Posted by psgels on 12 March 2011 with categories: Anime Reviews




There have been many slice of life movies about a young boy or girl growing up and the problems they face. Junkers Come Here is Sato Junichi’s attempt at this genre, created ten years before he would come with Aria. And really: it is among the best ones of the genre.

The thing with Junkers Come Here is that even compared to the other slice of life movies, it’s realistic (if you ignore the fact that it has a talking dog and all, but you know what I mean). This comes courtesy of an excellent characterization and a consistently detailed animation that causes the characters to nearly just walk off the screen. Hiromi (The lead girl) here just feels like a real teenaged girl and her problems are wonderfully down to earth.

On top of that, it’s also much more tightly paced compared to most slice of life series. Most of them follow the formula of first half random slice of life, second half serious story. With Junkers Come Here it’s only the first half hour that will be a bit uneventful. The movie has found a perfect balance between slice of life and character building: the events of Hiromi’s childhood that it focuses on all have a major impact on her and create a wonderful picture of her, coming together in an absolutely amazing climax.

It’s a movie with many truly heartfelt moments, even though at first sight it may be nothing more than a story about a girl and her talking dog. Everything here is very calculated, though, and it’s not just wasting time for the sake of wasting time. That’s the kind of slice of life that I personally really like.

Storytelling: 9/10 – Wonderfully paced. It’s really slow, but makes excellent use of its time.
Characters: 9/10 – even for a slice of life movie, the characters are believable with real problems. The characterization is just wonderful throughout the entire movie.
Production-Values: 9/10 – Very smooth animation that brings the cast to life.
Setting: 8/10 – Solid.

Suggestions:
Anne no Nikki – The Diary of Anne Frank
Aria the Animation
Kiki’s Delivery Service

4 Responses

  1. Firechick says:

    I REALLY need to finish this movie. Know where I can watch the whole thing subbed?

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Firechick: have you tried Bakabt?

  3. Firechick says:

    I can’t use bittorrents.

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    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 11:05 AM)
    Hey psgels when are you going to review Ghost in the Shell SAC 2nd GIG?
  • k-off
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 08:07 AM)
    But the MC keeps digging a deeper hole for himself every chapter that it gets frustrating to read.
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    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 06:23 AM)
    @Aidan in hindsight, you missed Ore ga Doutei wi Sutetara- it’s a textbook definition of an antiharem.
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    @Friend I’ll be glad to give you guys advice about NYC and LA if you need it. Like where to avoid, where to eat, sleep, etc.
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    @Emma I really can’t wait to see where that one goes. It’s been a scintillating read so far. I’m mostl interested in the whole Ecchan plotline. Also, yeah, I have been flying through these recs. I just have been severely depressed this past week or so and as a result have felt an intense craving for this type of manga.
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    @Friend: I understand that, and true the tickets themselves will be expensive (unless you plan this smartly and avoid the busy seasons), but once you’re here we’ll treat you guys and cover the activities.
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