My Thoughts on 5 Centimeters Per Second- A Japanese Animated Film

“It must be a lonely journey that I can’t imagine. Intently going forward only through darkness. ” – Takaki Tohno A film full of subtlety, of unspoken words and of concealed emotions- this is how I would describe 5 Centimeters Per Second. A Japanese feature film by Makoto Shinkai, which is only about 62 minutes…

My Thoughts on Grave of the Fireflies- A Japanese Animated Film

Why do fireflies die so soon? – Setsuko It’s been about nine months since I last watched a Studio Ghibli film. What better way to start being in the zone again than by watching Grave of the Fireflies– another Studio Ghibli production, this time written and directed by Isao Takahata. Grave of the Fireflies is…

My Thoughts on Horatubi no Mori E- A Japanese Animated Film

“Time might separate us someday, but until then, let’s stay together.”  – Hotaru to Gin Heartbreak. I just experienced another heartbreak. Not because of someone, but because of something. Horatubi no Mori E also known as Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light just made me cry a river. It’s been quite a while since I last…

EOP- Eto O Panalo!

“Bakit nga ba mahal kita, kahit ‘di pinapansin ang damdamin ko. ‘Di mo man ako mahal heto pa rin ako nagmamahal ng tapat sa ‘yo.” Theme song ng English Only Please. Magpakasenti tayo ng kaunti. Gusto ko lang din magkwento, makipagdaldalan sa hangin at siyempre, magsulat. Ilang beses ko nang napatunayang ang mga lakad na…

My Thoughts on Wolf Children- A Japanese Animated Film

Wolf Man: It’d be nice to have a home, a place where I belong. Hana: I could belong there too if you don’t mind the company. Seemingly mysterious, nerdy, long-haired guys always have a special place in my heart. The Wolf Man was almost exactly like that. This is basically the reason my heart started…

My Thoughts on Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind – A Japanese Animated Film

My first movie for the year 2015! I surely spent the 117 minutes of my life well watching this one. Another Hayao Miyazaki masterpiece with a heroine in the character of Nausicaa, this film boasts of a great story with well-made plot twists. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is a 1984 Japanese animated post-apocalyptic fantasy adventure…

My Thoughts on Ponyo- A Japanese Animated Film

The perfect fusion of a fantasy themed, innocent and pure love story – Ponyo, is another animated film written and directed by the great Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli, which is sure to captivate the inner child in all of us. This is the eighth film Miyazaki made for Studio Ghibli; his tenth…

My Thoughts on Kiki’s Delivery Service- A Japanese Animated Film

“The spirit of witches, the spirit of artists, the spirit of bakers. I suppose it must be a power given by God. Sometimes you suffer for it.” – Ursula Another adventure-packed movie filled with heartwarming scenes at the same time. Kiki’s Delivery Service is a film that a lot of young girls and even those…

My Thoughts on Laputa: Castle in the Sky- A Japanese Animated Film

Query to self: If you could meet a younger version of yourself, what would you tell her and why? I’d definitely tell her to go watch Hayao Miyazaki’s films as soon as possible. It’s a shame that I just knew about Hayao Miyazaki (and even Studio Ghibli and Joe Hisaishi) and all his great works…

My Thoughts on Detective Conan Movie 18: The Dimensional Sniper

“We must stop former American soldiers from committing any more murders in a foreign soil.” – Admiral Spencer Christmas came really early for me! Detective Conan: The Dimensional Sniper (Movie 18) is another great gift for all the avid fans of this long-running animated series. This is probably the ninth Detective Conan film I have…

My Thoughts on My Neighbor Totoro- A Japanese Animated Film

Simple yet beautiful and extremely captivating. This is how I would describe the film My Neighbor Totoro. Every time I watch a 2D Japanese animated film, I always get the feeling that what I am watching is real – no complicated computer graphics and just authentic hand drawn images digitized to serve a large number…