Stated here, Congress needs to fight this properly. They shouldn’t attempt to remove freedom of press, or freedom of speech, after all, how are sites such as WordPress, Wikipedia, Facebook (and by extension all social media sites) and Youtube (and similar sites), what about that!? All sites are in jeopardy. Not only sharing sites but all sites. Do you think that this is the way to go? You censor the entire internet!?

I have one thing to say. If you regulate the internet, then you censor the internet, and allow what YOU (and by you I mean the super rich corporate giants as well as the government) want to see. Do you want to government to tell you what you can and can’t do? What they are doing essentially is running a dictatorship, just the thing is, its on the internet.  If you think it doesn’t make sense, think a bit again and do your research, look at the global laws. They are all doing the same thing. If they regulate the internet, then you lose more than you think. Oh and by the way, if you haven’t seen it, here’s a few things that was posted on WordPress.com

  • In the U.S. our legal system maintains that the burden of proof is on the accuser, and that people are innocent until proven guilty. This tenet seems to be on the chopping block when it comes to the web if these bills pass, as companies could shut down sites based on accusation alone.
  • Laws are not like lines of PHP; they are not easily reverted if someone wakes up and realizes there is a better way to do things. We should not be so quick to codify something this far-reaching.
  • The people writing these laws are not the people writing the independent web, and they are not out to protect it. We have to stand up for it ourselves.

They are quite right, the internet is the outlet for millions of people out in the world. It is the source of revenue for millions, this problem is affecting everyone on a global scale, The internet is responsible for hundreds of thousands of jobs if not millions. We need to do something, we need to fight for the internet. Internet must remain a neutral place for all to come and to enjoy. The internet should remain free and open to everyone, everywhere.

Further Readings on this Matter

  1. VentureBeat – 10 Things You Need to Know about SOPA and PIPA
  2. Gizmodo – What Is SOPA?
  3. WordPress – Help Stop SOPA And PIPA
  4. WordPress – Join Our WordPress Protest