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Fullmetal Alchemist review

Posted : 9 years, 10 months ago on 18 August 2007 04:15 (A review of Fullmetal Alchemist)

This show really surprised me. I saw the first episode or two and dismissed as sub-par shounen crap but at the insistence of friends I pushed through and watched the rest of the series...

All I can say is wow. Somewhere around half-way in the first season something changed and I became hooked. I suppose it's all the liberties they took with the manga and that was just fine with me because I've read some of the manga and unless it gets good after volume five I really like the anime adapation a hell of alot more. Especially near the end where it gets intense and they throw a curve ball and pretty much gave the middle finger to everything else they've been saying.

The only thing that really bothered me was okay I get it. HE'S REALLY SHORT. HIS BROTHER FITS THE IMAGE BETTER. And to tell the truth the whole philosophical message was a little much at times.

But otherwise I enjoyed this series immensely. Especially since I thought it was utter crap for the longest time because seriously... His LITTLE brother is a humongous suit of armor?

Plus I've been loving everything Studio BONES has been putting out. Except the movie. Yeah. That sucked.


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Fun shounen show

Posted : 9 years, 10 months ago on 18 August 2007 04:03 (A review of Naruto)

A typical shounen fighting show yet one that's surprisingly really popular and it's not that hard to see why. It's rather addicting and fun for the first few episodes yet as the plot "thickens" it loses it's inital charm and bears it's true colors of being a long-running series that'll go on as long as they can milk it.

It's not that bad of a show but it's not that great of one either. There's alot of better shounen shows out there.

Naruto is an aspiring ninja with a troubled past. He just wants to be the next fucking Hokage. Yet no one believes and him because quite frankly he's annoying as hell. Sasuke serves the purpose as the your angsty bishie with a brother complex and Sakura seems to be there just for the sake of having a female. I followed the series for a while because in all honesty I thought Rock Lee was amazing. But once the manga came to a point where it said "END OF PART ONE!" I just stopped and gave up.


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Third one's a charm

Posted : 9 years, 10 months ago on 18 August 2007 03:27 (A review of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

This is the first of the Harry Potter movies that takes a decisively different turn from the rest. The reason being can either be puberty, the fact the plot is getting darker than in previous incarnations, or simply because of a new director.

Myself I never actually hated any of the Harry Potter movies because I accepted the fact long ago that it'd be impossible to cram everything that happened in the book in two hours or so. But I really like the tone in this one better than in the previous two. This may just be my bias that the third book was my favorite book and I'd have died if I didn't convince myself the movie is decent but I really liked it either way.

My only sadness is that the actors have lost their childish cuteness and are in the awkward stage in their development.

The interesting thing about this one is also that it didn't feel like it was trying to cram everything, as opposed to the other ones. Hell it ends with Harry riding away on his Firebolt, which is a rather weird way to end a Harry Potter movie since if I recall correctly in the book he gets a Firebolt earlier on but it's obvious that some liberties had to be made with the script and that's just fine with me. The movies really aren't meant to stand alone, rather an accompaniment to the novels in my opinion.


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X-Men review

Posted : 9 years, 10 months ago on 18 August 2007 03:01 (A review of X-Men)

To tell the truth I actually read some of the X-men comics. And to tell the whole honest truth they kinda sucked. Some more than others. Hell superhero comics in general suck but that's just my opinion that's slightly justified seeing as I have actually read a significant portion of them.

But I gotta say. I like the movies. No prior knowledge of X-Men is necessary and while it might have enhanced your viewing experience in my opinion you'd be probably just pissed that not everything was like your precious comic book.

Wolverine has always been one of my favourites and his back story was actually one of those that interested me so naturally the focus on him is rather nice. Plus I never really liked seeing Jean and Cyclops guy together.

The only true sadness I have is that they aren't wearing the costumed tights they are known for. While I admit that would have been really cheesy and lame, it would have been for teh lulz.

It's just a fun action movie with a very open-ended plot perfect for numerous sequels. And fans of the original comics might enjoy seeing their childhood heroes on the bigscreen.


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To infinty and uh...

Posted : 9 years, 10 months ago on 18 August 2007 02:39 (A review of Toy Story)

When this movie first came out I was seriously afraid of my toys and treated them all nice. And then when my little brother fell in love with it to the point of watching it I don't know... EVERY DAY it lost some of it's initial ah... charm. However many times I see it though I still gotta laugh.

This is also the first Pixar movie to my knowledge that had the famous Pizza Planet and now it's an ongoing challenge to find it in all other Pixar films.

And for some strange reason I find the songs in it rather catchy. I'd just be randomly singing along for no apparent reason.
Plus the personalities of all the toys just crack me up. And the toys themselves that were original to the movie seem to have become quite popular.
I had a few of the little alien thingies myself.

I've never been a big fan of Disney but somehow when it's with Pixar it tends out to be just great. Family movies can be enjoyed by children of all ages. Not just little kids.


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Heartwarming Tale of Fish

Posted : 9 years, 10 months ago on 18 August 2007 02:20 (A review of Finding Nemo)

I usually have great disdain for Disney movies and animated movies made in America in general. It's primarily from the fact that they either overload with tasteless adult humor or go in the opposite spectrum of childish redundancy. However, Finding Nemo surprised me in that it was actually good and tugged a bit at the heart strings. I've come to the conclusion that if Pixar is in the mix it's probably gonna be a damn good Disney movie.

The thing about family-oriented kid movies is that they should be enjoyed by kids of all ages. Finding Nemo accomplishes this and had any other movie had taken someone of the jokes it'd come off as crude but there's some tact involved and only the targeted audience for such jokes will understand them. And sides. They said "butt." That's good enough for me.

Recommend for children of ALL ages. Unless you have no soul.


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The Twelve Kingdoms, Volume 1: Sea of Shadow review

Posted : 9 years, 10 months ago on 15 August 2007 04:31 (A review of The Twelve Kingdoms, Volume 1: Sea of Shadow)

When I first heard of this I immediately thought of Fushigi Yuugi but then again any story about a girl getting sucked into another world gives me that feeling. That thought perished immediately when I realized how no nonsense it really was. Yoko is essentially what you would call a normal high school girl except for the fact that she gets transported to the world of the 12 Kingdoms and essentially doesn't get a break. The idea of escaping to another world doesn't sound so appetizing after Yoko's troubles.
Plus the details of the 12 Kingdoms themselves are rather complex and feel just as another world should. Fuyumi Ono gives the feeling that the 12 Kingdoms is a legit world and not just some randomly contrived half-boiled idea.

I'm also digging the art, despite the fact that it's only a few pages here and there. Akihiro Yamada's art is lusciously detailed and I tend to stare at it for extended periods of time. But then I again I'm a RahXephon fan and slightly biased since I loved the character designs for RahXephon.

It's not the greatest piece of literature to grace my bookshelf but I've fallen in love with it. If anything the Tokyopop release schedule is rather annoying and leaves much to be desired.


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LINDA LINDA!

Posted : 9 years, 10 months ago on 14 August 2007 02:34 (A review of Linda Linda Linda)

I'm not gonna lie and say this movie was fracking amazing because in all frankness it really wasn't that spectacular (except for the very end). There's alot of scenes of people just sitting there doing nothing. Or at least many scenes that don't drive the plot forward. It's just about a bunch of high school girls that get together and play at their school festival. But what does separate this movie from the rest is it's frankness in it's depictions of the girls. They actually look and act like REAL high school girls. Plus it helps that the songs they choose to play are famous in Japan (by the Blue Hearts) and I can see why. They are just very catchy songs. If you don't have the chorus of Linda Linda stuck in your head by the time the movie's over then you must have lost all humanity in a blazing fire of mass mayhem.


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Amazing but...

Posted : 9 years, 10 months ago on 6 August 2007 02:37 (A review of Apollo's Song)

I'd give it a ten out of ten if it didn't make me so depressed and convinced falling in love was a bad idea.

Out of all of Tezuka's works this is perhaps my favorite and while I wrote at the top that I was convinced falling in love was a bad idea I realized later on that it's not a bad idea at all and it's something that's within human nature itself. I think Tezuka was also trying to explain this in this book. Either that or he was trying to write a contraceptive.

And honestly, if that amazing first chapter with the talking semen doesn't strike your fancy then I don't know what to say to you. [Link removed - login to see]">I mean a NY magazine apparently enjoyed it.


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Finally a good animated movie

Posted : 9 years, 11 months ago on 28 July 2007 05:01 (A review of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time)

I think I have a new favorite movie. Well, not really but it's a close contender. It's not because it's animated because there's alot of animated films out there I could care less about. Maybe it's because I actually cared whether or not the characters died or not that made a difference. It's a wonderful coming of age story about a girl that literally can leap through time. The idea behind it isn't new but it's done well. And I'm really fond of Yoshiyuki Sadamoto's character designs but that's beside the point. Now I have a sudden urge to read the book it's based upon.

If I had anything bad to say it would be that Makoto is rather annoying at times and doesn't act rather smartly (meaning she'd do something that has obviously bad repercussions) but perhaps that's what makes her endearing. And the fact that often times I'd be watching and be thinking she looks an awful like Shinji in Evangelion, but that may be because it's the same person who did the character designs. Heck Shinji was practically Nadia so eh.

I loved it :D


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