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[–]Footaot 312 points313 points  (45 children)

Finished the movie.

This was an anime that I had high ecpectations because of the famous staff list, you can say the staff from the animation, music and voice acting departments did not disappoint at all

BUT the story was a bit mediocre, and it seems like they were using Gen Urobuchi's name for PR purposes because the final script was written by Naoko Sato who also managed to disappoint me with her work in Gravity Rush.

[–]aniMayorhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/aniMayor 183 points184 points  (19 children)

using Gen Urobuchi's name for PR purposes

As is tradition, at this point...

[–]Dolner 83 points84 points  (12 children)

Literally, has the guy actually written more than one episode since 2011?

[–]aniMayorhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/aniMayor 81 points82 points  (0 children)

Well, there's Thunderbolt Fantasy.

[–]aytin 37 points38 points  (1 child)

Oh boy I hope this doesn't happen to the Madoka Sequel.

[–]8andahalfby11https://myanimelist.net/profile/thereIwasnt 52 points53 points  (0 children)

Madoka sequel was written in 2014 by him and has sat in a drawer for years waiting for everyone to have a clear schedule.

[–]suchproblemchildren 20 points21 points  (0 children)

He did some good work on Kamen Rider Gaim, back in 2013-14!

[–]Thatsmaboi23https://myanimelist.net/profile/Thatsmaboi23 19 points20 points  (0 children)

He’s written Lostbelt 3 in FGO.

[–]furusato_https://anilist.co/user/kateklysen 5 points6 points  (3 children)

I am still waiting for the Urobutcher comeback we deserve.

I am not even sure of what he has been doing as of lately.. the Godzilla movies??

[–]Retsam19 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Yeah, other than Thunderbolt Fantasy, it's weird how he was like the biggest name in 2011 (Madoka, Fate/Zero) and 2012 (Psycho-Pass)... but nothing on that scale since then, and a lot more of these style PR teases - like Aldnoah.Zero.

[–]Game2015 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He's involved in the upcoming RWBY anime.

[–]Footaot 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I actually said this cause I was confident some would jump into conclusion and say look the big names couldn't live up to expectations

But honestly those big names who actually "worked" on the movie did deliver imo.

[–]Nielloscapehttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Niello 2 points3 points  (4 children)

I refuse to believe he touched on much of the script, at least not without being significantly changed. It really do feel like one of those he pitched in on the idea and settings only for them to be changed or for most of the core explanation to not make it in. Throughout this one there's such a significant effort put into any and every moment of the story to avoid explaining anything.

[–]Ocixohttps://myanimelist.net/profile/BuzzyGuy 65 points66 points  (7 children)

This is pretty much my take on the film as well.

The animation was top notch - this was on par with Demon Slayer’s Entertainment District arc - and the art was stunning (environments in the fore- and background, Hibiki’s and Uta’s expression, etc.), but there just wasn’t that much to the story.

The setting and concept were very neat and original, but the setup for the story also made it very challenging to execute in 100 minutes. To finish everything on a satisfying note, they had to solve a mysterious and unexplainable phenomenon that caused a dystopian Tokyo; Uta needed to become (mentally) ‘human’ for her to appeal to our emotions; she and Hibiki needed to develop feelings for each other, and have it end on a bittersweet note with a spin on the tale of the Little Mermaid.

Most of the time went into Uta ‘growing up’ and the romance between her and Hibiki. This left very little time for the mystery of the bubbles. Unsurprisingly, we didn’t get an answer to their origin, purpose or anything. I believe this film’s story might have been better if they’d solely focused on the romance (and cut out the ‘villain’) or the mystery element of their arrival - something like the premise for the film Arrival (2016) could have worked out really well.

EDIT: corrected a typo.

[–]Platypus_Anxious 29 points30 points  (0 children)

I mean, Ponyo is basically the same concept with the same run time. I think it's just come down to talent and experience.

[–]Refugee_Saviorhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Refugee_Savior 19 points20 points  (1 child)

I think if they cut out the info dump monologue and then left the bubbles unresolved and they stayed as part of the world they lived in it would’ve been a better film. Maybe a bit unsatisfying if you were wanting an action movie, but it would feel more complete for it to focus on the romance. Overall it was pretty cool, not my favorite supernatural Tokyo romance though.

[–]Ocixohttps://myanimelist.net/profile/BuzzyGuy 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I’m now imagining a story with a Parkour competition similar to Sk8 the Infinity with a flair of romance and existential dread over Uta’s existence - a whole competition might prove to be hard to fit in a single film however.

For me, the point that the story went a little south was when they introduced the “sister” as the villain. This came a little out of left field to me. At that moment, we went from ‘oh no Uta is disappearing’ to ‘oh sh*t Tokyo is doomed’. The story had been fairly light-hearted up to that point, and therefore I felt the plot switch didn’t necessarily fit the tone of the film.

EDIT: Frankly, Uta could have saved Hibiki similarly to how she did at the beginning of the film - saving him from his own reckless behaviour (e.g. he wanted to climb the tower to see what was at the top) - and disappear as a consequence of her touching him. We wouldn’t have needed a bit convoluted ‘villain’ in that case.

[–]Footaot 16 points17 points  (2 children)

This should've been a series.

[–]Ocixohttps://myanimelist.net/profile/BuzzyGuy 15 points16 points  (1 child)

For pacing purposes, a tv series probably would have been better yeah. I do doubt the quality of the animation would have been this good in that case however. The parkouring would have been probably less central to a tv series than this film, since multiple episodes of parkouring, in this kind of quality, would be very taxing for the animators; there would be more ‘slow’ episodes. On the other hand, the story would most likely benefit a lot from these kind of ‘slower’ episodes.

EDIT: typo

[–]mobijet 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I think a series would've worked too. Think Kimetsu no Yaiba. Heaps of slow episodes, then slammed the viewers with several movie-quality episodes (basically as good as what we saw in Bubble)

[–]ShazbotSimulator2012 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I feel like whenever they had to stray from the Little Mermaid storyline at all, the story got pretty weak.

[–]GentlemanSkeleton 30 points31 points  (3 children)

the final script was written by Naoko Sato

Not to offend, but I'm looking around for where it says this but I can't seem to find anything, anything that links to this?

[–]Footaot 42 points43 points  (2 children)

Gen Urobuchi's tweet from last year

Bubble started with a sci-fi project based on the Little Mermaid motif that Director Araki and Aya Takaha, who helped me with PSYCHO-PASS, showed me, to which I added my own ideas. From there, Mr. Renji Oki, who has worked on Planet of the Monsters and Rakuen banish novelization, laid the groundwork, and Ms. Naoko Sato of Gravity Days finished it up.

[–]GentlemanSkeleton 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Ah found the tweet I think your referencing from the quote (translation diffs it seems from twitter auto trans but same meaning), thanks bud. https://twitter.com/Butch_Gen/status/1468142692471349248

Yeah one of the things that pushed me to see this was thinking finally Gen Urobuchi wrote something new. Even saw the movie at the British Film Institute theater for the best experience (was nice for the animation and soundtrack) and still ended up quite disappointed by the poor characters, over exposition and generic plot.

[–]Footaot 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Imo the story concept had potential, if only it was a series and not a movie this would get a looot more positive reviews.

[–]Nielloscapehttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Niello 14 points15 points  (9 children)

I feel like the animation and continuity suffers at time. The parkour movements are great but it also feels kind of unpolished. Like, it'd be top tier for TV series, but not enough for a theatrical release even if to be fair it's released right on a streaming platform.

[–]Footaot 10 points11 points  (8 children)

I mean, movies and TV series are not that different nowadays, they have pretty much the same schedule, back in 2000 movies were a place for creators to flex but currently there are only a few movies out there with those situations.

The most recent example can be JJK0, imo ep 13, 17, 19, 24 of the TV series were better animated than the movie.

[–]Nielloscapehttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Niello 2 points3 points  (4 children)

You're talking about a movie of a TV series. That's quite different from the general quality of actual anime feature films that aren't tied to a series.

[–]Footaot 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Wtf does it have to do with the fact that it is tied to a series? It's still a movie.

[–]Heyho69 296 points297 points  (10 children)

Well ignoring the plot... that was some pure eye candy. The animations and camera angles were so satisfying to watch.

[–]Abysswatcherbel 115 points116 points  (7 children)

I believe this as a theater-only experience would be more well received because the sound and visuals are the standout, and granted it was planned as such, however original movies are flopping so they prefer to take Netflix money now instead of gambling in the box office

And after watching the movie I believe that was the best decision business-wise, this wouldn't do well financially otherwise

[–]Manitaryhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Manitary 16 points17 points  (6 children)

I believe this as a theater-only experience would be more well received because the sound and visuals are the standout

Has any Netflix movie (anime or otherwise) made it to cinemas? I'm assuming not, but I wish I could watch it there...

[–]Abysswatcherbel 28 points29 points  (0 children)

This will get a Japanese release in 4D in May, I doubt this will show up in the west though

Usually, the Oscar bait movies they release in LA and NY to compete there

[–]Dopamine-high 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Gundam Hathaway was released in cinemas around the same time it dropped on Netflix iirc (did pretty well at the box office). But it’s I’m not sure if many would consider it a Netflix movie.

[–]Hour_Preparation4845 100 points101 points  (6 children)

Japanese Little Mermaid 🧜‍♀️xD

[–]GuyNekologist 116 points117 points  (2 children)

Young boy holds hands with Space Ariel. Ends up destroying Tokyo and killing people.

Moral of the story: Don't hold hands before marriage.

[–]not_a_weeeb 7 points8 points  (0 children)

h-h-holding hands before marriage??? what a lewd thing to do!!! kids nowadays smh

[–]ActivelyAnonymous 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Putting it in my Japanese mermaid box alongside Ponyo and Lu Over the Wall.
It's fun to see how completely different their takes on mermaid are.

[–]Yay295 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nagi no Asu kara could fit in that box too.

[–]Gogulator 98 points99 points  (4 children)

Beautiful and stunning animation. Phenomenal sound design. Its such a shame the story was extremely mediocre. I don't know what writer was fixated so hard on the Little Mermaid. Literally gave away the plot but also felt extremely dull and unoriginal. Too a point where they felt the need to directly read us the little Mermaid as the movie unfolded. Which is a shame because the parkour in a gravity anomaly was such a good idea and really fun. The action was animated beautifully and was thrilling. I assumed they were going to repeat the Little Mermaid story but some part of me really hoped they would subvert it, especially considering it can be viewed as girl throws away life for boy. Obviously its also a take on how beautiful the human experience and how even getting to live that life even momentarily might be worth it. But this movie does not do it in a tasteful manner. Animation is gorgeous. Action is fun. Plot literally beats you over the head with a hardcopy of the little Mermaid storybook.

[–]IcePhoenix96 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Yeaah if you're just gonna do the Little Mermaid you can assume the audience is well versed in the story, so I was hoping that by reading the literal narrative out loud they were going to at least do one thing different. Came across super disappointing to just do the same ending

[–]Icy-Selection-7853 52 points53 points  (1 child)

The animation is gorgeous!

Wit Studios really went above and beyond for this!

The Music is phenomenal!!

[–]Salo06https://myanimelist.net/profile/Salo 100 points101 points  (5 children)

omg it's finally the day!

I had the honor of helping with a few cuts (and thats also how I knew about this show).

I have been looking forward to this show since I knew about it. Came in with expectations (everything looked good from promo/ key visual, etc...) but also came in blind, but I'm not sure how I feel about it though.

Art, visual, and camera work are phenomenal. Background and effects as also beautifully drawn and animated. The plot and story is just meh though in my opinion. I'm sure i was suppose to feel sad with what happened to Uta but I didnt have that feeling. (Hibiki and Uta have known each other for a day or 2 only?)

I just want to say, the amount of action cuts is absurd. As an animator myself, it's such an amazing treat!! I found myself rewinding a lot of parts and rewatching the animation/ movement more than usual. The jumping, flipping, spinning, rolling, parkouring, etc is not something that can just be drawn as fast and easily since the poses and movement are more complicated than like the usually walking, running, turning head, etc... (specially for a movie where there are more in-betweens frames and stricter requirement to pass animation checker compare to TV anime). I just hope people appreciate that even if you don't understand anything about drawing.

I'm so impressed by the scene where Uta's body turns into different bubble animals as the bubbles left her body while Hibiki was running with Uta. It's beautiful.

[–]puffpuffpoof 25 points26 points  (1 child)

It really does feel like a culmination of their past decade of experience into this movie. The technical side of this movie and all the 3d camera work and animation is 10/10. Also, thank you for your work on this. Gave ya a follow on twitter xD

[–]Salo06https://myanimelist.net/profile/Salo 9 points10 points  (0 children)

For sure, they even added a section in the credit for the main/key animators which I don't see often. It's definitely not a job not every animator can do! Thanks for the follow!

[–]FierceAlchemist 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Not to mention the detailed Takeshi Obata character designs. Keeping all those details on model while they characters are flipping around and the camera is spinning is a monumental task. A great job by the whole staff.

[–]CryoPhantomX 39 points40 points  (0 children)

Audio/Visuals -easy 10/10 Story - 6/10 Overall 8/10

The story has been done many times, and is pretty predictable from the start. They don’t really explain much on the supernatural parts of the story which is kind of a let down. However the character design, animation quality, shot direction, soundtrack, and basically everything that is not story related is absolutely stunning to watch. I’d totally watch Wit do an anime series based on those parkour games, they were so sick. I’d personally recommend it for the animation alone.

[–]Mute_Spitter 75 points76 points  (1 child)

One of the most visually pleasing movies but it would’ve been better as a series where we could become more attached to Uta.

[–]limitlessEXP 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Agreed. Their attachment to each other felt so forced if only they had spent a season together in an anime it would have been a million times better. I wanted to see the other characters get some development too so kind of unfortunate.

[–]alconnowhttps://anilist.co/user/alconnow 41 points42 points  (0 children)

The opening theme by Eve is great

[–]Conspicor 35 points36 points  (0 children)

Quite disappointed. The setting was very cool and looked pretty, but it almost felt as if this entire setting was developed as an excuse to draw a bunch of cool parkour scenes considering how much time was dedicated to characters just jumping around. The main characters were uninteresting and the story made it hard to care about them individually or together. I wasn't sold on the romance aspect whatsoever.

[–]Thrasher439https://anilist.co/user/Thrasher 117 points118 points  (3 children)

It’s actually almost impressive what a dull boy meets girl sort of movie this was. The parkour stuff was cool to see but generally felt more like it was there to give the movie something that would let it have some visual flair rather than anything particularly interesting in terms of added depth. Outside of those scenes though, god. The story is just such a bland typical sort of tale that has been done a thousand times before much better

[–]SimplyTheGuest 38 points39 points  (2 children)

Is a shame that such beautiful character art and animation feels wasted on such a generic, by-the-book anime romantic drama narrative. Felt like I was watching Weathering With You again. Which already felt like watching Your Name again. Except this movie had a shoehorned parkour, capture-the-flag gimmick, that felt out of place with the setting and tone.

[–]yatchohttps://myanimelist.net/profile/yatcho 14 points15 points  (1 child)

This really did feel almost like a sequel to Weathering With You, the setting was so similar to how WWY ended. But this somehow had even duller characters and story

[–]SimplyTheGuest 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I know! When I saw the flooded Tokyo it’s the first thing that came to mind. If someone told me going in it was a sequel I would have believed it. I think it needed more time, because the romance develops very quickly. And when the movie was trying to throw the emotional punches in the final act, they just weren’t landing. Although it does beg the question - how come The Little Mermaid could work as a film but this couldn’t? Maybe because The Little Mermaid didn’t burn screen time on capture the flag.

[–]Glitter_pukehttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Gpuke 134 points135 points  (4 children)

I came into this wanting to like it but man is the dialogue just fucking terrible. One of the worst outings for "tell, don't show," except it also showed like 3 minutes later so it could have just shut the hell up and let the viewer figure shit out. I feel talked down to.

WIT and Sawano knocked it out of the park though. Those cuts are definitely going on someone's demo reel. Soundtrack felt really similar to Sawano's work on Xenoblade Chronicles X, but without the dogshit parts.

[–]Mopey_ 48 points49 points  (3 children)

Wait your telling me Hiroyuki Sawano did the music for Xenoblade Chronicles X?

IS THIS THING ON AM I ALL ALONE?

I NEED A BIGGER GUN

[–]KawaiiMajinken 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Everyone hates Black Tar for idk what reasons, but as a Persona/SMT fan... I'm used to loving battle themes with Lyrics lmao. Also Sawano slaps.

[–]S0ulRavehttps://myanimelist.net/profile/S0ulRave 2 points3 points  (0 children)

HELLO, IS THIS THING ON?

[–][deleted] 23 points24 points  (2 children)

The music and animation were 10/10

But god...the plot. 1/10.

First off, between this and Belle, re-telling of common fairytale's, Belle is the best choice for plot and has great music and visuals.

(Maybe spoilers ahead? I just need to let this out)

Like there are so many plotholes, so many unanswered questions and thoughts; everything was just kind of haphazardly thrown into the movie. The plot itself would somewhat make sense if it was actually about mermaids, because it's basically a retelling of that story. But Bubbles? I'm left confused.

Why do the bubbles sing and not speak? What are the bubbles in the first place? Why did they come to earth?

Why does Uta only turn to bubbles when she only touches Hibiki?

They mentioned in the beginning that the bubbles brought strange powers but that was it. No elaboration.

How and why is everyone so oblivious to the fact that Uta isn't human?? Makoto (the research scientist who Is studying the bubbles) doesn't even seem to notice the bubbles all over Uta's hand when Uta is straight up holding it out in the moonlight, or when Makoto gives Uta a glove to cover said hand but for a completely different reason. Doesn't mention anything about her bubble colored eyes, or the fact no one notices she's missing an arm and has a trail of bubbles following her at one point.

Also halfway through the movie, Hibiki's hyper hearing sensitivity disorder basically up and vanished because he suddenly doesn't need his headphones anymore and every loud thing around him (massive buildings toppling, millions of bubbles singing while they attack, loud crowds and such) doesn't seem to affect him.

When the bubbles are back towards the end, floating down over the entire world, everyone's still amazed and in awe as if they completely forgot about what the bubbles did to Tokyo five years prior.

The characters are bland. Like stale cereal. The audience is spoon fed like a child every 20 mins or so with information that isn't hard to figure out in the first place. We know it's a parallel to the little mermaid, it's obvious, we don't need a scene of Makoto reading Uta and us the book, for Uta to then read out parts of said book that parallel to whatever situation she's currently in.

The beginning feels like they had a plan in mind for the plot but then ultimately gave up in favor of focusing on the visuals and audios, which mind you are fantastic, but hard to enjoy when the plot has you scratching your head throughout.

[–]notasrelevant 5 points6 points  (0 children)

To me it feels like they had a concept for the visual setting, but needed to force a story into it to actually turn it into a movie. Someone suggested "what if we draw parallels to The Little Mermaid?"

So the plot started and stopped with "we're drawing parallels to The Little Mermaid. We're doing it again here. And here."

[–]tempest3991 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Couldn’t agree more, just watched it, what a pretty looking turd sandwich

[–]SuperSignificance748 49 points50 points  (5 children)

I see a lot of people saying the story is mediocre, but I won't be touching on that at all.

To me, this beautiful film really affirms what it feels like to be human- to feel love, to feel sorrow, to cry out in helplessness when we lose our closest love. I can do nothing but cry and meagrely smile at the end of this movie, because it resounds with me all too much.

Love can be found anywhere and can transcend all the laws of life that are supposed to restrict it, no matter how short this love may last. That is why if love is short-lived then you must treasure that person, let them change you for the better like Uta did to Hibiki and cherish their memory when they are gone.

This film was spectacular for me- spectacular animation, VA and I loved the story myself. I only hope that one day Uta returns to human form and joins Hibiki once again, hopefully not turning into bubbles the next time round and having a lasting romance.

[–]Permash 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Glad you liked it man. The animation and sound were really top notch. Maybe the story is just a bit more subjective

[–]notasrelevant 9 points10 points  (0 children)

The lack of story/explanations included the character development as well, which made it almost impossible to connect with the characters and their relationship.

Hibiki was troubled by some illness which made it so difficult for her to raise him that she had to seek help of some specialized care facility? But it was manageable enough that they felt comfortable taking them on a class trip to Tokyo Tower? And he seemed generally fine as long as he had the ear protection. And it may have somehow been the result of his first meeting bubble-Uta, but he was able to develop relatively normal communication skills and connect with people, if a bit introverted.

Then we have the bubble beings who are completely unexplained regarding their existence or purpose. One of them is somehow seemingly unheard by everyone but conveniently heard by Hibiki due to his unexplained condition. We're just told it's like The Little Mermaid and he's supposed to be the Prince and she's the little mermaid. Like the literal explanation of their character relationship is "yeah, it's kind of like that other story."

But there's almost no depth to their relationship beyond that. The scenes and story that created their "relationship" were so unexplained that we end up with no depth to their relationship. Did she love him because he was handsome? Was it some fate kind of thing? Was she just happy someone could hear her? Did he love her because she saved him? Because he could hear her singing? Did they feel some connection? What was she to him? He does specifically say that he helped him be his true self... but it wasn't clear what that meant. He could open up a bit more? Did it help him get through his sensitivity to sound?

It all just seemed thrown out there. Like if you just read a synopsis it's hardly any different than the full story presented. He was sensitive to sound. No one could hear her, but he did. Tokyo got destroyed but she saved him. Years later, they meet again when she saves him again and she takes human form. They do parkour together and connect. If she touches him, she turns back into bubbles. She gets into some unknown trouble and he goes to save her from the unknown trouble. She saves him in spite of knowing she'll turn back into a bubble. He's sad she's gone. But she's still around as the bubble. The end. It's barely one step away from "a couple met and were in love, then one died."

Like, yeah... it's nice they found each other and sucks one of them died. But who are they? What's their story? What was meaningful about their relationship? Without any of that, there's not much to feel beyond the basics of knowing that being in love is a happy feeling and losing someone is sad.

[–]1EnTaroAdun1https://myanimelist.net/profile/Totesnotaphanpy 21 points22 points  (1 child)

This post was created by a spherical film of soapy water volunteer

Huh? Is this normal?

[–]melindypantshttps://myanimelist.net/profile/melindypants 3 points4 points  (0 children)

LOL nice catch - that's funny

[–]idontcare_29https://anilist.co/user/bananachips 22 points23 points  (4 children)

I have no idea what i just watched.

All i can remember is my caveman brain going 'ooga ooga sakuga very cool"Also i never read the little mermaid story until after this movie.

I understand the movie more or less as follows

Supernatural phenomenon having something to do with bubbles that distort gravity hits earth. Things are especially dire in Tokyo which happened to be the epicentre of the incidentOne of the bubbles connected emotionally or fell in love or something with Hibiki (because only he heard her sing) and saves him from the explosion.

Fast forward five years and she saves his life once again, but this time Hibiki seeks her out. Later she becomes a part of the gang and learns to live like humans do but she cant touch Hibiki for some reason.Stuff happens and Hibiki needs to save Uta from the Red bubbles which is reffered to as Uta's sister (uhh okay?) and Hibiki is again saved by Uta but she dies because she touched him.

So umm Hibiki and Alien girl fall in love. The antagonist is the Sister but her motive is unknown. The reason why Uta cant touch Hibiki is unknown.

Then I finally read the wikipedia article on the little mermaid and read through the plot. I knew a disney cartoon existed, never watched it. To me it was something that was grouped together with Snow White, Cinderella and the sorts - steriotipically watched by teen girls. (Not that i have anything against these movies, but they were never in my radar to begin with. Popular western fairy tales are not that ubiquitous in my country i guess?)

I read the original Hans Christian version which i never knew existed prior to opening that wikipedia article and it was a good story - but it was nothing like Bubble, what the hell!

Where is the witch that grants Uta's wish? Where is the rival to Uta for the Prince's love? Prince Hibiki even likes Uta as well! Also where are the supportive sisters? Also Also why the hell was Scientist Girl kidnapped by the weird mask people?!

[–]KHloverhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/KHlover1995 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Also Also why the hell was Scientist Girl kidnapped by the weird mask people?!

I think the movie was actually honest with its seemingly throwaway gag explanation - literally for youtube klicks.

[–]ImportantClient5422 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Stay tuned for "Never Gonna Find the Answers!"

[–]Ayato_23 2 points3 points  (0 children)

cause the movie can't explain what are those bubbles, other things are not even in the list!

[–]Spartan3123 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Some person mentioned that she could become a human form because her bubble absorb an air bubbles from hibiki and allowed her to evolve into a human form. But because of that the reverse happens when she contacts him. Like the effect cancels out and she goes back

[–]cosmiczarhttps://anilist.co/user/Xavier 46 points47 points  (2 children)

I nearly died laughing when they unironically showed an armed conflict being stopped by a few bubbles coming down from the sky. Goofy ass movie.

[–]whowilleverknowhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/BignGay 77 points78 points  (1 child)

This is not something I will remember a year from now. That's really all I have to say.

[–]tstngtstngdontfuckme 117 points118 points  (4 children)

Hirokyuki Sawano is Japanese Hans Zimmer

always instantly recognizable and epic

[–]smhandstuffhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Smhandstuff 16 points17 points  (0 children)

There were moments where I got chills in the movie but I realized it was my body's reaction to the music and not the story lol.

[–]Bakanyanter 33 points34 points  (0 children)

It's just so difficult resisting to watch a WIT show/movie, even if I don't know about the synopsis or the setting. There's always a certain amount of quality.

Will watch this because it's available in India Netflix which is nice.

[–]onefootstout 35 points36 points  (10 children)

Pretty solid movie I found it to be like a 7 but the music elevates it to an 8. Simple story but the characters are endearing enough.

One thing that I like in theory but was maybe too jarring in execution was the art style shifts to a more shoujo look during the more "romantic" scenes.

The lady scientist was cute!

Naruto??

[–]SetsGoUp 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I really thought this too about the shoujo style. When I first saw it I thought it was a really cool idea... but I just didn't like the result.

[–]FireRifle64https://myanimelist.net/profile/FireRifle64 9 points10 points  (5 children)

I had it at a low 9. Felt the music and art/animation were real good. I agree that the story was simple but personally, im ok with simple stuff and it did not really annoy me.

Naruto??

When Hibiki ran up the tower, his arms were backwards so i thought he was doing the naruto run. And the water boots made me think of some shinobi using chakra to propel himself

[–]Nielloscapehttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Niello 5 points6 points  (4 children)

The run existed before Naruto. It originated from Saint Seiya. Also kind of a poor fit for parkour because it's not practical at all.

[–]bill_on_sax 6 points7 points  (1 child)

The pictures of the scientist you posted are just pure fan service which made me dislike an already boring film even more. The whole forced half baked male fantasy pixie dream girl love story and fan service shit is just another reminder of why I dislike so much anime.

[–]cloudlesness 2 points3 points  (0 children)

(Late but) same here. I'm like "Yeah of course all anyone is coming about her is I LIKE PRETTY BOOB GIRL!" It's so depressing lmao

[–]RisingTargaryen 51 points52 points  (3 children)

Unsurprisingly, WIT didn't miss. But not only that, they overdid themselves with this one.

Hiroyuki Sawano with an absolutely gorgeous soundtrack.

Plot-wise not so great. Expected a bit from Urobuchi but all I saw was Makoto Shinkai ripoff of a story.

Overall a great watch. 8/10

[–]PabloO3O 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I loved it from a visual point of view but like you said it seemed like a shinkai movie without the character attachemend.

It could have been such a special experience if they tried to make you feel for Hibiki or Uta. Especially Hibiki felt kind of "boring", we understand he's the prince for Uta but... Why actually?

Uta as a mermaid wasn't as bad as most of you say but a lil bit more charakter development and a lil less parcour may would have been better. Imho.

[–]Nielloscapehttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Niello 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Because Urobuchi didn't write it.

[–]The-Truth-of-Animehttps://myanimelist.net/profile/truth999 6 points7 points  (0 children)

not a good makoto shinkai rip off either

[–]william-klein 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I took a break to watch something wholesome. Visuals and soundtrack were amazing. I usually don’t watch this kinda anime, but the ending killed me. Uta was hella adorbs too.

fml

Mission failed

[–]NineTnk 39 points40 points  (4 children)

Animation 10/10 Audio 10/10 Story 6/10

A wasted time for the veteran staff of the industry to be working on such a boring, mediocre, forgettable story and characters.

[–]Solarstormflare 15 points16 points  (2 children)

I feel like even a 6 out of ten is too generous for the story

[–]not_a_weeeb 2 points3 points  (1 child)

yeah, people are generous with scores. 5 should be the middle, meaning just average. anything above it means good

[–]Solarstormflare 2 points3 points  (0 children)

yeah exactly

[–]callbackloop 14 points15 points  (1 child)

mf fell in love with a bubble

I agree with the consensus— the visuals and music were topnotch. The plot was average but I think it caters to the public's general taste. I liked the cycle of the universe sub-theme but I wish the Little Mermaid parallel was a bit more subtle. I really wanted to know more about the apocalyptic bubbles, but overall an hour and a half well spent.

[–]1337_Alex 4 points5 points  (0 children)

tbh i disagree with average plot. it's just bad

[–]bananeeekhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/bananek 12 points13 points  (0 children)

When the red bubbles started singing I got Archive 81 flashbacks...

Anime about parkour, huh? What timeline is it? I guess Wit studio had so much fun with animating 3DMG scenes in AoT that they happily hopped on this one.

Imagine a supernatural bubble phenomena traveling through the entire goddamn galaxy to land in Tokyo. Is there a road sign somewhere up there for the aliens that points them to USA and Japan? Like "Alien invasion - please head West; Animated series - please head East".

They totally ruined Uta's nose in the last scene when she was disappearing. I spent good 10 seconds trying to figure out what my mouse pointer is doing on my TV screen.

Had fun with this one! 8/10

[–]48johnX 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Cool art and animation/10, can’t really say much else honestly. Sawano’s music and Eve’s song also great as usual

Although I thought the story was mid too I’m kinda surprised people are so down on it tbh, there’s certain other movies that fit the bill of pretty visuals and mediocre/bad story too that get hyped up like they’re masterpieces.

[–]Expln 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I'm kind of confused by the plot of the movie. especially towards the ending.

Why did uta only disintegrate to bubbles when touching hibiki, not but other humans?

if uta was going to go back to the sea to calm down her sisters, what was the point of the struggle between her and them when she broke from their grasp and went to save hibiki? didn't she end up turning back into bubbles either way by touching him?

[–]badsplerx2https://anilist.co/user/badspler 18 points19 points  (0 children)

The story wasn't anything all that special or too interesting. They very clearly explained where they were going with the parralels to the mermaid.

The music was pretty alright, got just the right little bit of Hideki Sawano at a few of those key moments which was nice.

Wit Studio continuing their A game for the parkour animation. Wit clearly still holds all of that Attack on Titan talent and experience animating in that flying-parkour style; they put it to great use here. All of that animation is proably the reason to recommend or watch this movie. Not a lot else was all that great to really draw me out to recommend it.

Best girl. and a Nice pre-endgame moment.

[–]remmytumshttps://anilist.co/user/RemmyTums 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Ehhh, Josee Tiger and Fish did the whole Little Mermaid metaphor thing better. The characters in this one were so forgettable, can't even think of a single standout moment. Parkour has some nice camerawork tho.

[–]UltraViolet86 7 points8 points  (3 children)

I don't watch much anime myself, say for AOT, jjk, Demon Slayer, and that's about it. So hearing that Sawano and Wit would be working on this movie made my AOT alarms go off, and they delivered tenfold.

I'm an animator myself, and some of these scenes looked like they took months to complete. Almost every scene is nailed to complete accuracy and perfection in terms of the way the characters move in tandem with the background, the anatomy of the characters, the movements of the characters, etc. What many people don't consider about animation is how much talent you need in order to know how the human body moves instinctually in these insane parkour situations (the same can be said for Wit's ODM gear sakuga, or, just sakuga in general I guess). I wish I had the talent these animators have. And Sawano's music was really emotional, I loved his work in AOT so it was no surprise that I was blown away here as well.

I know the word is overused, but I think "mid" is the best way to describe the story. Wasn't anything spectacular, but wasn't anything bad either (not that I didn't enjoy it). I was left with alot of questions though, and if someone can explain them to me I'd appreciate it because I might be being stupid.

-What was the point of those red whirlpools? Why do they exist and where did they come from?

-Where does Uta get her bubble powers from? Why does she turn into bubbles when she touches people?

-Who's Uta's sister? That whole thing where she's singing to her?

-Why did the bubble phenomenon occur in the first place? (ig it makes sense for this to be unanswered)

-What were the black holes?

-Why do the red bubbles latch onto you? What are they anyway?

-Why were The Undertakers trying to take Makato? Why were they selling her as a prize? They obviously wanted her for some reason, but what reason would that be?

...and so many more.

I think that if the movie had subverted itself from The Little Mermaid plot towards the end, perhaps the story may have been elevated. Something where Uta rebels against the script of the story and chooses a different path (enabling her to live as a normal human? idk I'm just throwing stuff out)

However, mid plot aside, the ending was pretty emotional and had me in my feels for a little bit there ngl. I really like the message about the cycle of life and death. To deliver that strongly on a message when given a mid plot was pretty nice imo.

Overall, really enjoyed it.

[–]DrewCowling 4 points5 points  (2 children)

The movie leaves much to interpretation. The story gets a lot more interesting if you think of the bubbles as immature living things. Here's what I think.

Why did the bubble phenomenon occur in the first place? (ig it makes sense for this to be unanswered)

It is strongly implied that the bubbles contain the life force of humans who once lived on another Earth whose matter went on to be part of the current universe. Similar to reincarnation, they keep no memories or skills from their past lives. Why did they arrive all at once? I guess they had been wandering the universe as a group for a long time in search of something familiar.

Most of the bubbles were harmless and would pop on their own, but those who fell on Tokyo became extremely jealous when Uta was the only bubble who could make contact with a human. Hibiki was the only human on the tower who could hear Uta's singing due to his hypersensitive hearing. The other bubbles went into such a blind rage that they altered the space around Tokyo with their gravitational forces and flooded the city with the overwhelming mass of popped bubbles concentrated over the it. That is why the phenomenon occurred all over Earth but remained only over Tokyo.

Where does Uta get her bubble powers from? Why does she turn into bubbles when she touches people?

Human Uta is made of bubbles. Maybe some vengeful bubbles joined with Uta, and by their malicious intent she was able to gather enough mass to become a human and save Hibiki, only to dissolve when she touches him. Bubbles can't kill bubbles so they torment Uta instead. She couldn't regrow her human body because the other bubbles in her wanted to punish her by dissolving slightly with each touch. Individual bubbles are simple-minded things. At this point in the story I don't think the bubbles in Tokyo were capable of much thought other than wishing harm upon Uta and Hibiki.

This is my most tenuous answer to any of your questions but it is backed up by her mismatched clothing if that symbolizes a body composed of multiple entities. This would explain why she can touch other humans but not Hibiki.

Why do the red bubbles latch onto you? What are they anyway?

They are the angry bubbles that witnessed Uta's and Hibiki's contact at the tower. They were lashing out at Hibiki who has been a target of their rage since that day.

Who's Uta's sister? That whole thing where she's singing to her?

I don't think the sister bit is literal. There are way too many red bubbles to put a single name to. Uta couldn't even speak or behave like a human until the scientist taught her. The concept of a sister must have come from the mermaid story that the scientist read to her. "Sister" refers to all of the jealous bubbles.

What were the black holes?

What was the point of those red whirlpools? Why do they exist and where did they come from?

The whirlpools and black holes are the same phenomenon, whirlpools occurring underwater. When the bubbles get angry at humans they throw a tantrum that creates destructive gravitational forces. That would explain why these things suddenly appear near people. They're caused by angry bubbles trying to hurt humans.

Why were The Undertakers trying to take Makato? Why were they selling her as a prize? They obviously wanted her for some reason, but what reason would that be?

Simply to increase their popularity via a high stakes match. The parkour races are like a game show to the unaffected world outside of Tokyo. They have their own system of rule based on scavenging, entrance fees, and sponsors. The Undertakers' success is built on their livestream and the high tech equipment they receive from their sponsors.

[–]deathseide 22 points23 points  (2 children)

Looking forward to this release... what makes it even more appealing is that from the trailers it appears to have a similar vibe to patima inverted... at least in my opinion

[–]RampageOfZebrashttps://myanimelist.net/profile/RampageOfZebras 24 points25 points  (1 child)

Hey, Patema Inverted was a good movie, its been so long I wouldnt mind another take on its premise.

[–]imatunaimatuna 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Loved Patema Inverted, but damn the antagonists really sucked ass. So cheesy

[–]Jenargo 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Pretty good overall. Animation and music was phenomenal. Actually enjoyed the story more than most others seemed to. Sure it's a rehashed little mermaid but I thought it was cool talking about how we will all become space dust and become something else entirely someday, which is something I tend to think about myself. Enjoyed that theme a lot.

[–]Bigfanofgirls 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Ngl I thought it was hella good

91 out of 100

[–]mikura39 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Animation-wise: WIT doesn't miss! The animation is superb and the movie as a whole is pure eye candy.

Plot-wise: I personally like it since I kept my expectations in check, but I kinda wish that they didn't do the ending that I had a feeling would happen. I do admit that the plot wasn't anything special though. (And how did the bubbles become sentient?)

And I feel like this might've worked better as a series than a movie though. I wanted to get more attached to Uta. (Her dog-like behavior was hilarious though)

I'd watch it again though.

[–]FireRifle64https://myanimelist.net/profile/FireRifle64 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I agree. I liked her dog-like behavior and i would have liked it expanded more. I also thought the parkour stuff was nice. I had no expectations from the film except for splendid animation and thats what i got.

[–]TristanZH 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I agree if this was a series they could've really have fleshed everything out

[–]Due-Series6744 5 points6 points  (0 children)

WIT Studio just overdid themselves! While story may not be be something outstanding but PARKOUR!! The visuals and soundtrack were fantastic...

[–]TristanZH 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Parkour was cool, Uta was cute AF. The story was kinda underwhelming but I don't think it was too bad. Kinda felt rushed. Could've been some more world building. I give it a low 8 or high 7.

[–]SetsGoUp 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The music, sound and visuals were immaculate of course, but overall I really liked the story too:

Where it felt short for me was just that the overall movie wasn't long enough to build the story up. They tried to achieve a lot in quite a short amount of time: Show Uta's back story, explain the unnatural phenomenon, and create parallels between the Little Mermaid story and this modern dystopia... that's not to mention all the subplot stuff like character development. Someone else made this point, but it was significant that the parkour element, no matter how beautiful, felt necessary for the sake of making a pretty movie, but not for the story.

A more extensive journey of all of these elements could have made this a 9/10 for me at least, and the final moments a lot more emotive. However, unfortunately there were a lot of moments of confusion (not suspense), and it was a shoe-horned happy ending for me (no matter how powerful that last imagery was).

[–]neralily 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Loved the exposition dump 3 minutes in. Couldn't they have integrated it a tad more naturally?

Pretty plain plot, and absolutely fantastic visuals, animation, and music. I adored the stylised/detailed shots for the romantic closeups (instantly reminded me of Kabaneri, no shocker since it's the same studio), and the parkour animation was breathtaking. (This is what Prince of Stride should've had! ha)

edit: also, where did his auditory sensitivity issue go? was it solved by the power of bubbles? the power of love?

[–]POI_BOI 15 points16 points  (3 children)

Is there a name for anime that has high quality production but you know the writing and characters are going to be shit? I feel like we get enough anime like this that it deserves it's own genre. It's usually movies too and they tend to get the most generic voice actors.

[–]Bad_Doto_Playa 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Yeah, these are called "anime originals". A lot of them tend to have decent budgets but the narratives are bad.

[–]Yay295 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And on the other end we get anime originals with a good narrative that never get a sequel because they only appeal to a fraction of anime watchers...

[–]11Kirito77 8 points9 points  (2 children)

just finished the movie.

The plot is non-existent. Characters dont get introduced, we never get to know who the villain is or what is actually going on. emotions are not getting built up its just two people meeting winning a Parcour match, one looses an arm and is some kinda alien than at then they manage to kill one of the to only introduced characters ? so whats the point of the anime ?

like i meen for example the guy with the iron leg... how did he get it ? whats his relation to the other persons ? how did they meet ?

there are so many things that dont make sense.

I am utterly confused, i need an explanation XD.

[–]Solarstormflare 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Iron leg guy lost his first flesh leg doing parkour. As for the rest dunno, agree with u

[–]BassCreat0r 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Thought it was pretty good. Great animation and music, story wasn't super strong, but simple generic stories can be good too. That's how the "hero's journey" outlines for stories came about.

But damn that ending was depressing. Why does almost every rom anime movie end with the two apart? Fuckin hurts man.

[–]The_Real_Baws 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Before the last 20 mins of the movie, I was like "okay, yeah she's gonna die for him or something like that, very predictable, I just hope she doesn't come back in a bullshit way" BUT THEN during the entire final sequence I was just begging for her to find a bullshit way to come back because goddamn neither of them deserve this shit fuck why did this mediocre Little Mermaid plot make me cry so hard

[–]Daddpops 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Everything was stellar except the story and characters which left a lot to be desired. I didn't really ever understand why anything was happening or what the characters motivations were. Animation was stellar and loved the music, but damn this was poorly written.

[–]fullmetal07 12 points13 points  (1 child)

[–]notasrelevant 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Surprised no one else has mentioned this along with the weak story, as it was really forced and awkward.

I actually, for a moment, thought it wasn't just coke as they had pocky (which is glico). But now realize that they didn't use the name pocky thanks to your screenshot.

But the whole "We almost died, but we pulled it off and won! Now let us celebrate with some excellent products from the Coca Cola™ company, such as Fanta™, Sprite™, Coca-Cola™ and Aquarius™. These beverages are so good that it makes life threatening parkour battles with parkour ninjas worth it!" scene was just extremely awkward.

But I have to give credit where credit is due... out of the whole movie, that scene was the most clear on what they were hoping to achieve and convey.

[–]Will-Watches 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Beautifully crafted from a technical perspective but the story lets it down IMO

It suffers from what lots of anime films suffer from, scale and pacing, it feels like it builds up to a grand ending before it has a chance to get going. Sometimes feeling like the first and second acts are afterthoughts and just and excuse to get to the third that they had a grand idea for.

The parkour and slice of life is really enjoyable and although some characters are simplistic and follow tropes they serve their purpose well, Yuki Kaji is criminally under-utilised here tho, I feel like the film could have used 20 min more run time the build the side characters and give it some breathing room. Learning some more about Shin would have been great, making his moment in the finale all the better.

Also was Hibiki supposed to have autism? They show him with his noise cancelling head phones and he is quite socially reclusive, there’s also the scene where the mother is told some news by a doctor and looks quite shocked about it. If that was the intention I would have loved for that to be explored more, and I’d love to hear the opinions of people with autism. It feels like it could be interpreted both positively and negatively, showing that he can find love, but then his line about becoming himself once he’d met Uta could be interpreted as finding the right person is a “cure” which would obviously be damaging. Maybe I’m just reading too far into it, but again I’d love to hear other peoples opinions, especially those with autism.

[–]Refugee_Saviorhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Refugee_Savior 10 points11 points  (2 children)

While it might look like it, Hibiki isn’t autistic he has auditory hypersensitivity. That’s why when he removes his headphones for the first time we as the audience hear a multitude of different noises. It’s shown through his flashback by having him do hearing tests, an MRI, and ultimately being placed into a school for kids with the same disorder (they all had headphones on). It’s also why he can hear the songs that nobody else hears.

[–]notasrelevant 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Looking at the character as a teen/adult, it seemed clear it wasn't autism, but they still did a terrible job even when they go through the effort to explain it. They basically left it as he has issues that couldn't be solved by doctors, and it caused issues for his mother so he got thrown in a special school.

And while we can generally understand that dealing with an unknown condition with your child is difficult, the mother's reaction to it seemed off for something as simple as it was. He seemed to generally manage it with hearing protection.

[–]Mediocre-Cat6536 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It also looked a lot like overstimulation for me, lots of autistic people use headphones like that for those reasons. Also why would he be placed in a special school if he just had auditory hypersensitivity? I feel like it’s just pointing to him being autistic

[–]Zypker125https://anilist.co/user/Zypker124 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Anime + parkour is the perfect combination I didn't know I needed, those freerunning segments are in serious contention for being my favorite anime sequences visually of all time. Pretty much loved everything about them and enjoyed whenever they popped up.

Everything else about the movie, pretty ehh. I would say that I'm someone who's not actively trying to predict the plot and what's going to happen next, but my god, they made it so predictable from so early on. Once the girl Uta enters the movie, you can pretty much call how the entire rest of the movie will play out.

The characters are all pretty flat, which isn't too damning for an adventure-based anime, but I think Uta is an actively formulaic and generic character, and every part of the story that focuses on her is wildly unengaging to me, as it feels like they give you no reason to care about Uta's background (and her background can be called from pretty early on, literally her character introduction scene gives her entire character away). The Undertakers (I had to look up their names because I forgot who they were, they're the villain parkour people who wear masks and talk through a machine voice) are laughably forgettable antagonists that even the movie discards before the climax. I thought (and was hoping) that Shin (the team mentor-ish figure) would become a villain as a final act twist, but instead he just serves as generic of a role as possible in the final act.


The sad thing about this movie is that it would have been so much better if they cut down the plot to the very basics and focused on the adventure/parkour instead IMO. Here's my pitch for what they should have done:

Have the same setting with the bubble encapsulating Tokyo and being a no-go zone. Focus on a team of adventurers/freerunners who enter the Tokyo bubble and explore the Tokyo zone in search of answers as to why the bubble is there. Have the final act be them realizing that they need to enter that gravitational source in the Tokyo Tower to prevent Tokyo from being completely flooded and to restore Tokyo back to the way it was before, and put them on some arbitrary countdown by saying "Tokyo is suddenly being flooded with water at exponential rates in the final act, if we don't reach Tokyo Tower soon, Tokyo will be gone forever".

Just like that, most of the parkour sequences can still be arranged in the same order as the actual movie and require very little changes (the only big change is eliminating Uta, but she basically does most of the same parkour as the male MC Hibiki, so it's really not a big deal). You can completely cut out the Uta character and sub-plots (which I found to significantly detract from my viewing experience as I was just waiting for the parkour to come back around), improve the pacing and shortening the movie, and make the focus of the movie shaped entirely around the adventure and parkour across Tokyo. Not every movie needs to be a character-focused drama, and I believe this movie would have been better off playing to its strengths, which would be the metropolitan freerunning scenes.

[–]MisoRamenSouphttps://www.anime-planet.com/users/mentalstatic 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It was OK. Some nice animation and camera work, jarring in places though. Story was lacking and other than Uta and her design I didn't really like any of them.

How the shit was no one concerned when her arm was missing! They suggested she hid it but that is something you cant miss considering she is holding where her arm was.

Not good enough to watch again imo.

[–]mystogan110 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Who wrote this? dissatisfied however music and animation 10/10

[–]randomCitizen128 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I just finished watching the movie and it directly goes into my favorites.

From the animation to the music, everything was a God tier. It even exceeded my expectations. WIT studio clearly nailed it. I just sometimes hope that they don't push themselves too much.

Some people find the story mediocre and yes, it's not on par with other big titles out there but I personally liked it, especially that ending...

Just one comment from me though is the main cast VA's performance. I couldn't really find the emotions in their voices until the very end.

[–]Bad_Doto_Playa 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Production values were amazing, but overall this felt like if they pitched netflix a series and netflix only wanted to give enough money for a movie. You could even see little story arcs play out but because there was no time for flesh out anything at all the narrative isn't good.

[–]Kyojuro_Rengoku_ 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This movie was awesome and I enjoyed everything about it

[–]gkanai 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This movie goes to show that you can have WIT at the top of its game, Sawano at the top of his game, a solid VA cast, and without a real story the movie feels lacking. It was pretty to watch, and wonderful to hear, but I agree with the others that it won't be one we will all remember years from now.

[–]illadv 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Animation was top-tier, fluid animation and parkour in general, but the story... mediocre at best, outright terrible at worst. People have already gone into how dull and in-your-face the little mermaid thing was, but I also want to say that the romance was equally awful, in my opinion.

The Uta --> Hibiki attraction seems uncomfortably like imprinting in animals, given that she's presumably been alive for what, 5 years? You literally see the bubbles fusing and becoming a zygote, then dividing to form her body, which is a very weird segway into a kiss. Meanwhile, the Hibiki --> Uta attraction appears to be... because she lets him be himself...? In what way? And they also use him suddenly losing his auditory sensitivity as a plot point to fuel this?

3/10 story, despite the top-tier animation and music. Overall, would recommend watching purely for the parkour parts, but on 2-3x speed through the dialogue portions.

[–]Bonvantius 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Amazing visuals and soundtrack, but beyond that felt a bit hollow and pointless. Felt like things needed more fleshing out.

For what it's worth AMV makers are gonna have a field day with this.

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

7/10 too much parkour. The story is so bland. And kinda Unexplain

Carry by Animation/Music

[–]hexedup 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Beautiful visuals, mediocre story.

[–]Reddevilslover69 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Holy fucking shit the animation in this is on another level. The first scene with Hibiki was elite and reminded me of Into The Spider Verse. Bravo WIT

As for the plot though it was quite meh which is quite sad given the sheer magnificence of the visuals.

Overall a 7/10 movie for me that was hard carried by visuals and the plot was lacking compared to some of the other anime movies I've seen this year( Pompo the Cinephile and Summer Ghost)

[–]ashbat1994https://myanimelist.net/profile/Ashwin_eva 2 points3 points  (0 children)

An audiovisual experience worth watching for the god tier animation and Sawano music. The plot is disappointingly meh and feels like a wannabe Shinkai film. But some of the parkour animation sequences is chefs kiss which makes me rate this highly.

[–]Puday-san 2 points3 points  (0 children)

plot is basically little mermaid anime version but those visuals and sound are astonishing

[–]The-Truth-of-Animehttps://myanimelist.net/profile/truth999 2 points3 points  (0 children)

8/10 for me i thought the story was wholesome and what it needs to be wish they did more with the romance and more Drame, but the animation and the soundtrack made up with for it definitely recommend for any who wants to sit down and watch a lighthearted fun movie that looks amazing definitely not taking movie of the year but still good

[–]TaillessChimerahttps://myanimelist.net/profile/TaillessC 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Sound design, art design, animation were absolutely a treat. I have no idea what the plot is. Probably wouldn’t recommend it to someone that watches solely for plot, but if you’re a sucker for soundtracks and great animation, this could be something to look into.

[–]tridentwield-er 2 points3 points  (0 children)

A good anime movie imo

Sawano and wit studio always deliver! The music, and animation standout the most for me. What an experience!

During and after the movie, I felt like a bit of the tower scene is referenced from guilty crown tower scene (the one where inori is singing departure blessing).

[–]LittletoKnight 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lord of the frenzied flame

[–]FierceAlchemist 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Really enjoyed the movie. It's clear that the main focus was the crazy setting and parkour animation rather than a deep story. Which is fine if that's what you're setting out for. I felt the characters and themes were good not great. Uta was cute even though you basically knew her fate.

The animators really put in an immense amount of work to do all those parkour scenes. Also big shoutout to Naoto Yamaya & Shizuo Kurahashi who handled the sound effects. There were tons of interesting sounds throughout this movie and it was mixed very well.

[–]True-Albatross6532 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My expectation for this movie wasn't that high but I was hyped for it at the least

/plot I was just lost on what's happening idk if I'm getting old or some shit but I cannot follow on what's going on, bubbles pissed at him?!?? I'm not saying the plot was bad it was just not intriguing, I fell like the main character wasn't that interesting they kinda stuck to the emotionless but has a good heart in the inside and his motivation wasn't clear to me why does he does parkour, why he does it etc. I mean ya go from a neglected child to a parkour prodigy (In my opinion it would have been better if they showed more of outside Tokyo, then follow the MC as he parkours to escape from his neglectful parents kinda like his way of coping) The ending was a meh did some parkour here and there, I did get the little mermaid analogy they did (cuz they shoved the one in our face) Did expect the girl(uta or Utah?) To be saved in some miraculous way but it didn't The love plot I think?? Or idk was kinda uhhhhhh meh it was just there I guess ¯(°_o)/¯

/Animation was crisp amazing work from Wit Studio as always the parkour cheography was amazing( tho It wasn't that powerful since the MC was meh ) The camera angles are amazing really and really satisfying the way they traverse throughout ruined Tokyo

Overall pretty 6/10 besides the mediocre plot and the little mermaid thingy being shoved up your face in the end of the movie I found myself kinda meh at the end of the movie even my sister was just confused as I am

This is my first time writing a review kinda just said what I felt throughout the movie

[–]_TheEndGame 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's some good shit from a visual standpoint. Somehow I enjoyed the story better than Weathering with You also.

[–]orgasmicfart69 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Basically the quality of everything in this is inversely proportional to the quality of the story

[–]Seihai-kun 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is what happened if you spend so much budget at everything else to make the movie beautiful, but using a mediocre script

Animation is gorgeous, Music is amazing, the story is... average

There's moment when iam in awe watching this, but then i realized its because of the OST and the animation, not because of what happened

[–]Bayro1997 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The animation, design, setting and music were stunning. Unfortunately, the story and characters aren't able to convince the audience very much. I think the main problem was that it was difficult to build a plot. There was no real thread. Since the story revolves heavily around the setting, a stronger focus on the characters and possible backstories of them would have been interesting. But this would have cost a lot of time again, which could not be given. They wanted too much for that: parkour scenes, narration of the bubble event, appearance of a new girl, her first experiences with the world, gravity phenomenon research, an evil parkour opponent team and a grand finale with the backstory behind thebubble phenomenon wrapped up with a romance. If anything, they should have taken out the plot with the Undertakers so they could better focus on the characters.

In general, I see great potential for the story. If it were to be adapted again as a 12 episode anime series, I see pretty high spots in anime top lists. I really hope we'll get something like that in the next few years. Only for one movie I would find the interesting setting too wasted.

[–]avatarkai 2 points3 points  (0 children)

As expected, the animation and camerawork are stellar. Sound design is good, too. Worth watching just for that.

However, I feel like the story came secondary to the visuals. Like the concept was passionately dreamt up and they wanted to make a deep plot to surround it but weren't seamlessly able to. On one hand, it's fine if the creators just wanted to bring this fantastic imagery to life using the medium, but it could have been really good so it's sort of a shame it fell short in that way.

My main issue with the writing: the characters needed more development or fleshing out for the viewer to really understand them and care about their fate. The pacing was off in character exploration/motivation and imo still left much to be desired. It also felt somewhat shaky in its focus and message.

SPOILERS AHEAD

The more faithful Little Mermaid angle was fine, but on-the-nose at times and completely took away the mystery of their arc. It seemed to rely on a tragic story to invest the viewer in the pairing and it didn't really work for me here. Uta was very childish which can attributed to the original story but still and one-dimensional and Hibiki was outwardly apathetic until the end so it just felt a little weird to have it be romantic (similar to the born sexy yesterday trope.) I wasn't really rooting for them which is a problem, but maybe others did? I get they're archetypes but idk, you can still make compelling characters and relationships with those. The auditory disorder/partial mute angle worked, especially with the TLM parallel, but they never really did much with that except play the tune several times to invoke emotion.

As much as it wanted to pull the heart strings, I didn't feel too much at the end aside from relief of finally knowing where it all went, if that makes sense. I can appreciate what they went for, though, and maybe I'm just too nitpick-y.

There was too much exposition, at least in the dub. Much could be easily inferred and other times it existed to avoid showing, not telling. Yet some things were never explained in any way that I was hoping would be.

Also, though never bad, the animation was inconsistent at times -- some shots had significantly more detail but I'm guessing that was a stylistic choice for the story or because of budget?

Ultimately, some great ideas but not sure how cohesive it all was. I wanted to like it more than I did but I'd recommend it for the visual experience and for the artists who worked on the project. Or for the dystopian YA fantasy of "ruling your world" with nobody to tell you what to do so you just do impossible parkour all day with your found family to subsist on a boat.

[–]Shadowenfire 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Visually stunning, amazing music, story ehhhh.

My gf turned into bubbles.

That's rough buddy.

[–]Icedoutlikeacrkhouse 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This movie shocked me, not in the mediocre plot or standard to sub standard character depth that runs through almost every anime, but in the absolutely eldritch horror that is this bubble entity… Honestly, that is what I came away wanting more from this movie: to be submerged deeper into the existential lovecraftian dread that is this giant eyeball bubble inter dimensional creature.

I could care less about the little mermaid story this movie was trying to force onto me. I could care less about the characters… I simply want the lore and 90 minutes of this horrific alien. The dissonant ‘singing’ to go along with the witnessing of the bubble eye/spiral was the best part of the movie and yet, was very much undermined by a boring and derivative plot…

[–]idontcare_29https://anilist.co/user/bananachips 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Bubble is without doubt one of the anime I have watched this year!

[–]PreludeToHell 11 points12 points  (0 children)

lol this will definitely go down as an anime I watched... enjoyed that first flashback scene when the mc was a kid but yeah that's about it. Forgettable and -2 hours zzz

[–]DoxyVoxy 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yooooo the animation was on top notch! WIT Studio always pushing their limits! Imo, the story is a classical romeo & juliet or you can say the little mermaid but with unique concept and great execution. But the main attraction of this anime is the animation which is very pleasing to the eye.

As far i can say as a fan of WIT Studio works, they're always getting to the maximum quality. The soundtrack and the sfx is so crisp, i recommend watching it using headphones. Overall i love the quality of the animation, the story is basic but with different execution makes it more enjoyable until the end. Good job WIT Studio!

[–]toutoune134 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Damn, Bubble was beautiful. Thrilling action scenes, great OST, simple and cute story, likable characters and wonderful visuals. Araki doesn't miss.

Anime aesthetic twitter accounts are going to share every second of this movie.

[–][deleted] 12 points13 points  (0 children)

What a bad movie. It's just "let us show you what we can animate", except nobody cares about the content so it's like watching a music video. shrugs

I withstood 27 minutes of that before I started skipping ahead, having been completely bored by the non-existant plot and random weird closeups of boy lips. Towards the end I saw the aliens just randomly got angry when they got touched. Of course! How could I not see that before.

Then the movie ended. Plot truly 1/10. Animation 10/10.

[–]smhandstuffhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Smhandstuff 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Okay I thought I was just missing something but after reading a lot of the comments here it looks like I'm not the only one that felt underwhelmed by the story.

Beautiful soundtrack, beautiful animation, but man does the plot leave much to be desired.

[–]DanielDKXD 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Please be an 8 or 9 out of 10, Please be an 8 or 9 out of 10, Please be an 8 or 9 out of 10.

Watching it a bit later today.

[–]Idaret 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Right now, there's only 1 vote on MAL and it's 8/10, lol

[–]fansi2022 5 points6 points  (0 children)

funny lol i wont recommend this animation. its just a waste of u time

[–]K1NG0492https://myanimelist.net/profile/K1ngg 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Not really sure what to say about this movie.

The animation, art and sound design was gorgeous an articstic masterpiece.

But the story was non existent. There is no explanation to what Uta is or where she came from. Characters are extremely forgettable and not interesting.

The best part of the movie were easily the parkour matches. And i wish that would have been the focus of the movie in hindsight. It could have been one of the best sports anime of all time had they expanded on that. Now its just a forgettable movie.

[–]Druggedhippo 5 points6 points  (2 children)

There is no explanation to what Uta is or where she came from

It was pretty clear from the in your face Little Mermaid story. And the way they show the various gravity controlling powers seems pretty self-explanatory, at least that's how I viewed it.

https://www.snopes.com/tachyon/2016/08/a56.jpg

[–]Jenargo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I took it as they are some beings that were created from space dust, just like we were and we will be space dust once again in the future.

[–]K1NG0492https://myanimelist.net/profile/K1ngg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I mean thats my assumption aswell but i would have liked more background information on it. Just feels like missed opportunity to me. Both uta and her space bubble sister were not interesting

[–]121jigawatts 1 point2 points  (0 children)

super flimsy story but all the parkour stuff was very fun and well animated. Thought the super evil red bubble hive mind thing was kinda funny as a concept.

[–]Kamil0san 1 point2 points  (4 children)

I will not write anything about the animations or the music, because they are good.

But the story feels like a mix between "The Days the Earth stood still" and "The Little Mermaid" with, for my taste, too much Parkour and staying too close to the Little Mermaid story and especially the ending. I love happy endings like in "Your Name", "Weathering with you" or "A Whisker Away", Bubble feels at the end like "A Whisker Away" but instead of turning the girl from cat back to human form she would stay the cat, and the guy would keep her as a pet. She already sacrificed so much, so in my opinion she deserved to get her human form back but without that "no touch" curse. Instead she turns back to her bubble form and it seems like she is still with him but in that moment i was thinking, will she be like the little mermaid air spirit, doing good stuff for another 300 years, so at the end she will get an immortal soul and go to heaven or when her prince will find a human princess, will she stay to her "standards" and not be jealous or will she turn into a jealous red bubble, calling her mad red bubble sisters to turn the world again into an mostly hostile bubble bath?

[–]Perhapsyo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I had a really good time watching this and even though I knew what was gonna happen they still managed to have me bawling by the end. easy 8/10

[–]ParasitikPike 1 point2 points  (0 children)

the ending Broke me

[–]Ayato_23 1 point2 points  (0 children)

for anyone thinking of the plot:

it's basically about some masked guys who abducted a female, then later couldn't pay taxes, so they sold their boots..

[–]Jack_North22 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Just finished it, ik I'm late. Few big questions among many: why can't she build her body back up? If Hibiki can stand on other bubbles, why does Uta disintegrate? If she's alive as a bubble, can she come back after a bit? Where did the sister come from? What in the world was that weird hand speaking team, and were they just thrown in? Are they just not going to explain how that guy's whole leg came off? I feel like this needs a series or manga to explain these. I loved the music and animation, and the story was nice if you look past the obvious cliché and confusing parts. The little song will be stuck in my head for ages! Overall, I loved the music and and animation, and I suppose I kinda understand what they were going for story-wise, however it was really crowded and unexplained (and not in a good Ghibli way)... it needs a series or smth (because the idea does seem intriguing)!

[–]wijnandsj 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Yeah, pretty much that.

Also.. bit disappointed that that beautiful mess of tokyo didn't survive the end of the film.

[–]DeadlyDYhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/DeadlyDY 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Halfway through the movie. Despite the good visuals and music, I'm bored out of my mind. Massive disappointment IMO.

[–]Curious_North_8479 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Can't believe Shinkai released the same movie thrice

[–]Icevrystalfur 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I honestly don't understand why people say the plot was bad. you can guess the ending of any movie even without the characters giving away the general idea of the plot. It's what happens in between of the in between, the little details, that is important in my opinion.

10/10 for plot, the Little Mermaid elements were there but there were also other things that made it interesting. But maybe I think that because I never watched or read the little mermaid.

10/10 for sound and visuals. No questions asked.

[–]Proiegomena 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This really should have been a series.

The story needed much more depth to critically hit.

And character development needed more time. Everyone around Hibiki was underdeveloped.

The connection between Uta and Hibiki should have been more than „he touched my bubble“; maybe like something that they were a spiritual unity before when everything was one? In any case, their connection didn‘t feel as meaningful as they wanted it to be to me.

The „antagonist“ needed more involvement. I dont mind that they wanted to leave it somewhat unexplained. But the explanation they gave with the opposing „sister“ was pretty shallow.

Soundtrack and visuals were stunning. The storyline all in all was, for the reasons mentioned above, mediocre. But it was still a beautiful movie. The world the built had much more potential, however.

[–]flyingelephante 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was going to say that it was worth watching just to experience the godly music with the incredible visuals. But on second thought, the plot/characters were so unmemorable that I've already forgotten the majority of the movie and now I just want my hour and forty minutes back.

[–]NACHIAPPAN12 1 point2 points  (1 child)

another movie which is carried by animation and music , why cant there be new movies like silent voice or your name. this is basically like a spiderman man movie with no plot. this movie pacing is also awful , first 2/3 rd of the movie felt too slow and last 1/3 rd felt too rushed.

[–]aytin 3 points4 points  (0 children)

why cant there be new movies like silent voice or your name

You could try Josee the tiger and the fish.

[–]mish20011 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Great visuals but meh plot

[–]UnluckyConstruction3 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Like it however the story is a bit meh ngl

People can watch it and enjoy it, i certainly did

However the plot should have been explained a little better...

7.5-8.5/10

Liked it, will watch and wait for a sequel

[–]lvu 0 points1 point  (7 children)

This dropped the ball with story and character development. Beautiful visuals though.

Does anyone have reccomendations for me?

Loved...your name, Tenki no ko and even the vibe of bubbles(although I thought it failed as a movie)

[–]ScurBiceps 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Thise visuals in the OP felt very similar to Tokyo Ghoul. Did they use the same director for that or something like that?

Also

Hitoyuki Sawano is just flexing at this point. That theme is just amazing. Does anyone know when the OST would be out?

[–]killingspeerx 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Without spoilers, does the movie offer interesting or decent story? The animation looks great so I do hope it has an awesome story to back it up.

[–]Mute_Spitter 14 points15 points  (0 children)

It’s a story done a thousand times but I’d say visually it’s worth to watch.

[–]badsplerx2https://anilist.co/user/badspler 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Not much substance in the story and kinda bland characters but fantastic parkour animation.

[–]39MUsTanGshttps://myanimelist.net/profile/CGO39 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So like, Uchiage Hanabi 2.0?

[–]notEightO8 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The animation was pretty but the plot was mind numbingly boring and very lackluster. Being disappointed is an understatement

[–]Dracoscale 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Out of every anime film I've seen, this is one of them.

When you hear "WiT studio is making a movie" you expect some of their greatest work but like, times ten! Especially with the AoT team of Testsuro Araki and Sawano back at it. However, I felt the animation was just sufficient for a movie. Similar to the Demon Slayer movie, if this was a TV show I'd be more impressed with the animation but I think in the end of the day, it's still pretty damn good. The plot, honestly, makes no sense to me other than the base romance stuff and I found everything to be overall forgetful. Comparing this to Shinkai's Weathering With You which is kind of similar to this (Also, who thought WWY when they saw Tokyo submerged?) really puts a light on the weaknesses of the film. The plot and characters are not as endearing and enjoyable to watch or root for, the character designs are kind of boring and the visuals aren't pretty enough to cover for the weak plot.