Ocean Waves (Blu-ray + DVD)
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From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, comes a poignant and wonderfully nuanced story of adolescence and growing up. Taku and his best friend Yutaka are headed back to school for what looks like another uneventful year. But they soon find their friendship tested by the arrival of Rikako, a beautiful new transfer student from Tokyo whose attitude shifts wildly from flirty and flippant to melancholic. When Taku joins Rikako on a trip to Tokyo, the school erupts with rumors, and the three friends are forced to come to terms with their changing relationships. Never before released in North America, Ocean Waves is a beautifully animated adaptation of Saeko Himuro's best-selling novel, and a true discovery.
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My real criticism is with the transfer. Because all the other Ghibli films have been dubbed I just assumed this would be. Subtitles are not necessarily a problem. But white subtitles on a white background? I lost about a quarter of the dialog because of this. Also the colors seemed to lack in saturation in the dark scenes. Maybe it was meant to look washed out.
Besides that I am surprised that they did decide to add another short which actually is the ghiblies episode 2. Which I saw in the commentary of nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind from Disney which mentions this short. This has never before been released in the US which I'm very surprised that the added this in there. And it's nice to have. That one is also in subtitle. There's also a few extras such as trailers and staff and reunion with the producer writer and artist of ocean waves and they reflect on the film Ten Years Later. So that's a bonus.
So let's talk about the movie. Now originally this movie was supposed to be an episodic series that was supposed to air on TV however due to budget cost they have to cancel and this turned into 01 movie. This movie was actually giving the younger artists or anime there's a chance to create their own film. Which is quite interesting. So as you watch the movie you can reflect that there are some parts that you wish were longer and some things that left you wondering or wanted more for this movie. It's not bad in the least and ends well but but I could help but wanted more but seeing how it was back in the day I can understand why. So 4/5. A little slice of life so I say and a bit adultish so I would say kids will like this Film. About a complicated romance between high. School student. But for what they do show and what they do in the film is still a great movie to watch despite all that. And I enjoyed what I watch. No spoilers here so you have to watch yourself to see what happens in the film.
So in all I got to say this is not the best release that this company has done for Studio Ghibli or for this film but if you want to watch this and some and you okay with this with the special features that they share with you okay then go buy this movie otherwise it's a pretty lame release for this film especially considering that they talked about putting this in theaters or I believe was actually in theaters for a time.
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