This is unequivocally the best piece of animated media of all time. Completely perfect from start to finish, topped off by a god-tier soundtrack by Kensuke Ushio.
Gentle, mild, and lovingly whimsical throughout, The Taste of Tea is a wandering film about the directionlessness of life. The film's explorations and small stories of joy are told through its characters, giving a sense freedom where any semblance of plot seems to just barely slip through the cracks. Faintly surreal, comical, relaxing, and absolutely fantastic.
Way too violent/gory and sexual for my usual liking, and pretty rushed at times, but I think I just generally prefer stuff that's a bit less action-packed and with lower "stakes." I liked the ending, and the animation was good, naturally. The only reason this is rated so low is because Yuasa + Science SARU have set the bar so, so, so consistently high elsewhere. Of course, Kensuke Ushio hits it out of the park with the music once again.
+1 star for Tako the Devilcat and the episode 9 credits song/scene.