Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (2018) – Review

Director: Mari Okada Starring: Manaka Iwami, Miyu Irino, Yoko Hikasa, Hirokai Hirata, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Ai Kayano, Misaki Kuno The Overview An immortal girl and a normal boy meet and become friends, sharing a bond that lasts throughout the years. (Source: IMDb) The Review Anime is really thriving at the moment. With Mary & the Witch's Flower... Continue Reading →

In This Corner of the World (2017) – Review

Director: Sunao Katabuchi Starring: Megumi Han, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Natsuki Inaba, Nanase Iwai, Minori Omi, Daisuke Ono, Tengai Shibuya, Mayumi Shintani, Shigeru Ushiyama The Overview Set in Hiroshima during World War II, an eighteen-year-old girl gets married and now has to prepare food for her family despite the rationing and lack of supplies. As she struggles... Continue Reading →

Ghost in the Shell (2017) – Review

Director: Rupert Sanders Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt The Overview  In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. (Source: IMDb)  The Good With... Continue Reading →

A Silent Voice (2017) – Review

Director: Naoko Yamada Starring: Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami, Aoi Yuki, Kensho Ono, Yuki Kaneko, Yui Ishikawa, Megumi Han, Toshiyuki Toyonaga   The Overview Nishimiya Shoko (Hayami) is a grade school student who has impaired hearing. She transfers into a new school, where she is bullied by her classmates, especially Ishida Shoya (Irino). Reaching breaking point, she... Continue Reading →

Your Name Review

Director: Makoto Shinkai Starring: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita, Aoi Yuki, Nobunaga Shimazaki The Overview Two high school kids who've never met - city boy Taki and country girl Mitsuha - are united through their dreams. (Source: IMDb) The Good With fans of Japanese animation currently locked in a tumultuous will-he-or-won't-he saga over legendary Hayao Miyazaki's retirement from animation... Continue Reading →

When Marnie Was There Review

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi Starring*: Hailee Steinfeld, Kiernan Shipka, Grey DeLisle, John C Reilly *I watched this English dubbed version of this film, for the Japanese cast, please see here.  This review is spoiler free! The Overview Upon being sent to live with relatives in the countryside; an emotionally distant adolescent girl becomes obsessed with an... Continue Reading →

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