Rambling and other animals. But mostly rambling.


It is dark now, and something else about the mystery genre | Mouryou no Hako 02

No doubt all of you have been out at night at some point in your lives, in proper darkness, I mean. Proper darkness is rare in urban areas because of the ubiquity of electronic lighting, but in less metropolitan areas, or when the moon is new, you can catch some heavy dark. Its rather difficult to describe, and the best I can do is point you at some good representations and bad representations of it in visual media. Dark Souls does it well, Angel’s Egg does it well, M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane does it badly.




Ryousuke Nakamura sure likes his rainbows. Also, something about mystery as a genre. | Mouryou no Hako 01

Well, yeah. Lets face it, he does. Nerawareta Gakuen, Hashire Melos, Mouryou no Hako, they’re all chock full of all the rainbows that you would ever want. Ryousuke Nakamura seems to use them everywhere, not just at the fringes of his shots. Often this is just obtrusive, like it was in Nerawareta Gakuen. While Shinkai Makoto used them in Kotonoha no Niwa around lamplights the same way lens flare is used, and a lot of shows like say, Nagi no Asukara, use them in places where you would actually see rainbows for the sake of *gasp* realism, Nakamura shoves those rainbows all over the screen, and instead of being sharp and defined, they are diffused, such that they seem to be the lens through which we see the episode unfold.