Wednesday, July 12, 2017

[Anime Movie Review] In This Corner of the World / この世界の片隅に

Last week I went for a holiday trip and I was on a 6-hours-flight. The flight offered some movies for us to watch, and the one caught my attention is an anime movie called "In This Corner of the World" or in Japanese it's called "Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni" which was aired on 2016.
Basically, I don't watch anime so often, but recently, since I saw some anime movies are good, I'm quite interested in this genre of movie.


Well, the theme of this movie is really simple. It's a daily life movie which was set in Hiroshima City and Kure during the world war II era.

The protagonist is a young girl from a family who live in Hiroshima City named Suzu. She likes drawing so much.


A man from Kure, a city which is near the port, comes to Hiroshima City to propose Suzu. Well, I can't say it's a forced marriage for Suzu since she has a choice to reject (which is actually a good thing I guess) but that era is an era which people just got married easily, not like our era now. They come to the woman's house to propose, and just like that, they got married!


So, Suzu moved to Kure, a city where Shusaku, her husband, lives. They are a happy family too, I guess. Shusaku's mother hardly walk, so Suzu did most of the housework. She learns happily how to do the housework since Shusaku's family is also very nice to her.


Living in the war area is though. The food is being controlled, so they can't eat properly. The thoughest thing out of eveything is the bomb. Suzu got bombed and lost her right hand, which means she can't draw anymore. Not only that, many people died in because of the bomb.


To summarize it, the movie wants to tell us the daily life in the world war II area, the lost and the suffering of those people because of war, especially the Hiroshima atomic bombing incident.
Although the theme is very simple, this movie is soooo interesting, and could be touching.

I gave this anime movie 7.5 out of 10 points. Must watch I guess!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

[Dorama Review] Medical Team: Lady da Vinci no Shindan メディカルチーム レディ・ダ・ヴィンチの診断

It's been a while since the last time I watched dorama. Well, I was so busy with work, watching something like a 10-episodes-drama will sure take a long time. But at last, I could find a drama which is quite good to watch, Medical Team: Lady da Vinci no Shindan which was broadcasted on 2016.

The story is about a genius neurosurgeon named Tachibana Shiho (played by Yoshida Yo). Due to having hallucination, she decided to quit being a neurosurgeon, since it could be dangerous if the hallucination appeared in the middle of the surgery.


Then, Kitabatake Masayuki (played by Takahashi Katsunori) which is her former professor and the director of Toko University Hospital came to offer Tachibana-sensei to be one of the team doctor in the newly-built Analysis and Diagnosis Department.
I somehow reminded of Iryu 4 since the role of Takahashi Katsunori here is similar with Iryu 4. I think they made it similar on purpose though.


Rather than doing surgery, the department is used to analyze and identify unknown illnesses. If General Medicine is the first step of the treatment, Analysis and Diagnosis is the last bastion. The member of this department is 7 female doctors with various background.


The one who often accompany Tachibana-sensei is the intern in the department, Tamaru Ayaka (played by Yoshioka Riho). She is more to the clumsy character which makes the dorama quite funny.


Another one who often accompany Tachibana-sensei is a former genius Cardio-surgeon, Nitta Yukino (played by Aibu Saki).


Don't forget the leader of the A&D Department, Iwakura Yoko (played by Ito Ran). She has a TV show called "Doctor SOS", and in that TV show she always do her catchphrase "Even if the gods lie, these eyes of mine will never lie" which is quite funny to me because of its absurdity.


Well, if you have read by previous dorama review, you could find out that actually I'm a real big fan of Team Medical Dragon~Iryu~ series. Ever since I watched that dorama, I'm so into the medical world. I've tried watching several medical dorama before, but I didn't finish it because I think it's boring compared to Iryu series.

If Iryu series is all about surgery, Lady da Vinci told us that the medical world is not just surgery, but it's also important how to diagnose accurately and giving the right treatment. Iryu also focused on the politics of the medical world story, the rivalry between antagonist and protagonist, where in Lady da Vinci is purely more to the medical treatment story with a little bit sense of humor. You barely feel the sense of rivalry in Lady da Vinci, because even if they got a little bit of rivalry, they have the same vision and mission to save patients with all their might.

The theme song is "Miracle" by AI, how it once again reminds me of Iryu, because Iryu 1 and 2 theme songs are also AI's songs.

I could say this medical dorama is quite different from Iryu, and reveal a different story from Iryu. I love how they make the dorama with some sense of humor which make the dorama not boring.
I recommend this dorama and I give 7 points out of 10 points for this dorama.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

[Anime Movie] Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi / Spirited Away

After watching Kimi no Na wa, I talked with a friend, and she said something like "Kimi no Na wa is not that interesting to me. I prefer Spirited Away".

I got curious and ended up watching this anime, Spirited Away, or also known with its original title Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi. This anime was aired in 2001, quite an old one, produced by the famous Production House Studio Ghibli.


A 10-year-old girl, named Chihiro is moving to a new town with her family. She seemed to be a stubborn and naughty girl.


Chihiro's father took a wrong turn and they ended up finding a mysterious tunnel. He insisted on exploring the tunnel, even though Chihiro kept saying to leave it away.


Inside the tunnel is the abandoned amusement park, or at least that's what Chihiro's father thought. It seemed that there were no people lives there, however, they found a restaurant with plenty of delicious food. Without thinking much, Chihiro's father and mother started to eat. Chihiro was still afraid and rejected to eat the food. Of course, who would eat such a suspicious food =_=""


Give up to persuade her parents to go back to their car, Chihiro ended up walking around the place alone. She found a bath house, and met a boy named Haku. Haku surprised to see Chihiro and told her to run away before it got dark.


However, it's too late. Chihiro couldn't come back, and her parents turned into pig.


The place turned up to be a spirit world. There, Chihiro worked hard to find a way to turn back her parents into human again.


This anime is a fantasy genre of anime, with ghost and other spiritual story. Actually I'm a coward and I'm afraid of ghost the most, so, if I know that there are ghosts in this movie, I wouldn't want to watch it. However, I watch it because at first I don't know that Spirited Away is this kind of movie ( ̄ε ̄;;)
I don't regret watching this anime movie anyway. Even though many ghosts in the story, but it doesn't really make you afraid.
It's hard to make a comment on the story since it's a fantasy story, but for me this anime is entertaining. I like it as much as I like "Kimi no Na wa", even though the genres are different.

I gave this anime 7.5 out of 10 points


Monday, February 13, 2017

[Anime Movie] Kimi no Na wa / Your Name

So, recently this anime movie is sooo famous which makes me curious. Kimi no Na wa!


This anime is about a girl, named Miyamizu Mitsuha, who lives in a small town called Itomori city. She is the successor of a temple in Itomori city. One day, she woke up switching place with a boy named Taki.


Tachibana Taki is a boy who lives in Tokyo. He is a normal student, however he is quite temperament. He has many part-time job.


So, once in two days, they are always switching place. Taki woke up as Mitsuha, and Mitsuha woke up as Taki. After they went to sleep, the day after, they will come back to themselves. And so on...
To always continue their routine normally, they keep a note of what they were doing everyday.

One day, Taki is not switching place with Mitsuha anymore. Curious, Taki travelled and try to find Mitsuha...

Overall, I love this movie. The plot, the story, everything. It's a romantic anime movie, however it's not just a normal romantic anime. You barely feel it's a love story, but when you think again, it is. Wrapped in around one and a three-quarter hour, of course there is a limitation in the story. The story about how Taki and Mitsuha switching place is a little bit fastened, but it doesn't decrease the interest of this movie. 

The story is a little bit saddening in the end for me when they don't remember each other. Sometimes when we had a dream, we mostly forget it after we woke up. I think the idea comes from that??

Anyway, I gave 7.5 out of 10 for this anime movie. 
This anime is definitely a worth to watch movie!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

[Japanese Movie Review] MARS ~ ただ, 君を愛してる~ / MARS ~ Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru

Just before, I write about the dorama MARS ~ Just, I love you. Now I'm going to write a little bit about the movie. This movie was also aired in 2016, and it's the continuation of the dorama.

For the dorama review, you can find it here:
MARS ~Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru dorama

Okay, the first thing I will say is I'm very impressed with this movie.
I wonder when does it start to change from a romantic, high school genre into something quite mysterious and thrilling?

If the dorama tells many thing about the male side, the movie tells us more about Asou Kira (played by Iitoyo Marie)


Unexpectedly, in this movie, it will reveal more about Kira's past. If you have watched the dorama, you must be noticing that Kira has some kind of trauma related to a man. I only could guessing in the dorama, but with this movie, it is all clear.

On the other side, Kashino Rei (played by Fujigaya Taisuke of Kis-My-Ft2) starts to change. Doesn't want to hurt his girlfriend, Kashino tries hard no to be violent anymore.


However, it's not as smooth as it seems to be. Kirishima Makio (played by Kubota Masataka) starts to reveal his true face. He, who seems to be a quiet and introvert man, is actually a psycho... It was already introduced also in the last part of the dorama.



If the dorama tells us more to a romance story, in this movie, it's more thrilling, mysterious, and psycho, even though it still has some romance in it. Before, I said the dorama is quite interesting, but with this movie I conclude that it's wonderful. I bet the viewer expect that this is a pure standard romance story at first, but actually it is not. It's just so unexpected.

I like this movie more than the dorama, however, the movie and the dorama completed each other. It's just a package you need to watch.

I gave this movie 8 out of 10 for this dorama.

*this review is a personal opinion and made by me who is a newbie reviewer, if there is any mistakes, please feel free to make a correction*

[Dorama Review] MARS ~ ただ, 君を愛してる~ / MARS ~ Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru

Just finished watching this dorama today, so let me write some review when it's still hot in my mind: 
MARS ~ Just, I love you

This dorama was aired in 2016, and in additional, a movie was also made as the sequence of this dorama.


In every episodes of the dorama, you will eventually see a brief introduction of this main characters:

Kashino Rei, a boy who holds light and shadow (played by Fujigaya Taisuke of Kis-My-Ft2).
Kashino is a violent playboy who seems to not afraid of anything and will eventually beat someone who is in his way. All woman would fall for his handsome look with a cool Ducati motorbike.


Asou Kira, high school girl who closed her heart (played by Iitoyo Marie). Kira is a strange and introvert girl with a great talent of being an artist. One day, Kashino saw her drawing and amazed with it. From that on, their start to know each other,


Guess, what? A violent handsome boy with an ugly strange introvert girl starts dating? So impossible! Well, Iitoyo Marie is absolutely not ugly, but I think they are trying to make an impression as if she is nerd, strange, and ugly (;¬_¬) There's no way the producer would use a real ugly woman as an actress, right!? Even though I think everyone is actually beautiful in their own way, only some people got their beauty hidden.



Another classic story, all the girls got jealous because that ugly introvert girl is dating 'their' handsome man, and Kira starts to be bullied. If it were me, then I will kick and punch the girls and said "Hey, it's him who loves me first!" (ꐦ°᷄д°᷅)


And another character came, Kirishima Makio, exchange student who holds the fate (played by Kubota Masataka). He was in the same school with Kashino before, so, he knows all the Kashino's past story. Kirishima who seems to be an introvert also, join the same art club with Kira.
While I don't want to be a spoiler, Kirishima played the mysterious important part in this dorama.


The three of the main characters are battling over the fate for love, or that's what the movie said at least.

This dorama is actually based on the manga MARS by Souryo Furumi. The Taiwanese version of live action drama has also been made before.

When I watch the first few episodes, it was quite annoying for me. A classic standard story. Handsome cool boy who likes introvert strange girl, where the girl will be bullied later on. Well, that's impossible to happen in the real life, isn't it?? Even though I always think it would be nice if I could be either the handsome boy side or the introvert girl side like in those story.

However, starting in the middle of the dorama, I'm quite curious. Well, it's still a classic story where the handsome boy actually has some secret about his past, but it somehow make the dorama more colorful, more interesting. And Kirishima is the one who knows his past.

The end of the dorama is the climax, I guess? The dorama ended up in full of mystery, full of curiosity, and likely to be continued in the movie. However, starting from that the end of the dorama, I could realize that this dorama is worth to watch. Unexpected story, not a really mainstream dorama, not like what I though at first.

Other than its story, I think the way this dorama is taken is unique. Sometimes, it feels like a kind of short story, being put on together and there it is, this dorama, and I still can understand it well because it's connected.

It's been a while since I watch a quite interesting dorama, since the last few doramas I watch is just so so, or even bad.

I gave this dorama 7.5 out of 10 for this dorama.

*this review is a personal opinion and made by me who is a newbie reviewer, if there is any mistakes, please feel free to make a correction*

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

[Dorama Review] Basuke mo Koi mo, Shiteitai / バスケも恋も、していたい

This time I want to review about a short-dorama called "Basuke mo Koi mo Shiteitai". The title literally means "I want to play Basketball and be in love".

Actually this is the first dorama I watched which has the least episode, 3 episode only. I could say it is a short-fastened-dorama with conclusion that the first episode is telling about the high school life, the second episode is about the time after graduating from high school, and the third episode is when everyone is already working.

The story started with a high school student named Tsuchiya Tomomitsu (played by Fujigaya Taisuke of Kis-My-Ft2) who likes to play basketball so much. He is the Captain of Kinomiya High. Even though he is not good at playing basketball, he is very diligent and practiced basketball more than everyone. Many people doesn't like it because he is still chosen as the captain, even though he is lacking of skills.




His best friend, Takamatsu Yuuki (played by Nagase Tasuku), is the MVP of the Kinomiya basketball team. He supported Tsuchiya for being the Captain. Later, he is recruited to be a professional basketball player. There are ups and downs also in the friendship of Takamatsu and Tsuchiya.


Takamatsu also has a girlfriend, Sugawara Akane (played by Kawaei Rina; former member of AKB48)




There is a girl who influenced Tsuchiya's life too. She is Hatori Sae (played by Yamamoto Mizuki). She is the one who encourage Tsuchiya to always play basketball.



Well, overall this dorama is not bad considering it only has 3 episodes. A romance and youth dorama with sports and love as the main topic. However, it still has a lot of things to be improved.

I gave 5 out of 10 for this dorama.

*this review is a personal opinion and made by me who is a newbie reviewer, if there is any mistakes, please feel free to make a correction*