Movie – Shutter Island [REVIEW] – Die As A Good Man

IMDB Rating: 8,1/10
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Dennis Lehane
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo

Goodfellas, The Departed, and Taxi Driver is one of the films directed by Martin Scorsese. He has also won many Oscar awards in the film “The Departed” (2006). Shutter Island is one of the films directed by Martin as well. Leonardo DiCaprio is the actor who starred in this movie. He has also previously played Scorsese directed films like The Aviator, Gangs of New York, and one of them is The Departed.

 

“Shutter Island: is a film adapted from Dennis Lehane’s novel written by Gone Baby, Gone. Dennis is very reliable in writing his novel. One of them tends to be dark and twisted. Shutter Island is one that successfully adapted well. It will twist your mind from the beginning until the end. As always in movies like this, the plot will be very slow.

“Shutter Island” took the place in 1954 that tells about an U.S. federal member Marshall named Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) who was assigned to investigate a case on an Ashecliffe Asylum Island. Teddy had a personal purpose that required him to investigate the psychiatric hospital. But it was not clear what he wanted to find. They both felt suspicious of the hospital that seemed to cover up something. To the extent that, Teddy always get the hallucinations and strange dreams every day so he began to not be able to distinguish between the real and the hallucinations.

 

As I said from the start, this film has a very slow and confusing impression. You will also be invited to think hard during this movie. So, for those of you who don’t like movies like this, don’t force yourself. Just skip this movie. Because I will guarantee you must be bored. But if I? Don’t ask anymore because I am very fond of with movies like this and memorable plot-twist. This movie is difficult for everyone. Not everything will get enjoy the type of film like a psychological thriller.

Martin Scorsese shows his true identity through this film. Leonardo DiCaprio’s acting no longer needs to doubt his acting. Mark Ruffalo looks pretty good, but not impressive. Ben Kingsley too. Shutter Island is a movie you should watch very carefully. Even I, myself feel very dizzy when watching this movie even though I watched it until the ends. The puzzles that still appear in the mind and can’t be resolved will make you watch it over and over again.

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Anime – My Bride Is A Mermaid [REVIEW] – Our Mermaids Are Different

MyAnimeList Rating: 7,93/10
Genre: Comedy, Parody, Romance, School
Studios: Gonzo
Author: Tahiko Kimura
Seiyuu: Haruko Momoi, Takahiro Mizushima, Sakura Nogawa

Starting from the month of fasting until now, I just finished watching this anime. But, I am a little disappointed with this anime one of them is ending. Maybe I will some explain this anime and review it. This anime if not wrong is the anode year 2007. Although this anime classic, I will not judge this anime. Precisely, this anime is very good to watch the view of the genre is already interesting that is Rom-Com or called Romantic Comedy.

“Seto no Hanayome” or better known by “SnH” by anime lovers. In English “My Bride is a Mermaid”. This anime genre rom-com that is interesting to watch and not boring although watched repeatedly. When I first saw this anime, I felt strange with the title and like looking back in TV Series Indonesia in general. But after watching it, this anime will make you laugh in every episode.

“My Bride is a Mermaid,” tell about a boy named Michisio Nagasumi (Takahiro Mizushima) who was visiting his grandmother who lived in Seto’s hinterland with her family. One afternoon when Nagasumi swam in the sea, he suddenly fell asleep because he was too frightened. At the same time, suddenly he is helped by a very beautiful mermaid named Seto Sun (Haruko Momoi) or commonly called San. In the afternoon, San visits Nagasumi’s grandmother’s house and says that Nagasumi should be responsible for the incident this afternoon.

Nagasumi and his parents were invited to the Seto Clan’s residence at the bottom of Seto Bay. Nagasumi is informed that in the mermaid rule, every mermaid whose identity has been exposed by humans must both be executed. San’s father (Kenta Miyake) who is a leader of the Seto Clan did not want it to happen to his beloved son. He originally wanted to kill nagasumi but was blocked by his mother. His mother is Seto Ren (Makiko Nabei) who suggested a solution to the problem that is married. Nagasumi initially refused because he was the feeling people should not be forced especially if not yet know each other. But after seeing the spirit of San, he also received an offer from her mother.

“My Bride is a Mermaid” is an anime you should watch because every episode will make you laugh like anime Nichijou, Baka & Test, or The Devil is a Part-Time!. This anime will make you laugh out loud. The art problem does not have to be asked because maybe some of you will think the picture is bad, ugly, and make sore eyes. In my opinion, the picture is very good considering this anime is a classic anime of 2007. Like any other school genre anime, this anime is a daily life Nagasumi and his friends and San.

As I said earlier, from the beginning I can already guess the ending. But, I will never underestimate what happened to him because of Epic Fight. Gonzo is the studio that works on this anime besides Welcome to the NHK, Rosario + Vampire, Hellsing, and others.

Movie – Rear Window [REVIEW] – In Deadly Danger… Because They Saw Too Much!

IMDB Rating: 8,5/10
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writer: John Michael Hayes
Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey


Actually, this is the second movie Alfred Hitchcock that I just watched and his status as king of the cameo is not to be denied again. If Psycho is a movie with a really cool plot twist, “Rear Window” is a movie that takes only the first person’s perspective. “Rear Window” is the film that brought Alfred Hitchcock won the Oscar nomination for the fifth time in the category of “Best Director”. The film also received a nomination for “Best Screenplay” composed by John Michael Hayes.

Grace Kelly and James Stewart in Rear Window (1954)

“Rear Window” is a film that has its own uniqueness that takes the first person’s point of view as if the audience got carried away and involved in the film. “Rear Window,” tells the story of a professional photographer named L.B. Jefferies (James Stewart) just had an accident during an auto race that broke his leg and forced Jefferey to stay in a wheelchair. A sense of boredom has become something every day is felt, let alone he can only meet with the nurse, Stella (Thelma Ritter) and Lisa (Grace Kelly), who is his lover. Not much Jeff could do except to watch the neighbors’ activities from behind the window was an amusement for him. Initially, it was just for fun until finally, Jeff felt there was something suspicious from one of his neighbors. Finally, the activity went too far and started dangerously.

As I said earlier, “Rear Window” is a movie that invites the audience as if to take part in this movie. Hitchcock uses the first person through binoculars as if the viewer directly sees the incident. Hitchcock is very observant in exploiting the narrow space and viewpoint of the first person to build the tension of the audience. It is the most exciting and terrifying thing is when we can only see without being able to do something. In Rear Window, Hitchcock is able to break the boundary that separates the audience from the movie being viewed. Many of the suspense films that made me stunned, but the new Rear Window that can make me feel so helpless and unconsciously want to be able to interfere in the story.

James Stewart in Rear Window (1954)

“Rear Window” has a slightly slower plot so that at the beginning of the 20th minute it has made people feel bored and tired. A complete character recognition as well as relationships with people in particular. Here we begin to be invited to think about the truth behind Jeff’s suspicions. Is he right or wrong? But, all that is forgotten either wrong or true. The climax is so tense, and appear worried at the characters.


Overall, Hitchcock always succeeded in creating iconic moments in every movie. One of them is when Mr. Thorwald was right at the camera until it looked as if he was looking directly at us as a spectator. “Rear Window” is an incredible stage of tension in which the initial phase becomes a very slow introduction to full tension.

Movie – The Silence Of The Lambs [REVIEW] – May The Silence Be Broken!!

IMDB Rating: 8,5/10
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director: Jonathan Demme
Writer: Thomas Harris
Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney


Adaptation of Thomas Harris’s best-selling novel, “The Silence of The Lambs” is the second sequel follow-up novel Red Dragon and you know why it’s so cool? Because of Hannibal Lecter, the figure of a very tense genius, breathtaking, and cannibalism that makes me love this movie.

“The Silence of the Lambs” telling about an FBI agent named Starling (Jodie Foster) who is still an academy but with excellent grades gets a job given by Crawford (Scott Gleen) to interview someone in an attempt to track a serial killer. The psychiatrist named Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) who was isolated from the outside world in a psychiatric prison for the very behavior of the cannibalism. Clarice was asked by Crawford to record all his reports with the intention of finding out a psychopath of serial killers being sought, Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine).

Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Since Clarice and Dr. Lecter spoke to each other, Dr. Lecter seemed to like Clarice’s personality. Dr. Lecter showed his remarkable ability in analyzing the background to personality, including Clarice. Clarice Sterling has expertise in psychology and criminology, someone who has a strong, courageous, and unflappable personality. Even so, he has a very dark past. Her father was killed while serving as a cop. But there was something unique in Clarice’s past as a child, she often heard the screams of sheep being slaughtered. Although he tried to save just one of, the sheep were still slaughtered. She means that the sheep cry is the cry of the crime victims she needs to help. That’s what makes his wish come true and accepted as an FBI agent. At the same time, Dr. Lecter was keen to get to know Clarice’s personality even deeper.

Jodie Foster and Anthony Heald in The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

What’s so special about this movie? I think his character is unique and memorable reinforced with his dialogues. The theme is using criminals to catch criminals. Some other aspects that can be a supporter that this film is good on taking pictures. There was a scene where Clarice ambushed a house and simultaneously the FBI members also ambushed the house in different places. Between the two houses is owned by Buffalo Bill. There the audience will be made a success deceived because it would be wrong to guess which house is owned by Bill.


Overall, I favored the successful Anthony Hopkins. Lecter is cool, genius, relaxed, but deadly. In the end, The Silence of The Lambs succeeded into a thrilling spectacle and featured a variety of other genius games.

Movie – Psycho [REVIEW] – Exploring The Blackness Of The Subconscious Man!

IMDB Rating: 8,5/10
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writer: Robert Bloch
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles


Psycho is a movie with a great story. Why? Because in 1960, Alfred Hitchcock made this film with a very great plot. Stretching, plot-twist, gore, legendary shower scene make this film so popular in the era of the years “black and white film”. First of all, I read the novel as my reference material. Although the novel is so stressful, I’m not satisfied with just reading the novel. Then, I tried to watch the movie and boom. This movie will blow your mind. I don’t believe in that year, this kind of movie is very cool in the era especially for those of you who really like classic movies, maybe Psycho would be perfect for you guys.

Psycho Patricia Hitchcock & Janet Leigh 1960 Paramount

“Psycho” tell about Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) a real estate secretary running his client money for $40,000. She uses the money for her marriage secretly with Sam Loomis (John Gavin). In her escape, Marion had time to stay in a small motel called “Bates Motel”. The owner is a young man named Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) living alone with his elderly and sickly mother. Not long afterward, there was a news that Marion disappeared without a trace.

Alfred Hitchcock is the man behind the making of this film. He was awarded the “King of Suspension”. His most famous films such as “Rear Window” (1954), “Stranger on a Train” (1951), “Vertigo” (1958) are some of his most popular films. Alfred is also awarded as “King of Cameo” because every movie he once appeared as Cameo. One of them filmed Psycho as well.

Psycho was a groundbreaking film of that time, both technique and story are great. Alfred Hitchcock uses techniques that are unique and interesting. One of them is shower scene taken using 77 different camera angles. Although only a few minutes, the scene drains for about a week with 50 cuts. In addition, the scene when Marion’s sister, Lila (Vera Miles) reveals the mystery of her hilarious Marion is the most stressful scene.

Psychopath

Norman Bates is my favorite character played by Anthony Perkins. His very awkward character and frightening cold stares are one of the reasons why I love this character. In addition to Bates, Martin Balsam (Milton Arbogast) is no less cool with Norman Bates. He acts as a private, intimidating detective, and revives his detective character very well. In addition, Janet Leigh was also awarded as the best-supporting-actress at the Golden Globe and Oscar nomination even though she didn’t win.


Overall, the film is lifted from a novel by Robert Bloch. First time watching a black-and-white movie like this turned out in that era there is already a plot-twist movie like this. I so shivered with fear and thrill when watching this movie. For those of you who like classic black and white film plot-twist, I recommended this film. Although Psycho is made with several sequels, I have never watched it but I will watch it.

Anime – Hyouka [REVIEW] – I Can’t Stop Thinking About It

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,16/10
Genre: Mystery, School, Slice of Life
Studios: Kyoto Animation
Author: Honobu Yonezawa
Seiyuu: Yuiichi Nakamura, Satomi Sato, Daisuke Sakaguchi


菓 菓; Hyouka.

Literally, the meaning of the kanji that compose the title anime means “fruit ice” (氷 = Koori, ice; 菓 = Kudamono, fruit). But, the general meaning is “ice cream”.

Actually, the words above have non-sense with the storyline of this anime. One thing is for sure, I think this anime is one of my favorite anime with a literary theme. Maybe you know why I love this anime?

“Hyouka,” tells about a high school student at Kamiyama High School named Oreki Houtarou (Yuuichi Nakamura), who has a principle of never wasting energy such as using body energy as necessary, doing activities if only really necessary. If he does something, always want to be done as soon as possible. In other words, lazy. The principle of his life that was very rounded was falling apart when he was told to join the Classic Literature Club by his daughter. Chitanda Eru (Satomi Sato), a girl who is one level with Oreki as well as a club chairman who always has a very big curiosity. Finally, Oreki was dragged into some of her problems with Chitanda. Beginning with an incident involving his own Chitanda uncle, who turned out to be part of the Classic Literature Club at the same school 45 years ago.

“Watashi, ki ni narimasu!” (Meaning “I am curious”)

Oreki Chitanda

The catchphrase is likely to be seen in almost every episode and is always saying by Chitanda with sparkling eyes and a deliberate face to Houtarou. Maybe some of you will be annoyed, but if I honestly really like it. If you see a glimpse of the genre, maybe some people think “Slice of Life again, romance again”. But you’re wrong. The element of romance and slice of life it is practically very little and maybe 75% just focus on a mystery. In this anime, there also some reference novels such as Agatha Christie (Murder On The Orient Express) and Conan Arthur Doyle (Sherlock Holmes).

The artwork is very deserved thumbs up even two thumbs up because the studio that makes this anime Kyoto Animation. The frame rate is very smooth and the frame takes second by second. The coloring and quality may be practically equivalent to an anime movie. An abstract animation is in use when Oreki thinks it’s great.

Chitanda Eru

Oreki Houtarou can change from a lazy person to a lot better, because often under the same problem with Chitanda. I have to admit Chitanda is so great in terms of “mocking” Oreki. The “I don’t do it quickly. if I have to, I’ll do it quickly” principle that Houtarou holds can crumble instantly if you’ve been dealing with “I’m curious”. In addition, Chitanda is able to change Houtarou in an instant without having to bother arguments. For example in the arc “Why didn’t she ask EBA?” (Episode 8-11), Chitanda can change Houtarou’s way of thinking until the incarnate detective produces a different deduction, just because he feels in his heart that “there is still something strange”. Simple thing? But creatively processed the same story maker. As these things continue, it can be seen that there is a sense of love between the two (who knows who likes first, but I think Houtarou used to be), and the more the shame looks as he goes to the last episode.

For most people, the story may be very slow and boring. I must admit, it is quite slow. But I don’t have a problem with it because the plot should also consider it matches with its genre. For the Slice of Lifelike Hyouka, slow-paced is perfect. Coupled with a good development, then be a very good storyline.

You Can't Escape

Do you guys always see a detective anime with extraordinary analyzes accompanied by a very fascinating and realistic musical background almost impossible in the real world? Not for Hyouka. As a central figure and a fake detective, Houtarou’s analysis capabilities are truly reality-based analysis. Realistic data that is perfectly processed by himself then disclosed in a language that makes sense and not complicated.

BGM, the placement, and type of music used in a certain scene are quite beautiful and very suitable for the atmosphere because the song is played by Johann Sebastian Bach. Her first opening theme, Yasashisa no Riyuu performed by ChouCho, is perfect and I often hear music like this. Ending theme both, Kimi ni Matsuwanu Mystery.

Satomi Satou, the voice actress who cast Chitanda’s voice is worth the thumbs up. Why? Because his voice is very different than when he cast the voice of Tainaka Ritsu in the anime series K-ON!. Although both are very different, I still appreciate this two anime.


Overall, Hyouka is a very good anime in my opinion because Chitanda Eru is amazing both her nature and her seiyuu, Oreki Houtarou which make me amazed by its deduction, blend of development and the rate of an excellent story, superb animation, and the music Charming. Highly recommended for those who like anime slice of life that is relaxed, unfamiliar, plus a bit of non-criminal mild mystery spice.

Movie – Inglourious Basterds [REVIEW] – If You Need Heroes, Send In The Basterds

IMDB Rating: 8,3/10
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth


Another one of the Quentin Tarantino’s most successful films is “Inglourious Basterds”. So, I’ll try to review this movie.

“Inglorious Basterds” took plots in the Nazi-German era in France, World War 2. A group of Jewish-born American soldiers or called “The Basterds” always slaughtered Nazi troops and skinned their heads every time they met. Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) is a lieutenant who leads the troops “The Basterds”. They only have one mission, to kill the Nazi troops they meet. Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz (Til Schweiger) is one of Aldo’s men or called “The Jewish Bear” because of his brutality of hitting the enemy’s head using only a baseball bat. Due to the brutality of “The Basterds”, they are very feared and managed to spread the terror of revenge to the troops of Hitler and his Nazi.

Michael Fassbender and Diane Kruger in Inglourious Basterds (2009)

On the other side, Shosanna (Melanie Laurent) is a girl who has a vengeance to nazi because her family is slaughtered under the leadership of Col. Hals Landa (Christoph Waltz). Hans Landa was a high-ranking SS officer called “The Jewish Hunters”. Shosanna also happens to be close to a soldier named Zoller, who seems to be famous in the Nazi army because of his services to kill 300 enemy soldiers by themselves. Taking advantage of this opportunity that didn’t come twice this time, Shosanna planned his act of revenge behind the simplicity of the cinema. Assemble a hate that has been hidden and make it a time bomb for the Fuhrer’s cruelty and empire.

“Inglourious Basterds” is a sweet fairy tale by Quentin Tarantino where it tells the story of “if only” of the history of World War II. This isn’t a story of the Holocaust-themed Nazi atrocity nor is it a war movie that makes audiences exciting. But, this is a tale of Tarantino who built his own tale. Quentin Tarantino is well-known through some of his most famous films like Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Django Unchained, and others.

Diane Kruger in Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Tarantino prepared a very interesting plot. From the first scene where Hans Landa’s appearance of a Jewish hunter interrogates a farmer. Hans suspects him of hiding the Jews, but casually Hans seems to know nothing. However, what happened next is unpredictable. Tarantino makes his audience if this film will be a very interesting to watch until the end of the film.

The highly intelligent dialogues represent the tension and the high boost for this movie that is getting more exciting to watch. The music is very supportive the mood of the film, some scenes are very dramatic and sometimes gripping. Although this story isn’t real, Tarantino takes from “Third Reich” in the era of WW2. Of course, the success of this film is achieved thanks to the actors who act great.

Of all the actors who act very great, it is Christoph Waltz who seized the attention of the audience who acted as Jewish Hunters. He’s very relaxed but behind it is very cruel to make his character really interesting. This person is a disguised predator behind his prey. He’s a cruel and cruel man but he can cover it with his “fun” attitude, it’s all played by Waltz with a great charm. Followed by a German accent, this man also mastered other languages such as French, Italian, and English. Waltz can act to the smallest detail, from the way he talks to how he expresses and reacts. The emergence of a confidant of the Fuhrer who proudly predicates as a “Jewish Hunter” is always eagerly awaited.

Brad Pitt and Eli Roth in Inglourious Basterds (2009)

In addition to Christoph Waltz, of course, all his actor can play the role of their respective importance very well. Brad Pitt who plays the lead of “The Basterds” can bring his role so brilliantly. With a look that seems to be older than his actual age. His performance in this film is one of the best actings during his film. Although his presence in the rations isn’t much here, ​Brad can play as much as possible as Lieutenant Aldo Raine.

Daniel Bruhl the war hero, Diane Kruger the German artist, Eli Roth the Jew Bear, Til Schweiger the Gestapo​ slaughterhouse, and Melanie Laurent the owner of the cinema, all of which successfully made the characters in this film like real. Acting as if the characters they play are real and ever exist. Salute to Martin Wuttke who plays the Fuhrer, one of Hitler’s best acts in the movie. The same Hitler is depicted ruthlessly and cruelly, but more comical in this film and can laugh.

This film also describes the atmosphere of World War 2 in detail. Art that shows the beauty through the setting of the building is very beautiful, especially the cinema owned by Shosanna who appear simple but looks majestic and beautiful.


Overall, this is a great entertaining in Tarantino’s fictional world. This film can tell a story with a groove that doesn’t make the audience dizzy. The film that begins the opening that makes these goosebumps, completed also with a dramatic end and of course “inglorious”. Tarantino is very clever to put the interlude of “dark comedy” humor in this movie. This film is more fun and entertaining with the proven spice of the director who has been proven by the success of his previous films. This film is the masterpiece of Quentin Tarantino.

Anime – Steins;Gate [REVIEW] – The Depths Of Scientific Theory And Practicality

MyAnimeList Rating: 9,16/10
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Studios: White Fox
Author: Chiyomaru Shikura
Seiyuu: Mamoru Miyano, Asami Imai, Kana Hanazawa


Maybe this is the best anime in the world after “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood”. Why? Because this anime has a very complicated story, a very epic dialogue, a plot-twist ending, and a very supportive seiyuu. Due to the very high rating, I will try to review this anime. By the way, this is my favorite anime. Also, I usually rewatched how many times because it getting boring.

“Steins;Gate,” tells about a professor named Okabe Rintarou (Mamoru Miyano) along with his best friend, Hashida Itaru (Tomokazu Seki) and his childhood friend, Shiina Mayuri (Kana Hanazawa). Inadvertently discovered a technology that can send messages through the past. Makise Kurisu (Asami Imai) is the same professor as Okabe Rintarou, not believing what she saw because she was mysteriously killed and returned to life because of Okabe Rintarou. Simultaneously, they learned that The European Organization for Nuclear Research (SERN or in real life called CERN) was in the process of developing a time machine. From this, Okabe and his friends fought with SERN in creating the time machine.

Okarin

“Steins;Gate” has an impression of a very slow plot. For people who are very unfamiliar with this anime will not be able to survive watching this anime. In episode 4-6, you probably will not understand the plot. But, you must be patient because maybe you will be very interested to watch it considering it’s has a very high rating. Starting from episode 13, you will instantly get carried away due to its fast-growing plot, many explanations about a time machine, time shift, dystopia, and things to be explained very well. This is what makes this anime very interesting because the thriller side is very shocking and gripping. Perhaps, for those of you who love physics, I recommend this anime.

“Steins;Gate” has a very interesting visual because of it’s very abstract, simple, and very simple graphics supporting the thriller and mystery genre of this anime. I don’t know according to the people, but after reading the comments and reviews they judge the visual because it’s very simple and not very interesting portrayal. For me, the graphic is very interesting. But, back from the perception of the people who watch it.

Okabe Makise

Although this is an anime fiction and thriller, there’s some comedy that will make you laugh. How not, Okarin, a mad genius scientist who has a chuunibyou (called “eighth-grader syndrome” in English) character or often fantasizes as a crazy professor makes Okarin very unique as the main protagonist. Mayuri who has a very childish but always help Okarin, Daru as a hacker and friend of Okarin, Kurisu who have the nature tsundere (a person who is initially cold and even hostile towards another person before gradually showing a warmer side over time), and much more side-by-side characters.

Suzuha

Mamoru Miyano, the voice of Okabe Rintarou character is a very genius in filling a voice in this character, remember in the anime, he always says “El Psy Congro” a slang to end the sentence while calling. Hana Kanazawa, who filled the voice of Shiina Mayuri had a similar slang like Okarin “~Tut Tu Ruu~” a slang for a ‘hello’ replacement when meeting his friend and saying it in a very cute tone. They are both my favorite seiyuu.


Overall, if you are a fan of sci-fi story, you might be interested to watch this anime. But, as I said, you have to be really patient and focused when watching this anime because few of you will be really fooled and don’t understand the story.

 

Anime – Samurai Champloo [REVIEW] – Death, Betrayal, And… Hip Hop!

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,50/10
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Historical, Samurai, Shounen
Studios: Manglobe
Author: Shinichiro Watanabe
Seiyuu: Kazuya Nakai, Ginpei Sato, Ayako Kawasumi


For those of you who are confused what anime is good to watch in Ramadhan maybe you can try this anime, “Samurai Champloo”. I know this anime comes from my friend in MyAnimeList. I’m asking for recommendation anime what suits me. Then, he told me this anime. And after finishing it, it’s pretty good to remember that the author also made some popular anime like Cowboy Bebop and Ergo Proxy. When I first heard of the opening entitled “Battle Cry”, the lyrics were really cool and had very deeper lyrics. That’s where I’m interested to watch this anime.

Champloo Samurai

“Samurai Champloo” takes a background where the Japanese still have the imperial system and the ages of the samurai. “Samurai Champloo,” tells about of two samurais named Mugen (Kazuya Nakai) and Jin (Ginpei Sato) and a girl named Fuu (Ayako Kawasumi) made a very long journey in search of a sun-like samurai. At first, the three of them didn’t know each other. The three of them were met as Mugen and Jin fought inside the cafe where Fuu worked. Later, Mugen and Jin were arrested by the police. Fuu who saw it helped both of them to escape. After they escaped, they discuss for a moment and Fuu throws a coin. Mugen and Jin were forced to follow Fuu’s desire to accompany him to find samurai with sunflower. The three of them began to follow the wind blowing direction to find the samurai even though they only capitalize determination.

Although “Samurai Champloo” plot is simple, “Samurai Champloo” features a unique soundtrack and a great character introduction. Typically, samurai-themed anime will present traditional music or Japanese orchestra. But, unlike this anime. This anime presents a blend of samurai and hip-hop. It’s sort of weird and funny when samurai and hip-hop meet. But, that’s what makes this anime so unique. One of them is the transitions of sound effects using disc jockey. Nujabes is one of the musicians who fill this anime soundtrack. Nujabes managed to create a musical composition that brings Jazz and Hip-Hop to perfection. In addition to Nujabes, Fat Jon, Tsutchie, and Force of Nature also fill some of these anime soundtracks as well.

Mugen, Fuu, Jin

Little by little, the introduction of his character was introduced gradually. Starting from the tragic story of the three characters to how he became like that. The plot of the story “Samurai Champloo” is deeply neatly tied up because every episode is tucked away by some Plot-Twists that amaze the audience even ending-nor should it be underestimated. “Samurai Champloo” also presents some modern cultural references that have blended with the Japanese lifestyle such as beatbox, rap, graffiti, baseball, and others.


Overall, “Samurai Champloo” has a story and a balanced character that each episode isn’t bored to watch. Starting from the soundtrack to the plot, everything is equally balanced. We can also learn a bit of Japanese culture and history in the Edo period. The anime is also slipped several comedies that make the audience laugh. Samurai Champloo is very suitable to watch by some anime fans and who are not anime fans.

Movie – Memento [REVIEW] – Some Memories Are Best Forgotten

IMDB Rating: 8,5/10
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Jonathan Nolan
Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano


Before making a review, I wanna ask you some questions. What if you were in a situation of always forgot your memory every minute? What if you were deceived or your lover was killed then you forgot the memory? It may be very difficult to answer the question. But, not for this movie. So, “Memento” is the second film from Christopher Nolan directing. If you fans of the movie with a puzzle, maybe you can watch this movie because the plot is a non-linear and mind-blowing. In fact, when watching in the early minutes, there’s will be so many questions in your mind.

Joe Pantoliano and Guy Pearce in Memento (2000)

“Memento,” tells about a man named Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) is determined to take revenge on someone who has raped and killed his wife. Leonard has a disease of short-term memory, where he will always forget what he does every minute. Because of the illness, he had to keep tracking of what he did and photograph every object, place, or person he met with his camera. Even his tattooing all over his body.

Actually, “Memento” isn’t a difficult story, because the story is so simple that a man is trying to find a rapist and a murderer from his wife. But what makes “Memento” is different is the plot that uses reverse chronological. At the beginning of the film, has been revealed who the person he meant. Starting here, the plot will run backward little by little. As the groove runs backward, a few flashbacks are inserted from Leonard with a black and white screen.

Guy Pearce in Memento (2000)

“Memento” is actually not the first film to pour a reverse chronological plot. Rashomon (1950) is a Kurosawa Akira-made film that uses the same plot. In spite of that, his very complicated dialogue made his audiences dying.


Overall, maybe some of you will think for what to watch this movie to finish if the beginning already knows who the person is looking for? Actually, no. The main focus is to see how Leonard searched for the facts about how his wife was killed. That’s what makes the uniqueness of this movie.