Koe no Katachi

Koe no Katachi

Ishida Shouya must face a punishment to become a target of bully after he bullied a deaf girl named Nishimiya Shouko that resulted her to transfer school during elementary school. Now, Shouya is given a chance to redeem his mistake and make friends again.

At first, I am not that interested in Koe no Katachi because I thought it would be another romance anime (nope, I didn’t read the synopsis either). It also runs for 2h10m, which is pretty long for anime movie. However, after I watched it, I think that this anime is really good and I doubt that I’ll just watch it once.

Koe no Katachi is still a romance anime, and bullying is not a new theme either. But, one of the main point that makes this anime become different in my opinion is that the main character is a deaf girl. It really elevates the level of this anime and the story becomes deeper.

Koe no Katachi reminds us that bully is a serious matter. We never knew how badly people would hurt because he/she is getting bullied until we become the target. Here, we also learn that bully doesn’t affect only the target but also people around him/her.

The story is really heart warming though I didn’t cry, but I heard that many cries after watching the movie. I like how the plot of the story really brings an emotional roller coaster. I felt so many emotions during watching the movie, sadness, happiness, anger, etc.

Those who have read the manga may feel a bit disappointed because some of the supporting characters are not explained well in the movie. I haven’t read the manga and I do think that characters like Yuzuru and Nagatsuka should be explained more because they left some questions within me. Still, they only have a limited time to explain many things, and I don’t really mind with how it is done. One thing that bothers me more is the ending. I feel like it could have been done a lot better because after the ending I was sitting there like “that’s it?” after how the movie really carry me along its story.

Because it is mostly centered around Shouya, it is easy to see how he develops and changes during the movie. I think that other characters are really great in supporting the story too. The character design and the art are beautiful also with soft colors that are very touching. As for the music, I’m not very satisfied. They are good, but not the one that leave any special impression, including the ending music.

Overall, I highly recommend this movie because it is really enjoyable and I will watch it again for sure.

MyAnimeList rating: 9.15

Personal rating: 9.25

Ghost in the Shell (2017 Movie)

Ghost in the Shell Poster

Ghost in the Shell takes place in the future where the robot has become a part of human’s life. At the beginning, we will shown a project to transplant human’s brain to a synthetic body. The aim of the project is to create an ultimate weapon. From the project, come our main character, the first succeed result called Major Mira Killian who is tasked to fight cyber crime and terrorism. Left with only a few trace of her memory, Mira must fight the world’s most wanted criminal.

To be honest, I didn’t have any plan to watch this movie in the cinema just because action is not really my kind of genre. However, since I have some points that will expire soon, I decided to give this movie a try. The plus point for me is that I haven’t watched the anime, which this movie is based on, so I can watch it more objectively.

Personally, I pretty much enjoyed watching this movie. What makes me enjoy the most is the effect that is so smooth and futuristic, yet not overdone. I really love the shoots of the city views in this movie that portrays a modern city with all the flashy technology and its underground movement.

Other thing that I pretty much enjoy is the music. They are good and they really fit into the story. Though I don’t know why they put this creepy Japanese song on the credit theme. As for the story itself, I’m not really that impressed. Personally I think that most people can figure out the flow of the story, even from the trailer (also one of the main reason I don’t really enjoy action movies). Still, it doesn’t really disappointing.

I realized that one of the main highlights of the movie is the main actress Scarlett Johansson. I am not really a fan of her, but I have watched some of her movies so I can say that she did a good job in Ghost in the Shell. She shows a good expression of an “enhanced human” that has its own task yet is not lack of emotion.

p.s.: I watched it in 4DX theatre that really enhance my experience in watching the movie, so I really recommend it.

IMDB rating: 6.8

Personal rating: 7.5

Kotonoha no Niwa

Kotonoha no Niwa

So, I decided to have Makoto Shinkai’s anime as my last 2016 review. Now, I decided to begin my 2017 reviews with another one from Makoto Shinkai also, and this one is my favorite of all his anime so far.

Kotonoha no Niwa or Garden of Words is a beautiful anime about two people. Takao Akizuki, a student who skips his class on rainy morning to live his dream in designing shoes, and Yukari Yukino, a mysterious woman whom he met in Shinjuku Garden. Throughout the rainy season, they keep on meeting each other, and somehow, simply being together has become their escape from their own problems. However, does their relationship will end once the rainy season ends?

I personally don’t know why I love this anime so much that I watched it for more than 10 times already. The story is simple, two people with each own problem and struggle, meet accidentally in a rainy morning and being in a good relationship. Yet, throughout the anime, there isn’t something magical like most Makoto Shinkai’s works. This anime is way simpler than that. This anime is about passion, something that people often forgets as they grow up. This anime also doesn’t need those romantic things yet you can feel the romance through the dialogues and how they act. Maybe that simplicity is what caught me in awe, apart from the beautiful sceneries.

As known of Makoto Shinkai, the sceneries are superb that you can find a comparison between the anime and real picture and there aren’t many differences between the two. The character designs are simple yet so fit the characters, a high school man in his rebellious stage and a calm lady who like to read classics. You can see the characters are growing as well, even only through a 45 minutes anime movie.

Last one that has also become my favorite is the OSTs. They are calming and beautiful and the OSTs are really helpful in building the mood of the anime. As for the ending song is “Rain” by Motohiro Hata. Also a good song even though not that impressive for me. Maybe if I have to point out my biggest concern from Kotonoha no Niwa, it will be that the ending could have been better if things don’t really rush and Makoto Shinkai just keep it simple. But, even with that ending, all it still beautiful.

Look at those details! sc: google
Both are sooo beautiful. sc: google

MyAnimeList rating: 8.34

Personal rating: 9.90

Hoshi no Koe

Hoshi no Koe

My last review of the year 2016 and it goes for one of Makoto Shinkai’s early work. So, Hoshi no Koe or Voices of a Distant Star is one of my first animes and I still rewatch it again sometime. I guess this anime is also made when Makoto Shinkai hasn’t really been well known like now. But even then, I knew how talented he is because of the story of this anime.

Hoshi no Koe is a 25-minutes OVA that tells us about a long distance relationship (yeah, we know how hard it can be) between a boy and a girl. Set in 2046 when mankind has discovered ruins of alien civilization in Mars and has developed the technology to go through galaxies, they have decided to send an expedition into space. One of the chosen pilot for the expedition is Nagamine Mikako, a junior high school students, whom because of this will be separated from her bestfriend, Terao Noboru who is entering senior high school.

If I only have one word to describe this anime, then I will surely go with “touching”. Both in heartwarming and heartbreaking ways. I was so little when I watched this for the first time and back then I thought “what kind of experts send a junior high school student to space?”, and actually I’m still thinking about it now. However, as you’ve read the summary, now we know that this is not your ordinary long distance relationship because we are talking about relationship through space. Maybe relationship is not the very right word because both characters are friends, not lovers. But away with the fact, you will see how they are hanging on the thin line with the distance and the time difference. I cannot say much about the story because I will spoil too much so just watch it for yourself.

Aside from the story, I will totally praise the music. The BGMs and theme song are great and I still put some on my phone and listen to them sometime. I even sing it along while I write this. But, you may have to be disappointed a little with the character design, though the art is great even though it is not as great as what Makoto Shinkai can do now. That is why somehow I think that if you are a fan of Shinkai’s works, you have to watch this anime and see how he isn’t that great from the beginning. He is learning and being better through all the process and that is how he become who he is now.

P.S.: If you are not that satisfied with the ending of this anime, you can read the manga with the same title because it has the continuation of the story.

MyAnimeList rating: 7.53

Personal rating: 9.75

Kimi no Na wa

Kimi no Na wa.

Kimi no Na wa is a new movie from Makoto Shinkai with a bit of supernatural genre in it. The story comes with two main characters that live in two different conditions. The first one is Mitsuha, a countryside high school girl who dreams to leave her city and move to Tokyo. Another one is Taki, a high school boy from Tokyo and also a part timer in an Italian cafe who has strong interest in architecture. One day, a while after a moment of a fallen comet, Mitsuha dreams that she become a high school boy, while Taki dreams that he becomes a high school girl. What is exactly happening to them?

If you are similar with Shinkai’s works, you will get it once I said that this anime is so Shinkai-ish. For the first couple of minutes, maybe you won’t get any sense of this anime. But, after that, you will get to know what this anime is about. Of course, as this anime is so typical of his works, I can pretty much guess the ending, though that doesn’t make me enjoy the anime less. While the anime can be said as lack of surprise, yet the story is heart warming and I find it very enjoyable to see both characters that lead very different life. Unfortunately, the supernatural thing is not described really well. It just happened, so I guess that’s the main minus point of the story.

I won’t say much about the artwork, as we all know Makoto Shinkai is great. The details, the colors, everything is almost perfect while I can see that actually there are a lot of better character designs (with hotter guys and cuter girls), but I guess it is not a very big deal. The characters themselves are your average high school students. It is common for Shinkai to have simple characters. But, I can’t feel the connection to the characters. Like, they are too brief explained and they left me with just a little impression. The OSTs are done by a Japanese band RADWIMPS. The songs are good with the lyrics are helping to build up the emotion, but sometimes it feels a little off and for me personally, I think an instrumental will be better for a background in the middle of the story.

Overall, this anime is great, though Kotonoha no Niwa is still my favorite. This anime can pretty much give you an emotional roller coaster and I think that this anime is a must watch.

MyAnimeList rating: 9.39

Personal rating: 9.25

Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad Poster

Okay. So, this is my first non-anime review and I hope that I can give you a good review. Of course, I won’t spoil a thing because it will make you miss the fun, especially if you haven’t watched the movie.

The name “Suicide Squad” must have been familiar for those who love DC comics. Personally, I love this squad better than the justice league because villains are cooler. There are some differences from the comic (just like most adaptation movies), so I will just talk about the movie and not comparing between the two.

Suicide Squad is a special squad consists of most dangerous imprisoned villains, Harley QuinnDeadshotBoomerangKiller CrocEl Diablo, and Slipknot, secretly made by the government, by the proposal of Amanda Waller and under the supervision of Rick Flag. This squad was made after the death of Superman to participate in dangerous missions in exchange for clemency.

Let’s start the review with the good things from this movie. For me, this is one of the most anticipated movies in 2016 and I generally think this movie is good. Most of the casts portray the character very well. At first, I was pretty pessimistic with Margot Robbie because even if Harley Quinn is a crazy, annoying character it will spoil the fun if Robbie overdo it, however, she didn’t. She did it just right and I am pretty much satisfied by her act. If you have watched the trailers before, you will also see a lot of Harley Quinn scenes, but don’t worry because she doesn’t dominate the whole movie.

Another thing I love from this movie is the soundtracks and the visual arts. The songs just fit in with the story, and I like the colorful style they use for the logo, poster, and the ending credits. I think that the visual arts reflect how Suicide Squad is crazy and dangerous with many different characters in it. Since I watched the 3d version, I can also say that the 3d effect done smoothly and pretty nicely.

As for the minus point, of course it is because the members are different from the comic (I know I can’t compare, but I just want to see Poison Ivy). However, the entertaining story makes me forget about that disappointment. Another thing that pretty much annoys me is the character of the Joker. Yes, the Joker. I’m not saying Jared Leto doesn’t work it out. I think Leto is a good actor and he plays his character as an insane villain very well. Still, too bad that I can’t really see Joker in his character. Somehow his appearance is too much and he is an insane villain but not of that Joker’s while Joker has always been one of the most anticipated in the movie so it’s actually a shame and I’m actually glad that he doesn’t get too many scenes in the movie (sorry, but it’s the truth). Yet, as a person who also knows the story in the comic, I can say that this movie is entertaining and definitely worth to watch.

IMDB rating: 7.7

Personal rating: 8.5