Your duties as maid of honour were fairly simple: maximise alcohol and minimise stress, keep an eye on the bride-to-be, and above all else, have things under control. You’ve promised yourself to keep this wedding a fuckup-free zone, anticipating smooth sailing from the moment you land in Antigua. When danger emerges on the horizon in the form of a denim-clad devil dressed in Gucci and gold, things take a turn—nothing in the MOH handbook has prepared you for what to do in the event that you unwittingly sleep with the best man.
Independent Animated Films From ~The Previous Year
Phantom Boy. This is the story of a New York boy who has an illness, but becomes a hero. The boy escapes his hospital-bound body to go check on his family, but soon he uses his ability to solve crimes. It’s another detective story by the makers of A Cat in Paris and it uses the same animation style.
The Boy and the Beast. This is the most recent movie made by the famous anime director who made Summer Wars, Wolf Children and The Girl Who Lept Through Time. This film is about a boy who ventures into the realm of monsters and grows up under the guidance of a beast. Later he reconnects with humanity.
Big Fish & Begonia.
This movie was funded in part thanks to social media and became a surprise box-office sensation.
Long Way North.Before working on this film, the director worked on the animation of The Secret of Kells and The Painting. His style here consists of contourless shapes in gorgeous pastel colors. The story is about a teenage girl who goes to the Arctic to look for a lost boat in late 19th century Russia.
Miss Hokusai. This is an episodic anime film about a female artist in Edo Japan who has to deal with work, her eccentric father and a sick sister. It’s based on the life of the daughter of Hokusai, the artist who drew the famous big wave with mount Fuji in the background. The film showcases some of his artwork.
My Life as a Zucchini.
This is the Oscar-nominated stop-motion French film. It’s an adaptation of a semi-autobiographical novel about a boy who goes to live in an orphanage. It’s realistically somber, but it’s also full of charm and even hope. The children’s performances are phenomenal. The Blu-ray comes out in May.
The Red Turtle. This is the Oscar-nominated French film co-produced by Studio Ghibli. It’s a beautiful and quietly contemplative fable about the stages of life. I would say avoid the trailer if you haven’t seen it and intend to watch it because it’s a mini version of the whole film. The Blu-ray comes out in May.
Louise by the Shore.
From the director of The Painting and it’s even more beautiful. It’s a deliberately slow and introspective story about an elderly woman who is left alone in a seaside town vacated during the winter.
“She always responds with empathy. She meets anger with empathy. She meets hate with empathy. She’ll take the time to imagine what happened to a person when they were 5 or 6 years old. And she’s made me a more empathetic person. I had a very fractured relationship with my father. Before he died, she made me remember things I didn’t want to remember. She made me remember the good times.”
hi sakura should’ve had wood style + sage mode like hashirama heres why
she’s never seen using them yet her canon nature types are earth and water (the two elements needed for wood style)
yamato, the only other living wood style user, was literally her captain and could’ve trained her like naruto - and as a wood style user she could’ve trained with naruto by controlling kurama instead of sitting around with sai and watching
she’s the student and successor of tsunade (hashirama’s granddaughter) and surpassed even tsunade’s byakugou - as in, the closest jutsu to hashirama’s regeneration
from the beginning her character and narrative have heavily involved nature and growth (even down to her name - literally “spring field of cherry blossoms” - and color design - green + floral pinks)
she has a much higher focus / concentration and learning speed than naruto, who reached sage mode! she should be able to just as well!
sage mode is already taught by both the toads and snakes, so narratively the slugs should be able to teach it too - and sakura already has an established summoning ability and connection with katsuyu
just a little thing, but sakura’s clasped hands shown repeatedly in openings and endings could’ve grown from a passive gesture to one of strength - the snake hand sign iconic to wood style
not to be cheesy but let sakura go from a bud to a flower to a fucking Tree