After producing artistic gems like “Your Name” and “Weathering With You”, Genki Kawamura is producing another masterpiece, directed by Nobutaka Yoda. “Adam by Eve” is a one-of-a-kind live-action movie inspired by the manga “Kara no Kioku” created by E Ve. If you liked “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, then you might like this different take where they mix live action with animation and music. “Fantasia,” the original 1940s release, had already set the benchmark for blending animation and music to create a stunning audiovisual masterpiece. Like “Kill Bill”, this film also had blended animation. Mainly, the action parts were converted to animation to make it visually more appealing to the audience, but it set the benchmark for future projects to be revealed. “Spiderman Into The Spider-Verse” was quite a trip, the best kind. This movie had the right mix of different animation styles that created a symphony of imagination. It paved the way for different styles of art to mix and match for future reference. “Adam by Eve” will likely sit on the mantel with the other gems mentioned here for its visual aesthetic, the blend of imagination and drama, and the songs that ostensibly accompany the plot, making it more enjoyable to hear. Just an hour long, the film delves into the depths of consciousness and constantly impresses with the hidden layers beneath.

The story begins with a silent conversation between two friends through doodles. This is where they are introduced as Taki and Aki. Taki and Aki are best friends who love music very much. Their bond over music keeps them satisfied with themselves. They do not socialize with other students in their high school. While sitting in the cafe enjoying a one-on-one, Taki tells Aki about a weird dream she had where she had to force herself to wake up. She spoke of a one-eyed creature that followed her through the dream, and she had to jump to wake up. After a while, however, Taki never returns after leaving Aki for a coffee refill. “Adam by Eve” follows Aki through realistic and eerie sequences where she rushes to find Taki in vain. She encounters this one-eyed figure in a dreamlike sequence when she passes out on the road as she searches for Taki. She defeats the one-eyed creature in her dream, but ends up in the same place without Taki. She then realizes that she is in fact in a dream concocted by her own subconscious. After realizing she is in a dream, Aki heeds Taki’s advice and rushes to jump off a building in order to wake up. When she jumps off a building, she is surprised to find herself in the same position Taki had left her in to refill their coffee. This time, however, Taki is sitting directly across from her, shouting her name to wake her up. The two friends laugh about their dreams and the film ends with an animated video of E Ve’s song.

In the background of “Adam by Eve”, there is always a song of E Ve playing which indicates a lot of footage from the film. The lyrics of these songs, along with the occasional appearance of E Ve in the sequence with her anime character singing or playing the instrument, add a theatrical angle to the sequence, making it more dreamlike. As Aki contemplates where Taki might be, or if she has indeed disappeared, kidnapped by the one-eyed figure, the caricature of an abyss, denoted by the color red, with black squiggles, appears on the walls, proving that she is indeed in an illusion of its own. Songs and animation add depth to the events that occur. This gives way to full animation once she falls unconscious after encountering Hitotsume (One Eye) on the road. E Ve’s song Bouto describes the monotony of expectations and ideals that a person has to live up to, and you have to fight back and escape those expectations and accept yourself. Aki kills Hitotsume and escapes. The whole take is lively, and with the E Ve song, it just has a huge impact. The way the cast and crew pulled off the sequences of switching between art styles and live action is by far one of the best.

Unlike the usual Japanese live actions, rising actresses Hanon and Ano opted for a more subtle approach. Usually, Japanese dramas and live action include a lot of over-the-top manga-inspired dramatic flair and a few over-the-top scenes that only make sense in the manga. The live action kept the over-the-top scenes grounded in the animations and the acting felt more natural and relatable. The snippets of over-the-top comedic scenes gave a more humorous cadence to the sequences’ underlying depth. The conversations between the two actresses happened quite naturally. The montage of their moments together made it seem like they belonged together. The actors seem to have a promising career with this live-action mop.

E Ve aka Keitora aka Kurowa is known for his unique boyish voice with nasal undertones. His most famous song is Kakei Kitan, which was the opening song of “Jujutsu Kaisen”. Drama is her second most popular song. A live version of the dramaturgy has been included in this live action play. The hits of E Ve, Nonsense Bangaku, Tokyo Ghetto, Kokoroyohou, Bouto, among others, were an auditory feast for the ears. Besides E Ve, a solo piano by Christian Grey, Nocturne n°1 in G minor, op. 37 from the Royal Festival Orchestra ft. Sarah Ainsworth, and Concentration & Focus from The Relaxation Master, were also played at the right time. The soundtrack for this live action was extremely well set. Light-hearted Indie Pop records mixed with classic tunes set the atmosphere for this live-action. Choosing the right soundtrack for movies can be quite tricky, but the team has done an exemplary job choosing the best soundtracks and their timings.

Not only is E Ve the creator of Japanese smash hits, but he is also the creator of an ongoing manga, “Kara no Kioku.” The live action’s animation sequences referenced their character designs from that manga. Hitotsume (One Eye) is also introduced in this manga. The art seemed to have been influenced by both old anime art and modern webtoon art. It also had the more generic anime style used since the 2010s. The animation leaned towards the quirky, trippy genre. He has slipped well into the territory of hypnosis and illusion. The art style of the animation is quite complex and it seemed to have hidden layers of meaning. The perfect use of doodle art mixed with scribbles on a red palette to designate an abyss, as well as the gradual increase of that abyss, led to the change of artistic styles. The animation connects the flow of the dream to the music. When the animation sequence ends and Aki rushes to stand on the roof, ready to jump after gaining consciousness, while Kakei Kitan performs in the background, the whole scene seems to send a literal shiver down your spine. , or in the words of Andy Samberg. in Brooklyn 99, “Chills! Literal chills!

The live action “Adam by Eve” is a recommended watch. A lot of thought and work went into creating it. All in all, it definitely paved the way for a different genre of movies.

“Adam by Eve: A Live in Animation” is a 2022 musical animation video directed by Nobutaka Yoda.