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Hoshizora Kiseki 星空キセキ

I’m baaacckk!~ I’m hoping to get through everything that I meant to in the past before I move on to bigger and better things with this blog! And since I haven’t been here in a while, feel free to send me some suggestions for posts.

I’m still working on getting through all my stuff from Japan and I hope to get through the spring anime that I never finished, but for now have this:

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星空キセキ

Watanabe Akio   渡辺明夫

Matsubara Toshikazu   松原俊和

2006

28 minutes

This can be watched for free on Hulu here.

Title Translation

星空 ほしぞら starry sky

キセキ miracle; wonder; marvel

  • This is supposed to be written in hiragana. Words are sometimes put in katakana to add emphasis.

Translation: The Starry Sky Miracle

No Spoiler’s Review

Hoshizora Kiseki is a 28 minute Japanese animated short film that was released in 2006. If you’re looking for something short and sweet, this would be a good anime for you.

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Kozue, the main character.

The story line revolves around Kozue who loves stargazing and is in the Astronomy club at her school. She goes on a trip to see a meteorite fall from the sky when she meets Ginga, a strange boy in an astronaut suit.

This anime was fairly good a executing the story considering the amount of time they had to work with. They somehow managed to get a lot of information across about what was going on in the plot.

It’s an underlying romance story which I felt whatever about, but for what it was worth, I thought it was okay.

**Just a little side note that you should watch a little past the credits. There’s extra scenes that you can watch.**

The Spoiler Review

I don’t know if it was just the version I was watching on Hulu, but the video was slightly crappy quality with high saturated frames that were kind of annoying to watch at times. Also, one of the things I dislike about subtitles is when they are yellow. It’s such an annoying color and I would so much rather have white subtitles!

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Ginga, the more interesting of the two.

Anyways, the art style was okay although there were a couple times that the characters looked a little weird to me. The characters themselves were okay in design, but Ginga was the only one that was relatively interesting looking.

As far as the plot goes, I don’t know how I feel about it. It was okay (this whole show is just generally okay). There was nothing spectacular about it and given the time frame, it made the story a bit cliche.

And was it just me, or did anyone else miss the whole thing about Ginga being able to know everything about the stars/satellites or whatever? I didn’t realize anything about that until I read the Wikipedia page for this anime.

And that whole scene he was naked was just really weird! Or maybe I would have been fine with it had it been animated better, but just watching made me cringe a little.

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I see, my body is naked.

In one of the classes I’m taking this semester, my teacher talked about how to look at films and the way they are made; how each angle and the framing of a shot can affect the way a story is told. From that, I was able to notice really interesting shots that were in this film like the one I took a screenshot of below:

20060827_160390There was another part that looks like they maybe didn’t have time or budget to make a scene out of it but I still thought it was interesting so I took a screenshot of it too. It’s a part where Kozue is trying to get Ginga’s attention which can be seen below (Ginga is the one sitting in the front row seats of the planetarium):

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All in all, if you have some time to kill and you don’t want the commitment of a full series, this one could be a good one to watch. I thought it was an okay short anime for what it was worth.

I didn’t mean to write long paragraphs for this review. For now on, I’ll be going back to the way I usually post with bullet points. It’s so much easier and takes less time! And its definitely easier to read too.

I hope to work on more interesting posts instead of just doing reviews so look forward to that!

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My blog~

So I started up my blog again that I had from last year (on wordpress)~ I’ve started reviewing anime so far and I’m so excited to be doing this again!

I’ve only done two anime series reviews and I’m working on a review of the animated film 言の葉の庭 (The Garden of Words).

If you would like to check out my blog, you can find it here:

https://twilightsprincess.wordpress.com/

If you would like to read my first review of the anime Pupa, you can read it here:

https://twilightsprincess.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/pupa/

Or if you’d like to read my review of the anime Noragami, you can check it out here:

https://twilightsprincess.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/noragami/

OUT

OUT

Title in original language:

アウト (Auto)

Natsuo Kirino

1997 (Japan)

This crime novel is one of the best books I’ve read. I’m going to be honest and say that I picked it up just because it was by a Japanese author, but it turned out great!

It took me a long time to read it, but that was only because I had such a hectic schedule this semester, but I finally finished it.

The story is about a Japanese woman who, finally fed up with her husband, murders him by strangling him.

Asking some of her friends for help, they come together to dispose of the body. The plot goes on to describe the wears that this has on each of the women and their friendship, especially in trying to keep this secret.

The good aspects of this book is the detail with descriptions. It’s amazing how much detail was put into each character and what they go through.

This can also be a bad aspect because some people don’t like so much description, but it’s something that I love in books so it’s something I wouldn’t notice.

One thing to watch out for is the gory descriptions. She definitely goes into detail with that so fair warning to be careful of it when you’re reading and if that’s not you’re thing. It’s brief and only happens a couple times (it’s not the main focus of the book) so it’s easy to skip over or just skim it if it makes you queasy.

For me though, this book was definitely a page turner (especially at the end!) and kept me coming back to it. It’s something I definitely recommend to anyone!

My Rating (out of 5):

5