Not a 90's Anime however this needs to be brought to attention. What would you get if you took Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio and set it in a Post Apocalyptic setting and made an Anime out of it, basically this except the problems with this movie isn't the very creative idea. It's the way the story is told alongside this idea and how much opportunity gets wasted and the flaws to this project really stand out in a terrible way. This movie has been something I have watched more than once recently and one I have tried to analyze in more detail and just to see how much of this really doesn't work and much alot of it does.
This movie is both a pain/a joy to sit through because on a technical level the production on this movie is extremely high and has alot to show for it in terms of it's character design and it's setting. However on the other the film suffers from a rather complicated plot with
characters that range from being not all that memorable to having too much change that makes them hard to really root or care for, accompanied by uneven pacing that you really have to wonder if the plot went anywhere else
The characters, whilst a few stood out as being interesting they weren't really anything memorable and had very little to contribute to the story but the biggest flaw is really the main protagonist; Palme. When you first see Palme after the death of his carer he falls into a catatonic and withdrawn state which you would instantly feel some pity for because he has lost something rather close to him, however once he meets Popo Palme becomes more desperate and obsessed throughout a portion of the film, which sadly the makes the character cold, brutal, and incredibly unlikable, not to mention a tiny bit psychotic when he does something quite by accident without knowing it would cause great harm. So the leading character is somewhat problematic and with an end result for him that really just leaves you feeling unfulfilled.
There are some positives however.
The setting and the world is beautifully realized, Takashi Nakamura (Akira, The Hakkenden, Robot Carnival, Peter Pan No Boken etc) managed to do such an amazing job with this movie, everything about this feels like a piece of art done by Jean "Moebius" Giraud where you could clearly see some of the mythology that is mentioned in this story
The English dub of this provided by the now defunct ADV films is a good listen, names like Chris Patton, Monica Rial, Jessica Boone, Chris Ayres etc have something to offer which despite the characters having memorability at least try to make them appeal. Kira Vincent Davis who plays Palme is a mixed bag, she plays the character both very quietly and very calmly and then eventually very over the top to descending into screaming frantically which feels somewhat like a turnoff for the character to go to. Kira can clearly play young boys very well but it seems here it felt as though her performance was overdone by the way the character was written-then translated.
I recommend it for being an incredibly underrated, so-so film.