Grave of the Fireflies
One of the most emotional experiences, packed into roughly 90 minutes of a devastatingly realistic and heartbreaking story. Since it's Ghibli, you can bet your belongings on a most fitting soundtrack too.
Made in Abyss Movie: Dawn of the Deep Soul
Kinema Citrus had one job and they chose to absolutely nail it. Kevin Penkin had one job and, of course, he nailed it too. Stunning visuals accompanied by a bone-chilling soundtrack make you experience the Sovereign of Dawn in a disturbingly mesmerizing way.
Wow, what an incredibly fun story. Not one boring scene, great balance of comedy and seriousness and the themes aged like the finest of wines. For me, a must watch (as is every Satoshi Kon movie).
Another movie that has aged like wine. Miyazaki just knows his way around a storyboard let's not kid ourselves. An adventure from beginning to end, delivering important messages whilst never sacrificing entertainment.
Mindfuck would be an understatement. 100 different people could watch this movie and interpret it 100 different ways. Truly a fantastic watch though, even if you might come out of it not knowing what in gods name you just witnessed.
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
Maybe one of the greatest oneliners is the one being said by the protagonist at the very end. That one scene makes this movie worth a watch, and thats disregarding every other great scene. Slow pacing, yes, but it adds to the atmosphere, the story wouldn't be as good otherwise.
Short, concise, but loaded with content. 45 minutes of what is bascially the Vinland Saga prologue with animals. Might sound weird, might sound good, the bottom line is that you should not let the happy-go-lucky cover art fool you.
Ghost in the Shell
Ladies and gentlemen, the perfect example of how much the soundtrack and the visuals matter. It felt good watching this, it reminded me of why I love anime, even if the actual story wasn't the creme of the crop.
It may be an incomplete adaptation, but it sure as hell isn't a bad one. The artstyle fits Gantz like a glove and I honestly wonder why the studio hasn't chosen to adapt other arcs in the same style, they'd make big bucks.
Kizumonogatari Part 2: Nekketsu
Oh Monogatari, how I love and hate you at the same time. For every beautiful visual or introspective quote, you have unnecessary fanservice or annoying characters. This movie however, brings you action like you've never seen it, as well as fleshing out Koyomi and Shinobu, with arguably the smoothest and most fascinating animation since Gurren Lagann.
The Garden of Sinners Movie 5: Paradox Paradigm
Huge fan of the directing in this one. Even if I am not the biggest fan of the GoS series, I can respect this installment for delivering a great and intriguing story, as well as masterful cinematography.
A Silent Voice
One of the most beloved movies in the community for a damn reason, but I still don't like that blonde whore with the glasses (nor the black-haired bitch). Shouko is precious though and Shouya's journey into bettering himself is honestly heartwarming.
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms
Another one of those emotional tear-jerkers that, while checking every sad clichee there is, manage to do their job (well at that). In hindsight, this movie doesn't really have the best story or characters, but it just manages to make you emotional when it needs you to be, and I can respect that.
The Garden of Words
The story is really not all that, let's be real here. What makes this movie as great as it is, is the unique and soothing atmosphere that the phenomenal animation provides.
Satoshi Kon was AHEAD of his time, goddamn. More relevant that ever and no less unsettling that when it first came out.
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