English: Psychic School Wars
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 19, 2012
1 hr. 46 min.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisSpring marks the start of another new school year at a junior high school in Kamakura. A new transfer student, Ryoichi Kyogoku joins the 8th grade. Kyogoku has a very special proficiency in telepathy and has been ordered by his father to use this ability to scan other people's minds and take over the school.
He instantly gains popularity at school from his good looks and charisma and he sets about taking control of the school. As people begin to fall under Kyogoku's spell, he covertly manipulates his followers and pushes aside anyone who gets in his way.
With the school almost completely under the control of Kyogoku, only one boy seems unaffected—Seki. Does Seki have what it takes to save everyone from the clutches of mind control?
(Source: Scotland Loves Animation)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Nerawareta Gakuen
Characters & Voice Actors
After watching this, I was torn between regret of even trying it and a slight satisfaction that I was able to complete it.
This movie starts off in a cliche manner. There's a new transfer student who, from his very first lines, we can confirm is not from Earth. We are introduced to the main set of characters- a typical, "you pervert!", finger-pointing anime girl who is the neighbor of the main character, the girl that the main character likes who's talented, shy, and also typical, and the main character himself who seems to be the typical anime guy who does not measure up to the hotness of the transfer student. To sum it up so far: typical. Then, out of nowhere, cellphones are accused to be the spawns of devils and the reason why teens are unable to communicate efficiently. Magical powers and sparkly objects begin their work in damaging your eyesight by attempting to blind you at every turn. You suspect a love triangle, a love square? How about some conversation? Oh wait, no. Apparently this has something to do with telepathy. Or no wait, physics? Which is it? Oh look! There's a back story between the neighbor chick and the main guy! Wait, I thought they were just neighbors? Where's all this water coming from? Why do we need to see this scene? Am I supposed to be reading into this? It's symbolism isn't it? No? It's just pretty? Wait a minute- are they trying to throw in some Shakespeare in here? Is there going to be fighting? This seems to have potential but seriously what's happening? And these questions are what lead to headaches- which is precisely what you'll have after you're done watching this. So please, for your concern, I suggest you watch this movie on your off-time, during a free day, and certainly not when you're ill because then you'll just suffer from migraines.
It's truly the art that keeps you watching and still hoping that there's some thread of story line you haven't picked up on. The color palette is gorgeous and everything is so shiny and clean and bright that you begin to appreciate your eyesight- even when you're being blinded by the bubbles, rays of the sunset, odd glowing magical items, and school floorboards. Movement is fluid, and it leaves you feeling fresh and wholesome with its incorporation of nature in every aspect. You'll even pause or replay some parts in order to appreciate the hues. Overall, it's magnificent. Consider making some screenshots.
Just as wonderful as the art. With soft piano (played by the transfer student, of course), the music comes across as subtle and easily blends in with the feeling provided by whatever scene is playing. Voices, tapping, the blowing of the wind- all are displayed to near perfection. Any vocals you hear are softly sung and blissful to say the least.
As I've stated before, the characters are undeniably second rate- the female ones more so than the males. While at the beginning they seem unexpected and interesting, they quickly fall into the routine of what every other anime school girl/boy does. I particularly detest the female characters' behaviors on some occasions. The neighbor chick (Ryouura Natsuki) is an emotional wreck- and not even the hot kind. She's ridiculously agile, jumping everywhere, and teasing one moment and the next she's slapping the main guy (Seki, Kenji) for one, naive statement before crying and running off despite the fact she's the one who just shoved him to the side of the road. I really despise the fact that violence is displayed acceptable by female anime characters simply because she's doing it since they're 'close' and 'joking'. It's not funny, it will never be funny, and personally, I would never want to be friends with someone who smacks me every chance they get.
The second girl (Harukawa, Kahori) is another lackluster piece of recycling. She's shy, has big boobs (can we get a shy character without big boobs, please?), in the student council, does music and surfs in her part time, is friends with the violent neighbor chick, and interested in the transfer student (Kyougoku, Ryouichi). We see these two talk more, bond over the piano, and this girl goes on her merry little way- gasping dramatically at everything he says and clutching her body parts as if- despite being under the pretenses that they're trying to display her as nervous and cute- she's coming across as someone who's being turned on for the first time. It's sort of awkward to say the least, and I couldn't even spare a pitiful smile for her despite having a soft spot for quiet characters.
But perhaps I'm being too harsh, the magical guy seems to be rather intriguing after all and he's got that mysterious aura going on too. Maybe he'll turn out to be evil or even cross the line into the gray area an-- oh nope, there he goes. He starts preaching about the 'kokoro' as its some sort of heart condition people must be made aware of... And, now he's glowing..
Finally, the main guy. Well, let's see- how would you define a guy who lets himself get beat senseless by his female neighbor/childhood friend, continually forgets to zip his pants, breaks windows in attempts to apologize for something which he hasn't even done, and walks into a council room of people wearing a horror which even speedoes can't outdo, puts his hand in there, pulls out a cell, and throws it across the room while uttering some dramatic line that I'm pretty sure was supposed to add to the plot had we not all been busy screaming no? You don't define that sort of guy. You give him the one eyed twitch before getting the hell out.
Overall, the characters aren't horrifyingly annoying to the point where you want them all slaughtered, by they are rather mediocre, slightly disturbing, and highly disappointing because they had some essence of potential.
So, should you watch it? On boring, event-less days during which you are healthy, sane, feeling as if you could care less about story lines, and prepared to let the confusion mold itself into a ball that rolls off your back with a shrugging ease. It's not a bad movie, but it's definitely not something you'd want to share with your friends when hanging out for fun. It's an anime you'd watch twice in order to appreciate the animation once again and perhaps attempt tackling whatever mumbo jumbo is thrown at you- crafting it into a plot you can actually comprehend without having to be part of that niche group that read the novel (who knew there was a novel?), but it's not a film you'd consider worth mentioning as an award-winning production since it clearly did not make it a goal to cater to the general audience. All in all, give it a shot, but keep your expectations low- even those of the art and music, just so you'll have something to be pleasantly surprised about.
Vivid, intense and often exaggerated, like our emotions, Nerawareta Gakuen's (NG) focus relies solely on displaying those properties. Its artistically crafted scenes and unconventional use of what might seem like a regular plot deepens and strengthens its story and characters by mere emotional display. Using methods and devices which are all so familiar to us, and misdirecting our instinctive focus away from these things towards the importance of underlying motives brings out an entirely new layer of storytelling, which is often left covered up by other works of the genre.
The setting is rather undefined, it takes place on Earth yet with some fictional elements, and most aspects foreign to our own world remain largely unexplained. It is striking however that it are exactly those aspects that always seem to be of lesser importance, never clarified but also never really shown when put into practice. They merely play a symbolic role and are displayed using some suitably exaggerated and colourful visuals.
The locations are modern, yet with a clear focus on nature as well. They are tied together through various successive scenes and can occasionally be seen on the background from other places, making the connection between recurring locations very clear. These various locations are meaningful, beautiful and often highly atmospheric, whether it be caused by recurrence, lighting, background elements or the amazing soundtrack.
The plot spends a generous amount of time on building a world in which the situation, relationships and connections are made clear. Symbolism and characters are necessarily explored for much of the later developments to make any sense. The story grows from an oddly executed high-school drama, sprinkled with some science fiction and an interesting underlayer, and flourishes as it explodes into symbolic complexity. The ending relates back to many of the carefully explored elements of the first half and brings it together to bring the moral and emotional aspects to the forefront, dropping much of what you'd expect to see regarding explanation and confrontation. The end result is a plot that is really of no importance, it serves as a stepping stone for laying bare the essence of the story, but remains carefully unexplained making it highly speculative, ambiguous and confusing. Yet it manages to do this without losing focus on what it is initially trying to show, allowing the story to manifest itself as an emotional exploration, coming-of-age drama and a critique on society and technology.
NG's characters are not very complex, mainly causing the character interactions to remain somewhat shallow. Conversations and relationships are inherently given, not so much understood from the characters' perspectives or thoroughly explored. They still maintain some subtle details however which breathe some life into them, and fortunately those details appear to be persistent. Hence the characters remain true to themselves and don't act in ways that wouldn't fit their personalities.
The characters are mostly formed by their surroundings, that is to say; they don't take shape by themselves, but rely on the way they are shown and portrayed to give them a proper personality. It is watching them do things, noticing the articulate and carefully choreographed movements and seeing the characters' reactions which they express on the surface which hints of a deeper level to their person, and them being able to appear less superficial overall.
The pacing is fast, inconsistent and chaotic, yet manages to be spot-on with its highs and lows. Going right against what is to be expected, and at times building up perfectly to achieve what is necessary. The development is not subtle, using crazy plot-devices and jumping from intense to mellow, or from comedy to drama within seconds. Yet all elements are executed brilliantly, solid directing makes it all come together despite its disparities and though its jumping from one thing to another is crazily sudden at times, it is overall incredibly entertaining.
The only foothold the development has are the characters, they are who you can rely on for stability and which you can recognise within the varying circumstances. Their development is more subtle and suggestive than it is properly construed, though their personalities are believably conjectured within the string of events. With all the things going on around them their responses are often surprisingly mild, and instead of concerning themselves with those silly things they only really care about their seemingly insignificant personal issues, holding true to the way the plot was constructed in the first place.
The quality of the art and sound alone would be enough to maintain your full attention, the amount of elements and variation present in each scene makes watching an almost exploratory effort. The colours, music and movement all combine into an audio-visual "painting" with new strokes being constantly applied, always presenting something new to look at; often framed by a carefully timed and eloquent dialogue.
But besides being pretty, the film gives us a variety of subjects flowing into one another, each of which lack explanation at times, forcing you into a position in which attention to detail gives us a unique insight into the sub-layers. Coupling various aspects together, contemplating the meaning of events and trying to get a grasp of what's happening makes you focus not only on every detail but as well as on the film as a whole, making the term 'interesting' an understatement. It is a thought-stirring experience combined with a quick pacing, resulting in a film which won't allow you to look away.
The interesting motifs of the film provide plenty of food for thought and touch on anthroposophic and moral philosophy, as well as more personal psychology and emotional aspects. It has a certain reflective value, perhaps making you question yourself and society, and probably having quite a few recognisable elements. It is a rather insightful film, yet leaving most of the thinking up to the viewer and merely providing a foundation for you to work with, allowing one to draw their own conclusions and make their own deductions from their personal viewpoint.
Besides being thought provoking the film is also not without its fair share of drama. The drama does a good job working with its concise characters, yet moves them along a predictable path of romantic disposition. Framed by other theatrical and supernatural elements however it's far from being dull, and is mostly just as gripping as the rest of the film by having been given a proper place and execution. Like many other aspects of the film, the drama reaches out towards other goals than simply being dramatic. It seems to attempt to give more depth to the emotional and romantic conceptions of the film, yet doesn't manage to do as good a job as some other more symbolic elements.
A noticeable amount of care has been put into getting the intonation of the character's voices just right, and though it doesn't always fit the characters' frantic movements, they are very befitting of the situation as a whole. The dialogue is more careful than the visuals make it out to be, and subtly refers to things other than the immediate conversation, thus sometimes seeming out of place when being spoken by its respective character.
Usually though the subtle details in their speech are impeccable, and provide the characters with even more of a suggestive personality. The voices are befitting and carry plenty of emotion, making it believable that those talking are actual people instead of hollow shells.
The art is insane, colourful and vivid; filled with lens flares, stuff floating across the screen and constant movement. The lighting and colour palette are magnificent, and the backgrounds consist of faithfully coloured strokes put into great perspective. The more detailed CGI effects tend to contrast with the painted backgrounds however, which don't contain as much precision and motion.
The animation was already brought up, being exaggerated, properly choreographed and very lively. Though body movements and lips are often way out of synch, maybe suffering from their exaggeration in the end. And yet again the effects seem to disturb more than they add sometimes, often blurring big movements more than necessary, perhaps covering up missing frames and detail. In the end though, the effects bring much to the table in the more intensive scenes, and are pleasantly subdued in the calmer ones.
The classical score is absolutely magnificent, nearly always present, providing the film with amazing atmospheric guidance. Playing, or not playing, exactly at the right moments, perfectly in line with the events displayed and spot on with volume and timing. The OST flows throughout the film, providing a foundation for expressive and emotional displays to build upon, and carrying over the right mood to the viewer.
Yet besides the OST, sound effects and voices have the same perfect volume and timing, the right sound and location. Sound effects are intense and overpowering when needed, with a wide frequency range befitting of what they accompany, and the background noises are brought in subtly whilst floating across the imaginary space.
Overall Personal Experience
In the end though, NG is a total hit-or-miss; you have to be a fan of the absurd, crazy and bizarre. Seeing the way it exposes its core-concepts, whilst disregarding anything not immediately important with sometimes ridiculous methods, should be something you enjoy. Looking for the details, references and symbolism is what matters, classical methods of storytelling do not apply; it's not an easily comprehensible and straight-forward story.
A lot of what I've used as an argument for why I think it's great might be used by others to argue why it's bad. And it might be bad at certain aspects considering the norm and what has generally proven to work properly, though it is exactly because it doesn't attempt to do things the way it's 'supposed to' and still manages to make things work so well, which makes the absurdity into a magnificent new way of doing it right. It turns a romantic supernatural high-school drama into an expressive display of philosophical concepts and simply messes with a lot of what classical story-telling has imposed over the years.
It lays bare the essence of story, disregarding layers of rules and restrictions, and throws a load of ideas and intentions on the table. Emotions, relationships and people are what's important, and showing those things to the viewer is what matters more to the creators than having the film tell a story. It shows us about the necessity of others, the difficulty of relationships and how we should better ourselves and make an effort for protecting those things. And it is understanding those things that brings the ultimate satisfaction, not understanding the plot, characters or how the hell Natsuki pulls off those amazing back-flips.
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Similar concept, time travelling + little bit of romance
both are very well animated
but Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo has better story and characters imo
Both deals with time traveling with a bit of romance mixed in.
Both deals with the consequences of time travel.
If you enjoyed Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo, you will likely enjoy Nerawareta Gakuen. Both stories deal with difficult concepts like personal connection and love and use time travel as a plot device to drive the story. Both stories contain average characters, who have difficulty understanding others let alone themselves. As far as visuals and audio, both contain beautiful visuals, heartfelt musical scores, and feature a wonderful cast of voice actors.
•both have a time traveling sense
•both are situated in schools and every day life, with the typical genres falling into place, comedy, romance etc.
•both animation are individually spectacular and have their own uniqueness about it
•both plots are absolutely different in a sense of 'flow' Toki wo..... is just brilliant within its confinements of story progression, where as Nerawareta just jumps from one topic to the next without any explanation whatsoever, it has alot of plot holes without being explained and you probably have to watch it twice just to understand alot of shit.
•they are both similar with a character with time traveling purposes, also the genres. but to be frank i continued watching Nerawareta for its beautiful animation. you might like one if you like the other, but theres a big diff in the storyline/plot holes.
If you're looking for a philosophical, confusing time travel plot, these two stories are alike.
For instance, both display some similarities like good soundtrack and animation, the overuse of cellphone theme, romantic hints and again, a future where mankind is almost at extinction. I prefer NG because it develops its characters much better. In both, the plot is not very consistent and leaves you thinking and wondering, but if you appreciated one, you'll surely appreciate the other.
Both deal with people traveling trought time in order to change the actual future.
And both have a somewhat weird pacing not suitable to everyone.
Opening Theme"Giniro Hikousen (銀色飛行船)" by supercell
Ending Theme"Sayonara no Hashi (サヨナラの橋)" by Mayu Watanabe
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