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Samurai Champloo is all about style, from the dj-style scratching scene changes to the hip-hop-inspired soundtrack to the eclectic character design. Mugen's fighting style is a funky meld of capoeira and limb-cutting, and Jin is the dramatic foil; he is all steel and old-school samurai style. What binds them together is the desire to test each other's abilities, and a promise to a girl named Fuu: to find the samurai that smells of sunflowers, who plays a pivotal role in her past. Together they travel through edo-era Japan, finding battle and comedy wherever they stop.
In a dark and dystopic future, the environment of Earth has been destroyed by its human inhabitants. The remainder of mankind live in a physical “gap” between what is known as the lower level, and the unknown sky above. In this dreary and mechanical existence, the melancholy Ura works to restore the memories of the past, as part of the Archive Excavation Department. Along with Riko, his sole companion, Ura will soon discover a mysterious remnant of the past which may prove that there is more to their existence than meets the eye...
Both imply a lot of questions about our society: what are humans able to do? Are they destroying the Earth? If Mind Game's goal is to say that we must live life to the maximum, Pale Cocoon wants to make us sensitive to problems that pollution causes. Both show the bad side of humanity but also send a message of hope, and both movies are really fantastic!
Nishihara Toru is an everyday guy with an on-and-off girlfriend and a position working for a train buff. Things become complicated when a ghostly vehicle dubbed the X Train begins to ride the rails, destroying everything in its path. The catch? Somehow, it seems that Toru is connected with the X Train by a strange power, which draws the attention of some very dangerous and power hungry people who would wield it for their own...
Both Mind Game and Take the X Train feature a spastic pace with bizarre, eclectic animation that emphasizes expressionism and disorientation. They each give us a pathetic and emasculated figure as our lead who must rise to the occasion in a decidedly unromantic way as weirdness escalates.
For Pandy and Retro, waking up naked with amnesia wasn't the high point of their day. While going on a crime spree, the duo are captured and sent to the infamous Dead Leaves, a notorious prison where the baddest of the bad are sent. Using the bathroom is a chore, eating is force fed and escape seems impossible -- but is it? Join Pandy, Retro, the drill endowed Chinko Drill and a gang of inmates as they plot their escape from the hell that is Dead Leaves!
There aren't many overt similarities between Mind Game and Dead Leaves, (especially given the differences in pacing), but if you're looking for a beautifully stylistic anime movie that is far from ordinary, both will do. The art from each was absolutely gorgeouos, the stories (while slightly sparse) were entertaining, and the action scenes in Mind Game were as manic as anything from Dead Leaves.
It is the year 1983; and in the village of Hinamizawa, on the night of the cotton drifting festival and in the days following it, a series of deaths occurs. The only hope for the village and its inhabitants is the shrine maiden Furude Rika who, with the help of her invisible partner Hanyuu, is able to travel back in time and alter the events that led to disaster. Unfortunately, regardless of what changes are made, each voyage ultimately ends with the death of Rika and many of her friends. But when Rika’s friends start remembering things that happened to them in previous worlds and take steps to avoid the same outcomes, Rika realizes that their chances of survival have never been better. Can she really challenge and defeat fate itself?
This may seem like a stretch, but I believe that each show has a similar mentality that "will can defeat fate," that one shouldn't give up, and they both are centered around 2nd chances. Although completely different in terms of story and animation, they share a similar message.