Spoiler Warning: This post contains spoilers!
A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) is a unique piece of story which leaves me with lingering mixed feelings to this day. I first came across this series when the one-shot was shared on a certain imageboard and I remember it left me in a puzzled state after finishing the last page – conflicted whether to feel disgusted or depressed whilst holding contempt over the complexities and vulnerabilities of the human heart. The drawing style of A Silent Voice’s author Yoshitoki Ouima is overtly sketchy and sometimes hindered the story due to the weird faces – but perfectly captures the intent raw emotion and feelings. What I appreciate about A Silent Voice‘s existence is how anime and manga can seriously be taken as a tool for the greater good addressing such sensitive issues, as A Silent Voice encompasses a coming-of-age tale of redemption, friendship and love while dealing with the heavy reality of family strife, suicide and most notable of all; bullying.
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Spoiler Warning: Because I have no mouth and I must scream about Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale this post has no choice but to contains spoilers because I have no mouth and I must scream about Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale.
The UK has received an unprecedented steady stream of the hottest theatrical anime premieres in the past six months with more down the pipeline thanks to the amazing efforts of Anime Limited and soon Animatsu. From Your Name to A Silent Voice, the next movie in this streak is… uh, Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale; a movie follow-up continuing the SAO flame with a new original story written by the original author Reki Kawahara. I had the opportunity to go see the movie on the UK premiere date last month with a couple of friends at Picturehouse Central in London while ignoring the fact that I could’ve simply watched it from the cinema 10 minutes away from my house. For what it’s worth, Ordinal Scale is an intriguing film bringing new concepts to the table but remains a victim of the awry story and structure infamous to the franchise.
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I’ve had my dose of “misfortunate” anime that are all the rage nowadays; Madoka Magica, Gakkou Gurashi and Yuuki Yuuna to name a few. These shows are brutal in their own right but at least mercifully gives you some time to take a quick breather from all the anguish before shoving it all back down in your throat again twenty seconds later. Magical Girl Raising Project (Mahoiku from here on) is kind of like that but without the generous timeouts.
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Warning: Your Name movie spoilers and 5 Centimeters Per Second flashbacks ahead, this (shit)post is intended for readers who have already seen the film.
Walking around the immense dry heat in Akihabara and various other places in Tokyo this summer (That’s right, I went to Japan! Blog posts coming soon…) I noticed the persistent promotion of Makoto Shinkai’s upcoming film “Kimi no Na wa.” (titled the English counterpart Your Name from here on) both in-stores and outdoors. In-store promotions would typically take up a respectable amount of aisle space reinforced with flashy sign boards advertising the film. Laid out throughout the aisle featured of promotional leaflets, reservation slips to go see the film and a bunch of related Shinkai goods including the novel edition of the film. Japanese stores seem to have an endless supply of portable DVD players I’d notice as there would always have one blaring out the PV on an endless loop on its tinny speakers (which is why I had the song Zen Zen Zense ingrained to the back of my mind throughout my trip in Japan).
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While going through the usual process of watching a tonne of anime at the start of a new season and then narrowing down my selection to a select few I’m interested in, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso for some unknown reason was kept out of my radar back in Autumn last year. It was only until April (funnily enough) that my friend from university recommended it to me and I accidentally the entire forty-four chapter manga. I was hooked. It -that- good. Shigatsu is the first series in such a long time that has kept me this hooked and eager to find out what happens in the next chapter. As a result, this review is aimed at the series as a whole, while comparing the differences between the anime and manga.
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After an abysmal year in 2014 in terms of post entries due to university and related, in an attempt to write more in 2015 I’ll aim to write at least one blog post every month this year. So for my first article of the year I’m going to review a sweet and innocent romantic comedy manga that I’ve been reading that recently finished; Bocchi na Bokura no Renai Jijou!
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Nerawareta Gakuen (Psychic School Wars) was originally a 1973 science fiction novel by Taku Mayumura, which spawned a bunch of live action dramas, films, but most recently an anime film by Ryousuke Nakamura over at the lively bunch at Sunrise studios.
Don’t get the name of the movie fool you however since Nerawareta Gakuen is anything more than just a psychic school war epic.
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Takao Kasuga is a budding high-schooler who loves reading books; especially Charles Baudelaire’s ‘The Flowers of Evil’. He also has a huge crush on the popular girl in class Nanako Saeki. One day walking home he forgot his favourite book and runs back to pick it up. Unbeknownst to Kasuga he found Nanako’s P.E. uniform fallen out of the shelf. For some reason he panics, steals it and takes it home. It wasn’t long before the news of Saeki’s missing gym clothes was spread and the overbearing guilt builds up inside Takao. Then comes Sawa Nakamura, a strange and downright creepy outcast in Takao’s class who somehow witnessed him taking Nanako’s uniform. A downward spiral series of unfortunate events soon entails on our characters…
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At the beginning of the episode we are demonstrated the power of spacequakes; large and mysterious disasters that have plagued the Earth for some time, this scene alone even claimed one-hundred and fifty million innocent lives. Ninety seconds later, a bright pair of pink striped panties gets shoved into your face.
It’s this awkward sense of contrast that sets the underlying tone for Date A Live.
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Hayate no Gotoku! Cuties is the fourth instalment in the Hayate no Gotoku! anime series. Now, normally you would expect the first season to continue on in the second season, and so on and so forth – this isn’t the case with Hayate. The first season follows the first five volumes of the manga whereas the second season stayed faithful from volume six to fourteen. The third season thought “what the hell” and jumped ahead and beyond the timeframe of events in the manga serialising weekly at the time. This fourth season doesn’t do any better as we’re about to find out.
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