Kouichi Uehara is a fourth grade student living in the suburb of Tokyo. One day, he picks up a large stone which turns out to be a fossil of a baby "Kappa" who has been sleeping underground for the past 300 years, and names it "Coo." They become good friends and Coo starts living with Kouichi's family. However, Coo has a hard time adjusting to life among humans and misses his kind.
When I borrowed the DVD from my sister I was sceptical at first because she said she didn't really like it and the graphics weren't really outstanding either. How wrong I was. Kappa no Coo to Natsuyasumi is one if the most amazing animes I have ever seen. I must admit I expected it to be rather boring and not special at all but I was so wrong. I enjoyed every minute of it, it was fun to watch, I laughed a lot, and I cried a lot too. The story really touched me, the characters really grew on me (even the supporting ones!) and
when I was done watching, I was sad because I didn't want it to end.
The Story: The young boy Koichi happens to find a Kappa, which surprisingly survived over 200 years. He takes the Kappa, now named "Coo", home, and starting from then on, he secretly lives with family Uehara. When Coo starts feeling lonely, Koichi and the Kappa go on a trip, to find other Kappas. But a legendary being like Coo will not stay undiscovered for long...
When I thought about rating this anime, I thought I'd give it a 9 because the graphics weren't what I am used to from other animes. But after finishing the anime, I realized the way the characters are drawn fit the story perfectly. It was part of the charm in my opinion. The setting isn't some kind of parallel world so any other graphics, the "normal", often used kind, wouldn't have gone well with the story.
I recommend this anime for EVERY one out there, but I must say there is some violence in it, so it's not just a happy go lucky anime.
This movie is outstanding, unique and very, very touching. After watching it, you will agree with me. You WILL. There's no chance you'll disagree. That's impossible.
What makes a great anime movie? Is it visuals, great storytelling, great and relatable characters, mind-bending themes and ideas or just the name of a famous director and studio. Whatever it is, we all love movies and anime. When I think about anime movies one of the first which comes to my mind is Summer Days with Coo and it is not because of complex storytelling, visuals or name of the director but it is because it is the only anime movie that genuinely made me cry and word “genuinely” is very important. Coo is not a movie of fakeness or pretending, it is a
movie about reality and humans, It does not pretend anything but show directly what is true and that is the greatest asset of Summer Days With Coo. To understand this we have to understand the story structure and characters of this movie.
Characters in Coo are quite different than rest of the rabble. By that, I mean that they don’t have a specific trait like brave, loving or anything near it and they don’t follow normal convention of movie characters when they take action and when they do take action which will be almost always be motivated by the situation. There is no villain in this movie nor there are any heroes and what we might think is a hero do not follow general rules of a hero, ie. they are not purely selfless, well expect Ossan. In short characters in Summer Days with Coo are humans and nothing more and that is the greatest beauty of this movie. A hero is a hero because of the situation made him and villains are villains because situation made them, there no good and bad just people with different situations and needs. That is why I said there no fakeness or pretending, these people who are in the movie act genuinely like people in that situation, just like you and me. There is no trait defining them, no horrid past poking them, no high goal driving them, they are just normal people nothing more and nothing less.
Story structure is defined by a single action and multiple reactions to that action. Like when you drop a rock in a claim pond and watch ripples react with each other to form different patterns. The movie can neither be called story driven or character driven. it is the initial action that forms the story and characters react with that story making their mark on it and story also making its mark on them. Its beauty cannot be explained by mere words. Summer Days with Coo is a movie that can put nearly every movie I have watched in shame, in the storytelling department.
Again this simplicity and realism also reflect in its vision. It is rough, ugly, detailed, clunky and realistic in an odd way. Everyone looks normal, there are no extraordinary beautiful characters and yet there are detailed and beautiful backgrounds, this gives the movie a unique feel. Some may find visual to be repulsive but what hidden behind them is gold.
Summer Days with Coo is a truly unique and beautiful experience and everyone should give it a try. It is a movie filled with Simplicity and Beauty to the brim and there could be no doubt that it is one of the best movies I have ever watched. So go and give it a try and let me know.
If there's anything this anime could remind you of then it's the movie "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial".
A boy finds a strange (initially fossilised) creature, a Kappa named Coo, with a kind character. The family gets attached to Coo and struggles to keep him secret from the public. Coo soon starts to feel lonely and separated and wonders about his own kind.
Even though there's a lot happening in between and afterwards, the movie has a very, VERY calm and smooth way of storytelling but doesn't create a feeling boredom. If you're looking for action and a propulsive plot, then this is nothing for you.
Most characters have depth
and happen to be very open with their feelings - this, the sorrows of Coo and what they entail make "Kappa no Coo to Natsuyasumi" an exceptionally empathetic and touching anime.
There are moments of fun, happiness and sadness, even some of shock. Everyone who usually cries a little (or more) in movies will definitely cry while watching this one.
On the side panel you can see that someone set the genre to "Adventure" .... I don't think that fits too much. Slice of Life, Drama and (a little) Comedy are way more fitting.
The visual art in "Kappa no Coo..." won't impress you all too much - pretty solid and modest are the words coming to my mind. All in all more than enough to catch the atmosphere and the viewer.
If you're liking emotional motion pictures with strong characters and strong plot then you shouldn't miss this one.
Humanity was destined to rule, and selfishly at that, it seems. If you're reading this, you're guilty of conquering. While it may not be on the scale of raiding and pillaging villages to gain land, you are indeed living on the natural habitat or animals, both big and small, and that is sort of what Summer Days with Coo illustrates. It gives human-like qualities to turtle-like creatures, called kappas, allowing us to see the consequences of our actions without discarding it as "they're only animals." It gives us a sense of sympathy. At the beginning of the film, a samurai kills a kappa as he
pleads to keep some of his land. The kappa's son runs out, but the ground cracks, as a curse has happened due to the elder kappa's death and the younger falls through, becoming fossilized. Fast forward to modern times and a young boy find the fossilized kappa, assuming his name is Coo, as the kappa becomes reanimated after being drenched in water and says "coo." The kappa, by this time have become a legend and nobody has seen one, so when the boy calls his father and tell him of his finding, his father rushes home. The kappa is something special and the father advises the boy to "keep the kappa a secret." So far, as far as aesthetics go, as those are important, especially in anime, the film is fairly pretty color-wise. There are poppy umbrellas and jackets against a matte, dull environment in soft rain. The characters, I hate to say, are kind of shoddy. They look bad, aside from Coo and the other non-human creatures, and these are very limited. We only see a dog, Coo, his father, and another, at the end of the film, legendary creature.
The kappa is sure to experience a culture shock, and he does, sort of like EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, but not entirely. Yes, in that he is brought into an environment that he is unaccustomed to and everything is foreign to him. What he thinks he understands, initially, he really doesn't. For example, when his sister brings home a snail as a pet, Coo eats it, thinking it to be food, or escargot. Edward didn't understand that at the beauty salon, he was being seduced, as he reveals it to his caretakers without any hesitation or drama. No, in that the kappa is much more animated, hyper and excited, rather than dull, calm, and docile. When the boy's sister lunges at Coo, he assumes that she is challenging him to a sumo wrestling match, and plays along. He becomes incredibly hyper when he has some caffeine from a soft drink and he even ventures out by himself, which is very unlike Edward. Coo quickly realizes that he must find another place to live, as he cannot assimilate. It would more or less be impossible for him. This is also like Edward.
The movie displays how humans will often forget about natural life if it will progress their own interests, as the press harasses the boy to snap a picture of Coo, the rare kappa. Around this time, we begin to take a liking to the mother. She is unfazed by the press and ignores them. She sees them for what they are and doesn't acknowledge them or feed them, as they never seem to be satisfied. They surround the home of the boy and the family finally submits, allowing Coo to appear on a talk show. On the talk show, a man that has studied kappa via books for a long time is featured. He reveals that he has always believed in kappa because a kappa arm has been passed down through his family for a long time. He shows the kappa arm and it is Coo's father's arm! Coo grabs the arm and escapes on the family that houses him's dog, as the two have made friends.. He is hunted down by cameras as weapons. The dog dies by a car in the chase. Coo is about to kill himself, but his father places into him a sense that he should continue to live. He listens and refrains from suicide. The family ultimately decides that Coo should pursue a letter that asked Coo to visit the address the letter was shipped from, as Coo trusts it. He says that the handwriting is not human. He goes and to his father, in the sky lets him know that some humans are ok and he has made friends with them. The creature is one that is the same as the creatures in A LETTER TO MOMO, which are in Japanese folklore and tale the form of humans. They will live together and in peace and safe, as the creature says he will teach Coo how to transform, and humans do not visit the location ever anyways.
If you ask the general public to name anyone associated with anime, they’re almost certain to name a certain director – Miyazaki Hayao. But for anime fans themselves, the director is a crucial component of anime success that’s too often overlooked.
Like any culture, Japan has an extensive collection of legendary and mythical monsters. Some are helpful, some are harmful, and others are downright strange. Let's talk about some monsters from that third category, as well as the mark they've made on Japanese entertainment.