Redline is a science fiction racing anime produced by Madhouse in 2009. It’s set in the future when people have abandoned wheeled cars for hover cars Some people still wanted to race their wheeled machines and thus, started a series of races that only a crazy gear head would enter. The bulk of the movie centers around Sweet JP, a racer with a flair for dressing like John Travolta from “Grease” with a personality as sweet as his hair. If you like anime with cars and vivid scenes, then this movie will definitely be up your alley. The aspect of the movie I quite enjoyed is that not all the people in the movie are human; there are robots, aliens, and even furries.
The film opens up at the finish line of the Yellowline race, where all kinds of crazy looking characters are waiting to see who wins while taking last minute bets. The racers are a rag tag bunch of crazies whose personalities match perfectly with the cars they drive. The dangerous aspect of the races are that there are no rules and you can modify your car with anything you want, even weapons. There is one hover car racer in the mix, the very spunky Sonoshee, whose strong determination to win is matched only by her rockin’ curves. After the end of the Yellowline, they announce that the Redline will be held on Roboworld, a military plant ruled by cyborgs. They don’t want the race to be held there because they are afraid the world will find out about the secrets they’ve been hiding since the race is televised. They openly threaten to kill any racer that participates and two racers drop out.
The movie was very well written and the characters were well thought out. The voice actors Takeshi Koike, Takuya Kimura, Yu Aoi, and Tadanobu Asano were a very awesome addition to the overall feel of the movie. I don’t know how many times I’ve watched a movie or show where the actors have really grating noises or voices that don’t go with the look of the character. My favorite was Tadanobu Asano, the voice of Frisbee, who just so happens to also play Hogun in the movie “Thor”. If you haven’t seen the movie Redline by now then I will use a quote from Peter Griffin to convince you: “Come on!”