There will be a moment where you should accept a departure of people youve loved. There will come moments where every human being will experience a lower phase the deepest phase of sadness and depression. From here were tempted for how to fight it and how to get out of the zone to be able to live again like humans whove let go of their departure. In short Hal is one of the most romance anime movie twists of all romance anime Ive watched. Its so rare that anime always include something like a subplot in the form of a twist in its genre. There may be some but at least Hal is one of them in my opinion. Its not a mindfucklike about Charlie Kaufman. Before this film there was CLAMPs Chobits and Spike Jonzes Her about a love relationship with android programs or something like that. Or there is no mistake if I mention SteinsGate 0 because it might be included in the category too. Apart from that the movie didnt really get me into from first to the end. Sure its surprising especially the ending which Ive never expected. I watched without anyone telling me that there was a twist at the end even though some of my friends had suggested it. But Hal isnt something Ive never expected so far. Set in a slightly future robots are a helper for humanity especially they can be a therapy for someone who experiences mental illness. This is what happened to Kurumi while watching her boyfriend end tragically in a plane crash that resulted. Hal was on the plane too. Being someone whos so depressed and unable to accept it one of the robots is called to be one of those therapies by redesigning Hal along with its memory. There is something more than that besides their complex relationships experienced by Kurumi before Hal died. However stories like this arent the usual. It left with an irony a past burdens ended tragically when they had to end their relationship with a fight and feeling guilty. Hal the robot is trying to heal Kurumi back but the farther away he doesnt seem to be a robot in general. He can understand and feel whats felt by humans too. The story really sticks with it besides not explaining how robots work at that time. In addition to the relationships of complexity with ambiguity yet the neverending story on the other hand it doesnt really attach with it relationships between Kurumi and Hal. Regardless its a short movie what can be done in this film is just a plot device for each character. For example the Rubiks cube is the trigger for Hal the robots action and what he should do photo albums which give rise to the irony of beautiful bitter memories and a little orb camera which I dont really know what object is memories from the beginning to the end experienced by Hal. Each of these objects is only a message a lost memory and a clue that will be concluded at the end of the film. On the other hand their connections can also tell us some information which existed before the accident starting from how we must understand these characters we get some knowledge about their past and the final conclusion. It contains a message about upside downs about love and sorrow that are put together into one fruit. A tree can be a metaphor for love and sorrow and a fall fruit can be a metaphor for the plane crash. As I said from the beginning Hal is a story thats not too complex but at least you will see the twist you never thought. You dont need to be a detective or Sherlock Holmeslike because this is just an ordinary romance thing. The twist really leaves its audience confused as well as what the robot feels. There are many points which are revealed about the story besides that and behind the plot. Every detail you can find the clue if you watch twice the same as I did just to find the clue and hole from the ending. But as I said its not about the twist because you watch this movie without recognizing anything. Leftover Hal isnt a mindfuck apart for a moment you will think twice until you realize everything in the end. Sometimes it can be said its quite a puzzle for the audience itself. I cant really understand about the characters in this film. Other characters besides Hal and Kurumi are indeed the major stories in this film. In addition the supporting cast only becomes a plot device so that the character can straightforward until the end. The pace is indeed forced and this is why I aint too connected with these characters. Even though this film has an aspect of drama that in any case makes you melancholy or so such a pace also makes it not too deepseated. The pace isnt a bad one but the movie shows a very beautiful visual. Starting from color choice the reflection between light and dark atmosphere the gorgeous setting the details it has a colorful background from the visuals shown. The background isnt too futuristic so we can still feel this film from the background itself because it doesnt use scifi or something related too much. I also like how the reflections in this anime are executed with the use of lighting thats so fantastic creates a wonderful impression for films in general. The soundtrack fits with the mood and environment depending on the scenes. Sometimes happy sometimes sad and sometimes some intense scene can draw more bittersweet memories of the irony that creates the movie feel comprehensive. The voice acting is excellent too. Yoshimasa Hosoya and Yoko Hikasa are seiyuu who take more part and spend more of their superb performance. Hal is a romantic movie about loss. Its just one of the anime romances in general with the addition of plots which Ive never thought before besides I watched this film without knowing anything about the twist or something like that. Its about sacrifice accepting the death of your loved ones stretching forward and understanding what love really means. I didnt find any connection with the characters because it didnt explore very much of their past their connection and their memory. Every other character only relies on plot devices except the Rubiks cube and others. Moreover this film sometimes becomes a puzzle that must be completed in order to conclude a complete story. Its a movie that has a forced pace but causes us to feel miserable of mix feelings that you cant understand.
74 /100
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