Goodbye, Don Glees! Theatrical Overview • Anime UK Information

Director Atsuko Ishizuka has been at Madhouse for a very long time, quietly rising by way of the ranks and forsaking some improbable work. Readers might recognise her most for A Place Additional than the Universe, an anime authentic TV collection following 4 highschool ladies. Immediately I’m right here to speak about Goodbye, Don Glees! a brand new authentic movie from Ishizuka which guarantees to seize our hearts. Will it succeed? Let’s discover out! 

The story takes place in a distant countryside city the place first-year highschool pupil Roma Kamogawa is about to reunite with childhood good friend Hokuto Mitarai (known as Toto by his buddies) who has returned from Tokyo for the weekend. It’s the summer time holidays and Roma has been spending his days engaged on his household farm whereas saving cash to purchase fireworks for Toto’s return. This coincides with the weekend they at all times maintain a personal firework present for themselves. 

However this 12 months is barely completely different to regular because the duo has changed into a trio with Roma’s new good friend Shizuku Sakuma (nicknamed Drop), having joined the ‘Don Glees’ gang. Toto isn’t thrilled by this, nor by the very fact Drop has inspired Roma to drop his life financial savings on a drone to allow them to movie the fireworks from up on excessive and his temper additional sours when issues go horrible factor for the three.

The night time the trio set off their fireworks, the close by forest catches on fireplace and though it’s nothing to do with them, the members of Don Glees are blamed by their classmates on social media. If they will get the footage of that night time off the drone then they will clear their names, however Roma misplaced management of it and now it’s within the woods, miles away from their clubhouse. Nonetheless, Roma and Drop are decided to retrieve it and Toto has no selection however to return alongside for the trip, as a result of that’s what buddies do, proper? 

I used to be fortunate sufficient to first see this movie at this 12 months’s Scotland Love’s Anime, the place Jonathan Clements launched it to the group. One explicit a part of his introduction has caught with me since then. Clements talked about how Ishizuka’s option to have an all-male forged this time round (in distinction to A Place Additional than the Universe), was influenced by the truth that boys might be thrown round and roughed up greater than ladies can – one thing we see plenty of on this movie!

The journey to retrieve the drone is a real summer time vacation journey. It’s estimated to take two days, not accounting for them getting misplaced or operating into any form of hassle – which they do. They’re woefully underprepared within the eyes of an grownup, however to those three it doesn’t matter so long as they’ve the map to their vacation spot and a few drinks and snacks to outlive on. Exploring the forest isn’t any straightforward feat and these boys get loads banged up as they go, normally in humorous incidents befitting of the saying “boys shall be boys”, which definitely provides benefit to Ishizuka’s resolution to have teenage boys as her foremost forged this time round. Most significantly, their antics are tremendously enjoyable to look at. 

I’ll have referred to as this a summer time vacation journey, however in reality, Goodbye, Don Glees! is way greater than that. It’s about these three characters discovering their place on this planet. Roma has by no means left his small city earlier than, by no means even gone so far as they should retrieve the drone, so this journey is successfully displaying him how small the world he lives in at the moment is. In the meantime, Toto loves the large metropolis and might’t think about how he lived so comfortably on this city. All the things appears so small now and Roma and the Don Glees membership really feel so infantile to him, but it surely’s not exhausting to see that there’s a sense of loss dwelling in Toto as properly. Significantly since Drop’s within the image, he’s feeling like his place as Roma’s finest good friend is slowly being changed. 

Then there’s Drop, who formally lived in Iceland and talks excitedly concerning the lone phone sales space he discovered close to a golden waterfall and the very fact he’s trying to find a “treasure”. His historical past is shrouded in thriller, with temporary feedback scattered all through the movie that begins to color an even bigger image for us as an viewers and Roma who has been turning a blind eye to actuality. Some viewers will instantly recognise the indicators of what’s to return right here, though I do have to offer the director credit score for managing to sidestep one concept I had concocted early on. 

Truthfully talking I cherished this movie and I used to be excited to have the chance to look at it once more so quickly for this assessment. My solely criticism is that I really feel just like the movie is a bit of bit too lengthy, not when it comes to runtime (it’s solely an hour and a half) however within the sense that the story might have completed as soon as the drone retrieval story ran its course, but it surely doesn’t. It’s not just like the remaining time is aimless, however I’m simply unsure we completely wanted it both. Fortunately that doesn’t bitter the movie in any respect and even having watched it twice in shut succession I by no means discovered myself bored or letting my thoughts wander, so it’s clearly not a giant problem within the grand scheme of issues. 

This movie is animated by the animation studio Madhouse (No Sport, No Life; A Place Additional than the Universe) and it appears improbable (the screenshots don’t do it justice). The group have given it a muted color palette befitting of the countryside setting and this captures its environment properly, however that’s to not say the colors are boring by any means. There’s some occasional use of CG (largely for the fireworks and a few scenes of the boys exploring on their bikes) which may momentarily throw you out of a scene, but it surely doesn’t look unhealthy, all issues thought of.

Music for the movie has been dealt with by Yoshiaki Fujisawa (A Place Additional than the Universe, The Eccentric Household, Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation) and there’s a wide variety of emotional and upbeat tracks to go with the ups and downs of the movie. There are additionally vocal tracks (carried out by YAMO), which slot into the story remarkably properly throughout key scenes. I can definitely see why Anime Restricted have gone to the hassle of releasing it on vinyl; it’s a soundtrack that is still memorable even away from the film itself. 

The place voice actors are involved, the movie is being launched each in Japanese and with an English dub, though I haven’t had the chance to see it dubbed. On the Japanese aspect, protagonist Roma is voiced by Natsuki Hanae (Ken Kaneki in Tokyo Ghoul, Tanjiro Kamado in Demon Slayer) and I’ve to say this casting selection might be what made me so immediately keen on the character. Hanae at all times brings a really excitable and bubbly persona to his roles, however he additionally has the vary to navigate difficult emotional scenes with the seriousness they demand. So for a teenage boy on a summer time journey with many ups and downs, Hanae is an ideal match. 

Toto is performed by Yuki Kaji (Daida in Rating of Kings, Kenma Kozume in Haikyu!!) whereas Drop is portrayed by Ayumu Murase (Shoyo Hinata in Haikyu!!, Kazuki Yasaka in Sarazanmai) and identical to Hanae, these gifted actors deal with their characters extraordinarily properly. 

General Goodbye, Don Glees! is a memorable journey following three younger boys at a time of their life once they’re starting to think about the long run whereas equally caught prior to now. This movie is great enjoyable at the start, however its underlying messages will resonate properly with viewers and go away an emotional mark too. With repeated viewings proving no much less gratifying, this movie is a extremely really useful watch. 

Goodbye, Don Glees! Is being launched in UK cinemas from the thirtieth of November 2022. Will probably be obtainable in Japanese with English subtitles in addition to with an English dub. The movie has already been proven at Scotland Love’s Anime the place it gained the viewers and judges award for 2022 and was additionally proven on the Leeds Movie Pageant. Tickets might be booked here.

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