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Generic but cute, ‘Children of Kamiari Month’ is a trope-filled story about grief

Why do so many anime movies always seem to have to deal with grief? I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, Ride Your Wave, Josee, the Tiger and the Fish, BELLE…Those are the ones just from the top of my head It’s something that’s bothered me a little - but it wasn’t until I watched  Children… Continue reading Generic but cute, ‘Children of Kamiari Month’ is a trope-filled story about grief

Studio Chizu

“Belle” is beautiful, heartbreaking and almost perfect.

I have been looking forward to seeing Mamoru Hosoda’s Belle ever since I’ve heard of its reception at the Cannes Film Festival. And I was not disappointed. I’ve heard the story, most often described as a modern-day retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but that only gives a bare outline of the story.  It’s much… Continue reading “Belle” is beautiful, heartbreaking and almost perfect.

Foreign

“Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop” is a sweet film but lacks some substance

Romance anime movies are growing on me. Usually, I’m not a huge romance person. I’m not even that into shipping drama but these little slice-of-life high school romances are pulling at my heartstrings. Ride Your Wave, I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, Josee, the Tiger and the Fish all had death be a major plot… Continue reading “Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop” is a sweet film but lacks some substance

Foreign

The Wonderful Journey in “Night on the Galactic Railroad.”

What’s up with trains being a symbol of the journey to the afterlife? I’m not complaining. Just making an observation Seriously. Especially in Japanese culture and media, it seems that if a character is going to the afterlife, there will be a train to take them there: Over the Garden Wall, Spirited Away, The Twilight… Continue reading The Wonderful Journey in “Night on the Galactic Railroad.”

Anime, Film, Foreign, Other

Masaaki Yuasa brings us another classic with “The Night is Short, Walk on Girl.”

Thanks to HBOMax’s amazing selection of animation I was finally, finally, finally able to watch The Night is Short, Walk on Girl. And it was...an experience. I wish I had had a drink or two while I watched it. It’s one of those kinds of movies - very esoteric with little meaningful plot but interesting… Continue reading Masaaki Yuasa brings us another classic with “The Night is Short, Walk on Girl.”