Day Thirty: Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (MotM 2018)

evangelion 2.0

Something odd has been occurring to me lately when indulging in trilogy films. Whether it be Spider-ManAlien, Nolan’s Batman, or now this, I seem to not be impressed by the second outing, which many fans of these franchises consider either better or more enjoyable than their first entry. I swear I’m not intending to have this happen—I guess I’m just a hipster? (more…)

Day Twenty-Nine: Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (MotM 2018)

evangelion 1.0

There’s an interesting thing in regards to this string of movies. For whatever reason, the parent series is considered a classic of the anime medium, and many fans hold it with high esteem and a symbol of creative genius. I’ve seen the parent series. I liked it quite a bit. It certainly has more substance and nihilistic anxiety than basically every anime to follow or precede it. I would recommend it to any anime enthusiast and to people outside of this colorful(?) medium, too. (more…)

Day Twenty-Six: Kurenai no Buta (MotM 2018)

kurenai no buta

They say there’s a “magic” to Studio Ghibli. Everyone seems to remember the films with the most fantastic imagery, the most flawless animation, the grandest of visual output. People remember Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away without even remembering them; they were just that amazing and memorable. Using this blissful creativity gives the legendary animation studio a crutch to lean on when their stories aren’t always the most complex, logical, or even interesting. While arguing that people only see a “magic” surrounding Ghibli films because they overemphasize the visual aspect is not an argument I would make, it is something I think I’ve unconsciously accepted with my spotty track record with the studio. To consider the films I’ve seen “overrated” would be an understatement—especially when people hail them as some of the greatest films to ever exist. (more…)

Day Nineteen: Rakuen Tsuihou (MotM 2018)

expelled from paradise

Hey, guys. Remember when Gen Urobuchi wrote Fate/Zero? God, what a great anime, huh? The greatest achievement to anime of all time. God bless his deep, psychological mindset. Nothing he could ever write could undermine these unrealistically high expectations of mine. (more…)

Day Thirteen: Seitokai Yakuindomo Movie (MotM 2018)

seitokai yakuindomo movie

I could write a lot about this film, but that would mean re-treading the same ground as every other adaptation of the Seitokai Yakuindomo manga ever, because it’s so little different that I may as well copy-paste various observations from old posts. (more…)