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Impressive backgrounds and an ambitious story should ensure this film is up there with the likes of Akira - but it isn't.
The characters seem like they belong more in a serialised childs cartoon. There is a degree of loyalty to the original Manga series - but decisions were made to remove some of the more fantastical elements from the original (such as flying and sex-change) in order to give it a more realistic feel. Given that these were dropped, I'd have thought a less 'kids cartoon' style would have been better for the characters - what's with the massive noses?
The characters never really seemed to get interesting, the emotional side to the story was so important but it wasn't given the attention it deserved. It left me wanting to see the film to the end in order to see what happened, but I didn't really care much about what happened to the characters except for Tima the robot.
I'll not bleat on anymore about this, so, in a nutshell: Some fantastic backgrounds, a dystopian future, a resurrection of a 50 year old Manga series - but one which doesn't capture the magic it should have. For fans of the film though this will be a great DVD, complete with a second disk of extras including a 'making of' documentary.