Good Ol’ Review: Shinkai’s Ambitious Children Who Chase Lost Voices Misses Mark

No spoilers.

Japanese director Makoto Shinkai has proven what a talented filmmaker and storyteller he is. From his acclaimed 5 Centimeters per Second to his recent blockbuster Your Name.

5 Centimeters per Second was my first Makoto Shinkai experience and I loved it. I immediately followed it up with The Place Promised in Our Early Days (which I must write a review of soon). And then Your Name captivated the world and myself.

Next on my list was Shinkai’s Children Who Chase Lost Voices (星を追う子ども /Journey to Agartha). Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: The Stunning and Resonant Koe no Katachi/A Silent Voice

No spoilers.

Koe no Katachi/映画 聲の形 (A Silent Voice) is a beautifully affecting work from director Naoko Yamada. Based on the manga of the same name by Yoshitoki Oima and adapted by Reiko Yoshida, the film uses stunning visuals and impactful auditory cues to bring a heavy, sometimes dark, but important story to life on screen. Continue reading

Recap: Kamen Rider Build, Episode 4 – The Testimony Will Be Zero

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Sento wakes up at the lab after Soichi found him and brought him home. Sento distinctly remembers the cobra symbol on the kaijin’s chest. Just then, Ryuga calls to tell him that he and Sawa have safely arrived in Seito thanks to Reika who also gives them Seito money and a van to use. Continue reading

Recap: Uchu Sentai Kyuranger, Episode 31 – The Great Naga Rescue Strategy

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The Kyurangers head back to the Orion and fill Hammie in on what happened in the past, including Commander Ronpo and Champ staying behind. With Don Armage still ruling the galaxy, they wonder if going to the past was a mistake. Continue reading

Mini-Recap: The Amazing Race China 4, Episode 9

TAR China

So the penultimate leg of The Amazing Race China season 4. I thought this was a solid leg. I think maybe a little bit too linear for a penultimate leg. But it had a lot of great tasks. Actually all the tasks were pretty good. It’s just that most of them were first come, first serve / get in line tasks. Continue reading

Recap: Power Rangers Ninja Steel, Episode 15 – “Red hot!”

Recap: Power Rangers Ninja Steel, Episode 15 – The Royal Rumble


Galvanax orders Drillion to make sure the Lion Ship is really destroyed and Princess Viera is really dead. But she’s not. She walks out of the ship, unharmed and finds the Lion Ship’s anti-gravity crystal has been damaged. Continue reading

Mini-Recap: The Amazing Race China 4, Episode 8

TAR China

So I do think this was a better Leg and episode than last week. But overall, it was probably the 2nd weakest of the season. Still, not too bad. Continue reading