Fear of flesh and blood: Revisiting Silent Hill

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Introduction

As a little boy I remember being deeply in love with video games, dedicating a great amount of time to them, day and night. From the various games I tried, there are only a few cases I remember as clearly as the first time I played Silent Hill, a 1999 classic developed by Team Silent (TS) and Konami. Just by seeing the blurry cover with Alessa’s pale face I knew this would be the perfect introduction to a horrifying journey. What I did not know was that it would also be a long-lasting passion, one I hold dear to this day. Continue reading

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Memory and Oblivion in Sora no Woto

The price of a memory, is the memory of the sorrow it brings.
― Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.
— Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933)

Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.
― Marcel Proust

The scars that are left in a person’s soul after surviving a war, the ways a society tries to console and redeem itself, how the historical truth gets twisted, suited and tailored to different people’s needs: these are topics that Sora no Woto, beyond its flaws, managed to sing about elegantly. The sound of the sky carried and awakened memories…

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Memory- a short film by Osamu Tezuka

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We mainly know the great film-makers from their long-length features and we ignore other shorter creations of them. This is one good example. Tezuka parodies here human memory, while giving a quick lesson of cognitive psychology, one might dare say. His style in this short film mingles real people faces with 2D animation, perhaps with the intention of adding a caricature feeling to it. It makes me wonder, if Yuasa Masaaki is influenced directly from Tezuka.

Let’s take a look at the qualities of memory Tezuka mentions in the short:

  • Memory is based on oblivion. If we couldn’t forget ,then we couldn’t remember either. The useless details are erased.
  • Memories are organized inside the brain. We remember what leaves strong impressions.
  • Memory is selective and distorting and idolizing.
  • Memories are influenced by emotions and influence emotions. Bad memories either get pushed away or get magnified.
  • Time soothes and minimizes the effect of memories and memories wear off.