Fleeting Rain: A Review on Kotonoha no Niwa

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“A faint clap of thunder, clouded skies. Perhaps rain will come. If so, will you stay here with me?” – Yukari Yukino ⌈ General Information ⌋ From renowned director Makoto Shinkai comes Kotonoha no Niwa, a 2013 anime drama film starring Irino Miyu and Hanazawa Kana. Also known as The Garden of Words, the film is a product of CoMix Wave Films. Additionally, this anime movie acquired a manga adaptation with illustrations by Motohashi Midori. ⌈ Synopsis ⌋ During rainy mornings, 15-year-old shoemaker Takao Akizuki visits the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. There, he meets the mysterious 27-year-old woman Yukari Yukino. The pair has personal reasons as to why they regularly come to the garden. Takao skips his morning classes to design shoes and Yukino avoids work due to personal problems. While Takao freely opens up about his life, Yukino tells him nothing about herself. When […]

Death Notice – Mia’s Manga Review

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We have Death Notice in the list. This manga is both thrilling and exciting at the same time. I had followed this series from the beginning and I love how the story flows. I hope you can feel the same as you read along my journey. Let’s begin 😉😉😉 General Information Death Notice is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Motoro Mase. This manga was serialized in Shogakukan‘s Weekly Young Sunday. In 2008, it was adapted into a live-action film titled Ikigami with Tomoyuki Takimoto as director. Synopsis Ikigami, or Death Notice in English, is something that Japanese between the age of 18 to 24 will receive. This happens after a national prosperity law was announced by the government. The government believed that the threat of unexpected death will increase prosperity and productivity in its citizens. Japanese in those age will die randomly because […]

Time Travel and Murder Mystery in Erased: A Review

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Losing a loved one would certainly leave almost anyone stricken with confusion and grief, although both self-condemnation and thoughts of preventing such death are only a couple of things that would cross anyone’s mind. Fortunately, when it comes to Boku Dake Inai Machi, or Erased, Satoru Fujinuma (protagonist) finds himself in an unusual situation. Satoru was able to travel back in time to prevent such tragedy from happening. It was the time when his classmates died. However, the death of Satoru’s classmate may also have a possible link to that of his own family. Erased: The Plot Of The Anime Erased is the story of Satoru, a 29 year old aspiring manga artist. He spends most of his time working as a pizza delivery guy. However, his life is not without a hint of the supernatural. Satoru often finds himself a few minutes in the past. […]

Twilight of Vengeance: A Jigoku Shoujo Yoi no Togi Review

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Are you ready for another round of grudges? Bind your souls in a covenant of revenge and send your tormentor to Hell. A price… there will always be a price. Deliver your end of the bargain and seal your soul to a hellish fate. Set your sights on Heaven as you wander through a world of pain and agony for all of eternity. “You are coming with me. We are going to Hell.” – Enma Ai  ⌈ General Information ⌋ The latest in the Hell Girl series, Jigoku Shoujo: Yoi no Togi is the fourth season of Jigoku Shoujo. Announced last February 2017, the show aired on July as a climax to the series. Jigoku Shoujo: Yoi no Togi consists of 6 new episodes and 6 ‘reminiscence’ episodes. For more information on the first season, feel free to read my first Jigoku Shoujo Anime Review. I have also reviewed Jigoku Shoujo […]

Consign your Grievance to Hell: A Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori Review

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Vengeance taken will often tear the heart and torment the conscience. Perhaps that is another story for those who bear grudges. With a burden so great, they seek the service of the Hell Girl. Swift retribution comes to those condemned. “Human is an existence full of sin and misery.” – Enma Ai ⌈ General Information ⌋ Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori is a sequel to the anime of the same name. Following the success of its first season, Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori aired in the year 2006. The name of the series also translates to Hell Girl: The Two Mirrors. For more information on the series, check out the review for Jigoku Shoujo here. ⌈ Synopsis ⌋ Enma Ai and her companions continue deliver their service to those who seek vengeance. Through the Hell’s Correspondence, people can condemn others to an eternity in hell. Consequently, no amount of mortal currency can pay such a high price. Instead, those […]

Overcome It All – A Dragon Head Manga Review

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General Information Dragon Head is a kind of disaster manga written by Minetaro Mochizuki. It was firstly published in 1995 and later in 2000 by Kodansha in Young Magazine. This manga was then adapted into an action film in August 2003, starring Satoshi Tsumabuki and Sayakan Kanda. Synopsis Story started as a young boy named Teru Aoki was riding a train to Tokyo after a school trip. Suddenly, a powerful earthquake occurred and destroyed the train. The rubble caused by the earthquake blocked both sides of the tunnel. While Teru gained his consciousness, he knew that nobody had survived besides he himself. Finding a way to escape, Teru met with Nobuo Takahashi who was also a victim and Ako who was unconscious but was still alive. Ako woke up several days after under the medical treatment that Teru gave. The three of them started to […]

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Submit your Grudge to the Hotline to Hell: A Jigoku Shoujo Review

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Humans are fickle, are they not? They actively seek out vengeance against those who wronged them. They seek some form of release from bitterness and disappointment. So much so that they are willing to pay a deadly price for it. Revenge, injustice, hatred. When one person is cursed, two graves are dug. “Hell is in the human heart.” – Enma Ai ⌈ General Information ⌋ Jigoku Shoujo, also known as Hell Girl, is originally a manga by Miyuki Eto. Produced by Aniplex and Studio Deen, the first season of the series aired throughout 2005 and 2006 on numerous television stations across Japan. With its bizarre concept and dark themes, Jigoku Shoujo gained popularity in other countries and captured the interest of its international viewers. ⌈ Synopsis ⌋ The Internet is not all fun and games. Lurking in its darkest corners is one peculiar website, Jigoku Tsushin. Also known as Hell’s Correspondence or […]