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One of the iron rules for Hollywood scriptwriters is that the audience must root for the hero. Character flaws and bad behavior are permitted, but, in the final analysis, the hero should not be a jerk.

The teenage hero of Keiichi Honda’s new anime, “Colorful,” comes about as close I’ve ever seen to violating this axiom. For much of the film he behaves abominably with less reason than usual for a chip-on-his-shoulder adolescent.

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