Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Do You Want to Build A Psychic?

 Nerawareta Gakuen: An Anime Movie Review

Length: 1hr 46min
Genre: Romance (angst), sci-fi
Source Material: Novel by Taku Mayumura

It's been a really long time since I've blogged anything on here (my apologies), but boy, was Nerawareta Gakuen an interesting movie to pick getting back into the thick of things! Having been on my backlog for a while now, Nerawareta Gakuen certainly took me for a ride as it told the story of time travelers, psychics, and young lovers. If you enjoy beautiful visuals, romance, and want to learn why cell phones should be banned in schools, then keep on reading and see if Nerawareta Gakuen is for you!
**May Contain Spoilers**

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Love and Peace!

Trigun (TV): An Anime Series Review 
Number of episodes: 26
Genre: Action, space western, sci-fi, adventure
Source material: Manga written by Yasuhiro Nightow

Action, adventure, and guns? I'm in! Trigun is a classic anime that people in the anime community refer to often, and for the longest time, I had to pretend that I knew what they were talking about (oh the shame)! When I finally sat down and watched this series many years ago, I was able to understand why people enjoy this anime so much. If you've been one of those people who "shoulda, coulda, woulda" watched Trigun but didn't, keep reading to see if this anime series is for you!

**May Contain Spoilers**

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The enemy's gate is down.

Ender's Game: A Movie Review


I've never done a movie review on this blog, but I had to make an exception when my favorite book (50+ read throughs), Ender's Game (originally published in 1985, written by Orson Scott Card), finally arrived on the big screen after fans waited years and years to see some kind of Hollywood adaptation. The movie, which I saw the 3rd day that it was out in theaters, turned out to be a fairly decent one, although I wouldn't necessarily have titled it, Ender's Game. I would have probably changed the name to: A Movie Based on Select Highlighted Quotes from the Book, Ender's Game.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

You're a good dog.

The Premise: After a short life as a stray mutt, reincarnated puppy Bailey (previously Toby) begins his life anew with 8-year old Ethan and his family. Bailey has it all. An adoring child. Plenty of flowers to dig up. And life, by all accounts, is good. As he stays by Ethan's side and watches him grow up, Bailey experiences the happiness and contentment unknown in his previous life. 

But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey, much to his puzzlement. Reborn as a puppy yet again after a full and satisfying life with Ethan, Bailey wonders--will he ever find his purpose?  Never one to shy away from a good adventure (or good food), Bailey plunges ahead in each of his new doggy lives with vigor, always curious, but never worried. Taking each iteration of his life in stride, Bailey leads us through his days as a companion, a hero, and eventually, a wise soul, eager to learn and always searching for the reason of his existence. 
**May contain spoilers**

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Dial me a 481.

The Premise: Planet Earth is in bad shape after World War Terminus, and life as we know is has changed dramatically in this future. Most of the human population has emigrated to Mars and android companions are a staple of life for those colonists. But for those left behind on Earth, the only precious things left to enjoy are animals (living if you're wealthy and lucky enough, electric if you aren't), mood dialers, and empathy boxes. Aside from the radioactive dust which is slowly but surely overtaking habitable land, rogue androids ("andys") threaten the fragile peace on Earth after returning from the colonies. Bounty hunters exist to stop these androids, and Rick Decard is called to "retire" (aka kill) 6 andys after another bounty hunter is injured while pursuing a target. What follows is Rick's hunt for these androids through a dystopian society and his slowly evolving understanding of what it means to be human in a world where the line is more blurred than he had initially thought. 
**May Contain Spoilers**

Thursday, June 13, 2013

You'll always be my best girl.

The Premise: Police officer Scott James is on the cusp of a great career promotion from lowly street cop to a cop in the esteemed LAPD Metro Division when everything goes wrong. In the span of just a few minutes, Scott and his partner Stephanie--while searching for a pop-up noodle joint--are involved in a brutal heist (by chance) that ends with Stephanie dead and Scott physically and mentally scarred. Having been shot at point blank range before he passed out, Scott's last memories are of his partner's haunting words, "Scotty, don't leave. Don't leave me, Scotty!" as he tried to crawl his way back to the patrol car to radio for help.  

Driven by guilt and the bitter need for closure, Scott refuses to take medical pension or retire and instead, trains to join the LAPD K-9 unit (despite the fact that he has never been around dogs) as a last resort. It is there that he meets Maggie, a retired 85lb German shepherd who has had her own share of tragedy and heartbreak as a working military dog in Afghanistan. Bruised but perhaps not yet broken, both Scott and Maggie will have to learn how to trust in a partner again and prove to those around them that they are capable of getting back on their feet, and paws, to bring Stephanie's murderers to justice.

**May Contain Spoilers**

Friday, June 7, 2013

I am The Paper.

Read or Die OVA: And OVA Series Review

Number of episodes: 3 OVA's
Genre: Action, fantasy
Source material: Manga written by Hideyuki Kurata 

I don't know how these people avoid papercuts. Seriously.
**May Contain Spoilers**