Mar 15, 2019
The more I think about this historically, the more retarded the whole project seems. Japan attacked Peal Harbor and felt the need to instill in children such an achievement, perhaps even brainwash them into celebrating the Empire's actions overseas. What next? They hire a leftist artist to direct a pro-war propaganda animated movie. Sounds good? Unworried about the future, the military rejoiced over a rather unimpressive final product. Seo most definitely felt bad about all this, meaning his efforts towards the film's realization must have been the bare minimum. He'd still direct a sequel before Hiroshima's bombing. The government never thought for a second that
they could lose the war, that all this pathetic pretentiousness would be glued on the wall of shame for future generations to contemplate. And it is not even good. Even the most morally questionable projects from Disney and Warner Bros. still had beauty resulting from the hard work of artists whose ideologies didn't interfere with their skill. Momotarou no Umiwashi is a bad movie no matter how you look at it. Not denying its historical importance, which comes down to Tezuka being inspired, but it aged horribly, both technically and conceptually. Check it out to laugh at the Army's conceit which in turn led to their demise.
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