Just saw this wacky live action from the same title as the anime, Chibi Maruko-chan. Eh?! You are asking why I’m reviewing this? Of course, because this is a very hilarious live action adaptation. I would say that this live action adaptation stays faithful with the original anime series which makes this an entertaining film that you might like to see. There are three episodes of this and each episode is one and a half hour. You might think that from the title, Chibi Maruko-chan is just another childish film genre for kids but hold your horses, I in fact, love this love action adaptation. It’s stays true to the orginal anime series with lots and lots of tear jerking moments. Yes, I said it, it’s a tear jerker alright.
So, where do I start? First of all, the main reason of watching a Chibi Maruko-chan film is Chibi Maruko-chan herself. Morisato Ei who has a role of acting as Sakura Momoko or Maruko executes a perfect Maruko-chan’s personality. Visually from top to bottom, she resembles Maruko uncannily with her white shirt, red jockstrap, and a red skirt.
Not only that, Morisato Ei and other actors and actresses executes a great acting skills to stay to the original anime series. But I have to handed up to Morisato Ei. She portrays the perfect Maruko character. For a kid actress, she can pull of many kinds of facial expression. From the lively expression or evil schemer expression, Morisato Ei executes her acting perfectly. Not only that, I also think the acting chemistry in Maruko’s family is really great. Everybody acts faithfully to the original characters of Chibi Maruko-chan. I would also say that Moto Fuyuki pulls off a hilarious Sakura Tomozo, Maruko’s grandfather. You can feel a very good vibe when Morisato Ei and Moto Fuyuki have a scene together. Seeing them together really makes me want to smile.
Now, if you guys remember, I also said that this film shares some of the tear jerking moments. I’m just gonna leave it at that since I don’t want to spoil the enjoyment. I’m just gonna say that Morisato Ei’s acting is so superb even real tears came out from her eyes. The film is well-scripted on both aspects and I enjoy watching it so much. Believe it or not, I cried when seeing Maruko and her sister crying in front of their parents asking them not to separate or get a divorce (Ooops, a little bit of spoiler there, guys. Sorry!)
So there it is, my review of the live action adaptation of Chibi Maruko-chan. I really recommend this film for you guys who likes a simple film about an ordinary elementary school that has its share of hilarious and tear-jerking moments. So what’s your opinion regarding the live action adaptation of Chibi Maruko-chan? Do you agree on my opinion regarding this film?