by Xavier Toby in New Film on Tuesday 14 October 2008

Any artform with a cult following often hides behind those fans to defend mediocrity. Too often anime is guilty of this crime and many releases which claim to be breakthroughs are only mediocre. Vexille proves this assertion by standing far above when compared to other recent releases. It combines a brilliant storyline with stunning animation to form a film that compares with the best of any genre. It is the year 2077 and the Japanese have been isolated for decades from the rest of the world, rumoured to be developing banned robotic technology. The storyline analyses the possible ramifications and consequences of genetic engineering allowed to run wild in an intelligent and insightful way. Combined with some ridiculously smooth and luscious stills and sequences, the package makes for a genre-defining film.