Ignore the negative reviews. This little short is great and I feel that it served its purpose well. The protagonist was as compelling as a protagonist can practically be in a work so short that also includes a portrayal of industrialization/modernization. With that said, the work is heavily conceptual and relies on emotional appeal (rather than direct commentary) to deliver its content. As for the sound and art, one can only be so critical of an animation from 1985 with this style. Although flawed, the art and sound did the intended job. Overall, it was definitely enjoyable; I'm glad someone showed it to me before
I disregarded it based on reviews.
Wow. This is a really rough show to watch. I will say up front that it is not very good, but its importance definitely outweighs its quality.
It took one man (Hiroshi Harada) three years to create this 25-minute movie on his own. It's amateur. And crude. With lots of quick cuts and weird scenes, which only add to its experimental nature. After he finished this, he went on to adapt one of the most famous "guro" anime of all time: Mr. Arashi's Freak Show (also almost a one-man effort, and probably the most difficult anime
I've ever watched).
"Guro" is a genre of anime you don't hear of much in America - basically it is the fetishization of gore, intentionally being as explicit, bloody and offensive as possible. This work definitely edges into that direction, even if there's not much actual gore itself. But the feeling and theme is definitely there, and you can think of this sort of a precursor to Mr. Arashi's Freak Show, as Harada is improving his craft.
There isn't really a story or plot to this. It's really two stories superimposed over each other - a small one and a large one. The more immediate smaller story is about a young, poor, lonely boy with an extremely pronounced "deppa" underbite tooth, who is relentlessly bullied for his difference, without any relief from anyone, anywhere. The larger story (that gets more pronounced towards the end) is the forced modernization/construction of the Narita Airport as it overtakes and destroys the old neighborhood. Although not explicitly said, the two are interlocked in this dark, thematic tale.
Going into this, do not expect a polished work. It is VERY raw. It has many problems. It is very difficult to watch. Some parts do not connect or make sense. Some of it is quite offensive. It's experimental, and art-school. But if you are looking for an anime that has a message and is totally different from almost everything else you've watched, this fits the bill.
so, I'm not quite sure at all what they were trying to do with this movie but to me it feels totally disjointed and without coherence for the most part. it also feels like a mind-control device at times,with all of the flashing and propaganda. storywise, (SPOILERS) it claims to be about a boy who get's bullied; a boy does get bullied but this isn't necessarily the focus, as this feels secondary to the anti-modernization of Japan statements and imagery. Artwise, this at times, looks striking and has very interesting animation style, but at other times, the art leaves something to be desired and the
animation is done "treadmill-style" with the environment running through the character. sound was only ok, some odd choices for sfx noises, but no real complaints
there is no character development to be found. giving an enjoyment rating was difficult, because I very much did not like this, but I did not hate it, I just felt like my brain was melting the whole time, a la Mars of Destruction
this is the kind of thing that should only be watched with a group of friend.s
This is f * cked up movie, to be completely honest with you guys.
The synopsis talks about a boy that suffers bullying, but that's not the main focus in this movie. This film has other focus without being properly the bullying problem. I do not quite understand the movie but since the score is low and it was reviewed by such low people, it is the normal that the current anime community (Bleach, Nanatsu no Taizai, whatever..) does not kinda understand since this movie is old for this current era. It has sometimes the 360 ° animation (when the camera rotates around the character) but
excluding that, it has such a poor animation (it is so bad that MyAnimeList doesn't know many information indeed).
If you have this as a Plan to Watch do not watch this, just drop this movie or else erase it from your library, is not worth the time.
I eventually give it a 3 since I lost time seing this !