Review

Anime – Tiger & Bunny [REVIEW] – Hate Become Best Friends

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,09/10
Genre: Action, Mystery, Comedy, Super Power
Studios: Sunrise
Author: Masakazu Katsura, Masafumi Nishida
Seiyuu: Hiroaki Hirata, Masakazu Morita, Nobuhiko Okamoto


Previously, I made the first impression of this anime. Indeed this anime is good but why Japan should make this anime to be ranked first in Japan? This anime is a good start from the side of the story, character, action, and etc. But, I just don’t accept the fact that this anime is ranked first.

Tiger Bunny

“Tiger & Bunny,” tells about a futuristic city in New York called Sternbild City. An incident that afflicts a person becomes a force different from a normal human being. These people are known as “NEXT.” They are known for being superheroes who work under a company that starred in several advertisements. Their action will be aired to the public in the city’s popular channel”Hero TV” that accumulates each hero to collect some points. This point comes from fighting crime, helping civilians, catching criminals and so on. Hero with the highest value will become a “King of Heroes” in a season.

One of the veteran heroes named Kotetsu T. Kaburagi (Hiroaki Hirata) a.k.a. Wild Tiger just got a new partner named Barnaby Brooks Jr. (Masakazu Morita) a.k.a. Bunny. They both originally hated each other because often get into trouble. While doing the activity of the superhero, they tried to find out about the murder of Barnaby’s parents. This hating each person transforms them into friends and partners who trust each other.

Tiger & Bunny is a Japanese TV series produced by Sunrise Studio in 2011. Sunrise Studio is known for its popular anime such as Code Geass, Cowboy Bebop, Gintama, and Accel World. The anime was originally adapted into a one-shot manga by Masakazu Katsura. The manga published in Weekly Young Jump on August 4, 2011, and made 2 sequel films.

Ivan

I just wanted to say this anime is good to watch. But, what the fuck are you thinking, Japanese? I’m just surprised to see this anime could be ranked first. This anime is good but not as good as being ranked first. One thing is certain why this anime is ranked Japan one because many are sponsoring it. This anime clearly sponsored world-renowned companies such as SoftBank, PEPSI, BANDAI, Amazon, and others. This company is what makes this anime why is ranked first. I’m so sorry for offending you but this is my own opinion only.

In addition, seiyuu of this anime also looks cool as for example Hiroaki Hirata who also cast the voice of Sanji characters from One Piece. In addition to Hiroaki, Masakazu Morita who filled the voice of Ichigo Kurosaki character from the anime Bleach also looks cool. So, they both can be spelled out the professional seiyuu in this anime. There’s also Nobuhiko Okamoto known by cast some various famous anime such as My Hero Academia, Blue Exorcist, Maid Sama!, and others.


Overall, this anime can be a complete package because with the element of action, mecha, drama, humor, bromance and some overpower is perfect for you to watch. Merging between 2D and 3D art is an original artwork of this anime.

Movie – Who Am I [REVIEW] – No System Is Safe

IMDB Rating: 7,6/10
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director: Baran bo Odar
Writer: Jantje Friese
Stars: Tom Schilling, Elyas M’Barek, Wotan Wilke Möhring


CLAY

What do you think about what is the coolest kind villain ever? If I was asked a question like that, then I would answer ‘Hacker.’ I don’t know what your answer is but why must ‘Hacker’? Why not psychopath or rob with a mask? I think psychopath and robbers are cool but nothing who can beat the action of the hackers. They think that the world is in the grip of the real world and their actions always not seen behind the screen but only with a laptop or smartphone, they can do whatever they want.

“Who Am I,” tells about Benjamin (Tom Schilling), someone who has a very bleak past. His father escaped when he was born and his mother had four personalities so she committed suicide when he was eight years old. Benjamin lived alone with his grandmother who was then a teenager and his grandmother suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Ben is someone who is very closed because he’s never considered by the environment around him. Because of his introverted personality, he doesn’t even dare to say hello to Marie (Hannah Herzsprung) the girl he likes as a child. Behind his bleak, Ben is covertly secretly into a superhero on the internet. He is someone who is very good at reading machine language until he meets with Max (Elyas M’Barek), Stephan (Wotan Wilke Möhring), and Paul (Antoine Monot Jr.) who is a powerful hacker.

 

No System Is Safe

C.L.A.Y.

 

This movie is a cyber mafia movie with stories and plot-twist that really amaze the audience. This film shows how a person has a very dark past, someone who bullies on the internet, brought us to the world of ‘deep web’, and hackers who always just do the trick to the audience.

Of all the hacker movies I watch, this movie is a very good movie from scratch because we can’t predict it. The director of this film, Baran Bo Odar takes us in a matter that moves into a mind game. With endings filled with various Plot-twist, it will be hard to guess how the end of the movie is. Although like that, this film doesn’t really make the audience to think hard.


Overall, this movie is very obliged you to watch especially for those of you who really like the world of computers or hacking. Tom Schilling and his friends are good acts but not as good as other movies. This movie I recommend to all of you for those who like Thriller or Mystery.

Anime – Blast Of Tempest [REVIEW] – The Civilization Blaster

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,14/10
Genre: Action, Mystery, Psychological, Drama, Magic, Fantasy, Shounen
Studios: Bones
Author: Kyou Shirodaira, Ren Saizaki
Seiyuu: Kana Hanazawa, Houko Kuwashima, Miyuki Sawashiro


If you ask me “What is your favorite anime action?”, I’ll answer Zetsuen no Tempest or in English “Blast of Tempest”. This is one anime with a very cool storyline as well as a very mesmerizing action. “Blast of Tempest” is a manga written by Kyou Shirodaira. The anime was adapted by Studio Bones which began airing on October 5, 2012.

Yoshino

Yoshino Takigawa

“Blast of Tempest,” tells about an ordinary teenager named Yoshino Takigawa (Houko Kuwashima) who secretly dates a sister from his best friend, Mahiro Fuwa (Yuuko Sanpei). But when his girlfriend Aika Fuwa (Kana Hanazawa) mysteriously dies, Mahiro is disappeared because he can’t accept the reality and wants the perpetrator to pay for his sister. Yoshino didn’t really think about the problem until he came upon a strange girl pointing a gun and suddenly his best friend came to save him.

This anime is inspired by some of William Shakespeare’s plays, The Tempest and Hamlet especially dramas and dialogue taken from The Tempest. This anime describes how the world is filled with something contradictory such as sanity, madness, intelligence, and confidence . All that will be equally opposite in this anime.

Hitagi

Senjougahara from Bakemonogatari

Seiyuu of this anime is also very cool especially the voice of the character Aika Fuwa named Kana Hanazawa who once also filled out the voice of Nadeko Sengoku from anime Bakemonogatari. Besides, Aika’s character is also very interesting. Aika is the main story and important points in this anime. In Shakespeare’s plays, she plays as Ophelia and Sycorax. If you’ve ever seen Bakemonogatari, you probably will not be foreign to Senjougahara. Senjougahara has exactly same characteristics and behaviors as Aika ranging from word processing skills, tsundere, aggressive, joking, painful, and highly readable situations in the future. Aika and Kana Hanazawa are merges that produce a very melodious sound.

The anime also shows how the love story and the mind game through its dialogues are very complicated to understand. Because this is an anime that needs a bit of focusing, though I’m also a little confused with these anime dialogues. However, the animation and depiction of the character are so detailed that it’s so beautiful to watch.

Opening

This anime plot will also have little Thriller elements so it’s very difficult to predict the storyline. We will be shown how someone is so hard to find out who his sister’s killer is. However, this anime is getting a lot more questions to the audience because we are very wrong when guessing the plot. So, this anime will probably have a bit of a brain twist and plot-twist but the action scenes are awesome. Also, the soundtrack opening and ending song are also very classy and very suitable for this anime.


Overall, do you like William Shakespeare? You guys will love this anime primarily even those who don’t watch anime. If you’ve read some of William Shakespeare’s major works, Hamlet and The Tempest, maybe you can guess the story. The anime is also recommended for those who like the Thriller and Action.

Anime – Serial Experiments Lain [REVIEW] – Present Day, Present Time!

MyAnimeList Rating: 7,99/10
Genre: Dementia, Drama, Mystery, Psychological, Sci-Fi, Supernatural
Studios: Triangle Staff
Author: Yoshitoshi Abe
Seiyuu: Kaori Shimizu, Yoko Asada, Show Hayami


Of all the anime that I’ve watched, this is the first anime I’ve watched many times to understood what is mean. I also read all of the reviews on blogs as well on YouTube. Previously also, I once discussed what the first impression after watching one or two episodes. This time, I will try to review this anime.

Lain

“Serial Experiments Lain,” tells the story of an introverted teenage girl named Iwakura Lain (Kaori Shimizu) isolated by some of her friends. Wired is a very popular social network of children and adults. One day, there was a case that happened at her school. They all get spam messages that don’t know where they come from. Lain is someone who doesn’t know about computers. Because she told by one of her friends, Lain tried to buy computers that have Wired network. The message was sent by Lain classmate named Yomoda Chisa (Sumi Mutou) who committed suicide before the message was sent. Chisa says that she didn’t die, it’s just that she left her physical body. Chisa said that she has lived in a virtual world that is a reciprocal relationship between the real world and the virtual world. Chisa says that she has found the real God. From here, Lain gets stuck in a series of cases that Chisa is talking about and find out what the real meaning of Wired is.

If looking at the genre, this anime certainly shows a very dark impression, gloomy, difficult to understand, and confused about what just watched. If a movie or anime normally shows a problem to the completion level, then this anime will make a lot of questions into the final episode. I also feel confused until now what is the purpose of this anime. The plot of the story seems very slow but makes the audience to be carried into the hallucinations that exist in this anime. Anime like this is usually named Dementia.

This anime really shows the true meaning and impact of playing in a virtual world or something like people say, The Internet. This anime explains how someone who doesn’t really know the internet world to be someone who always closed himself. When someone is very innocent and very friendly to everyone, then the internet changed her personality to be a very quiet person and always close his heart to others. Iwakura Lain is one of the highly introverted characters. After learning some tech, he became very good in that. Even people call him, Hacker.

Iwakura

For those who do not understand, Dementia is a term used to explain how functional decline is often caused by abnormalities in the brain. Dementia isn’t a disease, but a symptom caused by diseases and disorders of the brain. In the anime, Dementia is practically a genre but there is no Dementia term in the movie. Dementia is an anime genre that has mind-twisting plots, where the plot-twist itself must require highly focused thinking in order to be understood. Dementia is also not an anime genre but can be said to be part of the “Psychological” genre. Examples of Dementia anime in addition to Serial Experiments Lain such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, FLCL, Perfect Blue, Boogiepop Phantom, Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories, and others.

This anime shows how the main character has a two personality. On one side, She Introvert and on the other side, She Extrovert. Another unconscious with herself who always changes her personality. Her friends tell her that she has two sides. However, this anime will explain it to the end but it can lead to perplexed confusion after watching it. This anime mixes the real side and the unreal side. The audience will be difficult to distinguish the real and unreal side of this anime. Therefore, theories and conspiracies are also very much in this anime. The sound of BGM is so bleak that supports the theme and the dark side of this anime. This anime explains something mixed up and coupled with hallucinations and dreams. The audience will be carried into the core of the story.

Hacker


Overall, I don’t know if I should suggest you guys watch this anime or not. What is clear, this anime can make you confused prolonged until the end. You can also be involved by hallucinations and existing reality. However, for those of you who are very fond of this kind of anime genre you can watch it. Not recommended for those of you who don’t really like the anime that has a very complicated story.

Movie – Premium Rush [REVIEW] – Ride Like Hell

IMDB Rating: 6,5/10
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Director: David Koepp
Writer: John Kamps
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez

How about a movie that’s about someone who’s being chased by the police and using a bicycle? Perhaps, it is very rare to get a movie like that. But this movie says “no”. Someone who used a bicycle while he was chased again by police on the highway. Moreover, if riding fixie bikes are pretty hard. I once rode a fixie bike and it was pretty hard for a regular bike. Moreover, if the speed can be up to 5-6 gear.

Hero

Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a bike courier in Manhattan. A bicycle courier service is needed in Manhattan because an item can deliver up very quickly and immediately. Wilee is very different from other couriers. If some bike couriers use bikes with 5 to 6 gear with brakes, Wilee prefers Fixie bikes with gear 1 without brakes but has a great speed. Passing urban Manhattan at incredible speed, Wilee suddenly receives a mysterious package requested by his ex-friend named Nima (Jamie Chung). Wilee was even being chased by a corrupt policeman named Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon) to hand his an envelope.

This film is very clear because it focuses on the Thriller genre filled with scenes of the chase. The only difference, the theme he raised about a bicycle courier who was chased by the police. When compared to fixie bikes with mountain bikes, I better choose mountain bikes. The fixie bike requires us to pedal the bike incessantly, while the mountain bikes are not. In this film, Joseph Gordon-Levitt shows his skill how a person is pedaling a bicycle with wind speeds to avoid using brakes.

Wilee

This film has a very dark impression and very bleak like other Thriller movies. Cinematography used is High-key lighting, style with very bright and bright depiction. Due to the high-key lighting, the aura of the Thriller film is not felt at all. However, David Koepp managed to set the course of the film to be very tense for the audience. The use of the camera is also very smooth when following the fast speed of movement Wilee so that the audience will be carried as if was on a bicycle as well.

Premium Rush uses a nonlinear storyline. The plot is what makes this film also has a little thriller sensation. The audience will initially be shown a scene where Wilee crashed into a taxi and was badly injured. Since then, the story will reverse how Wilee got caught in the event. The storyline of this film is very similar to Reservoir Dogs or other non-linear films. But I can say this movie is very similar to Reservoir Dogs.


Car

Overall, for you Action-Thriller fans I would suggest watching this movie. Especially for fans who really like the nonlinear film. The film is also arguably still has shortcomings, especially the storyline that looks simple. However, his cinematography masks the deficiency. So, this movie is very interesting and entertaining to watch.

Movie – Scarface [REVIEW] – The World Is Yours

IMDB Rating: 8,3/10
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director: Brian De Palma
Writer: Oliver Stone
Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer


I played the game before on PlayStation 2’s, Scarface: The World Is Yours. The game model is exactly same as Grand Theft Auto. However, this is more exciting than Grand Theft Auto. Although I was finished, I still play it even on my PC. The movie also I watched when childhood. However, when compared with the game is very different. Scarface: The World Is Yours is a sequel to the film.

Tony

“Scarface,” tells about the year 1980 in May. Fidel Castro has just opened a port of Mariel in Cuba. His goal is to gather his members with his relatives in America. Recorded 125,000 Cuban refugees arrived in Florida and among them 25,000 criminals. Antonio ‘Tony’ Montana (Al Pacino) and his friend Manny Ribera (Steven Bauer) get permission to stay in Miami after successfully killing Rebenga (Roberto Contreras) for Omar Suarez (F. Murray Abraham).

Omar then asks Tony to trade cocaine with a Columbia merchant and Tony manages to do so. Tony brings the money and cocaine at once. Tony and Manny then had the opportunity to meet Frank Lopez (Robert Loggia), a drug dealer and Omar’s boss. Tony also fell in love with Elvira Hancock (Michelle Pfeiffer), a Frank woman. Frank eventually recruited Tony and Manny to become his members.

Movies mafia indeed no longer underestimated its existence. Especially the actor is Al Pacino. Al Pacino acting in this movie is very cool. Describes a very arrogant, cunning, evil, and criminal nature. Al Pacino is the main actor in this movie. So do the supporting actors like Steven Bauer and others. However, Al Pacino is the main star. Al Pacino was interviewed in another talk show. He was asked, “Who is the character of the film you have ever played and which one of you favorite the most?” Al Pacino replied, “I prefer to play Tony from Scarface.”

Although this is a classic movie, this film portrays a real human is. Tony is described as a greedy person and always wants something more. Scarface shows that no matter what human behavior, humans are still blessed to love those around them. However, Tony here just assumes that all can be solved with money.

Machine Gun

This film is purely a lot of the ‘F’ word in it. Probably countless, similar to the Goodfellas movie that many say ‘F’. However, this film teaches us that money never solves the problem. In fact, the happiness and togetherness can’t be bought with money. The happiness is only in the hearts of every human being, however our circumstances and wherever happiness is always there and never replaced with money.


Overall, this film in all aspects is very good indeed. Starting from the theme of lifting drug dealers and a little mafia theme until the lessons we can take from watching this movie. Al Pacino is the star of this movie.

Movie – The Martian [REVIEW] – Bring Him Home

IMDB Rating: 8,0/10
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: Drew Goddard
Stars: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig


What would happen if you lived on Mars with limited food or no food at all? Maybe, I’ll just give up rather than survive on Mars. But, this film says not. This film shows how a person is harvesting a potato on Mars. Why? It’s very impossible, but this movie will explain it.

Mark

“The Martian,” tells about a team of researchers facing a storm and required to go back to earth immediately. Suddenly, one person was stranded and left for allegedly dead. Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is an astronaut botanist who survived the storm and was forced to survive on Mars with limited inventory.

The main actor of this film is Matt Damon who plays as Mark Watney and directed by Ridley Scott. This film also features some famous actors such as Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, and Sean Bean. Initially, the book is written by Andy Weir who can be downloaded for free on his blog. However, someone asked to make its e-book and can be downloaded on Kindle.

I have never seen the trailer. I also originally heard of this movie from all of my friends. But they also recommended me to watch it. And this movie makes me feel excited with the visual effects and plot. Just like other space movies such as Gravity or Interstellar, this movie makes the audience more amazed and curious about what happens in this movie.

This movie teaches us that if you face some problems, it’s not to escape the problem. In fact, who can escape the problem if he is just a Martian? No one else? If you encounter some problems, don’t escape for whatever the problem is. Quite calm and be patiently is important.

Mars

Initially, I think will cause some bored with this film. However, during the duration of two hours more, this film is very dissatisfied with the duration of it. Ridley Scott is very clever to draw stories from one scene to another. If you really want to find a plot-twist in this movie, then this movie doesn’t present it. The Martian is a film that doesn’t give a special impression but is very interesting to watch.

This film also slipped small comedies inside. Like, Mark always makes videos while living on Mars. He always said some funny jokes. Rotten Tomatoes gave this movie a 93% Tomato rating, while the IMDB rating was 8.0. From rating, you don’t need to hesitate to watch this movie.


Overall, I very recommended watching it. The beauty of visualization on Mars and also how NASA and outer space work is great. Especially, for Gravity movie fans, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Moon, or Interstellar, I recommend this movie.