In a future governed through the lens of a camera, where people eat synthetic food and pursue an online existence in lieu of physical contact, a group of children begin meeting up in the real world. The aloof Ayumi Kono, the genius hacker Mio Tsuzuki, and the socially awkward Hazuki Makino set out to find the fourth member of their group, Yuko Yabe, who has gone missing. With the help of Myao Rei, an unregistered citizen proficient in martial arts, they are able to find Yuko. However, when their situation takes a sudden turn for the worse, the group stumbles headlong into a dark mystery that challenges everything they know about their world.
I'd like to clear up a few things about Loups=Garous.
First of all, I'm 99% sure Kono Ayumi (the blue-black haired character with short hair and yellow eyes) is a boy, not a girl--because he is always referred to as a guy in the movie. (But Wikipedia, My Anime List, and I think even the back of the DVD case say different, so don't quote me on that--but I'm pretty positive that if they talk about him as a 'him,' then he's a boy)
Secondly, everyone has given harsh reviews and scores about Loups=Garous. When I started watching the movie, I based it on the 6's people
would score it as. But I found that I really enjoyed the movie--the characters (apart from the main heroine, Makino Hazuki, who is extremely frustrating and very very useless) were very likable. If we say that Kono Ayumi is a boy, then he's super attractive (in a reserved kind of way.) Tsuzuki Mio is a hacker genius and consistently hilarious. Rei Myao (her name sounds like 'meow,' how can you not like her?) is a tsundere-fighter. Yabe Yuko, one of the victims, is sort of a non-character. Nothing much to say there.
The art is different from most animes, but the facial structure and the eyes are still wonderful to look at.
A great quality about Loups=Garous's plot is that it's understandable (not like The Place Promised in Our Early Days, which got great reviews but I couldn't understand--violins, numbers, airplanes...WHAT IS GOING ON?!) The audience can easily follow along with the ideas and clues given out as the story progresses, but they still have to do a little legwork and put the pieces together. The story progresses quickly and has some interesting factors--like a dance routine and a twisted screen-based society.
Maybe this kind of movie isn't for everyone, but I hope that my review has convinced you to try it out with a more positive outlook!
What to say what to say.
First I hope that you guys can forgive my English since it's not my native language.
As I read the synopsis I was thrilled, it felt like an awesome idea. But as soon as the anime started it started differently as the synopsis said it would. Well I kept watching and got a bit annoyed by the main characters. Hazuki is really insecure and not even funny, sexy or cute. I had no resemblance to her in any way. The other characters were boring, not even interesting. Myao is that typical anime girl who fights and kicks ass but we
know nothing about her while Mio is the typical screaming attention girl who has probably a interesting history but we don't know anything about that. And then we have the silent scary female witch really looks like a guy Ayumi. Ayumi is boring not even interesting, you won't get any dept from her. You don't know why she lives alone and who she is. Witch really annoys me. Overall the main characters are weird and form a boring group as they try to find who the murderer is.
During the story we see a system that observes the everyday life of people, the first thing about this concept what bugs me is. Why do the people need this? There has been some kind of virus but there is actually no information about this virus. In the entire movie there isn't once mentioned why this system is what it is. Witch leaves a big gap in the plot of the anime.
What annoyed me even more was how little we see of the world they live in. We see the same street like 4 times and they always meet at the same place also I'm really confused about the everyday life of those people. Let me just say that it doesn't give you the satisfaction it leaves you with questions about this phenomenon.
The story itself started of interesting, there has been a couple of murders and there is a little twist at the beginning. But during the story it gets really obvious who the culprit is. It even get's so obvious that you start looking in the least obvious way. The whole reason why the murders are happening is vague and well even sick but not in the twisted way we like blood and gore no but in a really sick and not even awesome way.
What annoyed me the most was the character Mio, how can a girl at the age of I don't know 12? Hack a entire system. She is a computer nerd who lives in a different district (why they have poor and wealthy districts is unclear and how this city they live in works isn't explained)
and is able to hack into police records and street views etc. We get to see so many people and so many events but yet almost non of it is explained. The main story line builds up pretty nice the first half hour. But after that it is just boring. And it even gets more boring, the ending is so lame and stupid that your glad it only took 1.5hours to get there.
Doesn't this anime have any good features? Of course it does, the music is nice not special but I liked the rock and the songs they played. Story is boring although it starts interesting. The art is nicely done, I have seen better art, but the art job sure wasn't bad. Enjoyment? although the beginning was nice it later on began to become a real bore.
Well I can't really recommend anyone this anime. There isn't enough blood and gore, or a really scary thriller storyline to enjoy. It isn't sexy or funny. It's just another anime movie. I give the anime a 6, since they got my attention the first half hour and the art and music were nice. The characters were boring but that isn't the biggest let down, the storyline is such a let down that it ruins the entire anime. What could of been a awesome anime with a great concept, turned into something predicable and lame at the same time.
This anime is a big bore but if you have nothing better to do and you don't have any hopes up for this anime, it can be decent to watch.
Saw this on Production I.G.'s work list for 2010 and got curious.
The story revolves around 3 young girls and a teenager caught in a world where monitor's have replaced real contact (not entirely). Hazuki (One of the young girls) has a Communication dissorder. Another young girls calls herself loups=garous,another is a pretty good hacker and the teenager is a fighting machine.
And this is where the anime movie goes wrong
You can't just put ideas together without a coherent story.
The emotions are there,the action too, the characters (undeveloped), the setting , but it just doesn't add up to a whole.
Very dissapointing. The loups=garous itself is an easy
way of wrapping it up but the beast has no content.
Good to pass the time but barely one layer of interesting stuff
Why does production I.G. lend it's name to this?
This was the best i've seen. I love the theme of needing to communicate above all else. There is a valid world of schoolkids and an organised society with bizarre elements that don't need a total plot to create.
Great voices in the dub, I certainly watched the boy "kono" as a boy and would find it helpful and downgrade it if he really is just a girl they call a boy. imo.
Lovely and then a real adventure which probably is not bad for the young but i've no children to be saying this. However as in a child or adult life death is a threat
then to realise it in a dramatic way where the children have volition instead of just crazy superpowers is worthwhile and there is the larger story of group bonding and individual learning that is an enhancement of the character of each of them.
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