Anime Review: The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises is another of Ghibil’s amazing work which even made it to the Oscar nominations. The last film by director, producer and screenplay writer Miyazaki Hayao is quite the shining star among his other eye-catching titles. This being his last movie, he put in all his efforts and lifetime’s work into making it. Based on a true story of a boy named Jiro Horikoshi who grows up to become an aeronautical engineer. Jiro gets employed in Mitsubishi Motor Works and his job is to design aircraft. From childhood he dreamt of famous Italian aircraft designer Caproni, who in his dreams shows him his newest creations of aircraft. Caproni drives interest in him to strive to become an aeronautical engineer.

During the early days of his career, he travels with his friend Honjou who also designs aircraft alongside him. Their boss sends them to Germany to learn about German aircraft design of a man named Hugo Junkers. Unfortunately, he has to flee from the country as the secret police start arresting his team members. As he travels around the world he meets Naoko, the girl he had rescued when he was still a teenager (Yeah, the timeline in my review is all messed up). She is suffering from tuberculosis and does not have many days left. He gets engaged to her and due to her worsening condition, she starts living in a sanatorium. As Jiro returns from his trips to Japan, she returns from her sanatorium and lives with him after getting married to him. Despite her deteriorating health, she supports Jiro as he strives to work on the design of his aircraft. The day the aircraft is built and ready to fly, she decides to return to the sanatorium so that Jiro can remember the way she was. As the Japanese Zero flies, Jiro senses something bad. This is probably that his wife passed away.

The animation is fantastic, the amount of attention given to detail is fabulous and the romance was so light and heart warming and I absolutely loved it. Even the war time music sounded great. Good character design, although the movie wasn’t focused on character development. They wanted to highlight the historical part. Jiro’s dreams weere very inspirational to him, and they really drove him toward achieving his goals. Everyone had determination in their actions and I really loved that, because that’s what made the film so inspirational. At times, I did feel that this was a little mature compared to the older Ghibli movies I have seen like My Neighbour Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies in a sense that it is packed with historical facts and rarely shows drama. I loved this film because this was a different atttempt made by Ghibli and they really made it successful. I would love to see movies like these made in the future. My regards to Miyazaki Hayao, who has been doing an excellent job for all these years and pleasing viewers all over the world.

How to install flash player for Chromium

I am currently using Debian “Wheezy”, and I’ve been using it for a while now. Recently, I realized that I was browsing the web without Adobe Flash Player installed on my system. Although, I did a normal apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree things did not work. So I searched a little more and found Google’s custom flash player called Pepper Flash Player.

Installing PFP is a bit of a pickle unless you have already added backports to your repositories. To add the backports repositories, you need to add a line to sources.list file which is present in  /etc/apt/.

Add this line to sources.list,
deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian wheezy-backports main contrib non-free

Now update your package list,
apt-get update

Almost done, now install package pepperflashplugin-nonfree,
apt-get -t wheezy-backports install pepperflashplugin-nonfree

Done!

Anime Review: Black Lagoon

Black Lagoon starts off with Okajima, a Japanese businessman being kidnapped by pirates. Okajima decides that he wants to team up with the pirates and abandon his life in Japan. The Lagoon company consists of Dutch, Benny and my favorite character, Revy. Black Lagoon is the trademark of bad company and badass people. Throughout the anime, they consistently maintain this atmosphere and that is perhaps what attracted me the most. As far as the story goes, it is based mostly on characters rather than what they pretentiously make you think you like it for: gunfights. What is it just me? Well, ah… I couldn’t care much about action than I care about dialogue and character. I can guarantee you that, both are made so fantastic that hell, the gunfights make up a small part of the show.

Revy is one badass chick and was mostly the only main character who gave Black Lagoon its ‘badass’ feel, because quite frankly everyone else was in just for the money but she just loved to beat the crap out the people first. Tonnes of cigarettes and alcohol, I don’t know how many times they have shown someone light a cigarette. But holy cow, they did it a lot of times. Every frigging person smokes and drinks like crazy, lol.  Honestly, that’s what keeps the feel of the show intact and I believe that’s just what people liked about this anime. Did I mention how often they use foul language, well people I am not trying to be a weeaboo here, just sayin’ it all comes in the package. But I am so glad they didn’t waste all that potential on anything related to sex (although I am a little surprised by that). You know, when you look at it, Hiroe Rei knew exactly what he was doing and added the right flavors at the right time.

I was randomly browsing the web, and no one failed to notice that something is definitely going on between Rock and Revy. Romance arc please! It’s way too perfect, I wouldn’t ask normally but I just can’t resist. While Rock thinks things out in a non-violent way, Revy resolves things by pulling out her gun(s). They are so different but they stick together. It’s so obvious that Revy likes him because she wouldn’t stick around otherwise. Well, that’s where we see the soft side of Revy.

I want to end this by saying that BL was one of the best anime I’ve watched, not too many flaws although there wasn’t much of a story. I enjoyed it, still. I would recommend this to anyone who likes things related to mafia, or just plain badass fighting and humor. Whatever, the choice is yours but Madhouse has certainly done a commendable job on this title.