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Ocean Waves

Dec 31, 2009

My only experiences with Studio Ghibli up to this point have been with Miyazaki's films, so I picked one at random, and this is what I got.

STORY

Ocean Waves is very realistic. It's a story about normal people living their normal lives. It's focused on problems that seem very petty compared to most anime, whose plots contain sweeping melodrama and constant twists and turns, and thus is rather more relatable, for what that's worth. Adding to the realism are things that wouldn't normally be included in an anime (a girl mentions her period, there's a brief scene of a few of the teenaged characters drinking), as well as complicated emotions that are hard to portray. One of the more impressive plot points (to me) took place in the school. Countless anime take place in Japanese schools, and almost all of them take their drama from the interactions between students. Ocean Waves did this for the most part, but also included conflict between the students and the school itself- the administration and how the school was being run.

Ocean Waves also manages to be one of the slowest-paced things I've ever watched. Which isn't really my thing.

ANIMATION

Passable. It's obviously made by Ghibli, but as a made for television movie, instead of one that was shown in theaters, it had a noticably smaller budget. The designs are atractive enough, and the animation of the movements are alright, there just aren't that many movements to animate, and a marked over-reliance on still shots.

SOUND

If you played the soundtrack from this film back to me, I probably wouldn't recognize it. The music had very little presence.

CHARACTERS

Like the story, the characters were very realistic. They aren't exciting, they probably won't make it on your list of favorite characters, but their personalities and how they interact with each other and react to situations was very realistic.

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
5/10 overall

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soundchazer says...

I would disagree. Because this was a made for TV movie, I would say that the productions values are HIGH when compared to similar fare. I believe it is not fair to compare against the Motion Pictures since this was not the type of film that took several years of pre-production and was meant to be a way to let the younger animators take a stab at creating their own projects without being stifled by the vision of Takahata or Miyazaki (after all, they had more opportunities in their youth by working in different aspects of anime when doing Heidi, Future Boy Conan, Holz, etc. etc.)

 

As for the story and characters, I guess in the end it is all a matter of tastes. I actually like the characters a lot because they are more grounded to reality. In many ways I connect better with them because some circumstances were not that different from my own when I was a teenager.

Jan 16, 2011