"Mine has been a life of much shame." Tokyo, 2036 (Showa year 111): a revolution in medical treatment has conquered death... By means of internal nanomachines and the "S.H.E.L.L." system whose network controls them, human beings suffer no diseases, require no treatment for injuries, and are guaranteed a 120-year lifespan, free from illness. Yet this consummate social system warps the Japanese nation in a host of ways: unresolved economic disparities, ethical decadence resulting from deathlessness, grave environmental pollution, and the "Human Lost" phenomenon, in which people themselves, disconnected from the S.H.E.L.L. network, become malformed. Japan teeters wildly between two potential futures: civilization's restoration or its destruction. Atmospheric pollution suffuses "Route 16" in the Outside-the area outside the Route 16 beltway. Youzou Oba, who lives an idle, drug-saturated life, joins Masao Horiki, a mysterious man who associates with the drag-racing gangs, on an incursion ...
** I'm still not sure about this whole NEW era of 3D models replacing artwork.. even though I quite like the style of Yuusuke Kozaki (Fire Emblem Awakening, for example), which these all seem to be based on.
Anyway. This movie is well-organized nonsense with a beautiful coat of paint!! From great color usage, to nice-looking clothing and suit designs, interfaces, characters, etc.
Sadly, there is not much to say about the animation, action or script itself. It feels like a poor mix of Ghost in the Shell's futuristic technology, Evangelion's end of the world nonsense, and terrible monster designs and general desperation from Knights of Sidonia.
I'm sure there is a message somewhere about society or something, but it all feels force-fed, not explained well enough and not enjoyable. Confusing speeches aside, the plot is too simplistic and doesn't leave any room for creativity or imagination.. Like they didn't have fun making it. Most people won't probably like the world and lore they built. It lacks details and love in many areas.
Wanted to see it, did, and now I can get over it.
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