on 14 August 2012
Award winning film from world-renowned studio, Production I.G. Awesome CG, very colorful. Great feelgood movie, fun for the whole family. Must have, must see. Seeing is believing. Sorry, i'm bad at reviews. Please buy this movie, you will not regret it. At least do it for the kids. And yourself.
Plot: Haruka lost her mother at a young age. While her mother was still alive, she received a hand mirror from her. After her mother's death, she forgot about the mirror and eventually lost it. One day, she decides to go to a local shrine and pray for the hand mirror to be returned to her. It is there that she accidentally encounters a small masked creature which she secretly follows to the land of forgotten items.
on 18 June 2013
Warning - there will be spoilers!
First off, the animation on this film is brilliant. It's really got moments of sheer awe, the film is a sort of mix of 2.5D/3D backgrounds and 3D character models which looks very unique. However this is also one of the problems with the film, its visuals often outmatch many other elements of the film in particular the storyline and characterisation. I definitely think the characters could have been developed more, Haruka should had more screen time in the real world rather than on oblivion island. Her relationship with her father should have been explored more at the start of the film, it just equates him with working a lot and being too lazy to clean up after himself, drinking Haruka's drink etc This leads on the second point in that the film is rather content to stay within the cliches of a childrens film/tv-series, the film relies on rather underdeveloped trivial issues in the beginning of the film like the characterisation of Haruka's father and the focus of Dio's bullies who are some sort of gang who take prominence in the first half of the film. It's never really explained why the gang are out to get Dio at all except they find Haruka accompanying him as suspicious. Basically the gang don't really need to exist except for some tension chase scenes.
Yes I might be being harsh on this film as it is afterall targeted towards kids but enjoyable for anybody to watch. Some of the plot elements were really interesting, I liked the folklore elements, the second half of the story involving the Baron is stronger and definitely brings in much needed sentiment and tension to the story that feels rather more forced in the first half of the film such as the introduction of Cotton, although the dancing scene with the phonograph is really what the films needed more as its fun to see them acting like real people, like children and its relatable. I really like the issues that are brought into the plot about abandonment, neglect, the loss of a loved one, worthlessness, growing up and memories of the past, it's a microcosm of what Haruka is feeling as a teenager growing up into an adult and her insecurities. Haruka's motives to get back her mirror and effectively her childhood memories make for an interesting story and there is some good climatic scenes, particularly Cotton's death was an allegory to Haruka's loss of childhood. There is also the metaphor of neglect and loss of Japanese religion and culture seen in the shrine in the real world, Haruka peers inside to realise that it is unkempt and messy, its neglected and forgotten. This is where the film truly shines when it delves into the deeper meaning behind Haruka's adventure however it isn't perfect, it could have been executed a lot better in terms of story, as mentioned before the first half of the story is rather weak. I wouldn't really compare the film Oblivion Island in my personal taste to the likes of Totoro or Spirited Away but its definitely a solid film and I could see why others could consider it a masterpiece on the level of other such films.
on 24 July 2013
This anime production is kind of a mix of Alice in Wonderland and Narnia. It tells the story of Haruka, who lost her mother at a young age, and her friend Teo. Throughout the story she follows a mysterious fox that keeps on appearing.
Cool animations by Production I.G.
The story is pretty OK, but not as good as Journey To Agartha!
on 24 June 2013
This was bought shortly after I had purchased Journey To Agartha on blue ray and both were amazing, me and my husband couldn't say which was better because they both had features and a story line that made them very different. The animation is amazing in this film and the story line keeps you watching. It tells the story of how we all have things we wish we could find that have been lost. although we did find it quite young at heart we thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone that likes animation.
on 10 July 2014
This has more in common with Toy Story and other Pixar films than traditional manga being largely a work of CGI and aimed squarely at the more junior market. Sometimes I found the plot shallow or didn't particularly follow any kind of narrative logic and much of the characterization was bland, but it more than makes up for it by being visually impressive. It would probably be even better on the big screen than on a big screen TV, there are a lot of things happening on screen at once! Very entertaining if you do not dig into it too deeply!
on 2 May 2013
Beautiful graphics, haunting music and storyline, almost as good as My Friend Totoro :)
If you love Anime with a hint of the pain of pending adulthood, but still enriched with the joys of being young, then this is for you :)