Josee, the Tiger and the Fish

Tsuneo Suzukawa wants to go to Mexico to study marine biology. He works in a scuba shop in Japan to make money for his school, but it is not enough. When he gets the opportunity to get a higher paying job, caring for a difficult girl in a wheelchair, he jumps at the opportunity andContinue reading “Josee, the Tiger and the Fish”

Penguin Highway

Aoyama is a fourth grade prodigy with a crush on his Dentist’s wife. When penguins start popping out of thin air like Mr. Popper is visiting Aoyama’s hometown, the enthusiastic researcher comes out of him and traces the penguins back to the wife. He sets his mind on exploring the fantastical events that surround thisContinue reading “Penguin Highway”

Ride Your Wave

A couple weeks before she starts university, Hinako Mukaimizu meets Minato Hinageshi when he rescues her from a fire in her apartment building. He asks her out and they fall deeply in love. As their love, and their love for surfing, grows, Minato loses his life attempting to rescue a drowning surfer. Heartbroken, Hinako mustContinue reading “Ride Your Wave”

Violet Evergarden

*Violet Evergarden consists of the 13 episode show, a half hour special episode, and a movie. This review takes all three into account with the most emphasis placed on the show.* Violet Evergarden was raised to be a weapon. A child soldier given to an army major by his brother, Violet took orders, killed, andContinue reading “Violet Evergarden”

In This Corner of The World

Suzu Hojo is a young Japanese girl growing up in the shadow of World War II. Her arranged marriage takes her away from her awful brother and into a family she doesn’t know and is ill prepared for — complete with an awful sister-in-law included with every purchase. Wartime comes and Suzu struggles to maintainContinue reading “In This Corner of The World”

The Garden of Words

The Garden of Words is a short movie about two people who find an escape from a world they don’t feel a part of. Our two characters skip out on school and work before finding each other by chance in a public garden on a rainy morning. We are along for the ride as theseContinue reading “The Garden of Words”

Liz and the Blue Bird

This movie is not really about Liz or a blue bird. In fact, both Liz and the blue bird are characters in a book, inside this story. Their roles are largely to act as metaphors for our two main characters, Mizore and Nozomi and their relationship as they struggle with feelings of impending distance forming between them as they move to college life.