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A Whisker Away

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Lovely coming-of-age anime explores identity, first crushes.

Movie NR 2020 104 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 12+

A great film about an autistic protagonist and for cat lovers

What’s the most memorable about the film is how Miyo (Muge) has autistic symptoms. She’s hyperactive, impulsive, unaware of danger, stims, doesn’t understand personal space, sensitive, and loud at times. There are people that told me that Miyo is just being immature or a normal 13 year old. Personally, it doesn’t stop me of believing she’s autistic. However, there is this one scene where Miyo was an elementary student as she threw her shoes at two boys for bullying another girl. Also, there is a few swearing in that film.
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age 17+

Depressing with very little substance

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (31 ):

While the "mask" metaphor is a frequent motif in the poetry of angst-ridden teens contending with issues of identity and first crushes, this movie finds a beautiful originality in the premise. This coming-of-age anime explores the different ways in which adolescents (and adults) might hide (yes, "mask") their true feelings in their public personas, and how these differences, particularly when it comes to deeper attraction, aren't as far apart deep down as they appear. Besides identity, A Whisker Away also explores the infatuations of first-time crushes, the challenges of adjusting to new family situations, acceptance of those who are "different," depression, friendship, and how it's ok not to always be happy and cheerful, especially when one doesn't feel happy and cheerful inside.

What's particularly enjoyable about A Whisker Away is that it manages to steer clear of the typical tendency of anime to overload a movie with far too many themes, side stories, and minor characters. It does this while still keeping all of the style, surrealism, and unusual humor that defines the best anime. For example, there's a scene in which humans trapped as cats hang out in a gritty "cat bar," lamenting their questionable life choices that got them to this point. Scenes like these keep the movie entertaining for adult anime fans as well.

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