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Movie Feature: Daytime Shooting Star (Happy Valentines Day!!)

Everyone!!!

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!

Yeeeee!!!

To celebrate this wonderful day, here is my review of a romance movie I recently watched, Daytime Shooting Star.

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As you noticed in these past few weeks, I love to watch Live-action Japanese Movies. Why? Well, I want to see how they adapted the material, especially if the original source (mostly manga) have an important place in my heart. In this movie, I am not that quite familiar to the source. I read it once before but never got a chance to finish it (I forgot what chapter I was, eh). Because of that, I was able to separately judge this movie as it is and not compare it to the original.

Now that everything is settled, I guess I can now share my honest thoughts about this.


  • Romaji: Hirunaka no Ryuusei
  • Japanese: ひるなかの流星
  • Release Date: March 24, 2017
  • Runtime: 119 min.
  • Source: Manga
  • Genre: Teen-Romance, Drama
  • Language: Japanese
  • Country: Japan
  • Starring: Nagano Mei, Miura Shohei, Shirahama Alan, Yamamoto Maika, Sato Ryuta, etc.
  • Synopsis: Suzume Yosano (Mei Nagano) is a first grade high school student. She lived in the countryside, but, due to her parents transferring overseas for work, Suzume now lives in Tokyo with her uncle (Ryuta Sato). Suzume has never had a boyfriend before, but she has feelings for her homeroom teacher Satsuki Shishio (Shohei Miura). Meanwhile, her classmate, Daiki Mamura (Alan Shirahama), becomes attracted to Suzume. (AsianWiki)

OMG!!!

I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!

DAMN!!!

!!!!

!!

Ehem.

Okay, I’m calm now.

Daytime Shooting Star blew me away. I didn’t expect I would love it as much as I do now. I first got to watch this one all by myself, to check if this was worth my time or not. Oh boy, I didn’t expect I would finish it in one go without hesitation. Lol. I immediately convinced my sister to watch it again with me, which I kind of regret cuz my shoulder is now really sore cuz of her abuse (she can’t stop squeeling…rip right shoulder).

The story was your typical Shoujo romance premise. It was set in highschool, the main girl falling in love with the teacher, a classmate falls for the main girl, problems arise, main girl needs to choose which person she’ll be with, end of story. Yep, it was that generic. But bruh, I don’t care. I enjoyed watching it. I laughed. I was sad. I was touched. I felt alot of  kilig. I especially felt is like to love someone. I had tons of fun. And that’s all it takes to make this movie worthwhile.

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Even with a generic plot, it was the characters that made this movie amazing. The main girl, Suzume Yasano, she wasn’t your typical heroine. She’s a countryside girl, out of nowhere was thrown into the city, letting her experience the huge difference in lifestyles. Still, she was true to herself, no matter what comes in her way. I love that about her. The actress, Mei Nagano, did a fantastic job in portraying her character. I could never think of any other Japanese teen actress who could outshine Nagano’s performance. She definitely added alot of life and sunshine to the movie.

The male leads were really attractive. Lol.

I mean, I could totally understand why Suzume would fall for the teacher, Shishio-sensei. He’s really handsome, flirty and charismatic. But I’ll be honest, I am not a fan of him. Even though he is the main love interest of this movie, the fact that he’s a teacher bothers me. I understand that the teacher-student romance is a “thing” in Japan, but I don’t dig it. It definitely affected my liking to his character. Still, the actor, Miura Shohei, did really well as Shishio-sensei. He really fits the character.

Now, for the second male lead, I love him. He is precious. Lel. I like Daiki Mamura because I can totally see him as a person I would hangout in real life. From his personality alone, conversations would be really interesting. Going back to the movie, I love Mamura and Suzume’s relationship. It’s the type of relationship that had a solid foundation. I love that. For the actor, Shirahama Alan, damn he is handsome. Hahaahah. When I first saw him, I literally saw Jungkook of BTS. No kidding. They have similar facial structure on some angles, but not fully look-a-like. But that’s not the reason I got interested with him. It’s actually cuz he is half-Filipino. Oooohhohoohoh. Anyway, his acting was surprisingly good. For an idol from LDH, his acting was on point. He delivered the lines well and portrayed Mamura’s character, though at times, he seemed to be too “animated”. Still, it was a job well done.

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Another factor that made this movie amazing to watch was the nice cinematography. It was done really well. There were alot of good shots, and the scenery in the background were breathtaking. I guess, my only problem here would be the ending part. I know it was sweet and all, but it lacked impact. If it was done well, then the movie would be perfect.

Overall, the movie was really good. Believe me, I didn’t expect this at all. I thought this would be like your any other shoujo romantic movie, but damn, it was a hella ride. I guess, one of the factor that made me like this movie would be the freshness of it. It was nice to see a different line-up of actors as Japan tend to recycle actors/actresses to a point you think they don’t have enough talents in the country(I love you Yamazaki Kento, but please stop portraying highschool male lead). This definitely made me want to watch more Japanese romantic movies.

Ooohohohohoh.

We will see.

I guess, that’s it for now.

Thanks for reading!!

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Movie Feature: Let me eat your pancreas

I had seen alot of Japanese dramatic movies, I have a soft spot for them. They usually hit me right in the feels and I enjoy them alot. But I do sometimes feel that they are overusing this kind of formula. Still, these kind of movies have their own appeal.

For this entry, I’m going to talk about a movie that had a weird and eye-catching title, Let me eat your pancreas. It is a live-action adaptation of a novel with the same name. There is an anime version of it but I haven’t seen it yet, so I can’t really compare and just focus on this LA adaptation.


Romaji: Kimi no Suizo wo Tabetai
Japanese: 君の膵臓をたべたい
Director: Sho Tsukikawa
Writer: Yoru Sumino (novel), Tomoko Yoshida
Release Date: July 28, 2017
Runtime: 115 min.
Genre: Based on a Comic / Romance / Illness / Past & Present
Language: Japanese
Country: Japan
Starring: Hamabe Minami, Kitamura Takumi, Oguri Shun, Kitagawa Keiko, Otomo Karen, Kamiji Yusuke, Yuma Yamoto, etc.
Synopsis: I (Takumi Kitamura) am a high school student. I happen to find a diary by my classmate Sakura Yamauchi (Minami Hamabe) that reveals she is suffering from a pancreatic disease. I spent time with Sakura, but she dies.

12 years later, due to Sakura’s words, I (Shun Oguri) am now a high school teacher at the same school where I graduated from. While I talk with my student, I remember several months I spent with Sakura. Meanwhile, Kyoko (Keiko Kitagawa), who was Sakura’s friend, is soon to marry. Kyoko also recalls the days she spent with me and Sakura.


This movie hit me with the right feels. I didn’t expect I would love this as much as I do now. I can literally say that this movie, Let me eat your pancreas, a new favorite of mine.

Pretty much, the synopsis above explained the whole plot of the movie. I can’t really tell if the overall story flowed the same way as the anime and the source material, as an LA adaptation tend to deviate from the source material to fit the movie time limit. I do know that I really like how this movie was made.

The pacing of the story was done well. I read alot of reviews of this adaptation and they don’t like much the constant back and forth of the timeline, but its the opposite to me. I really like it. It didn’t affect my enjoyment and the flow of the story. I think the amazing acting and decent cinematography added alot of factors to my liking of the movie.

Okay.

Let me express my delight of the performance of the actors and actresses of this movie. As always, Oguri Shun blew me away by his acting. He never fails to deliver the right performance for his role. And damn, he is still so handsome! Kitagawa Keiko didn’t fail me too. Even though her role here is not that big, she still caught my eye with her stellar acting. Uugghhh she is so good.

Now for the youngsters, OMG. I think I have a new young actors and actresses to follow. Kitamura Takumi and Hamabe Minami captured me with their wholesome acting skills. Kitamura Takumi pretty much mastered the role and delivered a wonderful and believable performance. Hamabe Minami didn’t disappoint too. She delivered Sakura’s personality really well. Though, I guess, it would have been nice if she had a long hair, but that’s just me and my nitpicking complaints. Still, I am blow away by their acting skills. I’ll definitely look out at their series and movies in the future.

Overall, I really like this movie. Like I said in the intro, this might be my newest favorite movie yet, as everything was done right. 

Hold up, fans of the source material and anime movie. I am just reviewing the LA movie of Let me eat your pancreas. As a fan of Japanese movies, I pretty much know the tropes and cliches of these kinds of movies. And definitely, this movie was done right. It might be different from the other versions, let’s just enjoy this adaptation as is.

Anyway, I don’t want to make this any longer and I don’t think I have anything more to say.

Thanks for reading!!

Movie Feature: Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?? Movie – Dear My Sister

A “cute girls doing cute things” movie, eh?

I didn’t expect this anime would have a movie sequel. The series ended well and I haven’t heard any news about the existence of this movie and yet here we are, me reviewing this.


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 11, 2017
Studios: production doA
Source: 4-koma manga
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy
Duration: 59 min.
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older


I had always adored Gochuumon Usagi desu ka?? series. The characters were really cute, the story was cute and everything was very cute. This anime had brought alot of fuwa fuwa feelings to me and I cherish them greatly.

I expected the movie to be the same with the series in a lot of ways and I was right. The cuteness of the anime was still overwhelming and I can’t stop smiling while watching. All the characters that were relevant in the series were, at some point, appeared in the movie. The art and animation too was quite similar to the anime so I am happy about it.

The story, however, was quite new and interesting. Kokoa went back home to her hometown to help out her family in their business, and the remaining lead characters live out the rest of the days trying to fill the void of Kokoa’s absence with their cuteness. I really like that in this movie we got to see Kokoa’s family and her relationship with her mom and sister. We also got to see her as the little sister for a change. It was nice. I also liked the bonding moments of the other lead characters all through out the movie while Kokoa was absent. Her absence was indeed felt, but rather than moping around, they bonded together and become closer.

I really like the little cute heartwarming moments of the characters and they also never fail to make me laugh.

Overall, this movie was full of cuteness. Fluffyness overload. I guess, I could only recommend this to people who had seen the series already to be able to appreciate this simple joy of a movie.

Anyway, that’s it for now.

Thanks for reading.

Movie Feature: Haruta to Chika

I dunno if you guys remember, but I reviewed an anime last year called, HaruChika. It was a slice-of-life music mystery anime starring 2 high school childhood friends. I had fun watching it, even though it had some setbacks. In that review, I mentioned that I will be watching its live action movie adaptation and see if is it anywhere near to the anime or its source material.

Well, here we are.

It took me awhile to watch this movie because I focused more on other stuff. In other words, I forgot about it. LOL.

Let’s not dwell anymore about the past and start this review, shall we?


Director: Masahide Ichii
Writer: Sei Hatsuno (novel), Masahide Ichii, Masahiro Yamaura
Release Date: March 4, 2017
Runtime: 118 min.
Genre: Teen, Music
Language: Japanese
Country: Japan
Starring: Sato Shori (Sexy Zone), Hashimoto Kanna, Koide Keisuke, Shiga Kotaro, Tsunematsu Yuri, Maeda Koki, Nikaido Himeru, Shimizu Hiroya, Takuma Haraoka, Kamishiraishi Moka, etc.
Synopsis: Haruta (Shori Sato) is handsome and smart, Chika (Kanna Hashimoto) is bright and naive. When they were children, they were friends until Haruta’s family moved away while he was in the 3rd grade. They meet again during a high school entrance ceremony. After all of these years, Chika is eager to join the wind instrument club. Due to an incident, the wind instrument club is about to be disbanded. Chika can’t give up the flute so she attracts Haruta to her side and tries to recruit members from the wind instrument club. The group attempts to solve various cases taking place at their school while they plan to take part in a contest.


I am bit disappointed by this movie. Yes, I expected that there would be some changes in the plot, but I didn’t think it would be that much.

Haruta to Chika, or in short, HaruChika, is a story about 2 childhood friends that got reunited in high school and how they revived their wind instrument club by solving some mysteries surrounding the club. One of the key factors of this series is the fact that both Haruta and Chika are “in love” with their teacher. Yep, both of them. This key feature made this series uniquely different from other animes and stories. But…sigh… the movie only implemented the base plot of the anime and throw away the key feature. WTF!

Don’t get me wrong, the whole time I watched HaruChika, I totally shipped Haru and Chika because of their close relationship. But removing the key feature that made this series unique made this movie just like any other “teen high school romance” movie out there. And that disappointed me.

What’s done is done. I’ll just review the movie directly.

Because it is a movie, it can’t be helped that they stride through the arcs, only featuring the important and highlighted moments of the story. I have no problem with it, as I also only remember the highlighted moments. Though, I do have a problem with how the arcs were handled. It made the pacing very irratic and all over the place. But I guess, a normal watcher won’t notice this because it is quite similar to other teen movies out there.

The characters are well performed by the actors. I didn’t expect they would literally cast “high school” aged stars for this. I had seen Kanna’s acting before through Gintama and unfairness, she delivered Chika’s liveliness really well. While Sato Shori was bit lacking. I had seen him do well in his first ever drama before, but I guess, with a tone down version of Haruta, it made Shori’s performance underwhelming and not standing out as I want to. Still, I am happy with everything. Especially, the fact that it seemed the actors literally played the instruments assigned to them. That’s incredible. It added alot of depth and it made us, viewers immerse more to the movie.

The ending was quite different from what I expected. I actually liked it. With a lot of changes already in the story, I literally had no idea how they would end the movie. Good thing, they ended the movie on a positive note with a positive message. I would throw a fit if they ended the movie with Haru and Chika officially together. Lol.

Overall, the movie was nice. Disappointing but nice. If i had not seen the anime version of it, I might enjoy this movie alot more, but what can I do? Heh.

I would recommend this to everyone, its an easy to digest movie so it can be watched by anyone. You guys don’t have to watch the anime, they are a separate entity. I guess let’s just enjoy them separately. Heh.

That’s it for now.

Thanks for reading!!

Movie Feature: Little Witch Academia Movie 1 & 2

During the Christmas break, I got a chance to watch some movies with different genres. Among those were the Little With Academia movies. Both movies blew my mind. I mean, I knew how amazing this anime was because of its reception when this movies were released and especially the hype when the anime series aired. But I didn’t expect I would like it too.

It reminded me of the time when I was kid, enjoying alot of Disney and children movies and series. It had the same feel and enjoyment. I didn’t expect I needed this kind of feel-good anime movies.


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1 + 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 2, 2013, Oct 9, 2015
Studios: Trigger
Source: Original
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Magic, Fantasy, School
Duration: 26 min., 53 min.
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older


Both these movies follows Akko, Lotte and Sucy, in their misadventures as students in an academy of witches.

In the first movie, we were basically introduced to the main cast and the main narrative of the anime. We immediately got sucked into their magical world. Akko, the main character, got enthralled after seeing a magic show, wanted to be a witch, but doesn’t have what it takes to be one. Then in the 2nd movie, the gang continues with their misadventures, now faces expulsion. To reverse it, they need to make the upcoming festival a success.

With these simple premises, you might think these movies are for kids to watch as they exhibit the same formula as the Disney movies we had seen in our childhood. And yeah, it is like that, but there is more to it. It’s lighthearted nature heals. It made us remember why we like anime in the first place. I mean, all of us nowadays are experiencing alot of struggles in our daily lives. Seeing these kinds of movies helps ease and cheers us up from all the negative stuff in our lives.

With the quirky and upbeat characters and on-point cartoony art and animation, it added a lot of impact to my enjoyment while watching. It made me want to see more of it. I might check out the anime series in the future, but for now, I’m going to settle with these movies.

Anyway, I think that’s all I want to share.

Thanks for reading!

300th Post Special!! Updates and Upcoming Projects here on my blog!!

Yo! Yo! Yo!

This is my 300th entry!! OMG!! I didn’t expect I made that much already. Damn.

To express my happiness about this milestone, I will be sharing to you guys some official updates of my blog!!

Yeeeeeeeeee!!!

There will be alot of changes around here. Like BIG CHANGES, but don’t you worry, my blogging won’t be ruined. It might even improve. We will see. Heh. I just want to try some stuff out and see if I could really accomplish it and make it my own.

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FIRST, the biggest update and change I have would be me implementing a new posting schedule. Yeeeee!!! After changing it again and again last year, I was able to find a balance schedule to cater to all my needs and liking. Heh. I think you guys already know that I have a habit of scheduling my entries beforehand, so having a legit concrete posting schedule helps me alot in time management.

The scheduling goes like this:

Sunday – Anime reviews
Monday – none
Tuesday – Special
Wednesday – none
Thursday – Features (Movies, TV Series, Music, etc.)
Friday – none
Saturday – Anime reviews

As you can see from above, all my anime reviews are to be moved on weekends. I really do want to post alot more anime reviews as much as I can, but if I want to cater my other interests, I decided to minimize it to 2 days per week. At least this way too I can also prevent myself from rushing everything and just easily post them. Btw, as of writing this special post, I had scheduled over 20 anime reviews already so…everything is good. XD

As for my entries on Thursday, it will be filled with my other contents here on my blog. While I was posting the 12 Days of Anime and the Christmas break last year, I was able to restart my interests. I started reading books again, though I find my pace really slow as of the moment. I also recently watched tons of movies, anime and not, which are really fascinating and full of feels. I might also try and watch some tv series that had been on my backlog of quite some time now. And of course, music…I need to be updated. Heh. Expect alot of great stuff every Thursday, though maybe most of it are not anime-related, they are still the things I enjoy so I hope you guys would appreciate them.

Lastly, the entries I’ll be releasing on Tuesday are special entries. You guys might be wondering what is “special”. Uhhhh…Its the slot were I post entries that doesn’t belong in any feature, I guess. I mean as of right now, I do have a weekly project that I will announce down below that will occupy the said special slot. I am also bringing back my “Monthly Rundown” feature too, though I am still in doubts if I should do it every month or bimonthly instead. Just know that this feature, along with some special projects I have yet to announced, are to be posted every Tuesdays. Heh.

This is going to be fun.

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SECOND update/change I have here on my blog would be related to the special weekly project I mentioned above.

I will be watching weekly shows and cover them here on my blog. I know I expressed my complains about weekly aired animes in my 12 DoA entry, but I can’t hide my desire to atleast give this one a shot. I’m not doing this to be “in the hype” with the community, but more on I want to immediately express my thoughts about the weekly animes I plan to watch. Rather than posting each anime everyday, I planned on compiling all my thoughts on each weekly anime in one entry and post it on Tuesday. I’m still not sure which animes I will cover, but I think I will do what I always do, watch everything then drop the meh ones later. Heh.


THIRD. I think I mention this before on my New Year’s entry that I plan to create some monthly specials here on my blog. Everything is now finalized that’s why I’m going to announce this now:

I’ll be doing a Special on February.

Yeeeee!!!

The special project will happen on Feb. 10 – 16, 2019, the week of Valentines Day. I’ll be posting reviews of romance animes on each day on that week. Hehehehehe. I haven’t tried this before so this is going to be fun.

I also want you guys, my dear readers, to recommend me some Romance Animes to watch on that week. I love romance stories, but for some point, I kinda don’t watch much Romance Animes. That’s why, this project pretty much encourages me to watch them. Please do recommend some good stuff.

I’ll have more special projects for this year too, though I can’t announce them yet.

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LASTLY, I’ll be participating in Yomu’s Collab project. I decided to join this project cuz…Why not? I always wanted to join a collab so this was a big opportunity to me. Check out the collab in this link.

Though, I had wanted to watch True Tears, it was the other anime that I had already seen, This Art Club Has a Problem, was chosen. Believe me, I have no problems with the latter anime. When it aired years ago, I remember enjoying it and I barely remember it anyways. Also, I just so happen to get a BD copy of the anime last year. It must be fate!!

As of right now, I still don’t know when I’ll be posting the entries for this project. All I’m sure about is that it won’t be on the occupied days and I will start next week. Heh.


Oohohohohoh!!

I am sure busy this year. I hope everything goes smoothly.

Thanks again for reading!!

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Kuroko no Basket Movie – Last Game: Quick Thoughts

After watching the last season of Kuroko no Basket, Of course, this movie was gonna be the next one.


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 18, 2017
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Manga
Genres: Sports, School, Shounen
Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Synopsis: Hailing from America, Jabberwock—a street basketball team with skills comparable to those of the NBA—has come to Japan to play an exhibition match against Strky, a team of former third-year students who once played in the Interhigh and Winter Cup. However, due to the vast difference in skill, Jabberwock easily wins. Their captain, Nash Gold Jr., mocks the basketball style of all players in Japan by comparing them to monkeys.

Infuriated by the nasty comment, Kagetora Aida challenges them to a revenge match. Because of pride and the belief that the results will be no different, Nash accepts the challenge. Kagetora then assembles Vorpal Swords, a team composed of the Generation of Miracles, including Kuroko Tetsuya and Kagami Taiga, for they are the only ones who stand a chance against a foe that seems unbeatable from every angle. (MAL)


The 3rd season of Kuroko no Basket was a delightful to watch. The winning was really satisfying and really worth it.

Because I enjoyed alot from the series, I kinda expected to be fond of the movie too. I had seen the previous movie specials of KnB, and most of them were kind of…unsatisfying. That’s why I tried to lower my expectations for this one too.

Indeed, this movie is the last of Kuroko no Basket. For the first time ever, we get to see all the main characters in one team, and that’s wuite amazing. We all know the main characters are crazy OP, putting them all in one team is pretty much a DREAM TEAM of any Basketball club.

Anyway, the story revolves around a foreign team disrespecting Japan, so the KnB baes came to the rescue and fight them through a match. The match itself was quite interesting and intense. Even though I am used to seeing them OP, it still amazes me when the characters go in “the zone”. Having only 5 players in the court, we get to see different set of players playing. Infairness their teamwork was quite superb. Even though they bicker around each other, its clear that each one of them does their best and give their all against the other team.

I think my only problem with this series would be the art & animation of the movie. Its too bright. The color scheme of this movie was not my cup of tea. The designs of the characters were a bit different too. The characters sports new hairstyles, which is weird and kinda hard to get used to. For the animation, well, I do commend that they maintain the awesomeness of it, but it affected the mundane scenes greatly. It’s clear that they budgeted the mundane scenes and went all out at the match. I wish they balance it better.

Overall, this movie was nice. I can’t really say its the best, but its a good way to end the franchise. I didn’t expect the ending, but I guess that was something that had been looming in the corner. I just didn’t expect it would come sooner. Anyway, it was nice to see them all in one group. That’s indeed a good move to end everything.

That is all.

Thanks for reading.