Twenty-six-year-old Hiroto Suwa; his wife, Naho; and their old high school classmates—Takako Chino, Azusa Murasaka, and Saku Hagita—visit Mt. Koubou to view the cherry blossoms together. While watching the setting sun, they reminisce about Kakeru Naruse, their friend who died 10 years ago. Mourning for him, they decide to visit Kakeru's old home, where they learn the secret of his death from his grandmother.
Filled with regret, Suwa and his friends decide to write letters to their 16-year-old past selves to set their hearts at rest. With the knowledge contained in the letter from his future self, 16-year-old Suwa has the chance to rewrite the future. What choices will he make? What will happen in this new future?
This movie was not worth the time it took to watch. Even though it was only one hour, I regret even acknowledging it for that amount of time.
This review contains spoilers from the original orange:
So the movie starts off with a 38 MINUTE RECAP OF ORANGE! You could have condensed this movie into a twenty minute OVA and it would have been the same thing!
So forty minutes into this amazingly interesting story, an original story begins about the future where kakeru and Naho end up together. Which sounds great but of course we aren't going to start the original story that way NO!
WE ARE GOING TO START IT WITH THE IMPOSSIBLE PSEUDO-SCIENCE OF THE TIME TRAVELING LETTERS. Yeah remember the black hole Bermuda triangle bit, that everyone agrees is one of the worst plot holes in any anime ever. Lets put emphasis on that for five minutes.
After that there is only 15 minutes left in this movie, there is no way in hell they could possibly make it original or good at this point. And I was right the next 15 minutes is just how much it sucks that Suwa didn't end up with Naho.
And that's the entire movie. I gained nothing from it, and I only hope no one else has to endure the hell I have.
As a fan of the original series, with Suwa being my favorite character, this movie was quite the letdown.
What bothered me the most weren't the constant recaps of the anime(despite them being completely skippable), but the insight we got into Suwa's route with Naho.
At some point in the movie, Suwa is reflecting on his actions and he says that he pretty much exploited Naho when she was vulnerable and that's the reason the two ended up together. His friends try to snap him out of it by saying he's a nice person and that she fell for him naturally. Ok, I'll take it(not a
very good reason though)... Then by the end of the movie we see the two of them waking up from the "dream" we just watched. Not only do they seem distant from each other and sad, but Naho just dreamt she had a child with Kakeru, and that she was happy with that... which pretty much confirms what he was saying earlier. Had Kakeru been alive, none of it would've happened. Ouch.
Having that route ruined, at least I'll get to see Suwa move on in the timeline where Kakeru is saved, I thought! Nope.
Suwa's idea of happiness there is seeing Naho and Kakeru together... well, okay. But what about YOUR happiness? He's still alone 10 years later... and is smiling at how close Naho and Kakeru are... talk about NTR.
The best part of the movie was seeing Hagita and Azu finally get together, that was fun.
Animation and sound were pretty much identical to the anime's, not much to say there.
The scene where they're watching the sunset together was nice too, but I consider everything else not worth watching.
Orange was one of the better series from 2016 and really showcased it's drama and story elements. That's where this film comes into play. It takes place after the main series and brings us a look at what we all wanted to see at the end of the TV series.
Orange is a series where time travel is a predominant part of the plot. It allows for speculation and creates an overall very emotional watch in the form of regret and changing the future to make a better outcome. While the plot device causes holes, it works well to create tension and suspence if you
can get passed it.
The production quality of Orange: Mirai is as expected. A familiar yet, unique art style that works well with the characters and environments. The camera is superb once again with great angles and sometimes incredible shots! The character designs are the same as before and there are a few times when there are slightly lower quality facial features, just like the show. But I digress, the animation was once again, consistent and of high quality. The environments are also truly beautiful and immersive, one of the highlights of this film and the show.
The characters have already been well developed at this point and the film continues to do so even more up until the end where we get to see what we wanted the whole time. Everything is tied in a great big knot by the end of Orange: Mirai which I am happy about. The anime ending is good and it works, but the ending here truly gives us a great sense of satisfaction and tear inducing happiness.
In conclusion, this is well worth the watch if you are a fan of the series or if you are hungering for an even better continuation with a statisfactory ending. The one gigantic thing I took away from this.. is a quote.
"Hanging in there, living, is the toughest thing there is."
You know when I first saw this show, I didn't really care for it. I used to roll my eyes when people gushed about it because I couldn't figure out why it was so well liked.
This movie has given me a new found respect for the show because frankly it made the show and its events make a lot more sense. It also helped that I went though the show again before watching the movie.
Now from here on out, there's spoilers so you are warned. Most of the movie is flashback of events from the new timeline of the story from
Suwa's point of view. What really shines is the last like 25 minutes or so that's basically epilogue.
It begins with Kakeru asking Naho to go to a shrine with her and she says yes. They pray together and the other 4 are there as well, but not with Naho and Kakeru. You find out that this is where Suwa actually convinced Naho to be with him. The show made it seem like in the original timeline, she started to fall for Suwa before Kakeru's death after he confessed at New Years. That wasn't the case. While she was always very close to Suwa, she didn't start falling for him until the second time he confessed and basically proposes to her. Past Suwa says he's a horrible person for taking advantage of Naho while in a fragile emotional state after Kakeru's death. The others try to cheer him up and say he's a good guy and was only being Kakeru's substitute. In my opinion, that would have been true for new timeline Suwa. If Kakeru had still died then he would have been Kakeru's substitute, but only because of the influence on this timeline brought by the letters. Original timeline Suwa did it for his own selfish purposes and nothing more. In the show, Future Suwa even says that if Kakeru had lived, Naho would have rejected him. (Sorry, SuwaxNaho shippers, the only conceivable timeline where Naho would be with Suwa is one where Kakeru dies.) Free from this, Suwa is now able to walk down his own path. Skip ahead to 10 years in the future. They all meet on the same hill and now Kakeru and Naho are married with a child named Haru who loves Uncle Suwa. They laugh and have a good ole time at a picnic. It ends with them looking at the sunset and them all agreeing to all send letters to a 3rd timeline where Kakeru will tell himself that he's happy and to not let the depression burden him. It doesn't show if they actually send letters though. Jump back to the original timeline where Suwa awakens to find Naho crying. Now at this point with the fact that original timeline Suwa was guilty about how he got Naho, it shows that their marriage might not be as great as it showed in the show. Naho is crying because she was dreaming about Kakeru. The way she says it, she might have been dreaming about the new timeline, but that's not clear. Suwa says he was dreaming about it as well then looks annoyed and goes back to sleep. Not even bothering to comfort his wife as she sobs. I had this theory that people blasted me for. I believe that Future Naho still had feelings for Kakeru and she regretted not being able to reconcile with him. I think this movie adds credence to that theory. It ends with what I assume to be the 2nd timeline where its morning of the first day of school at Naho's house and you see a future letter waiting for her.
All in all, this was a pretty good epilogue movie for a decent series. Answered a lot of questions for me as well. This will probably get pounded by Suwa fans, but it makes sense that Naho and Kakeru are together. They were destined to be, not Suwa and Naho.