Posted by psgels on 14 February 2011 with categories: Anime Reviews




So, before you start watching this show, you should note that it is a children’s adventure, and so it does have some of the cliches that usually come with this genre.But damn, is it a well executed one!

It’s basically the story of five kids who get to travel through space during their summer holidays, but the creators did a truly amazing job on the graphics. The designs in this show are really imaginative, and this show just consistently comes with new ideas and designs for the characters to run into. The artwork is gorgeous, both in the foreground and the background, but by far the best is how expressive the animation of the characters is. The character in this movie really come to life in the way they’re animated; it’s incredibly dynamic in the way that the emotions, poses and facial expressions are constantly changing. There are tons of details hidden in the nonverbal communication between these characters, thanks to the surprisingly fluid animation.

The characters in this movie, despite being kids, are really likable. One of the reasons is that this movie manages to remember that it’s dealing with kids here, and uses this well. There is an epic plot in this movie, but it devotes most of its time to simple explorations and characters running into new and strange alien things. The drama that pops up near the end of the movie is also surprisingly good.

But yeah, there are some cliches, the worst one being the bad guys with really terrible security staff. Near the end, the movie tried to be too epic. There is also little character development for a movie of two hours and fifteen minutes, despite the effective drama.

Still, this was A-1’s first movie and I’d say mission accomplished. It’s a really enjoyable family movie that keeps a great balance between life-like characterizations and imaginative space adventures. I wasn’t bored for once second.

Storytelling: 8/10 – Well told and believable, yet an entertaining adventure. Gets too epic at the end, though.
Characters: 9/10 – Terrific characterization, though perhaps not much character development.
Production-Values: 9/10 – Truly gorgeous animation and artwork.
Setting: 8/10 – A ton of great ideas. A bit childish, but they work quite well.

Suggestions:
Mysterious Cities of Gold
Secret of Cerulean Sand
The Cat Returns

6 Responses

  1. kurini says:

    I want to watch this movie so badly!!
    Why there is still no subbed version? :(

  2. kurini says:

    I watched it!
    AND I love it!! :D

  3. DangerMouse says:

    Sweet, I’ve been looking forward to seeing this movie ever since it was announced and mentioned as being a new project by most of the old ROD team :) Glad to hear it’s turned out to be quite the enjoyable movie.

  4. Firechick says:

    I just finished this movie this morning and I must say it was soooo adorable! I can’t wait to own it when it comes out on DVD!

  5. fool says:

    I just watched it and I loved it! Don’t know why everybody online seems to be ragging on how the plot was cliche or trying too hard…it was quite well executed I thought.

    If I were 5 again this would be my favourite movie ever. I’d probably watch it every day for a month.

    I hear both this and Redline are coming to video in North America this year, definitely buying both.

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    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 12:31 PM)
    @Raggers, Thanks for the advice. The arus it is then. Should do me till this “laptop revolution”.
    @afgm, Wasn’t there a female army sergent who got a anime picture drawn of her because people thought she was Moe? She didn’t seem to mind.
  • Emma
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    @Afgm: You’d hope that one would be shocked by it though. It’d be pretty narcissistic to get off on the notion someone would be doing that to an image of you…
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 05:47 AM)
    @afgm: Surreal was the word I was going to use for it yes.
  • afgm
    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 05:37 AM)
    That must be surreal having random people pleasuring themselves to a cartoon version of you.
  • Nessie
    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 04:51 AM)
    I still figure Shirobako is a dream the writers had of wanting attractive young girls working in their dingy workplace that they’ve realized into a series.
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    I know theres a hentai doujin out there of the big glasses guy and he’s based on seiji Mizushima =<
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    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 04:43 AM)
    Oh..dear…knowing that shirobako, that some of the characters are designed after a few real people thats going to be awkward if I ended up finding any of them attractive lol
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 04:29 AM)
    :facepalm: I meant the Asus looks decent
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    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 04:28 AM)
    Aidan: the Aidan looks decent, and supposedly has good fans that aren’t horrendously loud so that’s a plus. You will still need headphones though, and it’s not too expensive so can last you a couple years, at which point I would recommend getting another one for the next 3-4 years.
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    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 04:14 AM)
    Also shirobako was referred to once somewhere as this generations Honey and clover, that got my attention.

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