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RPG Metanoia (2010) is a quite a special one. It is made out of
praiseworthy intentions and it tackles present time life issues in an
imaginative way. An interesting slice of life film largely about game
addictions, this animated feature allows us to see some culture and
daily lives of Filipino through the child gamers.
Regarding the animation, it is pretty decent as the first (full CG) in Philippines. The creators of this animated feature are realistic in their visual and demographic choices yet still able to maintain the charms of its people. Although the depictions of game addicts could be an exaggeration, it is quite original and amusing to watch.
What's more interesting is that there are many other characters, not just these child gamers. Some of their parents including their older friends are involved in some ways and there are also plenty of other symbolic characters from the game servers in the animated feature itself such as the Koreans and virtual pets.
Another thing I can't help to notice aside from the message of this animated feature is that the minority, female characters does stand out even though at first RPG Metanoia (2010) seems to be a male-only; most of the characters are male and only wanted to play MMORPG games, especially the latest one!
May, the only girl in the group is quite friendly to play with the boys outdoor and even helped Nico to be confident to play outside more, effectively reducing his game addiction. Nico's mother is also lovely and encouraging; I think she says a lot of wise stuffs as well but I have no idea what due to language issues and it is based on my own comprehension, of course.
In the end, RPG Metanoia (2010) is satisfying as it has a sweet story with a great concept. Learning what's important and what you could be missing in life is certainly one of the best, if not the best message you can get out of movie. If you wanted to watch something foreign and different than the ordinary, you can consider giving this animated feature a chance as it is not bad!
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