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The Magnificent Kotobuki Review

The Magnificent Kotobuki Review

The Magnificent Kotobuki anime series cover art
The Magnificent Kotobuki

Meet the Kotobuki Squadron

Let’s start this review of The Magnificent Kotobuki (Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai / 荒野のコトブキ飛行隊) by going over the main characters. The Kotobuki Squadron has six pilots and a mechanic.

The first pilot is Kyrie (sometimes written Kylie). She’s the main character, and the best way to describe her is as your generic female protagonist. You know, she’s not the brightest, she loves sweets, and she’s over-enthusiastic.

Reona is the tomboyish leader of the squadron. There’s not all that much to say about her. She’s married to the job.

Zara appears to be a longtime friend of Reona’s. Her defining characteristic is that she doesn’t think twice about exposing her skin. Her midriff is always exposed, she almost went outside wearing only underwear at one point, and she disguises herself as an exotic dancer.

Reona, Zara, Kyrie, Chika, Emma, and Kate eating from the anime series The Magnificent Kotobuki
Reona, Zara, Kyrie, Chika, Emma, and Kate eating

Chika is the Kotobuki Squadron’s token loli. She has a rivalry with Kyrie and is often angry about everything. At first, I didn’t like her. But then, she got a giant Anomolocaris plush, which is pretty cool. So, that made me like her more.

Emma is the rich girl of the group. I don’t actually remember if she’s a rich girl. But, her personality and appearance make me think that’s the case.

Kate is the kuudere. She’s completely emotionless and speaks as if she’s a robot. There was one episode that focused on her, and I thought it was going to make her a more interesting character. But, it didn’t.

Lastly, there’s Natsuo, the mechanic. I don’t actually know if she’s a member of the Kotobuki Squadron. She might be an employee of the Ouni Freight Company, owned by Madame Loulou. But, since Madame Loulou is also the employer of the Kotobuki Squadron, they’re kind of the same entity.

This is a Weird Series

Now that we’re familiar with the main characters let’s talk about the series itself. It’s weird. The world the series takes place in is weird. The plot is weird. And, there are just other random, weird things.

This series takes place in a world without oceans. The oceans are gone, and the world is a vast desert scarred by giant canyons. So, the series takes place in the future, right? No. Most of the technology in this world is from the 1940s.

You know, the golden age of Japan according to anime: World War II. The main evidence for this is the Hayabusa fighters piloted by the Kotobuki Squadron.

But, this series doesn’t seem to take place in Japan. Most of the towns scattered across the wasteland look like they’re from the U.S. Wild West in the 1800s.

Zara looking at art in a cave while dressed as an exotic dancer from the anime series The Magnificent Kotobuki
Zara looking at art in a cave while dressed as an exotic dancer

So, if this isn’t a future in which the oceans dried up, where did all the water go? An interdimensional portal opened and drained the oceans. Yes, that’s right. This is a Wild West x World War II anime that also features interdimensional travel.

Most of the series focuses on the Kotobuki Squadron fighting air pirates. But, the second half becomes about stopping an evil politician from monopolizing the portals. At least that part makes sense. If interdimensional portals opened up in our world, you can be sure politicians would be interested. There’s nothing politicians love more than making money.

I guess I should also mention the animals present in this series. What’s been able to survive in this world without oceans? Well, from what I remember, there’s only one animal other than humans. There’s a singular Dodo. Yes, the bird that went extinct in the 1600s.

An Audiophile’s Dream Anime?

The Magnificent Kotobuki isn’t really for me. I’m not interested in all this plane stuff. And, while the GCI animation wasn’t terrible, it still felt wrong. Like, there are a lot of times when the characters are too animated.

But, I have to commend the series for having some good sound design. I don’t mean the voice acting or even the music. That stuff doesn’t matter in this series. What I mean are all the sound effects. There are a lot of sound effects, and they sound pretty good.

But, I have to commend the series for having some good sound design. I don’t mean the voice acting or even the music. That stuff doesn’t matter in this series. What I mean are all the sound effects. There are a lot of sound effects, and they sound pretty good.

Kyrie sitting in a plane from the anime series The Magnificent Kotobuki
Kyrie sitting in a plane

If you’re into movies and series featuring dogfights (planes, not literal dogs), you’ll probably like this. The planes sound good, the machine guns on the planes sound good, and there’s a lot of dogfight action. Again, that’s not for me. But, I’ll still admit it’s good.

If that was it, I wouldn’t have a section all about the sound. There are also a lot of other sound effects that didn’t need to be there. Though, I don’t mean that in a bad way. I mean that they didn’t need to be there. But, the fact that they were there made the series better.

One of the most notable of these sounds is the sound of the cables on the planes flexing. That actually added a lot to the dogfight scenes. And, there are also some great sound effects for characters walking on various surfaces. It goes deep.

Final Thoughts

I gave The Magnificent Kotobuki a 5/10. It was average. The sound design was cool, and the action was pretty good. But, the characters were little more than tropes, for the most part. And, I didn’t find the story all that interesting. Also, I could have done without the loud Dodo squawks that didn’t add anything.

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I Want You To Show Me Your Panties With a Disgusted Face 2 Review

I Want You To Show Me Your Panties With a Disgusted Face 2 Review

Best Maid Chitose Itou Returns

Chitose Itou, the only girl from the first season of IyaPan whom I gave a 10/10, returns for season 2. I said I wanted her to show me her panties with a disgusted face again, and she granted my wish. Truly, there can’t be a better maid out there.

I Want You To Show Me Your Panties With a Disgusted Face 2 is the same format as the first season. Once again, there are six episodes that are each about four minutes long. And, once again, my main complaint is that this isn’t enough content.

Now, you might think that Chitose returning is bad because she’s taking up a spot that could go to a new girl. But, her return is actually good — and not just because I like her. These additional four minutes of content are huge. Her screen time was doubled, which is what all the girls need.

Kano and Yuno Futaba – The Twins

The first new characters of this season are Kano and Yuno Futaba. Kano is the younger twin and Futaba is the older twin. And, both twins have crushes on their teacher (tutor), the viewer.

As a reward for doing well on their recent tests, the twins want the viewer to take them on a date. But, of course, the viewer tells them that they need to show him their panties first. You know, as you do. However, this turns out to be a dealbreaker, for some reason.

So, which of the twins is better? That’s easy; it’s Kano. Yes, they look identical. But, I like Kano’s personality more. She’s the more energetic and flirtatious of the two. Despite being “older,” Yuno is the shy one. Though, I do like Yuno’s zettai ryouiki (絶対領域) more than Kano’s tights. In the end, though, both Kano and Yuno get a 7/10.

Kano and Yuno Futaba from the anime series I Want You To Show Me Your Panties With a Disgusted Face 2
Kano and Yuno Futaba

Shiori Matsuura – The Bookstore Employee

Shiori Matsuura is the worst girl of IyaPan 2. Her character design, personality, and scenario are all pretty mediocre. Of all the girls, she wears the most conservative outfit. And, that’s saying something considering most of the girls don’t wear revealing clothes.

Her personality revolves around her love of books. She thought the viewer (a customer at her shop) was interested in the same books as her. But, as we know, that’s not the case. We (the viewers) just want to see her panties. Once Shiori learns this, she loses interest in the viewer because she only cares about books.

Okay, but what’s the issue with her scenario? I don’t think the bookstore employee is a very exciting premise. It’s no maid or nun or nurse. Those kinds of scenarios are exciting because there’s a sort of taboo around them. A girl working at a bookstore is boring, by comparison. Shiori gets a 5/10.

Natsumi Hayakawa – The Dental Assistant

Natsumi Hayakawa is my favorite new girl of IyaPan 2. She’s a dental assistant and fills the same role that Misuzu Tanahashi (the nurse) did in Season 1. Misuzu was good, so it only makes sense that Natsumi would be good, too.

But, Natsumi isn’t the same character as Misuzu in a slightly different setting. Her personality is quite different. Misuzu was a very friendly nurse. Natsumi actively hits on the viewer and tries to seduce him. She presses her chest against him while cleaning his teeth and drops hints by mentioning days when she’s free later in the week.

This is where the viewer fumbles. He says he’s not interested in going on a date with her. Instead, he wants her to show him her panties now. My guy, if you go out with her, you’ll be able to see her panties a lot more than once. Anyway, Natsumi gets a 9/10.

Natsumi Hayakawa smiling from the anime series I Want You To Show Me Your Panties With a Disgusted Face 2
Natsumi Hayakawa smiling

My Real and True Wife Maria Takayama Is Back

As with Chitose, I’m glad Maria Takayama returned for Season 2 of Iyapan. I like Maria a lot, despite the fact that I thought she went a little too easy on the viewer in Season 1. That’s still true in Season 2. But, the dynamic changed a bit.

In Season 1, Maria showed the viewer her panties in an attempt to “save his soul.” And, honestly, even I might convert if Maria did that for me. So, in this season, the viewer returns to thank Maria for what she’s done for him — and to ask to see her panties again.

I don’t blame the viewer for asking a second time after how she treated him the first time. Yes, she had a disgusted face while doing it. But, she didn’t take much convincing. And this time, she comments on how she doesn’t believe it will be the last time the viewer asks.

I’m upgrading Maria from an 8/10 to a 9/10.

Riko Fujino – The Little Sister*

Does anyone else see the name Riko Fujino and think it just screams “younger sister?” Like, how could a character with that name not be a little sister type? I can’t explain what it is about it that makes me feel that way. But, it’s something I feel deep down.

Now, Riko isn’t actually the viewer’s little sister. They’re childhood friends and have a sibling-like relationship because of their age difference. We know this because the viewer expresses that they only see Riko as a younger sister, not a potential partner.

But, that only makes what comes next worse — when the viewer asks to see Riko’s panties.

Of the panty reveals in this season, Riko’s was my favorite. But, the whole childhood friend/younger sister scenario is boring and overplayed. I mean, even Riko’s character design screams “generic middle/high school girl.” So, I have to give her a 6/10.

Riko Fujino blushing from the anime series I Want You To Show Me Your Panties With a Disgusted Face 2
Riko Fujino blushing

Final Thoughts

I Want You To Show Me Your Panties With a Disgusted Face 2 is a 7/10, just like the first season. I was considering rating it slightly lower. But, the inclusion of both Chitose and Maria kept it at a 7. Getting additional content of those two did a lot for this season.

A third season was announced at some point. I don’t know exactly when that was. But, considering it’s been four and a half years since IyaPan 2 and IyaPan 3 still doesn’t have a release date, we may never get it. I hope we do, though, because the key visual makes me think it’ll be the best season yet.

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Sound! Euphonium: Our Promise: A Brand New Day Review

Sound! Euphonium: Our Promise: A Brand New Day Review

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Sound! Euphonium: Our Promise: A Brand New Day

New Year, New Band Members

Sound! Euphonium: Our Promise: A Brand New Day (Hibike! Euphonium Movie 3: Chikai no Finale / 劇場版 響け!ユーフォニアム~誓いのフィナーレ~) is the sequel to Season 2. To some of you, that might not make sense. How is the third movie the sequel to Season 2? What about the other movies? What about Season 3?

Allow me to explain the order of this series. First, there’s Season 1. Second, there’s Season 2. Then, the first two movies are recap movies of Seasons 1 & 2. So, you can skip those. After those comes Movie 3 (this movie), which follows Season 2.

Do we go to Season 3 next? Nope. Following Movie 3, there’s the Ensemble Contest Arc, which is another (shorter) movie. And, finally, after that, we get to Season 3 which begins airing tomorrow. But, can’t you just skip the movies and go right from Season 2 to Season 3 anyway? I wouldn’t recommend it.

Kumiko Oumae and Kanade Hisaishi from the anime movie Sound! Euphonium: Our Promise: A Brand New Day
Kumiko Oumae and Kanade Hisaishi

You see, this movie covers the entire second year. Seasons 1 & 2 covered Kumiko’s first year at Kitauji High School. The entire second year is condensed down into this one movie, which felt really weird. And then the Ensemble Contest Arc and Season 3 both take place during the third year.

So, why shouldn’t you skip Movie 3? The simple answer is that it introduces quite a few new characters. Now that Kumiko and the gang are second-years, we get new first-year students. Those new students are still going to be around in Season 3 as second-years.

That’s the big chronological reason why you should watch this movie. But, there’s another reason. If you’re planning to watch Season 3, you probably like Sound! Euphonium. So, why would you skip this movie? It gives you more, canon, Sound! Euphonium content.

From “It’s So Over” to “We’re So Back”

I’m sure it comes as no surprise to many of you reading this that I’m on the Kumiko x Reina hype train. Kumiko might not know it, but she’s in love with Reina. And, Reina might not know it, but she’s in love with Kumiko.

Now, Reina has always been very open about how she has a crush on Taki-sensei. But, I don’t see that going anywhere. He’s quite a bit older than her, has already been married before, is her teacher, and has known her since she was a kid.

Considering all of those factors, it’s pretty easy for me to brush Reina’s crush aside. Kumiko is a bit of a different story. There’s always been something between her an Shuuichi. However, it never amounted to much. In most cases, it felt like a one-sided crush on Shuuichi’s part.

Shuuichi Tsukamoto and Kumiko Oumae from the anime movie Sound! Euphonium: Our Promise: A Brand New Day
Shuuichi Tsukamoto and Kumiko Oumae

This all changes in Movie 3. Much to my horror, Kumiko and Shuiichi actually started dating. I’ll admit that it was cute seeing them going on dates and holding hands. But, the main thing I was thinking was, “It’s so over. The Kumiko x Reina ship has sunk.”

Luckily for all the Kumiko x Reina stans out there, this isn’t where things ended. Kumiko and Shuuichi broke up. We’re so back! The Kumiko x Reina ship was salvaged from the ocean floor, repaired, and set sail once again. At least, for now.

Kumiko and Shuuichi mutually decided that this wasn’t the right time for them to be together. But, they left the door open to rekindle their relationship at a later point. I haven’t seen the Ensemble Contest Arc yet, so I don’t know if it happens in that movie. But, if not, it’ll probably happen in Season 3, unfortunately.

Seasons 1 & 2 Drama, Revisited

Alright, it’s finally time to talk about the main plot of the movie. New students come into the Kitauji High School band and have some concerns. They want to know if who gets to perform in competitions is based on merit or seniority.

By that, I mean they want to know if third-year students get preference or if it’s purely based on skill. And, if that sounds familiar, it’s because it is. We did this whole song and dance already back in Season 1 when Kumiko was a first-year student.

Remember how Reina was chosen over Asuka to perform the solo in the competition? Yeah, the same exact thing is happening again. And, it’s also very similar to what happened in Season 2, which focused on the mess that occurred two years ago. Basically, this movie doesn’t do anything new.

Mirei Suzuki playing the tuba from the anime movie Sound! Euphonium: Our Promise: A Brand New Day
Mirei Suzuki playing the tuba

So, what exactly is the drama? Wasn’t this all solved last year? Yes and no. It was solved as far as the current second and third-year students are concerned. They know that Kitauji’s competition band is merit-based and have come to accept that. The incoming first-year students, however, were not around for that.

Some of the first-year students don’t believe that this is a true meritocracy. Or, if they do, they believe they’ll be punished for outperforming the upperclassmen. For example, the rule might be that a first-year who’s better than a third-year gets the spot. But, will the upperclassmen then shun that first-year student?

We know the answer is no. And the second and third-year students know the answer is no. However, the first-year students still aren’t so sure. They’ve also heard about what happened two years ago. So, it makes sense that they’d be wary. Some students from back then are still around.

Final Thoughts

Sound! Euphonium: Our Promise: A Brand New Day gets a 6/10 from me. It was a fine movie and I enjoyed watching it. But, the big issue was that it reintroduced the same drama that we just saw for two entire seasons. If it did something — anything — different, it would be a better movie.

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Saekano the Movie: Finale Review

Saekano the Movie: Finale Review

Saekano the Movie: Finale anime cover art
Saekano the Movie: Finale

Thrown Into the Deep End

Saekano the Movie: Finale (Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Fine / 冴えない彼女の育てかた Fine) concludes the Saekano series. The movie came out back in 2019, and I put off watching it until now. Why? Because I don’t like watching movies.

But, putting this movie off for so long may not have been the best idea. Obviously, it means I was missing out on this great content for four years. But, it also means that I didn’t remember much from the main series. I watched the second season of Saekano back in 2018, after all.

If I had watched this movie when it came out, maybe I would have been less confused. But, as things stand, I had no idea what was going on at the start of this movie. I didn’t remember Eriri and Utaha had left the circle and I didn’t remember Akane Kousaka at all.

Megumi on a video call with Tomoya from the anime Saekano the Movie: Finale
Megumi on a video call with Tomoya

But, the movie assumes you remember that stuff and more. It doesn’t try to recap anything with brief flashbacks or dialogue. You’re thrown straight into the deep end. Even after finishing the movie, I’m still not sure where Akane Kousaka came from.

Anyway, as I said, Eriri and Utaha left Tomoya’s circle to work at a larger circle (I don’t think it’s a company). This movie is about those left working to complete their game before Winter Comiket. That means Tomoya, Megumi, Izumi, Michiru, and Iori (whom I had no recollection of).

Tomoya becomes the lead scriptwriter after Utaha leaves the circle. And, Izumi becomes the lead artist and character designer after Eriri’s departure. Michiru is still doing the music, Iori is doing the marketing, and Megumi is being herself. Though, throughout the movie, Megumi takes on more of a project manager role.

It Should Have Been Me, Not Him!

Considering the Saekano anime ended back in 2019, I don’t really write about it much. So, something you may not be aware of is that Megumi Katou is my “waifu.” She’s perfect in every way and it should have been me she ended up with, not Tomoya.

Now, for a lot of people, the concept of a “waifu” is pretty cringe. And, for the most part, I agree. But, I have to acknowledge that it’s a real thing. I like a lot of anime girls; there are many cute ones out there. However, a waifu goes beyond liking the character.

I didn’t get it until I watched Saekano. But, once I was introduced to Megumi, everything made sense. I still can’t explain it well other than to say you’ll know your waifu when you see her. The neurons in my brain activate when I see Megumi.

Megumi and Tomoya from the anime Saekano the Movie: Finale
Megumi and Tomoya

Well, that’s not entirely accurate. It’s not like just seeing a picture of her is enough. It’s seeing her interact with the other characters in the series. Everything about the way she acts draws me to her, whether she’s happy, sad, or emotionless.

So, why am I bringing this up? Because I want to highlight what Saekano does best. From the outside, it looks like a generic comedy harem anime. But, the characters, especially Megumi, are so well-written that they suck you in. There’s a lot more depth to them than you’d expect.

Even after I watched the first season, I thought it was good, but not great. However, the second season changed my mind. And this movie is somehow even better. We got to see more sides of the main characters, which made them feel more real. It’s kind of the perfect ending to the series.

The Perfect Ending

Okay, so the movie is a perfect ending to the series. But, the movie itself also had a perfect ending. It was satisfying, yet not satisfying. It wrapped everything up, yet left it open. And, much like the start of the movie, it was meta.

As a Megumi super-fan, the ending was satisfying because I got to see my favorite girl happy. And, the fact that there was a definitive “winner” is in itself satisfying. But, at the same time, I felt bad for those who lost out, especially Eriri.

Eriri having to give up on her dream of being with Tomoya was heartbreaking. And, that’s how I know it was written well. It hurt me to see that Eriri couldn’t also be happy in the end. Even though I’m solidly team Megumi, I still want to root for all the girls.

Megumi and Eriri taking a bath together from the anime Saekano the Movie: Finale
Megumi and Eriri taking a bath together

The other thing that Megumi winning did was begin the process of wrapping everything up. Once she and Tomoya were official, it meant the other characters could come to terms with that. They could move on with their lives. And, this is what we see. Eriri and Utaha move on and continue honing their crafts.

However, the whole original team comes back together at the very end of the movie. Now, instead of being a circle, they’re an official company. They got their experience working elsewhere. And now, they’re back to making games they love together.

But, before we get to that true ending, there’s a false ending. And, I’ll admit, it tricked me. In the false ending, Megumi breaks up with Tomoya and he reconnects with Utaha. Luckily, it’s revealed that this was actually Utaha’s new script. I almost had to rate this movie a 0/10 for breaking Megumi’s heart.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Saekano the Movie: Finale is a 9/10. It was a bit long. Though, despite being 4 minutes longer than K-ON! the Movie, it didn’t feel nearly as long as that one. And, I would have liked a little bit of recap via dialogue. But, other than those two complaints, it was perfect.

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Weathering with You

Weathering with You

Weathering with You anime movie cover art
Weathering with You

Another Bad Movie Night Movie

Weathering with You (Tenki no Ko / 天気の子) is a fantasy, romance, drama anime directed by Makoto Shinkai. And yes, he’s the one who also directed the fantasy, romance, drama anime Your Name. However, Weathering with You isn’t as good as Your Name.

You can think of this movie as being like a cross between Your Name and Penguin Highway. It has a lot in common with both of those movies. Unfortunately, the plot is far more like that of Penguin Highway. And, that explains why I don’t think it was very good.

You see, the things Weathering with You and Your Name have in common are pretty superficial. They’re directed the same way, they look similar, and they have some of the same themes. These movies also share at least 1 character, so we know they’re in the same universe.

Natsumi Suga winking (at me) from the anime movie Weathering with You
Natsumi Suga winking (at me)

What this movie shares with Penguin Highway are all the bad things about Penguin Highway. Well, other than the fact that they both have cute onee-san characters. Everything else they have in common are negatives, such as plots that really don’t make any sense.

And so you’re aware, I’m about to spoil some of those things right now.

Remember how Penguin Highway had a portal into a water world? Well, this movie has something similar, but with a cloud world. And remember how the female lead faded away in Penguin Highway? Again, the same exact thing happens in Weathering with You.

Over-promising and under-delivering are rampant among fantasy drama anime movies. They craft unique worlds to draw you in and set up interesting plot points. But then, they don’t have enough run time to follow through on what they set up. So, they cut out everything that’s not 100% necessary to conclude the story.

Sunshine Girls & Rain Boys

The main premise of the movie revolves around so-called “Sunshine Girls.” These are girls who can make the sun come out on rainy days. And, as you may have guessed, Hina Amano, the female lead, is a Sunshine Girl. When she prays for sunlight, the rain clouds dissipate.

Opposite the Sunshine Girls are some kind of rain people. I don’t remember what they’re actually called, so I’ll call them Rain Boys. These Rain Boys only got a single mention in the movie when we got the explanation of Sunshine Girls.

I assumed that they were going to play a role since it was always raining in this world. It seemed like there could be a Rain Boy behind it all. But, no. We never got an explanation for that. And it was only slightly implied that the main character, Hodoka Morishima, is a Rain Boy.

Hina Amano praying for sunshine from the anime movie Weathering with You
Hina Amano praying for sunshine

Anyway, Sunshine Girls are treated as a myth in this world. Most people don’t believe they exist. They might be familiar with the concept, but only from legends and fairytales from long ago. And yet, when a real Sunshine Girls appears, nobody seems that surprised.

When Hina is going to reveal her power to the public for the first time, people are skeptical. However, as soon as she makes the sun come out, they accept Sunshine Girls as part of their world and move on. This isn’t a fantasy-fantasy world. It’s the same as our world, but with Sunshine Girls. So, this acceptance was a bit jarring.

Imagine if tomorrow we found out that the Greek gods are real, live among us, and have magic powers. Now imagine that everyone accepts that fact within a few minutes and starts paying them to do odd jobs. That’s Weathering with You.

A Surprising Crime Thriller

Enough about the bad aspects of Weathering with You. What was the best thing about the movie? By far, the best thing was how it turned out to be a crime thriller. I can’t say I was expecting that to be the case.

Early in the movie, Hodoka comes across a handgun he thinks is fake. That is until he fires it at someone and goes on the run as a fugitive. Then, for most of the movie, the gun doesn’t play a significant role. Hodoka even throws it away at one point.

And, let me just say that throwing away the gun was a great decision. If you’ve committed a crime, you should usually get rid of the evidence. Unless tampering with evidence has a harsher penalty than the original crime, toss it. That’s being a criminal 101.

Hodoka Morishima in the rain from the anime movie Weathering with You
Hodoka Morishima in the rain

Unfortunately for Hodoka, he makes a huge blunder at the end of the movie. He returns to where he tossed the gun and retrieves it. And to make matters worse, he then uses the gun to threaten the police. Pro tip: don’t get into a standoff with police if you want things to work out in your favor.

The good news is that since Hodoka lives in Japan, he survived his encounter with the cops. However, what he got was a fate worse than death: 3 years of probation until he graduates high school. Honestly, I’m not sure how he made it through those 3 years.

Oh, and while this is unrelated, I almost forgot the funniest part of Weathering with You. Hodoka saved Hina from the clouds. But, in return, this caused it to rain 24/7 for the next 3+ years. And because of that, the entire nation of Japan is sinking. Classic.

Conclusion

Overall, I’d say Weathering with You is a 5/10. It’s not a good anime. But, it is funny at times. And something tells me I’d view Your Name the same way if I ever rewatched it. So, I won’t rewatch it and I’ll keep pretending that it was one of the best anime movies.

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