TV Review: Stitchers Season 3

Genre: Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

Rating: TV-14

Episodes: 10

Summary: Cameron has to save Kirsten from her last stitch, where she is trapped in her own mind.

Plot: 3/5 The plot for this season centered around a lot of…relationship drama. Okay, there were some plot points about Stinger and Kirsten’s mom, but overall, I felt like I was watching a great big drama of wanting to be together and then not (literally ALL of the characters. Ugh.). Then there was that cheesy bit about love. Oh well. Despite all this, there were still some good episodes. My favorite episode was “Just the Two of Us.” One, because it was a Camsten-heavy episode, and Two, because of the way the actual story flowed and progressed.

Argh, the last few minutes of the season finale broke my heart though. I nearly cried. I hope there’s a 4th season because I gotta know what happens next and who that one person was talking to. (I highly doubt that there will be a 4th season though…)

Characters: 3/5 Please see my thoughts under plot. But I really do appreciate that CAMSTEN FINALLY HAPPENED! πŸ™‚ And can I just say, as much as I love Cameron’s character, LINUS is THE. BEST. He is super underappreciated. And Camille? Her sass is the best. πŸ™‚ Her character development was significant too!

Actors: 3/5 Ritesh Rajan | Salli Richardson-Whitfield | Emma Ishta | Kyle Harris | Allison Scagliotti | Damon Dayoub | C. Thomas Howell | Anna Akana

Special Effects: 3/5 Consistent with past seasons

My Score: 3/5 Not the greatest season, but still has its good episodes and moments. πŸ™‚ Waiting for Season 4! (please!)

Manga Review: Fairy Tail

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Author: Mashima Hiro

Genre: Shounen, Fantasy, Comedy

Rating: PG-13 (definitely has fanservice)

# of Chapters: 545

Summary: Natsu and his friends at Fairy Tail, a guild of mages, go on adventures. (lol, that is the least spoiler-y I can be ^^)

Plot: 3/5 There are few arcs that I enjoyed, and overall, it’s a nice adventure. However, it’s a standard shounen manga. To be honest, I tried watching the anime first and didn’t really like it. It also took me a while to get into the story. That being said, since it is a shounen manga, you can expect a lot of NAKAMA power. πŸ˜‰

I was also a bit disappointed about the ending. It felt anti-climactic. True, I was happy with some of the ships at the end, but it still felt like something was missing.

Characters: 3/5 Overall, there is a good range of characters, good character reveals, and good development. Β Unfortunately, I binge-read the first 2/3 of the story, so I can’t remember a lot of their names -_-;;;

Drawing Style: 4/5Β It could be a bit fan-servicey. Β (about the same level as One Piece)

My Score: 3/5 Not a bad shounen manga if you like that genre!

TV Review: Voltron season 3

Genre: Adventure, Sci-fi

Rating: TV-Y7

Episodes: 7 (only 7 maaaaah)

Summary: With Shiro missing, the Voltron team must find a new pilot for the black lion, while learning to fight together against a new villain, Lotor.

Plot: 3/5 I feel like having only 7 episodes for season 3 was too short. Just as we were starting to see some character and plot development, it was cut short. Waiting for season 4 πŸ™‚

Characters: 3/5 There were someinteresting new characters added to this season. We also had some character backstories revealed. AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT SHIRO’S MYSTERIOUS BACKGROUND PLEASE.

There was a significant increase in female power in this season. Β We still have Pidge and Allura, but Lotor’s entourage are all butt-kicking females. πŸ™‚ I will say, I especially loved how Allura is becoming more than just a princess or the Castle pilot in this season. πŸ™‚

Actors: 4/5 It’s better? As in less cringy than before. Or maybe i’m just getting used to it Kimberly Brooks | Rhys Darby | Josh Keaton | Tyler Labine | Jeremy Shada | Bex Taylor-Klaus | Steven Yeun

Animation: 4/5 Always great πŸ™‚

My Score: 3/5 I’m still going to watch season 4, but to be honest, it’s not the greatest show. lol I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.

TV Review: Generator Rex

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure

Rating: TV-PG

Episodes: 21 (season 1), 19 (season 2), 20 (season 3)

Summary: After an explosion of nanites 5 years ago, all living creatures are affected and sometimes mutate into monsters called Evos. It’s up to Rex and Providence to take care of them!

Plot: 4/5 Generator Rex is a classic “hero with abilities fights monsters” story, but I loved all the details! There’s backstory, mystery, character development, and even some romance. I liked the progression of the story through the 3 seasons. Even though there were some silly childish episodes, there were also many episodes that had a great story. I’d say this is definitely for older audiences (maybe teens), but there are still moments where it felt like a kid show.

Characters: 4/5 AHHH SIX!!!! GREAT CHARACTERS. It helps that Rex is the kind of character that I like (ie. Amnesia), Dr. Holiday is a super-smart, super active female doctor, and Six is the deadly assassin who is also a stoic softie. πŸ˜€ I also appreciated the diversity – the MC himself is half-Argentinian and half-Mexican.

Actors: 4/5 I’m so glad the voice acting wasn’t cringy (except maybe Bobo, but that’s just his character) Daryl Sabara | Grey DeLisle | John DiMaggio | Wally Kurth | J.K. Simmons | Fred Savage | Troy Baker | Freddy RodrΓ­guez | Jennifer Hale | Tara Sands

Animation: 4/5 not bad! created by the same people who did Ben 10, and I think I like this so much better (story and animation)

Music: 4/5 Surprised to hear a good OST πŸ™‚

My Score: 4/5 LOVED IT. I’d watch it again. πŸ™‚ I’m so sad it’s only 3 seasons, but I’m glad it sort of had an ending! (even though there are some unanswered questions)

Movie Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi/Fantasy

Rating: PG-13

Summary: Valerian and Laureline are special agents on a mission to protect their home of Alpha and the universe.

Plot: 4/5 I thoroughly enjoyed it! I wouldn’t say the plot itself is original, but it was a solid story. It really was an adventure that was fun to watch. It tackled social issues too. πŸ™‚ As for the characters, I was pleased to see character development~ subtle, but definitely there. The characters themselves were pretty neat too. I thought Bubble was the best.~

That being said, I think this movie would have been better as a TV series. I feel like there was a lot of potential to dive even deeper into the story and character backstories.

Actors: 4/5 ugh yes. Dane DeHaan | Cara Delevingne | Clive Owen | Rihanna

Pacing: 4/5 The pacing was very much like an adventure. πŸ™‚

Special Effects: 5/5 The effects were BEAUTIFUL. I loved all the details of the CG and of the makeup/costumes/set designs too!

Music: 4/5 I definitely had moments where I noticed how GOOD the music was.

My Score: 4/5 I know it’s not doing so hot in the box office, but I thought it was really good! Maybe it’s one of those that is for niche audiences.

Musical Review: Anastasia: Journey to the Past

Genre: Modern fairy tale

Rating: PG (maybe like one or two PG-13 moments, but overall, it is pretty tame)

Summary: Anya joins Dimitri and Vlad in a journey to discover her forgotten past.

Plot: 4/5 I know this is not a movie, but I don’t watch enough Broadway musicals to have a category just for it. (lol) So here is Anastasia in my movies tag. πŸ™‚
So, I recently had a chance to visit New York with my mom, and the first thing that I made sure to do was to buy tickets to this Broadway musical. IT IS SO GOOD!

It was interesting to see the differences between the animated movie and Broadway musical. For example, the musical doesn’t really have the element of fantasy (aka. no Rasputin or Bartok). Instead, it talks about the historical aspect of the Russian revolution. The main “bad guy” was a guard (officer?) who played a role in the Russian revolution. In addition, there were some details that were different as well. For example, the way that Dimitri and Anya first met was different.

Actors: 4/5 The performers were all AMAZING! Both the singing and the acting. It took a bit of time to get used to their voices because I was so used to the animated movie version, but they were all very talented. I could tell some of them were famous in the musical world because when they first showed up (and at the end when they were bowing), the audience exploded into cheers and clapping (which bothered the heck out of me lol).

Pacing: 5/5 There was an intermission that divided the story between the characters time in Russia and their time in Paris.

Special Effects: 4/5 I had never seen a musical that used a screen to do different backgrounds. Technology is pretty cool! There was also this scene during “Once Upon a December” (I think) where there were “ghosts” projected on the walls all around the theater. So cool!

Music: 5/5 THE. MUSIC. Not only did they use the songs from the original, but they added new themes and songs. AND I LOVE THEM. My favorite song is “In a Crowd of Thousands.”

My Score: 4/5 If you have a chance to go to NY, I recommend this one. πŸ™‚

Anime Review: Koe no Katachi

Genre: Coming of Age, Shounen

Rating: PG to PG-13 (mainly bc of some of the themes they address)

# of Episodes: 1 (movie)

Summary: A young man who used to bully a deaf girl tries to make amends with her.

Plot: 4/5 Y’all, I cannot express how much I love this story. I only give it a 4/5 because it’s based on the manga, and they had to take out certain details. I think overall it’s a good adaptation though. But back to the story. It’s not exactly a romance, but rather it’s a coming of age story. I LOVED IT.

Characters: 5/5 SO MUCH character development.

Voice Actors: 5/5 IRINO MIYU and HAYAMI SAORI.

Animation: 5/5 The TRANSITIONS. The CINEMATOGRAPHY. THE POVs. There were many many many scenes that were animated from the point of view of the characters. Since the MC looks at the ground a lot, we as the audience got to see the ground a lot. That kind of detail just makes me appreciate animation even more!!!! Speaking of details, MAN. The DETAILS. I mean, Shouya’s shirt tag consistently sticks out. Who decides to put in a minor thing like that? Amazing. Kyoto Animation you have blown me away AGAIN. XD I LOVE IT.

Music: 4/5 Beautiful use of songs and OST. There’s nothing “BAM” exciting about the music, but I definitely liked the opening song when they introduce Shouya and his friends. It was an unexpected style of song, and yet it fit the scenes and transitioning so well. I also thought that the OST was calm but fitting to the particular scenes. There were many scenes where music wasn’t even played, and again, I think for this story it was appropriate.

My Score: 5/5 I love this movie. I highly recommend it! I know that it came out around the same time as Kimi no Na Wa, but somehow this one doesn’t get as much recognition. I love both, but they definitely have different feels. PLEASE WATCH THIS ONE.