In Fujisawa, where the skies are bright and the seas glisten, Sakuta Azusagawa is in his second year of high school. His blissful days with his girlfriend and upperclassman, Mai Sakurajima, are interrupted with the appearance of his first crush, Shouko Makinohara. For reasons unknown, he encounters two Shouko's: one in middle school and another who has become an adult.
As Sakuta finds himself helplessly living with the Shouko's, the adult Shouko leads him around by the nose, causing a huge rift in his relationship with Mai.
In the midst of all of this, he discovers that the middle school Shouko is suffering from a grave illness and his scar begins to throb...
"Fukashigi no Carte movie ver. (不可思議のカルテ movie ver.)" by Mai Sakurajima (Asami Seto), Tomoe Koga (Nao Touyama), Rio Futaba (Atsumi Tanezaki), Nodoka Toyohama (Maaya Uchida), Kaede Azusawara (Yurika Kubo), Shouko Makinohara (Inori Minase)
Going to keep this review short. For those who watched the anime series, you already know what you're getting yourself into. All the girls make an appearance and have some sort of role in the story. The main stars, however, are main girl Mai and the mysterious Shouko. And boy, do both of these girls know just what to say and do to pull on the heartstrings of not only MC Sakuta, but also the audience. Both of the girls get fully fleshed out over the course of the movie, and satisfied fans may gain (or keep) some waifus by the end.
As for the story,
it was overall satisfying but felt a little bit emotionally manipulative at times. Can't say too much without getting into spoiler territory, but there is lots of melodrama to be experienced here. Lots of Korean drama/soap opera-level things happen to make the viewer as sympathetic to the characters as possible. Outside of a few jokes towards the beginning of the film, most of the story was very dark and heavy in tone. In fact, a grown man sitting behind me in the theater was bawling his eyes out during the last act. Things also get somewhat cliche and contrived to make sure all the character arcs have a fairly satisfying conclusion. It will be a good ending for diehard fans, while more cynical viewers may just roll their eyes at all the melodrama that happens. I'd say give it a watch and decide for yourself!
As an aside, I was somewhat disappointed that there were no new songs made for this movie. They reused the ending theme from the anime, which as much as I liked, I would have appreciated something new.
TL;DR: 7/10 - Great character moments, emotional storyline, but nitpickers may get frustrated (and/or totally turned on) by the abundant plot holes, cliches, and melodrama. If you like the original series, or also like Key anime (Clannad, Angel Beats, etc.), then this should be right up your alley. Compared to the other story arcs from the anime, this was a well above-average story arc.
From Japanese fan. Plz forgive my poor English.
I'd like to avoid spoilers as well as I can.
Everything was awesome. Truths about Shouko are told with comfortable speed, with absorbing mood,with beautiful musics.
And those truths are so touching... I could't help shedding tears over and over again. Most of audience was looked moved and weeping like me.
I really liked protagonist Sakuta already then, but I even respected Sakuta after he knew Shouko's truth and behaved for her sake. And Mai, she already said 'I love Sakuta than he thinks so' in series, but I almost cried how she showed her love for Sakuta among this
Every persons are great, I can say this is a culmination of series.
I recommend this movie from the bottom of my heart, and strongly wish fans of this series oversea also can watch this outstanding work.
This movie is just as good as the first two arcs of the show. The show did get weaker in the later arcs, but this one didn't follow that. It has a lot of good moments and reveals, although it does get confusing. Very strong film, but the ending feels weak. Mai-san is as waifu as ever, and most of the other girls have solid moments. It's dialogue heavy, but it's worth it to pay attention. Still don't understand why this arc needed to be made into a movie, but the length feels about right. Overall, a good addition to the Bunny Girl Senpai story.
Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl was an exceptional adaption. I went to the fan preview of this event and if I'm being honest I came into the cinema with not the worlds highest expectations, expecting the movie to be fan service. However, I was gratefully shocked.
The story of the movie was very well versed in its ever-present wit while continuing along with a similar path to the anime, however, it did not get constrained by the events within the anime instead taking its own direction. The constant humour displayed a conscious self-awareness of itself and the animes own limitations/flaws making a
silent cinema lively yet superbly managing not to contract from the gravity of the plot avoiding a grave potential disaster. The exploration of a different character to the direction the anime took was also very enjoyable. At some points, we cried, at other points, we couldn't stop laughing. All of these emotions my friend that I had invited who had never watched the anime partook in without prior knowledge ranking it in his top 4 movies showing a great side to the movie as an independent.
Contrary to the story the art was decent and simplistic, while simpler than the anime the movie made up for it by using its simplicity to highlight the dialogue and interactions superbly of the characters; the movies minimalism brings out the best of itself. Not to mention how the characters face's avidly displayed there every facial contraction. However, it was by no means exceptional, rather it got the job done well.
Furthering the efforts of the facial art the movie encompassed the best of what the anime had, it took the superb character dialogue between Mai and Sakuta and made it the norm, while encompassing the same degree of excellence with Shouku added into the fray. The voice acting as ever was spot on, Mai expressed the same excellent tones making you just almost want her to step on your feet, while I wanted to punch Sakuta slightly less.
Overall Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl exceeded expectations by a mile, the directors did an excellent job in making a superbly excellent movie that always had me on the edge of my seat whether from laughter or anticipation, not too long that I didn't yearn for more, but not too short that I didn't get my fill.
Story(10) Enjoymentl(10) Character and Sound(10) Art(7)