Denshinbashira Elemi no Koi


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English: Elemi
Japanese: 電信柱エレミの恋


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan, 2009
Producers: Sovat Theater
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Source: Original
Genres: FantasyFantasy
Duration: 45 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.161 (scored by 919919 users)
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Ranked: #77802
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Popularity: #8543
Members: 2,616
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Elemi, known as a responsible hard worker, is one of many utility poles servicing a small city. One day during maintenance, she is emotionally touched by Takahashi, the young man who repairs her. She decides to thank him and begins calling him regularly, masquerading as a human.

Days go by and soon all the utility poles in the city are aware of Elemi's budding romance. Elder utility poles urge her to put an end to it. Even if Elemi is able to win the blessing of her society, she still has to face the challenge of revealing her true identity to Takahashi. In a time before cell phones, when all calls were carried by utility poles, Denshinbashira Elemi no Koi tells the story of the tragic romance between a utility pole and and a utility worker.

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Winner of the 2009 Oofuji Noburou Award at the Mainichi Film Awards and the Excellence Award on the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival.

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Nakata, Hideto
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Feb 7, 2016
scottishrob13 (All reviews)
You know, I wasn't expecting much out of this. I was expecting something bad, but I got something that genuinely touched me in a way I didn't expect. The characters felt like they each had their own unique personalities and feelings, the animation was fantastic for the style, and something about the simplicity of the story really got me. I'm not saying that I'd add it to a list of my favourites, but I am saying that I think most people should give it a chance and not just dismiss it because of the concept. You may be pleasantly surprised.
Mar 4, 2014
AMS (All reviews)
When my anime club voted to watch "Denshinbashira Elemi no Koi" I was surprised, and expected it to be another poor title not worthy of watching to the end. With the basic idea of it, you just think to yourself "I should get high before watching this!" or "That's just insane, they're really scraping the bottom for ideas now" but that just isn't the case.

Elemi no Koi is a surprisingly well developed story. As strange as the idea of the show is to get used to, the story is rather relateable. Once you get past the initial weirdness read more
Nov 26, 2020
lethargilistic (All reviews)
Genuinely touching and sweet. My only warning is that there's an extended sequence of looking at a (claymation) cat corpse after it's hit by a car.

Everything else was very thoughtfully constructed to give most shots some kind of "pop," however minor, to pull you through a movie that knows it's pretty slow. But of course it's slow. It's a meditation on impossible love, the struggle of communication, and the limitations of identity.

The level of detail on the various telephone poles is kind of astonishing, especially where it crosses over into how they show personality. Same for the human characters. Some of those facial animations were read more
Oct 19, 2016
saintmalo (All reviews)
I love stuff like this.

This is Toy Story but with telephone poles set in the calm before the technological storm that was mobile phones and the internet. It's a peaceful film reminiscent of a time past, ode to a love lost.

Not much can hold my attention anymore, but the atmosphere in Elemi no Koi pulled me in and kept me there. The sound effects were key in achieving this and they were done exceptionally well.
The music kept the tone of the film, and the ED planted my feet gently back on the ground after this sweet experience was over.

The character designs of the read more

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