What Webbed Watched is a weekly segment in which the contributors to Webbed Media give a brief review of any film they have watched in the past week. The film may be a brand new release, a classic, a film we regret watching or one we’ve seen a hundred times. This week we have an anime theme with Your Name and In This Corner of the World.
Your Name – @CiaranRH
Your Name is a beautiful film running rampant with bright colours, a gorgeous soundtrack and an emotional story. It is agreed between fans and critics that it is one of the best anime films of all time, with many claiming it as the quintessential anime movie. J.J. Abrams is even working on an American adaption. Unfortunately as it is an anime film it instantly garners a stigma from many people who won’t give the film a chance, but those people are missing out on a masterpiece. Your Name tells the story of a high school girl in rural Japan and a high school boy in Tokyo who swap bodies. The film is innocent and sweet as the body-swapped students try to coexist in their new environments whilst intertwining their stories that leaves you simultaneously heartbroken and full of love. The film is available in the original Japanese with English subtitles or in a complete English dub. If you are on the fence about watching an anime film, make this your first step and I promise you will not be disappointed.
In This Corner of the World – @Davemanson1
In This Corner of the World is inspired by the manga of the same name, first serialised in Manga Action, the same magazine which first published Old Boy. It centres around Suzu, a traditional young Japanese woman coming-of-age in the period before, during and after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. This depiction of WW2 Japan reiterates that the Japanese people are still confronting the horrors of their history, and this is perfectly accentuated by Suzu’s naivety and innocence. Cut from the same cloth as the immaculate Grave of the Fireflies, but far subtler and more metaphorical in its delivery. Admittedly, it lacks the emotional uppercut of its predecessor, however, the director Katabuchi creates a water-coloured, introspective and beautiful film. It is slightly too hard-hitting for the younger viewer, but perfect for those who love animated features, history and a poignant storyline.