A humorous and humanistic trip through all sorts of styles and genres that doesn't just simply want to meets certain standarts but run past them with a huge smile in it's face. Just wonderful how colorful the meaning of life can be visualized experimentally. This story never ends...
Conceptually brilliant and very visually compelling, but feels a bit exaggerated at times or perhaps overly enfatuated with itself, at the expense of the characters; it is nonetheless worth the watch even if only to marvel at Yuasa's masterful use of colour and montage editing.
I'm not into anime whatsoever, but this one is brilliant fun. The look is one of a kind, the plot is so over the top after a while you just tune in and everything starts making sense and it's all just a big mess that somehow works. The second half may be a bit slow and the Viva montage may not be for all, but god, this was fun.
Interesting rotoscoping, impressively varied visuals, intricate dreamlike sound design, narratively cohesive despite its intense detours and meandering diversions. Uncomfortable about its depiction of violence towards women, which is comparatively tame given the contemporary climate. Still, unsettling. But the getting out of the whale sequence is truly inspiring.