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Jul 3, 2019
Children of the Sea presents a story that is very metaphorical and is something that should be appreciated for its visual presentation. The quality of this anime film is rather inconsistent. I loved some scenes and was generally amazed by the effort put into the most important scenes, but other scenes just felt rushed and lazily done. The story is really metaphorical, so if you are the kind of person to turn your brain off while watching films, don't watch this film. You will be bored. However, if you are the type to analyse a film while watching it and after watching it while digesting read more
Dec 18, 2018
Liz and the Blue Bird is a side story to Sound! Euphonium. This anime also works well as a standalone film so you will still enjoy this anime film even if you haven't watched Sound! Euphonium. The collaboration of Naoko Yamada as a director and Reiko Yoshida as the screenwriter is a match made in heaven. They also worked together on A Silent Voice, another fantastic anime film so it is to no surprise that Liz and the Blue Bird is a great anime film. Yoshida is a fantastic screenwriter and knows how to blend in metaphors and bring the story and animation together to read more
Dec 5, 2018
Princess Mononoke is a fantasy anime film directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki is a master at directing and writing animated films and I can understand why Princess Mononoke is many people's favourite Studio Ghibli film. This film presents a straightforward story that is engaging and beautiful. Miyazaki is really creative with his scripts and brings it to life in his animated films. It is truly remarkable!

The animation is clearly the best aspect of this film. This film was released more than 20 years ago yet the animation is spectacular, even to today's standards! Each frame, like most Japanese animation, is each hand-drawn separately read more
Nov 27, 2018
The Cat Returns is a charming film about a girl who saves a cat and is led to a cat-kingdom as a result of saving the cat. The story is quite charming but it is undoubtedly rushed as it has a short runtime. This short runtime, however, does have its advantages. This is a film whose target audience is kids. Kids would love this film and this film is also perfect for the impatient.

The animation is good but simplistic for Studio Ghibli's standards. Regardless, this is still a good effort from Studio Ghibli and it's nice to see this spin-off of Whisper of the Heart. read more
Nov 18, 2018
Night Is Short, Walk on Girl is an anime film directed by Masaaki Yuasa and it is very good. The story may be confusing to some but it does portray the fun and freeness of youth through the imagery of the relativity of time. It has some humour in it to make this anime enjoyable. Yuasa is a fantastic director and he has once again shown his talent in this film.

The animation is something that is kind of Yuasa's trademark. A lot of anime nowadays is starting to look the same and doesn't have much that is unique about their animation. Yuasa's films have a read more
Nov 12, 2018
Penguin Highway is an anime film about a boy who is mature for his age but still has some things to learn as a growing boy. He is a genius kid who finds great interest in researching new and bizarre phenomena. The film is structured quite well and uses a lot of metaphors through the animation and storytelling to represent the coming-of-age of his character. This film does have a bloated run-time of about two hours and it compromised some of my enjoyment. The dialogue is poorly written and attempts at humour in the film don't quite cut it. I do appreciate the representation of read more
Nov 9, 2018
Tokyo Godfathers is a comedy-drama anime film about three homeless friends who find an abandoned baby as they were rummaging through trash and this is a great set-up which leads to an effective payoff which is also immensely hilarious. This is a film which feels quite fast-paced, but there are moments when this film does slow down and it allows for in-depth character development with the three main characters. This film heavily relies on coincidence to progress the plot but this is not necessarily a problem as it uses it as a core theme to convey the miracles and happiness that Christmas gives. The story read more
Oct 22, 2018
Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai, also known by the English title "I want to eat your pancreas", is a drama anime film with tragedy. It is about an outgoing girl who has a pancreatic illness which she has not told anyone except her family that she has this illness. A boy from her class stumbles upon her diary that she left in the hospital and she comes back to fetch the diary only to realise that he read it so she ends up telling him about her illness. Due to this secret knowledge of theirs that none of their classmates know about, they start to read more
Jun 20, 2018
Mirai, also known as Mirai no Mirai, is an animated film directed by Mamoru Hosoda. He has directed other notably well-received anime films such as Wolf Children, The Boy and the Beast, and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. Mirai is about a boy named Kun who unexpectedly goes back in time on different occasions to meet his relatives from different eras. This film makes a wholesome and heartwarming statement -- that family shapes who we are and are the primary reason why we exist and we should be thankful and loving towards our family members, even in the toughest of times. This film shows read more
Jun 19, 2018
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms, also known as Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana wo Kazarou which literally translates to "Let's Decorate the Promised Flowers in the Morning of Farewells" is officially abbreviated as Sayoasa. This review will refer to the film as Sayoasa for simplicity’s sake. Sayoasa is about Maquia and she is from a clan of people who refer to themselves as lorph. They live for centuries, yet maintain the appearance they had in their late teens; their looks don’t change once they hit their late teens and look the same for the rest of their life. The clan that Maquia’s read more