Originally I planned to do complete reviews for each of his four movies, but I soon realized it was futile. Makoto Shinkai’s works are rather hard to properly write about and my reviews were far too similar to each other. This is why I decided to instead sum up my thoughts in a shorter format (call them “half-reviews” if you want).
What I can say is that after having seen everything Shinkai has created, there is nothing but a bitter taste of disappointment left in my mouth. All those praises about Shinkai being the next Hayao Miyazaki cannot be further from my own experiences, especially as I feel that he is regressing as a director as time passes. Instead of evolving, he keeps repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Continue reading →
With Ami joining the main cast, the relationships between everyone is slowly starting to change. While she is not the catalyst, there were already a lot of hints as I mentioned in my first post, she helps to stir things up and make them progress much faster than without her. Includes spoilers about episode 07-08!Continue reading →