Watching Fiction will be an occasional feature in which I talk about my thoughts on certain movies and shows.
I have been wanting to post my thoughts on the things I watch on my TV, and since other people seemed interested in it, I decided to do it 🙂
I have always loved movies and T.V. shows. If they are done right, they can even be just as good as books. I will warn you that the length of my “reviews” will vary. Some will be short and some will be about the size of my book reviews. Well, with the introduction being out of the way I think I should go on and show you my thoughts on the things I have been watching.
So without further ado, here is the first movie and first show I will fangirling about!
Rise of the Guardians
Directed By: Peter Ramsey
Produced By: Christina Steinberg, Nancy Bernstein
Studio: DreamWorks Animation
Synopsis: Rise of the Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes – each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.
I was a little late to the party, but I am glad that Jack Frost didn’t seem to mind! Rise of the Guardians is now one of my favorite movies. When I first watched Rise of the Guardians, I became lost in the wonder that is this movie. There is just something so magical about it that makes me want to go find the Tooth Fairy!
With an intriguing beginning that will grab your attention, Rise of the Guardians shows that it will be an amazing ride. The story, based off of The Guardians of Childhood book series, is fantastic and is told in a loving way that is nothing but masterful. There were moments that had me on the edge of my seat, moments that grabbed at my heart, and moments that just made me smile.
The visuals that Rise of the Guardians contain are the best I have ever seen in an animation movie. It is absolutely dazzling. The beauty of the colors, the fluid movement, and all the little details added into the art had me breathless at times. It was definitely obvious that a lot of effort was made to make the animation and art the best it could be.
And the characters featured are a memorable group. They are just all so quirky. We got a mischievous Jack Frost with a past that is a mystery, a Santa that is big, jolly, and sees the wonder in the world, a Tooth Fairy that is obsessed with everything and all things teeth, a Sandman that says no words, and a Easter Bunny with a bad temper and a australian accent. I loved each and every one of them…. Well, except for Pitch, the villain. He was just menacing.
The script is impressive and had me laughing a lot because of the witty, clever dialogue. There were some moments where the dialogue was a bit cheesy, but hey, this is a kid’s movie! Just go with the flow 😛
So. Will I be fangirling over this movie to my friends for a while? Yes. Will I
force convince them to watch it? Yes. Will I be rewatching this movie over and over? Yes. Seriously, this movie is one of the best Dreamworks movies I have ever watched and it will be a favorite for many people, I believe!
Directed By: Tatsuya Ishihara
Studio: Kyoto Animation
English Licensed By: Sentai Filmworks
Synopsis: Tomoya Okazaki is a third year high school student resentful of his life. His mother passed away from a car accident when he was younger, causing his father to resort to alcohol and gambling. This results in fights between the two until Tomoya’s shoulder is injured in a fight. Since then, Tomoya has had distant relationships with his father, causing him to become a delinquent over time. While on a walk to school, he meets a strange girl named Nagisa Furukawa who is a year older, but is repeating due to illness. Due to this, she is often alone as most of her friends have moved on. The two begin hanging out and slowly, as time goes by, Tomoya finds his life shifting in a new direction.
If I were to convince someone to watch one anime before they die, it would be this one.
Clannad is a beautiful piece of work that shows that it is the relationships we have with other people that add color to our world and that even the people who believe that finding the color in life is a hopeless thing for them can find one of these relationships.
The story follows Tomoya Okazaki, a boy who wastes away his life. His mother had died in a car accident a time ago, her death causing Tomoya’s father to turn to alcohol. The father’s use of alcohol has caused many fights with Tomoya. One of the fights ending with Tomoya permanently injuring his shoulder. This has caused him to live just enough to pass through the days (normally skipping school or being late to class) alongside his friend Youhei Sunohara .
This starts to change after his first meeting with a girl named Nagisa Furukawa, a girl who has a dream of joining the Drama club and acting in a play. After finding out that the Drama club had been put on hiatus due to the lack of members, Tomoya decides to help Nagisa revive the club. His friendship with this girl ultimately leads him to start putting his life back together.
Now. You are probably thinking that Clannad is a series that will cause one to be emotional. You are right. You will feel sadness a great many times before you reach the end of this anime. But you will also feel happiness, hope, and most probably laugh a lot due the well-placed comedy.
Most of my favorite anime characters are from this anime. There is just something so tragic, but also quirky about the characters that have me loving them with all my heart. Many of the girls and boys in this series have problems and stories to go along with them. Some characters are more fleshed out than the others (the two leads, Tomoya and Nagisa, are the most developed than the rest), but you will have something to learn from all of them.
The animation and use of lighting is excellent. The character designs may be off-putting for some people since the eyes for most of the characters are very… biggish, but I actually thought the art was quite pretty to look at. And the soundtrack is amazing and the background music always fits the atmosphere of a certain moment.
If you are going to watch any anime, let it be this one. Clannad will make you feel many emotions and may also leave you astonished that people are moving on without knowing what you have watched. This is wonderful series that is very close to my heart, and I hope you decide to watch it! It is available with English voices so don’t worry about the show coming from Japan!
If you need any help finding a way to watch the show for free online, just ask! Please, support the creators by purchasing the series if you love it enough!
I hope these reviews live up to expectations 🙂
Have you watched Rise of the Guardians or Clannad? Please tell, in the comments section!