Monday, November 21, 2016

When Marnie Was There

When Marnie Was There box cover art

Wow this has some really nice art...

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It starts off with a very sad and emotional tone already...

This girl's mom is very worried about her... and she sends the girl away to live with her aunt/uncle in the countryside for a while to help her relieve her asthma... these relatives have a much lighter mood.

The intrigue picks up really fast... Something about this has a really interesting vibe to it.

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The girl is exploring this rural town for the first time... She gets nervous when she comes across some girls around her age, and runs away and falls down some stairs... Sees a very familiar looking mansion across the pond... Walks through the pond to the mansion... The atmosphere here is very mysterious... After she finds that nobody is at the mansion, she suddenly wakes up, laying in the back yard of this place... She runs out the gate, and sees that the small pond she walked across before is now a huge lake... Like the one she looked out at from her balcony...

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

From Up on Poppy Hill movie recap

From Up on Poppy Hill box cover art Umi, a schoolgirl who works as a cook for a family that lives by the port... or something... She raises and lowers a couple of flags every day in order to send a message of some sort...

Then she meets this guy, Shun, at her school, who is in the school newspaper club. He makes himself popular by jumping out of a building as a demonstration to protest their old clubhouse being demolished for the sake of the olympics... later Umi and her sister go to this clubhouse... It's very untidy and full of weird stuff... It looks really amazing... and then for some reason Umi starts helping Shun with the newspaper and being really friendly with him... She keeps spending more time with him and being late for her work...

Now the school is having a political debate on whether or not to demolish the clubhouse.. Shun's side is losing...

Umi invites him over... and she explains the story behind her raising the signal flags... Her dad is a sailor, and she used to raise those flags on her balcony every day, to help him find his way home.. but one day her dad's ship sank during the Korean war...

Later, a bunch of students are helping clean up the clubhouse for the first time in forever, to help convince the others that it's worth keeping...

Yawn... there's a bit of interesting stuff here but most of it is boring. at least the background art is nice and some of the girl characters have really cute facial expressions. Umi's sister is really cute.

It starts getting interesting again when Shun finds out that he has the same dad as Umi... He starts acting cold to her... Then Umi has a really emotional dream where her parents came back...

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Love Live! Sunshine!! series recaps part 4/4

Episode 12 - It's Time to Fly
Mari freaks out when they find out they actually made it to the regional qualifiers... but Chika is depressed to find out that even despite the high view count on their video, Uranohoshi still has gotten 0 new applicants... So she decides they should go on another trip to Tokyo, to try and find some inspiration.

They go back to that shrine to meet Saint Snow.. these people say they were inspired by A-RISE... They say they intend to win, even though Aqours has more views than them.

Next they go to check out Otonizaka... Last time, Riko didn't want to go there. but now that she's been able to perform at the piano competion, she wants to go back there herself to get a reflection on how much she has grown... A student from that school can tell that these people are here because of muse... She tells them that muse didn't leave anything behind when they left this school... they wanted it that way. Chika sees a little girl running around who looks and acts just like Honoka...

Chika thinks about what she learned from that student.. and then suggests they all go to the ocean, the place where Aqours was born...

Chika understands now, what made muse great... instead of focusing on comparing themselves to others, they want to be free to fly straight ahead, from a place where there's nothing...
Let's turn that zero into a one!


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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Gakuen Alice manga recap/log part 4 (finale)

Resuming my log/recap of the Gakuen Alice manga... Jeez, this manga has turned entirely into a soap opera now... At first the story was light hearted and fun, like the anime, but now the story has become such a clusterfuck of complex relationships and heavy emotional moments... it's like woah, I can hardly even handle this...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Love Live! Sunshine!! series recaps part 3/4

Episode 09 - Young DREAMER
Ruby tells the others what she knows from Dia about why they gave up being school idols back then, which is not the whole story but the gist of it...

Everyone is spying on Kanan doing her jog... at the end she dances around like an idol... Mari is there and applauds her for deciding to return to school... Kanan said she was only on leave because of her injured dad, and has no intention of becoming a school idol again.

After all this time.. Mari still wants Kanan and Dia to go back to how they were... Kanan just scolds her for coming back to this school, and says she doesn't want to see her anymore. Mari is bullying Kanan at school now, not leaving her alone until she changes her mind... Dia is trying to get Mari off her... Chika comes in and blows up at them, and tells them to come to their club room to resolve this.

Chika is on Mari's side, and asks Kanan to tell everyone why she gave up... Kanan leaves, and then they press Dia for why she was siding with Kanan... she tries to run away, but Yoshika catches her...
She sure is your sister, Zura
Dia reveals the reason Kanan couldn't sing anymore... It's not that she didn't want to, she couldn't... For the sake of Mari who was injured at the time... Mari decided to still perform despite her injury, and Kanan didn't want her to get hurt even more... After that, the reason Kanan didn't want to continue after Mari healed, was because of the offers Mari got to study abroad... Kanan forced the group to disband in order to help Mari not miss her big opportunity... That's why Kanan was angry at Mari for even coming back here in the first place.

Mari chases Kanan, then slaps her and tells her that she cares about her too just like Kanan does for her... She never wanted to go abroad in the first place... They realize they were both doing something for what they falsely thought the other wanted... Kanan makes up with her by doing what she did when she first made friends with her, back when Mari was a foreign transfer student... Kanan spoke "Hug" in English... The first time she was able to understand what a classmate was saying to her...

Chika was spying on them along

Sailor Moon Crystal Season II high session 2

ACT 31 - Infinity 4 - Sailor Uranus, Haruka Tenoh; Sailor Neptune, Michiru Kaioh

Neptune and Uranus refuse to answer the other guardians questions, and attack them for no reason... Chibiusa still wants to believe they are friends.

Usagi and Mamoru both have the same dream again, about the deity of destruction... Rei is meditating by the fire, learning about the talismans...
One is Neptune's mirror. The three talismans which bring us destruction... where are the other two?
Usagi noticed that Haruka is Sailor Uranus, and Mamoru noticed that Michiru is Sailor Neptune...

Chibiusa is trying to make a clay sculpture of the holy grail for her homework... Diana says that Neo Queen Serenity owned the Holy Grail when she was younger... meanwhile Mamo and Usagi apologize to each other about them seeing Haruka/Michiru and being jealous... They both agree that there's something about those 2... like there's something they want to tell us...

The next Witches 5 member... Ami notices this girl at Mugen that has better grades than her, and goes to introduce herself... Yui Bido offers Ami a trial enrollment at Mugen. she gets there and sees a weird 3d hologram of a distant galaxy... feels like she was almost being absorbed into it...
The Tau Star System which our science class created as an experiment.
Viluy (Yui's real name) reports to Kaorinite to say that Ami was attracted to that miniature universe, showing that she is one of the guardians protected by a planet.

Viluy almost succeeds in brainwashing Ami with their computer program... Haruka and Michiru bust in to stop the lesson... Ami runs away and calls the others.
It's confirmed, the Death Busters control Mugen Academy.
Mercury transforms while jumping off like the 8th 5th story of the building into a pool. holy shit...

Sailor Moon and the others immediately come to join her... Then Haruka and Michiru show up...
We can't stay in this school anymore, I guess.
Then they transform right in front of everybody to take out the enemy...
Uranus unleashes her talisman... "Space Sword Buster"... OHKOs the daimons and Viluy

A couple of unknown Mugen science students introduce each other... 3rd year, Reika Nishimura, and 1st year, Setsuna Meioh...


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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Love Live! Sunshine!! series recaps part 2/4

Episode 05 - Yohane Descends
Yohane is doing some ritual in her room... and then suddenly she turns back to normal and becomes Yoshika again. Yohane is like some alternate ego of hers, and she is embarrassed that she acted that way in front of her classmates earlier...

Hanamaru sees her at school, and convinces her to start attending class like normal again, and Yoshika asks her to help prevent her from becoming Yohane... but she breaks out her ritual stuff in class and does it again.

Ruby and Hanamaru are both in the same class as her. Ruby explains to the others that she used to believe she was a fallen angel in middle school, and she still hasn't fully broken the habit. Chika looks at one of the videos Yohane posted online, and says she's really cute, and asks her to become a school idol.

lmao... Riko is so terrified of Chika's dog that she does a crazy jump between two balconies to get away from it.

They try adapting the fallen angel theme to their idol performances, and Dia disapproves... Then Yoshika declines joining them and says she'll just go back to being normal... but Chika and the others still want Yoshika to join as her Yohane persona.. Chika figured out that muse became successful because they never held back their true selves.


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