We’ve had some scorching summer days before this year, but things will get worse before they get better. While it’s good to catch a few rays here and there, there’s no outdoor activity worth risking. heatstroke by this time. Instead, why not relax indoors and catch up on the latest Japanese titles on Netflix?
Along with the final seasons of “Stranger Things” and “Umbrella Academy,” we have some notable Japanese shows and movies coming in July. These include a horror movie so bad it’s good edited to make it as unterrifying as possible, and a touching two hands about a divorced couple reconnecting during stay-at-home protocols. of Covid-19. (Note that regional restrictions may apply.)
Love in May 2020
Synopsis: Yukiko (Yo Yoshida) and Moto (Yo Oizumi) haven’t spoken to each other since their divorce four years ago. One night, however, Moto accidentally calls Yukiko while working from home. Yukiko, who now works for a supermarket, is initially hesitant to speak to her ex-husband, but strikes up a conversation with him anyway.
As the minutes pass, the former couple realize that they no longer feel mad at each other for what happened in their marriage, and they are able to talk to each other easily after spending time together. separate time to grow and heal independently.
Insight: When production on her “Cold Case: Shinjitsu no Tobira” series was temporarily suspended at the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, actress Yo Yoshida decided to make the best of a bad situation and launch her own project. Yoshida approached producer Yoshikazu Okada and screenwriter Makiko Okano, who wrote this short and sweet but beautifully intimate exchange, which imagines one of the millions of conversations that have taken place during the pandemic. While phone calls between characters are depicted using a split screen, Yoshisa and Oizumi do a masterful job of making the audience forget that they’re in two separate places.
Available July 1.
Howling Village (the meme version)
Summary: Kanade is a psychologist who has the supernatural ability to see spirits. When his brother Yuma and his girlfriend suddenly disappear under suspicious circumstances, Kanade decides to travel to the Howling Village – their last known location – to try to find out what happened to his brother.
Kanade’s mission is not easy. Howling Village turns out to be a cursed and dangerous place full of ghastly secrets and vengeful souls, but Kanade pushes on. Later, she discovers that the connection between the haunted village and her family runs deeper than she could have ever imagined.
Insight: This J-horror will make you scream… with laughter, of course. A heavily edited edition of the 2019 film “Howling Village”, this 2020 version comes with comedic sound effects, puppy ear filters, and meme-like speech bubbles, among other cheesy effects. Stripped of everything that made it remotely haunting, it’s a title for anyone who ironically enjoys watching badly made gory movies with their pals and heckling on TV after every line.
Available July 23.
If I had kissed her
Synopsis: Supermarket clerk Nozomu Momochi (Tori Matsuzaka) is a simple, mild-mannered man who is more interested in reading manga at home than pursuing romantic encounters. There is, however, an exception for Tomoe Yuzuki (Kumiko Aso), whom Nozomu meets by chance one day when Tomoe is shopping at the supermarket where Nozomu works. Tomoe is the author of Nozomu’s favorite manga series, and although she isn’t exactly who Nozomu imagined the author to be, he still falls in love with her.
Just when the two hit it off, Tomoe suffers a terrible accident. Nozomu wonders if he will ever be able to get over the loss of someone so special, but that’s when a man he’s never met before approaches him claiming to be Tomoe.
Insight: Ah, yes, the old question: is love really blind? Tori Matsuzaka, Kumiko Aso and Arata Iura form a fun trio in this quirky romance series where the relationship between two young lovers is turned upside down by a body swap. There’s an absurd premise, but the series offers enough laughs and touching moments to make this trip worthwhile.
Available July 1.
The eternal zero
Synopsis: At their grandmother’s funeral, two siblings learn that the man they had known as their grandfather was actually their grandmother’s second husband. When they discover that their biological grandfather was actually a kamikaze pilot who died in the war, Kentaro and Kumiko are forced to learn more about his life and who he was as a person.
When they find their grandfather by Kyuzo Miyabe former comrades, however, Kentaro and Kumiko are repeatedly told that while their grandfather was considered one of the best fighter pilots, he was also a coward who always returned to base alive. Troubled by his grandfather’s conflicting reports, Kentaro becomes increasingly obsessed with understanding what it means to be a kamikaze pilot.
Insight: It’s hard to make a meaningful film based on the perspective of World War II villains without coming across as an apologist, but “Eternal Zero” manages to walk a fine line on a difficult subject matter without going on the offensive. With a strong cast and brilliant direction from Takashi Yamazaki, the film is a sober reflection of Japan’s wartime atrocities while contemplating how the country’s younger generations must now come to terms with its dark and difficult history.
Available July 1.
My Isekai Life
Synopsis: Yuji Sano is an overworked corporate drone who has little time for himself outside of his professional life. One day, while Yuji is trying to work on his computer at home, a peculiar message appears on the screen inviting him to enter another realm. When Yuji attempts to restart the device, he accidentally transports himself to an alternate world of magical and mystical creatures. At first, all Yuji can think about is finding a way to return to his old life, but eventually he turns his attention to his newfound superpowers and settles into his new identity as a mighty sage.
Insight: ‘My Isekai Life’ is a new anime adapted from a manga based on a literary series by Shinkoshoto. With vibrant colors and nifty animation from Revoroot, “My Isekai Life” is set to be one of the best anime releases this summer.
Available July 9.
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