'In This Corner of the World' is a heartfelt Japanese animated movie set during World War 2

Written by: Carlos Zotomayor

Film | Jun 15, 2017

In This Corner of the World Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni Rafaella Films Sunao Katabuchi

Apart from being a cluster of world-defining events, World War 2 has been the source of many forms of entertainment (it has been and is still being used by the Call of Duty franchise to justify shooting Nazis in their private parts).

But the best depictions of this era are not of soldiers charging stupidly across a minefield; they are of the effects of the war taking its toll on people who have the decency not to use guns. These forms of media portray that war is hell and nothing good ever comes of it.

I seem to be starting this on a depressing note... let's talk about the lighter parts of the movie!

In This Corner of the World (or Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni, for you Japanese purists) is a recent hit movie in Japan based off Fumiyo Kono's manga of the same name. It stars newlywed Suzu Urano as she lives her life with her new family in Kure. Things initially go well for her and her husband Shuusaku Houjou; that is, until the bombs start dropping.

While this may normally mean unwanted pregnancy, the bombs I am talking about are actual objects that explode when they come into contact with anything remotely explodable. Because of Shuusaku's job as a clerk at the local naval base, it falls onto Suzu to pick up on the household chores as well as provide food that isn't filled with radiation poisoning. 

It may sound like the film is romanticizing such a grim time in world history, but the mornings in which Suzu does mundane errands are there to combat the dark nights that are peppered with volatile explosives. Though it is grounded in fiction, the events that happen in the movie are based on actual photos, documents, and accounts of people who managed to survive the A-bomb.

Directed by Sunao Katabuchi, the film will be coming to local cinemas on June 28. So if you want to take a break from all this superhero nonsense, you can find solace In This Corner of The World. At least they don't have Godzilla yet.

About the author: Carlos Zotomayor

Zoto can see your underpants. Mmm... tasteful.

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