In turn of the 20th Century Japan, a period characterized by widespread innovation and social restructuring, Benio Hanamura endeavors to take modernization to new heights. With a tomboy nature, Benio rails against traditional ideas that women should take care of the home—serving their husbands rather than pursuing their own dreams. Her values as a modern woman come under fire as the one man who supports her independence, Lieutenant Shinobu Ijuin, goes missing in action. Resurfacing back in Japan, Shinobu has lost all memory of his true identity. In this stunning sequel, will Benio be able to reconnect with Shinobu before she is married off to a new man?
Source: Eleven Arts
(spoiler free review) There was quite a bit of drama in this one, so u might go "nani.." at some points for decisions the characters make and their reasoning/justification behind it (similar to glass mask but not as dramatic). It ended properly but i still feel bittersweet about it. Idk whether it is because its over or because I'm not completely satisfied. Could be both since the original anime has 70 something eps, and it has been condensed into 2 movies (At the time of writing this review, i hv not seen the original anime). It was still done pretty well, tho i think the romance could hv been better developed in the first film itself before this one (so the drama made more sense). This film is not the best out there, but at the same time it's not something u will regret watching. The tone shift between the first movie and this one is obvious, with this being more dramatic than lighthearted. So i would say the main genres for this anime film is drama, romance, shojo.
After I watched part 1, I was really looking forward to this. It did not really disappoint me but it is just the story is a bit predictable. There is not much twist and SPOILER AHEAD the main actor gained his memory so fast. I thought it was a bit too fast and maybe they can add more scenes to make it more heartbreaking or something. However, I love that the animation and all are traditional. They even added an earthquake which is like a significant thing to Japan. So I guess it is a surprising element to this movie?