The great thing about Promare is that while it has a lot to say about heavy topics like global warming and human rights violations, the story itself is a wild ride full of intense action sequences and downright droolworthy animation. As far as anime films go, this one hits all the right marks whether it’s serving up eye-popping battles or touching on topics that feel uniquely relevant to this moment in time.
Critics seem to agree that Promare is a triumph of animation. Richard Whittaker of The Austin Chronicle raved, “For fans, this is everything [Hiroyuki] Imaishi maniacs can ask for: a gonzo DayGlo adventure that will never let up and never leave you bored.” Meanwhile, The Daily Telegraph‘s film reviewer Robbie Collin wrote, “The film is nearly two hours long and passes in what feels like 45 seconds. It is wildly entertaining and blaringly ridiculous, and I want to watch it every night for a week.”
It’s no wonder this stylish anime is drawing in so many viewers on HBO Max: Whether you fully follow the many twists and turns of the plot or not, you can appreciate the film from a purely stylistic standpoint. As reported by Variety, director Imaishi used a mix of 2D and 3D elements to create the movie’s lavish, fiery battles. The end result is pure eye candy that reveals just how cool a movie can look when traditional and modern animation techniques are blended together.
Promare isn’t a perfect movie — seriously, the plot is needlessly overcomplicated — but it is beautifully animated and a blast to watch. And, as an added bonus, the anime film makes for perfect co-viewing with tweens and teens if you’re looking for something unexpected to stream on your next family movie night.