Reviews

  • Jun 08, 2021

    An extremely special film that displays Naoko Yamada's perfection of her craft. In concept and in setting, it is a remarkably small film. The film takes place almost entirely within a few rooms of a school (outside of the fantasy B plot) and is about a singular thing: the strained friendship between two people. Despite how seemingly bare-bones that is, it's a dense and carefully crafted film that never disappoints. The soundtrack is phenomenal. Kensuke Ushio is a true gem in the medium and I hope he continues to collaborate with Yamada. The gentleness of the songs fits perfectly with the tone of the film and the addition of diagetic sounds of a school into the songs themselves is brilliant. Credit of course must also be given to veteran and long-time collaborator to Yamada, Yoshida Reiko, who wrote the film. The two are an unmatched pair.

    An extremely special film that displays Naoko Yamada's perfection of her craft. In concept and in setting, it is a remarkably small film. The film takes place almost entirely within a few rooms of a school (outside of the fantasy B plot) and is about a singular thing: the strained friendship between two people. Despite how seemingly bare-bones that is, it's a dense and carefully crafted film that never disappoints. The soundtrack is phenomenal. Kensuke Ushio is a true gem in the medium and I hope he continues to collaborate with Yamada. The gentleness of the songs fits perfectly with the tone of the film and the addition of diagetic sounds of a school into the songs themselves is brilliant. Credit of course must also be given to veteran and long-time collaborator to Yamada, Yoshida Reiko, who wrote the film. The two are an unmatched pair.

  • Mark C
    Apr 23, 2021

    Ambitious, surreal, visually unique, out of nowhere break away side story from the Sound Euphonium franchise. Imagine if someone made a dead serious feature length film about Janice, and Marcel the monkey from "Friends" in the style of a 19th century impressionist painting. More of this randomness please.

    Ambitious, surreal, visually unique, out of nowhere break away side story from the Sound Euphonium franchise. Imagine if someone made a dead serious feature length film about Janice, and Marcel the monkey from "Friends" in the style of a 19th century impressionist painting. More of this randomness please.

  • Nov 09, 2020

    It may not have a huge scope, it's quite small, but especially after Hibike! Euphonium, there is a lot of personal feeling in the movie. It is a very soft feeling movie.

    It may not have a huge scope, it's quite small, but especially after Hibike! Euphonium, there is a lot of personal feeling in the movie. It is a very soft feeling movie.

  • Aug 21, 2020

    I made a Rotten Tomatoes account for this. Personal favorite movie. This is some high art

    I made a Rotten Tomatoes account for this. Personal favorite movie. This is some high art

  • Apr 20, 2020

    The younger life in the movie.

    The younger life in the movie.

  • Mar 24, 2020

    Naoko Yamada's feature "Liz and the Blue Bird" exemplifies the powers of the medium of Japanese animation, allowing itself to revel in all the nuances of its brilliant but subtle world.

    Naoko Yamada's feature "Liz and the Blue Bird" exemplifies the powers of the medium of Japanese animation, allowing itself to revel in all the nuances of its brilliant but subtle world.

  • Mar 01, 2019

    Beautiful, heart-wrenching, and visually stunning

    Beautiful, heart-wrenching, and visually stunning

  • Nov 15, 2018

    "Not for everyone" is a bit of an understatement, really. This movie is unapologetically aimed at a particular audience, which makes it perfect for that audience. If you like very slow-paced stories about small things, it might be for you. If you enjoy stories and emotions being conveyed more through things like body language and actions rather than a ton of words, this movie is likely for you. If you like themes exploring things like social anxiety and the thinness of the line between deep friendship and romance, this movie's definitely for you. If you enjoy all of that wrapped up with some of the most subtly beautiful animation and amazingly powerful music, then it'll probably be one of your favorite movies. I'm that person so it's one of my favorite movies ever.

    "Not for everyone" is a bit of an understatement, really. This movie is unapologetically aimed at a particular audience, which makes it perfect for that audience. If you like very slow-paced stories about small things, it might be for you. If you enjoy stories and emotions being conveyed more through things like body language and actions rather than a ton of words, this movie is likely for you. If you like themes exploring things like social anxiety and the thinness of the line between deep friendship and romance, this movie's definitely for you. If you enjoy all of that wrapped up with some of the most subtly beautiful animation and amazingly powerful music, then it'll probably be one of your favorite movies. I'm that person so it's one of my favorite movies ever.