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Copy of Tekkonkinkreet

English 312 - Class discussion
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Mami Arai

on 10 February 2013

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TEKKONKINKREET directed by Michael Arias Animated by Sudio 4°C estimated $4,300,000 Three-volume series
Taiyo Matsumoto
Originally serialized in North America October 1998 and April 2000
Film adaptation premiered in Japan on December 23, 2006 Awards!!! Best Film 2006 Mainichi Film Awards Barbara London's top film of 2006 in the annual "Best of" roundup by the New York Museum of Modern Art's Art forum magazine In 2008, it recieved 'best original story' and 'best art direction' from Tokyo International Anime Fair i can't believe this is our last disscussion [sobs] The Basics: Dualism Within Tekkon Kinkreet Yin
Night
Winter
Dark Yang Day
Summer
Light What do you think about the director's decisions regarding the characters? (i.e. Black wearing his lack of innocence on his exterior, and the choice to have a woman do White's voice.) Black and White are similar character binaries in Tekkonkinkreet as George and Lenny are in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Lenny and White are naive, simple, and idolize Black and George respectively. Black and George are smart, quiet and totally devoted to protecting their companions. In both Tekkonkinkreet and Of Mice and Men, the pairs share an imaginary paradise, where they will one day reach. Black and White's paradise Island and the function of the film's epilogue.

Was the paradise purely figurative or was it analygous for heaven? Or something else entirely?
What function does the paradise serve being present only in epilogue?
What other icons could this picture represent? In relation to the film, what comes to mind seeing this clip?

Are there any other aspects of the film that might pertain to Of Mice and Men Is this the only time Black's story parallels Christ? What comes to mind in seeing this clip? Are there any other coorelations between Of Mice and Men and Tekkonkinkreet? The first time we see the Ocean landscape is during White's coma, which begs the question: Where are they now that they are once again in paradise? Yin and Yang are about opposites creating a harmonious being. What are some other characters/instances where we see this balancing act occur in the movie? In what ways are White and Black representative of Yin and Yang? What is the significance of the eyes? Rawr! Animals, like crows, elephants, fish, and various other animals are constantly being exposed to the audience. What are Michael Arias's intentions for the animals are? What do you think they represent? Shoujirou Nishimi was the character designer and made "rules" for each personality: how they posed, acted, and how they expressed emotions in certain situations. With this amount of detail (even before storyboarding), how do the characters in this film feel different from the other characters seen in other films during the span of this class? Do they feel more raw... more abrasive? Elephants Crow The violent scenes in Tekkonkinkreet varied stylistically throughout the film. Some were more sudden but unsurprising, others were abrupt, and some were glorified or slowed down. What are your views on how the art of the film amplified or toned down the violence portrayed in the story? Many critics and viewers made the comment that the color scheme and animation style reminded them of children's drawings.
Does the animation style represent Black and White's childhood or loss of childhood?

Note: the scenes where White is drawing the Minotaur and the scenes where his world becomes more like watercolors. The art direction of Tekkonkinkreet is very different from the other films we have seen. There are many reasons for this - one being that it contains both European and Asian animation styles - two being various artistic choices - three being faith in the original manga - four being an advancement in computer graphic imagery - and lastly personal inspirations. The Art of The title: Tekkonkinkreet or Tekkon Kinkurīto, a child's mispronuniation of "Tekkin Konkurito" which translates to steel reinforced concrete. What is the significance of the title in reference to the film?
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