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I'm not totally sure if this website's audience is the correct demographic, since most of the people here likely enjoy anime and watch semi-regularly, but if you have a friend or relative that wants to get into anime, Coach and I break down the genres a bit and offer some suggestions for people in our latest episode:

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Hey all. Here's another episode from the Team Lift Otaku Lounge podcast. This episode, we talk about the summer season early-mid season impressions and talk about what we're watching. This was posted online about two weeks ago and I've been pretty busy, so sorry for the delay!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UR9mSkJsJ-Y

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<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c86hrrefap8">YouTube</a>
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I guess I'll figure out links later.. Copy/paste the URL to get to the episode!
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lol you should use the [.url=address]title[./url] tag ;) I agree though, the a href tag should work as well.
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RIP.. Maybe I'm using the tag wrong. Tried with and without quotations around the URL.. Ah well, smarties can copy/paste.
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If you're into Podcasts, I'm a co-host on an Otaku portion of a podcast called Team Lift. Check out our latest episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UR9mSkJsJ-Y
Links to other audio providers are in the description, if you wanna listen on-the-go through iTunes or Google Play. 
In this episode, we talk about our early impressions of the 2017 summer season of anime.
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This film was yet another I had no idea about prior to viewing and just as I stated with Your Name, I recommend going into this film blind without any prior knowledge if possible. This review will contain very minimal spoilers. Specific events will not be mentioned, but small plot elements may come up. Please read at your own risk if you've not yet watched this film!

During the same year as the release of 君の名は (Your Name), came another brilliant piece that may have not received as much attention as it deserves purely due to the high praise and attention that Your Name received. A Silent Voice had a pretty limited showing in Japan, and did not do much outside of the country aside from several conventions. While it tells a completely different story and is grounded purely in reality (unlike a lot of anime these days), it is a beautiful film and should be given a chance by anyone who enjoys an emotional trip.

A Silent Voice manages to touch on many very real and very close-to-home topics for a lot of people in the world. It takes us through bullying, being outcast, depression, suicide, acceptance and redemption, as well as love, hate and regret. So much of the movie really makes you wonder about yourself. Personally, by the end of it I was more than relieved to be alive and thankful for a lot in life I hadn’t thought about previously.

The movie’s pace is a little interesting. It doesn’t necessarily move slow, but it’s not particularly fast. It’s not even really in a “just right” kind of state, but it felt right for the story being told. This might be due to the source material having more sub-plots and major events that aren't covered in the film. At first, you’re kind of thrown into the world and you’re unlikely to be aware of exactly what’s going wrong with Shouya (male MC), but the movie does a lot of time hopping to explain his past and why he’s the way he is now. In an attempt not to spoil too much, I will only explain that he was a bit of a wild child and was something of a bully, which ended up backfiring on him causing social issues through middle and high school. In the modern day, he eventually seeks to redeem himself and make things right with those that he’s wronged. While seemingly a selfish goal, he shows (at least to the viewer) that he’s outgrown his old childish behaviors and has matured into someone who truly deserves a second-chance.

There are some breath-taking visuals in this film. It’s digitally animated and done so phenomenally. The animators and screenwriters kept to the characters’ original designs in the manga and did so incredibly well. There were moments of real heartache throughout. One pivotal moment nearing about ¾ into the film nearly had me floored with questions and suspense. I hate to be that vague, but spoiling too much of this movie for everyone would make the experience far less rewarding.

Unlike Your Name, A Silent Voice is not mysterious, nor somewhat magical, nor does it contain any real fantasy elements. It is fantastical in its own way, in that it really provides an extraordinary look at a very realistic group of kids growing into young adults and coping with the past as well as making a better future for themselves. Every conflict, every situation, every emotion felt real. I truly believed this could have been a biography that was portrayed in a manga/anime format. Not a single moment did I think something that occurred was out of the ordinary or impossible. Not a single conflict felt forced to move the overall story forward. The story, interactions, emotions and climax all felt real. Frighteningly so, at times.

聲の形 (A Silent Voice) is setup to be a modern classic. It may not have received quite the praise as my previously reviewed film, Your Name, but the viewers appear to have recognized the beautiful piece that it is by rating it a 9.1 (as of this writing) on MAL and causing it to reach #8 in highest rated anime on MAL. This score also makes it the #2 anime movie per MAL user ratings.

My review scores for the film:
Visuals: 10/10
- Truly gorgeous, perfect translation from the source material and the character design was amazing. The effects added throughout were done well to support the story and at times were a huge source of emotional evocation and suspense.
Music: 8/10
- The music did well to support the story, much like the visual effects, but it did not feel as impactful as it probably could have been. That stated, the soundtrack worked for the movie. It did not take away from the experience for me, I only feel it could have done slightly more to support it.
Story Development: 7.5/10
- I think this would have been higher, but some events from the manga are missing and it does slightly take away from the overall story. It was still adapted fairly well and still tells practically the same story, albeit with less detail.
Character Development: 10/10
- The story seems to revolve around the development of the two main characters almost entirely. Again a phenomenal job on the part of the screenwriters for being able to translate a multi-volume manga into a 2 hour movie and portray as much as they did. The characters developed almost as realistically as someone in the real world would and because of this level of legitimacy, this has to be a perfect score.
Voice Actors: 10/10
- I can’t even begin to say how much I appreciate Soari Hayami for her work on this film. She alone is enough to merit this perfect score. The rest of the cast was also phenomenal though. Because the story was rooted in realism, the characters didn’t have any extraordinary events that required over-the-top voice work, so they were able to really act like natural humans and this was portrayed very well.
Emotion Evocation: 8.5/10
- Throughout the movie, I learned to love and hate various characters, sometimes having both emotions for a single character. Pivotal moments in the plot were terrifying (not in a horror sense) and extremely suspenseful. There was rarely a dull moment, so long as you’re into slice of life-type anime, like myself!
Re-watchability: 8/10
- I believe this movie is highly re-watchable. The story really works to teach you about life and it’s a lesson that can be easily forgotten. Rewatching this to re-capture a lot of that lesson is enough to merit doing so. It really steers you to want to appreciate life, appreciate the ones you care for and appreciate the ones who care for you.

Overall, these scores average about to about 8.85 and I feel that’s a fair score for this film. It’s well worth watching once to get the hard feels out of the way, then again with a friend or loved one to capture the lesson together.

Unlike my previous review, I will not be doing a summarization for this one as I cannot come up with anything that’s not terribly vague nor would spoil major plot elements. :(

Thanks for reading!

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Drafting my review for Koe no Katachi. May have it posted by this evening if I'm satisfied with it. Stay tuned! (•̀ᴗ•́)و ̑̑
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Just looks like the site thinks that Ender posted the pic I put upabout the FE cosplay group. A wee weird, no biggie tho.
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lol that is a terrible glitch! I noticed a few other bugs too. I will debug JSpot on Monday. Don't worry, Ender didnt take your image lol
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The first portion of this review will be spoiler-free and mostly just my opinion and feeling for the movie. The last portion will be a brief summation of the movie, obviously not spoiler free.

For a few months prior to the theatrical release, I was told repeatedly, "Dude, you have to see Your Name." I was given ample time to research and find out what this movie that I apparently had to see was about. I did not once look into it. I went in blind and I was pleasantly stunned, amazed, beat-up, and mended several times over. 

Your Name is going to be a piece talked about for a while. In the Anime film world, it's going to be one of those movies that will be considered a milestone... "We gotta be the next Your Name." It did phenomenally well domestically in Japan and even with the few hundred theaters in North America, it still made several million dollars here. It was so popular in Austin (where I'm located), that one of our chain theaters (Alamo Drafthouse) had it showing for about 2 months after the initial release. It was only just dropped from their showtime calendars last week, I believe. 

If you go into the movie like myself, unaware what is going to happen or what the story is about, the beginning is a tad confusing. However, they do a great job of guiding you through it very early on. Once you're caught up with what's happening, the rest of the movie flows like a majestic river. It doesn't hold your hand and it expects you to think about it, but it also doesn't make it hard. However, the hard parts are not missing. They exist in the form of gut-wrenching, heart-breaking moments that literally made me want to scream, "What the F**K!?" in a packed theater... Just like that majestic river, there are falls. Huge falls. The emotions evoked during that movie are emotions no movie before has caused me to feel. I genuinely wanted to tear up more than once and I'm not even a crier!

In between the moments of pain and loss, there are many, many very pleasant and hilarious moments. The two main characters are written super well and compliment each other greatly. Some have stated that there's not a lot of character development, but I disagree. While we don't see a lot of them "shaping up" to be who they are at the start of the movie, Taki (the male MC) grows a lot thanks to his interactions with Mitsuha (the female MC). Just the same, Mitsuha's character feels developed already and it doesn't feel like she changes a whole lot, but there are moments where she does seem to be a completely different person, especially nearing the end of the movie.

The book follows the exact same story as the movie, but it alternates between the point of view of each of the main characters. I've seen some reviews of the book stating that "it was hard to follow" or "you don't know which character is speaking most of the time" or "I couldn't tell who's point of view was being told at the time." These people are silly. There are many clear indicators as to when time hops are happening, or when we're switching to the other character's point of view. Time hops have three large font stars between the last and next paragraphs, probably 18-pt sized. Point-of-view swaps just have larger breaks between the paragraphs. It reads very well to me and this is even after more than a decade of not actually reading a novel...

The book was just a fun to read as the movie was to watch. The emotional parts felt just as evocative as the film, but since I knew what would happen I didn't have quite the same level of "feels" going on. I felt that the book is a brilliant supplement to the movie. It's not necessary, but it does provide a unique way to see the same story and let's you see what the characters are thinking - things that are not shown or mentioned during the movie. 

My review scores for the film:
Visuals: 9/10
Music: 10/10
Story Development: 9/10
Character Development: 7.5/10
Voice Actors: 10/10 -- So perfect and believable 100%
Emotion Evocation: 9/10
Re-watchability: 8.5/10

Overall, I would give the movie a strong 9/10.

Spoiler -- Story Summation

君の名は (Your Name) is a fantastical story where two teenagers, Taki and Mitsuha, are inexplicably linked through space and time and must live each other's lives on a regular basis. They learn to cope and eventually form extremely strong feelings for one another until a catastrophe causes their body swapping to abruptly stop. Once Taki is able to re-unite with Mitsuha, they work together to prevent the same catastrophe and create a future where they can be together. 
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wow, great review! everyone seems to be saying "you need to watch your name" and I think it's about time to do just that. I'm glad I won't be watching this in a movie theater because from the sound of it, I'll be bawwing and bawwing in a theater is embarrassing lol

Keep at it, I loved your review!
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This guy was posing for one of my buddies, but I decided to take apicture too. Sadly, I did so from a terrible angle. His switch-axesword thing was legit and functional. Probably the most on-pointcosplay at the con, tbh.. I may borrow my friend's pictures to showthe good angle.
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I really should have taken more pictures of this guy's art. He andhis girlfriend had some amazing work on display. She did the animestuff and he did some hyper-realistic stuff based on comic heroes,Supernatural, and many other fictional fantasy worlds.
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