Sailormoon Crystal

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Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal is the much hhyped about latest sailormoon anime in celebration of Toie Animations 20th year. This is probably the best time to celebrate for those loyal Moonies out there!  The story is created by Naoko Takeuchi and directed by Munehisa Sakai. The storyline and drawing style has definitely stick to the manga.

This is a very preliminary review based on the show’s launch but i’ll update as we see more.

The new art is stunning especiallyduring the introduction and how she transforms. The part which was a bit bothersome was how she became more anorexic looking. I’m very happy that Mitsuishi Kotono and Furuya Toru are still voicing Usagi and Mamoru. 

Anime with Mahou Shoujo (magical girls) are focused on the fun but not the depth of the story. The catchy opening theme song is titled Moon Pride by Momoiro Clover Z. Overall it has lived up to its hype

Here’s a preview if you’re up for it!

Kamisama Hajimemashita

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Kamisama Hajimemashita (神様はじめました) or ‘Begin Life as A God’ is a supernatural shoujo anime produced by TMS Entertainment and directed by Akitaro Daichi. The anime series is based on the manga by Julietta Suzuki. It is also known by Kamisama Kiss.

Genre: Comedy, Shoujo, Supernatural
Length: 13 episodes
Studio: TV Tokyo, Dentsu, TMS Entertainment, FUNimation Entertainment, Pony Canyon

The storyline may seem a bit familiar but if you are a lover of shoujo anime then this is a must watch for you or for those who seem to can’t get enough of those sappy supernatural teen romance. It’s the kind of anime you want to watch during some rest time if you’re up for some light hearted comedy and a bit giddiness.

Story

The anime starts with our heroine Nanami Momozono becoming homeless and alone due to her father running away from his gambling debts. While contemplating on what to do she helps a guy up a tree being barked at by a dog. After shooing away the dog, the guy introduces himself as Mikage and is grateful enough to listen to Nanami’s troubles. He then decides to help Nanami out by letting her “house-sit” at his place since he  had troubles of his own and had to leave his home.  Thinking as some sort of prank, Nanami takes on the offer and is given a kiss on the forehead before Mikage disappears.

1Upon arriving, Nanami  is surprised that the place is a shrine. Inside, she meets guardian spirits Onikiri and Kotetsu, and a  white-haired bishi fox youkai scribe named Tomoe. She is then acknowledged by the spirits except Tomoe as the new land god of the shrine. Her roles are to answer the prayers of the believers, a bit of match making and cleaning! Most of the supernatural beings she meet aren’t quite accepting of her status so they challenge her in different ways including Tomoe.

2Life as a human teenage land god isn’t quite as it seems since balancing ones social life while doing her responsibilities require a lot of patience and a familiar with a sulky temperament could be a big help. There are several supporting characters involved such as a superstar crow youkai and a snake familiar who are bishounen in their own way as well. It’s not just spirits but Nonomi has her hands full when it comes to answering prayers and meeting other deities with far more power than her.

All in all the storyline was not so different from the usual shoujo manga but it was well balanced considering it had to balance out the supernatural action and the romance at the same time. I recommend the best time to watch this would be during R&R. The drawings makes me go all nostalgic for Fruits Basket.

3The action scenes aren’t as lively but more focused on the ‘look’ of the character.  If the anime made your heart race and whimper from giddiness then it surely did its job.

 

 

A Childhood Favorite: Totoro!

Year: 1988
Rating: G
Duration: 88 minutes

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While reminiscing through baby photo books I came upon these tiny stickers of random and old cartoons and a vague memory of sticking on a particular set I got as a mystery prize from a noodles pack when I was about five years old caught my attention. I had to ask my mom about it and it surprised her how could I ever forget  THAT movie when I was practically watching it almost everyday at the toddling age of two! I guess mothers expect us to remember something like that. I definitely had to rewatch this again and boy did I not regret doing that. It has become one of the most beloved of all family films without ever having been much promoted or advertised.

To-to-ro? You’re Totoro!… I bet you’re Totoro…

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An Unhappiness of Pupa

pupaNow this is an eye-poppingly grotesque series that made me think of blood, meat and the gagging sibling complex commonly seen in the anime storylines these days. It’s about a brother and a sister infected by the Pupa (ピューパ Pyūpa) virus that turns them into something more than human and yet they form some sort of twisted parasitic slash closer emotional bond with each other. A horribly made anime series which I had to review to warn you to not expect too much from it or you will be crushed in minutes. I partially recommend this to the lovers of horror and gore and people keen on hearing anime moaning sounds of pain repeatedly for them to reach some sort of climax.

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