Kyousougiga, Vexille, Colorful, Tekkonkinkreet
- A few weekends ago, I had enough free time to sit down and watch several things that I've had hanging around and just have never gotten around to. I thought I'd review them all at once, rather than making a seperate blog entry for each one.
Kyousougiga: A web OVA, Kyousougiga's strength was in its animation, which was detailed and colorful, and the environment, which reminded me a lot of Dennou Coil. The story was a little hard to follow and fairly thin in terms of meaty content, so I'd be very interested in a full-length movie or 13-episode series set in its world.
Vexille: I really liked Vexille. I liked the unusual art style and I really loved the soundtrack. The story was pretty good, although fairly simple, and had echoes of Matrix-esque-machines-take-over. Actually, there were many Matrix echoes. Not that that's a bad thing.
Colorful: The movie starts with a soul in Heaven who is assigned an "internship" back on Earth, where he inhabits the body of a middle school-aged suicide and takes on that boy's life. As the story progresses, the soul unravels more and more clues to the body's suicide. I loved the animation and I liked that the story constructively dealt with some serious Japanese social issues.
Tekkonkinkreet: I've been wanting to watch this movie for a long time, and finally snatched it up when I came across the DVD at a Half Price Books. The animation was gorgeous, and the story was ultimately was a journey through mind and psychology. It made me think a lot about things like homelessness and how cities are and can be structured to the advantage of certain groups, and how changing the landscape of a city can cause alterations to many other parts of the system.