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Akira - Landmark Japanese animation that opens boundaries and minds.

Akira - Landmark Japanese animation that opens boundaries and minds. image source || highsnobiety.com 'Akira' is an astonishingly influential film, easily as much so as cinema's touchstones Citizen Kane and Pulp Fiction. Its impact is made more difficult to judge, though, given that it was made more than sixteen years ago, and didn't make an initial impact outside of Japan. Oddly, this made its influence even more profound, benefiting from 'word of mouth' and the influx of cheap VHS at the end of the Eighties. It's also gained enough of a following to warrant being digitally remastered, at a cost of over US$1 million, as a 'Special Edition,' which I am basing these comments on. Rather than suffering the humiliation of being advertised, Akira filtered, like a software virus, into the bedrooms of what would become Generation X. Hollywood began to sit up and pay attention after teens began abandoning the pap of the day like Last Action Hero, and started

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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Ruining Naruto's Legacy

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Ruining Naruto's Legacy image source || ecranlarge.com  Okay, my comment could have a disclaimer so you have been warned! first thing first, I totally love the Naruto series and I can never get bored with it, even though it long and draggy sometimes but I still come back for more because it is funny, touching, loving and I think everyone would agree with me that Naruto is an anime that instills positive values because it's touching. In the Boruto Series, I was really excited about the movie and also the anime. At FIRST, I was a little disappointed to see that they don't make the series like the Naruto series and I can make up and excuse to say, they are just a 'copy and paste' version of the Naruto series but then it dawned to me, the 'older' generations in Naruto went through hell and war, and remind yourself that this is the new generation series; it's simply the same for us too. in short, the whole story reflects itse

Erased - A must watch for anyone who likes Psychological Thrillers

Erased - A must watch for anyone who likes Psychological Thrillers The basic premise of ERASED is not totally unique - Time Travel. There has been a lot of movies and shows based on this concept but ERASED stands apart for several reasons. 1) Pace:: The anime moves at a soothing pace. It's neither too fast nor too slow, but ideal and so, it never gets boring or too hard to follow. 2) Character Development:: There is a lot of anime in which even after watching 100-200 episodes, one would never feel empathetic with the characters. But in ERASED, even from episode 1, all the characters seem so real and you would really feel connected with at least one of them. 3) Narration:: This is one of the few anime which shows the lead character thinking out his strategy. Like Code Geass and Death Note, you will get a clear picture of the insights. 4) Animation Quality:: It has one of the best screenplays! There is also a lot of attention to details and colors are used very effectively to convey

Sword Art Online - So much wasted potential

Sword Art Online  - So much wasted potential image source || myanimelist.net The great first half, unfortunate second half.  First Half: NO SPOILERS. Sword Art Online is a terrifying but beautiful story of a boy names Kirito who is stuck in this virtual video game in which no player can leave until the final boss is defeated. Throughout the game, if one were to be killed, the player would also die in the real world. In this anime, you never know who is going to die next which keeps the viewers constantly on edge. A character that might have seemed important could be killed at any moment and the fact that those characters actually die in the real world makes the story even more emotional. The story itself is definitely unique and entertaining. The action/fighting is good and the emotions run high in this anime, however, it does have a few flaws. First off, everything feels rushed in the first half of this anime. In a world that has 100 floors, you only see about 10 of them. To me, I fou

My Neighbor Totoro - Another miracle from Hayao Miyazaki

 My Neighbor Totoro - Another miracle from Hayao Miyazaki image source || studioghiblimovies.com  I watched this movie when I was a kid, and while it never caught my attention as I do other commercial movies, I think it had a quiet and subtle effect on me over the years. Sometimes I think about that film, but I never knew why. So, after watching it again as an adult I realized why this movie stays within me: Totoro is a rare film that manages to capture the essence of a child's emotions and vision without being filtered through the adult's tendency to editorialize it, to insert a moral judgment, or to sugar coat it. Mei's behavior is naked, showing raw happiness as well as anger. Her movements are strong and her voice fierce, she thinks she lives in a world without limitations and not bound by an adult's notion of etiquette. Satsuki is at a crossroads between adulthood and what remains of her innocence, we see her anxieties and we identify the world of the movie through

Grave of the Fireflies - A masterpiece, whose beauty is often overlooked

Grave of the Fireflies - A masterpiece, whose beauty is often overlooked by Google || The-Take.com  When I watched this movie, I steeled myself for a traumatic experience, based on every review I'd ever read of it, which usually include phrases like "don't watch this if you're suicidal." Instead, if I had to pick a single word, to sum up, the movie I saw, it would probably be 'beautiful'. Certainly, it was sad and arguably depressing, but I've read this movie compared with 'Saving Private Ryan'. That's ridiculous. 'Grave of the Fireflies' is gentle and poetic more often than it's violent, and it's remarkably restrained in its anti-war message. It simply tells a story: there's very little at all in the way of moralizing or polemics. Why would a story like this need such heavy-handed tactics? I've also read it argued that the movie is robbed of any suspense or impact when it's revealed in the opening scene that the