Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice) is Naoko Yamada’s statement to the industry that she can handle feature films just as well as moeblobs. The unique storyboards and color design make of this movie a fine exhibit of technical prowess (and schoolgirl thighs).
But without story, pure artwork is just like a painting in a museum: it conveys emotion and one can use their imagination to create a tale but it stops at that.
This film’s artsy is unfortunately overshadowed by a half-assed plot.
Last time I made a post on this blog was 2 years ago and last time I promised to reread the Spice & Wolf light novels was 5 years ago.
It sure took a while but I finally stopped procrastinating and (thanks, covid-19 quarantine) went through all 17 volumes at last.
This time though, conscious of my poor memorization skills, I decided to keep track of characters and events in a sort of timeline so I wouldn’t get all flustered when some minor character reappeared a couple of volumes later.
I wanted to love Hyouka so damn much.
I tried so hard to love it.
But I couldn’t.
And now I’m paying the price.
As I close the video player and open the notepad, my mind is filled with the same old “if only” thoughts and I’m left with the even more familiar bittersweet feeling – of joy because it was a pleasant watch but also of anger from what it could’ve been. I know I won’t allow myself to enjoy its afterglow unless I vent my complains and deconstruct all of its flaws in a quasi masochist experiment.
So here we are. (THIS POST CONTAIN SPOILERS. IT IS NOT A RECOMMENDATION REVIEW)
It’s also Art. Why shouldn’t it be?
Anime openings, or rather TV openings in general, are usually neglected by both viewers and producers.
What’s the point of an opening? Some people will just use it as extra time to quickly grab a snack before the episode starts or check their Facebook and Twitter feeds. If you’re fast enough, maybe you can even try your luck with the bathroom.
It’s always the same thing, with the same names, same faces, same scenes. You’ve seen one, you’ve seen it all.
From production to launch date, OPs will usually stay on the bottom of the “to do list” or even get outsourced to a different staff since everyone from the main crew would be busy polishing up the premier/pilot episode and checking series continuity/composition. There’s no need to make it awesome, you won’t be telling your story through it anyway. It’s just an eye-catch and obligatory “see, this person made this” credit list.
On top of that, it’s a tricky business.
Do you hire a good musician to perform or just add some synthesized “music” and call it a day? Maybe you could try something more deviant? …but then the audience backslash could be troublesome.
Either way, if your OP turns out to be shit, you can always remove it from the pilot episode or simply delay it, adding a nice and exciting intro/prologue before.
There’s no point wasting money and energy on something like this.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THIS IS NOT A REVIEW. THERE WILL BE SPOILERS.
Spoilers from the following movies are included: Kimi no Na Wa (Your Name), Byousoku 5 Centimeters (5cm/s), Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho (Beyond the Clouds, the Promised Place)(The Place Promised in our Early Days), Hoshi no Koe (Voices from a Distant Star).
That day… That time… At that place… An irreplaceable moment was born. In a flash, the present becomes the past. Memories blur with time, and then fade altogether. The traces left behind, the silly days we spent together… There was only one definite piece of proof that the four of us lived through this era: The first and last picture we ever took together.
Warning: Anime spoilers! This post is intended for people who have watched the anime and are wondering if they should give the manga a try. If you don’t know the franchise, I recommend watching the anime first, then jumping to the manga if you enjoy it. And please, buy the damn thing. Most of the online scans have extremely bad translations.
“Which one is better?”
You know when sometimes movie adaptations of literature end up being really different from the the source material?
The original characters and story are there, the feel and mood as well, it isn’t necessarily better or worse, it’s just… different.
That’s the feeling I got from Chrono. Both the anime and manga are productions of high quality, made by passionate people and because of that, each stands proudly on their own.
So you finished Clannad and Clannad ~After Story~,
loved it and cried with the characters tears of sadness and happiness.
…or found it utterly boring and think it’s some overrated manipulative drama.
Either way, you may have enjoyed the drama, the romance and even bits of the totally out of place comedy. But still didn’t fully understand what happened on the final episodes or what kind of sorcery was that.
You know that “Oh it was the miracle thingy and all” won’t do for an explanation so here we are.
Bellow you’ll find a list of Q&As and a timeline of the story’s events. Hopefully it helps clearing up things for you.
Predestination is a 2014 Australian science fiction movie. Directed by the Spierig brothers, it’s a thought-provoking drama about time traveling. HOWEVER, it is not your conventional time traveling story.
Here’s an interesting post –damn, I’m using the word interesting quite too often recently-
Ehh… Here’s an curious post that I put together back when I still used the defunct MyAnimeList “Blog” function. I was rewatching the anime series of Spice & Wolf and decided to write down all the numbers they mentioned.
I’m making sure to give especial note to the fact this is anime only data because (for better or worse) Hasekura-sensei, in many occasions, didn’t bother making note of them in the novels. This leads to a contradictory amount of coins/profit at the end on the anime and its respective novel counterpart. Still, it’s an interesting cash flow and I had lots of fun making it.
There’s a lot of speculation surrounding this series when it comes to the geographical location of Helvetia as well as what caused the doom of modern society.
In this post, I try to make a comprehensive summary of my findings -more for personal archive usage- but worth sharing in case someone else is also interested.
Goes without saying, WARNING: SPOILERS APLENTY!
Finishing the Shinkai-related killstreak of posts here on this blog, this is something that may sound REALLY random to a few, while actually make sense to others.
I’m still not entirely convinced of it myself, but it’s worth sharing.
As we wait for any news on his upcoming movie in the end of 2015, I revisit once again 5cm/s and grumble about his storyline choices.
Makoto Shinkai is my favorite director from the current industry: known fact.
5cm/s is one of my favorite stories ever: known fact.
If I were on a romantic relationship with this guy, this is the time I’d ask for him to take a seat over there and have a serious talk.
He had something that made me fall in love with …HIS WORK, and I believe he’s somehow losing it after his two recent premiers.
I’ve followed his career ever since he started with indie production “Kakomareta Sekai”, so I’m sure there are others who feel the same way. – Continue Reading!>
aka: Beyond the Clouds, The Promised Place. Kumo no Mukō, Yakusoku no Basho.
One of Shinkai’s most enigmatic and open-ended movies, with a hell lot of symbolism and a heartbreaking story. Obviously, a favorite of mine.
A couple of years ago I found this AWESOME interpretation by this guy on Fandompost. Unfortunately I was on mobile and could only Ctrl+c the text. Ironically or not, when I got home I couldn’t find it anymore.
If you happen to know this guy or is the one, PLEASE let me know so I can give the proper credits to you.
To be honest, this is probably the only analysis I’ve ever read on this movie that I 100% agree with. And the name for this post is part of the reasons why.
The movie is perfect, the storyline is flawless and like he will digress about, everything falls into place …except the prologue. That damn prologue ruins every possibility of a canon happy ending. You simply can’t tell what happens, even after re-watching for tons of times, it’s ultimately down to “your own interpretation”. Based Shinkai is based.
Enough of me, for his analysis: – Continue Reading!>
1- Series are in decrescent order of importance.
Yes, it means I consider the first ones to be the best.
┗[1.1] Exception to the item above: Romance and Psychological.
In both, all series are great. 2- Last row reserved for recent series, doesn’t necessarily means it’s worse then the older ones. 3- Series that have more then one strong genre are tagged under the one that stands out. 4- I added the “Deviant” label for series that excel in any genre. TV Series/Movies/OVAs/AMVs, hidden gems and above-average.
┗[4.1] Dokuro-chan is an exception. It’s there for its mediocrity.
“It’s so bad that it’s good”. 5- Series with more then 100+ episodes demand a lot of commitment, only watch if you’re sure about it. 6- There is no separated column for SpaceOpera neither Sci-fi. Series from these genres are mixed inside Psy, Mystery, Mecha and Adventure. 7- Most of the series listed here have some sort of sequel/side-story that is worth watching as well.
┗[7.1] Haruhi’s Endless Eight (2nd season) is an exception to n. 7
┗[7.2] FMP? Fumofuu! is already a spin-off from FMP. Both are in the chart. 8- If you consider yourself as a Drama/Romance fan and haven’t watched Clannad/Kanon/Air yet… Do it now. 9- Most of the Slice-Of-Life are “Cute girls, doing cute things, in a cute way”.
┗[9.1] Bartender, Kannagi, GTO and Haruhi are exceptions.
┗[9.2] Yes, K-ON! is not here.
Instead I added TariTari, another highschool music oriented story.
It’s too large to fit here… open in a new tab if you wish.
From all kinds of authors and stories out in the wild, some of them are what we label as “drama” and others “romance”.
This kind of stories usually carries a message, be it a life lesson, a tale of fortune/misfortune or even some kind of warning or criticize. Their goal is to make you, the viewer, to basically… FEEL.
However, some dramas do invoke feelings on you, but these feelings end up limited to things like “oh, that was sad” or “jeez, what a horrible person”. Apocalypse Now, for example, is impossible to watch and don’t have that sad feeling of “man, what a fucked up thing war is”.
Furthermore, there’s a kind of story that we could label as “drama/romance”. These are often called “EMOTIONAL” stories.
You’ll either love it or hate it. But if you hate it, it’s a sign that it also fulfilled its objective. – Continue Reading!>
Orbs, Ushio, espaço-tempo, milagres… Clannad não era um romance fofo… com dangos!?
Pois é… também é! Isso mais uma vez prova como, realmente, ele tem o direito de ser um dos animes mais bem recomendados e adorados da última década.
Quando pensamos sobre o final do After Story, muita gente lembra dos FEELS e de chorar feito uma garotinha, mas ao parar para pensar sobre “o que diabos realmente aconteceu?” a resposta mais fácil seria dizer, “ah, foi o tal milagre lá” mas com certeza há mais por trás disso e pra isso que a fanbase está aqui! Solucionando os mistérios os quais você nem liga! Heh.
Como um bom fanboy, organizei o texto a seguir a partir da minha própria opinião e de outros sites (fonte no final), claro que você pode não concordar. Feedback sempre bem vindo!
Para facilitar, pense em um LOOP. Os que assistiram Haruhi talvez se lembrem do infâme “Endless Eight”, é mais ou menos a mesma ideia… Só que sem a Mikuru.
Ou, talvez mais facil até, pode-se pensar no loop de Higurashi. Também, o mesmo esquema. – Continue Reading!>