Posted by psgels on 1 January 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews


I was quite surprised to see this one pop up on Tokyo Toshokan. It’s about a boy who meets a baby-Plesiosaurus, supposed to be extinct, and the premise sounded interesting enough for me to give it a try. Unfortunately, one thing that should be noted is that the encoding-quality was very bad. Both the video- and audio-quality are very low-quality, and to make matters worse the video started going seconds out of synch quite fast. In the end I solved it by turning off the sound and playing the same file in another different player with a few seconds delay. It was quite tedious, but worth it.

The story for Coo is just like any other environmentalist movie. A boy finds strange animal, bad guys come to take it and all scientists are evil. It’s the execution, however, that made this movie something special. The characters are well-defined and developed and they’re easily likable. The start of the movie may be quite slow, but this does make sure that both the characters and the story are fleshed out well.

When the movie then starts getting exciting, it delivers. A surprising amount of detail has been put in the plans of the bad guys to get their hands on Coo (the name of the baby Plesiosaurus) and I like how the movie kept realistic while doing this. This goes on for nearly the entire airtime, but unfortunately, the movie screws up at the final climax and ends with a cheesy blatant Deus ex Machina.

Especially environmentally aware kids will love this one, though. Coo is quite unknown, but it’s quite a capable movie. It might not bring anything new to the table, but what it does, it does quite well.

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  1. Reatos says:

    man pls if u c this message pls reply to me for the name of the anime and tell me where from i can dl it 10x really ive been searching for it for months if u reply ill be 1 of the happiest ppl in this world 10x in advance :P

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  • Emma
    (Monday, Nov 24. 2014 07:21 AM)
    Can’t believe I missed month ago that giovanni’s island was out, do love a good war drama but I wonder if I’ll bother with this one.
  • k-off
    (Monday, Nov 24. 2014 04:18 AM)
    God damn Kokkuri-san is so fucking good. Wish I had time to write my damn reviews.
  • Rinegar
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 04:43 PM)
    Hey, nice reviews, I began to make my own reviews as well, so check them out if you are interested! https://www.animetier.blogspot.com
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 03:40 PM)
    Okay, Cossette no shouzou rewatched now too. This was on the high end of Shinbou’s cinematography and pretty much the best he’s outputted even if it has its choppiness/stiltedness in parts. It remains a creepy, surreal, trippy and grim, forboding, gruesome and immersive atmospheric ghost story that feels like it could have gone on a bit long and bar the three main focused characters could have had a little bit more depth.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:16 PM)
    It was only really entertaining for how nuts it got.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:15 PM)
    Aku no hana’s manga never really felt like much more than “crazy shit happening and femdom” = guilty pleasure to me.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:07 PM)
    @Emma: Gankutsou was fine in my opinion tho, as it was so out there that I never saw it as a real attempt at adaptation.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:06 PM)
    I don’t have much exposure to Cumberbatch beyond seeing him talk on film programs and also his role in that Star Trek movie, kind of want to see him in imitation game.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:06 PM)
    @K-off: Don’t give ‘em ideas m8, that actually sounds like a pitch that they would pick up.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:04 PM)
    There is a shoujo manga adaptation/rework of King Richard, there is also a romeo and juliet anime, it was one of the worst thing Gonzo produced, still didn’t dislike it as much a gankutsuou though.

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