The least of Oshii. Essentially a short segment of an abandoned omnibus film that has been padded out with a documentary-style intro, it works only as a cinematic "digestif" to the director's masterpiece Avalon, or as a further example of the filmmaker's continual stylistic blurring of live-action and animation effect. Standard Oshii themes reinvestigated, but without the greater philosophical weight found elsewhere.
Watching this was like watching part of a boring video game, with no real plot purpose, whatsoever. The introduction, in the beggining, seems to be totally forgotten, and could have been reduced to 30 seconds, if it's meant to serve such a playful wishfulfilling uneventfull silly fantasy. Has no sci-fi appeal, and will propably disapoint Avalon fans and Oshii fans in general.
Imagine if Red Spectacles had sex with Avalon, but it turns out that Avalon wants an abortion, goes to a clinic, but it turns out the clinician in charge got his degree from "Bob's Shack of Medicine" in the trunk of a 1972 Ford Pinto, so he fails, and the cinematic half-abortion slithers out, dwells in the sewers and is raised by rats, before growing to adulthood and finally emerging in all its monstrousness.
I love almost all of Mamoru Oshii's films, but this one just didn't work for me. I did like the first sequence of the film, but the rest was boring and pointless. Also, the actors obviously couldn't speak proper English. Why didn't they just speak japanese? AVALON was much, much better.