I was ready to like this show. I really wanted to. All its good setup and wonderful potential goes out the door after the pilot, though, giving way for a really mean-spirited self-insert male power fantasy of a series. Continue reading FIRST LOOK: Bokutachi no Remake – Surprise, it’s another male power fantasy
The best insert songs aren’t just played over the movie for the sake of it. Words Bubble Up weaves Yamazakura into its central plot, in a way so perfect it will linger with you long after the movie ends. Continue reading Music in Anime – Yamazakura (Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop)
The best movies are the ones told from the heart. Words Bubble Up brims with life and energy, with beautiful visuals and a dreamy soundtrack bringing life to this sweet summer story. Continue reading Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop – A Summer Flick as Sweet as Soda
Though a little anemic in its runtime, Josee, the Tiger, and the Fish is a beautifully-made and wonderfully-told story about how supportive love can help two people reach the dreams that were once out of their grasp. Continue reading Josee, the Tiger, and the Fish – Love is Support
A Place Further than the Universe has some of the best insert songs in all of anime. Sora wo Miagete is one of them, capturing perfectly that sense of bursting, rushing emotion so central to this perfect show. Continue reading Music in Anime: Sora wo Miagete – A Place Further than the Universe
It can be difficult to tell a story centered around a location. Hanasaku Iroha manages it so well, with an ending that left me dreaming. Continue reading Hanasaku Iroha – Kissui-so is where dreams come together
The incredibly slow pacing of Super Cub definitely won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. If you can look past that – and all the Honda ad placements – you’ll find a sweet and touching story of recovery as a young girl grows into herself. Continue reading FIRST LOOK: Super Cub – The slowest anime may hide something subtle and deep
The first episode is a bit of a mess, but a profoundly beautiful music sequence bookends it. The rest of the show is looking to be powerful and promising. Continue reading First Look: Mashiro no Oto – Spell-binding shamisen music will have you totally hooked
Been looking for the slow version of Penguin Research’s Button, the one that plays at the end of ReLife: Kanketsu-hen. It’s perfect. Continue reading Music in Anime: Penguin Research – Button (Slow version)
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