I finally watched 'Weathering With You' today. The only Shinkai movie I hadn't seen yet. And oh my god I loved it so much. I find it difficult to choose a favourite Shinkai movie, but this one certainly had the best individual scene. Possibly the most joyous thing ever commited to film, I couldn't stop rewatching it.
He finally let one of his couples be happy! The moment Hina vanished I was getting ready for the standard Shinkai ending where they're pushed apart but he did it! The only other one I can think of that does that is The Place Promised, but that's more ambiguous.
However I love that even when he's doing the "happy ending" he puts his own spin on it. Hina and Hodaka end up together even though the greater good would have been served if they weren't. The way the movie resolves is movingly transgressive. The weight of the world is telling them to stay apart but they choose their own happiness instead.
Bodacious Space Pirates episodes 7-13: While it's a generally entertaining series, I do find my attention wandering frequently. All very innocuous fun. Baka & Test - Enter the Beasts Episodes 1-13: This should more accurately be renamed gender wars, as the boys try their hardest (without success) to see the girls naked while refusing to admit they have any feelings for the girls, while the girls are sadistic monsters who want to entrap the poor boys into monogamous relationships. You know, stark realism. I did laugh a lot in this series.
It seems a little early to rank Part 6 in terms of the other Jojo instalments, but it certainly feels like the most refined take on the formula so far, and I could genuinely see this ending up as my favourite one (unless Steel Ball Run lives up to the considerable hype). It’s interesting that it recalls Part 4, with all the characters staying in one location, but there’s a pervading sense of imminent, unpredictable danger about the prison that gives the show that sense of urgency Part 4 often lacked. I wouldn’t have minded a few more goofy side-stories just as a break from the main plot (the ball game was a real highlight), but I enjoyed this a lot and I hope it won’t be too long until Netflix favour us with the next chunk.
Dream Eater Merry complete series: there's something lacking in this series .. like a proper start and end and a lot of a plot.
Waiting In The Summer episodes 1-6: I enjoyed this. A cute and innocent tale of an alien girl who falls to earth and move in with a teenage boy, and the love triangle/pentagon(?) that ensues. All the usual Japanese teen school anime tropes are here, with a couple of subtle twists. Fun summer romantic comedy that's definitely worth a rewatch ... unless the second disc sucks
Waiting In The Summer episodes 7-12: Good conclusion to the series, lots of action and racing against time to find the missing piece of the puzzle. Very sad to find my (cheap MVM Christmas sale) DVD was missing the OVA and the English dub (which I can live without) that the US BluRay has. Now to decide whether I should spend ten times as much for one extra episode.
Bodacious Space Pirates episodes 13-26: All light and fluffy. No-one gets hurt and the schoolgirls get to play act as pirates. There's more emotional depth in ten seconds of Clannad (or Kanon). It's like a meringue, it looks nice but it's mostly just air.
Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway…was very good. Looking forward to the next one. Only niggle I have is that Gigi Andalucia seems to be a redundant character that is only there for the MC to fall in love with. I hope she is an important character, otherwise they could have done without her. Gundam does have a knack for having female characters just so the MC can fall for them.