Good Ol’ Review and Appreciation: The Beautiful, Poignant and Resonant ReLIFE


WARNING! Moderate to major spoilers.

It has been on my to-do list for a while now, but I found some time to finally jump into the amazing world of ReLIFE. I’ve heard many good things about the popular webtoon by Yayoiso and had planned to watch the 13-episode anime last year. Continue reading

My Top 5 Super Sentai and Power Rangers Seasons

So there’s a thread at Rangerboard asking people to list their top 5 seasons of Power Rangers and Super Sentai. Here’s my list which I’ll also post here/ =)


I only started watching Sentai with Shinkenger.

1. Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters – Amazing. It featured a strong, dramatic, emotional storyline, but didn’t forget to have a little fun to help put things into perspective. It had legitimate and truly surprising twists that kept things exciting. The tweaked formula helped the season feel fresh. It had a large group of likeable characters (human and not) and a deliciously crafty and slick villain. It had a great, talented cast. But maybe, most importantly, Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters started a journey and satisfyingly concluded it. And that conclusion couldn’t have worked without having plenty of heart and emotional connection. Continue reading

Michael Christian Martinez Exemplifies What the Olympics Are All About

He was the first Filipino Winter Olympian since 1992. He was the first Southeast Asian Olympic figure skater, let alone the first Filipino Olympic figure skater. He barely had enough money to get himself to Sochi, never mind the funds needed to train at home and abroad, lodging and food while abroad and the elaborate costumes that are just as important as the choice of music in competition.

But the Philippines’ Michael Christian Martinez soldiered on, eventually finishing 19th out of 30 skaters in Men’s Figure Skating at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

It is a big accomplishment for any Filipino to make it to the Olympic Games. Even bigger when it’s a Winter Olympics considering the coldest temperature you could ever feel in the Philippines would be considered a hot day in most of the competing Winter Olympic countries.

Being the first Filipino and first Southeast Asian Olympic figure skater makes Michael’s achievement that much bigger. And actually moving on to the next round of the competition solidifies Michael’s first Olympics as a resounding success. Continue reading

From Wowowee to Wowowillie – The End of an Era on Philippine Television… Again

It’s like déjà vu. Three years after Wowowee was unceremoniously killed on live television by ABS-CBN, here we are again as another Willie Revillame-hosted noontime show is set to go off the air.

Though with considerably less drama and without the hateful vitriol that surrounded Wowowee‘s demise in 2010, Wowowillie coming to an end on TV5 marks what could be the real end of an era on Philippine television. Continue reading

Remembering Maria Flordeluna and a Time When Being a “Kapamilya” Meant Something, an Open Letter to ABS-CBN

So, apparently ABS-CBN Interactive, Inc. flagged one of my 25 clips of the great series Maria Flordeluna and now I have a copyright strike. Only that one video, mind you. The other 25 videos are, well, were still fine. But because I do not want to take a chance that ABS-CBN gets my account shut down for good by knocking out two more videos at separate times for my final 2 strikes, I just decided to delete all the Maria Flordeluna videos (really, just clips of the aborted JC & Annie love story) as well as clips of when Wowowee was the crown jewel of the network; fun clips of Carmen Soo dancing with Pokwang, the emotional first winner of “Cash Bukas” and the epic water gun fight between the genuinely happy and friendly co-hosts of the show.

I decided, Continue reading

What Disney Did Right with the Power Rangers

Hindsight is 20/20. That’s why I do Hindsight Reviews. What you thought at first may not be what you think weeks or months later.

After two and a half years of the the 2nd Saban Era of Power Rangers, many fans are now fondly looking back at the Disney Era of the franchise. That’s amazing considering the way fans felt while we were actually in the Disney Era. Continue reading

Appreciation: Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away Sets a Standard for All Storytellers

Having recently gone back in time with From Up on Poppy Hill and enamored by Whisper of the Heart, I decided to revisit the film that first introduced me to the world of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. And that film is Spirited Away.

Now actually, Kiki’s Delivery Service was my first ever experience with Studio Ghibli and the genius that is Hayao Miyazaki. When it first began airing on Disney Channel, I loved it. I thought it was fun and exciting and different from any Disney movie I had ever saw. But back then, I had no idea it was actually an English-dubbed Japanese film. I never heard of a Hayao Miyazaki. Continue reading

Review and Appreciation: Grave of the Fireflies – A Heartbreaking and Unforgettable Masterpiece

Very minor spoilers.

Grave of the Fireflies is an unforgettable masterpiece.

It’s as simple as that. It is a haunting, difficult and frank look at the toll war takes on a people presented in an animated film that transcends genre, ideologies, culture and time. Continue reading

So What’s the Big Deal About Power Rangers RPM?

You have to be a die-hard Power Rangers fan to know a season called RPM even existed. Even (so-called) fans never heard of it.

But for a season that was meant to be Power Rangers‘ last gasp and a season that didn’t even air on television in half the country, RPM has drawn a lot of praise and is held in very high regard by fans who actually saw it. For some, it is a standard they’d like to see Power Rangers hold up. For many, it was a different style and approach that was great to watch. Continue reading

Appreciation of The Snowman and Review of The Snowman and The Snowdog

No spoilers

Ever since I could remember A Charlie Brown Christmas was an annual Christmas tradition for me. And when it first came to DVD, it became an anytime tradition.

It remains a timeless classic more than 45 years later. Continue reading