Kenya Boy – A Cinematic Masterpiece of WTF

And so begins the odyssey of WTF that is Kenya Boy . . .

I wish I had the time to give this movie the exhaustive treatment it deserves, but unfortunately, it is not to be. However, I will take the time to outline some of my favorite aspects of this amazingly bizarre movie, while leaving a few secrets for you fine viewers to discover should you take the time to watch it. And you should! This is one fucking crazy ass movie.

First, though, the basic story of Kenya Boy is that this kid, Wataru, and his family are in Africa just before the Japanese officially enter World War II. Wataru and his father go into hiding because the British will be like, “WE MUST KILL ALL ORIENTALS” and somewhere along the way, Wataru and his father become separated. The movie is about Wataru’s search for his father over the course of several years . . . along with all sorts of other craziness.

(P.S. There’s a second page for all you lazy fucks who don’t actually go to blogs themselves to read posts.)

1. Randomly shifting art styles: It’s like this was directed and animated by Natural Born Killers-era Oliver Stone, except without any semblance of a plan or reason. I can’t even really explain the art shifts, so it’s better to show off screenshots. Here they are!

You’ve got pencil sketching . . .

Normal anime style . . .

Black and white scenes with single characters colored in . . .

Soft watercolor type scenes . . .

Characters switching, um, skin color . . . (I’ll get back to this later, and by the way, this is NOT a mistake, as I will explain later.)

Bizarre squished camera angles . . .

Psychedelic craziness . . .

And there’s more than that, but you get the idea by now. Kenya Boy is a kaleidoscope of art styles, and you don’t go more than a few minutes without the animators trying something strange. I guess they got bored somewhere along the way, said “Meh, fuck it” and did whatever the hell they wanted. It’s not boring to look at, at least!

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16 Responses to “Kenya Boy – A Cinematic Masterpiece of WTF”

  1. >> Well, the deal with that is that Wataru smacks these tribesmen so hard that he literally knocks the black off them.

    Thank god I read this in my room because I entirely lost my shit after reading this.


  2. Whoops, there’s a page 2. Heads up, it doesn’t show up in google reader (at least not in the mobile version) so maybe you might want to indicate that there’s a page 2 at the bottom of the first page.

    • I guess I’ll include an indication for all you lazy bastards! Although, honestly, I think it would be pretty obvious there’s more content since I mention at the beginning that I’ll be talking about a few things, and there’s like one thing I talk about on the first page.

  3. bwhahaha so glad you wrote about this movie because it needs to be seen by more people for its delightful wtf factor

    glad you enjoyed yet another of my wtf recs XD

    that elephant is so boss

  4. How did you even find this movie? Crazy stuff :p

    • It was reviewed at The Nihon Review, and Kylaran (also of The Nihon Review) also talked about it when I roomed with him during Anime Expo.

  5. Must watch. Acquiring immediately.

  6. Now, imagine Wataru…

    …as the lead of Sister Princess.

  7. Oh man, I’d heard stories about this movie but this post seals the deals! DL’ing right now!

    Considering how westerners are often portrayed in anime, I suppose it was a bit much to expect sensitive treatment of Africans. Then again, who am I to be judgemental; I’ve been laughing for the last 5 minutes!

  8. I love your description of this movie! It IS totally WTF. The dinosaurs, the Godzilla-sized frog… The changing art styles sort of add to the awesomeness. Some of the tribes are portrayed as intelligent, others are jabbering buffoons. It’s just more WTF.

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