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  • 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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  • Akira (Anime) Review

    Akira Review

    akira review

     

    The cyberpunk genre has always been one of my favorites. Akira is a very well known anime and I have never met anyone who understood it and didn’t like Akira. The basic story of a punk kid and his gang going after each other is now taken to a new level. Instead of two gangs fighting its one punk kid trying to save the earth from his ex friend Tetsuo.

    Akira is for no beginner. I watched it when I first found out about anime and did not understand it at all. Akira is an anime that you have to watch after you understand Japan’s culture and religious views. If you don’t understand it the first time, watch it again. The more you watch Akira, the more you catch the next time around.

    The animation in Akira is the old style anime, of course it was made in the 80s. The graphics go well with the story and the dubbing is not that bad either. This is an anime I would choose to watch in English. The subtitles are pretty much dead on to what they are saying. Everything is done great in transfering this movie over into English. If you haven’t seen it, go watch it right now! You won’t regret it at all.

     

    Grade 9/10