It goes without saying that I’m a huge Studio Ghibli fan as they make some of the best anime films out there. I also tend to love anything that closely resembles any of their titles, and The Life of Budori Gusuko happens to be one of the latest releases that has the look and feel of the famous studio. If you tend to enjoy slower paced but interesting anime films, this movie will be the cat’s meow for sure.
As with Kenji Miyazawa’s previous story that was adapted into an anime film called Night on the Galactic Railroad back in 1985, this movie also takes place in a world filled with anthropomorphic cats. We follow the life of Budori Gusko, who seemed to have it all growing up with his parents and younger sister. While he was young, some bad weather along with a stranger appeared and took away the peaceful life he had along with his family. Now all alone, he searches for a new place to live and tries to create a new life for himself with the help of some newfound friends. Skip ahead some years later and Budori is a bit older and wiser while also working with a group of scientists that studies volcanoes which seem to link up to the disaster and stranger that took away Budori’s family. It isn’t long before the weather turns to like it was the fateful day in his past, and it’s up to him to do what he can to face the stranger again and hopefully have a better outcome for himself and his friends.
It’s nice to check out some slower, deeper anime films at times and this one didn’t disappoint. As I watched I couldn’t help but feel as though I were watching a Studio Ghibli movie as the artwork and animation will remind any die-hard anime fan of their work. I enjoyed watching Budori do his best to overcome strife and turmoil thrown into his life as he and his friends make the best of bad things happening. As the film was originally released in 2012 and we have a Blu-ray release here, the visuals and audio are great as they help bring the stunning artwork, animation, and characters to vivid life. There’s not much in the way of extras outside some Japanese promotional videos, which is sort of sad as I would’ve loved to see some cast and crew interviews, behind the scenes footage, and more.
The Life of Budori Gusuko is an amazing film for those who enjoy the slow but deep part of the anime pool. Filled with gorgeous artwork and animation, and fantastic characters you’ll find yourself laughing and possibly crying along with, this release is sure to be purr-fect treat for any who go on this animated odyssey.