[This review contains spoilers]
I honestly expected more from director Shinichiro Watanabe. He is a great director, and he’ll always be known as the guy that made Cowboy Bebop, but the issue is, he’s not as good as a writer. Well, at least he’s an inconsistent writer. Baby Blue (another short) was good, but this one was messy to me.
It also had weird similarities to another show he worked on, Terror in Resonance, with mentions of EMP and a nuke blowing up in the sky.
This short was a retread. Now, with it taking less than fifteen minutes of your time, is it worth it? Yes.
It has great background art, though the animation can be a little hit and miss (but when it’s good, it’s really damn good) and the CGI is just an eyesore (though sparingly used).
I also loved how the replicants moved, they were too precise, too perfect in their motions. It was as if they didn’t have to see with their eyes, which made them intimidating, and alien in the best way possible.
If you love the cyberpunk aesthetic, check it out. It’s got some nice art that really calls back to the original Blade Runner film, it just doesn’t look as good. The plot is a little all over the place, but for a short, it works. The action is good, so no complaints there.
As a proof of concept, I think that this could be a great anime, but I think it’d need a better writer.