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.
Not a fiction story, or even a proper "story." Megumi is one more appeal from her parents whose haven't seen her since 1977, when she was 13 years old. This short anime tells a little about Megumi, about how loved she was and then, how despairing it was when she vanished into thin air and reappeared inside of a country-sized prison. Her parents have been fighting since then to get their daughter back, even without the help of the government and the silence from North Korea. It's been, by the time of this writing, 41 years since Megumi disappearance and they still haven't heard from
her ever since, and don't even know if she's dead or alive. This is a informative anime, or a propaganda anime if you prefer, not my first but still something interesting to see.
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
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.
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.
So “Megumi” is an anime based on the real life event of N.Korea abducting Japanese in order to learn Japanese culture. The main character is Megumi yokota a 13 y.o girl who was kidnapped on 1977.
Story:I don’t really know how to rate this because it’s a real life story with real people names on it but the story here is executed badly it’s just bad but you can get a few tear drops out of it. -4
Art:It’s just bad and unique at the same time to me, the animation doesn’t show that many movement the don’t even bother animating the mouth movements,what I found unique
is that they implemented real life pics of Megumi and her family it helped the story quiet a bit. -3
Sound:It.. it’s just painful to hear, blame it on the dub they don’t even match the mouth movements. -2
Character:It’s horrible you can easily tell who is who easily but there’s like 0 character development. -3
Enjoyment:I do like watching this more than just reading the article about it but yeah... it’s not that enjoyable. -3
So don’t even bother watching it if you don’t wanna suffer from the dub and animation.