Earwig and the Witch (2020 Film) Review

Earwig and the witch movie poster Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli is like the Pixar of Japanese animated movies. Almost all of them are pretty amazing, but none of them had been 3D animated until Earwig and the Witch. Since Studio Ghibli movies are exclusively on HBO Max, I decided to watch it as it’s rather recent.

Earwig and the witch Earwig's Mother at the orphanage Studio Ghibli

The film starts with a young mother taking her baby to the doorstep of an orphanage. Turns out this woman is a witch, and to protect her daughter, she must separate from her until she’s done with the evil witches who are after her.

Earwig and the witch Mandrake Bella Yaga and earwig adoption Studio Ghibli

Earwig stays at the orphanage a little less than a decade. Her mother doesn’t pick her up, but rather she’s adopted by a rather peculiar couple who seem far more sinister than one might expect.

Earwig and the witch Earwig and black cat Studio Ghibli

She isn’t adopted because the couple wanted a family. But rather that she would be used for very cheap labor around the house. She figures out the woman is a witch, and is quite happy about it. The man in the house seems more demonic than the witch, but will Earwig survive such a place?

Earwig and the witch Earwig runs away from the Mandrake

Earwig and the Witch may be the worst film ever made by Studio Ghibli. While the 3D animation is odd for Studio Ghibli, it’s really not bad in anyway. But the story and character development is rather boring. It doesn’t really get any better the closer you get to the ending either. To be the first film for Studio Ghibli in many years, they flopped hard this time.

Score: C-

Trolls World Tour (2020 Film) Review

Trolls World Tour movie poster DreamWorks

I had seen the original Trolls movie by Dreamworks a few years ago. Trolls World Tour is the new sequel but I didn’t get to see it in theaters when it came out. It’s currently available on Hulu, so the time eventually came for me to watch it.

Trolls World Tour Queen Barb vs King Trollex techno trolls

The trolls that we had seen in the first movie were of the pop music trolls. There is a tribe of trolls for every major type of music and smaller sects of clans for niche music. They all had lived separately but in harmony for many many years.

Trolls World Tour Queen Barb of the Rock and roll trolls

Except one day, the queen of the Rock and Roll trolls, Queen Barb decides to invade a troll country that isn’t her own. She wants to take magic strings from the other clans of trolls to eliminate thier music forever. So that eventually, all the Troll Kingdoms will be under Rock and Roll music.

Trolls World Tour Queen Poppy rainbow teeth DreamWorks

So it will be up to Queen Poppy to unite her people and defeat the Rock and Roll trolls. The unfortunate thing is that she doesn’t quite understand how serious Queen Barb is about her quest.

Trolls World Tour Branch and the K-Pop Gang

Overall, Trolls World Tour is a pretty cute film. It’s still not as great as Pixar but it’s about on par with the first movie but since it had pretty cute musical numbers, I think I preferred the sequel over the original. DreamWorks might not be the king of animated movies, but it’s not bad to be the runner up.

Score: B+

Things I Hate: Risho (Yu Yu Hakusho)

Risho first appearance Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan dark tournament

As the last opponent during the third round of the Dark Tournament, Risho was a big douche.

Risho Kazuma Kuwabara koto Yu yu hakusho anime Japan dark tournament

He got the tournament committee to rule Yusuke ineligible to fight. Forcing Kuwabara to make a bold and desperate last stand against him.

Risho armor of clay Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan dark tournament

He had the ability to form layers of clay around his body as armor. It was kind of a cool power.

Risho full power vs Kazuma Kuwabara Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan dark tournament

Kuwabara almost died against him, until he saw his beloved Yukina.

Risho losing to Kazuma Kuwabara Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan dark tournament

For which he started to lose his cool.

Risho hit by spirit sword Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan dark tournament

It was amazing that his Spirit Sword was able to go through that clay armor so easily.

Risho defeated by Kazuma Kuwabara dark tournament Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan

One of the few characters to get badly beaten by Kuwabara.

Things I Like: Jin (Yu Yu Hakusho)

Jin the wind master Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan dark tournament

Jin was one of my favorite minor characters on the show.

Yusuke Urameshi VS jinn dark tournament Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan

Despite being on an enemy team and a contest that allowed murder, he was very friendly and was clearly in it for the fun of fighting.

Jin tornado fist Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan dark tournament

He had some impressive wind powers.

Jin Flys at Yusuke Urameshi Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan dark tournament

And one of the few characters that could fly.

Jin hit by spirit wave Yusuke Urameshi punch Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan dark tournament

He was the first opponent Yusuke truly used the Spirit Wave technique against.

Jin defeated by Yusuke Urameshi Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan dark tournament

Resulting in a loss for Jin, but despite the painful blow, he almost got back up before the ten count was over.

Jin Toya kurama demon world tournament Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan

At the end of the series, he rises to the S-Class level of power. All in an effort to fight Yusuke again. But I don’t think they had their gentlemanly match against each other again before he lost in the Demon World Tournament.

Things I Hate: Bakken (Yu Yu Hakusho)

Bakken first appearance Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan dark tournament

I’ve always had a pretty strong distaste for Bakken. One of the most awful fighters during the Dark Tournament.

Bakken kurama koto Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan dark tournament

He starts the match by attacking an unconscious Kurama.

Bakken vs koto Yu yu hakusho anime Japan dark tournament

He wasn’t too happy with anybody who disagreed with his plan.

Bakken vs kurama Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan dark tournament

His team leader Risho stopped him from killing Kurama as Yusuke Urameshi was planning on killing Bakken if he landed a fatal punch.

Bakken vs Yusuke Urameshi Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan

I was glad to see Yusuke get a chance to fight him one-on-one.

Yusuke Urameshi spirit gun Bakken mist fog Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan dark tournament

His special power was being able to sweat out a mist of fog.

Yusuke Urameshi VS Bakken dark tournament Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan

It becomes painfully obvious to everyone that Yusuke had almost no chance of losing against him.

Bakken defeated Yu Yu Hakusho anime Japan dark tournament

I’m not sure if he actually died or not, but we don’t see him again after his defeat.