Posted by psgels on 20 January 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews


A Tree of Palme is from the same director as Fantastic Children, so yes, I was eager to watch this movie. Don’t be fooled by the childish character-designs, because just like Fantastic Children, A Tree of Palme is a dark and twisted story. Unfortunately, I’m missing the same brilliance.

Don’t get me wrong, A Tree of Palme is a good movie. The first half is absolutely stunning and imaginative. Seeing the nervous wrecks of the two main characters was a delight, and both of them are fleshed out really well. Palme’s desires become gut-wrenching at one point. But yeah, I wish I could say the same about the second half…

In the end, this just turned into one of these movies which are just too short for their own stories, and this becomes all too apparent in the second half. The biggest problem is that the character-development feels really awkward. Okay, I know that Palme is a puppet and there were actually some reasons given for his strange behaviour, but even that was really pushing my suspense of disbelief, and I haven’t started talking about the other characters yet. One time, a character scared to death, and a moment later she’s happy and acts like nothing ever happened. The plot also has its issues, and huge holes start to appear as the movie goes on that are never cleared up. It feels like entire scenes have been lost on the cutting-room floor.

It’s a shame, A Tree of Palme definitely had the potential, as shown by the first half. But the creators really needed to put some of the subtlety of Arete Hime in this movie. It’s like I said in my Mahou Tsukai Tai-review: a movie has a very limited amount of time to tell its story, but if it knows how to build up properly, it’ll turn into something memorable. A Tree of Palme just didn’t have what it takes to really stand out from all the other movies. It’s a good watch, but not a great one.

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  • LodgardAk47
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 01:30 AM)
    Even the AVGN overlooked the game and never reviewed it as far as my knowledge goes.
  • LodgardAk47
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 01:28 AM)
    Contra on the NES was a masterpiece, but the series as a whole sadly flopped as soon as the 32 bit era drew to a close. While it was my favorite game on the NES at the time, in hindsight, Life Force was a far better game with gameplay that is sadly underestimated.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 01:20 AM)
    @Realist: Been having a bit of a re-read of that shoujo one I recommended, still good mind with a strong lead, creepy in parts but very very heavyhanded in its gender politics, overly wordy and too short.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 01:18 AM)
    @K-off: Hell yeah classic gaming. Hell yeah F–k dlc.
    @Friend: =< Too much of a wuss when it comes to offline meetings omo.
    @Realist: Ai-ren was one of those series I randomly just ran into and took a chance on. That and it was a big thing on 4chan a looong time ago. Certainly a downer alright even if I didn't cry at it.
  • k-off
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 01:17 AM)
    @Bam Looks interesting, and it seems to have a bit of controversy over it’s content.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 01:17 AM)
    @Friend: I think as long as they know eachother well it should be fine. I wouldn’t mind meeting people from here in RL, psgels met up with a bunch of us when he came to US and it went pretty well. We all have the similar interests after all.
  • k-off
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 01:10 AM)
    @Friend I’m fine with the idea, just don’t throw me in some dungeon for ransom and I’m cool.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 01:10 AM)
    @K-off: might wanna give Dragon’s Crown a try then m8. It’s deliciously old-school and a complete package, albeit the plot is minimal, but how much story does a side-scrolling action RPG with hand-drawn sprites needs anyways?
  • Friend
    (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.
  • ninjarealist
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 01:05 AM)
    @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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