After enjoying the sublime wonders of Miikes Zebraman, I was overjoyed to hear that a sequel was in the works. And, like Apple mania where everyone tries to guess what the latest iPhone or iPad will look like, I imagined various Z-2 scenarios, from banal to outrageous. But even my most demented possibilities didnt match what Miike had in store for me.
In Z-2, its 2025 and we find ourselves in a dystopian world where Sho Aikawa has no idea who he is, Zebra Armies patrol the streets of Zebra City killing anyone that stands in their path, and a Zebra Queen enthralls the beaten down masses with her Zebra singing and dancing. Im not kidding. Clearly, this is a much darker movie than the first one!
Miike, who has been a little tamer than usual these last few years, throws off the shackles of sanity and takes us to places weve never been before something he used to do with far more regularity. Here we get madness, battle, chaos, despair, redemption, and a final fight vs. a giant, unstoppable green alien. Hopelessly outgunned, Zebraman turns to one final weapon in his efforts to save the Earth: a straw. Zebraman 2, though vastly different in tone to its brilliant predecessor, stands tall and proud on its own. Endlessly entertaining, mind-blowing, and sheer fun, you cant go wrong watching this movie.
A challenge: Take 1,000 guesses as to how this movie will end and you wont come close. Miike knows how to close the show!