Kite (1998)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 3/4

 
PROS –
1) High-powered gun action with the bullets that explode inside the victim’s body.
2) Sawa got shades of Gogo Yubari Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Mathilda from Léon: The Professional (1994)

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Even tomorrow may never come for us. All l can do for now is live life to the fullest.

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Love, Death & Robots (Season 1)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 4/4

 
PROS –
1) I’ll rate LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS better than Black Mirror and Electric Dreams. The core of any sci-fi story can be explained in a few minutes and we don’t a 90 minutes episode for character development. The short duration of each episode is the biggest asset of the show.
2) Stories from various genres including Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Fantasy, Post-Apocalypse, Absurdism, Cyberpunk, etc.
3) Exceptional animation quality from various studios around the world. Every next episode is a surprise.
4) “Good Hunting” – Exploring the Huli jing mythology in Cyberpunk Hong-Kong
5) “Suits” – Who is the real invader?
6) “Zima Blue” – Absurdist robot.
7) “When the Yogurt Took Over” – A warning for the inevitable economic collapse.
8) Matthew Perryman Jones – Living in the Shadows

 

 
CONS –
1) “Sucker of Souls” – a plain storyline
2) “The Witness” – a mind-fuck story told for a zillionth time now.
3) “Helping Hand” – 127 Hrs in space
4) “Fish Night” – Great animation with a mediocre story

 

 
QUOTE –
“Zima: My search for truth is finished at last.I’m going home.”

Fist of the North Star (1986)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/4

 

Pros –
1) A must watch 80s action-packed dieselpunk anime.
2) Gory battles – the immense level of bloodbath
3) It can be watched without any prior knowledge of the Fist of the North Star universe.
4) Music – inspired by spaghetti western movies.
5) End credits – Ken looking for Yuria with Purple Eyes playing in the background.Extremely sad and romantic.

 

Cons –
N/A

 
Quote –
Ryûken: Power without perception is virtually useless and therefore of no true value!

Batman Ninja (2018)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 3/4

 

PROS –
1) Great quality of art. Putting Batman in Sengoku Period Japan.
2) Steam-punk time-travel story
3) Robin with Monkichi

 

CONS –
1) Pretty useless Batman, fooled twice by Gorilla Grodd and Joker

 

QUOTE –
Catwoman: Isn’t a gorilla eating a banana a little cliche?
Gorilla Grodd: Says the cat burglar wearing a cat costume.

The Garden of Words (2013)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/4

 

Pros –
1) Ground-breaking animation capturing the beauty of nature in rain.It’s a cinematic triumph!
2) The subtle romance is exhibited in the most touching & elegant way.
3) Running time: If one can convey the plot in 46 minutes, why add unnecessary sub-plots.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Takao Akizuki: In the evenings, before I went to sleep, and in the mornings, in the moment I woke up, I realized I was praying for rain

Death Note (2006–2007)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) “L” is so annoyingly good, audience watching the show from Light’s perspective will despise him.
2) Light Yagami – ‘Absolute power corrupts absolutely’ – All his plans were successful except in the last episode.
3) This 37 episodes TV series is full of plot twists.The revelation of 2nd Kira, Yagami’s plan, L’s death etc.
4) For the non-anime audience, this is a must watch manga with real tight screenplay without any loose-ends in spite of having a complicated storyline.

 

 

Cons –
1) Too many new characters included in the last 10 episodes.

 

 

Quote –
Ryuk: Well, it was good while it lasted. We killed some boredom, didn’t we?

Princess Mononoke (1997)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – N/A
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 3/4

 

Pros –

 

1) The trademark multi-layered fantasy story-line from Studio Ghibli.
2) Ashitaka – Atticus Finch of this story
3) Lady Eboshi – character who deserves her own film.

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Misleading title – Mononoke is definitely not the central character here.

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Jigo: So you say you’re under a curse? So what? So’s the whole damn world.