Just to capture some highlights and impressions before it gets wiped out. Spoilers ahead.
My friend who was sitting next to me says it’s a selfish film, referring to the characters. I see where he is coming from. But at the same time that’s kind of the point it is trying to get across, where just by painting with that broad stroke obfuscates the nuances. On the way home, seeing Homura’s final form (obligatory: it isn’t even her final form!) just makes me want to play with Kuroyukihime, LOL.
The one big problem I have with Rebellion is how it is ultimately feeling like just setup for a subsequent film. It’s “open” in a way where there are simply gaping questions unanswered. Like how Madoka saved magical girls at the end of the TV series, Homura’s new role in this new world is largely postulated and not demonstrated. We get it thematically, but so what? Unlike the end of the TV series, though, what Madoka did at the end directly addresses the main issue they were trying to resolve in the TV story…and this doesn’t do anything per se. I’m not sure if Homura’s choice in the end resolves the problem they were trying to fix? I mean, isn’t it no better than what happened earlier, other than removing the Incubators from the equation? There feels like something that should happen next. Like QB’s decaying pupils holding the secret the universe, the wizard behind the curtain, something. Not “the end” or whatever in ‘Dokesrune.
It is definitely the most elaborate Shaft movie ever, however. Detail-wise, once it hits home video the true fans can pour over its flashing single frames (there was one in the half way point that bothered me a lot) and the code words and the way characters talk to each other or whatever. I would think, also, Rebellion is the most pothead-friendly Shaft anime ever, too, and that’s actually saying a lot. The story isn’t the easiest to make sense out of, and the visual relies a lot on Inucurry’s typical mad imaginations a lot more so than the TV series, mainly because the bulk of the film takes place inside a witch’s labyrinth.
There is also the dancing. There was a lot of dancing motifs in this movie, from the weird disco-like moves in the OP to the way they do their magical transformations (definitely the most rad magical girl transformations ever) to even the mid point where Yukkuri-head floats up with the violin, or how the “final showdown” was and all. Lots of dancing motifs. Not sure if this is just for some reason or what.
Magical girls + Gun-kata = let’s go home guys, it’s done.
Definitely need a follow up. This is not the satisfying kind of thing that Urobuchi is known for. It’s missing that key ingredient.
At the screening, which is I think the first one in NYC, it felt rather anime-club-y. Lots of youngins, and some older people. Costumers, loud-mouths, squeeing fanboys and fangirls. Not my ideal environment. However like last time the crowd largely kept quiet during the film, save for one or two places that elicited a yelp or an applause. It was still quite loud during the rest of the time; before the film and during the ending credits. I sat way up front–30 minutes early means you are the last 10% of people getting seated–so I can’t tell if anyone left the theater before the end of the film, since the movie continues after the credit.
Aniplex decided to give out little shikishi for the American screenings. It’s a little something, and I’m pretty happy that they did it. It would be nice to have merch available like how they do it in the various special screenings either in LA or in Paris, but it’s a step up from before.
PS. To TL;DR Author-style
Liked: I guess so.
Rewatch: Maybe once more just to see if I missed anything