Redline

“Crab Sonoshee’s hard chargin’ it up the slope! I’ve got wood!”

-My Recommends for a Friend-
A short, pseudo review/informational. As spoiler-free as possible, sorry if otherwise.
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Released August 14, 2009
Genre: get fast

The short of it:
A complex story it ain’t. Sweet JP, a man with a Trans Am and a pompadour to match, races for first in the most deadly tournament in the universe. He’s up against the best of the best, including the defending champ Machinehead, a driver that is truly one with his machine, and the beautiful Crab Sonoshee, a woman who has sought the title since childhood. This year’s venue: Roboworld, a pressure cooker of a planet ruled by a robo-militant state ready to eliminate the racers by force. Can any make it to the finish?! Dig deeper and maybe there’s a subtle possible reference in the title to [spoiler: an old Chinese legend and its other East Asian variants known commonly as the red string of fate]. Or it’s simply referring to redlining your engine. That said, digging deep isn’t necessary to enjoy this as the surface is saturated in what can be described as nitro-injected animation and a blood pumping soundtrack (with appropriately placed silences) to accompany every scene, fast and slow. This is where the movie shines. The animation quality is exceedingly top drawer and pulls no punches (it took seven years to create). Trailers below.

Long Trailer:

Short Trailer:

The Dub:
My only full watch as of this moment is the English sub. As for the English dub, I’ve listened to it while rewatching my favorite scenes, and while it is obvious that the translators took some liberties, I can’t say it does any harm, if anything the small changes added a good bit of fun and enjoyment. I also had no problems with what I heard of the English cast. So all in all, if you don’t want to read, the dub works.

Other Info:

Studio: Madhouse
Black Lagoon, Trigun, Satoshi Kon films, Chihayafuru, My Love Story!!, and tons more – a studio with a wide array and long history.

Director: Takeshi Koike
Redline was his feature film directorial debut. Went on to direct Lupin the Third: Jigen’s Gravestone

Original Story/Sound Director: Katsuhito Ishii

Key Animation: Hiroyuki Imaishi
Kill la Kill – Director;  FLCL – Animation Director;  Neon Genesis Evangelion – Key Animation

Storyboard: Sayo Yamamoto
Yuri!!! on ICE – Director;  Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine – Director;  Michiko & Hatchin – Director

Script: Yoji Enokido
RahXephone – Storyboard;  FLCL – Script

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