I have literally watched this movie dozens of times throughout my life – probably the film I’ve watched the most ever – but it had been quite a while since the last time. I still remember buying the first VHS release, and paying something like $50 or $60 for it – and that tape got played to death (literally). Re-watching it now, it’s just as fantastic. I was surprised by how much I had forgotten story-wise – which made it that much more enjoyable to watch – but at the same time it’s amazing how so many tiny sequences or audio cues feel so damn familiar, like a background to my brain. It does sadden me that since 1988, we’ve still never seen another movie like it. I’ve also started re-reading the original manga series this week, something I also haven’t dug into in at least a decade or two.