Posted by psgels on 5 February 2009 with categories: Anime Reviews


Saiei is of course a great source for the raw watcher who’s interested in ancient gems that nobody’s heard of. They recently added three new movies, among which is Andersen Monogatari. Having never heard of the movie, I expected to see some WMT-esque kaleidoscope through Hans Christian Andersen’s most well known stories.

What I got… was something completely different.

For those who thought that anime in its infancy has no creativity whatsoever when compared to today’s standards…. this movie is here to prove you wrong. The movie was produced in 1968, and seriously: it’s one heck of a crack job. The movie somehow features Hans Christan Andersen as a ten year old boy, and we see his childhood through all sorts of references to the stories and characters that he later was going to write, helped by… a bratty cat, a bunch of mice and a very weird old guy who flies with an umbrella. I wouldn’t be surprised if the creators were under influence of god knows what sort of drug when they wrote this.

Ultimately though, despite all of the weirdness it’s a pretty good fantasy movie, and especially the kids will love the singing and all of the random ideas and fantasies thrown at the screen. As for the more older viewers, it’s obviously going to be a matter of taste: it’s not for everyone, but if you’re into the childish stuff (and don’t care how childish you can get) and happen to locate this movie, then it’s a pretty good recommendation. The animation is also its time very far ahead for an anime that was produced in the sixties. As for myself, there were some particular scenes where I really burst out with laughing (that dog was awesome), and the few serious parts are also really nicely integrated with the randomness of the rest of the movie. Just don’t expect any common sense in this one.

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

One Response

  1. windy says:

    I like childish cartoons , I’ll try this one for sure, thanks for giving us ideas of what to watch!

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:59 AM)
    People’s attention spans are incredibly limited, you have to get to the point and hit ‘em hard.
  • afgm
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:59 AM)
    It’s a very delicate balance to find the happy medium between High School English Essay and water cooler chat.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:57 AM)
    @afgm: I think the consensus is in favor of much shorter posts, not less yet even longer ones.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:56 AM)
    @afgm I agree. Perhaps he can do them in groups of 2 though, because he can keep his long reviews while moving his attention away from the wordy bits a bit more.
  • afgm
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:53 AM)
    I feel that’s a good compromise.
  • afgm
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:52 AM)
    @Ninjarealist: I like the depth of your reviews, however I think you would be better served doing reviews on episode groups rather than individual episodes. Episodic reviews rely a lot on speculation, however over the span of 3-4 episodes you are more likely to make observations that are relevant. I suggest doing abridged episodic reviews and doing progress reports every 4-5 episodes that go more in depth. That way you will have a larger body of evidence to support your arguments.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:44 AM)
    Not that you don’t have to restrain your longer thoughts on these shows realist, by all means include thoughts that are too long for a review in a shoutbox discussion or the comments section.
  • reaLjustified
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:31 AM)
    300-500 words should be perfect. I don’t care about the rating system myself.
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:31 AM)
    @reaLjustified Thanks for the criticisms. I will definitely take your opinion into account. I can see now how my point about Psycho Pass 2 being thematically a lot different than Psycho Pass 1, could have come across as confusing or esoteric when preceded by the introductory sentence you took issue with.
  • reaLjustified
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:29 AM)
    I agree with Hal, I want to read a brief and to the point review rather than a three page essay on a single episode. It does you as much harm as it bores us. I tried to read the whole thing, but found myself zoning out pretty quickly.

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