Posted by psgels on 11 July 2012 with categories: Anime Reviews

Agh! Stupid laptop! I was nearly done typing up the review for this movie, and then it crashed, taking forever to start up again. I don’t feel like writing it up entirely again, so here is a crash review on Goro Miyazaki’s Kokuriko zaka Kara. There also isn’t going to be a rating table this time, because if that’s longer than the actual review it would defeat its entire purpose.

This felt real! I mean, for a long time I wasn’t sure where this movie was going, but at the ending everything fell on its place and this was a huge improvement over Tales of the Earthsea’s Deus ex Machina ending. The creators created a very interesting movie here with very restrained drama. No overacting whatsoever, even for movie standards. Goro Miyazaki is completely different from his father and he definitely fits quiet drama better, which is probably why he put so much of that into Tales of the Earthsea.
Suggestions:
Mai Mai Miracle
Whisper of the Heart
Chocchan’s Story

10 Responses

  1. boo says:

    It really reminded me of “Ocean Weaves” aka “I Can Hear the Sea”, one of the earlier Ghibli works. It was a nice break from fantasy.

  2. Firechick says:

    Yes. I agree with you that quiet drama definitely suits Goro better than action.

  3. KaZuHiRo says:

    I suggest you get a new baby! Try Alienware!

  4. Milton says:

    Given that you keep getting those frustrating problems with the laptop or wordpress etc.

    Why not write things on google docs and then just paste them here? That way you no longer need to worry about losing your posts.

  5. starry says:

    Your laptop seems to hate you. I suggest typing your posts up in either google docs or word/open office beforehand so your work isn’t lost if it freaks out.

  6. Amy says:

    Ooowoo, I was waiting for you to review this. So sad that it’s only a crash review. When you don’t feel so pissed, maybe you’d like to elaborate? TwT!!

    This is a saving point for Goro. It’s described in one word: Genuine. I don’t know if it’s Goro’s doing or his Papa’s magical help, but it’s helluva lot better <3. I'm glad they didn't make it into a cliche melodrama either. I wouldn't mind if he perfected Hayao's way of portraying magic, flight and his overall GREEN vibe. I love both fantastical and down to the earth Ghiblis <3.

  7. Yam says:

    totally agree on the google documents solution, since it auto-saves your work every few seconds. I would love to see a full review of this film if you miraculously have the time.

  8. Blue Bomber says:

    Hell, I just save to a text file as I’m writing if it’s a gonna be long forum post.

  9. boo says:

    btw, the link to Whisper of the Heart is broken it seems like some html code got in the way.

  10. VyseLegendaire says:

    I do not agree that this movie was genuine or restrained. What good is restrained drama and acting when the setting and message of the movie are asinine and self-sentimental about the past and history and totally unconcerned with challenging the status quo? I found this movie to be plastic, saccharine, and watchable only as a comedy. Art that does not challenge or aspire is nothing but a plastic product for mass consumption.

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  • ratsgnoF
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 03:48 AM)
    How would that be toxic?
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 02:31 AM)
    From a critical perspective it was rock solid. Directing, writing, soundtrack – all were excellent. A great cliffhanger for this arc of the teenage condition.
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 02:27 AM)
    ratsgnoF: thanks, may skim through those later.
    Personal reaction to the finale: welp. Things are a complete mess, Yukino x 8man would be a toxic relationship and Yui x 8man would be far healthier, potentially even good.
  • ratsgnoF
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 01:43 AM)
  • ratsgnoF
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 01:41 AM)
  • ratsgnoF
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 01:40 AM)
    Here are some of the monologues that weren’t really shown in the anime. They’re very well written. https://kyakka.wordpress.com/yahari-light-novel/volume-10/first-memorandum/ https://kyakka.wordpress.com/yahari-light-novel/volume-10/second-memorandum/
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 01:11 AM)
    Ah, then yes, almost certainly. I’d go as far as to expect the author also spends significant time with teenagers to capture their mentality so well.
    I imagine it’d be easier for teens to get emotionally invested, but I’d also say there’s a deeper level they wouldn’t really ‘get’ until older. We can evaluate what we see with a hindsight teens cannot have, so we aren’t worse off for being older.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 12:58 AM)
    Ah yes, the author being like hachiman, thats what I was getting at.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 12:57 AM)
    While watching yahari, one other thing went through my mind “Y’know were I a teenager watching this I can only imagine just how much/even more I’d be getting from this”
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Jul 1. 2015 12:49 AM)
    I’ve only seen first eps for both, but I have hope for Euphonium also being decent on the character front. Plastic Memories looks like it could easily turn out badly and the premiere gave no cause for hope. And I’ve yet to find someone defending it, so unless you’re bored I’d give it a pass.

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