A beautifully animated coming of age vignette piece with a professional polish, but not very memorable at the end of the day.
While definitely a movie designed for children, there's a good amount of solid love that doesn't make it feel patronizing or pandering. A very cute, sweet, and emotional movie for all ages.
A gorgeous and fresh experience with masterfully crafted music and visuals and strong emotional elements.
I can't remember the last time I literally felt my heart flutter in pure joy at the beauty of something. It feels like it's Christmas morning and you're eight years old again.
Genre(s): Drama, Music, Romance, School, Coming of Age Age-Appropriateness: 13+ (Occasional language, blood, and emotionally difficult themes) Platforms: Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll Episodes: 22 (+1 OVA) TheAwersome Rating: 8.0 / 10 (Much higher if you know classical music) Premise: After the death of his mother, piano prodigy Kousei Arima falls into a downward spiral and is ... Continue Reading →
Genre(s): Coming of Age Age-Appropriateness: 13+ (Minor language, relationship drama) Platforms: Crunchyroll Episodes: 13 TheAwersome Rating: 9.0 / 10 (A lot of pure, heartwarming, happy goodness here) Premise: Mari Tamaki is a second-year high school student who wants to make the most out of her youth but is usually too afraid to do so. One... Continue Reading →
Genre(s): Drama, Coming of Age Age-Appropriateness: 12+ (Occasional war flashbacks containing blood) Platform: Netflix Episodes: 13 (+1 OVA episode on Netflix as “Violet Evergarden: Special) TheAwersome Rating: 9.8 / 10 (You HAVE to watch this) Premise: The war is over. Violet, having known nothing but war her whole life, is having trouble integrating into society.... Continue Reading →