DeadCenter Film Festival 2022
Koichi Yamadera, Misaki Kuno, Yuma Uchida
A girl without memory wanders the ruined wastes of the world that once was, where the remnants of automated technology blindly continue to function despite their human masters being (almost) all gone. She comes across a friendly but likewise amnesiac robot, and the two travel into the city, where they meet a brave youth living a feral existence. He seeks the Crystal of Time, to connect with the forgotten past, but unbeknownst to all the forlorn trio, the truth is right there among them.
Directed by the celebrated Shinichiro Watanabe, the wizard who brought us the anime classics COWBOY BEBOP, SAMURAI CHAMPLOO and SPACE DANDY, this sentimental sliver of the apocalypse marks a dramatic change in visual style for him. It’s also the debut of a promising new animation anthology project called TAISU, a Chinese production telling four interlinked tales of animated sci-fi by directors from Japan, China and USA. – Rupert Bottenberg
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