Based off a comic the film doesn't actual follow a plot per say. Actually it doesn't really follow any sort of coherent narrative but I certainly wasn't bored. It's a film where you really have to just enjoy the ride and see where the next bat shit scene the animators will take you from whales, Yakuza football enthusiasts, incoherent flashbacks and the first time I've seen someone disarm a gun with his buttocks.
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.
(Generous) 7 - Simple, life-affirming message wrapped in 10 tons of unabated psychedelia. Found it captivating and unengaging in equal measure. On the few occasions where it's completely on its game, however, it's a feast for the eyes and ears. The last act in particular is absolutely fantastic.
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.
A playful, surreal celebration of life. Sometimes it's nostalgic and touching, then -mockingly?- superficial in its display of violence and the carnal -boobs and guns!-, and throughout it's bizarre and original. Stylistically, it is stunning and continuously refreshing, which by itself makes it enthralling enough to watch. Finally: this is not typical anime. Even if you're no anime fan, you might want to try it.