Month: February 2012

The Secret World of Arriety

The Secret World of Arriety is another cute, well animated movie by Japanese director/writer, Hayao Miyazaki.  The story revolves around a young “Borrower” named Arrietty and her family. They live their lives hiding in the inners of a house and borrowing needed items to survive. Unfortunately, they are discovered a young boy that moves in the house and their world is suddenly upwhirled because of it.

Disney did a pretty good job of dubbing the movie in English.  At the movie theater I was surrounded by annoying little children. And when I mean annoying, they wouldn’t stop talking or yelling at the screen, or sit still. But they all seemed to enjoy themselves. As an adult, I liked the story, characters and the animation of it.

However, the only thing I have a bone to pick with is that the story didn’t really have a point to it. My sister advised it was missing a true climax.  Despite this, it’s still a cute movie you might want to take your kids to.

If you are interested in anime, or just a plain good animated movie check out some of the rest of Miyazaki’s movies including: Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and Howl’s Flying Castle.

Do you have a favorite Miyazaki movie? Leave a comment or suggestion 😉

I’m waiting for a new Movie…lets talk Anime!

I have been staying at home more often lately.  Therefore, I have turned to my favorite thing to do at home…watch Netflix .  However, Netflix has been disappointing me with it’s streaming movie selection.  I guess their new business plan is to provide a slew of TV shows to stream instead of movies.  Bleh, this can be good cause I like to watch some TV shows on Netflix like South Park, Scrubs and Breaking Bad.  But I originally loved Netflix because of it’s movie selection.  It would thoroughly enjoy browsing their selection and setting up my queue.

So I decided to remedy the situation by watching Anime.  I used to watch a lot more Anime a few years ago, but I somewhat lost interest.  However, I did find a few things to watch and recommend you check them out. P.S, I know they are old…from 2008 or so, but hey…they are new to me 🙂

Darker Than Black:
This is an interesting show.  It’s split into 3 short seasons and you can watch it in a short period of time.  It’s basically about a new breed of humans that start sprouting out after a strange area pops up in Tokyo and changes the sky.  Sounds weird huh?  Well it is a bit weird.

The humans with new powers are called Contractors and basically use their powers to kill people they are contracted to do so.  The characters are interesting.  Each of them has a back story episode and you keep wanting to watch it just to see where the story leads you.  There is alot of killing, blood, fighting and drama.

Black Blood Brothers:
BBB is a pretty cool vampire anime.  The story revolves around Jiru (an old blood vampire) and his younger brother trying to make their way to the Special Zone.  They end up in the middle of a race battle between the Kowloon children (another race of vampires) and humans.  There is lots of action, drama, some romance and cool looking anime guys. This is a plus for any girl who likes vampires and anime 🙂  Unfortunately, Netflix only has season one and I want to see more of it.  The background stories for most of the characters only begins to unwrap in this season and the battle between the vampire clans and so forth is just beginning as well.

Soul EaterI started to watch this anime a few years ago.  I eventually caught up to it’s release in Japan and had to wait for a weekly episode to be subbed in English, so I lost track of it.  Now it’s on Netflix and I have been catching up.  It might be for a younger crowd, but it still has lots of action, cool characters, a pretty good story line and humor.  I would compare it to Naruto, maybe.  It’s based on several students that go to an academy for Shinigamis (death gods). The students are paired up as meisters and they have a partner they use as a weapon. They are training to ultimately make their weapons into Death Scythes and collect evil souls.  There are witches, ghost and other monsters that cause trouble for the students as they collect souls to reach their goals.

Update 03-06-12:  I finally finished watching Soul Eater.  Eh, I was slightly disappointed the ending was a pretty typical anime ending.  It made sense, which alot of animes tend to piss off fans at the end and not make any sense at all, but I was hopeing for more.  :/

Tool Concert!!! Bank Atlantic Center 02/04/12

I finally got to see Tool this past Monday!!! They are one of my all time favorite bands 🙂

The show was great!  The band plays as well as any of their recordings.  They pretty much played all their popular songs including Stinkfist, Sober, Aenema, FortySix and 2, and Schism.  The light show was great.  If you were on any sort of narcotic I’m sure it would have added an extra umph to the light show 😉

I completely lucked out because of my awesome friends.  We ended up upgrading our nose bleed seats for suite seats for free.  Courtesy of some nice strangers and hot babes. That completely brought an extra dose of awesome to the whole night.

Unfortunately, my fancy phone was dieing around this time (as usual).  I tried to take as many pics as possible, but they all came out blurry and distant looking.The stage had a pretty cool set of large screens that played their videos on.

The opening act failed to mention their name, so I had no clue who this band was.  They weren’t very good tho.  Lost of growling type singing….

One thing that was a bummer from the night is that the lead singer Maynard was hiding by the drummer the whole time.  Many people have told me he tends to have stage fright and does this at all the shows.  Awe…that saddened me.  However, he still sounded great! So it was just a minor flaw in the act.
So check out Tool.  They are a pretty hardcore rock band with a dash of artsiness to them.  The lyrics have alot of meaning and the entire band is just an awesome ensemble and do a great performance.  You can view the video for Sober below: