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Sep 17, 2018
[This review was also published in my Anime Planet account]

Hiromasa Yonebayashi is an interesting case to follow. This literal nobody who just directed his first feature film in Studio Ghibli ended up being the closest the studio has ever been to an answer for its future. In Karigurashi no Arrietty there is a lot of Miyazaki... in fact, one could say that it is a Miyazaki movie in disguise, and wouldn't be far off seeing his work in its writing and supervision.

Coming from somebody who absolutely adores the work of Hayao Miyazaki, Yonebayashi's debut feature took me by surprise as something that could not only read more
Apr 16, 2018
Yuru Camp was a strange phenomenon to witness. An anime produced by a newish studio and an inexperienced staff, with a premise that looked about as basic and niche as it could, adapting a fairly unknown manga. Very few people looked forward to this show, and I was certainly not one of them as it didn't look particularly appealing at first.

And yet, it remains as the third highest-rated non-sequel show of its season, only behind two series that rely on more visceral and spectacular storytelling (Sora yori mo tooi basho and Violet Evergarden), with heavier themes and mood shifts. It is one of the best-selling read more
Mar 29, 2018
This second season of Yama no Susume continues the story of Aoi and Hinata from the first one as they, along with their two friends, keep developing their interest on mountain climbing while reaffirming their friendship. This is overall a cute and positive show with endearing personalities and an inviting mood. And yet, it has to be one of the most perplexing experiences I've had watching anime, and for many reasons.

I admit it, I didn't like the first season. With a premise that should have hit all the right notes in my personal tastes, I found the delivery dull and lazy, filled with the most read more
Oct 9, 2017
Let's begin with some backstory. I first watched Azumanga Daioh in 2009. Back then I was an anime newbie and this would be my first completed series, which needless to say, was an absolute success. I adored every bit of the show and became really invested in it. And this didn't end there because over the years it has only become more and more obvious how deeply it shaped my tastes and perhaps my entire attitude towards the medium.

Two conclusions should be inferred from the above paragraph. One, I'm a fanboy. Two, I came late to the party. When I discovered the show, it was read more
Aug 26, 2017
Gintama (Anime) add (All reviews)
Gintama is the perfect anime comedy. Everything about it is perfect, you can watch any episode at random and it will be the absolute best choice you make this day! Go watch it! Stop reading!
(long pause)
You don't understand, dear Shinpachi. If I told something else my text would reveal too much about myself and people wouldn't like to watch the show.
+Now you are making dumb excuses, aren't you?
So this is the end of the review. And remember, watch Gintama! This is everything that matters.
Dec 6, 2013
"Porco Rosso" is a striking rarity in the Miyazaki career, and one that will probably require a bigger effort from the fans to understand. It plays with different themes than his other works; for instance, there is not an interest on developing an enviromental message, or at depicting a major conflict involving humanity and nature. The story is closer to the coming-of-age intimism of "Spirited away", "My neighbor Totoro" or -his script- "Whisper of the heart", yet it takes a radically different focus. In fact, if I had to point a similarity among his films, the one that fits better to me is "Lupin III: read more
Jun 10, 2011
I love the Studio Ghibli films. So far I think it is safe to say that Miyazaki is my favourite anime author, and I doubt anyone will ever take his place because I have grown so attached to the work of this man and his ideals reflected on the way he conceives animation, that I can't think of a deeper connection with one's style in any way.

That is the reason why "Howl's moving castle" was, at my first viewing, a serious disappointment. It was the first time a movie by Miyazaki didn't transport me to the world and imagery it showed. Almost two years later, read more
Jan 11, 2011
This is my first review in MyAnimeList, so I apologize in advance if you find the ideas I'll put forward here badly-written, explained or structured.

I am going to talk about Spirited Away (yeah, obvious). It's been quite a long time since I watched it for the last time, more than a year in fact; but I became a really fascinating and influential piece for me at that time, far enough to define my current love for Miyazaki's works, the Studio Ghibli and animation in general as an art and a strong way of expression. Today it's still one of my favorite animated features of any read more