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Poll: Hashire Melos! Episode 1 Discussion

Oct 2, 2012 5:51 PM

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I don't know about you guys, but I enjoyed it. "Trust" is something you can't get from anybody. But... What if someone gives you a change to be trustful? Will you do it? Will you risk your life just for a stranger?

Humans are full of weaknesses: pride, envy, and selfishness for example. But, that doesn't mean, every person is like that. It's just really difficult... to trust in somebody else.
Dec 24, 2013 8:40 AM

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It had quite a more detailed story than the alternate movie and well I sure prefered this one above the old one! Both were quite nice and had a sort of similar concept and plot but well this one was executed better!

In general quite a lovely movie!
Sep 12, 2014 3:09 PM

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I think I've found a little gem here...

This must be one of the most beautiful friendships that I've seen in anime. I really liked the ancient greco-roman setting as well as the original story. Trusting a stranger is nearly impossible, however the sculptor's painful past and need to believe in someone made it feasible, thus giving birth to a great relationship of trust.

I'm pretty sure that the sculptor will become Melos' best-man in the future!
Modified by NaughtyNoddy, Sep 12, 2014 3:12 PM
Oct 31, 2014 3:48 AM

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was a very nice story. It seem to have high production value.. wonder why it is so little known (maybe because its from 1992)
The idea that there is sometimes a very touching story behind art (be it sculptures or painting, or whatever) was very nice at the end. The backstory of the blond guy was very nice as well, with his father. But the ending felt too consequence free in my opinion.
Feb 9, 2015 6:58 PM

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The story was simple, but was told nicely, with some good directing, and really nice animation.

It's too bad all of the versions I could find of this online are pretty low resolution.
Apparently this hasn't even seen a DVD release, so the highest quality official release we have is the laserdisc version. (although, the ones online look like VHS rips to me.)
This seems like it should really get some kind of BluRay re-mastering, though I'm not sure if it's popular enough to happen. :(
::End of Transmission::

May 23, 2015 1:57 AM

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BOy its leaps and bounds better than the original version made about 10 years earlier...ANd taking scenarios revolving around the real tyrant of Syracuse too...NOICE! A REAL MAN DOES WHAT HE MUST, including staying on time for his own execution. I cant wait to see the latest iteration of this tale, in aoi bungaku series!!! 8/10
May 16, 2017 7:53 AM

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The Japanese really likes this story as I've seen other anime adaptations of this like in Aoi Bungaku, much like "The Dog of Flanders" which was happen to be one of my chidhood favorite anime...oh my, must stop, old childhood memories flooding back! TT_TT

Anyhow, loved the variety of Classical people here, Etruscans, Phoenicians and their descendants, the Carthagians. Then there's their paranoid King and oh-em-gee don't let me start on that bastard gate guard, who tried to stop Melos twice. He's only doing his job but come on, he argued the difference in horsecart license and soldiers on horseback the second time even though he knows Melos and his circumstances already. What an asshat bureaucrat he was!

Trust was an issue back then until now, we have advanced so far in civilization, technology, governance and almost every facets of our lives but some things never change and so it is the same with the lessons or morals this movie might impart.

8/10 Good old animation, good plot, and still relevant societal issues even today. I don't really like Melos that much in the beginning but I think I warmed up to him midway through the film, same with Seline whom we don't really know much until near the very end. I'd picked this in a heartbeat instead of the majority of current mainstream animes we have today.
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May 16, 2018 12:54 PM
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An absolute gem of a movie.God knows why it's rated so low here in MAL because the animation is pretty good despite being more than 20 years old.
"Perhaps there is a universal, absolute truth. Perhaps it justifies every question. But that's beyond the reach of these small hands." Mamoru Oshii

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Mar 6, 4:47 PM

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What can I say aside from that I really enjoyed this movie and it's message.
Kokoro did nothing wrong.