***Warning, the following may contain spoilers for Kaijuu no Kodomo. Reader discretion is advised.***
As a reminder: THIS IS NOT A REVIEW. Films and other posts under the Out and About: Eigakan label are watched in Japanese with NO English subtitles. Therefore, misinterpretations and misunderstandings are possible. With that said:
I just got out of Kaijuu no Kodomo…
And I can easily say there were elements in this movie I thought were phenomenal. However, looking at everything as a whole, it is currently impossible for me to tell you whether or not I enjoyed what I sat through. The language barrier I experienced was quite steep.
At a minimum, though, I can confirm there is value to watching this film on the big screen. But before we go into any details, here is — to the best of my ability — a brief synopsis of Kaijuu no Kodomo’s story.
As a child, main character Ruka was struck with awe after a seemingly mythical encounter while at the aquarium. Ever since then, the only thing she wanted to do was break out of her mundane existence.
Such was her state of mind when Ruka met someone who would make the coming summer vacation the longest, most magical one of her life. While visiting the same aquarium, she was introduced to a hyper-energetic boy named Umi, who loved nothing more than to swim.
Fueled by her new friend’s endless sense of wonder, Ruka began to see, or perhaps recall images of the ocean and the mighty creatures within it. Adding to that, although Umi was a big enough mystery, he was nothing compared to his brother, Sora.
Together, Ruka, Umi, and Sora embarked on a grand adventure that led them to the very depths of the sea.
And we will cut it off there.
I was actually able to follow this movie rather consistently throughout its first half, and looking back, I don’t remember much. On the surface, I understand why that doesn’t sound like the best kind of start for any story but try not to jump the gun just yet.
I’m not blaming my lack of retention on Kaijuu no Kodomo being boring because boredom was something I never once felt in this film. I am forgetting the first half of this movie because during the second half, it took all my brainpower for me to keep pace with what was going on, and I didn’t do well in that regard.
During the last thirty minutes of Kaijuu no Kodomo, I didn’t have a damn clue what was happening. For you see, that was the part of the movie where the filmmakers decided:
Let’s just take a butt ton of acid and see what happens.
Trust me, things got weird, and that is not me complaining.
If you ever have the chance to see Kaijuu no Kodomo in a theatre, you jump on that opportunity. This film was f@#$ing gorgeous. Granted the human characters were a bit nightmare-fuel, but everything else — the ocean, the sea creatures, the lighting, the waves, the 2001-A-Space-Odyssey-drug-trip finale — was jaw-dropping. While watching, you get the sense the animators knew they were good at their jobs and this was simply their way of showing off.
To tell you the truth, I’m glad I will have already seen Kaijuu no Kodomo’s artwork when I eventually review this movie. That way I can solely focus on everything else I missed (as in damn near everything) and not get distracted by all the pretty pictures.
Then again, there were a lot of pretty pictures.
Here’s hoping this story can hold its own.
But you know what? We will just have to wait and see.
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