Posted by psgels on 27 August 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews


Ah, I’ve been anticipating this one. It’s a TV-special, but it could as well be considered a movie, with a length of one hour and forty minutes. The storyline is nothing special. Evil construction-workers are planning to destroy a forest, somewhere in the Japanese mountains by building a dam, and the forest and the local children fight back to stop them. It was quickly clear that the success of this anime would depend on its characters.

Luckily, Miyori proved to be more than able to carry this TV-special. She’s a great example of a well-developed tomboy, and she easily goes beyond this stereotype. Throughout the airtime, it was awesome to see her get used to her new surroundings, including the highly imaginative creatures of the forest. Her voice-actress also shines, giving off an excellent performance. The only downside to this is that there are quite a few side-characters who do lack development, especially the bad guys are a bunch of stereotypes; they just bleak when compared to Miyori herself.

Another major plus in this production is the graphics-department. While the animation is plain and simple, the art itself is incredibly detailed, both for the character-designs and the background art. Especially Miyori’s got some excellent character-designs, while she still looks like an ordinary girl. The forest itself is brightly coloured, and a real feast for the senses.

While the soundtrack isn’t among the best, it definitely contributes to the overall scenes. Especially the tune that was played during the climax was excellent. Despite the flaws, I’d recommend this series to any slice-of-life fan, just because of Miyori. She’s a great character, who totally made this TV-special worth the watch.

2 Responses

  1. Dookers says:

    In that upper left screenshot, she looks a lot like Emily. Just felt like pointing that out.

  2. mark says:

    Beautiful animation,and art direction.I would kill to get this on Bluray in R1 !!!!!!!!!

    A heart warming story that does just about everything right.

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    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 01:07 AM)
    I saw something interesting where the members of a guild in World of Warcraft met in real life and hung out. How do you guys feel about meeting offline? I know Emma’s opinion abiut this topic but I’ve yet to hear a general opinion of everyone.
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    @Emma Ai-Ren might be the saddest manga I’ve ever read. This is just devastating. I’ve been struggling to hold back tears for almost the entire time I’ve been reading it.
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    @Bam Sometimes, I miss the retro games where we got a complete story with our purchase and didn’t come with bullshit dlc.
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    Metal Slug I enjoyed for its mix of lighthearted and edgy elements and charm, the gameplay was also plenty of fun with 2-4 people.
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    Contra, Super Contra and Hard Corps are the multiplayer games of my childhood, I really wish the newly revived Hard Corps: Uprising garnered more money and attention than it did.
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    @Enka No problem, but it’s much more threshed out than that game.
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