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May 30, 2019
Preliminary
This was the first manga that I read that I really liked. The story and characters were both extremely fleshed out and felt real to me.

The story deals with people who have hearing disabilities and the struggles they face, as well as the mistakes that non-hearing impaired people do while interacting with them. It delves into feelings of inadequacy and self doubt, and questioning where your place in the world is. The struggles are not only faced by the character with a hearing impairment, but rather every character-even the minor background ones- are fleshed out and made human. I'm glad that it is continuing, read more
May 30, 2019
Let me start off by saying this first: the relationship between Shirotani and Kurose was not healthy in the slightest at the very beginning. Saying that you would be helping someone with their mental illness only because you find them attractive is not only unethical, it is also plain vile and abhorrent. At least Kurose admitted to that fact and seemed distraught about it. In fact, the only redeeming part of their relationship is the fact that both of them came clean and told the other about their secrets and their pretenses.

All in all, I am glad that everything worked out for them, because read more
May 30, 2019
This manga was extremely short and an easy read for something to distract myself. The story was fairly basic and the plot was predictable, but enjoyable. The main problem that this manga had was the brevity of it. It was so short that not a lot of the characters were able to be fleshed out and made real. The mangaka had a great character and story base but did little with it. If we were only given a few more glimpses into either of the main characters' backgrounds or the ending was expanded further it would have been a great manga rather than just an read more
Mar 27, 2019
Preliminary
I struggled with how to rate this one. I really enjoyed the series (I haven't seen the OVA or read the manga yet) and feel like the portrayals of classical music culture are accurate to what I have experienced during my time in that world. This series has a great story, great music, and great timing, and should have been an easy 8/9 rating for me. And it would have been, except for the glaring CGI. I have nothing against CGI being used in anime or any other art form, but the scenes that jump into CGI from a more "traditional" look seem so out read more
Aug 27, 2018
Everything I remember about the series: campy as hell and really overdramatic. It was a nice thing to watch for nostalgia's sake, but it wasn't worth it to print it as a DVD/Blu Ray release (even the $5 I paid at Walmart for it was too much.) This should have been a TV special and left at that. I should mention that I am not the world's biggest Yugioh fan, but even I would think that having 3 of the most popular protagonists from the series history would have resulted in a more epic final battle. I think what really drags this down was because read more
Aug 27, 2018
This film tackles many tough subjects so if heavy films aren't for you tun away right now. The animation in this film wasn't anything especially extraordinary, but the story was what brought you in. I knew what the film was about going in and I thought it handled it very well. Except for in the end, I couldn't stand Purpura, but the ending made me almost like him. Throughout the film, I thought it was a solid 3.5 to 4-star film, but the final 10 or so minutes and the reveal made it 5 stars in my opinion. And remember the last words from "P"-Are read more
Aug 27, 2018
I struggled with this one. I love Makoto Shinkai and his work, but I didn't really jive with this story. It was beautifully animated and the music fit it perfectly (I really loved the main theme「Hello, Good Bye, and Hello」). Like all Shinkai films, it makes you really appreciate how beautiful the artwork is, but at the same time, you wonder who hurt him in order to produce so many films with either lost or broken love in them. This film also made you think about life and death, as well as human morality. All in all, a good film, but just not one of read more
Aug 27, 2018
This film was recommended by so many people when I first started getting into anime about a year ago, and I can see why. This short film has an incredibly simple story but it is told so well, and shifts from heartwarming to heart-wrenching seamlessly. I'm glad that this film realized that it didn't need 90+ minutes to tell its story; if it was a full-length film everything would seem forced and too stretched out, but being about 45 minutes was the perfect length. The only downside I saw in this movie was the soundtrack, whereas the writing was great, the music seemed...bad (except for read more
Aug 27, 2018
I was putting off watching this until all the films were out (which is still a long ways away), but Wal*Mart had the DVD/Blu-Ray for a price I couldn't pass up. Too bad the internet already spoiled quite a bit of the future story events for me. :(

Let's start with what I didn't like because the list is much shorter ;). I liked the opening theme as much as any of the US/English openings, but wish they would have used Butter-Fly since they used other songs (in Japanese) from the Japanese series in the English release, and it would have been a nice tribute to read more
Aug 27, 2018
I really struggled with how to rate this one, it had a lot of promise, but it fell way short of what it could have been. The story needed to be elaborated a lot more than what it was, and it felt like nothing was really explained to the audience (N.B. this might be better handled in the Light Novels, but in the OVA it was handled poorly). I feel like if this was a 90-minute movie it would have been better paced. I can get where others were seeing a bit of shonen-ai during this, but since none of the characters were completely fleshed read more