Japanese Embassy holds first-ever anime film week

The Embassy of Japan held its first-ever Anime Film Week last week. The free screenings took place at the Embassy of Japan from August 21-25 and featured a wide variety of anime films, new and old. Patrick Szoldatits is a communications assistant in the Information and Culture Section of the embassy. “We wanted to ensure that we selected a broad range of films to cater to a wide audience,” Szoldatits said in an email. “For example, we included the cult classic Akira, while also showing more recent releases like The Boy and the Beast,” he said. “We also wanted to appeal to a wide age range, with Wolf Children attracting a more mature audience, while also selecting Strong World: One Piece Film for a younger demographic,” […]

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Satirical art thriving under U.S. administration

When Michael de Adder received news of U.S. President Donald Trump’s election, he said he felt shock and anger, and decided to pick up his pens and draw a picture of Trump kissing a reluctant Lady Liberty. A Halifax-based, award-winning editorial cartoonist, de Adder is one cartoonist among many who has found plenty to draw about during this new American presidential term. “If everything was hunky-dory in the world, cartoonists would have a hard go of it,” de Adder said. “But politics, being what it is, always leads to situations that are ripe for lampooning. And right now, the situation couldn’t be better for cartoonists.” For de Adder, what motivates him to draw political cartoons is anger. He said his […]

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Protesters against Peterson gathered outside NGC

When organizers at the National Gallery of Canada invited Jordan Peterson, a psychology professor from the University of Toronto, to speak about creativity on March 9, they were met with backlash. Petitions and protests quickly popped up in response to the event on social media, and during his appearance at the gallery around 100 protesters expressed their disagreement outside with signs and a megaphone. Kate Forman, a Carleton University student who identifies as gender-non-conforming, helped organize the protest against Peterson’s talk. “Peterson’s said a lot of negative, discriminatory things about trans people,” Forman said. “I think having the National Gallery, which is a federally-funded institution, use funds to have him present on their grounds is . . .  I think […]

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Review: Jordan Peele’s Get Out

The following contains spoilers. Get Out presents itself as a horror film with a twist—it also contains powerful racial and social commentary. Seeing as it is directed, produced, and written by Jordan Peele of sketch comedy show Key and Peele, this is not surprising. The film contains the same dark and unapologetic humour found in Peele’s sketch comedy, while still managing to be a compelling thriller. What’s great is the film avoids a lot of horror film tropes like “Black guy dies first” and “character doing stupid things like investigating the scary creaking sound upstairs.” The soundtrack was all around solid too, especially with music from Childish Gambino’s latest album, which was a stand out. I didn’t find Get Out […]

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Metal Ravens continue building community

When you walk through Carleton’s University Centre atrium you’ll often be greeted by the sound of idle chatter, and maybe a flyer or two—other days, by the roar of death metal. The Metal Ravens are easily one of the most recognized clubs on campus, and not just for their music taste. Last year, they won the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) Clubs and Societies Award for being the most active campus club. This year, they are celebrating their fifth anniversary. Luv “Shakes” Tomar conceptualized the idea that became the Metal Ravens during Frosh Week in his first year, in 2011. “Frosh Week was the worst week of my  [university] life, mainly because I missed my parents,” Tomar said. “They were […]

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