Hinamatsuri: The weirdest show I never expected to love

Hinamatsuri is the type of show I’d never have dreamt of watching this time last year. Let alone feeling strongly enough about it to actually write something about it on here. It goes to show how my renewed passion for blogging has broadened the media I consume. Between the many likeminded bloggers here on WordPress and Teamfourstar’s recent anime series, I would have never given the show the time of day, let alone enjoy it as much as I have.

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Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom is not just A Lost World

I struggled to have a strong opinion on the previous Jurassic World. The first two Jurassic Park movies were such a huge part of my childhood that I was always going to be hard to please when it came to the sequel/soft reboot in 2015.

While it wasn’t a bad movie by any means, it felt like it was lifting too much from the original movie and not doing enough to differentiate itself from the classics. It was entertaining but ultimately forgettable for me. It goes without saying that I didn’t have high expectations of Fallen Kingdom, especially when the first trailer came out and just looked like more of the same.

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I wanted to hate the Han Solo movie.

I walked into Solo with pretty low expectations, I’ve not been especially excited about this one since it was announced. Walking out though, I can happy say that I has a lot of fun with this movie. I worry though, that my enjoyment of this movie was purely from a place of deeply seeded Star Wars fandom that lessens me as a person.

I spoke about the problems this movie had in its production before, how Phil Lord an Christopher Miller were given the boot as directors and replaced with an infinitely more middle of the road director in Ron Howard. And while some of the excitement I had upon leaving the cinema has worn off, I still got a lot out of this flick.

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E3 Week: My Highlights from the Nintendo Direct

I usually always look forward to the E3 Nintendo Direct. While Nintendo were the first company to  get away from having a live presence on stage, changing to a pre-recorded format, this has usually meant they can put out a snappier and more produced briefing. It meant they could have some fun with it and give us something memorable outside of just announcements.

After the past 12, very strong, months for Nintendo, with the release of the Nintendo Switch and games like Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, expectations were pretty high as to how they would follow up their second year for their new platform. I was expecting a lot of big things from this direct, what we got was something a bit different.

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E3 Week: My Highlights from the Sony Press Conference

Sony’s event was all over the place. Rather than a single media briefing on a stage, it felt like they were flitting between locations and filling time to get their next presentation ready by using a panel of talking heads. Going into this one, Sony had said they would focus on the four big “pillar exclusives” that would be coming out while also talking about some other games along the way.

While I might primarily play my games on Xbox, Sony definitely have the stronger catalogue of games. I might only own a PS4 for their exclusives, but at this point, owning the console for two or three incredibly good games a year is well worth it based on the quality they are of. I imagine they’ll start off strong, so let’s dig in.

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