The matte backgrounds (and possibly fully animated backgrounds) for this unique Japanese animation are stunning. Added to my rental/find list.
“im not too too keen on anime, and havent watched enough to compare, but I was pretty much blown away by the cinematography and the background art. Shinji Kimura (the art director) and his staff are so gifted, it makes me crazy in the head just trying to imagine how its all done. its such a visual spectacle to me. the color schemes are based on advertisements of 1950’s and 1960’s japan… and has a nostalgic retro feel.”