Posted by psgels on 16 April 2011 with categories: Anime Reviews



Ah, Rintaro. I’m quite aware that this guy has made some of the most notoriously bad movies in existence, and I refuse to review his bad stuff. But boy, when he is good, he really is amazing. I’ve rated three movies he directed with 90/100. Add that to the storyboard he wrote for the adaptation of the Diary of Anne Frank, and that makes four of his works that I consider to be absolutely fantastic and among my favourite movies ever. I LOVE this guy as a movie director. Now, Take the X Train is nowhere near his best work; it’s much more an experiment than a full fledged movie. But it’s definitely an interesting experiment.

It’s this weird 50-minute movie about a ghost train and some salaryman that is in some bizarre way connected to it, but it isn’t about the story at all, really. Instead, Take the X Train is all about its atmosphere, and in this way it stands out as something unique. It’s really bizarre at times, especially considering that it’s also an homage to Jazz music, but the direction makes this short look utterly gorgeous. The animation isn’t as consistent as some of Rintarou’s other works, but the visual images still can get quite amazing.

It’s quite an experience, and again I don’t think that there’s anything like this. This just tells nearly its entire story about a ghost train with this unique style, animation and weird characters. It’s hard to find, but worth the watch if you’re into something artsy.

Storytelling: 8/10 – The atmosphere has this undeniable charm to it. It’s really hard to describe.
Characters: 7/10 – completely one-dimensional, but likable.
Production-Values: 9/10 – Lots of creativity has gone into these visuals. This show is ugly, yet somehow looks great.
Setting: 8/10 – It’s a simple, but unique movie, definitely.

Suggestions:
– Memories

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  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 21. 2015 01:13 PM)
    @Aidan: I’d very much like to see episodic reviews for Sidonia though.
    The new lupin III series you mention in the preview for this current season has been delayed to Autumn.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Apr 21. 2015 12:58 PM)
    I am thinking Arslan but I get the feeling that I will run out of things to talk about it quite fast.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Apr 21. 2015 12:57 PM)
    @ratsgnoF, not really. Its only the last two paragraphs are on the episodes. The rest is just a highly descriptive interpretation of the characters.
    Sigh, I haven’t been able to write much. Bloody new laptop should be arriving today. Still haven’t settled on a show to cover besides Fate. A Digimon tri is oddly nowhere in sight despite being announced for this season.
  • ratsgnoF
    (Tuesday, Apr 21. 2015 08:50 AM)
    Very well written review of the first 3 episodes of Oregairu.
  • ratsgnoF
    (Tuesday, Apr 21. 2015 08:49 AM)
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 21. 2015 05:05 AM)
    See there wyatt you’re not as nuts as some people out there.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 21. 2015 05:04 AM)
    Went to a political meeting earlier , loony got up and started talking about how divorce should be outlawed, how people should stay unequal and how he threw homosexuals out his hotel for their sexuality, same guy blamed abused partners for making shit decisions in their lives. Another guy stood up and mentioned his former friend killed his daughter for being a Lesbian…
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 21. 2015 03:17 AM)
    @Wyatt: What I have learned about people it is that the more ashamed and disgusted they are by something, the higher than chance it is they are actually disgusted at themselves.
    And yeah theres no point in changing what you are, can’t be done really.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 21. 2015 03:10 AM)
    @Wyatt: I was dealt the bonkers hand and theres no real helping it, just laugh and enjoy it more if people are offended by it.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Apr 21. 2015 03:08 AM)
    @Wyatt: I spoke with my brother about rape in hentai and how he considered that it isn’t rape in fictional porn, however much he doesn’t go for it, in a fictional doujin/drawing it is no more than extreme bondage/domination play.

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