Posted on Tuesday, March 2nd, 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: Promare
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: In a near future in which a population of people have developed a mutation that gives them pyrokinetic abilities, a group of scrappy fire fighters, led by the enthusiastic but dim-witted Galo, uncover a wide-reaching government conspiracy to suppress and use the pyrokinetic “Burnish” community for nefarious means.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: 3D animation has become the thorn in the anime industry’s side. How to adapt to a technology that made the often painstaking animation process easier, without sacrificing the art style and quality that defines a whole industry? The transition from 2D to 3D has been an imperfect one for a lot of anime studios (sorry, Studio Ghibli), but every now and then, there’s a movie that just gets 3D animation so right. One of which is Studio Trigger’s first feature film, a rollicking success right out of the gate: Promare.