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Friday, April 21, 2017

Anime Recommendation: Koe No Katachi, A Silent Voice 聲の形 ( 2016 Movie)

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Synopsis
Based on a multiple award-winning manga series by Yoshitoki Ōima, Koe No Katachi OR A Silent Voice tells the story of Shoya Ishida who during his primary school years bullied a female transfer student, Nishimiya Shoko who had hearing disabilities, who after a series of incidents stopped schooling. The aftermath ensued where Shoya unaware of his actions was alienated and bullied due to his initial actions. 

The story that takes us into his highschool years, alienating himself and unable to overcome the trauma that he took upon himself. He soon meets Nishimiya again and embarked on a road and attempts to fix what he broke. 

Blogger's Review
The story starts off simple with child-like innocence but explores the consequences of ones action which ultimately affects the growth of a person in the world, it bravely depicts a very real premises that is even relevant today. The actions of bullying is one that shouldn't be taken lightly, no matter in what form. 

I truly enjoyed myself with the plot and it's characters ( the one that were chosen to matter) were all very purposeful to the story itself. Loved the Shoya and Shoko confrontations as they try to understand each other more and more. The characters reflect how real life looks like and gave a clear view on how things could be resolved. 


The movie really brought the characters to life and gave me the laughs and the drama at the right times. It's not your average teenage romance drama although at some point it felt like it was taking that turn but smartly twisted into what the story original was about.

It had a lot of moments and set pieces that made the movie so much more entertaining to enjoy, almost every moment of the movie was purposefully created to push the story forward or reveal a certain motive. The film has it's own unique direction on how the story flowed as well which can defer depending on the audience watching it. :)

Koe No Katachi was visually pleasing and satisfying for the heart and soul, I loved it so much and enough for me to blog it about after so long. I would really recommend everyone to watch it and let me know what they think about it. The 2 hours was worth it, in fact i really wanted to see each character more.

Rating
5/5

PS. The movie was based the Manga therefore the Manga explores even more into each character and it's very real struggles as they all grow older. I've manage to catch a few chapters and I am pretty hooked in every character. Will find a chance to recommend it in another blogpost when I am done. :)


Details
Movie title:  Koe No Katachi 聲の形 , A Silent Voice
Runtime : 2 hours 7 mins
Watch it at: MBO and TGV selected cinemas ( From 20th April Onwards at Malaysian Cinemas)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Gone too long

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It's 2017.

8 years since my first blog post was made, went back to look at my entries in the early days and it was cringe worthy but interesting to see how I grew from those days to who I am now.

3 years since i last actively blogged with only 5 entries last year. They say blogs are dead but I beg to defer, the quality and content of blogging has changed, to be more directed towards a certain cause or motive. They became news sites or content hubs.

I am not gonna say that I am back to be a consistent blogger as well but I reckon I need a space where I can write out my thoughts and share some of the things that I experience in life be it good or bad.

2016 was a trashy year for me, it was mundane with the occasional lows and nothing exciting. I might be plunging into the stagnant side of adulthood but I am self-aware enough to keep myself afloat.

So 2017 will be the year where I try to keep this blog alive and the plan was to have a quick makeover of the blog layout to keep it even more simple plus sharing my thoughts on things such as Anime, Kpop and Esports as these are the things that make up my life and I love them to bits.

Biggest highlight up till now

As many of you know, I am a big fan of Dota 2 and gaming. I gave up on the game back when Dota 2 was released mainly because I didn't have the right tools to continue the game on a higher spec but got back into the game 2.5 years ago, played it on my free time at that point in time but it sort of escalated last year as I delved into the wonders of the Esports Industry and it definitely helps when you find a few people who are just as interested as you are.

So to K.I.S.S. it, I attended my first official LAN Tournament for Dota 2 as a spectator and the experiencewas absolutely amazing!

Got to meet some of the Dota 2 personalities, my personal favourite Slacks and Purge the comedic and intelligent duo.


The crowd was absolutely amazing as the tournament was held up in the chilly Genting Highlands, the set up was great and the people were just as passionate as I which was probably the main contributor to the experience. 


Picture above was taken Sunday night 1am, full house and all cheering for the last game.

I really hope the scene continues to grow and I do hope that one day I would be able to be working within the scene and continue the passion for Esports.

That's all for now.

A good step moving forward to get the blog back up on track. :)

In future I am thinking of sharing more personal reviews of shows, games and music events.




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