Opinion Prone

My opinions, let me tell them to you.

Finished my review for 5 Centimeters per Second. This marks my 40th review on MAL, and I’m just about to edge into the top 10 of the Most Helpful list. A silly and self-important goal, I guess, but everyone likes to feel relevant now and again, right?

I’m not really happy with how I reviewed this movie though. It’s hard to convey mixed feelings when numbers are so impartial. I might just need to watch this movie again and revise the review after that, I dunno. (I overthink these things, I’m sure of it.) I’ve lost a lot of friends since everyone parted ways for college (what is a Facebook friend, really?), so maybe that’s why I had such a snarky attitude towards some parts of this film. The characters made it seem too unrealistic, which is a damn shame because the topic is so relevant. It’s ironic that in today’s super-connected society, people are as isolated as ever.

Nostalgia is a terrible thing sometimes.

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6 Comments

  1. Alexius on December 13, 2008 7:03 pm

    Good review. I might try it out after I get through the next… 30 or so anime I still have to get through. I liked the director’s Voices of a Distant Star very much, but the synopsis of this anime seemed a bit uninteresting to me, however. [Shrug] I’ll see! Thanks.

  2. Kiriska on December 13, 2008 7:18 pm

    Thanks, dude. And I can definitely understand a ridiculously long to-watch list, lol. I always feel bad when people recommend me things and I can’t get to them right away because there’s so much else, haha. But if it helps, this movie’s only an hour long, so it’s done pretty fast. XD

    I need to check out the other stuff by this director. I’ve heard a lot of good things about The Place Promised in Our Early Days (though to be honest, I haven’t even looked up the synopsis).

  3. Ian K on December 14, 2008 1:35 am

    Good review. Your comments were all pretty spot on from what I remember. I do think that maybe you could have spent more space explaining why you gave the movie an 8/10, and less explaining why it didn’t get a 10/10, if that makes any sense. If someone who read the review had somehow missed the buzz around 5cm, they might come away focusing on the negative, when it IS an 8/10 movie.

    As you can probably guess, the problems with the movie didn’t bother me as much. Maybe that was because I generally don’t watch slice-of-life/romance type stuff, so I wasn’t expecting much?

    I do know that I didn’t enjoy the Place Promised as much, though I’m not sure how much it might have been spoiled by me being tired/grumpy. I look forward to reading your thoughts.

  4. Kiriska on December 14, 2008 2:42 pm

    Thanks for the feedback and suggestions! :O I’ll definitely keep them in mind when/if I revise this review and for future reviews.

  5. Alexius on December 14, 2008 5:06 pm

    And I just realized I also saw The Place Promised in Our Early Days – I really liked that movie. It was very well directed for its short length and while it had that same too real looked, I thought it was still very easy to watch (and also very pretty, too).

    Keep up with the reviews!

    Alex

  6. usagijen on December 19, 2008 12:24 am

    “It’s hard to convey mixed feelings when numbers are so impartial.”

    This is quite a dilemma I also face when reviewing animes or mangas I watch, it’s just so hard having to associate sentiments over a show with mere numbers, because there will always be biases in how we came up with the rating.

    I gave 5cm/sec an 8/10, but I felt that I was being unfair to the movie because I saw it from my jaded POV, especially after reading other reviews praising it for its realistic portrayal, based on their own personal experience and all.

    I think reading other people’s thoughtful reviews of the series will make you gain more insights as to what made you gave it the rating you did? Reconciling differing views in search for the truth or something. I feel like rewatching 5 cm/second as well because I feel like I watched it in a half-assed way, and missed out on a LOT of things x__x;

    Still, I believe your review was already good and objective enough as it is :)

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