Anime – Cowboy Bebop [REVIEW] – See You Space Cowboy…

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,81/10
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Space
Studios: Sunrise
Author: Shinichiro Watanabe (Story) Yutaka Nanten (Art) Hajime Yatate (Story)
Seiyuu: Kouichi Yamadera, Aoi Tada, Megumi Hayashibara

Cowboy Bebop is one of the anime that can be regarded as the best science fiction anime in the 90s era. I’ve also been watching this anime for a long time and this anime is very different from many aspects when compared to anime nowadays. We know that nowadays, fans are more interesting in an idol, moe, waifu, harem, and so on that the story in the anime is forgotten. I also really like the things like that but this is one that causes why the anime is best compared to the anime of the 90s. If watching at the present time, Cowboy Bebop loses the sensation of the terms I mentioned earlier but if glanced from various aspects ranging from artwork to storyline, Cowboy Bebop is said to be the best sci-fi anime of 1998.


“Cowboy Bebop,” tells about Spike Spiegel (Kouchi Yamadera) is a bounty hunter who has an easy going nature but is very reliable in the world of martial arts. Taking a back spot away from the future, Spike Siegel teamed up with Jet Black (Unshou Ishizuka), Faye Valentine (Megumi Hayashibara), and Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV (Aoi Tada) crossed a galaxy to search for high-priced fugitives every day.

Cowboy Bebop is a masterpiece of Sunrise Studio that tries to produce something different from others series. It might be rather difficult to explain why this anime is so great for reviewers and critics. In fact, even in the international world is always glorified by this masterpiece. First of all, let’s try to think that this is not an anime. Cowboy Bebop is like a series made by a successful American from its novel adaptation. This series is made as if it were watched by adults only, who love the action movie and science fiction. Cowboy Bebop like a Trigun or Black Lagoon that can only be watched by adults only, although for the present is also very difficult to find anime of this kind. If it’s made, it may fail greatly because of the market demand that is off the mark.

Knockin' On Heavens Door

Cowboy Bebop is an image that successfully raised the anime to the international world. That is why outsider more prefer this anime over other anime. As Orson Scott Card says, an American novelist, critic, and public speaker: Cowboy Bebop has turned a perception of what people always say badly about anime. Cowboy Bebop managed to make the anime better than its stereotype as a story that made it a big achievement in the sci-fi genre. Cowboy Bebop is more aimed at the episodic system and focuses more on becoming itself like an American Serial TV that always has a continuous plot from time to time like one of the anime that I have reviewed also titled Monster. Both series have a continuous plot so that many people who are very interested to watch both the series even those who don’t like anime will also like it.

For the size of the Cowboy Bebop series, it can be said to be like the Samurai Champloo series which I have also reviewed. Both series are more focused on a genre of action even though the author seems not to focus on that genre. Both series also sometimes have an unpredictable story ranging from characters to existing stories. Each episode feels random because sometimes we will be made laughing, sometimes we will be made touched, and sometimes we will be amazed of his action. In essence, both series are very difficult to guess. Just like the Monster series, sometimes we are always surprised to be plot-twisty in every episode. Cowboy Bebop has an impressing story that neatly and sensibly enough to be surprised because of this series.

Spike Siegel

One more thing about this series is that although this series is titled “Cowboy” in its title, this series doesn’t focus on the theme of the cowboy. We will be amazed by a very cool space-shaped cowboy. Sounds weird, right? For some people, it may sound strange. Why you have to create a nonsense story like this? Hold on, dude. Cowboy Bebop takes on the feel of exoticism and the culture of outsiders like the Indians living in a desert on Mars, a Red Dragon syndicate who always believes in mystical things, Vicious who relies more on katana in some of his battles, and Spike Siegel who owns Jeet Kune Do. Of course, the sci-fi elements aren’t lost out like a western movie with sophisticated technologies.

Overall, Cowboy Bebop is a masterpiece that everyone should be obliged to watch it. Although this series has been long enough, this series still remains to watch but for you who like it. I was also a bit lazy to watch it when the beginning of the first episode started, but I forced myself to watch it to the end and managed to understand what this series is trying to explain us.


Anime – Your Lie In April [REVIEW] – A Single Melody Can Bring In The Fresh Spring Air Of April

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,89/10
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, School, Shounen
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Author: Naoshi Arakawa
Seiyuu: Risa Taneda, Natsuki Hanae, Ayane Sakura

Who is not familiar with this masterpiece of an anime? There is no doubt that this anime is a winner in the anime division of the 2016 Sugoi Japan® Awards. Your Lie in April is an anime with a simple yet thrilling, upset, and laughing story at the same time. And the fact of this anime is all who watch this anime cry. Again, I’m not on the list of people like that. The anime that made by A-1 Pictures is always just present us how beautiful an artwork they bring it like Sword Art Online, Blue Exorcist, ERASED, Anohana, Fairy Tail, Seven Deadly Sins, and others. Of course, this anime also presents us a masterpiece that is so beautiful when viewed from the artwork alone. But, is this anime story as good as its rating?

“Your Lie in April,” tells about Kousei Arima (Natsuki Hanae) is a genius pianist who always dominates the competition so it is known by young musicians. They called him a “machine” under his mother’s harsh teachings. After his mother died, Arima had a mental disorder who could not hear his piano voice even though his hearing was okay. Two years later, Arima never again touched a piano and considered the world as merely a talentless gray. He just lived his life with his best friend Tsubaki Sawabe (Ayane Sakura) and Ryouta Watari (Ryota Osaka) until one day, he met a beautiful girl violinist named Kaori Miyazono (Risa Taneda) who changed the life of Arima back into music again.

Arima Kaori

As much as possible to never tell the spoiler because the chances are if I tell this anime spoiler excessively, this anime will lose the touch of the story that will make you cry for those of you who have never watched it. For anime like Your Lie in April, this anime has a very cliche story if we got the first impression of this anime. The story of the anime is just a pianist who falls in love with a violinist and his daily life will be made colorful. But, this anime could have caused a deep scar if it was far away watching it. Especially for those who have been watching it may be if remember, this anime will make you depressed. Because this anime takes the existing romance genre, of course, there’s always NTR (Netorare) in every romance anime. This elaborate triangular love will bring us feelings of pleasure and sadness at the same time.

Because this anime’s worked on by A-1 Pictures, this anime has a very beautiful and fascinating graphic for this size romance anime. In fact, this is just a romance but its graphics that make us stunning in every episode. In fact, the graphic of his background and his character seems to look very detailed when viewed from a distance. The anime features four main characters, Kaori Miyazono, which is filled by Risa Taneda, Arima Kousei, which is filled by Natsuki Hanae, Tsubaki Sawabe, which is filled by Ayane Sakura and Ryouta Watari filled by Ryota Osaka.

Natsuki Hanae and Risa Taneda in Shigatsu wa kimi no uso (2014)

In addition to its graphics who always get a positive response from the audience, this anime has a beautiful soundtrack both opening and ending. The first opening was entitled Hikaru Nara by Goose House, the first ending entitled Kirameki by wacci, the second opening titled Nanairo Symphony by Coala Mode, and the second ending entitled Orange by 7!!. The soundtrack in the anime is also very memorable as it presents popular classical music from famous musicians such as Ludwig Van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin, Fritz Kreisler, Alexander Scriabin, and others. All the soundtracks in this anime are very good to hear.

Overall, this anime is a masterpiece that is not inferior to other anime. A simple but plot-twist romance story presented at the end of the story has proved that the anime has largely succeeded in making the audience cry like a baby even for those who don’t watch anime as well. For those of you who have never watched this anime, I suggest you must prepare your mentality and a tissue to watch this anime.

Movie – Full Metal Jacket [REVIEW] – In Vietnam The Wind Doesn’t Blow It Sucks

IMDB Rating: 8,3/10
Genre: Drama, War
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writer: Gustav Hasford
Stars: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D’Onofrio

What we really wanted from all of the Stanley Kubrick movies? Indeed all of his films are the best of all but does Full Metal Jacket be one of the best war movies of all time? The answer is yes. Full Metal Jacket is one of the best war movies like Apocalypse Now and Saving Private Ryan. Stanley Kubrick tries to combine a psychological theme with war genre. It may sound strange to an audience that unfamiliar with a psychological film combined with wars like The Shining. However, what Stanley Kubrick wants to convey to his audience is how in boot camp training and war it can bring down someone’s mental.

Matthew Modine and Arliss Howard in Full Metal Jacket (1987)

“Full Metal Jacket,” tells about the twists and turns of newbie soldiers undergoing training at the boot camp in order to deal with how vicious Vietnam war is. These boot camp exercises show how a torture Gny. Sgt. Hartman (R. Lee Ermey) to his students until one of his students was mentally depressed. A boot camp is like a hard discipline upheld, oath of superiors, very heavy training, up to the bully of friends of his boot camp, all done by Gny. Sgt. Hartman in order to strengthen his students mentally.

As we know as war movies, there have been a lot of war movies showing a very loud boot camp training like Platoon and Hacksaw Ridge. I don’t know much fewer films that have the same theme as those two films because I may not have seen enough war movies yet but Stanley Kubrick shows to his audience is very cliche. Cliche in other ways I mean is how all the scenes that exist in the boot camp are very memorable such as dialogue, acting, jokes, all is very memorable.

Vincent D'Onofrio in Full Metal Jacket (1987)

In this movie, Gny. Sgt. Hartman who played by R. Lee Ermey really badass in this movie. How he can cast out a joke of dark comedy, insults out of his mouth and can make his audience laugh even though it is a serious thing to the story that carries a very disturbing but interesting psychological theme. The film is divided into two stories such as training in boot camp and the brutal of Vietnam war. We will be made to laugh the first 45 minutes of the film but all that changed after 45 minutes. In this second story, the sensation of this film changed drastically into a serious impression.

Matthew Modine in Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Like Stanley Kubrick’s films that always insert a moral message in every movie, Full Metal Jacket also has something like that. Full Metal Jacket doesn’t focus too much on war with the effects of explosions everywhere and shots but this movie has something very deep to be understood. War always keeps one from wondering what to do on the battlefield. Humans want peace in every human heart but what is about in this film ironically has to be solved by war. Innocent people are killed on the battlefield, killing people but not being depicted by the mistakes that appear on their faces, making us wonder whether what we are doing is something fair. In essence, war always makes people change drastically into a psychopath by itself.

Overall, Full Metal Jacket is a war movie that can cause scars of the heart after watching this movie. This movie is a war movie with good quality to watch for elite film fans. The meaning that exists in it until the dialogues and actings that makes this film seemed to have no shortcomings for myself.

Movie – Catch Me If You Can [REVIEW] – The True Story Of A Real Fake

IMDB Rating: 8,1/10
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Frank Abagnale Jr.
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken

Leonardo DiCaprio is an actor who is now considered an actor who just looks rather than acting. Since the two films that practically overrated, Titanic and Romeo + Juliet, she has a lot of female fans who are crazy about him. However, if we look at other films including this movie, Leonardo DiCaprio is arguably the best of all. Like his acting in Inception and Shutter Island is one of those movies. And it also includes this movie, Catch Me If You Can.

“Catch Me If You Can,” tells the true story of a Frank Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio), known for being the greatest and biggest scam ever since his 19th birthday. Frank’s life was initially still living happily with his parents who were so intimate when he was 16 years old. But the debt that depressed his father required moving into a new apartment. That’s when his mother started cheating and divorcing. Frank finally chose to run away from home and start his new life as a con man. At the start of his escape, he making a fake check that initially always fails until he begins succeed to make a fake check and is very difficult to distinguish from the original. Living by changing his identity, an FBI named Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) who never know to give up after Frank even though he has also been deceived many times. The hunt between a cat and a mouse begins.

Tom Hanks, Brian Howe, and Frank John Hughes in Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Different from others films like Titanic or Romeo + Juliet, Leonardo DiCaprio shows an action that can be spelled out very well in this movie. Described as a cheerful young man, he seems to act as a person in disguise. With his intelligent mind as a fraudster, he can make the FBI become a mess. Leonardo DiCaprio can balance Tom Hanks as someone who chased each other in different countries. Or you can say, Leonardo DiCaprio is better than Tom Hanks in this movie. Tom Hanks is described as a person who doesn’t like to joke but in his heart, he just wanted to catch Frank because that’s his life while Leonardo DiCaprio is the person who enjoys the chase.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonathan Brent, and Shane Edelman in Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Catch Me If You Can show something very detailed in this movie. Frank is someone who enjoys the life of his deception in various countries but all he wants is living with his family. Therefore, we always learn from the past in order to get the best results in the future. This film doesn’t have a dark impression like a thriller because this movie is not a thriller. The audience will see an exciting opening credit and think what will happen in this movie. With some soundtracks as if an undercover agent, Catch Me If You Can is a movie with a tense but fun impression to watch.

Overall, we don’t feel this movie has a duration of 140 minutes makes us want more in this movie. Although the duration is almost 2 hours and a half, this film always keeps his pace so as not to be boring to watch. Leonardo DiCaprio performed his acting really well here.

Movie – La La Land [REVIEW] – Here’s To The Fools Who Dream

IMDB Rating: 8,2/10
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Director: Damien Chazelle
Writer: Damien Chazelle
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt

A simple story but combined with beautiful music is like a bedtime story. That sentence could explain how beautiful La La Land is. After making the same theme of jazz in the previous movie Whiplash, Damien Chazelle then made an ordinary boy meets girl story that contains a happy and romantic impression but very memorable to watch. For this movie, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are the main actors of this film.

“La La Land,” tells about Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress who has failed multiple times in auditions. To be able to finance his life, he must be willing to work as a barista. Later, he meets a jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) who aspires to open a jazz club of his own. Unlike Mia, Sebastian is a very idealist, making it difficult to get a job. A romantic happy story begins when two of them meet each other.

La La Land (2016)

We often see a film that can be spelled very cliche like La La Land. However, Damien Chazelle makes it very special through his cinematographic techniques. La La Land is a movie that takes more dancing scenes while singing. Of course, that scene it’s not unusual because for the beginning this movie made us smile to see dozens of people doing a dance movement on a highway. Especially if only using one camera only. It feels like, it’s impossible that it might even produce with happen very bad results. Damien Chazelle made it all beautiful.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling is no doubt. Both have become a rumor how the couple actors and actress is often played together in other movies as well Crazy, Stupid, Love. In this film, the audience will be amazed to see these two couples dance with a very cheerful. Emma Stone draws a figure who likes to talk sober but sometimes cause a sad scene. Especially when the song The Fools Who Dream that looks expression of Emma Stone almost surrendered and depressed.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land (2016)

Although La La Land is a cheerful romance movie that everyone can watch, La La Land has a cliche message for everyone, “Never give up.” Sometimes we need someone to push us from behind, it could be friends or family. As depicted in this film from the characters Mia and Sebastian, who sometimes often clashed conflict but sometimes often pushed from behind. Somehow, the ending in this movie somewhat bleak at the end of the film. Despite presenting a beautiful memorable theme at the end, ending in the film is a bit off the mark for the theme of the story.

Overall, La La Land is a simple realistic film. The message delivered in this movie is also very understandable to everyone. For the audience, this film feels memorable. Especially after watching this movie feels like to dance on the streets while singing. La La Land teaches us a simple yet important message in life.

Movie – Arrival [REVIEW] – Why Are They Here?

IMDB Rating: 8,0/10
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writer: Ted Chiang
Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Arrival is a science fiction drama film directed by Denis Villeneuve and has worked on Sicario and Prisoners. In this movie, we will curious about the really interesting story and the best performance from Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner. With a cinematography coupled with a great tense storyline, this movie will probably be very memorable for anyone who watched it.

“Arrival,” tells about the coming of an alien on earth. They drove an airplane in the shape of the arch and landed it at 12 random points, one of them was the United States. Panic, fear, and indecision are present at the same time. A linguist Louis Banks (Amy Adams) and physicist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), headed by military chief Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker), communicated with the aliens to find out what the purpose to came on earth.

Amy Adams in Arrival (2016)

Arrival is a science fiction movie that very different from the others. Despite the theme of the aliens, this film will not provide a scene of the battlefield that occurred among the aliens like Independence Day. This film will not tell a space journey like Star Wars, Interstellar, or The Martian. Rather, this movie is a drama movie with a fairly slow storyline and a bit confusing to watch. However, Arrival certainly presents something special for the end of the story. Some of the audience will be made satisfied when watching the end of this movie and will be much to argue about how the story exists.

Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner in Arrival (2016)

This movie presents something interesting though some who don’t understand what this movie wants to convey. Amy Adams is able to maximize her acting in this movie, while Jeremy Renner as we know he plays as Hawkeye in Marvel Universe. The story in this show is a story that will never forget from what we watch. The cinematography is very epic and will make us love this movie.

Overall, Arrival is a film that proves alien-themed films don’t always provide a battle scene that is created in such an effect. However, Arrival is a sci-fi drama that makes the audience in the confused and touched at the same time when watching this.

Movie – Manchester By The Sea [REVIEW] – The Past Re-opens An Unspeakable Tragedy

IMDB Rating: 7,9/10
Genre: Drama
Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Writer: Kenneth Lonergan
Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler

Manchester by the Sea is a film that takes the title directly from the location of the making for this film. This film is a masterpiece that successfully proves that a simple story can also be called a film that managed to break a hearts of the audience. From the beginning of the story will be able to guess if this movie will become more emotional again, let alone if the existing of the ending of the story. That’s what I think when watching this movie, there are feelings that make our smile while watching it and there are situations where we will drift into this film.

“Manchester by the Sea,” tells about the fate of a handyman named Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) suddenly had to hear a sad news that his brother named Joe Chandler (Kyle Chandler) died. Hearing the news, Lee immediately back to his hometown of Massachusetts or called Manchester by the sea which somehow always brings a bitter memory for Lee himself. Not until there, Lee must take the burden to be a father of his brother’s nephew named Patrick (Lucas Hedges) who has symptoms of nervous breakdown. Lee should try to forget his bitter memories and start trying to see a good future for Patrick.

Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, Gretchen Mol, and Lucas Hedges in Manchester by the Sea (2016)

Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan who also wrote a film that is not less interesting with this film named Analyze This and Gangs of New York, Kenneth seems to take us drowned with the main cast in a series of real images that can make us touched by watching. Affleck featured his best acting in this movie where he looks very plain but suffers inside. Of course, Kyle Chandler and Lucas Hedges appear to be interesting in this movie. However, Affleck here gives an acting ranging from gestures with a blank stare, anxiety as the person who keeps his suffering alone, until his habit of fantasizing what has been done in the past.

Casey Affleck, Kyle Chandler, and Ben O'Brien in Manchester by the Sea (2016)

In the year 2016 maybe only this movie and Moonlight that we can drift in it because I also probably have not watched other films in 2016. Films like this should be watched by fans of drama and romance, the story is simple but drifting inside it. Kenneth shows us that it is not the visualization that will make the film good but the story is there and supported by the great actors who make this film so-called masterpiece. Movies that have a strong dramatic, how a life wheel runs are very real, and not exaggerated but very appealing to those who watch it.

Overall, Manchester by the Sea is not a perfect movie in everybody’s to watch because has simple story makes the audience uninterested in watching it. However, this film teaches us that life should not be controlled by our self. Life will be happy and sad, whatever weight it lives because reality will continue to run without ever stopping. A masterpiece that gets us to a high level cinematic.

Movie – Hacksaw Ridge [REVIEW] – When The Order Came To Retreat, One Man Stayed

IMDB Rating: 8,2/10
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Director: Mel Gibson
Writer: Robert Schenkkan
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey

When watching some Mel Gibson’s movies feels like different from the rest of his most popular movie of all time, Braveheart. Directed and starred by himself, Braveheart certainly became the best history movie of all time. In 2006, Mel Gibson created a pretty good film called Apocalypto and the next 10 years who never seen finally creating another masterpiece that is not less well named Hacksaw Ridge. This film is the resurrection of a Gibson as the most expensive producer in Hollywood.

“Hacksaw Ridge,” based on a true story of a hero who lived as a soldier who refuses to take up arms. This soldier named Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who is generally different from other military soldiers. Since the beginning of a military entry, Desmond firmly refused to take up arms. In addition, Desmond refused to work on Saturday because Saturday is the day when he should worship according to his belief. It was his attitude that made him become ostracized and bullied by his colleagues and considered a dissident to the jail.

Andrew Garfield and Luke Bracey in Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

I try not to mention anything that will happen in this movie, but maybe for you who have heard or studied about Desmond’s history will become a familiar story. Speaking of Desmond Doss, Andrew Garfield who cast Desmond is no longer exaggerated. Andrew who is known for the Spiderman image is indeed if playing Desmond is very different when compared with his role in the movie The Amazing Spider-man. Seeing Garfield in this movie seems to see the original figure of a Desmond in his youth.

Andrew Garfield and Teresa Palmer in Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

Mel Gibson knows very well about how to become a genius director. Gibson presents a drama and war story that will make us stunned when watching it. Gibson gives us a visualization of how a war was known to be cruel in World War II. For Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge became the debut of a handsome actor. See Garfield in this movie as we’ve forgotten Spiderman character. After a decade, Mel Gibson is absent because he never made a new masterpiece again. In the beginning, Hacksaw Ridge could doubt especially if competing with other popular films. In fact, Hacksaw Ridge became a film that won two Oscars for Best Achievement in Film Editing and Best Achievement in Sound Mixing.

Overall, Hacksaw Ridge can be a very promising movie, especially if this film brings a big name from Mel Gibson who almost forgotten. It’s not wrong that Mel Gibson and his films managed to bring his name to the Oscars as the best director of all time.

Movie – Moonlight [REVIEW] – This Is The Story Of A Lifetime

IMDB Rating: 7,5/10
Genre: Drama
Director: Barry Jenkins
Writer: Tarell Alvin McCraney
Stars: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson

It’s so hard to experience something new, especially when discussing gay or other simple things. How is the path that taken by the main character so that he can find his true identity or he just sits silently in his place and doesn’t follow his heart it? That’s what happens in Moonlight, the crowd will be able to follow the flow and feel what the main character that mixes our emotions. Barry Jenkins reminds us when a movie can tear a hearts of his audience.

“Moonlight,” is divided into three chapters of a simple story where the lives of Chiron Harris (Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes) will be told from childhood, adolescence, to adulthood. As a child, he was always bullied by his classmates for his innate. Hide behind Juan (Mahershala Ali) who is a drug dealer is also very sympathetic to Chiron. For Chiron, Juan is a figure he considers as his father while Juan’s girlfriend Teresa (Janelle Monáe) feels like his mother. Paula (Naomie Harris) is a mother of Chiron who is a drug addict also always tortures Chiron. As a teenager, Chiron was still bullied by his friend and had a best friend named Kevin (Jaden Piner). After the incident that made Chiron have to deal with the law, Chiron eventually became a handsome adult young man but still trapped in his past and still loyal to nostalgic.

Naomie Harris in Moonlight (2016)

Moonlight is presented regularly as a coming of age drama of a casual black man from Miami. Jenkins uses cinematography techniques that can be somewhat unique uses a close-up technique in the form of dramatic effects that can be felt by the audience. Jenkins seems to be very well aware of how the actors who play in this movie looks very amazing and clearly so real around. The capture of everyday imagery is unusual but packed dramatically and the results have a remarkable effect. As a result, Jenkins is like someone who tells a bedtime tale that can stir up our emotions.

Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome in Moonlight (2016)

Thanks to Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris as an actor who can make the most of his audience’s emotions. Ali looks like a man who is so sympathetic, while Harris looks like a woman who always emits his emotions out. Of course, we don’t forget the cast of 3 actors who play Chiron namely Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes. In fact, Monae is also playing well and bringing her character with emotion. All the cast in this film has their own uniqueness by emitting their emotions in their own way.

Overall, Moonlight is not a movie that is seen on its cover only. In Indonesia itself, this film is very hated for telling about gay. This film even beat La La Land that people say is a film that should win Oscar. Jenkins managed to introduce us to a life that looks simple but many of the issues that have to face the main cast make this film are so different from any other drama films.

Anime – Your Name [REVIEW] – Will Distance Be The Only Thing To Keep Them Apart?

MyAnimeList Rating: 9,24/10
Genre: Supernatural, Drama, Romance, School
Studios: CoMix Wave Films
Author: Makoto Shinkai (Story), Ranmaru Kotone (Art)
Seiyuu: Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Kana Hanazawa

A masterpiece that ranked #1 in MyAnimeList finally succeeded being shifted by the best anime of all time, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Your Name is definitely a masterpiece by Makoto Shinkai, even in all theaters in various countries showing this movie to be enjoyed on the widescreen. Your Name is sure to be selling well both in Japan and internationally, even winning many awards, especially at the Awards of the Japanese Academy as Best Music Score and Best Screenplay. Of course, this anime also entered the Asian Film Awards nomination as Best Screenwriter.


“Your Name,” tells about a teenage boy and girl named Taki Tachibana (Ryunosuke Kamiki) who lives in Tokyo while Mitsuha Miyamizu (Mone Kamishiraishi) lives in a countryside. For less obvious reasons, they always exchanged while they were sleeping. This makes their life become a mess because of their different behavior every day. Finally, they both keep a record of all the activities of what they experience to sustain their lives.

When compared to Makoto Shinkai’s works like The Place Promised in Our Early Days, Your Name has a rather long duration of 1 hour 46 minutes. Makoto Shinkai looks like trying to keep his pacing so much better for his audience didn’t feel bored when watching this movie. Makoto Shinkai uses his time very efficiently to keep the story closer. Stories are shown will always alternate from character to other characters so that the stories we enjoy will also always made curiously. The character and pacing of the existing story make Your Name better than any other Shinkai films like other popular works by Shinkai, 5 Centimeters per Second and The Garden of Words. Of course, both films are more successful and have become a habit of Shinkai to handle it.

Kimi no na wa

In addition to stories and characters, Makoto Shinkai’s works always dominate an animation that looks very stunning to watch. Just like The Garden of Words that uses the theme of rain, Your Name also presents a no less amazing atmosphere like The Garden of Words. Starting from the movement of a very smooth character to the beauty of a village and urban in Japan that looks beautiful. To the extent that the audience can recognize all the objects easily because of its detailed animation.

Overall, Makoto Shinkai is not someone who can make anime with a beautiful animation like Hayao Miyazaki because both of them also have different techniques. For anime like Your Name, of course not a lie if this anime is said to be the most hype anime in 2016. Makoto Shinkai’s movies aren’t to be missed.