May 21, 2011
Well, the story has potential, but wasn’t explained well. I was rather confused at the end, so I had to watch it again. It had a lot of symbolism and references to the game of roulette. Even the prisoners are actually named after roulette slots (R,N,V stands for red, black and green… in French). It has a few plot twists, which will keep you entertained, though.
The characters lack names and personalities. They only reveal small pieces of their background story, which wasn’t enough to care much for them.
The characters looked a bit awkward and their movements appeared a bit stiff. At first
I couldn’t realize it, but they were created with cel-shaded animation. Hand-draw and classic 3D were also used at some points, which was… confusing for my eyes. However, the backgrounds were detailed and futuristic.
The cat sounds were totally fake (but funny). The music wasn’t that bad, but didn’t seem to fit with the story at some points. The voice acting was decent, but I have seen/heard better.
It was a good short story, which will leave you wondering. The ending didn’t make much sense, but is kind of poetic and symbolic.
The boy was most probably a government spy and knew the cat was carrying a virus. Thanks to him the humanity ends up infected in the end. It is a roulette game where the bets are human lives.
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It is a short animation with some good ideas. I suggest you give it a try, but there are better sci-fi animes out there.
Reviewer’s Rating: 6
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