Monday Movies : Broadchurch and Shingeki no Kyojin

Monday Movies

It’s more like Monday TVSeries than Monday Movies 😉

I have been drifting away from 2 hour (or less) movies lately and been enjoying TV Series A LOT! I know I will return to movies soon but at the meantime there are just TOO many great shows waiting to be watched 🙂

I have shared the amazing Doctor Who last week (I have another Doctor Who post soon because the eleventh Doctor will soon be leaving the show *hiks*) and now I will share another series. I have finished one of them while the other is an on-going series. One is from UK and the other is from Japan (I will have US series – finally – on June 24, Under The Dome will start and I am so eager to see it). The one from UK is called Broadchurch and the one from Japan is called Shingeki no Kyojin or Attack on Titans, these two are SO different.

Let’s talk about them one by one.

Broadchurch (2013)

Broadchurch.PosterWriter: Chris Chibnall
Staring: David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan, Vicky McClure, Arthur Darvill, David Bradley, Pauline Quirke, Jonathan Bailey, Matthew Gravelle, Carolyn Pickles, Will Mellor
Episode: 8
Airing period: 4 March – 22 April 2013
Rating: 4 stars

I have to admit that my first reason to watch this series is because of the appearance of 2 Doctor Who’s actors, David Tennant and Arthur Darvill. I am glad that the show was brilliant!!

In a quiet town called Broadchurch, nothing much happened. People lived in peace. But their peace was broken when the body of 11 year old Danny Latimer was found on the beach. The body was made as if it was a suicide but the police knew better. New assigned Detective Inspector Alec Hardy (David Tennant) had to investigate the case. We learned that he was considered as an incompetent police because of his failure in his previous case (but we found out the truth about that case later). D.I Hardy was helped by Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman). Miller, at first, disliked Hardy because he took the job which was promised to her. But she soon became the one closest to Hardy than anyone else in town. Miller knew the Latimer family very well. She was determined to find the murderer of Latimer’s boy.

The two of them interrogated the people who had no alibis at the time of Danny’s death. Their suspect spanned from people close to Danny, like his father and his father’s best friend, to people who didn’t have much interaction with Danny.

Basically…Broadchurch is a crime drama that keeps you guessing who the perpetrator is.

I really like this drama because I couldn’t guess who did it till the last few episodes…and when I finally had my suspicion, I was still unable to figure out the motif. And for me, a not so easy to guess mystery is very enjoyable! It was a thrilling ride to see whether that person or this person was the murderer…and to those who rarely seen mystery, the ending might be a bit “WHAT??” moment.

Apart from its good plot, Broadchurch is also a nice treat in acting department. Everyone acted so naturally, the only one I mind was Oskar McNamara (Danny) but I could understand because he is a young actor and he doesn’t have much screening time. The interaction between Tennant and Colman was great, they were a bit awkward as they just knew each other but trust slowly built between them.

Overall…I think this is a must watch series! Great plot and great acting. So happy to know that series 2 is already approved and will start shooting soon.

Check out this 10 reasons Why Broadchurch is a MUST watch TVshow

Shingeki no Kyojin – Attack on Titan (2013)

Shingeki No Kyojin

Director: Tetsurou Araki
Manga: Hajime  Isayama
Seiyuu: Yuuki Kaji, Yui Ishikawa, Marina Inoue, Kishô Taniyama, Yu Shimamura, Yu Kobayashi, Shiori Mikami, Hiro Shimono, Ryota Ohsaka, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Tomohisa Hashizume.
Episode: 25
Airing period: 6 April – on going
Rating: not yet

I have to thank Jason @ Genkinahito’s blog for introducing me to this anime. I haven’t been watching anime (series) in many years. My last anime was Moribito, one anime in many years…shame on me! The reason is quite simple…Local TV doesn’t play much anime anymore 😦 Fortunately I met Jason…he is a great source for all things Japanese even thought he is British 😉

This is my first impression of Shingeki no Kyojin. The series is still being aired and I will make my final review once the series is over. When I saw the first episode…I was mesmerized! It is so awesome! The story is thrilling and the animation is very well done.

Shingeki no Kyojin or Attack on Titan is set on another time where mankind was cornered by giants.

Over a century ago, mankind faced a new enemy. The difference of power between mankind and their new found enemy was overwhelming. Soon, mankind was driven to the brink of extinction. The surviving humans built three walls: the Maria, the Rose and the Sina. They lived the next century in peace, under their protection. However, ….

It won’t be a story if mankind still lived peacefully. The walls was over 50 meters high and that kept the giants outside…but one day, a giant bigger than the others came and destroyed the gate of the front wall. The smaller giants could easily entered wall Maria and started killing human. They ATE the human!!

Eren Yeager had always been fascinated with the world outside the wall, his dream was to kill all the giants. His dream became an obsession when he saw one of the giant ate his mother in front of his eyes. He had an adopted sister named Mikasa Ackerman, there was something peculiar about Mikasa. He, Mikasa and his best friend, Armin Arlert joined the army to fight the giants.

So far…each episode brings new excitement and surprise…I REALLY like it. Secret was revealed little by little. The fighting scene was marvelous (you can see a glimpse of it in the video). I love their gear.

I can’t say much because it’s still going on…but till episode 9 (the last episode when I wrote this post) I like it a lot and can’t wait to see the next episode.

However…there is one big flaw that I couldn’t ignore. It’s the fact that everyone else except for the army seemed to have no will at all to fight back…I mean if we think about it, like when Dutch and Japan came to invade my country, even the peasant was trying to fight back…How come in this series, common people just run away. And I think the army should also be bigger than what is shown in the series, the government should put a notice that ALL young people HAVE to join the army. BUT since I haven’t seen it till the end…I will keep an open mind and see what they will deliver to overcome the flaw.

You can read a better first impression at Jason’s blog> here.

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