REEL Anime

REEL Anime film festival (update x2)


Just earlier this month, our REEL anime film festival begun in theatres around Australia and New Zealand. I was largely quite impressed with the selection brought down to us deprived otakus here in Australia. After a quick look and talk, several of my friends along with myself decided to watch a few of these…

Read on for my opinions on Evangelion 2.0, Redline, King of Thorn and Summer Wars!

Evangelion 2.0

Without a doubt, everybody has heard of this film remake quadrilogy of the all-time fan favourite series Neon Genesis Evangelion. Personally, I found the film Evangelion 1 quite disappointing. I had not seen the original series, but I’m sure fans of that would have enjoyed the first movie a lot more than myself. I found it rather slow and boring, mainly because I rented the DVD at Blockbuster based on the assumption that it would be a fast paced film full of killing stuff. The second reason I was disappointed was the sheer amount of whinging from the lead character, Shinji. How angsty can you get?

Thankfully, Evangelion 2.0 exceeded any expectations I could have developed based on the first film and actually becomes one of my favourite anime. Heck, I can even say……

Quick Review: Sky Crawlers

Okay, I had high expectations of this, mainly because it looked pretty and it is directed by Mamoru Oshii (of GitS fame). I also knew that it was supposed to be slow…but I did not expect it to be that slow…
Don’t get me wrong, its quite a thought-provoking and emotional story with decent characters, but quite frankly, it was way too slowly paced to keep me awake. The occasional dogfight brought some adrenaline-pumping excitement, but sadly it was not enough for me.

On the other hand, The Sky Crawlers is very well produced. Breathtaking 3D animation and scenery blended with stylistic 2D characters simply amazed me with its beauty. The music (especially the opening) was also charming and ‘pretty’. I also must congratulate the sound effects, as that stood out to me.
Looking for some fast paced anime? Look somewhere else. However, if my comments on this appeal to you, check it out; you will not be disappointed with the beauty.

5/10 (Not my preferred genre)