Dead Leaves ~ Review
“A high impact and fast paced construction of craziness!”
Now listen up. I’m about to review for you an anime that you have probably never heard of. And if you haven’t heard of this anime before then you’re probably feeling a little intrigued from the above image of the two main characters. If you haven’t heard of this series, then allow me to review it for you. After all, that is my job on this site.
Dead Leaves revolves around a dystopian world where the two protagonists, Pandy and Retro find themselves naked and with no recollection of their past and having extraordinary physical abilities. After a crime chase, they are captured and sent to a famous space prison called Dead Leaves, situated on a half destroyed moon. After planning a prison break, the two discover the secret activities being executed behind the prison. Now Pandy and Retro must escape and destroy Dead Leaves to save themselves and all the prisoners being captured.
It is most notable for its fast paced and energetic visuals and animation
First of all, Dead Leaves is in fact not an anime “series”, but instead a one episode 52 minute “movie” (I guess in this case I should call it a short movie). So it is not serialised; there is one episode and one episode only. But that doesn’t mean it’s not good; in fact this is probably one of the most exciting and fast-paced 52 minute animation you’ll most likely ever see.
Second of all, the movie stars many notable voice actors and personnel; the series is directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi, who is most notable for directing the Gurren Lagann series. Some notable voice actors include Kappei Yamaguchi who voices Retro (and is also known as the voices of Ussop from One Piece and Saotome Ranma from Ranma ½) and Nobuo Tomita who voices Chinko (and is also known as the voices of Kamille Bidan from Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam and Clovis from Code Geass). The movie is animated by Production IG.
If you loved your fast paced action that is a little absurd (in fact, quite absurd) with a little black comedy, then you’ll absolutely love this crazy symphony of madness. I am a little disappointed as they didn’t turn this into a proper anime series with 12-13 episodes, but what can I do. Anyways, if you haven’t seen this yet then check it out. It’s worth the 52 minutes, trust me.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 4.5/5
Final Score: 9/10