Stunning, beautiful work of art. It seemed as if this sequel is a completely different film compared to the first one. Mamoru Oshii's fascination for cityscapes and his ability to capture them with immense elegance is in full view here, blurry like a mirage as if extracted out of a dream, to quote Rust from True Detective:
"(…)like someone's memory of a place and the memory's fading.."
The more meditative moments really stood out a lot. The action was light and I've come to prefer it that way after getting used to the first movie. The final confronation was like something out of a boss fight in a Souls game -- setting, mood and all. Bloodborne, maybe, when we go against Gehrman but this time with birds instead of flowers, a view of the city that Oshii treasured so much in place of a burning mansion. Poetic, melancholic, and again, so beautiful.