The screencaps above don’t really let you in on just how intense this film is going to be. Studio 4°C’s animation is the best you’ll ever see. And I mean the best. The story follows two orphans named Black and White who form a street gang against other orphans and gangs alike. Throw in some police officers (some of whom are crooked), the Yakuza, a new crime figure named Snake, and some mystical beast named simply the Minotaur and the whole film spirals out of hand pretty quickly.
Clearly adapted from a much longer manga, Tekkonkinkreet never really bothers to slow down, Ariasu never stops long enough to let you catch up and the film may not make the most sense that first time through - but oh lord is the journey back into Treasure Town ever worth it.
In my opinion - Tekkonkinkreet is the most underrated film out there.
On a Friday afternoon, after rejecting Firefly’s original pilot “Serenity”, Fox executives instructed series creator Joss Whedon to submit a new pilot script on Monday morning or the show would not be picked up. Whedon and his co-executive producer Tim Minear locked themselves away for the weekend to write this script, adding “larger than life” supporting characters and making the episode more action-centric to please the network. This new pilot, directed by Whedon, later became the series’ second episode. Firefly premiered with “The Train Job” on Fox on September 20, 2002, twelve years ago today.
I’m superior in many ways. I heal quickly and I’ll likely live half
again as long as the average human. My biotic abilities are also very
advanced, for a human. Add to that some of the best training and
education money can buy and, well, it’s pretty impressive really.”