Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop indicates where we are in the world, but it also tells a unique story about a young budding friendship with romantic tendencies.
This review of the Netflix anime film Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop contains no spoilers.
In years to come, there will be many studies about communication and how it’s evolved for young people through social media and various apps. Negatives and positives will be thrown from both sides of the field. When I was younger, online gaming was frowned upon, with various articles claiming it causes violence, whereas few articles argued the intellectual and social advantages.
This is a good starting point when discussing Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop, a sweet anime series following two characters who struggle to communicate. Cherry presents few words but uses haiku poems to express himself, and Smile wears a face mask (to hide her braces), is extremely shy, and only communicates strongly using her only online videos, gaining a strong following.
Cherry and Smile represent a generation that was born with technology in front of them; a world where a smartphone is an extension of a human being rather than a nice-to-have-gadget, so it’s no surprise that these two characters initially connect via their phones after an altercation with each other at a shopping mall — what follows are sentimental likes and a growing friendship.
Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop is a charming romance, highlighting introverted characters who handle their dynamic in a special way. There’s a presumed cuteness between Cherry and Smile as they handle their personal frailties while quietly enjoying their new friendship. This is a rather gifting anime film — there’s the value of teaching young adults that it’s okay to be different, and there’s a friend for everyone. Many of us could have enjoyed that lesson when younger, rather than accepting the demise of believing we do not deserve a social life.
Once the anime film settles in its rhythm, it’s easy to be absorbed by its warm nature, that’s matched with wonderful colors and well-drawn animation. The Netflix anime film zones in on the characters extensively, allowing them to be the crux of the story; there are no outlandish subplots to support the writing, which many anime features succumb to. Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop is a delectable vibe. It doesn’t expect you to be patient. You are patient because the story is worth its value.
Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop indicates where we are in the world, but it also tells a unique story about a young budding friendship with romantic tendencies. Some anime films are worth the recommendation, and this is one of them.
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