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A Silent Voice

Shout! Factory.comWe’re going to be diving into an animated movie called, “A Silent Voice” or “The Shape of Voice” whichever title you prefer.  It was produced by Kyoto Animation, directed by Naoko Yamada and written by Reiko Yoshida. With that said I would like to thank everyone in involved in the making of this awesome movie.

Now this movie mostly revolves around two main characters who are Shoya and Shoko. Shoko transferred over to Shoko’s elementary school where everyone learned that she was deaf and had to wear hearing aides in order to hear at least a little bit. But, still preferred to communicate with everyone through her notebook. For some reason, Shoya and her friends start bullying her and anyone trying to befriend her. Until one day, Shoko’s mom makes an complaint to the school which in turn makes Shoya’s friends turn on him in order to save themselves from punishment.

With the bullying and harassment exposed Shoya’s mom was forced to pay back all the money to Shoko’s family in compensation to him breaking or taking her hearing aides. Shoya learned three life lessons during this time:

Karma is a bitch

During tough or dire situations, you find out who your real friends are

That all of your actions come with rewards and consequences

AminoApps.comIn this his case very harsh consequences because not only did his family have to give up the money to Shoko’s family, but he also lost all his friends and everything he did to her was being done to him. This stuck with him even after Shoko suddenly transferred out to another school. Eventually, he did get to transfer to another school too, but the mental and emotional damage was already done by then because in his new school he didn’t have any friends there either, he had trouble looking at people in the eye and his depression seemed to be so bad that his mind couldn’t even bother to remember people faces. The people not important to him in his life had huge Xs over their faces showing that he didn’t really care for their existence so the only people that initially didn’t have an X over their was face were pretty much family members.

Fate seems to intervene once more with Shoko and Shoya reuniting in a sign language class. Shoya wants to redeem himself for his past mistakes concerning her, so he decides to befriend her.Then, the beautiful drama journey between these two is born. This is a total tear jerker of a movie and if you watch this movie and you don’t shed a tear then I’m pretty sure you don’t have a soul.

Tumblr.comIn this movie, new friendships are born, old ones are renewed, jealousy and love are sprung and speaking of jealousy I think Naoka had a crush on Shoya because of the fact that she blames Shoko for how their friendship ended in elementary school and now how Shoko and Shoya seem to be so close now. So, she ends up becoming a bitter bitch in trying to sabotage their new found friendship anyway she can. What I think Naoko never ever understood from that childhood experience was that their little group of friends weren’t really friends to begin with because even if Shoko wasn’t in the picture; some other time in the future something else was going to break them apart. Also, she had plenty of time after the incident to rekindle her friendship with Shoya but the fact that she never bothered because she was afraid of becoming an social outcast herself spoke volumes to me.

Anyway, I really loved this movie it moved my heart to tears. Their are a lot of life lessons to be learned in it, makes you appreciate life as a whole and how it shows you that things can always get better with time plus the movie itself was overall beautiful. I recommend anime and non-anime watchers to definitely watch, but if you don’t feel like crying your eyes out while watching it, I will understand.

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Sherlock Holmes

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Source: Baker Street Wiki

Just finished Sherlock Holmes the Devil’s Daughter not too long ago and I know that I probably haven’t talked about the previous Sherlock Holmes game in the past so I’ll talk about both so you guys don’t get confused or anything. This game was developed by FrogWares and I have to say that this one is a bit better than the last one.

 

The story already starts out epic and action because the first thing you see is a man (whom you find out later that its Sherlock Holmes) running in the middle of the woods from a mysterious figure while being shot at and the only thing that I could think of was…did he get away?

Later, we find out the answer to that question but I’m not going to spoil it for the people who haven’t played it yet. In this game, I noticed a lot of different things that the previous didn’t do or show. Like the fact that both characters appearances have changed, you can go more rooms in his apartment than last time and that Holmes adopted a daughter!

The last one I was not expecting, even though, the freaking title says the Devil’s Daughter right on the cover. I was kind of hoping it was someone else’s daughter. When I first saw her I was like does a wife too that I don’t know about in this game too? As you guys can guess, Sherlock Holmes in the last game was pretty much single with no love interest in mind. But, then they say adopted and now I’m thinking why in the hell did he adopt a little girl?

People I’m not being mean or anything but if you’ve watched the movies or played the last game then you guys will know why him being a parent or even trying to start a family would be like mission impossible for this guy. Just like the last game it had about 5 different cases where you gather evidence and decide who the criminal is. I’m usually good at detective games but this one had me doubting myself the entire time I played. Also, this one had a lot more puzzle games than the last one which frustrated me to know end. For most of the puzzles after you die a number of times a skip option would appear which I happily clicked one.

A woman named Alice appears in the game and before I even played the game other players would say that this was probably a potential love interest. But, when I saw her she instantly reminded me of the lady thief in the first Sherlock Holmes movie and I instantly knew she was up to no good. Again not going to spoil what happens between these two but I will tell you that it gets crazy………and creepy!!!

Theirs one thing that I seem to notice throughout the whole game that’s been bugging me and I was surprised when I was surfing the net and no one seemed to notice that this was a bit odd to me. If you’ve played the game, then you’ve seen the William Halmington photo and my first thought when I saw it was……ISN’T THIS THE SAME GUY PHOTO FROM UNTIL DAWN?! If you’ve played Until Dawn then you know what I’m talking about when your walking around and you find clues and you find this guy’s picture of him slowly being turned into a Wendigo. It bugged me the entire time I was playing and kept looking at the photo over and over and then looked up the Until Dawn photo and they do look similar.

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Photo from Until Dawn       Source:until-dawn-fc.deviantart.com

I kept thinking maybe they were made by the same people. There have been lots of times when old stuff from previous games would pop up in newer games from the same company, so I thought that was the case here. The answer I got was ……no. Two different games from two different companies. For people who have played Until Dawn and Sherlock Holmes the Devil’s Daughter, I would like for you guys to try to compare to see if it’s not just me who thinks this is really weird. Again since no one seemed to have come to this realization at the similarity I was only able to get the photo to Until Dawn once I can find a Sherlock Holmes version of it, I will put it up here, as well.

 

Overall, this is a pretty good game better than its last one. I loved the storyline and the characters, if you like puzzle/mystery or detective games then you’ll like this game a lot. Even for me who doesn’t enjoy puzzle games very much, I still very much enjoyed the story.

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Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox

This animation movie is about a young girl named Yobi. Well, no one knows how old she really is because she’s actually a fox that possesses magical powers. What she likes doing the most is turning herself into a ten year old girl.

For some reason, an alien race of furry aliens crash land on Earth and have been trying since then to go back to their planet. They are so weird and one of them likes repeating what the other one says. Then, one day one of them that’s considered a ‘troublemaker’ within the group gets yelled at forcing him to leave, which then leads to him getting himself captured by the kids at a nearby school. The school seems to be a school for the oddballs or outcasts of society. It did hint that some of these kids have some issues that need to be resolved.

The rest of the aliens feeling bad for him want to try to rescue him, so they ask Yobi to infiltrate the school and get their friend back. That is where the story begins. This movie absolutely cute and heart warming. You know that Yobi wants to be human, but she’s kind hearted enough to not take extreme or evil measures to get it. Unlike Mr.Shadow, who I had thought was a good guy at first when I saw him helping her get away from the hunter several times.

My favorite characters would have to be Yobi, Jung Jong-ee and Geum-ee. Jong-ee was this cute little girl who didn’t speak and for some strange reason, she always had to be hugging something. First, it was her oversized teddy bear and then she turned her attention to the alien. Geum-ee was this nice guy who wanted to be a comedian and liked spending time with Yobi. I liked watching the puppy love develop between the two, even though, Yobi had no clue that she was in love in the first place.

This movie is filled with adventure, mystery, magic and a glimpse of the supernatural world. I loved this movie and I can’t wait to see more. I really think that watching Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox is a total must see!

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