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A Japanese boy named Shu tries to save a strange girl, Lala Ru, from kidnappers and is transported to an alternate Earth on the brink of being swallowed by the sun. There he meets an American girl from his time, Sara, who was mistakenly captured because of her resemblance to Lala Ru. Shu becomes and unwilling member of the crazy and cowardly King Hamdo's army, and Sara is forced to have sex with the adult soldiers so that she can become pregnant and bear mores soldiers or slaves. Lala Ru, who can create water--a rarity in that time--using her pendant, is both a savior and a victim in a world where factions are willing to fight and die for her abilities, and at the same time keep her locked up.Written by
"Now and Then, Here and There" is a thought provoking, and emotional story about war, and the way humanity's perception, reaction, motive and consequent future as a whole differs from person to person when faced with war-time situations. This 13 episode Sci-Fi story is set within a world of 10 billion years in the future. Although categorized as Sci-Fi, backdrops and settings mainly consist of desert land territory, with the exceptions of a few villages, the towering "maze-like" fortress of Helywood, and a few side locales; all adorned with realism styled artwork.
Basic Plot line: Shu (as he is referred to throughout the movie), a (more then likely early aged)teen resident of Japan, briefly meets a young girl named LaLa-Ru. Before solid information about her can be received, the sky opens up, and a machine captures both of them, taking them into the future. Shu, not even knowing where they have been taken, attempts to rescue LaLa-Ru from their captives. His nobility is short lived as they become separated and ultimately captured. Through a series of events, Shu learns that he and LaLa-Ru are being held captive in Helywood; a place where children are enslaved and enlisted as army recruits under the border-line (if not surpassingly)insane King Hamdo. In addition to this fact, he also learns that King Hamdo plans on using LaLa-Ru to fulfill his plan of domination. Shu has not dismissed his determination to rescue LaLa-Ru, but his current incarceration provides an obvious hurdle that does not appear to be easily traversed.
" Now and Then, Here and There" relies heavily on war themes, although the central focus appears to be more on the psyche of the individual players and the entangled bystanders. This is truly exposed through the Protagonist, Shu. He acts with his heart, and is optimistic in the worst of situations, and feels it only natural for others to do the same, although he will find out things aren't always that cut and dry.
This movie is recommended age 16+, due to some gritty scenes/themes involving child enslavement, child sexuality/rape ( although not literally depicted, there are a few scenes where acts are foreshadowed but tastefully cut to a different scene before anything is shown), violent acts performed by/towards children, and general bloodshed. There is very minimal, yet, existing profanity use. There are occasions where partial nudity is displayed.
Visually, this movie is in the traditional Anime style, but maintains a seriousness throughout, departing from other light-hearted tales by keeping a dark war-time overtone. Realism is stressed in all aspects, example; no one can come back to life, fight situations are human in that no one has inhuman capabilities, and character injuries heal (or don't heal) as any normal person's would.
MY FINAL STATEMENT/RANKING: As I said, this movie is thought provoking and insightful on several levels. It is not top-heavy in regards to one aspect, but smoothly rounds out all aspects of the plot from start to finish. I found time to fly by as I was completely captivated and drawn into every detail of "Now and Then, Here and There". I found myself empathizing with the characters very easily, even struggling to hold back tears at certain gut-wrenching scenes due to my level of connection with the characters portrayed. The musical arrangements echo and reinforce the mood of the movie's events. I found this piece of work to be intelligently made, and i enjoyed every minute of it. I give "Now and Then, Here and There" a 9 out of 10.
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