Happy Birthday Inochi Kagayaku Toki

Movie (1 ep x 80 min)
3.684 out of 5 from 179 votes
Rank #3,221
Happy Birthday Inochi Kagayaku Toki

Asuka is sure her mother, Shizuyo, loves her elder brother, Naoto, and somehow resents Asuka. Asuka is looking forward to her 12th birthday, but when the big day rolls around Shizuyo comes home drunk, late, and abusive. Asuka is further hurt when she overhears Shizuyo saying "Why in hell did I have Asuka?"

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It's needless to say that i cryed and got a lot of cold shivers through spines from this movie. So if you are in any case reading this before movie, i should warn you that it's so sad.  My eyes were watery 15 mins intro movie, so i had to pause it for 5-10 minutes. Story: We all got through some trouble in our lifes ( well someone didn't ) , wheter it's family problems or school problems or anything similar to that. This is exactly about that. If you ever felt like a leftout that no one cares about, this story is right for you. It's not kinda unique ( it was probably for that time when it was writted ) This movie is about young girl Fujiwara Asuka that get's rejected by everyone, including her brother and mother, which leaves most impact on her life. She is strugling and don't tell anyone about her problems cause she doesn't have anyone... As she goes through her sad life, finally a little bit of sympathy and care for her and she's gone to her grandma and grandpa so she could recover from weakness and voice which she lost. But after storm comes sun, and story develops more and more about her having happy life, while bringing sad things that ends up good. Animation: I love this animation. I know it's not that good but in 1999 it was pretty much awesome. They managed to bring me back to my childhood with those scenes in the village, when Asuka is helping her Grandpa and Grandma to find a chicked that hides in bush to lay eggs. Everything was almost perfect. Sound: OST in this movie was sad yet happy. Also voice acting was very good. Characters: Now this is the best thing. With clearly character development and other things, they managed to get you to hate some characters, and than love them. Everything was perfect in every aspect of characters. Overall: Everything is working in this movie, it's enjoyable, it isn't too long. I completely enjoyed this, and got a feels trip gratis with movie. Anyways i suggest you to watch it, but if you are reading this review and this sentence, it just means you finded movie with lack of popularity, which isn't known that is like a gold nugget in anime world. Also you will notice one character that doesn't even talk ( Megumi ) which will just prove you how good Asuka is :) If you liked this review, follow me on Anime-Planet as aprecciation :)

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