I did go see Made in Abyss: Journey’s Dawn tonight and while I’d like to do a review on it, I’m not going to because I didn’t enjoy the experience as much as I should have.
It’s not because the story was bad. It was very good and very interesting. I haven’t seen any of the anime series or anything else, but I think this movie did a very good job of introducing the world to a first-time viewer. Later when I do see the anime, I’ll see how it fits in, be it a retelling, a continuation of the anime or a whole new storyline.
And this is the first of two movies they’re doing that tell one story, so it really will work better if they’re watched back-to-back to get all of it.
The problem I had was the sound. After the movie was a segment where the original artist and two of the people involved in the movie talked about it and how it expanded on the original manga. One of the things they talked about was anime TV series are done in stereo and since this was going to be a theatrical movie, they would be able to work in 5.1 sound, “shaping” where each sound is placed, enhancing the experience, etc.
Well, either they don’t know how to mix sound in a 5.1 soundspace or the theater needs to have their speakers balanced because there were several times where the sound coming from one speaker was drowning out the dialogue coming from the front. I had picked a row high enough so I could see the screen properly and I like to sit near the aisle, which put me closer to the speaker. I actually tried pushing on my ear to close it at one point because the speaker was so loud. At another time, it wasn’t deafening, but I was wincing a bit.
This wasn’t a problem with the volume being up too high on that speaker. If the volume was reduced, then the softer sounds would have been lost.
I almost walked out, but I wanted to stick with the movie. I probably should have moved to a different seat.