Long time readers of this site know of my obsession with a certain Japanese cultural phenomenon: the anime epic called Evangelion. It is to anime what Tiger Woods is to the game of golf. Evangelion, in terms of visuals, story, theme and depth is head and shoulders above pretty much any other offering in the history of animation, Japanese or otherwise. In fact, since viewing the full original series and three resulting movies, all other anime products seem worthless to me. (This is not entirely true, as the films of Hayao Miyazaki exist in a universe of their own, and cannot be compared to other anime products.) To be more accurate, within the stereotypical anime subclass of “giant robot” TV shows, Evangelion is superlative and sublime art. Continue reading Rebuild of Evangelion
Due to popular demand (both of them), I include below the text (as best I remember it, and based on my sketchy notes) of my speech at the Indian Arrival Day Celebrations in Port Of Spain, Trinidad, May 30, 2006.
Gather ’round, me droogies, and listen to a tale. This is the true story of my grandfather’s magic snake stone. We don’t know where he acquired it, but it seems likely that it was handed to him by his father, and to him by his father before him, back when my line still lived in old India. Continue reading Snake Stone