Oct 21, 2019
RyanSpring (All reviews)
I'm a big Shinkai fan and have thoroughly enjoyed several of his other works, but honestly if I'd not known this was directed by him I probably wouldn't have ever guessed it. For me this really lacked the heavy interpersonal focus and emotional impact that his other films like 5 Centimeters Per Second, The Garden of Words and Your Name had.

This was, as usual for this director, visually lovely and very colorful, and it's a creative fantasy adventure, but overall I just wasn't all that entertained. The characters were not developed and I had no emotional attachment to them whatsoever, the voice performers were very average and only one song in the entire soundtrack stood out to me. I don't think this is a bad film, but I don't think it's anything special either, and for me this is the low point of my Shinkai watching experience.

Worth a watch if you're a fan of the director or of the fantasy adventure genre, but meh... I couldn't possibly give it better than a 7.