One day, a large cloud converges above a small village, blocking out both the sun and rain. With the village’s fields in ruins, even the animals have stopped producing milk. Later on, a young boy named Jack is instructed by his mother to go to the nearby city and exchange their family cow for money. However, before he gets to town, a mysterious man offers to take the cow in exchange for a magic bean. As he returns home full of excitement for his purchase, Jack sneaks out into the garden to plant his bean, unaware of the adventure that awaits him above the clouds...
Anime in 200 Words: Jack and the Beanstalk Premise: Jack and the Beanstalk is a distinctly Japanese version of a classic western story. Jack gets a magical bean that grows up to the heavens where a terrible giant lives. Jack climbs and realizes too late that it’s much safer on the ground and flees for his life. Art: This was definitely not my favorite style, because I enjoy crisp, clean, and bright artwork instead of the scratchy, black and white style used here. It wasn’t grating, and nothing here burned my retinas. Emotion: For me, this version of Jack and the Beanstalk had a warm nostalgia, like coming back to see an old friend. Of course, I grew up with this story, so I never worried about the outcome or got scared of the giant. Audience: Children who haven’t heard the story before, because they won’t know what happens and will be far more attentive and concerned than I was. Overall: Jack and the Beanstalk was cute and light-hearted, familiar and relaxing, enjoyable… but ultimately not really memorable. If you’re encountering the story for the first time, your experience could be completely different. Regardless, it’s really short, so why not?
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