Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Sky Crawlers


In a world where corporations snuff out the competition by sending fighter jets to attack their offices, teenage pilot Kannami Yuichi is reassigned to a new base. There, he meets Tokino, a carefree pilot who enjoys the company of older women, and Kasanagi Suito, his superior officer who he slowly falls for. However, not everything is as it seems. Soon, distressing questions are raised about Kannami's predecessor, a race of perpetual adolescents known as the Kildren, and the enemy ace of the skies, known as The Teacher. Source:


It’s a movie focusing on a pilot and his relationship with everything and everyone around him. Now there’s a certain plot which will only reveal itself at the near end of the movie; which is what puts the whole 2 hours duration of this movie into perspective. Unfortunately, I find the plot not worth the 2 hours of long, dull, tortoise like speed scenes where every movement seems to take 2 minutes.

Characters are illustrated rather different from your usual run-of-the-mill animes. Thankfully the animation was passable, although the battle scenes were superb. Superb in that the CGI and sound effects were absolutely amazing. This helped me resisted skipping to the end of the movie. Instead, I just walked around the room loitering waiting for the next combat scene. Lol!

Now before you get pumped up after hearing that comment, one thing you should know is that there are probably a total of 4 or so dogfight scenes with each lasting no more than 10 minutes. After that, viewers are instantly shot back into the dull and slow pace of the rest of the anime.

The Sky Crawlers
Rating: 2-Stars
Torrent: Kyou No Subs

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