Josee, the Tiger and the Fish

Title: Josee, the Tiger and the Fish
Original Title: ジョゼと虎と魚たち
Year: 2020
Running time: 98 minutes
Studio: Bones
Directed by: Koutarou Tamura

Equipped with his passion for diving and admiration for marine biology, university student Tsuneo Suzukawa tries his best to juggle several part-time jobs to earn enough money to study abroad. But one night, in a fateful accident, he meets a girl in a wheelchair, driving his current path into a detour.
The girl, Kumiko—who prefers to be called “Josee”—initially comes off as rude. Tsuneo, however, is then convinced by Josee’s grandmother to take on the paid job to be Josee’s caretaker. Despite being annoyed with her bossy demeanor, Tsuneo sees the opportunity to save more funds to support his academic dream. Nonetheless, after putting up with Josee’s behavior for some time, Tsuneo tries to quit, only to discover Josee’s dreams of traversing the outside world—to experience a life free from her crippling condition.
Changing his mind, Tsuneo decides to accompany Josee in exploring the wonders that the world has to offer. Through their time together, the two begin to realize that the traits that bind them may be vital toward fulfilling their respective aspirations.
(from MyAnimeList)

The search for freedom. The freedom of doing what we like seems a concept so common for us that we don’t have to fight for it everyday for it and I think this is one of the main themes of the movie as we can see our Josee, struggling with the architectural barrier of the world.
It really hurts seeing how people act towards her only because she is on a wheelchair; it really shows how real can be those videos where we can see tons of people ignoring someone in need only because they are on a wheelchair, until someone with a great hearth decides to help them. It really shows how society is prissy but only for their own gain… but also that there are some really great people that are always ready to help.

“It’s out of my reach”
The desperate phrase of someone who has to live in a World that doesn’t want to adapt to help her… but despite everything she will give 100% to help the others to fly.

It really moved me in lots of parts but it is also really cute, especially with the building relationship between the protagonists and the funny absurd job that Josee makes Tsuneo do.
It is also really able to keep you with bated breath in the scenes where there is some action and suspense.

I loved the direction and drawing styles! The animations are spectacular and they are able to fuse some completely different drawing styles, giving life to incredible scenes!

It’s a really beautiful dramatic movie and has tons of messages to convey to the viewers.
Completely recommended and I’m sure you will love it too.


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