Animation: Fair
Depth: Bad
Design: Good
Characters: Fair
Story: Bad

Type: movie

Vintage: 1994


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Darkside Blues

Summary: >

In the future a corporation rules the world and small band of people continue to resist its control. A guy named Darkside joins the fight, and he's from another dimension or something.

There's probably more to it (maybe a lot more) but I didn't understand any of it.

Thoughts: >

Darkside Blues is what I would call a "artsy" Gothic anime, if defining artistic as abstract and nonsensical. I may not be a genius, but I'm not an idiot and I had no clue what was going on.

Animation, design and soundtrack are good, but tied together in a train wreck of randomness substituting for the "story". Assuming this was intentional I'm not sure I can accurately rate this, however weighting this against anime in general it's pretty bad. Even for a title intended to be visual and atmospheric, it lacks a good enough flow to carry it. Assuming you're supposed to get something out of an anime, I'm not sure what that would be.

It's a tough anime to review and discuss when I know what it's about. It could be a good show for incredibly pretentious people who like artsy stuff and claim to "get it" (weather they do or don't) and lord it over others. For us normal folks lacking the intellect or chemical assistance to "get it", better to avoid.

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