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Renai Shashin: The Picture of Love

Tada Kimi Wo

Renai Shashin–directly translates from Japanese to, “Love Photograph”.¬† But the actual title of this movie is, Tada Kimi Wo Aishiteru (I just love you) or Heavenly Forest. It was first released¬† as a manga and into a movie in 2006. I should get this out of the way but you should know that I’m a fan of Otsuka Ai, a Japanese singer. From 2005-2012, I wasn’t aware she sang the OST for a movie. It turned out this was that film. I was really hesitant at first, since at that time I just finished Koizora (2007). There is no way I’ll undergo another sad movie, two nights in a row. If you’re familiar with, Koizora, you know what I’m talking about. Honestly I only watched Tada Kimi Wo Aishteru because of my idol Otsuka Ai. My only mindset going into this film is to wait for it to play her song, Renai Shashin. And after watching it from beginning to end, Read More…

Wandering Blogger: On Wandering Swordsman

Samurai X

There are a lot of people waiting for a live adaptation of this beloved anime. Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story or simply known as Samurai X. After seeing what happened to Dragonball Evolution (2009,) fans including me got a little pessimist about the idea. I mean I remember the year it was released and the smile on my face was like a kid catching his first rare Pokemon on the original Game Boy. But my reaction after seeing it at the movies (yes, I did watch it there, I’m sorry) will give people dozens of meme banners.

Anyway, this isn’t about a failed movie. It’s about a series I enjoyed so much growing up. I remember watching it for the first time on its local airing in the afternoon in my country everyday after school. I’ve never missed an episode but the network which aired it ordered the show’s cancellation after the second season. At that time, I just thought the series is over. I didn’t know anything about it getting cancelled. The network only aired 65 episodes instead of the whole 95 of it.

Still it remains one of my beloved anime series and a cherished part of my childhood. It was earlier this year that a friend of mine in YouTube shared me a link. It’s a trailer of live-action movie of Samurai X. Read More…

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