Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi

Josee, the Tiger and the Fish

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: ジョゼと虎と魚たち
English: Josee, the Tiger and the Fish
German: Josie, der Tiger und die Fische.
Spanish: Josee, el Tigre y los Peces
French: Josée, Le Tigre et Les Poissons.
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 25, 2020
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Bones
Source: Novel
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, Visual ArtsVisual Arts
Duration: 1 hr. 38 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.391 (scored by 218652218,652 users)
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Ranked: #1882
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Popularity: #539
Members: 424,446
Favorites: 6,135

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Equipped with his passion for diving and admiration for marine biology, university student Tsuneo Suzukawa tries his best to juggle several part-time jobs to earn enough money to study abroad. But one night, in a fateful accident, he meets a girl in a wheelchair, driving his current path into a detour.

The girl, Kumiko—who prefers to be called "Josee"—initially comes off as rude. Tsuneo, however, is then convinced by Josee's grandmother to take on the paid job to be Josee's caretaker. Despite being annoyed with her bossy demeanor, Tsuneo sees the opportunity to save more funds to support his academic dream. Nonetheless, after putting up with Josee's behavior for some time, Tsuneo tries to quit, only to discover Josee's dreams of traversing the outside world—to experience a life free from her crippling condition.

Changing his mind, Tsuneo decides to accompany Josee in exploring the wonders that the world has to offer. Through their time together, the two begin to realize that the traits that bind them may be vital toward fulfilling their respective aspirations.

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Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi was adapted from a 1984 short story collection of the same name. It was set to have its theatrical release in Japan in Summer 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the movie was postponed until December 25, 2020.

Prior to its release, the anime film was selected as a special invitation film for the 33rd Tokyo International Film Festival. It was also nominated for the 44th Japan Academy Prize in the Animation for Excellence award.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Cook, Justin
Suzuki, Mari
Kasahara, Shuuzou
Herek, Samantha
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"Take Me Far Away" by Evan Call


May 3, 2021
Let me begin by saying I've been waiting for this movie for a little more than 4 months, so although there is bound to be some bias in this review I will try to keep it as balanced as possible and write as if the anticipation was less. I will also try my best to include as little spoilers as possible, but if you have yet watched the trailer, you might get spoiled in the smaller parts

Plot - 10/10
As you might have read in the synopsis, Josee met Tsuneo by a chance encounter (check out trailer if you want to know what happened) and decides ...
May 8, 2021
Mixed Feelings
This movie sounded amazing. Evan Call's soundtracks really elevated some of the more emotional and dramatic scenes, and Eve never ceases to amaze me with how good their songs are. Studio Bones absolutely nailed the animation too; from super detailed (and really cute!) characters to beautiful scenery shots, they certainly brought their A game here. 9/10 for both Art and Sound, for sure.

Unfortunately, the positives kinda stop there. What followed from an enthralling premise and a breathtaking first half-hour was a runaway train towards narrative disaster. I really wish I could tear into how poorly executed its dramatic lows were, but I want this review ...
Jun 13, 2021
Mediocre story, dull progression , one dimensional characters, zero emotions, over-dramatic premise = Josee, the Tiger and the Fish

I have been waiting for this movie for quite sometime, because the Korean Live Action of this is one of my All Time Favourite. I haven't read the original source material on which one followed the source faithfully but this anime adaptation is abysmal to say the least.

Story : Mundane story, with tons of events and drama with out any substance to it. I thought the story might delve on the issue of person going through disability and might touch on it a bit more. But this ...

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