Every now and then, Japan loves to put together a compilation film of some of their anime shows that benefits fans and newcomers alike as it’s basically a giant recap of the show with some new material thrown in sometimes. Thankfully that’s exactly the case with Kakushigoto: Theatrical Edition, as fans will enjoy the new bits added to this release while it also shows newcomers it’s secret to why the show was so popular and will win them over with its cuteness and charm.
This film and the show is based on Kouji Kumeta’s manga of the same name, and here we follow the lives of Kakushi Goto and his adorable daughter Hime, and the often comedic antics they face thanks to Kakushi hiding the fact he draws dirty comedy manga for a living and doesn’t want Hime to ever find out. All of this makes sense seeing that Kakushi’s name is a play on the Japanese term for hidden work (kakushigoto).
But before we’re treated to this, the film starts off in the present day where Hime has just turned 18 and receives a key to a secret house her father has, and learns that it’s filled with numerous manga and other things he kept hidden away. As Hime goes through these belongings, the movie flashbacks to key moments from her and her dad’s life which are also taken from the TV series with small new parts added in for good measure.
This is where we’re treated to both hilarious comedy and touching dramatic moments as we learn more about Kakushi and his wife, his love for manga, and of course the birth of Hime and some of the moments from her life as a kid. I know it had to be a pain to pull off, but it’s amazing how they were able to squeeze the numerous plots of a twelve episode anime into an 80-minute film.
I also like how the movie takes place from Hime’s perspective versus Kakushi’s from the series, as it goes a bit deeper into the bonds her and her father share, as well as both of their sets of friends that support both of them along the way. Seeing as the film was just released in Japan last month, the art and animation look great with a simple but awesome feel that’s fun to watch. The original Japanese audio was also perfect as each character is sure to bring a smile to your face with comedy or with the emotional feels they bring to the table.
Kakushigoto: Theatrical Edition is one of the best slice-of-life pieces I’ve seen this year as it has a great mix of zany comedy and emotional moments that’ll tug at your heartstrings without ever going overboard on both. Give this one a watch on the Funimation app and let this joyful work no longer be hidden.