Shocked the hell out of me! The little kids, maybe you’d see something like this, but a Zeon soldier? Whoever storyboarded this scene rules.
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I’ve been too obsessed/stressed with Guts to do anything. ANYTHING (except watch cartoons).
I had found out about this movie during one of my epic procrastination sessions, and it seemed far more interesting than the history essay I was supposed to be doing at the time. A violent cartoon about a missionary getting revenge for his dead porn star sister and her kid sounded wonderfully fucked up. So you can imagine how ecstatic I was when I saw this at my favorite store (in the anime section lololol). The store’s imminent demise forced me to get it, and, well…
This is a very confused movie. One part of it is this touching story about a sexually abused child and her new uncle trying to cope and have a normal life, and the other part is this campy, gory revenge story full of sex and fucking shit up. These parts never reconcile. I was emotionally engaged in the beginning of the movie, with the scenes with Mia and August and life before his sister became a porn star, but as the movie went on, I just stopped caring. The ending, while pretty interesting by itself, just made me feel “meh.”
This is probably because the movie itself doesn’t really know what it wants to convey. Mia’s sexual abuse really is horrific, and the movie appropriately shows that, but when she beats a guy to death with a crowbar, the violence is so over the top it’s almost funny. Same with the porn star, Princess. When you see her medical records and her shitty life, it’s sad, but when you see she’s buried under a ring of stone phalluses and an epitaph that reads “May you spread your legs for angels like you did for us,” it’s hilarious. The movie has things that are genuinely depressing, but then it stacks so many of them on top of each other that it’s neither touching nor funny.
So…the animation. The movie was animated at a pretty low-budget and, uh, it shows. The opening scene stood out as sort of horrible. There are some good moments though, mostly in the fight scenes (the scene where the missionary mangles a little kid is hilarious) and the surreal, couldn’t-do-this-in-any-other-medium scenes. The character designs for the non-main characters were actually interesting too, so scenes with them were fun to watch. Never a scene where they just stand and talk though. That’s a plus.
The best thing about this movie though, I think, are the live action parts. You see them when August has flashbacks, watches old video tapes he recorded, and at the end. They’re the most grounded parts of the movie, and I was disappointed when I realized there wasn’t going to be a lot of them. A good amount of the movie tries to takes a live action approach to shots/ scenes (ex. constant close up on eyes, the opening scene), I think I would have enjoyed this movie more if it was all in live action, honestly.
Anyway, this is an alright movie. I guess I liked it, and I’m sort of glad I bought it, even though the shock value didn’t really amount to anything. Maybe I’ll like it upon a second viewing, I don’t know. I give it a 6.5/10.
On a better note, I’m now 1/4 of the way through serious animated movies I’ve been meaning to watch.