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A must-rent; worth buying if you like anime.

posted by meursalt (ANNISTON, AL) Oct 19, 2007

Member since Jan 2006

7 out of 7 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Unfamiliar with the TEKKONKINKREET manga, I was hesitant to rent this movie. In fact, I received it by accident since I had forgotten to move it down in my queue as a "backup" rental. So I figured I would pop TEKKONKINKREET into my PSP, watch it, then ship it back in the morning.

I very nearly missed out on watching the film. It requires 3.51 or greater firmware, and I had 3.40OE custom firmware. I didn't think this movie would be worth upgrading my firmware, but I was afraid my next rental might also require 3.51. After several hours of research, I settled on 3.52M33 firmware, installed it, and settled down to watch the film.

Though I had been initially turned off by the apparently simplistic art style, I soon found that still shots don't do the animation justice. The cel animation is fluid and dreamlike - When White starts daydreaming, we go inside his head and watch crayonlike trees sprout and blossom or kelp undulate as he plays with friendly dolphins or elephants, before returning to the dirty jaded setting of Treasure Town, to watch from without as White continues his reveries, literally floating about untouched by the violence around him.

Speaking of violence, the action is also dreamlike but crisp and unflinching. We look on in horror as street urchins are hunted down with shotguns, swords, crossbows, and RPG's, (almost) always managing to jump out of the way of a gunshot at the last millisecond.

The cel work is supplemented perfectly by judicious use of CGI - we watch a certain character leap down into the middle of a fight, and as he lands, the "camera" pans from his feet, around his body, ending at his face, drawing us into a 3D world as we forget we're essentially watching a drawing. Innocence, beauty, horror, and inner wastelands of apathetic evil alike will make nearly two hours fly by, devoid of "filler."

Nezumi-sama, the Yakuza boss, sums up a central theme Black learns the hard way: All you really need is love. Definitely worth renting.

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