I came across this lovely little film while browsing on YouTube for animes to watch. Yobi, The Five Tailed Fox is a Korean animated movie directed by Lee Sung-gang, produced by Kang Han-young & Oh Min-ho, and written by Lee Chang-dong.
There is a tale in Korea of a creature called a kumiho. Legend says that a fox that can live a thousand years turns into a kumiho. A kumiho can change its shape to anything it desires. It is said that a kumiho can also transform into a beautiful woman who seduces men in order to eat their liver or heart. The legend of the kumiho is at the heart of this movie.
Aliens who crash land on Earth discover Yobi, the kumiho. The movie focuses on Yobi’s relationships with the people she meets at a school. The more time she spends with humans, the more she wants to be human. However, she is also unknowingly putting her life in danger because there is a hunter who is after her.
It has a touching story, which I loved. The only thing that irked me was how it lagged a bit in the beginning of the movie. Most of the action happens at the last 30 minutes.
The voice acting is great. I watched this movie with subtitles because it didn’t have a dubbed version. The artwork is amazing. It had a softer, warmer feel to it compared to other animes have seen. Forest scenes are common in this film and they are beautifully drawn. The only thing I thought was out of place was the appearance of the spaceship. The way the spaceship is drawn makes it look out of place and it doesn’t blend well with the rest of the artwork. It has a “pasted on” look to it. The soundtrack is nothing to write home about. I suppose the song at the end of the movie was quite nice. The music was done by Yan Bang-ean.
Overall, this is a nice anime that you can watch with your kids. I recommend it for those who haven’t had the change to see Korean animation. This is actually my first time with Korean anime. It’s not over the top like some Japanese anime tend to be. So if you’re looking for a more subdued Asian animation, this is it.
[learn_more caption=”Review Results”][one_half]Pros:
- Good artwork
- Good story
- Good voice acting[/custom_list][/one_half]
- Lags in the beginning
- Would have liked a better soundtrack
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