My Oni Girl (2024)

My Oni Girl (2024)

PG-13

netflix

An ethereal fantasy adventure that quickly unravels into a confusing mess

6.0

Movie

Japan
Japanese
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy
2024
TOMOTAKA SHIBAYAMA
Aya Yamane, Hisako Kyoda, Kensho Ono
112 min

TLDR

The best time to watch this is early in the morning when you’re 7 years old, not paying attention to the TV, just soaking it all in.

What it's about

A soft-spoken boy goes on a daring adventure when he helps a demon girl find her mother.

The take

This is a nostalgic, ethereal memory like a childhood yearning, which can be credited to the soundtrack and friendly characters. Its got a lovely message about unspoken or repressed feelings, but the journey there unravels quickly. The second act enters filler side quest territory and loses the energetic pace and tight direction of the exposition. In the end, the premise and pretty visuals feel almost wasted on an ill-paced bloated story, one that tries to capture a wistfulness or magic but ends up feeling forced and manufactured. This is one of those movies you wish was the first movie you ever watched as a child. You won’t have a clue what it was about, but you'll remember it was nice.

What stands out

If this movie took its own advice, maybe we’d know what it’s trying to say.

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