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Title (English) Tekkonkinkreet
Title (Japanese) Tekkonkinkreet

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Fantasy Novel

Notes Movie, 2006, 111 mins. Based on the Tekkonkinkreet manga. The manga was published in the USA as "Black and White".
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Synopsis Two street brats clash with gangsters who are taking over their city.

Black and White are two orphans who roam the streets of Treasure Town, beating down any thug or yakuza who gets in their way. When mysterious foreign entrepreneurs appear with the intention of tearing down Treasure Town and replacing it with an amusement park, Black and White face their greatest adversaries yet. It is up to the destructive Black to save the fate of the city and up to the gentle White to save Black from his own dark nature. (ANN)

Review Another neglected masterpiece! Unusually, it is directed by an American, Michael Arias, who was also involved with "Animatrix" etc. Less unusually, it has a sound-track by two British musicians. Having seen it, I have to say that perhaps Western direction is what anime needs to drag it out of the mediocricy into which it seems to be sinking.

Tekkonkinkreet (the original title of the manga better known here as "Black and White") is a Japanese pun on the Japanese word for reinforced concrete. Not that the story has anything much to do with concrete, but if you watch the whole thing you may agree that it kind of makes sense. While the manga was in, er, black and white, the movie explodes into glorious colour. Two street brats clash with gangsters who are taking over their city. The two brats, both of them rather crazy, are portrayed with remarkable depth and sympathy, and White in particular has some great lines. The characters are depicted with a sophistication that is far removed from typical anime, and succeeds notably in making the yakuza characters seem human as well as menacing and nasty. The art uses both painted backgrounds and computer graphics to allow the viewpoint to swerve up and down garish oriental buildings and along twisting township streets, in a way that older animation methods can't.

Credits Director: Michael Arias
Script: Anthony Weintraub
Music: Plaid
Original Manga: Taiyo Matsumoto
Character Design: Shoujirou Nishimi
Art Director: Shinji Kimura
Chief Animation Director: Shoujirou Nishimi
Kazunari Ninomiya as Kuro (Black)
Yuu Aoi as Shiro (White)
Release US, UK etc: DVD
TV Showing See the whole series for free? This series may be syndicated to regional cable, satellite or terrestial TV stations. For Europe click here.
Date 2006-12-23
Production Aniplex
Animation Studio 4C
References & Help Look up the latest data on this title at:
Richard Llewellyn's Animated Divots, or
Anime News Network (see Encyclopedia section) ,
or in "The Anime Encyclopedia" (Clements & McCarthy, Stone Bridge Press, 2001).
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