The story takes some kooky turns and, at times, delves into the supernatural.
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The story is sweet by animé standards, although it has harsh elements as well.
The film is as lively as a cricket and often very funny, but it's not for the cyberpunk crowd.
A welcome exercise in anime weirdness.
A singularly strange and affecting comedy.
With its masterful grasp of comedy, pathos, social commentary and mystical weirdness, Tokyo Godfathers takes anime to a whole new level.
Like the comic strips of Ben Katchor, Tokyo Godfathers artfully appreciates the beauty and humanity in junked lives and landscapes.
As with the greatest animated films, the triumph of Kon's work lies not just in its beauty and singularly sophisticated storytelling but in how that beauty and storytelling combine to give the films a sting so human you can forget you're watching a cartoon.
No amount of shoehorned-in razzle-dazzle can keep this forced fable from feeling like a shadow of Kon's early work.