In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017)
Critic Consensus: In This Corner of the World offers a unique ground-level perspective on an oft-dramatized period in history, further distinguished by beautiful hand-drawn animation.
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Critic Reviews for In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni)
An elegant reminder that we can never forget what life during wartime does to the human soul.
From the casualties-of-war file comes a gorgeous-looking animated feature from the writer-director Sunao Katabuchi.
"Corner" is a deeply sympathetic tale, using the possibilities of animation not just to pique curiosity, but to devastate.
[Suzu's] life is treated as thoroughly unexceptional ... except of course it isn't. Besides a heart full of (hesitant) love and a soul full of (bashful) virtue, she has the artist's drive to capture the passing world
The painterly beauty of anime detaches the viewer from the terrible events depicted, but it also makes these cataclysms more accessible to the imagination.
Audience Reviews for In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni)
Every now and then, I keep wondering when a Japanese Anime film will not only be worthy of an Oscar nomination, but also a definite 'win'. 'This Corner of the World' just happens to be another one of those films which despite the character designs and animation looking and feeling a lot like a studio Ghibli film, it actually isn't and has the immense opportunity to give both Disney and Pixar a run for their money when comes the awards season for animated films. Firstly, it's a fast paced biographic film centered on the life of a young woman enduring the customs of pre-war and post-war Japan, looking back at some settings within Hiroshima and Kure where it's all but completely changed since these lifestyles and events occurred, once being thriving and bustling eventually turns to desperation within a short time during the war before earning a long term recovery when it's all past. This film boasts a truly vibrant and fluid animation to go with it's authentic setting and beautifully drawn characters, places and abstract compositions, mostly involving the main character's creative side central to her development. I couldn't help but be fully invested in this masterfully crafted and composed animated feature, as every single detail about it's frames, plotting, animation and overall story were overall top of the class. A 'Masterpiece' even from the initial get go and general information.
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