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The good stuff

A Silent Voice

Koe no Katachi
2016 / 130m - Japan
Drama, Animation
A Silent Voice poster

130 minutes is quite long for an anime feature, but Yamada need every minute of that to tell this story.

Solid pieces

Liz and the Blue Bird

Rizu to Aoi Tori
2018 / 90m - Japan
Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Music
Liz and the Blue Bird poster

A very sweet and warmly executed drama, with some stunning animation and several stand-out scenes. It just was a little too soft-voiced and piano-drenched for my taste. Yamada has talent to spare though and even a smaller drama like this one has plenty of beauty in it. An easy recommend for animation fans.