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-> '''Sawada:''' Cats? What cats?\\
'''Fujimura:''' Strays. Orphans. Delinquents who rule Treasure Town. They live by the law of the jungle. The city is their playground. Underestimate them and you'll kiss asphalt.

''Tekkon Kinkreet'' (a mispronunciation of ''Tekkin Konkurito'', or "reinforced concrete") is an anime film by [[Studio4C Studio 4C]], the animation studio known for creating ''Anime/TheAnimatrix''. It was adapted from [[AdaptationDisplacement a manga]] that originally was called ''Black and White'' in English but nowadays is sold under its original title.

The plot centers around two delinquent brothers called [[PolarOppositeTwins Black and White]]. Black acts as the tough, streetwise leader, while White is the childish and innocent half of the pair. Together they form the gang known as the Cats and rule Treasure Town, a decaying metropolis that is both colorful and dangerous. However, the {{yakuza}} known as the Suzuki "the Rat" and his boss move in and their plans to change Treasure Town with negative consequences for the Cats. With the yakuza's appearance come even bigger threats to Black and White, including superhuman aliens charged with hunting them down and a mysterious creature called the Minotaur with a reputation for cruelty.

One of the central themes of the film is the duality of the orphaned brothers. White needs Black to help protect him and Black needs the upbeat White to [[MoralityChain remind him of his humanity]]. Once separated from White, Black [[FreakOut slowly succumbs]] to his [[TheDarkSide inner darkness]] and White must bring him back.

The film is notable for having an American director, a fellow by the name of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Arias Michael Arias]], who previously produced ''The Animatrix''.

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!!This {{anime}} provides examples of:

* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: The "Aliens".
* AmbiguousDisorder: White, definitely. It's made clear early on that he's somehow... different, with his immature and occasionally obsessive behaviour.
* AmusementParkOfDoom: Kiddy Kastle.
* AntiHero: Black has a reputation for violence.
* ApologeticAttacker: Kimura, when he shoots Suzuki. He [[InelegantBlubbering loses his composure entirely]] when Suzuki reminds him to ditch his gun, clothes, etc. (Much like a father seeing his son off to graduation.)
* ArcWords: [[TakeOverTheCity "This is my town."]]
** "Love is all you need."
** "Don't worry, don't worry..."
** "I have the screws he's missing."
* ArrowCatch: The Minotaur performs one, then uses the arrow to [[EyeScream stab an alien in the eye]].
* {{Asexuality}}: Sawada says right out that he's asexual. He bucks the common stereotypes about asexuals (cold, uncaring, etc.) in that he's the most compassionate character in the movie.
** When he mentions it at a strip-show, Suzuki calls it a "sign of the times."
* BadassCape: Black, when succumbing to [[spoiler:the Minotaur]].
* BarbieDollAnatomy: The strip club scene.
* BathroomStallGraffiti: The entire film is covered in graffiti, and the bathrooms are no exception.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Black being consumed by his doppelganger, [[spoiler:"the Minotaur"]], who tempts him into becoming Treasure Town's most lethal criminal.
* BeautyMark: Several characters have one, most noticeably White.
* BerserkButton: "I can ''never'' forgive ''anyone'' who hurts White for ''any reason''", says Black in the manga.
* BigBad: It's complicated. [[spoiler:Snake is the most obvious, but he states that he is taking orders from "the ultimate authority" then directly states he means God.]]
* BigBadWannabe: Suzuki is established as the main threat in Act 1, but his power quickly starts to wane. Dusk and Dawn are a comedic example.
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:The Minotaur]] is a good contender, he nearly [[spoiler:takes away Black's humanity.]]
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: Treasure Town is a peculiar mix of early 20th century Japanese architecture and absurdly elaborate examples of classic Middle-Eastern, Indian and Chinese architectures.
* BloodKnight: Black is very... ''eager'' to defend "his town".
* CatchPhrase: "Hello! It's Japan, planet Earth calling! Agent White reporting! Do you read me? This is a very peaceful planet. Agent White: [[ForGreatJustice Keeping the peace, doing my best to fight the bad guys, wherever they may be]]. Over and out." ...And different variations of that throughout the movie.
** Also, White's attitude towards life can be summed up as: "Be happy, be happy/Don't worry, don't worry".
** Black also insists that Treasure Town is "his town".
* CheerfulChild: White, though he's actually pretty deeply disturbed and is able to remain cheerful only because of his obliviousness.
* ChekhovsGun: Black and White's promise and the apple tree.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Harshly [[AvertedTrope averted]]. Black has a [[SlasherSmile little too much fun]] beating people with a steel pipe and White [[spoiler:burns one of the Aliens ALIVE.]]
** One could argue that they are capable of these frightening acts ''because'' they are so innocent that they don't fully grasp how horrible they are. White especially is described as a true innocent by one of the secondary characters.
* CombatParkour: The two boys, White and Black, have some incredible jumping skills when combat oriented.
* ConspicuousCG: Noticeable still, but mitigated thanks to a blend of traditional graphics with 3D animation, and the appropriate use of [[ForTheCelOfIt cel shading]] (for vehicles) that goes fairly well with the design of the characters.
* ConstantlyCurious: White. The car he sleeps in is full of interesting stuff he's picked up.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Subverted, as while this does give Black and White a lot of freedom, it's also highlighted as the root of virtually all their problems.
* CloudCuckoolander: White, big time.
* CreepyCrows: Black's dark personality is represented by him being followed by a crow. White is represented by a dove.
* DecoyProtagonist: Dusk and Dawn who provide exposition for the Treasure Town and the Cats at the beginning of the film, only to be thoroughly trounced by Black. They reappear later in the film to give the first warning about the Minotaur's approach.
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler:Suzuki]], and later [[spoiler:Kimura]].
* {{Delinquents}}: Well, duh.
* DerangedAnimation: Most notably during the [[spoiler:Minotaur]] sequence.
* DisneyDeath: For a few minutes you really do think [[spoiler:White]] is going to die from his stab wound.
* DissonantSerenity: White, when [[spoiler:burning one of the Aliens to death and almost getting Black burned as well]].
* DramaticShattering
* [[FingerInTheMail Ear In The Mail]]: Kimura's EstablishingCharacterMoment is chopping off a delinquents ears and sending them to his friends.
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* EnemyWithout...''[[MindScrew Or is it]] EnemyWithin?''
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Suzuki has nostalgia for the old neighborhood and doesn't want to see it torn down. Fujimura ribs him about this, saying that he's wiftful about his own brothels and gambling houses, but Suzuki believes that ''his'' businesses [[NotEvilJustMisunderstood performed a public service]].
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Snake, held at gunpoint, idly asks Kimura what motivated his betrayal.
-->'''Kimura:''' Love, and truth.\\
'''Snake:''' [[DidntSeeThatComing Huh]].
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: Snake's colossal rotating metal tower looms over Kiddy Kastle.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Suzuki treats death with the same mellow attitude as he does everything else, though he is a DeathSeeker by this point.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: "What if [[spoiler:Black]] is the [[spoiler:Minotaur]]?", says one character. Other scenes of the story, including the anime's opening, also foreshadow that.
* FourIsDeath: Snake and his three henchmen.
* FriendlyEnemy: Suzuki and Fujimura go back a long way. Fujimura mocks the aging gangster's impotence, but quickly shows concern when he wanders alone into gang territory.
* FunWithSubtitles: The Aliens' speech is translated as a bunch of [[{{Wingdinglish}} wingdings and gibberish]].
* GloryDays: Suzuki flashes back to his days as an old-guard yakuza when Treasure Town was in its heyday.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: [[spoiler:Kimura]], whose morality improves after he's scarred, and Black, particularly the one on his hand which symbolises [[spoiler:his inner battle with the Minotaur]].
* GogglesDoNothing: Black does wear his sometimes, if only to look cool.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: Of the yakuza goons, only Kimura has the good sense to take Black seriously -- but even he gets creamed by an expensive liquor bottle.
** White hits one of the Aliens in the face with a bottle to distract its attention from Black.
* GrowingUpSucks
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler:Kimura]]. He's killed in a drive-by before he can skip town and start an honest life.
* HeroicBSOD
* HopeSproutsEternal: [[spoiler:After failing to grow for much of the movie's duration, White's apple seed finally sprouts and blossoms during the end credits, after the brothers are reunited]]. [[spoiler:In the manga, Black finds out about it just before the confrontation with the Minotaur, which leads to him keep his promise to White and refuse the Minotaur's help]].
* IdiotSavant: White has the mind of a philosopher and understands people far better than they do themselves.
* {{Implacable M|an}}en: The Aliens can survive inconceivable blunt force trauma.
* IronicEcho: Kimura taunts a small-time gangster by introducing himself as, "What you wish ''you'' were: a real yakuza." Kimura is stunned when Snake later reverses that same statement.
* KillItWithFire: One of the Aliens' few weaknesses.
* LeParkour: And also plenty of RoofHopping and free-falling.
* LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub: Treasure Town used to be a yakuza stronghold, a haven of smut and vice. Snake convinces the boss to turn it into a theme park, similar to how the mafia was edged out of Vegas by conglomerates.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: White "protects" Black in this way, even more than Black protects him physically.
* LouisCypher: Snake is suggested to be a Satanic figure, from the red suits he wears, to the superhuman strength of his lackeys. Possibly inverted; he makes allusions to doing "God's" work.
* MadeOfEvil: [[spoiler:The Minotaur]] is the dark side of the psyche made flesh.
* MadnessMakeover: [[spoiler: Black]] becomes more and more unkempt and deranged looking after [[spoiler: being separated from White]].
* MadnessMantra: "Be happy, be happy/Don't worry, don't worry."
* MagicRealism: The main characters are able to jump over buildings and fly, which is [[ShrugOfGod given no explanation whatsoever]]. The Aliens' origins aren't explained either.
* MindScrew: It seems at first that the initial acrobatics and flying is just White's fantasies. Then the flying purple men show up...
* MoralityChain: [[spoiler:White, for Black. When White goes away, Black turns into a violent psychopath.]]
* NiceHat: White is seen with a myriad of quirky hats throughout the film.
* NightmareFuelColoringBook: White's [[spoiler:manic renditions of The Minotaur later in the storyline]].
* NonHumanSidekick: Black and White's cats and Black's [[CreepyCrows raven]]. Possibly BondCreatures.
* OddlySmallOrganization: The Cats. There's three of them if you count ''Gramps'', but...
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: Snake decides Kimura isn't fully on his team and requests that he kill his mentor. The alternative is to come home and find his girlfriend's pregnant stomach slit open.
* OneLastSmoke: Suzuki spits out his cigarette when shot. Black comes across the fallen yakuza boss and sticks it back in his mouth for him.
* ParrotPetPosition: Black and his [[CreepyCrows crows]].
* PerpetualSmiler: Suzuki, otherwise known as the Asian Jeff Goldblum.
* PoliceAreUseless: The cops are hogtied by the yakuza, and utterly ''overwhelmed'' by two kids in goggles.
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* ProductionThrowback: Scenes from the [[ShowWithinAShow "Time Boy" anime]] from ''MindGame'', an earlier Studio 4C production, show up on television in Suzuki's safehouse as [[spoiler:he leaves for the last time]].
* ThePromise: Black promised White they would save money to catch a flight and live in a house by the sea one day.
* PromotionToParent: Black to White, although their status as siblings is unclear.
* PsychicLink: Implied between the brothers.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* RetroUniverse: The aesthetics of the city strongly evokes urban Japan in TheFifties and TheSixties (with a dash of pan-Asian elements mixed in), complete with period everyday items and vehicles.
** A minor hint of the years in which the show takes place does surface early on, explaining the aesthetics. Suzuki is depicted reading [[http://img219.imageshack.us/img219/2135/tekkonkinkreetastrology.jpg an astrology book for 1967/Showa 42]], implying the storyline unfolds between the summers of 1967 and 1968.
*** However, there's a scene from an arcade that has games that seem to belong to the 1980's.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: The room that is given to White halfway through the movie goes from being full of ordinary drawings to crazy towards the end.
* RuleOfSymbolism: When [[spoiler:White]] is stabbed through the torso, his blood pools around him into a circle. Snake's jacket sports the same red symbol.
* [[SatisfiedStreetRat Satisfied Street Cats]] Though they do hope to someday escape Treasure Town.
* ScarsAreForever: [[spoiler:Kimura, after having his ass handed to him by Black]]. Also, Black has a scar over his left eye and another under his chin, [[spoiler:then a third on his hand by the end]].
* SceneryPorn: UpToEleven!
* ShoutOut: At one point, we see [[Manga/BlackJack a back-alley doctor with a scar dividing his face, with one half darker than the other.]]
* SiblingYinYang: [[ColorCodedCharacters Black and White]], obviously. Black even wears a coat with a yin-yang symbol on it.
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids
* SnakesAreEvil: Snake is quite possibly the most despicable character in the film.
* SnowMeansDeath: White hates winter for this reason. Black loses his moral compass in the Winter chapter.
* SociopathicHero: Black can somehow pull off an array of brutal assaults while grinning like a lunatic and still be sympathetic.
** It helps that a lot of people he attacks had it coming. Like [[spoiler:the yakuza he beats up early on.]]
* SuperSpeed: The Alien assassins and the Minotaur.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler:The Minotaur to Black.]]
* TrippyFinaleSyndrome: The journey into Black's deranged mind seems to last about 15 minutes before skipping to a DistantFinale which is wildly different in tone to the rest of the film.
* VillainousRescue: [[spoiler:The Minotaur easily defeats the Aliens who were about to kill the depressed and confused Black at the end.]]
* WaxingLyrical:
--> '''Suzuki:''' At least believe in love, Kimura. [[JohnLennon Love is all you need.]]
* WormThatWalks: A pecular variation - a giant crow made out of hundreds of ordinary-sized crows flying in precise formation.
* {{Yakuza}}

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