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Twenty Days of Animé Movies - Day 4 - Steamboy (2004) 
19th-Mar-2011 09:05 pm
It would appear that as time goes by Katsuhiro Otomo hasn't gotten any less pompous or any more comprehensible.


I could do a synopsis but I'm not sure there's any point. In the meantime I'll simply refer you to the wikipedia page. Ditto for an overview of the characters.

At this stage I'm almost expecting Revolutionary Girl Utena to make more sense when I get to it.

When the palette isn't so dark as to obscure all details there are some very nice visuals in Steamboy, as well as some fairly cool action sequences.

But other than that there really isn't a lot going for Steamboy.

The soundtrack? Well it has one that doesn't intrude on the action, but certainly wasn't good enough to get my attention.

In a comment on a locked post angriest once described Steamboy "as the gloriously pretty movie where you have to sit and watch something explode for over an hour..."

It's a great line, and all too accurate.

Day 1 - New Kimagure Orange Road: Summer's Beginning (1996)
Day 2 - Naruto Shippuden The Movie (2002)
Day 3 - Galaxy Express 999 (1979)
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20th-Mar-2011 12:37 am (UTC)
The synopsis is easier to follow than the actual film.

The physics is unbelievably bad - there is one bit that is almost believably explained in the film but I don't believe it.

That was the idea that cooling super high temperature steam will pull so much heat from the surrounding area that EVERYTHING in the area will freeze. Including in this case the Thames.

This doesn't feel right to me but I don't have the maths to prove it either way

Edited at 2011-03-20 11:46 (UTC)
20th-Mar-2011 11:26 am (UTC)
I really, really quite deeply disliked Steamboy, although I will always have a deep love for Akira.

I watched Madman's Blu-ray of Nausicaa the other night. It looks phenomenal.
20th-Mar-2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
I certainly understand your reaction to Steamboy, mine was fairly close.

I do disagree re Akira as I think it to be much overrated.
20th-Mar-2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
I think you always retain a lot of affection for your gateway anime, the stuff you see that gets you hooked in the first place. While I'd seen plenty of anime as a kid (Astroboy, Ulysses 31, Robotech, et al), Akira was the first thing I saw where I was directly aware it was a Japanese film.
20th-Mar-2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
Fair point.

Whilst I'm being fair Otomo has done ONE movie that I adore, and that will probably make an appearance in the list. :)
20th-Mar-2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
Oh and mentioning the Nausicaa BluRay is just evil, evil I tell you!

I don't have a bluray player yet, or a TV that would do it justice. :(
20th-Mar-2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
Cel animation really is the big winner with HD. Disney films look phenomenal as well.
20th-Mar-2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
I'll bear that in mind. Upgrading the gear is on the plans for this year but there's a bunch of other stuff I need to do first.
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