Psychic School Wars

Alt title: Nerawareta Gakuen

Movie (1 ep x 110 min)
3.564 out of 5 from 2,697 votes
Rank #3,465

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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I may be an avid anime viewer but I rarely watch anime movies but I decided to give this new one a try. Nerawareta Gakuen is a supernatural romantic drama that starts off simple but gradually builds into a beautiful story that drops 2/3s of the way through. Allow me to explain what I mean. Nerawareta Gakuen starts off as a touching middle school romance between a set of friends that turns into a heart wrenching love triangle of pure unrequited love for each person involved. The love triangle gets even more complicated when Ryoichi, the new transfer student enrolls. Said transfer students turns out to be from the future and has come to turn more people into "psychics" to build a better future for humanity. I won't tell you the entire plot but basically the plan ends up looking more like a strict and frightening dictatorship instead of a peaceful and happy society. It's up to the main character, Kenji to stop Ryoichi and his "psychic" followers and this is where things get complicated. The overall movie contains two plots, a touching romantic drama and a supernatural drama. The movie builds up to an amazing climax and then quickly drops into a confusing battle between Kenji and Ryoichi that makes little to no sense once it's all over. I attempted to go back and look for any missing or misunderstood moments but I still came up with "WTF Just Happened?" Don't get me wrong, this is actually still a good movie to watch but keep in mind that the last half hour of the film will be pretty confusing. I think the producer and writer were probably thinking that they had no idea where to go after building such a stunning climax and just decided to jump off and see where they land. The animation and music for this movie are both incredible but neither of them make up for that last half hour of the film. I say go and watch it yourself. Hopefully you can come up with a better answer to the ending than I did.


*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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