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Wonderful Days (Sky Blue)

What is it?

The 2003 South Korean anime (animated) science fiction movie Wonderful Days (Sky Blue).

What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this anime (animated) movie:

South Korean filmmaker Kim Mun-saeng directs the animated feature Wonderful Days (also known as Sky Blue).

In the year 2142, the Earth’s ecosystem has finally given over to overbearing levels of pollution.

The popular masses live in a dark and dingy world under perpetually grey skies while a select few live in a beautiful city called Ecoban.

The city’s elite enjoy relative comfort in an environment that is fueled by carbon pollution and generates even more waste matter.

When Ecoban security officer Jay discovers her leaders plotting an evil scheme, she begins to doubt her place in it.

Meanwhile, her childhood friend Shua is leading a secret rebellion of the masses.

He is helped by Dr. Noah, a scientist who originally designed the city.

They plan a major attack on Ecoban’s power grid, the Delos System.

Wonderful Days was shown at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival and the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

What do I like about it and what would other people like about it?

I like that this was a South Korean anime (animated) movie which is something that I possibly had not seen much of before, I liked the CG (computer generated) animation better than many CG works, I like that the story was a bit unique and involved class struggle and an environmental issue, and I like some of the music and atmosphere in this anime movie; and I think that other people will like that as well.

Final Thoughts

I think that my former male classmate SS from South Korea mentioned this anime movie to me years ago among several other South Korean movies that he told me about, and so I watched this anime movie back then after he told me about it and I watched several of the other South Korean movies shortly after that and I watched this movie again with my brother GC several years ago.

The first time that I watched this movie I watched it alone during the evening or night during a weekend when I was in my shared dorm room when no one else was in the dorm suite for the weekend in the city of LC when I was suffering from depression, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, suicidal thoughts, a changing worldview, and more.

I remember liking the atmosphere and production value of this movie, and I remember crying during a scene when the song A Prayer (which you can listen to in the video above) was played because the music and that scene connected with me and how I missed my family as I was suffering from depression and anxiety et cetera alone as my college career and my life fell apart because of this.

If you watch this anime movie watch the Wonderful Days version instead of the Sky Blue version.

The end,

-John Jr

2 replies on “Wonderful Days (Sky Blue)”

The animation looks good. I haven’t watched much stuff from the Korean movie industry, although technically lots of anime is actually drawn there. There seem to be a lot of anime fans out there who also like Korean dramas.

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Hello The Otaku Judge,

I was surprised by the animation too because I was not expecting much because of the use of CG and because I was not familiar with the usual quality of Korean animation.

Same here, I did not know until several years ago that lots of animes are animated in South Korea, and even today I usually do not know where something was animated because that is not usually talked about or shared much in trailers and reviews et cetera.

Thank you for commenting,
-John Jr

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