Going Down The List: Tokyo Godfathers

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Tokyo Godfathers is easily my least favourite movie by Satoshi Kon, but that doesn’t mean I disliked it or thought it was bad. Compared to most other anime movies it’s actually really unique in a way that I guess you’d be more likely to see in Western (and probably European) cinema. It tells a heartwarming story about a group of homeless people who find an abandoned child and go on a journey to find the child’s parents. To me, at least, that doesn’t sound very “anime”.

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Going Down The List: Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo

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As the title implies, Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) is a movie about time travel, and that means I had some reservations about it right from the start. I’m easily confused by time travel stories that loop in on themselves (usually meaning the time traveling character ends up being in two places at once), and this movie was no exception. Fortunately, though, the strengths of the film were solid enough that the time traveling didn’t distract me from them.

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Going Down The List: Toaru Kagaku no Railgun

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In retrospect, I’m impressed by my achievement with this series: Being able to watch 4×24 episodes of a single franchise in the time span of only a few months. More than anything else, I think that is a testament (no pun intended) to just how much I like the world the series is set in. I’m sad there haven’t been any installments of the anime since 2013, mostly because I’d never have the patience to read the light novels or manga, because I’d really like to see more.

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Going Down The List: The Sky Crawlers

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The Sky Crawlers is a movie about fighter pilots, which is kind of interesting in itself. Aside from several Miyazaki films, I don’t think I’ve seen any other anime movie about fighter pilots, or even just heavily featuring planes. Off the top of my head I can think of a few –  Toaru Hikuushi e no Tsuioku (a movie), Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta (a TV series which I dropped) and Last Exile (a TV series) – but I don’t know enough about any of them to compare them to The Sky Crawlers.

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Going Down The List: The iDOLM@STER

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I like Idolmaster. Some parts more than others, but I like it nonetheless. But I’m having a hard time remembering exactly why. It’s not because of the songs proper, because while I like the OPs none of the other songs really stuck with me (a problem I had with Love Live too, to some extent). It’s not the story either, because if the original Idolmaster ever had an overarching story I never noticed (Cinderella Girls did have a story, sort of, but it wasn’t fantastic). I also wasn’t so hot on most of the character arcs, except for Chihaya’s and Haruka’s arcs.

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Going Down The List: Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa

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I’ve said many times before that I consider Laputa (Castle in the Sky) to be one of my least favourite Ghibli films. I didn’t like the characters, I didn’t like the lore, I didn’t like the themes, I didn’t even like the world (with the exception of the eponymous castle in the sky). It’s possible that my opinion would change after a rewatch, but honestly I doubt it.

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Going Down The List: Tekkon Kinkreet

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Tekkon Kinkreet is a movie about crime, gangs and turf wars, but most of all it’s about family and staying true to yourself. It’s a pretty action-heavy film, at least at times, but the character relationship between Black and White is the main point of the movie in my opinion. And it alone is reason enough for me to recommend the movie (because I do love myself a good family story).

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