The Night is short, Walk on Girl is directed by the same person who directed The Tatami Galaxy, and many bizarre works including the recent Devilman Crybaby, to classics movie like Mind Games. The movie is made by studio Madhouse, and this movie was definitely bizarre, surreal, fast pace and pack with lots of themes and I absolutely love the movie. Describing the movie is difficult, with many people probably leaving this movie asking wtf did they watch, but also having a fun time. The movie is about a woman name Otome enjoying her night and try to make the best of it as she meets a bunch of different people and gets into a bunch of different situation. All while the love interest Senpai is trying his best to constantly make coincidences to meet her and finally make his move and ask her out, as he tries his best to impress and woe the girl. The movie moves a thousand mile per hour, being similar to The Tatami Galaxy which also has dialogue moving so fast that is almost hard to keep up. People who are slow to read subtitle will definitely hate this movie, but once you get used to the fast pace of the movie, you start appreciating the sheer visual creativity this movie brings. With the energy of the character, dialogue also reflecting with the visual that is constantly changing, having different camera angle with lots of different styles that are simple yet creative, effective and kept my mind engage. With the movie having lot of smart visuals like the watch of Otome moving slowly while the older people watches move very fast, showing how they both see time differently, with Otome seeing that she have all the time in the world to enjoy herself and the older people seeing that time move fast and leaving them behind. Despite the amount of words that is spew, lots of what is said is shown visually. With so much to ingest and unpack on the message of the movie, and is one of those movies that get better the more you dissect it. Especially love the sequence at the end that does deal with Senpai anxiety of confessing and meeting Otome and all the inner conflict that he is feeling. Not only is it a visual masterpiece of surrealism of a dream-like state, but does a great job of representing how people feel when it comes to anxiety and being in love. Also love how tight the script is, with lots of things that are brought up, having a paid off later even if it seems like a throwaway line. With the movie going full circle at the end and just having a perfect ending that does leave a lot of the imagination to the audience. Some of the best endings are the one the audience think of. The movie also had a ton of laugh due to just great timing and literal punchline that are done just fast enough that before you think of the joke, the movie goes for it right away. With the movie embracing the absurdity and surrealism, and sticking to it all the way, and having me laugh my ass off quite a few time. All while exploring many themes from how people see love, time, literature etc. Making it both hilarious and actually really clever.
That being said the movie felt a bit long despite being barely over 90 minutes. That might be because eventually the 1000 miles per hour pace of the movie, and the fact that it does not feel like it has a plot. It eventually did got to me as I have no idea where the movie is going and what else it has left. The movie thankfully did start slowing down a bit toward the end before going full throttle again and letting the audience catch their breath. Also, the fact that the movie does basically have four plot, with Otome going from one plot thread to the other, does make the movie feel like it has ADHD, and suddenly focusing on another plot out of nowhere in weird transition. But it does work due to the energy of the movie and how it string those plot together and have it mean something to the real story of Otome and Senpai. How in many ways they are similar, yet both have faults. With one going too fast and not stopping for a relationship, while the other one is held back by anxiety. What feels like a movie of just stuff happening and a bunch of coincidence, actually are more connected than I realized. Plus it just works due to Otome being an optimistic, energetic girl who can hold her liquor and want to enjoy life to the fullest. With her positive energy affecting everybody she meets. So her constantly get into different scenario work and it was fun. It was also a great contrast to Senpai dilemma he has to go through. As Senpai basically has the same energy of Otome, but basically mess up every step of the way, which just makes you want to root for him even more just due to his sheer determination and energy for the person he loves.
The movie was fast pace, surreal with lots of thing happening and lots of themes compacted into a 93-minute movie. It had fun and likable characters, great animation, and songs by Asian Kung-fu Generation which is always a plus. While the movie does feel a bit long toward the end and is a bit hard to get into just due to the fast pace nature and bizarreness of the movie, I definitely had a great time with this and cannot wait to watch it again. I give this movie a B+
Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
Apr 9, 2021 10:26:05 GMT
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
Apr 28, 2021 7:41:52 GMT