Category Archives: Movies

There are lots of sceneries but only few words in ‘The Garden of Words’: anime review

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This anime was only 46 minutes long. But I would not have it any other way. (This review contains spoilers.) Continue reading

Love always remains: a twenty-year-late review of Porco Rosso

It’s been twenty years but love remains as fresh and sweet as I could ever hope for. Continue reading

Recovering from Crisis: From Up on Poppy Hill anime review

I was inevitably skeptical after seeing Tales from Earthsea. Going in the high-fantasy route might not work well for Goro Miyazaki. In this anime, he went in a different direction by making down to earth, drama anime. I am glad to say that it was the right choice. Continue reading

The Bittersweet Impermanence of Life: Mai Mai Miracle review and discussion

We meet and then we part. We live and then we die. On the surface, Mai Mai miracle felt like someone holding on to sweet nostalgic memory. But in fact, the anime was more about dealing with the impermanence of things in life. Memento Mori in children’s movie…I’m impressed! (this article contains spoilers) Continue reading

The Hardest Thing is Saying Goodbye: review of Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below

What a beautiful anime we have here! Makoto Shinkai’s has always been making pretty-looking anime with his characteristically slow pace and rather poignant theme. In this latest entry, Shinkai plunged fully into fantasy genre and the result was…interesting. Continue reading

Debate between positive and negative persona of Canne: Hotarubi no Mori e -anime review

For a movie that seemed to be universally loved, what’s there to debate about? Well, let’s find out! Continue reading

Doraemon: Nobita and the Legend of the Sun King – anime review

Nobita and the Leged of the Sun King was made after Fujiko F. Fujio passed away. This anime was the 21th installment of Doraemon movies. It clearly tried to stay true to its predecessors and it did quite well. Nevertheless, the movie stumbled because it was more about the Sun King than Nobita or Doraemon. Continue reading

Doraemon: Nobita and the New Steel Troops -Angel Wings- anime review

What’s with the excessively long name? All it does was to remind me that this is another remake (the fourth, to be exact) from this long running series of Doraemon movies. As the name implies, this is the remake of 1986 movies, Doraemon: Nobita and the Steel Troops. Be warned that you are about to read the most biased review from me because not only did the 1986 version was my favorite Doraemon movie but also one of my all-time favorite anime. Continue reading

The Borrower Arrietty: anime review – beauty is in the detail

It’s certainly been a while since the last Ghibli film, Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea. Somewhere between chaotic works and absurd life, I stopped anticipating another Ghibli film despite the fact that I am such a huge fan. Late last night, I watched The Borrower Arrietty. Lots of fond memories were brought back to me, along with glimpses of the long forgotten magic. Continue reading