Kawamo wo Suberu Kaze is one of those rare anime that gives a beautiful yet painful look into a woman's life. There are no gigantic eyes, no moe blushes, just a brief inner monologue concerning hopes and dreams, reality and all of life's "what if's."
With only 24 minutes, Kawamo wo Suberu Kaze manages to give us a highly in-depth into Noriko's life, from her adolescent days to the near-finish of her lonely marriage. While it would be hard to describe the plot without giving much away, just know that it's good.
The art and sound are nothing revolutionary, but fitting. The animation mixes photo-realism and a
soft and simplistic style, but manages to be incredibly expressive. There is nothing particular in Kawamo wo Suberu Kaze that makes it 'stand out,' but the soft colors and gentle narration creates a calming atmosphere that manages to draw the watcher in flawlessly.
Kawamo wo Suberu Kaze is by no means a perfect piece of work, but the sometimes heart wrenching portrayal of Noriko's life is something so rarely seen in anime today. It cuts straight to the heart of things and manages to stay grounded in reality. While said to be aimed at middle-aged women, Kawamo wo Suberu Kaze can be enjoyed anyone looking for a brief and beautiful portrayal of the modern Japanese woman.
Moderator note: The following review is for the first one-shot, Kawamo wo Suberu Kaze. Three additional one-shots aired under the same title and were merged into this entry in 2013.
„Though the Asano River is known as the woman river, she always used to feel like an independent girl. Looking at her now, her banks sawn by slabs of concrete, controlling the current, this river is now more of a crude lady.”
Noriko, a 33 year-old woman, who lived abroad for 5 years, returns to her home town with her 4 year-old son. While she walks the small town she used to live in, we
slowly get to know of her past and her current life.
This anime takes us not only into the mind and feelings of the main character. It tells us a story of life, decisions we made and reminisces of what could have been if we had followed a different path.
The style in which this anime is directed is wonderful. Small gestures, the movements of the eyelids, the many different appearances of the main character in each time skip, they all tell us more of Noriko than the many monologues we’ll hear from her, can describe. And the monologues are great. They are thoughtful yet never haunting; throughout the episode she narrates her story in a level-headed impartial style, which leaves us only our own opinion to judge her in the end.
The music is fitting; it is most of the time subtle but takes action when needed and contributes nicely to the atmosphere of the story. The animation is solid.
This anime may not be that enjoyable for those who are still not old enough for having to face important decisions you made. But for those, who have already set foot onto a path they have chosen, this anime is a nice intermission to look back for a moment, getting nostalgic and then turn your head and step towards to the stories life will offer in the future.
Given, that this anime manages to tell such an intriguing story in a single episode of 25 minutes, I gave it a score of 9.
In this short amount of time, this anime did everything right.
I’m looking forward to seeing more from the director of this anime.
"With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone." - Oscar Wilde
With the passing of every year one can't help but feel nostalgic at times. As you get older, you might find yourself asking, "Where did all the time go?" or "When did I get so old?" In those moments, we often find ourselves looking back towards the past. There were moments that you felt happy and sad, content and depressed, ecstatic and lazy, full of love and full of regret. There were the soaring highs and there were the abysmal lows. There were moments when you wondered what if. Would things have turned out
differently? Did I make the wrong choices? The possibilities are so vast that they can make your mind wander endlessly. However, the past is the past and what's done is done. After all, what good is a life that starts with an "if"? You are right here.
Otona Joshi no Anime Time is a set of four short stories that peer into the lives of Japanese women. This isn't a series that's full of bliss, but rather a crude, unpolished look at what life really is, and can be like. For some, it may be extremely touching and heartfelt. For others, it might seem uninteresting and boring. Having completed all four of the episodes myself, I would say that this series is deliberately intended for a more mature audience. It's a series that makes you look over your shoulder, wondering if you made the right choices. It's a series that makes you afraid of getting old. It's a series that makes you want to go home and tell your mom that you love her.
Each episode has their own varying degree of earnestness and subtleties; some of the stories come off as very disheartening, and others empowering. However, within each episode lies a lesson. Using well-crafted symbolism, dialogue, and direction, it's as if you've been bestowed with a little bit of life's wisdom after each twenty minute segment. It's empowering and it's beautiful. The art, animation, and sound were good, all being somewhat different, yet fitting. But that's not what's really important here. It's not something you watch to be wowed by visuals. It's something you watch to be wowed by realism.
At some point or another in your anime-watching lifetime, you should watch these episodes. It's not because they're episodes full of cutesy girls doing cute things, mindless shounen asspull entertainment, pixelated crotch teasers, or 2deep4u plot twists. You should watch these episodes because they showcase what it means to live.
And the morale of the story is, "Live for yourself and to the fullest because life waits for no one."
After watching all four of the short stories the experience left me feeling nostalgic, and with an overall sense of warm happiness, [b]however[/b] it also left me with a feeling of fear in regards to the future.
The short stories center around the lives of 4 different women between their late 20s to early 40s. The stories primarily focus on the age old theme of love; whether that be love in the form of friendship, motherly love, love of an old lover, or the love within
a new romantic relationship. It also delves into matters of life in general through the eyes of these women; life as a mother, wife, girlfriend, and worker. Sometimes things are lighthearted and fun, while at other times there is a stark portrayal of a dull grey life.
It is a slow paced, slice of life romance josei drama so if you don't like such genres you may not enjoy it. However, I have to admit that I personally don't usually watch enjoy such genres but this I did enjoy immensely. Even though I am pretty young, I could still relate to their problems and emotions which was probably why I enjoyed it so much.
In conclusion, I really did like this anime and would recommend it to most girls but possibly only guys who like slice of life, drama and romance anime.
Not for kids. You guys have read the Synopsis. All the 4 stories comes down to choices that women make. They are really powerful stories. Each story presents a different perspective. This is a definite watch for adults with open mind.
Episode 1 fells like the woman made the wrong choice, but who was to say how the world would have been like of she made the other choice. We just make a choice and hope for the best, but those choices are bound by our desires, like money, status, respect among everybody or a nice man with whom one might not have a rich life
as per society's standards but definitely a rich life as a small good happy family. She couldn't decide, went for a social richness and somehow everything just falls apart. She tries to come back, but sees the other road is no longer open. She makes decisions again, smiles, lies and sitting at the river of her hometown she sees she is now left alone only with her little kid, alone at the place where it all started, a place which held possibilities, but which now only seems like a faded dawn, yet she smiles.
Episode 2 might be only one with perfect positive ending. A married woman who has always been told to do thing, parents, husband, in-laws and even her younger sister. A woman who always takes care of her responsibilities, but is never appreciated by anyone. She finds someone, whom she feels is a nice man and wants to be with him. Running away, living with the person she finally loves she comes to the realization of why she loves him, why she needs him. In the end everything works out well for her with an event where she thinks that the husband she ran away from might not be as bad as she thought, or rather she might be worse but everything coming to closure as she looks forward to the new life with her lover, who above all appreciates her.
Episode 3 shows the crisis of a 40 year old unmarried woman, who wants to have a happy life. Her excited school reunion with her middle school crush turns out a scam, she just laughs it off. True it might not be anything dramatic, rather something to just laugh and walk on, she again realizes she still has no person to share her life with.
Episode 4, might get some people down. A 43 year old housewife who takes care of entire family, even works part time at night when her husband loses job, is unappreciated by everyone. A son who says he hates to have dinner with his family, a daughter who doesn't come home, a mother who just keeps makes her life worse, a guy who tries to hit on her. When her relationship with her daughter turns somewhat sour how she comes back to take things, if not much, slightly in control to realize that she is not just living for others she has or rather will live for herself as well.
This type of anime is probably my favorite , i love the calm story-telling anime with new characters every episode very much but this one was a bit different .
I didn't like this one probably because of the way it was presented , the anime tries to make it like all the main characters are good characters and what they did was right , for example : the first episode had a very very shitty person as the main character , someone who cheated on their lover and hid the fact that she was pregnant from another man from her husband , the same thing
with the 2nd episode .
While it may not have been planned but it feels like the anime is trying to say that cheating is ok as long as you don't love your husband/wife and tries to say that they deserve to be happy despite cheating on their loved ones which i personally hated that .
The 3rd episode was nice tbh i thought for once in a while that an adult looking older character was cute and it had that funny ending with her so called "childhood friend"
The 4th episode was the best one because it had someone with actual dignity in it that was trying to defend herself and be a good person and it also had actual relatable worries and dealing with them not just using excuses to cheat or run away like in the first 2 episodes .
So pretty much i give the episodes these ratings : 1 , 3 , 6 , 8.
Overall i give it a 5 but wouldn't recommend it to anyone .
The best parts of this were the sound effects and the artwork. Mixing the usual soft sytle for the characters with some kind of photo extrapolated backgrounds really added to the overal picture. The sounds were so realistic that when I was not looking, I would have believed it was live action.
The main problem I have with this special was the characters, mainly the lead. I don't like her. I don't hate her, but there is just not a lot to like either. She regrets the decisions she has made, but anyone with some common sense could have advised her
better than what she did. Whenever she discribed her marraige, it seemed like it was just something to accomplish without really dealing with any strong emotions. Then having trouble when they grow apart. Big surprise there.
Overall, I won't remember this a day or two from now. The only surprising thing was when the boy smiled at the end. Was trying to be cute but came of pretty creepy to me.
This is more or less a short movie. A very light hearted storyline with more inclination towards reality and pragmatism and the way we lead our lives now a days. This is about a girl who looks back into the past and ponders over the decision she took then "what if". Our whole life revolves around such "whats if"s. Its a simple and peaceful story with a lot of hidden meanings inside. Watching it brings calmness to your mind and you feel a lot of warmth inside you.
I won't recommend this to just anyone. But people who love anime and are mature enough to understand
how life actually revolves around them. It is in short an adorable movie.