Two lions

Oct. 14th, 2017 10:36 pm


3-gatsu no Lion Part 1 live-action movie! I don't know if a person who wasn't familiar with the manga or anime would find this as satisfying as someone who could fill in the blanks. The imdb rating of 6.9 suggests it was possibly ok to the average critic. Keishi Ohtomo who was the director of the Kenshin live-action movies and was also credited as a writer is responsible for this adaptation as well. He does do a great job squeezing the whole first season of the anime into a two hour movie; up until Shimada and Souya's match. The movie is well-cast and well-acted. ~8/10 rating~ for a darn decent adaptation. I look forward to the 2nd movie as well, but honestly prefer the anime.



3-gatsu no Lion S2 1! yes! another season of anime. Episode 1 finds Kiriyama hanging out after school with his science shogi bros. The episode was so colorful and fun.



Inuyashiki 1! wasn't exactly about what I read online before...probably an erroneous summary. Anyway, an underappreciated, aging father who has cancer is accidentally killed and brought back to life by aliens. His body is basically robocop now. He tries to use his powers for good. There was a young teen with him during the alien abduction. And I was hoping the dog got robo-ed, too.

Black Clover 2! Episode 2 shows us a flashback to when young Asta and crybaby Yuna decide that they will become rivals for the Magic King title. It's your mandatory shonen bromance. The opening theme showcases a lot of interesting-looking characters so it may be worth continuing.

Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World 2! The Colosseum story was two episodes in the older anime, but is one episode this time around. You do feel that the story is rushed, but I believe that Shizu and Riku show up in another story or two, and maybe this new series wants to get to the stories that were not animated this time around.

Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou 2! I think this tries to be too cute and too serious at the same time. Kino does it better. I'm sure the background story may be interesting, but I don't think these first couple episodes are worth it. Dropped.

Mahou tsukai no Yome 2! While I'm waiting for Chise's melancholy personality to evolve, the new characters are turning out to be cute and interesting.

Shoukoku no Altair 14! New theme songs and visuals in episode 14. It seems that the series is back to one speedy political maneuver per episode now. Mahmut attacks the empire through a trade deal rather than through a fight.

Ballroom e Youkoso 13-15! Tatara and Chinatsu reluctantly pair up together and Tatara tries to figure out how to lead a headstrong female. I'm a little sad Tatara leaves Sengoku's studio for Marisa, but it's nice that his education and development are shown in a realistic manner....though the jump into high level competitions seems fast.

Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou 15! Two pretty teachers and one troublesome student are introduced in episode 15. This isn't a really good show, but some filler fluff to watch during the week.

New stuff

Oct. 5th, 2017 04:33 pm


Black Clover 1! Young Naruto and Sasuke were left in an orphanage together in a world where everyone uses magic. Naruto grows up to become a loud mouth brat who dreams of becoming Wizard King despite not being able to use magic. Sasuke grows to become a cool, aloof, talented magic user. They reach the age where they are bestowed a grimoire/magic book. Sasuke gets the lucky four-leaf clover book. Naruto gets nothing...until his bff/rival, Sasuke, is in danger and he obtains the five-leaf black clover book. Because this is a shonen anime, it's pretty well-made and fast-paced. While the set-up is stupidly unoriginal, it's still entertaining. Consensus is correct...Asta's seiyuu is as annoyingly loud as Naruto's seiyuu was in the beginning of the series.



Juuni Taisen 1! Fighters representing the twelve zodiac animals fight to the death every 12 years. The first episode focuses on the boar. Because she wasn't very cute, her demise was fairly predictable. Zzzz....dropped.



Shoukoku no Altair 9-12! Heading towards a mid-series climax, Mahmut (Muhammed?) is ordered to overthrow the local sultans who side with the empire. He and his comrades are able to gain allies with those to have interests in Turkye's side. He finally gets a chance to show off his tactical skills in episode 12. I'm impressed that the sultan who was shot in the head had enough strength to go after his brother. When the show spends an extra episode or so on one part of the story, it makes the characters a little more interesting.

Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou 10-14! I'm not sure how many episodes this show is going for, but evil teacher arc seems like a major story despite that lack of actual danger. In episode 13, Yushi goes through some training to level up and in episode 14, new theme songs are added with new characters.



ReLIFE live-action jmovie! The concept was fresh with the anime, but doesn't carry over to the live-action movie. The pacing is much too slow. 27 year old unemployed Kaizaki gets a chance to relive high school by taking part in an experiment that de-ages him. ~6/10 rating~ Less humor, less cute, and slow pacing makes watching this painful.
Looking for a good kdrama or jdrama to watch...I think I've watched so many that the new ones look so bland.

Anyway, finishing up some anime...


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Owarimonogatari S2 1-3! resolves the open story items up to this point; Araragi's death in Koyomimonogatari, Hachikuji who ended up in hell, Oshino Ougi's identity, and Hanekawa's search for Oshino Meme. This actually seems like a good end to the series as the season ends with Araragi accepting his weaknesses/dark side and graduating high school. It's pretty impressive that the novels go on to his university and young adult years. So after ten years, the anime has only gone through about half the author's intended novels. The narration, wordy conversations and fanservice get a little tedious, but at the core, the characters are interesting. I'm also fond of the stylized backgrounds. It'll be interesting to see how they can keep the series fresh going forward. ~7/10 rating~ the date with Senjougahara was cute. The wiki page is helpful since the jump in timelines and the wait-time between each season makes following all the details confusing.

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Kizumonogatari Tekketsu, Nekketsu and Reiketsu movies! Finally got around to watching these. These are basically prequels to the whole Monogatari series. It tells the story of how Araragi saves a vampire, Kiss-shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade, who later becomes Shinobu, and how he gets his vampire powers. The movie takes the stylish sets, gore and pervertness of the tv series and ramps it up even further. There's more action as there are three vampire hunters who try to kill Kiss-shot and Araragi. I usually find Hanekawa pretty uninteresting eye-candy only existing for the male audience, so her overwhelming presence in these movies was fairly annoying. ~8/10 rating~ for an overall decent prequel trilogy...the action scenes were probably a 9; plenty of blood splashing for all.

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Goblin 1-16! the end. kdrama. Sponsored by Subway..the characters love their Subway sandwiches. This is an interesting drama that thrives on the cute interaction between the male characters. A successful military general, Kim Shin, is killed by his king out of jealousy, and becomes an immortal 'goblin' (not sure why 'goblin' is used. He's not that ugly.) He can only die blah blah when he meets his bride. The romance between the goblin and high school student is not as tearful as the bromance between the goblin and grim reaper. Their conversations are amusing and more sweet than the tsundere between him and the female lead. Episode 10's New Year's humor was so cute. There are a lot of small twists and minor plots that are paced steadily through the show, but one of the largest secrets, the identity of grim reaper, is fairly obvious early on. Despite the predictability, the show was consistently enjoyable. The show doesn't have any awful tangents like love triangles or interfering evil parents, and focuses on the two main couples. ~9/10 rating~ for a totally rewatchable drama. My only gripe is that the goblin keeps meeting his bride when she is a high school girl; Gong Yoo is getting a little too old to be paired up with someone playing a character that young. Random tangent...I'm pretty sure the characters wear at least 5 different stylish winter coats each per episode.

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Nounai Poison Berry live-action jmovie! is based on the 2009 manga by Setona Mizushiro. It resembles the 2015 Disney movie Inside Out, but it's not a kid's movie. A 30 year old female author, Ichiko Sakurai, has a spontaneous fling with a younger man which leads to an up and down relationship. Inside her head is a council of five personalities; optimism, pessimism, a person who lives in the past, a person who lives in the present and a chairman who leads the group in making decisions. There's also another personality that overrides the others and makes impulsive decisions. The people in her head make an otherwise bland movie interesting. *spoilers* as implied by the title and possibly by knowing the mangaka's writing style, the end is rather bittersweet. Sakurai concludes that the relationship is bad for her and she breaks up with the guy. I don't think the manga had a very good following online, so I'm not sure if the movie follows the manga accurately or not. ~7/10 rating~ for a decent movie.
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Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku jmovie! starts out with Chihaya and Taichi going to see Arata to find out why he quit karuta. Taichi is an awesome, nice guy. I do enjoy hopelessly rooting him on. The movie follows Chihaya as she obsesses over the queen, and the inevitable match. Shinobu appears more likable in the movie versus the anime. ~9/10 rating~ for highly engaging movie about a card game I have no desire to play. And for near-perfect casting. There will be another movie next year. The manga is still incomplete, so I look forward to more.

Ie Uru Onna 1-10! the end. This jdrama is a fun, episodic show about a female real estate agent, Machi Sangenya, who can sell any home. Her robotic and over-the-top, go-getter personality makes her appear cold to her coworkers, but she consistently helps her clients buy and sell homes. ~7/10 rating~ for a light-hearted drama with quirky characters. Yeah, I'm never going to afford a house in Tokyo.

Chef: Mitsuboshi no Kyushoku 1-3! jdrama. is about an arrogant, 3-star, female chef who is fired after the restaurant owner frames her for food poisoning. She isn't able to find a new job until a reality tv producer asks her to make school lunch more appetizing for children. It's fun to see the different challenges she faces as she deals with her pride, the school restrictions, and the children.
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Fune wo Amu 1-2! Proof that Japan will give a decent budget to create anime out of any subject matter. The story starts with a dictionary editor who is trying to find his replacement after he takes an early retirement to care for his wife. He finds a promising candidate in a bland, book-loving salesman, Mitsuya Majime. The opening made me think of Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, a BL anime, but it isn't BL. A little annoyed that it is on Amazon Prime UK but not Amazon Prime US...c'mon, what's the hold-up? This is based on a novel and was an award-winning live-action movie in 2013 in Japan. It was a little hard to find the movie online, but of course, I found and watched it...

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Fune wo Amu jmovie! stars Ryuuhei Matsuda, Aoi Miyazaki and Joe Odagiri (others too, but those three are the most recognizable actors). The movie is a little slow and lacks the visual prettiness of the anime, but there's something very innately Japanese about the care and dedication in which the characters produce the dictionary. ~6/10 rating~ for quiet, unassuming storytelling. (yes, mildly boring).
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The Handmaiden kmovie! I thought this was a horror movie from the initial trailer, but it was more of a dark romance (erotic, psychological thriller says wiki, but don't read wiki because it's based on a book and wiki gives away much of the interesting plot points). Park Chan-wook is the director who is known for his movies, Snowpiercer and Oldboy. This has the same beautiful cinematography and unusual story elements as his prior works. A young woman helps a con artist woo a rich woman out of her inheritance while posing as her maid. Things don't go as planned as love and betrayal come into play. I thought the end was lovely. Warnings for mildly explicit lesbian sex scenes. ~8/10 rating~ for the lush visuals and original storytelling.

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Boku Dake ga Inai Machi jmovie! (Erased) is the movie version of the manga that was also an anime series last year. So slimming down an 8 volume manga to 12 episode anime cut a little of the story's detail out, and slimming it down further to a 2 hour movie cuts even more out. The movie focuses on Satoru trying to figure out who is kidnapping and killing young girls in the past to prevent his mother's murder in the future. The anime was excellent at ending each episode at a cliffhanger. Much of that thrill is lost in the movie. The movie takes a different route at the end, and it pretty much pegs Satoru as a moron for confronting a killer on his own twice. ~5/10 rating~ not for changing the ending, but changing it so badly that you wonder why there are 18 years worth of murders unchanged by the time travel. It's terrible, so don't watch this.

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Attack on Titan (and the End of the World) jmovies! are two movies based on the manga of the same name. While the anime followed the manga fairly closely, these live-action movies had to do some creative writing to get an incomplete story into the two movies. The first movie speeds through the re-introduction of the Titans to the walled country after 100 years of peace. It concludes with Eren being eaten and re-emerging as a Titan. The movie creates unnecessary conflict between Eren and Mikasa when Eren unintentionally leaves Mikasa behind during the first attack. After training, Eren meets Mikasa again only to find out that she blames him for what happened to her. The second movie starts with the military being suspicious of Eren. Another Titan saves him from the trial. We find that Shikishima (original movie character), an elite military figure, is also a Titan and wants to use the last remaning bomb to destroy the inner walls to see what the higher class people are hiding. Eren and his comrades oppose him and want to close the hole in the outer wall to protect the people. There were many plot points left hanging, so maybe they are planning another movie? The CGI and aerial footage were better than expected, but not great. ~6/10 rating~ warnings for excessive blood splatterings and weak story. Only watch this for the novelty.

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Chihayafuru: Kami no Ku jmovie! the first of two movies based on the manga of the same name. The actors are perfectly cast in their roles, and their personalities and relationships are preserved. The production is lovely, too. This first movie covers the creation of the karuta club and the local tournament. ~9/10 rating~ The humor and tension from the original story translate well into the live-action film. Looking forward to the 2nd movie.
Summer's almost gone. Here are some live-action dramas and movies I've recently watched.

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Kiki's Delivery Service live-action jmovie! pretty much follows the same plot as the Ghibli movie. Can't say that seeing it the 2nd time around with real actors elevates the story in any particular way. The special effects were not too flashy, and adhered to what they needed to be. Unfortunately, Jiji the cat looked a little fake at times. I much prefer the magical nature of 2D animation. ~6/10 rating~ for a rather unnecessary remake.

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Ore Monogatari!! live-action jmovie! is based on the manga of the same name which was also an anime series last year. The live-action version is pretty enjoyable. The actor who plays Takeo doesn't have the extreme height advantage over the other characters, but he does play the part of the clueless, scary teddy bear quite well. The actor who plays Suna plays the aloof, pretty-boy, best friend well, but really, any pretty boy actor could play that part. The movie mainly focuses on the misunderstanding between Yamato and Takeo. And with a little push from Suna, there's a happy ending. ~7/10 rating~ This was sweet and silly. Thankfully, the actress playing Yamato did not have the irritatingly high anime voice.

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My Love from Another Star 1-21! kdrama. the end. This show made the front-ish page of reddit, so I ended up seeing what the hype was about. IMO, it was good background noise. This is about an alien who gets stuck on earth for 400 years. Right before he has a chance to go back to his home planet, he falls for an arrogant, but lonely actress who moves in next door. I really wanted this to get better that more I watched, but I never really got attached. I did get distracted by staring at Do Min-Joon's face (played by Kim Soo-hyun) and wondering if he had collagen injections (my conclusion is yes). Pretty sure Cheon Song-ji (played by Jun Ji-hyun) had some facial work done, too. HD is not kind to aging Korean actors. Anyway, the show is fairly predictable. There are evil parents, an evil sibling, evil coworkers, and the super-nice, third wheel guy who will never get the girl. I was able to make it through by skipping the dull moments and being entertained by the occasional humorous parts. ~6/10 rating~ The show never delved too deeply into the sci-fi aspects of the story. His powers were used when convenient, and didn't work when convenient for angsty dramatic situations. And how is the relationship supposed to work if he is mostly immortal and she is aging. And they can't kiss without him getting sick? While some of the romance was definitely cute, I don't think I was ever convinced of the couple's supposed chemistry.

And on-going shows...

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Scarlet Heart: Ryeo 1-3! kdrama. So Lee Jun Ki in another period piece lured me in despite my inability to completely watch most of his prior shows. The first few episodes have quite a lot of cheeseball acting, but this quite typical of a show that boasts more than 2 pretty-boy leads...supposedly 14 pretty 'princes' in this show..or is it just 7? Anyway, IU plays a damsel in distress who drowns in present day korea and travels back in time to the Goryeo dynasty. You have your token evil queen and evil son with evil plots. There are a bunch of other princes who have yet to distinguish themselves from one another. An angst-ridden, outcast prince, aka Jun-ki's character, and an overly nice prince, can't-remember-his-name-but-the-actor-always-plays-third-wheel-characters, are the two who vie for IU's attention. The action scenes are ok and the story doesn't lag, so I may be able to stick with this for the duration. The actors are fun eye-candy...

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Moonlight Drawn by Clouds 1-4! kdrama. This drama is up against Scarlet Heart. It's also a historical drama, but a comedy rather than drama. A young woman is living as a male fortune teller trying to pay off family debt. While it is not a totally original set-up, it gets stranger from there. She gets sold off to the palace eunuchs to pay off the debts. She actually gets the penis-cutter drunk enough to think he did the deed and she manages to pass inspection. She runs into the prince (whom she doesn't identify), and in typical kdrama fashion, they initially hate each other. It'll be fun to see how they fall in love while he thinks she is a eunuch. The absurdity and silliness of this show is refreshing. Hopefully, the story doesn't get caught up in the political blahs and sticks with the comedy. In all likelihood, because this is a historical drama that sort of follows old-fashioned conventions, the two leads won't really end up together, but somehow remain friends. There's no way a eunuch could end up together with the prince.
Lengthy anime post ahead...

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Apparently this studio is experimenting with an anime app and released the whole season at once a la Netflix-style. It'll be interesting if this release model pans out for them..I think the anime pirates like it.
ReLIFE 1-13! the end. Initially thought that this would be a time-travel anime, but it's more of a science experiment that turns a young, jaded adult, Kaizaki Arata, from a 27 year old adult into a 17 year old high school student. He will redo a year in high school, but in his current time period. His appearance is the only thing that changed which becomes apparent when he comedically struggles in gym class. It's a cute anime with some comedy and shoujo-esque drama. The minamalistic background piano music is pretty fun to listen to. I also thought it was a nice nostalgic touch that every episode ended with a jpop song that would have been popular 10 years ago. ~8/10 rating The show spent a bit of time on Kariu's problems which slowed the pace down, and there was a drop in production quality. As a warning, the anime just ends after everyone becomes friendly. I guess viewers can read the manga to see what happens to Arata. Anyway, it was a cute shoujo anime.

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Orange 1! a group of high school friends get letters from their future selves telling them something in regards to a new transfer student. Girl falls in love with boy within the first episode...cue the eye roll. The show already reveals that Kakeru isn't with the group of friends in the future and that his (we can predict) death is preventable. Dropped because well, I spoiled myself below...

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Orange jmovie! saw that this was made into a live-action movie last year, and decided to check it out. As the anime hinted, the main female character, Naho, is a bit of a wimp. Even with a letter from her future self with a list of regrets and telling her what to do to save Kakeru, she stumbles with the letter. As a side note, a class in time travel and parallel worlds would have been awesome in high school. ~6/10 rating~ for a fairly predictable, sweet shoujo story. The movie was about 30 minutes too slow, but well-cast. Apparently giving your past self a note with a list of regrets doesn't help when your past self is a moron most of the time. She could have made the movie last 5 minutes if she pointed out that regret #1 was the most important step. It was predictable that the group was going to save Kakeru at the very last possible moment.

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Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan 1-15! is a funny 4 minute show airing during the week and then compiled on Sunday. Episodes 1-2 introduce us to Kusuo Saiki, a young high school boy with psychic, telepathy, telekinesis powers and his laid-back, kooky parents. Episodes 3 and on introduce us to his classmates and other people who are unaware of his powers.

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Mob Psycho 100 1-3! is another anime about a young high school boy with strong psychic powers. It is implied that he will explode or go 100% psycho one day. Unlike Saiki, Mob doesn't know how powerful he is. He is taken advantage of by a young adult who runs a exorcism business. His boss pretends to have powers and pretends to be teaching Mob. This anime has a fairly unique animation style that is very raw in its drawings. The mangaka is ONE who also wrote One Punch Man, so the humor is fairly fun to watch. By watching Mob and Saiki, you can see how two authors approach the same type of main character differently, but still humorously.

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Fukigen na Mononokean 1-2! also not on my list but looked cute. A young boy, Ashiya, starts high school by finding a fluffy animal on the side of the road that seems to suck out his energy to the point where he is missing days of school. He sees an ad for an exorcist, Abeno, who is hiring and calls him for an exorcism. The exorcist in a fashion similar to xxxHOLiC coerces the student into working for him. Episode 2 emphasized the fact thtat the Abeno prefers to work for money while the Ashiya has a soft heart. It's not quite that fun, so dropped.

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Servamp 1! is about a young, motherless boy (story didn't say anything about the father), who grows up to be good at everything. His classmates tend to pawn off school projects on him since he feels it's 'simpler' to do them on his own. He picks up a cat on the street who turns out to be a vampire. Another vampire attacks, the boy and cat form a 'servamp' contract. I think I would have liked this when I was 12. Dropped.

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91 Days 1-3! Ah ha, a mafia story. A young boy witnesses the murder of his parents and younger brother and years later, seeks revenge during the Prohibition era. Style and characters remniscent of Baccano, but there's no humor.

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Tales of Zestiria the X 0-3! Not on my initial list but I'm a sucker for big budget anime shows and ufotable's production. There's a sword in a stone, 'LadyLake', mysterious mist, a badass-looking dragon, a badass princess, swords and guns. The prologue episode with Princess Alisha won me over.. Episode 1 introduces the main character, Sorey, and his seraph friend, Mikeo, who explore old architecture and find the princess who wanders in after the dragon destroys her comrades and the nearby town. Not sure what's going on and not really interested in the rpg game, but it's very Final Fantasy-like, and still very well-made. The last 'Tales of' series was decent, and this looks pretty good. The original game opening has a catchy rockin' opening by Superfly. The anime has a decent opening by Flow, but the original is more badass.

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Arslan Senki: Fuujin Ranbu 1-4! continues that tale of Arslan. Gieve and the man in the silver mask hunt down a legendary sword that belongs to the true king, but a group from the evil Church steal it away. Arslan and his army win another battle, but in episode 2, the king, Arslan's 'father', is able to escape on his own and tracks Arslan down. He orders him to raise an army of 50k which is supposedly a banishment. No worries as Arslan's friends decide to help him. This really needs a bigger budget.

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Bananya 1! is a 3-minute show. The banana cat bounces around looking cute.

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Magi: Sinbad no Bouken 9-13! the end of this season. In episode 9, Sinbad and his crew are trying to trade with a country that has precious metals. After technically defeating the king who also has a dungeon weapon, Sinbad gains another companion in the form of the king's enthusiastic son. Episode 11 starts their adventure in a country run by women. He is also able to draw up an alliance with them. Thus, the season ends with Sinbad trading with three elusive countries, and gaining a good number of new companions. ~7/10 rating for a good-natured adventure anime.
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Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends jmovie! The version I saw had some questionable subtitles, so really hope the subs were not from the official blu-ray/dvd release. Anyway, the movie concludes Shishio's arc and his demise. As with the other movies, the featured sword fights were pretty cool. You don't get the technical commentary as you do in the manga and anime, but occasionally, they'll mention the particular skill...or if you are a fan, you may recognize the technique...haha. I was slightly disappointed by the final showdown with Kenshin and Shishio since it was more of a tag-team effort rather than Kenshin being all awesome himself. It was nonetheless fun to watch. I was impressed by the athleticism of Soujirou and Kenshin especially; stuntmen? cgi?. There was a lot of low ground work and running on the walls. Did anyone else question the final scene....everyone arrives on shore half-dead with obvious life-threatening injuries, and NONE of the police give them a hand...or run to get a doctor? Overall, I was surpisingly happy with the three movies. The main cast grew on me and the production was exciting. It's nice to see that anime-to-live action movies can stay faithful to the original source, and does not have to look too cartoonish. ~8/10 rating~ for this movie.

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Tomorrow's Cantabile kdrama 1-4! is the Korean live-action drama version of the manga, Nodame Cantabile. Yoo Jin (Chiaki), a young music piano student dreams of becoming the conductor of an orchestra. He is arrogant and supposedly handsome (hmmm...not a cute as Tamaki Hiroshi). Nae Il (Nodame) is a free-spirited piano student who has a part-time job playing for kids (not as quirky as Ueno Juri...no 'gyabo's!'). This version doesn't stray too much from the original, but this drama makes me miss the jdrama a lot. The jdrama really captured the manga quite perfectly. The kdrama is a pretty good imitation of it, too. It doesn't throw in the cute over-the-top comedy that the jdrama did. Because it is a kdrama, there is more time-filler scenes with the adult professors. The kdrama does retain the key, cute scenes like when Yoo Jin washes Nae-Il's hair because it stinks so much. I'm inclined to just go and re-watch the jdrama since the kdrama doesn't really bring anything new to the story. If you watch the jdrama and kdrama side-by-side, the jdrama paces itself better and ends the episode on better cliffhangers. I think kdrama fans will still like this version. As always I enjoy the kdrama's choice of modern architecture.
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Gin no Saji (Silver Spoon) live-action jmovie! based on the manga by Hiromu Arakawa. A young, aimless boy, Yuugo Hachiken, enrolls in an agricultural high school to get away from his parents. Compared to Hagaren, this is a quiet story from Hiromu Arakawa that aims to teach as well as show the growth of the young characters. Hachiken stumbles along as he learns about the farm life and its industry and about making friends. The manga's story and characters kinda put me to sleep, but it does less so in the live-action movie. It does well to teach the viewer about the hardships of farm life and where food comes from. The movie doesn't really have any highs and lows, but intermingles small conflicts such as Hachiken's disapproving parents, Mikage's horse competition and Komaba's loss of his family's farm. Everything is showcased without too much drama. The movie equally shows the viewer of the cuteness of animals and the deliciousness of them. I do recall that the manga characters loved to eat meat. Because the school teaches humane practices, there is no turn-off toward eating what they raise. 7/10 rating~ for cute baby pig and delicious-looking bacon.

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Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) live-action jmovie! is an alternative presentation of the manga of the same name. I was disappointed to hear that the main character of Ciel was being replaced by a female character, but the movie is actually not that bad. It is set in modern times, but still retains some of the old fashioned Victorian style. Genpo Shiori is the young woman who runs the Funtom Corporation as a male after her parents are killed. She continues her family's tradition as the Queen's watchdog. Her situation mimic's Ciel; dead parents, revenge-time, contract with Sebastian...and the plot of the movie also resembles the first manga story arc with big hollywood-style plot changes. I enjoyed Sebastian and Rin (the maid)'s fight scenes. The choreography was fun especially with Sebastian's dinner knife. There are some typical bad guy faux pas's in the movie like how long they wait to kill Shiori...answer, just long enough for Sebastian to show up. This weakness didn't detract too much from the entertainment value. 8/10 rating~ for a live-action movie that retained the manga's black humor, snarky dialogue, horror-elements and mystery. Warning: the movie did leave the end open to a sequel.

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Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno live-action jmovie! is the first part of the manga's Shishio story arc. The first movie was not as bad as I thought it might have been and this is also not that bad. There's plenty of fun swordplay to watch and the cast is pretty good. I do enjoy laughing at Shinomori Aoshi again. The only thing that does not translate well into the live-action movie is the manga/anime's humor. Kenshin's 'oro's just don't work without the SD faces. As the title suggests, the movie climaxes at the Kyoto fire plot and the gathering of Shishio's 'swords'. I look forward to the conclusion. 8/10 rating~ for that scene with Aoshi...hahaha.
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Gin no Saji (Silver Spoon) live-action jmovie! based on the manga by Hiromu Arakawa. A young, aimless boy, Yuugo Hachiken, enrolls in an agricultural high school to get away from his parents. Compared to Hagaren, this is a quiet story from Hiromu Arakawa that aims to teach as well as show the growth of the young characters. Hachiken stumbles along as he learns about the farm life and its industry and about making friends. The manga's story and characters kinda put me to sleep, but it does less so in the live-action movie. It does well to teach the viewer about the hardships of farm life and where food comes from. The movie doesn't really have any highs and lows, but intermingles small conflicts such as Hachiken's disapproving parents, Mikage's horse competition and Komaba's loss of his family's farm. Everything is showcased without too much drama. The movie equally shows the viewer of the cuteness of animals and the deliciousness of them. I do recall that the manga characters loved to eat meat. Because the school teaches humane practices, there is no turn-off toward eating what they raise. 7/10 rating~ for cute baby pig and delicious-looking bacon.

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Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) live-action jmovie! is an alternative presentation of the manga of the same name. I was disappointed to hear that the main character of Ciel was being replaced by a female character, but the movie is actually not that bad. It is set in modern times, but still retains some of the old fashioned Victorian style. Genpo Shiori is the young woman who runs the Funtom Corporation as a male after her parents are killed. She continues her family's tradition as the Queen's watchdog. Her situation mimic's Ciel; dead parents, revenge-time, contract with Sebastian...and the plot of the movie also resembles the first manga story arc with big hollywood-style plot changes. I enjoyed Sebastian and Rin (the maid)'s fight scenes. The choreography was fun especially with Sebastian's dinner knife. There are some typical bad guy faux pas's in the movie like how long they wait to kill Shiori...answer, just long enough for Sebastian to show up. This weakness didn't detract too much from the entertainment value. 8/10 rating~ for a live-action movie that retained the manga's black humor, snarky dialogue, horror-elements and mystery. Warning: the movie did leave the end open to a sequel.

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Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno live-action jmovie! is the first part of the manga's Shishio story arc. The first movie was not as bad as I thought it might have been and this is also not that bad. There's plenty of fun swordplay to watch and the cast is pretty good. I do enjoy laughing at Shinomori Aoshi again. The only thing that does not translate well into the live-action movie is the manga/anime's humor. Kenshin's 'oro's just don't work without the SD faces. As the title suggests, the movie climaxes at the Kyoto fire plot and the gathering of Shishio's 'swords'. I look forward to the conclusion. 8/10 rating~ for that scene with Aoshi...hahaha.
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Shingeki no Kyojin 10-11! Armin finally stops being a wimp...The commander decides to use Eren's power to take control of Trost. I am still impressed by the way they animate the movement through the city.

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Chihayafuru S2 22-23! An injured Chihaya naturally loses quickly to Shinobu, so the final game is Shinobu vs. Arata. 23 is about Taichi who actually shines through...for Chihaya's sake. Hope they show a little of Arata's game in the last episode...it'd be nice to see his personality.

Hunter x Hunter 2013 83-84! Gon, Killua and Kite continue to kill their way to the Queen. The other HxH arcs were more fun because the characters were having fun or they encountered fun companions, but so far, nobody is having a good time. While the ant arc is interesting in its own right, it's also a shame to see Gon slowly losing his innocence. The poor Hunter who did not die earlier gets his brain scrambled and tells the Ant Chimera, Pitou, all about Nen.

Kotonoha no Niwa (Garden of Words) jmovie! the newest work from Makoto Shinkai is about a young boy who skips school on rainy days to work sketch shoe designs in a local park. He meets a young woman who likewise skips work on rainy days. They bond during those rainy days. It's a tender unrequited love story. As with Shinkai's previous works, the animation is rich with color and detail. ~7/10 rating

Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo jmovie! It's been 14 years since the events in the 2nd movie and Shinji wakes up to the rest of the world 14 years older than him. Misato now leads a group against the Evas and NERV. There isn't enough logic in this universe that can accurately explain what actually goes on. Most of the character just react on emotion. They really need to fill Shinji (and the audience) in on what is going on. Anyway, Shinji plus Kaworu almost trigger a 4th impact. This movie had pretty entertaining visuals like the previous movie, but storywise, this movie wasn't as entertaining as the previous. ~7/10 rating

Man of Steel movie! I enjoyed the epic movie with the epic music and epic-ally hot actor. The dialogue was lacking, but forgivable. The style of storytelling was refreshing.
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Shingeki no Kyojin 10-11! Armin finally stops being a wimp...The commander decides to use Eren's power to take control of Trost. I am still impressed by the way they animate the movement through the city.

 photo chs223.jpg


Chihayafuru S2 22-23! An injured Chihaya naturally loses quickly to Shinobu, so the final game is Shinobu vs. Arata. 23 is about Taichi who actually shines through...for Chihaya's sake. Hope they show a little of Arata's game in the last episode...it'd be nice to see his personality.

Hunter x Hunter 2013 83-84! Gon, Killua and Kite continue to kill their way to the Queen. The other HxH arcs were more fun because the characters were having fun or they encountered fun companions, but so far, nobody is having a good time. While the ant arc is interesting in its own right, it's also a shame to see Gon slowly losing his innocence. The poor Hunter who did not die earlier gets his brain scrambled and tells the Ant Chimera, Pitou, all about Nen.

Kotonoha no Niwa (Garden of Words) jmovie! the newest work from Makoto Shinkai is about a young boy who skips school on rainy days to work sketch shoe designs in a local park. He meets a young woman who likewise skips work on rainy days. They bond during those rainy days. It's a tender unrequited love story. As with Shinkai's previous works, the animation is rich with color and detail. ~7/10 rating

Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo jmovie! It's been 14 years since the events in the 2nd movie and Shinji wakes up to the rest of the world 14 years older than him. Misato now leads a group against the Evas and NERV. There isn't enough logic in this universe that can accurately explain what actually goes on. Most of the character just react on emotion. They really need to fill Shinji (and the audience) in on what is going on. Anyway, Shinji plus Kaworu almost trigger a 4th impact. This movie had pretty entertaining visuals like the previous movie, but storywise, this movie wasn't as entertaining as the previous. ~7/10 rating

Man of Steel movie! I enjoyed the epic movie with the epic music and epic-ally hot actor. The dialogue was lacking, but forgivable. The style of storytelling was refreshing.


Hentai Kamen trailer....oh Japan.


Hentai Kamen trailer....oh Japan.
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Berserk - Golden Age Chapter II - The Capture of Doldrey jmovie! picks up where the first left off as the Band of Hawks continue their string of victories for the king; a big victory at Doldrey as the title suggests. Guts saves Casca which makes them friendlier towards each other. Unfortunately, after the king knights them all for deeds well done, Guts decides that it is time to move on despite Griffith's claim on him. Griffith in the manner of all bad bromance break ups, sleeps with the princess...while thinking of Guts...yeah, that kind of bromance. Anyway, there was a peephole in the princess's door. The king is informed, captures and tortures Griffith. The Band is gathered in a field to be slaughtered. The second movie continues to be filled with flying body parts and animated nudity. The CGI was a tad clumsy at times, but overall, the story is still oddly intriguing. I'm still waiting for the supernatural parts of the story to come to light..guessing that the third/last movie might venture into some of that judging by the trailer.

...alright, enough posting today.
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Berserk - Golden Age Chapter II - The Capture of Doldrey jmovie! picks up where the first left off as the Band of Hawks continue their string of victories for the king; a big victory at Doldrey as the title suggests. Guts saves Casca which makes them friendlier towards each other. Unfortunately, after the king knights them all for deeds well done, Guts decides that it is time to move on despite Griffith's claim on him. Griffith in the manner of all bad bromance break ups, sleeps with the princess...while thinking of Guts...yeah, that kind of bromance. Anyway, there was a peephole in the princess's door. The king is informed, captures and tortures Griffith. The Band is gathered in a field to be slaughtered. The second movie continues to be filled with flying body parts and animated nudity. The CGI was a tad clumsy at times, but overall, the story is still oddly intriguing. I'm still waiting for the supernatural parts of the story to come to light..guessing that the third/last movie might venture into some of that judging by the trailer.

...alright, enough posting today.

Hostub!

Jan. 28th, 2013 09:50 pm
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Ouran Host Club live-action movie 2012! was as mah-velously corny as the tv drama. When Haruhi realizes her feelings for Tamaki and has the daydream? Hilarious. The movie is basically a spin on the last anime arc. I haven't really read any substantial part of the manga other than the last few chapters, but I'm pretty sure this story is a stand-alone. The movie takes place during a school festival where there is a contest between the school clubs in which the winner gets the main salon as their club room. The competition between the host club and the American football club heats up; yes, the football club is quite moronic. A young ojou-san is a guest at the school and makes moves on Tamaki...blah, blah. Her brother is played by the ever-talented 2PM's Nickun...(he's kinda terrible at acting). ~7/10 rating~ There was nothing extraordinary about the production beyond what was seen in the tv drama, so in terms of visuals, it was a little of a let-down. Even so, it was still enjoyable.

Hostub!

Jan. 28th, 2013 09:50 pm
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Ouran Host Club live-action movie 2012! was as mah-velously corny as the tv drama. When Haruhi realizes her feelings for Tamaki and has the daydream? Hilarious. The movie is basically a spin on the last anime arc. I haven't really read any substantial part of the manga other than the last few chapters, but I'm pretty sure this story is a stand-alone. The movie takes place during a school festival where there is a contest between the school clubs in which the winner gets the main salon as their club room. The competition between the host club and the American football club heats up; yes, the football club is quite moronic. A young ojou-san is a guest at the school and makes moves on Tamaki...blah, blah. Her brother is played by the ever-talented 2PM's Nickun...(he's kinda terrible at acting). ~7/10 rating~ There was nothing extraordinary about the production beyond what was seen in the tv drama, so in terms of visuals, it was a little of a let-down. Even so, it was still enjoyable.

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