Drifting Home Review: A charming adventure : Seven children, one abandoned apartment complex, an endless body of water and one goal: to return home. This summer’s coming-of-age story is Drifting Home. In this review, we’ll find out what it’s all about!
Drifting Home is a coming-of-age story set in a fantasy world. It was produced by Twin Engine and Netflix and produced by Studio Colorido. Colorido is known for its Original Net Animations (ONA), such as the wildly popular A Whisker Away and Burn The Witch, which is like a spiritual sequel to Bleach. In Japanese, the film is called Ame wo Tsugeru Hyouryuu Danchi and is directed by Hiroyasu Ishida. Ishida is known for creating anime films such as Penguin Highway and Fastening Days.
Taking the top spot on Leisurebyte’s list of the best anime of 2021 is (Spoiler Alert) Sonny Boy, which I’m surprised we’re talking about again. The show has been a dark horse choice on many fans’ best anime lists and has been nominated for two of Crunchyroll’s most prestigious awards: Anime of the Year and Director of the Year. Although not a popular choice, the show won the hearts of many, including this writer. It’s just a great anime that doesn’t get as much attention as it should.
Why talk about that show now? Well, for one thing, they both get their ideas from the same thing: a horror manga called The Drifting Classroom. The premise of the story is also the same: a group of children get stuck in an endless void from which they cannot escape. Both things happen because one of the kids has an emotional outburst and the other kids have to overcome their mental blocks to get out of that place. Both stories are about kids growing up and teaching them how to deal with growing up.
So the big question is: Is Drifting Home any good? Yes, it certainly is. It’s not perfect and has a lot of issues that we’ll talk about in a moment, but it was still a very enjoyable read. The film had a clear goal that it stuck to throughout and told a very full and satisfying story. From the beginning, the writer had a clear idea of what he wanted to see on the screen and did everything to make the story as clear and logical as possible.
The film had a lot of themes and stayed true to the ones he chose for each character. Some of the themes our main characters dealt with throughout the story was growth and learning to deal with change. They both lose someone very important to them and therefore stop talking to each other. The way you act around someone you think you’ve wronged but don’t have the guts to do anything about it was very true in the movie. I didn’t think a show with children as the main characters would reach so far into the human mind, but I’m glad it did.
Even though the characters spoke a language that most of us don’t understand, they seemed to speak very naturally. It could be because they were all kids and the dialogue was simple, but it made the movie feel more real. It also helped that the kids’ lines were strong without being too corny and making people laugh. Even so, there was still some cringe, but not as much as you might think.
Another major theme of Drifting Home was grief and how it makes people feel detached or attached. Grief is hard for adults too, and we’re talking about children here. Natsume’s attachment to the apartment complex, which is the only thing that still grounds her, was a great metaphor for what it’s like to be a person grieving. The show made Noppa a whole character that represented attachment and sadness. This worked very well as an animated character who could respond and respond to a child’s grief with empathy. For what it was, this movie was pretty mature.
But Drifting Home wasn’t all flowers and sunshine; there were quite a few things wrong with it. The movie just went on and on for way longer than it should have. That was the biggest problem. Some scenes took longer than they should have, some characters weren’t given enough time to grow, and there were entire scenes that should have been cut. Even the ending was bad because of this problem. It fit the theme, it was emotional and spectacular, but it went on way longer than it needed to. Still, most of what happened in the story was good.
There are lots of different kinds of people in Drifting Home. You have to give them a break because they are supposed to be kids who don’t know any better. I tried, but some of the things they do are just stupid. The tagline for this movie should be “Bad Choices”, even though most of the characters learn how to be smarter and make better decisions by the end. It’s hard to explain how frustrating it is to see someone keep making the same mistake, especially after being told more than once what will happen if they keep doing it.
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I’m talking about one character in particular that might seem picky until you remember that Natsume is the main female character in Drifting Home. She has a long way to go before being an adult because all she does is mess up. Big actually. Ones with dire results for everyone, including her. She learns the lesson the story was trying to teach her at the end, which is good, but it took a lot of important plot development to get there. She was a good person, except he was a stupid idiot.
Kosuke wasn’t very interesting and aside from yelling and being rude to everyone, he didn’t have much of a personality. A lot of it is fine because it’s young, but that doesn’t make the end result any easier to watch. He doesn’t have much to do in this story other than be on screen helping Natsume out of the holes he digs himself out of, but he does it well and is still a likable main character. He has his own lessons to learn, which he does very well.