Anime Club – Tokyo Ghoul √A

Hello everybody! Sorry for the wait, as we have been making plenty of changes behind the scenes that you will see very soon! Anyway, this week we have the second season of the highly popular horror anime, Tokyo Ghoul √A!

TOKYO GHOUL √A

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CREATED BY: Shuhei Morita

NO. OF EPISODES: 12 episodes

GENRE: Dark Fantasy

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: Japan

horriblesubs-tokyo-ghoul-root-a-02-720p-mkv_snapshot_21-59_2015-01-16_16-06-56The ghouls of Anteiku invaded the Aogiri’s site in order to rescue Kaneki Ken who is being tortured. Due to provocation, he unleashed greater power enough to defeat Yamori. To become stronger, he decided to join Aogiri and left Anteiku. Ghoul investigators also making their moves by collecting information about the eyepatched ghoul–Kaneki Ken.

I do want to start this review off by saying I don’t normally split reviews for different seasons of the same show, but I had to this time because they were so drastically different. With that preface, lets go ahead and dive into the review! My first impressions of this season is…meh. It takes a very long time to actually start the ball rolling. Pretty much it is just a bunch of characters wallowing in their depression for about seven episodes until they have to defend their lives. That is when the bad ass epicness starts. The fight scenes are insanely crazy, keeping the adrenaline flowing throughout the fight. The animation is also nicely crisp and finished, adding to the beautiful scenes.

Tokyo-Ghoul-Root-A-Episodio-04While I was rather thrilled with the first season of the series, aptly named Tokyo Ghoul, I was not insanely fond about Tokyo Ghoul √A. What enthralled me the first time around was how Kaneki was trying to maintain his relationships as well as blend into society, but it came across as they threw all of that away this season. This time Kaneki just felt like an empty shell, emotionally and mentally. What drew me to the character after the first season had been taken away. Also, while I understand Anteiku is the center of the second season, I would have liked to dwell on more characters in Aogiri Tree. I actually liked Ayato as an antagonist and would have liked to see more of him.

PROS:

  • Crisp and polished animation.
  • Decent voice acting.
  • Epic fight scenes.
  • Blood and Gore!

CONS:

  • Focus on Anteiku instead of Kaneki.
  • Empty shell.
  • Aogiri Tree background.
  • Slow pacing.

SCORE: 6.0/10

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Inside Out: Emotions…Personified.

Hello everybody! For this week’s Newish Movie Show, we have Inside Out.

INSIDE OUT

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DIRECTED: Pete Docter

STARRING: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Richard Kind, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan

GENRE: Animated, Family

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States

InsideOut556500e6a2be0-2040.0Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

I am definitely one of the few people that doesn’t like Pixar films. I would be the last person to admit they enjoyed a INSIDE OUTPixar film, but that time is definitely now. Inside Out is definitely one of the more innovative Pixar films and a diamond in the rough for me to actually enjoy. The writers were very clever, as they accurately portrayed the pains of growing up for a little girl. Well…at least for the most part. The voice acting couldn’t have been better chosen, as each other the VA nailed each one of their “feelings” perfectly.

There is no reason that Inside Out can’t possibly be one of Pixar’s latest and greatest films ever made. Unfortunately, I felt that there were many instances that the creators could have tackled important subjects that children need to know but unfortunately could have easily gone right over their heads. While I know this opinion isn’t particularly popular, I felt that it could have been made just a bit clearer.

PROS:

  • Innovative.
  • Clever writing.
  • Animation.
  • Voice acting.

CONS:

  • Clearer themes.
  • Ugh…Pixar.

SCORE: 8.5 / 10

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Minions: Adorable Creatures Finally Have Own Movie!

Hello everybody! For this week’s Newish Movie Show, we have Minions!

MINIONS

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DIRECTED: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda

STARRING: Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan

GENRE: Animated, Family

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States

The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters – from T. rex to Napoleon – the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression.

minions-imageBut one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he – alongside teen-age rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob – ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first supervillainess ever. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in modern London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind…from annihilation.

I am going out front right now and am going to say it, I have never seen Despicable Me or Despicable Me 2. So as not a major fan of the Minions characters from the original franchise, so this review is going to be completely biased (isn’t that my job is a minions-movie-sandra-bullockblogger after all?) Anyway, I have to admit that after watching Minions, I actually thought they were relatively funny. I would have found them even funnier if I was twelve. I would like to give a shout out to Sandra Bullock, I don’t know exactly why you had to be in Minions, but I am sure glad that you were. Way to go Sandy B!

Now, onto my favorite part of each article. Minions was definitely written and created specifically for the younger demographic. I wish they had taken into account that us older folks have to watch it too, as I was close to tearing my hair out with ever single line those damn Minions muttered. I am already sick and tired of the Minions and they need to be gone.

PROS:

  • Minions were enjoyable.
  • Sandra Bullock’s performance.
  • …Okay writing.

CONS:

  • Definitely didn’t make for all demographics.
  • Minions grew annoying after halfway mark.
  • GET RID OF THE MINIONS.

SCORE: 5.5 / 10

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