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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

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“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

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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.”

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“Children of The Sea” is a unique film, but not always great

It’s a very loose and fluid plot - and the entire third act feels like a drug trip and existential dread. And while the story may not be cohesive - the art is certainly beautiful.

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Studio Ponoc’s “Modest Heroes” is modest and mediocre in its presentation.

Studio Ponoc’s “Modest Heroes,” wasn’t something I was particularly intrigued by but I figured it might have an interesting segment. Each of the film’s three shorts focuses on different characters and has a distinct art style -the only thing that connects the stories is the theme of heroism and bravery.