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Note: This review is of the English Subbed version.
The first story in this movie takes place in the year 2095, and focus on a small group of men who travel through space scavenging the metal from derelict ships and satellites. However on this particular outing things soon become complicated. Just as the crew are about to return home they receive a distress signal from within a graveyard that is full of derelict ship hulks that is surrounded by an energy field of some kind that makes getting close dangerous. Despite the dangers of the energy field they attempt to go in any way as it is required by law that all space vessels must respond to any distress signal they come across or face losing their license to pilot space craft.
Once they arrive at the source of the signal things take a turn for the worse as equipment begins to malfunction and the two men sent onto the derelict hulk to investigate the source of the emergency signal find the belongings of what appears to be a long dead opera singer. Soon things become even worse for the men as they begin to see unexplainable things that disappear moments later, statues that begin to bleed from the eyes and they begin to imagine seeing and hearing the dead opera singer singing her haunting songs throughout the ship.
The first story in this movie had a suspense thriller theme that was set to a future where space travel is akin to modern day sea fairing vessels. It had a very good flow of progression in introducing the characters/setting and giving the viewer enough of an understanding of the characters mindset to feel as if they were believable as people and that their decisions were not just made for the sake of a story but that the characters, if real, would actually have made the same decisions.
The whole movie had a very beautiful music and art design as both complimented each other in a way that lead to a truly haunting and ominous felling through the entire movie. Combine this with amazingly fluid and detailed animations, top notch voice acting, believable character personalities and a truly haunting setting to all combine for a very intense and interesting story that had you wondering what was really going on the whole time and dying to know how it was all going to culminate in the end. This was by far my favorite of the short stories on the movie and just an all around classic timeless story I would recommend to anyone, even those who typically don’t like stories set in space or a sci-fi setting.
To say this story was a drastic change in mood and tone from the first is an understatement, as this story was essentially a dark comedy. The story starts out relatively benign as you followed the simple enough set up for what the rest of the story would revolve around. This dimwitted fool constantly outmaneuvering the government’s attempt to stop him from spreading the gas through the country as he is completely oblivious to what he is doing. It takes a very tongue and cheek approach to the music and animations as everything is over exaggerated, with explosions and jumps over large bridges while bombs are going off all around the fool as he constantly just makes it out alive every time.
The story is set in a world that literally knows nothing but war. Every man woman and child’s life consist of ether going to school to learn about war, creating the guns and ammo to go to war or fighting in the war itself as ether a soldier or cannon operator. The story follows the day in the life of a family that consists of a young boy who goes to school dreaming about growing up to be the guy who fires city sized cannons, the wife who works in a factory building ammunition for weapons and the father who works as a cannon loader. The worlds architecture and clothing is very reminiscent of a world war two European design with all the clothing being of military make and all the buildings having large cannons on their roofs.
The final story in this movie really didn’t have any kind of character development or progression to speak of as it was more about trying to get across ideas. The obvious one being the idea that war is bad by exaggerating many of our worlds countries love for senseless war by depicting a world that literally knows nothing but war. The idea being that we as people are willing to blindly following a leadership and not take the time to think for ourselves when they tell us that some invisible unknown enemy is all around us, and that we need to support war as the only way to prevent them from invading and destroying our way of life as a means for the government to enslave and control its populace.
That of course is only one take on the moral of the story and that is where it gets interesting as it is impossible to summarize the moral of the story because it was designed in a way that it was supposed to make you think about different aspects of life on many different levels. Whether it be poor working conditions, the innate love of violence and war that is in everyone, how easy it is for people to just accept living in a bad situation when you believe there is no alternative and how fear of the unknown can be used as a way to suppress and control an entire population as well as a plethora of other hidden ideas within the story that you may pick up that others might not. On the surface the story just seems stupid and pointless but when you take the time to think about it and see it as a story that is trying to show you a point of view, then it expands into a totally new level of storytelling and instead becomes a debate rather than a story.