Josee, the Tiger, and the Fish originally alluded to me because of the mystery of the title. But, honestly, I was pretty sure that it was a novel turned anime movie. The romantic comedy-drama is right up there with others lately in the genre. So when Funimation greenlit it, I immediately jumped on it before even Funimation itself began to advertise that they produced the film. I even had my pass for the film.
Josee, the Tiger, and Fish is originally a short novel written by Seiko Tanabe. However, the illustrations for the book seem to come from the actual main character of the film Josee herself, or her real name Kumiko. Sayaka Kuwamura wrote the screenplay for the film. The one-hour and 39-minute film, set in Osaka, it’s very smooth, and the story moves along time quickly.
Kotaro Tamura has some Director experience but is still roughly new to directing but does a great job in this film. We see him getting more jobs or hiring based on this fantastic production. Studio Bones is the leading animation production studio on this project, mainly known for My Hero Academia. They also brought in other big-name studios for work. One such studio-like White Fox known for Steins; Gate, Jormungand, The Devil is a Part-Timer!, Re: Zero, Goblin Slayer, and other great animes. Bones does a great job with this project, beautiful, painted, and animated scenes blended with drops of CGI that are primarily unnoticed to a novice.
The two leads of the movie are both experienced actors but new to voice acting roles. Kaya Kiyohara voices Josee and Taishi Nakagawa voices Suzukawa Tsuneo. Their selection for the lead roles goes perfectly with the new blood or progressiveness of the overall film. The story is about two young adults that have an encounter that changes their lives. Josee, the paraplegic girl with illustrator dreams and the soon marine biology college graduate with ambitions to study fish at a university in Mexico. The film gave us the same friendly, warm vibes as other romantic comedy’s until, out of nowhere, the climax of the story appears.
It’s a good film with great animation and art. We liked that the age of the main characters’ was older to give a different aspect of the genre. They weren’t kids and weren’t teenagers. They were posed with real-life situations and goals. Older anime fans can grasp and relate to the troubles of the characters in this film. Anime Pad gives it 4 out of 5 Stars!