Ritual ★★★★

Almost as a response to the wild handheld aesthetics of his live-action debut, Love & Pop, Hideaki Anno takes a 180 degree turn when it comes to the visual style in his next project.

Shiki-Jitsu is one of the most aesthetically pleasing films I've ever seen. Here, Anno shows off his skills in crafting stunning images full of striking compositions (many involving his usual fascination with trains, power lines, and industrial structures), immersive atmosphere, and inventive production designs. Seriously, it's insane how much thought process went behind each shot of this film.

I really wish that Anno would one day return to live-action and gives us more art like this.

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