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Movie Review: Kotonoha no Niwa

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Summary:

We have met, for each of us to walk forward.

Takao, who is training to become a shoemaker, skipped school and is sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. He meets a mysterious woman, Yukino, who is older than him. Then, without arranging the times, the two start to see each other again and again, but only on rainy days. They deepen their relationship and open up to each other. But the end of the rainy season soon approaches… (Source: Comix Wave)

General Information

Alternative Title: The Garden of Words
Directed by: Makoto Shinkai
Screenplay by: Makoto Shinkai
Aired: May 31, 2013
Producers: CoMix Wave Films, Sentai Filmworks
Genres: Romance
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

Kotonoha no Niwa is the most beautiful anime movie. The art is breath taking. The story is so moving. While watching the movie I was sure of one thing I didn’t want it to end. I wasn’t sure where the story is going and I didn’t care. This is one of those movies where every detail count without caring about what the ending is or could be. Its a must watch and should be in every anime fan shelf. I mean its that great… and I kinda feel like whatever I say wont do it justice.

Overall Rate: 10/10

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2014 in Animated, Movies

 

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Anime Review: Mai-HiME

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Summary:

Thirteen girls, each with the ability to materialize “Elements” and summon metallic guardians called “Childs” have been brought to Fuuka Academy to battle mysterious creatures called Orphans. Each with a different personality and background, they must decide who they truly care about and why they fight.

General Information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Aired: Sep 30, 2004 to Mar 31, 2005
Producers: FUNimation Entertainment, Bandai Entertainment
Genres: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Magic, Romance, Shoujo Ai
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

Mai-Hime is a great anime. I was genuinely surprised about how good it was, I honestly didn’t expect it. It is a fairly or somewhat of an old anime. Nonetheless it is worth watching very good story and an interesting plot. It does have a somewhat of a Shoujo Ai aspect to it. I’m just giving you a heads up. The most interesting part for me was that each character had a certain depth to her/him. its not like other anime where the main character is the main focus. The was a dragon in the anime which turn up its rate for me. There were some pretty funny moments in the anime and some very dramatic ones that got me teary. Therefore its an excellent story. As for the animation it was pretty good for its time… as in fairly animated. The soundtrack was pretty cool as well. There wasn’t anything bad about the anime but it did lack something, You should check it out and judge for yourself.

Overall Rating: 8/10

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2014 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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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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Video Game Review: Toukiden

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Plot:

The setting is Nakatsu Kuni which has been protected since ancient times by “Slayers”. These warriors have banded together to purge demons and other forces of darkness for one thousand years, thus earning their title as “demon slayers”.

Eight years before the main story, time and the heavens distorted and the underworld emerged into the land of man. A great demon rose from its gap and plunged the land into an age of calamity. The Slayers fought tooth and nail against the demon and its army for seven grueling days; they barely succeeded in their mission to save humanity. The great conflict was later called the “Awakening”, and the Slayers whom fought in it were appointed to help restore the land’s political realm.

The protagonist is a part of the new wave of Slayers who rise to deal with the land’s never-ending demonic forces. They reside at Utakata Village, one of the last lines of defense in the war between demons and humanity.

General information:

Genre: Action, RPG
Developer: Omega Force
Publisher: Tecmo Koei
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Platform: PlayStation Vita
ESRB: T
Website: Click Here

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Review:

Toukiden is one of the most entertaining games I’ve ever played. I love the setting and music of the game. The game has 6 maps that you will unlock during your missions. The story of the game last up to 5 chapters. After chapter 5 you’ll finish the story of the game but there are still a lot of mission that you will have to complete along with quests and relationship status. There are 6 NPC that you can take with you during missions they will fight along your side. You will also form bonds with all 12 NPCs. My favorite is Nagi, she’s the most helpful during boss(Large Oni) battles.

The game also has a verity of weapons that you can choose from and different armors. You get to customize your own character of course. The game also has a Online co-op and single mood. The online missions are different from the missions that you play in the offline mood. Of course there is also the Ad hoc mood.

Most importantly the game is very fun and a bit challenging if you don’t have the right team. The story of the game is actually deep I didn’t expect that. It took me 20hr to finish the game and I was taking my time. The game wont bore you that was the most important part for me. Though compared to Fire Emblem: Awaking, Toukiden is short.

Rate: 4.5/5

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Posted by on June 16, 2014 in Gaming

 

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Movie Review: Maleficent

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Summery:

A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal – an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces a battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom – and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well. (Written by Walt Disney Pictures)

General Information:

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning
Based on: Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, La Belle au bois dormant by Charles Perrault
Director: Robert Stromberg
Screenplay by: Linda Woolverton
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family
Run time: 97 minutes
Release date: May 30, 2014

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Review:

I’m a fan of Maleficent, but I have to treat this as a movie so… First, I’m very glad that they made a movie about Maleficent. I hope they would make one about Ursula, that would be awesome. Back to the movie, the first thing you will notice is the amazing graphics and forest design. Also the verity of creatures living in The Moors. The second thing you’ll notice is how beautiful Angelina is as Maleficent. Then Aurora is born and you wouldn’t be able to ignore the babies cuteness. Probably halfway through the movie you’ll realize that no one had a decent conversion up until this point but who cares. The good fairies are funny.

Of course through out the movie they will show you some awesome battle scenes that by the end of the movie you realize that it was just another Disney movie… minus the music of course. The movie is amazing. I very much enjoyed it but that was exactly how it went. I do recommend it. I would give it a 4 if it wasn’t too storytelling based but it was. So enjoy the movie

Overall Rate: 3.9/5

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2014 in Live action

 

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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: Kyoukai no Kanata

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Summary:

The dark fantasy follows a high school sophomore named Akihito Kanbara. Although the boy appears human, he is half youmu and invulnerable to wounds because he can heal quickly. One day, Akihito meets freshman Mirai Kuriyama when it seems she is about to jump from the school rooftop. Mirai is isolated because of her ability to manipulate blood, which is unique even among members of the spirit world. Disturbing events begin to unfold after Akihito saves Mirai. (Source: ANN)

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General Information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2013 to Dec 19, 2013
Producers: Kyoto Animation, Lantis, Pony Canyon, TBS, Sentai Filmworks
Genres: Fantasy, Slice of Life, Supernatural
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

Kyoukai no Kanata where shall I begin… Its amazing in a very unexpected way. The anime is both brutal and filled with fan service for a PG-13 rated anime. The story is very good both beautiful and sad.There are many amazing stuff in the anime I cant pin point one thing that made it special. To simplify it, its a Slice of life anime with a hint of comedy that takes an action turn of events. I must mention that the animation is gorgeous. Also the characters never failed to surprise me. I really enjoyed getting to know their powers and personalities. I believe that the director and writer are very creative specially with the way they laid down the ending. I totally respect them for that. I wished that the anime had more action in it or more like I wish that some fights have lasted longer. Nonetheless its a great anime.

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Overall Rating: 8/10

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

 

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