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So "The Secret World of Arrietty" was randomly TV today and I decided to watch it. I was planning to turn it off after ten or fifteen minutes. And then half an hour. And then forty minutes. And then I decided to watch until the end of the credits.

I'd heard two things about the film before I saw it: 1) That it did well in the box office, and 2) the English dub was bad, or at least not Studio Ghibli's best. Personally, I had no interest in the story concept, and that's why I never tried to see it. I've been mildly curious. Plus, this way it's "free" (ignoring the cost of cable, electricity, and the price of a television).

So I watched it, and I really liked it. It's not my favorite movie of the year, and it's not my favorite Ghibli movie, or my favorite Miyazaki movie. But it is a very good, enjoyable film.

First, the pros: the art was gorgeous. I loved all the little details and the color contrast. The house and greenery was beautiful. The character designs were fun, and the way the creators worked to just make the house work as designed by the Borrowers so they could get around was just... amazing. I also loved the frequent shifts between "perspective from the Beings" and "perspective from the Borrowers". For instance, from the Borrowers' perspective, a clock ticking is sonorous, while a Being might barely hear it, if they hear it at all.

The story was fun and interesting. I liked the characters, especially (of course), Sean, Arrietty, and Aunt Jessica. I have to say that the movie really wins out because of Sean. He just tugs on my heart strings. Please forgive the pun. I also loved the bit of realism in relation to his illness. So many people create a character with a problem... and then that problem just HAPPENS to be absent (or present) at convenient moments. This film takes a rule and sticks with it. It's nice. It also didn't totally stick it in your face (e.g., OMG MY LIFE SUCKS SO MUCH I'M GOING TO DIE I NEED TO BE WEEPY AND WHINY BLAH...). Sean is an interesting character who is most certainly NOT a little TOO GOOD FOR THIS WORLD angsty angel. He has some quirks of his own. Rather than simply wallow in his sorrows, almost from the start of the film, he is curious about his surroundings and ready to embark on a journey to answer his questions.

[SPOILERS] This is also remarkable for being a film for which I'm not all that angry that the two principal characters went their eternal separate ways at the end. Not that I'm HAPPY about it. I'm just not

The music was also okay.

The cons: this movie suffers from Trailer Trolling. The trailer was very actiony. The movie... not so much. At least for what we typically consider "action".

The dub was definitely not one of Ghibli's best. It's actually the worst I can think of, but it's not as terrible as I thought it would be.

Other than that... I liked it. I'd like to rewatch it. I'll probably buy it.

So I'm watching this "new" movie based on the Kyoto arc in "Rurouni Kenshin" the manga. It's apparently supposed to be some reworking of the original manga, from Misao's perspective of all things. The dialogue is terrible. The story is stupid. The art is... okay. It's better than the original anime, of course, but not the best art I've seen. I can't say I like it all that much. Being better isn't the same as being good. For instance, my stepfather can be less of an asshole than he typically is. That doesn't make him a non-asshole.

I had to give up. It was just... too stupid.

There's also this new RuroKen manga that's somehow related to the live-action film. In that they're both terrible and both terribly warp the original story... yeah. I can see how they're related.

Yes, the clothing is probably more historically accurate and some of the character designs are better... but jeez.

"Rurouni Kenshin" is one of the best series I know of. The few problems it has involve the early art (which was okayish and drastically improved over time), and the somewhat repetitious and over-the-top villains.

WHY EXACTLY DID THEY... Oh. Right. Because they could. And because if you stick RuroKen in the title, it will probably make money.




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