Your New Anime Thrillride: REDLINE is like Speed Racer with missiles, lasers and killer robots

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The new anime movie REDLINE looks like addictive fun, thanks to a never-ending supply of pew-pew-pew lasers, heat-seeking missiles and vicious robots disrupting a huge race. Just check out the clip above — which is exclusive to io9 — to see a couple minutes of the car-racing, explosive action.

REDLINE is the work of director Takeshi Koike, who was an animator on The Animatrix, Dead Leaves and Samurai Champloo, and also directed the short film Trava – Fist Planet. And it's the work of MADHOUSE, the studio that gave us Paprika and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. REDLINE won rave reviews from Anime News Network, and snagged the Audience Official Selection Award for Animation at Fantasia and the Outstanding Achievement in Feature Filmmaking – Animation Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

REDLINE is getting a theatrical release in L.A. on Dec. 2 and in NYC on Jan. 6, and then comes out on DVD Jan. 17. Check out the trailer at left.


Here's the synopsis, plus some stills:

REDLINE is about the biggest and most deadly racing tournament in the universe. Only held once every five years, everyone wants to stake their claim to fame, including JP, a reckless dare-devil driver oblivious to speed limits with his ultra-customized car - all the while, organized crime and militaristic governments want to leverage the race to their own ends. Amongst the other elite rival drivers in the tournament, JP falls for the alluring Sonoshee - but will she prove his undoing, or can a high speed romance survive a mass destruction race?


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