Review of Modest Heroes (2018)

Parts only

This page describes the individual parts of Modest Heroes. The work as a whole is reviewed elsewhere.

“Kanini & Kanino” (2018Moving picture)

Yonebayashi Hiromasa (writer-director).

Seen in 2019.

Aquatic little people.

The water effects are impressive, but it’s all the scaling flaws of The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) minus speech. The result is curiously similar to “Fish Out of Water”, the silent underwater episode of BoJack Horseman (2014), right down to “Kaka” bringing back a litter to rival that of BoJack’s seahorse.

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“Life Ain’t Gonna Lose” (2018Moving picture)

Momose Yoshiyuki (writer-director).

Seen in 2019.

Serious allergy.

A sensitively crafted, softly realistic and didactic children’s film. Too bad it doesn’t have time for a plot beyond the egg allergy.

References here: “The Modest Heroes of Studio Ponoc” (2019).

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“Invisible” (2018Moving picture)

Yamashita Akihiko (writer-director).

Seen in 2019.

An invisible man goes unnoticed even when carrying a fire extinguisher for added weight.

The most original work of the anthology, it develops into an effective metaphor for social invisibility, never stooping to allegory.

References here: “The Modest Heroes of Studio Ponoc” (2019).

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