ANIME TOP TEN (LIST #2) - #10: Metropolis (2001)



Director(s): Rintaro
Screenplay: Katsuhiro Otomo
Music: Toshiyuki Honda
Metropolis is more of an atmospheric movie than a story or characters one. I enjoyed the old-timey looking character designs, the architecture of the city, and the dixie jazz more than anything. Not that the story or characters were slouches, mind you, but less interesting than the visual and audio aspects, the production values. It's a beautiful-looking film, even the CG is not too bad. It's got a pretty conventional storyline, and the only characters I was emotionally invested in were Kenichi and Tima, and even then, pretty superficially. The style of the film may hold domination over the substance, but it's still a damn good ride. 

ANIME TOP TEN (LIST #1) - #6: Vision of Escaflowne (1996)


Director(s): Kazuki Akane
Screenplay: Shoji Kawamori
Music: Yoko Kanno
Everything comes together so well in Vision of Escaflowne. First of all, there's a great and wonderous new world created on Gaia, a mix of midieval, Renaissance, and steampunk motifs. You really get a good feel for the world and its people (and beast-people). It's a world whose secrets unravel as the story moves. I really like the Guymelefs, the giant combat armors that are like magic machines, and the combat and lore. Themes of fate, love, and loss shine a light on the story and characters. Yoko Kanno's soundtrack is gorgeous, providing sweeping, powerful context to the actions on screen. It really helps to lift the series above similarly well-crafted works into an exciting epic journey.

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