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Which are a few must-watch movies during a pandemic lockdown?

Hey everyone!
Welcome back to your daily fill of anime reviews!
I know its a hard time now. Everyone’s bored and at home thinking of what to watch. I’ve got you covered.

The top 5 anime movies you can watch on youtube.

Let’s dive in.

Number 5 – Whisper of the heart :

This anime movie is produced by Ghibli studios and directed by Yoshifumi Kondo.

Photo Courtesy : Whisper of the Heart ( 1995 )

Whisper of the heart is a wonderful love story. Shizuku a sweet girl who is also an avid reader visits the library where her father works. She checks out a lot of books but she finds that someone name Seiji Amawasu has checked out every book she had selected to read. She searches for this person who may as well be her soul mate.

If you do get a chance watch the Japanese version as well. There is a beautiful rendition of country roads – by John Denver in Japanese. It is an all-round love story that you would want to watch again and again due to its wonderful animation, and gripping story.

No.4 – 5 centimetre per second:

5 centimeter per second is a coming of age love story created by Makoto Shinkai. It depicts 3 phases of a boy’s life and the love stories he goes through.

Photo Courtesy : 5 Centimeter per second

It is a movie that is very close to reality and it will leave you thinking. The parallels between distance and love are discussed. It shows the inevitability of love and what the reality surrounding it looks like.

No.3 – Garden of Words:

Photo Courtesy : Garden of Words

This is a movie that is just breathtaking. Makoto Shinkai does a wonderful job animating this and truly it is a spectacle that is ahead of its time. It discusses two strangers who visit a park whenever it rains. Their friendship grows into love and it drives the whole story forward. The music and every scene in this movie are breathtaking. I would definitely suggest everyone watch this.

No.2 – My Neighbour Totoro:

This is the Ghibli movie which gave the studio its mascot, Totoro. It has been directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The story revolves around 2 sisters and her dad who have shifted to a new house. They befriend a woodland creature from folktales Totoro and they go on a wonderful adventure. This movie was suggested to me by a friend and I enjoyed every part of it. I’m sure you will love it as well.

Photo Courtesy : My Neighbour Totoro ( 1988)

After watching this you will want to buy all the Totora merchandise you can get your hands on. I would give it a 10/10, so check it out.

No.1 – Grave of the fireflies:

This movie has been produced by Ghibli Studios and directed by Isao Takahata.

This movie revolves around 2 siblings and their struggles during the world war. The movie is set in the backdrop of the war between Japan and America. it is a gripping story that will leave you crying around each corner. This is definitely a movie that can change your life.

I had covered this movie in my reviews a few days back. You can check it out below.

https://animereviewsin.wordpress.com/2020/07/14/grave-of-the-fireflies/

Photo Courtesy : Grave of the fireflies ( 1988 )

I loved this movie mainly due to its authenticity and a fine storyline. It depicts real life in the form of animation and leaves you thinking about the world differently.

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Do Indians watch anime?

Introduction:

Indians and Anime.
It is an age-old concept that has become nerve-wracking.

Hey guys I’m back with another post.
This not a review per se but an observation I’ve made in the few years that I’ve started watching anime.

Indian people tend to have different tastes altogether and this indifference leads to arguments. The misconceptions are plenty when it comes to lots of topics.

Misconceptions:

In India, Japanese Anime is considered merely as cartoons. Perusing through the mind of an average Indian, I can say that people don’t differentiate between cartoons and anime.

It is a common misconception to say that both are the same and appeal to a younger generation. People imagine it to be something that does not consist of violence or does not consist of real stories. They imagine it to only consist of characters whacking each other on the heads with clubs.

Well, No this is not what anime entails.

Anime is a good concoction of emotions, original stories, and characters. It is a long road that starts with the main character and the stories he has to share while touching other people’s lives.

Some anime is heart-wrenching and people miss the point of it saying that they are cartoons.
Anime is something that appeals to a younger generation as well as an older generation.

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Photo Courtesy : Attack on Titan

There were moments when I have cried in joy and cried in sadness after watching some of these. There were times when my heart skipped a beat following the exhilaration that anime had to offer. That feeling that you get is incomparable to any cartoon of this generation.

Anime such as Attack on titan is gruesome and feel original even though it is of a make-believe world. It discusses a race of humans trapped inside several walls to survive like lab rats for centuries. The exploration of the world and human need, desire to escape, and see what is in store for us in the world. This is the premise of this show.

Photo Courtesy : One Piece

One Piece, an anime that has been running for over 2 decades in the industry has shown so many aspects of life throughout their journey. Death, friendship, sacrifices, topics upon racism, slavery, etc. are some elements that add to the lore. The main characters are pirates that are considered to be bad people but they show a different side to all that. The bureaucracy reigning superior over the world misuses their power and the pirates are against that. The adventures of these pirates, while they travel and helping people out on the way, is what makes one piece a true spectacle to watch.

Photo Courtesy: Ramayana: The legend of Prince Rama

Ramayana: The legend of Prince Rama which was directed by Ram Mohan, an Indian director in collaboration with Japanese Manga Artist Yugo Sako debuted in theatres on 10th May 1992. For some reason, people boycotted this movie that showed our culture and traditions and brought a visualized form to convey to the younger generation on what our grandparents used to tell us as fairytales. It didn’t get much praise in India because it was considered as a mere cartoon but all the kids who have seen it beg to differ. Most of them are old now and have their kids but the values acquired after seeing that spectacle will live on and it will be spread to the next generation.

Conclusion:

Children have been eluded to the realities of the world and the consequences of such things. Cartoons today don’t inculcate that emotion that we had when we were younger. Most of the shows are being censored by the censor board. As a medium, you have to convey something that can be done better by visual media than by speaking or writing.

Anime is a concept that should be familiar to the Indian audience by now. I want to do my part to get this knowledge towards the people and I want them to see what we anime enthusiasts see. Original stories have more freedom when they conveyed through animation. The limits are endless.

Streaming giants like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Crunchy Roll are rolling out anime for the masses in India, there is surely a change coming.

Hope you will start checking out some anime soon. It is worth it.

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A Review from the heart

Hey Anime enthusiasts!

I am a final year law student who is also a long time anime fan and I find it endearing as to what magical worlds and ideas it has to offer. An audience to share this feeling with is what I desire.

I am starting this blog because for some years now I have not been able to write articles and blogs for some time cause of my busy schedule. The Covid-19 lockdowns gave me a good opportunity to watch tons of anime and bask in its glory. 

The reason for creating this blog site is two-fold.

Be perceived as a medium to share thoughts about your favorite anime and share your emotions relating to the various series.

I hope that this will provide a medium for anime lovers just like myself to express their opinions freely and discuss this.

I want to blog openly to the masses so that I can share my excitement and opinions about any kind of series.

I will be covering episode reviews and complete series reviews according to your wishes. So please comment below the posts on what you want me to review next and feedback is a must so that I can improve more.

I would love to connect with everyone who shares an interest and love for anime and would like to share their opinions, theories relating plot twists in the story, etc.

I would like to continue reviewing anime for the rest of my life if I can cause nothing brings me more joy than watching anime and getting immersed in that wonderful experience.