Anime fans: be warned. Dead Leaves will rock your world.

I just watched a preview copy of Dead Leaves last night, and I am still in awe. It’s one of the best anime experiences I have had.

It’s hard to describe, but let me take a stab at it. Two people (?) wake up naked in a garbage dump, with no memories. They decide to go in search of clothes and something to eat, and wind up in a running gun battle with the police. And that’s just the first 5 minutes. The action is so fast that “frenetic” is inadequate to describe it. The action sequences are hyperviolent and funny at the same time, and the non-action sequences are even funnier.

The art style looks like anime crossed with hip-hop (at least to me, but I’m a white guy pushing 40, so what do I know?), and is flawlessly executed throughout. It’s unabashedly 2D, with a simple color palette, but sucks you in better than much CG, simply because it is so well-done.

It comes out on Sept. 28th, and I will be buying it, even though I already have the preview. It’s that good.

You sound like their publicist! :wink:

Yeah, I guess I do. I’m not, though.

In the interest of full disclosure, I do work for an online retailer of movies (among other things), but I’m not recommending any particular place to purchase the movie.

I just really liked it and wanted to share – and I want it to succeed, because then the people who made it will get rewarded for their efforts.

Go for it. I’m always looking for info on what’s good and what’s not. I don’t know if “unabashedly 2D” animation is my cup of tea, but it sounds like an interesting story, and that is my cup of tea.