As I was searching for Sailor Moon images – something which is still fun even after all these years – I stumbled upon this super adorable fanart by “Kobeya” of Sailors Mercury and Jupiter swapping uniforms.
The final track on Steven Wilson’s second solo album, which was my favorite album of his until The Raven that Refused to Sing and Hand. Cannot. Erase. came along. Grace for Drowning is still a fantastic musical journey across two discs. This song is the perfect finale, and I think I could listen to the last three minutes go on for hours and never tire of it.
I finally watched Studio Ghibli’s Tales from Earthsea last weekend. As Ghibli films go, it doesn’t quite fit with the rest of the studio’s catalogue, but it’s still a good film taken on its own merits. But I am not here to talk about the film right now… this is just one particular thing in it that I thought was interesting.
At the very first moment she appeared on the screen, someone else immediately sprung to mind:
Clearly, Therru and Misaki have the same hair stylist!
Originally released as a standalone single, “Stars Die” found a home on the US version of The Sky Moves Sideways, and later internationally as Steven Wilson was remastering and reissuing the Porcupine Tree catalogue.
This has always been one of my favorite Porcupine Tree songs, but it also is rather timely with the recent anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, as there is some NASA radio communication from that very event featured in the middle of this song.
Howl’s Moving Castle may not be the first film you think of when talking about Studio Ghibli or Hayao Miyazaki, but it’s no less worthy of recognition.
Like most Ghibli films, the lead is a self-sufficient young woman, but in the case of this film, eighteen(-ish)-year-old Sophie spends most of her time on screen as a ninety-year-old woman. She finds Howl thanks to a rather helpful scarecrow, and after making a deal with Howl’s fire Calcifer, she tries to find a way to lift the spell cast on her which turned her into an old woman.
While Sophie makes a great feisty old lady, I think she looks rather fetching as her spell begins to wear off, when she regains her youthful face and body, but retains her silver hair from being old. It could be a representation of the experience she gained as an old lady, overcoming hardships in ways she couldn’t have dreamed of before.
Below are a few scenes capturing some of the moments as Sophie’s curse begins to fade.
I don’t usually feature the same artist two weeks in a row, but I listened to this again the other night and had to share it. It’s nearly as impressive just hearing it as compared to seeing it on the concert film included with the set. If you’re a drum fan, Gary O’Toole’s performance in the second half of this song is on fire and you won’t want to miss it.