Films

The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)

Kaguyahime no monogatari (original title)

Based on The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter

Director: Isao Takahata

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

★★★✮☆

Magical plot told in great visuals.

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Series

Yuri!!! On Ice (2016)

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Director: Sayo Yamamoto
Writer: Mitsurō Kubo

Japanese figure skater Yuri Katsuki faces a crushing defeat during the Grand Prix finals and heads home, unsure of whether or not he wishes to continue his skating career. After a video of Yuri mimicking Russian figure skater Victor Nikiforov’s routine goes viral, Victor decided to become Yuri’s coach, much to the dismay of his coach, his fans, and his fellow Russian skater Yuri Plisetsky.

★★★✮☆

Because who doesn’t love watching a show about figure skating?? Thanks to this show, my love for (watching) figure skating came rushing back. When I was younger, I used to watch skating competitions on TV because I think it’s a beautiful sport. This series is very enjoyable on so many levels. Every single character in this series is loveable!

Everyone’s crush, Victor ❤

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Gotta love Yuri’s perseverance.

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Films

Your Name (2016)

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Kimi no na wa. (original title)

Director: Makoto Shinkai
Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita

Two high school kids who’ve never met – city boy Taki and country girl Mitsuha – are united through their dreams.

★★★★☆

One of the best films I’ve seen this year. I’ve seen similar films, but there’s just something enchanting about this one that sets it apart from the others. It probably speaks to me more being someone who regards dreams as really magical. I love it so much as a matter of fact I am watching it again. (Not to mention right now the OST is on loop on spotify.)

Films

Whisper of the Heart (1995)

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Mimi wo sumaseba

Director: Yoshifumi Kondô
Stars: Youko Honna, Issei Takahashi, Takashi Tachibana

A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and the boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses.

The guy decided to check out all the books the girl reads just so she notices him. Why do these things only happen in movies??

★★★☆☆