With dreams of diving abroad, Tsuneo gets a job assisting Josee, an artist whose imagination takes her far beyond her wheelchair. But when the tide turns against them, they push each other to places they never thought possible, and inspire a love fit for a storybook.
Well I managed to get watching this movie after waiting for a year to appear online! Anyways to get to the point of the movie overall, the art was literally stunning like Bones yet again, did an amazing job at hiring talented artists and the anime really did bring a bit of disability awareness in terms of involving what it’s like for the characters to be in the wheelchair for life. To add, the music was way on point, liked both OP and CL. However what was the downfall to this anime is that the storyline is like a generic romantic story where it involves an annoying love triangle rivalry going on but the girl and boy meet eye to eye in the end afterall. As well the manga should’ve put more emphasis on the characters mutual love for the sea and why the female lead was wheelchair bound in the first place. I believe that has something to do with the timing of the scenes, which the writers were only able to bring in at the last minute. If you want that cutesy simple romantic story that involves good art, then look no further and just friggin watch this anime movie when you get the chance!
With all respect, i disliked the story with all my heart. I think we should stop promoting abusive & unhealthy relationships and be able to have an open conversation with a clear mind & pure soul. Many times before i've seen this scenario when the main character (unsurprisingly a pretty young girl) is a selfish, lonely, spoiled, abusive and cruel child who cries and yells instead of saying about their feeling and emotions honestly. Poor boy near comes to death in a bid to please this beautiful Josee. He loses his dream and it's just don't feel right. Please stop romanticising abuse and selfishness in relationships! Animation is stunning and fresh though, that's a shame and a great pity that these breathtaking images are used as blotting paper for these boring, predictable and emotionally manipulative plot twists!
I really wanted to like this one. Ever since december I've been anxiously waiting for the day I would bem able to see it. The trailer was amazing, the artstyle was gorgeous, and the mysterious title hinted at deep metaphors, and everything pointed at an emotional story full of meaning. So when I finnished watch it, I was left disappointed and feeling a bit... empty. To bec clear its not that it's a bad movie. Far from it. The animation was amazing, the orchestral soundtrack was a special highlight for me, and the story had a lot going for it, specially the first third. However, the story felt more and more without direction as time went on, like they weren't sure what to do it, and it almost completely lost me after "that" happened (With the excepcion of the reading scene, which was beautiful). And this all felt unfortunate, because the story could have focused more on the ideas it had established before, and really explore them, instead of leaving them at surface level thematic motifs. One last note on the characters. Tsuneo was a bit flat, but the two leads were pretty great, I like them. However, all other characters (with maybe the excepcion of grandma) felt they only existed to serve the plot, even the more recurring ones, so I didn't care for them at all.
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