Movie Feature: Flavors of Youth
Okay. I was supposed to release this one last January, but because of the “schedule” that I followed, this entry got pushed back. Heh.
Now that I pretty much threw out the “schedule” and decided to release content whenever I want (but still making sure to release weekly…at least), I can publish this one with ease. Lol.
Anyway, I won’t prolong you any longer.
Here is my review of Flavors of Youth.
Synopsis: Told in three chapters in three cities, Shikioriori explores the simple joys of life through sensual memories and how the beating heart of love cannot be defeated by the flow of time. Memories in a bowl of steaming noodles, a fading beauty finding her way and a bittersweet first love—all in these stories of city life in China. (MAL)
From the production team of the famous, Your name, one can’t help but expect great things from this movie. I know it’s not made by the same director, still, it might be good enough. In fairness, it didn’t disappoint me. But that doesn’t mean it’s on the same level as its predecessor. Nope. not in one bit. It barely passed my expectations.
Flavors of youth was an anthology about youth. It contains 3 different stories that represent youth in a unique way. It’s because of this format that this movie couldn’t surpass Your Name. I admit, the 3 stories were short and were quite interesting. But, it can’t be helped that one story would be better than the other. In this case, the 3rd one was amazing that it could stand on its own compared to the other 2. Well, that’s just my opinion.
The first short story was about a guy from the city, went back to his hometown. He reminisces his time, his youth while living in the province. Believe me, the story is quite interesting and very mundane. I could even relate as I am currently living in the city, and whenever I go back home, I experience a flashback of memories and feels. But, the story was delivered in a very boring way that I kinda felt bored near the end of the story and just want to move on to the next one. Maybe it was the music, or the story progression, either way, it wasn’t impactful as I wanted it to be.
For the 2nd story, it was about a woman who was a model, becoming insecure to the youth, young models and the harshness of the modeling industry, around her. I really liked this segment as it not only addressed those insecurities of the MC, but it also exposed that harshness of the modeling world. It’s no secret that people want new, fresh, and vibrant. And this is very apparent in the fashion world. The MC’s insecurities and struggles definitely were noteworthy. But, as much as I like this story, I feel like everything was rushed too much. Everything gets concluded in the end, and I don’t like it. I want the characters to be fleshed out more. But that’s just me.
Now for my favorite story, it was about a guy who just recently moved into a new apartment, discovered an old tape from his blooming youth. It brought him back to the past and rediscovered a lot of new things, not only from his youth but also from his first love. What I like about this story was the fact that for a short story, it had compacted a really solid plot. Everything progressed really well, that I didn’t feel anything was wasted or made me feel like I needed more. It was that well done. It’s because of this that this story is above the rest.
Even with having 3 different stories, the art and animation were consistent all throughout the movie. And this is pretty much the strong point of the movie. Your Name had amazing art and animation, and so is this one. Damn the visuals. Like bruh, the noodles in the first short story made me hungry as it was animated really flavors. The animation on the 2nd and 3rd story didn’t disappoint too as the sequences of shots were really noteworthy. The studio really knows their stuff.
The OST is a bit all over the place. As I like the music in the 3rd story, the 1st and 2nd didn’t have enough impact on me. Though, I do wanna mention that I love the theme song of the movie. I mean, I even featured it on my first ever Monthly Melodies. Heh.
Overall, this anime movie was great, but not amazing. It delivered visually, but some of its stories didn’t leave much punch. It’s still a good movie to watch in past time. I do like how it delivered the message of this movie. It’s about youth. Even if we became old and mature, youth within us will never leave. And I like that message.
Anyway, would I recommend this movie? If you like it, then yeah. If not, well just give this one a try. Lel.
You guys can watch this on Netflix, so feel free to check this one out.
That’s it for now.
Thanks for reading.