Sunday, March 12, 2017

Anime Recommendations for Starters

"Well it's not like the world is full of sunshine and daisies. If society was only shaped by the view that one must be happy-go-lucky all the time, Hollywood wouldn't make tear-jerking movies, would they?" said not by a real life person but an Anime character named Hachiman Hikigaya (Oregairu). This is the beauty of anime, we find truth that we hardly find in real life. Words that cut deep but really touch our hearts. And on the centenary of anime we at the team of Total Infotainment Portal would like to introduce some of you guys and at the same time send some of you down through memory lane, so sit tight and lets reminisce about old times.

Let us start with the classic tale of woe and heart stopper, Naruto, a Japanese anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto was premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo in 2002 and it ran for 220 episodes till its conclusion on February 2007. Its ongoing sequel Naruto: Shippuden is scheduled to end on March 23rd 2017. If you are hesistant to watch anime for you aren't young to watch cartoons, Naruto is the best starter series.

This is the story of a boy, Naruto Uzumaki and his dream to win acceptance from the villagers who have vilified him. The series is set in the world of Ninjas and he carries the spirit of the Nine-tailed fox, a demon which attacked his village and killed his parents.  Each episode shows Naruto's determination and naïve spirit in the journey of becoming the Hokage of the hidden leaf village. He gains their acceptance begrudgingly after he saved them all, even though he had been doing that by holding the Nine-tailed fox at bay. But as they say humans hate what they do not understand.

"And so they fought.
And so they laughed.
And before they knew it,
They were inseparable.”

-Misashi Kishimoto

Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood is the better adaption of Full Metal Alchemist, a series premiered in 2003. It is the true horror of human emotions released from the Pandora's box mushed into fantasy and steam punk. It revolves around the desperation of two young boys Alphonse and Edward who challenged the laws of alchemy in an attempt to get their mother back. But damned themselves by losing the body of one and an arm & leg for the other brother in the process. While at the same time they gained powers so great that they had gained everything but at a great cost. Thrust into a war, they try save all from total annihilation. This is an anime series based on Full Metal Alchemist manga by Hiromu Arakawa produced by Bones.

“A lesson without pain is meaningless. For you cannot gain something without sacrificing something else in return. But once you have recovered it and made it your own... You will gain an irreplaceable Fullmetal heart."



Bleach is the story of Ichigo Kurosaki, a teen who gets associated with Rukiya, a soul reaper and in time with the soul society. Ichigo's life is completely destroyed by the death of his mother while he blames himself for her death. Just then his world is turned upside down with the introduction of Rukiya Kuchki, a soul reaper. The story then revolves around his mission to save her from execution, just for the crime for transferring her powers to him in a crucial juncture. Bleach is all about friendship and the change that brings into one's life. It tells you how even the most depressed person can be brought back to life. This is based on the manga series of the same name created by Tite Kubo.

“If I were the rain. . . that binds together the Earth and the sky, whom in all eternity will never mingle. . . Would I be able to bind two hearts together?”

-Tite Kubo


Enter the world of Pokémon with poke balls along with Ash. He wants to be the greatest Pokémon trainer in the entire world. This anime has reached to every corner of the world and if you are a beginner, it is better to start from the roots. The Pokémon series, is about a light hearted world with creatures called Pokémon and pointless competitions. But it has definitely created a virtual world for nostalgic fans with numerous iconic characters. The concept was originally got from the Pokémon executive director Satoshi Tajiri's popular pastime insect catching. Pokémon Go, the augmented reality game has become apopular revolutionary game which involves travelling and exercise.  
And let's not forget other than one guy everyone else is the same age in this anime.

“This is my grandson. He’s been your rival since you were a baby. …Erm, what is his name again?”

-Professor Oak

Well with that ends the trip down memory lane. do tell me how you felt about it if you're a die hard otaku or even if you're a beginner. On another note on this centenary, we're starting a whole new blog all about Manga, Manhua and Manhwa. The link will be given shortly.

Co-Authored by Karun Abraham

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Piper - the Oscar Winning short film

Piper, the 2017 Oscar Winner (Animated Short Film), is a well made short film developed by Pixar Animation Studios. 

The six minute short played before the movie Finding Dory, is a satisfying movie about how a sandpiper overcomes its fear of water and becomes a successful bird. Sand piper is a species of birds which eat small invertebrates picked out of mud. They mainly feed in coasts without direct competition between their species. Pipers also peck at the water for small preys. 

Piper spreads the importance of self-belief, independence and confidence. The piper living with its family, expects them to feed her. But she is ignored and not fed. Soon the bird overcomes its fear of the waves and imitates its parent. At first, it fails and suffers consequences. But eventually nature itself makes her face the waves and provides with a revolutionary idea. The piper becomes better than others in its community.

A sandpiper

If the family had fed the little piper when it was hungry, it wouldn't have found an art for its own existence. This ideal comes in accordance with the Chinese proverb "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."  

The piper didn't have the courage to face the waves, but bravery is something which is relative and the piper just needs to overcome its fear. My favourite scene in the film is when the bird is soaked wet, shivering and a red eye, still refusing to cope up with the reality. This film metaphorically asserts that everyone needs to be independent even while staying involved in family life. Using the latest edge technology, the life of the sandpiper is vividly shown. With a pessimistic attitude, one cannot face the problems of life

According to the arrangement of feathers, one can identify the different emotions of the bird in this short. 
The film was written and directed by Alan Barillaro. There are hilarious and emotional scenes which captivated the hearts of movie fanatics. 

To conclude the essence of the short film: A sandpiper, even though struggling to cope up with the realities of life, becomes independent. Being  pressured by its parent ignoring her hunger , the sandpiper overcomes its fear of water. The entire film is expressed in the point of view of the bird.

Piper also shows that it's not just man who can get innovative ideas. Animals are just as imaginative and has to face hurdles in life. 

Comment and give us your point of view.