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95 Ratings


Directed by Masaaki Yuasa
Japan, 2008
Animation, Sci-Fi, Drama


One day a man, Kaiba, wakes up in a broken room. He has no memories, only a pendant with a picture of an unknown woman.

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Kaiba Directed by Masaaki Yuasa

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  • Paolo Simeone's rating of the film Kaiba

    Maybe I shouldn't have seen it in this period in which I am too vulnerable to issues like memories, bodies, love. But maybe nothing happens by chance and this will be forever tied to this part of my life. An emotional take of cyberpunk themes which were already explored by Oshii, but with a posteriori approach: Getting rid of bodies, preserving memories, cultivating feelings. Character design seems to tribute Tezuka.

  • nrh's rating of the film Kaiba

    goes back to the primal fears of the earliest fleischer animation - the body is malleable, the soul is fragile - and pushes them forward with sadness and anger. it took commercial animation nearly 100 years to remember the power of drawing a line and following it...

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film Kaiba

    Watching the first few episodes I thought this was a beautiful, but deeply flawed and confusing experiment. Having finished it, most of the flaws and confusion are still there, but there is also a huge and satisfying sensorial experience mixed with the usual Yuasa weird-but-great character building. It even reaches evangelion levels of WTF by it's end, but at least this time we are all on board.

  • I.L.'s rating of the film Kaiba

    "A body is nothing without a soul, and a soul is nothing without a body." Science fiction full of heart, conviction, and unceasing inventiveness - obviously a key work in 21st century animation (and cinema), just like all of Yuasa's other work.

  • sabrina's rating of the film Kaiba

    This was a rewatch and I'll watch it again. In addition to the originality of character design/music/environment, I think you could think about a lot of things through the problem presented by, what is essentially, memory commodification and embodied subjectivity.

  • ñiñiñi's rating of the film Kaiba

    es muy bonita y dulce y kawaii, pero me dejó muy picá que introduciera demasiado el problema de lo culiaos que son los humanos y el final fuera sobre warp y su mami y la destrucción de la planta. 3,5

  • nothere's rating of the film Kaiba

    More focused and less jazzy than Kemonozume, Kaiba is powered by a lot of the same qualties of Yuasa's previous work: inventive animation, strong character arcs, and a plot that melds the complex, original, playful, and serious.

  • remote-viewer's rating of the film Kaiba

    I was 9 years old when I first saw Akira, which planted a seed in my mind. This seed was nurtured by the anime and manga I'd enjoy through my teens: Miyazaki, Shirow, Oshii's Ghost in the Shell, Tezuka, Gunbuster, and so on. Anime and manga that presented strange worlds unlike any I'd find elsewhere, but also had heart. Now I'm older, and Kaiba feels like the poignant blossoming of that seed. Thank you, Yuasa.

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