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Rating: 4 stars

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Seen on: 03/09/2020

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The Island of Giant Insects (2020)

Directed by Takeo Takahashi, Naoyuki Tatsuwa

Science Fiction | Horror | Animation

Most recently watched by sleestakk

Overview

After an airplane crash during a school trip, Oribe Mutsumi and her classmates were stranded on a seemingly deserted island. Mutsumi found the other survivors, and used her wilderness knowledge to help them. She expects that they will be rescued in about three days, which doesn’t seem so long to endure. However, she didn’t account for the fact that the island is populated with gigantic killer insects. Her knowledge of butterflies, wasps, and more may be the only thing that will help any of her classmates survive to be rescued!

Length 76 minutes

Actors

Marina Inoue | Misato Fukuen | M.A.O. (Mao Ichimichi) | Chiaki Takahashi | Takuya Eguchi | Yurika Kubo | Momo Asakura | Rika Tachibana | Wataru Komada

Viewing Notes

Thought it was the OVA (that was released last year) that I was viewing on Crunchyroll but it was the full movie so I just buckled up and watched the entire thing. Didn’t realize this was gonna be some Ecchi / Hentai stuff but w/e. That’s the least of the problems here. The biggest issue is the 2D animation mixed w/the jarring CG animation. Looks terrible seeing the CG rendered monster insects on top of the standard anime style. Not sure why they went w/this approach when just crafting the bugs to look like the characters would have at least not been so distracting.

The other main issue in this manga adaptation is that it just drops the viewer into the story w/a group of students at the airport waiting to depart on a trip then suddenly they’re on an island after an apparent plane crash. There’s nothing to establish the characters to care about them until you see them on the island where all the character development occurs. Not a bad thing (very reminiscent of LOST) but the students are so thinly developed there’s no interest in their well-being. And most of the students are assholes.

I could go on but this is already too many words about a bad anime movie. And tbh the ecchi stuff isn’t even necessary; they could’ve just go full horror survival, students vs. the insects w/o the exploitative imagery. Remove all that and make this into a live action flick and I’m there. Imagine a LOST w/giant insects on the island from some awful science experiment gone awry.

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