Posted by psgels on 10 July 2009 with categories: Anime Reviews, Genius Party



Moondrive is the oddball of Genius Party. It’s a full fledged comedy, much more than Shanghai Dragon was. It is really silly, and I got a great laugh out of it. The director of this one is a genius of aesthetics: Kazuto Nakazawa, who people may remember as the director of Comedy, one of the biggest visual masterpieces of the past decade. He also did the key animation for the OP of Ergo Proxy and the second OP of Blood+, the character-designs for Ashita no Nadja and was the animation director of Samurai Champloo. This is one guy who knows how to make things look good.

And it shows in Moondrive as well. The visuals in these fifteen minutes were absolutely fantastic. Don’t expect anything like what you saw in Comedy, but instead this time he went for a dark and gritty setting set on top of the moon. The character-designs are full of style and incredibly imaginative, and the animation is incredibly quirky: it knows exactly how to capture the comedic tone of this series, it’s quirkish and made to make you laugh at the black humour of this short movie.

So yeah, in terms of story and symbolism this short doesn’t match up to the other parts in Genius Party and a few of the jokes are rather predictable or repetitive, but the rest of the jokes and quirky characters really make up for it. This is another reason why I’m such a big fan of these collection of short stories: you’ll never know what’s going to turn up next, and you’ll never know when a short is going to make you roll on the floor laughing.

Storytelling: 8/10
Characters: 8/10
Production-Values: 9/10
Setting: 7/10

2 Responses

  1. CherylHew says:

    I haven’t read the review, but.. something’s very wrong with the images O_o

  2. Shippoyasha says:

    I loved Moondrive’s usage of insanely over the top fanservice at spots to go along with the crazy visuals. Just shows the directors had a lot of leeway in making unique visuals, full on. It totally felt like an indie effort, even though the directors are all big names in their own right.

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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 03:28 AM)
    Oh shinigami, I like the idol girl in that.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 03:27 AM)
    I can’t say I felt much sympathy for Makoto at the end of school days, rather than finding it depressing I just thought it was fascinating .
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 03:26 AM)
    @Aidan I don’t agree with you about the intentionality aspect but I think that’s irrelevant. Death of the author and all that. The more important question is, did it succeed as a deconstruction, and I think it did. I do need to check out that Shinigami manga though.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 03:06 AM)
    @K-Off Poor Charles Bronson. He was never even in the running.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:54 AM)
    @Ninja, The ending of school days was the first show to ever make me feel dead inside. That its clearly not an intentional Harem de-construction. Nor is it a very good one. However that shinigami and the four girlfriends manga I mentioned earlier is so far an excellent de-construction. And it has one damn sexy Yandere.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:39 AM)
    But if you’re including McQueen, then Dustin Hoffman has a shot as well.
  • k-off
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:34 AM)
    @ninja Lol, Mel. But you’re right, it’s really hard to compare any actor to Eastwood and Wayne. Steve McQueen, possibly.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:29 AM)
    And as much as it pains me to admit it, Mel Gibson might be the closest modern analogue to any of these guys.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 02:28 AM)
    @K-Off Tough call. Eastwood has persisted longer but Wayne was arguably more influential. But it’s hard to put anyone up against either of these guys. Steve McQueen maybe? Or perhaps Henry Fonda? There are probably a lot of more modern people you could put in there, but it’s harder to make a case for their influence.
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