Tono Kaoru heard a rumor: The laws of space and time mean nothing to the Urashima Tunnel. If you find it, walk through and you’ll find your heart’s desire on the other side…in exchange for years of your own life. On the night Kaoru just so happens to find himself standing in front of a tunnel that looks suspiciously like the one the rumor describes, he finds himself thinking of Karen, the sister he lost in an accident five years ago. To Kaoru’s surprise, he’s been followed by the new transfer student Anzu Hanaki, who promises to help him experiment with the mysterious tunnel–but what does she want from Kaoru in exchange? And what will he have left to give, after the tunnel’s done with him?
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Such a promising premise with many possibilities and potential, only to be ruined by cliche romance. Pretty animation. That's all.
This movie is pretty good, better than most reviews have given it credit for. I would recommend it to anyone who has a spare evening. The story is simple, a little bit forced, but it ties together well with a good message brought home by real consequences. Tunnel to Summer is a story about Kaoru and and Anzu, a boy and girl who both lost something important to them in the past. The tunnel offers them a chance to get back what they have lost but at the cost of their own time in the present. While Anzu is able to realize that what she wants isn't the past but a future, Kaoru is unable to see the value in the present and is blinded by his past grief. Even though aspects of the story are cliche, it does a good job of presenting a story and message about living in the present without hitting you over the head with a hammer. I don't know how I would fix the problems with things being a little forced and that is a good thing, it means it did as good as it could have, or at least better than I could have. The animation is something that a lot of reviews have touched on. I agree, it is beautiful but they do everything they can to draw and not to animate. For example in one scene Kaoru is running. To show he is, the voice actor breaths heavily into the mic and we get shown four different background scenes rather than seeing his legs or arms. Made me laugh. Still, passing marks because it is pretty. The music and sound design are certainly enough to tell the story. It never is distracting and conveys the mood well. The story and movie are highly dependent on our two characters Kaoru and Anzu. I like their reserved designs. They aren't particularly original characters but they act in a decently realistic way. I think Kaoru having to deal with grief was done very tactfully. Anzu may have had a stiff introduction, I didn't like her at first, but when she punched a girl in the face for taking then dropping her manga, I came to like her really fast. I'd recommend this movie for a watch. It isn't perfect but it's certainly good. Tunnel to Summer stands on its own merits by having a good message about appreciating the present and shows that missing out on the present because you are bound by the past would just be another tragedy on top of past grief. Top that off with some nice animation and it works out to be a movie worth watching.
Plot: I feel like this anime is a good one and how kaoru would do anything just to see his sister again it really shows on how you have to treasure things before they are gone forever and how he left his sister behind as a sign of letting her go. Animation: the animation was amazing on the plane while I watching it, the animations were smooth and I didn't catch any flaws while I was watching. Sound: the sounds were relaxing and calm and it switches it when there is a change of tempo with the characters feelings. Characters: I really liked their designs and thats all. Overall I liked this anime and I cant really remember it that much but I think I got it correct.
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