*English is not my first language! This review will be edited... eventually!*
I think it should only be appropiate to give my very first review to the very first anime I've ever seen... and it would be this! Moomins, or Muumilaakson Tarinoita, as it would be called here in Finland, is without an doubt, one of the very best works of anime, that I've ever seen - period. Not necesarily "the best" because of the plot, nor even for the story, but because of the characters, and the world they bring to life, simply just by being there.
As a child, I grew up watching this
anime, and I didn't even realize it was an anime, before finishing high school, thinking it's just some swedish cartoon - yeah, I was stupid! Now, I'm not really good at reviewing something, that I love, so let me just put it bluntly...
Moomins is a fantastic little slice-of-life story in a fantastic world, full of fantastic creatures and stories, that should belong to any little finns bookshelves - Moomins was originally a bookseries first! Not nescessarily ment for little little children per say, but good stuff nontherless!
The story is... well, there really isn't one! Like I said, it is, down to it's core, just some slice-of-life storytelling, heavy emphasis being on slice-of-life. No big conflicts, villains or actual from-the-beginning-to-the-end- stroyarcs, and that alone can be either a rose or a con to many viewers. There are little mini-arcs here and there, but no any big arcs - just feeling the need to clarify that!
But, what's the plot, then? There are these cute little moomins, with their colorful and delightful little friends, and because there's no school, jobs or social insecurity - whatever that is! - they spend their days by just... running around in this ever-so peaceful and beautiful moomin valley, find secrets and solve mysteries, all in a while waiting for ever-looming winter, that will by every coming year, put every singe one of them into a deep sleep, before the next warm summer. It's basically just... life - nothing more, nothing less! Some minor arcs, or themes may pop up in every now and then, such as the Lighthouse-arc, with it's isolation and fear of loneliness, the Little Visitors with stranger-danger- warning signs all over, and the King Ruby, with the themes of materialistic obsession, but those aren't even that long to beging with - about two to three episodes - and won't take away that certain sence of travel with no goal, as you move along, with the show.
The "story" itself is not even that hard to follow, and that's only to be expected from a show, made for (nordic/melancholic) kids. As a child, you can just let yourself enjoy all the fun adventures, all the lovable characters, and their antics, as well as have a few frights and sad tears here and there - I swear, that Groke still gives me shivers! But, just because Moomins was originally intented to entertain children - in my mindset, anyway - it still doesn't mean that it can't age well, or be even more relevant to us adults! As an adult, you can still enjoy all the same things, as you did as a child, but this time, the innocence of a child replaced by the experience of an adult helps you marvel the subtle philosophies, wisdoms and lessons, that either did scar you for life as a child, or give you now that little spark of hope as an adult, when winter seems to just go on, and on, and the warm days of summer seem ever so distant, and gray. Moomins remaind me - an adult, only by the definition of a word - that not all good things in the world come with a pricetag, and sometimes, it's okay to just be who you are, flaws and all, and just sometimes, the world itself is way too big and mysterious place, to try to even comprehend it. Moomins feed that little child in me, and I simply love it!
The characters in moomin valley, are the force, that keeps this show alive and real. Every single character is like a someone, who you know, used to know, or would like to know, in real life. You want to be hugged by a mama moomin, you want to listen papa moomin's stories, and have all these crazy adventures with him - or not, if you want to hold your booze *wink*. You want to watch stars with Snuffkin, and wonder, what life even is, and what is it for. You want to play all day with Moomin trollen and pals, and kick Stincky's ass, when he's teasing and bullying poor little Ninni - am I spelling it right? None of them are completely morally black or white, and that's what makes them realistic, and... well, alive, like real people. They may not be the deepest, most multi-dimentional characters you're ever seen in terms of a storytelling or characterization, be it in anime or in any other story you might know and love, and none of them really change in any meaningful way, but they all feel like real people, and that's exactly, what I wanted as a child, and expecially now, as an adult - real, lovable and colorful people, with realistic personalities, that are just simple enought, that you feel like you know them enough, but feel like there's still something beneath them... something secret, and maybe even a little bit darker, than you'd think.
That said, Moomins sertainly isn't for everybody. Some of the stories, themes, situations and characters may indeed scare some of the smallest in the family, and some may not be able to get ovet the fact, that there really isn't any big picture/lead/red string in the story, or that the characters never really change - they are, what they are, and that's that. Like already said above, there are some little arcs here and there, like The Exploits of Moominpappa, Moominsummer Madness, and Moominland Midwinter, based on the original books, by Tove Jansson, but that's about it - no big plot twists or revelations of bigger scale. There's also no actual villain/s, nor big threat/s or conflict/s, and in the end... pretty sad ending too, with two best friends departing, and never seeing eachother again - one of the biggest tear-jerkers of my childhood/anime-life!
The original books are also way more darker, and gloomier, with all-so-subtle references on booze, drugs, and even heavier philosophies and darker themes like death, suicide and abandonment, but that's just us finns for ya! Little bit dark, mixed with a little bit of cuteness! Also, although this series was drawn in Japan, I'll be damned if anyone can find this in its entirety in any other languages than finnish, swedish or japanese, which can also be a big turn-off for some!
All in all, I would warmily recommend this series with a full heart, and not just for kids... or just for finns/swedish. It's a fantastic world, with fantastic characters, and cute yet meaningful stories and themes, that I for one haven't yet found from anywhere else, from any other franchise. I've always known, that if we all could live even just one year in a place like Moomin valley, we all would possibly be... maybe not better, but changed people, and that thought alone, makes me wanna travel that far away distant place time, and time again.
Inspired by Tove Jansson's book series about the Moomin family, this wonderful experience of what not many know is an anime, is a masterpiece TV anime show of 20th century - well at least in my opinion. Considering its goal were the kids of younger age, yet even adults loved, and still love it, Tanoshi Moomin Ikka (also simply known as "the Moomins") is a lovely experience for anyone wanting to try the Moomin way of living.
While some of the episodes do get back remembering happenings from the one before, it doesn't really matter if you saw it or not - almost each episode
is for itself, telling a different adventure the Moomin family lived trough that day - or their neighbors and friends for that matter. Still, even if it tells about something you missed, it can't be anything big enough to ruin this delightful watch.
Considering this is pretty old, the animations is very good - in fact, I would dare to say the animation is better than in some (if not most) anime of today, made with the "super special awesome" computer animation, where characters tend to stay still and merely open and shut their mouth for 5 minutes, as in the manner of speaking. Sometimes, classic animation is the best, and Moomin is the perfect example of it.
While the music in this anime is for the most part awesome, some may encounter a problem when it comes to a language barrier - the Japanese OP and END songs were only used in Japanese version, and it was kind of emotional, and more of a sad song, while the rest of the world made quite different but none-the-less lovely happy song which many still remember.
Then when it comes to the dubbing itself, I can say I encountered no problem - I've seen the Japanese, English and Croatian dub, and they were all equally awesome, with rare exceptions of some characters being better in one version than another.
Incredibly well developed and deep characters, with pasts, decisions, and their own little demons. The most impressive characters are probably Snuffkin and Littly My, from whom we get to see the most of - other characters are, naturally, just as well developed, but are more acting like regular folks, making these two somewhat special.
The design was no less of brilliantly perfect, as I can't imagine anyone, not even the fearsome, yet lonely Groke looking any differently.
A fantasy slice of life (an ACTUAL slice of life, really) with hints of genres from everywhere, Moomins are put trough adventures on seas, horrors of dark woods and their enemies, comedies of a regular day, enjoyments of music and new finds, and drama of everyday problems - you may easily find yourself indulged into the series as it has many things to offer, even many hints of romancing that develop trough time.
Many would argue about what actually makes a piece of animation good. Mostly, it is considered to be characters, who actually help bring the plot.
The Moomins is not one of those anime. In fact, The Moomins is so wonderful piece of a show, you will not be able to decide just what did you like the best. I highly suggest to anyone looking for a light-hearted, yet interest-catching show to watch this, especially if you're into story-telling and slice of life genre.
Having watched every episode there is of this show the three past months, I can safely say that the Moomins will fit everyone with a sense of adventure. It's calm, it's exciting, and most of all, the characters are lovable.
The series follows the basic formula of nearly every other Anime. Something happens, the Moomin family must fix it and everything turns out well. However, the series isn't completely episodic. There is a handful of episodes which introduces new characters, while others add background history, giving more depth to the main characters. The best way to watch this is in chronological order.
The animation is fantastic and
superior compared with the second series, "Tanoshii Muumin Ikka Bouken Nikki". Everything is fluid, nothing is crudely drawn and the backgrounds are beautiful. The music is a masterpiece in itself and will stick itself to your brain for months. The same goes for the opening and ending. Season 3 introduces some new music which isn't as great as the prior, but it still fits the series.
No matter what age you are, you should give this a try. This is a smash hit in scandinavian countries (and, of course, Japan), and with good reason. Every episode will make you feel like home. The enviroments are beautiful and there will be many instances where you wish you lived in the moomin valley: not having to worry about getting a job, going to school or any criminals (Stinky isn't really dangerous anyways). This is a perfect, peaceful life, where only their own mistakes and curiosity makes each adventure possible. This is the life of the Moomins.
aah...Moomin or "Muumit" as we say here in Finland was the show of my childhood, like the normal Finn that i am. I dont even remember when i first watched these.
The stories were and still are pretty damn entertaining. They take you to so many different places out of this world, from past to real time. i dunno how to explain but they just were so well written.
The art style was all new when Tove Jansson first published her novel stroies or what ever theyre called. And Japanese made quality work animating it. You could sense clearly all the feelings of the characters and
the atmosphere from just looking at it.
For sound im reviewing the Finnish version, cuz thats what i grew up with. The voices of the characters matched the personalities perfectly. Moominmamma has her lovely and calm voice, Pappa has his firm and kinda wise voice and sniff sounds .... well like sniff . I can´t explain it better. The character voices are just so perfect. The music tracks are also something so unbeliveable. Usually they were the biggest aspect when it comes to making the setting and atmosphere of the scene from scary and ominous night in forest to kinda magical and calm winter journeys.
And the characters ohhh boy. Every character had their own, kinda iconic personalities. Mamma is motherly, calm an very kind to everybody. Snufkin is the cool and wise traveller that cares a lot about his friends but still likes to be alone, even though it may hurt him and others. And Stinky, although he was most times playing tricks to everyone, he still has a (relatively) warm heart. And the thing in the character design is that, like us humans we all have those little times when we get full of fury or just burst into happy tears. So did the Moomins, unlike some characters from other shows . From worried father saving his scared son from danger to something unexpected and irreversible happening.
These adventures and their characters will always be the shiny pearl of my childhood.
As a first review of mine, It is fitting to begin with the series me and many others have first seen. To summarize, this is an excellent adaptation of the original stories, and has established itself as one of the best children's anime series that also adults can easily appreciate. This review is based on the Finnish dubbed version.
Story arcs of the original work are split into singular episodes and larger arcs of several episodes. It is in the latter that this adaptation truly shines. While these are self-contained stories, I recommend viewing the series in chronological order. The changing of seasons is an
important driving force in the story, and many of the plots are interconnected, rewarding dedicated viewers with an engrossing view of life in the Moomin Valley.
The art is phenomenal. From the characters to representation of the scenery, the art of the series lends itself as a focal point for conveying the story.
The soundtrack of the series is very captivating, and varied. Tranqul moments, sense of adventure, danger, and happy reunions, there is a perfectly fitting music for every occasion.
The Finnish and other western airings of the show had opening and closing themes more upfitting, catchy tone than the Japanese. Ultimately the Japanese original lends itself as a better version conveying the wide spectrum tones present in stories, and does not wear on your ears when viewing multiple episodes in a row.
The last thing to mention is the Finnish dub cast which is as fitting for the characters as you could imagine.
Character designs are very well adapted and lovable. Although there are some tonal differences with the characters to the way they are represented in the books, the main aspects are definitely there, and the voice actors really help in conveying the
Even after seeing all the episodes as a kid, I've grown a great appreciation to the creators of the series for making this adaptation. Regardless, you are in for a treat whenever you will take a visit to the Moomin Valley when watching this series.
The Moomin series adapts the stories presented in the source material masterfully, complemented by perfectly fitting visuals and audio.
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Tove Jansson's Moomin is a national treasure in Finland, and its author a major literary celebrity. Almost every Fin who grew up in the 90s has probably seen at least a few episodes of Tanoshii Muumin Ikka, although they may not have known that they were viewing a Finnish re-dub of a Japanese cartoon, just as I couldn't have told you that Pokemon was Japanese when I watched it as a child. It's not as well-known elsewhere - as a matter of fact, I seem to be the first non-Scandinavian
to review it on MAL. We Canadians must have some kind of affinity for Moomin, because a publishing house from this country is also responsible for the first English re-printing of Jansson's Moomin comic strip. We probably relate to Scandinavians because we spend so much time in the cold.
Jansson's comics are delightful, but they just might be too edgy to show your kids. One memorable story-opening has Moomin putting on a cute little pair of swim-shorts to go and drown himself (someone on this site claimed that Moomin is a precursor to Final Fantasy VII, but this sequence proves that it is actually the precursor to End of Evangelion,) and one story opens with the contemplative line "Why is it that the heroine in a book is always more beautiful than the one waiting at home?" and deals with the destruction of Moomin's relationship with Snorkmaiden. Another good example appears when Moomin's demure mother hunts and kills a wild boar, enraging his wife, who shortly after calms down and forgives the family because she found him boring - but asks them to at least bury his bones.
Tanoshii Muumin Ikka is lighter than that, but it retains a portion of the comics' edge. The first episode contains something very near to body horror, and every member of the Moomin family has his own moment of comic callousness or cruelty. The episode where Moominpapa abandons his family to go adventuring returns from the comics, for example. Contrasted against the saccharine tone and cutesy character designs, this allows Muumin to boast of surprisingly strong comedy and characterization, so that while it's not as edgy as the comics it is no less delightful.
I could only find 27 episodes of this show in Japanese (I couldn't bear it in any other language once I was used to the great opening animation and Dio Brando voicing Snufkin,) and I plowed through those in exceptionally short order. I was particularly drawn to the atmosphere and to Jansson's strange character designs (Snufkin's outfit is also a great, visually distinct design.) All of Moomin's central characters and bizarre creatures have some kind of symbolic significance to them. The Groke, for instance, represents loneliness. Because she freezes everything she touches, contact with others becomes impossible, so that although The Groke is a reoccurring image in Finnish nightmares she is sympathetic at the same time. It's even possible to take the interpretation that Tove was representing herself with these monsters.
Jansson reportedly based Moomin Valley on memories of her childhood. Her family's summer home must have been quite beautiful, if this anime is anything to go by. Images like the river re-awakening at the start of spring or Snufkin playing his harmonica on the bridge while Moomintroll stands beside him and listens have stuck in my mind since I watched it. Heavy rain and winter snow transform the valley into a different place, and the stalwart Moomin explores it with his friends even then, finding the beauty that the tough whether unveils.
In one episode, a zoo's staff mistake the Moomins for hippos and capture them to put on display. While another anime's heroes might stage a daring rescue in the dead of night, sneaking past the zoo's guards, Snufkin and the Hemeulin take a different approach and scientifically prove that Moomins are their own species, using this evidence to persuade the zookeepers to free them. This is part of a short arc that also includes man-eating (but music loving) plants, whose first episode ends with Snufkin sitting in the center of the creatures playing his harmonica while they swing to the music, an excellent atmospheric scene that uses the proximity of danger to enhance the feeling of strangeness and wonder - a feeling that is also prominent in the beautiful, carefully composed music and captivating bizarre imagery of the encounter with the Lady of Cold. That feeling and the aforementioned eccentric comedy are the two main strengths that run through the series.
In contrast to the comics, the anime places a much greater emphasis on the relationship between Moomintroll, the protagonist, and Snufkin, a hobo who spends his summers in Moomin Valley. This turns out to be a wise decision and their bromance forms the emotional heart of the entire series. The highlight of what I saw was the two episode arc composed of "Snufkin Leaves on a Journey" and "Snufkin Doesn't Come Back," which deal with the tug-of-war between Snufkin's introverted tendencies and his love for Moomintroll. Their relationship is emotionally resonant and complex because Snufkin's nature means he needs to travel alone, unfortunately leaving the young and extroverted Moomintroll confused and despondent. Despite their mutual love they cannot be together during the winter simply because that's how Snufkin wants it, although it pains them both. Tove was probably using it to represent longing itself, when she came up with the clever idea to have Snufkin leave every winter. This pair of episodes also contains the visual apex of the series in the form of the campfire exchange between Snufkin and Teety-Woo, which uses beautiful animation to imitate the flickering light and long shadows cast by a fire in the night.
When Moomin offers to leave his family and travel with Snufkin, he is demonstrating that he's close to growing up. His father allows it (but Snufkin does not) after recalling the adventures of his own youth, which he remembers fondly to the point of obsession, often being preoccupied for long hours writing his memoirs. Nostalgia is the main theme of the series for Moominpapa, for Tove, and in all likelihood for the viewer, and Moomintroll in this episode has a parallel to the rest of us. Moomin Valley is such a scenic, immersive, and inviting place that it's tempting to stay there forever. But we all must grow up and move on, whether it's to make our own adventure, to follow a close and admired friend, or simply because we aren't willing to watch the unprofessional English dub. No one can blame us, though, if we occasionally wish to go back.
And thus me childhood began.
Moomin is a childrens book/comic made by Tove Jansson and Lars Jansson. Then for some reason the japanese made a moomin adaptation of a finnish childrens book, but oh boy I loved this as a child and even now I still do. It's fun for all ages.
There is not much of a story to speak about. Its kinda episodic show. There are few longer parts that I remember. One is when the moomin valley transformed into jungle and they had to destroy it since there were man eating plants. Then of course moomin pappas childhood.
The characters. Here are the important
ones: Moomin troll is this white blob who is the main focus of most episodes. Moomin Pappa is the familys dad who is a nice fellow. Moomin Mamma is the mom who makes good pancakes and is a helpful person. Little my is this very small annoying little shit. Best boi snufkin is moomin trolls best friend and little mys cousin. Snufkin likes to travel and fish. Sniff is this greedy animal I think. He is a scaredy cat. Floren is the main love interest of the show. Moomintroll has a crush on her. The groke is this "purple pile of shit" who can freeze anything in his path. I was scared of it as a kid. Hemulen is a florist or a scientist. Stinky is another annoying little shit, he is the moomin valleys trouble maker. Ice Queen appears few times but holy hell, when she appears and the music plays, the shit is gonna go down.
I recommend everyone to watch this. Even tho it is a childrens show many adults and teens may enjoy it.