An anime biography on Megumi Yokota, who was abducted by North Korea in 1977 when she was 13 years old. North Korea acknowledges abducting her and at least 12 other Japanese residents during the 1970s and the 1980s, but the country has not provided any conclusive evidence on her fate and most of the others.
If to sort specifically, direction is bad. Close ups, delays, other director's counters are realized muffledly. Direction of this anime leaves much to be desired, but it is not because there are no "juicy scenes with pants", there is no silly humour, there are no heroes-adventurers who rescue each young lady who got to trouble. All the matter is that emotions are not showed especially plausibly. Really it was impossible to put a little more heart and soul and compassions in this work? The history deserves that it knew, but the fact that an anime is removed not in the best way, remains the fact.
Likely, the main reason for so mediocre work is that the task was to make an anime on this subject, to pay attention and quality of the movie was not among priorities. Matter in that, this anime has no the entertaining or art character; no ha-ha, no boobs, no girls taking a bathtub, no scenes of fight and other to what you got used in an anime.
Essence of this anime is not to strike you with stunning posing and animation, not to show violence scenes (which someone love that you spoke "thank God it doesn't happen to me"), not to strike you with masterly direction, not to surprise with something. This anime has the purpose to draw attention to a real-life problem, and to inform all about it. It is a history-propagation, which has the political character, telling without any lyrics about parents of the ordinary Japanese schoolgirl, about powerlessness of the ordinary person before the governments of the countries. And I deeply respect these unfortunate people who lifted such wave, what even governor admitted this fact.
Sense is not in posing and animation, sense is in the general history and feelings of parents which 25 years look for the child despite of everything. About any highly artistic things can't be speech in this situation. Many of us already lose hope for such period of time, and the sincere love and loss pain here is expressed.
Generally the verdict is that to whom is less than 20 years, I don't recommend for viewing. You will not understand anything, only scribble here spiteful responses. Don't wait for entertainments, something fantastic. You receive a dose of the severe realism which has been buttressed up by facts. It is not that thing which should be compared to a usual anime.
I very much condole with those who got such destiny - to be stolen. But, I think, these people need more understanding than pity. And I admire those who could pass through such difficulty and live the rest of life as they would like. After all it is disgusting that political conflicts of the state level ruin lives of innocent people. read more
Overall 1/10 (The dub has to thank for that low score)
I'm not sure how to rate this anime, to be honest. I like the fact that it retells the tragic tale of a underage girl called Megumi whom had the misfortune of being kidnapped, but the dub doesn't do it justice. At all. Guess that's why it only deserves 1/10. Paul Stookey's titular song is the only reason why the sound category's score hasn't dropped below 0. Also, for whatever reason, why the fuck was the resolution only 270p? Seriously, it should be at least 480p.
I suppose I'll rant how bad the dub is. Basically, it commits every mistake that a dub must avoid. Lip synching is completely off, Megumi's mom has a Japanese accent (if everyone else speaks with a neutral accent, then every Japanese character in the same show MUST be speaking in a neutral accent as well. That's Rule 101 in dubs.), acting is dull and flat... what else could I say? The dub was a halfassed effort which doesn't help spread the important message of "Cherish your family and friends, you'll never know when's the last time you'll see them". Sigh... if only a real dubbing company handled this, we wouldn't be getting piece of crap dub. (HEAVILY SIGHS; SMH) Whomever produced this dub should be ashamed of the fact that even a fandub is better than this ass fuckery of a dub. To call it a dub is an insult to even the worst of dubs. Jesus.read more