Wonderful World End follows 17-year-old Shiori who attracts a lot of followers for her blogcast because of her Gothic Lolita modeling. In her blog, she talks about herself, offers make-up tips and is delighted about the growing number of visitors to her site. After a music video shoot, she meets one of her young fans named Ayumi. Ayumi tries to copy her style. Ayumi can be described as a shy girl and it is later found out that she has run away from home to be with Shiori. Although a bit caught off guard, Shiori accepts Ayumi into her life and a friendship blossoms.
This film was the film that stood out the most for me at HIFF. Not because of the production value or even the acting, but rather the story development. After coming out of the film, I had no idea how to process it. From the random dancing bears in Ayumi’s room to the scene of her and Shiori running in a flower field together in their Lolita outfits, the whole film seemed strange and didn’t give the vibe of a movie that was focused on the friendship of two young girls.
There were times when it was implied that the friendship was more than just a platonic connection and I found it to be off putting for the simple fact that Ayumi was a 13-year-old girl. To imply something so deeply for a young girl could be seen as inappropriate.
Other than that, this film had a really unexpected development. Shirori quits modeling, Ayumi stops talking to her in the middle of the film, but when Shiori is returning to her hometown, she is reunited with Ayumi and they run through an imaginary flower field to the tunes of Shiori’s favorite singer.
Honestly, I would only recommend this movie if you have a decent understanding of Japanese. I noticed that for more than half of the move, you’ll see comments from Shiori’s video viewers on the lower left side of the screen. It makes it more enjoyable to watch if you understand what quirky things they are saying (like asking her to tell the old guy to leave the background of her video because he is disrupting her beauty).
Overall a good film for people who like Japanese fashion and understand Japanese high school girl culture.