aikokanzaki
06 February 2017 @ 07:42 pm
I saw this one last Monday and it’s supposed to be a historical/comedy.


Official Site here.
Trailer here. << I normally don’t watch trailers and I usually hate how spoilery trailers are these days but this one manipulates what to expect very well xD
Teaser here. In case you wanna no real explanation

Synopsis:

This is a historical comedy where Ayase Haruka’s character goes to Kyoto to meet her boyfriend’s family, but the hotel she booked at says she’s booked in for the month after and that they’re completely full for the duration of her stay, leaving her with no where to stay. So she wanders the streets of Kyoto until she comes upon the hotel ‘Honnouji Hotel’ which has a room available for her. And thus shenanigans ensure where when she takes the elevator she ends up in Honnouji Temple 1582 June 21st (the day before Honnouji no Hen), rather than the 6th floor of the hotel.

NON SPOILER:

This was actually genuinely funny. I know Japan sometimes labels stuff as comedy but no one ends up laughing because it tends to be really off beat comedy but this movie was ACTUALLY funny. We were all wetting ourselves in the cinema and in fact I was laughing to most (which says a lot if a foreigner is finding the comedy more enjoyable and totally understandable compared to the rest of the Japanese population in the cinema xD that or they laugh a LOT quieter than I do xD) I do admit, I’m a BIG laughter when a joke gets to me which this movie did on several occasions. I really enjoyed the story too and how the time traveling worked. The characters were all amusing and had their traits and when you take the comedy away, the story itself holds up very well. Also, if you know anything about Honnouji no Hen (which this is centered around) then you’ll completely understand me when I say; from the mid-point I did nothing but cry. I was in such streams of tears! I think I was the only one to be honest but for some reason I have this HUGE emotional connection to Oda Nobunaga and just his story and history at this point in time; I was so heartbroken for the rest of the film. I was a crying wreck but not in a bad way. I highly recommend this film; it’s historical, it’s fun, it’s funny and (if you’re like me) sweet, emotional and touching. Bittersweet almost actually.

Rating: 8/10

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SPOILERS:


( Honnouji no Hen ) )

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And that’s my review! Hope you enjoyed it!! ^_^
 
 
aikokanzaki
21 June 2016 @ 04:01 pm
I watched this yesterday!

Creepy



Before going into it, I had see the poster, knew who was in it and wanted to see it based on the posters feel and the actors. Cos who would pass up a chance to see Nishijima Hidetoshi and Kagawa Teruyuki together! They are the perfect duo! Mozu, Double Face, Ryuusei Wagon and now this!! These two seriously. So yes, I went in not knowing a lot and oh boy oh boy, I was not prepared.

( My brain and my heart ) )




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Overall: The best movie I've seen ALL year! << so far at least. It was suspensful, I felt creeped out the entire time, everyone is off, something just isn't right the entire time! While it's definitely SLOW paced, it messes with your head and the mystery keeps you entertained! Just wish we'd had a bit more explanation here and there.
Rating: 9/10!

 
 
aikokanzaki
I watched this film back in.... like January! o_O Sorry it took me so long!! But I can clearly remember this film which is good! ^_^ my review for the two part SP that you MUST watch before seeing the movie is here.


kurosakikun




This was sexy!! I defo felt myself get hot a few time. It's rare we get a Japanese production that goes past the 'Japanese people don't really kiss on screen' stereotype which was really nice and it also made this movie all the more exciting because you wasn't sure how FAR they would take it. And they defo went back what I expected! I definitely expected proper kissing but there were extra that I was just thrilled to see xD and made my heart race haha

( Heartracing! ) )

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Overall: It's probs best to watch this movie when no one is around cos I got a lil hot in the cinema while I was watching it. For a Japanese film, this definitely goes past the 'Japanese people don't really kiss on screen' stereotype. Oh my. This was a great conclusion and I liked the ending! A lot of fun and very sexy!! ^_^
Rating: 8/10
 
 
aikokanzaki
31 May 2016 @ 12:07 pm
Watched this yesterday!! ^_^


ookamishoujomovie


I'd already watched the anime before watching this but it no way prepared me for the feels I had!


( THE FEELS! ) )

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Overall: Once again Yamazaki picked a damn good HS romance film to do! First Heroine Shikakku, then Orange and now this! And everytime he's play the MC a little differently! I loved this! It was more serious than most HSromances (usually there's a lot of comedy) and there wasn't here. I super felt for ALL the charatcers and I cried HARD at the end just cos I could relate so well or really feel the feels <3
Rating: 8.5/10
 
 
aikokanzaki
30 May 2016 @ 10:02 am
I watched this LAST monday. It's part 2 to the Chihayafuru series! Part 1's review is here.


chihayafurushimonoku



( Don't read if you were expecting mainly positive ) )


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Overal: This is another movie (like Ansatsu Kyoshitsu) where the second movie suffers from 'Second Movie blues' where it's no where near as fun as the first installment and suddenly becomes all serious. Which is a shame cos naturally I was a little disappointed. BUT it's still got karuta moments and it's great seeing their friendship grow and I did share a tear again BUT the ending was also disappointing.
Rating: 5.5/10
 
 
aikokanzaki
02 May 2016 @ 04:56 pm
Remember: SPOILERS!

Chihayafuru Kami no Ku


Now I haven't read the manga but I love Mackenyu and Nomura so I HAD to see this. Also we all know I'm a sucker for high school romance xD

( Karuta <3 ) )



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Overall: I really enjoy this movie! The concept interests me, the character arcs were great and you could see a real development in them. The competitions were shot well and very suspenseful. I was very emotional for this movie and I had a real connection with one of the characters. The ending killed me and I need(ed) more asap! The only negative is the small amount of Mackenyu we get in this first film ='[
Rating: 7/10
 
 
aikokanzaki
29 April 2016 @ 04:16 pm
About time I made my review about this! Watched it about... 4 weeks ago? So here I am!


Assassination Classroom: Graduation



I was SO looking forward to seeing this and I even forced my coworker to watch part one the night before if they wanted to watch this movie with me the next day! I really enjoyed part one and was before nervou and excited to see this second and concluding part! As usual: SPOILERS!


( Gay moments of course ) )



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Overall: If you watched part 1 then of course please watch this concluding chapter BUT, it is a disappointing final installment. It was well shot, some great action scenes but overall, too slow and the fun and magic of the first film just weren't there. Least there's gay-ish moments though ^_^
Rating: 6/10
 
 
aikokanzaki
26 April 2016 @ 03:42 pm
This is a little different for me but I still wanted to see it! I saw it yesterday ^_^

I am a Hero



I originally thought this would be a zombie comedy judging by the trailer and the fact that it's supposed to be about a normal guy becoming a hero due to being thrown into a zombie apocalypse but, it turned out to be a lot more gory, slow paced and serious, which was a suprise and a nice surprise. Let's get into more details. Remember, possible SPOILERS!

( My love for Hiromi and Hideo! ) )


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Overall: Very high produced movie with great SFX and zombie make up! Focused a lot more on the human emotions and was a lot darker than I was expecting. I really enjoyed the main characters but unfortunately the film let a lot of questions go unanswered and there was no real resolution which is a shame =[
Rating: 7/10
 
 
aikokanzaki
01 January 2016 @ 03:34 pm


2015 has officially ended so I can officially make this list!! You can see the list of things I watched this year here. Also in July I posted a 'Top Ten so far' list here. Ready for my top ten?!

TOP TEN:

1. Tokyo Bandwagon (10/10) Review
2. Heroine Shikkaku (10/10) Review
3. MOZU Season 1 (9/10) Review
4. Kingyo Club (9/10) Review (Skip to 'Overall Thoughts' for non-spoiler review)
5. Mother Game (9/10) Review
6. Suikyuu Yankees (9/10 Review
7. Ore Ore (9/10) Review
8. Wasurenai to Chikatta Boku ga Ita (9/10) Review
9. Death Note (9/10) Review (Skip to 'Overall Thoughts' for non-spoiler review)
10. Yowakutemo Katemasu (8/10) Review (I cannot find my review post for this! o_O)

*Of course rewatchs aren't allowed on this list!

There are many others that I loved throughout the year (Bakuman, Tatakau! Shoten Girl, Siren etc) but these are definitely my top ten! I hope it's easy to see why, but by all means do let me know if you ended up hating one of these and why! xD

Honourable Mention:
- The Lovers (9/10) - this is a Korean dorama so obviously would never be on my top ten list. But this drama was so realistic and I felt it really showed what real relationships are like. It was heartbreaking, it was funny. I adored every episode <3

Most Disappointing of the Year:
- Galaxy Kaidoh
- Second Love
- Age Harassment

Do I need to explain these?

Actor of the Year?
I got (re)obsessed with SO many actors this year and just had weeks of marathoning their stuff. But the one that's stuck with me all year is obvious:




Yamazaki Kento.

There we have it!! What do you think?

Let me know below who and what your favourites were for this year!!
 
 
aikokanzaki
31 December 2015 @ 12:01 pm
You can see my 2014 list here. This year was CRAZY! And I am so proud by the amount of stuff I managed to watch!

January
The Face Reader 7.5/10
Brain Man 8/10
Judge [2013] 8/10
Judge [2014] 7/10
Return 6/10
S ~ Saigo no Keikan 8/10
Protect the Boss 6/10
MOZU Season 1 - Mozu no Sakebu Yoru 9/10
MOZU Season 2 - Maboroshi no Tsubasa 6/10
Tumbling 10/10 REWATCH


February
Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends 8/10
Double Face - Sennyuu Sosa Hen 9/10
Double Face - Double Face - Gisou Keisatsu-hen 9.5/10
Oriento Kyuko Satsujin Jiken 6/10
Legal High SP 2 8.5/10
Akumu-chan SP 6/10
Second Love 2/10 Dropped


March
The Greatest Love 8/10
Ouroboros 8/10
King's Face 6/10
Kill Me, Heal Me 8/10


April
Blood 6/10 Dropped


May
Lupin the Third 7/10
Ninja Kids!!! Summer Mission Impossible 6/10
GARO: Zero - Black Blood 6/10
Tokyo Bandwagon 10/10
Kami sama no Iu Toori 7/10


June
Kingyo Club 9/10
GARO: Makai no Hana 8/10
Hana Moyu 2/10 Dropped
Mother Game 9/10
Lesson of the Evil 8.5/10
Ao Haru Ride 7/10
Thermea Romae II 6/10
Tokyo Tribe 7/10
Kaito Royale 7/10
Henshin Interviewer no Yuutsu 5/10
I'm Home 7/10
Crows: EXPLODE 5/10
Me and 23 Slaves 7/10
Monsterz 7/10


July
Garo ~ Soukoku no Maryuu 8/10
Garo ~ Tougen no Fue 5/10
Ore Ore 9/10
Hakuba no Oujisama ~ Junai Tekireiki 8/10
Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger vs. Go-Busters 6/10
Roosevelt Game 8.5/10
The Lover 9/10
Suikyuu Yankees 9/10
L-DK 8.5/10
Minna! Esper Dayo! 7/10
Suki tte Ii na yo 7/10
Clone Baby 10/10 REWATCH
Wood Job 7.5/10
Zettai Reido 5/10
Eien no Bokura Sea Side Blue 7/10
Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu 8/10 REWATCH
Gakkou no Kaidan 3/10 Dropped
Kirin no Tsubasa 7/10
Another 6/10
An Inspector Calls 6/10
Queen's (I'll try and find it) 6/10


August
Attack on Titan Part 1 5/10
Yowakutemo Katemasu 8/10
Clover 6/10
Silver Spoon 7/10
Jellyfish Princess 8/10
Shuriken Sentai Nininger Movie 6/10
Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future 7/10
Parasyte Part 1 7/10
The Blue Flame 6/10
Omotesandou Gasshoubu 2/10 Dropped
Omotesandou Gasshoubu 2/10 Dropped
Shuriken Sentai Nininger Movie 6/10 REWATCH
Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future 8/10 REWATCH
L-DK 8.5/10 REWATCH


September
Tokyo PR Woman 7/10
S ~ Saigo no Keikan The Movie 7/10
Age Harassment 3/10
Kisaragi 7/10
Signal 8.5/10
Death Note 9/10
Tatakau Shoten Girl 8/10
Death Game Park 9/10 REWATCH
Garo GOLDSTORM 7/10
Heroin Shikkaku 10/10
AnoHana 8/10
Kamen Rider Drive 7/10
Attack on Titan: End Of The World 7/10


October
Still the Water 7/10
Tenshi no Knife 6/10
Danshi Koukou Sei no Nichi Jyou 6/10
Bakuman 9/10
Toshikan Sensou 8/10
Assassination Classroom 8.5/10
Wasurenai to Chigatta Boku ga Ita 9/10
Strobe Edge 7/10
April Fools 8.5/10
Osama Game 6/10
Kabukicho Love Hotel 8/10
Jinro Shokei Game 5/10
Jinro Game: Killing Curriculum 6/10


November
Galaxy Kaido 7/10
Jinro Game 4/10
MOZU 9/10
Grasshopper 7.5/10
Hakuouki SSL: Sweet School Life 5/10
Ore Monogatari 6/10


December
All-Round Appraiser Q: Mona Lisa’s Eye 8/10
Finding the Adolescence 3/10
Orange 8/10
Kekkon Shiki no Zenjitsuni 8/10
Siren 8/10
Prison School 7/10
Kamen Rider Ghost x Drive Genesis Movie 9/10
Seven Day: Monday to Thursday 7/10
Seven Day: Friday to Sunday 7/10


Total Doramas: 35 (3 ReWatch)
Total SPs: 7
Total Movies: 64 (4 ReWatch)
Total: 106/50 (113)


Last year was 35 Dramas - 4 SPs - 34 Movies - 3 ReWatches = 73 (76) in total!

This year was a success for me! I'd love to have hit 50 with the doramas but you see the amount of films I watched!! xD

What did you watch this year? What were your favs?
 
 
aikokanzaki
28 December 2015 @ 04:21 pm
The leaflet/poster finally got released!!






Had to post for tbsscreenriders sake xD
It looks good anyway!!
 
 
aikokanzaki
16 December 2015 @ 02:04 pm

It finally came out!! Unfortunately I didn't manage to read all the manga before it came out - I got half way - but the manga is so good that I'm gunna finish it anyway ^_^ Onto the review!!


( I wrote quite a bit ) )

Overall: 8/10 - not as emotional as the manga and the movie really loses the shock-factor when it comes to revealing moments that occur - in the manga they're so shockery and always a cliffhanger. Decent acting overall but it's really unfair that Yama keeps being given the same role. Also I wanted a bit more from the end scene. The locations, cinematography, scene transitions, music were all beautiful! Second half was a lot better than the first half also,
 
 
aikokanzaki
15 December 2015 @ 08:24 pm
So I've made a bunch of posts today and instead of posting them ALL today, I've decided to set them for certains days. So coming up are things like:

- Orange Review
- D LIVE 2014
- TRUMP Reverse Review
- Last Things I Watched
- Winter Dorama Reviews
- KR Ghost stuff
- Christmas Post
- Other Stage Play Reviews (Sho wo / Litche Hikari Club / Tokyo Ghoul)
- The Best of Nijiro's Instagram

I should have a post up almost every day leading up to and maybe after Christmas so... your welcome? xD


Do you have any requests for posts?
 
 
aikokanzaki
10 November 2015 @ 08:36 pm
Holy shit you guys!! My most anticipated movie of the year finally came out and jesus it did not disappoint! Well just a tad but DAMN!!!

Let's get on with it shall we... but first I need to calm down a little xD


OMG!!!!!
HASEGAWA <3333
MATSUZAKA!!!! <33333
IKEMATSU!!!! <33333
KAGAWA!!!!! <33333

Okay... now I can get into the details xD

( I wrote quite a bit for me ) )


If I remember anything else to fangirl about for this film, I'll add it later. But yeah, was amazing!!! But there wasn't enough of all the characters and I need a second film!

 
 
aikokanzaki
06 October 2015 @ 08:29 pm


Not gunna lie, minus the anime, I watched all these in the past 3 days! Becareful for SPOILERS and don't forget my massive 14 part review that I did last time, here. All my other 'Last Things' can be found under this tag.



( Some beautiful Nijiro caps btw ) )



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And that's it! I hope you enjoyed those reviews xD I do apologise for the language. I think I'm gunna try and do a non-swearing review next time as a challenge xD I am now going to go and watch Assassination Classroom and Kabukichou Love Hotel I think now. it's only 8pm and on my day off so I can easily fit in two movies right! ^_^

Have you seen any these? Want to see? What did you think? Any recommendations?
 
 
aikokanzaki
05 October 2015 @ 11:02 pm

Watched this today!! =]


( Review Below ) )


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Overall Rating: 9/10
Overall Thoughts: OMG this was so good!!!! Probably second best movie of the year! The acting, story, music, sound, cinematography, CGI was all amazing!! I wanted so much more! Wish it'd been a dorama, hence the one point being knocked off. This is great! I haven't read the manga so I can't compare but for me, I freaking loved this!! ^_^ And of course I cried twice xD
 
 
aikokanzaki
02 October 2015 @ 07:24 pm


Are you ready for Tbscreenrider's most anticipated review of the year?! xD

First as usual my play-by-play:


( as I watch ) )



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Overall Rating: 7 out of 10
Overall Thoughts:
My original rating was 8/10 but after 24+ hours time to think, I have knocked it down to a 7/10 and I think my reasons justify why...
In my honest opinion, the film focuses too much on the stuff I don't wanna know about. The actual plot of the story is unfortunately the only other genre of Japanese movie/tv (besides high school bullying) that I'm sick of watching (haha see that pun?!) and try not to watch anymore cos it just fucking rips you apart and I'm sick of just watching it happen over and over again.
Another reason why it's down to a 7 is that I feel, once again, I wasn't shown much of Nijiro's acting. He had a short moment (once again) towards the end where he got a chance to really show off his skill as an actor and once again, the scene was too short and I feel he wasn't given enough room to show off and grow. Don't get me wrong, the scene was fantastic but I wanted to see more of his range.
Another reason is that, I wasn't moved by this film. Even though the film kept me interested the entire time, I wasn't emotional nor did I feel anything towards to characters except for Nijiro's character and his father and Kyoko's father.
I also feel like there was no message to it. Normally with a slow film like this, the message of the film hits you as soon as the movie's finished cos right at the end the big picture comes into view and you realise what the director's message is but here, unfortuantely, I don't feel that happened at all. I don't understand what the point of this film was nor what message the director and writers wanted to project to it's audience.
I also feel like one of the last scenes of the film really cheapened and ruined the film. It just wasn't needed in my opinion. It could've been completely removed and would've been a much better ending. Feels like it was only added in to create a shock factor.

The plus sides are the setting and the cinematopgraphy! I feel the director and I are very similar in our filming style in terms of nature and such and once again, I was happy with acting from Nijiro but I wanted more. The last major thing I don't get: Why is it translted into 'Still the Water'?! The title actually translated to 'The Second Window' and I think that name matches the film better. This is definitely a film I want to own on DVD some day purely because of the positives and how beautifully filmed it is.


So the real question is: How much does Tbscreenrider hate me now? =/

PS. If you haven't already, I suggest you check out Nijiro's instagram. It's fucking gorgeous and makes you like him even more!!
 
 
aikokanzaki
28 September 2015 @ 11:47 pm


Watched it about an hour ago so here we go with the review! And I think you'll be partially shocked...


SPOILERS



Rule One: Forget the origins of Shingeki no Kyojin and just take this version for what it is. Once you're in that mindset, I think (just like me) you'll enjoy the second half a LOT more than the first movie! Yes you heard it here for: I enjoyed it!


( the end of the review ) )



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Overall Rating: 7/10
Overall Thoughts: I enjoyed this one a LOT more than the first one and I knew I would when I saw the trailer at the end of the last film. This was action packed, Hanjo was hilarious, so many gay moments <3 but of course it had it's down, mainly one certain person and that DAMN ending!!!! RAGE! But was an improvement from the first film. I would say if you watched the first then defo invest time in the second film (with the mind set of no comparing it to the anime/manga) but if you didn't see the first and have no real interest or intention to then don't even attemp to watch these two films.
 
 
aikokanzaki
23 September 2015 @ 11:17 pm
Watched this tonight!!




SPOILERS!


Now before anyone starts; no this is not an amazing film on any cinematic scale BUT I fucking loved this film HENCE why it gets a 10/10 rating!! So shut it!

( Spoilers - major and minor - be aware! ) )


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Overall Rating: 10/10
Overall Thoughts: I laughed, I cried, the changes were awesome, Yamazaki did an amazing job <3 his portrayal was a little different but an improvement I think: EVERYONE SHOULD SEE THIS!
 
 
aikokanzaki
16 September 2015 @ 04:54 pm
no title


I watched this last week but for some reason at the time of wanting to post this LJ wouldn't let me upload the movie poster -__- so it's coming to you a week late! I'd say the following review contains no spoilers xD

Rating: 7/10

I seriously loved the drama so of course was very excited for the film, and while it was a great film, I can't help that it was missing the action and the relationships that were in the dorama... I (obviously) cried like 4 times at this film for various reasons, both happy and sad reasons cos I do love these characters! Which brings me to the main negative of the film review: There was NOT enough Ichigo x Ayano Go's character! I wanted more of them working together! Cos they work so well as opposites and OMG they seriously ARE gay for each other! That semi-end scene OMG so much gay! But also I was crying xD I definitely wanted and needed more of that duo! Also, this film was a little difficult for me to follow because the language is very specific to scientific and detective vocabulary that I had a hard time understanding what they were discussing but obvs it's a film so by looking I could understand what's going on but I do feel down when I can't understand the words 100% even if it's obvious what's going on by the images on the screen... But yes, the story was solid, the acting was brilliant, the actual ending was pretty decent and I had all the emotions and enjoyed the action immensly so yes, overall a solid, good movie which would've been enjoyed more if I could've understood more! =]


Have you seen this? Do you plan to see this? Did you watch the drama? Let me know below!