Hello people! So this movie, also called Flavours of Youth, is something that was brought out not too long ago (when I review this). From the makers of ‘Your Name’, which I thought was good/okay. I don’t have much else to say, than that it contains some spoilers. Well, let’s move on to the next issue!
An anthology film featuring the three shorts, titled “Hidamari no Choushoku” (Sunny Breakfast), “Chiisana Fashion Show” (A Small Fashion Show), and “Shanghai Koi” (Shanghai Love). All three will be set in three different Chinese cities.
The theme of the three stories are food, clothing, and shelter. “Hidamari no Choushoku” is about a youth working in Beijing and a grandmother in his hometown. “Chiisana Fashion Show” is about sisters living in Guangzhou. “Shanghai Koi” is set in 1990s Shanghai and is a homage to Byousoku 5 Centimeter (5 Centimeters Per Second).
(Source: ANN, Shikoriori Official Website, Comic Natalie)
So to be honest, first time watching I enjoyed it, but now thinking about the story…..mehhhh. I mean, it truly is beautiful, but some things just bothered me too much. I mean, the first story is about a man who is reminiscing about his past, because of how ‘lonely’ or something like that he feels. I mean, it’s nice to see the beautiful art, but…. it had no goal or whatsoever. Just thinking about the past and how everyone is so being on your own in the big city. I get that it’s a life lesson, but it’s not that there is an ending goal and it’s very fast paced. The second story, I felt like, though I can understand such pressure, being that irresponsible isn’t going to get you far in life. When you hear the stories, it’s understandable that you’ll lose confidence, but you have to know that there are people who support you, you know. I mean, not everyone supports you, but if there’s at least one person it’s okay. Well, I felt like it had unnecessary drama, which kind of irritated me. And the third story, because of being stubborn, misunderstandings are bound to happen! Guys, this is really a lesson, don’t stay silent like these 2 did. I can understand why some find it a rip-off of 5CPS, so I won’t disagree nor agree with this statement. I thought the ending was pretty cliché and actually hoped it stayed with bromance, but that wasn’t the case. Overall, it was enjoyable just on the surface, but when you look for a deep story, I don’t recommend you this. I mean, there are a lot of Chinese things that are really true, so that was nice to see. Unfortunately were the stories not really with a big goal. I mean, they meet, they learn, but in the end, nothing really changed that much other than looking a bit more positive in life again. So story development wasn’t that great. Originality was okay, some things were predictable or a bit of a rip-off indeed. That it’s in China was nicely thought of, but that the names were spoken in half Japanese and Chinese felt a bit weird. Art was beautiful, but I felt like the people really were looking like some of the people in other anime, I think like ‘Your name’. I recommend to watch it with friends because it’s mostly more fun and if you’re very judicial, this is a good way to enjoy it at least. I’ll give it a 6,5/10
Well, this was it for this week.
Until next time!