‘Ride Your Wave’ Review: A Sweet And Heartfelt Anime About Grief [Sitges 2019]

/Film | 10/13/2019 | Rafael Motamayor
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Masaaki Yuasa has made a career out of weird yet beautifully crafted anime. From the trippy and enthralling Mind Game, to the loopy Lu Over The Wall, and even the brutally graphic and unforgiving DEVILMAN crybaby, you know you’re in for a ride when his name comes out in the credits. Though at first glance his newest feature, Ride Your Wave, may seem like his most accessible film yet, it still offers an emotional and eye-popping visual feast that is as cheesy and predictable as it is charming, touching and funny. Tears may be shed, and you’ll have the theme song stuck in your head for days.

The film is about Hinako (voiced by Kawaei Rina), a college student who loves to surf. She isn’t a competitive surfer but loves the water and can effortlessly glide on the waves. She moved away from home to go to college and also figure out what he wants in life. We also meet Minato (voiced by Ryôta Katayose), a small-town firefighter trainee who is always trying to do the right thing. Their adorable meet-cute moment comes when Minato rescues Hinako from her burning apartment building.

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The first act of the film pretty much serves as your standard romantic comedy, dealing with Hinako and Minato becoming a couple. But Yuasa does his own spin on it by focusing on visuals instead of dialogue. Through a series of vignettes, we see the highlights of their relationship, and how their differences and mutual love for water brings them together. This montage is wrapped by the movie’s main musical theme “Brand New Story” by Generations from Exile Tribe, which becomes a vital part of the story. The song is sung by Minato and Hinako on their first date and quickly becomes their song, playing in the background during several...
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