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From this point the story becomes on long chase and fight scene, complete with escalating bosses at the end of each level. In bits and pieces we find out Retro and Panda's previous history, and the secrets behind the walls of Dead Leaves. Nothing really ever quite makes sense, but it really isn't necessary that it does. Dead Leaves is a 'show off' piece, where twisted creativity and virtuoso animation are the real purpose of the show.
It's hard to believe that this comes from the same people who put together the atmospheric "Blood: The Last Vampire" and the beautifully drawn "Kai Doh Maru." The closest analog would be the aforementioned FLCL, without all the quiet parts. The first watching leaves a chaotic impression and it takes several more viewings before you start to pick up on a lot of the sight gags.
This isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea, especially for a US audience which has become accustomed to the new generation of anime. But it is fun in a loud, lewd, hyperactive fashion. At the first viewing the writer confided that what he wanted was for the audience to get drunk and start dancing. I'm not sure if it will take you that way, but it gives you a good idea of the driving force behind the film.
Dead Leaves is an ode to senseless, over-the-top violence. At times, it almost feels like an animated version of the indie comic, Scud: The Disposable Assassin. There are some definite western influences present, and the animation is very reminiscent of Peter Chung's works.
If it seems like I've been relying heavily on comparisons to other works to describe Dead Leaves, you'd be correct. On its own merits, it's nearly indescribable. Suffice it to say that, if you enjoyed any of the works I've mentioned so far, then you should at least rent Dead Leaves. If you think anime is all about weird sexual fetishes and characters with big eyes (or if you judge all anime by how it stacks up to Dragonball Z), then don't bother.
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Thoroughly enjoyable. The animation is a treat and the wild story keeps you interested without going over the top.Published 12 months ago by Chris Neveu
I LOVE this movie.
I caught it a long time ago on Netflix and had to own it.
It was delivered fast, was obviously brand new, and as described.
Definitely one of the craziest and weirdest things I have ever seen and I wouldn't want it any other way! Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by Human Microcosm
Everything about the film is awesome and intense. I got it at such a cheap price on the market place that I'm ecstatic. Read morePublished on October 8, 2013 by Tyler L. Pulliam
Its less than and hour long and disjoited as hell. But its got the a mind behind it who did FLCL or its pretty damn interesting.Published on September 24, 2013 by Sam Dahlheim
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