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Hakugei: Legend of Moby Dick DVD Complete Collection (Hyb)

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Wolf Children DVD (Hyb)
Edward McIvor - Nov 23 2014 edwardmcivor1@me.com
Rating: Wonderful!
You WILL need tissues
This one is kinda of a feels fest but it is so well done from start to finish you feel as if you're growing up with the characters. This film is of miazaki quality. I love how we go through joy and sadness with the story and you can't help but fall in love with the art style. Also for this movie being dubbed......PERFECT. This is going to be one of those classic anime's that stands the test of time for years to come.
This Boy Caught a Merman DVD (Hyb)
Samantha Perdue - Nov 24 2014 miladyalluca@hotmail.com
Rating: Wonderful!
Emotional and artistically creative, a cute short fairytale romance
This animation was a pleasant surprise that reminds me of something you'd see at an art festival. The art style is lovely with color overlay and texture collage, beautifully artistic backgrounds, and the animation is a little minimal but you are watching for the journey of the story with the art.

As far as story goes, it is a small melancholic tale of Shima who suffers from depression and great loneliness and who is on a downward spiral after his beloved grandfather's death. An accident leads to him being rescued by the cheerful merman Shima names Isaki. Isaki wants to help Shima any way he can, and wishes to cure his loneliness and goes to live with him in a kiddie pool in the middle of Shima's living room. Together, the two grow fond of one another and Shima confides in Isaki his feelings and begins to come out of the dark spell he'd fallen under for a long time.

My only disappointment is that...I must say I was expecting more from the 17+ rating and I can only feel this rating was applied for 1 or 2 reasons. One, this is most certainly a (sweet) romance between two men and the track record for non-heteronormative anime seems to mark even the smallest thing as mature. Two, there is a single scene that very vaguely implies possible sexual arousal. For that, I would mark this as PG-13 at MOST. Now there is a very tender moment but I will leave that for you to discover after buying this disc~!

Also, be sure to watch after the credits for an extra scene that will warm your heart <3

The music is soft and simple, reminiscent of Persona 3 and 4 game background tracks. The Japanese dub track is very nice, and I would give the dub an A- as the actors did try and brought some believable gentleness and emotion to their characters, but sometimes spoke very stiffly or what could be awkward to hear in English. The translation could perhaps be the cause of that, but it's Sentai and their dub record is what it is - at least this is a better job in my opinion!