Anime – Death Note [REVIEW] – The Hunted Becomes The Hunter!

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,68/10
Genre: Mystery, Police, Psychological, Supernatural, Thriller
Studios: Madhouse
Author: Takeshi Obata (Art), Tsugumi Ohba (Story)
Seiyuu: Kappei Yamaguchi, Mamoru Miyano, Shidou Nakamura

Death Note is a mystery and thriller anime that of course, everyone knows about this anime. Death Note has also become a pop culture such as a live-action movie that recently aired on Netflix in 2017, TV dramas, a parody on the internet, even a video games-there is. Death Note is no longer an anime that no one knows about this anime. I’ve been watched a long time ago although it’s still a bit freshly around 2 years ago. People also say that Death Note is the best mystery anime that ever existed because the manga that is written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s indeed I admit that the story is very intelligent even though using the story that proceeds ahead.

“Death Note,” tells about shinigami Ryuk (Shidou Nakamura) as the death of God who can kill anyone by looking at the victim’s face and writing his name in a book called Death Note. One day, Ryuk became bored with the shinigami world that he lived in until he wanted to be interested in what if he dropped his Death Note into the human realm. Light Yagami (Mamoru Miyano) is a high school student who thinks that this world has an unfair system and he’s the person who got the Death Note. When he tried to write a criminal in the book, he realized that Death Note is something to be proud of because it can form a new world system. Light Yagami then tries to write down all the criminal names that exist in order to create a new world where criminals are no longer exist and people will worship him as a god. The police are trying to figure out the cause of this serial murder and why only the criminals are dead. Therefore, Japanese investigators try to recall the best detective in the world named L (Kappei Yamaguchi).

Death Note 02

Initially, I’ve known a long time about this anime because some of my friends have watched this anime. I just know that Death Note is an anime that tells about a book that if you write the name of the person in the book, it will die. In short, that’s all I know about the main characters. After watching it, I just realized why many people think that this anime is a mystery anime with a story that executed a smart impression by the author. Although this anime is already a bit old and classic, I think this anime will never die. The conflict that happened between Light and L is really a revelation I can see it in this anime. This inner conflict also presents how they fight using their intelligence so that sometimes they are equally unsteady to catch each other. On the other hand, L and Light is also an archrival partner as well as anime basically. The plot of the story presented in this anime I think there is no shortage at all even though I watch it over and over, I don’t see it at all.

Death Note 01

However, I would not say that this anime will be absolutely perfect. Death Note may be able to show its mistake even if it will be seen. The shortcoming in here is when entering the climax of the story. I will try not to tell spoiler at all. There is a character that is why it just appears like that and for no reason. The background is a bit of detail to determine but I feel it’s ruining the story of this anime. In addition, the endings that are provided at the end are also a great plot-twist even making it impossible to create a second season. So for those of you who haven’t watched at all, I think you should watch it soon because this anime is a bit classic but the plot of the story that presented in here I think is like a Hollywood thriller movies in general. For the matter of the artwork, I don’t think it should be judged because although this is a classic anime, Death Note is still classified as a modern anime in general. The soundtrack on the opening, BGM that has some nuances like creepy stuff, and Mamoru Miyano who fills the voice of Light Yagami somehow he is so prevailing his character so perfectly.

Overall, Death Note can be said as an anime that so long to watch but this anime is very popular even become a pop culture in some place or circle. The plot of the story is neatly systematized and somehow so smart that we are the audience must thinking a little bit hard to be able to understand what is really happened in this anime. In the end, the plot-twist that presented was also very unexpected and really interesting to watch. Death Note is an anime that must be watched by everyone.


Movie – Blade Runner [REVIEW] – Man Has Made His Match… Now It’s His Problem

IMDB Rating: 8,2/10
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: Philip K. Dick
Stars: Harrison FordRutger HauerSean Young

Blade Runner is a sci-fi thriller that can be said to be a total failure in income and criticism are very diverse in that year. But why is this movie so much thrilling while there are many negative responses in that year? What makes it so good that the sequel is made? Yeah, I also don’t know why if this movie made a pop culture like an anime version of it, even considered as the best dystopian movie ever. However, this movie is the same as 2001: A Space Odyssey for myself because watching this movie for the first time will certainly be a very boring impression. Watched for the second time leave a lot of answers and watch for the third time, you’ll realize that this is a masterpiece. Especially if the director of this movie is Ridley Scott who also directed Alien, The Martian, and Gladiator. Plus starring Harrison Ford or better known as Han Solo in Star Wars franchise or Indy in Indiana Jones franchise.

“Blade Runner,” set in place in 2019 in the future. Tyrell Corporation is a company responsible for creating replicants, an android that has the same artificial AI technology as humans. Replicants are created to work in colonies outside the earth. Therefore, a rule for replicants is strictly forbidden to enter the earth and they must be killed by a Blade Runner if they break the rule. One day, four replicants made it to Earth and Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) was a Blade Runner who was assigned to hunt down all the four replicants.

Rutger Hauer in Blade Runner (1982)

Before I start reviewing, I want to make a statement. Remember when I reviewed 2001: A Space Odyssey that misrepresenting the future? This movie has a similar thing and strangely too, the movie seemed boring for the first time for myself. So this way, it’s 2018 and one year the atmosphere described in Blade Runner will be just like the movie. I mean, this is 2018 and may not necessarily resemble a futuristic city atmosphere in Blade Runner. What I mean here is flying cars, races that are connected in outer space, and humans who can already create android very similar to humans, have feelings, and also have emotions. However, I consider this movie to be the most unique sci-fi movie ever seen since it was produced in the 80s. I also wonder why this movie is so difficult to taken by people in that year too. I give an applause for Ridley Scott who makes this beautiful sci-fi movie. I mean, I recognize his greatness because when compared to sci-fi movies nowadays, I think Blade Runner is the best. People said it makes no sense because maybe those who haven’t watched or didn’t understand the movie.

Harrison Ford in Blade Runner (1982)

These futuristic Los Angeles cities remind me of Len Wiseman’s Total Recall movie, starring Colin Farrell. The atmosphere portrayed from both movies is very similar. A city is depicted so drearily, narrow, damp, and so dirty. Therefore, there are so many movies that represent futuristic but bleak atmosphere thanks to this Ridley Scott movie. What I love about this movie is that Ridley Scott incorporates a classic noir movie element but a futuristic scene with a soundtrack that is perfect to completely describe the atmosphere of this bleak city. In addition to Total Recall, Blade Runner also reminds me of one of the anime Psycho-Pass. But the similarity may be only in terms of the story, where humans are subservient to technology that has vanquished the human brain. And another one, this movie is a thriller with the noir genre so you will not get action scenes everywhere. I myself love this movie like this but I’m surprised this movie is very unconventional from other thriller movies.

Joanna Cassidy in Blade Runner (1982)

Although Blade Runner is a movie with a continuous plot, this movie will tend to be difficult to understand and follow the story because this movie goes with a story that’s so slow with boring characters. The dialogue also sometimes feels brief but from here the audience will understand it. However, the concept of the story built in here is very appealing to this world where humans are more human impressed but lost for killing the replicants. The man who thinks that a replicant is a rebel or something, I see it’s mere nonsense because of the fact that man is the cruelest here. In fact, replicants that are considered dead still have hearts and emotions to understand humans. I also like the last monologue spoken by Roy Batty played by Rutger Hauer. Maybe this includes a small spoiler but the quote that he said was somehow very meaningful with the improvisation of the actor itself. I was immediately touched in this scene as well.

Overall, Blade Runner is a movie that can be seen from anywhere because the movie seems ambiguous and has different perceptions of each person. The sci-fi, thriller, with neo-noir elements, all combined into one with a pretty futuristic city effect. I also want to watch the sequel starring Ryan Gosling. However, I can’t speak with this movie because Ridley Scott managed to make all the audience feel ambiguous to be confused about the beauty of this masterpiece.

Movie – Chinatown [REVIEW] – You Get Close To Each Other, Maybe You Even Get Close To The Truth

IMDB Rating: 8,2/10
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Roman Polanski
Writer: Robert Towne
Stars: Jack NicholsonFaye DunawayJohn Huston

One more thriller movie with plot-twist I like the most. Chinatown is a crime movie directed by Roman Polanski and written by Robert Towne. Starring Jack Nicholson, Chinatown is a thriller movie that somehow so cleverly scripted by Robert Towne. Nothing wrong if he won an Oscar award in the category of Best Writing, Original Screenplay. Chinatown is also one of the first movies I’ve ever watched from Roman Polanski. His directing style is also very different from the others, the music is full of elements of tension like a thriller movie and the memorable feel of horror inside. But is Chinatown the best Roman Polanski movie?

“Chinatown,” tells about a private detective J.J. Gittes (Jack Nicholson) was paid by a woman Ida Sessions (Diane Ladd) to investigate her husband Hollis Mulwray (Darrell Zwerling) who is the head of the water and power department in Los Angeles. During his investigation, J.J. Gittes managed to get a photo of Hollis Mulwray was making out with a woman suspected of being an affair. The next day, the photo appeared on the front page of the newspaper and J.J. Gittes was suddenly visited by Evelyn Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) who turned out to be Hollis Mulwray’s real wife. Gittes then continued the case and later found Hollis Mulwray dead. Gittes was later trapped in a net against which murder, corruption. and incest in this case.

Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway in Chinatown (1974)

For the synopsis of this movie, maybe some people are somewhat difficult to understand what happened or some will also understand. What I admit from this movie is a script written by Robert Towne himself. Each scene is always prepared plot-twist, even though small plot twist and unpredictable twist. The twist in Chinatown is not a cheap twist that’s predictable, but it’s a smart surprisingly written by Robert Towne. Chinatown is also one of the most thriller movies that use neo-noir elements in the form of the dark side of a city and human. The issues that occurred in Los Angeles were a corruption, rape, murder, and other dangerous things that happened in the 70s. It also has a strong evidence that the end of the film will be found in one place in Chinatown and its last line quote that’s very legendary and memorable once in every person who watches it’s, “Forget it, Jake It’s Chinatown.” At the time of this quote is mentioned, I immediately feel like amazed during see this movie and immediately understand what really happened in this movie. It’s amazing with the directing of Roman Polanski. By the way, he also becomes a cameo in this movie and you can guess it.

Jack Nicholson and John Huston in Chinatown (1974)

The actors who appear in this movie are also brilliant apart from the very brilliantly written scripts as well. Jack Nicholson who plays J.J. Gittes and Faye Dunaway who plays Evelyn Mulwray. They both received an Oscar nomination in the Best Actor in a Leading Role won by Art Carney from Harry and Tonto and Best Actress in a Leading Role won by Ellen Burstyn from Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. I’ve often seen Jack Nicholson always brings his character that always has its own unique side. Call it One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest which is the best acting ever played from all of his movies. In this movie, his character looks like a bad guy outside. But inside, he is someone who still has sympathy and empathy towards others. As with Chinatown, he plays his character here quite similar to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He is the actor who always gets Oscar nominations every decade.

Overall, Chinatown is a neo-noir movie that must be watched by you who really like a thriller or crime movie. With a script written so smartly by Robert Towne, Chinatown always shows us a plot-twist in every scene. Especially with Hollywood actors that very famous because of his acting, this movie adds nuance. The music in this movie also has a very nuanced tension and fear.

Movie – The Departed [REVIEW] – Lies. Betrayal. Sacrifice. How Far Will You Take it?

IMDB Rating: 8,5/10
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: William Monahan
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprioMatt DamonJack Nicholson

Martin Scorsese’s movies always have their own unique style and certainly make the audience carried along. This style always creates a thriller genre that’s different from the others. For The Departed, this movie received four Oscars in Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay, Best Achievement in Film Editing and one nomination in Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. This movie also invites a lot of famous actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, and many more. The story of the movie itself is a remake of a Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs, starring Andy Lau, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, and Anthony Chau-Sang Wong. Infernal Affairs can also be said as the best crime movie ever made in Hong Kong but in here, we will discuss The Departed the remake version.

“The Departed,” tells about Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) is a big-time mobster in South Boston. He runs a lot of dirty business and he is very difficult to trace its existence. That’s because he sent a spy into the FBI and the spy was Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon). Sullivan was a policeman with a very strong discipline that his own boss had considered him a close friend but Sean Dignam (Mark Wahlberg) sometimes suspected him. Police who feel this hardly finally chose to send spies into Costello business and Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the person.

Jack Nicholson in The Departed (2006)

For me, The Departed is a light thriller movie that has a simple story and is very easy to understand the story. So, maybe for those of you who want to watch thriller movies that have an uncomplicated story like other thriller movies or Martin Scorsese’s other films, The Departed is a good start. This movie from the beginning didn’t have an impression that makes us boring because the beginning of the scene as well, we will be shown a silhouette figure of Jack Nicholson who trains a child to become his member. The character development is also very good here let alone there are many elements of misunderstanding here such as Leonardo DiCaprio character who is regarded as a scumbag police and Matt Damon is regarded as an accomplished police but in fact, he is a spy of Castello. This movie will build on the tension when entering the conflict where the police and the Castello suspect each other. We will see the characters that exist will mutually suspect and trace each other so that we just like carry on in this movie. However, from the beginning, I had a lot of hope if the ending of this movie would have a very striking plot-twist. The result is, that’s not what I think. Apart from that, this movie is a pure light thriller that is very nice to watch.

Alec Baldwin, Matt Damon, and Joseph Oliveira in The Departed (2006)

Martin Scorsese is able to build the atmosphere of the story so that the audience will be made up and not feel bored. Moreover, a great acting of some famous actors in this movie is all great. Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon who initially have their own stories and will meet as the story goes, Jack Nicholson is very brilliant performing in this movie, Mark Wahlberg who is not too dominate but perform maximally and get an Oscar nomination, and many of the legendary actors like Martin Sheen even though he is not too dominating in here. What I’m amazed about is, why did Jack Nicholson didn’t get an Oscar nomination at all? But I don’t know if this movie is better than the original version or vice versa because I’ve never seen Infernal Affairs but seen a little bit of footage on television.

Overall, The Departed is a light thriller that triggers the audience’s tension and is perfect for you to watch. With so many legendary actors, The Departed can’t sometimes be said to be the best crime movie but you will witness a lot of unpredictable events in this movie. Martin Scorsese’s movies always make me want to watch more thriller movies and I want to watch more of his movies.

Anime – Puella Magi Madoka Magica [REVIEW] – An Encounter That Would Change Her Destiny

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,47/10
Genre: Drama, Magic, Psychological, Thriller
Studios: Shaft
Author: Hajime Ninomae
Seiyuu: Saito Chiwa, Aoi Yuuki, Ai Nonaka

So if you want something about anime that has a thriller genre, maybe this anime will suitable for you. But why is the anime cover like that? Yeah, although this anime has a genre that has the impression of drama and magic, this anime is also a thriller and psychological. When I first heard about this anime, I have no interest in what he wants to tell me about this anime. In fact, I don’t want to watch it when I see it from the cover and read the synopsis as well. After all, this anime is just a children’s story about a girl who aspires to be a magical girl. But what makes this anime so strange is the rating and why anime like this have a thriller and psychological genre? All that changes when you watching it and if you remember this anime again is like having remembered something so sick in the heart. If you’re curious, let’s review this anime!

Homura Akemi

“Puella Magi Madoka Magica,” tells about a middle-high school student Madoka Kaname (Aoi Yuuki) and Sayaka Miki (Eri Kitamura) living their lives like a typical school girl. All that changes when they meet a fantasy creature cat-like Kyuubey (Emiri Katou) and a new student Homura Akemi (Chiwa Saito). Kyuubey then offers them a wish that they want. Then, they accept the offer and become a magical girl who has the power of their dreams. However, Homura Akemi the magical girl also doesn’t accept their choice and always prevents what Kyuubey does.

Mami Tomoe

Yeah, reading the synopsis is just as impressive as the witch girl’s storytelling. As always, don’t judge the book by its cover. You have to dig deeper into what’s going on in this anime. First of all, somehow this anime has a thriller genre in it. Because of the focus of the story only in the thriller than the magical girl. The development of the story is also very good, especially the plot-twist endings that make us depressed after watching this anime. Therefore, this anime is very deceptive and not recommended for children or people who only see something from the cover. The artwork’s also early has a cute and sweet impression of the story of a magical girl. In fact, things will change. The concept of artwork made by Studio Shaft is very abstract so it fits perfectly with the impression of his thriller.

Sayaka Miki

Secondly, this anime thriller effect makes the audience to bring emotion to the heart that is sliced even though this anime has 95% girl character. In fact, even though all the characters are girls it doesn’t mean the anime doesn’t have any violence. Even vice versa for those who have never watched this anime. The fans of Puella Magi Madoka Magica must really like this true hero, Homura Akemi even though this anime doesn’t focus on her. But, I don’t want to tell you why Homura is more favored than Madoka though Madoka also has a big role in this anime. In essence, you will not be able to find a happy impression for this anime, there’s no impression of the children in it, and all that will make you depressed and frustrated when watching this anime.

Overall, don’t judge the book by its cover. Although this anime has a mainstream impression to watch, it’s all there if we follow it patiently. This anime has a good character and development story, let alone my friend recommend me to watch the movie from the sequel to the series. He says it more hurts than the series. Hopefully, I can get through it.

Movie – The Hunger Games [REVIEW] – May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

IMDB Rating: 7,2/10
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director: Gary Ross
Writer: Suzanne Collins
Stars: Jennifer LawrenceJosh HutchersonLiam Hemsworth

Finally, I’ve finished watching this movie. It’s been a long time since I wanted to watch this movie. Some of my friends say, “Hey, watch The Hunger Games.” And sometimes they wonder if just me who have never watched this movie. And then I watched it now because I made this movie as my college reference. So, what’s the result? Some are good and some are not. The Hunger Games can be said is a teenage movie that is so overrated in my opinion. In the adaptation of the novel entitled by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games has made a lot of inspiration that we see now there are so much movie-themed like The Hunger Games.

“The Hunger Games,” tells about a world that was devastated by a nuclear war that caused the United States to split into several areas. In an area called Panem, an event of survival games reality is always held every year. Twenty-four teens each consist of 12 males and 12 females. They will be selected randomly where they will represent 12 districts of Panem. They will be released in the wild until only one person will survive. The winner of this event will get an honor, fame to the provision of food for his family. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) are two teenagers elected to represent District 12.

Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games (2012)

What The Hunger Games presented was an inhumane film because the Tribute battle of 12 districts was shown live through a reality show. If equated with Battle Royale, arguably The Hunger Games is also like that. Although I have never read the novel, I am astonished by Suzanne Collins how she can take an idea that produces an unusual story. From what I read from some articles, Suzanne Collins takes inspiration while watching TV at night. While changing the channel on TV, he sees a gaming show showing several people competing to win a prize and then he sees a footage of the Iraq war. From here he takes inspiration by combining a classic and contemporary.

Jennifer Lawrence and Amandla Stenberg in The Hunger Games (2012)

The Hunger Games reminds me of an adaptation film from James Dashner called The Maze Runner that has the same background and almost similar story elements. The Hunger Games directed by Gary Ross features cinematography in order to make the audience not feel bored when watching the movie. But does it work for me? I don’t think so. Gary Ross from the beginning of the movie made a cinematography that made me sick. Gary Ross always shows the effects of shaking camera from the beginning, action, up to the time of the dialogue as well. Although some people will say good, for me isn’t. But, the whole story got me carried into that world. Starting from the exploitation of the wilderness image for a long duration that isn’t boring even though the first minute is very convoluted.

Overall, The Hunger Games is the best novel adaptation ever. Although I just watched it, this movie didn’t seem to die. Many people say that The Hunger Games is so different from the novel, I don’t care because I haven’t read the novel at all. I also just don’t accept how people always equate The Hunger Games with The Twilight Saga because the two films are very different at all.

Movie – It [REVIEW] – You’ll Float Too

IMDB Rating: 7,9/10
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Director: Andy Muschietti
Writer: Stephen King
Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard

For some people, It is not unusual for someone who has never thought that this horror series does have previous versions that aired many years ago. 27 years ago exactly 1990 years ago, a TV mini-series from one of the best legendary novelist of all time Stephen King published one of his most scary novels and the most difficult to manufacture due to a complex story that contains ambiguity. If seen not as frightening as The Shining or other Stephen King horror novel, maybe this could be as interesting as horror movies in 2017.

Bill Skarsgård in It (2017)

“It,” tells about children in town of Derry always disappeared one by one because of the terror of a clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) who is actually a demon that can change shape and appear every 27 years. In his action, Pennywise hunts a child by exploring their fears and phobias by entering their consciousness. The presence of Pennywise has led a band of children to join in searching for Pennywise presence which also happens to Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher) who is curious because his younger brother has suddenly disappeared.

It is a movie that can be said this film is a film with a very deep impression, especially for those who love the horror-themed movies. Indeed when compared with 1990 version will be worse by 2017, when compared with the use of costumes, visual effects, and others. Andy Muschietti created a version of himself that also all worked very effectively and never far from the original source. Andy Muschietti even make things improve compared with previous versions.

Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Chosen Jacobs in It (2017)

It tends to emphasize more of the traumatic and fearful sides of our childhood that the audience never imagined. Intelligently, this film injects with a combination of light-dark modd which is fairly smooth. The impression is fairly creepy but presented with a very cold. There are a lot of flaws that exist in this film mainly visual effects and cinematography that looks a little defective, the story of this film is also spelled out very thick like the movie Stand By Me and Stranger Things. Just a collection of bully, very weak children, the romance of children, bromance, and their curiosity about the mysteries that surround them. It not only keeps its audience focused on the horror theme but it brings more personal touches such as fear of loneliness, bullying, racism, sexual harassment, and so on. But of course this movie is packed so well that there is no explicit element.

Overall, It is not an adaptation of Stephen King’s best novel when compared to The Shining or The Thing. But, hopefully the director has tried to make a version that is very clear and much better than previous versions. The Dark Tower also lost when compared with this film. In fact, both films are also the result of the adaptation of Stephen King. It manages to create a masterpiece that everyone can watch.

Anime – Monster [REVIEW] – To Unravel The True Identity

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,69/10
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Police, Psychological, Seinen, Thriller
Studios: Madhouse
Author: Naoki Urasawa
Seiyuu: Nozomu Sasaki, Hidenobu Kiuchi, Tsutomu Isobe

Finally, I finished watching this anime. This anime is roughly needed of immense patience as this is an anime Thriller. If you don’t understand from the beginning and continue in the next episode, you will never understand the story of this anime and already on sure, you will feel bored with wanting to drop this anime. Anime like Monster is my favorite anime and also other similar anime. For the first time, this anime is an anime that makes me tense myself, a little smile, and somehow it feels full of fear. Although this isn’t an action anime, Monster is an anime with the most complex Thriller story. Previously, I’ve written this first impression anime. So if you are still confused with the existing synopsis, you can see it here.

“Monster,” tells about Kenzou Tenma (Hidenobu Kiuchi), a genius surgeon trapped in a serial murder committed by Johan Liebert (Nozomu Sasaki). Johan is a child who was rescued by Kenzou because of a gunshot in his head. Kenzou just realized that Johan is someone who has a devil inside. Kenzou just realized entangled in the case of serial murder charges that make him have to be a fugitive and around Germany to find a Monster that he has regretted reviving a Monster.

The core of this story focuses on one such character named Johan. In each case and the mystery that you will encounter in this anime will eventually return to one person named Johan. Although this anime has a very simple story, the plot is so complicated that the story is quite developed in every episode. Each episode also makes the audience will be curious at each end of the episode because the plot-twist provided in each episode isn’t much different from other Thriller anime.


Author of this anime is Naoki Urasawa. He is a very brilliant mangaka in developing the results of his work in addition to Monster. Manga he ever made other than Monster that is 20th Century Boys, Pluto, and Yawara!. I’ve watched the 20th Century Boys movie on a television. If I’m not mistaken, 20th Century Boys is also a movie with a unique story even though I didn’t see it from start to finish. Back to Monster, Naoki Urasawa makes a story very much different from other serial killer stories. Each episode will always have story development as well as many characters other than Tenma so as to make a story look more presentable and whole.


This anime has a mystery genre and thriller and there is a little horror. In moments of tension, there are so many explicit themes including dead bodies lying in blood, inhumane violence, child buying, prostitution, suicide, and other adult themes. Although this anime looks impressive spooky, I think this anime show some original human nature that always happens in real world. This anime also displays the look of characters that look different like fugitives, psychopaths, thieves, and others. Kenzou is someone who is in a situation that makes him a fugitive. Although Kenzou is considered a fugitive on false charges, he still remains calm in clearing his name to search for a Monster.

The setting of the place taken from this anime is also so unique that it coincides in Germany and Czechoslovakia after the wall of Berlin collapsed. Some story also tells a glimpse of the cold war that occurred in parts of Eastern Europe. All the settings took almost the whole take place in Europe although Kenzou is also just a character of Japanese own nationality. So, maybe some people think that this anime is made in Europe even its Manga though also very similar.

Johan And Kenzou

Art and Sound from this anime are also very supportive. For anime like Monster is also very good in the Art section even though this is a classic anime. Meanwhile, Sound of the anime is also very supportive of the theme and atmosphere of his anime. Just like opening Cowboy Bebop entitled ‘Tank!’ by The Seatbelts supports themes from Cowboy space, Monster also uses a magic touch in the opening track. Although only instrumental, ‘Grain’ by Kuniaki Haishima is a very supportive opening theme thriller and mystery. Likewise with the ending entitled ‘For The Love of Life’ by David Sylvian and ‘Make It Home’ by Fujiko Heming.

Overall, the manga itself was also awarded in the Excellence Prize at the 1st Japan Media Arts Festival in 1997. A masterpiece made by Naoki Urasawa is a masterpiece that you shouldn’t miss. Fans of Naoki Urasawa or anime with thriller and psychological are also perfect for you to watch even, you can also watch this anime whatever you don’t like anime.

Movie – The Imitation Game [REVIEW] – Unlock The Secret, Win The War

IMDB Rating: 8,1/10
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Director: Morten Tyldum
Writer: Graham Moore
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode

Alan Mathison Turing is a computer professor and mathematician from England. He is someone who managed to change some algorithms by using a Turing Machine that was formerly called Enigma code. Turing is also referred to as the father of computer professor theory and Artificial Intelligence. Today, Turing Machine we know is referred to as ‘Computer’ or Gadget which is the beginning of the birth of the computer during the second world war.

“The Imitation Game,” based on true story of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch). In 1941 during the Second World War, Alan Turing joined a secret mission ruled by the British Empire. He is also graduated from Cambridge University and very fond of breaking the secret code he has loved since his teens. The secret mission is to break the German Enigma code. This code contains messages that are very difficult to solve. Enigma code is used as a command message from the Nazi German army that became the main enemy of England. So Alan Turing and his team of encryption experts have to decode messages that have the possibility of 159 trillion codes each day.

Matthew Goode

“The Imitation Game” has presented a movie that has become complete in it. In addition, this film is also lifted from a real story that plots exactly same from the original story. Of course in it, no story is exaggerated. Alan Turing sparked a machine that resulted in many conflicts, histories, secret conspiracies, and also the great secrets of an Alan Turing.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Thanks to Morten Tyldum, a director in this film who chose to the real actor that is perfect for this movie. Benedict Cumberbatch is a man who acts as Alan Turing and also his British accent that looks thick and the mysterious person of Alan Turing. He successfully illustrates how an Alan Turing is. Because of his acting, not a lot of audiences who carried the atmosphere of his acting. Starting from the very arrogant, until someone who is always emotional to cry.

There are so many moral messages are presented in this film. One of them is:

“Sometimes it’s the very people who don’t imagine something of who do the things no one can imagine.”

Which means a person always assumes that the thing he did it can. In fact, he is regarded as someone who always saw it was in vain. And also most often Turing said in this movie:

“Do you know why people like violence? It’s because it feels good.” Humans find violence deeply satisfying But remove the satisfaction, and the act becomes… hollow.”

Which means someone always makes a chaos everywhere but only for his own sake and his pleasure.

Overall, this film has won 45 awards and successfully become one of the best biography movies in 2014. This film is also recommended to all who like drama or biography movies.


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.


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.


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.


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.