Tekkonkinkreet is the feature length adaptation of the three-volume manga series by Taiyo Matsumono. Directed by Michael Arias and animated by Studio 4°C, it premiered in Japan on December 23, 2006. The story follows Kuro and Shiro, two orphans living in Treasure town.
I found the Tekkonkinkreet’s plot to be too simple and, at times, boring. What I found interesting was the dynamic between characters especially that of Kuro and Shiro as well as Kimura and Suzuki.
Shiro and Kuro, just by their names alone, display a very dependent, yin and yang combination. Their actions and choices almost always solicit a deeper reaction solely because of their complicated relationship. Suzuki and Kimura, on the other hand, though presented alike, hold contrasting views but constantly seek the respect of the other. They share one of the film’s most unforgettable scenes.
Though Tekkonkinkreet is very action-packed, it also has several emotional moments that had me at the edge of my seat. I think what the film lacked in story, it made up for with excellent pace and presentation.
The art style is unique in that the characters are drawn with very sharp yet thin lines while the backgrounds are soft, colorful, and very detailed. It is, in my opinion a great artistic choice that made fast-paced scenes more coherent and vivid.
Another thing I really enjoyed was the soundtrack. It was subtle but did well to expand the atmosphere of each scene and the whole film overall. The credits track, 或る街の群青 (A Town In Blue) by Asian Kung-Fu Generation, is also something worth looking forward to.
Tekkonkinkreet is not hard to get invested in especially with the fleshed-out characters. Although it doesn’t offer much that is new, I’d recommend it to anyone who is starting to get into anime films or anyone who is keen on animation design and dynamics.