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Oct 13, 2019
It's been years since this show aired and I still love returning to it! (Note: this review is based on the English-subtitled, Japanese anime. I strongly recommend watching this series in Japanese to better appreciate the characters for reasons I will explain in later in this review.)

A very fun, easy-to-watch show, with exciting moments, updated character designs [while still maintaining the charm of the 90's style, the new eye designs show the brown of Ash's eyes in more than close-ups and tearful moments], and better animation quality than its predecessors, although it hasn't reached XY's peaks of beauty or Sun & Moon's lively fluidity yet, read more
Apr 25, 2016
Youth, simultaneously innocent and cruel, but endlessly perseverent. This is the story of twins, born two months prematurely: Riki and Momoko, both named for the blossoming plum tree's perseverence in winter by their father, who wa inspired by the sight of it in bloom.

Despite a slow frame-rate and some sub-standard voice acting, this is a movie will surely move those who have suffered for being different, felt embarrassed (and later regretted feeling that way) by a relative who is not what society considers "normal," and for those who remember how difficult childhood can often be. The children are nine, they're still easily influenced, as shown read more
Apr 22, 2016
Ginga e Kickoff!! is highly underappreciated, a true hidden gem with fantastic character writing and a relatively down-to-earth story. Even if one isn't the biggest fan of sports anime (neither I nor my sister are, but we were swept up in this story and finished it very quickly!). It boasts no amazing, out of this world moves, the characters play pure soccer and it's a story grounded in reality with one or two amazing events that wouldn't be out of place in children's movie. After all, it IS aimed at children and it has a soothing atmosphere, a gentle score, and plenty of idealism.

But it's read more
Apr 21, 2016
The principle characters are Yune who leaves Nagasaki for Paris to work as a maid for a pair of ironsmiths, the somewhat amorous but kind Oscar and his grandson, the initially aloof, very troubled, but very earnest Claude. Other recurring characters include a young thieving boy, a bratty, but free-spirited, Victorian weeaboo (yes, they did exist in 19th century France, look up Japonisme) named Alice and her elegant, ladylike older sister, Camille, who is not free to pursue the one she loves.

A very sweet, relaxing show. The art style is quite cutesy about the face, but the detail on clothes is phenomenal and attention paid read more