Wonderful Days

Alt title: Sky Blue

Movie (1 ep x 90 min)
2003
3.47 out of 5 from 2,789 votes
Rank #6,924

Surrounded by water and a world of pollution, oppression, and never-ending rain, the city of ECOBAN feeds off of the surrounding pollutants to sustain life on this seemingly last continent on earth. Shua, a man thrown out of the city, misses the blue sky and now fights to cast down light on this cloud covered island, while uncovering figures from his past.

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Varagauzer
6

Story and Characters So in the distant future, earth has been ravaged by pollution and a society called ECOBAN was built to harvest the pollution eventually the started to beleive themselves superiror than the Marr(the outsiders) and they rise up to take down ECOBAN blah blah blah, its your typical post-apocalyptic story. I've always wondered something, if they are using pollution, why is the earth still a shithole? Can't they just use solar energy? It was mentioned. Why go through the trouble of making more pollution when clearly there is an alternative? The story and characters are very weak for a few reasons: The premise is a very generic story of good vs evil There is very little screen time developing the characters so when the tragedy happens at the end, there is no emotional impact Character motives are pretty clear cut, its too obvious what they will do The climax sucks......it was really bad like nothing intresting happens, they just deactivate the system oh yeah and one of them dies, but you won't even care Now there is romance and I do think it was ok, wasn't great or anything cause all of the characters had the personality of a brick wall. Animation and Sound The animation and sound however was excellent, the CGI looked great in some cases especially with the bikes it looked bad the overall it was really good. Character  designs are also excellent. Sound is also very good, now it is South Korean voices but it's done pretty well, the sounds for all the guns, vehicles and character footsteps its great and the soundtrack is excellent. Overall Excellent production but crappy writing, it is just an hour and twenty minutes, so just watch for the eye candy and nothing else.

SEGHE
7

Story (7/10): Wonderful Days, also known as Sky Blue, presents a post-apocalyptic world struggling to survive amid environmental disasters. The story revolves around a group of individuals who seek to restore the world to its former beauty. While the premise is intriguing and the environmental message is clear, the storytelling can be somewhat convoluted at times. The pacing occasionally feels uneven, with moments of action followed by slower, contemplative scenes. However, the underlying message about the consequences of environmental neglect is impactful and thought-provoking. Animation (9/10): One of the standout features of Wonderful Days is its visually stunning animation. The film boasts impressive hand-drawn and computer-generated imagery that brings its desolate yet beautifully rendered world to life. The action sequences are particularly well-choreographed and showcase the film's attention to detail. The character designs and the portrayal of the futuristic cityscape are visually captivating. Sound (8/10): The sound design in Wonderful Days complements the post-apocalyptic setting effectively. The soundtrack features a mix of electronic and orchestral elements that enhance the film's atmosphere. The use of sound to convey the sense of desolation and chaos in the world is well-executed. Voice acting in both the original Korean and English dub is solid, helping to convey the emotions of the characters. Characters (6/10): While the characters in Wonderful Days serve their roles within the story, they often feel somewhat one-dimensional. The film focuses more on the world and its environmental themes than on character development. While some characters have clear motivations and conflicts, others remain underdeveloped. The protagonist, Shua, is a relatable figure, but his character arc could have been explored more deeply. Overall (7/10): Wonderful Days, also known as Sky Blue, is a visually impressive animated film with a powerful environmental message. Its stunning animation and memorable action sequences make it a visually engaging experience. While the storytelling can be occasionally disjointed, the film's themes resonate and leave a lasting impact. As for a comparison to a manga or novel, Wonderful Days was primarily conceived as an animated feature, and while there may be adaptations, the film remains the primary and visually striking version of the story. It's a must-watch for fans of dystopian and environmentally themed anime films.

ergunnbaxter
8

This is a futuristic Korean Anime. Its set in a distopian future where the upper (ruling) class has no regard for the "diggers" (the lower class). The diggers keep the "living city" functioning but live in total poverty. The rest of the earth is a wasteland. Memorability: The animation was the most memorable part of the film. The distopian storyline is pretty typical most of the way through the film (but enjoyable). Character Development: The character development (the little there was) was done well. You can infer more about the background of the characters from hints and subtleties. I really enjoy this mysterious element in Anime.  Soundtrack: The music director only has one other anime to his name that I know of (ICE OAV). The Music was Gorgeous and for the most part followed the story flawlessly. The English dub was well done, typical of Anime of this quality.  Light to Dark: A serious, futuristic, slightly dark, political commentary on class divide and those who fight against it.   Fantasy Elements: Believable Fantasy, Futuristic, "A Living City", Hackers, Class Divide, 1 Short but Amazing Dream Sequence, Origional Sci-fi Tech, and very well done "Paradise Imagry" ...I call it (you'll see what I mean). Animation: Nicely done CG and animation mix (I usually hate CG). Visually Amazing. I won't spoil the ending because I recomend that you see this Anime, if only for its stunning visuals. Suffice to say, that the final battle is a pretty cool payoff for several plotlines, if a little forced feeling. I will also say that it is not a simple; good guys win, bad guys loose scenario, so it has that going for it. The visuals also remain epic to the very end.

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