This is the worst Ghibli’s animation I have ever seen!!
I feel sorry saying that sentence to open my review on my number one animation studio, but that is my honest opinion. I’ve seen lots of animation from Studio Ghibli and I always love their works … I love it more than all those Hollywood animation studio combined into one … but Gedo Senki (ゲド 戦記) or Tales From The Earthsea is clearly the worst animation from Ghibli. I’m not going to say that it is the worst animation ever, because it still has good things about it.
The artwork is still amazing. I love the color, especially on the dragon. Simply said, the artwork is still as great as always.
The flaw comes from the story. It was boring!! I almost turned it off before it was over, but I kept it going out of curiosity. I wanted to know how it ends, maybe the ending will make it up. There are too many holes in the movie, it isn’t engaging enough.
The story is about a prince named Arren (Okada Junichi) who killed his father and took away his sword. He ran away from his kingdom after he killed his father. He met a great wizard named Sparrowhawk or Ged (Bunta Sugawara). Ged took Arren to a city where slavery is still allowed. He saved a girl from being taken as a slave. Ged took Arren to live with his friend, Tenar (Jun Fubuki). Tenar lived with a girl whom Arren saved earlier, her name was Therru (Aoi Teshima).
Somewhere along the story, Lord Cob (Yoko Tanaka) found out that Ged lived in the city. He hated Ged and wanted to take revenge on him.
Those characters have other name which they call as their real name…till the end of the movie, I still didn’t know what’s the use of that real name. And I am still confused why a certain character can turn into a dragon?
The animation is too weak, unlike most Ghibli’s animations which alwas feel so strong and powerful. I can totally understand why Toki o Kakeru Shoujo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) able to defeat this animation in Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.
Tales From the Earthsea is directed by Goro Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki’s son. I guess the shoe left by Hayao is just too big for Goro to fill. The animation was released in July 29, 2006. From Wikipedia.com, to no surprise, I found out that Gedo Senki won Worst Movie in bunshun’s raspberry awards and Worst Director.
The story it self is based on a combination of Earthsea series (Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, and Tehanu) by Ursula K. Le Guin. I am now curious about the book because the author said the animation is different with what she has written, but I know for sure that it won’t be easy to find. I’ve seen the translated version but I want to read the English version of this book.
Logline from the movie:
かつて 人 と 竜 は 一つ だった
(Katsute hito to tatsu wa hitotsu datta).
(Rough translation: Once human and dragon were one)
My other reviews on Studio Ghibli’s amazing animations:
- Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi (Spirited Away)
- Gake No Ue No Ponyo (Ponyo on The Cliff)
- Tenku No Shiro Ryaputa (Laputa – Castle in The Sky)