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Dec 6, 2017
Such as most of my reviews for anime I'll start off by saying I saw a gif from this movie on tumblr and once I realized that it was a NEW Studio Ghibli movie, of course I was going to watch it without question. I'm pretty sure I didn't even read the summary of the movie before I dove in, that is how deep my faith in Studio Ghibli runs. Though the movie starts out on a strong note, it tuckers itself out after a short period of time.

There was a red flag within the opening scene when during a crisis (i won't spoil what read more
Dec 6, 2017
Domain of Murder is an interesting anime to say the least. The audience is somewhat thrown into the story and are given the same clues to work with as the private investigator which I thought was pretty fair. As a 'psychological' anime it does fulfill that role and deals with some serious questions about the grey area of morality (specifically analyzing the concept of sacrifice to save another) and by the end you are left with the general message that the decisions we think are easy may end up being ones we regret for the rest of our lives, which is pretty damn psychologically mind read more
Dec 5, 2017
I started watching the series because it sounded similar to a story idea that I had previous to hearing about the series. Honestly, if it had turned out to be exactly the same as what I had imagined I might've enjoyed it more, but as it seems they were two very different ideas. The concept of a friendly ghost within a series is always pretty intriguing as it can be used as a very good way to flesh out a character who feels "haunted" or perhaps literally is haunted. Anohana was the latter, and the protagonist was being followed around by a childhood friend of read more
Dec 5, 2017
Preliminary
Story 6/10

I'm usually drawn towards series with premises that I haven't heard of before and I've been looking for a new battle royale anime to watch. In this aspect it partially succeeded - it was a battle royale but it doesn't really seem to focus too much on that. Any given episode mostly focuses on interpersonal problems within the characters, which is interesting but I would prefer some more info on the battle itself considering the audience is just told "we hold a battle royale every year for some reason" and not much else is mentioned about it. This results in a confusing story that read more
Nov 14, 2017
Story 4/10

It started off pretty bumpy, almost like they couldn't decide how to get the ball rolling any other way except just having the girl tell him "you are coming with me to pretend to be my boyfriend" and the protagonist responding "okay". It just seemed a little unnatural but I mean that's anime for you, no big deal there. Beyond that there was a mishmash of events that individually made sense but altogether played out like a puzzle that was hot-glued together. Like for all the effort it took to get to the end, it wasn't very satisfying. Imagine you are told there is read more
Nov 14, 2017
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Preliminary
THIS IS NOT A FULL REVIEW ~

The faux drama in this series has so far been terribly boring with a constant dialog that consists of a back and forth "I'm gonna do it!.....Any second now!" right up until the credits roll and you have to watch the next episode to find out if he ever actually does it (Pro tip: he always does). Its filled to the brim with some of the laziest techniques of creating tension but at some point or another it stops generating tension and starts generating anger like just shoot the thing already just say what you are going to say read more
Nov 3, 2017
Story 5/10

If I had to summarize this series in one word I would say "over-complicated". Sure, I like wild stories in mystery series as much of the next guy but The Perfect Insider takes it to a new level of unanswered questions and out-there theories that the main character just **suddenly realizes** with very limited investigation. If I had to describe it in another word, I would add "frustrating". The mystery begins in episode 2 (or 3?) and they don't do any actual investigation until episode seven. Everything up until then is a lazy romance plot that is very lackluster and a lot of repetition read more
Oct 26, 2017
Rather than doing my usual category-by-category explanation I'll just do it all-in-one go. This movie was really important for me growing up because of the tie between a witch, which are commonly known to be all-powerful beings, and also the development of inner strength that can't be brought about through magic. As a kid, I loved Kiki because I had trouble fitting in at school, but now again in college I found myself looking back on the movie again because independence and finding a place in life can be really tough. The movie is genuinely for all ages in the sense that anyone can take read more
Oct 26, 2017
Story 10/10

The movie had me in the first ten minutes I started watching. It may have just been me being able to relate to Anna right off the bat as someone who doesn't make friends easily and uses art as an outlet for stress- but I mean even aside from that I sort of pitied her and wanted to see where the story would take her. Studio Ghibli pulled its usual magic and put out another amazing movie. This one is sadder than usual but the ending was still perfect and bittersweet. I've easily watched it three times.

Art 10/10

*Insert my usual spiel about how much read more
Oct 26, 2017
Story 10/10

The whole basis of the film was that Miyazaki wanted a film about a young girl that wasn't some lame love story- and that was the number one thing that I loved about the film. The whole thing is a masterpiece in the sense that it was like nothing I'd ever saw before. Chihiro is such a powerful character and the story reflects that. Watching it as a kid too it felt like I was watching something serious despite the fantasy qualities and the obvious child directed audience. Not to mention the way the story flows its a perfect balance of recognizing a calm read more