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May 29, 2022
This is the first one that was really good, more what I was hoping for from the standalone movies. The first one that felt like more than just an extra-long episode. And the first one that looked a little better than the regular show as well. You can see the animation glow-up from having the extra budget to produce a movie. I really liked their use of movement in this. The fights were fluid and fun. The CG moments stood out but not in a way that was off-putting.

Race stories are always fun. The feel of adventure was present all the way through, from read more
May 3, 2022
I stumbled across this one on Hidive. When I came to check out its ratings and whatnot on here and realized that apparently no one else has said anything about it yet... I figured, what the hell? It's easily accessible and only 30 minutes long. Might as well check it out.

But I can't lie. It's pretty rough. I feel like it would be pretty impressive as, like, an amateur Youtube project or something. But it just can't stand alongside anything worked on professionally. Its visuals went from passable-- even sort of beautiful in certain places-- to butt ugly anytime a person had to be read more
Apr 19, 2022
I once described Whisper of the Heart as 'okay, just kind of boring.' Little did I know, Only Yesterday was eyeing me from the corner of the room thinking, "Pfft. You ain't seen nothing yet." Yay, farming.

In all seriousness though, I think this movie is a good example of how sometimes a movie isn't necessarily bad... it's just not interesting. And for some people a bad movie IS a boring one, but there's a lot I can appreciate about Only Yesterday. Everyone's cheeks looked a little off-putting when they smiled, but the artwork was beautiful overall. She grew up in a different culture and read more
Jan 30, 2022
I enjoyed this one. It was a little more of what I was hoping for from these standalone, mini adventure movies. It does start off with one of the things I complained about with the first two-- that it literally just throws you into the adventure the second the movie starts... (I just feel like it would flow a little bit better if they eased into it. Like, 30 seconds of just a scene of everyday life aboard the ship before Nami pulls out the map or something. That's all I'm asking.)

But this one was a lot more fun. And had a specific focus. read more
Dec 26, 2021
This one was okay but felt even more skippable than the last, to be honest. I'm not really a big fan of the kinds of movies that throw you right in with no set-up whatsoever. (I don't know, if I was able to steal a crew's ship that easily, I wouldn't have any great hope that they'd then be able to overthrow the tyrant rulers I was manipulating them towards... It would have been a bit more palatable if they'd caught Borodo in the act or something and then only ended up going to the island anyway because the bad guys succeeded in kidnapping Nami. read more
Nov 22, 2021
I've only recently started One Piece and decided to watch all the movies along with the anime-- as best to the place where they fit in as I can.

This first one was okay. Like, there was nothing about it that was really bad... But there was nothing impressive about it either. I wouldn't say the whole "personal connections/ambitions/whatever else is more valuable than material things" lesson was a bad moral to go with, necessarily. Interesting choice for an anime centered around pirates. But even that isn't super worth analyzing, because 20 episodes is still deep enough in for me to know by now that read more
Oct 5, 2021
Warning!! The end of the first episode contains one of those major twists that are best experienced blind. If you have no idea what you're getting into... All I can say is that it's a great show, and you should absolutely go experience at least that first episode for yourself before reading any reviews.

If you're still here...

I went into this one already knowing the twist that comes at the end of the first episode: that this series that's supposedly just a lighthearted slice of life romp with a bunch of cute girls who just love their school soooo much that they want to read more
Jul 8, 2021
Dragon Ball Super is really good as a nostalgia trip but a little weak as its own series. And I think the creators understood that. (If the number of flashbacks are anything to go by.) One of my favorite things about Super is how it brings back the older characters, some of whom hadn't really had a place in the fights or the story since original Dragon Ball.
And the music was actually a surprisingly high point, which isn't something I remember having real strong opinions about in DBZ.

So mostly, this series did right by the characters. Mostly. I've got a bone to pick with read more
Jun 9, 2020
I've been going around in mental circles for a while, trying to figure out how I wanted to do this review... Because the thing is... This IS a good season. It was just-- by a wide margin-- not my favorite season.

There were a lot of things it did well that just weren't for me. But I kind of knew that would be true as soon as I saw the trailers for it when it first came out all those years ago. Everyone kept telling me I would get used to the art style. I still hate it. It looks fine on all the new read more
Apr 24, 2020
As a whole, the Anohana movie is generally the type of anime movie I wouldn't bother with. A good half of it is dedicated just to recapping the anime. And the little story it shares of the Super Peace Busters getting together to remember their friend-- showcasing both that they have stayed together like they promised and that they're continuing to cope more healthily than they were in the series itself-- is a very feel-good little plot... It just feels a little unnecessary. (We even see a little more development from all the characters in regards to their various romances, but even those aren't brought read more