Stray Thoughts: Mary and the Witch’s Flower

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Note: this post contains some minor spoilers for the plot of Mary and the Witch’s Flower. Read at your own risk!

Welcome back! Yesterday, I had the pleasure of seeing Mary and the Witch’s Flower. What I expected to be a lowkey affair (I had intended to see this closer to my home at the Thursday night premiere event, but a last-minute, 5-hour meeting at work prevented that) ended up being a mini-adventure (after the premiere event, I discovered that the only theater screening the film in my state was over an hour away), and after seeing the film, I felt it was worth writing about. This is not meant to be a big review; I just want to write some thoughts down and share with you all!

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Impressions: Tamako Market, eps. 1-4

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Welcome back, everyone! I hope that you’ve been doing well. The blog has slowly been filling up with posts, but I notice there have been no posts on anime or manga yet. Though not my favorite medium by any stretch, I certainly spend a fair chunk of my time watching anime.

As part of the blitz of holiday sales sweeping the United States (and possibly other parts of the world) now, I spent more money than I probably should have on anime Blu-rays. Thanks to the incredible adaptation of A Silent Voice that I had the pleasure of seeing in October, I decided to buy box sets of anime created by Kyoto Animation. Kyoto Animation (colloquially known as KyoAni) is known for its crisp character designs and smooth animation. Over the last ten years, they’ve produced a string of lasting hits. Ask anyone to name their favorite anime series of the last ten years – or, hell, even five – and chances are good that they’ll name at least one show by this studio. RCAnime’s video on their studio ethics deemed them “the Pixar of Japan,” and I’d say that’s a fair assessment, at least in terms of production values. Continue reading