Disappointing ‘bubble’ brings boredom to post-apocalyptic anime parkour

I didn’t think I’d get bored watching a movie about a team of acrobatic teenagers competing in life-threatening parkour competitions set in a gorgeous but no less dystopian version of Tokyo. Adding to my disappointment and confusion was that this movie is the latest project from Wit Studio, an anime production company with a surprisingly strong track record in recent years (Vinland Saga, king rating)and his creative team includes Tetsuro Araki, one of the most influential anime directors of the last 15 years, and Gen Urobuchi, one of the most striking and engaging voices in the medium. But even the wonderful animators at Wit couldn’t save the dull and insipid Netflix. Bubble (not to be confused with Judd Apatow’s tepid pandemic comedy). Bubble).

BUBBLE (1/4 stars)
Director: Tetsuro Araki
Written: Gen Urobuchi, Naoko Sato, Renji Oki
Starring: Jun Shison, Riria, Mamoru Miyano, Yuki Kaji, Tasuku Hatanaka
Duration: 100 min.

Post-apocalyptic look the little Mermaid, Bubble The action takes place five years after an inexplicable phenomenon that caused bubbles to fall from the sky. Bubbles appeared all over the world, but the Tokyo Tower explosion left the city trapped in one giant bubble, and the bubbles that kept falling flooded the city and destroyed its gravity. Tokyo’s main residents are currently groups of orphans who compete in parkour tournaments called “Tokyo Battlekour” where teams of five compete against each other for daily necessities. Hibiki, an introvert who always wears a pair of stylish headphones due to his super-sensitive hearing, stands out as the only member who can land on bubbles without popping them, thus taking advantage of them in matches.

One evening, Hibiki hears a song coming from the Tokyo Tower and goes upstairs in search of the source. When he falls into the flooded waters of Tokyo and is trapped in a flooded train car, his rescue comes in the form of a bubble that transforms into Uta, a bizarre cat-like girl who can open a path to reveal the bubble’s secret. phenomenon and return Tokyo to the world.

Bubble starts strong and stylish, but shortly after Uta saves Hibiki, the movie starts to falter. Uta is nothing more than a maniacal pixie bubble girl who serves no purpose other than to suck up to the tasteless and uninteresting Hibiki by saying as little as possible (at least until the film’s climax, which is as confused as it is monotonous). The rest of the secondary cast is fuzzy, so much so that I can only vaguely remember two members of Hibiki’s team, they are “horny” and “really young”.

Things can get interesting when Hibiki’s team faces off against their arch-rivals Battlekour The Undertaker (not a reference to the recently retired WWE star, unfortunately), who have SWAT-style outfits and Cyclops masks. The Undertakers also have hydraulic boots, so they seem to be a threat. But they are quickly defeated and return to the characters who only exist to help Hibiki save the day.

The duel between Hibiki’s squad and The Undertaker is the climax of the movie. BubbleThe parkour scenes (of which there are many) are a great combination of 2D character animation with 3D backgrounds and provide momentum, impact and energy that a tedious story lacks. Wit’s animation here is as strong as it gets and the character designs are by Takeshi Obata (Death Note) are very attractive. The visual talent on display is undeniable, but it’s all let down by the script presented by Urobuchi, Naoko Sato and Renji Oki. Of course, Sato and Oki don’t have much anime writing experience, but from Urobuchi, whose track record includes Madoka Magica and psycho-passI expect better.

INo Ads Released earlier this month, Araki says the project started when he approached producer Genki Kawamura and said that for his first original film, he would like to work with someone who knows how to reach a wider audience. This is strange considering Araki was in charge Death Note and the first three seasons Attack on Titan, two of the biggest anime hits of the 21st century. And does Araki need help reaching a wider audience when two of the biggest theatrical anime films in recent years, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train and Jiu-Jitsu Kaisen: Zerothese are action-packed films based on the wildly popular series he specializes in.

A sports anime centered on a group of orphans who make a conscious decision to compete in the necessities of life instead of participating in the daily life of society is the seed of a fruitful idea. But instead of playing to his strengths, Araki settled for the lowest common denominator storytelling. The only advice I can give to anime fans who might be interested in seeing the latest news from Wit Studio is to wait for the parkour scenes to appear in the YouTube video collection. I can’t promise you that the EDM or hyperpop track that the user uploads will suit your taste, but at least you won’t get bored.

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Disappointing 'Bubble' Brings Boredom To Post-Apocalyptic Anime Parkour