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Movie Review: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

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Summary:

The power to travel through time… It can be used for the good of humanity, or just selfishly abused. While many may fantasize about obtaining such a power, it has become nothing less than reality for otherwise-normal schoolgirl Konno Makoto.

After a fated event, her life takes a turn for the extraordinary. Though she initially uses her power to literally “leap” into the past and change little things in order to make her life easier, she soon has to face the fact that changing the past can have drastic consequences. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

General Information:

Directed by: Mamoru Hosoda
Studio: Madhouse
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Release Date: Jul 15, 2006
Duration: 1 hr. 37 min.

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Review:

So I heard and read a lot about this movie before I watched it. I was also meaning to watch it for quite a while. I didn’t get a chance to until few months ago. So yes this review is very delayed.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time I must say that the title itself is quite intriguing. The movie wasn’t what I had in mind. For some reason I thought she would travel to a different life time. Though the time leaps were a mater of days or hours. Though the way the story was presented was quite interesting, and I specially loved the twist near the ending of the movie. I also liked the fact that the character developed after the events that happened throughout the movie. It was pretty interesting to watch. Also, the amount of drama, comedy, thriller factors were just right. I never got bored and everything I discovered was always interesting. The movie was perfect specially the ending it left me speechless. If you haven’t watched it yet… I say it’s a must watch!!

Overall Rate: 10/10

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2013 in Animated, Movies

 

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News: Citrus (Saburo Uta) & Chapter 7

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Citrus Vol. 1 has been released. This is probably old news since its been out since July 18th, 2013. Nonetheless it is still available at amazon jp click here to by your copy.

Here is the real news the long awaiting Chapter 7 will be released in Yuri hime magazine which will be on sale November 18th, 2013.

Here is the original reminder picture posted by Saburo Uta via Twitter.

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Here is the English translation:

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Posted by on November 7, 2013 in Anime/Manga, News

 

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Manga Review: Gantz – Manga Olympics for Bloggers (Seinen/Shounen Round 2)

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Summary:

Thought your life was bad? Sometimes, death is worse. There is no salvation, peace, nor god waiting to receive you into their care. But wait, a god? Maybe you are talking about that big black ball stuck in the room with you. Now you are thrown into a game, fighting green aliens and robot monsters for the chance to survive.
When Kei Kurono is killed, he thus finds himself caught in such a game; a test of his skills, morals and will to survive. His life is not his own, his death spat and trampled upon over and over again. What happens if he does not listen? God knows.
A word of warning: Gantz is not for the faint-hearted, but neither is it as simple as it looks. Gore, rape and violence is rampant, as are portrayals of greed, violence, and all the ugliness that one sees in society today. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

General Information:

Type: Manga
Volumes: 37
Chapters: 383
Status: Finished
Published: Jul 13, 2000 to Jun 20, 2013
Genres: Action, Drama, Ecchi, Horror, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Psychological, Seinen
Authors: Oku, Hiroya (Story & Art)
Serialization: Young Jump

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Review:

Firs of all thank you Sir Hiroya Oku for 13 amazing years of Gantz. I still can’t believe it ended… I kept looking for one more page after the last page of the last chapter. So yeah, I’m a huge Gantz fan. It’s an amazing manga if you haven’t checked it out, you should.

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Now for the actual review. Gantz concept is totally unique. The manga Follows Kei Kurono & Masaru Katou, they are basically the main characters. Due to the concept of the story a lot of characters appear in the manga. The manga is amazing. I loved the story up until the Osaka Arc. It was magical. Though the last arc which is the catastrophe arc, was totally weird. The manga does develop greatly to reach that arc, but the fights weren’t as good as the previous arcs.
The action is absolutely brutal through out the whole manga, I’m not saying that the last arc was bad. It was just a little disappointing for me. Also, I’ve noticed that the whole focus was back to Kurono. I know that Nishi and Sakurai were also main topics in that arc, though it always fell back to Kurono. To be completely honest here, I was disappointed and didn’t like that fact. One more thing I didn’t like in the manga was the fact that we didn’t see most of the characters in action. Specially Reika, did she ever fight?
Supposedly she got 100 point and fought bravely against so many tough Aliens. Though we didn’t see any of that, did we? It was always Kurono this, Kurono that, and her looking pretty in the background of the page… I mean seriously? Well, even with all that its still my favorite manga and it’s the best and brutalist manga out there. Also the story is amazing. I like the idea of Gantz. Is it recommended? Yes of course.

Overall Rate: 8/10


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Posted by on July 22, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Manga Review: Tokarev no Ayaui Shiro

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Summary:

Suzuhara Ayaka deeply idolized her best friend, Shiroyama Hiroko. But when they were in high school together, Hiroko dropped out and vanished, telling Ayaka only that it was for something very important. Now, a letter from Hiroko to Ayaka has washed ashore with the corpse of a girl, asking for help.
Chasing after Hiroko, Ayaka goes to visit a strangely isolated high school for girls, which seems creepily eager to accept Ayaka as a student. Will Ayaka be able to uncover the school’s secrets and rescue Hiroko before it is too late? (Source: MangaHelpers)

General Information:

Alternative Title: Unstable Castle of Tokarev
Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 8
Status: Finished
Published: 2010 to 2012
Genres: Mystery, Drama, School, Shoujo Ai, Yuri
Authors: Tsukiji, Toshihiko (Story), Uguisu, Kagura (Art)
Serialization: Dengeki Daioh Genesis

Review:

I was very disappointed with how things out in the end. The manga had a strong beginning. Things were pretty mysterious and the main character wants to save her friend. Somewhere in the middle of the manga things start to not make much sense. Then the mystery starts uncovering little by little. Though at the end the manga turns into fantasy. I seriously don’t understand where that part came from. It was pretty disappointing. I had high hopes for this manga. Though with all the disappointment I have to say I really enjoyed reading the first 4 chapters. Other than that, there is not much to it.

Overall Review: 4/10

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Anime Review: Suisei no Gargantia

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Summary:

The story begins in the distant future in the far reaches of the galaxy. The Human Galactic Alliance has been constantly fighting for its survival against a grotesque race of beings called “Hidiaazu.” During an intense battle, the young lieutenant Ledo and his humanoid mobile weapon Chamber are swallowed up into a distortion of time and space. Waking from his artificially induced hibernation, Ledo realizes that he has arrived on Earth, the planet on the lost frontier. On this planet that was completely flooded by the seas, people live in fleets of giant ships, salvaging relics from the seas’ depths in order to survive. Ledo arrives on one of the fleets called Gargantia. With no knowledge of the planet’s history or culture, he is forced to live alongside Amy, a 15-year-old girl who serves as a messenger aboard the Gargantia fleet. To Ledo, who has lived a life where he knows nothing but fighting, these days of peace continue to surprise him. (Source: ANN)

General Information:

Alternative Titles: Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, Suisei no Galgantia
Type: TV
Directed by: Kazuya Murata
Written by: Gen Urobuchi, Kazuya Murata
Episodes: 13
Aired: Apr 7, 2013 to Jun 30, 2013
Producers: Production I.G, Viz Media.
Genres: Action, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

I really enjoyed this anime. It had a strong beginning and keeps you interested till the end. The ending was very sad for me. Though i don’t hate sad ending. I like the fact that the Mecha had its own personality it’s something that I haven’t seen in Mecha anime before. I also liked the fact that through out the anime you actually see how the main character adapts with the new environment he’s in. There was some awesome action going on there. Not to mention, I loved the character design as well as the animation. The story was amazing, with a sad ending. *sobs*

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I almost forgot… There were a lot of unexpected things that happened in the anime which makes it that much more interesting to watch!! I totally recommend it! You won’t regret watching it!

Overall Rate: 8/10

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Anime Review: DevilLady

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Summary:

Fudo Jun is a beautiful supermodel who is idolized by many. She also has a dark secret that not even she knows about at first, for within her veins run the genes that hold the next step in the evolution of mankind. The same blood as the beastlike superhumans that terrorize the city. Unlike the rest of them, though, Jun has managed to hold a tenuous grip onto her humanity, and she is recruited by the mysterious Asuka Ran, member of a secret organization within the government, aimed at controlling, if not eliminating, these berserk destroyers of mankind. Jun, as Devilman Lady, must now exterminate her own kind, but how much longer can she keep her sanity in a situation she never chose in the first place? (Source: ANN)

General Information:

Alternative Title: Devilman Lady
Type: TV
Directed by: Toshiki Hirano
Episodes: 26
Aired: Oct 10, 1998 to May 8, 1999
Producers: Toei Animation, TMS Entertainment, ADV Films, Dynamic Planning
Genres: Action, Drama, Horror, Adventure, Supernatural
Themes: Demons, Yuri
Rating: R+ – Mild Nudity

Review:

I know that this is an old anime, but I just watched it last month. I read part of its manga as well. The anime is different from the manga, it’s like an alternative version. I really liked that fact, for so many reasons that I won’t mention. :p
I have to warn you first, that there is nudity in the anime and mature content “story wise”. So, at first the main character seems strong, yet the human side of her seems fragile. The art of the anime was great. Also, the main character’s beauty showed, and a lot of girls fell for her. Which is basically why its themed yuri. There was a lot of action and bloodshed in the anime. Oh, and the opening theme song of song of the anime was amazing I could listen to that song all day!! There was something I didn’t quite understand in the anime… Jun “the main character” seemed to walk around and kiss guys for no reason… I mean a guy appears out of nowhere she would share a kiss with him, and then you never see that guy again… What’s up with that?! Other than that the story was solid. So, good story, good sound track, good art, and it’s a very good anime.

Overall Rate: 8/10

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Movie Review: The Great Gatsby

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Summary:

“The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

General Information:

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
Based on: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Genre: Drama, Romance
Release date: May 10, 2013
Running time: 143 minutes
Country: United States, Australia
Language: English

Review:

I like this style of movies. They are so interesting no matter what kind of story it is. As the movie started I wasn’t found of the fact that Tobey Maguire is the story teller. Though I got used to it later on. The director was amazing I loved every scene in the movie. It was such a beautiful movie. Amazing story! I love the way the story unravels. I was also surprised to see Amitabh Bachchan in the movie. I’m so in love with the camera work and directing of this movie that I would see it again anytime! I totally recommend it. It’s a beautiful movie!!

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Live action, Movies

 

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First impression: Citrus (Saburo Uta)

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Summary:

Fashionable Yuzu imagined the first day at her new school she transferred to after her mother’s remarriage a bit differently; she didn’t know it’d be an ultra-strict and conservative girls’ school. So instead of a sweet high-school romance, she butts heads with the stern student council president Mei – who turns out to be her new step sister. And she has to learn that hate and attraction are often not that far apart.

General Information:

Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Nov 17, 2012 to ?
Genres: Drama, School, Yuri
Authors: Saburo, Uta (Story & Art)
Serialization: Comic Yuri Hime

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First Impression:

Citrus began with a strong plot. It’s one of the few yuri manga with a decent plot. I like the direction the manga is headed. It will make you curious, like I seriously can’t wait for the next chapter. Also the manga’s art is amazing, and the characters are awesome. The story is kinda deep to a certain extent. Also that’s gonna sound weird but I’ve never read a yuri manga that had better kissing scenes than this one. I totally recommend the manga even if you’re not a yuri fan you should give it a try. The manga is hot and not by any means gross.

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2013 in Anime/Manga, First Impression

 

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Anime Review: Little Busters!

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Summary:

When tragedy struck Riki Naoe as a child, he was rescued from grief over his parent’s deaths when four other kids “recruited” him for their group—the “Little Busters.” Now in high school, Riki and the other Busters are still fast friends, and though their vision of being heroes for justice may have faded, they’d still do anything for each other. Which is why Riki is now on TWO special missions. The not so secret one: recruiting new members so the Busters can form a baseball team. Preferably FEMALE recruits, as the current dude/babe ratio is an inconvenient 4 to 1. The OTHER mission, though… That’s the strange one. Because Riki and Rin, the group’s singular girl, are receiving odd messages, delivered by cats, concerning the existence of a “secret world” and assigning them tasks they have to complete. Were their youthful dreams of being crusaders not so fanciful after all? Or is there something even more vital at stake? Between steeling his courage to talk to girls, dealing with his own narcolepsy and facing his feelings concerning Rin, Riki may just need the strength of a superhero to solve the ultimate mystery of the Little Busters! (Source: Sentai Filmworks)

General information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Directed by: Yoshiki Yamakawa
Aired: Oct 6, 2012 to Apr 6, 2013
Studio: J.C. Staff
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School, Fantasy
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

Little busters! is an anime about friendship. It kinda reminded me of Clannad, even though Clannad was more focused on the love story. The anime is PG-13 so it’s delightful to watch with the whole family. At first, the anime is gonna appear to be like a normal school anime, when it’s actually fantasy… So keep that in mind. I love the character design. Though the animation was alright. There is another season coming out soon, which will probably explain the fantasy part of the anime better. It was a bit vague in this season. I totally recommend the anime it’s a wonderful story, very enjoyable, and also funny.

Overall Rate: 7/10

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Manga Review: OldBoy

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Summary:

Ten years ago, they took him in. He doesn’t even know who. And for ten years, he has been confined in a private prison. He doesn’t know why. For ten years, his only contact with the outside world has been a television set and the voices of his jail mates. In time, he lost himself. He changed…transformed himself into something else…something hard…something lethal. Suddenly, one day his incarceration ends, again without explanation. He is sedated, stuffed inside a trunk, and dumped in a park. When he awakes, he is free to reclaim what’s left of his life…and what’s left is revenge. (Source: Dark Horse)

General Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 8
Chapters: 79
Status: Finished
Published: 1996 to 1998
Genres: Action, Mystery, Drama, Psychological, Seinen
Authors: Tsuchiya, Garon (Story), Minegishi, Nobuaki (Art)
Serialization: Manga Action

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Review:

This manga was recommended to me a while back. Once I started reading, it was hard to stop. I would latterly finish 15 chapters a day, without even noticing. I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll keep it short. The art is old school, which is perfect for this kind of story. The story is so mysterious, serious, and amazing written. I haven’t read anything like that before. The characters were so unique, personality wise. The manga is so good. The mystery there will keep you wanting to know more. You wont be able to stop reading. OldBoy is a must read!!!

Overall Rate: 9/10

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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