What Happened to Routine Writing?

Hey, what happened to your resolution for “more frequent writing?” :v

I kind of slapped myself for being inconsistent, so I’ll write something here. Not much, but at least I will write.

1. I’m still struggling to fight procrastination. Here’s some good article about procrastination, its nature and how to fight it. And it’s also quite funny😀
http://waitbutwhy.com/2013/10/why-procrastinators-procrastinate.html

Why it must be monkey? Why not a cat :p

2. Most of my projects were stalled, and I have to solve some problems so I can continue to step forward. However, last semester on my study was decent (although there’s one subject that I have to repeat, sigh) and I also did a pretty exhausting-but-fun Comic class as one of my additional subject. Will share it online after I retouch them a little bit.

Some sneak peek. Still pretty rough, yes?

Some sneak peek. Still pretty rough, yes?

3. Indonesian Movies, especially those who are under the helm of new wave of action/thriller/gore directors are on a very bright state so I’ll write some reviews about them, especially since next month we will have the awaited The Raid 2 \:v/

Well that’s it for now, time to whip my monkey for more productive season.

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Movie Review : Kotonoha no Niwa (Garden of Words)

kotonoha1We have met, for each of us to walk forward.

Takao, who is training to become a shoemaker, skipped school and is sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. He meets a mysterious woman, Yukino, who is older than him. Then, without arranging the times, the two start to see each other again and again, but only on rainy days. They deepen their relationship and open up to each other. But the end of the rainy season soon approaches…
(Source: Comix Wave/myanimelist)

To be honest, I was afraid that I won’t like this as much as I want to. Makoto Shinkai’s previous gem 5 cm per second didn’t really satisfy my expectation. Sure, it’s so pretty and beautiful, but there’s a pretty huge emotional disconnect between me and that movie, probably due to Shinkai’s overly-implicit style of narrative and the fact that at that moment I haven’t really understand the hardship of committing a long distance relationship. Furthermore, I was still very newbie at drama animu, so probably it’s just me that can’t really catch the message that Shinkai want to tell for me.

However, this time Shinkai improved a lot compared to my last impression of him. He keep his lovely style, but now with improved focus on direction and symbolism ability. Also, dat artwork… Wait, have I told you about DAT ARTWORK? DAT SCENERY PRON??? Dang, I can’t find any word that can represent how impressed I was when I saw the visual of this 45 minute movie, so let me get right to the review starting with art section :

ART : SHINKAI/10

Here is a quote from Guardian Enzo of Random Curiosity that probably could represent my impression (since I’m lazy and can’t find the exact words lol) :

When it comes to the visual side of anime – or animation – there’s Shinkai Makoto, and everyone else. Two different categories, period.

Yes, visual of Kotonoha of Niwa is THAT good. Someone already said that “a single picture could represents thousand of words”, so just take a look at some screenshots below:

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One interesting thing about Shinkai’s art at Kotonoha no Niwa is his visual interpretation of rain.

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Rain usually casts a pallete of grim colors and darker ambience, usually used to emphasize a strong element of gloom and drama. However, this is where Kotonoha no Niwa shines. Shinkai’s ability at creating wonderful sceneries of trains and sky probably didn’t need any more additional remarks, but Shinkai’s visualization of Rain is something else.

Here is the recipe : Combine rain with lush green from the nature. And you got this:

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Probably someone could discuss about this effect better than I could, so if you’re curious just watch the damn movie :p. I have no idea what to say anymore since the rest of visuals are very good and there’s literally nothing to nitpick at.

STORY : 8/10

A 45 minute limitation bring some challenges for Shinkai: Could he tell a good story within that relatively short timeframe?

The good thing is : he picked a good story for that time horizon. Simple romance story is always a good option for a story that you have to tell in a limited timeframe, and he executed it with a pretty good execution.

Sure, some things should be noted before you watch the show. First, be aware of visual clues. There are a lot of little details (e.g. notice what the main heroine drank at day one to the last day) and symbolization (e.g. notice the usage of ladder and shoes in the final emotional scene of the show) that could enchance your watching experience. Second, remember that Shinkai used a lot of implicit messages, so it’s probably a good idea to watch the movie one more time (one more chance, lol) to saw what you missed at the first playthrough.

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Not a perfect drama, but still very good nonetheless…

However, Shinkai isn’t as implicit as he was in 5 cm per second, message of Kotonoha no Niwa is easier to catch, and it’s relatively more positive than most of his previous works, so rest assured that you could enjoy this movie much easier.

The only flaw for me probably is the flow of last 15 minutes of the movie (which is few minutes too fast for my taste), but it’s just a small nitpick. In the end, it didn’t really tell a grand story, but good enough to accompany the amazing visual that this show offers.

CHARACTERS : 8.5/10

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A teenage, chasing dreams and adulthood…

Akazuki Takao is the main protagonist, who also brings a lot of monologue that set the initial atmosphere and mindset for the show. To be honest I could relate with him deeply, since we are fellow idealist youngest child (with a pretty huge age gap) who also share the same young sentiment to reach adulthood as fast as possible while staying true to our childhood dream (I would love to warn him that become adult is a trap, though). Well, the biggest difference is that he met with a lovely 27 years old voiced by Kana Hanazawa, so I guess he’s much more lucky than me :p.

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On the other hand…

Well, that Kana-san voiced “office girl” is Yukino Yukari, and telling too much about her right now would be a spoiler. It’s harder to connect with her personality since she’s pretty mysterious at first, but few monologues which are voiced by her will help a lot. Of course, you will have to wait until the last parts of the movie to understand her better. She and Takao are the only vital characters of this show, and that’s a good news for a 45 minute show.

SOUND : 8/10

There’s nothing really remarkable for music for me, but I don’t really pay attention at the music unless it’s really bad/not fitting so I think I won’t talk too much about it. However, the voice is really remarkable. Kana Hanazawa is as lovely as always, and Irino Miyu’s performance is very brilliant. I would love to see to see they performing together again as a couple, probably in a longer time period since 45 minute is pretty short.

As for OST, it’s a decent song and emphasize a more positive atmosphere for Shinkai’s show. Also, it grows, so I guess it’s a good feat.

Overall : 9/10
Polarization : (-1.5/+0.5)

Kotonoha no Niwa’s story probably is not for everyone, but many liked it and I’m positive that it will not distract your experience of the show, especially since the visual alone is worthy for your 45 minute of life. It told a lot of beauty in a form of visually gorgeous and poetry-like presentation, and you don’t have to afraid that it will leave a bitter (arguably also a good) taste such as many have experienced in Shinkai’s previous movies. So, what’s stopping you from watching this art piece?

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also… DAT LEGS

Edit : I recommend anyone who have watched the movie to read this post in myanimelist, since this post contains a lot of information about Kotonoha no Niwa, especially deeper analysis of symbolism, plot and many behind the scenes commentary😀

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A (Rather Lengthy) “Hello, World!” Post!

“Hello, World”!

Even Grumpy Cat greets you with "Hello, World!"

Even Grumpy Cat greets you with “Hello, World!”

This is the obligatory “Hello, World” post, as you can see five times already. I hope the title didn’t turn you off due to memories of numerous “Hello, World!” that you have seen before (especially if you’re a programmer lol), but to be honest I have no other title idea in my mind, so… Well, why don’t we just start the introductory post?

For the starter, let me say “Hello!” personally to anyone who randomly decided to visit this blog. I am zeroyuki92. Of course it’s not my real name, but it’s the nick that I have been using for numerous years… So I guess I will keep that nick for the future. I am a university student who have aspired to be a lot of figure, ranging from president (when I was 5, so of course it doesn’t count anymore) to game developer.

That last one is one of my childhood dreams, and unlike the “I wanna rule the country” things, I have decided to dedicate my life into being a game designer. I am still an aspiring game designer with very few projects, so let’s just assume that I am still a total beginner. However, I will try my best at being a better game designer from time to time, so wish me luck🙂

This blog will also contains posts about game development!

This blog will also contains posts about game development!

Let’s head back to main purpose of this post: What is “Lazy Curiokitty”? It’s the name of my personal blog, of course (duh), but as usual there are some reasons behind the naming.

Curiosity had been picked for the name of a lot of things, e.g Curiosity rover in Mars, Random Curiosity (my favorite animanga blog) to some phrases such as “Curiosity Kill the Cats”. Now, I am a cat lover (my first game was about cat and my avatar, such as my avatar in my Deviantart account, is [resembling] a cat), so why don’t you throw it to the name? Thus, born the word Curiokitty, although I know there have been many people who already tried my genius idea😀

Now, we have one more word : Lazy. It does tend to be seen as a negative attitude, and Sloth actually is one of the seven deadly sins. However, I beg to differ in this case. My interpretation basically summed as : Lazy is not negative attitude, it’s one of the basic personality of living beings.

Cat describes "Lazy yet Curious" perfectly!

Cat describes “Lazy yet Curious” perfectly!

To be exact, it’s a zero state. It’s the state of no/insufficient curiosity to move someone into doing things. If you have heard about cold is the state of no/little heat, it’s basically similar to lazy. Everything conserve energy, you need to receive something back so you can justify the energy loss from your activity. That’s why many manufacture factories respect efficiency highly and you can’t just run many machines without consideration.

Now let’s put Curiosity back to the equation. Curiosity is one of the biggest drive for any living being to do activity. Without that, I won’t write this blog and you won’t come to see this randomly written post. I have a curiosity to share my thoughts, and you have a curiosity to read what I want to share with you (although probably it’s too random at this point, if you still managed to follow my ramblings). To conclude : Every humans (and cats) are lazy, but there are something named curiosity who drive humans to do things, even though you may not get any explicit reward for doing it.

TL;DR version : I am a lazy person/cat* (pick one), but I am also a curios person/cat. Curiosity is the force that moves me to achieve goals that I want and to deliver value that I want to share for many people.

We will inspire a lot of changes!

We will inspire a lot of changes!

“Share”? Yes, it’s the main motivation behind my small start-up wannabe game developer company. Named Alterheart Studio, we were driven by one motivation : “Inspiring changes”. Change is a chain reaction, and we would like to inspire a spark which could inspire some people to create similar life-changing chains. While we have decided to focus most of our effort at creating games, our effort won’t be limited to only games. There are a lot of ways to deliver messages and fun for people, and we would love to reach as many people as possible in the future.

Of course, this is still my personal blog. I will write a lot of non game-development things, such as reviews or some commentary about local or international events. I also love writing although I’m still not really good at English, so please forgive me if I made a lot of grammar/other writing mistakes. Being a grammar nazi here is welcomed, though :p

That’s it, it’s already too long for a mere introduction post lol. See you in the next post!

Once found a purpose, even a cat could break the limit!  Row Row Fight The Power!

Once found a purpose, even a cat could break the limit! Row Row Fight The Power!

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