Posted 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.

– Memories

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  • K-Off
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 04:04 AM)
    Speaking of racism, there was a lot fuss over this:
    My black friends had a good laugh at that.
  • Wicked
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 04:04 AM)
    I loved Gantz all the way until the Osaka arc everything after was pretty much nonsense
  • Vincent
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 04:00 AM)
    Mars has the tallest mountain in the solar system and a Canyon that dwarfs the Grand Canyon. I also wanted to see those too ;(
  • Wicked
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 03:59 AM)
    However if you like little animal planet factoids, It’s actually got a lot of those
  • K-Off
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 03:58 AM)
    @Wicked They’re cannon/Cockroach fodder.
  • K-Off
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 03:58 AM)
    It’s Mars. Show us some landmarks or awesome scenery.
  • Wicked
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 03:57 AM)
    The very first thing about terraFormars I remembered was the ridiculous Evolution chart in chapter 1 or 2. Laughed out loud immediately. It’s pretty entertaining though, characters drop like flies, especially chicks
  • K-Off
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 03:57 AM)
    As for the manga, I don’t like the shonen aspects either. Also, for a story that takes place on entirely another fucking planet, the manga does a piss poor job of familiarizing the reader with the setting.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 03:56 AM)
    These people in particular said that it was anti-African because of the cockroaches designs.
  • K-Off
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 03:54 AM)
    @Emma Again, those people should watch Mystical Laws before claiming Terra Formars is racist, lol.

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