Sword Art Online Movie – Ordinal Scale

after a mostly (but not entirely) disappointing self half of SAO season 1 and most of season 2, the movie was quite good and an excellent teaser for season 3 and maybe also the spinoff coming up in april 2018.

but i won’t get my hopes too high.

the last battle scene was extra nice… though a bit short. i enjoyed how they involved characters and stories from ALO and GGO.

from a philosophical and psychological perspective, the concept of virtual reality vs augmented reality, though not the main point, is a running motif. it is more poignant given the latest advances in technology with augmented reality technology (though still young), a popular example being pokémon go. yuuna’s short monologue about how “dreams and virtual worlds are more or less the same thing” and both becoming a memory was poignant, though i wish it got more development.

namely, how virtual reality and augmented reality should be considered as manifestations of the jungian concept of the collective unconscious that is “tangible” to the conscious.

kajiura yuki sama’s music took more of a smaller role, similar to all her SAO work. it’s good as always, but her SAO work does not rank on the top of my list.

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very impressive.

all around very impressive.

ooh that theme song. i want it.

the over-rich colors that make you feel like you’re drowning in them.

the ease with which they employ and demonstrate the humanness.

season 2 when?

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yu-gi-oh!: Dark side of dimensions


mmmm wow. i really wish i watched this on a big screen. it was really made for it.

i could say a lot about this… but a few main things:

1) wow i remembered how much i like this franchise… i mean the original main series, not the spin-offs.

2) i’m not really sure what happened in a few important parts: what exactly with the millenium ring do to diva and what did atem do… oh and the last scene, they did a poor job of explaining it…

but i want more.

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mazaki anzu + zettai ryouiki = yes

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maybe kaiba took a college courses on the history of ancient philosophy, psychology and neuroscience.

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i think why yugi is so likable is because he is the indefatigable underdog.

Kimi no Na Wa

I’m in Pittsburgh for a (work-ish related conference); two days earlier I realized that this movie was opening today (well yesterday now). I bought my ticket to watch it today.

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Usually I would say something about the individual aspects of something I watched – character, background, animation, OST, voice acting. But what first comes to mind for this movie is – it all fit together so nicely. Anime at what it does best – intertwining and creating the double helix of supernatural/fantastic with the every day, producing a movement.

I would definitely watch this again. Not just because it’s great, but because there’s something in the beginning you only get if once you see the end of the movie.

Oh, it helps that I am a helpless romantic.

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tamayura – graduation photo – #4 (END)


this series has an interesting place in my heart. maybe i’ll buy the bd/dvd’s. A rank.

i’ve been watching it for years.

i could not figure out really why until now.

i really like the main character, sawatari fu “potte”, maybe because i relate to her in some way.

this is true slice of life. not slice of life drama, not slice of life comedy, but simply slice of life and of coming of age.

no tricks, just life.

it’s amazing how they can pack so much into short scenes, even one simple shot.

i don’t know if i would really recommend this to anyone… maybe those looking for true slice of life / coming of age.


Tamayura – graduation photo – part 3


this will go down in history as one of my favorite slice of life shows.

this reminds me of the time i was interested in photography.

it makes more sense to me now, as i have come to understand my infj-ness. perhaps i will get into it again… along with the myriad other things i am doing…

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the mini-maon arc

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and finally… fuu

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this shot – amazing how one can know exactly what the character is thinking, and immediately just by this one shot.

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Psycho-Pass: Movie (Eng Dub in Theater)

so i went to watch this today.

now i did watch the english subbed version a while back… and when i found out this was going to a showing of the dubbed version, i was disappointed.

so speaking of the voice acting, it was mostly… okay. maybe voice actors should learn how to pronounce japanese names correctly. very irritating.

the only one that did a very good job was Major Attaway, who did Desmond Rutaganda. So they got a black person to voice a black character. maybe they should use more asian-american voice actors for subbing anime.


i absolutely love this series. there’s always a revelation, inspiration when i watch it.

it is not S rank for nothing.

i want to rewatch the series and the movie again. one of my goals is to write an indepth blog post about each episode with as much referencing as possible.