The Boy and the Beast || Impressions

  While visiting my bestest friend James last month, he and I watched The Boy and the Beast together in sub. I’d heard some things about it–that it just didn’t compare to Wolf Children, similar things like that (and to be honest, is that even fair?. WOLF CHILDREN IS WOLF CHILDREN. IT’S TOO GOOD TO…

K: Missing Kings

In the upcoming fall season, the anime K is getting a sequel. I put some time into watching K for this reason…and also because the show is quite popular, from what I can tell. I decided not to review the first series itself for a couple of reason though: it wasn’t actually great. The animation…

5 Centimeters Per Second || A Weekend Flick

Today’s review is short, because this film is pretty short! XD Created by the same director who orchestrated the gorgeous The Garden of Words, 5 Centimeters Per Second is artistically gorgeous film about distance, love, and loss. I’ve heard this film mentioned a lot; many people love it, many people are confused by it, everyone admits the animation…

Porco Rosso || A Weekend Flick

It is of my opinion that Porco Rosso is one of Studio Ghibli’s most under-appreciated films. The majority of the film is a masterpiece of atmosphere, drama, steady pacing, and character execution. We are treated to a subtle but beautiful celebration of women, which is what gave this film the extra boost into my personal favorites….

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time || A Weekend Flick

This was a movie I saw before I liked anime and I wasn’t too impressed the first time. However, I decided to rewatch it several months ago to see if I would like it more. And I did! The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is actually an exceptional film, being smart, funny, and relatable. This film was made by…

The Secret World of Arrietty

I’ve roped today’s “Weekend Flick” to fit my year-of-anime celebration! Today I’m going to review the special Ghibli film that got me to give anime a second chance: The Secret World of Arrietty. I’ve always loved the idea of little people. I devoured a book series called The Littles when I was growing up–I still…

Magic Kaito 1412 || Tuesday Tunes

I recently tracked this OST down, remembering Sensei raving over its music. I was NOT disappointed with the exciting, jazzy, electric and just flat awesome music I found! Yep, its time for another Tuesday Tunes and today I’m focusing on another anime that I’ve not actually seen: Magic Kaito 1412! Track 05: Nakamori Keibu Slow & Up: Of the…

Ponyo || A Weekend Flick

Ponyo is in my top three or four Studio Ghibli films. It whisked me away on my very first viewing, leaving me stunned by the gorgeous animation and completely won by the adorable child leads. This is the version of The Little Mermaid that I love because the innocence, warmth, and adventure is so touching and engaging! And yes, Ponyo…