Category Archives: Movies

Psychic School Wars (Review)

The storyline to Psychic School Wars didn’t really capture me. It’s a time travel drama, with Ryoichi Nyogoku travelling back from a future where the human race is almost extinct, living only on the moon. He has psychic powers, as … Continue reading

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K-on! The Movie (Review)

Before we started looking at some creepy anime for October I wrote about the anime series K-on! Now that Halloween is over for another year let’s return to the gentler subject of K-on!, specifically the movie that followed the end … Continue reading

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Loups=Garous (Anime Review)

When I was looking for some suitable anime series and films to watch for Halloween, this one stood out to me in the shop. I assumed it was going to be a werewolf film, and it sounded interesting, so I … Continue reading

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The Anthem of the Heart (Review)

Jun Naruse is a happy, normal, chatty little girl, who is unlucky enough to witness her father cheating one day.  Not realising the implications, she blurts out what she has seen to her mother, resulting in her parents divorcing.  Her … Continue reading

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Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Take on Me (Review)

This rather unwieldy-titled movie brings us to the conclusion of the Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions saga, and draws everything nicely to a close, at least as far as Rikka and Yuta’s relationship is concerned.  This is their final year … Continue reading

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Rainbow

Up above the trees and houses, rainbow flying high.  No, not that Rainbow.  The Junkyard presents a review by Daz of the anime series Rainbow: Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin…Where do I begin with this one? First of all, my … Continue reading

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Harmony (A Review by Daz)

Watched a film called Harmony over the weekend and man, do I wish I never wasted my time.  It tries so hard to be thought provoking that it just turns into a very dialogue heavy, very boring experience. The story … Continue reading

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Mirai (a review by Daz)

We welcome new contributor Daz to the Junkyard.  The following is his review of the anime film Mirai. Being able to fully appreciate things depends on your own life experiences I feel and whilst this is a sweet movie that … Continue reading

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Napping Princess (Anime Review)

Nowadays I tend to watch a lot more anime television series than films, but I was drawn to this film by the cleverness of the plot.  The story takes place in two settings, one fantasy where magic is real, and … Continue reading

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Fireworks (Anime Review)

Imagine if you had the power to change the past.  What would you change?  What consequences would there be to your actions?  This is an idea that has been done frequently in films and television, but it’s always an interesting … Continue reading

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Mary and the Witch’s Flower (Review)

In 2013 Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement, and the following year Studio Ghibli effectively shut down.  Miyazaki has since come out of retirement (he likes to do that) and the studio is back up and running, but during that period … Continue reading

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A Silent Voice (Anime Review)

Last week we looked at Your Name, the most successful anime movie internationally of all time.  Whilst it is an absolutely amazing film, I offered the opinion that it is not quite the best anime ever, despite being arguably the … Continue reading

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Your Name (Anime Review)

Your Name is arguably the most successful anime ever.  Although in its native Japan it failed to match the achievement of Spirited Away, worldwide it is the highest grossing anime movie of all time.  Its basic premise is that of … Continue reading

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The Garden of Words (Review)

A few years ago I studied Japanese at college, and a year of that was only really sufficient to scratch the surface of the language.  One of the first things I had to learn is that their writing is made … Continue reading

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Journey to Agartha (Review)

The most successful anime of all time, worldwide, is Your Name, by Makoto Shinkai.  We will be looking at that film in a couple of weeks, but first we are taking a look at some of his previous work, of … Continue reading

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5 Centimeters per Second (Review)

This week we are moving on to a different director of anime movies, and frankly another genius: Makoto Shinkai.  5 Centimeters per Second is his third film, and the first one I considered worth purchasing.  I will also be looking … Continue reading

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The Boy and the Beast (Review)

We have been looking recently at the films of Mamoru Hosoda, the director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars and Wolf Children. The Boy and the Beast is his 2015 film, which he also wrote, and his … Continue reading

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Wolf Children (Anime Review)

I have never been a big fan of the werewolf genre, generally finding the whole concept overdone and repetitive, but Wolf Children is an exception.  The director and co-writer is Mamoru Hosoda, who also directed The Girl Who Leapt Through … Continue reading

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Summer Wars (Anime Review)

Modern technology is scary and dangerous… or is it?  Our lives are increasingly tied into technology, reliant on it continuing to work to avoid massive disruption to our day to day lives.  What happens if that goes wrong?  And is … Continue reading

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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Review)

Over the last couple of months we’ve looked at every Studio Ghibli movie worth bothering with, but they never did have the monopoly on good animated films, and they certainly don’t now.  Since the early 2000s in particular, several new … Continue reading

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