Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Film Review: Hello World [ハロー・ワールド] (2019) | Directed by Tomohiko Itō / Produced by Graphinica

tomohiko ito hello world 2019 movie poster
Hello World (2019) Movie Poster
Title: Hello World [ Japanese: ハロー・ワールド ]
Directed by: Tomohiko Itō
Produced by: Katsuhiro Takei
Cinematography: Yoshiki Obata
Edited by: Shigeru Nishiyama
Production company: Graphinica
Distributed by: Toho
Release date:

Characters - Voice Cast:
Naomi Katagaki (堅書直実) - Takumi Kitamura
Future Naomi Katagaki (カタガキナオミ) - Tôri Matsuzaka
Ruri Ichigyō (一行瑠璃) - Minami Hamabe
Tsunehisa Senko (千古恒久) - Takehito Koyasu
Ii Shizuka (徐依依) - Minako Kotobuki
Mirei Kadenokōji (勘解由小路三鈴) - Haruka Fukuhara
Karasu (カラス) - Rie Kugimiya

Country: Japan / Language: Japanese
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-fi, Science Fiction

*spoiler alert

Set in a futuristic Japan, the Government has an advanced technology called "AllTale" which can realistically record the past to preserve the country's history and culture.

Then one day, Naomi Katagaki, the leading character notices an unusual aurora borealis in the sky. An odd crow flew over and snatched his notebook. He follows the crow leading him to a shrine. There he met another Naomi Katagaki and from there his adventure starts.

I'm expecting more drama romance in this film, something like it will give you a tearjerker. There's a tearjerker scene but not enough for my tears to drop, It never came. The story lacks impact. But no doubt the animation itself gives an impact - It's impressive!

Plus in the story, I find it unrealistic and not feasible for technology like "AllTale" to become true in the future (in our real world); on the point where it can record human intelligence too as the past-Katagaki is sentient in "AllTale" world. I find copying human intelligence invasive and susceptible to privacy abuse. It's unethical. And who knows, It could be copying the soul of a human too. I have so many questions about "AllTale" but I guess, I'll leave it as an entertainment-only subject and no chance Tomohiko Itō will give an in-depth explanation about the AllTale. I also guess he got the idea of AllTale because he got the inspiration from directing Reki Kawahara's Sword Art Online into anime.

I'll just leave it at that - a drama romance flick animation. I will not think much anymore on the tech side.

The story is okay, I'll gauge further the rating to a 'very okay' film since I really like the cinematography. The HD-ish plus CGI-ish quality animation.

My rating will be in the middle: 5.0 / 10.0

Another World

another world spin off to hello world 2019 poster
This three-episode spin-off was released before the main film. A reference for viewers to understand further the story background. It's a 10-minutes long per episode. Watching this is actually more appealing than watching the main film. You can feel the hardship of Naomi Katagaki of the real world (not the recorded Naomi Katagaki), he did everything for the sake of love.

If you skip this spin-off, you might find the real-world Katagaki arrogant, and selfish which is partly true but there's a reason behind those and you'll find that out with this spin-off episodes.

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  • Tomohiko Itō also directed the first two seasons of Sword Art Online Anime. Sword Art Online, a Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara (where Tomohiko Itō directed the anime version) also takes place in a futuristic world where people can play a role-playing game with a cerebral device.



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