Merry Days of Anime: Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni

corner of the world cover

I’m gonna keep this one somewhat short, as I have come across a rare, but serious issue of mine: Upon completing this, I immediately wanted to re-watch it. But in such a short span? That’s cause for exhaustion. I can only discuss my thoughts the first time around… and wonder if a second viewing could ease some of my early frustrations. Continue reading “Merry Days of Anime: Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni”

Day Twenty: Eve no Jikan (MotM 2019)

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Imagine a cute little dog. This dog has been around humans all its life. This dog, as it has the capability to do so in this hypothetical situation, wishes to assert its own independence through self-expression. The humans, in response, pressure it to continue to be a dog and nothing more. This is a story about how two high school boys discover a café dedicated to treating dogs the same as humans, as they have the intellectual capacity to do so in this hypothetical situation. Why did I use dogs instead of androids? Because dogs are cute, completely innocent, and essentially harmless under the right supervision. That’s basically the gist of the androids here. Continue reading “Day Twenty: Eve no Jikan (MotM 2019)”

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? Continue reading “Day Thirty: Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (MotM 2018)”

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. Continue reading “Day Twenty-Nine: Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (MotM 2018)”

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. Continue reading “Day Twenty-Six: Kurenai no Buta (MotM 2018)”

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. Continue reading “Day Thirteen: Seitokai Yakuindomo Movie (MotM 2018)”