Posted by psgels on 23 November 2011 with categories: Anime Reviews



To the people who sat through the first two movies of Towa no Quon feeling rather underwhelmed: this third movie will reward your patience. It’s a massive improvement. While during the first two movies I wasn’t really sure whether the creators knew what they were doing. The third one however, showed that it knew.

For starters, the extra focus on the characters’ backgrounds really helps. This episode is specifically meant to get various characters with bad pasts relate to each other, including the main character Quon. The cast of this series goes through a massive improvement here, and finally they step away from the rather generic bunch they used to be in the first two movies.

But that’s not all that happens here. In terms of storytelling this movie also did something interesting. It plays around much more with its screenplay. The first two movies were rather mediocre at building up, but this movie contains some really good suspense that actually doesn’t leave. The build-up actually comes together really well at the end of the movie.

The director really put in some thought here in how to make this episode work, considering the very limited budget he has to work with. This leads to a movie that downplays action in favor of suspense, and that really works here. The creators really found something that they’re good at.

Storytelling: 9/10 – Suddenly becomes a movie that puts suspense over action, and it works.
Characters: 9/10 – Has a much better feel over its characters, and how to use the drama around them correctly.
Production-Values: 7/10 – For a movie’s standards, the animation here is nothing to write home about. Although that one experimental scene worked pretty nicely.
Setting: 8/10 – Still not particularly creative, but it works well for what this movie was trying to do.

One Response

  1. kurini says:

    I’m really glad the third one turn out much better than the previous ones! The pacing in this one was really good, I was much more tensed watching this than the last time, which is a good time, at least, I’m enjoying Towa no Quon now. And I was happy where the episode (well, this movie) left off, having the kid asking the question means he will get more development! :)

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  • mike
    (Saturday, Aug 29. 2015 12:30 AM)
    WW2 is a overcrowded genre, but not many modern manga touch on the subject. This is as close to the civilian side of WW2 as I could find over the years. It’s not Kouji’s best work, but it’s not a boring read either. http://m.mangafox.me/manga/love_letter_seo_kouji/
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Aug 28. 2015 11:33 PM)
    @;(: Its a crowded genre I’ll admit and its hit or miss for me, all the war story stuff out there. I think I’d like to see more world war 2 films that focus on the common man living through it than the soldiers.
  • ;(
    (Friday, Aug 28. 2015 10:37 PM)
    @Emma: sounds interesting. WWII is a very interesting period, but also a very depressing one… To be honest though I find it hard to like war stories. They are either depressing or tacky to me.
    Also just read Billy!!! I have no idea what happens no more… The bat never makes any sense…
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Aug 28. 2015 09:41 PM)
    Reads latest sidonia chapter: Dem feels, dem feels.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Aug 28. 2015 08:38 PM)
    Which reminds me Apocalypse meow would probably be Japans answer to Spielgemann’s Maus.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Aug 28. 2015 08:37 PM)
    And I am happy to call onward towards their noble deaths the manga equivalent to Stanley Kubrick’s paths to glory.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Aug 28. 2015 08:35 PM)
    @;(: Theres an old autobiographic war manga from the early 70s called onward toward their noble deaths that deals with personal experiences of the author during the second world war thats worth buying/finding, obscure manga.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Aug 28. 2015 08:32 PM)
    @:(: He definitely enjoyed SMT3 despite it giving him a hard time. I think he found the persona 3 movies to be decent at least.
  • ;(
    (Friday, Aug 28. 2015 08:27 PM)
    @Jerkoff: I have no idea how you can say that considering you’re not even legal yet…
    @Emma: well I only played the Japanese dub. And I think Rises voice sounding like that was the point since she’s an idol. But to be honest I disliked persona 4 so… That said all other SMT games seem to be more his style. Well maybe except persona 3. (But it’s still way way better than 4 in my opinion.)
    BTW I also find war in anime and manga to be very unrealistic many many times.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Friday, Aug 28. 2015 07:29 AM)
    *avoids

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