Creativity is one of the most important things a human being can express. It’s good for our brains, our hearts, and our souls. It allows people to explore themselves and others in a deep way, something introspection and discussion can’t always do. When consuming others’ creative works, you’re getting a piece of who they are as a person, whether they wanted or intended that or not.
Creativity allows us to function as a society. We’re not merely surviving—we’re living, hour to hour and day to day. How we spend our time digesting others’ creative works—whether that’s a movie, a novel, or a collection of poems—is important to how we grow as people and a community of human beings. I hope reading about the creative content I enjoy (or don’t) gets your creative juices flowing and inspires you to make something great and uniquely your own. At the very least maybe you’ll discover something new you might be interested in.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
I’ve seen the entirety of the original Fullmetal Alchemist anime, and I didn’t love it. That’s apparently because it wasn’t very faithful to the original manga it was based on. Brotherhood changes that, and so far, I like it much more than the original Fullmetal Alchemist. It’s better paced, and it doesn’t take itself seriously, which can be good or bad. I’m excited to see where the series go in it 60-some-episode run.
I Don’t Have Many Friends
I was looking for a slice of life anime to watch, and this one caught my attention for its name. It’s about a blond student in Japan who’s kind of an outcast because of his hair. He forms a club for others without friends who grow close without ever admitting to being friends, at least so far. There’s plenty of geekiness in the characters to relate to, and it’s funny, so I’m having fun so far.
As Above, So Below
This found footage horror movie surprised me with its scariness and interesting concept. An archeologist and explorer, much like Lara Croft, decides to venture into the Paris crypts in search of the philosopher’s stone. She learns in her journey that apparently venturing down the wrong tunnels can lead to hell itself. There are plenty of spooks and she and her friends try to escape, and it’s nice having smart characters star in a horror movie every once in a while. Give this one a watch.
The Album Leaf
The Album Leaf is apparently a solo project some guy started and hasn’t quit yet. He’s released several albums, all of which contain some of the best and most relaxing ambient music I’ve ever heard. If you need some good background music while writing or studying or something, this guy’s stuff is great. But his discography stand on its own, too. I highly recommend this artist. Definitely check out Between Waves, Blank Pages, Moss Mountain Town, and The Light.
The Midnight released Endless Summer, which is basically a synthpop album that sounds like it was taken directly from the ’80s and touched up with some modern modifications. It’s fantastic, really, and, as you might expect, a great summer album. Listen to Endless Summer, The Equaliser (Not Alone), and Lonely City.
I’ve barely touched The Witness so far, but it’s pretty strange so far. It’s a puzzle game with absolutely no dialog or even heads up display. Set in first person, you wander a small island and solve what are essentially maze puzzles on different displays. Some are complicated, but the game presents clues how to beat them as you progress. The problem is figuring out where to go to find a set of puzzles you’re equipped to handle. With no HUD, there’s no direction, so right now I’m just walking around hoping to run into a some puzzles I have the knowledge to beat. At least it’s beautiful to look at as I’m aimlessly wandering.