Rinne Amagame has just begun her first day of high school... in purgatory?! After running late in the land of the living and getting run over by a semi truck, Rinne found herself stuck in a world where her classmates are demons and monsters instead of cute boys. To make matters worse, there’s been a mix-up, as she isn’t dead yet! Now, surrounded by half-decayed dogs and satanic Elvis impersonators, what’s a once-normal school girl to do, and is there any way to get out of this hell?!
It is incredible. Really really incredible. It has a really sweet story, and the animation art style that it is presented with is really unique. The art style, although not one I'd normally like, matched the movie perfectly in the way that it accentuated it's happenings and the feeling of it; I wouldn't say that any other style would work for it because of just how special the movie felt and the way the art was what brought the specialness out. The plot was interesting and deep, there were so many twists and turns that made it more and more interesting. I know that it has roots in classical texts (Adam and Eve stories) but as I had never really seen much of those, it didn't really make much of a difference, however I am now slightly interested in learning more of those roots. It has the most wonderful feelings throughout the movie, as well as sadness in the low points and joy in the high points. it is a most certainly amazing feeling wondering what will happen next; the grief when bad things happen that gets turned into the sweetest relief when it's fixed or made right; especially when you can't see it coming. The characters were really well-made, with a range of different character types who come together to make a really nice whole, even though they falter occasionally, which only makes it better in the end. I particularly loved how they all seemed to support each other when needed, and that the initially less "good" characters would learn and grow in their ways to end up how they were at the end. It had a nice soundtrack throughout most of it, but I can't fully say the ending theme suited the film perfectly although that partially is just because of my opinion for music. The film was overall amazing; the best I have seen in ages and it had the nicest ending. I definitely recommend watching it at least once, it is honestly so great. The feeling you get watching it is second to none! I honestly wished I could have seen more of Steela though, not within the movie (she had perfect screen time and relevance there), but outside of it because of how nice a character she was. She was honestly so, so lovely and was the sweetest thing ever. She made the ending ever more better for me, especially because of earlier happenings.
So after looking for this anime seemingly for years I finally found it. So did it live up to my expectations? Actually kind of yeah, althought the animation was a little shaky at parts and even though I felt like the run-time could have easily been cut in half, I still really enjoyed this a lot. Story- So without getting into spoilers, theres quite a few biblical references in this movie and it's not very subtle about it either, they are quite overt. the main premise is a girl named Linne has "died" and been sent to Hell, which apparently is an Academy for halloween themed monsters/humanoids. Well it's more than just an academy, its actually more like a city just full of these monstrous humanoids. So who rules this place? None other than demon Elvis, appropiately called Helvis. So the story is pretty much about Linne trying to get out of Hell and return to her mom, who she apparetly cares about a lot, which is nice. There are a few good twists and turns in this, so it's not all just pretty pcitures. Animation- Simultaneously the best and worst part of this movie. I have to give major props to Hiroshi Ohno (Art Director) and Kazuto Nakazawa (Char Design) because this anime really doesn't look like anything I've ever seen before. The originality and creativity in the art is really astounding. Theres a gothic-like almost Tim Burtonish look it has going. The characters also look very stylized the men mostly skinny beef cakes (it works somehow) and lets just say the females have generous proportions. The negative sign of this though, is that there are quite a few still frames and static animation. Despite this though. I believe the postives outweigh the negatives. I found the art extremely enjoyable and refreshing. Sound- Lots of awesome rock music and great inspirational music in general. Theres also a cute J-pop song in the end, which is nice enough. It's not the highlight of the movie, but it works well for this. Voices are great, really loud and powerful, at times it feel like an 80's shonen. Characters- I love the characters in this, they're fantastic. Linne starts off as a scared little girl and by the end shes as manly and awesome as Kamina in TTGL. The side characters are also extremely entertaining including all of the monster girls and the various other demon/monster things and ofcourse Helvis is frikin awesome. His whole "baby" thing at the end gets a little annoying sometimes, but his general awesomeness cannot be questioned Overall- Really unique and rewarding experience and I reccomend it to anyone who likes crazy over-the top stuff like TTGL or Jojo's Bizzare Adventures or even people who just like gothic and Tim Burtonesque art. Like I mentioned before I found the run-time a bit excessive, but overall I don't think it hurts the movie very much.
Okay, so I randomly came across this movie off of Amazon prime video (lol) and decided to give it a watch. And when I tell you it's worth it. The animation is very unique (I got major soul eater vibes, but a tad zanier much like devil crybaby -I'm sorry I don't know if this is the actually title) but anyways the story was very unique and and intriguing, the main character has a torhu from fruits basket vibes and is almost as clueless as the viewer watching. Overall this movie was very good in my opinion, being a mix of genres but left you with a feel good type vibe. This would have been a very cool anime, if it picked up following the conclusion of the movie.
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