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The Murder Case of Hana & Alice (2015)

Hana to Arisu satsujin jiken (original title)
After her parents separate, 14 year-old Tetsuko (who will soon be nick-named Alice) moves with her mother to a new town in what she calls "The Boonies" and must enroll as a transfer student... See full summary »

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Shunji Iwai

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Shunji Iwai (original story), Shunji Iwai (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yû Aoi ... Tetsuko Arisugawa (Alice) (voice)
Anne Suzuki ... Hana (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shôko Aida Shôko Aida ... Kayo Arisugawa (voice)
Sei Hiraizumi Sei Hiraizumi ... Kuroyanagi Kenji (voice)
Tomohiro Kaku Tomohiro Kaku ... Asanaga-sensei (voice)
Ryô Katsuji ... Yuda Kotaro (voice)
Midoriko Kimura ... Tomomi Arai (voice)
Tae Kimura Tae Kimura ... Tsutsumi Yuki (voice)
Haru Kuroki ... Satomi Hagino-sensei (voice)
Ranran Suzuki Ranran Suzuki ... Tomomi Mutsu (voice)
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After her parents separate, 14 year-old Tetsuko (who will soon be nick-named Alice) moves with her mother to a new town in what she calls "The Boonies" and must enroll as a transfer student in a new middle school. She immediately finds herself bullied due being assigned the seat of "Judas" who is said to have been murdered over a year before. She is told that if anybody knows his fate it would be Hana, the recluse in the house next door, who has been unable to bring herself to attend class since "Judas" disappeared. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 February 2015 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

El caso de Hana & Alice See more »

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An OK movie but...
22 November 2015 | by rti9-929-5803See all my reviews

This is an interesting little tale of how two teenage girls became friends. It has a very honest feeling in how the characters speak and move. Having lived in Japan, this movie really gives a surprisingly unexpected sensation of the everyday there.

What sets this movie apart is probably what bothers me. This movie reminds me of the Flowers of Evil TV series from 2013 since both are animated through rotoscoping (an animation technique in which animators trace over footage, frame by frame). This is a decent story, but it could have easily been done without animation. The animation gave some really pretty colors to some scenes, but in the overall it feels unnecessary. You could have told the same story with actors and the result wouldn't be much different.

The fact that it is animated will most likely be an important factor to attract and repel some people and it shouldn't. This is not your typical high school anime. It is a movie that happens to be animated. Just that.

All in all, a cute adventure of two girls living an unforgettable moment of their adolescence. If you are into teenage dramas and Japan, you might like this.


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