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Mind Game (マインド・ゲーム) is a Japanese animated feature film based on the comic by Robin Nishi. It was written and directed by Masaaki Yuasa and animated primarily by Studio 4°C.
Mind Game contains examples of:
- Art Shift: The entire movie switches between three or four different art styles, the main two being a sketchy, surreal style and Rotoscoping.
- Stylistic Suck: ... which is occasionally interspersed with clean, fancy and sometimes breathtaking animation.
- Deranged Animation: The message may be clear, but the presentation leaves one occasionally baffled at just what sort of chemicals would be required to envision what plays out on screen.
- Dirty Old Man: Jiisan, the old man in the whale.
- Flash Forward: The ending basically shows a series of possible future events.
- Forgiveness Requires Death: Done to Atsu after he killed Nishi.
- King of All Cosmos: God, "In all his infinite manifestations"
- Like a Badass Out of Hell: Nishi Took a Level In Badass while there, and even pulled a fast one on God... Or did he?
- A Fate Worse Than Death: Nishi narrowly avoids being erased from existence by God after he dies.
- Actually, it's rather The Nothing After Death than the Cessation of Existence.
- The scene where the people trapped inside the claustrophobic darkness of the whale are helplessly listening to the radio... and the weatherman describing the beautiful day, hoping everyone enjoys the warm sunlight and lovely breeze...
- Magnificent Bastard: God.
- And in second place, everyone involved with the film crew. Every last one of 'em.
- Mind Screw: And goodly amounts of it. It's named "Mind Game" for a reason.
- Non-Human Sidekick: The Plesiosaurus.
- No Ending: The movie specifically ends with "This movie has no ending."
- Serial Escalation: The entire whale escape sequence. Notably the obstacles that crop up.
- Time Travel
- The Gods Must Be Lazy: God.
- Train Escape: The protagonists end up narrowly avoiding a train (among other things) while escaping from inside a whale.
- What Do You Mean Its Not Symbolic: Most of the movie, but the whale in particular.
- X Meets Y: A good description of this film would be a Japanese, art-house "Jonah and the Whale".
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: God
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