Kannami Yuichi is a "Kildren", a fighter pilot recently sent to Urisu
Base to replace a previous one who had died in battle. Like the
numerous genetically-engineered pilots before him, he does not age,
only to live his life fighting and eventually dying in battle. Rostock
and Lautern, 2 different companies have been engaged in a brutal war
that has no beginning or end, rather the battles they create serve to
"entertain" the peacetime people. Yuichi befriends the base commander,
Kusanagi Suito, a woman who endures a long dark past. As their
relationship grows, Yuichi learns the bittersweet moments of life, and
the inescapable fate he has been placed in.
The story unfolds in another 'possible' modern age. The main characters are youngsters called "Kildren", who are destined to live eternally in their adolescence. The Kildren are conscious that every day could be the last, because they fight a "war as entertainment" organized and operated by adults. But as they embrace the reality they are faced with, they live their day-to-day lives to the full.
Hannah's comments: The drawings are in a way very typical Oshii, but still not. What I found which were typical, were the dog, the music and the lifeeless eyes of the Kildren. I donīt know really what to say about this film, itīs good but not. Those who have seen "Ghost in the Shell" can of course recognize parts of the drawings and a little of the story but I canīt understand why the film has to be around 2 hours long, the story is so slowly that I sometimes didnīt want to watch the end. Once in a while I felt I was playing a game because of the animation itself, but mostly it was nice to watch. all angles of shadows and small differences of the colours, smooth sometimes, hard sometimes. Donīt stop watching the film until the very end (after the endingtexts of the staff etc), because the most interesting parts lay in the last two minutes.
If you are an Oshii-fan or want to see a film which has smooth animation, watch it, otherwise, I recommend you first watch "Ghost in the Shell" or other animé.