Rurouni Kenshin Movie Trilogy Review! [CAUTION: SPOILERS].

I always gravitated towards samurai movies, anything with a good sword fighting action is my kind of movie. That’s why I decided it is about time to watch the live action Rurouni Kenshin movies. It’s a good thing I did, because I was blown away by the movies! The three Rurouni Kenshin movie are Rurouni Kenshin (2012), Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (2014) and Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (2014).

Rurouni Kenshin, 2012.
Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, 2014.
Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, 2014.

I can’t wait to start talking about these movies, so let’s begin!

RUROUNI KENSHIN (2012)

I’ll begin talking about the first movie from the trilogy! These movies are based on the very popular manga, Rurouni Kenshin. I personally have never watched the anime, but I’ve heard many positive thing about it. I will be sharing an overall opinion about the movies, after I write a brief synopsis for each movie. Before I proceed with this synopsis of this film, let me introduce to you the characters and actors in this movie.

Protagonists

Himura Kenshin played by Takeru Satoh.

Kenshin is the main protagonist of the story, he is a former assassin known as Hitokiri Battōsai. After the 1868 Battle of Toba-Fushimi, Kenshin become a wandering samurai who abandons his assassin life. However, escaping his past is not that easy and he eventually he gets caught up into trouble with new enemies. Even so, he still insists on avoiding any fights and killing opponents like he did in the past.

Kamiya Kaoru played by Emi Takei.

Kaoru is the owner and instructor at a Kendo school that was founded by her deceased father. Kaoru is timid and she is against violence, one day she meets Kenshin who saves her from an impostor who calls himself Battosai. As a thank you, Kaoru invited Kenshin to stay at her dojo and begins to see him as a kind person.

Takani Megumi played by Yu Aoi.

Takani Megumi is a physician who get captured by Takeda Kanryu and tries to get her to help him make opium. After being held captive for a few days, she manages to escape Kanryu’s house, but she is shortly pursued by his servants. Near the end of the movie she gets captures, but Kenshin and Sagara save her. Throughout the movie trilogy, she proves to be loyal and reliable.

Sagara Sanosuke played by Munetaka Aoki.

He has a very impulsive, brash and straightforward personality, Sagara serves the role as the comic relief during some of the battle moments in the movies. Sagara’s first encounter with Kenshin is when they are in jail together, Sagara challenges him to a duel after he learns Kenshin is Hitokiri Battōsai. Sagara loses the battle, but him and Kenshin become friend. Sagara offers his assistance to Kenshin in his fight against Takeda Kanryu and his men, when they go to save Kaoru and Megumi. Even through he can very brash, he really is a great friend!

Myojin Yahiko played by Taketo Tanaka.

Yahiko is a student at Kaoru’s school, he always tries to help Kaoru and Kenshin even though he is not skilled fighter.

Saito Hajime played by Yusuke Eguchi.

Saito Hajime was very skilled and powerful samurai a decade before the Meiji Government was formed, he led his group and fought against Kenshin in the Battle of Toba-Fishimi. After the battle, he becomes a high ranking member of the police department. He is in pursuit of Takeda Kanruy and seeks the help of Kenshin because he knows he is a skilled fighter. Throughout the movie trilogy, he proves to a great fighter and almost equal to Kenshin! He fights for justice and bringing down the antagonists in this story!

Antagonists

Takeda Kanryu played by Teruyuki Kagawa.

Takeda is known for being very materialistic and only caring about money, he is also a opium dealer! At the beginning of the movie he captures Megumi because she knows how to make opium, after Megumi espcapes, he sends his men to find her. He has a very sarcastic, yet wicked personality and strives to get what he wants in a dishonest manner.

Udo Jin-e played by Koji Kikkawa.

Udo Jin-e used to be a hitokiri (sumarai) during the Bakumatsu era, after the war, he took Kenshin’s katana. A decade later, Udo Jin-e called himself Battōsai, impersonating Kenshin and using  Kenshin’s old katana to commit mass murders. He began to work for Kanryu and he was ordered to kidnap Kaoru and Megumi.

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The story follow the journey of Himura Kenshin who is a former legendary assassin who becomes a wanderer after the famous 1868 Battle of Toba-Fushimi. After the battle is over, he makes a vow to himself to abandon his life as an assassin and never kill again. The movie begins with the battle, showing scenes of Keshin fighting his opponents. Back then he was known as Hitokiri Battōsai, after the battle he leaves his katana (sword) as sign of abandoning his assassin life. A decade later, the New Age is celebrated and the Meiji government is created, the New Age and government strictly state that ownership of any weapons is strictly prohibited.  However, trouble comes back after Saito Hajime finds an undercover cop dead, supposedly by Battosai, but he suspects the healthy wealthy business man, Takeda Kanryu. Secretly, Kanryu hires his own army with Udo Jin-e being the main fighter of the group. Following this event, more killings have been reported to the police! As Kenshin continues his journey as a wandered, he stumbles upon a village where he meets Kaoru Kamiya, who thinks Kenshin is Battosai and the one responsible for the killings. However, the misunderstanding is quickly resolved and Kenshin learns Kaoru is the owner of a dojo. Following a number of events, the people from the dojo fall ill from rat poison. Angered by this, Kenshin and Sagara join forces to defeat Kanryu.

RUROUNI KENSHIN: KYOTO INFERNO (2014)

I am going to proceed and list the protagonists/antagonists for the sequel, I will only list characters that were not mentioned above.

Protagonists

Mikamachi Misao played by Tao Tsuchiya.

Makimachi Misao is part of the Kyoto-based Oniwabanshu, they are undercover agents  known as ninjas. She encounters Kenshin while she is on her quest to find Aoshi who took care of Misao. She tries to take Kenshin’s sword, but she fails. Later on in the movie, she and the rest of the Oniwabanshu members join forces to fight against the main villain of this movie.

Kashiwazaki Nenji played by Min Tanaka.

Kashiwazaki Nenji is the leader of the Oniwabanshu, he and his group keep a close eye on any chaos that may occur. He met Kenshin for the first time when he brought Masao back to Kyoto. He is the one who helped Kenshin to find the son of the person who created his first sword. He is kind, yet determined to protect the people close to him with every ounce of strength he has left!

Antagonists

Shishio Makoto played by Tatsuya Fujiwara (the actor who played Shuya in Battle Royale).

Shishio is one of Kenshin’s fiercest appoints in the entire film trilogy, he has a ruthless and coldblooded personality. After the Bonshin war, Shishio was betrayed by his comrades, who tried to burn him and left him to die. However, Shishio survived and now he covers his body because of the severe burns. Shishio wants to take revenge on Kyoto and his establishes an army to burn Kyoto.

Aoshi Shinomori played by Yusuke Iseya.

Aoshi Shinomori used to be a young leader of the Oniwabanshu, after witnessing the murder of his comrades by the guards working with the Shotguntune government, he went missing. Afterwards, he joined Shishio’s group and began searching for Kenshin with the hopes of defeating him.

Sawagejo Cho played by Ryosuke Miura.

Sawagejo is part of Shishio’s army, he is very arrogant and bloodthirsty and his goal is to use every sword in the world. He duels Kenshin and hopes to win so he can get his hands of the final sword that was made by one of the best swordsman, also the one who created Kenshin’s first katana.

Soujiro Seta played by Ryunosuke Kamiki.

Soujiro is the right-handman of Shishio and the most skilled swordsman among his crew, so skilled that he breaks Kenshin’s sword during their first battle. His speed is impeccable and matches Kenshin’s speed, making it difficult for him to fight during their first battle. Soujiro is normally seen smiling and showing no other emotion, however he can have a meltdown if his opponent is stronger than him.

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This movie introduced new protagonists and antagonists, it all begins when Saito Hajime who finds out Shishio is responsible for the new chaos. Alarmed by the news of the recent killings, Kenshin is called in by President Okubo of the Meji Govenment, asking him to assist them and kill Shishio. Kenshin declines, stating that his assassin life is in the past, however shortly after their meeting Okubo is killed by Soujiro Seta. That makes Kenshin realize that the situation is very serious and chooses to leave Tokyo and go to Kyoto. Eventually, he meets Shishio, but he refuses to fight Kenshin because he wants his fighting spirit to be back as it was in the past. Instead, Soujiro fights Kenshin and breaks his sword! After meeting Nenji, he goes to find the son of the swordsmith who made his first sword. Kenshin meets the son, however he declines to give him the sword because he is against violence. Shortly after, Sawagero Cho goes to the swordsmith son’s house, scared for his baby’s life, he gives Kenshin the sword to fight and protect his family from Sawagero. When Kenshin goes back to the Oniwabanshu house, he and the ninjas prepared for the arrival of Shishio’s army. While Kenshin is fighting, he notices that Kaoru is kidnapped, so he follows her. Kenshin tries to desperately save Kaoru, so when she is pushed off the ship, he jumps to find her, but he couldn’t. The movie ends with Kenshin lying unconscious on a beach.

RUROUNI KENSHIN: THE LEGEND ENDS (2014)

Protagonist

Hiko Seijūrō XIII played by Fukuyama Masaharu.

Hiko Seijuro is Kenshin’s master, he is the one who discovers Kenshin unconscious on the beach. Kenshin tells him about Shishio and asks him to teach him the final technique, Seijuro agrees and they begin to train. He tries to give Kenshin confidence and help him figure out how to fight to his true potential. Despite being tough spoken with Kenshin, he does care about him and wants him to be happy.

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The movie starts where the last movie ended, Kenshin meets his master and they begin training together. The good news is that Kaoru is alive, the movie ends with the big and final fight between Shishio and Kenshin. There are many more details to be added, but it’s best to watch the movie and find out everything on your own. It will be more exciting 🙂

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I was blown away by how well this movie was done, the story was told well and at an appropriate pace. The sword fighting choreography was amazing, I couldn’t look away from the screen. The casting is nearly perfect, the acting is well done and I see this movie becoming more popular overseas. My final verdict is to watch the movie, trust me, you’ll thank me for recommending this movie 🙂

Let me know what you think if you watch it or have watched it!

Thank you for stopping by and see you soon.

I

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Battle Royale Movie Review! [CAUTION – SPOILERS].

Battle Royale is one of those classic movies that everyone should go and watch, I’ve heard about the movie for a long time and I finally watched it. Battle Royale is Japanese film that was released in 2000 adapted from the widely popular novel that was published in 1999. People may have heard about Battle Royale in relation to the Hunger Games, when the Hunger Games was promoted, Battle Royale fans claimed HG is a Battle Royale ripoff. While I watched the movie, I did find a lot of similarities, but I am going to give Susanne Collins the benefit of the doubt.

We won’t discuss that today, but I will talk to you about Battle Royale and why it is worth your time. Let’s begin.

Battle Royale is known for being more gory than the Hunger Games movies (HG fans don’t worry, I still love HG). I usually avoid gory movies because they are not to my liking, but this one is an exception. The story and the characters intrigued me and I had to watch the whole movie till the end.

Battle Royale is written by Koushun Takami and the story takes place in fictional police state version of Japan known as Republic of Greater East Asia. The BR Act was passed down as a form of military research, however it was discovered that it is really a means of terrorizing the population. If people see this horror, they will be afraid and this can prevent future rebellion.  From time to time, randomly selected classes are chosen to fight in a game to the death, until only one person remains the survivor. The protagonists in the story are Shuya Nanahara, Noriko Nakagawa, Shogo Kawada and Shinji Mimura. The antagonists are Kazuo Kiriyama, Kitano and Mitsuko Souma. Let’s take a more in-depth look at each character that was mentioned here.

Protagonists

played by Tatsuya Fujiwara.

Shuya had a rough childhood from his mother abandoning him to his father committing suicide. When he turns 14 years old, Shuya joined an orphanage. He made many friends and one of his best friends is Yoshitoku Kuninobu. He teaches Shuya how to play the guitar. Before the BR game, Yoshitoku confessed to Shuya that he has a crush on Noriko. When Yoshitoku dies, Shuya makes a vow to protect Noriko in Yoshitoku’s memory.

played by Aki Maeda.

Noriko is a quiet and reserved girl, who also has a crush on Shuya. As the story progresses, Noriko gets shot in the arm by one of the military soldiers. Although she is weak, her strong sense of spirit for hope encourages Shogo and Shuya.

played by Taro Yamamoto.

Shogo was a participant of the games three years ago with a girl her loved, Keiko. When Shogo and Keiko remain the last two on the island, one of them has to die, otherwise the collars will explode and kill them both. That’s why Keiko decides she will be the one die, after this Shogo participates in the games again to avenge her death.

played by Takashi Tsukamoto.

Shinji is portrayed as an intuitive and intelligent student. He is a vital character in the story because he is the one who tries to hack the government’s computer and disable their collars. He is also the first one to find out there are microphones on their collars. The collars track the location of each student, measures their pulse and if someone tries to remove it, it will explode. Along with trying to figure out a way to disable the collars, Shinji also plans to build a bomb. With the purpose of blowing up the Program’s staff location. Unfortunately, he is unsuccessful due to outside interference.

                                                            Antagonists

played by Masanobu Ando.

Kiriyama is ruthless when it comes to confronting anyone in the game. He doesn’t seem to have a second thought before killing. Due to events that occurred in his life as child, Kiriyama could’ve been possibly mute. He shows no emotions and is seen as a sadistic psychopath. He is a dangerous one for sure!

played by Takeshi Kitano.

Kitano is a character that only appears in the movie and not in the novel. He leaves his job as a teacher and instead he becomes a Battle Royale instructor. He is more apathetic to the deaths and we see a more sympathetic side of him with Noriko. In the end, he gets shot by Shuya thinking Kitano was really going to shoot Noriko.

played by Kou Shibasaki.

As a child Mitsuko was molested and she suffers from a severe emotional trauma. Due to this event, Mitsuko became cold, deadly and promiscuous. Despite all this, in the end Mitsuko’s wish has been to fit and not be a loser anymore.

Now that the main characters are introduced, it is time to talk more about the story and the events that occurred in the movie. The movie begins with Ninth Grade Class B in the bus going on a field trip, on their way they are gassed and wake up in a classroom on a remote island. Kitano appears through the door, Class B’s grade seven teacher and he informs them that they are selected for this year’s Battle Royale. Kitano plays an instructional video for the students, telling them how the game is played. In middle of the video, Kitano kills two students because they misbehave, one of them is Shuya’s best friend, Yoshitoku (Nobu). When the commotion settles down, each student is given a bag with food, water, map of the island, compass and a weapon. Sometimes the weapon will be useful, in other circumstances a player may get something useless like a paper fan (what can you possibly do with that). One by one each student is called to take their bags and begin playing the game, before Shuya heads out he tells Noriko that he will be waiting for her outside. In Nobu’s memory, Shuya vows to protect Noriko, because he feels it is responsibility to his best friend and he knows Nobu would’ve done the same. The game begins and many of the students intent to kill, while others chose not to. Eventually, Shogo, Noriko and Shuya form an alliance and try to get through the game together. Shogo has already participated in the game, so he proves to be more knowledgeable and helpful during the tough moments.

The Battle Royale movie was directed by one of the most respected movie directors in Japan, Kinji Fukasaku. Kinji Fukasaku stated in an interview that his inspiration for writing the script of the movie was from his own experience as a teenager in World War II. Fukasaku managed to bring the audience an action packed movie, with plot twists and a lot of drama. This movie will keep you on the edge of your seat from the beginning to the end! The violence and gore can be brutal, but it does look a little bit fake and some of the acting can be too melodramatic. Nevertheless, the great film editing and the dark atmosphere that was created by Fukasaku, makes up for these two minor flaws.

My final verdict for this film is to go and watch it, this dark-thriller is full of suspense and great fighting sequences. This is a powerful and memorable movie that will make you want to re-watch it many more times. I am currently reading the novel, if you wish to see a book review from me, let me know in the comments box.

I hope you enjoyed this film review, there will be more to come soon.

Thank you for reading and see you soon 🙂

Friday Funday! Top 5 Christmas Movies.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Friday Funday! Do you guys remember my “top 5” mini segment that was doing for a while? Well I have good news, it is officially back! This time I want to share with you my Top 5 Favorite Christmas Movies, because Christmas is just right around the corner. Curling up on the couch, with a cup of hot chocolate and a cozy blanket and watching a good Christmas movies is what the holidays are all about.

Let’s get started and enjoy 🙂

5. Snowglobe.

This movie is not mainstream like the others I”m mentioning in this post, but it is definitely one of my favorites. It is about a girl names Angela who loves Christmas, but her family is not excited about it as much as her. One day Angela receives a snowglobe for Christmas that transports to a land where everyday is Christmas. I like this movie because it shows in the end how the family comes together and celebrates Christmas with joy. Christmas truly is all about family time 🙂

4. The Holiday.

Who doesn’t want to have a significant other during the holidays, it definitely makes them feel extra special. If you need a holiday chick-flick movie than this the one for you! I’m sure many of you heard of this movie, but if you haven’t it is about two women who swap houses for the holidays. They have guy troubles so they think this will help them to get away from it and relax. Little did they know, they met the right guys for them on their mini gateway. I am a hopeless romantic, so these kinds of movies definitely make me feel happy. Don’t you wish life worked out like it does in it the movies? haha.

3. Elf.

This movie had to have a place on my “Top 5” list, this is a Christmas movie classic. I’m sure everyone knows the story, but let’s go over it quickly. Buddy grew up on The North Pole, but he always had a feeling that he is different from the other elves. Buddy travels down to New York to find his real father, but when he comes he really has to adjust to this new world. Watching Buddy an adult with a childish personality trying to fit into this new society and so funny. The people he encounters a cranky and rude, but he still maintains his outpouring positive energy and kindness. This can be a reminder for us to be like this 365 days of the year 🙂

3. Borrowed Hearts.

This movie was released in 1997 and it’s a movie made especially for TV. I watched it for the first time a few days ago and I fell in love with it. It is about a man who asks a single employee and her daughter to pretend to be his family so he can win a business deal. The movie is a cheesy romantic love story, but to make the long story short, they fall in love. I love cheesy romantic movies like this one during the holidays 🙂

2. Christmas With The Kranks.

How can anyone even think about not celebrating Christmas? Well in this movie Luther and Nora decide to not celebrate Christmas since their daughter has moved out and they don’t feel the pressure to plan and cook. Their Christmas obsessed neighbors find out and they think it is ludicrous. The movie is so funny and love the Kranks interactions with their neighbors! This movie is a reminder of the Christmas magic and how it the end it makes everything come together the way it supposed to be.

1. Home Alone: Lost In New York.

No other Christmas movie can compare to Home Alone, for me at least! I remember watching it for the first time in Bulgaria when I was four years old and feeling so mesmerized by the beauty of Christmas in New York. Since then it became my dream to travel to New York one day and celebrate Christmas at Plaza Hotel! The soundtrack, the actors and the setting of the movie is perfection. I guess I am biased, but hey I’m sure many of you like this movie as much as I do.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, I had a lot of fun writing it. I wish everyone Happy Holidays and please share with me which Christmas movies you love to watch 🙂

See you soon!

Saying Goodbye To An Anime Classic: Naruto!

We are making a big change today and I am introducing to you my first anime post, don’t worry I’ll continue writing my usual content. This is a one time occasion that I simply cannot miss and this might be only anime post ever! Anime fans enjoy, non anime fans, well come back when I have another post published 🙂

Today is a big day in the world of anime because one of the top three Shonen animes has already ended. Naruto is considered a classic among the anime community, many fans have been watching this anime for years and some began recently. I personally began watching it in 2005, so it’s been such a long ride for me because this is the only anime show I continued following. Now that it has ended, I will be saying goodbye to my anime days for good. Some people say that it’s silly to do that, but in my heart I love the old-school animes. For example, Sailor Moon, Pokemon, FullMetal Alchemist, Inuyasha and the list goes on and on. The newer anime shows I’ve checked out are not to my liking, old school anime holds a special place in my heart.

So as you can tell already this will be a very different post from my usual ones, this post is mainly geared towards the Naruto fandom. You can think of this as my tribute to this anime, so let’s begin!

 

Volume 1 -1999.

Final Volume – 2014.
I’ve been an anime watcher since I was 5 years old, the first anime I ever watched was called “Hana No Ko Lun Lun” also known as Lun Lun: The Flower Angel. That’s when I fell in love with anime and its art style, to me the anime art style seemed so graceful and pretty. Since then I have watched a lot of anime, but in 2008 I stopped because I was starting university. I wanted to focus on school and eventually I started to lose interest in watching anime, except for one and that is Naruto. I began watching Naruto at the beginning of 2005, I discovered it on a Canadian channel called YTV. YTV usually showed a lot of anime shows on Friday nights, so before it was time to watch my 10pm show, InuYasha, I would watch some of the other shows. That’s when I stumbled upon Naruto and I instantly liked it, being the hopeless romantic that I am, I started watching it because  I wanted to see two characters as a couple. Later on, I began liking the other aspects of the show, for example the suspense, the interesting characters that were introduced and the action. I was slowly sucked into this story and I couldn’t stop watching it, however today the series has officially come to end. For those of you who are not familiar with the plot, here is a brief summary.

Naruto was released on September 21, 1999, it’s been a long ride for this series with a growing Japanese and international audience. The story begins in the Konoha (Leaf) village when one day it is attacked by a Nine-Tailed Fox. The Konoha village had many victims, in order to stop the beast, the Fourth Hokage sealed him into his newborn son, Naruto Uzumaki. In result of this the Fourth Hokage dies, after the beast was sealed, Naruto spend most of his childhood in isolation and ridicule by the Konoha community. Many of the villagers thought of Naruto as threat because he had the Nine-Tailed fox sealed in him. That made Naruto feel very lonely and depressed, so in order to be recognized at all, he began acting like a trouble maker. Naruto is not aware that he has a beast sealed inside of him because the Third Hokage forbids anyone of mentioning this to him. In the Naruto series the world is known as the shinobi world or also known as, ninja. Naruto attends a ninja school, later everyone in the school have to join a three member teams. Naruto joins a team with Sakura, Sasuke and Kakashi sensei (their teacher). From that point on the story begins to unfold slowly and so plot twists are introduced. If I had to pick favorite moments from the entire series, they would be this:

  1. The Chunin Exams.
  2. The Final Naruto and Sasuke Battle.
  3. The Search For Tsunade Arc.

Naruto fans may be surprised that I left out the Pain Arc, it was great, but these were my favorite ones. From this point on in this post I will be mentioning lots of spoilers, so if you have not watched the series and you are planning to watch it, then do not read any further!

 

When I read the “5 weeks left till the final chapter” I was quite shocked to suddenly have a deadline. I’ve watched the show for 10 years, when you keep up with a show for that long, you end up becoming attached to the story and the characters. We all knew that Naruto will end with the final Sasuke and Naruto fight, that was a given. There was no other way to end the series, the exciting aspect of this fight was to see how much their fighting skills improved. We’ve seen that during the Kaguya battle, but it’s a whole another story when they fight each other. In my opinion, they seemed like equals in this fight, so much that they even lost their arms while attacking one another. That moment when they woke up and Sasuke began to talk and show his emotions was a moment I’ve been waiting. He is by far my favorite character from the series and there have been many times when I’ve hated him. That specific time was when he left the village, because of that I stopped watching the show for two years. I was pissed off with his selfish decision, but the day he decide to come and help out during the war, felt great and I started following the series again. Back to the final fight though, I was thrilled to see him finally smile and talk about his feelings. He was living in the darkness for so long and now he is free, thanks to Naruto who never gave up on him.

The final two chapters of the series were icing on the cake for me, since the beginning of Naruto I was imagining the perfect ending to the series. Masashi Kishimoto delivered the ending I’ve always wanted, Sasuke and Sakura are finally together, the shinobi world is peaceful and Naruto is the Seventh Hokage. That’s precisely what I wanted, I’ve got to admit I almost gave up on Sasuke and Sakura being together, but part of me continued to hold on to the idea that it will happen. Another thing I was waiting for in this manga ever since Sasuke left the village was his apology to Sakura and he finally apologized. I’ve got to say this is the best character development I’ve seen in any animated series that I’ve watched. He took responsibility for his actions and words, Sakura was happy and Naruto was happy for both of them. I was also pleasantly surprised when Sasuke did the forehead tap on Sakura, that was emotional because this was what Itachi used to do and now he will too. There were things in the final chapter that did not surprise me, for example Kakashi becoming the Sixth Hokage and Sasuke leaving the village (this time not because of bad reasons). Sasuke leaving the village was to be expected, I imagine he would somehow try to make up for his wrong doings from the past. The question is how, I guess the final Naruto movie will answer our questions. Chapter 699 ended beautifully with Sasuke receiving his Konoha Leaf head protector, that was amazing and nostalgic. Sasuke’s monologue throughout the chapter was so moving, I am proud of this character.

Now moving on to chapter 700, we follow the story years later when the characters are adults with children. Apparently, Naruto and Hinata got together and had two children, same thing with Sasuke and Sakura. Wow, well that was so unexpected, first of all when did Naruto start loving Hinata? We all know he was crazy about Sakura, now that’s what I call a crazy plot twist. Naruto’s son is just like his father when his younger a little trouble maker trying to be noticed by his dad. Sasuke’s daughter reminds me of him a lot, but also of Sakura as well. She is portrayed as a little genius, Shikamaru’s son is an exact replica of him when he was younger. This entire chapter got me excited for the new generation and how it will surpass the old one. If you want to know more about that then you are in luck because a Part III mini series will be released in Spring 2015. So I guess Naruto’s story is not quite over, now the children will continue the rest of the story.

So with that it is time to say farewell to an anime show that made smile, cry, gave me comfort when I was going through hard times in my life. As cheesy as this might sound, Naruto holds a special place in my heart and I’ll miss it. However, all good things come to an end and it is time for this chapter to be closed. A lot of people ridicule anime and call it childish but I have to disagree with that statement. This show has a lot of tragedy and drama, but it also tries to teach its audience some powerful lessons:

  1. Believe in yourself.
  2. Chase your dreams no matter what people tell you.
  3. Work hard to achieve anything in life.
  4. Don’t give up and keep trying no matter how hard things become.
  5. True friends will always be there for you.
  6. Learn from the past and make a better future.

If Masashi Kishimoto finds this post and reads it, thank you for writing a story that was so captivating and powerful. Thank you for the amazing 10 years!

Naruto 700: Uzumaki Naruto!! at MangaFox.me

Now I will leave you with my favorite Naruto songs! Enjoy and I also want to add, wow this was my first anime post. Wooo 🙂

…and finally, one of my favorite openings!

See you soon with a photography post 🙂 Stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

 

RIP Robin Williams!

Today I am dedicating my Music Monday post to Sir Robin Williams, a wonderful human being who is no longer with us!

I was checking my Facebook page and I came across the headlines “Robin Williams Dead at 63”, I honestly couldn’t believe it and I’m overwhelmed by sadness. He was such huge inspiration to me when I was a child and I always loved his work. To me he was the best comedian, no one else can compare to his greatness. There is no confirmation whether he committed suicide or not, but it is confirmed that he was suffering from depression!

I just want to take the time to say one thing to any of you who might be suffering from depression, DO NOT TAKE AWAY YOUR LIFE, PLEASE! I understand things may be very hard and you want to escape the pain, but taking away your life is not the solution. You have to seek help in order to get better because it can get better! I may not know any of you, but I am here for you and do not lose hope. You have to fight in life and be strong, try to smile even when it’s hard. I have a Tumblr page and any of you can message me if need someone to talk to. Be brave and strong.

It saddens me that someone like Robin Williams was suffering behind closed doors, always be kind to one another because you don’t know what they might be going through. RIP Robin Williams, you will continue to inspire me forever.

I want to share with you my favorite song from the Mrs. Doubtfire movie and a short clip of one of Mr. William’s performances.

See you soon everyone!

Divergent Movie Review! (CAUTION: SPOILERS)

Hello everyone,

I finally got the chance to see the much anticipated movie, “Divergent” by Veronica Roth and I was impressed. My motto about books turned into movies is “always the book before the movie” because there is usually a lot important details that are left out. However, this movie stayed true to the book, you would’ve gone to the theater without reading the book and you wouldn’t feel confused as if there is a missing piece of the puzzle. I am glad that the major points of the book were not excluded, but as every book to movie adaptation, there were some things that were changed and edited out. Many people compare this series to the Hunger Games and I would like to weigh in on this discussion. Divergent NOTHING like the Hunger Games, they are both different from each other, in terms of the plot and the message it is trying to convey. The only similarity between these two series is that they are both set in the dystopian future.

I’ll get started with the review, but please be advised that I will be giving away major spoilers. Therefore, please do not read this post if you haven’t read the book or seen the movie. Other than that, please enjoy and let me know in the comments box below what is your favorite character and your favorite part of the movie.

DIVERGENT MOVIE REVIEW

When I watched the trailers for the movie I felt like the director will try to focus more on the romance between Tris and Tobias (Four), luckily that was not the case. To me it seemed like there was a good balance between the romance and the struggle for freedom. Before I get into the specifics, here is a brief summary of what the first book is about. Divergent takes place in dystopian Chicago, where society is divided into five factions:

  1. Dauntless (the brave)
  2. Amity (the kind)
  3. Erudite (the intelligent)
  4. Candor (the honest)
  5. Abnegation (the selfless)

It is believed that these factions will bring order to the world and reduce the chaos that the world was going through many years ago. If you ask me, combining all of these factions into one seems like a better idea to me. Every year, sixteen year olds attend a aptitude test that will help them find out if they are compatible with another faction, after they receive their results they must decide whether to stay with their faction or choose another one.

The beginning of the movie was good and the pace of the scenes from Tris getting her haircut, going to the aptitude test, finding out that she is a Divergent and attending the Choosing ceremony was well done. With the Hunger Games and Twilight, I always felt like “Hey slow down, there is more to be showed and said”, with this one I didn’t feel like that.  However, there were specific characters and scenes that were excluded from the movie, which I wasn’t thrilled about. For instance, some of the scenes that were missing and changed are:

  1. The Dauntless initiate who dies on the first train ride. Ok well, I can let that one slide.
  2. Edward’s missing eye. I was actually very interested to see this scene come to life, so I was definitely disappointed that it wasn’t included in the movie.
  3. Visiting Day. This is when the parents came to visit their children, this scene was very different in the movie. Instead we had Tris’s mother pop out of no where, asking her daughter to tell her the truth. I guess it is not super important to have it, but I would’ve liked to see the parents of the other initiates.
  4. Christina and Will’s relationship. There was a small hint in the movie of their relationship, but we didn’t see the conversation that happened in the book between Christina and Tris about Will. I feel like this was an important to include this, because Tris’s guilt about killing Will play an important role in shaping her character.
  5. The sexual assault scene. I know it was included, but it was cut short. I might not hate the idea of that though,because I hate this scene in the book. I wouldn’t have liked to see the groping part of that scene, it makes me cringe.
  6. Dauntless characters (Uriah, Marlene, Zeke). I am not sure why these characters were not included, I guess the makers of the movie wanted to focus more on the main characters, rather the side character. Despite that reasoning, I would’ve liked to see them and their interactions with Tris. I hope they include them in the second movie, because Uriah especially is an important character.
  7. Tobias (Four) drunk. Alright, so the only reason I wanted to see this particular scene is just for the laughs.
  8. Tris’s capture. This change kind of bothered me, in the book Tris is thrown into jail while undergoing her fears. Until her mother comes and saves her, in the movie Tris is being taken away, but before they get her into jail, her mother jumps to the rescue. Nevertheless, Ashley Judd’s entrance was exciting and it still turned out into a great scene, so I guess I will let it go.
  9. Tris vs Four. Alright, in the book the way the scene was done is Tris and Four are alone “fighting” each other, while she tries to make him remember her. This was a very personal moment between Tris and Four, but in the movie they had an audience, the Erudite people. I guess they made the change to be more action-packed movie, but I would’ve preferred if this scene was not changed.

Now that we have talked about the movie, I want discuss the acting because I thought it was great. I had a conversation my friend about the acting and she said that she did not like it, I have to strongly disagree. Shailene Woodley did a fabulous job playing Tris, throughout the books we have the opportunity to find out how Tris feels in certain situations. Shailene was able to portray Tris’s feelings of fear, doubt, happiness, sadness, through a simple look in her eyes and lip gestures.

Theo James did a great job portraying Four’s sternness, as well as his growing fondness for Tris.

Ashley Judd delivered a great performance of bringing that intensity of saving Tris and also reveling her Dauntless-born bravery.

Last but certainly not least is Kate Winslet, who plays Jeannine Matthews, the Erudite leader. She played Jeannine’s role perfectly and exactly how I pictured Jeannine’s cunning, evil personality to be portrayed in the big screen. Just like Shailene, Kate Winslet did a great job showing Jeannine’s determination and desire for control on her face, by simple things such as squinting her eyes and tightening her lips.

Overall, kudos to the cast for doing such an amazing job and the stunts were pretty impressive as well.

We are not quite finished yet, what is a movie review by a music fanatic without discussing the music in the movie. To describe the music in one word would be PHENOMENAL! I truly mean it because the soundtrack managed to capture the intensity and emotions of each scene so well. If a soundtrack from a movie manages to make me emotional and give me goosebumps, then it is top notch (in my books at least). I have already shared one of the songs from the movie in this week’s Music Monday post, so I am going to share my second favorite which is “Find You” by Matthew Koma, Miriam Bryant & Dj Zedd.

Before I end this post I want to recommend other dystopian books that all of you (or some of you) might enjoy.

  1. The Matched Trology by Allie Condie. This series about a dystopian world called the Society, the Society controls everything from what you eat, when you fall asleep, where you word, who you marry and when you die. Every year 17 year olds have to attend a Match Banquet where they get matched with a complete stranger. The main character Cassia is matched with the best friend Xander, but for a second another face was shown on the screen. This is when Cassia’s journey begins!

   2. The Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver. This story is set in an alternate present where love is considered a disease. Therefore, every year 18 year olds have to undergo a surgery that remove the feeling of love. The government considers love to be dangerous and it has to be removed from mankind’s system.

 

Thank you for reading and see you soon!

Friday Funday! Top 10 Disney Songs.

Hello everyone,

As promised, here is part 2 of my Disney post and today I will share you my favorite Disney songs.

Let’s get started.

10. The Jungle Book – Bare Necessities

I love this song because it puts me in bright and happy mood, this song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original song in 1967.

9.. Tale As Old As Time – Beauty and The Beast

I love ballad songs and this is the perfect ballad song for me, Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson vocals suit the song so well. The song won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song and Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media and Best Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

8. Mulan – Reflection

If I had to use one word to describe this song it is beautiful. I love it not only because of the melody and rhythm, but also because of its amazing lyrics. Staying true to yourself and not pretending to be someone else is a beautiful and inspiring message that this song conveys. I love the movie version of this song, as well as the Christina Aguilera version, they both are powerful and inspiring, the song was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

7. Strangers Like Me – Tarzan

This is another Disney movie soundtrack that impressed me and I love Phil Collins’s song contributions to this movie. However, the song that I love the most is “Strangers Like Me”, the guitar tune in this song is what won me over.

6. Under The Sea – Little Mermaid

I went to an aquarium in my city a few months ago and the entire the time, this song was playing in my head, lol. For me, this is the best song from The Little Mermaid, it won an Academy Award & Golden Globe award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television and Best Recording for Children.

5. Let It Go – Frozen

Once again, here is a more recent Disney song and I love this one because of its powerful vocals. The song won an Academy Award for Best Original song.

4. Wish Upon A Star – Pinocchio

This song with a gentle melody is fitting for this wonderful Disney story, I remember when I was a child and I listened to the song, I felt very relaxed. The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1940.

3. A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes – Cinderella

This song is part of my top 10 favorites because I absolutely love the message and lyrics. The message is “never stop dreaming”, I love how Disney finds a way to inspire young people with their movies and songs.

2. Aladdin – Prince Ali

Of course there will be an Aladdin song on this list, but I was torn between Prince Ali and Friend Like Me. However, I kept going back to Prince Ali and I absolutely love it. Robin Williams did an amazing job singing the song, but then again I do not expect anything less from someone as great as him.

1. Circle of Life – Lion King

Surprise, surprise, actually this should not be a surprise to you because as I said in my last Disney post, The Lion King is the number one Disney movie for me. The opening sequence of the movie seems powerful and not only because of the animation, but the song somehow makes it seem complete. The entire soundtrack is perfection, but this song stood out to me the most. The song was composed by Elton and the lyrics were written by John Rice, the song was performed by Carmen Twillie and Lebo M.

Let me know in the comments box below which is your favorite Disney song, I’m curious to know 🙂

See you tomorrow with the Divergent movie review!