Movie Monday: Kara no Kyoukai Overlooking View

This week for Movie Monday I’m covering the first in a seven part series of movies covering one of the Nasuverse’s greatest stories. It’s Kara no Kyoukai, or the Garden of Sinners, Overlooking View!

Plot Synopsis: September 1998, Mikiya Kokutō brings over some ice cream while visiting Shiki, but Shiki is not happy to see him and says that she does not like ice cream so she decides not to eat it. Later at Garan no Dou, Shiki and Touko discuss the recent spate of unusual suicide incidents where several high school girls fell to their death, but left no suicide note and had apparently no reason to commit suicide. Tōko concludes that the girls did not intend to die. At night, Shiki visits the deserted part of town containing the Fujō buildings which have now fallen into disrepair and are about to be demolished, and while there stumbles upon the body of newest victim….

Plot: This is the first in a series of movies that are an adaptation of a novel by Kinoko Nasu. That being said if you get confused at first, just keep watching. It’ll make sense in the end.

Characters: Shiki is probably one of my favorite female characters of all time, and not just because she’s a badass. However my particular reason is pretty spoilerific and I’ll leave that for you to figure out. Though those who know me might be able guess after watching all the movies. However the entire cast is great, although fairly small for this first movie.

Artwork: This was animated by ufotable, so you should expect amazing visuals. Overlooking View doesn’t disappoint at all in that regard.

Music: The music is also pretty damn amazing, being done by Kajiura Yuki who is a legend in the Anime business.

Overall: Definitely a must watch for those who enjoy any type of mystery series. That being said, it’s not for kids at all.

For those who like: Mystery, Supernatural, Urban Fantasy, Nasuverse, Action, Drama, Awesome Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Masterwork Animation, Excellent Musical Scores.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

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Anime Sunday: Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with another Winter 2018 series. It’s my Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: In Fukuoka, crime reaches new heights in the seedy underworld. In the Hakata ward of the city, there are various individuals with special talent who are professional killers, detectives, informants, and professional revenge seekers. Among those, a so-called “killer of professional killers” is becoming more than just an urban legend…

Plot: The plot is pretty interesting, although it really felt like I was watching a rather messed up version of Baccano at times. That being said I don’t recommend any kids watch this series, as it’s absolutely not for them. The subject matter is incredibly dark, so dark that I won’t actually continue to watch the series. It’s not that the plot is bad mind, it’s just that I dislike watching such dark series if I don’t have. Luckily for me, I don’t have to watch anymore so I won’t.

Characters: Our main character seems to be Banba Zenji and he’s a fairly interesting guy. The other lead, Lin, is also fairly interesting if only for his interesting disguises. The rest of the cast is also really interesting.

Artwork: It’s not amazing, nothing like a ufotable production, but it’s not terrible either. A bit better than average I guess, but only just a bit.

Music: The music is okay, but not super memorable either.

Overall: A good series, if incredibly dark.

For those who like: Mystery, Dark Stories, Good Plots, Great Cast of Characters, Good Artwork and Musical Score.

Not for those who don’t like” Any of the above, especially the Dark Stories part.

Movie Monday: Metropolis

This week for Movie Monday I’m covering a move inspired by a Manga that was in turn inspired by a 1920’s Sci-Fi German film. It’s Metropolis!

Plot Synopsis: Humans and robots coexist in the futuristic city of Metropolis, although robots are discriminated against and segregated to the city’s lower levels. A lot of Metropolis’ human population are unemployed and deprived, and many people blame the robots for taking their jobs. Duke Red, the unofficial ruler of Metropolis, has overseen the construction of a massive skyscraper called the Ziggurat, which he claims will allow mankind to extend its power across the planet.

Plot: The plot is okay, but frankly it’s got too much of the Dystopian genre in it for me to really say I even remotely enjoyed it. While my utter hatred for that genre is a topic for another day and column, it doesn’t mean that this was a total bust. One of my roommates in College made me watch the movie so it’s got quite a bit of a cult following and it definitely has a very classic Anime feel due to it being inspired by a Manga from the father of Manga and Anime Tezuka Osamu.

Characters: The cast is okay, but like I said above I really didn’t enjoy this movie’s plot. That being said Shunsaku is probably my favorite character of the movie.

Artwork: Heavily inspired by Tezuka and animated by Madhouse the artwork is really the only thing that I enjoyed about this movie.

Music: The music is very fitting and absolutely perfect for this movie. That being said it’s not super memorable either.

Overall: An okay movie, but much too Dystopian for my tastes.

For those who like: Cult Classics, Sci-Fi, Drama, Dystopia, Action, Excellent Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, particularly the Dystopia part.

Anime Sunday: Kujira no Kora Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering one of the last series I watched this season. It’s my Kujira no Kora Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: The story focuses on a boy called Chakuro, who lives on the giant vessel called a Mud Whale that drifts over the sea of sand. In the Mud Whale, society is divided into two kinds of people: the Marked, who can move objects with their minds using a strange power called “thymia”, at the expense of shortened lifespans, and the Unmarked, people who lack thymia but enjoy longer lifespans. Chakuro and his friends have never seen anyone from the outside world, and they spend their days yearning to explore and learn about it. One day, the Mud Whale encounters a lonely island…

Plot: The plot is very mysterious and I got immediate Shin Sekai Yori vibes from the story. Whether the story ends up going in a direction similar to that particularly depressing series I have yet to determine, but I’m absolutely not hopeful for a happily ever after ending. I won’t go too much into the plot, but I will say I’ll probably end up watching this later when I’m not so stressed out with life, the Holidays are supposed to be relaxing right?

Characters: The main character Chakuro seems to be a bit of a misfit, actually no he is definitely a misfit. He is deemed too emotional by those around him and that gets in the way of his job on the Mud Whale as the Archivist, who must record his observations without emotion according to the rules set down by the elders. The rest of the cast is also fairly interesting.

Art: The art is pretty good, not ufotable quality by any means, but it’s definitely not poorly done either.

Music: It fit the series very well.

Overall: Worth watching at least the first episode, though whether you should continue or not I’ll leave up to you and how well you handle depressing stories.

For those who like: Mystery, Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action, Adventure?, Interesting Plot, Good Cast of Characters, Average Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or possibly overly depressing stories.

Sensate Saturday: Witch’s Hammer by Miyamarun

This week for Sensate Saturday I’m covering a series I came across recently. It’s Witch’s Hammer by Miyamarun!

Plot Synopsis: The chivalrous thief Chloe spends her days and nights acting on behalf of those in need, resulting in her being seen as the hero of the poor, but Chloe herself feels guilty thinking of how a mere thief like her is regarded so highly. However, meeting the witch named Meifa will change her fate…

Plot: This is a fairly creepy series, and while there are only two chapters out thus far, I was thoroughly hooked. I won’t go too much into detail since that’ll take away the fun of reading the chapters for yourself, but I’ll say that everything is not as it seems.

Characters: The entire cast is pretty interesting, with the Guard Captain being a stickler for the rules even if he does sympathize with the masked woman thief, Chloe. Chloe on the other hand seems fairly shallow thus far, but that will probably be taken care of in future chapters. Meifa is just plain creepy. Monica on the other hand is kind of a bitch, although whether she is right in doing so or not remains to be seen. That is pretty much the entire cast in a nutshell.

Art: The art is great, easily reaching Shueisha level of quality.

Overall: While there aren’t many chapters out as of right now, in the future this should prove to be a very interesting series. Definitely worth a read.

For those who like: Fantasy, Chivalrous Thieves, Great Plot, Amazing Cast of Characters, Fantastic Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Anime Sunday: Magus’ Bride Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering my first look at a Manga series I covered a long time ago. It’s my Magus’ Bride Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Hatori Chise is a lonely teenager who has no family and is shunned by society so she sells herself into slavery. During the auction numerous mages bid large sums of money for her, only for the auction to be interrupted by a strange mage named Elias Ainsworth who immediately outbids every other buyer by bidding 5 Million Pounds…

Plot: The plot is pretty dark, and really faithful to the original source material. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Characters: Chise and Elias are our two leads, and they are pretty interesting characters. Chise is incredibly somber and soft spoken due to her past, while Elias likes to do things with a flair. We don’t really get introduced to the rest of the cast in this episode.

Art: The art is pretty good, although not as good as a ufotable series.

Music: The music is pretty amazing, especially with the opening theme being performed by JUNNA who is a very talented young woman. If that name sounds familiar it’s probably because you’ve heard her sing as Mikumo Guynemer from Macross Delta.

Overall: A good adapatation, hopefully it stays true to the source material, although I wouldn’t mind seeing a happy ending.

For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Slice of Life, Drama, Romance, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Lead Characters, Awesome Musical Score.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Manga Monday: King’s Viking by Fukami Makoto

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s King’s Viking by Fukami Makoto!

Plot Synopsis: 18-year-old Koreeda Kazuki is a genius hacker whose only real skill lies with computers. Into his aimless life steps Sakai Daisuke, a wealthy man who makes him a proposition he finds impossible to refuse: that he will become Koreeda’s investor on the condition that Koreeda use his abilities to help him “conquer the world.”

Plot: The above synopsis makes the plot sound a bit more dramatic than it really is, but this first chapter was still pretty darn interesting. Frankly I’ll probably end up reading this series once a big stock of chapters is accumulated.

Characters: We are really only introduced to Daisuke and Kazuki in this first chapter, although we’ll probably see more people who weren’t really introduced in this first chapter later on. That being said Kazuki and Daisuke are pretty interesting, Daisuke is a seriously driven person and Kazuki even though he’s essentially penniless is still an incredibly smart kid. I like them as leads quite a bit.

Art: The art of this first chapter is pretty great, not quite Shueisha level quality, but darn close.

Overall: This looks to be a pretty interesting series so I’m going to continue reading it, eventually.

For those who like: Seinen, Psychological, Mystery, Drama, Interesting Plot, Awesome Lead Characters, Fantastic Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.