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Jun 8, 2015
Hinata no Aoshigure (Anime) add
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I had never even expected to watch this, but I sure am glad that I did. I remember watching a short trailer for this a number of years ago but ended up forgetting about it until just yesterday. This little gem is from Hiroyasu Ishida, the same creator of "Fumiko no Kokuhaku," and given his impressive list of works "Hinata no Aoshigure" is sure to live up to the fantastical, magical worlds he transports viewers to.

The story is quite simple. Our young protagonist Hinata is an elementary school student with quite the overactive imagination, is very skilled in drawing, and is incredibly socially awkward. read more
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Mar 21, 2015
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Anime) add
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"Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso," or "Your Lie in April" can be described in many ways. "Subtle" is not one of them. This series really, really, wants you to understand the deep, emotional struggles the characters face and aren't afraid to do so with extremely heavy-handed, poetic, lofty dialogue bordering on cheesiness. The characters talk and act like they are frustrated, middle aged theater actors who would seem more at place in the world of Shaft and "Monogatari" than a middle school. I'll even throw in the fact how remarkably fast characters physically grow. At 12 years the kid is about 3 feet tall, but read more
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May 17, 2014
Sakasama no Patema (Anime) add
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"Sakasama no Patema" is a gripping WWII drama set in 1944 Nazi Germany, detailing the struggles of a young German boy, Age (Eiji), hiding his Jewish friend, Patema, after the government declares that all people of Jewish descent must be "taken care of." Together, they traverse war-torn Germany to bring Patema home and along the way discover the truth of the government's persecution.


No, not really. That plot synopsis is pretty close though.

After falling into a pit that her village declared a danger zone, young Patema is plunged into a bizarre new world where everything is inverted. Suddenly, literally falling into the endless sky read more
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Apr 4, 2014
Nagi no Asukara (Anime) add
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Taking place in a society where humanity is very clearly divided between sea and land, "Nagi no Asukara" tells the story of a group of children from the sea who challenges the social order by attending school on the surface, making friends along the way and learning the truth behind the world. Centered primarily around Hikari Sakishima, the story dives into the connections between characters and unveiling the mysteries that inhabit the divided land. As the small circle of friends become exposed to the surface world, new challenges emerge and romance blooms, playing an integral part to the grander tale of acceptance and the inevitability read more
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Dec 25, 2013
Hal (Anime) add
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In the backdrop of a very slightly future world of helper robots and robot therapy a violent, fiery plane crash effectively ends the budding romantic lives of Hal and Kurumi. Left alone and without their significant other, Hal wakes up dazed and confused, programmed with a new mindset of a robot sent to comfort "his" former lover. Through their initially reluctant meetings and attempts to make Kurumi happy again, Hal finds something much more beautiful, and much more sad than what his initial purpose had programmed him for.

Using various things left behind in that small button shop Kurumi lives in as clues, Hal does read more
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Aug 20, 2013
Byousoku 5 Centimeter (Manga) add
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"...they say that it's 5 centimeters per second."
"What is?"
"The speed at which cherry blossoms fall.
It's 5 centimeters per second."

(This is a review of the novel that also makes comparisons to the film and manga versions. Think of it as my feelings for all 3 versions.)

I began reading the novelized version of "5 Centimeters per Second" in order to have a different experience of one of my most loved stories in anime. Having already watched the film numerous times and reading the manga once, I already had a rough expectation of what to feel while reading this story. This expectation, however, prepared me little read more
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Jul 1, 2013
Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku (Anime) add
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"It's 9 p.m. on Monday! Everyone assemble!!!"

"Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku" details the struggles of the Miyakawa sisters as they battle one of history's most famous, most heart wrenching social problems: poverty. Cruel, heartless poverty. The sisters Hinata and Hikage live a life filled with unflattering things, like tofu substituted meat, skim milk, skim milk, and convenience store dinners. This show is a glimpse at sections of their life, filling the viewers with a sense of overwhelming pity.

For Hikage, the younger sister, she is an endearing elementary school student who puts up with her sister's wasteful spending, using precious dollars on unneeded things like light read more
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Jun 28, 2013
Chihayafuru 2 (Anime) add
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"Impassioned gods have
never seen the red that is the
Tatsuta River."

-Poem 17 of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu

The poem now most well known to viewers of Chihayafuru was written by Ariwara no Narihira, detailing his unsuccessful relationship with Fujiwara no Takaiko. After falling madly in love with each other, the two would be lovers attempt to run away from the palace. Naturally, given the rather wispy and nostalgic tone of the poem, this attempt failed in a spectacular fashion. Despite this, Ariwara no Narihira became well respected much later on and was most likely the basis for the nameless hero of "The Tales read more
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Jun 27, 2013
Nerawareta Gakuen (Anime) add
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Communication and connection are important parts of human relationships that develop over time, and in an era of incredibly easy access to technology, it is easy to assume that these bonds can be formed at the click of a button. However, is it really so easy to impersonally call someone a friend from having their cell phone number or email address? Rather than speaking through the "mind," simply expressing your feelings through words and actions can be more effective than any kind of computer or cell phone can offer.

Blending elements of time travel, psychic awareness and philosophy, "Nerawareta Gakuen" (Psychic School Wars) focuses on read more
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May 31, 2013
Kotonoha no Niwa (Anime) add
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"Maybe it’s fitting…
A faint clap of thunder,
Clouded skies,
Perhaps rain will come?
If so, will you stay here with me?"

Makoto Shinkai's latest film, "Garden of Words" (Kotonoha no Niwa), tells the story of a boy captivated by the mysteriousness of a woman he meets on a rainy morning, meeting again and again during the rainy days, where they both enjoy musing about the lazy flow of time the rain seems to bring with it. Through a few short encounters, starting off as strangers and gradually opening up to friend and companion, they soon start to wish every morning was greeted by rainfall.

Primarily told through the eyes read more
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