Movie Review: Uchiage hanabi, shita kara miru ka? Yoko kara miru ka?

By on June 5, 2018

English title: Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?

I would like to believe that at least some would agree that this movie gave Bakemonogatari vibes. And Google search images lead me to be believe that we are not few. Watching Nazuna (female lead) all with her dark purple hair and indifferent facial expression is as if I am watching Senjougahara, only tamer.

If one is a fan of Bakemonogatari, it can’t be helped but see the anime within the characters’ eye expression, reactions, movements and on some sceneries of this movie. Being a fan myself, I wasn’t sure if it is a plus since I can’t help but compare to the point that I was predicting each character’s actions based on their counterpart in Bakemonogatari which the resemblance lead me to assume. Thankfully though, most of my assumptions were wrong so the element of surprise is still there.

However, the animation is not everything that makes this movie. While it highly resembles the said anime series, the story is far different. Hence, I’m going to stop mentioning Bakemonogatari at this part. You’re welcome.

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P.S. to this animation part though, I loved how they (creators) took the uncommon path when it comes to height difference. Compared to other anime where the guy is taller than or of the same height as the girl, here, Norimichi (male lead) is a bit shorter than Nazuna which I find cute.

Now to the storyline.

The story starts in a dreamlike underwater-ish scene. Same like Kimi no Nawa’s kuchikamizake moment where Taki and Mitsuha switched places again after a long time. Enticing and wonderful if I may say. It will then revolve around the life of normal highschoolers and their not-so normal encounters.

The flow becomes a little boring at some parts especially because it involves abstract scenes wherein viewers will be left imagining whether the scene is reality or something else. That wondering part is what makes the story more interesting though. Along with the mystery as to how the characters find out whether fireworks are round or flat and where should it be best viewed and the adventures they face along the way.

A story of taking chances, Fireworks is not the typical slice of life movie. In my case, it required concentration and deeper comprehension of some scenes even long after they’ve been shown. Or maybe I was just that shallow? Nevertheless, it is worth a watch and the realization of what the movie really wants to say is worth writing a review on the spot. ^_^

There are not so many songs in this movie when I wished there was but the ending song is nice.

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anime | Cosplay


By on November 20, 2014

This is not an anime review for I haven’t watched the anime yet. I am just too excited to cosplay one of the characters in this anime that’s why I m sharing it here hoping to hear some of your comments regarding it. I will be cosplaying Bishamon as my friend assigned me to. She already watched the anime that’s why she has the upperhand in choosing who will cosplay who. But don’t worry I will still watch Noragami before cosplaying it with them. 🙂

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Ano Natsu de Matteru (Waiting in that summer)

By on January 17, 2013

This is one of the few anime that I really poured my tears into. Well, thinking about that, I just realized I cried in every anime that I watched. Anyways, this one’s different, I didn’t cry because the ending is sad. I cried because I didn’t like how it was presented. I mean, that could be a really, really beautiful scene.

But over all, this anime really touched my heart. I don’t want to write a “review” about the story because I’m afraid I might spoil a lot of details though the story is not that deep. They were a bunch of school kids for crying out loud! But I don’t know, there’s this kind of energy that makes me want to watch it every night. I finished watching the twelve episodes in two nights only.

This is a love story. A strange love story. Hehe. Some parts are cliche but of course, what would you expect on teens falling in love right?

I am hoping for a season 2. Haha!

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By on January 16, 2013

Have you ever felt like you can see things which other people don’t? Have you ever experienced this confusion into which you couldn’t separate what’s true from what’s not?

Youichi Sakakibara, a transfer student from Tokyo, had strange encounters the moment he entered Yomiyama Middle School. There’s this girl named Mei Misaki whom he finds mysterious because nobody seem to notice her. Being the new student, he always tries to get along with his classmates, including Misaki. Without him knowing that there’s a consequence for it.


Another is an anime that is full of mystery and a little bit of suspense. At first, I was really scared to watch it. Upon reading the first three episodes  I was certain to not continue watching it because I was really terrified in some of the scenes. My classmates who have watched it already only persuaded me and convinced me that I can make it to the end. That I must watched the whole series. Indeed, this anime has lots of twists and believe me, if you thought you already knew some things, you actually don’t.

But hey, I must warn you, the dolls are really creepy. Hihi.

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I just finished watching another anime

By on December 17, 2012

It was Angel Beats.

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At first, I didn’t really like the plot because of the part where Yurippe (the leader of the battlefront which they kept on revising the name) was questioning the presence of God but I thought, it would be interesting to know what she finds out in the end that’s why I kept on watching. It is a 13-episode anime with a lot of main characters.

I don’t want to spoil the ending because this is just a short series so I can just give you a brief introduction about it. Angel Beats is about a place where people who had an “unfair” life go after they die. The ones in here are mostly those who had their deaths early and didn’t have much time to enjoy their childhood some wander around due to memory-loss.

This anime revolves around fighting for what makes you happy and accepting the consequences once you reach it. And of course, love is also involved. The twists in the end made me cry most. And I still have a lot of questions.

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Another Note

By on July 10, 2012

Since after watching the Death Notes live action movies, I’ve fangirled over everything about Death Note and finishing the anime series added to my enthusiasm towards Death Note. I started following Death Note blogs on Tumblr and found this role playing blog where the Death Note characters answer the questions submitted by other people. I read the whole blog and was glad that I found it after watching the anime because spoilers appear every now and then. But some parts and some characters seem new to me, I though maybe they are fanfic characters but as I read on, I found out that Death Note had other follow-up stories which lead me o searching BB on Google.

BB stands for Beyong Birthday, a character in Death Note: Another Note. From what I’ve read in that blog, I think that BB is L’s atlter ego or something similar to that. I don’t know that’s why I want to read that novel. Is there any blogsite where I can download that manga?


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Tales of Vesperia AMV Kane wo Narashite

By on July 8, 2012

I’ve been busy playing StepMania lately and as usual, there are a couple of songs which stood out and became my favorites. I copied the game from Donna because we used to play that during our OJT days and now that those were over, I continued the craze at home with Sam (Bea’s laptop) as my toy.

To uplift my blogging mood, I decided to search for my one of my favorite songs in StepMania with some uncertainty in the lyrics for it is Japanese. I tried and tried all the rhymes that came to my mind and relied on Google’s search results but most of the time I got none. But I never gave up, tried a little more and finally got the phrase that I was on the tip of my tongue.

I copied the Japanese words in YouTube and immediately clicked on the first result. And there I was, writing a blog post with Kane wo Narashite as my background music.

Here are the lyrics of the song with English translations:

kimi to hanarete boku wo sagashite
ikusen no yoru wo aruita
nani wo mezashite dare wo shinjite
chikatte ha mata yuraida

Separated from you, I start to search
and I’ve walked past thousands of nights.
What do I have my aim at, who do I believe in?
My vow is once again wavering.

yuuyami ni ha kiba wo mukedo tsuyokunai sou tsuyoku ha nai
kimi ni sei wo mukete hisahiku manten no hoshizora ga sabishii

I bare my fangs to the darkness but I’m not strong, yes there’s no strength.
For a long time, I face towards your figure, realizing the starry sky is lonesome.

hikari ha kage no kage ha hikari no
hate made tsuite yuku no darou
boku ga waratte ikiteita no nara
kane wo narashite kimi ni shirase you

Light is dark and dark is light.
Until the end, they’ll follow each other right.
Because I’m living happily,
I’ll ring the bell, so you can take notice.

yurushita mono to yurusareta mono ha
onaji kizu wake atte
omote to ura no kanashimi ha itsuka
rakuen de iyasareru

The forgiven and the forgiver
both share the same wounds.
The surface and the underside of sadness will someday
be healed in paradise.

asa mo ya ni kodamasuru kane tookunai sou tooku ha nai
kimi ga kimi rashiku aru koto sore ha mata kodoku tomo iu

Into the morning haze, I ring a bell but it doesn’t go far, yes it doesn’t go so far.
You are just like you are…but that can also be called isolation.

hikari ha kage no kage ha hikari no
hate made tsuite yuku no darou
kumo ga kagette sora ga naitara
kane wo narashite kimi wo sagasu yo

Light is dark and dark is light.
Until the end, they’ll follow each other right.
The clouds cast a shadow, and as the sky cries,
I’ll ring the bell, and set out to find you.

sekai ha shiro ka kuroi heiwa ka arasoi
heads or tails you and I light and dark ups and downs
sono mannaka de bokutachi ha itsuka deai te wo tsunagu darouka

The world is black and white, peaceful and hostile,
heads or tails, you and I, light and dark, ups and downs…
Within the center of it all, we’ll one day meet and join hands right?

hikari ha kage no kage ha hikari no
hate made tsuite yuku no darou
boku ga waratte ikiteita no nara

kane wo narashite kimi ni shirase you

Light is dark and dark is light.
Until the end, they’ll follow each other right.
Because I’m living happily,
I’ll ring the bell, so you can take notice.

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Death Note Live Action

By on June 15, 2012

I was just halfway through the first season of the anime Death Note when I saw this Death Note live action CD at Ate Lhyzie’s CD collection. It was love at first site. L stared at me as if saying, “Love me,” and I immediately did. I haven’t got any idea about the anime nor  the live action yet. It was mere peer influence that made me watch this anime and the live action just came into view when I just falling in love with the anime.

I insisted into watching this movie during our overnight but nobody notices me so I fangirl alone on one side of the bed with the Death Note CD clutched near my heart. We watched different movies but from time to time I stare into that CD case enclosing my most beloved. I wanted to watch it so bad that I finished two seasons in a row. I saved the third for last.

Yagami Light also didn’t looked near as the anime character. L is perfect as he always is. Amane Misa is cute and also far different from the anime. Some scenes were really very different and I can say that the anime’s plot is better than the live action.

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My Japanese Name

By on May 30, 2012

My friends, Donna and Clarence again, love anime so much that they joined this online group for Otaku or anime lovers. Since I am into anime nowadays, I decided to join so I asked Donna to refer me and she did. She gave me a link to the registration site and there I filled up a form to register. I was just shock — which is not a very appropriate reaction towards the community site — to see a field requiring me to put a Japanese name. I panicked because we just used to joke about my Japanese name and it doesn’t sound that funny so I hurriedly consulted Donna for any recommendations but as expected, she gave me the one we used to laugh with because I am the only one who isn’t using a Japanese name as an alias.

Link by link I clicked on Google’s result regarding “japanese name tranlator” and unfortunately, I never saw a decent one. So I tried typing “What is my Japanese name?” and a bunch of results came out and I carefully chose one that uses your personality as a basis for your name and I find the result quite interesting.

I already typed “kenjii” on the form but Donna butted in and proposed “Chizuru” who happen to be my favorite character in Kimi Ni Todoke so without thinking twice, I bid Kenjii good-bye. Chizuru sounded cute and she’s the crush of my crush in Kimi Ni so why not? Haha!

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Happy Birthday, Kazehaya-kun!

By on May 16, 2012

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Kazehaya is Sawako’s outgoing and friendly classmate, and is Sawako’s sweet and friendly friend. He is so popular that during middle school, so many girls liked him that they formed a “Kazehaya is Everyone’s” Alliance in order to maintain some level of peace among his admirers and more than half of these girls now attend the same high school. Kazehaya has held a long standing interest in Sawako and admits (though not to Sawako) that he likes her (he gets jealous easily), unaware that she feels the same for him. source

May 15 is Kazehaya Shouta’s birthday. :)) Happy birthday, Kazehaya-kun!

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