Sunday, January 18, 2015

Lily C.A.T. (1987)

A Japanese science fiction horror anime directed by Hisayuki Toriumi.
A spaceship is travelling to a distant planet and the human inhabitants are in extended hibernation. The ship picks up an item floating through space and a message from Earth. The item turns out to be a virus and the message tells them that there are 2 crew members who are criminals and not supposed to be there.
An anime version of Alien (1979) is what I saw. Complete with Jones, the cat. This wasn't a bad thing though. Emulating such a famous and well-made film is not an easy task. They really nailed the tense atmosphere that defined Alien. The animation style was really good and showed some effects that would have been used in live action, like selective focus. The plot was decent, but I don't think that the characters were all that great. The monster was cool and unique, but not really what I wanted. Overall, it was well executed, but shorter and shallower than I would have liked. I rate it good.

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