The film “Life Ain’t Gonna Lose”, directed by Yoshiyuki Momose, is a film about a boy who is highly allergic to eggs who is getting treatment for his allergies, but he still has to face the struggles of his everyday life trying to avoid products that has eggs in it. Watching this film, I felt very sympathetic to children who have these allergies as well to the parents who are constantly looking out for their children as well what they go through every time when their children have an allergic reaction. I can’t imagine what it is like in reality, especially for a parent. Understanding that this film topic is based on an everyday basis that is not mentioned too much today, it is still nostalgic to see something that we know of, but in a different limelight, especially through animation. This animation is a real perspective that is both realistic, but interpreted through children in which can be relatable to children who do have these allergies as well to all ages.
Looking at the animation aesthetically, regarding the art style, it is similar to Ghibli’s art style, but a twist within the film that is demonstrated through color. The color scheme of the short film uses warm pastel colors, giving the audience of the effect of soothing, and soft. The producers did the pastel color scheme on purpose since the film’s target audience are children and family members. One scene within the film that I really admired, was when the main character “Shun” was having an allergic reaction. Within that particular scene, we are then in Shun’s perspective in which the aesthetic of the film becomes darker with the use of grays, blacks, and fragments of the pastel colors. Within that particular scene, the aesthetic of the coloring is as if someone actually colored the animation by hand. This is symbolic piece for it is a moment as if the child is speaking to the audience rather than the animation telling the story. This gives the illusion that Shun is going through an almost deathlike moment in which it is only a matter of time in which those pastel colors will disappear to blackness.