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Dead Leaves (2004)

Deddo ribusu (original title)
Two awaken on Earth with no recollection of their past and embark on a devastating crime spree but are sent to an infamous lunar penitentiary named Dead Leaves.


Hiroyuki Imaishi


Takeichi Honda (screenplay), Toonz Imai (creator)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Kappei Yamaguchi ... Retro (voice)
Takako Honda Takako Honda ... Pandy (voice)
Yûko Mizutani Yûko Mizutani ... Galactica (voice)
Mitsuo Iwata ... 666 (voice)
Kiyoyuki Yanada Kiyoyuki Yanada ... 777 (voice)
Nobuo Tobita ... Drill (voice)
Wataru Takagi ... Dr. Yabu (voice)
Masami Iwasaki Masami Iwasaki ... Sergeant (voice)
Yasuyuki Kase Yasuyuki Kase ... Train Driver (voice)
Eiji Takemoto Eiji Takemoto ... Tank Driver (voice)
Hidenobu Kiuchi Hidenobu Kiuchi ... Guard A (voice)
Takeshi Maeda Takeshi Maeda ... Guard B (voice)
Masakazu Suzuki Masakazu Suzuki ... Guard C (voice)
Tarusuke Shingaki Tarusuke Shingaki ... Guard D (voice)
Hiroshi Shimozaki Hiroshi Shimozaki ... Inmate Next Door (voice)


Two awaken on Earth with no recollection of their past and embark on a devastating crime spree but are sent to an infamous lunar penitentiary named Dead Leaves.

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Breaking out of prison was never this much...fun?


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Pandy: Once upon a time there was a field with a tall tree in the middle and the tree was very large and had many leaves, and caterpillars would gather at the base to feast upon them. The tree was so tall the sun seemed to rise from its branches every morning, and the moon returned to it every night. And one day one of the ants toiling away beneath the tree called out to the caterpillars "Hey there, you're always looking up, don't your necks ever get tired? You've been looking up for so long you've ...
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I thought I had seen it all, then I saw Dead Leaves.
5 March 2015 | by WwmbrdSee all my reviews

I thought I had seen it all, then I saw Dead Leaves.


From the mind of Hiroyuki Imaishi (director of FLCL and Gurren Lagann) comes this cracktastic adventure of the bizarre and insane. Get ready for a 45m long wild ride on ludicrous speed. It goes full plaid.

Story: 8

Retro- a guy with a TV for a head, and Pandy- a woman with an enormous red eye wake up in the middle of nowhere with no recollection as to how they got there, or what the heck they were doing in the first place. Their inhibitions flung to the wind, they take up arms and go buck wild on the city, only to be rounded up and sent to the prison Dead Leaves, which is located on the half munched-off remainder of the moon. Hilarity, violence, and madness ensue.

Art: 10

Everything about this OVA screams Hiroyuki Imaishi. I loved seeing his unique art style on display- Everything in this looked like the bumper slides from Gurren Lagann for reference, and I thought it was awesome. Crisply animated, and so so so many quick cuts, flashing lights, and fast, fluidly moving action pieces. Vibrant colors, and those glorious stars.

Sound: 8

I watched this in sub, and the voice acting was appropriately outrageous and manic. The energetic music pumped along to the explosions, gunfire, and general mayhem going on screen. Great stuff.

Characters: 8

Okay, so, Pandy the Red-eyed leading lady, and Retro, the deranged TV head team up to figure out just exactly what the heck is going on, along with a skeevy doctor that looks like Zoidberg, but swap the tentacles for bad teeth, some dudes with some not-so-subtle reproductive organ parts for heads, and Mr. Chinko Drill, who has an enormous golden drill for a penis. That's right, a drill, and he's not afraid to use it.

They all play their parts with equal bits psychosis and thirst for violence, and it couldn't be much more entertaining to watch.

Enjoyment: 9

What a rush. Nonstop, quick cut, over the top, sheer craziness from start to finish. It never lets up. Blink, and you might as well be watching something else- it goes FAST. Story on hyperdrive, action on lightspeed- I had to rewind several times after trying to find my jaw to put it back on. The absurd situations, the crude jokes, loved all of it. Couldn't stop laughing the whole time.

Overall: 8.8 (rounding this one up, because it was too much fun) - 9

In typical, addictive Imaishi style, it is extremely irreverent, edgy, and a bit crass, but when combined with his incredible art, a tasty soundtrack, and more gonzo than you've seen since Inferno Cop, and we have a formula for success.

Note: I see this as a sort of spiritual predecessor to Gurren Lagann. The art style definitely was inspired by this, and no-one can deny the introduction of the awesomeness of Spiral Power that we have Dead Leaves to thank for

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