Parents' Guide to

Enter the Anime

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Obnoxious faux documentary has cursing, violence.

Movie NR 2019 58 minutes
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This is little more than a Netflix promotional video of the anime available for streaming on Netflix. If there's any doubt that this is what's happening, that doubt is erased at the closing credits of Enter the Anime, when the first caption that comes up reads, "All anime titles covered in the documentary are available and now streaming on Netflix." Those who were hoping for an "Anime Appreciation 101"-style documentary will be disappointed; fans of anime will be completely annoyed at the obnoxious production values.

Indeed, the editing is borderline seizure-inducing. No shot lasts for more than two seconds at most, and any interesting discussion of anime's history, Japanese culture, or the creative processes of anime's most famous artists is short-circuited by the constant need for split-screens, constant cutting, and the beyond heavy-handed use of text to amplify anything the interviewees are saying. It comes off as a desperate striving for "hip," a striving almost as desperate as the narrator's embarrassing attempts at introspection through a voice-over that manages to steer clear of any real insight by throwing in a few "f--ks" and "hellas" just in the nick of time. Arguably, the biggest insights gleaned from Enter the Anime is that the streets, parks, and subways of Tokyo are free of garbage, and the Japanese are known for their work ethic. What can't be argued is that this is anything else but a shameless advertisement from Netflix.

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