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Garasu no Hana to Kowasu Sekai

Garasu no Hana to Kowasu Sekai (2016) Movie Poster
Japan  •    •  67m  •    •  Directed by: Masashi Ishihama.  •  Starring: Yumiri Hanamori, Risa Taneda, Ayane Sakura, Ai Kayano, Kaoru Katakai, Aya Nakamura, Shinya Takahashi, Tooru Sakurai, Naoko Takano, Yumi Uchiyama, Shizuka Ishigami, Takehiro Hasu.  •  Music by: Masaru Yokoyama.
In a virtual world, anti-virus programs (cute magical girls) are out to destroy corrupt files.

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Review:

Image from: Garasu no Hana to Kowasu Sekai (2016)
Image from: Garasu no Hana to Kowasu Sekai (2016)
Image from: Garasu no Hana to Kowasu Sekai (2016)
Image from: Garasu no Hana to Kowasu Sekai (2016)
Image from: Garasu no Hana to Kowasu Sekai (2016)
Image from: Garasu no Hana to Kowasu Sekai (2016)
Garakowa will catch you within the first five minutes of the movie with its visuals, introductory mini-story (which sets the stage for the rest of the anime), and characters. The background animation is striking and the initial premise strong enough to make the viewer believe the potential of both story and art.

Unfortunately while the visuals continue the story becomes a senseless collage of ill-fitting puzzles pieces. The basis of the story is told from the initial introduction: two anti-virus programs in a virtual world come upon a third, unknown program with no memory nor knowledge of purpose. Unfortunately that's pretty much how the story continues, for even as the plot line (?) unfolds and the dramatic reveal is accomplished... the viewer is still left wondering what actually happened.

That was my initial take. Wondering if I'd missed something I perused the major anime sites in search of some insight into the plot line. The reviews reveal most viewers are as stumped as I am about the supposed storyline and outcome. As one reviewer stated, "I spent 60 minutes watching it and the next 30 minutes wondering what just happened." That pretty much sums up the entire video. Visually it's acceptable. The music was simple but enjoyable. The costuming was gratuitously slightly risqué (which in my opinion actually detracted from the vid). But the destructive factor was a story that went nowhere, was disjointed, made no point at all, and left the viewer with that "Buckaroo Banzai" moment in which we realize the writer and director either ran out of ideas... or are the only two people on the planet who actually know what the plot was about and dismally failed to transfer that information to their audience.

I rate it 5 stars for mediocrity, a mixture of better-than-average graphics and failure to meet expectations. In my opinion it would have made a better 10-minute short.


Review by Snootz from the Internet Movie Database.

 

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