Friday, April 18, 2014

Frozen (2013)


Elsa was a princess who had the magical ability to create ice and snow. one night while playing, she accidentally injured her sister Anna. since then she was kept locked in her room, causing the girls to grow apart as they grew up. after the King and Queen were killed in the sea during a storm, Elsa was to be their new Queen. however during a confrontation with Anna, Elsa released her powers and set the kingdom in eternal winter. Anna was determined to find Elsa, teaming with with a mountain man Kristoff and his reindeer Sven.

it was odd waiting for Elsa to take the spotlight then finally realizing Anna was the main character. the love pouring from Anna to Elsa was overwhelming, it was moving and quite different from what we were used to see in Disney movies. the adventure was beautiful and engaging only if we weren't waiting for Elsa to appear. it was quite disappointing to be seeing so little of Elsa comparing to Anna, who was just human. Elsa remained mysterious until the very end, hidden along with her magical abilities. fortunately the animation was captivating enough to get us through until the very end.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Little Busters!: Sekai no Saitou wa Ore ga Mamoru! (2013)

Little Busters

the OVA was a special un-aired episode. it was split into two plots, the first was the establishment of a new battle ranking system for all the 10 Little Busters, the second involved the girls going to Kuragaya for life advice. in comparison with the its series, the OVA was different and refreshing. however, the comedy turned out to be some hit and some miss. it was fun seeing Riki went through the battle games, starting from the lower ranks, challenging the person directly above her to reach the top. eventually Kyousuke introduced the Mask the Saitou element, which increased the craziness.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

No Alligators in Sight (2013)

No Alligators in Sight

Lettie was a 13-year-old, who was forced to grow up taking care of her younger brother Bert. they lived with their father after their mother left them when they were young. Joel was an alcoholic. one day, after being caught for switching the price for a CD she really wanted, Lettie and Bert was sent off to their mother for the summer. meeting Getrude after all these years was odd, especially when she had Orlando, a new stepfather in tow. her mother had wanted to take Bert with her when she left years ago, but when the siblings was determined to stay together, they were both left behind with their father.

i received a free e-book from the author in exchanged for a review. Lettie was an extraordinary character, looking after herself and Bert, making sure that they fed themselves, did everything around the house. she wanted to be a normal 13-year-old more than anything else in the world, but shouldering so much responsibilities made it impossible. her humor and sarcasm were lovable, making her tough and relatable. the book was from time to time rather lengthy, especially for the part where she wrote into her blue book, but it was helpful in the sense that it cleared some stuff up for us readers, since it revealed Lettie's mind. the plot was random, often throwing situations into Lettie' path, the fun was seeing how she handled it. the book became more and more delicious as it neared its end, making the wait absolutely rewarding.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Koitabi: True Tours Nanto (2013)
恋旅~True Tours Nanto

True Tours Nanto

the six short episodes told the love story of three couples, set in Nanto, a town in the countryside. through the episodes, there were actually some worth explored places for tourists, which was very much the intent of this short series. among the three couples, part of the focus was on Youji and Chiaki. they had been together for 5 years, but Youji decided to transfer job. they struggled with their relationship and what will become of it.