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Drifting Home

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Some violence, peril in imaginative coming-of-age anime.

Movie PG 2022 120 minutes
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This is an imaginative coming-of-age anime about the difficulties of maintaining childhood friendships as we grow up. Drifting Home uses the magical realism of a group of tween friends lost at sea in an abandoned apartment building slated for demolition (and rumored to be haunted) as a somewhat obvious but still very creative symbol of how kids who were once close friends find it hard to stay friends as school cliques begin to form. The animation is richly detailed as the story's past and present seamlessly interweave.

It has some of the perpetual problems of anime, such as at least one character too many and some overwrought emo melodrama. Fortunately, these limitations don't distract from the story, and they are far outweighed by everything that works about this movie. Besides the character conflicts, the adventure itself is entertaining as buildings float around and into each other and the kids try to figure out how to survive. This is one of the better anime movies to come out in recent memory.

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