Based on the 6 volume manga Akira, this cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomohemed has amazing scenery, world-building, complex character relations, and Cel animation. I can not tell you the number of times we were speechless from the horrific brutality and realistic movements of the characters in this film. The flow of the animation really did not hold back any movement expressed by the characters. The expressions were stretched to exaggerate and perfectly sold the voice acting. Overall, the movie was breathtaking to watch… However, seeing the ratings below- something seems off. Our viewing party was very confused by the end of this film. As we watched the movie, there was a constantly reiterated statement (what the fuck) as the story progressed. Perhaps we should’ve read the manga to better fill in the bits we missed. Maybe we should’ve watched it when our brains all could focus… Most likely we are just idiots. If you like a complex and mysterious story with nostalgic anime art and movement- this might be an interesting watch.
Would you suggest this movie to people who are as unfamiliar with Akira?
The backgrounds and movement were really well-done in the movie, but the facial expressions were incredibly cursed most of the time. Also, I had no idea what was going on in the story. If you were to watch it, I would suggest watching it with someone who knows what the plot is, or else you’re going to likely be very confused as to what the Frankenstein babies are.
How about no?
Unless you have read the manga or have someone who knows what’s going on to watch it with you- no.
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro is an older, but tasteful film for review this week. Released in 1979, and based is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Monkey Punch. Lupin the Third follows master thief Arsène Lupin, the grandson of Arsène Lupin, the gentleman thief of Maurice Leblanc’s series of novels. Following foreign animation in movies is something that is not often covered in American culture. (With the exception of the Studio Ghibli Films). The introduction really draws viewer in and immediately throws them into the action. Little to no information on the characters is shared but the story was easy to follow and pick up character traits as it progressed. That alone speaks volume for a great movie. The pacing, score, and expressions stick out and sell the emotion and stakes throughout the movie. Animation style taken in comedic and dramatic scenes made this movie’s charm stick out through years of other films we have seen.This is one of the best films we have covered to date!
What did you like about Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro?
I’ve seen Lupin III for the third time within the span of a year. I love it. The music makes me boogie.
I liked how well defined and vibrant it was in each environment, how much action there was, and how the police officer yells “Luuuppiiiinnnn!!!”
I first saw this film while taking my animation history course. Needless to say, it made an impression. I even covered it in a short video going over foreign animated movies. I’d suggest it to anyone who likes heist movies and jazzy music.