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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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 09:51 AM)
    If i had to pick, its the story with Selma Hayak that was my favourite.
    Also RIP giant ant monster, moe as fuck, you were wept for you adorable fucker lol
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 09:49 AM)
    Tale of tales could have stood to jump around less and perhaps developed itself a bit more. However I found enough imagination here and about all the stories are roughly on par with each other in terms of quality. I liked the creature effects and I’m a sucker for “not so happily ever after” and Macabre/dispelled takes of fairytales because lets face it, the old tales were probably far far away from the disney versions.
  • k-off
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 07:59 AM)
    @Kaiser Well hopefully you’ll get back into comedies sometime soon, there’s been some pretty good comedy manga/animes that have come out in the last six years that I’m dying to recommend.
  • k-off
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 06:57 AM)
    @Kaiser As Helghast said it’s the best looking show of the season, but the train and fires are probably metaphors for what it’ll inevitably turn into.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 06:55 AM)
    I keep reading it as Caribeneri as in the word for Italian Military police….
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 06:53 AM)
    I think his names Kurusu, but right now he’s the thing thats bothering me about Kabaneri at the moment.
  • k-off
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 06:52 AM)
    @Kaiser At first the contrast in Gurashi was interesting, but it’s turned out to be nothing more than a gimmick. I am a Hero probably manages to do the cute/psychedelic-zombie contrast better with the heroine when she was a zombie.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 06:51 AM)
    It might be around 4 years now but in that time span I’ve returned to an intolerance I had for schmaltz drama.
  • k-off
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 06:50 AM)
    @Kaiser To be honest I’m not that impressed by anime visuals anymore, the grittiness/desaturation of everything in Kabaneri is no different than the likes of say, Schwarzesmarken, but of course with a bit more care.
  • k-off
    (Sunday, May 1. 2016 06:47 AM)
    But I also have manga that I really hate with utter disgust, like Yoshinobu’s Deathtopia…

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