I really don't know how to review this movie. It left me feeling amazed with admiration, but unnecessarily sad, too. TATSUMI is a fascinating, original piece of work- there is only one movie that I know of, WALTZ WITH BASHIR that bears any resemblance to it. But it is not a pleasant experience, by any means- there were things in this movie that were so overwhelmingly dark, grim and depressing that I wondered, why? Why did it have to be this depressing when it is this quiet and this ineffectual? The worst part is that there is no good reason or any hopeful or reedeming qualities for that potent stuff to be there. It is hard for me to recommend this movie although there are things about that I very much admired. Maybe aspiring animators or hardcore film buffs should see it- but no one else. It also has a number of plot holes and inexplicable, unexplained scenes- that's not nitpicking. But the film is a truly fascinating experience about the mind of an artist (something which it realizes almost masterfully) with a very original style.
So really- see it, if you dare.