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YMMV / Ringing Bell

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  • Animation Age Ghetto: This is probably one of the reasons this film is mostly unknown in America. The original book, along with Takashi Yanase's other stand alone works, including Anpanman have yet to be published in English. Averted with The Kindly Lion.
  • Awesome Music: The opening song in both the Japanese and English versions sets the tone for the story perfectly. That tune WILL haunt your dreams. In fact, the song was originally a poem written by Takashi Yanase for the the very first page of the book.
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  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: The book and the film presents the moral that revenge is totally not cool. The film goes out of its way to avert this trope. Judging by the Misaimed Fandom entry below, it didn't work.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: While meant to be a revenge-is-bad story, the sheep's cold rejection of Chirin and Chirin willingly training under the Wolf led to a multitude of interpretations of the message, especially in the anime where Chirin fails to do anything he sets out to do, and when he does succeed he finds success is meaningless.
  • Genius Bonus: For those familiar with Japanese folklore, Wor bears more than a passing resemblance to a Tatarigami, a corrupted god of rage, destruction and vengeance. And when an enraged Chirin voluntarily seeks him out to exact revenge...he is corrupted just as surely, as evidenced by the final form he takes.
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  • Misaimed Fandom: Some viewers and readers believe that Chirin should have killed those sheep.
  • Moment of Awesome: When Chirin finally does a Heel–Face Turn on Woe, refusing to kill the flock of terrified sheep he was tasked to slaughter, and instead impales Woe on his horns. It's a Pyrrhic Victory, however - the sheep are no less terrified of him afterward, and shut him out.
  • Narm:
    • Chirin's meltdown after his mother's death would've worked a lot better if his mouth wasn't opened comically wide and he didn't look like he was dancing.
      • The face he makes just before the above happens also looks too cartoony to be taken seriously.
    • Chirin's meltdown after finding out he accidentally smashed the mother bird's eggs is overly dramatic.
    • It is mentioned in the second page of the book and at least five times throughout the anime that Wor does eat his prey, but because it is not explicitly shown, many commentators and reviewers have taken the censorship too literally, perceiving Wor as a wolf who only kills for sport. Unless if Chirin's mother was a victim of surplus killing, the one ewe that he killed by breaking her neck might as well could have ended up as his dinner since her body is not shown after the attack.
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    • The Lull Destruction can be quite narmy.
  • Popular with Furries: Being a dark revenge tale about animals, it has its fair share of furry fans on both sides of the Pacific. The original book has also been retold in many different forms in it’s native country.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The book and film are not subtle at all about revenge leaving you empty and monstrous.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The entire story could be considered one big Tear Jerker.
    • This line in particular really hammers it in: "But I'm still alive! Where do I go now?!"
    • From the book: "It was when you died that I realized for the first time that you were my teacher and also my father, and somewhere along the way, I had come to love you. I can no longer go back to being a sheep."
    • The ending: Chirin losing the Wolf, who he saw as a parental figure in order to protect the sheep...who proceed to shun him out of complete fear.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Many people felt the sheep were complete jerkasses, because they do nothing while Chirin mourns his mother, and shun him at the end.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: This picture book turned into a movie was aimed to children as a cautionary tale, but is dark, violent (blood-free however) and depressing.
  • The Woobie: Chirin, all the way through.


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