Your Name by Makoto Shinkai

Your Name

Your Name (君の名は) is an animated movie by Makoto Shinkai (新海 誠), also known as Hayao Miyazaki’s (宮崎 駿) successor. Since its original animated commercial in 2014, then known as Cross Roads, it was since renamed and modified to become this new movie that has grossed USD174 million worldwide thus far. No simple feat, especially for an anime. The following movie review contains spoilers, but that shouldn’t be much of a problem, because it allows you to fully enjoy the script and settings when watching the movie. A quality movie can never be spoiled by spoilers.

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Japanese Lesson


Stemming from my interest in Japanese travel (especially Tokyo) and anime, I’ve taken 6 lessons so far to study the difficult にほんご (Japanese language). What a satisfying experience! There are 2 main sets of characters to learn: Hiragana (native Japanese characters) and Katakana (words borrowed from other languages, mostly English). I love Katakana! I wish all Japanese words consisted of only Katakana. Because after memorizing those 46 characters, based on the sounds of the words, I was able to accurately guess the English words they were referring to.

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The Heroic Legend of Arslan

It’s been a while since I’ve been excited to watch an anime and the Heroic Legend of Arslan doesn’t disappoint. I’ve watched 3 episodes of the anime so far and I had to force myself to stop in order to write this review. Then I’ll continue watching some more. But I must say this anime isn’t for everyone, as there’s a lot of action and if you’re not into military, you may find it unappealing.

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Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm

FourRhythm GameAfter 13 weeks of the fall anime season (where I didn’t watch a single anime), I was hesitant to watch another one. Because I was pretty doubtful I’d find another one that’s better than my previous 33. Then in walks Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm, which was recommended my a fellow blogger. Again, the anime that I usually like revolves around school life, and this was no exception. But this anime had one interesting idea of flying shoes (also known as Grav-Shoes), where students living in a remote part of Japan can test drive flying before it’s implemented nationwide. That essentially cuts down transportation time to 5% or less from the traditional methods of subways, buses, or driving. Continue reading

Yama no Susume

Yama no SusumeFrom an earlier post, you’ll know that Yama no Susume is my 10th favorite anime, mostly because of its relevance to hiking and camping. Since becoming a scout leader in July 2014, I learned to tie some knots and hitches, skills that may become a lifesaver in the country. Although Yama no Susume didn’t focus on rope-tying, it did talk about the 3 essential items for hiking: a backpack, proper shoes, and a rain jacket. This anime can provide fundamental knowledge for those who haven’t hiked much but are planning to hike more in the future. It may also inspire you if you’re into camping, backpacking, and even rock-climbing as these 4 activities are interrelated. Continue reading

How Gun Gale Online Applies to the Workplace

SAO BusGun Gale Online, the second season to the Sword Art Online anime series more or less depicts real life at a bad workplace. It talks about a girl named Sinon who feels miserable in real life because of accidentally killing a bank robber 5 years ago. But because she was only a minor at the time and because she did it to save her mother from being shot, no charges were made against her. But this incident always made her feel guilty of being a murderer, effectively cutting off her social interactions as she assumed that no one wants to befriend a killer. Then she discovered a virtual reality game called Gun Gale Online (GGO), which gave her a new identity in a new world, and which allowed her to kill other players with virtual guns. She is completely comfortable and true to herself in this world, unlike her true self in the real world.

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Favorite Anime

Cecil from FFIVI haven’t truly posted on anime, so I’ll write about how I developed my interest 2.5 years ago. At the time, I just completed my Master’s degree and was looking for a job. Actually I was very lazy during the job search because I played Final Fantasy IV (pictured above) on my smartphone 8 hours a day. (That’s already a considerable improvement from playing Final Fantasy VII and X on my computer via TV tuner 16 hours a day after completing my Bachelor’s degree.) But considering that I was also watching anime along with my 8 hours of game-play, you can argue that I haven’t improved. Continue reading