If Cats Disappeared From the World

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This is not a movie to watch if you want a happy movie. However, it is a beautiful story and excellently shot. It’s based on a book by the same name. I will admit that I clicked on it thinking that the title was funny and wondered what it was about. Also, during the movie, we never get the character’s name so we will call him postman.

We follow a 30-year-old postman (Satou Takeru) is plagued by severe and sudden headaches. He reaches out to a doctor about his headaches and get’s advised that he has a brain tumour. When he comes back home, he is greeted by a devil who tells him that he can leave if he erases one thing from the world. As he goes through trying to pick something to erase he is faced with different people in his life and what would be affected if the item was gone.

This is an emotional story that touches home. You can almost imagine what it would be like to know that you won’t wake up the next morning. Yet the idea of knowing that you have an option to survive but whatever you chose it will forever change your relationship with someone ou love. The beautiful use of flashbacks, scarce use of music and the visuals associated with the headaches were utilised perfectly. This movie pulls on the emotions and makes you relate to the character. I can only imagine what the novel must do. I would definitely recommend this movie but only when you want to have a sad movie day.

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Poco’s Udon World

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Though this anime deals with a lot of sad and relatable topics. Based on a manga of the same name this fun loving anime really touched me.

We follow Tawara Souta, a web designer for Tokyo, who comes back to his childhood home after his father’s death to prep it for sale. While there he meets Poco, a shape shifting tanuki, who become attached to him. While taking care of Poco he lies to his family and friends about taking care of a friend’s child as to not be weird. He must struggle with his resurfacing memories while also figuring out what to do with Poco.

This slice of life anime is really cute. Poco’s character is this carefree child who seems to forget about his past and lives in the moment. However, when Souta is with Poco he begins remembering the time he has with his father. This makes him regret not treasuring his father more and not talking with him while he was alive. This makes him encourage his friend Nakajima to make up with his father. This is a really cute anime that hits you in the heartstrings. It’s totally worth the watch if only for the different ways that Poco and Souta try and hide te fact that he’s a Tanuki.