Tagged with BD

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA Watched via BD WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: Before there was The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, there was the second season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya television series. We’ve already spoken about the latter’s pacing issues in a separate review, but they really go hand-in-hand with this movie as well. While … Continue reading

From Up on Poppy Hill

From Up on Poppy Hill

FROM UP ON POPPY HILL Watched via fansubs/BD WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: From Up on Poppy Hill takes a turn to the nostalgic by looking back fondly on the early years of the 1960s, prior to the 1964 Olympics. Umi, a young teenage girl and main protagonist of the film, works in a boarding house when … Continue reading

Eden of the East: The King of Eden

Eden of the East: The King of Eden

EDEN OF THE EAST: THE KING OF EDEN Watched via BD/Netflix WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: When I first watched this movie I was very excited to see how the plot would spin off from the original television series Eden of the East. Looking back on the first time I saw this movie, it honestly hasn’t left … Continue reading

Ponyo

Ponyo

PONYO Watched via theater/BD WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: Ponyo is a Studio Ghibli film loosely based off of the classic story of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen. Being familiar with the original text, I was very skeptical of how Miyazaki was going to spin the tale to fit his style. In that regard, I … Continue reading

Hanasaku Iroha VS. Natsume’s Book of Friends

Hanasaku Iroha VS. Natsume’s Book of Friends

Hanasaku Iroha VS. Natsume’s Book of Friends Seasons 1-3 Watched via Crunchyroll/DVD/BD WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: Ohana Matsumae is a high-school girl who has grown up raising herself and taking care of her mother. While not an ideal situation, she has grown accustomed to it. Her life abruptly changes one day when her mother tells her … Continue reading

Howl’s Moving Castle

Howl’s Moving Castle

HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE Watched via theater/DVD/BD WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: Howl’s Moving Castle is loosely based off of the novel, by the same name, written by popular young adult writer Diana Wynne Jones. Having read the book prior to watching the movie, I see this Studio Ghibli film as an utter train wreck. The original story … Continue reading

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME Watched via DVD/BD WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a re-working, or “sequel” of the original classic Japanese novel by the same name. The general premise of both stories is pretty much the same with a young school girl discovering her ability to travel through … Continue reading

Eden of the East TV

Eden of the East TV

EDEN OF THE EAST TV Watched via BD WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: Eden of the East isn’t your typical action, josei, or slice-of-life show. It’s truly a lovely respite from the typical genre series that you usually find in the anime market. Eden of the East begins with Saki traveling abroad to America after graduating, and … Continue reading