Anime – Durarara!! x2 Shou [REVIEW] – A New Threat Appears

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,11/10
Genre: Action, Mystery, Supernatural
Studios: Shuka
Author: Ryohgo Narita (Story), Suzuhito Yasuda (Art)
Seiyuu: Hiroshi Kamiya, Daisuke Ono, Miyuki Sawashiro


After the first introduction in 2010, the fanbase quickly spread just like Baccano! proved that this series became a success for the future again. Although like that, the second season is just given 12 episodes only while the first season is 24. The fanbase on the internet is growing more, especially fangirling, some people also consider that this series doesn’t need to make the sequel because it contains nonsense. A series that doesn’t have a core at all doesn’t need to be made, to be there, even the first season is enough to make the new series again. But Durarara!! x2 Shou comes with an endless story about the character who has to deal with some gangs and new insane people, introduces the characters that are not far insane than before, and will certainly contain something exactly the same as the first season.

“Durarara !! x2 Shou,” tells about a peace which finally arrived in Ikebukuro, nothing more to worry about. Even so, someone puts a huge bounty on Celty Sturluson (Miyuki Sawashiro) where all the gang members look for their whereabouts. On the other hand, Mikado Ryuugamine (Toshiyuki Toyonaga) is approached by Aoba Kuronuma (Hiro Shimono), the mysterious underclassman with unknown intentions knowing the true identity of Mikado. Since these incidents, a threat from the killer who wears a different mask every time he is committing a crime which made a mess at Ikebukuro. As with different place but related events, Ikebukuro is in another conflict that causes chaos everywhere.

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By far, Durarara!! x2 Shou still can’t be separated from what is presented from the plot and the storytelling. Telling a character with a linear narrative style from one point to another, it will return to the story of what the character experienced and will continue later. In this second season, the main character will face a new character who suddenly knows the true identity of him. This season may be more to a determination of the main character whether he still wants to stick to his choice or want to leave it. The story will focus more on his viewpoint so some characters are missing and lacking in the role. Perhaps this is why the second season is more likely pass than the first season or because this season just gets a few episodes. If the previous season tells about an event from where and what’s the point, this second season is more to the character that’s forcibly wanted to get into the story but sometimes their steal each other. If the first season does need a more 20 character recognition, why in this second season do the rooms? But I understand why the second season is more referring to the characters stealing each other’s roles because, in the end, it will all meet in a vantage point that blends in the main character’s answer at the end of the story. Nothing much to say about the art. It’s mediocre and same as the prequel. Simple but unique in character development. I think Shuka studio understands how Brain’s Base minds are in the face of this issue. There is nothing to pay attention too because there is nothing to see. Similarity, it’s similar to a historical anime 91 Days. But, I haven’t watch it yet and just glimpsed the visually.

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The soundtrack is practically similar to the prequel, but not as memorable from the first season. The location of the sound effect, jazz, and piano ballad, the parts are not lost from all these aspects. All the seiyuu also didn’t change at all, still performed with full of performance and uniqueness. So, same as the art. I don’t need to add every detail because there is nothing else to analyze. The characters take on more of their roles and focus more on the main story that the main character experienced. I see that Baccano! didn’t forget the role of all the characters, although focusing on the main characters that are interconnected from the event as well as different times but always pay attention to the tiny details. Durarara!! x2 Shou prefers to the original character of the main character, the manner of the main character is more precise. Some people on the internet always distinguish who is the best, Baccano! or Durarara!!. I think both have their own uniqueness neither each way despite having a similar storytelling. Durarara!! is more focus on the city which becomes the main story, I think this second season is more lost than the first season which more pronounced. But, the next season may be more to something than what they want to present. In fact, maybe this will be the time to fix any shortcomings that seen in this season. The post-credit as well also slipped some twist at the end which means there will be a new character perception, I think. If you still didn’t understand what you want to enjoy for this second season, I think you should watch it again. This second season isn’t worse than I expected because there are still some aspects that still follow the first season like the same storytelling, weird characters that do weird things, and you can still see your favorite characters in this anime. It’s pretty much enjoyed with the little acknowledgment of the plot holes that were in the first season as well as some confusion. What I’m amazed is, what is the meaning of the title? Well, you can interpret in your own way.


Overall, maybe I’m compelled to admit how I love this series even if they made a new season again, I’ll keep watching it even though the story becomes a mess. Durarara!! x2 Shou isn’t as bad as we think. In this series, we will be taken from the decision of how the main character will be confronted in two options that are still unanswered, some of the twists are also still existed so sometimes I’m surprised when I watch this. Baccano! and Durarara!! are the two series with different storytelling from the anime in general and I hope, there’s anime like this again beside those two anime because I’m also bored with all the cliche that always appear every season. This season is worth watching if you are still curious about the first series.

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Movie – Ready Player One [REVIEW] – A Better Reality Awaits

IMDB Rating: 7,8/10
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Ernest Cline
Stars: Tye SheridanOlivia CookeBen Mendelsohn


Movies, a story where it’s recorded by a camera and composed of moving images until shown in a theater and a cinema. A movie has become the root of the things we used until often seeing even though it’s the result of our own recordings. Have you remembered how much you loved cartoons you’ve watched in the 80s or 90s and wanted to watch them again? It’s called nostalgia and of course, you can watch it again but the distinctions are so different from the old days. What about video games? Definitely, it’s also like that, just like a movie. But, there is a film that answers our call on a nostalgic background until our nerd souls appear from the deepest of the heart. Ready Player One is a film directed by Steven Spielberg from a novel adaptation by Ernest Cline. We know that Steven Spielberg has two different types of films. The first types such as Saving Private Ryan, Bridge Of Spies, Lincoln, Schindler’s List and Empire Of The Sun are a serious film that always draws a blow for the Oscar awards. The second type such as E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, The Adventures Of Tintin, and Raiders Of The Lost Ark are a family movie that is worthy to watch together. But, Ready Player One combines all that stuff and anyone can watch it. Ready Player One may be dominated by adult audiences considering people who want to watch it also just want to nostalgia back in the days for things like video games and movies. However, everyone can also watch it even children who want to try it may also be the first step to open the creation of a child’s nerd. But, this is Steven Spielberg, one of the people who can grant the requests of every nerd who wants to see all the characters of video games and movies joining into a movie that intense to the point of opening your nerd soul.

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“Ready Player One,” tells about a year in 2045 where a reality has become a dirty place to live in. Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) is one of those people who always run away from reality and go to OASIS, a virtual world where people are more spends their days in there. In OASIS, you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone without limiting your imagination. OASIS was created by a genius James Halliday (Mark Rylance), who left his legacy and full control of the OASIS for anyone who managed to get the three easter eggs he made in OASIS. When Wade success to get the first easter eggs, he and his friend try to get the treasure and all the dangers they get in OASIS.

Tye Sheridan in Ready Player One (2018)

Ready Player One is a movie with incredible visuals experience if you watch in the cinema. I can’t believe this movie is directed by Steven Spielberg even I don’t want to believe it. But, he managed to make something that even I got to shudder when seeing it from beginning to the end of the film. Two hours wasn’t enough because the story went too fast or I was not aware of it. Ready Player One shows how a movie always focuses on the main character. The storytelling is probably simple and mild, nothing impressive at all from the synopsis. Virtual reality and the real world are certainly the pull of people who want to watch this movie. When it comings in the race scene until they got the first easter eggs, I can only see how amazing this scene is. There are King Kong, Jurassic Park, Akira, Back To The Future, and others. Steven Spielberg knows what pop culture in that year even now. Even to see the whole reference, there could be more than 100 easter eggs in this movie. What I’ve noticed is just a few and the common noticeable. Although there is a small segment that embraces it, it’s also difficult to notice. If I want to talk about the cinematography, it’s outstanding. Steven Spielberg never came out with his techniques. We can see how he can block something, cut between cuts, until the shot he took. Well, this movie is also one of the most difficult films he ever made after Saving Private Ryan and Jaws. This is also not very strange because there are many directors like Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn, Peter Jackson, and Edgar Wright were all considered to direct this movie.

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Speaking of the characters and actors, maybe the actors and actresses who play in here are still young but they managed to show everything in this movie. Tye Sheridan was great in this movie. He shows a gloomy character, resentment, and hatred of things around him even OASIS becomes his escapism from the real world. But he is the same. It makes no difference because he still feels alone but he has a best friend, Aech is played by Lena Waithe even though he only knows through video game world, not the real world. Lena Waithe also is cool, I think but not much I want to talk about him. Olivia Cooke as Art3mis is the same as Tye Sheridan, her character is hurt inside but very cool outside. Her cool characteristic is a trait that wants to be helped by anyone. From here, we know that Art3mis and Wade are indeed falling in love with each other and certainly, this is a cliche thing although I don’t deny it as well. If I want to talk who is the greatest, Mark Rylance and Ben Mendelsohn. I admit they both can be said the most dominate in this movie although I also can’t distinguish which one is the most dominant. Mark Rylance is great for being able to perform along with the coming-age actor and actress in this movie even though his role is short but Ben Mendelsohn is the problem. I’m not questioning his acting problem but the scenario for his character is bad. This antagonist character always does the wrong things when choosing an option, where his character produces a lot of plot holes let alone on the ending, I don’t know what to say about that. The music is really good, reminds me of the Jurassic Park movies and the movies I’ve seen in the childhood. Alan Silvestri is the composer where he also scores films such as Back To The Future, Forrest Gump, Predator, and other classic films.

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When it comes to the moral messages that Steven Spielberg or Ernest Cline wants to convey, I think everything is clear. Wade is someone who hates peoples around him or even the things he encounters. It was just empty inside, the real world was nothing but a wind of messages that never existed while he was still able to enjoy his own world. Not just Wade, everyone who enters in OASIS is like that. On the streets, at home, even in public places, everyone tried. There is no longer a reality where everything is connected to one another. There is only the real world of fantasy that is not real either. It can also be associated with the real world, where people care more about their gadgets than themselves. You guys always see this or you even I live it, you hang out with friends or family but all people bow with their gadgets. Moreover, it has also been affected in children, children who prefer to be a vlogger rather than being doctors, architects, engineers, and etc. But there’s also a good side too. Wade is indeed a lonely person in the real world but not in OASIS. He even has a friend who believes in himself even though he only knows in a fantasy world than friends which we know in the real world always stab each other from behind. We are also more open in the virtual world than the real world which feels empty. But, this is all also not apart from what happens in a fantasy world because, of course, it will not fit with your expectations. Speaking about this movie, the ultimate showdown at the end of the movie is the best scene of everything even though I don’t want to spoilers. By the way, it’s really weird and funny that Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining also exists in this movie. Moreover, for those who haven’t watched the movie may not be into the jokes.


Overall, Ready Player One is one of Steven Spielberg’s greatest movies though is not a masterpiece but it’s worth to watch. This film presents us a pop culture classic until now as if Steven Spielberg has answered the demands of the nerd where we just want to see all video games and movies into one in a movie. With a cool and brilliant visual, a cinematography from Steven Spielberg, a nostalgic score from Alan Silvestri, and the ultimate showdown at the end of the film is really a masterpiece. But behind it all, this film clearly shows us the irony of the reality. This is one of the film nerd ever made by a famous director. This is very suitable for you especially nerd or just want to see some action.

Anime – Durarara!! [REVIEW] – Ikebukuro’s Most Colorful Inhabitant

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,29/10
Genre: Action, Mystery, Supernatural
Studios: Brain’s Base
Author: Ryohgo Narita (Story), Suzuhito Yasuda (Art)
Seiyuu: Hiroshi Kamiya, Daisuke Ono, Miyuki Sawashiro


One of the shows that I highly recommend and have a unique and great story, Durarara!! I think this is one of the anime that makes me feel watching at home. Just like Baccano! because they both are the same author. Baccano! can be regarded as Quentin Tarantino if he directed it. Durarara!! focusing on a city where characters become subplots. This anime doesn’t require an explanation of how this anime works. There are no main characters who want to look much or less. In Durarara!! this anime uses a technique that tells the story about a character that doesn’t know each other but related in a city. So, I will fully review how this anime works.

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“Durarara !!,” tells about a district downtown in Tokyo where there are a lot of strange rumors, anonymous gangs, and a dangerous person. One of the most remarkable is the Black Rider, a headless black biker who appears on the streets. Mikado Ryuugamine (Toshiyuki Toyonaga) has long been interested in being able to enjoy the city’s surroundings and his childhood friends invited him to move to Tokyo. The first time he saw the Black Rider on the first day of his arrival, his wish was instantly replied. But apart from some of the supernatural that occur in the city, the ordinary people who also seemed to, along with the Ikebukuro colors, mingled everything and caused events to transpire in the city.

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The main story will focus on the one that we think he is the main character. Mikado Ryuugamine was invited by his childhood friend in a city in Tokyo district Ikebukuro. This district is known for the strange rumors that are always popping up. One of the famous is Black Rider, a headless biker. The first impression I get is that I think this is just an ordinary life of an urban and societies. But, there is no main character. All of them play a role with the intent and purpose each other and don’t grasp at all. The story will be fully run on Ikebukuro only. There is no change of places, even if some characters sometimes tell the background of his life before coming to Ikebukuro. Clearly, this is like a story that shifts the flow, telling each other, not related but related in a city. Baccano! telling the storyline in a non-linear way and a different timeline while Durarara!! also like that but with a city that focuses on it. If you’ve ever seen Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, maybe the summary might be that way. What is clear, Durarara!! keep a story that prepares a twist that you’ll meet. For anime which worked by Brain’s Base, I think is enough to say that. Similar to Baccano! but Durarara!! intends to create an atmosphere in a boring and absurd way. But I don’t see the resemblance to D-Frag! though is one studio. The visual and animation is executed dim by the contrast and saturation. The selection of the coloring feels like it seems wanna make their audience tired. In addition, it’s kinda weird when the portray of unauthenticated characters is colored as gray. But, the director also has a reason why he did it because in one episode will be explained by way of interpretation. This anime also doesn’t seem strange if there are so many references that you get. For example, Isaac and Miria from Baccano! always appear as a cameo in this anime considering that these two anime have the same timeline after the anime, maybe. In addition, some are also shown without any parody style. Nothing strange and I think it’s funny and weird.

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It’s kinda mainstream but I love both the opening and ending song. Nothing can get rid of it in my head. The song is so nice to hear especially “Uragiri no Yuuyake” and “Trust Me.” Some are also good and it feels very memorable though it’s been a long time since I watched this anime. Makoto Yoshimori as a composer is also freaking amazing. He mixed up an element that felt heavy like a gang that fights each other with the soundtrack like in urban areas. But, “Akogare no Hinichijou” is fantastic too. I like the use of this song when the background told in the late afternoon as if signing the day is over, waiting for the day tomorrow. This song is also very familiar with “Für Elise” by Ludwig van Beethoven, as there is little improvisation in it. This anime invites a lot of seiyuu that is almost completely known. You can say like Hiroshi Kamiya as Izaya, Daisuke Ono as Heiwajima, Miyuki Sawashiro as Celty, Mamoru Miyano as Masaomi, Toshiyuki Toyonaga as Mikado, Kana Hanazawa as Anri, Jun Fukuyama as Shinra, and many more. The rest, everything also performs well and match the role of their character. The characters are very good. The role and characteristics are made with different personalities. Mikado with his character who doesn’t know any situation that he just visited and get many unique experiences, interesting, and sad that he lived. Masaomi, his character who is completely cheerful and always helps Mikado who is always depressed. Anri, her character with a completely boring personality and her big breast. But her dark past made her that way but far from boring expectations. Mikado and Masaomi are also one of the characters that will be fully focused when reaching climax. Celty is the badass of all characters. He is a headless rider with a less scary nature. On the contrary.

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It’s kinda ironic when characters that infrequently have their own background have more fans than the characters themselves. If you know, Izaya and Shizuo are the answers. I love Izaya more than all the anime characters I’ve ever seen. He is like a Joker who brings chaos by everyone even a city. His passion is like make him want to enter in the part of the story, his manipulative nature, and fight against a race it’s in behind the scene. Therefore, he also has a lot of haters than I believe but in good ways, he is also well-liked. Shizuo is also like that. His character who hates violence and his strength that beats normal human beings make this anime more focused on this character. In various stories, these two characters are rivals who always fight every time they meet. You especially fangirl are also careful when they are both meet because I know what kind of reaction you are taking out. But this is also part of the problem. Because of the many characters who want to tell and be a part of the story, sometimes this anime always escape from the character. Sometimes just appeared, sometimes just disappeared. Durarara!! is certainly an anime type that suits me because it’s so rare to find anime like this which do different storytelling from others. However, sometimes this anime is also boring and there is only a dialogue that I think isn’t so important that the characters always say it over and over again. But that never changed the fact that I put this anime in my favorites list. It’s awesome to watch it over and over again, changing one’s mindset for the anime and always be surprised by the plot twist. For the first season, this anime can be somewhat hanging due to various unfinished plot holes as well as a high curiosity.


Overall, Durarara!! is certainly a show with a unique storytelling, a variety of different characters, up to a twist that will wait for you. This anime is not much in demand by some people like Baccano! which some of my friends almost all don’t know or are lazy to watch it. Durarara!! is one of the anime I recommended, although sometimes the tone is always put down in some episodes and makes the nuance so decreased that it dropped by people. This anime may not be very suitable for you who just want to find some action because completely, only a few are contained therein. Fully, it’s dialogue, dialogue, and dialogue. Sometimes, this anime makes me think that an anime or a movie doesn’t really matter how it ends and starts where it’s told. Just like Baccano! which has a non-linear story, or Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan movies. But, Durarara!! is a guaranteed exhibition that I recommend.

Movie – Chappie [REVIEW] – Futuristik As Fok

IMDB Rating: 6,8/10
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Writer: Terri Tatchell
Stars: Sharlto CopleyDev PatelHugh Jackman


What if a sci-fi movie mixes up with an emotional drama like yourself want to be in there and hug it? Well, you got this movie directed by Neill Blomkamp known as District 9 and Elysium. You know, these 3 movies include Chappie belong to the same genre, have a pattern story about humanity, and there is a sympathetic character in it, except District 9 because I haven’t enough watch it. Yeah, these three movies do have the same genre of sci-fi and tell about humanity. But, Chappie doesn’t entirely work behind it. The film is like a story of sympathy from a robot because the Artifical Intelligence is equivalent to humans. You know, it’s familiar with Ex Machina, right? But, Chappie mixed up a story of emotional drama and sci-fi but failed to establish the characters. No surprise if this movie has a lot of negative reviews. As you know, I always take the positives aspect even though I see the ratings of movies or anything else are very low even in drop and contempt. Chappie does present us an equivalent premise of the two films but ultimately fails because that’s not what the director and writer want to convey.

“Chappie,” tells about a city in Johannesburg. The police department reduced the crime rate by using a robot from the Tetravaal company, designed by an engineer Deon Wilson (Dev Patel). A former military Vincent Moore (Hugh Jackman) is so envied to Deon since he also designed another project called Moose but Tetravaal and police department are not interested in the project. Deon also managed to develop an Artificial Intelligence but the CEO of Tetravaal’s Michelle Bradley (Sigourney Weaver) told him to cancel it. Deon chose to bring the damaged Robot 22 after a test of A.I. However, he was kidnapped by a criminals Ninja (Ninja), Yo-Landi (Yo-Landi Visser), and Yankie (Jose Pablo Cantillo) where they wanted to stop robot cops. When they see a broken robot inside the van, they force Deon to program it in order to rob a bank and call him Chappie (Sharlto Copley). But Chappie acts like a child and needs training like a baby. On the other hand, Vincent follows Deon and plans to stop them from activating his robot.

Sharlto Copley and Yo-Landi Visser in Chappie (2015)

The premise of this film is cliche and cheap. Honestly, I swear I don’t want. But, this is more like a story about a drama family but it’s pounded with action as well as a dark sci-fi background. Neil Blomkamp seems to want to show us a background about how real life is. The story is like I want to enter into a warm of them but a hard life that I don’t want too. It’s escalated quickly. The opening scene opens with a movie summary, what happens, where it is, and how it can happen. Some of the footage also shows the same cinematography style as used in District 9, even if only for a second. The rest, not like that until the end of the movie. The first time I watched this movie, I feel sympathized towards all of the characters even two gangsters who kidnapped the protagonist and antagonist. This movie doesn’t resemble to produce anything if I watch it twice. The plot is just like that, no changes and no improvements. Everything just stays where it never moves. The antagonist movement is also cliche and easy to suppose. The bad guy loses and the good guy wins. But, it’s kinda familiar with Elysium especially the ending where I also feel sympathy with all of the characters especially the main character who has a purpose, holds the hope that everyone wants, and in the end, he is gone. In short, it’s a happy ending that feels like a bad ending. It’s really weird. But, not with Chappie. I feel Dev Patel and Hugh Jackman are the two actors who starred in this movie. But, they don’t get a part like the starring actor in general. In fact, Neill Blomkamp focuses more on the role of Ninja and Yo-Landi played by themselves. I mean, they are Die Antwoord, a hip-hop group that some of their songs it’s okay but catchy. However, this is the worst. Why should they? Their acting is also okay, average. But I don’t care because Chappie makes everything so warm. Oh, man.

Hugh Jackman in Chappie (2015)

For the actor, Sharlto Copley it’s the best. He managed to portray a person that I also wanted to hug him. His Chappie character is really more sympathetic than all of the characters so I’m got impressed with his character. The character of a baby who tries to learn how the world it works, until he is in the wrong way so that his creators come to make him aware, it’s great and touching. Chappie is the sweetest and warmest character I’ve ever seen. Dev Patel and Hugh Jackman it’s great too but not as Sharlto Copley. Both of them actually have performed well in this movie but their role is too small and more narrated. Hugh Jackman managed to illustrate how the antagonist character cliche has ever existed. Dev Patel I think is just nice but not interesting. As I said, Ninja and Yo-Landi are okay. Not good and not bad but annoying as frick. I’m sorry but they’re the ones who have to star in this movie because of their roles. It should not credit the star at the beginning of the film but not too show its existence. The story also goes so slowly, slowly, and slowly but heartwarming. Then, immediately turn into action, action, and action until the emotional and dark ending.


Overall, Chappie is not really a sci-fi movie about humanity but this is a dramatic story which filled with everything that happens. Sometimes funny, swept, and annoying at the same time. Even so, there are a lot of lapses that exist such as a cut that comes from nowhere, the main character that is missing from next shot and come from nowhere, and a factory that has no security guard even it’s so easy to penetrate and hack. I think is enough to say but there’s always something good about the aspect. Chappie has a moral message that is clear on pulling out especially if this is purely a drama, maybe this movie will be suitably by the family. Don’t listen to the critics who just look for the flaw of this movie but didn’t mention the good aspect. Just watch it and you’ll know what it’s like. Except, if I also mention some lack too.

 

Movie – Pacific Rim [REVIEW] – Go Big Or Go Extinct

IMDB Rating: 6,9/10
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Director: Guillermo Del Toro
Writer: Travis Beacham
Stars: Idris ElbaCharlie HunnamRinko Kikuchi


When I watch this movie again, I think it’s okay to enjoy some movie that has a plotless but pretty insane with the action scene. In fact, Pacific Rim is one of the most enthusiastic movies I’ve ever watched while this movie just came out. I always watch it over and over during my perpetual holiday, back in the old days. Watching with friends, I think I want to go back to those days. That’s why Pacific Rim is the most favorite movie ever, I’ll admit. But, the sensation is so offbeat when I watch this movie again. I just feel the feelings that I want to go back to the old days. A few months ago, the sequel was just released out directed by Steven S. DeKnight. I read the review of the sequel and found that the film received many negative responses compared to the first film. Not to mention, Guillermo Del Toro is no longer directed the movie who just got an Oscar in The Shape Of Water. In addition to his movie known for The Shape Of Water, he is also known for his films such as Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy. For Pacific Rim, it’s like a merger between Gundam and Godzilla. If those put together, this is it or can be compared with Neon Genesis Evangelion but very different if seen from the plot that was presented. It’s just about a monster against robots that are full of intense, action, action, and action.

“Pacific Rim,” tells about a horrible creature known as Kaiju, appearing in an ocean and starting a human war where many lives are being snatched up to millions and emerging fears from mankind. In order to fight the monsters, a weapon of destruction is made. A robot called Jaegers in which the robot is controlled by two pilots whose minds are unified and locked in a neural bridge. But Jaegers is still unbeaten by Kaiju. Amidst the critical, there is no choice but to call back the long-retired Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and the new Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) where they are both united but still trapped in a frozen past. Together, they stand as their sole hope in the face of the rigors of an apocalypse.

Idris Elba in Pacific Rim (2013)

What’s presented by Pacific Rim is a movie that has a large destructive level with a truly brilliant visual effect seemed like you’re watching a robot films as a child. However, this is not like Transformers directed by Michael Bay which is more dominated by children and adolescents. Pacific Rim doesn’t forget its audience especially adults. It’s about a visual effect of the fight between Jaeger against Kaiju which’s shown very realistically as if we as the audience are in it as well. The action that presented is quite stunning so it always makes the audience amazed and forgets the premise of the story that presented. The opening scene opens with an explanation of the world’s setting, the origin of apocalypse and the emergence of monsters. But, this might be pretty annoying with the narrator because I don’t really care and it’s a cliche thing for me. The use of the place is very proclaimed and impressed to have the essence of an apocalypse is in itself like the monster movies you’ve ever watched as a child. The action between Kaiju and Jaegers is stunning with a heigh that’s almost equivalent to a skyscraper. Designed with capabilities as well as a slightly original control system. Therefore, all of that is displayed from the action, the design Jaegers and Kaiju has its own uniqueness.

Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi in Pacific Rim (2013)

Although we’ve been misled by the visual effects and CGI that presented in this film, the story seems solid and flat. The film also keeps a story about humanity, depression gets trapped in the past and trusts each other. It’s a cliche and everyone who watches it doesn’t really care. The plot presented seems to be in a push, especially when it reaches the climax. There are many holes plots that also make me wonder how this can happen, why not like this, like that, and etc. The characters are also not deeply developed. There is no development at all between the characters. If I’m talking about the acting in this movie, I think it’s the same as I’m talking stupid essence. Charlie Hunnam is like Luke Skywalker from Star Wars, starting from him that’s considered as a hero because of his appearance until his character who has more expectations. Again, it’s cliche. Rinko Kikuchi it’s the badass of all the characters, I think. Her acting it’s okay, I guess but she is the most badass character in this movie. However, the most I like about all the actors and actresses in this movie is Idris Elba. When talking about acting, he is the most dominant in this movie especially when he made a speech at the climax of the story that reminds me of Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day. Charlie Day also I think he is good although it’s a bit annoying. He is also more helpful to present the characters from behind the curtain although there are some parts that are directly in essence so that it looks very much if impressed in a hustle. But, everything stays exact from main characters to supporting characters.


Overall, Pacific Rim is intended for teenagers as well as children who want to watch action battle between robots against monsters. But, Guillermo Del Toro can make it possible for adults. For other aspects besides the action and visual effects, I think it needs to be dug deeper into the plot. But, it’s about action. “The awesome dumbest movie ever made,” Honest Trailers said. The visual effect is very brilliant, made as if we are also in the world of apocalypse it. Plot holes that persist are no guarantee that this is the worst movie ever. It’s better than Transformers. Pacific Rim is one of many inspired movies, one example of which Hollywood can also make a movie like this. If you want to enjoy intense action, Pacific Rim is the answer.

Anime – Attack On Titan Season 2 [REVIEW] – The Dark Secrets Of Their Own Members

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,47/10
Genre: Action, Military, Mystery, Super Power, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen
Studios: Wit Studio
Author: Hajime Isayama
Seiyuu: Yui Ishikawa, Yuki Kaji, Marina Inoue


Attack On Titan became the most overhyped anime in 2013 the first season. It has a great story, dark atmosphere, diverse characters, Levi the most favorable character, and a nice great art. However, the news that the second season is always delayed because of the live action that many people say is a waste of time and the movie is bad, the second season finally appeared last year even though I’ve just watched it. I don’t see the hype that’s in this series and people prefer My Hero Academia second season compared to this series. Not to mention, this series only gets 12 episodes that the first season gets 25 episodes. In this series too, there are many shortcomings and complaints from the audience and hardcore fans of this series ranging from Levi who’s not too much take the part, too much filler, more focused on the drama, and it’s boring rather than the first season. But, I want to delve deeper into this series.

“Attack On Titan Season 2,” tells about Eren Yeager (Yuki Kaji) and other 104th Training Corps members trying to become full members of the Survey Corps. As they were getting ready for another titan, they were blocked by the invasion that took place in Wall Rose but unleashed many unresolved mysteries. Trying to save the wall, they get a lot of information about the titan and the dark past of the members.

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Attack On Titan Season 2 it’s more like they did a downgrade to the previous series. Honestly, I didn’t read the manga so maybe I misinterpreted it. After the events that gave rise to the great mystery of the previous season, this series will answer the previous mysteries that you still think can’t find the answer. But, maybe because I’m watching it whether have a lot of spoilers everywhere, I’m just looking more intense and action than the story again because the internet it’s just pissed me off. This series is more likely to lead to the element of mystery where we will find out who the villains among other characters. Not to mention, this second season is more likely to drama up to the number of filler open. It doesn’t show pretty the same action scene as done in the first season. Some are also good, especially during the protagonist against the titan. It’s well-choreography like you watching a UFC or MMA fighting. The second season will also bring more plots-twist that attracts some intense and plots of missed holes. However, the second season also brought back mysteries that are more likely to be disturbing. Perhaps because the second season experienced many high expectations and not to mention the delay of each year that just appeared 4 years later. Therefore, those who watch this series may be so much expected from what the first season presents.

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The art is pretty same as the season one. But, I was saying that Wit studios did the decline. The choreography is cheaper than the CGI. Some of the action I witnessed was too solid even though the choreography was good. The backstory that comes out of now where also makes the mood more decreased when we are on fire. This is what makes this series both become more diminished demand because some lack that makes a great exposure to the first season. Therefore, it’s a mistake if a minor downgrade from the first season becomes more impressed mediocre in the second season. Nothing different, it’s more like a standard at all and one of the average seasonal anime. The opening song is great and I agree, it’s overrated. Linked Horizon came back with his song “Shinzou wo Sasageyo!” with the same vigor as he presents in the first season. The internet makes it a meme and an anime song that’s overrated but easily forgotten. I’m not really commenting on the seiyuu here because it’s pretty decent like the season one. Hiroshi Kamiya doesn’t really take a big part. Same as Yui Ishikawa and Marina Inoue. The soundtrack it’s pretty damn good. Sawano Hiroyuki is more likely into rock, loud, and climactic songs. Depending on the standpoint, here I prefer the soundtrack to more heavy and rock compared to the first season. Apart from that, not much I want to describe.

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The characters do a lot of reductions and disappearances. Eren Yeager whos’s the main protagonist but unlike other main characters. His nature is unchanged and not exaggerated. So also with Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert which is the main characters become more decent especially Mikasa. She doesn’t take much part in here. Moreover, Levi who can be classified as the most favorite and coolest character in this series suddenly became a lost role. His appearance is small and this character is also not very participating in the action. The first impression when the first episode will be more focused on Sasha Blouse along with its backstory. Her nature doesn’t change, there is no shortage and no excess. In this series, the story focuses more on Krista Lenz and Ymir along with their secrets and backstory. In addition, Reiner Braun and Bertolt Hoover are the huge triggers as well as major spoilers in this series. In a way, this series divides the two stories from the previous 4 characters and interconnected. Other characters it’s more like the same, some are missing parts and some are lacking the part of the first season that many take parts. At least, all of it makes this series to be more enjoyable especially in the action scene and plot-twist that presented. But there are some shortcomings or I don’t know what I want to call it. This series is more divided into two sides at the same time. There is no antagonist nor protagonist. This is also what makes me feel like I don’t want to follow it again but made curious about this aspect. The Titan that we know is the most hated creature of all the characters in this series, makes me more sympathetic towards them. If you don’t understand, maybe you can try it yourself. There is nothing bad and that is good. In fact, it’s just the opposite. By connecting these aspects, there are two warring sides. Therefore, I can predict that the third season will be more likely to be political or someone’s notion, wrapped with intense action.


Overall, I don’t think the second season is much more interesting for fans because it’s come back that many people prefer My Hero Academia. This series can be fairly good for you who just enjoy the action everywhere, like shounen. However, both seasons experienced much decline. Nothing special and not overly overhyped. It’s decent, the story is more hanging and made curiously. Fortunately, the anime is not playing with us and take this seriously because the third season will soon appear in next season. So, I still haven’t read the manga. But overall, it’s medium and mediocre look.

Anime – Attack On Titan [REVIEW] – The Man-eating Abominations

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,49/10
Genre: Action, Military, Mystery, Super Power, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen
Studios: Wit Studio
Author: Hajime Isayama
Seiyuu: Yui Ishikawa, Yuki Kaji, Marina Inoue


In addition to My Hero Academia’s third season while it’s running, Attack On Titan will also not miss. The third season that will be aired this year’s summer became an anime that one of the most anticipated, especially out there. Attack On Titan is the same as My Hero Academia. I’ve watched this anime before college and had time to recap this anime for a moment. Although some people think this anime is the most “overrated” series ever, the fact is just like that if for myself. But, this series is also what I enjoy because this series is actually not too overhyped but failed like the Sword Art Online series. Attack On Titan is one of the best anime ever made during this decade because of the rapid development of this series to be a trademark in an anime industry.

 

“Attack On Titan,” tells about a mankind being cornered by a creatures called titans, causing humans to build a wall and protect them. What makes these giants more dreadful is the sense when they eat humans not because of hunger but for no apparent reason. In order to keep mankind afloat, they build a defense like barriers that survive 100 years without any titan attacking. However, that peace makes a colossal titan destroy the outer walls until the number of titans enters. This makes Eren Yeager join a Survey Corps, a military unit that keeps the chaos going on outside the walls. Attack On Titan tells of Eren along with his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman and his childhood friend Armin Arlert, whose together enter into the unit to fight the titan before they eat mankind.

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Attack On Titan presents us a story far from beyond of 100 years. One of the things I’m amazed about this is the technology that some have started to be sophisticated and already in there beyond. But, this is Attack On Titan. Humanity in that year lived in a wall divided into 3 even titan can’t knock it down. There are Wall Maria, Wall Rose, and Wall Sina. These walls also represent their districts where the outer walls are “low,” the walls of the two is “workers” or something like that, and the deepest or third wall of the government and its “wealthy” people. So, this is more like a satire in real life. The first episode of this anime has presented us just how epic and dynamic this anime is. It’s like a rollercoaster that has gone faster first, suddenly walked slowly, and the action that’s more intense make this rollercoaster speed so fast that cannot be stopped. We will be introduced by Eren Yeager, someone who has just seen his mother eaten by a titan in front of him and becomes a nightmare until a huge revenge for himself. Same as Mikasa Ackerman, a support character for the main character who will play a lot in her own role. The first impression of watching this anime presented many plots of holes that will have to be patient to wait for the answer. The art and the animation is really great suspense and masterpiece. Wit studio shows their drawing skills with stunning results. I mean, I rarely get an anime that combining 2D as well as 3D at the same time. Even though I got it, I thought some were weird so it’s better to be 2D. But, not for Attack On Titan. The visual is made in detail with dark saturation colors leaving a gloomy impression on this anime. Some of the visuals sometimes present a bright saturation in order to describe the calm atmosphere in some of the scenes. Then, sometimes a jump cut happens here where the quiet atmosphere becomes gloomy. The choreography is also described in great detail and anxiety, especially in the action scene. The cinematography is good at taking angle cameras so we’ve never seen this before. This is also strengthened in the visual aspect at the time of opening but this is also a minor problem because the opening shows more spoiler as well as Tokyo Ghoul.

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The music is really damn good. Linked Horizon takes part in the first opening as well as both. The songs combine two different languages such as Japanese and German. However, the music is still tingling in the head. The swiftly played tune, the lyrics of a soldier and a passionate song became a song that is also overrated to this day. “Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai” by Yoko Hikasa is actually good although my mind is pretty dim. Same as the “great escape” by Cinema Staff. Yui Ishikawa as a Mikasa Ackerman is really cool with her cool voice for female characters. Similar to Violet Evergarden with the same character but there’s a little improvisation that makes a cool character and sympathy. Yuki Kaji as an Eren Yeager I think I don’t see the privilege and different from other characters that he fills the voice. Marina Inoue as an Armin Arlert is a bit weird because of her male character but it’s really fit with that. Hiroshi Kamiya as a Levi is really damn great. I mean, it’s a gem. His characteristics that I’ve seen so much more than any other character is really cool here. In fact, his character really fits his seiyuu. For others, there is nothing I can value anymore even though I think everything is good.

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The character is the same as shounen anime in general. But, there’s something different because it’s not like a shounen anime that I know. In Attack On Titan, all of the characters are told up and backed with powerful storytelling with only 25 episodes are enough. This is about a friendship, rival, betrayal, pains, dark backstory, depression, and many more. They’re all diverse and have different attributes. The role is also played as nicely as possible whether it’s main or supporting characters. There are Eren who have stubborn personality, Mikasa who’s cool but great, Armin with his intelligence but always depression, Levi who’s cool and overpowered, Sasha who often eats potatoes, Annie that always lonely, Hange who love to research a titan, Jean who considers Eren as his rival just because of jealousy with Mikasa, and many more. The part I like is also the recruitment of expedition soldiers arc who make me intense but emotional in it. This scene is also not all characters will go inside but later will be told separately. I think this is not stereotypical in shounen anime because it’s logic that they used. This anime also sometimes has memorable moments and precious in it. There is emotional, drama, sometimes funny, sometimes serious, action everywhere, blood, gore, and much more. Sometimes, these scenes depress us in some views because the author also doesn’t hesitate to kill a good character that has a big or small role. But, this is I like about this anime. Unlike other shounenAttack On Titan has shown its gloom early in the episode.


Overall, Attack On Titan is one of the overrated anime, I admit. But, it’s really good by the way though I’m not into the genre. Sometimes, despite spoilers, I usually just enjoy the action rather than the stories that I already know. The overall aspects are excellent. Established a story about humanity far away 100 years ago, a fantasy where titan and man wage war. The animation is really appreciated for combining 2D and 3D very well and very intense choreography that made severely by the studio. The theme song is really good because it’s Linked Horizon. The diverse characters make this anime even better and give a good story of each character, although there are several plots of holes. If you haven’t watch it, just watch from now on if you have time because this anime is getting away from its popularity even the third season will be aired in next season.