Yes! You're the same as me, then. I saw a very short trailer around the time it was shown at Glasgow Film Festival, but other than that... nothing. Haven't even read the description in the cinema guide.
Lots of themes that didn't have a pay off, apart from it sucks to see people you love die. I was thinking it would make a better series although the art and animation wouldn't be as stunning. It was as if she had written for a series and then realised it had to be cut back, but didn't have time to do a rewrite.
I've seen 6 projects she's done now (lots more on PTW list) and the best 3 have all been under the directorship of Tatsuyuki Nagai (IBO, AnoHana and AotH). I read somewhere they would argue and compromise with each other, seems to be that she needs that, as directing herself with no one to say no (sounds like even the producer let her get on with it) didn’t work too well, maybe she'll be better at it next time, if she has another go. I still thought it was good for the most part, just needed a better ending and some more scenes in between some of the time skips. I did shed a tear though! 7/10
Yeah it’s feels like it’s painted to make you cry. But it did like time jump massively without warning and didn’t have a satisfying pay off so I have it at 8. 7.5 probs as I still want to say your name is a bit better but none any near ASV