From Up on Poppy Hill

Alt title: Kokuriko-Zaka Kara

Movie (1 ep x 91 min)
4.283 out of 5 from 7,930 votes
Rank #557

Yokohama, 1963. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics. The mood is one of both optimism and conflict as the young generation struggles to throw off the shackles of a troubled past. Against this backdrop of hope and change, a friendship begins to blossom between high school students Umi  and Shun – but a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart.

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This is a spoiler-free review. Overall: 8.25/10 - A simple and heartwarming tale, with excellent animation. Breakdown: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Story: 7.25/10-Good General Plot 2/4 - The plot is predictable and not very complex, but still interesting.. Pacing 1.5/2 - It moves at a nice, easy pace. Not too slow or too fast. Emotional impact: 3/3 - Very emotional. Conclusion .75/1 - The conclusion is decent, but could maybe be a little bit better. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Animation: 9.4/10-Outstanding Artwork 3/3 - Excellent. They did a great job with the setting and it is very accurate to the time period. Character Designs 2.5/3 - Characters have outfits like the time period and an older anime style is used. Action Animation NA/2 -  Other Animation 2/2 - The animation is very good. ------------------------------ ------------------------------ ------------------------------ ------------------------ Characters: 8.25/10-Great Personality 2.75/3 - Character personalities are interesting and well developed. Development 2/3 - There is some development, but not a whole lot.  Uniqueness 3.5/4 - Characters do not really fit stereotypes. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sound: 9.2/10-Outstanding Voice Acting 4.5/5 - The voice acting is very good, but sometimes the translation is a bit too direct which can make it sound slightly awkward. Music (intro/outro): NA/1 -  Music (soundtrack): 2.75/3 - Orchestral background and anthems are good. Sound Effects 1/1 - Excellent.  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BONUS POINTS: Creativity/uniqueness bonus points +.5: The time period is unique. Humour bonus points +1: Some moments can be very funny. Annoying/mindset-breaking negative points: None.


***THIS IS A SPOILER FREE REVIEW***   Grazing through my "want to watch" list I found an animated movie that I had been dodging for years. The reasoning was quite arbitrary but the important thing is that I finally took the time to sit down and watch it. My verdict? :D Story: 7/10 This movie really does not have a lot going on but how it moves from scene to scene was quite well done. The basic premise of the movie is a following of the relationship that begins to form between Umi and Shun. Throughout the story we see them get closer and closer as they help save the school's clubhouse from getting torn down. What I did not see coming was a sub plot added around 30 minutes into the film that becomes the real purpose of the film. When the resolution is met, I was very happy for the main characters. This ninety minute film had me interested all the way through and I am glad that I finally watched it. Animation: 7/10 This is a 2011 movie which means it has to go up against some pretty amazing looking anime films and shows. While the colors were not eye popping, the scenes were fluid and interesting. The character models were detailed and the facial expressions were well done. It's not overly flamboyant like a Shaft production but it doesn't need to be. Sound: 9.5/10 This movie hit it out of the park with its overall sound presentation. Amazing voice actors, music, and ambient noises. I personally liked the way Shirou and Shun communicated with each other. The music was soft but very suitable for what was occurring on screen. Characters: 9/10 Loved, loved, loved everyone of them. Shun, Umi, Shirou, Sora, and all of the club members were all very unique and pulled off some really great scenes. Nothing felt generic about any of the characters and the growing romance between Shun and Umi felt believable even with the problem they eventually had to face. Overall: 8.1/10 This movie will not wow everyone since there is no magical action adventure type elements within its ninety minute runtime. What you get is a very heartfelt slice of life with some romance brewing as a group of kids try to save a broken down building. If you are looking for a more realistic type slice of life then I highly highly recommend this film. Enjoyment: 9.3/10 Thanks for reading my review! If you liked my writing style, would like to see some other reviews, or just want to talk, please stop by my page! Sincerely, Awesome Drummer

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