Cannes

2019 Cannes Preview

Fresh and hot out of the bake, Cannes just announced the Official Selection for this year’s edition. I won’t lie when I say that I’ve been anticipating this day for weeks now, and I’m about 75% happy with the lineup. There are household names, there are more Women’s titles, just as Thierry Fremaux promises, but whether they’re justified themselves to be there or not, is entirely different matter (which I will discuss it later). This gonna be Silver Moon’s first current Preview for Cannes, where I list all the films in the Main Competition, along with my own expectation. Let’s briefly run each of them down

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Site Updates

Site Announcement: Cannes 2019

Yeah, I freaking got it. I got the accreditation to attend Cannes Film Festival this May. Cannes has always been my favorite spot, as many film lovers do, and this is a good way for me to start my Cannes project here anyways. What does it mean then? Expect live coverage here in May where I try my utmost to check out and (hopefully) review all the Cannes Main Competition titles, and then some.

As for this site in the long run, I’m in the middle of 2010s anime catch-up right now and still don’t feel that enthusiastic to blog, but I never intend to throw this site altogether. It’s still my intention to keep it, and will probably come back to full writing and more projects once I’m game for it.

See you all very soon.

Anime, Yearly Summary

2018 Anime Summary – Part 2: Individual Awards

Now we get to the second part of this 2018 Anime Summary. This can be seen as individual awards, where I will pick the Best, and the Worst, as well as Runner-Ups. It will divide as Individual awards, Production Awards and Character Awards. Get on board for a tour around the town now, shall we?

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2019 Winter Anime, Seasonal Anime Review

Seasonal Anime Review: Winter 2019 First Impression (Full Update)

Like a cold you can’t get rid of, the new season has begun. As tradition, I tailed down all these first new, non-sequel episodes and gave them some quick impressions the moments I finished. This Winter season proves to be a season with no real surprise. It’s certainly the fewest shows in term of quantity for quite a while, and shows that supposed to be stand out are doing a pretty good job. Mob Psycho 100 2 delivers one of the best episode in a while (but to make this post consistent with non-sequel rule I won’t include it in here), Boogiepop tanks but the rest is predictable. This season also marks many shows cut-corner by animating entirely in CG, and the results are pretty clunky (if the bottom two shows are any indication). In total, I watched and reviewed 26 premieres, 2 of them are shorts. Let’s scroll down to see the offerings of this 2019 Winter, from worst to best:

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Anime, Music, Yearly Summary

2018 Anime Summary – Part 1: Music

I must confess before getting into this part that I don’t have an ear for anime tunes and only recently, very recently that I’m actively checking out for anime songs and soundtracks. Now that I’m more familiar with anime songs and know some of the prominent artists in this medium, I want explore more, dig deeper and making this list to celebrate all the goodies of this past year. In regards to OPs and EDs, 2018 is another underwhelming year for me. Normally I can easily come up with more than 5 picks, but this year that number is a high bar. This year, however, produces one of my favorite soundtracks in years so I’m not looking back on it with bitter eyes. Whether it has distinctive visual, or great songs, or how these two are in perfect sync to each other, below are my favorite OPs of the year, in no particular order

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Anime, Yearly Summary

2018 Anime Summary – Overview

Happy new year, folks. I’m not beating around the bush here, these past few months I haven’t found much passion to write at all. I much prefer watching to writing and boy, did I watch a lot this past month. Although I can’t say that I love writing, I do want keep this blog as a logbook/ diary on what I had watched and what my opinions on shows/ films I watched at that given moment. It means that I’ll find new ways to keep you readers informed of what I watch during a month or so. On that end I’ll make a Movie/Show log every fortnight or so with a brief impression about them, and doing more seasonal reviews, bunk reviews instead of full reviews.

Towards that goal, this week will be about the comprehensive summary of 2018 in anime. In general, I consider 2018 an underwhelming year. It has many solid shows, but none breaks out as a modern classic for me. I suspect 2018 will be remembered as the year where Netflix original anime storms the mainstream. While I do have some reservations towards its models (never a fan of releasing the whole batch in one go, and I feel Netflix originals are a tad bit too retro, not in a good way), they do take risque and any platforms that brings more exposure to anime is always a welcome. 2018 is also a really strong year for comedy. Comedy that is plain silly (Grand Blue), comedy that makes you cry (Anzumatsuri), comedy that is too dry (Pop Team Epic)… this year has it all. Less idol shows this year compared to the last few years, but at the same time more hopeless isekai shows, imouto incest shows, shows adapted from mobile games and soft-core porn shows, 2018 sure leaves its mark boldly.

For the next few days, I will split the summary into 5 parts:

Part 1: My favorite 5 OPs, 5 EDs and 2 full songs of the year  Part 2: Several technical/characters/miscellaneous awards   Part 3: Genres shortlists and Awards   Part 4: Honorable Mentions and Top 10 shows of the year   Part 5: List and rank Anime Movies of 2018 (Note: at this moment I list 15 films – 5 watched, 5 more available, 5 non-available. I will post this part once I finish these 15 films in the shortlist.

Stay tune for the next day for Part 1 – my favorite tunes of the year

2018 Fall Anime, Weekly Anime Summary

Weekly Anime Summary – Fall 2018 Week 10

SO I decided to finally drop Karakuri Circus, and catching up with the current Double Decker (so… 1 more episode). Karakuri Circus has its unique charm, but it has a string of mediorce episodes as of late to the point I don’t care for any of these characters any more. With the last season of the year is shaping up towards its end, I pretty much have my top 15 shows of the year ready. How they fare in final ranking will be depend on how these current shows land though. As of late I am watching many shows from early 2010s as well, and maybe at the start of next year I’ll do a film/anime log with basically list down movies/shows I have watched every 2 weeks with my general thoughts. That way I don’t have the burden to do full review (unless I want to), and you guys can still keep tab with what I’ve been watching. But that’s for the future and let’s run this week down:

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2018 Fall Anime, Weekly Anime Summary

Weekly Anime Summary – Fall 2018 Week 8-9

“’Cause nothin’ lasts forever
Even cold November rain”
Boy, November has ended and before you know it, Christmas is on its way. Sorry for the lack of activity in this blog, but at this time, I’m more willing to watch rather than to write about stuffs. Just this last week I came up with a list of 50-something anime of 2010s I will need to watch in oreparation for the Decade list. I don’t want to list those shows here, as I know I”m not going to devour them all and that will make an awkwark void if I stop halfway. I’ll still try to review those shows as I finish, so at least expect this weekly summary and maybe anime reviews at this stage (for movies, maybe recent ones, not project).

This last 2 weeks, this season of anime gets to its lowest point where it tries to connect between this middle arc and climax, think of this stage as our neck, so understandably they are hit or miss at best. Now, sit back and enjoy the show.

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