Yesterday, I found an anime movie based on The Diary of Anne Frank.
It was aired in 1995, so animations and graphics aren’t really suggestive, but I think that scenes are well made and make a good description of the most important parts of the book.
I usually don’t watch an anime as soon as I find it. I look at the pictures, read the plot and then think “okay, I’ll watch this in the future”.. and I always forget to do it.
This time, I decided to watch it immediately because the 27th of January was the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, so I thought it would be nice to watch something concernig the event.
Speaking of the movie itself, it is around 1h45m long. I was surprised, because I expected a shorter movie! However, while I was watching it I barely noticed the flow of time because the scenes were well balanced, neither too slow, nor too superficial.
The plot follow the original story. I read the book when I was a child, and basing on my memories the movie touched almost all important moments. There were even narrative parts, as Anne was reading her diary. I think they made a good description of the characters, with a deep analysis of each behaviour and manners.
As I said before, graphics and animations weren’t the very best. Here is an example of the drawings:
Even if in that it isn’t the best, I think you don’t need an amazing graphics to appreciate this work.
The story is full of feelings of any kind: hope, fear, love, understanding. Living in such conditions really change your view on life, and that’s exactly what happens to Anne, who is just a kid when she was forced to abandon her house.
The music was good. Slow-peaced songs, heartbreaking melodies and soft sounds were just the right choice. There are also some songs performed in English, but the pronunciation is really bad… Well, actually it was pretty good compared to the average pronunciation of Japanese people
One thing I didn’t like at all is the dubbing. It’s one of the most awful japanese dubbing I’ve ever heard Overall voices were okay, even if I dindn’t appreciate Anne’s one. But the main problems were the flat acting and sync mistakes. A lot of time I noticed a moving mouth without hearing any word. Some voice actors were pretty good, though. Mr and Mrs Van Daan were great!
I hoped ’til the last moment that the ending would change… but it didn’t happen so sad…
After the movie I went to bed with a mixed feeling of sadness and anger. It’s so unfair! Poor people! I understood once again that remembering is important, in order to not make the same mistakes in the future. If those could be called mistakes…
I want to end up with a little request: please, all of you, always remember. Remember our past and try to change our future, even in the smallest things. Teach your children respect and mutual understanding. Teach them that all are equal. Teach them not to hate because of a different religion, culture, skin or sexual orientation.
Teach them to love.