SOS Tokyo Metro Explorers The Next Blu-ray
About SOS Tokyo Metro Explorers The Next Blu-ray
SOS! Tokyo Metro Explorers: The Next is based on a manga by Katsuhiro Otomo.
In the summer of 2006, 5th grader Ryuhei Ozaki discovers a journal, "Tokyo Exploring Records," which was written by his father Shohei when he was young. Ryuhei forms his own exploration team with his online friends, Shun and Yoshio. One day during summer vacation, the three boys along with Ryuhei's brother, who happens to sneak along, go down a manhole into the sewers looking for a hidden treasure indicated on their father's map.
Not imagining anyone would be down there, they make surprise encounters with many odd, yet friendly grown-ups living underground, including a man called Matakichi. Just as they begin to enjoy the adventure, the underground turns into a combat zone involving an old, self-proclaimed Japanese soldier and even Yoshio's cousin Momoyo. Will the kids be able to discover the "Treasure of Japan" hidden underground?
Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
- Publisher: HONNEAMISE
- Media: Blu-ray
- Spoken Language: Japanese
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Drama
- Themes: Adventure
- Age Rating: 7+
- Run Time: 40
- Release Date: 12/11/2007
- Dimensional Weight: 0.33
- Region Code: A
Ratings & Reviews
An out-of-print, imperfect gem of a title.
This short film (40 min) is based on a manga by Katsuhiro Otomo. If you enjoyed works like Freedom and Steamboy, it's worth checking out. The Bluray also comes with a 12-page booklet filled with trivia and interviews.
I felt that the film was too short and left a lot of questions about some characters unanswered. Don't expect complex dialogue, as the main characters are young boys. Gorgeous Blu-ray visuals and immersive Japanese Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio. The background animation elements were drawn well, but the character animation is sometimes a little stiff and unnatural in movement.
All in all a pretty good purchase for a short, family-friendly film, and worth looking into for people that are still seeking to collect the Blurays released by the now-dead Bandai Visual USA.