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I’M AGAINST IT!
This film is one of the coolest animated features I’ve ever seen. When I saw promotional art back in 2009, I knew it would be something special, but for whatever reason, I didn’t get around to watching it until now… And now, I wish I could have seen it on a big screen.
"Redline" oozes style. If there was a knob for such a thing, director Takeshi Koike broke it off of the console. Every character is cool and each of them unique. In fact, character design is probably the strongest quality of the picture. One could likely watch it over and over, each time noticing someone new in the background. Furthermore, there is just no shortage of interesting elements to look at and it all looks beautiful, thanks not only to the overwhelming sense of style, but also the fact that the whole feature was hand-drawn. That’s right… In an age when major American entertainment companies believe the only way to sell a cartoon is through CGI, Madhouse collectively sat down behind the figurative drawing desk and got to work, pushing the medium and proving those corporate studios wrong. Although admittedly, "Redline" is not a ‘mainstream’ success (few Anime are), those who have seen it almost unanimously agree that it’s a joy to watch.
It’s a simple (though at times, pretty far out) story with a bold delivery that combines elements of every great racing franchise to grace a screen. Add to that a bit of Nagai, Watanabe and Kirby-esque imagery amped up through a florescent kaleidoscope and that’s a close idea of what to expect from this altogether fast and fun visual triumph… Then it just ends. Like all of the best Anime, “Redline” leaves the audience with innumerable questions and very few answers, to be replayed and enjoyed again and again.
LEARN A LESSON FROM WEDNESDAY…
DON’T BE A SQUARE.
BE NEAT. BE GROOVY. BE BOSS.
… ADD THESE FREAKS TO MAKE IT A “LEAGUE”
YOU KNOW… NATURE’S PRETTY FUCKIN’ COOL.