An amazing and melancholic early work from Oshii. Beautiful animation, thought-provoking storyline, unforgettable score, nothing more I can say or add except just see this to believe it yourself. It's all about the end of time this anime is.
Beautiful. That's the only word for it. Sure, you can throw surreal or enigmatic or even haunting at it but it's really just a simple movie about a dark religious journey and every second is carved out of beauty. And that's coming from someone who isn't the biggest anime fan.
"Under a sky where the clouds made sound as they moved. The black horizon swelled and from it grew a huge tree. It sucked the life from the ground... And it's pulsing branches reached up, as if to grasp something..."
Such an hypnotic and beautifully made animated film by Mamoru Oshii that would define his influential adaptation of Ghost in the Shell.Highly recommended.
It felt a lot sadder to me now in 2017 now that ecological disaster seems all but assured. I love the brittle, fibrous linework. You kind of have to sink into the mood if it, which is more easily achieved in the cinema or when watched alone, not with friends. The closest thing I've experienced to an animated Max Ernst painting.
Though I'm not really getting it, but this is surely a beautiful artwork. The rare dialog succeeded to point out its alienated feel, melancholic music, and great visual experience. There are many frames that will make you just wanna pause and capture it. The usage of symbols like fish, egg, water, cross, bird, etc are perfect for easter holiday. Definitely gonna rewatch it!