On a hot day right before the summer vacation, all first-year male students of the second class from a junior high school disappear. Was it an accident? A group abduction? In fact, they ... See full summary »

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Yuta Murano

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Osamu Sôda (original novel), Ichirô Ôkouchi (screenplay)
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Takumi Kitamura ... Mamoru Suzuhara (voice)
Kyôko Yoshine ... Aya Chiyono (voice)
Rie Miyazawa ... Hitomi Nakayama (voice)
Megumi Han Megumi Han ... Kaori Yamasaki (voice)
Tatsuhisa Suzuki ... Souma Ogata (voice)
Takeo Otsuka Takeo Otsuka ... Hiroto Honjô (voice)
Haruka Michii Haruka Michii ... Saki Akutsu (voice)
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On a hot day right before the summer vacation, all first-year male students of the second class from a junior high school disappear. Was it an accident? A group abduction? In fact, they were hiding in an abandoned factory near the river, and used it as a liberation area to rebel against the adults. The adults are in great confusion by the huge and unexpected operations cooperated by the female students; entangled with real abduction cases, a corrupted mayor election, and even involving parents and television reporters who are thrilled by the liberation broadcast and barricade. The comedy mystery progresses in a light tempo that doesn't give the audience a chance to breathe until the brilliant end that is full of satire.

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A low-key anime, but with enough surprises to make it moving
12 February 2021 | by XavierVASee all my reviews

I watched this anime at an animation festival and I knew nothing about it beforehand so I had no expectations. Nevertheless, I had a great time and I'm surprised by its low rating and the fact that virtually no one, at least in the West, has talked about it (It doesn't even have a rotten tomato page).

Six adolescents, 16 to 17, decide to camp for a week as an act of rebellion because one of the girl's father has decided to move his family to Tokyo to pursue his political career, despite the girl's protest. They squat an old abandoned mining side and quickly realize the site already houses a young clandestine Thai refugee, who's pursued by the police. The next part of the film is reminiscent of Home Alone, with the gang trying to repel the police's assault of the facility. Later, as the group gains the attention of the media, the story takes a more personal turn and explores deeper issues related to one's identity and the public image/intimate life dichotomy. The writers explore those issues with authenticity and candor.

At first, I was struck by the beauty of the almost watercolor-like backgrounds. But I had a few reservations because the story starts with the tired trope of the nerdy boy secretly in love with his calm, beautiful classmate. Thankfully, the plot later took many turns and proved to be much more than a collection of overused clichés. The art remained impressive until the end and made great use of the story's abandoned industrial setting.

While probably more aimed at an YA audience, this adult was nevertheless entertained until the end and deeply moved by the most powerful scene (you'll know the one when you see it).

7 days war deserves a wider audience.


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13 December 2019 (Japan) See more »

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