Ranma 1/2 – A Review of all Seasons

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Today we’re taking a trip down memory lane, revisiting a show I watched as a kid. Let’s see how Ranma 1/2 holds up after all those years!

The Plot (according to IMDb):

Rumiko Takahashi’s story of a high school aged girl named Akane who finds herself engaged to be married because of an arrangement by her father. Unfortunately her fiance, Ranma, turns out to be less of a man than expected and was raised by a giant panda.

The Rating:

I think it’s been over 20 years since I had last seen this show. It had aired on German TV when I was a kid and I recall watching it. While I kept hearing about Pokemon or Sailor Moon on and off over the years, Ranma ½ somehow never was mentioned anywhere. That is until I randomly stumbled upon it on Hulu, so of course, a rewatch was in order!

First of all, I have one question: HOW ON EARTH WAS THIS EVER MARKETED TOWARDS CHILDREN??? I swear it used to literally air between Pokemon, Digimon, and the likes so whoever was responsible for channel composition back in the day probably only saw that it’s animation so it must be for kids. 😅 This show is something else, though. The sheer amount of nudity was actually ridiculous.

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Thursday Movie Picks: Oscars Winners Edition: Best Animated Movie

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Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
Continuing the little mini-series of Oscar-winning movies we’re doing this year, we’re talking about pictures that won “Best Animated Movie”.

#1 Spirited Away

Spirited Away ranks high on my list of all-time favorite films. It’s definitely one of the best Studio Ghibli pictures and I’m glad it got the recognition it deserved with this award.

#2 Shrek

How was I not aware that Shrek had won an Academy Award?!
I’ve seen this film more than once and it’s always hell of a good time.

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The Wind Rises

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Welcome to another Studio Ghibli review. Today I’ll talk about a movie I had never heard about before I binged all the Ghibli-films on Netflix. So let’s find out whether The Wind Rises turned out to be a pleasant surprise!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

In “The Wind Rises,” Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. 

The Rating:

Okay, here’s the deal: it’s another visually stunning film, but honestly I wouldn’t expect anything else from a Studio Ghibli production.

It’s fascinating that they decided to tackle some real people and events here as I was not at all familiar with pretty much any of the stuff they mention. I should, however, mention that although the main character is based on a real person, a large chunk of the events depicted is fictitious.

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From Up on Poppy Hill

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Today I want to talk about one of Studio Ghibli’s lesser-known productions, From Up On Poppy Hill. Let’s see whether it can keep up with the amazing films we’ve discussed so far!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

The setting is Yokohama in 1963, and the filmmakers lovingly bring to life the bustling seaside town, with its misty harbor, sun-drenched gardens, shops and markets, and some of the most mouthwatering Japanese home-cooking set to film. The story centers on an innocent romance beginning to bud between Umi and Shun, two high school kids caught up in the changing times. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the 1964 Olympics – and the mood is one of both optimism and conflict as the young generation struggles to throw off the shackles of a troubled past. While the children work together to save a dilapidated Meiji era club house from demolition, their tentative relationship begins to blossom. But – in an unexpected twist that parallels what the country itself is facing – a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart. 

The Rating:

While I usually try to keep my reviews spoiler-free, something about this film really rubbed me the wrong way and I can’t tackle that without giving away a little plot-twist. So, if you click the read more button below the next paragraph, consider yourself warned.

Generally speaking, this is another beautifully made Studio Ghibli film. The animation, and especially the colors, are mesmerizing. By the way, this movie is also directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Goro. In comparison with his first movie, Tales from Earthsea, he definitely stepped up his game.

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Hello, my darling readers!
Last year I spent an entire month reviewing many of the wonderful Studio Ghibli movies. However, I didn’t have time to cover all of them, so now you’ll get my opinion on the remaining few!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

The Rating:

Studio Ghibli nailed it again. This film is a feast for the eyes.
The animation style, although somewhat different from most other productions, is beautiful and works perfectly for this story.

The movie is based on a Japanese folk tale dating back to the 10th century and essentially feels like a fairy tale to me.
Even if that’s not necessarily your type of jam, you might still consider giving it a shot. Although there are a few similarities to western fairy tales, it’s still very different from what you’ll know and it’s a fascinating dive into a different culture.

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Bojack Horseman – A Review

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I finally had time to see a show I had already heard so much about. After catching a glimpse here and there I was curious but not yet convinced. Let’s see whether that changed!

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Will Arnett voices BoJack, the failed legendary 90’s sitcom star from the favorite family sitcom Horsin? Around, who has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whisky and failed relationships. Now, in the presence of his human sidekick Todd (Aaron Paul) and his feline agent and ex-paramour Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris), BoJack is primed for his comeback…

The Rating:

This show was probably one of the biggest surprises ever.
Generally speaking, animated shows are not exactly known for great character development, depth, or tackling intense subjects. Well, Bojack Horseman has it all.

So, where to I begin?

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