The Quarantine Stream: ‘On-Gaku: Our Sound’ is a Fresh, Irreverent, and Totally Bizarre “Putting a Band Together” Movie
Posted on Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 by Hoai-Tran Bui
(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: On-Gaku: Our Sound
Where You Can Stream It: Available on PVOD
The Pitch: Three high school delinquents who spend their days playing video games when they’re not casually beating up the gangs from rival schools suddenly decide to start a rock ‘n’ roll band — despite having no skills, no money, and no equipment except for two stolen bass guitars and half a drum set.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: The debut film of director Kenji Iwaisawa, On-Gaku: Our Sound looks like no other anime movie. Or, indeed, like any other animated movie right now. Using a combination of rotoscoping (traced animation of live-action footage) and a cartoonishly simple hand-drawn art style that looks like it came out of a newspaper strip, On-Gaku: Our Sound is an oddball musical comedy that looks as irreverent as it feels — a truly weird, and disarmingly sweet, paean to the art of rock ‘n’ roll.