Skip Beat!

Skip Beat! is a bit old – it originally aired late 2008 to early 2009, and despite its popularity, I didn’t watch it until much later.  Besides being a shojo anime/manga, which I don’t usually watch, I didn’t really like the animation style and the look of the characters. I was finally curious enough to see…

Hotarubi no Mori e (Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light)

Hotarubi no Mori e (Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light) is a short OVA based on a one-shot manga by Yuki Midorikawa.  Though the manga was published in 2002, the OVA was not made and released until 2011. Hotarubi no Mori e is about the unique friendship between a human girl, Hotaru, and a spirit-like…

The Garden of Words: A Love Story for the Rainy Season

Kotonoha no Niwa or The Garden of Words is a 45-minute anime movie released in Japan last May 31, 2013. The story is about a high school boy aspiring to be a shoemaker someday, who loves the rain.  During rainy days, he cuts classes to go to the nearby park to sit under a pavilion…

Not Just Another Horror Anime

The genres I like when it comes to anime is strangely different from the genres I like in books and movies. “Horror” is not one of the categories I browse through when it comes to choosing a book or a movie, but it is one of my favorite genres in anime. I can’t quite explain…

From Up On Poppy Hill

Kokuriko-zaka Kara (From Up on Poppy Hill) is one of the more recent movies from Studio Ghibli, directed by Goro Miyazaki, released in Japan in 2011.  Kokuriko-zaka Kara is based on a manga by Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsurō Sayama. The story is set in the 1960’s in a small seaside town in Yokohama, Japan.  Umi Matsuzaki,  the…