I'd heard only great things about this one, so I finally watched it! Happy I did. It was pure magic. Beautiful. Amazing. Mythical and adventurous and... oh so sad.
What happens when you mix together animation, Asian inspiration, and a simple myth-like tale about a one-eyed boy whose other eye his Grandfather on the moon wants to steal, who his absent-minded mother is sheltering in a great cave - albeit with a strange form of amnesia, all the while he tells his tale in the nearby village - his paper creatures magically enacting his story as he plays his two-stringed instrument?
That's just the little of it, too. The story goes beyond a simple tale of family, or kindness, or the adventure that eventually leads him home. It's deep with symbolism and good. A little hero. A big world. A glimpse. It feels we've barely touched the surface, and yet there's no bounds to his world... as if it's all just a dream. A show of shadows that plays within our minds.
I don't want to hype it up too much, but it was unlike anything I've seen before. I recognize the ties. I feel the fears. I see the shield, and sword, and helmet that are strong in themselves, yet don't make the wielder any stronger than he already is... and the strings that tie it all together. It's a beautiful story; well told. Don't you even blink.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle