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  • Eureka Seven (Anime) Review

    Eureka Seven Anime Review

    (Warning, this blog contains something so amazing, you might not survive by the time you finish it. Prepare yourself)

    Before I even started Eureka Seven, I knew I was going to enjoy it. I didn’t know anything about it, so I don’t know why I had that feeling. Because I knew I was going to like it, I actually refused to watch it so I won’t suffer in the end. Well, I decided to throw away the thought and just watch the damn thing, and I was not disappointed. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, Eureka Seven. Let’s get started.

    Eureka Seven (also known as Psalms of Planets Eureka seveN in Japan) is an original idea brought to us by the anime studio Bones, well known for its works such as Soul Eater and Fullmetal Alchemist. It aired a total of 50 episodes from April 2005 to April of 2006. Followed by a bunch of manga, light novels, and games, before a movie was released in April of 2009. A sequel series, Eureka Seven: Astral Ocean was released in April of 2012 and aired 24 episodes + an OVA.

    Genres: Adventure, Action, Military/War, Mecha, Romance

     

    Plot of Eureka Seven

    core 8.4/10

    The series centers around Renton Thurston, the fourteen-year-old son of Adroc Thurston, a military researcher who died saving the world. He dreams of joining the renegade group Gekkostate, led by his idol Holland Novak, a legendary lifter. An opportunity to do so practically falls into his lap, when a large mecha, called the Nirvash typeZERO, and Eureka, its pilot, and a member of Gekkostate, crash into Renton’s room. Renton’s grandfather orders him to deliver a special part to the Nirvash called the Amita Drive.

    Afterwards, Renton is invited to join Gekkostate, where he quickly discovers that the behind-the-scenes life of Gekkostate is hardly as glamorous or as interesting as printed in the glossy pages of their magazine, ray=out. Only one thing makes it all worthwhile for him: the presence of Eureka, the mysterious pilot of the Nirvash. Renton, Eureka, and the Gekkostate embark on an adventure that will shape their future as well as the world’s.

    When I first started the anime, I didn’t have any idea what it was about. After the first few episodes, I got a general idea what it was about, but a problem was that some things were left unexplained. It kinda threw you into the anime expecting you to understand some stuff, like Trapars for example, but there’s a lot more stuff that you need to understand. I basically got a general idea of what it was, but it was never really explained to me until later, which I was actually fine with.

    Even with these minor unexplained things, most of the plot carries out smoothly, which is surprising for a 50 episode anime. It managed to avoid filler and stay on the main storyline. And eventually, things are explained later in the anime, but some people might not be patient enough to wait for it. In the end, it all falls together perfectly.

     

    Animation and Action of Eureka Seven

    Score 8.8/10

    What really made this series great was that it was actually based in like a time of war and rebellion, which really brought a lot more action then I expected in the anime. It didn’t take long for there to be any action in the anime and it was always enjoyable to watch.

    Being a Mecha anime, it made the action much more exciting, but they didn’t just focus on the Mecha side. They had some “normal combat” as I would say, with just people shooting at each other (for reasons obviously) and I liked that. They didn’t just focus on one which was great.

    Being an anime from 2005, I didn’t expect the animation to look SUPER amazing. For being a 2005 anime, the animation was actually very well done, especially in the action and the Mecha parts of the anime, which surprised me.

    The character designs and background animation were also well done. Nothing was really distracting, so I was able to keep my attention to whatever was happening instead of stuff like, “Hey look at that rainbow… That’s a pretty rainbow…” and miss all kinds of stuff. All in all, the animation and action worked together perfectly.

     

    Characters of Eureka Seven

    Score 8.9/10

    A lot of the characters were fairly interesting due to the setting of the anime. Most of them had lived out harsh lives or experienced hardships which lead them up to where they were. Most of the characters were likable, even the villains in some cases, which put a bit of a different view on things. Sure there were a few characters here and there that got on my nerves, but it didn’t really have a huge effect on anything.

    The main characters were definitely the ones that shined brightest though considering at first, there was absolutely no kind of relationship between them, so it was great to watch them grow closer to each other over time. Of course the anime centered around the love story between these two, but things really needed to fall into place before all of that.

     

    Renion Thurston

    Renton is your typical kid that wants to do something exciting with his life. He is a very outgoing and emotional person possessing strong ideals and compassion yet is naive and tends to jump into matters before understanding what’s going on. As a main character, I see him just like most main characters, but most main characters don’t turn out in the end like Renton does.

     

    Eureka

    Eureka is something interesting considering I haven’t seen much like her character. Near the beginning of the anime, she is basically emotionless and cares about nothing. Not only that, but she’s not even (wait, don’t want to spoil) and that makes a HUGE difference. I really like how that changes almost everything in the anime and we get to see how her character changes into something much more special.

     

    The Gekko Crew

    Gekkostate is an anti-government militia and counterculture collective led by Holland Novak. Members include:

    Stoner – is a photographer who writes Gekkostate’s illegal magazine, ray=out.

    Talho – the head pilot of Gekkostate’s aircraft, the Gekko and also ray=out’s covergirl and Holland’s girlfriend.

    Hap – Holland’s childhood friend and the second-in-command of the Gekko.

    Ken-Goh – the weapons specialist and owner of the Gekko.

    Jobs and Woz – the ship’s engineers, for hardware and software.

    Mischa – the resident doctor.

    Moondoggie – a secondary pilot and operator of the launch catapult.

    Hilda and Matthieu – pilots of the Gekkostate LFOs Terminus typeR808 and Terminus typeR606.

    Gidget – communications operator.

    Gonzy – fortuneteller.

    The character development in anime was extremely well done. Showing the effects of war, we are not only seeing the characters learn more about themselves and their world, but ours as well. Almost every character was able to experience a huge amount of development, being very different kinds of characters by the end of the anime.

     

    Music of Eureka Seven

    Score 7.6/10

    The music was one part of the anime that wasn’t all that great. Some of the music was enjoyable, but most of the OP music had a strange feeling to it and made it kind of boring and not really relating to the anime. My favorite out of the four OPs would have to be “Sakura.”

    The EDs were a bit better than the OPs in a way, but not super enjoyable to where I would stop and watch them a lot. Usually I skipped over them because I wanted to watch the next episode.

    The OSTs saved the music part of the anime. The OSTs managed to stand out at crucially moments in the anime and made things either a lot more dramatic or a lot more entertaining. Playing at key moments and being enjoyable to listen to was awesome.

     

    Personal Enjoyment of Eureka Seven

    Score: 9.7/10

    In all honesty, it has been an extremely long time since I have enjoyed something as much as this, maybe I haven’t ever enjoyed something like this before. Everything was just perfect for me, the romance, the action, just everything was amazing to me. There wasn’t a single episode that flew by that I didn’t completely enjoy. And after I finished this anime, it easily became my new Number 1 anime, which wasn’t very surprising when I was finishing up the anime and movie. I knew I’d love the anime, but I never thought it’d be this good.

    Also, the anime wasn’t just constant violence and love story being thrown at you, but actually just being fun to watch. The main pastime in the anime was literally “surfing on air” or lifting, which is a huge theme in the anime, but that alone is very fun to watch.

     

    When I look at it, I think it’s actually hard to not like this anime, but I know there’s always that one person out there that probably thinks it’s shit just because of the love story. Well, it’s better than Kirito and Asuna. So, if you enjoy any such as Gurren Lagann or anything really Mecha related, I definitely recommend you watch this anime. Also, it’s a classic, who doesn’t love the good old stuff?

    ᑭᒪOT: 8.4/10 ☆

    ᗩᑎIᗰᗩTIOᑎ/ᗩᑕTIOᑎ: 8.8/10☆

    ᑕᕼᗩᖇᗩᑕTEᖇᔕ: 8.9/10 ☆

    ᗰᑌᔕIᑕ: 7.6/10 ☆

    ᑭEᖇᔕOᑎᗩᒪ EᑎᒍOYᗰEᑎT: 9.7/10 ☆

    Iᑎ TOTᗩᒪ: 8.68/10 ☆

     

    Final Thoughts of Eureka Seven

    I’m sad that this anime is over, but I’m also glad I watched it. Something like this was truly remarkable to watch, and I still get to look forward to Astral Ocean because I just watched the movie, which I will be doing kind of a detach review all on its own apart from this one. But now, I get to sit here and accept the that it’s over, but I will definitely be buying this anime, no matter the cost. So, I hope you enjoyed the review and give the anime a watch, you won’t be disappointed.


  • Ao Haru Ride (Anime) Review

    Ao Haru Ride Anime Review

    (Warning, this blog may contain minor spoilers that will probably not effect and/or spoil anything important in the anime. Heck, I wouldn’t even call them spoilers. Just read the review)

    To be honest, this was an anime I was excited to watched when it was released. I hadn’t read the manga so I was excited to see how it played out. Sure enough, I really found it entertaining even for the type of anime that it is, considering people give a lot of crap to the Romance genre. Nonetheless, I say to hell with those people’s opinion, cause you’re about to read about a pretty enjoyable anime.

    Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride) is based of the manga first released in early 2011 before being adapted into an anime that was aired during the Summer anime drop. It aired a total of 12 episode, with no information of a second season or any OVAs, but it’s getting an exciting Live-Action movie! Yea…

    Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy, Slice of Life

     

    Plot of Ao Haru Ride

    Score 7.5/10

    Futaba Yoshioka wants to “reset” her life. In junior high, girls ostracized Futaba because too many junior high boys liked her. The only boy Futaba liked, Kou Tanaka, moved away before she could tell him how she felt. Now in high school, Futaba is determined to be unladylike so her new friends will not become jealous of her. While living her new life contentedly, she meets Kou again, but he now uses the name Kou Mabuchi and has a cold attitude. He tells her that he liked her too in junior high, but feels differently now.

    When I first started the anime, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t read the manga before hand or any kind of information so I knew nothing about it. To be honest, I like how the anime started off. It gave an interesting backstory, that was informative, before quickly jumping into the main story. There were a few things here and there that could have been added onto, but overall it was exciting.

    The actual plot was a little bit all over the place, not having a huge storyline set out for the anime. Sure these two people meet up after a couple years and spend together, but there were just little stories in between. I know the story is about these two rebuilding their lost relationship, but you got to give me more. But after with all this said, I honestly still enjoyed it. Yea it wasn’t perfect, but it was still fun to watch.

     

    Animation and Comedy of Ao Haru Ride

    Score 8.4/10

    The animation style reminded me a lot of anime such as My Little Monster, or any Romance anime at that… It’s like they decided to use the animation even at different Studios, but this was definitely a lot better animation than most Romance anime I’ve seen. Anyway, I liked the animation! It was actually really, really well done. I loved the colors they threw in to make it all SUPER colorful (The OP), just the way I like my stuff, and that was great!

    The character designs were well done and background scenery wasn’t distracting and done well enough to be noticed, but never enough to take you away from the actual anime.

    The comedy all around was extremely well done. I liked how this anime had a lot of humor in it, more than most Romance anime, and was able to make a lot of humorous jokes and whatnot. The jokes and laughs were all original and very amusing.

     

    Characters of Ao Haru Ride

    Score 7.9/10

    The characters in this anime were interesting… In a good way. I liked how we were able to see them as their old selves then see them in the future and how they’ve changed.

    The main characters were the most interesting though, considering they constantly went through development once the anime began. You see them start off one way, completely change, then change a little more. It’s nothing too bad so it made the characters fun to watch.

    Futaba Yoshiioka was a little strange, but I liked her. She wasn’t like super weird or anything, but was funny and a good main character. She is strong-willed, stubborn, and passionate, she prefers to be accepted for who she isn’t than ostracized for who she is.

    Kō Mabuchi is an interesting character, haven’t seen a lot characters like him. He is masculine, sarcastic, and crude. In addition, he has extremely pessimistic views about his brother and himself. Sounds like my kind of character.

    The only thing that bugged me was how their relationship never really progressed. Yea they were able to become friends and grow feelings for each other again, but at least do something about it. When the last episode rolled around, I was expecting at least some kind of romantic progression like a kiss? But no, didn’t happen.

    The other characters were enjoyable though, all of them were different and your typical supportive characters. There weren’t any characters in the anime that I didn’t like, so that was good.

     

    Music of Ao Haru Ride

    Score 8.6/10

    Honestly, I think that music was the best part of the anime next to the animation. There haven’t been a lot of anime that I’m watching with music that has stood out, so I’m glad this was able to shine.

    The OP was, to be blunt, fantastic. Easily an instant favorite the moment it started playing. I love how there was just an explosion of colors, so that really drew me in. Next to the animation and coloring, the music was just straight up addicting. It fitted into the anime perfectly and was entertaining to listen and watch every time it came one.

    The ED was arguably good. The music bored me a little, but the animation style they went for kept my attention. Sure there were more colors, but I couldn’t watch it every time it rolled around so I usually skipped it.

    The OSTs were definitely wonderful. Playing at key moments throughout the anime at perfect moments made the anime just so much more exciting to watch. No matter what would be happening, a good OST would most likely be playing.

     

    Personal Enjoyment of Ao Haru Ride

    Score 8.9/10

    The moment I started this anime, I knew I was going to enjoy it, but that’s just me. I also had no personal problems with the anime, meaning I didn’t see anything wrong from my prospective. As a reviewers prospective, I had to find what was wrong, which wasn’t a lot, which is really good.

     

    Like every Romance anime, not everyone is going to like it (cough Amber cough) but anyone who enjoyed anime like Say, “I Love You” or My Little Monster so definitely give this anime a shot. I think it’s way funnier and has better animation than both of them.

    If you’re not really into Romance anime, I probably wouldn’t give it a go. The comedy might keep you entertained, but that’s about it for you to enjoy.

    ᑭᒪOT: 7.5/10 ☆

    ᗩᑎIᗰᗩTIOᑎ/ᑕOᗰEᗪY: 8.4/10☆

    ᑕᕼᗩᖇᗩᑕTEᖇᔕ: 7.9/10 ☆

    ᗰᑌᔕIᑕ: 8.6/10 ☆

    ᑭEᖇᔕOᑎᗩᒪ EᑎᒍOYᗰEᑎT: 8.9/10 ☆

    Iᑎ TOTᗩᒪ: 8.26/10 ☆

     

    Final Thoughts of Ao Haru Ride

    From beginning to end, I enjoyed every second of this anime. Sure it let me down in the end, but the manga is still going, and I’m definitely going to read it. Hopefully a season two will get a green light, but I don’t know if there’s enough manga out for it yet. So, farewell friends I’m off to watch Eureka Seven, causing it’s freaking amazing.


  • Kotoura-San (Anime) Review

    Kotoura-San Anime Review

    (Warning, this anime is not exactly sure if it wants to funny or sad, please read at your own risk)

    Brought to us by the Anime Studio AIC Classic, known for it’s amine like Date A Live and Heaven’s Lost Property, Kotoura-san was a manga first released in October of 2010. The manga was adapted into an anime and released in early 2013 airing 12 episodes.

    Genre: Romantic/ Comedy/ Drama/ Supernatural

     

    Plot of Kotoura-San

    Score 7.2/10

    Haruka Kotoura is a girl who was born with the ability to read minds. Due to being unable to tell the difference between people’s words and thoughts at a young age, she would inadvertently expose people’s secrets, leading her to be ridiculed by her classmates and even abandoned by her parents. This had led her to become closed off from others in fear of hurting herself and others. This all changes, however, when she transfers into a new high school and meets Yoshihisa Manabe, a dim-witted boy with a perverted imagination. Unfazed by Haruka’s ability to read minds, Yoshihisa offers her his friendship and vows to stand by her no matter what. Together, they join their school’s ESP Research Society.

    I just want to say before I really dive into the review, the first ten minutes of this anime is freaking depressing. Seriously, I wasn’t expecting Clannad and Anohana to pop out of some trash cans and continuously beat me with some metaphorical baseball bats until my feels were stained all across the floor. But!! This was a fantastic introduction into the show, probably couldn’t have been done any better. That’s all I need to say, onto the review!!

    Anyways, back to the plot, different parts of the plot seem to be lacking in some sort of explanations, so when the show was finished, I felt some things were left out and unexplained. But overall, I still enjoyed how the anime finished up and was still very satisfied.

     

    Animation and Comedy of Kotoura-San

    Score 7.3/10

    The animation is what really caught my attention for this anime that made me really want to watch it. It wasn’t like the greatest animation, but it was interesting enough to catch my attention. I liked how the style was and I enjoyed seeing how it played out as the anime progressed further and further.

    The animation style did bring out some of the life in the comedy, making it pretty exciting to watch.

    The comedy, in my opinion, was probably one of the best parts in the show, it never failed to make me laugh. Also, it was great to know that the show knew when to be serious and when to be funny, but was able switch from one to another in a matter of moments, making different scenes exciting to watch.

     

    Characters of Kotoura-San

    Score 6.8/10

    It’s not everyday when the main character is given the ability to read minds and basically forces her to change and develop substantially throughout the story. Seriously though, this chick went through some serious development.

    Some of our other characters go through a bit of change as well as they adapt to their new friend’s power. First we got the old classic pervert that spends most of the show teasing the main character, giving the show a majority of it’s comedy, while being a romantic interest in the process. I mean come on, if all I had to do to get a girl to like me was to think of her in a bunch of sexual situations, I would probably have a lot of girls liking me.

    Anyway… The rest of the characters are also special in their own way: a chick that at first was a total bitch, but then saw the error of her ways and befriends the main character, a slightly psychotic club president, a really short guy that’s probably the smartest character in the anime, a terrible mother who I don’t even want to get into, heck we even got that pervy grandpa that I always enjoy seeing.

    All in all, the characters were just your normal anime characters. The only really extremely unique character was the main character. Even so, I still enjoy all the characters which made me enjoy the anime more.

     

    Music of Kotoura-San

    Score 7/10

    The OP was very fun and exciting to watch, showing the anime’s bright and cheerful side, but masking the dark and disheartening parts which I’m actually pretty happy they did that. It’d be kind of weird to see really depressing stuff in a OP, drawing the audience away. They didn’t do that so it doesn’t matter, the OP was well made and fun to watch every time it came around, so yea…

    The ED was a completely different story. It was a basically a reminder that this main character’s early life totally sucked. Technically, the show was telling you to be sad, “Hey! Hey you! Cry damnit!! Be sad!!” then it starts beating you with a lead pipe in a dark ally. The ED wasn’t entirely sad, like I said it was a reminder that it is depressing, but then moves into that now she has friends and she’s finally happy. Very well made ED.

    The OSTs at the first ten minutes of the show can’t be put into words. If I had to chose, I’d probably say something like outstanding. It brought out dem feels man… Those OSTs alone made me love the rest of them throughout the rest of the anime. Fantastic.

     

    Personal Enjoyment of Kotoura-San

    Score 8/10

    In all honesty, I never wanted this anime to end. I loved it, and loved almost every aspect of it, while never growing tired of watching it. From beginning to end, I thought it was just a very well done anime.

     

    If you enjoyed anime such as One Week Friends, or anything that has dark backstories/introductions, then builds up into a funny, happy anime, than this anime is possibly a show for you.

    ᑭᒪOT: 7.2/10 ☆

    ᗩᑎIᗰᗩTIOᑎ/ᑕOᗰEᗪY: 7.3/10☆

    ᑕᕼᗩᖇᗩᑕTEᖇᔕ: 6.8/10 ☆

    ᗰᑌᔕIᑕ: 7/10 ☆

    ᑭEᖇᔕOᑎᗩᒪ EᑎᒍOYᗰEᑎT: 8/10 ☆

    Iᑎ TOTᗩᒪ: 7.26/10 ☆

     

    Final thoughts of Kotoura-San

    I like this show. I really liked it. I defiantly wasn’t disappointed on how it turned out and think it was an extremely well made anime. Sure, like any other anime it had a couple of flaws, but that didn’t stop me from watching and enjoying it cause I don’t watch an anime to find it’s flaws, I watch it to enjoy it. Truly a wonderful anime.


  • Children Who Chase Lost Voices (Anime) Review

    Children Who Chase Lost Voices Anime Review

    (Warning, this blog may contain spoilers, but won’t effect very much of the story or take away any feelings from the movie, they are just minor spoilers that could spoil some things, but could also be nice to know now. Just read the review)

    Just to let you know, this is my second movie review so please leave a comment telling me how I did, it would be extremely helpful in the next review I do. Thank you.

    So I’ve been meaning to watch this movie for about the last two weeks, but never really found the time to watch it considering its running time. My brother bought it not to long ago, so it was pretty easy to watch it.

    Created by Makoto Shinkai, also known for 5 Centimeters Per Second and The Garden of Words, Children Who Chase Lost Voices was released in May of 2011, running for a total of 116 minutes.

    Genre: Drama/ Fantasy/ Science Fiction/ Adventure

     

    Plot of Children Who Chase Lost Voices

    Score 7.6/10

    Asuna is a young girl who has been forced to grow-up quickly due to the death of her father, while her mother, a nurse, works long shifts at a hospital. Asuna spends her solitary days listening to the mysterious music emanating from the cat’s-whisker receiver her father gave to her as a memento.

    One day, while walking to her clubhouse across a bridge, she is attacked by a fearsome creature and saved by a mysterious boy who calls himself Shun. Asuna treats Shun’s wound from fighting the creature and later they both listen to Asuna’s radio. Shun tells Asuna he is from another country called Agartha and that he came to this place to find something. He then gives Asuna a blessing in the form of a kiss to the forehead. Asuna leaves hurriedly and tells Shun she’ll be back tomorrow. Shun, now alone, looks up at the stars and falls from the ledge to his death. (Will not say anymore about the plot to avoid anymore spoilers)

    The story described by Makoto is a “‘lively’ animated film with adventure, action, and romance centered on a cheerful and spirited girl on a journey to say ‘farewell’.” After reading that, I can say it’s true, but I feel that this story was missing some stuff while something’s were left unexplained. It kind of just threw you into the movie in hopes you could follow along. It was like being tossed into an amusement park, but blindfolded, I enjoyed all the rides, I just didn’t know which ones I was on exactly, if that makes any sense.

    So yes, I feel that this story did have some “plot holes” in it, but it was an all around a well thought out story that could have been a lot worse. I believe that the story was executed in the way it was meant to and still got it’s message across. Very well done.

     

    Animation and Action of Children Who Chase Lost Voices

    Score 9.4/10

    When I first started this movie, I didn’t expect there to be really any action at all. Surprisingly enough, it took about a good ten minutes for the first action scene to show up and was actually awesome to watch.

    All the action scenes, in my opinion, were pretty fun to watch considering they were well made. Mixed in with the glorious animation, the action never left me bored.

    The animation in this movie was down right amazing, instantly catching my attention when I started watch the movie. Everything shined brightly and there was incredible detail throughout the entire story, making me never lose interest as the story progressed. Probably some of the best animation I’ve seen in any kind of anime, there are no words to completely describe it.

     

    Characters of Children Who Chase Lost Voices

    Score 7.9/10

    I haven’t watch a lot of animated movies or shows that followed adventurous little girls, older guys that really need to move on, and younger bruhs that come from a world known as “Agartha.” Quite the strange combination, but it was a pretty good one. I’m not sure if the movie would have worked out if it had different characters or if it had more.

    The only problem was that there wasn’t a lot of character development. Like when we finally dived into the story more, it seemed that there was a set goal and it remained unchanged. I can’t complain though, because there was still some development in it that still deserves attention.

    All in all, the movie had a unique group of characters that shined brightly considering a mix between two worlds collided together, making us experience the lives of people who lived in another world. Fantastic job.

     

    Music of Children Who Chase Lost Voices

    Score 8.4/10

    Considering this is a movie and not a show, I can only really talk about the Soundtrack because there are no OPs and EDs to talk about. It didn’t really matter though, this didn’t need a OP or a ED, the music in this movie was outstanding.

    I don’t think there wasn’t a single OST that I didn’t completely enjoy, but it felt like some of them were blocked out considering I was focused on other stuff during the movie, which wasn’t a really bad thing.

    The ending song for this was a deal breaker for me. Sure this movie had it’s fair share of drama and sadness, equaling out so I didn’t feel like a pile of feels, but when that song came on… Holy shit… This is basically what it felt like:

    Perfection. If I didn’t feel like crying when the credits started rolling, I did now. This song is just something else, easily turning into a song I will enjoy till the end of time.

    Hello, Goodbye and Hello – Anri Kumaki – English lyrics

     

    Personal Enjoyment of Children Who Chase Lost Voices

    Scre 8.6/10

    In all honesty, I thought this movie was great. Sure I feel that it left me in the dark at times, but this was truly a wonderful movie, in my eyes, that was extremely well made that I enjoyed from beginning to end. I also think that there’s not a lot of movies you could compare this to. Amazingly unique.

     

    If you enjoyed movies from Studio Ghibli, I would defiantly recommend this movie. If you enjoy movies that lean more toward adventure rather than action I would also recommend this movie to you.

    ᑭᒪOT: 7.6/10 ☆

    ᗩᑎIᗰᗩTIOᑎ/ᗩᑕTIOᑎ: 9.4/10☆

    ᑕᕼᗩᖇᗩᑕTEᖇᔕ: 7.9/10 ☆

    ᗰᑌᔕIᑕ: 8.4/10 ☆

    ᑭEᖇᔕOᑎᗩᒪ EᑎᒍOYᗰEᑎT: 8.6/10 ☆

    Iᑎ TOTᗩᒪ: 8.38/10 ☆

     

    Final Thoughts of Children Who Chase Lost Voices

    Compared to the last movie review I did for Wold Children, I can’t compare these two movies in the slightest. I personally think that Wolf Children was so much better, but I really did enjoy this movie. I don’t “love it” like I do with Wolf Children, but it was defiantly a great movie to watch. Fantastic.


  • Ano Natsu De Matteru (Anime) Review

    Ano Natsu De Matteru Anime Review

    (Warning, there are NO spoilers in this review, but I don’t think I’ve ever had spoilers in my reviews… So, read away!)

    It seems that every single time I decide to watch a anime just randomly, I always end up with something I surprisingly enjoy. For a while now, I’ve scrolled pass Ano Natau de Matteru (Waiting In The Summer) a couple of times on Crunchyroll, but never looked into it cause it didn’t look all that appealing to me, until recently. After finishing Tari Tari, I wanted to try another “Not Well Known” anime and this is what stuck out from everything else, so I gave it a good and was not disappointed.

    Ano Natsu de Matteru is an original anime production by J.C.Staff (they haven’t been very well known until just a few years ago) who have made anime such as the A Certain Magical Index and a personal favorite, Toradora. A manga adaptation was given soon after the 12 episode anime concluded and an OVA was released in late August of this year.

    Genre: Drama, Romantic Comedy, Science Fiction, Slice of Life

    Plot of Ano Natsu De Matteru

    Score: 7.8/10

    When a group of friends decide to make a movie over a long summer holiday, they end up learning a little about film making and a lot more about each other and themselves. What begins as a simple way to avoid the summer doldrums quickly turns into something much more complex, intimate and revealing, as the maturing relationships between the members of the young cast take on new, and sometimes very unexpected, turns.

    When I first read the plot before I started the anime, I was expecting something completely different than from what I watched, which was exciting. I love watching an anime where I know nothing about it, no spoilers, necessary background information, all that jazz. I like being left in the dark and just watch the story explain it’s self, which it did. Sure there were some stuff I wasn’t prepared for, but that made everything much more exciting to watch.

    So if you do decide to watch this anime, ignore the plot summary above. It’s a little helpful, but it’s not going to help with any of the serious parts of the plot that haven’t been explained, but I believe that it’s trying to avoid spoiling to make things more interesting.

    Being a J.C.Staff anime, I was expecting a little bit of drama, but “a little” is kind of an understatement. This anime was extremely dramatic, which isn’t always good for an anime, especially if the audience doesn’t like that sort of thing. For me, I actually enjoyed it. I’m a bit of a sucker for romantic drama that the characters seem to face so I was alright with it, but that’s just me. (More details below)

     

    Animation and Comedy of Ano Natsu De Matteru

    Score: 8.2/10

    The animation style really reminded me of Anohana, making me think that this was actually an A-1 Pictures production until I looked it up after the first episode, leaving me a but surprised. With that being said, the animation was very well done. The scenery and background animation was great and not distracting, followed with some great character designs.

    Mixed in with some great animation, the comedy seemed to shine brightly in the anime. Apart from the extreme amount of drama, this anime was actually really amusing. Sure there was much more drama in the anime than comedy, but the switch between the two were very well done.

    The comedy in the anime was excellent and always managed to make me laugh. The jokes were funny and original, so that’s a plus. A bit more comedy in the anime would have been nice, but I was happy with what I got.

     

    Characters of Ano Natsu De Matteru

    Score: 8.4/10

    Out of the entire anime, I think the best part was definitely the characters. All of them were very unique in their own way and all had a part to play in the story.

    As the story progressed, there was a lot of character development. Usually when something happened or a character did something, it would have a chain reaction on all the other characters. I’ve heard of love triangles, but not of something like this. I made a diagram to explain it better.

    Kaito Kirishima

    He is the male protagonist of the anime and is an avid videographer who is constantly out recording on an 8mm handheld camera that he inherited from his late grandfather. I’m just going to get this out of the way considering it’s not a spoiler and it’ll tell you in the first 30 seconds of the anime, his parents are dead. This doesn’t really effect any of the plot, so I guess it’s just less characters to worry about.

    Ichika Takatsuki

    Can’t say much about Ichika cause I’m trying to avoid spoilers, but I really like her. She kind and polite, making her a fairly well rounded character.

    Kanna Tanigawa

    Kanna is an outgoing girl who is quick to speak her mind. She is a close friend of Kaito, whom she has a crush on, which you already from the diagram above. Kaito’s sister is aware of this and encourages a relationship between the two. Kanna has been friends with Tetsurō since childhood, but is unaware of his feelings for her. Personally, I think I liked her the most. She’s cute and she’s got the booty. She’s up on the Waifu list now.

    Tetsurō Ishigaki

    Probably the biggest bro alive. Tetsurō is a close friend of Kaito and Kanna. Although he has feelings for Kanna, he knows of her feelings for Kaito and encourages a relationship between the two. He seems to be an all-around savvy guy with females and is easily able to smooth-talk a female teacher into giving out Ichika’s body measurements. He also develops a closer relationship with Mio after knowing of her problems and her own crush on him.

    Mio Kitahara

    This is pretty much all you need to know about her. First, she likes Tetsurō, and second, she’s a nudist. Yes ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Sometimes her thoughts seem to innocently go in a sexual direction. Every time she is shown at home she is nude; she also sleeps in the nude (even when sleeping with Kanna) and dislikes wearing underwear. When confronted about this she says that her family are nudists, and that she hides this fact from everyone due to her embarrassment over her family’s unusual lifestyle

    Remon Yamano and Rinon

    You need to experience them for yourself to truly understand.

     

    Music of Ano Natsu De Matteru

    Score: 7.7/10

    I was not disappoint with the music in this anime, it was well made and it was enjoyable to listen to. The OP was decent, but it wasn’t my favorite. I liked watching it and the song was pretty good, but it wasn’t like super amazing.

    The ED was a different story. Honestly, I love this ED. It fit into the anime extremely well and all around fantastic. The song was perfect and fun to listen to, while fitting into the anime, and have awesome animation that also fit into the anime. Amazing.

    The OSTs were all around pretty good. Being a pretty dramatic anime, there were some pretty good OSTs playing in the background of those serious moments, which I liked. There were also some cheerful and laid back OSTs, bring a much happier mood when needed.

     

    Personal Enjoyment of Ano Natsu De Matteru

    Score: 8.8/10

    With everything that has been said, I really enjoyed watching this anime, especially after just watching it randomly. Sure it wasn’t my favorite, but it definitely kept me watching from beginning to end. And in the end, I actually felt like I was going to cry a bit after almost wanting to breaking my IPod in half. All in all, this will be an anime I’ll never forget.

    This anime probably isn’t for everyone. Like I said above, it’s really dramatic and serious, so if you don’t like that stuff, I don’t suggest you watch this. Anyways, if you enjoyed anime such as Anohana, I definitely suggest you watch this anime.

    ᑭᒪOT: 7.8/10 ☆

    ᗩᑎIᗰᗩTIOᑎ/ᑕOᗰEᗪY: 8.2/10☆

    ᑕᕼᗩᖇᗩᑕTEᖇᔕ: 8.4/10 ☆

    ᗰᑌᔕIᑕ: 7.7/10 ☆

    ᑭEᖇᔕOᑎᗩᒪ EᑎᒍOYᗰEᑎT: 8.8/10 ☆

    Iᑎ TOTᗩᒪ: 8.18/10 ☆

     

    Final Thoughts on Ano Natsu De Matteru

    I’m happy I decided to finally watch this anime. It was amazing from start to finish and always left me entertained. Also, the best part of the entire anime is the last 5 seconds of the anime. Don’t forget that. If you do watch this anime, watch every last bit of it or you will have different thoughts on this anime. Watch it.


  • Wolf Children (Anime) Review

    Wolf Children Anime Review

    (Warning, this blog may contain spoilers, but won’t effect very much of the story or take away any feelings from the movie, they are just minor spoilers that could spoil some things, but could also be nice to know now. Just read the review)

    This is my first time reviewing a movie, but this movie deserves my thoughts considering it’s just something so special.

    I am still speechless. I honestly don’t know what to say or even how to start this off. Here, I’ll give you what just came to my head, this movie is beautiful. Absolutely astonishing. Seriously though, those are only small words that can be used to describe this movie. No words.

    Released in the Summer of 2012, Wolf Children was a movie directed and co-written by Mamoru Hosoda, known for movies such as Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. The movie ran for a total of 117 minutes and made almost 54 million dollars in box office money.

    Genre: Slice of Life/ Drama

     

    Plot of Wolf Children

    Score 9.1/10

    In Wolf Children, nineteen-year-old college student Hana falls in love with a classmate with a secret: he is a werewolf and can transform into a wolf at will. He and Hana have two werewolf children: a daughter, Yuki, and a year later a son, Ame. Soon after Ame’s birth, their father dies while hunting food for his children.

    Raising Yuki and Ame alone is difficult; they constantly switch between their human and wolf forms, and Hana has to hide them from the world. When she is visited by social workers concerned that the children have not had vaccinations, Hana moves the family to the countryside away from prying neighbors. She works hard to repair the dilapidated house and sustain the family on their own crops.

    This plot is something great considering we get to live in the lives of these people that are struggling so much. It is something so original and so well thought out, that I am still amazing on how it turned out. Having only one flaw, in my eyes, but I won’t talk about it cause it is a bit of a spoiler which has basically already have been spoiled a bit… this movie truly left you stunned from start to finish.

     

    Animation of Wolf Children

    Score 8.6/10

    In Wolf Children, the animation is comparable to Mamoru Hosoda’s other films, having great artwork for the characters then diving deeper into the animation during certain scenes that were just amazing to watch. I always have enjoyed Mamoru Hosoda’s animation style, seeming to be modeled after Studio Ghibli, but then having him throwing in his own style on top of that.

    As the movie progressed further and further, the animation style began to shine brighter and brighter. Moving from a city to a mountain setting helped the animation get so much better.

    The scenery was outstanding, truly beautiful to look at. Mixed in with the animation, this part of the movie shined at certain parts of the story. I couldn’t help but notice myself in awestruck as this movie just had the animation get better and better no matter what was happening. Amazing.

     

    Characters of Wolf Children

    Score 9.3/10

    The characters are what made this movie almost perfect in Wolf Children. You can’t have a plot like this and not have any character development what so ever. Every single main character went through some of the best development that I’ve ever seen on any kind of anything!

    Every character was amazing in their own way, adapting to this situation and lifestyle while trying to live normal lives in the best way they can while attempting to keep their secrets, well, secret. In all honesty, there’s no way that’s easy to live your life like this, but the characters handled it extremely well.

    As the story progressed further, the characters basically had to decide what kind of lives they wanted to live, all of them choosing a path that worked best for them. I believe that the characters turned out perfect and are probably some of the best characters that I’ve watched in anything. Damn near prefect.

     

    Music of Wolf Children

    Score 8.2/10

    Considering Wolf Children is a movie and not a show, I can only really talk about the Soundtrack because there are no OPs and EDs to talk about. It didn’t really matter though, this didn’t need a OP or a ED, the music was fantastic.

    The OSTs instantly caught my attention at the beginning of the movie, making me love the movie the moment it started. As the story progressed and characters had to go through the difficulties of this lifestyle, the music only got better and better, helping bring out so many feels I honestly wanted to cry.

    Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki OST – Okaasan no Uta

    The song at the ending credits was the real killer though. After this beautiful movie came to a glorious ending, there’s nothing better than adding a song that fits the movie so perfectly, you can’t help but want to cry your eyes out until you drown from overexposure from your own misery and sadness. Absolutely wonderful.

     

    Personal Enjoyment of Wolf Children

    Score 10/10

    If I actually sat down and thought about it for a good five seconds, I would probably consider Wolf Children as one of the great movies I’ve ever seen. You just can’t compare anything to this perfectly made movie, nothing. It it so unique in it’s own way that any anime fan should have by now seen this movie. I could watch this movie every week and never get tired of it, which I’m honestly thinking about doing.

     

    Like I said before, you can’t compare this movie to anything. I guarantee if you take two hours out of your life to watch this movie, you will not be disappointed. If you call yourself a anime fan, you need to watch this movie.

    ᑭᒪOT: 9.1/10 ☆

    ᗩᑎIᗰᗩTIOᑎ: 8.6/10☆

    ᑕᕼᗩᖇᗩᑕTEᖇᔕ: 9.3/10 ☆

    ᗰᑌᔕIᑕ: 8.2/10 ☆

    ᑭEᖇᔕOᑎᗩᒪ EᑎᒍOYᗰEᑎT: 10/10 ☆

    Iᑎ TOTᗩᒪ: 9.04/10 ☆

     

    Final Thoughts on Wolf Children

    Up to this point in time and most likely for the rest of my life, Wolf Children is my favorite anime movie. It is also part of my top 5 movies of ALL TIME, yea, it’s that good. All in all, this movie will forever be part of my heart considering it is something I truly love. I could go on about this movie all day, but I think this more than enough.

    This movie will change you.

    -TwistedSoul