Colorful [2010]

ColorfulAlternative Title: Karafuru
Director: Keiichi Hara
Screenplay: Miho Maruo
Author: Eto Mori
Studio: Ascension (animation); Sunrise (production)
Distributed by:   Tōhō
Release date: 21 August 2010
Running time: 127 minutes

Voice Actors:

Kazato Tomizawa as Makoto Kobayashi
Jingi Irie as Saotome
Akina Minami as Hiroka Kuwabara
Aoi Miyazaki as Shoko Sano
Akiyoshi Nakao as Mitsuru
Kumiko Aso as Makoto´s Mother
Katsumi Takahashi as Makoto´s Father
Michael as Purapura

Synopsis (MyAnimeList):
“I” died and was kicked out of the cycle of reincarnation because of the sin “I” committed. An angel told me that “I” won a lottery and he gave me a chance to remember the sin. My spirit possessed the body of the 14-year-old boy Makoto, who committed suicide and “I” tried to recollect my memory. “I” felt distressed by the terrible circumstances of Makoto and the fact that “I” was borrowing his body. “I” have started to realize that people are hurting each other because the world is too colorful to distinguish the true color of themselves from others.

Based on an award-wining first person narrative novel by Mori Eto. The movie won several awards in Japan.

I Say…

Colorful is a very intriguing and dramatic movie. The protagonist, Kobayashi Makoto is one lucky soul to be given a second chance to live. He refuses the opportunity in the beginning of the story, so I thought, how grave could the events of his past life be? Through Pura Pura, the “lucky soul” who got Kobayashi Makoto’s body found out why he even thought about killing himself. Being lonesome is fatal. As the story progressed, Makoto finally saw the beauty of life with his family and new found friend Saotome.

People who commit suicide are still unknown creatures to me. Life is full of torture and hardship. One will never be brave enough to face it with death.


Review: A Hundred and One Reasons [2012]

A Hundred And One ReasonsAuthor: Bianca Salindong
Publisher: PSICOM Publishing
Year: 2012

About (goodreads):
There are still many things Ann needed to know, to explore and live the life she’d always imagined. But everything turned upside down when she learned that she is sick. Not cough and colds sick. No, something much complicated than that.

Ann decides that she’d rather fight when she knows she had no chances of winning. And then came a promise of a hundred and one reasons, from someone she never thought cared for her, and gave her the strength she needed to live. This is a story that goes beyond the boundaries of faith, family, hope and love… it may bring you to tears or give you the reasons to live than just to exist.

I Say…
I don’t want to sound mean or anything, but this book is just the worst I’ve ever read in my entire life. I can’t believe it went through any proofreading or editing. It was so raw I’d want to think of it as first draft. The essence of the story didn’t get through me, because I was more absorbed in trying to figure out the right spelling or spotting grammatically incorrect sentences. I don’t know perfect English, and I didn’t acquire a degree in English, but this book is poorly written.  The Filipino language can easily get through any Filipino reader, unlike the distorted English that will make your nose (maybe even the brain) bleed.

Also, it was so unorganized, and seemed to lack timing. One paragraph they’re in school, the next they’re home or doing something else. The flow of their conversation is unpredictable, afterwards almost senseless.

I would like to say sorry to the author, for saying all the most horrible stuff. But I seriously think you need to practice, work out on the phasing and organize the dialogues you generate.I think other Wattpad writers can write a better book yet they weren’t given the chance like you had. Please, always give your readers their money’s worth.