Title: Wolf Children (Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Publisher: Studio Chizu (JP), Funimation (US)
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Screenplay: Mamoru Hosoda, Satoko Okudera
Music: Masakatsu Takagi
Original Release Date: November 26, 2013
The moment that sold me on Wolf Children when I watched it the first time at the NYCFF was the moment our female lead Hana watched her soon to be husband transform into a wolf man. The moment is extremely simple, and yet, something about that moment when he reveals his secret to Hana resonated with me at the time, and the quality of the film didn’t let up from then on. In watching the film again for this review, it was again this small moment, along with the timing of the background music, that convinced me to pay close attention to what I was watching for the rest of the hour and something minutes. And in that time span, Mamoru Hosoda created a work that incorporated tragedy, the struggles of a parent, and how suddenly a person can change due to a number of factors. With its glorious visuals and solid, but not exemplary, soundtrack, Wolf Children is the perfect title for all ages.
Basically, Haruka and his friends were a team back in elementary school, but things happened and they only reunited in high school but without Rin. They then try to re-establish the swimming club to realize their dream of swimming together again like they did in the past.
So yeah, I convinced myself to do an unboxing video. This of the CR Mystery Box. This can only end gloriously.
Title: One Piece: Strong World
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Publisher: Toei Animation (JP), Funimation (US)
Original Creator: Eiichiro Oda
Director: Munehisa Sakai
Script: Hirohiko Uesaka
Music Composer: Kouhei Tanaka, Shiroh Hamaguchi
Original Release Date: November 19, 2013
As much as I love One Piece, and as much as I want to love it’s movies, it seems that One Piece movies and I are not quite meant to be…or at least that seems to be the case with the ones I’ve seen so far.
With Oda supervising the production of Strong World, my hopes were relatively high since I went in with the expectation that he, if anyone, would be able to give me a movie that I would enjoy immensely. Though from a visual standpoint Strong World is really quite beautiful, in general, I unfortunately found myself rather underwhelmed by a lackluster story and characters that couldn’t seem to find their balance.
Time for a no-nonsense, extra foolish Reference Resource Mondays for your reading pleasure. I don’t even know what that could mean in this case guys. Oh well.
With the Xbox 360 and PS4 launching the past few weeks, it only made some sense to confuse this blog for more than just anime and manga. Oh right, we do sometimes write about games as well. And other stuff.
Anyways, I asked some questions to the bloggers at Damage Control Blog about the next gen consoles, why they’re not getting it, and where they stack up at this point. Feel free to share if you guys decided to purchase a console, or you’re just going to wait it out, and why. Well, as long as it’s game related, share what you have to say below, while also digesting thoughts from DMGC Blog as well.
Title: Heretic Monk (Gedoubou)
Genre: Action, Supernatural
Publisher: Nihonbungeisha (JP), Digital Manga (US)
Artist: Shinji Hiramatsu
Translation: Himawari Natsuno
Original Release Date: September 24, 2013
There’s nothing more depressing than reading about a badass character who’s the most perfect thing in the world. What this means is the badass character will not have any weaknesses and will be the literal savior of all. Considering we have a monk as the lead, the irony is very real. This then means everything else has to be good enough to allow the monk to not seem so boring and bland. Aside from one chapter where a good theme was explored, Heretic Monk is the classic middle of the road manga: it’s not particularly bad, but in its first volume, it’s not particularly good, and it only has its lack of depth in its story and one note characters to blame for that.
Something told me in my brain that it made sense to talk about the Fall anime season at it’s halfway point. Then that same something told me maybe I should go talk to people within the Kokidokom framework. That led to me chatting with Nabe’s admin, Iso, and Chris, who runs Through The Looking Glass, over the weekend about the anime season, and trust me when I say this, it led to many, many derps and a valiant excuse to make fun of our taste in anime.
But ignore us and share what’s been your favorite anime, and your biggest surprise and disappointment this season in the comments section. Or not ignore us and laugh at how hard we try to talk to each other. You cruel, cruel people…
And here I am back again for a new Tuesday of talk about anime. Since last week I have bought the French collector version of the Blue Exorcist movie and I think it is worth the price for one of those artbook alone. I think I have also gotten the virus of collector versions. Be sad for my wallet with me!
Anyways, Stella Jougakuin Koutou-ka C3-bu is a series that talks about girls being cute while playing airsoft. That is pretty much what it is all about.
Confession time: I’ve only managed to read a grand total of one manga with any sort of Boys Love overtones…that was Wild Adapter (and only one volume). I’ve only managed to watch a grand total of two anime with any sort of Boys Love overtones…that was No.6 and Free. Both manage to be on the tamer side (or at least for Wild Adapter since I’ve only read one volume) compared to the type of BL that is out there. I still remember my one time back around high school where I found out about an anime called Gravitation. I believe that aired on Anime Network on Demand. I don’t remember finishing the episode. I definitely wasn’t ready to watch that back then. Fast forward now, times have changed, and we’re seeing more exposure to BL than before.
So I hear there’s some sort of holiday this week. I think that means I’m supposed to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and all that jazz. So there you go. Don’t pig out too much. And be thankful. That is all. Let’s get to articles that you’ll hopefully find interesting this week.
Title: The Strange Tale of The Twilight Demon (Ushimitsu Kitan)
Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural, Suspense
Publisher: Isaona (JP), Digital Manga (US)
Artist: Midori Hagi
Original Release Date: May 5, 2013
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One shot stories usually go two ways: either incredibly terrible and liable to be forgotten in an hour, or filled with flaws but with potential to continue its story down the line. This one shot story falls into the former: lazy, terrible, and immediately forgettable.