Urban Legend Story: Hikiko is a 3D CG animated movie. There is a Japanese urban legend about a girl who was bullied by her classmates and mistreated by her family. She became a ghost and dragged the students on the floor until they died. This anime deals with the same story.
In the beginning of the movie, we see a guy named Satoshi get off a bus. He has come back to his olwnd to after a long time for a school reunion. He stands in front of his old apartment building and thinks of all the things that has happened when he was a kid. There was this girl called Satoko he remembers in particular. She used to lived in the same apartment.
Satoko joined their class in the middle of a term. She rarely talked and was usually withdrawn. She soon becomes the taget of bullying. They write mean comments on her desk and backpack, damage her shoes, make her fall on the road and bully her in many other ways. At home, her family yell at her and hit her. Satoshi didn’t want to stand up for the girl even though he felt sorry for her. He was afraid of becoming the next target. He starts getting close to her after he sees her taking care of a stray cat.
One day, on his way home, Satoshi sees a girl dragging a dead man along the riverside. She sees him and chases him all the way to his home. Satoshi gets into his house and locks the door. She bangs on the door and eventually leaves. We see this girl several times during the movie.
The movie has a good plot. The story pace is also very good. The most disappointing thing about this movie is how bad the animation is. The expressions and movements of the characters are very unnatural. There was this scene where they show a girl walking on a bridge. The way she walked made her look like zombie that has just been brought back to life. Even though this movie has such a good plot, it was all wasted because of the awful animation.
You can go ahead and watch this movie if you don’t mind the animation. I tried not to spoil too much.
See you next time ^^/