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Monday Moodboard: Rising Winds, Dragon Sequels and Midnight Trains

From Studio Ghibli to Dreamworks Animation, plus shocking news over the weekend, here are some of the things that will keep my mind occupied this week.

Ever since I was little, the world of animation (most especially, Japanese animation) fascinated me. In fact, it is one of things that influenced my desire in becoming a storyteller – my lifelong dream is to become an accomplished fiction writer and scriptwriter.

A handful of my favorite films come from this little Japanese animation studio called Studio Ghibli. This studio, alongside one of its mainstays: a brilliant, brilliant man called Hayao Miyazaki, has been a steady source of inspiration throughout the years.

Which is why I found it very exciting when I came across the news of the upcoming film, Kaze Tachinu (The Wind is Rising). Written and directed by Miyazaki-sensei himself – his first film in five years, after Ponyo — this film is slated for release in Japan this coming July 20th. The rest of the world (or at least, the English-speaking countries) would have to wait a bit longer for the dubbed version, though.

Speaking of waiting, another upcoming film that has gotten a lot of hype over the weekend is Dreamworks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2, the follow-up to the 2010 blockbuster hit How To Train Your Dragon. Set five years after the last movie, HTTYD2 shows a more mature Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III and his dragon best-friend Toothless soaring through the skies.

Yes, I am fully aware that the movie is CGI, but damn it, look at all the cloud porn! LOOK AT POST-PUBERTY HICCUP! I cannot wait for June 2014. I simply cannot.

Amidst this excitement though, the shocking news of Canadian actor Cory Monteith’s death was a cloud that dampened my spirits. Honestly, I stopped watching Glee halfway through it’s third season and his character (Finn Hudson) was far from my favorites, but a death, especially at such a young age (he was 31), is always a sad occasion.

It’s a harsh reminder of how unexpected death could be. That whether you’re in the height of your career or in the prime of your life; when it’s your time, it’s your time.

He took the midnight train going anywhere…

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