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Anime Movie Review: Eureka SeveN: Pocket Full of Rainbows


I don’t watch anime films very often, but once in a while something will catch my attention. This time Eureka Seven: Pocket Full of Rainbows, which is of course the film adaptation to Bones’ much beloved anime series about sky-surfing mecha and teenage romance. I was looking forward to this movie given how enjoyable the Eureka Seven anime series was, but unfortunately Pocket Full of Rainbows turned out to be a disappointment.

Pocket Full of Rainbows features most of the Eureka Seven characters we know and love, but the events take place in a parallel universe and the story is entirely different. In this world, humans and aliens known as IMAGES are fighting for control of Earth. Eureka is an IMAGE in human form and she was raised together with Renton by the researchers who are trying to discover her secrets, but one day the military raided the research facility and took her away. Years later, Renton has joined the military and is serving as a LFO pilot on the Gekko. Renton and the Gecko successfully rescue Eureka from the compound she was held at in a mission to stop the IMAGES from taking Eureka. Unbeknownst to Renton and Eureka, the crew of the Gecko has an ulterior motive and wants the protagonists to bring them to Neverland, a world where people don’t age.

… Or at least that was what I think the story was, since I had no clue what was going on half the time. The story of Pocket Full of Rainbows was a meandering mess, filled mostly with long-winded and poor explanations of certain events interspersed with brief bursts of action and emotional moments. The connection between Eureka, IMAGES, and Neverland was never fully explained, and therefore it wasn’t clear what Holland and his gang really had in mind. The roles of Koda and Anemone are also puzzling, as both character received plenty of screen time while accomplishing little. Pocket Full of Rainbows went out of its way to tie in various details from the anime series, but none of the details amounted to anything. There was a lot of information being thrown around, but the film failed to bring them together into a satisfying conclusion, and thereby leaving the audience (or at least me) more confused than ever at the end.

Pocket Full of Rainbows brought back plenty of familiar faces from the anime series, but it didn’t bring back their personalities. Granted, it’s harder to develop a large cast of characters in a two-hour movie than a 50 episode anime series, but the film didn’t develop any of the characters. Forget the fact that Holland and his crew are portrayed as nothing more than a bunch of selfish bastards, Pocket Full of Rainbows’ most glaring fault is its portrayal of our protagonists. The Eureka Seven anime series, at its core, is a coming-of-age love story between Renton and Eureka, but this film version does not deliver on this central element. Part of the problem is with the story; the film starts with Renton and Eureka already knowing each other very well, so there is no bonding process between the two as in the anime series. The other part of the problem is the dialogue; the lines just seem so clichéd, with most of them being emotional outbursts or tearful realizations. The feeling of romance and teenage love was lacking throughout the whole film, and this is perhaps the most unforgivable failure among all of the other questionable aspects.

Needless to say, Pocket Full of Rainbows pales in comparison to the anime series that inspired it. One of the few things that didn’t go wrong in this film are the action sequences, which while entertaining, were in line with all the other missile and homing laser spam scenes from the anime series. And also little Renton and Eureka were pretty cute, but that’s about all the pros I could think of. Perhaps it was unrealistic to expect that Pocket Full of Rainbows would be as excellent as the anime series, but Pocket Full of Rainbows wasn’t even decent; it was mediocre at best. The story was confusing; the pacing was off; the characters were poorly developed, and they even messed up the Renton-Eureka romance. Basically, the film was a big letdown for me.

 

Anyways, those who want to see Eureka – Renton romance flaring again , only then I’ll recommend this movie to anyone.

Anime Movie Review : The Girl Who Leapt Through Time


I had watched this anime movie a year ago and I still can recall the scenes like I have seen them just now !
It’s the first anime movie I fell in love with and watched it for about 30 times . The story and the main character was so appealing
to me that I couldn’t have enough of them !

” Sci-fi , romance and school life “, this type of anime movies aren’t that much hard to find, honestly
speaking , there are plenty . But what sets ‘ The Girl Who Leapt Through Time ‘ apart from the other anime movies ?
Why does it get so much high rating even though the main protagonist is a teenage girl ?

The answer to those questions will be the excellent storyline , awesomely pleasing background musics and last of
all , but not least , the mesmerizing drawing of the characters’ which make the movie such an amazing feat !

Let’s get on with the storyline –

The main character , Makoto Konno is a high school teenage girl , who likes to be loud ( Oh man, the way she starts crying at times ! ),
likes to play baseball ( at which , she is VERY pathetic ) with her two best male friends Chiaki and Kosuke , is very pudding footed and is crazy about
puddings !

The movie starts with her playing baseball with Chiaki Mamiya and Kosuke Tsuda till an alarm clock out of no where falls on her head .
Apparently Makoto was dreaming and her younger sister has smacked the alarm clock at her face as Makoto is in danger of being late for school … as usual! !
Not the start of a day anyone would want !

And this is just the start .

She manages , somehow , to get into class in time . But it isn’t going to get any better as she discovers that the teacher has a surprise class test for them in store .
A surprise , which she is NEVER ready for !
And it went on . . .
She gets hit by a human truck , sets fire in cooking class and gets showered with fire extinguisher , receives bottom marks in the test and also the class cleaning duty is hers today .
As she enters the science room to leave everyone’s practical books , she sees that someone had written ” time waits for no one ” , to her disgust, in English , on the blackboard with
question marks after it.

Then she hears a smashing noise in the lab room , making her to check on it .
She finds no one but gets the feeling that someone is watching her . As she suddenly sees a ghostly shadow forming in the flask she accidentally , so like Makoto-ishly , trips over and
lands on a strange looking nut with her elbow .

Immediately after that she gets sucked into some kind of time whirl . Falling to an endless depth , as she stares at all those scenes morphing around her . From primate ages to current time
and to the unknown future . . . and then it stops which leads her actually falling on the floor with a pile of books following her lead .

Thinking all she saw was just hallucination and someone ( she doubted Chiaki ) had pushed her , she grudgingly skips baseball and decides to go to her aunt Maho to deliver the lemons her mother had asked her to….
only to hit a lady with her cycle , breaks her brake in the process and hits the level crossing making her take a flightss and lands just in front of the speeding train , gets hit . . . . and dies !

But fortunately , her unfortunate day wasn’t that unfortunate . As she frantically argues with herself and not wanting to admit that this is the end to her life , while getting hit by th train ,
she makes her first ever time leap , unknowingly and instinctively to protect herself .

Next moment she finds herself lying beside the woman she had hit earlier and sees the train pass .

It took her a while to figure out , in the middle of the horrible experience of dying , that she can , for some unknown reason ( not that she cares for not knowing the reason ) , travel through
time !

And so Makoto’s everyday life meets a significant change . She no longer is late for school . She gets top marks in every test ( oh sweet ! ) , do karaoke as long
as she wants , never misses a hit in baseball and making Chiaki go mad , can save pocket moneys and eat as much as pudding she desires .

Hardly , life is anything but all of those !

As the summer of love starts affecting her , well not her at first , but her friends .
Chiaki proposes her , which she tries to avoid by leaping through time loads of time , being unable to , understand what she wants and , say NO .
So she starts avoiding Chiaki While she still can’t decide her feelings for him , resulting him to fall in love with her best female friend and Makoto can’t bring herself to leap
through time to change things . She also finds strange marks around her elbow, with which she had hit the strange nut . She manages to figure out what it was, her time leaping limits. It reads 68.

Heart broken and too let down , she finds herself being accused for being in way of Kaho ( a junior ) , who nursess a soft spot for Kosuke .
And Makoto doesn’t like to be in the way of ANYONE and so she decides that she will make things happen between Kaho and Kosuke .

She tries and tries again and fails all too Makoto-ishly , making her more determined and at last , she succeeds by intentionally doing everything horribly wrong in that fortunate Unfortunate Day . And she also , now has only one more chance of time leaping ,
about which she isn’t concerned anymore . Kosuke and Kaho seems to be getting started thanks to her efforts , she can now also reply properly to Chiaki . . . everything seemed alright , to her at least .

But how wrong she could be !

After experiencing death on that very day , she hadn’t brought her cycle in the next few days . But as she has leapt through the time to go back to THAT day , she also has her cycle with her now .

She doesn’t remember that and so , out of last few days’ ( or upcoming few days’ ! ) habit , she goes to aunt Maho walking . And she gets reminded of her flaw when she receives a voice message from Kosuke
telling her that he was borrowing her cycle to get Kaho , who had sprinkled her ankle, to the hospital .

Makoto , panic stricken, races towards that level crossing point , prepared to use up her last time leaping chance , sees the train of 1600 hours pass without making any accident . Surely , nothing can go wrong anymore !
Relieved , she turns to leave and gets a call from Chiaki , who asks her if she had ever leapt through time .

Too thundered and scared to answer , she usues up her last time leaping and when Chiaki calls and starts asking her a question , she tries to ignore it the way she used to ignore his date request .
To Makoto’s relief , frustrated and angry Chiaki hangs up .

And her world starts falling apart .

In consequence of her last time leaping , she finds herself in the alternative time line , where the 1600 hours’ train hasn’t passed yet and Makoto sees Kosuke and Kaho riding her bike , and heading for the horror
which Makoto was dreading a few moments ago . Her mind numb with sheer anxity and the chill of losing her freind , she goes after them . Watching Kosuke losing grip over the cycle , and hit the level cross .
Makoto , in despair , closes her eyes and lets out a shriek fearing the fate her friend will be facing in moments . She can’t leap anymore , she can’t save her friends anymore and she feels it is all her fault.
And the train races past her.

But . . . . . .

Now , I won’t break the needle here . What happens next is what you will have to find yourself.

Believe me when I say that THIS isn’t the end . Makoto’s feelings get tested later once again , and we are left with her waiting for someone she knows ….. in the coming future !

The movie is excellently made with the exact placement and volume of the background musics . The story itself feels appealing as you find yourself more and more growing attached towards Makoto and her reckless thoughts and actions ,
her feelings and her world . The music makes you grow fond of her , though spoiled she may seem , faster .

And also , the graphics is something to look for . It’s amazingly colorful and detailed , like now – a – day’s animes , but still different in a way .

I think I am getting a bit biased now .

But you will feel the same too when you have watched this and I am ready to bet my newly bought 19″ DELL monitor .

The scenes where she first gets used to time leaping , will also get you excited seeing Makoto’s enthusiasm .
When she starts eating like a monster , you are bound to think ” this girl can eat ! ” .
As she laughs , like an ugly witch , after cheating her way to the test and in baseball via leaping , a smirk will cross your face without you even noticing it
And when she gets hurt by Chiaki , twice I should say , and starts crying like a six months old baby , you can’t help but feel sorry for that poor girl .

Yes , you will start wishing that she was your friend as she feels so real .

The other characters , Chiaki and Kosuke , also get their chances to set their marks in the movie .

But the title is The GIRL Who Leapt Through Time !

So, everything here is about Makoto .

And in every way , she leaps on to you ! I mean , it’s good to have an anime sci-fi movie where the main character doesn’t posses too uber kewl powers and is way too smart for everything !

Perhaps the only flaw I find in the film ( WARNING : SPOILER ) is the part when Chiaki is telling Makoto about himself. He just says everything through exposition and it becomes boring with all the new information being just told through words. This greatly reduced the cinematic feel of learning something new.

This simple yet meaningful film is suitable for viewers of all ages. Unlike most science fiction story with a pinch of realism, this movie is the opposite – a realistic story with a pinch of science fiction.

With a nice pace and moving forward storyline, this masterpiece deserves a 4 out of 5 stars.