Anime & Manga

Mary and The Witches Flower brings Magic to Theatres!

Mary and The Witches Flower brings Magic to Theatres!

We have been seeing an increase in Anime showings in theatres across Canada and the US. Popular titles such as, Your Name, Sword Art Online, Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z Battle of the Gods, and Resurrection F, have all made successful dabuts. Now joining this popular line-up is Studio Ponocs film, Mary and The Witches Flower! You will see this magical film showing in select theatres across the US on January 18th 2018. We found a website that lists the theatres that will be showing the film which you can get too by clicking here. Sadly there has been no talk about showing the film in Canadian Theatres. (If you know any better, please leave a comment with a link to the info so others can find a theatre near them)

Mary and The Witches Flower is brought to us by the Academy Award-nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who also directed Studio Ghibli’s, When Marnie Was There and The Secret World of Arrietty. He was also an animator on the classic masterpieces Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo and a few other popular titles.

The film is based off of a young adult novel called “The Little Broomstick”, which was published back in 1971. The story follows an everyday, normal girl who lives with her Great-Aunt in a small country town. With a very limited number of friends and little chance of adventures, Mary can't help but feel stuck and alone. Until one day when she decides to follow a strange cat into the foggy forest and finds a rare flower that only blooms once every seven years, along side an old broomstick. Together, the flower and broomstick whisk Mary above the clouds and to the Magical Collage, Endor.

When a Magical school has such dark secrets, all it takes is one seemingly small lie to change her life forever. Now Mary must risk her life to make things right, and bring everyone home safely.

We have added a trailer so you can see a little bit of this wonderful tail of magic and adventure!

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Lets talk about the Seven Deadly Sins

Lets talk about the Seven Deadly Sins

Lets talk about The Seven Deadly Sins!

 

This Netflix original animated series by Nakaba Suzuki seems to have some outstanding reviews! It is a "Shounen" anime (Shounen translates into "Young boy"). Which simply means that it was intended to catch the eye or young male viewers. However, that being said, this series has gotten a lot of feed back from a wide range of people that have different interests in Anime and Manga.

 

Despite all the different points of view, I have found that the large number of reviews have all been very positive, with very few people saying they would not recommend the series to anyone. I will post my thought on the series in this blog below for everyone to read, so please discuss this series with me, and comment your thoughts on this series!

 

Story: 6/10

The series does seem to have a pretty basic plot to it. The main protagonist needs help to save everyone and ends up running into another protagonist who just happens to have the same goal as her so they partner up and start their journey together. I still give this an above average because the series works with this story line very well and has some good twists to it.

 

Characters: 9/10

I really enjoy every character from this series. Yes they also have some basic characteristics that are pretty common in anime but I personally really enjoyed it. I would have given a 10/10, but I feel that some of the characters, Such as Diane, could have been a little more intense. I didn't really like how easily she was beaten in the end. I understand the circumstances in that fight were not in her favor so she couldn't really go all out,and she was facing a very strong opponent, but I still think she could have had a little more action through out the first season.

Art: 10/10

I am not very artistic myself, but I really enjoy Japanese Anime art. I thought this series was really well animated in a modern style which makes sense considering when it was made). The art is very high quality and captures the action scenes very well! I enjoyed every fight they put in the series and think they couldn't have done a better job.

 

Sound: 10/10

The sound for this was spot on. Even with my internet connection being pretty slow the sound was never off beat. They did a great job at getting the sounds and music to really pump me up for the fight scenes.

 

Enjoyment: 10/10

I really enjoyed this first season! In fact I have watched it three time now and have also started the second season. They only had the first four episodes though and it already shows more Fan-Service. Which I am ok with, Fan-Service has never bothered me and sometimes I think it adds the perfect amount of humor for the more "Adult" audience.

 

Overall: 9/10

I would definitely recommend this series! I find it has a great combination of action, drama, suspense, and it really draws you in from episode one. I personally cannot wait for more of season two to come out!

 

Those are my thoughts on this amazing show. What are yours? leave your comments below!