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Archive for November, 2008

Music of Kimagure Orange Road

There isn't a whole lot of music from Kimagure Orange Road that stuck out for me, so this post will be rather short, and you probably shouldn't expect another orchestral remake project like I did for Maison Ikkoku (heh). With that being said..... Read more

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Review: 誰も知らない (Dare mo Shiranai / Nobody Knows)

Dare mo Shiranai / Nobody Knows walks the same ground of one of the best, in my opinion, Ghibli films -Grave of the Fireflies. Both stories involve a young boy, somewhere between being a child and a teenager, who must become an adult in order to care for his sibling(s) in the absence of parents. Grave took place during a war, as the world and people around the characters became increasingly indifferent to them as survival became more and more difficult. Dare mo Shiranai, on the other hand...... Read more

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Review: Toki o Kakeru Shojo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time)

"Toki o Kakeru Shojo" is a story that has apparently had a very long and varied history which includes multiple adaptations, both live action and animated. I have never seen these prior adaptations, and I watched this film from a completely fresh perspective. In some ways, that can be a problem, as there are a few things that are questionable to a new viewer, but overall, the film can be viewed standalone and enjoyed without many problems.

The film can be categorized a few different ways, but it has the slice-of-life atmosphere first and foremost, so that is probably what I would characterize it as. The main character is a slightly boyish girl who has two male friends with whom she is close friends with. Before you ask - no, there is no dramatic soap-opera love triangle where she is forced to choose one. However, romance is involved in the film. As I watched the first half of this film, I couldn't help but.... Read more

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Film Review: Kimagure Orange Road: I Want to Return to That Day

Note: If you looking for a spoiler-free review of the series from my perspective, find my review of the TV series. This post contains spoilers, and my thoughts on the contents of this film. As the only people who would/should watch this are those who have completed the TV series, and because those who have completed the TV series should already know (or have a very strong inkling) how the "triangle" will resolve, I don't feel it's necessary to avoid spoilers. The Kimagure Orange Road TV series concluded with an optimistic and quite well-done moment that nevertheless did not really conclude the story because it left the issue of the "romantic triangle" up in the air. It was something of an idealized ending - providing the viewers with a happy moment without having to actually resolve the romantic triangle, which of course, would yield plenty of depressing moments. A lot of reviews for this film are exceedingly positive, applauding it for being realistic, mature, serious, etc......I'm not really sure what my opinion of this film, to be honest. I was ready for the lack of comedy and serious nature, and I was looking forward to seeing the plotline be dealt with seriously, yet still, something doesn't sit right with me. The first thing I should mention is that this film is very different from the series. As mentioned...... Read more

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Kimagure Orange Road Review

There are no spoilers in this review, since it's intended for those who are interested in picking up this series. For my thoughts on the ending, check my "impressions" threads. This review covers the TV series and the OVA packages, and is written before I begin the final movies, so I am reviewing these solely on their own merit.

Kimagure Orange Road is often touted as one of the "classic romance duo", the other being Maison Ikkoku. My other blog posts should indicate that Maison Ikkoku, despite having several flaws which were highly visible at times, became one of my favourite anime, and that was due mostly to a strong attachment to the characters, causing a very deep investment in their growth and development. That is one of the most important factors which ..... Read more

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Favourite Episodes of Maison Ikkoku

I thought I'd go through and list some of my favourite episoides and moments from this very, very long series. Most of them are moments of real character development, which is done wonderfully in this series. Of course, there are also some which are just enjoyable to see......... Read more

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Maison Ikkoku Review

(Spoiler Free) Let me begin this review by saying that at the time I first started watching this series, I was beginning to sorely miss watching anime altogether. It's true that with classes starting, much of the time I may have at one point spent watching anime was now replaced with solving equations, but that isn't the entire reason. If I could find a series that I really enjoy, I would have found time to go through it. But I'm not a mass anime-watcher like some of the fans you'll find all over the internet. Simply being an anime doesn't make me want to watch a series. What I want is a sincere anime that truly brings you into its world and makes you love the characters, the story and the setting. But that doesn't sell as much, it seems, as the endless cycle of ... Read more

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