Mimi: Loups Garous is a futuristic anime film with a lot of ups and downs. I didn’t know anything about it before jumping in, as I thought I’d let the story surprise me this time. I was immediately drawn in by the attacker scene, the colorful, unique visuals, and the futuristic setting. This is a world where people mainly interact online, are constantly being monitored by “the system,” and security is tight; however, the higher-ups are investigating the sudden murder of a teenage boy, as well as a string of murders involving only girls. We’re introduced to four special girls who try to solve these mysteries and challenge the system.
This is an awesome-sounding premise, but sadly, the execution of it isn’t anything to hype about. Whenever the girls get together, they just run around to avoid little security bots and hang out in a secretive location. This movie is about them bonding as friends more than anything else. That’s cute and all, but I would have liked to see them explore this world more and do something other than..chat. Sure, they have their action time at the end, but most of the movie feels rather uneventful, slow, and slice-of-life-ish. As for the characters themselves, they’re diverse and interesting, but they seem to fall short of reaching their full potential. It’s like they could have been totally awesome, but they’re only just okay. At least one of them is very entertaining when she kicks serious butt.
The grand finale revived my interest by getting into some fascinating twists and turns, but the movie sends certain messages that might not sit comfortable with everyone (including me). As I look back on the entire 1 hour and 40 minutes, the ‘big picture’ just feels a little underwhelming. It has a creative premise which is wasted, likeable but average characters, and a slow execution. At least the visuals and music don’t disappoint~
Mimi’s Score: 7 Meeps out of 10 (Good)