Posted on 23 August 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews


This movie came to me, recommended by Wyrdwad. Its original story comes from the same writer of Night on the Galactic Railroad: Miyazawa Kenji. I’m glad I checked it out, as it’s one of the most unique music-anime I’ve seen. The story is about Gauche, a professional, though not very good cellist. While this premise sounds rather bland, there is one element in the story that totally gives this movie its own style and charm. I refrain from saying what it is, for the sake of spoilers, though. It’s best if you watch this movie without knowing anything.

Because of that element, this movie turned into quite an adorable fable, that neither feels too long nor too short. I also admire the realism, Gauche (or “Goshu”, as his name is in the anime) acts surprisingly likable throughout the movie, as do the other side-characters. The story also isn’t afraid to go into a bit of the technical stuff, while still remaining easy to follow.

Despite its age, Gauche the Cellist remains an enjoyable light watch for every age, apart from the people who need action, perhaps. While the movie didn’t reach any heights, it did what it set out to do, and a very good job as well. The art looks fairly unimpressive, though. But because of that, the characters end up looking like any other average Joes, making the mood of this movie even more down to earth.

The animation is nothing impressive for a movie, but I must note that this is one of the few times where the animators actually bothered to try and synchronize their instruments with the background music. Most anime nowadays don’t even bother, and I remember how Nodame Cantabile’s attempt of using CG for this failed horribly.

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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 05:16 PM)
    I can get behind the idea K-off is suggesting, its a good one.
  • K-Off
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 05:14 PM)
    @Enka I’m not saying it has to be all text. I’m suggesting a crossover between manga and choose your own adventure novels.
  • Enka
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 05:09 PM)
    But then again, for H-Scenes, it’d be pretty awkward…
  • Enka
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 05:08 PM)
    Choose Your Own Adventure sounds like just the thing VNs need.
  • Enka
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 05:07 PM)
    Watched Idol master, and it was about as fun as watching water evaporate.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 05:04 PM)
    =< No noooo can't find the second tiger and bunny film on tokyo toshokan, animetake, kissanime or bakabt. Only in assworthy quality on anilinkz and primewire =<
  • Asuka111
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 05:03 PM)
    I already wear glasses from reading too much as a kid.
  • Asuka111
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 05:01 PM)
    I see where you’re coming from though, even nooks and kindles will damage your eyes.
  • Asuka111
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 05:00 PM)
    @K-Off reading a real book? Pfft.
  • K-Off
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 04:51 PM)
    Now that’s an idea; give the VNs printed copies.

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