Makoto Shinkai is NOT the New Miyazaki

There are NO SPOILERS for either director’s work in this article. 

Hey everybody, been a while since I’ve written something. As I haven’t really watched too many shows this season, I haven’t been really focusing on the “Character Focus” section of the blog and while I MAY want to write something soon, I want to finish the show before I approach it. ANYWAY. This is about something else. Something I thought had been put to rest a few years ago, but something that apparently rears its head from time to time whenever Shinkai is back in the news. And of course, that is the comparison between Hayao Miyazaki and Makoto Shinkai. It seems like with the success of your name, the comparisons are coming up yet again and I wanted to voice my opinion on the matter.

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Image from “your name”, 2016 film by Makoto Shinkai

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Update of the Opinions

Hey everyone, another update here.

Gonna make this small enough to fit into a single paragraph. Basically, I feel like the criteria I have set for myself on the “Character Focus” have kind of limited me to a very small pool of characters that are almost exhausted, or ones that I would need to rewatch the series to write properly on. So they’ll be moving away from a “bi-weekly” format. I don’t know if I’ll replace them yet, I’m hoping to continue on with some other kind of semi-regular article that isn’t reviews. Good news though, I’m doing at least 3 panels at Anime USA 2016, so come check me out if you’re there! Thanks as always for reading.

Random Thoughts on “your name”

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE FEATURES SPOILERS FOR THE MOVIE YOUR NAME, WHICH HAS NOT YET BEEN RELEASED.

As promised in my Anime Expo article, I will be talking about Makoto Shinkai’s new movie “your name”. I took some time to think about whether I wanted to write this in the first place; given that I have no one to talk about it with outside a select few thousand people who viewed it at Anime Expo with me, where I had the pleasure and the ability to watch it a month and a half before anyone else. But I decided that I really wanted to see what my own thoughts were like when jolted down given my single viewing and then hopefully compare them when the movie actually releases and I’m able to watch it over and over and over again. So, yes, there will be spoilers so only read if you’re morbidly curious about the movie itself.

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Anime Expo 2016: Post-Con Thoughts

Hey everyone, I’m back with another convention post as I just got done with Anime Expo 2016, certainly the biggest convention I’ve ever been to and also the biggest anime convention in North America. It was quite a few months in the making, giving that I was traveling across the US from VA to CA and the cost was nothing to scoff at either but the whole thing went off well enough, as far as getting to the con and getting back safely after the con was over. Of course, though, there were a few things I got to do and I suppose the easiest way to do it will be to go day by day.

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Character Focus: Satone Shichimiya

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR BOTH SEASONS OF THE SHOW LOVE, CHUNIBYO, & OTHER DELUSIONS.

Hey everyone, I’m back again with another Character Focus article. It’s been a while in the making, as I’ve been a little stuck on who next to focus on. There are some options that I would like to revisit the shows for, but then again some of the shows are very long… anyway, today I thought I’d go for a bit of an off-kilter pick, for reasons I’ll explain later in the article. Today’s is about Satone Shichimiya, from Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai Season 2 (Or, as it’s known in the US: Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions). So let me get into the reasons as to why I want to write about her.

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When Marnie Was There: Some Thoughts

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE MOVIE “WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE”

Hey everyone, back again with some thoughts on the movie When Marnie Was There, by Studio Ghibli. I was publishing Character Focus articles every other week or so but I slipped up last week and I’ve been racking my brain on who I want to do my next one on. I haven’t quite figured it out and I’m not sure I necessarily want to do one on this movie but I did have some thoughts on this movie itself that I figured I might share for my own sake as well as those who were interested in reading.

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Character Focus: Jun Naruse

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR ANTHEM OF THE HEART

Hey everyone, back again with another Character Focus article. This one comes courtesy of me having finally watching Anthem of the Heart as of last week. I actually really enjoyed some of the characters in ef: A Tale of Memories, but as I’ve written about that in a previous post I thought I’d give the floor to this movie. If you didn’t know, Anthem of the Heart comes to us from the same team who created Anohana, including writer Mari Okada who has quite a long list of anime to her own name (including Toradora which if you’ve seen my previous post on the show or panel, you’d know I’m a big fan of). So I was very excited to watch this movie. But this is about Jun, specifically, so let’s get into that.

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