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  • Demon City Shinjuku (Anime) Review

    Demon City Shinjuku Anime Review

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    Over the years I have watched Demon City Shinjuku a few times. Recently I decided to watch the movie again. I had forgotten how serene the movie can be and yet so violent at the same time. The movie takes through a ‘Pandora’s Box’ of today’s age.
    Demon City Shinjuku is a 1988 anime film directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri based after a horror novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi.

     

    Demon City Shinjuku Plot

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    The film follows a young man named Kyoya Izayoi and his journey into the demonized Shinjuku area. During the opening of the film, a man named Genichirou and another named Rebi Ra are fighting on the rooftop of buildings. The two were once a students of a Nempo martial art user named Aguni Rai. Rebi Ra ends up killing Genichirou and letting loose a few demons into the Shinjuku area. Ten years pass by and Kyoya (son of Genichirou) is now left with the aftermath of his fathers failures. Rai asks Kyoya for help when the World President (Kozumi Rama) is attacked. Kyoya refuses at first but reluctantly goes when he finds out the World President’s daughter goes to Shinjuku to save her father. Kyoya ends up following out of guilt. The two are now in the dangerous zone of demons and must find a way to Rebi Ra and defeating him.

    I have watched the movie several times but only recently understood it better now that I am more mature. The story is not hard to follow, it’s just a little confusing. The scenes can change quickly, but it does so in a calm state. It’s nice due to some of the violent scenes it an have. Not that it is gruesome or very graphic, it had little graphic scenes. Those graphic scenes tend to be towards animals. The one thing I didn’t like about the movie. The plot was interesting, but not enough time was given for a lot of details.

     

    Demon City Shinjuku Characters

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    There are only a few characters in the movie that stand out.

    The main character Kyoya is your typical 80s anime male lead, acts nonchalant and has no real motive to save the world. But he does so anyways. I would say I liked his character, but again there was no time for a lot of development. Of course he does like women and that is why he saves the Presidents daughter. He is stronger than he looks as well.

    Sayaka Rama is the presidents daughter. To be honest she is basically just like Relena Peacecraft from Gundam Wing. She looks weak and scared, but is actually very strong willed and determined. Her character got a little annoying towards the end for some reason. She seemed to just do stuff without thinking sometimes and got into trouble which could have been avoided.

    Rebi Ra is a typical antagonist that wants power. He sold his soul to get stronger than Genichirou. Other than the opening and the last scene, he is rarely seen in the movie. That is a little frustrating because there could have been more. He was just a tool in the end.

    Mephisto and the unknown kid are two people who are actually trying to help Kyoya and Sayaka in Demon City Shinjuku. Mephisto is a quiet guy and just reminds me of Darkside from Darkside Blues. The kid is just atypical child about to turn into a teenage punk. These two are crucial to Kyoya finding Rebi Ra and the kid is even used against Kyoya by one of Rebi Ra’s demons to stop him.

    There are three demons in the movie that Kyoya and the group have to fight. The first one is your typical arachnid type demon. Looks big and strong but on the inside (literally) easy to take down. The second one is a roundish water demon. The third is a serpent type female demon that tries to use her sexuality to distract Mephisto. Honestly the enemies could have been better. They were taken down to quickly.

     

    Demon City Shinjuku Animation and Music

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    The animation was actually really clean for the times. It reminds of you any 80s anime from that time. The scenes are serene at times and even the music can draw you into them. The music really helps with keeping the plot calm and leaving little to be tense about. There honestly is no suspense in the movie due to the cut away scenes and the music. It looks like the director used Miyazaki’s technique of ‘ma’ (intentional emptiness).

     

    Demon City Shinjuku Overall

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    The movie does have some graphic scenes when you see an animal around. So do be aware of that please. There is also a little sexual scenes, but nothing serious. With that said, the movie is good if you just want to watch a quick movie and not think to much. There really is not that much dialogue. Overall I would say it’s good for the time it came out. If you wanted something more interesting I would say to read the novel or even the manga. The movie can leave you disappointed in the end when it comes to final fight as well.

     

    Overall Grade: 5/10


  • From Up On Poppy Hill (Anime Movie) Review

    From Up On Poppy Hill Anime Movie Review

    *Be aware of minor spoilers*

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    I knew that From Up On Poppy Hill was produced and directed by Studio Ghibli so my expectations were high for this film. The plot of the story was simple yet new. The ships, flags and the school life in Japan in the trailer made me hooked. I am a sucker for romance and I heard this a wonderful film that suits the genre.

     

    Plot of From Up On Poppy Hill

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    Umi Matsuzaki is a 16 year old, who each morning, raises a set of signal flags with the message "I pray for safe voyages”. One day, a poem about the flags being raised is published in the school newspaper. Shun Kazama, the poem's author and a member of the journalism club, witnesses the flags from sea as he rides a tugboat to school every day. After a daring stunt for the “Latin Quartier”, Umi gets a negative reaction but later  helps him after he hurt his hand in the stunt. As they worked together after school, they became close enough to where Umi invites him over to her home, which is also a board house. The day he comes over Shun discovers that they are much closer than both of them think. To make sure she doesn’t find out the truth, he avoids her. To make matters worse, the clubhouse that the paper was published in will be torn down! How will the relationships between family and friends solve these unforeseen events?

    — Just as side note, this film takes place around 1963, the year before the Olympics. It is hard to grasp some actions that take place but when you watch this film, keep this in mind. Also, as a reminder to some individuals that are new to the culture of Japan, they are very uptight and are considerate, unlike in the United States. So if you think “ Why is Umi bowing down to her Grandmother?”, that is why. Its mature behavior that is common in Japan and uncommon here in the United States. —

     

    Characters of From Up On Poppy Hill

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    Umi Matsuzaki is a 16 year old student at Isogo High School. She lives in a home overlooking the Port of Yokohama in Japan, which is also a board house. Since her mother, Ryoko, is a medical professor studying abroad in the United States Umi runs the house and looks after her younger siblings Sora and Riku and her grandmother, Hana. She helps get the clubhouse clean to avoid it getting torn down. She is strong willed and caring.

    Shun Kazama is a 17 year old student at Isogo High School. He publishes articles in the newspaper called “Latin Quartier” at the clubhouse. He is good friends with the Student Government President, Shiro Mizunuma. He is adopted by the Kazama family with little knowledge on his biological parents. Shun learns the hidden secret when visiting Umi’s home. Shun decides that he needs to avoid her to ignore the feeling that came with being with her. He is outgoing, passionate and cares for Umi.

    Shiro MIzunuma is the student Government President. He is often seen with Shun as they work on the Latin Quartier together. Shiro is often there for support and is a good leader for the school. He fights to make sure the clubhouse doesn’t get torn down. His name in Japanese means white which reflects his personality in the film- no evil.

     

    After thoughts of From Up On Poppy Hill

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    At first, I was shocked to even have the presence of a possible forbidden love, but after that misunderstanding was clear I liked the story better. It had many roller coasters that were faced and I loved how it was directed. While watching I learn history that facts that I found later are accurate. One of the main historical points are about signal flags. These flags are used to communicate to other ships passing if there was no electricity for phone usage. It is uncommon today, but this made me want to learn more about the history behind what each flag meant. This easily became one of my favorite anime movies, because of the simple and innocent love.

    Rate (9/10); No blood or sexual ideas; family friendly.

    -Inufma


  • Sengoku Basara (Anime) Review

    Sengoku Basara Anime Review
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    Dei now and repent forever. There are none before me, there shall be none after me. I come to spread the seed of discord, I am the devil king of the sixth heaven. Oda Nobunga! Come with me, it is time for a journey back to the past of a country you may know. Feudal Japan, XVI Century, the country is caught in the middle of the greatest war the land of the Rising Sun has ever sen. It,s an era of the warring states, dividing the country into numerous fractions. Samurai lords trying to contend the place as the undisputed ruler. We will follow Date Masamune, the reckless and young leader of the Oshu, waging war against his neighbors. Soon Date and the other lords will have to put aside their hostilities and face the infamous Oda Nounaga. He is a merciless general who razes everything to the grounds and rumored to come from the deepest pits of hell. Are you ready guys? Get your guns and let’s get this review started!

    What follows is the awesome review of Sengoku Basara, an anime from 2010. It is split into two seasons of twelve episodes (plus one ova for each season) and the movie The Last Party. It is based on the crazy series of video games with the same name by Capcom. I remind you that this review will not include the new season that recently aired in Japan. We’re analyzing Animation, Characters, Sound, Story and Personal Enjoyment.

    Art and Animation of Sengoku Basara

    Score 9/10
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    The visual aspect of Sengoku Basara is astonishing to say the least. Considering the chaotic and epic nature of the series, we have slick fast paced movements and stylish effects that “tear off” the colors from the scene to convey the feelings of epicness. The show throws away realism for dragon ball like action that aims at creating the most impressive visual impact you can think of. As the feudal lords trade blows and their raging spirits clash, the air is twisted and countless soldiers are swept away like fragile leafs, explosions changing the landscape. The art is simply beautiful and is surprisingly realistic and detailed in the face designs, you can see they are clearly Japanese especially by the eyes.

    Characters of Sengoku Basara

    Score 8/10
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    Sengoku Basara does not need to prove anything so the characters are not here to provide the show with a complex psychological layer. They meet common stereotypes and archetypes. Then why like the characters of Sengoku Basara? You simply love them that’s it. They blend perfectly together in the crazy contexts of the series, the cast is colorful and with stunning character design you won’t confuse anyone. You will start picking favorites right away. The characters are all likeable and entertaining, and so are their interactions,. Despite they possess bare minimum character development they simply don’t need it, they are well characterized as they are.

    Soundtrack and Acting of Sengoku Basara

    Score 10/10
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    I feel obligated to say Sengoku Basara’s sound  is near flawless, having a memorable and wickedly fitting ost with a legendary voice cast and acting (Japanese of course unless you dislike having the best). The sound effects during battles are well done, due to the high amount of action this is to be expected. The Soundtrack is composed by the master Hiroyuki Sawano being one of the best scores he ever made. The Japanese traditional tunes are mixed with rock, metal, pop style music and epic choruses. Overall everything suits the anachronistic feel of the series. A special mention for the two themes of the villains of both the first and second season, the epicness that enters your ears will pump you up like nothing before.

    Story and Pacing of Sengoku Basara

    Score 8/10
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    This show is about the Sengoku Jidai, a period of the Japanese history where violence and poverty hit a land plagued by war. This is a seinen and we have a remarkable amount of violence and questionable content, but the series never takes itself too seriously. If you find logic in something, you will realize that it’s actually intelligently stimulating. If you can’t find the logic or explanation in something, then let it go cause it’s all intentional. This is surely a series where the laws of reason and logic don’t really matter, but you are too busy enjoying the awesomeness of the series for it to be a problem. As for pacing, it’s pretty good throughout the run even though it suffers from occasional drops. The storyline follows more or less the actual historical events. Yes all characters in this show did truly exist.

    Personal Enjoyment of Sengoku Basara

    Score 9/10
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    I thoroughly enjoyed Sengoku Basara’s two seasons and movies. The Last Party, the “End of Sengoku Basara”, is simply one of the most epic movies I’ve seen. You will spend hours laughing and cheering on for your heroes. Even the most despicable ones (that in my case are my favorite characters) will not fail to be of your liking. An acting that reaches legendary status with Norio Wakamoto as the big bad Oda Nobunaga, the very fearsomeness of the voice is menacingly delicious. It’s also a chance for you to learn Japanese history. How can one not love the characters and their quirks like Date Masamune speaking English and a black hole standing over Oda Nobunaga whenever he appears

    My Final Score 8.6/10

    – Humble Reaper from Anime Amino, Italy (Sicily)


  • 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.


  • 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


  • Hal (Anime) Review

    Hal Anime Review

    *may contains spoilers. Read at your own risk*

    Hal Anime

    When I heard about this movie I had high expectations. The promotional cover art for this movie looks beautiful and was visually appealing. The plot even had me intrigued about how a robot could help a human.

     

    Plot of Hal

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    When Kurumi, a young shop owner, looses her lover, Hal, in a plane crash, she looses all sense of living and settles to staying locked in her home. Family and friends around her is at a loss of what to do. As a last option, a scientist creates a life ­look alike version of the boyfriend but this robot is named Haru. At first Kurumi wanted nothing to do with Haru, but as time passed so did her opinion of him. Haru learned secrets of Hal’s past as well as the devilish things that his former self was apart of but all trying to keep Kurumi’s happiness on top. Confused about what to do with the new information, drama stirs. How will the relationship turn out for a human and a robot?

     

    Characters of Hal

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    Kurumi is a young lady who looses her boyfriend in a plane crash. After this accident, she shut her self out from the world. She at first is resistant to having Haru there to help but quickly grows accustom to his presence. Having a talent for creating things, such as buttons and bears,  she has made many admirers from all ages. This talent also is her source of income. She got into a fight with Hal before he took his flight, the day he died.

    Hal is Kurumi’s boyfriend that died in a plane accident. It is hard to describe him as we only see things from other character’s prospective, but overall he seemed hesitant to let people into his life. Ryuu, his childhood friend, seems to be the only one that “knows” Hal. The two of them went through some dark events to live but he lost himself in the process. He was known to be violent toward others, not toward Kurumi, but ended up with enemies. Days prior to crash, he got into a huge fight with Kurumi because he sold some of her possessions.

    In the beginning we see Haru as a white robot being very helpful to a elderly man. As time passed, a scientist changed Haru’s appearance to make him look like Hal to help Kurumi recover after his death. Haru does his best to see good in others and to make friends with everyone. Since he is a robot, Haru has some issues as to understanding human emotions as well as the actions that follow. Since Haru looks like Hal, he gets into some drama with Hal’s old enemies. Overall he wants to help Kurumi get better, but to do that he first he has to understand Hal.

    Hal Anime

    To be honest, this movie was a disappointment. It had great potential but it was cut short. Literally cut short. This movie is less than an hour and because of that, the ending was rushed to no avail. There were too many twists that were not expected which,in the end, were not helpful to the plot. The twist was so big that it just made it difficult to grasp the story up to that point.  By the time the credits came I legit said “Is that it? Really?”. To describe this movie  in my own words its like thinking your eating a chocolate cookie when you are actually eating a raisin one. (This might not make sense now but if you watch the movie it will). Even though this movie wasn’t a winner in my book, I would still recommend watching it for the values and merits that can be learned.

    7/10 little violence, no sexual themes, little to no blood. Tragic thoughts are present.­

    Inufma


  • Grave of the Fireflies (Anime) Review

    Grave of the Fireflies Anime Review

    Grave of the Fireflies

     

    (Warning this Review may contain slight spoilers)

     

    Plot of Grave of the Fireflies

    Grave of the Fireflies

    Grave of the Fireflies is about a young boy named Seita and his younger sister named Setsuko. They were unfortunately born during a terrible and tragic time in Japanese history, during World War II. One day on the way of evacuating from their home during a bombing by the USA, Seita and Sestuko managed to make it away from the disaster area on but there mother however was not so lucky. She was burned terribly and without the availability of a hospital anywhere near their home town. No one could treat her, She Died and her body was burned along with many other people who died in bombing. Seita realized that things were terrible and that he will have to take the role of watching over his little sister. This was a terrible time for them because food was low and it was hard to find things that they could trade away for the basic necessities that they need. They ended having to sell their mother beloved possessions just so that they could survive. Seita was brave all the way through; he was not willing to let most of his true emotions show in front of his little sister. He was not going to be a good brother to his little sister. After a falling out with their aunt they had to leave and learn to live on their own. Can 14 year old boy and his little sister survive during wartime all by themselves without much money to their name?

     

    The Tin of Candy

    Grave of the Fireflies

    One item that was important to both Seita and Setsuko was a tin of candy that was called “Fruit Drop” in Grave of the Fireflies. It is a tin full of small pieces of hard candy that have many different taste such as Mint, Melon, Strawberry etc. This was important to the two of them because it not only comforted Setsuko when she was sad but it also was like a symbol of hope for the two of them because no matter what bad things happen to either of them. They still had a tiny shred of hope left in the form of candy. This tin eventually played a much more deep and important role for Seita but if you want to know what this role was then you’re going to have to watch the movie for yourself but as a reviewer must warn you that once you watch this anime your old view of the world may not be a view that you can ever go back too.

     

    Opinion

    Grave of the Fireflies

    I first came in contact with this anime movie while I was on vacation at a relatives house and I decided to go to the library to see what anime and manga that they had there. I decided that I would watch a movie that had gotten such amazing rating and it was 100% worth it. This anime does not have amazing graphics but it doesn’t need it. This anime is not about showing off how flashy it can be but showing a story in which you must watch the braveness of a boy and his younger sister trying to survive in a harsh and unforgiving world. I give this anime 5 out of 5 stars. It is a story that is truly something you should see if you have not seen yet and even if you have seen it already maybe you should watch it again because it’s something that is worth experiencing over and over again.

    ~GarytheOtaku


  • Sword of the Stranger (Movie) Review

    Sword of the Stranger Review

    Cover Art for Sword of the Stranger

    The cover art for Sword of the Stranger was honestly one of the main reasons why I watched this movie. Another reason was the fact that the anime movie had to do with samurai… got to love those fights, don’t you? Anyways, I am glad I ended up watching it. The story was especially touching and made me smile, well, only part of it. The friendship part.

     

    The Plot of Sword of the Stranger

    When the boy meets the rounin

    Sword of the Stranger seems to focus on three main things: friendship, trust, and betrayal. A young boy is forced to leave his home, a temple, due to the fact that some Chinese people, known as “Ming,” are after him. He moves to an abandoned temple along with his dog and stays there, surviving on stolen food. One day, after returning from a successful job of getting some food, he finds a rounin sleeping inside of the temple. The boy attempts to get him to leave, but fails. He continues on with his task of preparing his food, hoping that the samurai will eventually leave. The dog, however, takes a liking to the samurai and offers him his food. Soon after, some men sneak up in search of the boy. The rounin defends the boy and kills almost everyone there. The boy, realizing he will need assistance to survive, hires the samurai to take him to another temple, one where he knows the people that stay there. The bond between the boy and samurai grows overtime, resulting in a long-lasting friendship, though the boy has his doubts about the rounin at first.

     

    The Characters of Sword of the Stranger

    Nanashi, Kotarou, and Tobimaru

    The three main characters in Sword of the Stranger are Kotarou, Nanashi, and Tobimaru. Kotarou is the young boy of Sword of the Stranger. He claims to have a short temper and has a tendency to over-exaggerate things. He is wanted by the Chinese for a special reason that he will not tell the samurai. Tobimaru is Kotarou’s dog and best friend. Kotarou will do almost anything for Tobimaru and loves him dearly. Tobimaru is a sweet dog, but can also fight if Kotarou is in danger or the time calls for it. He also takes an immediate liking to Nanashi, the samurai. Nanashi has an unknown past that is only shown through flashbacks. He does not like to use his sword to fight and keeps it tied to the sheath. He explains that his name, Nanashi (meaning “nameless”) was chosen by him because he changes his name very often. He chooses to protect and aid Kotarou in his travels, not knowing what he is getting himself into.

     

    The Background Music of Sword of the Stranger

    Battle between Nanashi and a Ming

    An amazing part of Sword of the Stranger is definitely the background music. It gives off such a good feel and clearly demonstrates the feeling that is supposed to be felt in the anime. It can make someone feel from happy to sad to… I do not really know how to describe another one of the feelings I felt in the anime. For those of you who have watched the movie, or plan to watch it, it was during the scene that everyone is racing to the fort where the Ming are. I almost want to call it proud, but that is not at all the word I am looking for. It just made me feel… amazing. Again, I can’t really describe it.

    Sword of the Stranger is an amazing movie that I would recommend to anyone who likes stories involving action and a strong friendship bond. It is definitely one of those anime that makes you feel a ton of emotions at once, and gives you an amazing feeling at the end.

    Overall Score: 9/10

     


  • Sumer Wars (Anime) Review

    Summer Wars Anime Review

    Summer Wars
    Summer Wars

    I was not sure what to think of Summer Wars. I really still do not know how I feel about the movie yet. If I had watched it in Subtitles I feel like I would have appreciated it better, but sadly I watched it in English.

    Summer Wars Plot

    Summer Wars Plot
    Plot

    Summer Wars revolves around a high school boy named Kenji Koiso. He is a very intelligent teen. His classmate, Natsuki Shinohara asks him to travel with her to her grandmothers 90th birthday. While he is there, a message comes through and asks him to solve a mathematical code. Not recognizing it, he solves the code and goes to sleep. He actually ends up solving the code to the OZ infrastructure. Being known as the avatar that destroyed OZ, Kenji must find a way to save it. He gets help from Natsuki’s family.
    Suddenly, Natsuki’s older cousin comes back into to town. His name is Wabisuke Jinnouchi. He is the creator of ‘Love Machine,’ the creature that is taking over OZ. He comes back to spend time with his family and ends up helping Kenji take down his creation.

    Summer Wars Characters

    Summer Wars Characters
    Characters of Summer Wars

    There are really a lot of characters in Summer Wars. I am only going to mention the ones crucial to the story line.
    Kenji Koiso is the main character. He is a very intelligent student and very handy with programs. He is very clumsy and always seeming to get into unnecessary trouble. His friend, Natsuki Shinohara, us the other main character of the movie. She is the popular girl type and is on her way to visit her great grandmother. She is in love with Wabisuke which is her older second cousin. He creates “Love Machine” that ends up taking down OZ with Kenji’s help. He was forced to leave his home several years ago and only recently came back. Kazuma Ikezawa is aNatsuki’s younger cousin. He is actually a very powerful character in OZ called King Kazma.

    Summer Wars the World of OZ

    Summer Wars the World of OZ
    The World of Oz

    Oz is basically a virtual reality world in which games, show, telephones, computers, well everything is connected. It is a like an ultimate Internet area. If OZ shut downs, everything shuts down. The world of Japan is basically living off of OZ. Here avatars are created that would best suit your personality.

    Summer Wars was not all it was hyped up to be. When ever I asked somebody about this anime, everyone said it was great. Even all the critics and magazines say it was great. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was a good, so I figured Summer Wars would be as well. To me, it really was not good. Like I said it could have been because I watched it in English, but I really do not think that is what it was.

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    Overall Grade 5/10


  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Anime) Review

    The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

    The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
    The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

    One of the better directed anime films, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was a work of genius. The film starts by only giving glimpses of the characters and the setting. In the meantime the credits role in between these scenes. You get the feeling you are watching a big budget drama film. The movie will fool you over and over again.

     

    The Plot of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

    The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
    Leaping Through Time

    The Girl Who Leapt Through Time starts out a bit slow. Makoto Konno is a very clumsy high school girl. She is not smart, but not dumb either. She is average. She has two male friends which she plays baseball with, Chiaki Mamiya and Kōsuke Tsuda. Makoto goes to put up note books from her class. She stumbles into the science room after hearing a noise and falls onto a shell of some kind. On her way home her brakes on her bicycle stop working and she hits a RR crossing guard. She is thrown from her bike and the train hits her. She wakes up a few feet before the train tracks and is still alive. This is where she begins to notice she has the ability to leap through time. Literally, she leaps through time. To activate this ability she has to get a running start and leap. Once she learns of this, she goes back through time (only to recently passed months) to fix mistakes such as a bad grade or a clumsy mistake.

    All the while she tells her aunt, Kazuko Yoshiyama, about her ability to leap through time. Her aunt works as an art restorer at the Tokyo National Museum in The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. Kazuko suggests that Makoto may be hurting other people while changing her own past. Makoto starts to take notice of this when a classmate is given her misfortune in cooking class. She also uses this to escape a love confession from Chiaki. But she does not only use it for herself, but to help out her friends. She is able to get Kōsuke a girlfriend, Kaho Fujitani, whom has been in love with him for a while.

    By the end of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Chiaki asks Makoto if she has been using this ability. To escape from him asking this, she uses her ability for the final time. Doing this causes her friends Kōsuke and Kaho to get into the train accident meant for Makoto. As she is weeping she realizes things suddenly change and Chiaki saved the two from dying. He explains that he is from the future and cam to see a painting, ironically the one Makoto’s aunt is restoring. He had lost his device in the school and found it used up by Makoto. She asks him why he can not go back and he explains he used his last time to save Kōsuke and Kaho. The ending is a bit intense so I will not even begin to ruin it for you.

     

    The Characters of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

    The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
    The Three Friends

    The characters in The Girl Who Leapt Through Time are very realistic. There is no magical powers, or odd hair coloring, or strange monsters. The characters feel as if they could be very real. The dynamic between the three friends makes it feel as if the writer was putting personal experiences in the film.

    Makoto is the main character of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and like I said, she is very clumsy. She is your average high school Japanese student. She doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life. Chiaki is more of the comedic relief of the group. He is also an average student. Kōsuke is the smart student in the group. He is a very respectable person and remains calm at every situation.

     

    The Painting of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

    The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
    The Painting

    Makoto’s aunt is restoring a painting throughout The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. This is the same painting that Chiaki comes back in time to see. During the film setting is the only time which this paintings whereabouts is known. In the future it is destroyed and he was unable to see it. The painter is unknown, but the painting itself is strange and relaxing. A mixture of brown colors with a slightly hidden face and four blue orbs.

     

    The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is definitely one of the better anime films I have seen. It tops most Miyazaki films. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is not at all what you expect, it far exceeds any expectation. This should definitely be on the shelf of any Otaku.

    Overall Grade 10/10

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