Posted by psgels on 8 November 2009 with categories: Anime Reviews



Before I start, I’d like to note that this is actually my 500th anime review I’ve written for this site. Gosh, time sure goes fast.

Anyway, for this review I wanted to do something special, and therefore decided to pick out a very unknown movie, watch it and hopefully give a bit of attention to a nearly forgotten gem. Thankfully, I was right in picking out Ushiro no Shoumen Dare. While not the best of the WWII movie genre, it’s a very charming and bittersweet story about a little girl, and her experiences during the war.

What I like about this movie is how down to earth it is: it doesn’t try to be overdramatic, or show as much death and destruction as possible. Instead, it focuses on the lead character, her life and her family. The major part of the airtime is mostly spent on slice of life, while the final parts of the movie show how the lead character survived through the war, and the few years after that.

The slice of life is really good. The lead character really is just like a bratty little girl, who just has fun and cries a lot when something goes wrong. A lot of details has gone into just the every day lives, and one particular thing that this movie likes to do is show off various nursery rhymes that were popular in those days. It’s an interesting watch for anyone who’s interested in the Japanese culture around these days, and it makes sure that the characters are all fleshed out well enough, when the darker parts of the story arrive, resulting in a bunch of bittersweet scenes.

The flaws in this movie simply stem from the fact that it really kept it down to the basics: While I very much assume that a lot of people have had to go through what the lead character has gone through, it does have this air of “been there, done that”. The dramatic parts of the movie, while sad, are also one-sided. When you compare this to other similar movies like Chochhan’s story, which was much more balanced and interesting, I just can’t label it among the best ones of the genre.

Nevertheless though, if you’re into this genre of realistic war stories, then it’s definitely worth the watch. At the moment it’s pretty difficult to track this movie down, but if you happen to find it, why not give it a chance?

Storytelling: 7/10
Characters: 9/10
Production-Values: 8/10
Setting: 8/10

2 Responses

  1. lostty says:

    Congrats on the 500th anime review! That really is incredible

  2. Vampire says:

    i want to know whT IS THE NAME OF THE SINGER THAT SANG THE ENDING SONG !!

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  • Emma
    (Tuesday, May 26. 2015 02:17 AM)
    I’m going crazy waiting on that new ghost in the shell movie and those two new ovas…
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, May 26. 2015 01:43 AM)
    https://www.livechart.me/fall-2015/all
    Heres a look at the fall season ^
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, May 26. 2015 01:42 AM)
    Better start writing it up. As well as catching up with Arslan though I am not sure if there is a point to that anymore
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, May 26. 2015 01:42 AM)
    Cool, new devilman’s a movie, less worry about censorship then, awesome.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, May 26. 2015 01:41 AM)
    Ah crap I am gonna have to do a new preview post soon.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, May 26. 2015 01:38 AM)
    That Aria follow up might be anime original content, having enjoyed the manga years ago, I’m up for more.
    I don’t really know if I care about Ks second season or not I probably won’t watch it.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, May 26. 2015 01:35 AM)
    I’m not seeing anything of interest in the upcoming summer anime season, so I think I’ll be skipping out on it most likely, however the fall season seems to have potential, theres the new lupin out which I can’t wait for, I’m a big tezuka fan and it seems someones coming out with an origin story for blackjack, some seinen horror/demons thing in there too and two murder mystery stories.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, May 26. 2015 01:32 AM)
    @Bam, Nah. Tried that. Thing kept telling me that the blu-ray was acc coded and wouldn’t play. I then tried following steps which were said to fix the problem but it didn’t do a damn thing. Spent nearly 3 hours on this shit.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, May 26. 2015 12:58 AM)
    @Aidan: yep, Bluray quality is like a sore dick, it’s hard to beat. You should be able to use VLC to play Blurays. What you gotta do is open the folder, find the main menu file using VLC and just run it from there. You do need the right plug-ins but they are usually packaged with the newer VLC and BSPlayers.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, May 26. 2015 12:28 AM)
    Still, in general I don’t really care all that much for video quality so long as I can at least follow whats happening.

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