“What does it mean to be alive?”
I Want To Eat Your Pancreas poses this question, leaving me dissecting it days after leaving the theater. Death is something no one can escape from, but we all try our best to live our lives with a “I will deal with it when I get there” attitude. But what if you were forced to deal with it now? What if your days were unfortunately shortened? In this article I will be reviewing the heart wrenching cinematic piece, I Want To Eat Your Pancreas.
The story follows our unnamed loner protagonist, who stumbles upon a medical diary. In the diary, he reads that the owner is dying from a pancreatic illness. When the owner comes back to claim their diary, it is revealed to belong to none other than his outgoing popular classmate, Sakura. After promising to keep it a secret, Sakura asks if he wouldn’t mind accompanying her on things she wants to do before she dies.
From reading the first couple of chapters of the manga and hearing the buzz about the film online, I was more then ecstatic to find out Fathom Events was holding a two day screening in early February. I mean, who doesn’t love a good tear-jerker? But this movie was much more then just your typical sad love story. Death is Sakura’s harsh reality, and the movie won’t let you forget it. The contrast of emotion was blatant, for one moment you’d be watching the pair humorously banter back and forth, and in the next you would then feel overwhelming dread, because you know their inevitable end.
The animation was similar to the waves of emotions, going from high quality animation reminiscent of Kyoto Animation, to scenes that just weren’t up to par. But where it lacked in animation, it made up in voice acting. The voice actress Lyn captured Sakura’s bubbly yet serious personality perfectly. Watching the pair’s most intimate moments is what makes this experience special. It feels like you’re right in the middle of their secret world. The film gave you the option to experience every emotion you wanted to feel.