I wanted to share with everyone the movie poster for the 2001 anime Metropolis, directed by Rintaro and scripted by Katsuhiro Otomo. We're all very familiar with this one, because it's used as the cover of the DVD. There are some good lines and bold color, and it focuses on the movie's central character, Tima, with her obsessive pursuer, Rock, in the background.
Is this movie really a love story between these two? That's a good question. We obviously think of the boy, Kenichi, as the romantic hero. But be honest. Isn't he a drip? He's really too bashful to do anything. His relationship with Tima is surprisingly passive. If he wasn't chasing around everywhere with the girl in tow, I really don't know what he'd be doing with her.
Rock, on the other hands...now, Rock has passion. His drive stems from his feelings of rejection by his adoptive father, so he sees Tima as a rival instead of a lover. But at least he feels something, and acts upon those feelings, ruthlessly, without fear of consequence. Rock posseses the animal heart that Tima only imagines she had. They're the true couple of this picture.
Frankly, I would have been preferred seeing that wimpy wet blanket Kenichi hop on the plane with his detective uncle. He's the Paul Henreid of this movie, and, as always, I'm rooting for the girl to pick the other man.