They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Fate/Grand Order: Shuukyoku Tokuiten – Kani Jikan Shinden Solomon, Sora no Aosa wo Shiru Hito yo, Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Fine, and more!
4: Fate/Grand Order: Shuukyoku Tokuiten – Kani Jikan Shinden Solomon
Japanese: Fate/Grand Order -終局特異点 冠位時間神殿ソロモン-
MAL Score: 7.21
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The story is generic, though there is a nice bit of tension in the final act and battle of the film. The character art is passable. The backgrounds are pretty great. What you’re really here for are the servants, and since it’s adapting the climax of the first singularities there are a ton of cameos. Unfortunately, since there are so many servants showing up, most of their appearances are nothing more than that, an appearance. There were probably about 30-40 servants shown in this film, with about half simply being shown, another 15 or so launching a single attack and probably another 10 that were included in a mediocre action sequence. Still, if you are a big Fate fan, which are the only people I could really see watching something this far down the rabbit hole, you’ll grin when your favourite servant appears.
Sorry this review is rather short and also not incredibly detailed, but it’s also a film where I don’t believe there much to be said. The animation is not of a quality that will bring anyone in for the spectacle, so we are left with the die hards that will probably eat up anything Fate related and enjoy seeing their favourite servant appear for 7 seconds. I really had hopes after seeing some of Babylonia’s sequences and seeing much of the same staff working on this film that we might get one of the better Grand Order adaptations, but unfortunately for me at least, Grand Order has still proved to be pretty mediocre in the anime adaptation department.
Story 9/10: Well, the overall story compared to Babylonia is meh. But for how it was adapted, it greatly adapted it into a movie.
Art 8/10: I like the use of CGs, definitely better than Babylonia’s. And the enemy not being a CG was a surprise. The same face syndrome is there tho so that’s a meh to me(The new mystic code was cool tho).
Sound 8/10: Well, it’s almost about the same as Babylonia but hey, that ending song got me seriously, a definite must not skip part.
Character 8/10: Babylonia Ep 0 has finally proved it’s usefulness. The main characters in this chapter is Mash, Romani, and Fujimaru. The existence of Babylonia Ep 0 have a great role despite the anime skipping chapters. And finally, Fujimaru is now just about as good as the manga.
One problem here tho is that most the appearing characters we’re just there to be badckground. Not saying it was bad but the problem is alot of non-FGO players, or people who didn’t read the story, won’t get the hype. The event characters being cut was pretty disappointing tho.
Enjoyment 10/10: The animation, it was great. the combination of CGs and Sakuga was done well despite not being animated by ufo.
The fight scenes, well adapted. They finally showed what Fujimaru’s fighting style is. Something that should be shown since Camelot. The final fight? Short but better than that atrocious Shirou vs Kirei in Heaven’s Feel.
Overall: 8/10 This movie is a definition of “fan service”. Most anime onlies who haven’t read it will definitely disappointed. And alot of readers might be too if their husbando/waifu didn’t appear. But hey, atleast the overall story was better than in the game where there was about 3 hours of only banters.
3: Sora no Aosa wo Shiru Hito yo
English: Her Blue Sky
MAL Score: 7.52
High school student Aoi Aioi lives with her elder sister, Akane, after a tragic accident took their parents away 13 years ago. Because Akane has since been taking care of her single-handedly, Aoi wants to move to Tokyo after her graduation to relieve her sister’s burden and pursue a musical career, inspired by Akane’s ex-boyfriend Shinnosuke “Shinno” Kanamuro. Shinno was part of a band until he left for Tokyo to become a professional guitarist after the sisters’ parents passed away, and he was never to be seen again.
One afternoon, while Aoi practices her bass in a guest house, she gets startled by the 18-year-old version of Shinno from 13 years ago! As if by coincidence, the current 31-year-old Shinno also returns to the town, but he has changed drastically. There are now two Shinno’s in existence, but why is the Shinno from the past present?
Sora no Aosa wo Shiru Hito yo revolves around these four individuals as they confront their inner feelings toward each other and make decisions that will affect their lives from here on out.
Firstly, the synopsis is not that accurate. This is not a story of time travel, nor did Aoi only start to fall in love upon meeting the Shinno from 13 years ago.
The movie starts with Aoi plugging in her earphones to practice her bass, drowning out all sounds. I feel that that is a nice touch. We are then gradually introduced to the other characters and how Aoi feels about them. There was also a flashback of her past which explains why the two sisters are living together, when Shinno suddenly appears.
There were some twists that I’ve never expected. At first, I thought only Aoi could see Shinno, but it turned out that everyone could see him too. They called him an Ikiryou (a spirit that is left behind when the living passes on) at the start, and I thought that that was the case too, when Aoi ran home to Akane and asked her for more details about Shinno – to which her reply was “I don’t know whether he is even living or dead”, which cemented my belief until minutes later when Shinnosuke appeared on the Enka stage as a guitarist.
What happens when you meet face-to-face with your past self? That was the other big twist that I did not expect. Watch it to find out!
The story built up emotions leading to that scene from the ominous cave to the landslide to the sealed guitar and to the meeting, and the tension – emotions at an all-time high was kept at that plateau for the rest of the movie. It was truly a work of art.
My first thought was that the older Nakamura looked like Poppo from AnoHana, but it turned out that they were different persons. Each scene, though ordinary somehow managed to look special while being not overtly imposing. I liked how the director transitioned from showing a dull welcoming scene to the appearance of a very flashy Nitobe, and how the camera slowly pans to the right to reveal the older Shinnosuke. That said though, while the art was great, it was not particularly outstanding hence the score.
As I have mentioned in the introduction, the touch when earphones are plugged in and when Aoi tries to convey her feelings for the older Shinnosuke was absolutely stunning. Aoi fondly reminds me of K-On! when she plays the bass. I feel that her VA has done a good job in conveying her feelings for Shinno, like how her voice trembled when she spoke to him or that outburst when she found out what Chika has done.
Given the number of characters, it can’t be helped. Although every character has some development, I feel that they could have given more depth to each of them, particularly the older Shinnosuke and exactly how did he come around. Also, the boy-crazy Chika could have been given more exposition – we never knew if she was telling the truth or not when she claimed that ‘nothing happened’, because we only have an idea of what’s her personality like.
Overall, I enjoyed the movie enough to write such a long review about it. Even after watching the epilogue however, I am left with more questions that I had at the start and I think that this movie would have a better reception had it launched as an anime series instead.
Overall verdict: 8/10
I had such high expectations for this movie…which perhaps was the mistake I made, because boy was it such a disappointment. I should have expected this from Cloverworks, who did Bunny Girl Senpai along with the movie which clearly wasn’t movie quality, much like this. Ultimately, I feel as though “Her Blue Sky” would have worked much better as a 1-cour series and it honestly does seem like it was cut down to a movie due to budget constraints, although obviously that’s just speculation.
There is absolutely nothing original about this story. That doesn’t mean it’s bad, it just… well, like someone else said, exists. It wasn’t really confusing to follow at all, but the main issue was that too many characters were included, too many things were going on, and the focus was spread out far too much for a less-than-2-hour movie. Half the time it felt like a slice-of-life story, a quarter of the time it felt like a supernatural mystery, and the other quarter felt like a romantic drama. Not all even in any specific order; interspersed throughout, which led to a distinct lack of atmosphere and connection to the characters.
There were too many random shots of people playing music, scenery, and nothing plot-related that it felt like they were trying to find things to fill the time which is just super confusing to me because the story that they were trying to tell in the first place felt rushed as it was.
The lack of cohesiveness in tone and atmosphere throughout the story really led to me feeling absolutely nothing during the climax of the movie, what was supposed to be the most emotional point – and then, the story just abruptly ended.
I guess it was trying to tell the story of not giving up on your dreams and realizing that even after time, what your heart most desires can come true – but that was just one subplot for one or two of the characters. What was it trying to convey to us – what was the story for the protagonist? What did she get out of it? When you can’t even figure out what the plot was about in relation to the main character of the damn story… I don’t know what to say. It felt like we were following around a protagonist and yet nothing in the story was actually meant to be about her and she was just a device used to serve the story of the two other mains.
I don’t even know what I’m trying to say at this point, other than the story felt almost non-existent, that things were just happening just for the sake of happening. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t good, and it failed at creating an atmosphere where I cared about what was happening or felt drawn-in.
Again, I really feel as if it would have worked better focusing entirely on only the main characters, cutting out the side characters, and making it entirely character-driven with no other real events occurring. The way the plot was, in order for it to feel realistically developed, the story definitely needed way more time than what was granted for the movie.
Basically, the plot had potential and failed mainly because there wasn’t enough time to adequately tell the story they were trying to tell.
There are definitely some beautiful still shots here. Extremely realistic, and full of life, a sharp contrast to the plot. Sadly, like the premise of the movie, the art is fool’s gold. I’m almost positive that at least half the shots in this movie, if not more, were photographs passed through filters made to seem like they were drawn or painted when really they were just pictures taken. There’s just too much detail, too much distinct lettering and small items in the background shots for them to have been all drawn.
But it looks visually stunning! Because it looks realistic!…because it’s actually real images that aren’t drawn. Because nothing in the backgrounds were actually moving, i.e. the backgrounds were all just stills, it leads to even more credence in my theory. In Shinkai’s films, all of the backgrounds are alive. Here, the backgrounds are just static. The only things really animated at all in this are the characters, which are drawn very inconsistently throughout the movie with such a clear discrepancy in detail between them and the backgrounds, that they feel jarring and clash with the backgrounds. Even if all the backgrounds *were* hand-drawn or painted, the design of the characters style clashes stylistically with them.
There are shots with characters’ faces not even attempted to be drawn-in because they’re at somewhat of a distance away – yet inexcusable for a movie to not have faces drawn in because it was 100% possible for them to have accurately been drawn-in. There are shots with characters off-model with little-to-no detail in their clothing.
Why would the studio go the extra mile for beautifully-hand-drawn, ultra-realistic backgrounds yet drop the ball hard on character art? I don’t know. I don’t think they would have, but I’m not going to through out baseless accusations that a lot of the backgrounds were photographs; only state my personal suspicions that they were.
Sound design was fine. The instrumentation was cool – meaning the actual instruments that were played by the characters in the movie. The soundtrack did not stand out in the least – not a single track was memorable for me. The voice acting was probably the strongest part of the sound. It’s hard to go wrong on sound and at least the music choice was fitting.
The protagonist felt like a plot device for a story being told about the side main characters. The movie clearly wasn’t about her yet it tried to make the emotional climax about her and it failed miserably because I felt nothing for her because the story wasn’t focused on her. She felt very one-dimensional, I personally saw zero development in her character throughout the entire film, and she didn’t gain anything from the events that took place in the film. Further, some of her actions felt groundless – mainly including her personal feelings towards one of the other characters – which I am attributing to the lack of time to properly show development. It felt like her particular feelings towards the character went from 0-100 in no time at all without any real interaction between the two. How she specifically acted towards that character – after 3-4 scenes with that character, practically no time at all – felt unbelievable and unrealistic.
Regarding the other characters, the other two mains – I don’t really get how their feelings for one another occurred either, especially considering how the one character was behaving and his attitude for most of the first half of the movie. Furthermore, I just don’t get how over a span of 13 years apart, things could have realistically developed again. Lots of things change over 13 years, what ended up happening just felt forced yet again because there wasn’t enough time for adequate development.
As for the side characters, they’re important enough to have screentime and lines, yet not important enough for anything they say to really have any impact on the story. Like, they were there, yet they played no role in the story other than being there. They had lines and moments, yet none of what they did impacted the development of the story or even how the main characters acted.
I didn’t see the purpose of a lot of characters and the narrative could have been much tighter had the movie focused solely on the main characters.
I wasn’t bored enough to drop the movie, it had my entire attention throughout, yet I felt absolutely nothing for it or any of the other characters. I enjoy things the most that pull me into the world through worldbuilding and development, both of which “Her Blue Sky” did not succeed at properly doing.
I think I would have enjoyed this movie a lot more had it been an entire series. There was simply too much going on and not enough focus to have me connected to the story even though I was never actually bored.
For this reason I give “Her Blue Sky” a 4.5/10, the definition of mediocrity for me. Good premise, just not fit for a movie.
the plot was just,,, well blend. the story was almost boring, and it felt like the plot could have included more, and the story had so much room for improvement, and the characters could have been better developed, but sadly this was not achieved. however, credit has to be due to the way the romance aspect of the show was handled during this series, giving you a smile on your face towards the end of the movie,
the characters were all interesting, but was not allowed to be developed in this film. the characters all had their flaws presented in the early stage of the film, but some were never fully addressed
overall, i would not recommend this movie to anyone who is looking for a romantic musical anime, but if you are just looking to spend some time with your significant other or just chill in your room and kill some time, by all means go ahead
2: Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Fine
Japanese: 冴えない彼女の育てかた Fine
MAL Score: 8.47
With the second Winter Comiket just around the corner, Blessing Software has been vigorously producing its new game, “How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend.” Despite Utaha Kasumigaoka and Eriri Spencer Sawamura leaving the circle, Megumi Katou and Tomoya Aki are hopeful that, by sticking to Tomoya’s original vision for the game, their upcoming creation will exceed Blessing Software’s previous installment.
With the addition of new members Iori and Izumi Hashima, development ensues—but not without its share of setbacks. Things rarely go as planned in the dating sim industry, with numerous obstacles forcing Tomoya to decide between helping his friends or completing the game.
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Fine draws the series to a close as Tomoya selects his final route, both within his personal life and Blessing Software.
The animation is very good and what one would expect for a movie production, and there are plenty of Easter eggs for you to spot in various scenes.
But I feel that aside from Eriri, all of the other characters aren’t given the development and growth they deserve. It’s unfortunate that even though Michiru and Izumi get relatively more screen time, their existence isn’t very important.
There are both scenes meant to be heartwarming and heart-wrenching, but everything gets rushed along due to the time constraints and the impact isn’t as strong as one would hope.
It is an ending to the series, but was it the best ending? I personally don’t think so.
Also, when you watch this, be sure to watch past the credits.
If I were to describe this movie in a few words, it’d be sweet and satisfying. The heavy focus on romance is what made it so much more satisfying to watch than the previous 2 seasons.
The animation, as expected, was great. Clean and high quality, a slight step above its already well-animated prequels. Comedic scenes were also scattered throughout the movie and funny to watch.
The story was well-executed. Although this anime is known for its melodrama, I feel that the plot was nothing too extravagant. The romantic development was simple and clear cut. I really liked the empathy and understanding between the MC and best girl, which gave a really different form of romantic entertainment unlike the usual misunderstandings in romance anime.
All in all, it was immensely satisfying to watch its conclusive ending. If you’ve watched the preceding 2 seasons, I’d highly recommend that you watch this movie. I’d personally gave it an 8.5, but I’m sure it’d definitely be worth a watch for anyone else. Oh and remember to stay after the credits!
Yes, I’m aware of the things that they could’ve made way better but in a good anime, there’s either an ending that satisfies you, confuses you, or pisses you off. None of these three are bad but that depends on your “taste” in anime. Me personally, it made me really happy. The ending was just perfect (before end credits), and the fact that they came back to where it all started brought tears in my eyes.
Only reason why I didn’t give this a 10 is because of the disrespect on Utaha, who’s supposedly one of the main characters. Not only was her screen time limited but the lack of her development as one of the main characters bothered me. On the other hand, Eriri was given what she deserved with a “proper” goodbye to her “what could’ve been relationship” with Tomoya.
The actual ending (after credits) hit me right in the heart, I was brought back to reality after seeing what could’ve been the end of their relationship and their status as a couple after giving up on their dreams. Later then being reunited with all the members was just the cherry on top of the movie, it really couldn’t have been any better than that.
So if anything, don’t drop the series, trust.
1: Seishun Buta Yarou wa Yumemiru Shoujo no Yume wo Minai
English: Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl
MAL Score: 8.65
Six months ago, Sakuta Azusagawa had a chance encounter with a bunny girl in a library. Ever since then, he’s been blissfully happy with his girlfriend: Mai Sakurajima, that same bunny girl. However, the reappearance of his mysterious first crush, the now-adult Shouko Makinohara, adds a new complication to his relationship with Mai. To make matters worse, he then encounters a middle school Shouko in the hospital, suffering from a grave illness. Mysteriously, his old scars begin throbbing whenever he’s near her.
With Shouko’s bizarre situation somehow revolving around him, Sakuta will need to come to terms with his own conflicting feelings, for better or worse. With a girl’s life in his hands, just what can he do?
I’d like to avoid spoilers as well as I can.
Everything was awesome. Truths about Shouko are told with comfortable speed, with absorbing mood,with beautiful musics.
And those truths are so touching… I could’t help shedding tears over and over again. Most of audience was looked moved and weeping like me.
I really liked protagonist Sakuta already then, but I even respected Sakuta after he knew Shouko’s truth and behaved for her sake. And Mai, she already said ‘I love Sakuta than he thinks so’ in series, but I almost cried how she showed her love for Sakuta among this movie.
Every persons are great, I can say this is a culmination of series.
I recommend this movie from the bottom of my heart, and strongly wish fans of this series oversea also can watch this outstanding work.
Thanks for reading.
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I wasn’t anticipating this. I wasn’t having high expectations for it. I did not even feel one bit of hype. But for some reason, I decided to go out with my friends and watch this movie. Expectations were low, yet this movie still somehow managed to exceedingly dismay me. No I’m being way too generous. This movie just took a full shit on my face, and squandered my precious money and time. As unsurprising as it is, the positive responses are regardless absurd, leaving me no choice but to write lengthily. I want to make it clear that I found the series to be quite okay, and I honestly wasn’t expecting the movie to be any better, if not, worse. And yes, it indeed was, probably tenfold worse. “Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl” is one of the worst movies I’ve ever watched in a very long time. To be honest, I’d never expect this movie to be this awful of an evidently devious disingenuous melodramatic tear-gushing tryhard.
Before this review, as to some opinions, this might seem like a nitpicking review, but no. Neglecting plot holes, poor characterization, etc. and claiming one is avoiding nitpicking is foolish. This will be a full in-depth analysis to thus express why I dislike this movie so much.
After the indisputable success of the series and for being only a 90-minute movie, I very much believe us audience deserve better quality than this. It’s basically akin to the series, which isn’t atrocious, just mediocre. Though, I want to particularly point out the awful CGI (human CGI is inarguably one of the worst backgrounds this industry has to offer) as well as the queer 2D drawing in the middle of a 3D background. I might be griping, but I expect a movie’s quality to exceed this. The animation is acceptable most of the time. If anything, my complaint would essentially hinge on some specific off-quality scenes, but I think it was not critical. The art style is never of my liking because I find the character design and color palette dull, but I got used to it eventually so again, it’s fine. In conclusion, everything is average.
I could not have been moved or impressed by this kind of plot, really. If anything, I was abhorred by the blatantly manipulative story that has no consistency or substance whatsoever. Basically, the movie is in toto a tear-fest where virtually every character has to cascade their interminable rivulet of tears to intimate their insuperable pain for at least not once, but twice, for such is the most subtle and artistic method to present one’s dejected emotions. On serious note, crying should’ve been powerful and relevantly timed, unlike this lazy and dodgy representation of one’s sadness.
The premise is essentially time-travel yet written abysmally. With a bit of non-sense quantum physics blabbering and a few illogical small talks with the smart eye-glassed girl, the idea of time traveling is thereby conceptualized. And it never demonstrates any beforehand conditions and repercussions of time travel, as if the author himself doesn’t know what he is writing about. But that inconsistency aside, I’d like to criticize the approach to this idea itself. Anyone who acknowledges the more or less impenetrable idea called ‘time’ simply understands that time travel necessitates meticulous fictional accounts. By making it so vague and providing so little details, it feels as though the director was trying to make things as feasible as possible, but in a way that viewers would be disabused that it made sense because it said so. In other words, since the movie never fully explains how you time travel but simply derive it from quantum physics and some ambiguous supernatural phenomenon (meaning it would seem sophisticated and condensed), it could trick viewers into thinking that it ultimately makes sense regardless of how non-sensical it might turn out to be (I.e. whenever a ramification arises, we are forced to automatically accept it while simultaneously think “Oh, didn’t know that could happen, I guess time traveling really isn’t all that easy. I must express some meager empathy to the characters now must I not?”). Honestly, everything is just randomly presented without much exposition via this time travel concept, for the sake of plot convenience that completely steers clear of any proper explanation; and I simply could not appreciate the fact that the author would do anything to control the emotions of their audience, in which this case involves a poorly-written premise.
I also notice people have stated how this movie reminded them of some other popular anime such as “The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi” or “Steins;Gate”. It wouldn’t be unjust to call out how this movie plagiarizes a lot of ideas and styles, and I believe it is already quite clear in the first place so I see no point in dissecting the similarities. I guess Kamoshida Hajime should learn something from Tarantino or some successful “stealers” next time. For not only this man’s writing resembles just a bit too much with the other successful works viz. literally copying ideas, but he also fails to properly utilize its context. This is effortless and talentless.
The lack of connections betwwen every event is also what I’ve mentioned. The plot crams so many things and results in various climaxes, which makes it very separating. Though, I think even a plot like this might be more affiliated if the execution is on-point. Not to mention, the movie’s philosophy, which is the plausibility of changing one’s fate and what measure ought to be taken, can be a decent concept if well-executed. Thus, I will further develop these ideas in the Execution segment.
Absolutely appalling. I saw zero characterization other than some (once again) manipulative emotional shit from the young Shouko writing her dreams onto a homework paper. The thing about our protagonists is that they are superficial scalloping bods who have no prominent traits, to the point where they are quite undistinguishable. If you think making lecherous jokes about private woman matters is quirky, unique and writing-demanding then you sure have a grave problem, which I won’t solve it for you here unfortunately.
Anyway, while it’s true that our characters act upon propensity, such is too shallow to be deemed as ‘realistic’ characterization. As a result, the characters become awkwardly predictable, simple and even unnatural. Meaning every decision a character makes just doesn’t indicate anything remotely noteworthy. I.e. showing all the phases of depression that Sakuta has to undergo, from going to the beach, weeping to sillily shouting “Can anyone save…?”, means nothing. Whilst being established upon propensity, this scene is nothing but a subpar ‘conspicuous aka not quite subtle’ implication of depression that I find absolutely lazy, dull and clumsily obvious, and such (I believe) over 3-minute long scene does not further develop anything other than characters being sad in an irksomely overdramatic way. Instead of spending time on constant mourning and crying scenes like this (which take up the majority of its runtime), the movie could’ve made it much more subtle and short, which is far more effectively emotional, and preferably delving further into the characters. It’s only obvious to assume that Sakuta would suffer boundlessly without having to show it in the most extreme way, which makes this entire scene futile. It serves no purpose and is handled annoyingly overdramatically and unrealistically, only for the sake of sensationalization, not characterization. What’s worse is that the movie attempts to make the characters so facile and faultless that their resemblance to a human is completely nonexistent (and is also why they’re so undistinguishable). To be fair, it’s impossible to say there is any characterization whatsoever in this movie. And the absence of subtlety comes in every single way possible, prominently in characterization.
And again, I know saying this is redundant at this point, but please, don’t just approve how crying automatically suffices characterization. As to my explanation of how the plot misuses and awfully exploits it, this movie is a perfect exemplification of how crying could become a non-thematic and irrelevant device of emotional manipulation rather than good character writing/development (which is nothing superior to your orthodox ill-fitting fan service).
I can rest assured that I’m not the only person to feel that the pacing is all over the place and is never appropriate with the event happening. It’s sluggish at parts where I have no idea what’s so important (such as all the futile conversations between Sakuta and his friends after a certain death that he chose to let go for it was seemingly out of his capability, all just to show Ah, tranquility is back baby), whereas some important dialogues are unceremoniously bundled. Often times, things happen without any build-up. Awful pacing.
The execution is perhaps the worst factor of all, ruining what could’ve been an okay movie. To me, it doesn’t matter how good the plot is, since if it’s poorly executed, then everything already collapses. And truly, this is where the movie fails to deliver anything remotely cohesive or meaningful.
First prominent issue is that structurally, the movie feels like four episodes crammed together, with no coherent, consistent narrative. With probably roughly 3 climaxes (or so) and a handful of endings, being underwhelmed would be an understatement to transcribe my feelings. Essentially, every “fake ending” always tags along with a climax; thus, nothing feels emphasized, taking also the mere 90-minute duration into account. Not to mention I was so confused whenever it “faked” its conclusion. I literally couldn’t stop checking the time to confirm whether the “ending” I was seeing was just some sort of funny bamboozlement or not.
That being said, I believe the director focuses way too much on his redundant ‘impactful’ climaxes with out of the blue twists and yet he still fails to properly do so; also for that matter, he completely disregards the importance of theme impartation. In other words, having so many climaxes in a single movie primarily for the intent of having emotional weight, it really loses its focus on what it really wants to be, or convey. This is why its philosophy doesn’t matter. Let’s say the themes are sacrifice and love, and the underlying philosophy is the great length taken to change one’s fate, which people might bring up to reasonably defend the movie. Now, if the author really wants to express the said ideas, or anything else you could possibly analyze from this movie, then that should’ve been the focus. Instead, we’ve spent a large chunk of the movie looking at characters crying and saying they’re sad, literally. So regardless of the philosophy, being this excessive about emotional manipulation neglectfully undermines the focal of the story. What’s worse is that fate, or sacrifice, or any idea presented in the movie, are such loose and flimsy concepts in this movie. As stated, since nothing has any sort of real exposition to lay a concrete foundation, the author can just do whatever he wants, however stupid. Like conveniently rewriting future by simply “not meeting a certain someone” as if time-travel can just be that easy. This makes the whole “fate”, or “sacrifice” idea pointless. It feels underwhelming for bearing so little consequences, opposing the entire philosophy of fate and sacrifice itself. But maybe I’m overthinking, because I honestly just feel like “what we see is what we get”. The manipulative execution really makes everything feel superficial after all.
And yet so far I haven’t even nitpicked on trivial stuffs, because it would ineluctably lead to me hate-speeching endlessly (“wtf is that scene where Shouko helpes Sakuta to get on the bed? That is one of the most, if not the most artistically distasteful scene in a movie that takes itself seriously”), but lets not talk about that here. On side note, the jokes are dry as usual, but far more unfunny and cheap. I, unlike many, particularly find it uncomfortably skeptical about the likelihood of Sakuta’s lecherous jokes to realistically achieve its magnificent triumph like in this series. I would wholeheartedly recommend people to stop laughing at this jester’s unfunny little jokes about woman’s body and habits really, for I find it highly unappetizing.
I believe there’s nothing to be enunciated here. I struggled every second for it to end and cringed every time a character broke down and shed their incessant outpouring of tears. I hated this.
Boring typical rom-com music, I don’t remember much. Voice acting is actually fairly good.
I hate the title. All these long ass names that visually and content-wise attract viewers trend should stop. It’s cancerous.
This is an awful movie, and I would never recommend this movie to anyone, you have my words. I literally can’t imagine how anyone walking out of the theater be crying over this movie (good thing is there’s no one in my theater did, even better, most were just laughter). Maybe I’m way too apathetic, but this movie gave me absolutely no emotions that it should’ve given. Or rather, it doesn’t really matter, because the sole intent of this entire movie is seemingly to make you sad at any cost. As impassive as I am, I still hope for God’s sake the score will get lowered and this will no longer be in the Top 100.
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1. Seishun Buta Yarou wa Yumemiru Shoujo no Yume wo Minai
2. Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Fine
3. Sora no Aosa wo Shiru Hito yo
4. Fate/Grand Order: Shuukyoku Tokuiten – Kani Jikan Shinden Solomon