MaHo Café: Twelve Magical Days of Christmas 2015: Day 07 ~ Rainbow-Coloured Fireflies: The Eternal Summer Vacation ~

We kept a very special film to share today, on the last day of 2015. Rainbow-Coloured Fireflies: The Eternal Summer Vacation (虹色ほたる~永遠の夏休み~) is an anime film directed by Kōnosuke Uda (宇田 鋼之介) and produced by Toei Animation. It shows the story of a boy, Yūta (ユウタ), who goes looking for beetles on a hot summer day. But he’s not looking just anywhere for them; he went to the place where he and his late father used to go. A storm breaks out and he falls off the dam; however, an old man he’d given water to earlier, tells him he’ll bring him back, but the process might take a while. Thus, Yūta is sent 30 years back into the past, to the village that used to exist there at the time. He quickly makes friends with Saeko (さえ子) and Kenzō (ケンゾー), and before they know it, summer comes to an end and they have to say their goodbyes. However…whoa, wait! You go watch the film, there’s more to it than what I’ve said above; in fact, that just scratched the surface. Wouldn’t you say so, Moro-chan?

I would indeed say so, Nikki-chan ^^. I really enjoyed the film and its ability to use a magical occurrence in order to bring into discussion some very real, and I dare say universal, experiences. I guess it’s ironic that we’re talking about a very summer-infused story in the middle of winter and during Christmas time, but it still works. For me at least, the story’s about wanting to hold on to what is dear to you (hence the ‘eternal summer vacation’ part?), and that’s something people want to do regardless of the time of year. I feel like I’m getting off track here. What did you think of it kiddo? 🙂

I think…I think I really liked the fireflies, hehe! On a more serious note, I agree, the story is about holding on to what you cherish the most, as well as being able to move on from the past, and keeping promises. I think it was quite a moving film for me; I liked the story a lot. I also liked the music. As for the art and animation, I think it reminded me a lot of Ghibli films.

Oh yes, the fireflies were definitely amazing! The music fit the story really well too, and it was interesting to see how the creators played with the animation style. I also really loved the ending of the film – how it shows that what we cherish the most stays with us throughout our lives, even if we we’re ‘supposed to forget’ things along the way. This is definitely a very touching story that everyone should watch.

Yup, yup! So, what are you guys out there waiting for?? Go get a hot cuppa, get cosy, and watch this wonderful story!

Well, if what we said above wasn’t enough, here, have a little taste with the trailer: Thanks for reading! Oh, oh, and a Happy New Year to everyone!

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2015 in review

Yellow and Happy New Year everyone!

Apparently WordPress made one of there ‘year in review’ thinghies for me, so I’ll just share that below. That being said, I’d like to say a big ‘thank you!!’ to everyone who visited my blog. I hope you enjoyed your stay and that you’ll come back soon ^^.

I’d also like to say a very special ‘thank youuuuuuu!’ to Nikki :). She suggested I start this blog in the first place, she nominated me for a bunch of awards, and she came up with the awesome idea of MaHo Cafe as well! いろいろありがとうございましたニッキちゃん!(∩˃o˂∩)♡

I’d also like to take this opportunity to tag Nikki and roadtotinue and anyone else who reads this post for the following challenges – the 30 day Book Challenge and the 30 day Harry Potter Challenge. You can thank me and/or hate me later :D:D.

And as always, thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 43 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

MaHo Café: Twelve Magical Days of Christmas 2015: Day 06 ~ Santa Company ~

Today’s anime, サンタ・カンパニー, was directed by Kenji Itoso (糸曽賢志) and produced by Nexus. This short film is about a trainee Tonttu, named Noel, who works in the Santa Company’s Gift Department.

One Christmas Eve, a child’s letter arrives in after all the Santas had departed; Noel and her friends (Mint, Bell, and Thomas) decide to deliver the gift even though they weren’t supposed to do that. During this journey, Noel learns what the most important thing is for Santa. So, what are your thoughts on it?

I quite liked the whole ‘finding out for yourself what the most important thing for a Santa is’ aspect of the story. I think it’s a nice way of reminding people what Christmas should really be about. I felt like they could’ve dedicated a bit of time to explaining some of the terms the story introduced (e.g., ‘Tonttu’ or ‘Mukku’), but at the end of the day that didn’t stop me from enjoying the story. What did you think of it?

Nah, for starters, I disagree with allocating more time to explaining terms. I mean, considering the length of the film, I think it was pretty well paced, and there was enough screen time for both characters and plot. It wouldn’t have been like this if they had started explaining the new terms. Everybody can realise what they refer to, and even if one doesn’t, it doesn’t matter, because whether or not one knows what those words mean, won’t have an impact on whether they love the film or not. As for the story as a whole, I really liked it. It’s a very short story where you do get a little character development and the plot is quite ok – I think it’s exactly the fact that it’s not over-complicated that allows it to deliver the message it was meant to: what is Christmas meant to do? What does Santa consider the most important aspect of his job? The shopkeeper said that the answer varies as each individual is unique, but its core is the same for everyone.

I don’t think the explaining would’ve taken that long, but I can definitely see how going with the flow of the story works for this particular case. Indeed, it’s not a big deal and doesn’t distract from the overall enjoyment of the anime. This was just something that crossed my mind as I was watching it and made me think that there might be more to the story than just the anime itself. That aside, I really liked the way in which one got ‘promoted’ to the position of Tonttu. While each apprentice had to find the answer to the question (similar to an exam), its discovery was left entirely up to said apprentice and, like you said, there is no set answer; this makes the whole experience all the more meaningful and profound once the apprentice actually finds their own answer. This is definitely a film for everyone to watch and be reminded of what Christmas is really about.

To be honest, yeah, one does get the feeling that there’s more to the story; I’d no idea that there was a novel and this anime was its sequel. I think I’d like to read it, as it’s a nice little story. On another note, the visuals were really nice, right?

Yupyup. And I dare say we both loved how they designed Rudolph III as well, huh? 😀

Yeah, I liked his personality even more, though. Aside from these, I don’t know why this short is underrated; I mean, it didn’t make me believe in Santa again, but it has a nice message and it’s really enjoyable, I’d say.

Maybe because it’s short? It’s great to have more of something you might like, and maybe for some people this anime wasn’t long enough. That said, I’d argue that the short length of the film adds to its charm. And as you said, it manages to deliver a nice message along with enough action to make things interesting.

I’d argue that length shouldn’t matter. Oh my, this didn’t come out right…

And on this note, have a wee lookie at the trailer. Thanks for stopping by!

MaHo Café: Twelve Magical Days of Christmas 2015: Day 05 ~ Magic Tree House ~

マジック・ツリーハウス (Magic Tree House) is a 2011 anime film based on the American children’s series written by Mary Pope Osborne. It was directed by 錦織博 (Hiroshi Nishikori) and produced by the Ajia-do studio. The story follows Jack and Annie, two siblings, as they stumble upon a magic tree house filled with books. They soon figure out that they can time-travel to any place at any moment in time, but far from doing this for enjoyment only, they decide to help Morgan le Fay (an enchantress) regain her human form and magic abilities. I was actually impressed by how well the film turned out – I loved it! What did you think of it?

I really enjoyed the film as well! The idea behind it was easy enough to figure out, but that just made me even more eager to see where the siblings would end up next and what/who they’d face there. I guess what I’m trying to say is that it was really nice to see a genuine children’s story again.

I think what I loved the most was Annie’s attitude – she’s very open-minded (if not slightly reckless, but as a child, I suppose it’s ok) and optimistic. I also liked the pacing of the story and how they showed Jack’s inner conflict.

I agree. It was interesting to see how the siblings reacted to what they were experiencing, what with them being quite different to begin with. Oh, and I absolutely loved how Annie went around naming (and catching, whenever possible) all the animals they encountered.

Yup, yup, indeed. Just like the Magical Sisters Yoyo & Nene, this film too sends a powerful message: that magic doesn’t need incantations for happening, and what’s important is not to be alone and to believe. And I think it was this that pushed it quite high up on my favourite list. I think this is one of those little gems that one can enjoy with their family and friends, at any time.

And that does it for today’s post. We’ll leave you with the trailer – enjoy and thanks for reading!

MaHo Café: Twelve Magical Days of Christmas 2015: Day 04 ~ A Summer Day’s Dream ~

This is a fan-made series which has an original plot, but features characters from the Tōhō Project. As of yet it consists of 2 OVAs and a special (episode 2.5). It was created by the Maikaze dōjin circle and directed by Tokine (時音). I’ve never heard about the Tōhō Project before watching this series, so I must admit I was a tad dazed and confused throughout the series, especially since it presents the viewer with quite a few characters. All in all, it was enjoyable to watch; I just wish they’d make another episode or two and conclude the story. What did you think of it?

Well, I’d heard of Tōhō a few years ago, due to some music videos I stumbled upon on Youtube. I knew there was at least some manga based on these games, but I didn’t think there were anime, too. To start with, this particular short story is about Reimu Hakurei (博麗霊夢) – a shrine maiden – who solves Incidents (strange events with supernatural causes) in the Gensōkyō world – a place where all sorts of creatures live. I think I liked the animation the most. That, and the music. I mean the story isn’t such a big deal, and before you can remember your own name, you’re flooded with at least a dozen characters’ names – not that this would be bad.

Speaking of the story, the only thing that stood out for me was the fact that everyone seems more than willing to get into over-the-top fights over what seems like an insignificant thing (e.g., a stolen watermelon).

Or a book – even I would fight for a book.

Fair enough, but what I mean to say is that characters were pretty quick to jump to oh so dramatic skills like ‘rabid red eyes of death’ (not the real name of the skill, but you get the point), or use swords that will ‘cut through anything and everything’, etc.

I don’t know…if you take my Wotsits away I might use that skill, too. By the very end of the special, though, I started thinking that Alice in Wonderland served as a great deal of inspiration for this story. I mean, the run after the rabbit, a girl called Alice …I don’t know, I just felt so. But I did enjoy it, and I agree, I wish they’d continue it. I think it has potential exactly because of how simple and no-brainer the whole thing is, but also because of the beautiful animation and music; I mean if they can afford it, why not? It’s a nice little magic story.

True… now that you mention it, I did find myself thinking that the voice acting was quite good. Now excuse me while I go out to buy some more Wotsits :D.

Without further ado, here’s the OP/PV – enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

MaHo Café: Twelve Magical Days of Christmas 2015: Day 03 ~ The Goddess is a Middle School Student ~

Today’s series, known shortly as かみちゅ! (Kamichu!) in Japan, was created by Besame Mucho (which is the pen name of 倉田英之 (Hideyuki Kurata), 舛成孝二 (Masunari Koji), and 落越友則 (Ochikoshi Tomonori)) and produced by Brain’s Base. The story follows ゆりえ (Yurie) and her friends (祀 – Matsuri, and 光恵 – Mitsue) through the adventures they go on after she becomes a goddess. I saw this anime a long, long time ago when I was in high school, so this is nostalgic for me; I mean even though I watched it only once, I liked it so much that it stuck with me ever since.

And may I just say ‘thank you’ for recommending this title to me ^^.

My pleasure.

That being said, for me this was a really enjoyable and light-hearted series which also managed to pack in plenty of content and adventures. I never would’ve thought that a middle-school goddess would have so much on her plate.

I never would’ve thought that a middle-school girl could become a goddess overnight, tell this to her friends during lunch at school, and they’d take it like it’s the most normal thing they’ve ever encountered. But you don’t have time to be shocked by this, because the story moves on so quickly that you’re just absorbed into it, and before you notice, you’re part of a wonderful story which is full of gods, talking cats and Martians. Oh, and a love confession.

I definitely remember having a ‘what the heck is going on here?!’ moment at the start of the series, when Yurie just randomly announces that she’s a goddess and everyone seems ok with that, as you’ve mentioned. This is also one of the aspects I loved about the series – people just took things in as they happened; there was no over the top drama regarding the events that happen.

‘No big drama’ also scores points for me. If I remember well, the soundtrack was also nice and fit the series as a whole. The series also gets bonus points for its simple but very expressive animation. I’d recommend it to anyone as it can be watched at any age and regardless of whether you’re into anime or not, or into a certain genre.

I’ll second, third and fourth the above. If that’s even a thing that I can do :D.

And on that note, we’ll let you have a taste for yourself with the video below (we couldn’t find a trailer, but you can get a pretty good idea even just by watching this):

MaHo Café: Twelve Magical Days of Christmas 2015: Day 02 ~ Magical Sisters Yoyo & Nene ~

This film (魔女っこ姉妹のヨヨとネネ) was directed by Takayuki Hirao (平尾 隆之), and produced by ufotable (this pushed the film quite high up on our ‘to-watch’ list).

At the centre of our story are our two sisters, Yoyo and Nene, who undo curses for a living. One day, their world (the Magical Kingdom) is invaded by a tree with buildings from the non-magical human world. Yoyo gets stuck in the non-magical world and she and her sister have to find a way to undo this curse and get her back home before it’s too late. I liked it because I found the story to have depth and it’s moving; and I thought it was a short but well-packed film, with beautiful animation and music. What about you?

I really enjoyed the film as well. One of the things that struck me from the beginning were the vivid and colourful visuals. I also really enjoyed seeing all the layers of the story unfold; specifically, how characters that weren’t actually around anymore had an impact on the current events. I just wish we could have seen just a tad bit more of Nene as well.

I really wish Yoyo could’ve remained tall even when she returned home. I love this film because as short as it is, there is a powerful message behind it – even non-magic beings can do magic and it doesn’t have to be using an incantation or a wand. Such magic can be created out of love, kindness and compassion.

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww ^^. I love the way you phrased that and I agree. Now that you’ve said the above I’m thinking we stumbled on a really good Christmas film :D.

As usual, we shall leave you with the trailer for this little treasure. Enjoy and as always, thanks for stopping by!

MaHo Café: Twelve Magical Days of Christmas 2015: Day 01 ~ Little Witch Academia ~

Little Witch Academia is a series which consists (for now) of two films:

  • Little Witch Academia (リトルウィッチアカデミア) and,
  • Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade (リトルウィッチアカデミア 魔法仕掛けのパレード).

This little series is part of the Mirai Anime project; it was written by 大塚雅彦 (Masahiko Otsuka), created and directed by 吉成 曜 (Yō  Yoshinari), and produced by studio TRIGGER.

The story follows three young witches: Akko (アッコ), Lotte (ロッテ), and Sucy (スーシィ), and their adventures while studying at the Luna Nova Magical Academy (ルーナノヴァ魔法学校). I quite enjoyed this series especially since the first part reminded me of Harry Potter for some reason. What did you think of it?

I thought it was pretty good. I mean I like magical-themed stories in general – it’s one of my favourite themes – and this one hit all the right spots with me. It was funny and light-hearted, and it had really pretty animations, too.

I agree and I really liked the animation, too, especially as this series was created by newcomers to the anime industry. It was also nice to see how they took the second film a step further, as you get to see some character development as well.

Well I’m presuming since the first one was well received, and people actually demanded a sequel, they could afford to make the second one double-length and thus show more events and reactions. On another note, I liked the characters, but my favourite was by far and large Sucy – she’s insane and adorable!

And you have to love how she always has a mushroom at hand, to save the day. I’m hoping they make a full-length film or an anime series out of it.

I second that.

And on this note, we’ll leave you with the trailers – enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

 

MaHo Café ~ Twelve Magical Days of Christmas 2015 ~

We’ve seen some “12 days of Christmas posts” around, and we were thinking of doing it next year, as we seem to have been too late this year.

So I looked a little into it, to know what to expect for the next year, and guess what? We weren’t late. Because apparently the Twelve Days of Christmas or the Twelvetide is a festive Christian tradition which celebrates Jesus’ birth, and it takes place between the 25th of December and the 5th of January. We couldn’t upload the posts yesterday because life, so today we’re uploading yesterday’s share, too. Anyway, it’s time to say what kind of anime we’re going to be talking about during this festive season and why.

We thought of a specific theme to write around and you suggested anime with a magical theme, as Christmas is magical. So we decided to look up and watch short and light anime each day and discuss these.

So this is MaHo Café’s first year of 12 Days of Christmas – please look forward to our posts!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Day 01 ~ Little Witch Academia ~

Day 02 ~ Magical Sisters Yoyo & Nene ~

Day 03 ~ The Goddess is a Middle School Student ~

Day 04 ~ A Summer Day’s Dream ~

Day 05 ~ Magic Tree House ~

Day 06 ~ Santa Company ~

Day 07 ~ Rainbow-Cloured Fireflies: The Eternal Summer Vacation ~

Day 08 ~ まほうつかいじじぃ ~

Day 09 ~ Miyori’s Forest ~

Day 10 ~ Hide & Seek ~

Day 11 ~ Princess Arete ~

Day 12 ~ Kiki’s Delivery Service ~

MaHo Café: Our Christmas wishes for the New Year

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Ho ho ho!

Time has come for us to bake some dough!

[see the picture below]

And what goes better with some cake

Than a pretty list-to-make?!

[some green tea maybe?]

But it’s not just any list,

Though you can get just the gist:

Oh, gods of Japanese media,

Do not care ‘bout our Nvidia,

Just give us our daily [anime] shows

Since your imagination overflows!

It is not such a big deal,

You just have to have some zeal;

So here’s our wishes in this post –

Just make out of them the most!

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Baked Pumpkin Cheesecake

OK everyone, please don’t kill me for that poem (if it can be called that)… Moro you go first teeheehee!

A re-make of Togainu no Chi (the anime) would be nice. What’s your first wish?

Erm….I want the mooooost…a proper final ending (be it open or not) to the Madoka Magica series. Next!

I’ll second that and…I wish for the final Eva movie to be out already!

I wish for follow-up seasons for Kimi to Boku, Hyouka, and Chihayafuru.

New season of Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, since Junjou has a third season.

Yesssssss, more Takano please!!!!! Kyaaaaaa~~~

More animations of BL stories like Doukyuusei.

More OVAs for HoriMiya – preferably containing its end, too!

Another VN from Nitro+Chiral—

YESSSSSSSS! I second that so hard[core] *cough*

It’d be nice to have a proper anime made out of Harry Potter —

Yes, without all the loopholes in the books, though.

So these are some of our wishes (with some moderation) – what are yours??

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Thanks for stopping by!

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