On Watching Nature

Some of the greatest sights you’ll ever see in your life won’t be found on the silver screen or your flat-screened TV. These rich sights require a little work to find, they’re not nearly as accessible or easy to find as a piece of media. It can take some sweat and work to find it, but what it provides is vast and rich. And the visual splendor on display often puts even the best pieces of media to shame. Nature is something to behold. Continue reading On Watching Nature

Samurai Champloo 1-4

1 Tempestuous Temperaments

The wild, irreverent Mugen (Kazuya Nakai) and the reserved, principled Jin (Ginpei Sato) are slated to be executed by the corrupt town prefect. The episode rewinds to show the events leading up to their arrest. Mugen extorts a waitress named Fuu (Ayako Kawasumi) into paying him in food to fight thugs that bother her and one of the thug’s ends up being the prefect’s son. Meanwhile, Jin fights the prefect’s bodyguards when they attempt to bully a local peasant. Jin and Mugen end up fighting each other in the burning restaurant that Fuu works at before both end up being arrested. Fuu launches a plan to rescue them on the grounds that neither of them kill the other until they help her find a samurai that smells of sunflowers. Continue reading Samurai Champloo 1-4