Nov 13, 2019
I believe this is the first time I've heard of an anime visual album. I went into this Netflix original relatively blind, and it turned out to be pretty decent for what it is. If you've seen Ninja Batman, then Sound & Fury here will look and feel nearly identical since the two share work from the same studio and some main staff members.
First things first, I thought the music was pretty great. It's mostly blues and synth-rock throughout. If you're into those or similar rock subgenres, then you'll likely find more enjoyment in this. There's not much to say storywise. "A mysterious driver heads
deep into a post-apocalyptic hellscape toward a ferocious showdown with two monstrous opponents." That single sentence from the synopsis about sums everything up. These are extremely straightforward music videos, so don't expect much in the narrative department. As bare bones as they are, I'm sure most can give it a pass since the music and visuals are the driving focal point here.
The use of CGI is highly prevalent. It wasn't too bad. Some parts looked quite good, while others looked somewhat janky and lackluster. It holds up for the most part. The visuals went well with the songs, and the changing art styles kept things interesting. I'd say the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th parts were the best. "Remember to Breathe", "Sing Along" and "Best Clockmaker on Mars" respectively. They were the more visually striking and dynamic scenes in my eyes. As for the worst, I didn't care for the 4th part with its synchronized dancing and overall goofiness. The sudden contrast in tone didn't work for me. The live-action bits were pretty standard fare with nothing particularly worth mentioning.
While these 10 parts were mostly well done, they all lacked the substance and depth for an actual connection. There's not much to these pieces beyond some notable art and cool, fast-paced action scenes. That being said, viewers will likely be content if they go into this for the musical and visual ride alone. Overall, Sound & Fury is not one of the best, most experimental, or thoughtful anime music videos I've seen, but it nonetheless has enough flair of its own to warrant a solid watch.
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