The Empire of Corpses (2015)
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The animation is done by studio WIT, and it looks amazing, yet overused at this point since they keep reusing the same setting in their works: An 19th century steam-punk Europe, with zombies. The music is OK, although forgettable, while the dialogue is mostly info-dumps, making the exposition very amateurish.
The characters are nothing to remember for and the only thing that stands out is their names. They are all based on famous people from history and literature, making everything feel like a hunt for references and derivatives. There is practically nothing fresh about this concept; even the premise is essentially Frankenstein taken to a global level.
The plot feels to the most part like watching the second Ghost in the Shell movie. Gorgeous to look, pretentious to listen to, and absolutely no commitment to give a dime about anything that is going on in it. The characters say stuff as if reading an essay written by a high schooler attempting to sound wise, then something blows up, they go to a different place, sit down, and continue their boring couch philosophies.
It may not sound like a big issue but trust me, it's impossible to give a dime when there is a war going on, the main characters as standing in the back, reading books, and talk about the meaning of life while zombies are chewing each other to a second death. They are talking about people who are not even alive, nor take part in the battle.
As if that wasn't enough of a problem, the last third loses all sense of logic and becomes about magic crystals and spells that make you switch bodies. Everything becomes possible, you can't take anything seriously, the resolution is a ridiculous cop out, and you are essentially watching Guilty Crown all over again. Final verdict, it's awful.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and was one of the first anime films i watched outside the Studio Ghibli collection. The idea of bringing corpses back from the dead as working puppets, is a very dark matter and i believe this film manages to convey its story.
However it may of helped me relate to the characters and have a better understanding towards their motives, if more background was given into their lives.
Enjoyed so much have ordered myself the steel-book blu ray version to enjoy :)
Everything is going well before the one shows up. And the ending? wtf? I mean it might try to be logical from the beginning but wtf is the fkin crystal shiiiiiit in the end? And the green visible souls??????? Anticlimax.