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This is an anime that can answer the cynic's question, "If it were any good, why isn't it live action?"
Redline is the type of production that would be patently impossible to pull off with either live action or CGI animation, and something which could only come from Japan. It is balls-to-the-petal-to-the-metal crazy, looks and sounds astounding, and is a joyous thrill from beginning to end!
If you wanted to find something to complain about, the story is a bit thin, and some of the scenes are utterly ridiculous ("That could never happen," says the stick-in-the-mud). But this is a film that does not need to make sense. It is an exercise in pure rocking style! It will leave a smile on your face.
One of the most stylish and exhilarating action films I've seen in a long time.
There are no rules in the racing anime Redline except that if somebody has an idea that's too insane to put in the movie, then it has to go in. Though our rockabilly hero's pompadour is impressive, he's pretty normal in a universe inhabited by weird aliens, kaiju monsters, crying soldiers, superheroes, magic-using mecha pilots, and more. Redline is the greatest race in the universe, pitting elite racers in gorgeously-designed vehicles against one another in a virtual warzone (a planet that doesn't want them there or media attention on their military installations). The animation of a high level, and though it's kinetic as all get out, you're never left in the dust - the action is always understandable even if it's a little like staring into fireworks at ground zero. Completely ridiculous, extreme in every way, harking back to exploitative 80s anime movies I saw as a youth, mostly in a good way (I could do without the gratuitous T&A, for example). If you like the better Fast and Furiouses, you'll love this.
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This movie ranks #19 in Paste's The 100 Best Anime Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #44 in IMDb's Sport Top 50