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  • 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


  • Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (Movie) Review

    Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works Review

    Movie Poster of Unlimited Blade Works

    Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works is an alternate movie version of the anime Fate/Stay Night. As it is an alternate version, many things that did not occur in the original Fate/Stay Night occurred in this movie. Though different, some of the scenes from the anime and this movie are almost exactly the same. The story also centers on a different main character.

     

    Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works Plot

    Rin and her servant

    The story of Unlimited Blade Works centers on Rin Tohsaka, one of the main characters in the anime Fate/Stay Night. Like the Fate series, each master, who is a magic-user, summons a servant, who is a legendary hero, in order to fight to obtain the Holy Grail. The Holy Grail will give the winning master any wish he or she pleases, and the servant is allowed a wish as well. Rin Tohsaka summons her servant, who participates in a battle against another servant soon after his summoning. One of Rin’s classmates sees the two servants fighting and immediately becomes a target of one of the servants. The servant attacks him, but, unbeknownst to him, he has summoned a servant. After Rin finds out about this servant, she chooses to stay away from her classmate. However, her classmate got injured in a fight with a different servant, and she chose to save his life. They decided to team up with each other after that.

     

    Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works Characters

    From Left to Right: Rin Tohsaka, Archer, Shiro Emiya, Saber

    Rin Tohsaka is the main character of the story and a skilled magic-user, having learned magic when she was young. Her servant, Archer, cannot remember which legendary hero he actually is. He has the ability to summon any weapon at will to fight with. Rin’s classmate is named Shiro Emiya. Shiro has blood of a magician in him, yet does not realize it until he accidentally summons a servant. In the Fate/Stay Night series, Shiro is the main character, along with his servant, Saber. Saber wields an invisible weapon in which she only reveals when the need is dire. There are several other magic-users and servants participating in the Holy Grail Wars, including a one of Rin’s teachers and another one of her classmates.

     

    Unlimited Blade Works

    Archer in his Reality Marble

    Unlimited Blade Works is the Reality Marble of Rin’s servant, Archer. The concept of a Reality Marble is having one’s inner world materialized and projected in the real world. In Archer’s Reality Marble, he can summon any weapon he chooses, or make an almost perfect replica of an already existing weapon. An incantation is required for his Reality Marble to be materialized. Archer only uses the method to attack when he desperately needs it. It requires a lot of magic, therefore usually only servants of the Caster class are able to use it.

    Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works is a wonderful movie that, in my opinion, is much better than the actual Fate/Stay Night. It has good action scenes and makes you think about other possible story lines that could occur should something be different in Fate/Stay Night.

    Overall Score: 8/10


  • Harmonie (Movie) Review

    Harmonie Review

    Harmonie Cover

    Harmonie is a really quick and interesting movie about the mind of another person. Though it is considered to be a movie, it is actually only about 25 minutes long. It is part of the 2014 Anime Mirai, along with three other short movies. It’s animated by Studio Rikka.

     

    Harmonie Plot

    Girl approaching boy about song

    Harmonie is centered on two students in a class of 34, one boy and one girl. The girl has a troubling past and had hoped to get by it and forget all about it, however, her plans were ruined by a single boy. One day, one of the girl’s friends changed the girl’s ringtone to a random song found on her phone. The phone rings during class, and a cutsey tune was played. The girl quickly turned off her phone, but not before the boy sitting next to her picked up on it. He played it on a piano app on his phone and she heard and rushed to him. Eventually, he gained access to the full song, and that was when he entered the girl’s “world.”

     

    Harmonie Characters

    Juri and Akio (Front two)

    There are two main characters in Harmonie, both with their own separate “world” in which they live in. The boy is named Akio Hanjou. His world consists of talking about the most recent anime with his two friends. The girl is named Juri Makina, and her world consists of strange dreams that lead to her having an appointment with a psychiatrist. Akio has always admired Juri from afar, so when she approached him about the song he happened to be playing, he was the happiest person of his life. After hearing the full song, their worlds collided and they had something in common, which is was Akio has always hoped for.

     

    Juri Makina’s World

    Pictures of Juri’s dream

    Juri Makina has a very interesting world. Her world involves a dream that she has every single night. In the dream, she hears a song being played, which is the same song Akio played on his phone. When she was young, she used to draw pictures of what happened during her dream. She would also play the song she hears during her dream on the piano. She ended up being called “strange” by her friends, classmates, parents, and other adults, which resulted in her having no friends. Once Akio had the same dream as her, she became extremely elated. She couldn’t express her happiness in the dreams occurring to someone other than her.

    Though Harmonie is extremely short, I would still recommend it. It’s one of those watches meant for when you’re bored and need something interesting to watch. The ending, as well, is something worth watching the thing for.

    Overall Score: 8/10


  • 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

     


  • 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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