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.
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 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.