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Movie Review: Hanasaku Iroha – Home Sweet Home

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Summary:

Ohana has grown accustomed to living in the hot springs inn her grandmother manages, Kissuisou. One day, the daughter of a manager for Kissuisou’s rival inn, Yuina, comes to Kissuisou for training to become a landlady herself. As Ohana is observing her training, she finds “a certain item” in the storeroom while cleaning. (Source: ultimatemegax)

General Information:

Type: Movie
Aired: Mar 9, 2013
Producers: Lantis, P.A. Works, NIS America, Inc.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

So after watching the anime I was psyched to watch the movie. Slice of Life anime are always great. The movie is a completion of an untold part of the story in the anime. Its something that I wondered about watching the anime so I was really glad that the movie told that story. I highly recommend that you watch the anime before watching the movie. I really enjoyed learning more about Ohana and her mother in that movie. You will also enjoy the movie even if you haven’t watched the anime. Though I still recommend the anime first. Both the anime and movie are great it would be a shame to miss out on either of them. So make sure to check out the movie and anime.

Overall Rate: 9/10

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2014 in Animated, Movies

 

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Movie Review: The Fault in Our Stars

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Summary:

Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.

General Information:

Directed by: Josh Boone
Based on: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Genre: Drama, Romance
Release date: June 6, 2014
Running time: 126 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English

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Review:

I usually don’t like movies that are sad. Surprisingly I liked this one. I haven’t read the novel yet so this review is strictly about the movie. The movie began as a total cliche. Literally like every other romantic movie. I was disappointed. Then the movie took a completely different turn. the story was actually beautiful. I even got a favorite quote from the movie. It was that good. This is the first movie that ever made me wonder about how I actually feel about the movie that I just watched… if you know what I mean. Like there was tones of emotions there. Also the twist took me by surprise. I’m not even sure I can call it a twist I mean wasn’t that what the movie was building up to? Yet, still the ending made me wonder whether or not I like the movie. It was realistic and brilliant. Yet there was still that cliche aspect to it… but still beautiful. I feel like I’m just blabbering now so just go watch the movie, its good. Its really good.

Overall Rating: 4.95/5

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2014 in Live action, Movies

 

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Anime Review: Simoun

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Summary:

In the peaceful theocracy of Simulicram, everyone is born female. At age 19, each maiden undergoes a special ceremony where she chooses her sex. However, only Pairs of maiden priestesses can synchronize with the ancient flying ships known as Simoun needed to defend Simulicram. These Pairs refrain from undergoing the ceremony as long as they wish to keep piloting their Simoun.
Aer is recruited to be a Simoun pilot after a terrifying attack by an enemy nation decimates the squadron known as Chor Tempest. To earn her wings she needs to find her way into the heart of Neviril, Regina of Chor Tempest. But Neviril’s heart still belongs to her previous Pair, lost in the battle when she attempted a forbidden Simoun maneuver.(Source: Media Blasters)

General Information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Aired: Apr 3, 2006 to Sep 25, 2006
Producers: Bandai Visual, Studio Deen, Media Blasters
Genres: Drama, Magic, Romance, Shoujo Ai, Military
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

Simoun had a very unusual story. I cant call the anime Shoujo Ai or Yuri though. The characters in the anime are genderless and they can choose their gender once they are 18 I guess or something like that. So there are a lot of stuff about this anime that you need to consider when watching it. Like the Mecha, which I love there. The story had so much depth in it. I wasn’t expecting that. Also it addresses some serious issues which was very entertaining for me, In short, It exceeded my expectations in a very good way. I also loved the fact that I got to see every characters story they didn’t just focus one the two main characters. There was something about the ending that I didn’t quite like. It would be a major spoiler if I mention it so watch the anime and enjoy it. It has a pretty good story. The ending isn’t bad or anything like that. There was just something there that I didn’t like.

Overall Rating: 8/10

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2014 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Movie Review: Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Adolescence of Utena

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Summary:

In a loose retelling of the Revolutionary Girl Utena TV series, Utena Tenjou arrives at Ohtori Academy, only to be immediately swept up in a series of duels for the hand of her classmate Anthy Himemiya and the power she supposedly holds. At the same time, Utena reunites with Touga Kiryuu, a friend from her childhood who seems to know the secrets behind the duels. Utena must discover those secrets for herself, before the power that rules Ohtori claims her and her friends, new and old. (Source: ANN)

General Information:

Directed by: Naoyoshi Shiotani
Written by: Clamp (story), Nanase Ohkawa, Junichi Fujisaku
Released: Aug 14, 1999
Producers: Production I.G,
Genres: Dementia, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo
Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
Rating: R+ – Mild Nudity

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Review:

 Revolutionary Girl Utena is a very complected movie. Its very fast base and all over the place you might not understand somethings and the ending won’t make any sense. I liked how complex the movie was, it made me want to learn more about Utena. I loved the action in the movie. Also the diversity of the plot and graphics. I loved how everything was animated… like everything. Also the directing for the movie was brilliant. Of course I appreciated the yuri there there as well. Then again I’m a sucker for complexities. Therefore I believe this movie will only be acceptable to a normal viewer if they watched the anime or read the manga before hand. Nonetheless watching the movie provoked me to watch the anime and read the manga. I mean once I finished this movie I sat there for an hour trying to understand how the created made the story so mushed like that. I mean you’ll only understand whats going on at the very end. Therefore I believe that its a very good movie and amazing directing.

Overall Rate: 8/10

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2014 in Animated, Movies

 

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Anime Review: Hanasaku Iroha

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Summary:

After her single mother decides to run off with a boyfriend to dodge debt collectors, the young and energetic Ohana is sent to live with her grandmother. However, her grandmother is the strict owner of a hot springs inn and requires her to work at the inn to pay for her living expenses. Although Ohana is unhappy about this situation at first, she decides to make the best of her situation and work hard. Ohana’s life is suddenly filled with fun, mischief, and drama! [Written by MAL Rewrite]

General Information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Aired: Apr 3, 2011 to Sep 25, 2011
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life, Seinen
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

I’m a huge fan of [Slice of Life] anime. Hanasaku Iroha has an amazing story. Its so heart warming and very beautiful. The story is about family, friendship, change, love and hard work. You won’t be able to have enough once you start the anime its just beautiful. Specially how different characters blind in together and how they can work together to achieve their own goals. Also, how a place that helped them meet each other hold certain values to those people. I very much recommend this anime, you won’t regret it and you will wonder why did it take you this long to watch it. Its a great anime.

Overall Rating: 9/10

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2014 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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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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