It’s been a long time comin’
For an hour and a half or so, it really did feel good to be back.
Let it be on the record that Garden of Words, from the time I’ve finished watching it, is now quite frankly my favorite Shinkai Makoto production. This coming from a very skeptic viewer of his many works over the past few years. So do expect me to praise this little wonder every now and then over the course of this review.
Thanks to feal87‘s occasional recommendation (and being a fellow romance fan myself) it was only a matter of time until I finally got around to watching this series. I’ve heard many a tale of its near realistic plot feats, but I took it with a grain of salt – seeing as it also sports the oh-so-dreaded, forbidden, and angst-bound ratio of 3:2. Plus, it made rooting for the eventual “losing” girl to be all the more heart-wrenching.
Suffice to say, I still made that mistake – to the credit of the twisty-turny roller coaster ride of a love story that is True Tears.
If I were to name one show that I’ve stalled for the longest time, it would be this one. I don’t even remember when I heard about it, and whenever I got around clearing my backlogs, this title would just pass me by. I had my reasons: like how I wasn’t used to an all-girl cast, or how this show is sport-themed. But deep down I knew “I really want to watch this”. After finally subjecting to my innermost desires I gave in and gave this series another audience.
The long awaited FMA movie finally reaches the digital shores of non-Japanese anime viewers like me who didn’t get to watch it’s North American premier. With FMA arguably being one of the best anime of all time with it’s impressive story direction, it’s reasonable to expect the movie to be just as good. But expectations can only go so far. FMA is no exception.
There are as many possibilities as there are choices. Try to look back at a decision you made in the past – what you ate for lunch at a certain day, a relationship with someone, or even the clubs you decided to join. What if you ate at a fastfood restaurant instead of eating the packed lunch your mom made? What if you didn’t confess to the girl you like? What if you joined a sporting club instead of the school publication? How different would your life be then?
Yes, very much like branching paths in a visual novel, a different outcome could have occurred had we chosen a different option. This “What if..” scenario is the key element in The Tatami Galaxy.
Ha! Finally some free time. I had to reorganize my schedules and such, so I’ve been a tad busy come November. Well…that, and I just can’t put Fate/Extra down >.<
…and on a completely random note, I turned 17 the other day ^^ *cue party poppers*
Anyway, I did take the opportunity to watch some anime during my break. This title in particular had been on my list for quite some time now (I think since the release of Bridge x Bridge). I guess my new found fixation on Etsuko Yakushimaru (OP singer for Arakawa, and Mawaru Penguindrum) was pretty much the last push I needed to watch the series.
And pushed I was; into the wackiness that is Arakawa Under the Bridge
Every once in a while, I go through the vast realms of the internet and I try to look for some anime. I’m pretty picky, and I tend to stray away from mainstream titles. There is however, one title that I had repeatedly encountered, but never dared to watch. It is praised rather highly, but after taking a peek at a synopsis of it, I didn’t understand the hype behind it, so I just put in on my ‘plan to watch’ list for a while.
It was not until a few weeks ago that I decided to watch this, and, well, looking back at it now, I wish that I would have done so sooner. Here is, Mushi-shi.