The 100th Love With You (2017-Movie)

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Aoi and Riku are childhood friends attending the same college. For most of his life, Riku has secretly had access to a mysterious vinyl record, belonging to his uncle, which he uses to travel back in time to correct embarrassing events. When Aoi is killed in a traffic accident, Riku attempts to use the record to save her life.

Turning back the clock will appeal to anyone who has ever wished to do over something again, but this film highlighted that you cannot change what is destined for you.

Honestly, my eyes were bawling while watching this movie. I feel the profound love of our protagonist to save his girl’s life while she was pleading for him to let her go. The death of our loved ones must be our greatest fear and yet, life must go on for those who are left behind.

I like the film’s simplicity and direct message. The good memories that we’ve experienced and the taste of living our life to the fullest with someone we love is sometimes filled with bittersweet.

I recommend this movie for those who wants to have a good cry with the best music on the background.

Verdict: 09/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow I Will Date With Yesterday’s You (2016-Movie)

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It is very rare for a drama movie that makes you think at the end. If you want that kind of genre, then this film is perfect for you.

The plot is very exceptional and peculiar. One of the main characters Emmi comes from a parallel universe where time flows in the opposite direction of this universe.  She has to meet Takatoshi only 30 days for every 5 years. When they both reached the same age of 20 which is only once in the entire cycle, their love story begins and unfold the mystery. You must watch it from the beginning to end, and everything will make sense.

This film makes me think about the situation of our two main characters and the poignant consequences of their fate. It gives me a realization of the unfathomable reality of life, that time steals away all of the opportunities we get if we don’t take advantage of them when they come. Just like with our protagonist, 30 days wouldn’t be enough to be together, and yet they made everything possible out of it.

The story is unconventional, and yet my heart still aches.

Verdict: 10/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOKYO GHOUL (J-Anime)

“You choose to be hurt rather than hurt others, right? You’re nice and wonderful. But while it seems like you’re choosing both, you’re really forsaking both.”

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Tokyo Ghoul is set in an alternate reality where ghouls, individuals who can only survive by eating human flesh, live among the normal humans in secret, hiding their true nature to evade pursuit from the authorities. Including enhanced speed, senses, and regenerative ability, a regular ghoul is several times stronger than a normal human, has a skin resistant to ordinary piercing weapons and has at least one special predatory organ called a “Kagune”, which it can manifest and use as a weapon during combat.

The story follows Ken Kaneki, a college student who barely survives a deadly encounter with Rize Kamishiro, his date who reveals herself as a ghoul. He is taken to the hospital in critical condition. After recovering, Kaneki discovers that he underwent a surgery that transformed him into a half-ghoul.

And his journey as half-human and half-ghoul begins. A life from the normal to the paranormal.

I enjoy this anime quite a bit. It has an interesting premise and characters focus. Bloody good fights have been split over the course of the series though there are some brutal and nasty scenes along with it.

I like the beautiful kagune of the ghouls. While it sprouts from the back of them and before they started to attack, they look like a fallen angels. Tokyo Ghoul didn’t  disappointment me. I have watched the season 1 and will be watching the next season too.

Verdict: 8/10

 

 

A SILENT VOICE (J-anime 2016)

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As a wild youth, elementary school student Shouya Ishida sought to beat boredom in the cruelest ways. When the deaf Shouko Nishimiya transfers into his class, Shouya and the rest of his class thoughtlessly bully her for fun. However, when her mother notifies the school, he is singled out and blamed for everything done to her. With Shouko transferring out of the school, Shouya is left at the mercy of his classmates. He is heartlessly ostracized all throughout elementary and middle school, while teachers turn a blind eye.

 

Bullying is an epidemic in our society, both for our children and adult.

This movie portrays the harsh reality that almost everyone is experienced, the truth of how much people wanted to be understood and accepted despite what is lacking on them. It shows the total root of this problem and the miserable effect on it to those who are treated unfairly.

The silent voice gave us the message of second chances to correct what was done wrongly, that there is nothing wrong to admit our faults, to ask forgiveness and move on. We should always be aware of how we are treating other people, to learn to communicate, to listen and encourage self-worth and acceptance.

I know it takes a lot of hard work to be genuine to others, we’ll surely stumble along the way, but I think it wouldn’t be difficult if we steer humanity.

Verdict: 8/10

 

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Back then, if we could have heard each other’s voices, anything would have been so much better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hataraku Maou-Sama

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In another dimension, the Devil King Sadao is only one step away from conquering the world when he is beaten by Hero Emilia and forced to drift to the other world: modern-day Tokyo. As “conquering the world” are the only skills the Devil King possesses – and are obviously unnecessary in his new situation – he must work as a part-time to pay for his living expenses.

I had a good laugh in this anime. It’s a supreme comedy and a short side of action. The energy flows through the entire episodes; at the beginning, seriousness took over, after its gone, the real fun begins.

What makes this show stand out is the strong characters which develop eventually. They are quite stupid, but not annoying, a certain mix of charm to see the lord of demons working as a part timer and protecting Tokyo along with his generals lucifer and Alciel who became a computer online addict and a domestic helper.

Should you watch it?  the hell yeah!

Verdict: 8/10

Kaichou Wa Maid-Sama (J-anime)

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Kaichou Wa Maid-Sama is about a girl named Misaki Ayuzawa who is the student council President at a former all-boys school. Her position at the top of the food chain is threatened when one of the boys, Takumi Usui, discovers that she works part-time as a maid at a maid cafe.

I watched this anime because I have read some good reviews, however, I was curious to why they had some disappointments after watching it.

Kaichou Wa Maid-Sama is witty and enjoyable to watch. The artwork is fabulous and you will enjoy the designs of each character. The romantic chemistry between the two protagonists is quite sweet and alluring.  Everything is almost okay, except the buildup of their relationship was indeed an agony. 

They took a lot of episodes for their friend zone parts rather than being “in love” with each other drastically.  Sometimes, I hated Misaki for being so clueless or being hard to get to Takumi Usui. This guy never failed to show how much he likes her, to mention his stolen kisses too and she’s just there pretending never have noticed it.  It was such a crawl event of the show, it wasn’t just enough.

Apart from this, the show is a pretty good run of romance anime.  But then, I need a season 2 to wrap up everything in order. I need more!

Verdict: 8/10

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Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa.) – J-Anime

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Hands down. Wow. It made me smile, cry and cringe.

Kimi No Na Nawa (Your name) is one of the best movies I have enjoyed.

It has a beautiful and mysterious plot and surprising twist. Tangled with amazing characters, body swapping and my favorite Time Traveling.

The animation quality of this movie and its music are beautifully blended.

You can’t stop your heart racing with every scene, and the feelings of searching someone, at somewhere and in something in your memory that you can’t even remember are enough reasons to mesmerize your emotions.

Kimi No Na Nawa (Your name) is a must see movie that will braid your heart till the end.

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High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other.

Verdict: 10/10

If Cats Disappeared from the World

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A postman learns that he doesn’t have much time left to live due to a terminal illness. A devil then appears in front of him and offers to extend his life if he picks something in the world that will disappear.

You will get an extra day to live, but all the person you love along with their memories with you will vanish, how are you going to live without those?

The story of this movie discovers the postman’s connection to people in his life, through the things that has been eliminated by the devil. He wondered a lot if he disappeared from the world, who on earth would mourn for him? If cats disappeared from the world, how would the world change?

The cat signifies his relationship with his mother and it was the last course by the devil to disappear, will he agree on it?

I love this movie.  I cried quietly for how many times, maybe because I don’t want to perish with full of regrets.  Nevertheless, we are all going to die, let’s try to live every single day as if it is our last day.

A must see movie with strong performances by Takeru Satoh, Aoi Miyasaki and Mieko Harada.

 

Verdict: 10/10

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Kubo and the Two Strings (Movie 2016)

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An Impressive Emotional Animated Film.

How I will not love this film? Our Kubo has a remarkable personality of a loving, kind and brave young man. Along with his knight and puppets, it was fun to hear his magic tale with the melody of his magic guitar, blended with suitable costume designs, the dazzling stop-motion animation style and the story that balances with humor and dark moments.

The voice cast also amazingly fits in the story. The line was delivered clearly with probing the emotions near to reality.  It wasn’t hard to relate. It wasn’t difficult not to laugh and cry.

I had a wonderful and exciting adventure with Kubo. I hope you have some too.

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Verdict: 9/10

Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai (I’m Not Just Going to Do What Kurosaki kun Says) – J-Drama

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“Yu Akabane (Nana Komatsu) moves to a dormitory room after her father’s transfer from work. She is excited that she will live in the same dorm as Takumi Shirakawa (Yudai Chiba) aka “White Prince.” Yet, Haruto Kurosaki (Kento Nakajima) aka “Black Devil” kisses her as punishment for going against him. It is Yu Akabane’s first kiss. Since then, she becomes obedient to Haruto Kurosaki.”

I enjoyed the two episodes of this special series, though I haven’t read the manga comic, maybe I’ll pass and probably be jumping to watch the movie instead.

Well, the story line is typical of the love triangle setting, but what caught my attention is the pretty looks of the cast, the cuteness depiction of each character, their charms, the way they barge and headed towards to their feelings and of course the anticipated part of who will be together in the end.

What about the ending? Well, it wasn’t shown in the last episodes, it leaves me with my mouth open and kicking my pillow for vagueness. It’s time to watch the movie and find out what had happened.

This show will make you smile and want you to live in a dormitory with cute guys around. 🙂

verdict: 9/10

GRAVE of the FIREFLIES (J-Animation Movie)

“Grave of the Fireflies” (1988) is an animated film telling the story of two children from the port city of Kobe, made homeless by the bombs. Seita is a young teenager, and his sister Setsuko is about 5. Their father is serving in the Japanese navy, and their mother is a bomb victim; Seita kneels beside her body, covered with burns, in an emergency hospital. Their home, neighbors, schools are all gone. For a time an aunt takes them in, but she’s cruel about the need to feed them, and eventually Seita finds a hillside cave where they can live. He does what he can to find food, and to answer Setsuko’s questions about their parents. The first shot of the film shows Seita dead in a subway station, and so wecan guess Setsuko’s fate; we are accompanied through flashbacks by the boy’s spirit.”

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“September 21st, 1945… That was the night I died.” – Seita

A great movie that would tear your heart in sympathy and compassion.

The story simply tells us about the survival of siblings from waning days of World War II where American aircraft dropped bombs on Japanese cities. The film features an outstanding direction in portraying the impact of war, the state of survival and of course with a captivating animation and voice performance.

Grave of the Fireflies message is relevant to what is happening in our world right now, how the horrors of war condemned us and demoralizing humanity. On the other side, it proves that even if you have nothing else left, you can always find ways to be happy as long as you are with the right people.

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Verdict: 10/10

D. Gray-man (Anime)

D.Gray-man is one of those anime you don’t expect to be a masterpiece, but the more you watch it, you fall in love with it. The story has an original plot and strong sense of characters.  I am pretty sure you will definitely enjoy this anime.


“The main character of the series is Allen Walker, a young Exorcist who trained under Exorcist General Cross Marian and is sent to officially join the Black Order. Early in the series, he is sent on missions with fellow Exorcists, on which he meets Yu Kanda, a cold and mysterious swordsman looking for a certain person from his past; the friendly Lenalee Lee, who has been an Exorcist her entire life; and Lavi, the cheerful and energetic future Bookman, chronicler of the secret history of the world.  They travel the globe, retrieving the pieces of Innocence scattered during the Great Flood and recruiting new Exorcists while fighting the Earl and his Akuma.”

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ERASED or Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (J-anime)

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ERASED or Boku Dake ga Inai Machi in Japanese was the most talked and recommended anime of the winter anime season.  Satoru Fujinuma is a struggling manga author tormented by his fear to express himself to anyone.  He has a supernatural ability to prevent tragedies or death by being sent back  before the incident occurs.

The story goes Satoru to save himself from a framed murder, to save his mother from death and solve the mystery behind the grade-schoolers disappearance.

I know time travel isn’t anything new, but as always I am captivated by it. The story is a thrilling ride for me, filled with a unique plot, engaging characters and sequences that was told beautifully.

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“Believing in someone.” That’s a weird phrase, isn’t it? After all, if you truly believed in a person, you wouldn’t need to say, “I believe you.” It’s like saying, “I believe in air.” I don’t mean to say that “believing in something” is like a lie. “Believing” is really a term of hope of wanting to believe. Satoru Fujinuma

Verdict: 9/10

Honey and Clover (anime)

“When I was little, I was out riding my brand-new blue bicycle when I decided to see how far I could keep going without looking back even once.
I could feel with my back how my neighborhood was receding, further and further away… but I kept pedaling with all my might, my mind almost going blank. All I could hear was the sound of my own heart, thumping wildly in my ears. Even now, I remember it sometimes. What exactly was I trying to do that day? What was it that I wanted to prove?

It’s no good. My mind just keeps fogging over. I have this irritating sound stuck in my head. What is it? This sound… Ohh… I know what it is.

This is… the sound of emptiness.”

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DEATH NOTE (J-drama)

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“Light Yagami (Masataka Kubota) is an ordinary university student. One day, he receives a death note which changes his life. The death note awakens his warped sense of justice and genius. He becomes murderer Kira and punishes criminals.

L (Kento Yamazaki) is a well known private detective. L appears in front of Light Yagami. L defines Kira as evil and decides to catch Kira. Then N (Mio Yuki), who has a beautiful appearance but dangerous existence, appears.”

Death note is one of my favorite anime. Though I have finished watching the movie, I can’t help myself but to patronize also the drama. I knew it was going to be different since I have read some good comments & complain, but this doesn’t stop me. Let me check & decide.

Tenno no Ryoriban (The Emperor’s Cook) J-Drama 2015

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Takeru Sato is back! from being an assassin (Kenshin movie) to become a Japan Emperor’s chef!

“Tokuzo Akiyama (Takeru Satoh) is a young man living in a rural area. One day, he eats cutlet. That experience leads him to become a cook for western style food. He first goes to Tokyo and then Paris, France to learn about the culinary arts. Fighting against discrimination and prejudice, he becomes a chef at the Hotel Ritz in Paris, France. At the age of 26, he becomes the chef for the Emperor of Japan”

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