Dir: Fumihiko Sori. Jap. 2007. 109mins.Opening Locarno with the world premiere of a new Japanese CG anime feature might have been a shrewd decision in this era of animation popularity. But, technical achievements aside, even a Japanese anime is ultimately judged by what it is attempting to say and how he does it - and in this respect, Fumihiko Sori, who previously directed the live action Ping Pong and produced the anime Appleseed, falls short.