Special Features Presents: Childhood Movies

I don’t know if it’s because the end of the year is nearing, or maybe because of the terrific anime Erased I recently watched, but I have been thinking a lot of the past lately. Sometimes going back as far as my childhood. Don’t worry, I am not going to turn this into some kind of weird post, with mushy and heartbreaking tales of sadness. What I do want to talk about is one of my favorite subjects: movies! Even as a child I already liked them, and it probably won’t be much of a surprise that most of the movies I liked back then, had some kind of fantasy element in them. So I thought I would share a few of these movies with you as kind of a trip down memorylane. All of these are from the roaring 80’s, a time in which so many great films were made. So let’s head back down to those days, and see if you remember some of them.(Note: there might be a few very minor spoilers ahead, so you have been warned!).

E.T. (1982)

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What can I say about this one? A classic, in every sense of the word. A young boy called Elliot becomes friends with an alien from outer space. It is not long before government forces are on the hunt for the creature, and Elliot and his friends try to protect him, risking their very lives. This movie is in my opinion one of the greatest films ever made, and even though it is now more than 30 years old, it still hasn’t lost it’s power in any way. A touching film, and the only movie I watched in the cinema as a child, that left me in tears afterwards (don’t laugh).

The Karate Kid part 1 and 2 (1984,1986)

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Wax on, Wax off. It is a quote I still use sometimes at work, when things are stressful. Another great feel good movie in which the young boy Daniel, who is bullied at school, gets help from an old Martial Arts teacher. Eventually he learns the ways of Karate and takes revenge. The second part, which moves the action to Japan, I liked even more. It was pretty much my first introduction to this wonderful country and some of the customs and traditions from there. Both these movies are an absolute blast, and if you have a bit of a somber mood, I pretty much guarantee it will turn bright again after seeing these.

Labyrinth (1986)

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Starring a very young Jennifer Connelly, and the late David Bowie, this movie is a fantastic adventure for all ages. It tells the tale of the young Sarah who has to babysit her baby brother Toby, a job she doesn’t really like, to say the least. The fantasy book Labyrinth is her life, and one day she calls upon the Goblin King from that book, to take Toby away. Pretty much to her surprise it happens for real, and she has to travel to a magic Labyrinth to get her brother back. With a wonderful cast of creatures from the Jim Henson studios, there is so much to enjoy in this film. It features great music from Bowie, very impressive special effects, and is also one of those excellent feel good movies. Now 30 years old, it has withstood the test of time very well, and is still every bit as fun to watch, as when this movie was first released.

Transformers: the movie (1986)

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Ahh, Transformers. That was the toy from my childhood, and ofcourse the best cartoon ever made (well at least to my 10 year old mind). Featuring robots that could transform into cars, planes, weapons etc. (Hence the name duh), it was one if the hottest things from the 80’s. The heroic Autobots fought against the evil Decepticons to protect the Earth and it’s inhabitants. This movie turned things pretty dark however as my childhood hero, the leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime, was killed off. I was absolutely stunned at the time, and remember staring at the screen in total shock and disbelief when that happened. Ofcourse now we have Michael Bay’s version of this classic animation series. Even though I quite enjoy those big budget blockbuster movies, the original is still the best and will never be surpassed. Roll out!

The Neverending Story (1984)

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With a themesong that was stuck in your mind for the rest of the day when you heard it, the Neverending Story is also a wonderful fantasy movie for all ages. The young boy Bastian, who has a lot of trouble at school and home, one day comes across a mysterious book. The title of the book: the Neverending Story. When Bastian begins reading the book, he is transported to a magical land, which is about to be consumed by a great evil. It is up to the young boy to save the land from impending doom, and in the end he ends up saving himself as well. Featuring a whole bunch of fantastical creatures, a great story and some fantastic music, it really is highly recommended to everyone who likes fantasy. Simply put, movies like this are just not made anymore these days.

The Goonies (1985)

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The last, but certainly not the least, movie of this post is the Goonies. A group of youngsters are about to lose their home. When cleaning up they come across a treasure map, which supposedly leads to the long lost riches of a pirate captain. Travelling down a tunnelsystem full of traps, and pursued by a bunch of criminals, the Goonies risk everything to find the treasure. This is, if I were to make a comparison, pretty much Indiana Jones for kids. But it is hard not to like this movie, even when your older, as it features a lot of great humor, great setpieces and is an absolute joy to watch.

Final thoughts

Well, and that just about brings me to the end of this post. At times it is just nice to look back on things and revisit some of the movies that made an impact on you. Even though I was still very young at the time that these movies were made, they had a lasting impression on my mind. Strange really, as all of them are 30 years old, or even older. Memory can be a weird thing at times. However, even though old, all of these movies are still highly enjoyable to watch, and if you have never seen them before, it is worth it to track them down.

So how about you? Do you have any favorite movies that you remember from your childhood? Are maybe a few of the movies above on your list? Let me know in the comments section below.

As always, thank you for reading, and see you at the next post!

 

The Blogger Recognition Award

Today is monday, and it really is my least favorite day of the week (as I guess it is for most people). However the first thing I saw this morning, before heading off for work, was that I had been nominated for The Blogger Recognition Award. And just like that this monday just became an incredible day. Honestly it is really getting  hard to find the right words to say how much I am feeling honoured by getting this kind of recognition for my blog. My thanks go out to Sophiethestark who gave my this award. I really, really appreciate it. If you haven’t already, check out her incredibly awesome blog Blameitonchocolate, which covers a lot of things ranging from Anime to books, and even videogames. Once again my thanks, you are awesome 😀

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The Rules

  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers
  • Select up to 15 other blogs you want to give the award to

The beginning

My blog started pretty much as an experiment. On my Facebook site, I used to post small reviews for movies I liked in Dutch. But at times I just got a bit annoyed at the whole Facebook environment. I did really like writing reviews however, and I started thinking about how I could continue to do that, but without Facebook. One day I came across a review for a movie, (honestly I can’t remember which movie it was anymore), and I saw the wordpress.com link on it.

After doing some research for it, I decided to give it a go. It took me some time to actually get it started as I am not actually a very technical kind of guy, but eventually I managed to create a site. I started almost half a year ago now, and honestly I have been having a blast. I had never expected to enjoy blogging this much, as it really has become a part of my daily routine.

Even though I don’t publish a post every day, I do check in every day, either to respond to comments, or read post from so many other great blogs I am currently following. Yes it takes time, but I consider it time well spent. One of the most fun things to date has been meeting all kinds of wonderfull people, and just sharing thoughts on all kinds of things. I don’t think I can ever give this up now, and I am definitely not planning to do so.

My advice for new bloggers

As mentioned above I have not been blogging yet for long so I would not in any way consider myself in a position to give advice in any way. Here are two things that I myself, think (emphasis on think), that might be important:

  • Cherish your followers. This might seem like a nobrainer, but I am still sometimes truly amazed that people take time to read my posts, and even at times post a response to them. Time is a very precious commodity, and as such I am just very appreciative every day, when I see likes or comments to posts that I wrote. So I guess this is also a big shoutout and thank you to everyone who has been following me so far. And that is what I meant by cherish your followers, never take it for granted, and always be respectful, even if someone might have a different view on something you wrote 😀
  • Write from the heart. When writing posts try to put something in it from yourself. This sounds a bit weird, but what I mean is try at times to make a post personal. It doesn’t mean that you should completely open up the floodgates and let every emotion that you have out (that might become messy lol), but still adding in something personal, can make a post somewhat more interesting (and a little humor at times, doesn’t hurt either😂)

 

The honorable nominees

  1. Cainslatrani
  2. Dtalksanime
  3. Japanimetalks
  4. Littleanimeblog
  5. Animetai
  6. Fragglepuss
  7. Tensecondsfromnow
  8. Anjimplays
  9. Strictlyridiculous
  10. Kurosamareviews
  11. Themaniacalbookunicorn
  12. Readingthroughinfinity
  13. Inthecubbyhole
  14. Brendarochelle
  15. Otakuorbit

Honestly, I did not check if you might have already have a nomination, but if you do, well….now you have two 😀

Thanks for reading, and see you next time !

Erased, Anime tv series (2016)

What if I asked you the question: “Would you like to go back and relive your childhood,  if you were able to?” I think everyone would probably have a different reason to maybe go back, while others would not go back at all. For myself, the answer would maybe surprise you, as I would answer with no. One of the main reasons my answer is no, is that especially in the early schoolyears I got bullied…a lot. So I don’t really have particular fond memories of those days. One of the things that helped me get through all that, were my parents. I am really, really blessed with them, and on that front I really have no complaints whatsoever. As I grew older, things definitely improved, and I have enough happy memories to look back on. Hmm, why this pretty dark and sad opening you might wonder? Well, the Anime series Erased also deals with childhood, but treads the path of something even more terrible than bullying.

Satoru Fujinuma is a 29 year old Manga artist, who has trouble getting the right things on paper. However, he also has a very unique and special power: travelling back short periods in time to prevent death and other tragedies from happening. One day Satoru becomes the suspect of a terrible crime of which he is innocent, but while escaping from the police, his power activates and he is sent back farther in time than ever before. When he wakes up he discovers that he is 10 years old again, but his memories are still those of his 29 year old self. When heading to his high school he meets up with his old classmates including a girl called Kayo. Satoru remembers that Kayo is heading for a very sad and terrible fate, and now he has a chance to maybe change it all in this new timeline. But things become more complicated as he finds out that Kayo’s fate might be tied to his own in the future…

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Erased is simply put:a masterpiece. It is almost impossible to mention everything that is great about it, but here are some highlights. People who say that animation is just for kids, will hopefully be silent after seeing this series. One of the subject matters the show deals with is child abuse, and it doesn’t shy away from it either. There were some truly heartbreaking scenes that were at times very hard to watch, but made the story all the more powerful because of it. The story was put together in a very clever way, and is maybe best described as The Butterfly Effect, meets Groundhog Day, with a small blend of the Orange anime series added for effect. Even though the series runs for only 12 episodes you feel an attachment to the characters, that you at times don’t even get from series that have a longer run. Ultimately though, despite the heavy subject matter, what it comes down to is that nobody needs to do things alone. Treasure friends that you have, and be grateful that you have them. Don’t despair though and think that you might need therapy after watching this. Yes there is a lot of heavy stuff going on, but it is also a wonderful, exiting and heartwarming tale, that I dare you to not finish in one run. It really is that good.

Before I give the final grade (which probably won’t be much of a surprise) I want to thank AnnmarieMCQueen for pointing out this gem. She is an up and coming blogger who has a lot different and cool things going on at her blog, so it is worth checking it out, if you haven’t already.

I give Erased a 10 out of 10 score.

Mystic River, American/Australian Movie (2003)

I think that just about the worst thing that can happen to any parent is losing a child. I don’t have any kids myself unfortunately, but I can pretty much imagine what would go through my mind if something like that would ever happen. But I guess I am saying something wrong here, because I don’t think anyone could ever imagine how you would react if a situation like that were to occur. In the powerful drama Mystic River, director Clint Eastwood deals with this question. And the answer is more heartbreaking than you could imagine.

Mystic River focusses on three childhood friends, that have pretty much lost touch with each other, after a childhood tragedy. One of them, Dave Boyle has come out the worst, and has become a shadow of his former self. As for his two former friends, Jimmy Markum and Sean Devine they also each have their own troubles to deal with. Jimmy tries to get back on a straight road after serving time in jail, which is easier said than done. He does have a bright spot though and that his children, especially his oldest daughter Katie. One day Katie doesn’t come home, and a sense of unease begins to creep up on him. It soon becomes clear that something terrible has happened to Katie, and when the police are sent to investigate, the lead officer assigned to the case is Sean. However, blinded by grief, Jimmy is heading down a very dangerous path to find justice for his little girl. When Dave Boyle might have something to do with the fate of Katie, it seems that some sins just can’t be buried.

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This movie is just about one thing: acting, pure and very simple. There are no explosions, high speed chases or any other things like that in this movie. What we do get is a very gripping and powerful crime drama, masterfully directed by Clint Eastwood. Star of the movie is Sean Penn in the role of the grieving father Jimmy. You can say what you like about this so called bad boy of Hollywood, but oh man can this guy act. The scene in which he finds out what could have happened to his daughter (shown in the picture above), just sends a chill down my spine. It is so real, that you would almost forget that this is someone who is acting. He got an Oscar for this role and deservedly so. But he is not the only one, as Tim Burton who plays the role of the tragic Dave Boyle also received the golden statue. His role just manages to hit all the right notes, and as such it is a character you grow to care about.

Movies like this are pretty much the reason I became a fan of the cinema in the first place. Sure I like action, horror and scifi a lot, but I also love powerful acting and great storytelling, and that is what this movie serves up for more than two hours. One could argue that Mystic River is just a little bit too long, but that would be nitpicking. All in all Mystic River is just a fantastic movie, and I highly recommend it to anyone who has a warm heart for the cinema.

I give Mystic River a 9 out of 10 score.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia, a Star Wars book (2012)

It has never been a better time to be a Star Wars fan, as it is today. With a new movie to look forward to every year, loads of new novels, comic books and merchandise heading to stores (and unfortunately making an attack on the contents of our wallets), fans will have enough to keep them happy. However a long time ago (no pun intended), there was a time when Star Wars popularity was at an alltime low. A few years after the release of Return of the Jedi, there were no new movies on the horizon, the comicsline was stopped because of decreasing sales, and as such it seemed Star Wars would be a franchise in danger of dying out. But in 1991, writer Timothy Zahn published a trilogy of books that came to be known as The Heir to Empire trilogy. These books introduced new characters and events, and continued the saga with stories set after the Return of the Jedi.

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The books became a massive succes, and it is said that they were pretty much responsible for a renewed interest in the Star Wars franchise. After these novels, hundreds of books and comics were published that tied together events set before and after the sixth movie in the saga. And then came Disney. After Disney purchased the rights to Star Wars everything that had been previously published in written form, was declared non-canon. And thus ended the era of the “Expanded Universe”. Many fans were pretty upset about this decision, myself included. A few of the novels and comics brought forth a few characters and events, that were so cool that you could almost feel as if you were being in the theatre experiencing the opening crawl for the first time.

One of these epic storylines was based on a computer game that was released in 2003, called Knights of the Old Republic. It chronicles events set 3600 years before the rise of our favorite Sith Lord, Darth Vader. One could almost call it the Middle Ages of Star wars. Even though Disney has also declared this era to be non-canon, I pretty much don’t care about that. As it is set so many years before the movies, it details events that don’t interfere with the current timeline anyway. If you are a fan of Star Wars, and want to know more about this era, I highly recommend the Old Republic Encyclopedia. This book, published by DK Books, is truly a must have for every Star Wars fan, whether or not you have ever played the games or not.

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The most noteworthy feature of this book is the art. It contains incredibly and highly detailed illustrations of the ships, weapons, planets and characters that populate this timeline. You can stare for hours and hours at these pictures, and lose yourself forever without ever getting bored. If the pictures I have included within this review have not already convinced you how cool it looks, I don’t know what will. This being an Encyclopedia, there is also ofcourse a wealth of information that details everything that has happened so many years before Darth Vader came to power. Do you want to know what Jedi were like back in those days? Which Sith Lord nearly brought the galaxy to it’s knees? What battles and wars were being waged? The answers to all these questions and more can be found in this massive 350 page tome.

All I can say is if you are a Star Wars fan, this book is just pure and simple a must buy. Unless you are only buying books that are considered to be part of the official canon timeline, this book will satisfy pretty much every Star Wars fan. Having just concluded it, I will definitely look back in on it, from time to time, if only to look at the beautiful and fantastic art.

I give the Star Wars Old Republic Encyclopedia a 10 out of 10 score.

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, Anime tv series (2016)

Everyone who is a fan of Attack on Titan is probably highly anticipating the release of the second season next year. (I know that I am one of them). Already pushed back once, it only increases the tension and hype for it. So, what usually happens when something is as succesful as Attack on Titan? You get people who want to hitch a ride on the succes train. In the case of Kabeneri of the Iron Fortress, the word train is taken a bit literally.

This Anime series takes place in a post apocalyptic world where a mysterious virus has transformed most of the human population into monsters. These creatures are called Kabane and can best be described as a kind of zombie, only much stronger. They are almost unstoppable, unless you manage to destroy their glowing hearts, that are protected by a layer of iron. What is left of humanity now lives in giant fortress stations, and are in constant fear of attack from the Kabane. To get around to other stations a number of steam powered trains have been created. In the series we follow the crew of one of these trains as they try to survive in this grim world. But then one day someone appears that might change everything….but is he is a saviour, or the one that finally rings the bell for the end of humankind….

This series has been criticized for being a clone of Attack on Titan. To be fair, yes there are definitely a lot of similarities between the two shows. Both series feature flesh eating creatures, a male and female hero, are set in post apocalyptic worlds, and even the soundtracks are pretty much the same. So yeah, I can relate to that. But to dismiss it just because of that, is in my opinion totally unfair. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress has a lot of good things going for it. The trains for instance, (see the example below) are just simply awesome. At times it reminded me a bit of the terrific movie Snowpiercer starring Chris Evans, that was released in 2013.

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I also liked a lot of the characters, especially the young female hero Mumei, who although appearing pretty innocent, turns out to be a force of nature. This being a horror show, there is a lot of blood in it, pretty much the same amount as shown in Attack on Titan. Action lovers will definitely have a field day with this show, as nearly every episode has tons of well executed action sequences. As such there is, at times, little room for character development and that is one of the things that you might not like about this show. Honestly though, I can only say that I have enjoyed this series immensely. I loved the setting, action and briljant animation of this series. Sure, it might be a clone of Titan, but it is a very good one. If you want to watch something to help make the wait for season 2 of Attack on Titan a little bit more bearable, try this one out.

I give Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress a 9 out of 10 score.

Heartless City, Korean Drama Series (2013)

It has been quite a while since I have last reviewed a Korean Drama series, or K-Drama if you prefer. For those of you that have yet to experience the world of Korean Drama series let me offer a small introduction. A K-Drama series usually has around 20 episodes (although longer shows do exist) and can revolve around a great variety of subjects. The advantage is that the story usually is concluded by the end of the show, and with the current climate of so many series getting the axe, I think that is a good thing. Korean Drama series, just like Anime to make a comparison, cover a wide range of topics ranging from romance, historical, comedy and crime to name a few. There are so many shows to choose from, that it can sometimes be very hard to make a choice. A great place to start is the blog Kdrama Kisses (which you can find Here). It offers a wide range of reviews, news and all kinds of other great stuff from the world of Korean Drama series. Well, I think that is enough of an introduction, on with the review!

Heartless City is a crime drama about the shady world of drugs. A special police unit is formed to catch an infamous drug Kingpin called Scale and shut down his drug empire. This unit under the command of the driven cop Ji Hyung-min, has plans to place an undercover cop into Scale’s operation. Pretty much against his wishes, but realising she is the best cop for the job Hyung-min’s girlfriend, Lee Kyung-mi, is chosen for this very dangerous assignment. Just when the operation is about to start a  mysterious new player appears. Only known as Doctor’s Son, it soon becomes clear that Scale might not be the most important criminal after all. Who is Doctor’s Son, and what is his endgame? Unfortunately Ji Hyung-min will have to go through many hardships and dangers to uncover that truth. And in the end that truth might end up to be more than he would ever want to know….

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Wow, just simply wow! That pretty much sums up how I feel about this utterly fantastic series. To start with I am completely in awe of the amazing acting capabilities of Jung Kyung-ho (pictured above) who plays the dangerous Doctor’s Son. This guy is simply amazing, and I have become an instant fan of this great actor. He alone is almost the sole reason you should watch this show. But that would be selling it short, because the series itself is also just absolutely astounding. Having watched a lot of tv series, I usually see certain twists coming before they are shown. However, trust me when I say that this series has developments that will leave you staring at the screen, while your jaw lies silently on the floor. I can not go on without spoiling things, and as I pretty much always try to avoid spoilers in my reviews, I am not going to do that. All I can say is that if you like crime drama series, with some truly fantastic acting in it, watch this show. It will leave you breathless until the final episode (and probably after it ends you will still be gasping for breath). You can watch Heartless City for free at the legal Asian drama website Viki (which also provides subtitles in a lot of different languages, including English ofcourse).

I give Heartless City a 10 out of 10 score.

Alias Omnibus, A Marvel Comics Book (2014)

Netflix has been producing a number of television series that are based on Marvel comics. That these so far are pretty succesful, is probably not anything new. These shows, can’t really be compared to their blockbuster movie cousins however. What pretty much distinguishes them is that they are very dark, and focus more on the development of the characters. The first series Daredevil, has so far resulted in two seasons and pretty much laid the foundation for the shows that have followed afterwards. One of the more unusual series that has spun off from Daredevil is Jessica Jones. I have just completed reading the omnibus on which this pretty unique series was based on, and I found it to be an absolute delight. But, I am getting ahead of myself. Let’s first focus on the story of Jessica Jones itself.

Alias can pretty much be described as a film noir type of story. Jessica Jones used to be a superhero, but because of certain events that are explained later on in the book, she gave up on her life as a costumed crime fighter. These days she is the sole employee of her own private investigations company called Alias Investigations. She helps out people on various cases such as kidnappings, but also the more mundane ones such as infidelity. Jessica herself has pretty much hit rockbottom. She is a heavy drinker, and uses men purely as a distraction. Not before long however, her past catches up to her, and a few cases she takes on, might be too much for her to handle…with or without superpowers.

Alias is part of the MAX comic book line, and as such is intended for a mature audience. Which is pretty much true, as the number of F-bombs in this graphic novel are astounding. Don’t be fooled though. This is a truly highly intelligent comic book, and the story is absolutely breathtaking. Already a fan of the television series of Jessica Jones, this book delves much deeper into the heart of this great character. And it is, at least not in the beginning, a very pretty heart. When you first meet her in the story, she is not someone you really like. Nevertheless, as the story progresses, you get where she is coming from, and why her personality has changed so much. Unlike the television series, a few popular superheroes make guest appearances in the book, such as Captain America and Spiderwoman. This is not a superhero book though. As I mentioned in the beginning, this really feels like a classic film noir, and as such is totally different than anything I have read from Marvel. I guess that is why I loved it so much. The art in the book also is not typical, but does simply feel right for this comic.

If you are looking for something different than your normal superpowered comic books, I highly recommend reading this fantastic graphic novel. I dare you not to get sucked into it’s clever storytelling. Before you know it, the hours will have past, and you might realise the day is almost over. And things like that are only reserved for the very best books.

I give the Alias Omnibus a 10 out of 10 score.

Coppelion, Anime tv series (2013)

I love comic books, and I especially like them if the art in them is done well. My collection of comic books consists mainly of American comics, but I am slowly expanding my collection to also include some Manga. Crunchyroll also has a Manga app, and it is here that I first came across Coppelion. What drew me in, was the amazing artwork of this series. There is also a downside to it though:it already has 233 Chapters! Now as I already have way too less time in a day, I so far haven’t gotten around to finishing this series (and honestly, I probably never will). However in 2013, an Anime was made based on this Manga, and having just finished it, I figured I would share my thoughts on it with you. Before I get into that, let me first tell you what this series is about.

Coppelion takes place 20 years after a nuclear disaster has turned the city of Tokyo into a contaminated ghost town. Back when the event occurred the government was forced to evacuate all it’s citizens, and since that time nobody has lived there anymore. At least, that is what everyone was led to believe. However when there are strong indications that there might still be people alive in the Old Capital, a special unit named Coppelion is sent in to find and rescue any survivors. The unit consists of three school girls who seemingly can walk around in the city without protection. It soon becomes clear these are no ordinary schoolgirls. When Coppelion begins to explore the dead city, not everyone they find alive is friendly and keen on being rescued. A sinister organisation is still operating in the ruined wasteland of Tokyo, that has plans for the rest of the world. Terrible, and horrible plans. Will Coppelion be able to stop them?

Just as in the Manga the backgrounds for this Anime are absolutely amazing. The ruined city is being depicted by showing rusted and overgrown buildings, streets, bridges and everything else you would find in an urban environment. It truly helps to set the the mood, and I have included a picture below to show you what it looks like.

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After seeing the first few episodes I honestly thought of this as a pretty mediocre show, that I only continued watching because I wanted to see how it would end. However, the series does pick up the pace at the halfway point, and truly redeems itself. It almost seems as if they hired a few different scriptwriters. Whatever the case I am glad I continued to watch, because in the end I really did enjoy it. The three girls of Coppelion, especially the bumbling and young Aoi, also turn into real personalities after the initial episodes. As such, you grow to care about them, something that is always important in a show such as this. Special mention must be made about an incredibly cool Mecha fightscene in the last few episodes. People who enjoy Giant Robot scenes are definitely in for a treat during those episodes.

So, do I recommend this one? It is a bit hard to say. As I mentioned above, the series does take a while to get into, and if you have a low tolerance for things like that, you might want to skip it. If you have patience, and are willing to stick with it though, I do think that in the end the series does reward you. I enjoyed it very much after the initial slow start, and if you like post apocalyptic shows, you might want to give this one a try.

I give Coppelion a 8 out of 10 score.

 

Manhole, Korean movie (2014)

When I watch a movie I pretty much don’t care in what language it is in, as long as I am able to enjoy it. Living in Holland, nearly every movie I watch is (for me) a foreign language film. I can hear the question that is popping up in your head right now: “Aren’t there any Dutch movies?”. Well, yes we do make movies, but unfortunately most of those just fail to impress me. One of the movie industries that lately does impress me a lot, is the Korean film industry. The Koreans just excel at dark revenge and action oriented movies, but another genre they are very good at is thrillers. Netflix seems to realise that the Korean movie is gaining in popularity as well, as a lot of them have recently been added to their movie database. One of those movies is Manhole.

Lately a lot of people have mysteriously gone missing in a neighbourhood in Seoul. A young 14 year old deaf girl called Soo-jung is living together with her older sister Yeon-seo. Yeon-seo always tells her sister to wait for her at home while she is out at work, but Soo-jung never listens and every day she waits for her sister at the busstop. One night Soo-jung disappears and her sister desperately tries to find her. The trail leads her to a dark sewer system, but in her search for her sister she finds more than she expects. A serial killer has turned the tunnels into his playground, and uses manholes to kindnap new victims. Will the two sisters be the next two women to fall prey to the ruthless killer?

I am currently watching a Korean dramaseries called Heartless City (a review will follow in the not too distant future) in which an actor is playing who is very, very impressive. And that is pretty much an understatement. The actors name is Jung Kyung-ho, and in this movie he is playing the pretty disturbing role of the serial killer. Though not as impressive a role as in Heartless City, he still manages to create a truly frightening character. However I was most impressed by the young actress Kim Sae-ron in this movie, who played the role of the deaf sister Soo-jung. Her performance was very convincing to say the least, and this definitely helped to lift the movie to above average. The dark and tense surroundings also helped to instill a creepy atmosphere throughout this movie. This film did occasionally have it’s flaws though. At one point there was a scene in which Yeon-seo, calls out to her deaf sister in desperation, which erm is pretty pointless really as she can’t hear (duh). However, apart from a mishap like this, I enjoyed this movie overall. It was a nice and tense thriller, with very good performances from the cast, and a dark and creepy vibe. As far as serial killer movies go, this one won’t be remembered as a classic, but it is still enjoyable enough to give it a go. If you don’t mind foreign language films or subtitles, and like movies such as Seven or Silence of the Lambs, this one is for you.

I give Manhole a 7 out of 10 score.