Castle in the Sky (1986)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – N/A
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 4/4

 

Pros –

 

1) Another gem from Studio Ghibli with it’s trademark elements of fantasy, music ,female protagonist and cyberpunk machines.
2) Fast paced
3) Mythical Laputa
4) Rich characters like Dola, Muska and Uncle Pomme.

 
Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

Dola: There’s nothing worse than having your pigtails shot off!

Rashomon (1950)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

1) Story : cornerstone of the movie
2) Cinematography : Vintage Akira
3) Toshiro Mifune as Tajōmaru, the bandit
4) A story of morality, humanity & conflict.
5) One of the most influential story-line in world cinema.

 
Cons –

n/a

 
Quote –
“Commoner: I even heard that the demon living here in Rashômon fled in fear of the ferocity of man.”

Akira (1988)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/4

Pros –

1) Multilayered story
2) Music
3) Way ahead of it’s time
4) “2001 : ASO” of animated movies
5) Concept of Neo-Tokyo
Cons –

n/a
Quote –
Kiyoko: The future is not a straight line. It is filled with many crossroads. There must be a future that we can choose for ourselves.

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 2/4

Pros –

1) Characters : Calcifer / Turnip
2) Surreal world with a blend of medievel times wizards with portal doors and hi-tech aircrafts.

Cons –

1) Too many plot-holes
2) Sophie-Howl’s first encounter remain unexplained
3) How Sophie returned to her young form ?
Quote –
Old Sophie: A battleship?
Howl: On its way to burn cities and people
Old Sophie: The enemy’s? Ours?
Howl: What difference does it make?

One Punch Man : Season I

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –

1) Saitama & Genos : Sherlock and Watson of anime world
2) The animation quality : two sides of Saitama
3) Plethora of Super-Heroes & Super-Villains
4) The concept of Hero Association and S/A/B/C Classes
5) Silver Fang / Pri-Pri-Prisoner / Atomic Samurai / Tatsumaki
6) Mumen Rider : The hero city needs and deserve : the best character of the show.
7) Disaster Levels
8) Intelligent & smart humor
9) Saitama’s training secret
10) Class S #1 hero “Blaster” is yet to appear.

Cons –

n/a

Quote –

“100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats, and a 10km run EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!”
— Saitama

Ghost in the Shell (1995)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –

1) Way ahead of it’s time ; highly influential.
2) Opening theme music : “Making of a Cyborg”
3) Animation Quality ; “Blade Runner” of animated sci-fi.
4) Therm-Optic camouflage ; future Guns ; spider-like armored vehicle ; high octane gun fight.

Cons –

1) Too much science & less entertaining
2) Philosophy of AI ; Sad life documentary of Puppet Master.

Quote –

Puppet Master: It can also be argued that DNA is nothing more than a program designed to preserve itself. Life has become more complex in the overwhelming sea of information. And life, when organized into species, relies upon genes to be its memory system. So, man is an individual only because of his intangible memory… and memory cannot be defined, but it defines mankind. The advent of computers, and the subsequent accumulation of incalculable data has given rise to a new system of memory and thought parallel to your own. Humanity has underestimated the consequences of computerization.