After School Midnighters / 放課後ミッドナイターズ / Hōkago middonaitāzu (2012)
Director: Hitoshi Takekiyo ; Screenplay: Yoichi Komori
Cast: Kouichi Yamadera, Hiromasa Taguchi, Haruka Tomatsu, Sakiko Uran, Minako Kotobuki
Japan isn’t known for 3d animation. The only other 3d animated film I’ve seen from Japan was Oblivion Island: Haruka & the Magic Mirror. Unfortunately since I watched this as a screener which had low resolution, I can’t fairly comment on the visual quality of the artwork but screenshots make it look really good. The animation itself though seemed pretty natural and smooth. The movie is gives off a Halloween theme even though it doesn’t have anything to do with it strictly speaking. The inanimate models (the half transparent anatomy man, the skeleton and the half transparent rabbits) that come to life after midnight have lots of personality and character. The little girls on the other hand are just plain annoying, particular one girl’s high pitched voice which I wanted to mute every time she spoke.
There are funny parts and WTF parts but this isn’t that weird of a movie. The story is straight-forward, the girls have to obtain 3 medallions from different parts of the school from guardians to help save the models in the science room from being sent out to the garbage dump. In fact, the way this is resolved is clever even if totally random/lucky. The story does go on various tangents, some of which are necessary, some not, some funny, some not and is overall a bit of a mixed bag. The movie probably would’ve been a hell of a lot better without the girls actually. Trailer after the jump.