Vexille Review

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Vexille is a high speed action anime with truly stunning visuals and a brilliant plot set in the future. It is directed by Fumihiko Sori (the director of Ping Pong, excellent film, go watch!) Alright firstly the visuals, simply stunning and really has to be witnessed to be appreciated, fantastic character designs and likeness in emotions with amazing environments where the imagination was run wild. If anyone is familiar with the recent Appleseed films, its basically the same team behind it, and it shows. The animation is a blend of of cel shading technique but created with the use of CGI and it just looks great. With the use of CGI they can pan the camera wherever they like and which ever angle which really enhances a lot of scenes especially fast tempo action scenes. To showcase what this film is about it had to introduce itself with everything it had, the visuals, the action set pieces and the audio to create an incredible first scene paving away for the rest of the film.

The story is set in a semi dystopian future where technology plays a critical role in daily life. Robotic technology has advanced to a point that a treaty has been proposed by the United Nations to stop research on robotics that can lead to android technology in humans. Japan is not interested in the treaty however so its mega corporation Daiwa can continue its research isolates itself from the rest of the world. Years have passed since the isolation and now it is believed that Daiwa technology in Japan has grown to a point of major concern. To investigate the mysterious isolation a special forces team attempt to enter Japan with not a single person having entered or left in years. What they find out is pretty damn incredible.

As excellent as the film is, I did have a few gripes however this did not affect my overall view of the film much in any way. The soundtrack seemed a bit out of place in some areas using artists such as Paul Oakenfold, Basement Jaxx and the Prodigy, its mainly the style of each track used didn’t really fit some scenes. The DVD released in UK only had original Japanese voice overs, that’s great but there was not a choice for dubs. A lot of people seem to hate dubs but it would have been nice to have the choice of English voice overs to. considering subs can sometimes distract the viewer from the aesthetic, you don’t really want that from the visuals Vexille offers. My other gripe was that the film eventually ended.

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I have to point out the designs on much of the technology in the world of Vexille, they are incredibly well designed from mechs in warfare to home life technology and although many seem far-fetched as expected they also seem realistic, perhaps emphasising the film’s social commentary on the status of dependence of technology. Vexille is a must watch, an absolute must and do yourself and favour and watch it on a big screen, it’s epic beyond belief. Maybe we’ll see a lot of anime in the future which will be similar to Vexille and recent Appleseed films in term of its visual style.

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