Kappa no Coo to Natsuyasumi: ET the Anime. We have a boy who finds a
alienkappa. The two live together along with the boy’s mother, father and annoying sister. Eventually however, the boy must protect his new friend from the evil scientistsmass media and help him find his own kind back. But don’t let my overly generalized synopsis fool you. It’s a very charming movie.
What we have here is a charming family movie with a pretty nice characterization, that also isn’t afraid to touch upon some more mature themes. Between the gentle slice of life, this movie (clocking in at over two hours) discusses bullying, friendship and having to live in a completely new environment, but it also criticizes the mass media (and in a way that makes them come across as wrong, but not stereotypically evil), the “bystander effect” and other aspects of modern society. The themes are a bit one-sided overall, but they work well enough.
But most of this movie’s focus really goes towards the characters, which are nicely enough developed for a movie. The lead boy suffers a bit from how he looks like so many other young lead characters in other movies like this, but Coo, the Kappa, is well portrayed, and you have to love the antics of his bratty little sister. His parents are also strong characters, and combined they make up for his genericness.
This really is a movie for the fans of slice of life who also like some dark parts once in a while. If you’re not into slice of life, then it will be a bit hard to enjoy, considering that for a movie, it’s over two hours long. Kappa to Coo no Natsuyasumi takes a well known premise, but executes it well.
|Storytelling:||8/10 – Gives both the light and dark parts of the story plenty time to unfold.|
|Characters:||9/10 – Good development for a movie, Coo and the side-characters are likable.|
|Production-Values:||8/10 – No Big budget movie, however the messy animation during the action parts works well.|
|Setting:||7/10 – Lacks originality, it’s portrayed well.|