Note: this is not much of a review as it is a record of my experience watching this movie.
Bangkok is a crazy city. If you’ve been here once, you’ll get what I mean. And because it’s always so crazy crowded, the pandemic hit us hard and Josee got postponed twice before finally coming to the theaters at the beginning of November 2021.
Even though it’s during a pandemic… the department store that housed the cniema was practically overflowing with people. Especially with kids from the nearby school who were finished with their Saturday classes.
I was already burned out by wading through crowds of people (it’s like Black Friday crowd every single weekend, gosh) to the cinema to buy tickets. I almost shoved a bunch of highschool boys out of the way since they were crowded in front of the ticket machine. I brought my Asian mom with me because she was worried that I’d be in the only person in the theater like that time I was watching Violet Evergarden Movie in March, and she offered to pay for the tickets. So we got the premium couch at the back of the theater because she wanted to sleep throughout the show.
So we grabbed lunch and waited 30 minutes of advertisement before the movie finally started.
Two girls each have boyfriends already, but they’re actually into each other. That might be the plot. I dunno. Maybe only one of them is into the other, but that one manipulated the hell out of the other one to make her think they’re in love.
Looking at Netsuzou TRap (from hereon abbreviated as NTRap) from an objective standpoint, I think it was a decent anime. The art is good. Music is generic but in no way bad. Voice acting is good. Character design is good. Sure, the story’s theme is controversial, but look at it this way: this is not a lewd yuri anime, it’s an anime about an abusive relationship presented in a sugar-coated way so that you don’t actually realize it’s abusive!
Maybe that’s the case or I’m just reading too much into it. Anyway, NTRap seems like an anime that sells an abusive relationship as yuri fanservice and then the audience can’t enjoy either the drama or the fanservice.
After we had takt Op. Destiny, we have another anime about a guy with a disabled right arm who’s sort of a pessimist shut-in, who comes to view the world better because of a girl. That’s pretty much the premise of Taisho Maiden Fairy Tale, a story about a girl sent to marry the unwanted bocchan of the Shima family, Tamahiko.
A self-dubbed pessimist hikkikomori, after a car accident that robbed him of both his mother and his right hand, Tamahiko was exiled to a mountain mansion in Chiba to rot away into obscurity. He spends his days imagining and replaying horrible remarks from his family and his nights tossing with insomnia. Until one day, Yuzuki showed up. Yuzuki was bought from her debt-ridden family and sent to become Tamahiko’s bride/caretaker. Her optimism and determination will slowly cause Tamahiko’s life to change.
Once upon a time, a weird black meteorite fell and along with it came D2, alien thingies that attack whatever that makes beautiful noises, be it a huge symphony or a simple piano.
Takt’s father died during the Boston Tragedy, where the D2s attacked during a concert. Since then, he’s been a shut-in, only playing the piano for himself. However, due to a turn of fate, he is now traveling to New York with his friend Anna and ‘Destiny’, a Musicart that’s able to fight the D2s.
We have another anime with the main guy being a shut-in missing his right arm, with the other one being Taisho Otome Otogibanashi. Also, Takt’s seiyuu voices 2 other animes this season. Wowwwww.
Twinkle Nora Rock Me (did I spell that correctly?)
Yes, I watched the legend. On 1.5 speed to make the animation seem smoother. It didn’t help.
TNRM is what happens when a guy gets enough budget to animate his imaginary girlfriend and makes her do every badass things imaginable for no logic at all. If Nora was as famous as Mary Sue, the word Nora will actually replace the term Mary Sue for characters of her type. And the small guy is obviously not the creator’s stand-in.
Nora has an uninteresting plot, cheesy music that does not really fit the scene, and horrible powerpoint animations. All the random dancing did not help. Nora, you’re not a Disney princess.
Legend of Lemnear
I feel that there’s an actual plot in Lemnear. However, the boobs were too distracting.
Plus side: Even for its era, I thought the animation looked really pretty. Also, that scene close to the end almost had me.
Compared to some stuff from the first part, Lemnear wasn’t that bad. It was very forgettable. Yeah, it was bad but definitely not worst. Just that the focus was too much on the boobs.
Arguably there is no bad or good art, but people will generally agree that some of these anime can be considered worse than others. Here are some.
Yea, this is on every list. To be honest, the first 3 episodes of Pupa were actually faithful to the manga and it seemed like the story was heading somewhere interesting… but it crashed and burned to the ground due to pacing issues. If you enjoy a combination of cannibalism and sexual incest overtones where the sister makes suggestive noises as she eats her brother alive, well, give it a watch. Plus side, it ends with a ‘see the rest of the story in the manga’.
I’m not going to say the manga was a masterpiece (even though I have the damn collector’s edition sitting in my bookshelf) but it has the atmosphere and the gravity that just pulls you in (minus the incest undertones that just gets worse once you find out Yume’s true identity). The anime has none of that. The worst choice they could’ve made is to make the episodes 5 minutes long, which simply does not work on a thriller-horror.
Wow, this thing has a 1.9 rating! So Skelter Heaven is based on a PS2 game… by Idea Factory. *Diabolik Lovers PTSD triggered* The opening theme is pretty nice, and there seem to be some interesting stuff going on… but the animation is just downright horrible. I swear the morning cartoons in my days did a better job with 3D animation than this. I’d have thought the studio made it with Flash or something. Also, the transitions are so bad I’d think the people who made it never made a movie or even a video before…
From what I gathered, it’s about a bunch of girls in flying machines, and they fight this stupid squid alien that’s horribly animated… The main girl is an artificial being that seems to have a thing going on with the Captain. That’s all I can glean from this.
It reminds me a lot of Kishin Houkou Demonbane OVA…
Ah, Key. A visual novel studio known for their tear-jerking drama and weird facial anatomy. Creators of iconic visual novels like Kanon, Clannad, and Little Busters! Among them is a visual novel with iconic concept and characters… POTATO! *cough* Sorry, I meant Air.
And no it’s not Fate/Evergarden although the posters were right beside each other lol.
I went to see Violet Evergarden Movie in theaters today and I was the only person in the whole theater. No, in the whole cinema, even. Nobody else bought tickets in the same time slot even for other movies. I saw no one. Not even the ticket staff. Not even the door people. I could take off my face mask and cry and nobody gave a damn because there was no one else but me, sitting in the exact middle of the theater amid empty chairs. The only person I saw was the staff selling popcorn.
Okay, enough about that. Let’s move on to the review.
I looked through my list and realized that even if it’s a year with lockdowns, I barely have any titles to add here. So this year I will do something different and just comment on everything I started/finished this year.