When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does. Ruka's dad and the other adults who work at the aquarium are only distantly aware of what the children are experiencing as they get caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of the oceans' fish.
You should watch it. The story may not appeal to everyone, however the art is really beautiful and i'm sure you will be impressed. The story is very confusing, especially if you havn't read the manga. But it touches on some really interesting topics and I personally liked it. The writing could have been better though. The animation is just....stunning. Really detailed with alot of movement. The background art is so beutiful, as well as the character designes. Ending song by Yonezu Kenshi. Joe Hisashi is the composer, need I say more?
It was OK. The art was beautiful, animation and art style was unique but fitting. Characters were a bit bland in personality and their dialogues were not that impressive. The movie sounded like it wanted to be intellectual and philosophical but whatever message it had was lost on me. Also her mom being a drunk, and her relationship with her parents wasn't really delved into too much. It feels like they were broken up for literally no reason, and alcohol was just thrown in there but somehow mom magically got over it. Also the teacher only punishing her instead of her bully is nonsensical. Sora also tried to act like Kaworu from Evangelion for some reason but it just came off as cringe. There's also weird intimate scenes mixed in there. This entire thing is a mess. A pretty looking one lol. Not worth 2 hours imo. Kenshi Yonezu's Spirit of the Sea makes up for the gaping disappointment this was.
So let's dive into this one (don't mind my puns) This is such a beautifully animated movie which i'm sure you are already aware of. But let's talk about the plot. If you enjoy some truly deep philosophical "what came first the chicken or the egg" content than you'd enjoy this film which complicates things a little "is the chicken an egg and if the chicken is an egg than what makes a chicken". Yeah a lot to process. Some people watch the film just to watch the beautiful animation which honestly is completely understandable. This movie has such a realistic setting that mixes in beautiful watery fantasy to convey deep emotions that the characters experience. And since the characters are children, portraying their emotions in animation that they can't (or don't know how) to express physically is so visually pleasing. This really is a beautiful movie. But here is my little side note. After watching the movie and reading reviews it seems that no one really knows what is happening towards the end. And some people enjoy this and some do not. So it's up to you. The movie makes you think really hard and continuously leads you down a rabit hole until you're completely lost in the whimsical fantasy.
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