Sing a Bit of Harmony (Review)

Source: Funimation https://www.funimationfilms.com/movie/sing-a-bit-of-harmony/ By: Beata Garrett | @clearsummers Sing a Bit of Harmony is a movie I couldn’t catch in theaters, which is unfortunate considering some of its stunning visuals. I also think I would’ve connected with the emotional moments more if I had seen them on the big screen. As it is, J.C. Staff and Yasuhiro Yoshiura have created an enjoyable if shallow movie. … Continue reading Sing a Bit of Harmony (Review)

Arcane Family Dynamics: Vander and Vi

Source: Opening, Arcane By: Beata Garrett | @clearsummers There’s so many great things to say about Arcane, the Netflix show animated by Fortiche and based on characters from League of Legends, but my favorite analyses from fans of the show are about family. Arcane’s first season begins and ends with the fracturing of family as two sisters, Vi and Powder (later known as Jinx), are … Continue reading Arcane Family Dynamics: Vander and Vi

Paradise Kiss – Bad Romance Done Right

Source: Ai Yazawa, Paradise Kiss: 20th Anniversary Edition By: Beata Garrett | @clearsummers Oh boy, Ai Yazawa has done it again. I’m always fascinated by how Yazawa depicts relationships and the incredibly messy emotional entanglements and issues her couples go through. I read the Paradise Kiss: 20th Anniversary Omnibus Edition, which I’ve been meaning to do for a while, and it did not disappoint on … Continue reading Paradise Kiss – Bad Romance Done Right

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 – An Okay Movie that Shines Sometimes (Review)

Title: JUJUTSU KAISEN 0 | OFFICIAL TRAILER 3 

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2docezZl574&ab_channel=CrunchyrollCollection

By: Beata Garrett  |@clearsummers

My first thought after leaving Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is that the price and trip to the movies to see it wasn’t worth it. In many ways, the movie is perfect if you know what you’re getting into and if you love the manga because the movie’s very faithful to it. It’s arguable whether this makes it a good or bad adaptation, but the end product is nevertheless bland and pretty forgettable.

To prepare for the movie, I reread Jujutsu Kaisen 0 the manga, which was released before Jujutsu Kaisen (the manga). Jujutsu Kaisen 0 follows Yuta Okkotsu, a boy who’s haunted by his childhood friend, Rika. Her cursed spirit captures the attention of jujutsu sorcerers, who sentence Yuta to be executed since they fear her being too powerful and uncontrollable (sounds pretty familiar). Yuta’s journey to break Rika’s curse sets him in the path of many dangerous characters, including Geto Suguru, an evil sorcerer intent on destroying humanity.

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Turning Red – Honor Your Ancestors, Respect Your Child (Review/Analysis)

Source: Turning Red (2022) By: Beata Garrett  | @clearsummers Since Turning Red (2022) came out, there’s been a multitude of backlash and criticism of the Pixar movie that’s set my teeth on edge. I’m not talking about the fair criticism of the characters and plot or the “It just wasn’t for me,” but about comments concerning the “relatability” of the movie and concern over the lessons … Continue reading Turning Red – Honor Your Ancestors, Respect Your Child (Review/Analysis)

Kotaro Lives Alone: It Takes a Community to Raise a Child (Review)

Title: Kotaro Lives Alone | Official Trailer | Netflix Anime

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLzmLUtVkxA&ab_channel=NetflixAnime

By: Beata Garrett  | @clearsummers

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The Gentle Empathy of Misaki Takamatsu’s Skip and Loafer

Source: https://sevenseasentertainment.com/series/skip-and-loafer/ By: Beata Garrett  | @clearsummers In celebration of Skip and Loafer’s anime adaptation, I want to recommend the manga to those interested or on the fence about reading it. I can safely say that Misaki Takamatsu’s manga is one of the most feel-good mangas I’ve read in a while. Skip and Loafer begins with country girl Mitsumi moving to Tokyo and beginning high … Continue reading The Gentle Empathy of Misaki Takamatsu’s Skip and Loafer

Sinister Transformations and Duality in Kasane, Vol. 1 (Review/Analysis)

​​By: Beata Garrett | @clearsummers I first read Kasane by Daruma Matsuura a year ago, and I loved it even as I was torn on how to feel about its depiction of beauty standards and gender norms. Matsuura’s work is a fascinating study on the blurred lines between acting and living, as the plays performed on stage hold up a mirror to Kasane’s own life … Continue reading Sinister Transformations and Duality in Kasane, Vol. 1 (Review/Analysis)

Whisper of the Heart: The Highs and Lows of Youth and Self-Discovery

By: Beata Garrett  | @clearsummers​ I always return to Studio Ghibli’s Whisper of the Heart during the lowest emotional points in my life, specifically those concerning my career and life goals. I first watched it in high school, then in college when I was at a loss about my Major, and now after graduating, and nearing the age of twenty four. Thankfully, I’m in a better place and … Continue reading Whisper of the Heart: The Highs and Lows of Youth and Self-Discovery

Tokyo Revengers is the Worst Shounen I’ve Ever Seen

Title: Tokyo Revengers | OFFICIAL TRAILER Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idlLFNNpZiI By: Beata Garrett  | @clearsummers I’ve spent a few good months starting and stopping Tokyo Revengers, and recently decided to give it another go. I wanted to give it a fair shot but I refuse to continue watching after Episode 15. I don’t know whether it gets better or worse from there, but it doesn’t matter because I’ve … Continue reading Tokyo Revengers is the Worst Shounen I’ve Ever Seen