Sailor Moon Crystal

So, this is a big one… for me, at least. The original Sailor Moon (in Japanese) was the first anime I’d ever seen. It introduced me to Japan and a different kind of fantasy from State-side. It ignited my imagination and let my insecure younger self believe that no matter my faults maybe I could… Continue reading Sailor Moon Crystal

Kimi No Todoke

Alright, so this anime which is based on a manga and also has a live-action Japanese movie about it is a very sweet piece. It’s based on early high school experiences and the subject matter focuses on how the characters see each other and how those things can have lasting and hurtful effects. Even though… Continue reading Kimi No Todoke

Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing

  MAJOR SPOILERS!!! Do not read if you don't want Last Exile ruined for you. So this sequel to the first hit anime is an interesting change. Many things about it are the same (imagery, graphics, tone), but other things have changed (dynamic, intensity, pace). I struggle with whether I think it is better or… Continue reading Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing

Last Exile

  This anime is amazing. Stunning graphics and an amazing story line is what really makes this show. It’s not silly or goofy like a lot of anime, it’s very serious and realistic… considering the futuristic time line. It’s set in a war torn world where two young teenagers are struggling to live. Claus and… Continue reading Last Exile

Kamisama Kiss

  This anime was pretty cute, but obviously ended before it’s time was through. It has four OAV’s which I haven’t been able to see yet, but from the descriptions are more like side stories rather than a concrete continuation of the story. It’s always sad when that happens; that feeling of not being finished… Continue reading Kamisama Kiss

Nana (Live-Action)

  Alright, so this movie is on about the same level as the Paradise Kiss live-action, remake. It was good, but more an homage and nowhere near an equivalent to the very popular anime. The actors played their animated counterparts as well as can be expected for the particularly unique style of the original. It's… Continue reading Nana (Live-Action)

Howl’s Moving Castle

  Here we have one of Hayao Miyazaki's masterpieces: Howl's Moving Castle. If you are somehow unaware  of Miyazaki's work, he is a brilliant artist and story teller from Japan that has reached world renown and then some. This movie was the first Miyazaki film I'd ever seen as a girl so it will always… Continue reading Howl’s Moving Castle