[Review] Magi: Adventure of Sinbad

This review has been waiting side stage for quite awhile, having originally aired in the spring last year when I was overwhelmed with my wedding. I chose to backlog the show until a rainy day and was finally able to marathon it on Netflix. Magi: Adventure of Sinbad entertained me far more than I had expected, and I consider it more satisfying than the original series of Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic. Strong characters and a streamlined plot are the anime’s backbone, making it feel more like a standalone series worthy of your viewing than an optional prequel spin-off.

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[Review] Encouragement of Climb S1 and S2

Living in the Pacific Northwest of the United States means nature is always a short distance away. Day trips to the mountains for a bit of sightseeing, hiking, and picnicking are common. Having grown up in Alaska, I’ve always respected the wilderness in all her beauty and danger, but I never actively sought out my own adventures outside of required family and school excursions. When I moved to Washington State and spent more time in the city, I started to crave the meditative woods. For the first time, I researched different hiking trails, even going so far to look into hiking groups on Facebook and Meetup. Washington has a fantastic online resource that not only listing and mapping the trails, but also describing each step of the way and allowing users to upload pictures and their own seasonal trail reports.

Not many people have the fortune of such readily accessible resources, and it can be intimidating getting into the hobby alone. It’s no surprise that Yama no Susume’s Aoi hesitates to accept Hinata’s offer to go hiking; she’s never had the occasion to venture into the wilderness for most of her life. It’s her lack of knowledge and insecurity fuel the sense of adventure that permeates every aspect of this series.

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Spring 2017 Season Wrap: Sword Oratoria, KADO: The Right Answer, & Atom: The Beginning


We are finally at the end of my season reviews, and finishing on a high note! I do hope you’ll read through to the end, particularly my thoughts on Kado and Atom, series whose genre and topics may not be for everyone but left me with the kinds of echoes only the best stories can create. Thank you, Spring, for being such a wonderful season full of memorable characters and settings. I walk away with a renewed belief that anime will continue to show and take us to the kinds of places that only appear in our dreams.

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Spring 2017 Season Wrap: WorldEnd, Girl Beats Boys, & as the moon, so beautiful


Having finished up Tsuki ga Kirei on my flight down to AX, I had a difficult time not crying in happiness watching the final episode. Very few shows push me to this response, so I cannot thank the makers enough for giving us this gem. I waited until coming back home from the convention to write up my thoughts since I needed that crazy weekend to process what I had seen without coming across as an overly excited sap.

Without further ado, here’s my penultimate wrap on the spring season:

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Spring 2017 Season Wrap: Grimoire of Zero, Anonymous Noise, & Granblue Fantasy


I finished this post while on the plane to Los Angeles for Anime Expo, and I’ve never before seen a plane so full of anime fans. Their energy was pretty infectious, and I felt more motivated than usual to write. Hopefully I’ll have another one of these while I’m out of town this weekend! 

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Spring 2017 Season Wrap: Attack on Titan S2, Natsume’s Book of Friends S6, & The Royal Tutor


It’s never too late to try something new, and I thought this would be a good time to experiment with my end-of-season reviews. Usually, I bundle up all of the final thoughts into one or two gigantic posts. This means that the posts include shows that finished two or even three weeks apart in the season. Because of that, and the ridiculous length of some of the season wraps, I thought I’d try a weekly approach with, at most, three or four titles. Please let me know what you think of this format, along with your thoughts on the shows discussed in my posts!

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[Winter 2017 Season Wrap, Cont’d] Tales of Zestiria the X

Tales of Zestiria the X is finally finished after a five-week delay on the last episode, “The Legend.” The series was split into two parts with a season break in between. You can read my thoughts on the first part here, where my overall opinion of the beginning was one of dissatisfaction; the work felt disjointed in plot and flow. I still enjoyed the world and its idea of humans, seraphim, and Malevolence, but wish certain areas were expanded upon, cut, or rearranged. The second season of Zestiria the X improved upon the weaknesses of the first and I finally felt invested in the actions of Sorey, Alisha, and Rose.

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Cinerama Anime Movie Festival 2017

When I first heard that Seattle’s Cinerama would be holding an Anime Movie Festival, I knew immediately that I wanted to go. Not only were there films included in the line-up that I had never seen, but I had also never visited the acclaimed theater. Cinerama is a single-screen venue boasting the “most epic movie experience.” Having first opened in 1963 after the World’s Fair’s appearance in the city it was one of the hottest locations until its decline in popularity in the mid 80s and 90s. Thanks to the purchase and renovation of philanthropist Paul Allen, the theater was reborn in 1999 with advanced screen and sound technology. The theater was again upgraded more recently in 2014.
Cinerama hosts many types of events, including 70mm festivals, Science Fiction, and more. This year’s Anime Film Festival is the first of its kind, and I hope to see more of it in the coming years. Perhaps they may even expand to include multi-episode original video animation series. The movies I viewed were:

While the last is actually my favorite Ghibli film and one I’ve seen countless times, I still could not resist the chance to see it on the big screen for the first time. Below are my brief thoughts on the movies and my viewing experience at Seattle Cinerama.

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