Brave Story

Title:Brave Story
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Notables: Animation - GONZO
Animation - P.A. Works
Original Concept - OOKOUCHI Ichirou
Wataru, the main character, is a 10 year old 5th grade elementary school student . His grades are so-so and he is a meek and unassertive boy who is easily manipulated by girls. One day his father runs off with a mistress, leaving Wataru and his mother behind. In shock, his mother suffers an accident and is near death. Brokenhearted, Wataru goes inside a neighborhood building that is reputedly haunted. The building actually is the entrance to a delusional world called Vision, in which Wataru must master magic techniques and collect hidden treasures to meet a goddess, who, it is believed, can make wishes come true. Together with new friends he meets there, Wataru`s magnificent journey through Vision begins. Adventure, friendship, growing up, family ties, love and magic: this fantasy includes everything viewers expect and can be enjoyed by a wide range of audiences.

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Animation by Gonzo
112 min Movie.
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Watch 7 8 7 6 5 Ggultra2764 [series:1404#1552]
(Watch-/ Avoid+)

Sigh. Brave Story is yet another anime film adaptation of a popular novel/ manga that would be better off if it were given a TV adaptation. Like many films I've seen like it, Brave Story haphazardly goes through its plot as Wataru is whisked into Vision in a quest to get five gemstones to make a wish to the world's Goddess. The movie has the usual weaknesses of rushed pacing, a somewhat sloppy narrative and limited to no depth on characters or prominent elements of the world of Vision. I also have to toss some coals at Brave Story's visual presentation as it looked nowhere on par with the visual quality you would normally expect of an anime movie as they looked to be on par with an above average budget for a TV series. If you are a fan of the novel, manga and video game adaptations for this mediocre film, then I'd suggest not bothering to watch this.

Last updated Saturday, December 17 2011. Created Saturday, December 17 2011.

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