When it comes to choosing a good movie, any fan who saw any of Ghibli movies will recommend them first. Well however, there is this one most beautiful, and I dare say, a bit perfect movie about the most unusual friendship and hardships it went through, Arashi no Yoru ni, also known as One Stormy Night, the phrase with the meaning of greatest importance ever in this movie.
It is rare to find a storyline so well developed, such an amazing ending, and heart-throbbing situations. So as we already said, it is about the friendship between a wolf and a goat, an odd
pair of animals who somehow saw a friendly person instead of food/killer in the other one. So naturally, with it come the many problems to deal with, and this movie does it just perfectly. It is almost unbelievable how well the story went, considering the characters are presented with quite a problem, and that is may not present much of a story in a first place for some people.
For an anime, it is quite weird at the times - it looks more like Disney animation, mixed with CG animation - well, the scenery at least, but Heck, for an anime, it is pretty good! The character design is pretty simple, but anime-ish enough to recognize, and colorful enough to fit the scenery. If you like cute characters, you'll most likely adore Mei, and while wolfs were designed pretty ferocious, as they should be, Gabu, the main wolf character, is pretty likeable.
You may think it is nothing special, although it IS good, but it is more about how well it fit the atmosphere and ambient of the particular scenes.
The voice acting is surprisingly good, and, again surprisingly, the voice of Ryuk from Death Note is now in the body of our wolfy main character, and it fits quite perfectly.
As in any other anime, characters are the making the half of it, and Arashi is no disappointment. We find quite a lot about the childhood and lives of our main characters as they get to know each other, so there is no lack of life history there.
The relationship between Mei and Gabu is amazing for the reason it has good firm grounds to turn into the most valuable friendship, even with their differences as species.
The supporting cast is simply awesome. They are very believable, and at times amusing - often some of them they don't serve much purpose, but are still providing to the enjoyment of the movie.
Arashi is an adventure with strong slice of life tone - it has a steady, yet firm progress, it is very calm and peaceful, yet when needed, tense and dramatic, and it presents a decent amount of light humor - still, mostly it concentrates on the relationship between Gabu and Mei. If you like anything like this, I'm pretty sure you'll love Arashi enough.
This movie is in no way overrated, or at least I think it isn't considering it is for all ages. It is peaceful, cute, interesting, and maybe sometimes a bit of a tear-bringer. It may not be action packed, hilarious, have boobies, or be totally awesomely epic, but whoever said it wants to be?
One Stormy Night, or One Shounen Ai, as I like to call it, is a very well done romance anime. Now before you throw your shoe at the monitor, hear me out on this one. I'm not joking nor am I an ignorant buffoon. One Stormy night may preach about friendship externally but the romantic undertones are too strong to ignore. I know you may not want to genderize or sexualize animals. Hell, it would be weird if you wanted to.. but for the sake of this review being accurate and in accordance with my true opinions, we must. On a side note the television
adaptation has Mei classified as female while the movie and original source both classify Mei as male. I wonder why that is. Maybe the television staff caught on as well and wanted to quell suspicions?
Regardless of whether or not you believe what I believe, One Stormy Night is an incredibly heartfelt narrative that takes the viewer on an amazing journey through the relationship of two animals who cannot be together by their societal standards and even biological standards. (hey does that sound familiar to you too? allegory?)
Art and sound wise, One Stormy Night is very hit or miss. The art is very moody with dark and warm colours using thick strokes. I personally find this style breathtakingly beautiful but that's just my opinion. If you like this style i would suggest watching Kagewani or Hakaba Kitarou. Maybe you should also play Okami.. The animation itself is very clunky and at times mimics luny tunes-esque wonkiness with fast paced bouncy movements. This completely destroys the atmosphere and breaks any semblance of immersion once had within the story. No audio tracks stood out to me but none grated on my nerves either.
As for the characters.. well they don't really shine on their own too much. What really matters is the relationship they share. Mei is naive and hopeful and Gabu is rigid and experienced. Gabu wants to show that he can protect Mei because he'd been belittled before and wants to feel like he can be strong for someone. Mei cherishes that side of Gabu and in turn is willing to protect him through sacrifices. Without getting too in depth, their relationship is one of the sweetest I have seen in anime. What they will do for each other is astounding.
Despite a few minor holes in plot that I feel are too outrageous and were put there for convenience, the narrative is solid. I see nothing too inventive or unique going on here though.
This may be an anime for families and lovers of anime for children, but most of all I think that this anime should be recommended for fans of romance that are looking for a heartfelt relationship in their viewing material.
Arashi no Yuru Ni. Please do not watch this unless you realize straight away that this is a Japanese Disney movie. The art, the message, the entire feel of this "anime" is that of a Disney cartoon, but in a good way.
Story: the moral of this story is "don't judge a book by it's cover" or something to that effect. Learning how to get along, no matter who you are is deeply conveyed in this. It's nicely done. The goat and wolf meet each other at night, they can't see each other but they end up having a really nice
talk and agree to meet the next day. When they meet the next day the one thing that was going through my head was "HE'S GOING TO EAT THE SHEEP!" but that didn't happen. Their freindship ends up deepening quite a bit and the rest of the anime follows their experiences. Prepare yourself to see all the morals that Disney movies have in them. It's done...subtly...but not as well as I've seen in other films. But it is a kid's movie so that's really to be expected.
Art: There were times that I really liked the art, and there were times I was going "meh" But overall it had a really nice feel. But again I was really, really getting the Disney vibe from it, which threw me off a lot because I was hoping for anime...not a cartoon. But Disney has always had very....colourful pictures and Arashi is like that too.
Sound: It's a kids movie....so the score wasn't epic or depressing. It was sort of generic to enhance the feeling of the movie. Sad music played when something was sad, exciting music was played when something was exciting. Whatever the filmmakers wanted you to feel was the music they chose to play.
Character: The characters are predictable, stereotypical, but nonetheless they are quite cute. Don't except to be floored by any of them, because you won't be. Again, it's a kid's movie so they don't throw in anyone who doesn't fit the mold of the kid's movie characters.
Enjoyment: Honestly I outgrew this movie 8-9 years ago. Mind you I wouldn't know what anime was, i thought that Pokemon was a cartoon. The fact that I outgrew this really did affect how much I enjoyed it, which is...unfortunate. But like, I don't go out to see stuff like Chicken Little or Veggie Tales (which....I did see) when I want to see a movie. So it's a little unfortunate that I've outgrown this.
If you have a kid and you want to introduce anime to them, then this movie is totally for you. There are some big kids out there too, and this will be fine for them. Just because I've outgrown this and think that it's a Disney movie masquerading as an anime doesn't mean that people won't enjoy it, it just means that I didn't like it as much as I could have.
A cute and lovely story conveyed by gorgeous art. One can't ask for a better thing to watch on a Sunday afternoon.
This is a children's movie, surrounded by an aura of good feelings and easy humour. But everyone needs good feelings and easy humour once in a while! The story is simple, as well as the objective: a wolf and a sheep are friends and, no matter the differences, they will fight for their friendship till the end.
This story is pampered by beautiful art. One of the better I have ever seen. In a digital-traditional mix sometimes you're not sure what is watercolour and what
is tridimensional animation, which results in a very pleasant experience to the eyes. The beauty of the art helps to characterise the personalities of our characters. The sweet, round and fluffy lambs (which actually look quite tasty, from a certain perspective...) opposed to the ugly and flea ridden wolves (fact that makes them hilarious characters, even though they are ferocious and scary)
This way the simplicity of the characters and the story turns into something very interesting and heart-warming.
A must-see if you have children running through your house and you want them to sit quiet for almost 2 hours. I tried it and it works!