|Genre||Adventures, Psychological, Drama|
|Written by||Taiyō Matsumoto|
|English publisher||Viz Media|
|Magazine||Big Comic Spirits|
|Original run||1993 – 1994|
|Directed by||Michael Arias
Hiroaki Ando (co-director)
|Produced by||Eiko Tanaka
|Written by||Anthony Weintraub|
|Licensed by||Sony Pictures|
|Released||December 22, 2006|
Tekkonkinkreet (鉄コン筋クリート Tekkonkinkurīto , a child's mispronunciation of "Tekkin Konkurito" (steel reinforced concrete) is a three-volume seinen manga series by Taiyō Matsumoto, which was originally serialized from 1993 to 1994 in Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits and first published in English as Tekkonkinkreet: Black & White. It was adapted into a 2006 feature-length Japanese anime film of the same name, directed by Michael Arias and animated by Studio 4°C. The film Tekkonkinkreet premiered in Japan on December 23, 2006.
The story takes place in the fictional city of Takaramachi (Treasure Town) and centers on a pair of orphaned street kids – the tough, canny Kuro (Black) and the childish, innocent Shiro (White), together known as the Cats – as they deal with yakuza attempting to take over Treasure Town.
The film adaption consists of three plots shown in the manga.
Part 1 
The story follows two orphans, Kuro and Shiro, as they attempt to keep control of the streets of the pan-Asian metropolis of Treasure Town. Kuro is a violent streetwise punk who considers Treasure Town to be "his town". Shiro is younger and an innocent dope, out of touch with the world around him and often living in a world of illusions. They call themselves "the Cats".
First they take on thugs with a berserk "Black", as he is known in the film, beating up three yakuza who are menacing a street gangster friend of his.
A corporation called "Kiddy Kastle" conceives plans to tear down and rebuild Treasure Town to fit its own goals.
Part 2 
When Black interferes once too often, Yakuza are sent to kill him but fail so the deadly "three assassins" are sent. In order for Black and White to be saved themselves, he has to put gasoline and put the first one on fire. Another encounter when alone and White is seriously injured and nearly dies by the assassin. Part two ends when White is taken into custody by the police "for his own good".
Part 3 
Part three starts when White finds himself at the police station, drawing a dolphin. However both are messed up kids and complement each other and without White, Black deteriorates and becomes delusional.
Kimura, who started out as one of the bad yakuza guys and was badly beaten across the face by Black is pushed into murdering, Suzuki/Rat; his boss and mentor, by Snake. Kimura eventually rebels and kills Snake. He tries to escape with his pregnant wife but in revenge is murdered by a drive-by shooter.
Black has released his evil side, the Minotaur, to kill the last two assassins and then he manages to get back to sanity and joins White again, and it ends with them playing in the sea like two innocent kids.
|Character||Japanese Cast||English Cast**|
|Kuro(Black)/The Minotaur||Kazunari Ninomiya||Scott Menville|
|Shiro(White)||Yu Aoi||Kamali Minter|
|Kimura||Yusuke Iseya||Rick Gomez|
|Sawada||Kankuru Kudo||Tom Kenny|
|Suzuki||Min Tanaka||David Lodge|
|Fujimura||Tomomichi Nishimura||Maurice LaMarche|
|The Boss||Mugihito||John DiMaggio|
|Choco||Nao Omori||Alex Fernandez|
|Vanilla||Yoshinori Okada||Quinton Flynn|
|Dawn||Yukiko Tamaki||Yuri Lowenthal|
|Dusk||Mayumi Yamaguchi||Phil Lamarr|
|Snake||Masahiro Motoki||Dwight Schultz|
|Kimura's Wife*||Marina Inoue||Kate Higgins|
|The Doctor*||Osamu Kobayashi||Steven Jay Blum|
|The Three Assassins||Crispin Freeman
- "*" - Minor Role
- "**" - Not credited on the DVD
Tekkonkinkreet is a three-volume seinen manga series by Taiyō Matsumoto, which was originally serialized in Japan from 1993 to 1994 in Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits and first published in English as Tekkonkinkreet: Black & White.
All three manga issues was adapted into a 2006 feature-length Japanese anime film of the same name, directed by Michael Arias and Hiroaki Ando and animated by Studio 4°C. The film Tekkonkinkreet premiered in Japan on December 23, 2006.
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Joseph Luster felt that the brotherly bond between the protective Black and the endearing White was the heart of the manga. "While it may not be what anime fans have come to expect for a traditional film, the end result is something that while predictable is surprisingly engaging." — Chris Beveridge, Mania. "Regardless of how much you watch this one, though, this is a film that no serious anime fan should miss." — Chris Johnston, Newtype USA.
The manga won the 2008 Eisner Award for "Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Japan". Tekkonkinkreet won the prestigious Best Film Award at the 2006 Mainichi Film Awards. It was also named Barbara London's top film of 2006 in the annual "Best of" roundup by the New York Museum of Modern Art's Artforum magazine. In 2008, it received 'best original story' and 'best art direction' from the Tokyo International Anime Fair. It won the 2008 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.
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- "Michael Arias's Tekkonkinkreet". The Museum of Modern Art 2007 Film Exhibitions. MoMA.org. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-05-03. Retrieved 2007-04-26.
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- Schilling, Mark (2006-12-21). "Outlander gazes into Showa's soul". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2007-04-25.
- Beveridge, Chris (October 5, 2007). "Tekkon Kinkreet". Mania.
- Johnston, Chris (October 2007). "Tekkon Kinkreet". Newtype USA 6 (10): p. 97. ISSN 1541-4817.
- (Japanese) "映画「鉄コン筋クリート」OFFICIAL BLOG － TOL ブログ(Blog) 芸能人・有名人・ツタヤのお店がエンタメを語る～". Archived from the original on 2007-05-09. Retrieved 2007-04-27.
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- Eva 1.0 Wins Tokyo Anime Fair's Animation of the Year - Anime News Network
- (Japanese) "Animation of the year". Archived from the original on 2008-03-16. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
Further reading 
- (Japanese) Tekkonkinkreet official site
- Tekkonkinkreet official site at Sony Pictures
- Otaku USA interview with Michael Arias
- IONCINEMA.com interview with Michael Arias
- Daily Yomiuri/de-VICE interview with Michael Arias
- Interview with Arias
- Tekkonkinkreet trailer
- Tekkonkinkreet (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- Tekon kinkurîto at the Internet Movie Database