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Personally I wasn’t too interested in seeing Big Hero 6. The movie looked fun and entertaining enough but it didn’t call me to go out and see it. Good thing it was Veteran’s Day and I had to watch my siblings. Haha.
 
This first thing I want to say is that the animation is beautiful. I think Disney has made progress with their 3D animation. I can’t really explain it but the animation feels less…fakey than it looked in Tangled and Frozen. All of the characters looked nice (reused character designs aside) and the backgrounds were lovely. The flying scene was simply beautiful.
 
The story is pretty simple I think. The protagonist, Hiro Hamada, is out to capture for revenge the person responsible for his brother’s death with the help of Baymax the nurse-bot and a group of friends. That’s the basic plot and it’s fine. Some of the pacing was a bit off, too fast in places but it mostly fine. Hiro’s relationship with Baymax is the core and it works really well. How these guys make you fall in love with a robot is beyond me (it’s for toys I know), but god I want a Baymax. Tadashi and Hiro’s relationship, what little we see, was also well handled and I found myself wanting a bit more of it.
 
The other characters fall kind of flat. They don’t go beyond their stereotypes but were still fun to watch and I wasn’t rolling my eyes at anyone’s antics.
 
This movie was a fun time, the animation was beautiful and I’m glad I got to see it. I recommend it to all.
 
My Rating: 4/5

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I read the complete collection a few days ago but am only writing the review now since I actually have some time.
 
I haven't read too much Yuri manga because usually the stories aren't very good (or at least I don't think so), or I feel like the story is written for the male gaze and it's just creepy. But this story was a nice surprise, I'm glad to say.
 
First I want to say that I really loved the art of this manga. It's all very cute, the characters are easily identifiable and the only time the art got "sexy" was when sexy things were actually happening. Like there were no creep angles.
 
I also really liked the story. From friends to lovers. It all flowed very naturally to me. There wasn't any contrived drama there to keep Mariko and Akko apart. It all just...flowed so well for me!
 
Plus Mariko and Akko are just super cute together. All there dates were cute. And they're first time was just wonderful.
 
The supporting cast were all memorable and fun. Sugi-san is a playgirl type character who always has boys fawning over her, but she's always there for advice if Akko needs it. Plus I love how she never outed Mariko and Akko, even to their friends. Just made me smile. Tamanin was also just a pure delight. She's an otaku character who's not depicted as a loser creep. She was fun to be around and loved partying and life. It just left me with a happy feeling. Plus the end made me tear up. When Akko basically says "Just because we're friends doesn't mean we have to share everything together. But because we're friends they'll accept us." or something to that effect. I just...I really almost cried you guys.

This is one Yuri manga I highly recommend.

My Rating: 4/5

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So I finished Jala's Mask and came away liking it well enough. The writing is, overall, good. One problem I think fantasy (and science fiction) can fall into is being too descriptive. Yes, I know, details help flesh out the world, but I do think there can be something as too much detail that can slow down the story. Jala's Mask, fortunately for me, doesn't fall into that trap. But, there were times where I actually wished for more details. Mostly in the later half of the book where the plot really kicks in.
 
Honestly, I think this book would have benefited from being at least two books. I know, I know, with so many series out there have a stand alone book is a nice break. But I think that another book would have really helped some of the problems I found with the writings. Especially in the later half of the book! (view spoiler) And we could have learned more about the Five-and-One Island's culture and customs.
 
Though I did really enjoy the fact that LGBT+ people were treated as normal as everybody else. And none of the LGBT+ characters we met/got a name in the book were killed off which is nice change from other things I've read. There was another little thing I like about how a person's gender didn't really matter for one's profession. Like there are men and women sailors. Like after Jala becomes Queen and a married couple comes up ask for her blessing and gifts. And the wife is a sailor who ask for something practical while the husband ask for something decorative so that he could look pretty/nice for his wife on their wedding day. It was a small moment but it made me smile.

All and all I really liked this book and am glad I brought it. Would recommend to people who like fantasy but are also looking for something different from the medieval European based fantasy.

My Rating: 3.5/5

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Wrote this awhile ago actually.

So I just finished reading Marie Lu's Legend and wow. I really enjoyed this book an it was an incredibly quick read.
 
The story is about a young woman’s, June Iparis, searching for her brother’s killer, believed to be a young man named Day. Along the way she discovers damning information about the people around her as their paths crossed and lived intertwined.
 
I’m not too sure how my description of the plot does the book justice but I assure you the it was very entertaining. I think one thing this book really has going for it was the world building. It’s detailed enough to give us a good idea of everything and how it looks– it also helps that the setting is Los Angeles in the Republic of America but still. You just get such a good sense of the setting and the broken system. I could gush for a while on about the world building but there are other things that I like about this book. That would be the characters!
 
Well, the two main characters and a few of the side characters.
 
June and Day are two sides of the same coin. They’re both very smart and have a wide variety of talents. Reading in the characters’ voices was really great to see how they think and operate within their respective worlds; high society and a street rat. They both have such distinctive and funny voices that I couldn’t put the book down.
 
My favorite secondary character is a man named Thomas. There’s just so much to his character. His disdain for people in the poor sectors is so real and I enjoyed any time he came up in the book.
 
But this book not perfect.
 
The thing I find that doesn’t work so well in the book and made me giggle the whole way through was the “romance” between June and Day.
 
Now, I’m not opposed to romance in YA books. But I think there’s a time and a place and a speed for things like that and I’m not sure there was time for it here. It all felt too fast; they acknowledged each other as attractive and then…BAM! There’s mention of meeting parents!
 
That was all just way too fast for my taste.
 
But I do recommend this book to fans of YA dystopic novels. It’s an awesome read.
 
My Rating: 4/5

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