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Genius Party – Baby Blue

July 20, 2008

Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Macross Plus, Samurai Champloo) and Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop, Macross Plus, Macross Frontier, Escaflowne, Ghost in the Shell, Wolf’s Rain) team up again to create another wonderful work. Baby Blue is a short story about two friends reminiscing about their childhood.

The film is pleasant in both visual and auditory sense. Art looks quite realistic, but does not turn into cold photographs like some other anime use. The backgrounds are warm and fluffy. The shots are very well composed and flow well. The piano and acoustic guitar music fit the story nicely. We hear Yoko Kanno’s interpretation of Chopin, and what I think is a variation on a theme of Greensleeves. One of the aspects of the film that impressed me the most were the voices. The actors managed to give a very natural feel to their characters.

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9 comments

  1. The BG reminds me of Makoto Shinkai… which I suppose is a growing trend in anime to “look realistic”. Seems interesting otherwise. I should watch it.


  2. Yes, it does look similar to Makoto Shinkai. While realistic looking style might be helpful to convey some stories, I prefer more traditional feel to the animation. The style of the Genius Party anthology has a very wide range of styles, so most people will be able to enjoy at least one of the films.


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  4. I recently watched this episode as part of the Genius Party, it’s fantastic. Relatively short (14 mins) but emotionally packed and well worth watching. Makes me want to say: “A childhood promise is the essence of innocence.”


  5. Indeed, it was a nice short story. Avoiding excessive, saturated voice expressions we often see in anime, made the characters quite realistic.


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  7. I dont think it was Greensleeves (or even a variation of it) at the end [the piano piece].


    • “Baby, It’s Blue” has some elements, but not in its entirety.


  8. I really loved it…reminded me of honey and clover, of takemoto’s trip



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