Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry


Synopsis: The Dragon Cry is a magic artifact with enough power to destroy the world. Enshrined within a temple in the Kingdom of Fiore, the Dragon Cry is stolen by Zash, a traitor of Fiore, and delivered to Animus, the ruler of the Kingdom of Stella. The task of recapturing the Dragon Cry falls to Natsu and the Wizards of the Fairy Tail Guild. During their mission to track down Zash, they infiltrate the Kingdom of Stella, and it is here they meet Animus' magician, Sonya... What does Animus plan to do with the Dragon Cry? Sonya wants to save her country, but what secret is she hiding? Within the interlacing ulterior motives, Fairy Tail fights against the danger that is the menacing world! And in the middle of this heroic battle, Natsu's instinct awakens...[Source: Golden Village]


I have no idea whether I should be glad or not. With the release of this Fairy Tail movie also came the news that the author will be ending the series and the current arc will be the last. This movie (though its a side story) continues from where the last anime left off, showing some new stuffs such as Natsu's dragon form, sneak peek on the meaning of E.N.D and Carla transformation magic. Do stay till the end though as it has a short scene, which I guess will set the stage for the last anime series for Fairy Tail. In summary, I find this a good movie, though I feel the pace is a bit too fast to squeeze so much information into just a 85 mins film.

Rate: 7/10

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Napping Princess


Synopsis: Kokone Morikawa lives with her father in Okayama Prefecture. She’s a typical high school senior with no special talents except one: she can fall asleep anytime, anywhere. Recently she’s been having a series of strange dreams. Her father Momotaro, a gruff man of few words, doesn’t seem to pay much attention to his daughter.The year is 2020, three days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. Without warning, Momotaro is arrested and taken to far-off Tokyo for questioning. With help from college student and childhood friend Morio, Kokone is determined to make her way to Tokyo and free her father, as well as unravel the mystery of her dreams. Along the way, she discovers that those dreams are the key to facing her challenges in the real world. Kokone uses her only talent—napping—to embark on a mysterious journey that straddles dreams and reality. And waiting for her at the end of her adventure is a small but precious truth... [Source: Golden Village]



A heart warming anime alternating between fantasy and reality that seems to connect both world to one another. That basically sums up the plot of the movie. Viewers may seem lost at the beginning wondering what is going on, but as more information are revealed, audiences will get a clearer picture of the plot. Do stay on at the end of the credit session as a sideline story will be played to make this whole movie more complete.

Rate: 7/10

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge


Synopsis: Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” a rip-roaring adventure that finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil's Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. [Source: Golden Village]


After waiting for 6 years, the next installation of Pirates has finally arrived. As expected, the movie is filled with lots of action and laughter as the Captain Jack battles pirates, immortal ghosts and government officials. On the whole, the plot seems a bit lacking of the punch that will wow the audience away. I guess with the recent advancement in technologies, audience expectation has grown and are not easily satisfied anymore. A decent movie to catch and this will not be the last we have seen of Captain Jack Sparrow.

Rate: 7/10

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter


Synopsis: There’s been an explosion at the symbol of Osaka, Nichiuri TV! Inside, an interview is being recorded about the Satsuki Cup (held by the Satsuki Committee, who drives Japan’s Hyakunin Isshu associations) and everyone panics in the explosion! The great detective of the west, Hattori Heiji, and his childhood friend Toyama Kazuha are left behind as the building collapses, but the two manage to make a narrow escape after being rescued by Conan. This mysterious incident is just like an act of terrorism, but the criminal releases no motive or declaration, leaving Conan and Heiji feeling especially unsettled. Amidst this turmoil, Conan and his friends meet the insistent self-declared fiance of Heiji named Ooka Momiji. Momiji, who claims that she is the person Heiji is fated to marry after his proposal to her as a child, is the high school champion of Hyakunin Isshu, also called the future queen. Meanwhile, the winner of the Satsuki Cup is murdered at a home in Arashiyama, Kyoto. A recording of the scene of the crime reveals Momiji. And in the background, a certain “poem” continues... [Source: Golden Village]


Conan has pretty much become our yearly must go movie at GV. As usual, the gang came across a difficult case (well, murder seems to always follow him wherever he goes) related to Karuta (This time, it is a cross collaboration with the author of Chihayafuru). The culprit in the end is someone we do not ever suspect. Not a bad movie to catch for the weekend.

Rate: 7/10

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2


Synopsis: Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand. [Source: Golden Village]


Nothing much to expect from this movie (except lots of laughter and jokes) since the superhero team is made up of mis-match individuals who seem unable to get along with one another. On a hindsight, the story this time seems a bit less ridiculous and the baby groot just catches the audience attention with its cuteness. A good movie to pass time and as usual, a season 3 is coming. Do stay till the end to catch a few of the short trailer.

Rate: 7/10

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

JB Staycation

With a blink of an eye, we have reached our 2nd wedding anniversary. =) Time sure flies as I got busy with my daily work. For this time, I am planning a rest and relaxing trip just to spend the day with *mds* and away from the hustle and bustle of busy Singapore. 

To start the day, we have our relaxing Swedish massage at Walea Spa & Resort. I chose this place primary because of the good reviews posted on TripAdvisor, which handily beats the rest of similar competitors down. For my personal opinion, I find their massage skill to be above average compared to the service I get from the normal massage shops in Bangkok. At one point in time, it was so soothing that I almost fall asleep! Lol. (Or perhaps I am just too tired)

After the massage, it was time to check into our hotel, which is the same as the one we stayed in 1 year ago. For this time, I booked a room with the lounge service access, so that we can go in and have our afternoon tea, hors d'oeuvres, drinks, tarts or fruits whenever we like it. Their lounge are located on the 16th floor, with a clear view over the Straits of Johor to mainland Singapore, providing a nice ambient for conversation.

For our meals, we hit the local food located around the hotel which whipped up a tasty pot of Kong Bao Frog, Japanese don (very reasonably priced) and BBQ chicken wings. There are lots more restaurant that looks good which I think we can try in future.

We ended the night with some quiet time spent with the Lord as we prepare our bible study lessons which will be starting at the end of the week.

Happy 2nd anniversary, *mds* =) I hope you like the trip I have planned for us.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Kuroko's Basketball The Last Game


Synopsis: An American street basketball team called Jabberwock comes to Japan and plays a friendly match with a Japanese team, but after the Japanese team suffers a crushing defeat, the team members of Jabberwock start mocking Japanese basketball. Their comments enrage Riko's father, and so he gathers a team made up of the five members of the Generation of Miracles plus Kuroko and Kagami, called Vorpal Swords, to have a revenge match against Jabberwock. [Source: Golden Village]


I guess this is a perfect ending to the Kuroko's series, at least, we get to see the miracle generation working together as a team instead of facing off each other. With so much talent among them, it is hard to believe how can they be defeated? Get prepared to reminisce each miracle generation trademark moves in this high octane last game face off against a despicable foreign team.

Rate: 7.5/10