Day Twenty-Seven: Penguin Highway (MotM 2021)

As I inch closer to the end of March, my desire to write super in-depth reviews for films decreases dramatically. On top of what I also do for my job (additional writing), it’s a whole lot of writing in one day. And I’m currently sporting a lovely headache. Let’s see how long I can go before I can’t take it.

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Thoughts on Given (Film)

Given (ha) I viewed Given fairly recently, I figured I’d give the recently-released film a quick watch. It’s less than an hour, the story is still fresh in my mind, and it focuses on Akihiko, my favorite character from the series. One of the things about the original series that kind of made me squint was just how little was explained about him and his relationship with the prodigy violin player. This film focuses on that relationship, along with serving as a sequel/filler story for fans to chew on. Given (last time, promise) I wasn’t too keen on the original (though still liked it overall!), did this film leave me with a better impression of the series’ direction?

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Entries from the Dead: Gibiate

This is a very fresh addition to my anime graveyard, having dropped this just last night. Normally, I would try out an anime, drop it, and then not bother; the rare exception comes when I feel I have something insightful to say about it. But with Gibiate, there is a specific angle that made me try it in the first place, and after seeing (part) of the results myself, I feel pretty let down. This was compared to Mars of Destruction—an anime so terrible it’s used as a pedestal for all terrible anime to aspire to. Knowing that as a connoisseur of terribad things, how could I resist?

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Merry Days of Anime 2020: Megalo Box

Many words were written about anime this season. A lot more than written over the course of the year, as my interest in the anime medium has slowly dwindled. Whether that says more about me as a person or the medium itself is debatable, but one thing’s for sure: I’m not much of an anime man anymore. More of a recommendation dispenser. I’ve seen so many that I’m able to take a quick browse through my list and give about three or four recommendations per genre. Like an old sage with a Word document. Where am I going with this?

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Merry Days of Anime 2020: JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken (2012)

I’m proud of myself, readers. Not only did I finish a shounen series, I finished one of the most memed anime series of the current generation. While it only consisted of the debut 26 episodes, I have now familiarized myself enough with the material to understand internet culture just a little more. My lifelong goal as an internet historian/archivist is ever-so-slightly closer to being achieved.

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