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Moments - 09 - Haikyuu!! To The Top (Hinata Receives)
Hinata is a diminutive middle schooler who's only desire is to play volleyball after having seen the Karasuno Crows play in the nationals. Having trained as much as he can by himself, and begging his friends for help he was able to compete in a tournament for the first time, though it was in his final year of middle school. Despite his enthusiasm the occasion gets to him, though coming face to face with the setter of the opposing team calms his nerves significantly. Playing against a powerhouse emphasizes the difference in ability between students who practiced regularly, and Hinata alongside his friends. Yet he does not yield, instead he fights harder putting his body on the line, not for the match, but for a single point. It is not enough. Hinata loses his only middle school match, though he finds himself a rival to fight in his volleyball journey. Kageyama, the setter he faced.
Moments - 08 - The Last Samurai (I will miss our conversations)
The Last Samurai is a film that has stuck with me since its release. There was a meditative nature to the film where we follow the protagonist during his time in Japan at the turn of the century. Starting as a former soldier suffering from PTSD in the United State's, to moving to Japan to train infantryman, till finally he is held captive by the samurai over the winter. Seeing his change and the relationship that he develops with the leader of the samurai is quite fascinating. Thus the moment that stood out to me the most is the culmination of this relationship at the finale of the film.
Moments - 07 - Promare (Deus Ex Machina)
Promare is an odd film from a conventional point of view, however it is very much a distilled synthesis of everything Studio Trigger. It is kinetic, loud, colorful and completely unapologetic in its presentation. At its fastest the pacing is that of a formula 1 car at top speed, at its slowest it is a sports car at top speed, and it never let's up. The art style is very much Trigger at its core as it very much resembles Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and Kill La Kill. What we are going to be talking about is something very particular that happens towards the third act of the film.
Moments - 06 - Violet Evergarden The Movie (Sound and Stillness)
Violet Evergarden the Movie is a film that I have been looking forward to watching for quite a while, and if you have read my prior articles on Violet Evergarden you may know just how highly I think of the show as a whole. Having watched it now, I am glad to know that it lived up to and surpassed my expectations for the standard of quality that it was able to reach. Calling back to many of the episodes that were present in the show, while developing the world, and characters in tandem.
Moments - 05 - Garden of Words (Silence)
Garden of Words is a film that I have been fascinated by for a long time. It is a simple narrative about a high school student and an older woman that spends their mornings in the park when it is raining. They talk, and slowly develop a bond between them that actively helps the other in its own way. From a character perspective they are well realized, as from a relatability point of view, I have found that as I have gotten older the character that I relate to more has shifted from the teenager to the teacher.
Moments - 04 - The Rock (Shower Room Shoot-Out)
The Rock is one of the first films that I remember watching, and after all these years, it has remained in my mind. The characters, the narrative, the action, the soundtrack are all well executed. Though what has left the strongest impression was the shower room scene at the midway point in the film. In my younger years why that scene stood out was a mystery to me, however with age and understanding, meaning and interpretation has come about leading me to appreciate the scene even more than simply liking it because it was cool.
Moments - 03 - Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie, Mugen Train - (Tanjiro Kamado)
Tanjiro is a character that up until this point in the narrative displayed an immense amount of empathy, not only towards those that are close to him, but also towards the demons that try to kill him. At no point in the story so far has it ever been emphasized greater than in The Mugen Train arc of Kimetsu no Yaiba.
Moments - 02 - Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie, Mugen Train - (Kyojuro Rengoku)
From his introduction in the film we are shown that Kyojuro Rengoku is quite eccentric, or at the very least, different from anyone else. His appearance is distinctive, helping him stand out in a crowd, and this appearance matches his personality. From the moment the central characters meet him it is shown that he is incredibly passionate, and dedicated to his work. Regardless of what he himself believes, he will do what is right, and accept those that he deems worthy of being accepted. So much so that when he initially speaks to Tanjiro, it is quite distant and matter of fact, accepting Nezuko, who was herself a demon, not because he himself believes in her but because the head of the organization acknowledges her, and he accepts the head.