Dead Leaves is the kind of show that would probably blow your mind if you watched it stoned or drunk. It is so completely insane that it almost doesn’t make any sense if you’re sober. The first thing I am reminded of while watching this was another wild and crazy series, Furi Kuri. By the end of that show I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not. That’s not the case with Dead Leaves, it was a great ride that I recommend strongly.
The story for Dead Leaves is as nutty as you might expect. A couple find themselves naked
and without memories and turn to a crime spree in which they are eventually caught and sent the moon's prison called Dead Leaves for life. They soon manage to free themselves and the other prisoners and find themselves in a life or death struggle to escape, and to recover their own memories that seem to be related with the prison. It’s not incredibly deep but the action is furious and nonstop. Don’t blink or let your attention wander because you’re bound to miss something and become confused.
A word of warning for anyone who is going to watch this. This one is not for the small kids. The humor is perverse, highly sexual, graphic and gory. The body count and level of death is shockingly high. I have railed against violent humor before in the past but Dead Leaves is one in which this actually works. Dismemberment has never been so much fun or humorous.
Characters are a real strong point as this movie features some of the most enjoyable I have seen to date. The two protagonists are Pandy and Retro. They are both drawn in a very bizarre style like everything else in the show. The first thing that will probably strike you is why does Retro have a TV for a head? There is good chemistry between the pair and I can’t see anyone not liking these two from the start. There is a plethora of supporting characters, many of them are quite hilarious. Most noticeably "Dick Drill" and the Doctor. I’m not sure if it’s even possible for me to describe these two to someone who hasn’t seen this anime. Just watch it, if you don’t think they are hilarious then check your pulse because you’re dead.
The animation, well it’s unique. I would say that it is a masterpiece really but I can’t really justify it. It is so odd and so bizarre that it is sure to not appeal to everyone. I thought it was perfect because it set the tone so well for both the story and the characters personalities. It all really fits together well. Like I said before those who have seen Furi Kuri are going to find a lot of similarities here. The acting is also top notch. With so many crazy personalities the cast does a wonderful job of bringing out all these quirky and insane people and giving them life.
I really recommend this movie highly to everyone. If you like zany, graphic, and wild comedy then this show is definitely for you. FLCL fans should also check this out without fail. I would also recommend another series called Trava which is very similar in art style and story pacing. Dead Leaves isn’t for everyone, but I think everyone should give it at least a try.
Anime: Dead Leaves is a 55 minute OAV that was created by Imaitoonz (who also did work on the 3D mechanical designs on Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann), was produced by Production IG (known for their work on Azumanga Daioh and the Ghost in the Shell series), and directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi (who also directed Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and FLCL). It was released in Japan on January 17th, 2004, and was licensed Stateside by Manga Entertainment, who released it on September 28th, 2004.
Story: Retro, a guy with a TV screen for a head, and Pandy, a girl with a panda-esque mutation mark
over her eye, wake up naked on Earth with no idea of who they are or how they got there. They promptly decide to go on a crime spree to get food, clothes, and transportation in Tokyo, and are promptly captured and sentenced to time on the lunar prison known as Dead Leaves. Little do they know what awaits them there.
There is but one thing you need to know abotu this OAV: It is cracktastic. No other word for it. Utterly cracktastic. And when you look at the director's previous works, it's not all that surprising.
There is no real overarching plot and character development is minimal. The OAV moves along very quickly from sequence to sequence, sprinkled liberally with sex and mayhem and violence and insanity.
It's a hell of an OAV to watch, and definitely worth it, in my opinion. Just don't expect much in this department, and just let the crazy wash over you.
WARNING: Very crude (one character has a drill for a dick), sexual acts/references, over the top violence, and some nudity.
Art: The art on this is absolutely insane. And I love it. The entire OAV is animated smoothly, which makes the freneticness of the entire thing that much more awesome to watch. There are very sharp contrasts in this, along with striking color choices, which I absolutely love. The character designs also score major points for originality; all the designs are just as crazy as Retro, Pandy, and drill-dick guy's.
Music: Nothing that stood out too much here.
Voice Actors: I watched this dubbed, which is pretty unusual for me. The VA work on this was excellent, and I'm amazed at their ability to keep up with the speed of the lines that was required.
Dub: Not covered here, as I don't have much to compare it to.
Length: Seeing as I am convinced this is crack in a pure, distilled form, this was about all that I could take; any longer, and my brain would have exploded, any shorter, and it wouldn't have made a bit of sense.
Overall: Cracktastic. Definitely worth a watch, if you can stand a lack of sense, and crudeness.
No words can begin to describe how ridiculously epic this anime is, this is just a film on another level. The film is just in-your-face action on the top end of the awesome scale. Dead Leaves is an anime that will have you stuck to your seat the entire time, the sheer amount of action in the film is like an adrenaline rush that takes you there so fast it’s like being on a rollercoaster ride. Sure there are moments where the film gives you moments to breathe to explore the story and characters, but once that point is over you are on the move
in a flash.
In terms of art design the film has a highly stylized look that is fabulous to look at, it’s very sharp full of bright block colours that help the animation stand out greatly and when the animation moves hold on to your seat because this film just moves like a crazy carnival ride. The animation is completely consistent and never lets up and there are points when so many things are happening at once while the screen moves from place to place you may up incapacitated.
The sound in the film is very nice, the choice of music is very upbeat and helps amplify the chaotic action and while it’s not really memorable in any kind of way it works for the film itself. The characters in this film are cool, Retro is just a madman who knows how take care of things in a crazy fashion and the fact that he's voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi just adds to the character too. Panda is hot chick who is packing heat when the action starts, she seems to be calm in every situation she's in and is almost the opposite of Retro outside of the battlefield. The villain of the film isn't half bad and the supporting characters are really funny bunch of people.
To be honest I totally loved Dead Leaves, I thought it was great, while the story wasn't ever going to be really engaging it had a unique concept behind it and was good for what it was. I recommend this highly for anyone looking for a little epicness in their lives. And lastly if there are any people who have watched Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann should give this a go for sure.
Dead leaves was made by the same people as Furi Kuri~ which if you saw that series should give you a hint of how messed up this movie isXD
Because its just a movie~ they kind just threw out any attempt to make a comprehend able story~ and instead just threw action/Sex/And freaky Mutants in a blender and created this movie. Don't try to make sense of it~ just turn your brain off and bask in the craziness of the movie.
Story: There's a story some where, but its not really the focus of the movie, and half of it makes no sense at all; not even
the main characters them self seem that interested in whats going on~ as long as they can have sex and shoot everything=D
The plot is more action oriented, with occasional lolz. Its very fast paced, so much so that there's no point trying to figure out whats going on.
Art: The animation... is original at least. It has a very "post modern" look. Most of the characters themselves aren't even "human" looking. The animation style kind of feels like a comic book in color scheme and the use of shading and shapes.
I can't really say much else about it, but some of the character animations look gross or disturbing lookingX_x
Sound: Nothing stuck out in my mind~ it kept with the feeling of the movie, but wasn't a masterpiece.
Characters: Only two of the characters are really delved into, and even then not very much. They like to have sex and kill stuff, and have amnesia~ thats all you really need to know. And the girl tends to be slightly more intelligent.
There are a few more characters... like a fellow inmate at their prison that has a drill thats supposed to be his... ... ... and a female villain thats 1/2 naked that wants revenge against the female protagonist.
Enjoyment: Besides the feeling of loosing braincells by the end of the series I really did enjoy the movie. The pace never really left you bored, and the fighting scenes were just so gory and raunchy its hard not to like themXD
Be warned it is rated R for Nudity~ and lots of sexual innuendos.
But it is definatly a fun watch.
As a preface, Hiroyuki Imaishi's works seem to be a mixed bag for me. While I've greatly enjoyed what I have seen so far of his latter work, Gurren Lagann, Dead Leaves seems to be more reminiscent of his earlier piece, the infamous FLCL. Unfortunately, for me FLCL was a bit too eccentric to get into.
The surrealist, stylized artwork was certainly the highlight of the show. Not only is the animation crisp, bright and visually inventive, it's also chaotic and frenzied (almost to the point of headache-inducing). I viewed the show over a television broadcast and the intermittent advertisements may have
saved my eyeballs from exploding. Scenes are often littered with a frame-by-frame comic book / manga layout which generally works well in the show's frantic environment. My only real complaint is the crude and bizarre character designs evoked comparisons to a Ren and Stimpy cartoon (of which I was not a fan).
I can't recall any of the soundtrack sticking out as noteworthy, but it was not particularly distracting or obnoxious either. The dub was serviceable. Amanda Lee admirably captured Pandy's melancholic sarcasm. The other lead, Retro, was a bit more inconsistent but for the most part channeled Retro's dementia effectively.
Characters / Story:
The two leads are mildly amusing characters just don't expect any development. Plot exposition occurs in rapid-fire succession, such as the sequence detailing Pandy and Retro's journey to the lunar prison. And let's face it, expecting much character growth or plot in a 50 minute OAV would be asinine. While the literal "Does any of this really matter?" approach to story doesn't really hinder the show as it allows the insanity to flow uninterrupted, it's hard to view it as a plus either.
It was able to hold my attention, but not much else. There is a lot of hyper-stylized violence and gore which did not appeal to me, nor did the hardly subtle gross-out humor.
Overall, I felt the show lacked the focus and scope of Gurren Lagann. While Lagann clearly (reverently) satirizes the Super Robot genre popular in the 70's and 80's, I was often confused as to goal of Dead Leaves. Was it insane just for the sake of being insane? Was the bizarre, minimalist plot and devoid character development supposed to be a jab at the convoluted plots found in the philosophical / psychological-scifi genre (Evangelion, RahXephon)? I can't really put a finger on it and it left me feeling rather ambivalent towards the show.
On the other hand, if you enjoyed FLCL's zaniness and wanted an even less subtle take on the penile-drill innuendo found in Gurren Lagann (yes, apparently it is possible), then this show would come highly recommended.
I thought I had seen it all, then I saw Dead Leaves.
From the mind of Hiroyuki Imaishi (director of FLCL and Gurren Lagann) comes this cracktastic adventure of the bizarre and insane. Get ready for a 45m long wild ride on ludicrous speed. It goes full plaid.
Retro- a guy with a TV for a head, and Pandy- a woman with an enormous red eye wake up in the middle of nowhere with no recollection as to how they got there, or what the heck they were doing in the first place. Their inhibitions flung to the wind, they take up arms and
go buck wild on the city, only to be rounded up and sent to the prison Dead Leaves, which is located on the half munched-off remainder of the moon. Hilarity, violence, and madness ensue.
Everything about this OVA screams Hiroyuki Imaishi. I loved seeing his unique art style on display- Everything in this looked like the bumper slides from Gurren Lagann for reference, and I thought it was awesome. Crisply animated, and so so so many quick cuts, flashing lights, and fast, fluidly moving action pieces. Vibrant colors, and those glorious stars.
I watched this in sub, and the voice acting was appropriately outrageous and manic. The energetic music pumped along to the explosions, gunfire, and general mayhem going onscreen. Great stuff.
Okay, so, Pandy the Red-eyed asskicking leading lady, and Retro, the deranged TV head team up to figure out just exactly what the heck is going on, along with a skeevy doctor that looks like Zoidberg, but swap the tentacles for bad teeth, some dudes with some not-so-subtle reproductive organ parts for heads, and Mr. Chinko Drill, who has an enormous golden drill for a penis. That's right, a drill, and he's not afraid to use it.
They all play their parts with equal bits psychosis and thirst for violence, and it couldn't be much more entertaining to watch.
What a rush. Nonstop, quick cut, over the top, sheer craziness from start to finish. It never lets up. Blink, and you might as well be watching something else- it goes FAST. Story on hyperdrive, action on lightspeed- I had to rewind several times after trying to find my jaw to put it back on. The absurd situations, the crude jokes, loved all of it. Couldn't stop laughing the whole time.
Overall: 8.8 (rounding this one up, because it was too much fun) - 9
In typical, addictive Imaishi style, it is extremely irreverent, edgy, and a bit crass, but when combined with his incredible art, a tasty soundtrack, and more gonzo than you've seen since Inferno Cop, and we have a formula for success.
Note: I see this as a sort of spiritual predecessor to Gurren Lagann. The art style definitely was inspired by this, and no-one can deny the introduction of the awesomeness of Spiral Power that we have Dead Leaves to thank for.
If you are looking for something different, and want something to make you say "what the hell" out loud, with crazy sex scenes and gory, (but comedical) violence, then I suggest you watch Dead Leaves.
Story - 7
Very odd storyline, which fits this very odd anime. In short, the two main characters, Retro and Pandy, awake naked on Earth, not knowing who they are or how they got there. After going on a rampage in Tokyo, they are captured by the authorities and sent to the high level security prison - Dead Leaves. From there on, Retro and Pandy make plans to escape from there,
and they soon come to realize who they truly were.
Art - 9
This was definitely one of the high points of the series for me. It is something that I had never seen before - a funky, over-the-top, quirky animation style that was simply fun to look at. The colors are vibrant and always full of action, and it almost has a comic book type of feel to it - not manga necessarily, but a more westernized version.
Sound - 8
The sound was what you would expect - crazy and over-the-top. Retro was voiced perfectly, as his VA is Kappei Yamaguchi (most popularly known for voicing Ussop from One Piece. Overall, the voice acting was very good, and the sound clips were great.
Character - 8
In short, the characters in Dead Leaves are amazingly original. The main character has a television set for his head, while another character has an extremely large drill for a penis - how much more original can you possibly get?
With their original character designs also came great voice acting that suited their rolls perfectly - which made this anime much more fun to watch.
Enjoyment - 8
This anime was very enjoyable from start to finish. It is extremely fast-paced until the very end, and never had a dull moment. With crazy sex scenes, over-the-top violence, and a mix of comedy and action like you wouldn't believe, it is hard not to enjoy this different, quirky anime.
This series seemed ugly the first time I came across it, but after watching it on Sci Fi Channel, I instantly fell in love with it.
STORY: The main plot, the one involving the lunar prison, comes into effect in the first five minutes - not in the first twenty minutes like every other anime out there.
ART: Crazy style that reminds me of FLCL. Sharp colors and psychedelic designs build up the DL universe, from the simple-drawn streets of Tokyo to the "chewed-up" persona of the moon where DL is located.
SOUND: Clear sound that gets all the sound through the speakers to your noiseholes.
CHARACTER DESIGN: To
go with the psychedelic art, you need hallucogenic character designs. About every design in DL is crazy, from Retro's TV head to the awkward features of the inmates. The only "normal" character designs are Pandy's, as well as the faceless pedestrians in the opening sequence, and the security of DL.
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: Amnesiac first-time meeting to semi-romantic relations build across the movie.
MUSIC: Technofunk, technorock, and the occasional opera tune fill this series with the drug-induced music that will make you wonder if you're high or the movie is high itself.
FANSERVICE: Not much fanservice, save the straightjacket sex and Galactica's mild nudity.
WATCHABILITY: It'll blow your mind like FLCL. The mind blowing will force you to sit down and watch the rest.
PROMOTION: SciFi didn't actually promote it. But the trailers are good enough to pass as trailers.
OTHER:If you're watching Sci Fi October 26, 2008, stay after Gurren Lagann for the awesomeness that is this movie.
OVERALL: What anime should feel like on acid. 10/10 with extra points for colorful action galore!
I do believe I watched this once before, last year I think. Small fragments of memories of this still remain floating about in my head, but I decided to watch this again.
Storywise, this film lost me completely. I got to the point where their past is explained on the train. Then understood nothing after that. It was like there were bits missing from the film. That was how confusing it was. For me at least. I mean, I do have to point that out because there's always one who will disagree.
And I may sound odd in saying this & you may disagree, but
I felt that for a heavily action orientated film it was actually pretty story led, from the very beginning there is mystery & our 'heroes' trying to discover the truth. Very loose, but story has a surprisingly big part in this film when you'd except it to take the backseat. So really, it should have been better & easier to follow.
Actually the animation, it's just not that good. I'm sorry, but it isn't. It's fun & quirky, bright & vibrant. Exactly what it says on the tin & works brilliantly to emphasise the over the topness of the film, however as it got towards the end & people seemed to be made of guns or swords it became so unclear it was ridiculous. Just a big blurry mass of bullets or grey things which I think were swords. Which is only made worse because at the beginning, the animation is so incredibly slick & clear. And it's just amazing animated, you wouldn't believe some of the animations unless you see it for yourself. The work & care felt sloppier as the film went on.
I'm not even sure if it was, but I could have sworn Retro's voice actor was Ussop & as odd as this may sound this was almost the thing that ruined the character for me. Because every time he spoke I thought of Ussop & a badass with a TV on his head isn't badass when voiced by the same dude as that coward with the slingshot.
The characters are often disgusting, but they are still amazing. I found it amusing Retro is the only really cool looking male good character since all the others are so darn ugly or down right freaky. And Pandy is really quite attractive in my personal opinion, but the other women...no thanks.
But really there isn't anything to write home about it just seems they tried to make them as ugly & disgusting as possible. Except Three-Six & Three-Seven, who are pure badass.
But seriously, you could say even the ugly ones are good in themselves simply because it's so incredibly creative.
So I have established the story is to hard to follow & so is the animation. But did I enjoy this? FUCK YEAH. There was so much GAR & it kept seeming to remind me of TTGL for some reason. The crazy art, in the crazy world, with the crazy characters. Retro & Pandy with their pure badassery & of course Three-Six & Three-Seven. It's just badass from start to finish, it's pure insane fun. It won't really make sense why, but you'll love it. Much like roller coaster.
So even thought it seems surprisingly story lead for an action film, don't bother watching this for the story unless you want to be lost & disappointed. It is however totally worth it for the badass fight scenes & to see Pandy in her pants!
I was told this anime was "FLCL, except worse". I found it hard to believe... how can anything be worse than "FLCL"?!
Now that I've watched it, I'm sorry to say that, impossible though it may seem, this anime is truly more worse and more insane than "FLCL". If you despise "FLCL", then this anime is not for you. If you hate shows that are just crazy without making much sense, then this anime is not for you.
I think there's meant to be some sort of story behind this, and if the everyone in it would stop pissing about so much then maybe I could figure
out what. All I know is that it's something to do with a mutated gene. Maybe the plot is actually so full of holes they made everything really crazy so that you wouldn't understand it. If that's what they're aiming for, then by God they've certainly achieved it.
Everyone in "Dead Leaves" act like asses, and should all be locked up in a mental institute till they rot. Just thinking about their voices make me shudder - can't any of these people talk in a normal tone? Ever? It's not just their voices that are odd. The character designs seem to be weird for the sake of weirdness - the main character's a guy with a TV for a head! It certainly gives the anime a... er... unique flavour - a flavour that makes me want to bash my head on my keyboard repeatedly. It's a show that thinks it's a lot funnier than it actually is. All the over the top craziness bored me much more than it entertained me. I can remember one bit that made me laugh, where during a jail break attempt, Guy-With-TV-For-Head gets his hands on a motorbike, and tells the other 20 or so prisoners to hold onto his bike as he's about to ride out of the prison, and they all just looked at him like this: O_o (in fact the animation is so rubbish their expressions were almost just like that). But that's it, that's the only part that I can remember being amused by. The rest were just a mad jumble of random situations backed up by random music that didn't fit it - the only time when the BGM (background music) actually matches the situation is during the final showdown moments when the "final boss" is revealed. Although admittedly, it probably would have been damn hard to come up with anything that would match 99% of the scenes in this poor excuse of a "show".
Because the story had a couple of points of interest buried under the mountain of craziness, it's probably the only department that some saving grace... equivalent of saved from plunging into a painful death in lava to being plunged into a painful death in boiling oil instead - better, but not much better. This whole thing is so nonsensical that I suspect that the people who made it are either aliens who's thoughts we can't possibly comprehend, or were pumped up so full of drugs they had it leaking out of their asses... in the form of this anime. Maybe both. Anyway... don't come within a mile of this if you don't want your brain reduced to mush. And if someone gives this to you as a birthday present, you should kill them before they kill you cos it means they hate you THAT much.
This is some kind of weird funky kind of anime which somehow takes place in the future where these 2 people , pandy and retro who wakes up naked in this deserted place near a city and they have no recollection or memory of what happened before they woke up in that place. Both of them team up together to get some clothes food and such and become wanted criminals in that city and resulted in them getting caught and brought to an infamous prison going by the name of dead leaves where escape is impossible.Its full of gore killing , bloody scenes along with
some sex scenes and funny scenes. This anime is also pretty comedic in a different way
Art: This is the only anime i've come across so far with this kind of art..its reli funky and crazy with lots of colours
Sound: sounds realistic to me..with explosions and stuff
Characters: the characters here are pretty crazy with weird personalities
Enjoyment: i thought this anime was funny so i have to say its pretty enjoyable if u want to watch some thing which is different
Overall id give it a 9 :3..hope my review helped :D enjoy the anime Dead Leave XD
Jeez, I just finished watching this on my DVR and wished it wasn't the last thing I saw before I went to bed. I remember hearing the title Dead Leaves, but couldn't recall what it was, and the title is appropriate.
I don't mind a good OVA or short movie every now and then, but for the love of God, can they at least make just a little bit of sense. I felt like I was watching Furi Kuri ( hate that show) or that other horrible mid 90's cyber punk, music video-styled bull crap that's packed with mindless action and crude language. Is that
supposed to be edgy or stupid!?
I'm not a stickler for beautiful animation, but this is just animated vomit that made on the screen. I felt like I was going to have a seizure eight minutes into it. It's like Nightmare Before Christmas ate Dr. Katz. Even if it's for comedic effect, it fails because I wasn't laughing. If it's supposed to be some kind of artsy, avante-garde independant movie because the director was mad that this got shot down for a major theatrical release, don't quit your day job.
This wasn't as structured as my normal reviews, but if the director isn't going to try, why should I bother trying to legimately critique this mess? I found this an incredible waste of time for only 55 minutes. If you really want to waste your time with a short, really really stupid film, just watch Kakurenbo instead. at least that's shorter. The world is a better place without animation like this.
PROS: Um....I now remember what Dead Leaves is about
CONS: The end credits don't appear fast enough.
One could describe Dead Leaves in so many words. Crazy, over the top, wacky, crude, insane, bizarre, crazy, energetic, confusing, relentless, manic, vulgar, mindless, and loud. All of these words describe Dead Leaves perfectly. But it would leave little to be desired if that was the only way I described it. So let's jump into it.
The plot follows two people awaken naked on Earth, a man with a TV for a head called Retro and a woman called Pandy, named for her panda patched eyes, with no recollection their past. Not even having the clothes on their backs, out two main characters embark on a
crime spree in search of food, clothes, and transportation, and are soon captured by the authorities and are sent to the infamous lunar penitentiary called Dead Leaves. While they try to escape the penitentiary with the aid of their fellow inmates, they soon find out that it has a few secrets along the way.
From the outset, It's really easy to tell that Dead Leaves is from Production I.G., and especially from director and key animator Hiroyuki Imaishi, being a stepping stone from his previous work, such as being a key animator on an episode of FLCL, along with the ending credits of Paradise Kiss, to what his animation style and presentation would become later with Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt and Kill la Kill. Dead Leaves is where Hiroyuki's style becomes defined, but not quite as polished as his later works.
The animation moves by at a lightening speed, leaving little room for slow moments outside of it's initial opening scene. So much of this is blink-and-you'll-miss-it animation that it'll take a second or even third watching with you skipping frame by frame to be able to see all of the background characters and events.
Since it's so short and so fast paced, it doesn't leave much room for character development or a lot of plot, but that isn't really the point of this OVA. It wants to go fast, and that's what it does. It doesn't care if can't or won't keep up with it, it just wants to move from scene to scene to scene without trying to put too much focus on the wacky antics that are going on. It stars out crazy from out the outset, and it keeps up it's fast pace, all while it gets progressively weirder and weirder the further it goes on.
While it doesn't leave much for character development, it does tell a relatively cohesive story with what time it has. There is some mild open plot threads, but it doesn't leave much to interpretation. It's not trying to have depth or meaning. It just wants to be entertaining for the sake of being entertaining.
The music is also pretty good, good enough that at some point I might throw it in my rotation of music I put in the background when I'm doing something like playing a fast paced video game or going out on a run.
There isn't much I'll spoil here because it's so short and it's something you really have to see yourself just to take everything in.
Dead Leaves might be a love it or hate it anime aimed at a fairly niche audience, and is not something I would call amazing in any sense of the word, but it gets what it's trying to get across incredibly well and the audience it's aimed at would absolutely love what Dead Leaves is. A crazy, over the top, wacky, crude, insane, bizarre, crazy, energetic, confusing, relentless, manic, vulgar, mindless, and loud short film.
Phenomenally educational, the bright character design caught my attention immediately and soon popped up onto the top of family movie nights to watch list. The kids just loved it. Chinko quickly became my daughters favourite character. She enjoyed him so much that she has begged me to diy a Chinko halloween costume. Pandy's pregnancy was a truly emotional experience, was beautifully portrayed and reminded me of many of the struggles I faced during my own pregnancy. I recommend this movie to all of my friends at mommy and me yoga. Its perfect for those that enjoy tales of adorable anti heroes and light comedy.
Stupid and pointless. The worst Anime movie ever. This is so bad it makes me want to change all my other 1's to a 2. I would be so embarrassed to watch this in front of non-Anime fans, like my sister, who would make fun of me for the rest of my life if she knew I watched this horrible mess.
The story was almost decent and the action was good(there was a lot of it), but the art was terrible and the characters were so stupid looking. I didn't care for any of them, and wouldn't have mind if they all got killed(sorry if that
Anyways, it was a very perverted movie(a lot of sex) and it was violent too. I usually like violence with a large body count, but it seemed like they tried to hard to kill off as many characters as possible.
I didn't think it was funny either. I didn't laugh at all, only at how ridiculously stupid it was.
I watched this awhile ago and don't remember too much of the ending(I think there was a crazy evil chick and a rapidly growing baby). All I remember is that I was glad it was finally over. If Dead Leaves was longer, like a short OVA instead of a movie, I probably wouldn't have forced myself to watch it.
Dead Leaves is a bizarre, psychedelic 45 minute long movie. People often say for shows like "Gurren Lagann" and "Kill La Kill" that you just need to shut your brain off in order to really enjoy them, and this movie is kind of similar. Well, it's similar except that even by doing that Dead Leaves is just too bizarre and too bad to enjoy. It begins with two naked people, one man and one woman. The man has a TV screen for a head and the woman has a strange red eye. Not remembering who they are or why they have amnesia, the two do
the only logical thing: rob a bank, steal a car, and cause mass mayhem. Aside from the action scenes throughout the movie which tend to take more time than necessary, the story of the movie is fast paced. However, it tends to make almost no sense at times with only a couple psychological moments seeming the least bit interesting.
Now for the strangest aspect of Dead Leaves, the animation. Most of the scenery, characters, and all of the explosions and random things that happen are basically all geometric shapes from squares to circles to spirals. Every character is just as strange as their design and there really isn't anyone "normal" in the whole series. Surprisingly, Dead Leaves is actually one of the goriest things I have ever seen. Have you ever seen a guy severed in half by a "drill penis?" I have, thanks to Dead Leaves. The art in this movie gets more and more bizarre as the fights get bigger, people die all over the place, a woman gets pregnant, and there's a caterpillar.
As for the sound, it repeats A LOT. It doesn't sound bad, but they often use the same repeating techno sound for an entire fight sequence. There's no vocal pieces and I don't remember hearing anything with any actual instruments included aside from maybe some drums.
The only important characters are the two main characters but trying to understand them is pointless as they don't even understand their situation or themselves due to their amnesia. They are slowly given information about their pasts, but they never really clear up some bigger parts of it and even they get confused hearing about it. And then the show just gets so ridiculous anyway that their pasts seem kind of simple by comparison.
This show's only real redeeming factor are the few psychological moments, but they are generally put together with some of the strangest and goriest moments which dilutes their impact. The animation is cheap and I can't think of any other show that look weirder than this movie. The action scenes often rapidly repeat several shots together in slow-motion to try to show the impact of the moment, but it just ends up getting annoying after fifteen seconds or so. There was also one part where I had to look away because it was just flipping around so quickly and with so many colors that I felt like it should have "Seizure Warning" written somewhere on-screen. The sound repeats and is all just simple techno beats, and the characters are just there to move the strange story, to be as weird as possible, and for death fodder.
I have a tendency to enjoy absolutely batshit expressions of creativity. Unsurprisingly Dead Leaves was right up my alleyway.
It reminded me of getting way too drunk or way too stoned, dizzying experiences that are hard to fathom at the time but special in retrospect (that's a pathetic pun right there but fuck it). Dead Leaves submerses the viewer in this deluge of insanity without offering too much explanation. There is a story but it takes a backseat to the true selling points; the outrageous art, frenetic characters and absurdist comedy. Seriously this is fucking hilarious and actually pretty disturbing. Ultimately though, this is a film
full of originality and it's really refreshing.
It's not long but seems to condense a full show into it's small runtime. Nonetheless the abrasive pacing challenges you to think it's poorly made. In fact shoddy work is the one description that couldn't be farther from the truth. It's clear a lot of effort was put into making a product that will fuck you, snort cocaine, then run off muttering about conspiracy theories and you'll probably be content with that.
Sometimes you just have to mentally bend over and accept the metaphorical drill that will send you off to a fairy tale prison on the moon by the name of Dead Leaves. Give it a go.
Dead Leaves is the pinnacle of Hiroyuki Imaishi's untamed insanity, given full bore like a rich man in a brothel with a raging boner. Many people would be surprised to learn that, besides FLCL, all of the work that Imaishi is known for such as Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill, and the spiritual successor Panty & Stocking were after Dead Leaves, making this absolutely insane, asisine joyride the grandpappy of the anime-saving works of our lord and savior Imaishi. But is such a short burst of Imaishi's ridiculous insanity worth your time? Let's see.
STORY - 7
Dead Leaves cares very little about its backstory. It claims
to, by having moments of exposition or mystery, but these moments are for the most part talked over or interrupted by moments of cacophony and insanity. Nevertheless, it does have a story. It's not a bad story by any means, but obviously this part of Dead Leaves was not what was intended to be interesting, which makes moments of exposition within this explosive hour-long OVA a tad boring and the attempt at some sort of message seem rather out of character for the tone of the OVA. I was also a little peeved at how quickly it ended.
ART - 10
Is this really a question? Imaishi's trademark, unique style is as brain-melting and adrenaline-inducing as it always has been and always will be, but the genius in Imaishi's work on Dead Leaves does not stop there. Dead Leaves has something interesting or fun to look at on every single frame. It is an artistic marvel that always has something unique to look at, from the fun fight scenes to the uniquely portrayed sound effects to the silly and weird characters within chaotic crowds splayed across the screen. The character designs are as fun, wacky, interesting and cartoonishly over-the-top as possible, making them all a joy to look at.
SOUND - 8
The soundtrack is pretty good, with lots of songs that keep the pace adrenaline-pumping and extremely interesting. There are a lot of genres pumped within such a short little OVA that it keeps the music fresh and interesting, along with a few little gems that make the OST worth listening to in its own right, especially the catchy and ridiculously fun to listen to song titled "Mamu Saibou Mamu Saibou". I also have to commend this OVA for having a dub that isn't godawful, which I was surprised about.
CHARACTER - 8
For a short Imaishi work that cares not about logic or character development, it is imperative that the characters we follow are at least fun, and they are in spades. Whether they have one hilarious quirk, such as the man with a Giga Drill Dick, to the thuggish and fun protagonists Pandy and Retro who give about as few fucks as the people on this website do about my reviews. The characters may not be deep or exactly interesting, but they're fun as hell.
ENJOYMENT - 10
There is so much to adore about Dead Leaves that I couldn't possibly rate my enjoyment as anything lower. Whether it's the bustling, insane animation that gives you no time at all to rest, the ridiculous plot that moves like a shuttle train to the Docking Bay, or the hilarious banter between the inmates and the protagonists, there was never a moment during this movie when my mouth was at anything but a goofy, crooked grin. It's a joyride from beginning to end.
OVERALL - 9
While not exactly deep and sometimes a little misguided, Dead Leaves is fun, fantastic, depraved, and hyperviolent. Besides the few little dips when things get slow, every frame of Dead Leaves is absolutely ridiculous and fun. Whether you watch it in Dub or Sub, Dead Leaves is sure to keep you interested.
I usually start out my reviews by laying down a proper introduction, probably stating some facts or presenting a background on the reviewed show, but I feel like in Dead Leaves's case I should mention something else first. Please note that the R+ rating is not just sitting there, so if you're younger than you're supposed to be, do not attempt to watch this, this might sound very polite for the age, or maybe too optimistic for me to think that people would go by my advice and call off their planned watch, believe me, you don't want to sacrifice your numbered days of innocence
on something so simple. For the people who don't like extreme adult content, this is a definitive pass. We're talking partial nudity, curse words, genitalia references, live sex, and more badass (this is not a smoking promotion, DO NOT SMOKE), people chewing cigarettes.
For some unfamiliar newcomers, you might be stepping into the weird territory, so if you're more familiar/comfortable with mainstream shows like the fate series, this one is by no means similar, not in the storytelling, art style, or choice of music, I'm trying as hard to phrase this review in a manner that doesn't scare people away because it's always good to appreciate both the mainstream, underrated, and weird anime junk, and sometimes gems can be found deep under the pills of stinking trash, you just have to throw the rode and hope for a big catch, and that's what I did until I hit my head into this obscure hyperactive Emerald, wait, I think it's still too early to call it that, let's decide at the end of the review.
- Story (7.0/10):
Dead Leaves, released early 2004 shares a lot with the shows of the era, with a basic and very simplistic (semi-futuristic) story that can be made on the fly by any 10 years old kid with as much pop culture references on his/her head as he/she can fit, but not everything made by 10 year olds is a hoax, today's kids of that same age are hosting science conferences and taking it like a sweet lollipop, and the “pop” in there was no accident.
Woke up on planet earth, Retro a guy with a yellow 80's TV for a head, and a sexy stereotypical hip of the era, both naked and with no memories, more clueless than the folks in “The Hangover” series get sent to a special jail called “Dead Leaves” residing on the last crispy piece left of the moon after they caused some major GTA-like chaos. The twist being that Dead Leaves is a private experimentation facility disguised as a prison that runs mutation tests in order to create strong mutants and sell them to the army. And now it's to our protagonists to lead on one of the craziest prison breaks out there.
The story follows a pretty linear storytelling board with extremely limited flashbacks consisted of few still images that flash faster than a lazy douche's blink. It remains very fast paced throughout the whole 50-ish minutes, all action, that keeps on going non-stop. This could be one major action game commercial with so many killstreaks than Ninja and Ali-A combined using the most sophisticated hacks there are. *insert Ali-A's distorted intro here*.
- Art (9.0/10):
No exaggeration here, this was one of the most original art styles I've ever had the pleasure to enjoy. If I had to put it all on one word it would be “Wacky”. This is very different than the traditional Anime art styles you get to see more often, it's closer to being cartoony, like that childhood show “Ed, Edd, and Eddy”, it looks very 80's in nature and contains the theme it presents wonderfully. The use of vibrant colors was only the tip of the iceberg, especially focusing on the yellow tint the most as there are more explosions here than what “The Slow Mo Guys” can fit in their channel for 20 years. The shotting is just so crazy with the wacky camera angles and constant shaking and movements, I could almost swear they had the cameraman/camerawoman twerk with the camera being attached to his/her butt, but it didn't look any less cool.
The movie really left me hungry for more similar animation works, I hope there are more of this kind, it just works so well. For such an action centered movie, the colors and animation really made it look and feel more energetic and fun, it's almost as having a really sweet dream that you don't want to wake up from.
- Sound (8.0/10):
As if the visuals weren't stunning and superactive on their own, the music only made the action more intense and engaging it made me wanna launch a first-person shooter game and go on a killstreak, I can never get enough of that base dropping. If our dreams had soundtracks, this movie should make us a favor and smack our ear drums off, cause that shit will make you pull off dance moves while asleep.
The voice acting was also well fit in the characters, it was so well paced too that the sex scenes didn't feel a bit cringy or not in place. And remember, put on some headphones or lower the voice while watching, you never know who might hear the moaning behind those walls.
- Character (8.0/10):
Talking about Comedy, the characters were funny not only personality-wise, but also physically. And I thought One Piece had some of the greatest wacky character designs (still love the shit out of them though), Dead Leaves took this to a whole other level. And seeing how it took a very cartoonish style of animation, it made it a lot easier to go overboard and explore new stuff. I mean there is a zombie figure guy that has a drill for a penis, and it's functional as well. The protagonist Retro (Usopp's voice actor in One Piece) as well is a very likable person, and Pandy as well. Both are very sexual characters but with more personality than lust, that's right Retro, restrain yourself. I also took a liking to side characters, something that's rarely ever to happen seeing how most shows put more emphasis on the protagonists and leave the sidekicks out of the spotlights.
- Enjoyment (8.5/10):
Dead Leaves is to be a movie like no other, not the best I've seen for sure but managed to go beyond my expectations. Now, I'm one to check the hour every now and then as I watched my shows, wanting the ordeal to end to move to the next task, but not with Dead Leaves, my eyeballs almost popped out, like a kid staring at that very sweet lollipop at a candy store, for me at least, this is a definitive annual rewatch for now on. This whole ride was like going to an amusement park at age 5 and getting to try out everything that you want, why wouldn't you come back more occasionally, right?
It's always good for us adults too to get to feel that kid feeling that we have and have always restrained, bringing the child in all of us can be a blast, we must never betray our childish side.
- Overall (8.1/10):
Not everybody has the same interests and tastes and take my word in this. For action fans, this is a very close one to being a must-see, just be tolerant of the art style as it's very rare to see something like this. This is one of those movies that you would want to see with close friends while having something to drink, like a power drink or soda for how much dirty jokes gets spilled all over the place.
This is one of the most utterly insane movies I've ever seen, which is saying a fair amount from someone who's endured 'Mulva: Zombie Ass Kicker' and 'Manos: Hands of Fate'. Let's do the breakdown:
Story: 6/10 - The story is largely incoherent, and it doesn't really matter much anyway. Two people (or a person and a guy with a TV for a head) wake up naked on Earth, go on a crime spree and wind up in some kinda superjail on the ruins of the moon. Hijinx ensue.
Art: 8/10 - Like Gurren Lagann on a blood-soaked acid trip.
Sound: 8/10 -
Voice acting pretty solid on both dub and Japanese versions, pretty impressive. BGM effective if unremarkable.
Character: 9/10 - Memorable if nothing else. Why does the racist black stereotype have a drill for a cock? Why the hell not?
Enjoyment: 10/10 - I was laughing myself half to death throughout a lot of the movie, even if I didn't care much for the toilet humor. Fortunately, there's not a whole lot of that, but an overabundance of loud, bloody violence.
Overall: 9/10 - Not quite a masterpiece, but one of the most unique pieces of anime I've seen in a long time. Definitely keeping this one around :)