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February 23, 2019

PART ONE: PHYSICAL INTELLECT 

My love for the Dragon Ball franchise was re-invigorated recently as I finally sat down to watch the dubbed version of Dragon Ball Super. Though I didn't realize it at the time, my long hiatus from one of my favorite series resulted in a rather simplified understanding of Goku's characterization. He's the dumb hick who is constantly endangering his friends because of his fighting obsession, right? I even went so far as to state as much in another post, drawing from a...

January 24, 2018

(This is a----mostly!----spoiler free review) 

Last night I had the pleasure of seeing a subbed showing of Mary and the Witch's Flower and oh boy, friends, they're not calling Studio Ponoc "the new Ghibli" for nothing.

Of course, this is what happens when you pull together key animators who used to work for Ghibli and set them on a new project in the shadow of that legacy. Whether or not this film honors or plagiarizes the iconography we've come to associate primarily with Miyazaki's work is certa...

September 20, 2017

[This is a spoiler free review] 

If you like mind-bending, genre-crossing animated films, then Kenji Kamiyama's Napping Princess: The Story of the Unknown Me is your perfect, Friday night movie. 

Following high schooler Kokone, this fantasy adventure toggles between her life in the real world and her dreams, wherein Kokone becomes the younger, magically imbued Ancien. During the day Kokone is entering the summer before her graduation, navigating all the usual pitfalls of being a teenager as well a...

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