Lupin The 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro Review

Lupin The 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro Review

Before Hayao Miyazaki scored it big time, he made this classic gem...
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When the name “Studio Ghibli” or Hayao Miyazaki comes up in conversation with anime fans, most fans have their top movies directed by Miyazaki which were impactful on their anime fandom or childhood. Miyazaki has made a household name for himself over the past 30 years in anime and has his opinions on the industry made known to the public. Most anime fans have a favorite Miyazaki film, even myself included. The only difference that separates me from the rest of the anime community is that my favorite Miyazaki film isn’t a Studio Ghibli title, but one of Miyazaki earliest directorial debuts under the Lupin the 3rd series.


Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro so far is one of my favorite movies by Miyazaki as of late, and for a first go as a film director in his early days of doing anime, Cagliostro is a well-done movie for the Lupin the 3rd series. Compared to the rest of the Lupin the 3rd series, Cagliostro is more family friendly to watch with anime and non-anime fans than most of the material for Lupin out there. Lupin character is a low-down dirty, sexist, lecherous thief that grabs more T&A than he does cash and jewels. But that’s the comedic effect of the series, which his actions get him into more trouble depending on whatever Lupin series you might be watching. If you could sum up Lupin as a whole, its taking in elements of James Bond, Charlies Angels, all mixed in with Scooby Doo sensibilities.

But Miyazaki took Lupin to be a thief with a heart of gold in Cagliostro, making him more chivalrous and honorable than his other versions, which turns this film into a great adventure film. Our hero goes out of his way for a princess locked up in a castle by a count who is forcing her hand in marriage for his own personal gain, and that is to control the wealth of the world. For Lupin, when money and especially women are involved, he can’t wait to get his scoundrelous hands into the mix. The gang is especially all here in the film with Jegan, Goemon, Fujiko and especially Inspector Zenigata.

This film recently was in select theaters for a period of a week back in September of this year, which I watched the film on the big screen in Greenville S.C. on a Thursday night, which is the first time the film has ever been commercially released in theaters other than its premiere 25 years earlier. The film has been released in America a couple of times, first when then the film was released by Streamline Pictures in 1992, which the English dub in this theatrical release came from that Streamline Pictures release. Since then it was released in 2000 on DVD by Manga Entertainment, and as of 2015 was re-released again from Discotek media, which the Bluray contains both dubs on the disk. While the film looked fantastic on the big screen, I noticed some instances of cropping from “scan and pan” shots, meaning scenes using one big background picture made the film looks like it was “skipping”, which is just issues with how the film was being displayed on a larger screen outside of its intended aspect ratio (film/AV nerds might know what I’m talking about). Aside from that minor technical hiccup, the film looked fantastic and engaging to see on the big screen, and all I could do was take in every second and enjoy the ride.

For its time, the technical aesthetics of animation used were ahead of its time and has made a major impact on animators in Walt Disney, Pixar and many other major animation studios to this day so many years later. Scenes from the film were even homage in other anime series, such as the climatic ending being redone in an episode of Here is Greenwood. I think any good animator out there today at least knows and has seen this film, and a great animator will acknowledge its technical style as something they want to try and mimic in their own work. The scenery is beautiful, the animation is fluid, and the quiet scenes can make a tense person come at ease before a high-pace car chase comes in moments later. Cagliostro deserves to be ranked high on any list of animated films, especially on an international market.

Even if you’ve been an anime fan for many years, have just started to watch anime, or don’t care too much about it, Castle of Cagliostro is a film to see at least once in your life. Aside from some minor swearing in the film dub, it’s a perfect film to let kids watch and enjoy, even to have for a family night one evening. People need to see this film, and this is why I rank this as my personal favorite Miyazaki movie.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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5 Reasons Why The Saints Are Inbound To Win The Super Bowl

With the Saints rolling this year, there are 5 crucial reasons why they have a great chance to make the Superbowl.

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When you're reading this is February, you're gonna ask yourself, "How did he know?" I'm a wizard; that's why I know the Saints are going to the Superbowl this year. I'm just kidding, but in all seriousness, I can say with confidence that the Saints have one of the better chances in the NFL to make it to the Superbowl. Below are 5 reasons why they'll make the Superbowl in February 2019.

1. Breesus Christ

The Saints have Drew "freaking" Brees. I literally do not need to say more, but I will anyway.

Drew Brees is the best quarterback in the league period. He will break the record for most passing yards in a career this season, and he has the record for highest completion percentage. To all the people that say Tom Brady is better, you're wrong. Tom Brady has always had a defense to rely on when he needed; Drew Brees hasn't.

Whenever the Saints need Brees, he's always there. The Saints rely on him to get them out of big holes and us Saints fans know that he's the best QB in the league and will lead us to another Superbowl this year.

2. Lighting and Thunder

Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram being the best running back duo in the league isn't new news. We saw all of last season that Ingram was a bruiser and Kamara was a shifty back. They form a lighting and thunder duo. This season, Ingram has been suspended for the first four games and the Saints were still able to go 3-1. Just imagine how great the Saints are going to be when Ingram comes back this week. It's going to be SCARY.

How do defenses stop Kamara, Ingram, Brees, and Thomas? Defenses beware because the Saints are marching in.

3. Can't Guard Mike

Michael Thomas has been unstoppable this year. No one can guard him. In my opinion he's the best receiver in the league, and while others disagree, they can't deny the impact Thomas has had for the Saints. With the best QB in the league, Thomas is in a prime position to lead a major push to the Superbowl for the Saints. When the offense is rolling, no one can stop the Saints. Cornerbacks can prepare as hard as they need, but they can't guard Mike.

4. Boonk Gang

The Saints defense made major strides last year and helped propel them to many wins. If not for a freak play that resulted in the Saints losing in the divisional round, I believe the Saints would have moved on to the Superbowl. While the defense has been pretty bad at the beginning of the season, in week three, the Saints defense showed what they are capable of. With Ingram coming back and controlling the pace of the offense, watch for the defense to get much better through the season.

5. "Put me in Coach Payton"

Sean Payton may be the second best coach in the league after Bill Belichick.

Coach Payton has had the Saints offense in the top 10 offenses every single year since he became head coach in 2006. With his offensive creativity and his ability to use players such as backup QB Taysom Hill in positions where no other coach would dare to use them, Coach Payton will be the driving force in leading the Saints to the Superbowl.

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