Wonderful days

Wonderful days – The search for the blue sky

I am pleased to write today to what was known for a long time as the most expensive anime production of all times. And the thing which stunned most: It was created in korea, not in japan, the godfather of animes. Wonderful days, however, was not a series (I think that would have just costed too much), but rather a movie of around 1 1/2 hours length.

Basic summary:

The anime starts, where we might soon find ourselves in the future: Humanity didn’t control the pollution, and earth has become infested with it. Billions of people die during this horrible event. A few though are lucky, and save themselves to the gibraltar islands, where they build a near-magical city: Ecoban. This city has the power to gain energy from the surrounding pollution. However, as an unfortunate side effect, the entire air around it is constantly filled with dark clouds, and no one ever sees the sun or the sky, and it is almost constantly raining.
After many years, others arrive, who have survived the toxins, but the people of ecoban do not let them into the city, since they think they are “diseased”. The people of ecoban start to use them as cheap slaves for manual labor. Problems soon arrise when some of these start to revolt against the slavery.

  1. Story: Wonderfully made. I can just say that wonderful days has an incredible story. The search of the protagonist for the blue sky is an interesting theme, and is really well shown in the anime. (Also see point Atmosphere below). There was, sadly, one small drawback: The length. To much dismay, the creators of wonderful days pressed a little bit too much story into too little time. The 90 minutes or so the movie takes are just a little too short to adequatly show and present all the characters, the situation, etc. This is the only real drawback I have seen in the movie
  2. Characters: As mentioned above, they are really, really well made, but sadly there is also the drawback that there is not really much time to fully present them in any depth, since the story presses on quickly, without beeing able to fully show the characters. However, it must also be mentioned that most of the characters do not exhibit classical clichee traits, which further adds to the appeal of Wonderful Days
  3. Sound and Music: Beautiful, just beautiful. I cannot express how incredibly beautiful the music of wonderful days is (if you like calm and somewhat sad music). To give you a taste:
  4. Graphics: Well, like I said. It’s not called the most expensive anime creation for nothing. The graphics of this anime should, even if you have very high standards, just blow you away. Everything is held in stunning 3D, and the graphics beautifully contribute to the story and the atmosphere.
  5. Atmosphere: It was incredible, that’s for sure. The atmosphere in this movie was incredibly well made. Especially showing the dark, gloomy clouds hanging above the islands, making it impossible to see the beautiful blue sky which we are all too used to. It shows in what dull environment these persons have to live, and helps the story by showing how desperate one would become in such a bleach world.

My final Rating for this Anime is:

11 / 12

Explanation: I think that this anime has fully earned these insane 11 points. I also would almost have given it 12 / 12, but the main reason for me for only giving 11 points was simply that the story was a bit too compressed. It would have been much much better if this anime would have had around 7-10 episodes, fully showing and exploring the characters, the world they live in, ecoban, etc. However, for all the rest, I think this anime definetly deserves it’s place among one of the best. Thank you.

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