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….

Yatterman Night || A Mini Review

So, Yatterman Night from the Winter 2015 season was a pretty good show, with an interesting sense of humor and intriguing commentary on what symbolism can mean to a nation. This was a treat to watch, even though it was a tad hard getting settled in for the ride. At least the lead character was an adorable…

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…

Saekano || A Review

So this anime was pretty self-aware in a smart funny way, which is why I was able to watch the entire thing. Ecchi isn’t really the anime genre I like to frequent because it’s generally full of holes and annoying fanservice that serves little purpose beyond pure fanservice. Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend was…

Ongoing || Spring 2015 Impressions: Part 1

 Sound! Euphonium | Episode 1 “Beginning her first year in high school, Kumiko struggles with her decision to join the high school concert band–as they sound awful–but it’s there that she recognizes a former female school mate.” This is at the top of my must-watch list. Going from the first episode, this story appears refreshingly true to life. The lead…

Rolling☆Girls || A Mini Review

I had high hopes for Rolling☆Girls at the beginning of the Winter Season… those first two episodes really were amazing. So, it is with disappoint that I must say that Rolling☆Girls’s plot completely unraveled for most of the show, leaving me baffled and frustrated. It was, however, very pretty to look at (see gallery below.) Rolling☆Girls Adventure |…

Kotoura-San

Oh sweet little Kotoura-San. I enjoyed this anime; it wasn’t amazing, but I enjoyed it all the same. I wish it hadn’t taken me so long to finish it. Kotoura-san Romantic Comedy | Drama | Supernatural | Shojou 2013 | 13 Episodes | PG-13 Kotoura-san was born with the ability to read/see inside minds. As a little girl…

The Garden of Words || A Review

This 46 minute film is the best animation I’ve ever seen in my life. Hands down gorgeous. While the story itself isn’t anything special, it certainly wasn’t a pain to watch either. The Garden of Words Drama | Romance | Slice-of-Life 2013 | 46 minutes | PG When it rains, a high school student skips school to…