Oh wow. When was the last time I actually sat down and genuinely enjoyed an anime production for 100 minutes without getting bored? I don’t quite remember, but REDLINE sure made me know it all over again.
REDLINE is what you get when you take the energy and style from Gurren Lagann, cross it with the racing genre, add in intergalatical scale racing committees that don’t give a fuck about a nation’s sovereignty, hyperdimensional motherships and other crazy sci-fi tropes, spice it with just the right amount of camp and put in hundreds of thousands of man hours doing real animation. Yeap, that’s REDLINE for me.
Sure, strip all that off and underneath is quite a thin plot, but fuck that shit. Everything else made up for it. Plus, if you asked me, I’d say keeping the story simple and straightforward was the right way to go for a production like this. After all that tender loving care actually put in to making the show, you really do not want it to be hated because it had some really random weird twist and/or crazy psycho-social commentary hijacking the pleasure of watching the movie. Also I liked how they didn’t try to focus too much on the romance part and kept the show purely about the race and the racers. Though, I must say, that kiss at the end of the movie was really sweet :D.
Now that’s a happy ending!
Favourite parts of the movie, kiss aside, has to be the fucking steel balls the REDLINE organizing committee in deciding their venue. It’s like if Bernie Ecclestone decided to hijack the Korean DMZ to hold the grand finale race of F1, giving the middle finger to Kim Jong-Il all the way. I’d watch that shit if it wasn’t so politically and socially incorrect. Then of course, is the climax of the movie at the finish line, which was hillarious since he won by a hair (literally!). The beginning race also really grabbed your attention right in to the movie too. Of course, the crazy kajiuu battle with orbital cannons being shot along with the subplot of sabotaging the “host” nation’s weapons systems so they could race also made for an awesome distraction too. That was some serious win there, ahahaha.
Oh and I really have to hand it to the masterfully orchestrated (well, mixed should be more accurate here) soundtrack that really fits the movie. I’m not a huge fan of techno, but when it’s being used properly, it sure does get the adrenaline pumping at the edge of your seats. I even went UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ along with it quite a few times.
Okay, enough of my rambling aside. If you haven’t watched it, don’t mind plot being thin and have about 100 minutes free, this is definitely a movie to enjoy. Heck, I’d watch it again gladly anytime. A++ would watch again.