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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  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 09:02 AM)
    @Bam: Thats becoming increasingly true, over the years I’ve found it also makes it very difficult to follow them all.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:54 AM)
    @Emma: I’ve found out that keeping too many shows, manga, games or books could lead to a sharp reduction of interest in all of them. That’s why I focus on a few “projects” at a time
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:40 AM)
    Even Tetsugaku letra too =<
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:39 AM)
    Jesus I’ve being dropping too much stuff lately, the makai ouji manga, sankarea, pandora hearts, put chihayafuru on hold, dropped the shigatsu no kimi manga too.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:37 AM)
    @Bam: True I suppose, still good tho =D
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:36 AM)
    @Emma: familiar tropes can still be entertaining if executed correctly. And regarding the twist I think it was heavily foreshadowed throughout the episode.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:29 AM)
    The biggest surprise for me with bahamut is that at first, before I watched it I had no expectations and despite it being so shounen heavy its still enjoyable to me.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:25 AM)
    @K-off: for sure.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:24 AM)
    I mainly say spoilers because it was quite the twist.
    Any case thanks for changing it.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:24 AM)
    @Emma: I’m not sure how many episodes this is going to be but I’m getting a 11-13 episode cour feel from the production here, in which case I don’t think they have that much time to get sidetracked.

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