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Movie Feature: Bakuman|When Sirius Writes


I am a fan of the manga author of the source material, at the same time, I am a fan of this anime. It’s one of the reasons why I got interested in this. But I won’t lie, the main reason I watched this was because of the actors playing the main characters.

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Movie Feature: Flavors of Youth — When Sirius Writes

Okay. I was supposed to release this one last January, but because of the “schedule” that I followed, this entry got pushed back. Heh. Now that I pretty much threw out the “schedule” and decided to release content whenever I want (but still making sure to release weekly…at least), I can publish this one with…

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Announcement!!! Let’s go to our new home.


Sirius here.

Sorry for not updating for a while now. I do have a reason for it.


Yes, you read that right. I have now my own site. It’s because of this I wasn’t able to update anything here on my wordpress blog.

My new home is still new. Hmmm…around 90% complete. But its now open for viewing. Please do visit, follow, subscribe to see alot of new content as I will be posting everything there.

I won’t close this old blog of mine, but I do hope you guys would support my new one.

Here’s the link: https://siriuswrites.com/

Again please subscribe to it to be able to see new content from me.

That’s it for now.

See you in there!! 😀

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




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)







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.


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.


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!!