Bizarre? You betcha. From the weird files of the Dai Mahou Touge anime show comes this twisted tale of a humble potato who defies the intervention of his vegetable friends to skin himself to ruin. Yes, yes, we agree. Japanese cartoons rule.
This Japanese anime feature is likely part of a series with similar storylines or animation, but that’s irrelevant because this superb film stands apart from the mass of recently released full-length anime movies in terms of story, character and animation. The ending does feel a little rushed, but that seems a problem common to many anime features, and apart from that small flaw, this film takes an inspired idea and cleverly realises it.