I’ll admit I’m a sucker for anything dealing with parents and their kids along with the emotions that come between them. Even better is when Japan takes these emotions to strange yet exciting heights in one of their latest anime pieces Sentai brings to us in Somali and the Forest Spirit: Complete Collection. It’s a perfect blend of fantasy and slice of life that’s sure to lift anyone’s spirit.
There’s a tall, dark, and mysterious being known as the Golem that patrols the forest in a world filled with mythical beings and animals to make sure everything is in balance. After doing this for so long, something is bound to appear and throw the balance off, right? And so it does in the form of a little girl…a human girl.
Who is going to look after her and find out how she got here? Why the Golem of course, as there’s no one better equipped to take care of a little girl than a giant, stoic, machine-like being, right? So as the Golem looks after her while going on a quest to figure out how she got there and how to send her home, the Golem’s lifetime is coming to an end.
Will it be able to find answers for her before it runs out of time? That’s the emotional journey you’ll have to take with them to find out for yourself. Needless to say I enjoyed every moment of the series, as it looks and feels like something pulled from a Studio Ghibli piece.
It’s so touching and fun to see the girl bring life to some of the creature people they come across while also giving new life and emotions to the Golem who has never experienced anything like this before. There’s also plenty of happy and sad moments to keep viewers emotionally invested until the credits roll and have you feeling all kinds of ways long afterwards.
The high-definition visuals look amazing as the artwork and animation are very top notch for an anime series. It makes me wonder what they would look like in 4K with HDR, but what’s here is more than great, as is the Dolby HD audio. Sadly there isn’t any special features to be found here, but this beautiful show more than makes up for it.
Those looking to have an emotional anime journey need look no further than Somali and the Forest Spirit: Complete Collection. Stunning artwork and animation complemented with a touching and engaging story filled with equally amazing characters will have your spirit and emotions soaring in no time.