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Eiga Sai 2014: Japanese Film Festival


Once again, we are reeling with excitement for one of the most captivating film festivals of the year.

With this year’s theme of the “Family”, The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM) is presenting 16 contemporary Japanese films that deal with various stories of families.

– Homeland –


The opening film “Homeland” (original title: Ieji) involves a broken family seeking for light and hope in the midst of injustice and desperation. The film was shot in Fukushima which was one of the provinces severely affected by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. The film was an official selection of the Panorama section in the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.

– Reunion –


REUNION” (Itai Asu e no tokakan) features the story of a man engaged in the funeral business who volunteered his services at the temporary morgue in a high school gymnasium after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

– Tamako in Moratorium –


Starring AKB48’s Atsuko Maeda as Tamako, a lazy young woman who graduated from a Tokyo university, but when she couldn’t find a job she was forced to return to her father’s home in Kofu and does nothing all day but lounge around and eat.

– Until the Break of Dawn –


Until the Break of Dawn” (Tsunagu) is a heartwarming fantasy adapted from the eponymous novel by Naoki Prize-winning author Tsujimura Mizuki. A young man becomes an apprentice “Tsunagu,” an emissary who can reunite the living with the dead for one time only, and grows through learning about the bonds between people.

Also featuring 2 Animated movies such as:

– Wolf Children –


Animation film “Wolf Children” (Ookamikodomo no Ame to Yuki) is a feature animation directed by Hosoda Mamoru, whose “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” and “SUMMER WARS” won numerous awards in Japan and abroad. It follows thirteen years in the lives of a mother and her “wolf children.”

– Symphony in August –


Based on the life of singer-songwriter Ai Kawashima, following her life after her mother’s death. The story revolves around her journey to make her dream come true to be a singer and, among other things, how she used to perform for free on Tokyo’s streets.

All films will be shown with English subtitles. Screening venues are at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 2 (July 3 to 13), Abreeza Mall Cinema, Ayala (July 25 to 27) and FDCP Cinematheque, Davao City (July 29 to August 3) and Ayala Center Cinema 4, Cebu City (August 6 to 10).


Homeland (家路) —————————————————————– 7:00 pm

Hospitalité (歓待) ————————————————- —————— 1:30 pm
Tamako in Moratorium (もらとりあむタマ子) ——————– 4:30 pm
Momoiro sora o (ももいろそらを) ———————————————– 7:30 pm

Until the Break of Dawn (ツナグ)  ————————————– 1:30 pm
Wolf Children (おおかみこどもの雨と雪) —————————– 4:30 pm
Like Father, Like Son (そして父になる) ————————————- 7:30 pm

The Kirishima Thing (桐島、部活やめるってよ) ————————– 1:30 pm
FLY, DAKOTA, FLY! (飛べ!ダコタ) —————————————– 4:30 pm
A Story of Yonosuke (横道世之介) ——————————————– 7:30 pm

Kokoro o hitotsuni (心をひとつに) ——————————————— 1:30 pm
Casting Blossoms to the Sky (この空の花 -長岡花火物 語) ——— 4:30 pm
Symphony in August [ why is this on a Monday 😦 ]
(8 月のシンフォニー ―渋 谷 2002~2003)
————————— 7:30 pm

Things Left Behind (ひろしま 石内都・遺さ れたものたち) ———— 1:30 pm
Momoiro sora o (ももいろそらを)  ———————————————– 4:30 pm
Tamako in Moratorium (もらとりあむタマ子) ——————– 7:30 pm

Symphony in August [ why is this on a Wednesday 😦 ]
(8 月のシンフォニー ―渋 谷 2002~2003)
—————————- 1:30 pm
Tug of war! (綱引いちゃった!) ————————————————– 4:30 pm
A Story of Yonosuke (横道世之介) ——————————————— 7:30 pm

FLY, DAKOTA, FLY! (飛べ!ダコタ) ——————————————- 1:30 pm
Casting Blossoms to the Sky (この空の花 -長岡花火物語) ———– 4:30 pm
Hospitalité (歓待) ———————————————————————- 7:30 pm

Tug of war! (綱引いちゃった!) ————————————————— 1:30 pm
The Kirishima Thing (桐島、部活やめるってよ) ————————— 4:30 pm
Like Father, Like Son (そして父になる) ————————————— 7:30 pm

Tamako in Moratorium (もらとりあむタマ子) ———————- 1:30 pm
REUNION (遺体~明日への十日間~) —————————————- 4:30 pm
Homeland (家路) ——————————————————————– 7:30 pm

Wolf Children (おおかみこどもの雨と雪) ——————————– 1:30 pm
Like Father, Like Son (そして父になる) —————————————- 4:30 pm
Until the Break of Dawn (ツナグ) —————————————– 7:30 pm

For complete details, check out the Eiga Sai Flyer

The 2014 “Eiga Sai” is presented by The Japan Foundation, Manila in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, Shangri-la Plaza and Film Development Council of the Philippines, and supported by WAO Corporation, Akira, SumoSam, Shu Uemura, and Net25 TV and Radyo Aguila. The Eiga Sai  is part of the “ Philippines-Japan Friendship Month” celebration.


2014 Nihongo Fiesta Film Mania

In celebration of the 2014 Nihongo Fiesta, the first ever Film Mania will be held on the 22nd and 23rd of February 2014, at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City.

The 2014 Nihongo Fiesta Film Mania will be a 2-day festival featuring the following films:

Miyazaki Hayao’s Howl’s Moving Castle


Brave Story


King of Thorn


The Voices of a Distant Star




Admission to the event is for FREE!

Check out the screening times:

February 22 (Saturday)

11:00 a.m.   Howl’s Moving Castle (119 mins.)   Shang Cineplex, Premiere Theater
01:30 p.m.   Howl’s Moving Castle (119 mins.)    Shang Cineplex, Premiere Theater
04:00 p.m.  Howl’s Moving Castle (119 mins.)    Shang Cineplex, Premiere Theater
07:00 p.m.   Robo-G (111 mins.)                         Shang Cineplex, Cinema 1


February 23 (Sunday)

01:00 p.m.    The Voices of a Distant Star (25 mins.) Shang Cineplex, Cinema 1
02:00 p.m.    Brave Story (111 mins.)                         Shang Cineplex, Cinema 1
04:30 p.m.    King of Thorn (109 mins.)                       Shang Cineplex, Cinema 1
07:00 p.m.    Robo-G (111 mins.)                                Shang Cineplex, Cinema 1


The JAPAN FOUNDATION, MANILA aims to promote: Cultural and Arts Exchange; Japanese Language Education; Japanese Studies; and Intellectual Exchange


Top 10 Most Memorable Anime Moments of 2013

2a97123e2707a3549bb89ede578e25d4Firstly, Happy New year to you all 🙂

As we enter the new year 2014, let us look back on our Top 10 of the most memorable anime scene carved right at our Kokoro (heart) that made us laugh, cry, pray, and made our heartbeat skipped a second…

Let’s start off from the bottom to the top 🙂

#10 – Kyoukai no Kanata – 12

Kyoukai no Kanata - 12

Mirai says her goodbyes and fades away…

Aki and Mirai finally defeats the Dreamshade, Beyond the Horizon (or whatever it is called depending on the translations) but at the price that Mirai will also disappear along with it due to her taking / absorbing the dreamshade from Aki to save him during the day of the Lull.

~ not really up high on our list but certainly included on the top.

# 9 – Genshiken Nidaime – 11

Genshiken Nidaime - 11

Madarame finally confesses to Saki

The kouhai’s locked-up Saki and Madarame inside the clubroom so that they can talk privately and to force Madarame to be honest with himself and ultimately have the guts to tell Saki what he really feels about her for the past 4 years.

– It took… The whole 1st series with 2 Seasons, 2 OVAs, and the whole season of the 2nd series.. and Finally, the stress was over… We don’t know about you guys but we really liked the series. Kinda reminds us of what we didn’t do back in college that kinda wish we had.

# 8 – Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge – 03

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge - 03

Crime Edge – vs – the Sledgehammer

Kiri finally decided to make use of Crime Edge’s powers and become a Killer as the descendant of the most evil murderer of all time as he pledge to protect the Queen, Iwai.

– This scene really got us hooked on the series for it kinda tickled our Type-Moon fandom since it’s kinda similar in terms of concept though not quite the level of detail but did gave us somewhat the same thrill and excitement. Oh yea’ I made the edited image inspired by the game Melty Blood. It’s crap but who cares…

# 7 – Shingeki no Kyojin – 21

Shingeki no Kyojin - 21

the fall of Levi Squad

The death of Petra, Oluo, Eld, and Gunther (didn’t include him in the image anymore…)

– Don’t tell me this scene ain’t on your list. It took weeks of arguments, grieves, and a hell lot of man-tears, especially on Petra’s for some reason…

# 6 – Fate Kaleid Liner Prisma Ilya – 06

Fate Kaleid Liner Prisma Ilya - 06

Saber Alter – vs – Archer Illya

As Illya wished for power to defeat enemy and save themselves from demise, she unconsciously unlock some kind of latent ability that allowed her to use the Archer-Class card and transforms herself into a Heroic Spirit.

– Loli X Illya X Archer. Nuff said.

# 5 – Chihayafuru S2 – 24

Chihayafuru S2 - 24

Arata – vs – Shinobu (The Queen)

Arata faces the Queen, Wakamiya Shinobu for the finals of the Karuta National Tournament in the Class A division.

– Been looking forward to see this match animated since the day I read it on the manga and how the match went on. And it was awesome…

# 4 – Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S – 15

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S - 15

Accelerator -vs- Touma

Touma fights off Accelerator to rescue Misaka-Imouto and put an end to the Level 6 Project.

See Index version:

See Railgun S version:

– From the lamest Hand-Slap from To Aru no Majutsu no Index, to the most epic parry on To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S. Though expected, still can’t contain that level of excitement…

# 3 – The World God Only Knows – Goddesses Arc – 12

[The World God Only Knows - Goddesses Arc - 12

2-B Pencils performs at the School Festival

After the defeat of Vintage, Chihiro and the rest of the band performed at the School Festival singing her composed song…

– Do we still need to explain why? I don’t think so…

# 2 – Blood Lad – 06

Blood Lad - 06

Staz -vs – Akimu

Staz went off to fight Akimu as per deal he made with his brother to help  resurrect  Fuyumi.

– Fandom stiked us again at full force.

And finally…

# 1 – Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S – 14

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S - 14

Touma stops Misaka from facing Accelerator and commit suicide

After discovering the dark secret revolving around the Misaka Sisters and Misaka’s plan to stop the experiment by letting herself to be killed by Accelerator effortlessly, Touma tries to stop Misaka from doing so…

– All I can say, this scene kinda gave me the shivers due the set of emotions expressed by Mikasa throughout the scene and the seriousness within each lines that really reach right at the Kokoro.

If there are scenes that you think should have been included but was not, it means we haven’t seen them yet or didn’t really had an impact on us…

Well, that’s it for our list. What yours?? 😀

Sword Art Online Season 2 Teaser Trailer

アニメ「ソードアート・オンライン2」告知PV.mp4_snapshot_00.29_[2014.01.04_20.46.08]One of the most awaited 2nd season for 2014 was announced together with the release of a teaser trailer giving SAO fans a hint of what to expect.

See teaser trailer:

Judging from the obvious hint, look like for this 2nd season, the series will be tackling on the events on the world of Gun Gale Online, thus entitled “Sword Art Online ~ The Phantom Bullet

095bd4c39ebcd9608471f067d5061268Though the events from this story arc is kinda exciting, I kinda wish they’ll consider inserting the Mother’s Rosario Arc as well, that would be great since I’m still kinda disappointed how they skipped a hell lot of shit for the Fairy Dance Arc (wishing they atleast make an OVA for the missing adventures…)




Anime List WINTER 2013-2014

WINTER 2013 fp

Every beginning has an end. And when something ends, one begins…well a lot of them actually.

New Titles, New Seasons. Check out what to expect for the new batch of Anime for the Winter season and for year 2014.


Click Here to see full version.

Source: Moetron

My Tentative Watchlist for Summer 2013:
(as always, will check out first their pilot episodes then decide which are worth my time though some of them I’ve already watched already especially those that came early out this month)

TV Series:

*Norigami ~ Jan 5
*Nobunagun ~ Jan 5
*Buddy Complex ~ Jan 5
*Nobunaga: The Fool ~ Jan 5
*Super Sonico: The Animation ~ Jan 6 (I’ll watch it for the plot…)
*Hamatora ~ Jan 7
*Oneechan ga Kita ~ Jan 8
*Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shita! Ren ~ Jan 8 (Banishment This World! <3)
*Silver Spoon S2 ~ Jan 9 (the story is nice and I love eating)
*Mahou Sensou ~ Jan 9
*Pupa ~ Jan 9
*Sakura Trick ~ Jan 9
*No-Rin ~ Jan 10
*Nisekoi ~ Jan 11


*Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road ~ Dec 31
*Sword Art Online: Extra Edition ~ Jan 4
*Mushishi ~ Jan 4


*Kuroko no Basuke ~ Dec 6
*Date A Live ~ Dec 6
*Shingeki no Kyoujin ~ Dec 9
*Blood Lad ~ Dec 10
*Genshiken Nidaime ~ Dec 20
*Kimi no Iru Machi ~ Jan 17
*Wild Adapter ~ Jan24
*Prima Illya ~ Jan 25
*Norigami ~ Feb 17

Genesis news for Lupin the Third live action movie


Lupin the Third the movie will hit theaters in the summer of 2014!


The official cast includes Oguri Shun in the role of Lupin, Tamayama Tetsuji is Daisuke Jigen, Ayano Go is Goemon Ishikawa, Kuroki Meisa is Fujiko Mine and Tadanobu Asano is Koichi Zenigata.
Other cast members are: Jerry Yan in the role of villain, Kim Joo, Yaya Ying, Nick Tate, Nirut Sirichanya, Thanayong Wongtrakul.

Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura, writer Rikiya Mizushima.


Shooting, begin in Japan on October 3, will be carried out in five countries from Japan, to Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines and will end at the end of the year.
The planning of this work has been going on for over four years and the only script took more than two years.

We have heard that Ogurin has been training for 10 months and lost 8 kg to look taller.

This is a monumental movie and we are hoping the cast and crew don’t disappoint.

– ramipon

Genesis Reviews: Suisei no Gargantia


Suisei no Gargantia is about a space soldier named Lt. Ledo from the Galactic Alliance of Humankind and his Machine Caliber; named Chamber, who was accidentally transported to Earth after battling their enemy; the squid-like lifeforms called the Hideauze.


In Earth, he was found by the people of Gargantia, a fleet of ships that is inhabited by humans. There he met Mary, a 15 year old delivery girl who shows Ledo their way of life and gradually teaches him more about himself.


It’s great. The storyline is just above average of your normal “buchuu shounen” (space boy) series. He finds a place where he discovers himself, etc. It’s not hard to understand and it’s not cheesy at all; definitely a good watch. To be expected from a 13-episode series (it’s rare, for me, to encounter a bad series with that many episodes).
3.5 / 5


The animation is very good; they really put some budget into it. Combined with 3D animation, the action scenes are something to look forward to. Censorship was kept to minimum as well, squid guts everywhere.
4 / 5


Overall, we highly recommend Suisei no Gargantia. If you like mecha action with a hint of slice of life; give it a go and you sure won’t be disappointed.


Author: NYKE