It can be difficult to recover from a bad first impression.
A lot of people have to do a lot of things right to make a good anime. Most of the time animators, directors, producers, composers, actors and many others have to do their jobs well. Maybe a few of those folks can turn in subpar performances, but if (a) enough aspects of the show are below a certain threshold of quality or (b) one of the show’s key aspects is bottom-of-the-barrel-quality, then a show can be ruined. The 1997 fantasy anime The Violinist of Hamelin suffers from an acute case of the latter.
Yet, in spite of the bad first impression it is sure to leave on viewers, those who give it a chance will discover something wonderful in this creation born from the mind of writer Yasuhiro Imagawa.
Suggested Soundtrack for Reading – Vivaldi “Gloria.”
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