Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai [Review]
“Spring time in April and the last of the cherry blossoms are still in bloom. The usually aloof bookworm with no interest in others comes across a book in a hospital waiting room. Handwritten on the cover are the words: “Living with Dying.” He soon discovers that it is a diary kept by his very popular and genuinely cheerful classmate, Sakura Yamauchi, who reveals to him that she is secretly suffering from a pancreatic illness and only has a limited time left. It is at this moment that she gains just one more person to share her secret. Trying to maintain a normal life as much as possible, Sakura is determined to live her life to the fullest until the very last day. As her free spirit and unpredictable actions throw him for a loop, his heart begins to gradually change.” -Aniplex
“Living with Dying”, while we all will fade away eventually, there’s something about putting a number on it that instills fear in us. This story is less of a “bittersweet romance” and more of a “cherish the life you live”. The powerful message that resonated throughout the movie and to whoever watched it. The wonderful way the story unfolds page by page of how Sakura and our protagonist change is slow but so rewarding.
Artwork & Animation:
The character designs were simply well…simple. Not to say that is a bad thing because it’s trying to express that they are just “people”, not someone with superpowers or an extraordinary life but just trying to “live”. The backgrounds steal the show, only because it’s trying to send a message. There are so many people that forget to appreciate the world around them because they are so focused on one thing in life. This is more about what you already have then what you want or need. The extra kay frames that were added into character movements brought out the intentions and the quirkiness of the characters whether it was running to catch up to someone or just simply doing exercises.
Our protagonist’s growth is incredible, the way he slowly begins to accept other people throughout simple actions like accepting a piece of gum. The very slow and gradual change made the movie a journey, seeing the small steps that he takes and being able to push forward was something I could relate to. His relationship with Sakura isn’t your typical romance, it’s the way she influences him and forces him to take the next step that makes it so genuine and heartfelt.
Sound (OST & Voice Acting):
As you’d expect, the soundtrack is quite melancholic, featuring classical instruments like the piano and some strings. There are fun pieces here and there that feature harps and chimes to brighten up the mood!
Words alone, cannot express how much I loved watching this movie. Everything came together so beautifully and in such a meaningful way from the beginning to end. They prepare you for the ending but I promised that even then you still won’t be ready. Seeing it in theaters made it even better!
Overall: Score 10
Easily one of the best movies I’ve seen to date. The well crafted and heartfelt story, the complex and genuine characters, the mesmerizing art and animation. Everything comes together in a meaningful way to create a journey that will always stay with me.
Best Girl: Sakura Yamauchi
It’s hard to not fall in love with all the characters of the movie but it’s even harder not to love Sakura. Her bright personality in the face of such a daunting fate is something to be admired. There were certain scenes where she did show her weak side, the side that feared and was scared of death and that hit harder than any punch could’ve done.