The World is Still Beautiful

The World is Still Beautiful

Today I decided to cancel my Crunchyroll premium account, and wouldn’t you know I found something amazing to watch? The World is Still Beautiful was a great anime. The pacing was good, the character development was suberb and as a bonus the cast broke the mould in so many ways. The supporting characters were great, Nike & Livi were two of the most unique shoujo leads I’ve seen in years. Bonus points for the comedy situations.

There were some shoujo cliches but unlike the majority of shoujo anime I’ve seen, the scenes were handled well. I loved that the scenarios were not wasted and comedic though it was the characters suffered the consequences of their actions. Watching their love blossom was very interesting as well. You wouldn’t think that those two would be as relatable as they were.

As far as the age difference goes, its more common to see it the other way around i.e. a young girl with a much older man a la Sailor Moon. Though the series I watched after Sailor Moon didn’t have quite the same impact for me until now.

I also loved the soundtrack, Nike’s Tender Love tends to wear a bit thin if you binge watch but her grand mothers farewell song was something else. I won’t lie, I spent a lot the time I was watching this either crying or laughing my butt off.

I highly recommend this series for anyone who loves anime and/or shoujo. 5/5

My Little Monster

My Little Monster

This type of anime seems to be getting more popular as of late. I’m actually a little happy about it. This one captures the pain of first love and the burden of expectations. The feeling that you want to do what’s correct I can certainly empathize with. I can’t wait for Shizuku to realise that there is no right way to love someone.

She’s not a bad girl but she doesn’t reciprocate. She places expectations on others without bothering to meet theirs. It’s very childish, but she’s accustomed to being alone so it’s to be expected. Haru is also pretty messed up and although they touch briefly on the reasons why he just comes off like a spoiled brat. Shizuku changes him for the better and many of the other characters are better off for meeting them. I like things like these because even though it’s fictional it lets you see how important your existence might be to someone else.

They’re all desperately lonely and trying to find their respective places. It was interesting to see these characters grow as this series progressed since there were some parallels with my own life.

This series had an unfinished feel, I’ve read that it’s because the manga is still ongoing. I’m hoping that it proves popular enough to get picked up for another season but I don’t think that I’ll continue it if that happens. Since I don’t particularity care for this genre.

Soul Eater Not!

Soul Eater Not!

I think this series could have been great if half the episodes weren’t basically fillers. The OST wasn’t appealing especially when compared to the original series’ OST. It seemed better suited to a romance themed anime.

On the other hand the new characters were entertaining and you get to see more of the original characters so that was nice. I especially liked the episodes with back story for Patti & Liz.

This one gets a 5/10, it could have been better but alas the series was just not memorable.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Today was my hubby’s birthday. He had to work though so I spent it with a friend who shares the same birthday. We decided to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Warning: here there be spoilers (don’t say that I didn’t warn you).

All in all. It was an enjoyable movie. However, there are quite a few plot holes and Peter comes off really self absorbed. Honestly, I rooted for the bad guys instead. Especially Harry. With 3 villains the movie seemed like it was gonna be over crowded but it’s really just Electro. Rhino has maybe 5 minutes of screen time and as for Harry. Well he pretty much just shows up to kill Gwen. That seemed like a total waste of his character. The equivalent of this would be if the Joker had a 5 minute cameo at the end of The Dark Knight. Since Harry is Spider-Man’s main antagonist.

I really wasn’t feeling the on again off again romance bit. Though I must say I found many of the scenes between them almost unbearably cute.

Peter is a supremely conflicted character and much of this story is devoted to his guilt over how his actions might affect the people around him. This leads to him making a lot of decisions based on his feeling without taking the feelings of the others into consideration. I really felt for Harry because Peter’s reason for refusing to give him his blood was utterly selfish. He’s dying already ffs! At least try dammit!

Jamie Foxx killed it in this movie. His character was very similar to Jim Carrey’s Riddler in that their motivations were the same. I didn’t like how his story ended though. It seems like the movie is endorsing the way he was treated. I couldn’t root for Spider-Man because of this. I honestly wanted Electro to win. Sadly I don’t know the name of the actor who played Harry but I must say I am looking forward to seeing his performance in the next movie.

And that ending argh! It’s the same cliffhanger crap that I got with the Desolation of Smaug. So annoying.

So was this a good movie? Yes. It’s not an amazing movie but it is definitely a fun time.  So suspend your sense of disbelief, enjoy the cinematography and that kick ass soundtrack.

Man of Steel

Today we decided we’d go see Man of Steel, I really can’t say that I was looking forward to the experience since the previous version’s level of suckyness was so high I still remember it. Aside from that Superman is just not that interesting to me.

Anyway since this will be a spoiler free review, expect vague opinions that may or may not be validated when you do watch the movie yourself.

First off I really liked the actors they chose, especially the ones that made up General Zod’s faction. They were reminiscent of the previous version of this movie that Christopher Reeve acted in so it was kinda like seeing them again. This Louis wasn’t as annoyingly useless as the one we’re accustomed to and this is also the first time (that I know of at any rate) they choose actor that didn’t bear a strong resemblance to Christopher.

The fight choreography was good, the visual effects were good but the story didn’t flow well so that took away from the overall experience. I was also rather impressed with the costume design.

All that being said this movie is still worth a look especially if you weren’t satisfied by the previous version.