2021-02-22: Leda: The Fantastic Adventure of Yohko
This anime is a very interesting case because of its plot, which is usually not the most important thing I care about. The whole movie takes only 70 minutes but manages to tell a lot of things and does it in a very interesting way. Compare this to First of the North Star, for example, which is longer than Your Name but tells you jack shit. To pull off this kind of thing, the anime has a very, and I mean very, self-contained story, which I’m usually a fan of. Not a lot of background information is given about the world, but the one that is still manages to kind of impress you. The story itself is sort of interesting but not crazy enough for my tastes. Apart from the story, the film was also pretty good - the visuals are neat and the music isn’t annoying. Overall, a pretty good watch.
2021-03-02: One Punch Man
Overall, it was not a bad show. The idea to make a show about a literal undefeatable hero that destroys everyone with a single punch sounds risky to me, but the way it was implemented here is pretty good. The whole thing is pretty epic, but it’s quite far from the most epic thing I’ve seen. One problem is that I feel like it lacks soul behind it, and I’m not sure how to describe it.
The “guy does good things but doesn’t get credited for it” trope here needs a separate mention. I understand that it’s essential to the whole show and that without it wouldn’t work, but I just can’t stand it. It makes me actually feel something, which is a good thing, but at the same time it makes me hate watching it. The show just treats you like a complete fucking idiot that can believe something like it. I mean come on, even crowds in real life are not that stupid.
What I’m now afraid of is watching the sequel. The whole thing is pretty self contained, and I feel like continuing this story is nearly impossible to do properly. Well, we’ll see.
2021-03-14: One Punch Man, Season 2
So as I mentioned in the original series' review, its story was pretty self-contained, so I was afraid of them fucking up the whole thing as a continuation of the first season. Luckily, it didn’t happen, but unfortunately, they managed to fuck up almost everything else. The one thing that I do like about this season is that the “actual hero doesn’t get noticed” trope is not as prevalent here, so it finally feels like the show isn’t treating you like an idiot. While not as epic, the story here is not actually bad, especially considering it’s a sequel, but the way it’s presented is not as good as before. The main character has far less screentime, and the whole thing is much more stretched. This is additionally fueled by not quite the best visuals. Maybe they had problems with the finances, but how the hell could that ever happen for one of the biggest superhero franchises in the world? And if all of that wasn’t enough, the whole fucking season ends on a cliffhanger. So overall, I’m disappointed. It’s not really bad per se but I really expected something epic that would only improve on the original and not make it more bland.
2021-04-14: Mars of Destruction
This is a very interesting art piece because it’s on the very edge of not being classified as an anime at all. It tells absolutely no story, and is completely tasteless when it comes to the visuals and the music. Watching it leaves you with a surreal feeling like someone hacked your brain or removed a very important part of it. In other words, it’s on the same level as a story written by a 5-year-old and made into a real thing by professionals or a movie generated completely by an AI.
2021-04-22: A Silent Voice
It’s a well-made good-looking anime, but there’s just one little problem - it just doesn’t kick in for me. The only moment that made me actually feel anything was that one near the end, and for the rest of the movie the only things I was experiencing were cringe and confusion for the actions of the characters. The main problem with this film is that the whole thing is just too complicated. My small brain just doesn’t work well with a lot of detail, and while it’s usually not a problem with other films because of their presentation and simple plot skeleton, here everything depends on understanding how human communication works, so I really don’t understand shit. It’s certainly not a fault of the movie itself, but I just can’t say it works for me.
2021-05-21: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
This movie is a pretty accurate depiction of what a high school girl would do if she gained time travel abilities, which can clearly be seen by the extremely small number of killed baby Hitlers. In other words, quoting one of the characters, she’s a fucking idiot. While it was a bit cringy, watching her constantly fuck up wasn’t too bad. The movie itself at the same time, also gets a passing grade form me. I can’t say much about the music, but the visuals are alright. While the foregrounds are pretty cheesy, which can probably be justified by the year the film was released, the backgrounds do look wonderful. Overall, I’d say the anime looks a bit cheap but still gets the job done.
2021-06-17: Metropolis (2001)
Right off the bat, this is the kind of anime I wasn’t sure whether to watch subbed or dubbed. After switching back and forward several times, I decided to choose the dub, and I wasn’t disappointed. The voice actors sound pretty natural and fit the mood of the whole thing. The movie itself meanwhile is quite a remarkable cyberpunk specimen. One of the first thing you notice when watching it is the unique art style, which reminds me of Disney. You may think it’s not the best choice for something serious, but oh boy, it fits. Specifically, it creates a very nice early 20s century atmosphere mixed with elements of contemporary sci-fi, which I like. Though to be fair, the active use of CGI could partially ruin that experience, but for me it’s completely justified considering when the movie came and how dependent on it the action is. Another thing that also fits is the music. In contrast to other cyberpunk films, this one doesn’t use creepy world and electronic music, however it does use jazz. Yes, actual American jazz with saxophones and black people singing. It can’t be overestimated how good it fits the aforementioned visuals and the atmosphere overall. For example, it makes the ending of the whole movie, coupled with great action, unforgettable. Story-wise the movie is also great. I couldn’t quite make out who are the villains and who are the good guys, but what I can tell you is that the film actually made me feel some emotions, so it gets kudos from me for that.
2021-07-01: Paprika (2006)
Here we go, another anime I watched dubbed. While the dub did sound a bit like it was from an English test for fifth-graders, it was tolerable overall. I think I’ll continue watching anime dubbed as long as I’m watching a movie and not TV series. In any case, the film itself isn’t too bad. While the execution overall feels pretty average with not too interesting visuals and music, I did manage to feel a couple of emotions. The plot isn’t anything special, and most of the movie is a bit boring, but it does manage to hit in a couple of places. In particular, I quite like the ending where the line between the dreams and the reality gets blurred, which creates a nice atmosphere.
2021-08-25: Kiki’s Delivery Service
So this movie has a plot made out of thin air. There’s basically no conflict and no resolution, just some events that happen to the main character. And the events themselves are pretty mundane and far away from being epic. However, despite all of that, I can’t say it’s bad. This anime is really cute and chill, but at the same time it manages not to be boring, which makes it quite watchable. It has some pretty nice music and visuals that create an amazing atmosphere. Even though basically nothing happens in this film, I’d still say it’s a great piece of entertainment with a lot of casual rewatching potential.