when “The Little Mermaid” brilliantly meets the art of parkour

Orchestrated by an expert anime studio and creative team, bubble runs an (almost) flawless race.

Available from April 28 on Netflix, bubble It immerses us in a world flooded with bubbles that have modified the laws of gravity, and more specifically in Tokyo, which is isolated from the world. In this particular context, the Japanese city has become a playground for lovers of parkour who organize confrontations. Everything changes when Hibiki, a young prodigy, steps out of his comfort zone but Uta, a young woman with mysterious powers, saves him. This meeting will lead to a revelation that will change the world.

A shock team to lead an incredible adventure.

Behind this production, we find a team accustomed to anime: the Wit studio, which produced, in particular, the first three seasons of The attack of the Titans. Despite adventures that will only end in 2023, the shadow of Eren Jäger is very present in bubble. The director is none other than Tetsurô Araki, known for his work in films and series. The attack of the Titans Y Death Note. On the technical distribution side, the script is credited to Gen Urobuchi (mahou shoujo madoka magica, Psycho-Pass) and character design to Takeshi Obata, who also worked on Death Note. As for the soundtrack, it’s Hiroyuki Sawano, also familiar from the anime. The attack of the Titanswho composes the music

If dialogues are not your strong point, bubble You can count on several moments of intense poetry.

Finally, on the dubbing side, we find Mamoru Miyano (The seven capital sins, Precious), Yuki Kaji (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure), Tasuku Hatanaka (my hero academia) and Jun Shison as the hero Hibiki. One thing is certain, Wit Studio wanted to bring together the crème de la crème of anime for bubble, and that shows us. The film is beautiful, colorful and it doesn’t take long to immerse yourself in this apocalyptic universe, where Tokyo is a city immersed and isolated from the world. The sets are basic (namely, rooftops and skyscrapers vacated or converted into playgrounds), but the set gives the film an atmosphere worthy of I am a legendwith a more colorful and poetic touch.

A remarkable job in animation…

Faced with a growing Netflix catalogue, and waiting for a series in the universe of tekken, bubble First it stands out for its script. Here, there are no supernatural monsters or characters with superpowers. The heroes are a gang of young men accompanied by a former parkour champion and a scientist. His only concern is survival, trying to win parkour battles on the disused rooftops of submerged Tokyo. Faced with a sometimes uneven rhythm, between action and contemplation, the parkour scenes are one of the great successes of this film. Powered by animations that can already be found on The attack of the Titansthe racing and stunt scenes are awesome and the feel of the aerial stunts behind our screen couldn’t be more realistic.

Rarely has an anime transcribed this feeling of stunts and aerobatics so well.

… but more expendable from the psychology of the characters

Halfway between Yamakasis and the Konoha ninjas, the heroes of bubble they themselves symbolize this desire for lightness that floats in the film. A much more advanced symbology than the personalities, all more clichéd than the others. Talented but lonely and marked by drama, Hibiki is the heroine of this film. At his side, the parkour team is made up of familiar characters, such as the authoritarian and suspicious leader, the youngest especially turbulent, without forgetting a scientist who stands out for her maternal side (between outbursts of anger and support from the stature), and a mentor always there to offer advice and double meaning phrases.

Endearing characters that shine more for their flexibility than for their originality.

But what does bubble So special is the character of Uta. The young woman appeared out of nowhere to save Hibiki during a fall and will prove to be a chosen teammate in parkour battles. She is mute and agile as a cat, she hides a secret that is obviously good to keep. Instead of focusing its entire story on the strange disaster that hit Tokyo, the film takes a surprising and refreshing direction as soon as this character arrives. Like Ariel in The little Mermaid, the young woman finds herself projected into a world she does not know and feels attracted to a young man. This modern and sporting revision of Andersen’s famous tale, which is also openly quoted for a scene or two, allows bubble to give you a bubble of poetry, all carried by a sober but effective music. The ending may leave some viewers perplexed by unresolved issues, but Tetsurô Araki’s film is certainly a breakout full of levity and aerial acrobatics not to be missed.

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