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It's Ultimately a missed opportunity
on 4 November 2003
Dark Myth is nothing short of disappointing really. It's not AWFUL... it does have does merits, but nothing to recommend it to a casual anime fan
The story is both complex and confusing. You wonder what some parts of the story have to do with anything, most of the time they're simply there for some sort of gory set-piece (if you can even have a set-piece in an anime film)
It is slightly over-gratuitous with the way people die in the film. One man's entire body eventually ends up spread across a shrine floor, half his head staring blankly... delightful.
The animation isn't half-bad, it's probably the only saving grace of the entire flick. At least they put some effort into that although it's not a patch on anything they're capable of and as a whole the whole film does give off a sort of "half-hearted" vibe.
It's a shame really. It's a fairly neat premise story-wise but it's just a pity they couldn't tell it better. Or animate it better. Or just generally make it better full stop.