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Tekkon Kinkreet

March 5th, 2008 by

One of my biggest loves is anime. Growing up in the 80’s exposed me to a vast amount of Japanese television that was dubbed into French. It was quite a culture shock to move to the states in the early 90’s and find that American children had not grown up on the same style of television that I had. There are huge cultural and stylistic differences in anime that I’m sure you are well aware of. One of the biggest differences for me was the censorship of subject matter and graphic depiction. I always believed that anime conveyed well thought out and concise ideas, however as we all know the states are sticklers for what is socially acceptable. From funny Saturday morning cartoon type anime like DragonBall Z to more serious anime like Akira and Ghost in the Shell.

tekkon kinkreet

I was reading Mr. Kim’s blog and he and some friends watched this anime called Tekken Kikreet. I went out to the local blockbuster and rented it to see what this was all about. THIS MOVIE IS INSANE! The anime is an adaptation from manga done by Taiyō Matsumoto of the same name.What’s interesting about this film is that it was directed by American director Michael Arias and the screenplay was done by Anthony Weintraub (another American), and the score was for film was done by british electronic duo PLAID; the rest of the staff consisted of Japanese studio 4C.

The premise revolves around two orphan children, Kuro or Black and Shiro or White, living in fictional Treasure Town . As we travel through the four seasons we see the invasion of their small, run down city by gangsters; the central theme seems to be loss innocence. The film employs not only traditional 2D animation but 3D as well. Some of the camera angles that we see are down right acrobatic as we are moved around in a Matrix-like fashion. The detail employed in illustrating the city is meticulous. As a kid I always wanted to be an animator but the mind-numbing attention to detail that anime possesses would require more concentration than my brain will allow. I wouldn’t recommend this movie to you if you haven’t watched anime before; it’s not the most digestable film when being introduced to the genre. It’s definitely a great film if you’re an avid fan of anime. The movie gets scary at times (like make a grown man scared). I haven’t felt that way since I watched Akira (which till to this day still gives me chills).

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rose Mar 6, 2008 at 1:15 am

    Now I definitely want to watch it. …. I wonder if I can watch the whole thing online somewhere…

  • 2 Gitamba Mar 6, 2008 at 1:50 am

    That’s a good question, I was surprised that blockbuster had it. I just ordered it from amazon so I can have my own copy.

  • 3 Fiona Mar 6, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Ooooo – sugoi desu ne? ha ha. I used to watch anime all the time in middle school/beginning of high school. All the girly ones like Fushigi Yuugi and Rayearth. And it’s difficult beat Kiki’s Delivery Service – it’s just too friggin’ cute. lol

  • 4 Meghan Mar 6, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    We’re going to show this at Real Art Ways in the near future. I can’t wait to see it big!

  • 5 kait Mar 6, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    would i like it do you think?

  • 6 Gitamba Mar 6, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    I think you would it’s a very gripping story