It has been rainy lately and I figured I would share some of my favourites… first some that I personally enjoy and then the kids and their movies… all foreign based but hey… oh and I am going to make you all do the work yourselves. If you put in the names of these in search you can find them on your own! Just remember all the first section are ones I found on CRUNCHYROLL!!! Love them!
First off… get yourself a Crunchyroll subscription… I have an anime one, you CAN get a drama (I am tempted every week) but without it you can still watch the bulk of the videos. There are minimal commercials. I watch mine on the iPad.
Now for the comedies….
Bug Me Not
Dry Wood Fierce Fire
My Left Eye Sees Ghosts
Women from Mars
Animes… Keep in mind these are MY preferred… NOT the kids
Rozen Maiden and Rozen Maiden Zuruckspulen
Gatchaman Crowds (the only mech I have ever watched through! Though there IS violence)
Silver Spoon (agricultural and educational with fun)
Moyashimon(another educational one)
Servant X Service (based in a ward office)
Folktales from Japan (awesome)
The Eccentric Family (I love this one with Tanuki and Tengu and all that stuff)
Ginatama (not for kids but hilarious)
Un-Go (a mystery series)
Wagnaria!! (based in a restaurant)
Natsume Yujin-cho (demons and names… seriously check it out!)
My Little Monster (awkward romance)
Say “I Love You” (another romance… this is an ongoing for manga as is My Little Monster)
Cuticle Detective Inaba (hilarious and irreverent)
Oh and for the kids!
Chi’s Sweet Home (both of these are about adorable cats!!!)
If you don’t want to READ your tv… Studio Ghibli has some amazing movies…
Castles in the Sky
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Howl’s Moving Castle
The Cat Returns
There is a story before The Cat Returns called Whisper of the Heart. Definitely more of a romance with some bittersweet moments. The Cat Returns is a semi-spin off.
Ok so more mature but definitely worth a watch if you want to be amazed! Princess Mononoke
An a screen shot from one of my all time favourites… Spirited Away
Time for another review… this time a manga series of 3 (ok first portion… there are supposed to be 3 mini series within the series). Karyn picked them up on her trip to Victoria with her mom to whale watch. The art is gorgeous and the storyline twisted and convoluted and full of mystery but interesting all the same. Alice in the Country of Hearts.
Based on the novel Alice in Wonderland (obviously) you meet Alice Liddell in the real world. In a rather unorthodox way she falls down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. And there the story truly begins. Some characters are loosely based on the original characters… like the Cheshire cat, Mad Hatter, the Red Queen… and characters unique to the story like Ace and the ClockMaker. In a world where everyone is meant to fall in love with Alice (though this seems not to be limited to romantic love) and some people are much more important than others… well things can get wild and exciting.
So if you are not adverse to some violence and don’t mind some confusing twist and turns and some amazing manga style art… check this out! I am hoping to get my hands on the continuing volumes. I especially love how they limit the impact of the violence. I am not huge on majorly graphic images BUT be warned there IS quite a bit of violence.
Time to share thoughts, this time on a pair of books… the first and second in a series of manga I had heard about from time to time vaguely but had never gotten my hands on. You definitely have to be interested in criminal process and murder mysteries. This is listed as for ages 13 and older and while it is not horribly graphic the murders are shown and not in a comical way. The main reoccurring characters – Phoenix Wright and his assistant Maya are entertaining and the mysteries did require some thought to figure out.
While originally a series of games this series is now in manga format as well. There are some of these available in English which has me interested… I may just have to try and get my hands on one for my DS in the near future! If i could just find my charger cord for the darn thing!!!
I am going to head back to the library and see if there are more on the shelves. I do find manga to be a quick read so purchasing a lot of them is not in the cards for me but I still prefer the paper version to a digital copy. Sadly more and more of the publishing companies for these are closing, going out of business or going digital.
Anyway, if you like murder mysteries and some courtroom antics along with some comedy… definitely a good one to give a try!