inu-oh movie review
Date: 2022 September 26 19:34
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There’s a lot of anime coming to theaters in the UK and Ireland this year. anime ltd Recently releasing a large number of titles has been the driving force. his latest cinematic offering inu-oh Hits theaters on Wednesday 28 September 2022.
The film is an electric eclectic mix of Japanese history, traditional music intertwined with rock music. It’s not something you believe in everyday! The film is directed by Masaaki Yusa, whose other works include the spectacular Night Is Short, Walk on Girl, loo on the wallRide your wave and keep your hands off Eizouken!
If you’re curious and want to know more about Inu-Oh, read our spoiler free review to learn more!
Inu-Oh is director Masaki Yusa’s latest cinematic outing. With Studio Science SARU he has released some amazing and unique movies including Lou Over the Wall, The Night Is Short Walk on Girl, Ride Your Wave, as well as some awesome TV series including Keep Your Hands of Izoken!, Devilman Crybaby and Pingpong have been issued. Each of Yusa’s titles are completely different, you can’t guess what he’ll do next, which brings us to Inu-Oh, a rock music set in 14th century Japan!
The film tells the story of an unlikely couple. Inu-oh (King of Dogs) is a strangely masked character who meets and teams up with Tomona, a blind biwa player (a Japanese musical instrument similar to robes). Together they perform a rock act telling the story of the fallen Heike clan from 200 years ago. Tomona rocking his beau like an electric guitar sets the scene to sing about The Heike’s historic battle for Inu-Oh. Each performance is thoroughly modernized with 14th century technology with stage lighting, pyrotechnics and similar stage effects. The Who and Tommy have nods for other rock acts such as Queen with the Tip of the Hat (a warm-up sequence of a song that sounds like We’ll Rock You). The performances are kinetic, surreal and psychedelic, which makes them hypnotic. Each performance feels like it’s almost live, capturing the vibrancy and energy you’d expect from a real rock concert. The original Japanese voice actors have a big part to play in this with their singing performances.
The characters are created by Taiyo Matsumoto, who created Ping Pong and Sunny. The character design is detailed, you can see his realistic jagged teeth, the lines in his lips. They are a very different style to the cartoony character designs in other SCIENCE SARU products such as Look Over the Wall, The Night Is Short Walk On Girl.
The color palette chosen is matched to a wood block print look, with lighter hues. It’s almost like watching an animated ukiyo-e print. The lavish dresses of the nobles are especially detailed with the rest of the pattern as the character spins (we love that effect).
As the story develops, so does the animation. It starts out very limited and constrained, which feels like limited movement and then becomes more rapid and detailed as the story and music progress.
The film is inspired by The Tale of the Heike, a compilation of stories from various sources that tell the rise and fall of the Taira clan. It’s a historical epic, but it may not be familiar to everyone outside of Japan, so the audience at Inu-Oh, like you, is learning about Japanese history.
Curiously, Science SARU also made the TV show, The Hike Story, based on the same source material, but this is a very different adaptation. It charts the stories of the Taira clan as they happened. I think The Hike Story and Inu-Oh both complement each other and are worthy of your time. You’ll learn a lot about Japanese history from different perspectives, but with Inu-Oh you’ll get to experience wonderfully animated rock music!
This film feels like it deserves to be seen on the big screen. It’s about rock and roll and rebellion and standing up for authority. It is a film that should be experienced as much as it is enjoyed. There’s nothing like it and that’s part of what makes it so much fun to watch!
inu-oh Thanks for the Good People hits theaters on Wednesday 28 September 2022 anime ltd, Visit to Find a Screening Near You inu-oh.co.uk
Source: Otaku News