Saw this at a recent animation festival. Was not disappointed.
I will mention right of the bat that this movie isn't perfect. The occasional use of 3D character models compared to the traditional medium that is mostly used makes some scenes stick out like a sore thumb. For what it was, it perhaps could have been briefer too, and voice acting, though not a lot of it, is sometimes over the top in the wrong places. As a prime example of this, all the character breathe and gasp really loudly and much too often. It's more of a personal gripe, but I do think it detracted
May 16, 2023
I've held a semi-deep interest in space, science fiction, robots, and mecha for many years, but have never quite dived into any mecha titles. With how popular this title has been lately, I figured I might as well give it a chance. Words alone can hardly describe the 'everything' of things this show gave me, whereas I expected - or rather, merely hoped, I would get a few cool robot battles out of it. I humbly and happily admit I was proved wrong, and all my initial thoughts about what this show might be like had quickly been pummeled into the ground.
The wonderful thing that ...
May 30, 2022
Ok, look, hear me out.
I don't really usually review stuff like this but as I read, I really couldn't help thinking just how different this thing is from all the others of this type I've tried to read. It's supposedly a 'boys' love' genre but frankly it goes just enough beyond that, that I'm hesitant to put in in that category; firstly because it involves no typical 'boys' one would encounter in manga like this, and additionally, why not simply call it a romance, since it fits that category so much better? But I'm getting subjective, so let's move on.
To put it simply and without ...
May 19, 2022
Animation seems to be somewhat of a complex topic for fans of animated media, either that of Western or Eastern origin. Some would argue that the point of animation is to look prettier than real life, some to do what real life can't. Some I've even heard say they can't appreciate animation if any and every frame of it doesn't look like a wallpaper, which just so happens to be the dumbest thing I've ever heard someone say about an animated piece of art.
I would argue that none of these statement are entirely, or at all, correct. In my humble opinion, animation is about ...
May 12, 2022
Bubble is a mess of a movie that tries to portray the chaotic magic of its brief music video in a movie-long format any boy, does it show.
There is plenty going on in Bubble and all of it is, most importantly of all apparently, an absolute eye candy. A world sunken into an odd, bubble induced apocalypse makes for unique and colorful scenes, the parkour subplot turns the impressive feats of athleticism into an absolutely stunning feats of animation, and the character design is creative, unique and colorful - some might even say, 'bubbly'. (Ha.)
But there is also that part where the whole story ...
Apr 21, 2022
Season Three is disappointing, which is more than I can say for season two - an almost insultingly boring experience - but still, disappointing.
Mind you, Season Three had a pretty good thing going because al it had to do was reveal everything to us, and as such, it had a lot of genuinely interesting plot points to solve. And for the most part, it did great!
... And then the plot simply ends.
... That's quite literally it. It ends! The very last episode doesn't really explains as much as it glosses over where our characters might go. Doesn't ask deeper question about what might be, ...
Apr 21, 2022
Fruits Basket Season Two can brag itself to be one of the worst anime I have ever seen, which is not a small thing. In direct comparison, the first season, which I thought comfortably average, seems almost like a masterpiece - there is an actual plot, and actual characters, and actual investment you get from watching the first season play out.
Alas; Season Two decided to take a step away from all that ‘actual plot that makes me want to watch more’ and instead takes us on a metaphorical twenty-something-episode school trip through absolutely unnecessary points of… of something I can’t quite call plot, because it ...
Apr 21, 2022
Welcome to the three-part trash fire that is Fruits Basket, where I review each season individually because I like to torture myself. Enjoy the ride.
Trying not to compare the first season of fruits basket with its original anime release is hard, because thought the two are virtually the same plot-wise, the old one is at the very least, quite pretty to look at; it has all of the anime sweetness of big, bug eyed characters with wide smiles, and all the lovely charms of old-school animation. But we’re not here to discuss eye-candy, are we?
… Or are we?
Fruits Basket is yet another one in ...
Apr 15, 2022
Grief is, from my humble observations, by far one of the most impactful, relatable topics a piece of media can explore.
Whether it's a person, a pet, your favorite character, or even just a community you love, decaying over time, and falling victim to the ever-present 'dark side of the fandom', grief has touched each and every one of our lives in one way or another. Each of us deal with grief differently, and each of us take different things away from the process of grieving; lessons, insights, fears, traumas; each normal, expected in the face of death, and yet each unique and personal.
What Kamiarizuki ...
Apr 1, 2022
There are quite a few widely accepted things in anime capable of turning me away completely from it instantly. Cheap, pointless fanservice, stale dialogue or anime tropes that just won't die - the list is large. These things are usually strewn across the majority of titles, even the ones I like.
As a result, however, I started gravitating towards the titles like the Napping Princess, which can definitely brag as an original piece of work that has at least some heart and soul put into it, rather than following a formula so many have tried, and so few have nailed.
But Napping Princess reminded me of ...