One thing I never expected to come from anime when I first got invested in the genre was historical education. I wasn’t necessarily opposed to it, but my main reason for watching was strictly enjoyment. The film I’m writing about in today’s 12 Days of Anime post, In This Corner of the World, combines the two; creating an overall memorable experience.
This movie retells the story of World War II from the perspective of everyday Japanese citizens. These people do their best to cope and continue living, while the war does everything it can to interfere with their lives.
The moment that really stuck me during the film, was when Suzu and Harumi were away from home during an air raid. While they managed to find shelter from the attack, an unexploded bomb afterwards created an unfortunate accident. The lack of music and addition of static really made the scene stand out as important, and was extremely well-done.
Visually, we were given rough sketches relating to the memories the two shared, while Suzu narrates her feelings regarding the event. In the time following this crisis, Suzu blames herself and wishes she was the one affected instead. This allows ample time for detailed self-reflection and inner narration; something rarely found in other films.
The powerful moments immediately following this main scene, as well as those towards the end of the film, really allow In This Corner of the World to stand out from other recent films. Regardless of your interest in Japanese history, this compelling story is one you won’t want to miss.
What did you think about this series? If you have seen it, what was your favorite scene? Also, be sure to let me know if you are participating in the 12 Days of Anime! I would love to read more posts from fellow anime bloggers.
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