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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  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 07:50 PM)
    Also did Assasin just disappear after Caster died? Or is he bound to the temple and still waiting at the gate?
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 07:40 PM)
    @Aidan: I kinda got that, but when he was serving out justice as a guardian for the counterforce he used a bow to kill people, my question is why? When did he pick up a bow? Oh nevermind, the LN prologue did say that he was part of the archery team, but still. I would’ve gone with some trace on shit instead. That seems to be his real groove.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 07:37 PM)
    @Bam, the class sustem is pretty vague at best. There are servents who can be summoned to many different classes. Berserker can be summoned as a Saber as well and I am pretty sure Archer fits that catagory as well. There’s even a servent in Fate/apocrypha whos a class mixture of assassin and castor.
    The counterforce didn’t really make him an archer, that was the holy grail war system. I say Archer only used his bow in the flashbacks because it was the easiest method of attack.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 07:33 PM)
    And no I’m not really that annoyed for Lancer not kicking Shinji off of Rin immediately, at least not in this version, but if he really was trying to get his rape on in the VN with Lancer huffin n puffin right there next to them then that would be pretty awkward then.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 07:27 PM)
    What I’m legitimately confused about is how did Shirou become an archer? Didn’t he always use melee weapons? Does the counterforce just kinda prefer the archer archetype or something? Cuz even as a Guardian Shirou should’ve still used the double daggers, or even a rolled up enforced newspaper or something.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 07:23 PM)
    @Aidan: yeah I’m mostly just shooting shit at it, I actually thought it was good, despite the fact that I would’ve been pleasantly surprised if Archer either killed or managed to stop Shirou’s ambition. But plot armor is nothing new to the medium, hell, even Guts has a pretty thick layer of it on at this point.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 06:11 PM)
    I really enjoyed this episode of anime. Whether someone else did not enjoy it is no concern of mine.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 06:09 PM)
    Sigh…I just read through 20 pages of stuff on that ANN Fate UBW 20 review. Honestly…I am just tired of this crap. On and on, the same arguments being shouted as if this time they will win an unwinable battle. I really don’t argee with the review but jumping into the fray isn’t going to help anything. Shouting my view won’t change her opinion just as her shouting does not change mine.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 04:48 PM)
    You know when Shinji was talking to Rin. You could have said something Lancer.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 04:47 PM)
    @Bam, Ouch. Come on I think comparing him to Kirito is a bit much. You think that Kirito would every be shown getting this much of a beating?
    I do argee that lancer should have jumped in sooner…but he did get a spear though the chest and likely did need some time to rest after attacking Kirei. But a “HEY FECK OFF YOU LITTLE SHIT” would have been appreciated.

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