It’s The K-ON Girls Again!!

Finally the K-ON movie has reached our shores, so to speak. After it was released last year in Japan, most K-ON fans outside Japan has been eagerly waiting for its arrival. I must say, I’m pleased with the movie. I won’t go so far as to say that it’s worth the wait, but it’s a movie worth considering. Especially if you’re already familiar with K-ON franchise.

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Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

Blood Prison revolves around Uzumaki Naruto and his sentence at Houzukijou. He was framed and sent into the prison facility. Being Naruto, he made a huge fuss about it and attempted to escape many times even though his chakra is already being limited by Mui’s imprisonment jutsu. While in prison, Naruto learned that his life is in danger and henceforth embarked on a quest to uncover the truth behind his stay at the prison.

My first thought – Impel Down? It really does feel similar. It was mentioned that once a person gets into Houzukijou, he or she could not get out. I imagine there’ll be powerful people who guard the prison and the whole plot will take place within the confines of the prison. I was half right.

Warning! This post contains bits and pieces of spoilers!

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Thoughts on Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva

Dare I compare Professor Layton with Detective Conan? Sure, they’re both mystery-solving series but they’re actually based on different approach. Detective Conan relies more on serious crime cases to satisfy audience’s thirst for mystery while Professor Layton’s emphasis is on puzzle games and fun little adventures. Even though I said that, I can’t help but be reminded of Detective Conan’s Full Score of Fear when I finally watched Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva.

The only reason for that is music. The Detective Conan’s 12th movie revolves around stage performances with pipe organs and the Professor Layton movie had something similar. Rest be assured, they are nothing similar story-wise.

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Some Thoughts on UN-GO Prequel

If you have been following this blog, then you know that I’ve been waiting to watch this episode for a long time. The time has finally come, ladies and gentlemen.

I always viewed this episode as an important piece to answer the questions raised in the series. Some of the obvious questions are related to Inga and Shinjurou directly. How did Inga and Shinjurou meet? How did Shinjurou end up having to feed Inga souls? Who is the mysterious blonde girl and her role in Shinjurou and Inga’s relationship? This surprisingly short movie resolved the questions I had and provided a little more.

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The Place Promised In Our Early Days: Of Friendship & Love

The story takes place in a alternate postwar period, in 1996, where Japan is divided. Hokkaido is ruled by the “Union” while Honshu and other southern islands are under US authority. A tall tower was built on Hokkaido, which could even be seen from Tokyo. In the summer of 1996, three middle-school students make a promise that they’ll cross the border with a self-constructed plane and unravel the tower’s secret, but their project was abandoned after the girl, Sayuri Sawatari, became mysteriously ill and transferred to Tokyo. Years later on the brink of another war Hiroki Fujisawa finds out that Sayuri had been in coma since then, and he asks Takuya Shirakawa to help him finding a way to wake her up.


From that storyline above, it’s hard to imagine how beautiful The Place Promised in Our Early Days can be. I’m not referring to just the artwork and music but also the story. It’s pure friendship and love between three friends.

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