I Want to Eat Your Pancreas is not a zombie, action movie. I became aware of this when I was handed a box of tissues upon entering the theater. Based on the award-winning novel by Yoru Sumino, I Want to Be Your Pancreas is about two high schoolers on different sides of the social spectrum. One character is dying and wants to live and the other is alive but is dead inside.
Sakura is sick with pancreatic disease and forces her friendship on a boy who she discovers reading the diary she lost in the hospital lobby. The interesting thing about this boy is that he doesn’t reveal his name to her until they go on a trip together. Sure enough this doesn’t bother Sakura. For someone who is “Living with Dying” she finds some comfort with someone who turns out to be distant from people and goes out of his way to not reveal too much emotion or become attached.
The story does not involve many other people and in our opinion that is a good thing. Everything is focused around our unnamed male character and his struggles with understanding his emotions and why he is drawn to Sakura. Her energy scares him but he is also drawn to her. Drawn to her desire to live a normal life, something which he himself feels he is struggling with. The overall message from the story seems to be to appreciate the time you spend with people, because it can all be gone at a moments notice. It is almost sad to watch each adventure they go on together, knowing what the future hold for Sakura, but it makes you enjoy her presence that much more whenever she is on screen. I Want to Eat Your Pancreas touches many emotions, happy and sad. It gives lessons in life that sometimes we often forget and it teaches us that even in the saddest moments we can still enjoy life.
Aniplex is presenting this fantastic movie, in two showings. February 7th will be Subtitled, and February 10th will be Dubbed. The American voice acting is truly superb, and the emotion definitely come through. With Robbie Daymond as “Me” and Erika Harlacher as Sakura Yamauchi.
You can get your tickets at https://www.fathomevents.com/events/i-want-to-eat-your-pancreas