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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  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:08 AM)
    @Bam lol, it never came up. Are you a Southerner/Midwesterner as well?
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:07 AM)
    @Friend Yeah cooking is definitely a better deal most of the time. Although for certain kinds of food, you can get a surprisingly good deal eating out. But it also just feels empowering to cook for yourself.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:07 AM)
    @K-off: they’re decent, but if you want authentic you have do to go where your Guappo’s are at.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:06 AM)
    speaking of corn, we get food like this during the LA county fair and it is amazing. http://lovestoeat.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/dsc08976-new.jpg
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:03 AM)
    @Bam LA has some really shitty Italian food though. Once I go back to NYC, I can get my Italian food fix.
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    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:01 AM)
    @Ninja: you didn’t tell me you’re a Kentuckian! A lot of my friends are also Corncrackers ^_^
  • Friend
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:01 AM)
    @ninja Eating out in a big city like New York and Stockholm would be expensive, so at least for me, I’m encouraged to cook for myself.
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    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 07:59 AM)
    @ninja I love cooking with chicken stock, the taste is perfect for so many dishes. I frequently cook things like risottos and whole yellow pea soups with chicken stock.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 07:59 AM)
    @K-off: The LA area happens to be a where all the good Thai restaurants are at. I’m not a catfish person per se, but I’ll still definitely exhale a fried one. Try the cashew yellow curry with chicken if they serve it, and you can’t really go wrong with fried ice cream and mango sticky rice.
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 07:58 AM)
    Midwestern USA has bad restaurants in general, but it’s forced me to become a better cook. If I lived in a place like NY or LA, with so many excellent restaurants everywhere, I think I’d have a lot less motivation to learn how to make it myself. There ARE good restaurants in Louisville, but for the most part they’re few and far between.

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