Posted on 4 February 2009 with categories: Anime Reviews


I’ve got quite a big backlog of movies built up, so I hope that I can clear that one in the next couple of days. First up is the follow-up movie of Nasu – Summer in Adalusia: Suitcase no Wataridori. They’re both movies about professional cycling (like, the real thing, not a bunch of teenagers racing against each other), and follow the lead Character Pepe as he tries to win some races. Suitcase no Wataridori shows a race of his and his team mates in Japan. If you liked Summer in Andalusia, then you should check this one out as well, because it’s superior in nearly every single way.

Suitcase no Wataridori is a really balanced movie, it’s got a bit of everything: there’s excitement, action, romance, comedy, tragedy, a character-study, all packaged together quite neatly in a one-hour movie without any of the parts featured too little or too much. The Cat ex Machina that was rather annoying in the first movie is also gone as well, and the events flow much more naturally this time, and this overall makes this a very fun movie to watch, making you care about the different characters. Even the romance doesn’t feel out of place and is really nicely done.

The graphics have also received a major boost. The CG is much less apparent and blends much more with the 2D graphics. And the Ghibli-esque animation really works! It adds great expressivity to the different characters, it definitely was a visual feast and a movie budget well used.

So yeah, that’s pretty much why I’ve given this movie such a high rating: it pretty much did everything it was supposed to do, without feeling rushed or anything. Most movies suffer from a rushed or oversimplified plot, but everything was really balanced for Suitcase no Wataridori. Overall, the two movies complement each other pretty well. While Suitcase no Wataridori is superior in technical terms, Summer of Andalusia does provide some valuable background on Pepe, and together they form a pretty nice recommendation for if you like quick sports anime, or want to watch some cycling but don’t have the patience to sit through five plus hours of a real-world cycling tournament.

Storytelling: 9/10
Characters: 8/10
Production-Values: 9/10
Setting: 8/10

One Response

  1. Miles says:

    Thanks for reviewing it even though it didn’t receive a lot of attention. I agree with all the points that you made about the improvements, but just want to add one more reason that this film can be very appealing to me and others as bike racers who suffer through training and racing to achieve our dreams, the emotional aspect of this film is very natural and tangible to us, which makes it worthwhile to be watched over and over again.

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  • Emma
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 03:09 AM)
    @Aidan:At least from the picture you posted aaaaagges ago.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 03:08 AM)
    @Aidan: That was not a come on nor an insult by the way just to be clear, it was an observation.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 03:07 AM)
    @Bam: Japanese version…though I was told I was supposed to watch the dub.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 03:06 AM)
    @Aidan: You don’t look in the least bit intimidating though, your face/hair makes you appear approachable, friendly. You look like an outgoing person visually.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 03:05 AM)
    @Emma: Jap or dub?
  • Emma
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 03:05 AM)
    @Bam: I also felt it, including the voices a little bit dated too =<
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 02:50 AM)
    @Aidan: a potent combo of tats/piercings/cloth m8?
  • Bam
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 02:49 AM)
    @Emma: No worries :)
    I’m actually surprised you stuck with it for that long, considering that its style is quite obvious from the start. I would add that the twist and the conclusion are interesting to say the least, because everything is definitely not what it seems, but yeah it’s pretty old and has the pacing of a Humphrey Bogart movie lol. Believe me KTMI was much more groundbreaking in 94 then it is 20 years later.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 02:47 AM)
    Sigh…this is really starting to bother me. Whenever people see me in the dark they always jump back and say “Jesus! You scared the shit out of me.”
    And I am not even trying to scare anyone.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 02:31 AM)
    Ah man sorry Bam =< I'm actually not that keen on key the metal idol after 4 episodes =< Its a bit plodding/glacial ;A; but to each their own.

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