Rating: G – All Ages
“A faint clap of thunder,
Perhaps rain comes,
If so, will you stay here with me?”
Like all Makoto Shinkai movies, Kotonoha no Niwa is a masterpiece of art. The beautiful visuals and animation coupled with the most subtle audio that fits perfectly with what is going on gives the work an impression which will last in your head forever. The storyline is not all that captivating though, unlike his 2007 blockbuster 5 Centimeters per Second. It follows a romantic plot with a small twist at the end. What I was happy about is that the story ended well. I mean, after watching 5 Centimeters per Second, I was left with a strange mixture of feelings, which eventually made me read the manga. I guess I felt satisfied after that. Well anyway, I feel Kotonoha no Niwa is a light movie. Nothing much to think about, especially because it has a happy but it has an uncertain end. What I mean by that is the story wants to tell the viewers that things will work out for them in the near future. A similar understanding is brought upon the viewer even in 5 Centimeters per Second; it’s a nice feeling, but I could even do with a confirmed happy ending.
The protagonist Akizuki Takao is the ordinary good guy; he works hard, has good character and is honest with himself. Yukino Yukari is going through a bad phase in her life, and hence she is in a depressed state. Even though I am making it apparent now, the movie didn’t drill into my head that fact that Yukino needed Akizuki to make her see the light again. I guess, when I think about it, that meaning was there all along. I guess it is not such a light movie, after all it’s a Makoto Shinkai production. Just like his other works, there are a lot of not-so-obvious meanings in this movie, which are mostly depicted in the narration and the visuals.
I’ll keep this short, and try not to spoil the fun too much. By the way, from what you’ve read up till now, I might have made it sound pretty bad, but that’s not the case. It’s definitely an excellent watch. Especially if you like Makoto Shinkai’s works, or if this is your first time watching one of his movies, give it a shot, it’s totally worth the time. I frankly don’t know what else to say; it’s just that when you are watching the movie, it feels great, but when I am writing the review, I don’t remember the emotions that went through my head and all. I wasn’t thinking too much.
Simply, Kotonoha no Niwa is a perfectly ordinary story which is beautiful. Yeah.
Genres: Sci-fi, Alien, Slice of life
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Sanada Yuki is an ordinary student. His parents are unfortunately no more, and he lives with his grandmother. Yuki does not have many friends, because he moves with his grandmother from one place to another often and as a result ends up going to different schools. Whenever he gives a self-introduction in front of the class, he breaks down under the pressure of all the students watching him. He starts sweating profusely and the tension on his face makes him look like a devil, and hence he is dubbed ‘Devil Face’ by his classmates. Yuki has a feeling of emptiness and he always recollects the events of the day when he is alone, especially just before he goes to sleep. One day he moves to a place called Enoshima. It is a fishing harbor. He encounters Haru, who starts living with them and other interesting people who he becomes close friends with. As time passes, he begins to enjoy fishing and becomes a totally different person…
I especially enjoyed this because I really love ‘slice of life’ content. Tsuritama is brimming with that. I liked the overall feel of the anime. It is slow paced, eventful and it is worth mentioning that if you are into fishing, this is a treat! There is also a lot of technical details about fishing, hence the ‘Sci-fi’ genre. Oh right, one thing that I observed was that there exists plenty of dramatic irony. I mean the anime characters don’t laugh about some spastic joke in the anime itself. There are a few instances like the Duck symbolic dance, or whatever they call it; that’s funny actually, but none of the characters ever laugh.
Story: Sometimes I wish that if the supernatural stuff like the aliens did not exist, the anime would have been much better. If it was only a slice of life anime with Yuki learning how to fish and finding friends, it would have been one of the the best anime. Well anyway, that’s just my opinion. Story-wise, Tsuritama is a bit dull in the beginning. But as the story progresses, it gets more fun but I got a queer feeling while watching it. So I’ll give this 8/10.
Art: It’s different from other anime I’ve watched. The sky lacks detail. I doubt they made it that way because they were feeling lazy, but I suppose that it’s an ‘artistic’ lack of detail. Not bad, but adds to the dullness. Characters and the animation is good, nothing special though. Right, the fishing gear is well done. One thing about the art is that in some scenes, there is an overdose of colour. I recall the flowers kept in the porch of Yuki’s house, they are of different colours. There are many scenes with such superfluous use of colour. It’s not that I don’t like those colours, it’s just that all of them together doesn’t look very good. But it’s not something that’ll ruin your day or anything. Just something I think that could have been different. Again a 8/10.
Characters: One thing about this 12 episode anime is that, each and every character has been developed to their extent. Now that I think about it, that is a well planned feat. All characters have a right side and a wrong side, and as the anime progresses, they improve themselves with the help of the people around them. The fact is that regardless of how the story is, the characters help make the anime complete. I got a great sense of satisfaction at the end, I owe that feeling to the climax too! Everyone is just so friendly. Enemies later become friends. Friends become best-friends. Everyone accepts one another. Oh yes, one aspect that made a lot of difference was that everyone is selfless. It brings about the cozy feeling of trust, it added to the pleasant feel of the show. This gets nothing less than a 10/10.
Overall Rating: 8/10
A really random poem started off
by my friend and we kept adding new lines.
She napped like a sprog,
Gorged herself on dinner like a hog.
And now that her tummy was full,
She crashed out like a log.
The following morning,
She jumped off her bed like a frog,
Groaned at the week’s backlog,
And went out for a morning jog.
Later she waded through the dense smog like a polliwog,
Where she got distracted by a hotdog.
Losing balance she fell on a bog,
And shook hands with a hedgehog.
Staggering to her feet,
She glanced at her analog.
Realized that it was late,
She took to her heels,
And reached home all agog,
To see the collab on her pal’s blog!
Title: Sword Art Online
Duration: ~23 minutes per episode
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Game, Shounen
Age Rating: PG-13
The story starts with the release of a Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online (SAO). Kirigaya Kazuto (Kirito) is among the few chosen beta-testers of SAO. It is the first ‘Virtual Reality’ game ever made. After the game’s official release, thousands of players log in to experience virtual reality gaming. But soon, they find out that the only way of logging out is by finishing all the hundred levels in the game. The catch is, if they die in-game, they die in reality…My Review
I took over a month to finish this. It is a nice anime, and it has a terrific ending. The first few episodes were good, but around the middle of the series I found it a little boring. I think it is because I enjoy anime that have more of a fun factor rather than seriousness. It is definitely worth watching. A lot of sentiment, action and some depressing scenes make the viewing experience complete. I primarily enjoyed it because of the idea of there being a ‘virtual reality’ so real that it feels like reality itself. I really hope science and technology advances quickly so that in the near future, we would all be wearing a ‘nerve gear’ and logging in to a VRMMORPG.
Story: I think the story/plot is very original, and gets you hooked. There are plenty of tense moments, and a sweet romantic arc. Also, there are a lot of sentimental scenes, especially because everything is a matter of life and death. The only thing that made me uneasy was the stark seriousness. The story’s fun factor reduces considerably because some people are just pure evil, and they don’t understand the grave situation they are in. So, I will give this a 9/10.
Characters: What can I say, amazing anime always have amazing characters. Everyone’s character is rich, very well developed. Kirito’s sarcasm gets me every time. I also liked the way everyone has a very contrasting character. It gave me a sense of ‘satisfaction’, the feeling you get after you watch something mind-blowing and it stays in your mind for a long time. This gets a full 10/10.
Art: Nothing short of great. Characters look really cute. Fight scenes are done excellently. Not only have they precisely made the characters’ emotions, but also every time there is a clash of metallic surfaces, numerous sparks fly. It gives a very nice effect to the scene. Very good as a whole. I will give this a 9/10. Could have been better. There are some really serene places in SAO. Quite a lot of footage takes place there. The art has a utopian feel. There are various environments, snow, lakeside, sometimes just plain grass. Everything else is like reality itself; night and day, different weather conditions etc. But there are places where there is no background at all, an infinite void. Scenes like that make the anime a bit dull.
Overall Rating: 9/10
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A friend of mine was making a forum RPG game, and he asked me if I wanted to make the game with him. I accepted. At first, we were planning to have only a banner to tell people that a game was going to be launched. So, we decided what to write on the banner. But later I realized, it would be really cool if we could make a video. So I made one. We were in a little hurry to publish it, so I couldn’t sync the audio with the video. But a few days later I updated it.
Synonyms: The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki
Genre: Slice of Life, Fantasy
Age Rating: G – All ages
Duration: 1 hour and 57 minutes
Subtitles: English (also Arabic, Vietnamese, Spanish, Russian, Swedish, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese)
Hana is a 19 year old student who also works part-time at the laundry to pay her tuition fees. She meets a boy in her class, who is not a student formally but attends classes. He works part-time as a mover. They fall in love, and the boy shows Hana his deepest secret; that he is a descendant of the Japanese Wolves who have been extinct for about a hundred years. They start living together, and eventually have children—the first, a baby girl named Yuki and then a son named Ame. Their happy life is interrupted by the death of the wolf man, their father. Hana is faced with extreme hardships managing their two kids, and doing other chores in the household alone. Ame and Yuki can also transform into wolves like their father. As a result, Hana decides to move to the countryside so they can live their lives in secrecy…
If they gave Oscars for anime, I think this would be a rightful nominee. Anime is so lovable because of many reasons. The one with the greatest consequence in my opinion is that it portrays deep emotion. Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki brings out that in abundance. There are times when everybody is as happy as they can get, and sometimes it can bring you to tears. I had a wonderful time watching it.
Story: This has one of the best story that I have ever come across. I love the slice of life genre and I thoroughly enjoyed the two hours that I spent on this movie. For the amazing idea and plot, I give it a 10/10.
Art: The art is excellent as well, the characters are drawn very well. The scenery is also looks great. Only thing is that the waterfall looks a bit off, so I will give this a 9/10.
Characters: Again, amazing character design, I totally loved the main characters. Hana is my favourite, as she is sentimental, sympathetic, responsible, and would go to any length to protect her kids. The characters of Ame and Yuki are brought out very well. So this gets 10/10.
Overall Rating: 10/10
I almost forgot to give you a brief introduction on me. I am a computer enthusiast, I love the internet, I love browsing and scavenging for information. Among my many hobbies are watching anime, talking to my best pal, reading books, listening to music, learning all kinds of different things, playing games and many more.
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