Mary and the Witch’s Flower (a Studio Ponoc masterpiece)

10/10 stars and a ‘A++’ is what I give on this anime masterpiece. Right after Studio Ghibli director, Hiromasa Yonebayashi almost had the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film for his masterpiece on “When Marnie Was There”, he made a new masterpiece in a new anime studio called Studio Ponoc.

He made this as a new one, as everyone in Japan were very pleased of him. He had the Japanese rock band, Sekai No Owari that did the ending song for this movie, called “Rain”, as it was premiered in every concert in Japan. This turns out to be a very popular anime masterpiece, as he had Toshio Suzuki, Hayao Miyazaki, and Isao Takahata to watch this at the actual place of Studio Ghibli. Before Isao Takahata died of lung cancer in April of 2018. They were very pleased of him.

Although it never made it to the Academy Award nominees for Best Animated Feature Film, but the anime fans really loved it a lot.

Based on the book, “The Little Broomstick” by Mary Stewart, with the voice talents of Ruby Barnhill, Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent, Ewen Bremner, and Louis Ashborne Serkis, which is the son of Andy Serkis, this beats the ‘Harry Potter’ movies, and the two prequel movies of “Fantastic Beasts”.

Mary Smith, a red haired girl in the British countryside, discovers that her Great Aunt Charlotte was once a witch student. By finding her broomstick and a blue flower called, ‘Fly By Night’ which happens to be the witch’s flower (or ‘Majo no Hana’ in Japanese), she and a boy named Peter fly to a place called Endor College. A school for witches and is way better than Hogwarts. By finding out that the headmistress and a doctor were experimenting on those flowers to students and animals, they had to stop them before they could cause havoc. And the witch’s flower, they only make Mary to become a witch, that lasts for only one night. So she had enough to make a few promises, and brought themselves to home at last.

I’m very proud, and very pleased for what Hiromasa Yonebayashi did. And how he read the book once, before he made this into an anime movie adaption. Although I do feel sorry for Hiromasa Yonebayashi to how this never made it to the Oscars awards, and what happened to Isao Takahata. But I sure hope that he’ll deserve something, made out of 24 carat gold. And it won’t be like the ones that Isao Takahata won. An Oscar award or two is what he deserves on.

So 10/10 stars and an ‘A++’ is what I give this anime masterpiece. Who agrees that anime is the best such as this here?

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Hope for Sakura Avalon (original Cardcaptors from Nelvana)

https://www.change.org/p/hope-for-sakura-avalon

To those that prefer the old version of Cardcaptors, distributed by Nelvana and once aired on Teletoon, rather than the new version, there is this petition that you anime fans of the original Cardcaptors TV show, must sign to agree.

Thanks to an anime fan on YouTube named James Levy, he did this whole petition.

And like how I am, he saw this on TV with his own eyes. I’m sure he saw this on that TV channel, Teletoon.

So rather than the new English audio version, like for how they did to “Sailor Moon” which isn’t fair, I prefer the old version. The same goes for “Sailor Moon”. If you believe me, just sign up in this petition, write your comment that you want the original English version of “Cardcaptors” to return, and that will be it. Make sure you like other people’s comments.

Letters from Iwo Jima

Directed by American actor Clint Eastwood, with producer/director Steven Spielberg, he had this only in Japanese. But there were some that spoke in English. In fact, this was nominated for four Oscar awards, including Best Picture, and one Golden Globe Award. However this did won the Oscar award for Best Sound Editing. Thanks to Warner Bros and DreamWorks Pictures that did this. And was way better than “Flags of our Fathers”. In fact, his son Kyle Eastwood and composer Michael Stevens made the music for this movie.

Ken Watanabe, who did Katsumodo in “The Last Samurai” and was Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actor, portrayed as General Tadamichi Kuribayashi who lead the Japanese Imperial Army in Iwo Jima, 1945. In the fiercest battle in the Pacific during the Second World War.

Only one American actor was in this movie that I know of. He appeared in a flashback as he gave a Colt. 45 handgun to General Kuribayashi. Mark Moses. He was Lt. Wolfe from that Vietnam War movie, “Platoon”. Directed by Oliver Stone, and won those Oscar awards including Best Picture.

During the Battle of Iwo Jima, they gave U.S. Marines a lot of hell after they have landed. The good part was, for the Japanese Imperial Army in Iwo Jima, they’ve planned the whole beach battle before they arrived. The bad part was, some officers committed suicide by having grenades at their hearts.

Although they were fighting hard and planned out the whole setup. But as more U.S. Marines came, that was when they had a few choices to deal with, until March 26th, 1945.

One of the officers who fought hard and was K.I.A in the Battle of Iwo Jima, was Takeichi Nishi. An Olympic gold medalist who participated in the 1932 Summer Olympics in 1932 Los Angeles. Before the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. He won the gold medal for horse jumping. Until by 1944 in Iwo Jima, he was being promoted to a tank unit commander. He brought his horse Jupiter from the Olympics to fight in the battle. Unfortunately during an air strike, his horse was shot by shrapnel. Together with General Kuribayashi, they fought hard for their country of Japan. Until by the end of the battle, they were K.I.A as Carl Ludwig Long and Eric Liddell.

But they’ve buried a bag of letters in the caves, for the ones that they’ve ever loved on, back in Japan. Until by 2005, Japanese archaeologists found that bag of letters from Iwo Jima, and were spilled everywhere.

8/10 stars is what I give on this movie. Really good. And next on watching Clint Eastwood movies coming soon…from 1971… “Play Misty For Me”.

Digimon Adventure tri: Loss

By looking for a DVD rental of Part IV to “Digimon Adventure tri”, it left me no choice but to watch that entire movie on the internet.

The Digimon to the Digidestined, such as Agumon, Gatomon, Biyomon, Gabumon, Palmon, Tentomon, Gomamon, and Patamon, had no memory on our heroes, and were having amnesia. But they got along pretty okay. Only Meicoomon remembers and really misses Meiko a lot.

It wasn’t that long when they got wiped out by Machinedramon, and Meiko by surprise, finally made it into the Digital World. And caught up with our heroes. They did got separated, just like old times, until they finally found Meicoomon, and found out who the Digimon emperor is. A man named Gennai who didn’t care. He wanted the life of Meicoomon. Reunited once more, on a massive ship close to icebergs, they defeated Machinedramon, but things began to get worse by Gennai….

I do give this a straight ‘A’ and 10/10 stars. And there were two parts that I admire on. One is Salamon. Before transforming back into her form of Gatomon, she was really with Kari and was never afraid. She had never left him, and Kari was like a mother to Salamon. And two is Biyomon. Like the Digidestined on mega evolution forms, she was transformed from Birdramon to Phoenixmon. By looking at it, it beats all the phoenixes for what you see in the movies and TV shows. It was what I call, ‘The Flight of Phoenixmon’.

Although they do need to protect Meiko and Meicoomon from Gennai, but something tells me that Part V will have to come pretty soon. In “Digimon Adventure tri: Coexistence”. But until we get to that and the final chapter….

つづく… (Tsudzuku…)

To Be Continued…

20th anniversary of Digimon

Since the 15th anniversary of Digimon was first, now comes the 20th anniversary to the entire franchise. From its TV shows to the movies of “Digimon Adventure tri”, this new illustration has paid a tribute to the Digimon franchise.

You see that boy with the green hair, right beside the younger version of Tai? Only in Japan that they aired, they did a new Digimon TV show called “Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters”. In which new Digimon are born and different than the last ones that we had met on.

However, they never made a deal with North American distributors. Such as the ones that made the English versions of the Digimon movies and TV shows. The last one that they ever did was “Digimon Fusion”. They did only worked on two seasons, to be in English, and never worked on the third season. Besides, it’s better for Japan to not have “Digimon Fusion” season 3 to be in English anyway.

The same goes for this that Japan had been mostly concerned on.

By celebrating this event, merchandise only in Japanese have been sold in Japan. Not in North America. However, North American fans have dressed up in their favourite Digimon anime characters at local conventions and ComicCon. Oh, and have been watching all six movies of “Digimon Adventure tri” on DVD or the Internet before Christmas of 2018.

I may have missed these guys, including new characters such as Meiko and Meicoomon, but they were remarkable and beautiful.

So here’s to 20 years of the Digimon franchise on their anniversary. I admire these guys very much.

Oh and here’s a special TV promo that YTV did…

Studio Ghibli’s “Only Yesterday” on Gheorghe Zamfir

Gheorghe Zamfir, that Romanian pan flute musician, who did “The Lonely Shepard” in “Kill Bill”, did the song “Fluttering Green Leaves Wedding Song”. Or in Romanian, ‘Frunzuliță Lemn Adus Cântec De Nuntă’, was featured in Studio Ghibli’s “Only Yesterday”. I recognized that music when I first watched that anime masterpiece.

It was before the anime film director, Isao Takahata died of lung cancer in April of 2018. By listening to that song, it really fits as country music when Taeko visits his relatives in the countryside.

Also, I was very pleased that Studio Ghibli had chosen his song for that movie.

In this blog post, there is a short version and a long version. The short version is OST, as the original is just the way it is.

And to tell you the truth, I’m just glad that “The Master of the Pan Flute” worked for the support of Studio Ghibli and GKIDS. This would mean everything as country music for Isao Takataha’s masterpieces since he died of lung cancer.

Metropolis (2001 anime film)

In 1927, the German silent movie, “Metropolis” made cinematic history as it showed the cinematic part that no one had ever laid eyes on. An android that was able to disguise herself as a human, as it became a friend to the humans. This was before way ‘Ghost in the Shell’, ‘Terminator’ and ‘RoboCop’.

All this got attention of manga artist Osamu Tezuka who was inspired by that movie, and so did anime film director Rintaro. In which he made this 2001 anime film adaption, based on both the manga book and the 1927 movie of the same name.

In the future, humans and robots co-exist in the futuristic city, Metropolis. Massive, brand new, as it beats every city on Earth. The buildings and skyscrapers are way much bigger as they can take you way above the clouds.

While more than 400 million humans have tried to live there, they sometimes had trouble with the robots. Which was why an assassin, got into assassinating robots and didn’t care. His father was the Grand Duke of the city, until he got his caught him red handed and fired him.

For what he did that got him fired was by murdering a scientist, who was building an advanced robot modelled and named after the Grand Duke’s deceased daughter.

Her name was Tima. Until activated, she escaped with a detective and his nephew.

She was learning to be human, until they found out that she was a robot.

I can’t tell you on what happened to her in the end, cause well, that would be telling. Wouldn’t it?

I was 16 years of age when I watched the Japanese version. I never saw the English version cause I didn’t had enough time. I was in high school in order to graduate.

I do give this movie an amazing rate. 9/10 stars. Very good on such a masterpiece.

Top 10 Swords in Movies and TV shows

By looking at movies and TV shows, the best part are swords. In this list, these are the top 10 swords that a character has. Given by their fathers, or masters as a gift, they accept it. There are five from movies, and five from TV shows that I saw long ago with my own eyes.

10. Inigo Montoya’s Rapier (The Princess Bride). Forged by his father, it was meant to kill that Count Rugen, that six fingered man. After Rugen killed him, and gave him those scars, Inigo swore fiery vengeance to kill that villainous count as he was on a lifelong journey to kill him. He became an amazing swashbuckler, until he finally met Count Rugen at the climax. Although he almost died by his wounds, but he still remained strong to kill him. He finally got his revenge by killing Count Rugen, right through his chest with the rapier he was given, before he and his friends could escape.

9. Katsumoto’s Katana (The Last Samurai). Owned by rebel leader Katsumoto, (portrayed by Ken Watanabe) he kept this from the moment he met Nathan Algren (portrayed by Tom Cruise). Rather than using a firearm that the Japanese Imperial Army were using, he considered this katana be his soul as all the samurai’s did, when they once fought hard on Earth since the final days of Ancient Japan. His fathers too when they had this. And at the final conflict, after dying with Nathan, his katana was given to the Emperor of Japan. He believed every word of detail that Nathan told him, as he kept it when the rebellion came to a righteous end. He also realized that Japan must never forget it’s own rich history and traditions. This also has an inscription. In Japanese, it reads: ‘Belong to the warrior in whom the old ways have joined the new’. 

8. Murasame (Akame Ga Kill). Owned by Akame, an assassin, this katana can kill a person in a single cut. She uses this every night. With her katana pierced in a victim’s skin, a deadly poison hits the heart of that victim, as he/she dies within seconds. With special powers and abilities, the blade can turn as black as night, as it can also possess Akame. She was as deadly as the devil when you look at her eyes. Black all over, with red eyelids. One stab from her katana, and that fat pig D. Trump would have venom in his blood vessels that can kill him permanently.

7. Sting (The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings). It slices, dices, glows in the dark like a watch, as it can sense any orc or goblin close by. Bilbo Baggins had this as a young hobbit, while he was on that journey to reclaim a mountain home from that horrifying dragon, Smaug. (Portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch). And as an old man, he gave it to Frodo Baggins in order to destroy the ring once and for all. Very light and made by the wise elves, this was a perfect weapon for a hobbit to be a warrior. Bilbo called it ‘sting’, cause by killing an orc one time, it really stings for them. Especially when they killed some giant spiders that they ran into.

6. Kennosuke’s Long Sword (Kuromukuro). Owned by this samurai since the Sengoku period, his weapon of choice was to kill those ogres from outer space. He never had it broken or lost. Although it does sting for the monsters, and glows in the dark like a watch, but no one had seen a long sword so different since long ago. It only glows it the dark while fighting. Not when an ogre is close by. He had intended to use this long sword since he had promised to protect someone that he admired on. But with this long sword, so sharp, and with its executive power, he could have his victims to be cut in half. Especially if they are part human, part alien.

5. Rukia’s White Katana (Bleach). Since Rukia had a black katana in the beginning as a Soul Reaper, she had this as a new sword to use as a Soul Reaper. She received this as a gift in season 3 from the Soul Society. Right after defeating a white woman, who was almost faster than Rukia. This katana was also able to protect Rukia, before she was close to losing parts of her hair while fighting. And as a Soul Reaper, pretty much like her friend Ichigo, it is their job to deal with spiritual monsters that are messing with the afterlife. She kept this from the TV episode that she deserved it, to the very end when this all over.

4. Excalibur (From the 1981 movie of the same name). Retrieved by Merlin from the Lady of the Lake, it was previously owned by King Uther Pendragon. King Arthur’s father. Unfortunately after Uther’s downfall, his son Arthur reclaims it and became the new king of England. With amazingly executive power, King Arthur who wields Excalibur must fight the urge to summon its power to defeat anything evil instead of good. He kept it for his entire life, until he finally killed Mordred at the final conflict near the climax.

3. Tetsuiga (InuYasha). Forged by that very old blacksmith, Totosai, he made it for the Great Dog Demon which happens to be InuYasha’s father. In fact, he had this and two more swords of an honorable ruler. And after he died in the opening scene of the third movie, it was then later given and owned by his youngest son, InuYasha. His selfish brother Sesshomaru wanted that weapon, than the Tenseiga. But he never did reclaim it. By looking at it, it can be a rusty old katana that hasn’t been used for more than 100 years. However in its true form, a massive blade that can wipe out a fire immortal demon horse or venomous spider heads. This can also have special powers. You can tell by the way it changes colour.

2. The Sharp Rapier (Cardcaptors). In the form of a Clow Card, before being transformed into those Star Cards, it only reads ‘Sword Card’. And that photo; chained in its scabbard as it must be never released. However, by its real form, it’s what I call ‘the sharp rapier’. Forged by Clow Reed, this rapier is so sharp and so strong, Sakura could cut a clear pathway or cut a giant teddy bear’s ear off. And is much more powerful than Li’s sword. One of her friends was possessed by this rapier to kill them, but became a very nice weapon whenever Sakura needed it. In some of those TV episodes, and that movie where Sakura won that trip to Hong Kong, China. Very cool when you look at it.

1. Hanzo Sword (Kill Bill). Owned by Beatrix Kiddo, this katana was forged by the legendary blacksmith, Hattori Hanzo (portrayed by Sonny Chiba), who swore a blood oath by never making more samurai swords. But as the bride came to him, she needed one for her roaring rampage, as this became his latest katana that he had ever made. In fact, there were three katanas that Hattori Hanzo made in both movies. This one for Beatrix, another one that Bill had from earlier, and the other one for his brother Budd, in which he lied to him about pawning it. But, Beatrix found it in his golf bag. He tried to kill Bill by using her katana, but came her special move instead. The Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique. So thanks to director Quentin Tarantino who had been very much interested in Japanese culture, this became the 1# sword of all time.

So by looking at a sword or a katana like so, you’ll know that a warrior deserves that weapon. As the father, or master of that warrior, gives it to him/her. And no matter what happens or what will the cost be, one must never have it lost or broken at all. Not especially for how you might end up.

And as for victims that got themselves killed by those swords, they’ve ended up as dead as the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad including their boss, Bill.

Or what I like to call, the Vipers Grimm…..

Scalped.

Stabbed.

Snake bitten.

Eye plucked.

And heart exploded.

Do you agree with my picks? Which are your favourite swords from those movies and TV shows?

Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)

The 1984 version with Anthony Hopkins, Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Laurence Olivier, Edward Fox, and Bernard Hill was too arrogant, and too aggressive cause for how Captain Bligh, portrayed by Anthony Hopkins, his voice was too dull. His voice was much better when he was in “A Bridge Too Far” and “The Silence of the Lambs”.

However, the 1962 version with Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard and Richard Harris was much better.

Nominated for seven Oscar awards, and three Golden Globe Awards tells the whole true story. Based on a book I read once, to leading everything that occurred in the 1700’s, it really makes sense.

In 1787, the HMS Bounty was to collect breadfruit from Tahiti, and transport the plants to Jamaica. Unfortunately, the voyage became so dangerous and so crucial, Captain Bligh became vicious. So his first mate, Lt. Fletcher Christian and the crew, planned a mutiny to get rid of him. They got rid of Bligh, the crew members that went with him, and the breadfruit by throwing them out to sea.

They went back to Tahiti and planned a new voyage. They stopped at the Pitcairn Islands, made themselves a new home, and never returned to Britain. The HMS Bounty was set on fire, by the one of the crew members.

So for a success, 8/10 stars.