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Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem


Genre: Action/Drama
Company: EMI/Toei Douga
Format: 1 movie
Dates: 5/18/2003

On a distant planet a popular band plays, the people are happy and life is good… until a greedy man from a strange planet kidnaps the band during the concert, brainwashes them and takes them back to his own planet. It’s up to one brave fan to return the band to their native world. But the question is this: do they want to go back?

summary by Ender


Reviewed: 04/21/2004 by
Grade: 91% av-Ender

Highs: Wonderful mesh of art, storytelling and music

Lows: May not appeal to everyone

Based upon Daft Punk‘s 1999 album Discovery and drawn-up by Matsumoto Leiji, Interstella 5555 brings a style to the anime spectrum that is definitely something worth witnessing.

To start off, this is not “just some music video,” but essentially a futuristic fairy tale that’s exciting, heartwarming, sad, angry, etc… sometimes all at once. The purpose of this anime is to tell a fantastic story that takes full advantage of the audience’s senses. Matsumoto’s classic art style blends together almost seamlessly with Daft Punk’s continuously grooving score. The bright, vibrant detail and motions of the characters come to life on the screen. There’s also enough art coming from the settings to compliment and dance along with the characters. And the soundtrack is right there for the ride, knowing full well when to play the right music for each scene, thus bringing more jumping, dancing, kinetic life to the art. To see such imagery work in complete harmony with music is an almost rarity in anime nowadays. In a way, you don’t so much watch this piece as you do experience it.

People who are not fans of techno will probably not like this. After all, Daft Punk is a techno group, and to expect anything other than what you hear in dance clubs wouldn’t be a wise expectation. Of course, there are those who aren’t Matsumoto fans, either. For these people, then this anime is most likely not for them, as well.

Still, it’s worth taking a look at this anime even if you’re not a fan of either the music or the style. A film like this only comes once in a blue-moon. And at an hour long, it certainly doesn’t overstay its visit. 

Interstella 5555 is definitely a party that rocks the body.


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