Posted 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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  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 12:23 PM)
    The only time they ever get along seems to be during non-canon alternate universes made for fanservice, official or not.
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 12:21 PM)
    Erm, no. They didn’t “get along” so much as Sayaka at least sympathized nicely with her. At least, until the end, when she basically swore never to sympathize with her again. XDDD
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 12:20 PM)
    Another interesting point is that the character relations are pretty fluid, too. Characters can act differently toward each other in different timelines/potential futures. Rebellion actually solidifies Homura’s consistent feelings toward Mami and also that Sayaka just cannot seem to be on good terms with Homura… but even then, for a while, they got along pretty well until the end. XD
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 12:17 PM)
    Madoka’s characterization seems pretty non-linear and only show up when necessary, so it’s definitely easy to see that they’re “dependent on the plot,” but there’s a ton of stuff there to piece the characters together into something coherent and solid.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 11:55 AM)
    Madoka’s characters act pretty confusingly? I never got that. I always felt there actions were pretty logical in the first viewing.
    Though a second viewing of anything can help. Mostly because you know the main story so you can focus on the little details.
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 11:27 AM)
    If anyone wants me to ask any specific questions, let me know. Funny enough, people are saying the same thing I’ve been saying for a long time–that multiple viewings help us understand the characters better. Because a lot of characters DO act pretty confusing at first, but upon a second viewing, after we know more about them, those actions make complete sense. Meaning that Madoka’s characterization is not linear.
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 11:20 AM)
    Thankfully, derailment usually doesn’t happen with serious topics like this, so it’ll probably just die down over time when there are plenty of great answers and not a lot more to say, or go on for a very long time if there are a disparity in perspectives from different people.
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 11:17 AM)
    On a very, very interesting note, I just asked one of the small communities of respectable Madoka fans to sit down and think with me about the potential flaws of characterization and development in Madoka, or why they may be perceived as flaws. I’m getting a lot of well-thought-out answers, so when the thread starts to die down (or derail, which hasn’t happened yet), maybe I’ll share the link here.
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 11:15 AM)
    @Kenjeran: I keep hearing that Up has a really emotionally engaging short intro or insert or something. I STILL haven’t seen it yet, but that might be a potential example.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 08:36 AM)
    I must say Daimidalar, the breast grabbing/groping really bothered me actually in that one that I wouldn’t watch it.

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