Hey hey, yes I finally get to watch the movie. I actually waited for nearly a year and I’m glad that one of my distributors decided to bring this film here.
The movie covers 6th and 7th volumes of the light novel. The movie lasted for 1.5hrs. Its pretty adequate length. I will try to keep this review spoiler-free.
This movie pretty much answers everything about Shouko if you question about her existence in the anime.
The story moves on from the anime. So if you watched the anime, watching this will definitely not be a problem. The character developments is a notch better than the anime. The comedy that the anime had is pretty much preserved here and you will experience a lot of teasing on Tomoe.
The movie buildup is pretty darn epic. I really love the character interactions too. Pacing is also just right, not too fast, or too slow. But maybe on the slower side. The biggest question is the 1.5hrs is enough to fit everything together, I would say it’s enough, since most character arcs during the anime were about 3-4 episodes anyway, so 1.5hrs kind of just fit everything together without the weekly wait.
The climax was pretty nicely done, I wouldn’t say I didn’t expect it, but it was one of my hypotheses. This whole movie made me kind of analyze the plot on-the-fly because of the amount of mysteries surrounding the whole plot. It kind of spoils the experience for some, but I like to do this when a movie keeps throwing me with question marks and I’m just eager to answer them.
The ending was pretty nice, the most ideal ending probably. But I wish it didn’t end it all that abruptly and wrap it up a little nicer.
Overall, I would say, I spent good money on this film (more on that later), and it was worth the wait and definitely worth watching.
And of course, CloverWorks is in-charge here, just like the anime.
If you are looking for any movie-exclusive enhancements on the artwork, you would be disappointed as everything is pretty much copy-pasta over from the anime. It isn’t bad, but I wish they could have enhanced the animations for the movie.
But that aside, the movie still looks pretty great, but I wish they could have put a little more emphasis on the Enoshima Illumination (the lighthouse in the movie poster). It is probably one of the key plot devices of the film, but I’m disappointed that CloverWorks didn’t even try to make the lighthouse any special.
But other than that, character designs are still pretty great as before, keyframes are pretty much identical. Colors used is also pretty much the same.
Pretty much the same as the anime.
But one thing to point out, the ending is probably the most beautiful version yet out of all the versions, so if you enjoy it, do listen to it during the credits like I did.
The cast is pretty much also identical to the anime, no one new was added.
Seto Asami, Ishikawa Kaito, Kubo Yurika, Atsumi Tanezaki, Aikawa Natsuki, Amamiya Sora, Akaneya Himeka, Okasaki Miho, Uchimura Fumiko, Toyama Nao, Uchida Yuuma, Mizunaka Masaaki, Ohtsu Airi, Minase Inori, Uchida Maaya.
Everyone is pretty much doing their jobs right. Asami and Kaito’s chemistry really did a lot of magic during 2018-2019 period. If they paired again, I’m totally down for more.
Definitely recommended if you watched the anime and you want more. And also pretty much wraps up Shouko’s questions too.
Now about the “I paid good money part.” I paid a total of SGD34 on the movie, without popcorn.
With the money, I get the movie (of course), a character board and film reel bookmark. And apparently I also got a 2 dollar refund for joining their free membership. So technically I spent 32 bucks on the film.
I got the Futaba one, I am actually happy about it. The film reel bookmark is showing the last 3 seconds of the film. Not much of a spoiler I guess if you don’t know the context.
My complains? I would feel ripped off if the movie disappoints. I wish distributors here can make movie premiums an option instead of forcing them to purchase them by adding it directly into my movie ticket price. Some people just want to watch the movie, like me, who have pretty much little to no interest on the premiums.
That could affect the premium sales and potentially make some of the stock go to waste, but 32 bucks on such petty premiums really feel like a rip off.
Sometimes I pay 50 bucks and I get more functional premiums.
But at least I enjoyed the movie, so it made the ripoff feels a lot less. Sometimes watching anime movies here is like a massive risk investment, since most of the world probably haven’t watched the film, so I cannot ask anyone for opinions of an anime film.
So yeah, that’s it for me today. I definitely enjoyed the film, but didn’t enjoy the purchase.
Next post? I didn’t plan anything yet, so I might be gone for a couple of weeks while I try to get my list cleared out and write reviews.
I am currently watching Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt so it will probably not take too long.
We’ll see. I will see you guys when I feel like writing.