Emma: A Victorian Romance

Emma: A Victorian Romance is, as the name implies, exactly that – a Victorian romance.  Contrary to my belief, it is not based on Jane Austen’s novel, Emma (which is also set in England in the 1800’s). The anime, Emma is about the love affair between a housemaid (Emma) and a young aristocrat (William), set in London,…

Baka and Test

Baka to Tesuto to Shokanju or simply, Baka  and Test is one of the funniest anime I have ever watched. With its classroom setting and storylines making fun of otakus, it’s like a cross between Ouran High School Host Club and Lucky Star. Fumizuki Academy is a unique school where students are grouped into 6…

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…