Harmony is an incredibly articulated sci-fi film based on a novel called Project Itoh. It’s set in the future in a time where a nuclear war has eradicated most of mankind along with plagues and diseases pushing humans to the brink of extinction. Enter three young teenage girlfriends: Tuan Kirie, Miach Mihie and Cian Reikado. The three young friends are tired of the way their very existence is carefully monitored by the “admedistration”, a facility which utilises nanotechnology to keep humans healthy and observe their vital body functions.
The three decide the best way to voice their protests at all this is to commit suicide and therefore strike a pact to each take their own lives. In the process, Miach succeeds while the other two manage to walk away with their lives. Fast forward 15 years later and Tuan, who now works for the World Health Organisation, hears whispers of Project Harmony, an incentive that promises to bring ultimate Utopia to the world but it’s not all peace and tranquility that it promises.
Straight off the bat, you can probably tell that this is a very dark movie and there are some truly graphic moments in the film as well. This is a very dramatic movie that is driven by the characters and not many action sequences so if you like text heavy films then this one is right up your alley.
It features quite heavy with the 3CDCG which I’m normally not a fan of but I found that keeping in theme with the whole set in the future premise, it actually made sense. Harmony features some truly stunning artwork that has to be seen to be believed. The entire film is full of these visuals and everything from the building architecture to car design is what you’d expect and I’m not sure why but I found the film to have an air of Minority Report, the Tom Cruise picture. I think it’s because the future theme is so strong and sucks you in from the visuals and the amazing script.
It’s a very deep film that you’ll need to pause if you’re stepping away for a minute because there’s so much dialogue, there’s a very good chance you’ll miss out on something. It isn’t the type of anime I would normally watch but for a truly adult experience which will leave you talking with your friends and even having philosophy discussions with yourself, it’s a great ride and one that you probably won’t forget in a while.
Thank you to Madman for the review copy.
Final Score: 8/10