Mar 6, 2019
Pig: Oka no Ue no Dam Keeper features a colourful world brim with symbolism and creative morphing of the function of things. Beautiful sound effects and extraordinary arrangements of classical instruments accompany the visual story-telling that deals with concepts of basic needs. The anthropomorphism contrasts stark elements of an inhuman normative narration.
We explore this world that has a lovely blend of the familiar that meets the strange in often unexpecting ways. The story itself is one of coming of age, dealing with the harshness and all the wonders that life throws at you. The animation is simplistic and fluid, contributing to the atmosphere that reminds
me of children's books, fairy tales, autumn breezes, a crackling fireplace and fables of old.
Each episode introduces a new conflict that gets resolved in a manner that foreshadows the next and progresses the overarching narrative. The contrast of warmth and harshness in these conflicts is outstanding, and the pig with all Its clumsy movements, little sounds, gazes, and sighs is relatable in its yearning and motivation. All the gestures and details provide the cast with charming qualities.
I highly recommend Pig: Oka no Ue no Dam Keeper and hope that every viewer who might shed a tear or two will feel entranced by the rewarding glimpse into the little pig's world and its delights.
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