Hanare Toride no Yonna is a CGI film from CoMix Wave Films. You may remember them from Hoshi wo ou Kodomo & Byousoku 5 Centimeter. This film was released in 2006. So, how does it hold up compared to the other CoMix Wave Films productions I’ve seen? Let’s check it out and see.
We open with a brother and sister going about their daily lives. Then a strange boy comes by, sees the sister and scarpers. We cut to an indeterminate amount of time later when the siblings are living together in a fortress without anyone else nearby and a young man is trying to break in and it might seem like I’m skipping crucial plot details, but that’s exactly how the information is presented to us.
Therein lies the first major flaw of the series. The story is all over the place. While you do eventually gather why the siblings are on their own, it gets thrown at you far later than it should be and in a stilted exposition dump. Which is a general problem with the dialogue, actually. Nothing sounds natural. The pacing is also pretty bad with the story rushing through things that need more time and wasting time on random scenes where Yonna interacts with little imps.
The biggest issue with the characters in this film is that their motivations are vague, ill-defined and don’t really make that much sense. Stan’s motivation seems to be wanting what’s best for his sister, which would make sense, but he also doesn’t seem to give a shit what she thinks or has to say. Yonna has a vague “wanting more” motivation but she somehow needs someone else to taker her away from solitude instead of just talking to her brother. Garuda starts out doing a mission but decides to help Yonna for no adequately explored reason. So, ultimately, you get motivations that are both one-dimensional and nonsensical.
The art in this looks pretty bad. It’s not the first time I’ve reviewed something with bad CGI animation and I doubt it’ll be the last. The big issues are with the movements, which look janky and awkward and with the facial expressions, which largely look like “dull surprise.”
The acting and music aren’t bad. They aren’t good, but there’s also not a lot that’s wrong with them. About the worst I can say is that Mitsuhashi Kanako & Kenn both under-act a bit.
There isn’t much in terms of romance at all.
Hanare Toride no Yonna is a pretty bad film. The story is nonsense. The characters don’t have anything to them. The artwork looks terrible and the sound is weak. That being said, it isn’t one of the worst things I’ve ever reviewed. It’s mainly just kind of stupid and boring. My final rating is going to be a 3/10. Tomorrow I’ll continue film festival week with Totsuzen! Neko no Kuni Banipal Witt.