On April 28, Bubble landed on Netflix. This animated feature film was directed by the director of the cult series Attack on Titan. For the occasion, we offer you 5 nuggets of Japanese animation to prolong the pleasure.
On April 28, the animated film bubble landed on Netflix! This is a notable event because it was developed by a team of real big names.
Everything was overseen by Wit Studio, the company behind the first three seasons of Attack on Titan. As for the soundtrack, it’s Hiroyuki Sawano (Attack on Titan, Promare) who was responsible for composing the music.
The story takes place in Tokyo, in a world flooded with bubbles that have modified the laws of gravity. Cut off from the rest of the world, Tokyo has become the playground of a group of young parkour enthusiasts deprived of their families, whose teams compete from building to building.
One day, after a perilous trick, Hibiki, a young prodigy known for his risky style of play, is thrown into the gravity-free ocean that surrounds the city. He is saved by the sudden intervention of Uta, a young girl with mysterious powers.
Both will then hear a sound that only they can perceive. Why did Uta join Hibiki like this? Their meeting will lead them to a revelation that will change the world.
To prolong the pleasure after the Bubble adventure, we offer you 5 nuggets of Japanese animation to see absolutely on Netflix (excluding feature films from Studio Ghibli).
Released in 2003, Tokyo Godfathers is a true masterpiece still too little known to the general public. Its availability on Netflix is excellent news. This film, directed by the late maestro Satoshi Kon, can finally be seen by as many people as possible! The story takes us in the company of a gallery of crazy characters. Gin, a ruined man, Hana, a sentimental transgender woman and Miyuki, a runaway teenager, live on the streets.
One Christmas evening in Tokyo, the three homeless people find a baby in the middle of the garbage and a station locker key in his bassinet. They then decide to find the newborn’s mother, whom they call Kiyoko “pure child” in the meantime. A formidable adventure begins for them which, through an incredible combination of circumstances, will confront them in six days1 with their respective pasts.
I WANT TO EAT YOUR PANCREAS
Nope, I want to eat your pancreas is not a horror movie! Behind this intriguing title hides a sensitive and incredibly moving work, which leaves an indelible mark in our hearts as spectators. Do not stop at its confusing title and let yourself be carried away by the grace of this little gem without holding back your tears.
The film follows the story of Sakura, a popular and lively high school girl. Quite the opposite of one of her solitary comrades who, inadvertently coming across her diary, discovers that she has only a few months left to live… United by this secret, they become closer and tame each other. Sakura then makes him a proposal: to live together a whole life in accelerated, the time of a spring.
FAR FROM ME, CLOSE TO YOU
Far from me, near you is a small tangy candy to consume without moderation! If the scenario is not wildly original, the magical atmosphere that emanates from the film will easily carry you away. In addition, the animation is to die for and the characters extremely endearing. The story takes place in the city of Tokoname located in Aichi Prefecture.
We follow the daily life of Miyo Sasaki, a middle school girl in love with her classmate named Kento Hinode. Despite Sasaki’s best efforts to get noticed, Hinode pays no attention to her. One day, she discovers a strange mask allowing her to transform into a cat named Tarō. Thanks to this object, she can get closer to the one she loves. However, by dint of using it, it may not return to its original form.
FLAVORS OF YOUTH
Produced by Comix Wave Films, the studio behind Your Name, Flavors of Youth is a true pearl of Japanese animation (in collaboration with China). The story is composed of three stories following the fate of several characters. One remembers the taste of the rice noodles he ate in his hometown, the other of his first childhood love that he never fully experienced.
Between the two, there is the one who tries to do everything to succeed in modeling in order to take care of her little sister… These three Chinese destinies have the common point of being inhabited by regret. Did these characters really go to the end of their dream? If not, can they fix it? Flavors of Youth responds with poetry to these questions that we all ask ourselves. Imbued with nostalgia and melancholy, the work shares similarities with Your Name.
To end this selection of nuggets of animation from the Land of the Rising Sun, how not to mention Your Name ? Sign Makoto Shinkai, this masterpiece is one of the biggest hits in Japanese box office history. And it’s totally deserved as this film is a pure marvel in every sense of the word, from the animation to the script, including the sound and musical atmosphere. We follow Mitsuha, a teenager stuck in a traditional family.
She dreams of leaving her native mountains to discover the hectic life of Tokyo. She is far from imagining being able to live the urban adventure in the skin of… Taki, a young high school student living in Tokyo, busy between his odd job in an Italian restaurant and his many friends. Through her dreams, Mitsuha sees herself literally propelled into the life of the young boy to the point that she believes she is living reality…
Everything changes when she realizes that Taki also dreams of a life in the mountains, surrounded by a traditional family… in the skin of a young girl! A strange relationship develops between their two bodies, which they monopolize mutually. What mystery is hidden behind these strange dreams which unite two destinies that everything opposes and which have never met?