An original anime of Imaishi Hiroyuki and Nakashima Kazuki, famous for Gurren Lagann and Kill la Kill, title that was revealed by Studio Trigger at Anime Expo. This anime was described as a mix of Kill la Kill and Gurren Lagann. We follow Galo, an fresh recruit who embarked in a fire station who used mechas named "Matoi -Tech".
Video review here ------>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-96q_RTGD4&t=57s
While Gurren Lagann used drills and Kill la Kill used thread, Imaishi and Nakashima`s new “Burning passion” storyline takes the symbolism to the next logical step, using fire itself (and shapes) to drive the story forward. It`s both boldly new in appearance with it‘s bright colours and liberal use of CG yet immediately recognizable as an Imaishi work. While many haven’t been blown away by the studios output as of late, I think it’s important to realize how little this resembles your standard Trigger release.
This film is their first in the
almost 8 years the studio has been running and a similar affair to Darling in the Franxx in that it is a collaborative work. How it isn’t similar, though, is that it isn’t shit and their collaborative studio, Sanzigen, are a CGI studio who work in the field of revolutionizing CGI use in anime. While some of collaborations mainly focus on background armies and mechanical parts, their standout title Bubuki Baranki from 2016 received praise across the internet for being the best looking use of CGI in anime to date and many claiming it to be the future of CGI anime. It’s clear with Promare they are wanting to take their highly praised CGI/cel shading anime aesthetic and combine it with the stylings of Imaishi and Nakashima to create the most traditional looking anime CGI project to date, and here I believe they succeed.
On the quality of the CG and integration, I personally found it fantastic. There were a small number of times the frame rate seemed only slightly off, but in the grand scheme I'm only making this criticism to be fair. For my personal enjoyment of the film it had very, very little impact. After seeing the film and following the discussion online, I want people to understand that enjoying or praising this film doesn't mean the individual is a fan of or sympathizer of CG integration in anime, but can appreciate a well animated, piece using it. For example, even though they are stylized vehicles, I love the cuts in episode 6 of Panty and Stocking with Chuck and Fastener fighting in their cars. It’s easy to dismiss CGI outright without actually analyzing what works and doesn’t in a scene, and with Promare, I’d say it almost always works. Also, even thought there is a lot of CG integration, there is a ton of purely 2D cuts as well. The conclusion to the fight between Galo and Lio among many others is entirely 2D and there are some seriously awesome cuts that people are going to see in .webms for a long time to come. **MINOR SPOILERS**A scene of Lio unleashing his true power and a Lagann Hen-esque final scene were complete show stoppers.
Concerning the story itself, it is a Nakashima Kazuki story through and through hitting all the right Imaishi notes. It begins setting up a very familiar chaos vs order story line but quickly begins to focus mainly on discrimination and instead of breaking apart order with progress and chaos, the idea of unity and rebirth. It's a very familiar story, but with just the right variation to the tale to make it feel fresh and relevant. It definitely moves very quickly, as it's covering a story that could easily have been expanded and made into a longer series, but as is, it works. I was all in, but can also immediately see where a lot of the backlash for this film is going to stem concerning the themes and criticisms of society present. This film is apparently going to be getting a more global release, and I implore you if interested to catch this film on the big screen. The visual story telling at play was fantastic and the film had my blood pumping from beginning to end.
Touching briefly on the music, I enjoyed Sawano's soundtrack but a few tracks were a bit repetitive. He has a recognizable sound.. And the soundtrack of was most remenisent of Kill la Kill, albeit a weaker Kill la Kill. All things considered however, Kill la Kill is one of my favourite soundtracks of all time, so this is barely a criticism. The music wasn't a highlight of the film for me but still very enjoyable.
As a side note, I viewed the 10 minute OVA that I got a code for for seeing the film early. I don't know whether or not this is already online but it added a bit more context to Galo's "fighting style" as well as showing off Galo's team mates in action as well as Lio's two right hand men. Not entirely necessary but acted as nice supplementary material.
So, Trigger is back at it again with another action series. However, this time on the big screen in collaboration with XFLAG most known for the creation of the mobile game "Monster strike", which took Japan by storm a few years back.
As a big Trigger fan I was excited to finally see this film. So much hype surrounding this film and the interesting cast and characters.
The soundtrack is really great and is one of the big highlights of the film, which is perfectly combined with the extreme over the top action and mechs as one would expect from trigger. To further elevate the action, an
extremely fitting art-style and good use of 3d cgi animation further immersed me into the world and Promepolis. (I'm glad Trigger is one of the very few studios that can properly use 3d cgi, as seen with last year's Gridman as well).
As much as I like the above aspects of the film there were some things that left me slightly unsatisfied. Firstly, leading up to the premiere of the film, Galo's group was very hyped up to play a bigger role than what they actually did in the film. I would also have hoped to learn more about Lio's group and the Burnish as well. I really wish that Trigger took the chance to do more character building instead of leaving most characters with little to no screen-time.
I understand that it was not possible to do for a mere 2 hour film, but it makes me imagine how much further potential the story and world-building could have had if it were a 12-24 episode anime series instead. The story is seriously great, which is why I wish I could get more of it.
Then again, I seriously doubt that an anime series would maintain the standards that the film had. The budget would be way much larger and I don't think there is any way that Trigger would be able to break even if they had the same level of quality as the film had. I guess my dreams will remain dreams...
Nevertheless, being Trigger's first full feature animated film I'm seriously impressed and I really hope that we will see more cinematic experiences from them in the future. So anyone who loves Trigger or action-packed over the top mechs, fighting and a seriously nice story please check it out!