Plot: Tu Xiaoyi, Yao Zhetian, and Qi Jingxuan are high school students in a small town, Lanxi, in southern China. This is a story about dreams, friendship, family and first love in their youthful days.
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Animation, Graphics & Music
Setting & Characters Development
The anime is summoning our best and worst memories from one of the most important stages of our life. It’s nostalgic, emotionally conflicted yet simplistic.
Among the characters, I had been charmed by Qi Jingxuan, the hot-headed high school boy that reminds us that there’s more to life than just the four corners of the classroom. Furthermore, he is a hottie too. We also have Tu Xiaoyi, our main protagonist who reminds me of my own self a lot. Every character is dealing with their own personal struggles and battles, as they went through with the adolescent life which is a battleground that they need to conquer in order to become an adult. The film talks about the characters’ high and lows, their successes and failures, their regrets as they deal with societal expectations.
There’s a bit of sadness in its story but wasn’t emphasize. While it’s far from being a tear-jerker films, it could be among the sad yet romantic coming-of-age anime movies we had in recent years.
Thoughts & Reflections
When you finally finished the film, that’s where you felt like it has been rushed. It’s far from being revolutionary or record-breaker, but the fun and enjoyment factor is there. It was able to visually entertained us, it succeeded in driving our eyes produced some tears. It just reminded us that we, too, had our own Crystal Sky of Yesterday to look back at and reminisced.
I have listed Crystal Sky of Yesterday as one of my recommended donghua for beginners, you can check it here: “Chinese Anime Movies” starter pack