Anime Reviews

Anime Movie Review: Her Blue Sky

This is a long overdue post. A topic that i have jotted down on my planner multiple times since February. I want to apologize already for the months-late review, but I still want to share this with everyone.

Valentine’s Day came early this year for anime fans in the Philippines as cinemas showed yet another anime movie last February.

Special premier: February 7, 2020 (SM Megamall)
General screening: February 12, 2020

Her Blue Sky or originally, Sora no Aosa wo Shiru hito yo


Review on the characters:
As always, I am a huge fan of the unconventional and this movie have a lot of them. The main male character, Shinnosuke Kanamuro’s appearance actually give a grown band member aura which is special, I think, for an anime to ressonate.
The sisters are your typical best girl older sister and stubborn (but soft inside) younger sister. I love the older sister more. 😂
Sister: Akane Aioi
Younger: Aoi Aioi
*One thing I noticed about the sisters names is that they are colors in Japanese. Aka or akai means red and Aoi means blue. “Ne” is also a way to call a sister from the word ane which means my sister or oneesan, someone’s sister.

The supporting characters are well thought of too and I love each and everyone’s character development. From the ex-band members having their own families after pursuing different paths to their reunion and interactions since then.

Review on the plot:
The trailer gave off a time travel vibe which made me wonder who is who. Who grew up to be whom? However, it became clear upon watching the movie. And that the mystery is not on the who but on the why. Timeline travel or something like different dimension existence: a very much common theme in anime.
But like I’ve said, the very well put character development gave justice to the fantasy side of the story. Another thing that made it special is its strong family ties vibes. While most anime stories seem to revolve around the main characters lives only, Her Blue Sky showed lives of people with actual families and how they value each other. Something relatable. Something touching.
The romance part is not so overwhelming but sweet and cute. After all what happened a light feel on relationship is a good conclusion.

Although overall it is a good anime movie, let me just say that there are several loopholes in it. There are times when circumstances obviosly side with the main character even though it is very unlikely to happen even when considering that it is a work of fiction. Talk about main character benefits, e?

I’d also like to think that there are symbolism in the story which they want us to imagine ourselves. Like how the time travel happens, is it really someone time travelling or a mere representation of the past?

And since it’s title has a “sky” on it, I will have to look past the floating/flying up in the sky moment despite of it being an overused scene. Haha!

I think I will have to stop there before I give out more hints. 😉
I know this movie isn’t showing on cinemas anymore but let’s just hope they’d bring it on TV or any other ways we can watch it again legally. Support artists y’all.

I was actually surprised that only a few people watched considering the sudden rise in popularity of Japanese anime movies in the Philippines after Kimi no Nawa. Or maybe most fans watched on the special premier. That, I have no information about, I am sorry…again.

Plus points!!! Japanese singer Aimyon sang the OST with the same title, Sora no aosa wo shiru hito yo. Please check out her music. She’s one of the bests!!

We got free stickers by the way. Thank you, SM Megamall Cinema. And to the person who drew them.

Rating: 7/10
If it weren’t for the loopholes, really.

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

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.