Brief Encounters

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Sometimes, there is a work that just pierced your soul, leaving deep cuts all over the place. Continue reading

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In the Mood for Love

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Happy (belated) Valentine’s Day!

Work had absolutely been slaying me for the first two weeks of this month, but reprieve has finally arrived (for now). As I have a lot of sentimental fondness for the middle part of February for reasons beyond just the chocolate-related one, it feels like a great time to discuss two of the sweetest, mushiest, romantic series I’ve ever had the pleasure to discover.

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Nostalgia for A Smile (‘Memories’ Review)

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So, I participated in the anime secret santa event organized by the fellows at Reverse Thieves, and got three very well-regarded and technically accomplished anime films as recommendations: Memories, Lupin: Castle of Cagliostro, and Redline. While I’d plan to watch all three at some point, the eventual choice for a review is an easy decision. I love humane drama with sci-fi elements, and Memories is one I had been meaning to see for a while, so the rec has essentially become the final push for me.

Unsurprisingly, I came away from it feeling pretty darn satisfied and impressed.

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Elementary, My Dear Puppet (Ayatsuri Sakon Review)

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Seeing the resurgence of mystery/detective shows lately, I figured it’d be a good time to dredge up an old favorite from the last turn of century. Karakurizoushi Ayatsuri Sakon, or Puppet Master Sakon, has a very clear identity as classic murder mystery show, in the sense that anyone who can’t stand repetitive cycle of gory corpses, people being spiteful to each other, and tons of scenes with investigators standing around discussing the likes of alibi, motive, and opportunity, shouldn’t come anywhere close to it. On the other hand, those who can’t get enough of that stuff should be able to really enjoy its pure whoddunit set-up that enabled the audience to sleuth along, distinct atmosphere and setting, and a great protagonist in crime-solving ventriloquist Tachibana Sakon.

Bonus points if you like puppets, especially the creepy murderous variant.
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