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Review: Dead Leaves Anime | My Reviews 22 SEP 2011

Retro and Pandy, two unlikely renegades, awaken naked on Earth with no recollection of their past, but with superior physical abilities. After embarking on a brief but devastating crime spree for food, clothing and transportation in downtown Tokyo, they are captured by authorities and sent to the infamous prison called Dead Leaves, on the half destroyed moon.

But it doesn’t end there. Soon they have managed to slip their shackles and spark a full scale prison break – and are now running head first down the track to learning the truth of their situation regardless of whether they want to or not!

Surprisingly rising out of the superstar animation house that is Production I.G. back 2004, Dead Leaves was Hiroyuki Imaishi’s directorial debut, who has since gone on to direct both the acclaimed Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (2007) and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt (2010) series.

Although it actually contains quite a neat little sci-fi storyline within it, you’ll be excused for mostly ignoring it as the film hurtles from start to finish at breakneck speed, never once letting up for you to catch your breath thanks to its frenetic pacing. And then of course, you would also have needed to look past all the crude and mostly vulgar fart, dick, sex and violence jokes that makes up most of the storytelling, all of which translates into a movie which has a rather limited target audience that will actually enjoy it.

If you have seen either Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann or Pant & Stocking then you will know the frenetic, simple line, highly exaggerated artwork that Imaishi employs for his fast paced approach to animated movie making, and while it certainly fits the pace of the story perfectly and works well for what is essentially an action movie from start to finish, it doesn’t exactly look pretty and nor will its style win it any awards. That said, it is unique, and you’re not going to find anything else like it out there, so maybe it does work for you after all.

The accompanying soundtrack keeps pace nicely with the visuals and the story, and is suitable epic where it needs to be, and this combines well with a good choice of voice actors who all fit their various manic personas pretty comfortably.

Overall, I can’t really think of anyone I can actually recommend Dead Leaves to. It is certainly different, I’ll give it that, but it lacks any sort of charm and the juvenile humor really will only amuse a select sort of people, meaning that as far as I’m concerned, this is one of those rare things to come out of Production I.G. that you can safely ignore.

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Leaves

Review: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt Anime | My Reviews 21 APR 2011

A little bit silly and pointless, something you can watch on your own when you don’t feel like serious television and just want to take in a little ridiculousness. Oh, and you probably need to be male and appreciate some juvenile humor as well.

From the same Gainax team which brought us the awesomely zany, completely over the top and slightly ridiculous, but thoroughly enjoyable mecha romp, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann back in 2007, comes 2010’s Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, which features the same sort of energy and over the top-ness of Gurren Lagann, but cranks it up quite a few notches higher and distorts the classic anime art style even further than before.

Animated in a colourful angular style reminiscent of American shows like Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory, director Hiroyuki Imaishi’s Panty & Stocking tells the story of the Anarchy sisters, two angels who are cast out from Heaven because of their immoral behaviour and sent to Daten City, a place straddling both Heaven and Hell. Their only ticket back into heaven is to collect the Heavenly Coins which are awarded after defeating the varied and powerful monsters (known as Ghosts) who are currently terrorizing the city.

Under the guidance and watchful eye of the wayward man of the cloth, Reverend Garterbelt (and their faithful zipper dog Chuck), it is up to the man-hunting Panty and the desert licking Stocking to clean up Daten City in order to get home once and for all!

In case you were wondering Panty Anarchy, the coarse, vulgar celebrity blonde with a hunger for sex, violence and any man she can lay her hands on, derives her name from her pair of panties which when removed can transform into a semi-automatic pistol called Backlace. Dark-haired goth Stocking Anarchy on the other hand is the more reserved and emo of the sisters, with a penchant for sweet deserts and a definitely more than passing enjoyment of bondage. Her stockings transform into a pair of katanas, entitled Stripes I & II.

Each episode is split into two stories which usually parody existing film titles and genres, often filled to the brim with dark satire, parody situations, physical humour and lots of sexual innuendo (I mean, anthropomorphic sperm soldiers anyone?). Anyway, everything is frantic, madcap and over the top, with each battle against a ghost ending with a switch-out to a scale model of the antagonist being spectacularly blown up, a bit like something out of the old Godzilla movies.

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