Hello World is an original anime romance movie, with a sci-fi twist in it. It’s produced by Graphinica (a studio focused on both 3DCG and 2D animation), and was released in Japan on September 20, 2019. I recently got the chance to see what it is really about and although the whole plot can be somewhat complex, but at the same time, it has this mesmerising charm in it.
The story begins with a socially-awkward and book-loving boy, Naomi, upon meeting his 10-years-into-future-self, embarks on the journey of preparations to save the girl they both love from being hit by a lighting strike.
And it’s in the very end of it, that I realised there is much more to Hello World than it seems. So, here are 5 interesting facts about it – without any spoilers.
#5 Awesome staff are backing it up.
Hello World is directed by Tomohiko Itō, the same director that brought you ERASED, Silver Spoon and the first two seasons of Sword Art Online. The movie’s captivating character design is handled by Yukiko Horiguchi, who is also renowned for her Kyoto Animation’s work in the anime adaptation of Lucky Star, K-On! and Tamako Market.
One of its insert songs, Lost Game by Nulbarich has a melancholic taste to it that flawlessly brings out the poignant feelings in departure and love, which I really enjoyed. I could say that almost all of the movie’s soundtracks rival the ones by RADWIMPS from Your Name and Weathering With You (perhaps even better). They are a bless to both the ears and the heart.
#4 It features landmarks in Kyoto City.
The sceneries portrayed from Kyoto City are just breathtaking. There are some places from the movie that you might’ve recognised if you had been to Kyoto, such as Fushimi Inari-taisha (pic above) where the main male character, Naomi met his future self. Kyoto Station Stairs, where the final events took place. Asagiri bridge, the bridge model to where the lightning stuck. Kyoto Tower, and many attractions spots are thrown inside for the realistic touch on Kyoto’s landscape.
#3 The animation is mostly 3DCG.
One of the most dreaded thing that anime fans can concur on, is bad CGI in any anime tv shows/movies. However, Hello World not only has a decent CG, but it managed to make the full use of it. The 3D camera pan, action choreography and realistic facial expression of characters makes it quite entertaining despite the difference in aesthetic sensibilities compared to your typical 2D-movies.
Also, if you could take a CLOSER look between the post-credits scene and timelines set before, you could tell that there’s a clear distinction between the two. This created a contrast of virtual and reality by applying 3DCG and 2D-animation respectively, which added much credits to both the story and the director himself.
#2 ‘Hello World’ is more than just a tittle.
The first line that I typed out in both C++ and Python were both ‘Hello World!’. These two word are something like the basic syntax of a programming language for a working program, usually a test message for programmers to display to users.
One of the interpretations of ‘Hello World’ could be that the complex programming structure and various manipulation with the CGI inside allude to this tittle. ‘Hello World’, in a way, could also be used to illustrate the situation at the very end of the movie, signifying the difference between the simulated and actual events of its storyline.
#1 It has a post-credits scene.
The post-credits scene actually test your comprehensive abilities as the audience, to reconnect everything happened in the story world to understand the ending. It should have been able to clear up everything, depending on how you decipher it. In my case, even after watching the 3-episodes spin-off Another World, I’d still need a bit more linking to understand the beauty of it as a whole.
So, after finishing the movie, you could search online for “ending explained” and insert your own deductions into it OR you could just enjoy it for what it is. Either way, the ending is in general, quite a touching closure to what they have both been through. And probably, the one that they really deserved.
Hello World is definitely a daunting take on the 3D-animation itself, with its blend of time-manipilation and romance. So if you’re into anime like Steins; Gate, Orange or The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, then this is more than recommendable. Who knows? Hello World might even be the Kimi no Na Wa that you have been waiting for.
A little quote from the Internet to sum up my thoughts on it:
” Your Name was about finding love in destiny. ”
” Weathering With You was about fighting destiny for love. ”
” Hello World is about how love, can be selfish and selfless love at the same time. To love, is to risk that you’d do anything just to see her/his smile again.”
Thanks for reading.