Free! Timeless Medley ~Kizuna~ movie

I went to see the Free! Timeless Medley ~Kizuna~ movie straight from Uni a few day after it had opened in theatres. I wanted to see the movie on opening day but I was in such a bad state mentally over the week that even doing something so incredibly fun like the Free! Movie felt too difficult. But I was afraid I would regret not seeing it in on the big screen and so, I dragged myself over. And it was the right decision. It was incredibly good to see the boys again. And, the water. THE WATER. The animation of the water was god-level. On the big screen, it was incredible! KyoAni finds a way! I had not re-watched the Free! Series after my first watch. I love compilation movies because it gives me a look back on all the delightful and precious scenes and gets the memories flowing.

There was a ‘photoshoot’ before the start of the movie where the audience was asked to take out their phones and take a picture of the screen. This was entirely new to me!

My most favorite part of the movie was the montage of Haru and Makoto growing up together, juxtaposed against a present day Haru and Makoto out for a run. Another favourite bit was seeing Rin again.My view of Rin had been tainted by the alarmingly vicious anti-Makoto part of the fandom that I keep running into and I think, I was projecting their views onto Rin. It was wonderful to meet the character again and remove all of that prejudice and see him again for the fantastic person that he is.

But my most favourite moment of the evening was to hear ‘Ever Blue’…that glorious song sung by amazing seiyuus in surround sound!

My gift was Rei~ I love Rei, but keeping fingers crossed for Makoto or Haru for the next two movies.

Can’t wait for the next movie~

P.S. when I was watching the boys swimming and everything was so brilliantly animated, I kept thinking how good it would be to see Victor skate on the big screen and guess what, a Yuri!!! on Ice movie was announced a few days later 😀 😀

My Top 15 Anime Of 2016 (because I cannot narrow it down to 10 >.<)

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15. Koutetsujou no Kabaneri

Though it got pretty cliche towards the end, I enjoyed the ride. The animation and music (of course, it is Sawano Hiroyuki) were fantastic and it is prefect for one-session-binge-watch! The trains were pretty cool! Although I’m still not sure what Biba was liberating; everyone’s souls from their bodies?

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My First J-Pop Concert – Kalafina Arena Live at Kobe

September 10, 2016. I attended my very first live concert…my very first J-Pop concert…and my very first Kalafina concert. So many firsts for one splendid evening!

Years ago, I fell in love with a song called Hoshikuzu, by the composer Kajiura Yuki and sung by FictionJunction. I had been watching anime for years before that, but this one song was so beautiful and so ethereal, that I wanted to understand what they were singing about by myself and not rely on lyrics I find. Sounds fleeting a motive, but it was what gave me the final push towards enrolling in Japanese classes, something I’ve been thinking about for a while but never taking the final step.

Yuki Kajiura would go on to form the group, Kalafina, who would sing some of the best songs I’ve ever come across and I’ve followed them and all their songs from the very beginning.

To be able to listen to them live was a wish that had always felt too much like a dream. But listening to the song, Hoshikuzu, starting to learn Japanese and falling in love with that infuriating and exquisite language brought me to Japan.

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We know how to collect the stardust from a yearning, lonely and sleepless night

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[Manga Review] Magi: Sinbad no Bouken #01 by Ohtaka Shinobu

Since I’m in Japan and the one thing you can get comparatively cheaply is manga. So I’ve started enthusiastically buying and reading manga in Japanese. I don’t think I will review every manga volume that I read. It would be too much and I don’t have that much time. But I will review the volumes which are especially good! So here is the first one from my books blog!

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Sinbad no Bouken (シンドバッドの冒険, The Adventures of Sinbad)  is the spin-off prequel story of the Magi (マギ) manga series and follows young Sinbad on his journey to become the High King of the Seven Seas (nanakai no haou, 七海の覇王). It is written by Ohtaka Shinobu, the author of Magi and illustrated by Yoshifumi Ohtera.

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Happy Birthday, Sakura-chan~~~ and moving to Japan!

It is 9 pm on April 1st! It is very late to say this but here goes…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SAKURA-CHAN!!!

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On 3rd, I’m leaving for Japan to start my post-graduate studies at Kyushu University. This is the first time I’m travelling alone anywhere, let alone out of the country. So, I’m incredibly excited but also equally nervous. Packing is 99% done. I think I’ve gotten everything in order. Right now, I’m trying not to think about the actual leaving bit, because I will freak out. Instead, I will think about Sakura-chan!

Stumbling across the anime show, Cardcaptor Sakura, years ago while surfing channels got me into watching anime. And it has snowballed from there. It has, in turn, led to more anime, reading manga, becoming a figure-collector, learn about Japan and most importantly, learn Japanese. Learning Japanese made me realize that I loved languages and I can learn and use multiple language, which in turn led me to start learning German. I want to learn at least two more languages. But that is for the future.

While I went to college for my undergraduate studies, I wasn’t 100% sure on what I wanted to do with my life – career wise. Learning Japanese made me come to the conclusion that I wanted my career/life to be built around languages. Hence, after many years, i”m starting this post-graduate course in Japan. I will write more about my journey till here a little later (when I’m done freaking out). But this is the culmination of years of hopes and dreams and wishes and they have been kept alive because of my love of anime and Japanese as a language.

And it all started with meeting the little magical girl! To the girl who changed my life and who continues to keep me going, thank you. I love you, Sakura-chan!

The Butterfly Effect – How I Discovered Anime

A tale of butterflies, magical girls, samurais and falling in love.

A very simple and a very random act. A routine, normal act done without much thought. But sometimes, that simple act done in the same unassuming way on just another normal day changes everything around you. The Butterfly Effect. The flapping of a butterfly wings may cause the path of a tornado to alter. Of course the ‘butterfly effect’ event I’m talking about did not cause a tornado but was nevertheless quite spectacular.

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