Japanese movie, live action

鋼の錬金術師 (Fullmetal Alchemist)

It’s impossible to be an anime fan and not come across this series. Fullmetal Alchemist is a popular 2001 shonen manga written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa. The first anime adaptation came out in 2003, the era of some of the greatest and most timeless animes, a big trigger for nostalgia. The story is set… Continue reading 鋼の錬金術師 (Fullmetal Alchemist)

Japanese drama, live action

刑事ゆがみ (Detective Yugami Ep.1-2)

Have you ever watched a drama that got you hooked in literally twenty seconds? Well, that’s exactly what happened when I saw Keiji Yugami's intense opening between its two powerhouse actors from different generations. The badass staredown proves that there’s no need for over-the-top action to start a pilot episode when the leads have equally… Continue reading 刑事ゆがみ (Detective Yugami Ep.1-2)

Japanese drama, live action

銀魂 (Gintama Mitsuba Arc)

A day after the release of Gintama live-action movie in Japan, a three-episode online drama spin-off gets streamed through dTV. Named after Okita Sougo’s older sister Mitsuba, this arc focuses on the most notable members of the Shinsengumi. Okita Mitsuba visits the Shinsengumi headquarters to announce her upcoming marriage. Ever since their parents’ demise, she single-handedly… Continue reading 銀魂 (Gintama Mitsuba Arc)

Japanese movie, live action

銀魂 (Gintama)

Japanese films only run at our local cinemas for a limited time so in spite of my hectic schedule that weekend, I met a friend to catch the screening of Gintama’s live-action movie together. And it turns out to be one of the best viewing experiences I’ve ever had thus far! It felt like a… Continue reading 銀魂 (Gintama)

Japanese movie, live action

東京喰種 (Tokyo Ghoul)

Tokyo Ghoul is one of this year’s most anticipated Japanese live-action films. However, fans have expressed their unease before its release. It’s hard not to worry considering the erratic results of live-action adaptations, the director’s unfamiliarity with the source material prior to making the movie, and the sudden controversial retirement of its lead actress. The film… Continue reading 東京喰種 (Tokyo Ghoul)

American movie, Japanese drama, Japanese movie, live action, remake

Netflix’ Death Note VS. The Previous Japanese Death Note Adaptations

I attended a three-day ComicCon last month and I queued outside the Netflix booth where I successfully experienced the Death Note virtual reality game. I met Ryuk, held the infamous Death Note, and got to be "Kira" for a few minutes. I know very well how the story goes, but at that very moment my… Continue reading Netflix’ Death Note VS. The Previous Japanese Death Note Adaptations

Japanese drama, live action

See The Cast Of ‘Hana Kimi’ Then And Now

Hanazakari no Kimitachi e is based on the shoujo manga written by Hisaya Nakajo. It follows the story of Ashiya Mizuki who flies all the way from the US to Japan to meet high jump athlete Sano Izumi. She transfers to Osaka High in her attempts to get close to her hero. Problem is, it’s an… Continue reading See The Cast Of ‘Hana Kimi’ Then And Now