Review: Vexille

Whilst Vexille is named after its main character, this isn’t a story about her, but rather a futuristic vision of a world wherein Japan’s scientists have outstripped the world in the field of biotechnology, paving the way forward for possible extensions into human cybernetics and robotics. Fearing the ethical consequences, the UN banned further research. Opposed to the restrictions, Japan responds by sealing itself off from the world via a high-tech surveillence net. Following suspicious events involving the only Japanese company that provides a link to the outside, a team is sent to infiltrate the web of secrecy, but what they discover is beyond anything they could have expected.

Vexille is meant to be the successor to Appleseed, at least in terms of advancement in computer graphics. However, whilst the actions scenes are pretty impressive, with the metallic moving parts of the Jags being particularly astounding (to me, anyway), the facial expressions were once again a letdown. With a wide shot being the only exception.

Furthermore, there is just the little problem of character development. The main conflict in Vexille was that she didn’t trust machines, and her interaction with the last vestiges of the Japanese race led her to care more about them, perhaps because these machines at least, were once fully human like herself. However, the character of Maria is far more interesting, having been shaped by relationships and betrayals that extend back to the beginning of Japan’s isolation. And that’s not to mention the stories behind the other characters we could have become interested in. Of course, the timeframe of a movie really doesn’t allow one to explore all those avenues, but Vexille might really have benefitted if the focus had been on Maria instead. (Maria isn’t a Japanese name anyway, is it?!)

If not character, it should have been plot that drove the movie. It is interesting enough, although I would have liked a bit more on just how a single company managed to take over a whole nation. The time spent on a less-than-fascinating protagonist could have been redirected towards developing the situation a bit more…but that was not to be. Ultimately, this was disappointing because it didn’t have enough direction. 6.5/10

p.s: their faces are very Japanese!


About karice
MAG fan, translator, and localization project manager. I also love musicals, travel and figure skating!

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