Keep Your Hands Off The Motion Pictures Club or Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na is a story about a dreamer who meets an artist and the practical one who helps them make their vision a reality. Or rather, at its most boring, it’s about how anime gets made by high schoolers. At its most amazing, it’s a glimpse into the minds of geniuses that transports you to other worlds.
As a story about animation, the art and animation of it are critical. The studio, Science SARU, who brought us the fantastically gorgeous movie, Ride Your Wave, does not disappoint in the least. The level of detail, the art itself and the ability to depict different art styles for the main series as well as the in series animation being drawn/created is stellar. They do an excellent job of animating details where they’re showing how difficult it is to draw and animate details. I cannot imagine the skill levels necessary for that level of meta-work. To some extent, the entire show is explaining how awesome they are, and I’m fine with that because they did it so well. I like the slight variation in art styles between the anime itself and that of the characters. Plus, the differences in score choices, etc. the sounds were incorporated into the show quite well. They often signaled a transition between reality and the imaginative world.
If you have any interest in anime, (why would you be here otherwise?) then this is the story for you... it covers the ways in which it’s created in such a fun manner while still being anime. That’s to say that our protagonists face anime issues and are developed in a manner that makes us vested in them whilst still grabbing us with the intricacies and novelties if the premise itself to which exquisite detail is paid so that we know it’s not just a gimmick.
The ways in which they incorporate issues like the chopsticks being animated incorrectly, the music being off for the scenes, the need to adjust animation techniques with sound and editing/shots, etc for the correct impact overall. The fact that Asakusa not having the final image in mind changed the meaning of the film as it was being done or the art student’s interpretation of her direction when he drew the scenes, things like that were spot on for problems that would occur in this type of specific setting with this character and the ways they were dealt with were great. The antagonists were just right for the situation and Kamanori handled them appropriately. Similarly, her personality and motives were explained and in context with the situation. She also seemed to have development with the series as it progressed.
Eizouken is a show with great animation, a well done plot and is a must see for anyone into anime, art or both. It’s got a nice balance of comedy and quirky adventure with that high school get’em done feel that we all enjoy. It’s the squad that you want to see succeed and the endeavors that you feel like you’re a part of creating.