This battle was so graphic and so unexpected that it made me write about a standalone episode for the first time. By the time the two champions were down, I was screaming my head off because of shock. It was even more shocking because during his one season stint in King’s Landing, I very much liked Pedro Pascal as Oberyn. 

All in all, the Battle of Castle Black was dark, intense, panic-inducing and action packed. There was non stop fighting, casualties piled up like a Christmas tree on Christmas morning, a great show of courage, loyalty, duty and sacrifice — most especially sacrifice. It was extraordinary victory for the Nights Watch but it came at the cost of tragedy, brothers lost on both sides and none came out the better at night’s end. 

All in all, Touch Your Heart delivered an honest, heartwarming, simple but effective love story portrayed by characters that also touch the hearts of the viewers. The final scene and dialogue, in particular perfectly captured the essence of the show. I have nothing but glowing words for this series and sincerely hope that Lee Dong Wook and Yoo In Na will work on another project like this one because their chemistry is just too strong to ignore.

From wanting to learn about the Irish Beatles, I was hooked by the documentary that reflects a lot of the conflict that the world is still suffering from — the violence, the death, the political motivations that fuel these atrocities. I was moved by The Miami Showband Massacre and the deaths of these musicians who only sought to bring joy to a people who needed relief from the misery of their everyday life. My heart ached for the loss of idealism and hope at a time when the Irish people needed it. I mourned this tragic stage of their history and although its 40 years too late, and closure is still a long way off, the documentary succeeded in raising questions that need to be asked, and thus created an avenue for which it can be answered once and for all. 

Searching was anything but flashy. It was simple. It was subtle. It was creative. It was brave. It had a clear direction in mind, and it was to tell this intense thriller that relied on substance than style (although I was a big fan of this filmmaking technique as well). It tackled important topics like grief and connections and in all of these, it managed to keep audiences well involved in every aspect of the story and blow them away with the ending. If that isn’t a successful filmmaking, I don’t know what is. 

I would have to say kudos to Netflix for funding this type of project to give chances for short film writers and directors to get their work out there for wide distribution. Creators Joshua Donen, David Fincher, Jennifer Miller, and Tim Miller did an excellent job running the show. Its exciting to watch these amazing ideas come to life, especially ones that push the envelope and mainstream boundaries. To say that I’m impressed would be an understatement. 

All in all, ToraDora easily climbed up to the list of my favorite shoujo animes because it was cute, light, interesting and truthful, albeit exagerrated on the violence part (It is an anime, after all). I particularly loved the last two episodes on how they closed the journey of the five main characters on a hopeful note. Personally though, I would have chosen a kiss as a final frame for Ryuji and Taiga after all they’ve been through instead of a classic head butt but if you bring a tiger and a dragon together, you have to expect something uncoventional. Two thumbs up for this series. If I had more thumbs, I would raise them all. How’s that for a recommendation?