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This Is US – Season 1 and 2 Review

It's not often that I choose to write about (or really even choose to watch) American television. That's because in my opinion, the writing in American drama is often inferior and the characters not as emotionally engaging as Asian dramas. Season 2 had already started when I finally got around to watching Season 1 of This Is Us, the show that would change my opinion of American Dramas. - Don't get me wrong. I love me some drama regardless of what country it originates from.. but I distinctively recall for example, when "Fault of Our Stars" came out, how much praise it was being given, as being the saddest movie of all time, ever, by radio and TV critics and movie-goers across our nation. I watched the film and was left feeling, mostly, nothing at all. That's IT?! I thought to myself as I c

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My Neighbor Totoro Ghiblifest 2017 Anime Movie Review

I went to see My Neighbor Totoro subbed last night as part of the 2017 GKids Studio Ghiblifest. The theater I went to seemed to have a fairly good turnout for the show, but not as popular as the theatrical SailorMoon Release which I reviewed here (dub) and here (sub) Still it is nice to see anime getting more coverage in theaters. I drove almost an hour to go see Totoro, but it was still closer than the nearly 2 hour drive I made (twice) to go see Sailor Moon. It's also awesome to see old anime like Totoro from the 80s and SailorMoon from the 90s finally on the big screen! The excitement of seeing such childhood favorite films on the silverscreen inspired me to want to do a review for Totoro today. Also be sure to check out the Studio Ghiblifest home page, there will be other Stud

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The Red Turtle Anime Review

I just purchased and watched "The Red Turtle" last night. The silent animated feature length film was done, in part, by Studio Ghibli, famous animators of feature length family favorite anime films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Ponyo, and The Cat's Return, just to name a few. I have to admit, I didn't really do my research on this title (and didn't realize it was a silent film until I began watching it), but every time I saw a preview, I just wanted to see it oh so badly. When I realized I could buy it for only $10 more than the "rental" price ($15 vs $5) I immediately purchased it. For about the first 20 - 40 minutes of the film, I felt disappointed and disinterested; that quickly changed as the plot began to advance, and b...

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Big Fish and Begonia Anime Review

Overview: Big Fish & Begonia (also known as Da Yu Hai Tang) is not technically an anime since it is from China instead of Japan; however, it is a beautifully animated fantasy adventure with a lot of heart. The quality of the animation is on par with Disney or Studio Ghibli. The story has a few plot holes and pacing issues, but overall, the emotional impact of the story telling makes this film a must watch. The story may feel familiar if you've watched Disney's the Little Mermaid, or another Chinese animation from the 90s, Chinese Ghost Story. Despite the similar concepts, Big Fish & Begonia still manages to add its own unique twists and takes on concepts of forbidden love and reincarnation. Review: Title: Big Fish & Begonia (Da Yu Hai Tang) Release Date: July 2016

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12 Months Anime Review

Title: Twelve Months Studio: Toei Release Date: 1978 This was a joint production with a Russian studio and is based on a Russian Fairy Tale. - The only one I could find online was dubbed in Russian and had English subtitles. There are also Japanese and English voiced versions. The Russian one is not terrible though since the anime is "Set in Russia" and the characters themselves are supposed to be Russian. Story: 10/10 I enjoyed the story immensely despite the age of the film and having watched it in Russian language. I think it's an under rated and obscure anime. It is older than me, and probably older than most of my readers. The story is about Anna, a young orphan girl whose step mother and step sister treat like a servant. One day, she meets a soldier sent from the palace looking

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Plastic Memories Anime Review

Title: Plastic Memories Genre: Slice of Life, Romance, Scifi, Comedy Release Date: 2015 Studio: Doga Kobo Length: 13 Episodes Overall: 32/35 91% A- "Excellent Anime For Girls" Story: 10/10 Plastic Memories is a 2015 anime series about a futuristic society aided by companion android like creations known as Giftia. The giftia live together with humans, and often as an integral role of their family. More often than not, they serve as children for couples unable to conceive on their own, or taking the place of children who died. Imagine what you would do to protect your child. Now imagine if you knew that your time with your child was limited. You knew at best you'd have 10, maybe 15 years together. You knew this before agreeing to purchase the android - but you didn't know how attached

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Kodocha Child’s Toy Anime Review

Title: Kodocha Alternate Title: Child's Toy Genre: Romantic Comedy / Slice of Life / Drama Studio: Studio Gallop, NAS Length: 102 Episodes Release Date: 1996 Based Upon: "Kodomo no Omocha" manga by Miho Obana Where to Buy: Amazon.com/Kodocha.. - This is a pretty old and rare / obscure series. At time of writing, there's only 2 copies of the Kodocha Season 1 DVD box set available - for about $45. I'd encourage you to snap them up now, rather than later, as it will become harder and harder to find as time goes on. The Season 2 Kodocha DVD boxset is even more rare, with only 1 copy for $135 at time of this review. Overall: 30/35 86% B "Very Good Anime For Girls" Story: 10/10 The story in Kodocha is very unique. I can't think of any other anime that 1.) Deal with child stars or 2.) Fo

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Chobits Anime Review

Title: Chobits Genre: Shoujo, Sci-Fi, Slice of Life, Romance Publisher: Madhouse Length: 26 Episodes Release Date: 2002   Story: 10/10 Hideki is a young, poor college student from the country who moves into a new apartment in the city. There, one night he finds a Persocom that someone has thrown away in the garbage. Persocom is short for Personal Computer, and since this series takes place in the future; computers have evolved to take on nearly human like forms and can be customized by their owners. Persocoms are very useful; they can go to work to earn money for their owners, connect to the internet for research, or run simple errands, like going to the grocery store etc. When Hideki turns the Persocom on she can only say one word, "Chii", so Hideki decides to name her Chii an

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Yobi the Five Tailed Fox | Anime Review | Korean Film | Korean Anime | Korean Animation | Korean Animated Film | Korean Movie | South Korea

While not technically an anime, per say, since it is not from Japan, Yobi the Five Tailed Fox is an excellent family film that has a similar style to that of Studio Ghibli. The story of Yobi the Five Tailed Fox tells us a Korean folk tale legend about Kitsune like creatures who could become human if they stole a human's soul. Because of that belief, that the foxes could steal souls, they became hunted almost to extinction. Except for Yobi, the "young" (if 100 years old is young) fox who lives in the forest with her farting alien family who are trying to repair their spaceship to return home. One of her family members wanders into a summer camp for humans near the forest one day and Yobi goes to the camp in her human form to try to convince the alien to return back home. However, once Yob...

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Nagi No Asukara | Anime Review | A Lull in the Sea | Nagi-Asu

Title: Nagi No Asukara (sometimes referred to as Nagi-Asu, or its English title "A Lull in the Sea" Where to Watch: Crunchyroll Overall: 31/35 89% B+ Very Good Anime for Girls Anime Studio: P.A. Works Number of Episodes: 26 Overview: Nagi No Asukara is an anime about a race of merfolk whose school closing forces them to attend school on the land with human children. Their elders worry about preserving the merfolk culture, heritage, traditions, and are distrusting of the humans. The children are both sad about their school closing, as well as excited to be able to attend school on the land. Humans used to worship the sea god, but lately they have turned their back on the old ways in favor of progress. The anger of the sea god has had implications for human and merfolk alik

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New Star Trek TV Series Coming to CBS in 2017

There's going to be a new Star Trek TV Series according to this article in the New York Times. It is being produced by Alex Kurtman who produced the 2009 Star Trek Movie and 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness. The new Star Trek Television Series will premier on January 2017 on CBS. There's also a new movie coming out next summer, but they say the TV series will not be related to this film. It marks the first time in over a decade that new Star Trek TV episodes have premiered on Television and also coincides with the series' 50th anniversary. Star Trek has been a favorite for more than 3 generations of science fiction fans. It stretches the imagination, but yet, it seems like it could all be plausible in the not too distant future. Star Trek goes to great lengths to get into the technical nit

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His Dark Materials Triology Getting a new TV Series on BBC

According to this article on Time.com Golden Compass Fans are about to get the sequel they've always wanted. Kinda. Am I the only person that actually LIKED? no... LOVED the first movie? I've been DYING to see what happens next! (and no I haven't read the books, sorry, I'm not a big "reader" these days. (I used to be, when I was in highschool, before this thing called the internet, which I think, kinda killed my attention span lol. ) (Not that I would never read a book these days, but I prefer watching movies, and sitting on my fat ass eating bag fulls of popcorn lol.). (mmm Popcorn (my favorite, its even better than chocolate)...) Ok so anyways, I digress. This exciting announcement just went viral today that thanks to the BBC network, we're about to get to see Philip Pullman's whole tri

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Hook’s character is totally wrong in new PAN movie

Over the weekend, I went to the movies with my grandma. We saw PAN, a supposed origins story for Peter Pan (and other characters such as Sme and Hook.). The movie was just "okay." I thought Blackbeard was really well cast. I have terrible facial recognition so I didn't realize until later that it was Hugh Jackman from Xmen Wolverine fame. Blackbeard was really super funny (and a little bit creepy) and on point. The music in the film was awesome - Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit in a children's film?! And seeing Hugh Jackman singing the song was outrageously funny too. We happened to be the only two people in the theater so I was singing along also. And the special effects were superb. Similar in scope to the effects found in movies such as Avatar. It had great cinnematics... but suffered f...

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10 Kdrama that will make you cry

Although the title of this post is "kdrama that will make you cry", this list actually includes other forms of Asian drama such as films from Japan and Taiwan. All of them are sad and guaranteed to bring on the water works. If you're in the mood for a good Tearjerker tonight, check out our Top 10 Kdrama that Will Make You Cry. 10.) Fated to Love You - Taiwanese Version This is the original televised version of the series, based on the comic book of the same name. The plot follows closely to the comic, beginning with a case of mistaken identity which finds the two main characters (Chen Xin Yi and Ji Cun Xi) sleeping together resulting in an unplanned pregnancy. The male lead is being pressured by his family to produce an heir for his company, and so the two strike a bargain in which Xin Y...

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