Makoto Shinkai’s (Unofficial) Guide to Making Movies

Learn from the anime maestro how to make movies that will dehydrate your eyeballs

Obokuri Eeumi

A lot of people have stumbled upon my blog while searching for the song Obokuri Eeumi. Anyone who has seen the anime TV series, Samurai Champloo, would be familiar with this haunting and beautiful piece which was played in the 14th episode…

Why pets die before we do

“An owner doesn’t want to see his pet die. And perhaps the pet too doesn’t want to see his owner die. That’s why a human, who can resist sadness better, feels the pain instead of a pet. After all, a human’s body is bigger.” –...

Japan: Day 1

Today in a nutshell: 1. Visited senso-ji temple. 2. Went to akihabara. 3. Got lost in akihabara. Like literally. 4. Saw loads of anime related stuff. Will go again at the end of my trip. 5. Saw a LOT of porn being sold. Like 7 storeys of it at one place. 6. Bought...

Lost in transit

Last night, 7 hours before my flight and 5 hours before leaving for the airport, I watched Lost in Translation for what seems to be the 4th time. A few scenes stuck out when I watched it: Bob Harris’s reaction at waking up in the cab in Tokyo, Charolette leaning...

Somewhere Only We Know

Yesterday, Pari and I went to the Keane concert at Fort Canning Park. I got off work early, Pari got off work REALLY early and we both reached there at around 5:30pm. I had bought the tickets a really long time back, so we had VIP tickets with special entry and shit...

Weddings and Night Outs

I attended my first wedding in Singapore yesterday. James, one of my LEAP mates got married to his secondary school sweetheart at the M Hotel. Although I was rather quieter than usual, I was secretly enjoying myself. Watching two people who’ve been together for...

First Official Post on Ranajay.net

For a really long time now, I’ve wanted to own my own website. And by long…I mean really really long! I think my roommate Parichay will remember how we designed our first webpage back in the 90’s, when ICQ was all the rage and there used to be a website called...

Whisper of the Heart

I was getting bored at home today, when I remembered that I was supposed to do an anime movie marathon a few weeks back. So I started off with Whisper of the Heart. Its a lovely and heart-warming movie about a girl who kept issuing books from the library that had...

Potential business plan #29

Open a pub in Singapore that only plays music by Yoko Kanno and has Yoko Kanno cover bands performing on weekends. *sniff* It’d be so beautiful! … Wait…what?? You don’t know who Yoko Kanno is?? <Me takes a giant tuna and slaps you twice across...

Cigars and cider

Last night in a nutshell : Super tasty 21″ pizzas at Picotin (Turf Club Road). Highly recommended. Excellent find by Prachi imo. Cigars, ciders and weird ass (yet entertaining) french games. Obsessive compulsive bowling at Home Team till 4 am in the morning. We...

Rahman’s Oscars

The world has finally heard Rahman. One of the most talented composers to ever come out of India, A.R. Rahman, won 2 Oscars yesterday which really made my day. He won best music and best song for Slumdog Millionaire…one of the most overrated and overhyped movies I’ve...

Mind Game

Mind Game is a super cool Jap anime movie that’s unlike any movie you’ve ever seen before. Its like a total fucking acid trip. Very very trippy but with an awesome (and somewhat confusing) storyline. I really liked the style of anime too. It was a combination of many...