First off let me say for the record that I am one of the rare anime viewers that loves CG anime. But just because a studio opts for a 3D approach doesn't mean they can skimp out on coloring. This movie looks like it was done in technicolor. The shading is so poor that the forest scenes look like they were done by one guy using Adobe flash.The fight scenes are very well done, but they are so few and far between that you have to suffer through the movie just to see them.This is a dark and tragic story involving prostitution, sex slavery and rampant racism. Every character is a bad person and some varying degree of unlikable. It may be called bright, and be brightly colored, but there are no happy endings to be had here.As much as I enjoy samurai flicks and cool sword fights, I cannot rate this higher than a 4. It feels unfinished. The lord feels randomly thought out. This is not the best intellectual property and I think Netflix ought to just move on.
This could have been good.But honestly it just wasn't developed enough. I get the themes, the goals, where they were trying to go with it but just not enough dev. The animation could have been great but it needed editing, refining. Script could have been great but it needed-again, refining. It felt like SO much content was missing. Why make a movie that has a story that should be 1h40m into 1h20m?It just felt incomplete. I get the push to be good enough and get content out fast but this movie was definitely a failed by-product of that philosophy.Netflix serving up raw cake and expect us to be excited about it.
I liked the "live action movie" this CG anime is based on and I expected further narrative. But "Bright: Samurai Soul" disappointed storywise.People are critizing the bad coloring for a reason. Somehow this 2021 anime has the graphic touch of a late 80s anime. And that's what I found cool. Also the score is rather unusual and consists of some Miyavi-eske guitar work. But the composer quartett is named "Lite".I watched this Netflix production with the mindset I have when I watch Studio Ghibli films and just wanted to be carried away to a different universe without questioning everything. This way I found the film amusing.
I loved the Movie BRITE . I was hoping for a series , but I'm sure Will Smith made that a buzz kill on the budget. I was glad to see a new version on it. I like anime. This turned out better than I thought it was going to be. I wanted more. Several aspects of older stories mixed with the Brite characters, but Still I was entertained. Please make more.
"Backstories missing" pretty much covers this review. Tremendous lost opportunity. Unlike some other reviews, I did like the 3D cgi and the choice of using earth tones for the colour scheme, which provided a warmth to all the scenes. In fact, it was beautiful! The musical score, although uninspiring, was adequate. The characters were probably engaging but it's hard to tell when you don't understand their motivations. In all, I did want to give a higher rating but couldn't, even though the story was good. It's just that context was missing on why the characters did what they did. Another 20 minutes would have added a lot and could have placed this in the top tier of anime. Instead, I watched a medium tier effort that barely made an average grade. Sigh! I am honestly saddened as this could very easily, with very little effort, been so much better. :-(