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I’ve been waiting so long to watch this movie; I’ve been literally counting days until it would be on dvd. My patience ultimately got rewarded: once again we get a Ghibli masterpiece with a fantastic setting and a beautiful storyline. I’m sure fans of the Ghibli movies won’t be disappointed: Karigurashi no Arrietty is a top-notch visual piece. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has been used (and abused) so many times in contemporary fiction that people have started to get enough of it. I doubt there is anyone in the English-speaking world (and even outside of it) that doesn’t know the story of the girl and the boy that were not meant to love each other due to family matters. But this was quite a refreshing change from the ordinary adaptations of the play, since we get some fantasy elements thrown in. It’s quite a successful attempt at an original remake, I’d say. Read the rest of this entry »

The best way to describe this anime is that it is an emotional rollercoaster. I’ve found myself (almost) rolling over the floor from laughter, but a few episodes later I could be crying my eyes out (and not from laughter this time). The randomness is what makes this series special, and it can turn the dullest events into hilarious arcs. Read the rest of this entry »

A visual masterpiece with a strong story and amiable characters: an anime that fits all these descriptions is rare, and that’s why I count Sword of the Stranger amongst the few anime that have truly stunned me. One would almost regret that this is a movie, and not a full anime series. But maybe this is for the best: it’s sometimes better to present a story in a brief, condensed way, rather than to endlessly go on and on and on and on (yes Bleach, I am looking at you). Read the rest of this entry »

Be honest: who wouldn’t want a handsome young butler who is capable of making any dish you want and who can clean your house in the blink of an eye? How much that costs, you say? Nothing! Nothing at all! Oh… wait, that’s not true… He actually wants your soul. Read the rest of this entry »

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