Amsterdam, June 12, 1942. Anne celebrates her 13th birthday and begins her diary, which she calls "Kitty". Hiding for two years from the German threat, the young girl writes about her idealistic views on the world, her ambitions, her fears and her first love, Peter.
Born 10 years before the start of World War II, Anne Frank was a young Jewish writer who was forced to live in a cramped hiding area with her family to avoid Nazi persecution. During her stay there, she documented her life in a now famous diary, which has since been adapted into movies, plays, and even an anime.
I was surprised to hear that an anime of Anne Frank's diary had been made—by Madhouse, no less, one of my favorite studios. I'd known about Anne Frank’s story for a while, but I avoided it because I feared that it might be too depressing for me
to handle. However, as a Madhouse fanboy, curiosity regarding this version got the best of me, and I relented.
As expected, this movie was difficult to watch, and often stressful. Even the peaceful moments had a melancholic undertone and tension that keeps you from feeling completely happy about anything. The presence of the Nazis encroaching the lives of Anne and her family is always felt even when they’re not seen.
On the visual front, the animation—which, as far as I could tell, wasn't rotoscoped—was excellent. Character movements were nicely detailed, and most in-between frames were done on twos, resulting in lifelike fluidity. The character designs matched their real-life counterparts, and the imagery was appropriately complimented by a simple instrumental soundtrack. A lot of care was put into this production.
Very little was exaggerated or played up for dramatic effect. I appreciated the subtlety of the directing, and the subdued personalities of the characters, but I can imagine the sedate pacing being trying for less patient viewers. It’s not a perfect movie. There’s an occasional tinge of melodrama, but its heart more than compensates for its flaws.
For me, as a Jewish Otaku, Anime about Anne Frank- real story about a Jewish girl that wrote a diary while hiding from the Nazis, means a lot. Still, I expected something better, the anime storyline didn't seem to follow her original diary, lots of parts were missing, the art wasn't even close to beautiful but somehow, an Anime movie about Anne Frank still made me cry.
The story doesn't seem to be great at all- big parts of te diary are missing- and somehow, I dont think these parts coul be replaced. No, these Anime is not good enough with these parts missing.
was just awful, no other way to explain it.
Wow. I was definitely surprised here. I didn't think an anime about Anne Frank could have such a beautiful soundtrack, a soundtrack that comes just in the right moment, and shows some hidden feelings that you cannot just explain.
I think here's the best thing in this anime. They managed showing the life of a teenage girl breaking out to pieces. They managed showing the way she felt, the way she thought. They made it all just, wonderful.
Anyway, I think Its a good anime to watch- but can't replace her original diary, though.
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