Psychic School Wars

Alt title: Nerawareta Gakuen

Movie (1 ep x 110 min)
3.507 out of 5 from 2,841 votes
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When transfer student Ryoichi Kyogoku appears things take a turn for the weird. Students are missing school, the student council bans cellphones, and Kyogoku begins changing students by awakening their psychic abilities to prevent a future disaster on Earth. Kenji Seki and his friends get caught in the middle and must try to figure out what is going on in time to save their friends and the future.

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Very minor spoilers ahead!: Story - So this paranormal romantic drama feature is adapted from a science fiction novel that came out in the early seventies, and in trying to condense that content into a two-hour long film, the process is proved to be difficult. This is evidenced by the final portion of the film, which is rather bewildering and hard to follow along, especially in the dialogue between Ryoichi and Kenji, as well as the scenes in what appears to be a dream sequence. On the other hand, as I will talk about in the characters section, what this piece really does well is illustrate the growth between the group and their relationships. Whereas it is confusing as to the nature behind the juxtaposed nature of Kenji and Ryoichi's conflict alongside their friendship, their interactions feel as if they more accurately convey the strife at hand. All in all, the individual stories are handled better than the overall plot. Animation - Absolutely spectacular. You can almost feel the salty breeze go past as Kahori drifts through the surf. The light, striking your face as it drifts through the windows of the school. The overwhelming distress in Natsuki's heart as she to cycles down pathways. The wonder in Ryoichi's gaze as he looks up to the Moon. Well, at least I did. Perhaps my descriptions were somewhat melodramatic; However! Fantastic visuals nonetheless. Sound - The soundtrack and themes are well-placed, and really contribute to the atmosphere of the film. Characters - Kenji, Natsuki, Kahori, and Ryoichi are all wonderfully done, from the glimpses into their minds and past, to each interaction between the students as they develop their bonds. The four main characters' personalities and mannerisms are distinct and noticeable, even if Natsuki's acrobatic skills do seem they could easily help her make the cut for a top-line world-traveling circus. Her story especially struck a chord with me, and I don't believe it could have been portrayed better. Minor characters stick out and have an impact as well, with Saito, the student's teacher, coming off as a charismatic, intelligent man, in his moments of screentime. Enjoyment - If you are a fan of charming drama between sound characters and sublime aesthetics, I definitely recommend this engaging production.


*Minor spoilers and statements that make no sense if you haven't had your mind half f*cked by this movie ensue. Enter at your own risk* The supernatural junkie in me could not resist the name of this particular movie, and thus began my adventure with this piece. From the get-go, a lot of things made little to no sense, but the story just rolled with it. You didn't know that Kenji was a pervert in love with an large chested fourteen year old and has a neighbor that secretly loves him with fantastical gymnastic skills? Well, YOU DO NOW. The story had potential, but it had no explanation. As I watched through it, I found myself saying, "So I guess this is just happening now." Who is the main character? How does Kouji know Ryoichi? Is Kenji from the future? Is Natsuki from the future? Why do psychics thrive on the moon? What..? Such beautifully animated dreamlike sequences could not explain what was going on between any of the characters. What even happened after Kenji (comically) gained his psychic powers? It was all like, "WE MUST FIGHT!" and then it was all like "LET'S GO TO THE BEACH DURING A TYPHOON!" What does it MEAN? Is their some significance I am missing?? All this movie did was make me feel some sort of way, and raise more questions- in addition to leaving my dormant fourteen year old heart broken over the loss of love. Like, no, Kahori you cannot go into the future to follow your first love. Your mom will be devestated. Don't be selfish. And did Kenji or Natsuki die/ almost die at some point? Those fireworks, man, I know them feels, gurl.  DESPITE THIS, I can't hate this movie. I have this strict rule that I will enjoy something as long as I like one of the characters, and despite the nonsense that was a presented plot (which I am sure is butchered and condensed compared the original work), I thorougly enjoyed the candid fourteen year old love aspect of this film, even if the supernatural themes fell a bit flat. Just cut it out, and you have a cute little romantic slice of life, we don't need psychics- although the time travel could have been a good touch.  All in all, this movie just makes you confused- and not the kind of confused that you can figure out after you sit down and think about it. Oh no, this is more like the kind of confused that makes you want to go to wikipedia and hope that the entire synopsis is somewhere because you are infuriated by the lack of sense making. BUT, if a movie leaves that much of an impact on you, that yearning to find out more, than it can't be that bad. 

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