Noob Reviews: Altered Carbon: Resleeved
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Altered Carbon: Resleeved?
Working its way in between season one and season two for the Altered Carbon timeline. Resleeved is the first Altered Carbon anime movie that sees Tak (aka Takeshi Kovacs) spun back up and placed into a sleeve at the behest of a Yakuza boss (Tanaseda) on the planet Latimar. His mission is a simple one, or so he thought, all Tak has to do is protect a child named Holly from an assassination attempt.
Unfortunately, things quickly escalate, and truths come to light. Not only is Holly the Mizumoto's tattoo artist but also the one whose sacred duty it is to transfer the power of one Mizumoto boss to the next in line to secure their dominance on Latimar. Meaning no one boss reigns eternally as when doing so, the old boss is subjected to 'real death.' Which means that their consciousness is entirely destroyed and they can not be spun back up.
In addition to the story of Tak and Holly getting to the bottom of the origins of the cybernetic ninjas, they also seek to restore Holly's parents' stacks after they were brutally murdered. And we also meet a CTAC special operative named Gena who works her way into the Mizumoto's central hub of operations acting as a second bodyguard for Holly. The only problem is Gena may not be who she claims to be and may have a more personal relationship to Tak than he is aware.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- Official Trailer -
You can also find the listing on Netflix here.
When did it come out?
The film was released in March 2020 and runs for just under one hour and twenty minutes.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
Brittany Cox (Holly)
Chris Conner (Ogai)
Doug Stone (Tanaseda Hideki)
Elizabeth Maxwell (Gena)
Jamieson Price (Genzo)
Kaiji Tang (Shinji)
Ray Chase (Takeshi Kovacs)
What did you think of Altered Carbon: Resleeved?
Having just rewatched all of the first season and the second series for the first time, I was a bit iffy if I could take any more changes with the storyline as the second season (reviewed here) left me very underwhelmed. However, I thoroughly enjoyed Resleeved and honestly hope that there are more entries into the anime side of the universe.
What starts as a simple mission soon turns into an all-out fight for survival in a back alley with not only CTAC forces getting involved but urban looking cybernetically enhanced ninjas that will deploy any means of devious tricks to succeed. Whether it be smoke bombs, crossbows, scythes as they swing from railings on fibre cord or even heavily armoured units wielding mighty katana that can split a man in two with a single strike. They have it all.
I personally found the action sequences to be well-choreographed, and the pacing of the movie is handled really well. Which to be honest is a good thing as it seemed to have been directed and clipped to have minimum dragging out or filler sequences too. The story is also well-told, thoroughly explained and just the perfect amount of detail given for a colossal spoiler I won’t go into BUT I will say that someone who ‘died’ in season one hasn’t stayed dead. Wink wink nudge nudge.
When it comes to the negatives, there are very few that I found, the art style is definitely a more modern one and resonates profoundly with some of the other more recent Netflix exclusive animes. The soundtrack was on point and the acting, for the most part, came across well, there are a few odd characters that are short-lived and succumb to typical anime stereotypes of being loud and obnoxious, but luckily they are brief appearances.
Overall a great watch for both anime fans and Altered Carbon fans alike but also handled in such a way that an Altered Carbon first-timer can jump in and have a pretty solid idea of what is going on, without having to know the full lore from the seasons. I will definitely be watching more if Netflix gives the nod for future projects.
What rating would you give Altered Carbon: Resleeved?
I would give Altered Carbon: Resleeved a 5 out of 5 bananas.
Thoroughly enjoyed the anime and having watched it several times now, I can highly recommend it to both anime and Altered Carbon fans alike. True the art style and story may not be to everyone's taste. But, the human element (and even cybernetically enhanced ninja element) was fantastically implemented and to be honest, one I much more preferred over the aliens worked into season two.
Thank you very much for checking out the review, and if you are interested in Altered Carbon: Resleeved and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion, you can check it out here.