Watched Jin-Roh tonight. It being subtle and slow-building is...I realize that I'm a sucker for Mamoru Oshii's work. Like, I know I'll love Patlabor 2 just because of...how well Oshii paces stuff. It might be slow for others, but I think he's really good at building things towards a good emotional catharsis.
The directing was pretty solid, and I loved how well animated everything was.
The framing device was...a bit...I dunno how well it actually works but it was neat at the time. Oshii's work relies too much on his audience buying his metaphor, and honestly that's his biggest weakness. He can't just tell a story, it all needs to be couched in metaphor and framing.
Ghost in The Shell and GITS2 work because Oshii had a really good core idea and his framing devices were really well chosen. Like, after the films end, you don't even think "oh, yeah that framing device was good". Like, I can watch those films and not go "oh those framing devices are neat" because it all feels really organic.
Jin-Roh's film was really well put together though, but I wonder how different the manga was. Like, I enjoyed the "Little Red Riding Hood" metaphor, but it was a little transparent why he used it.
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