Short Reviews: 3 TV Series and 2 Movies : Moribito, Birdsong, Zenkai Garu, The Prestige, and Thor.

In April and May, I watched quite a lot but I had no time to write reviews because of all the hype on The Most Expected Concert in my life, L’Arc~en~Ciel Concert. However, I thought they are all worth to be mentioned here. It’ll take time to write each of them one by one…that’s why I write this short review.

Let’s start from The TV Series.

Senrei No Moribito (Moribito – Guardian Of The Spirit)

Origin: Japan
Type: Anime
Seiyuu: Mabuki Andou, Naoto Adachi, Kôji Tsujitani
Episodes: 26
Rating:

I watched this anime because I was planning to include it on my Once Upon A Time Challenge. I have read the book last year and really liked it and even though there were some additional scenes in the anime series, it didn’t change the whole story and I can say that I also really like the anime version of that great book.

The story was about a female guard named Balsa who had to protect a young prince named Chagum with the help of her friend, Tanda. Balsa had to protect Chagum from his father’s assassin and from Rarunga, a spirit whose sole purpose was to kill the egg spirit inside Chagum. You can read its full story in my Book Review>> here.

I love the graphic and the fight in this anime. The score music is also stunning. The characters are strongly built just like in the book. I can see their connection and their emotion clearly. The only lack of this anime is the dubbing…I couldn’t find the Japanese one and it disappointed me real bad because I dislike sub-dub.

The opening song of Moribito is sung by L’Arc~en~Ciel, as always Hyde has made lyric that represents the anime really well.

I want to shine on you and always like that dazzling sun.
I will defend you from all the darkness.
This is truth from my heart.

If Only our hearts could connect, I could get you to believe me.
Even if you can’t see it now, don’t lose it.
Your kindness won’t be in vain.
You’ll be carried aloft in the wind to somewhere that isn’t here.
You’ll cross the sea and cross the time and I know you’ll blossom one day.
Whatever the day, I’ll be there for you.
I hope I can watch over you like the sun all the time.

Birdsong

Origin: England
Type: War Miniseries
Cast: Clémence Poésy, Eddie Redmayne
Episodes: 2
Rating:

I knew about this miniseries from Caroline’s All About War Movie blog. I was quite intrigued by it and started downloading the series…unfortunately I didn’t like it as much as she did. You can read a better review for this series at All About War Movies, Episode 1 and Episode 2.

The story is about a man named Stephen Wraysford who was having an affair with a married with children woman, Isabelle Azaire. He was then left for war. We got to see his affair through his memory during the war. I honestly love the war time moment but dislike the romance in it because it is about infidelity and leaving children for another man.

I know I shouldn’t use my emotion when watching movies but still leaving children for another man is something I can never take. I guess that’s why when I saw the woman live in agony I didn’t feel sorry for her at all.

 Zenkai Garu (全開ガール) – Full Throttle Girl

Origin: Japan
Type: Romantic Comedy Dorama
Cast: Nishikido Ryo, Yui Aragaki
Episodes: 11
Rating: 

I love Nishikido Ryo, he was once in my top 5 men to drool on (got kicked away this year)…He was the one reason why I bought Zenkai Garu DVD.

The story is about a woman named Wakaba who wanted to be a rich career woman and made it into Phobes. She wanted to be a lawyer in a famous lawyer company. She got the job but the probation was to baby sit the owner’s daughter. From her baby sitting job, which she did in between her lawyer job, she met Pitaru’s father, Shota. The meeting developed from the felling of hate to acceptable and ended up in falling in love.

I could easily say that it was a fun watch although not the kind I want to see again. I really love how well Ryo was acting as a single father, he himself is not married yet. An of course, his smile melted me all the time ;). It’s also fun seeing different character acted by Yui Aragaki She was a thoughtful girl in My Boss My Hero and in Zenkai Garu, she became a noisy and determined girl who talked all the time.

Let’s Move on to Movies

The Prestige

Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie,  Piper Perabo, Andy Serkis, Rebecca Hall
Rating:

At first, I wanted to review this movie in one post…but as I said before I got caught up in the concert hype…and The Prestige, although I give high score is not the kind of movie I want to rewatch so soon, I will make a full review once I watch it again somewhere in the near future.

The story was about two magicians, Alfred Borden and Robert Angier who competed against each other in world of magic. Angier blamed Borden for the death of his wife. Each tried to be better than the other by making new tricks. But the competition soon changed into unhealthy tricks.

The Prestige was AMAZING!! It left me speechless (just like when I watched Memento). I always love a movie where I can’t guess where it’s heading. The ending was unpredictable and very strong. I could guess the ending almost at the end, not from the beginning, but it still left me speechless when it ended with their explanation of their tricks.

I honestly think that Nolan should make more movies like this; Memento, Inception and now The Prestige were amazing movies. He should stop his superhero movies and got back to this kind of movies.

Thor

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Colm Feore, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins
Rating:

As I get older, superhero movies seem to lose their super-power on me. Despite all the good critics on this movie, I never have any smallest intention to ever walk to the cinema to see it…and will wait for it in TV. Then, my brother bought the DVD and I was in the mood to watch something without using my brain to think. So I watched Thor.

The story was so predictable even though I never read the comic. Thor was the son of Odin who was so arrogant. His arrogance brought big mistake to his realm and he was thrown into earth by his father. A woman helped him and of course ended up being the one who could change him. Meanwhile, his brother, Loki, realized that he was adopted and planned to take over the kingdom. And you can guess the rest 😉

I am not gonna say I dislike the movie nor I like it, it was simply a nice movie to fill in the time. It’s not something memorable. But…I have to agree with everyone who ends up liking Hiddleton, he was more impressive than Hemsworth.

Well…that all folk 😉

I tried to write all the series or movies I watch throughout this year…even though only short reviews.

Have you watched the series and movies I had watched? What do you think of them? And what have you watched recently?

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