t’s nothing like Isao Takahata’s other works. This one is about an Alternate Viking/Scandinavian Time Period about a boy named Horus who receives a sword from some Earth God, and is sent on a quest to defeat an Ice Demon meets a group of village locals and a mysterious Girl who has the key to restoring peace to the land. However, as in most Isao Takahata animes the focus is not on the animation, but on the script. People battle against the forces of evil using their most powerful weapon: will power. Evil comes in the form of bad luck, misfortune, direct attacks and sneaky social manipulation. Good’s champion is a boy that has come to fulfill his dying father’s last wish. You can find love, betrayal, anger, violence, marital ceremonies, friendship, all the hallmarks of good Japanese anime.
While Disney were creating gimmicky films like The Sword In The Stone, Takahada filled his film with the truest essence of humanity, as Hols must not only fight The Frost King, but must also deal with peoples misconceptions, stubborn attitudes and discriminatory views. The Little Norse Prince is deeper than fighting shape changing witches and squirrel romances, and in its purity is so awe inspiring. It has the ability to turn you into a child again, and view it with the eyes of an innocent as he manages to remind us what is noble about humanity and what we sometimes lack in ourselves. The Little Norse Prince is by no means a classic in the grand sense of cinema, but has an undeniable ability to transport us to a time and space when the world seemed a better place and life was worth fighting for.
Takahada laid the foundations with The Little Norse Prince for some remarkable and simply brilliant films, and it is quite easy to see how he and Miyazaki (who was an animator on this production) found the inspiration to be able to take the essence of Norse Prince, elaborate and expand on the settings and morals. One of the notable aspects is how exceptionally refined the imagination of Takahada is, as this film just exudes originality and feels completely different and fresh next to its contemporaries, and indeed the same can be said of the more recent Ghibli films compared to talking fish and super hero families. The Little Norse Prince may not be the greatest anime ever created, but it certainly is true to itself and the messages it wishes to deliver us as an audience and can only be praised as an effective means of emotive story telling which can and does not only appeal to all ages, but speak to all ages.
Sadly the story doesn’t make fully sense. Some characters aren’t designed as well as they could have been. Especially the evil demon didn’t look impressive at all – not even slightly scary. Also the drawings lacked detail all together. But that is all understandable, since “Anime” has been in it’s children’s shoes. I don’t know why, but Isao Takahata movies are the emotionally most touching movies for me. Grave of the Fireflies has been the most extreme cinematic experience for me. I am almost crying remembering this movie. And it’s almost 10 years ago since I watched it the last time. Horus is different. It’s not a sad movie, like Grave of the Fireflies is. I’ts quite cheerful and optimistic. It’s one of the movies that is so warmhearted, that it makes you feel like a child again. The originality that The Little Norse Prince exudes is nothing short of impressive, as his anti-aging formula transports us back in time to makes us feel young and vulnerable. While it may not be the greatest anime of all time, it is nothing short of being the most important.
Following in the aftermath of a terrible Demon-Human war, turn of the century Japan is preparing a new fighting force in case the demons decide to return. A squadron of giant robots are built to be controlled by the spirit of the pilot, but it is discovered that the only people with sufficient spirit are young women. After recruiting a team of youths from around the world, the Japanese government decides to keep them a secret by disguising them as a theater troupe, thus requiring them to spend as much time memorizing Shakespeare as they do on military training. So, imagine a Buffy: the vampire Slayer type scenario with Wild Wild West technology set in Industrial Japan with the characters from ‘Allo ‘Allo and you get Sakura wars!
The animation of the OVA is so wonderfully done. It is simply the best that could have been made back in 1997. The OVA’s visuals are faithful to the games’ designs and will not outrage fans. The musical score is marvelous and adds mood and atmosphere in the anime. Fans of the game will even recognize that some of the music in the games are featured in the OVA. The Japanese voice acting is voiced by the same voice actors of the games and fans will be pleased that they sound just as good as they did in the games. The story is pretty well written and moves at a good pace.
Before you watch this OVA, I warn you that you must play the games. This OVA was designed as to capitalize on the popularity on the game and as supplemental plot material to the games.If you watch this OVA without playing the games, you will be scratching your head confused as you will see plot holes and lack of explanation behind the whole demon VS humans conflict of this OVA. In other words,you will not enjoy this OVA one bit if you haven’t played the games and decided to watch it right away.
Anime adaptions of games almost always suck and 99 % of the time are not even faithful to the plots and designs of the games they are based on.Sakura Wars is an excellent exception to this. The makers actually bothered to put big productions in this OVA and hire the people who made the game for assistance.Simply, you will completely love this if you are a Sakura Wars fan!
To quote Wiki’s summary, Hal movie’s story takes place in a technologically advanced society in which robots can be programmed to behave like a complete human. A robot is asked to replace “Hal”, who died in an accident, to help Kurumi, Hal’s girlfriend move on in life. “Hal” struggles to understand the real Hal’s past, Kurumi’s affections towards Hal as well as the meaning of being alive. To me, this is one of the more memorable sci-fi movies of 2013. The film does not appear to be particularly emotional and easy to watch. But it has its touching moments. What I like about this movie is it paints a very realistic approach on robot rehab (even though it is not a commercially viable technology at this time).
I want to take note of the follow thing: First and foremost this is an anime with a beautiful art style; secondly, it is an hour long; and third, if this doesn’t make you cry it will make you feel a deep sense of sorrow. Somehow, despite being just an hour, this film quickly takes you from seeing a bunch of random faces to knowing their names, feeling like you know a good piece of their story, and though you know your ultimate wish of the whole situation being a dream is unlikely, it does exist within you. I mean, most movies can’t hardly get a romance like this right in 90+ minutes, and yet this OVA gets you engrossed in 60. Proving sometimes animation is better than reality.
Much of my rating is skewed towards the greatest magic which lies in its very successful twist. Because that twist made this movie stood out amongst many other movies touching on rehab topics out there. Still, considering the subject matter, the movie is far from perfect, at least in my opinion knowing that the director had been involved in many other high profile anime works in the past.
It’s an hour, easily accessible online, and legal, to view so there is really no reason to not see this unless you are vehemently against reading subtitles. For, though short, it perhaps has one of the most beautiful, and sad, love stories and what is better than watching something which makes you feel? Hence why I say it is a must see, whether you are an anime fan or not.
It’s disappointing that the anime didn’t live up to the game, but I guess it’s difficult given how most people love Bayonetta for the over the top, high action gameplay more so than the story. In this case, there are sages and witches, who balance good and evil. 500 years ago, however, one from each side united, and the offspring was Bayonetta (Tanaka). She is now taking out angels, but there’s also a religious cult preparing for the rebirth of their saviour, a journalist who blames Bayonetta for the death of his father, and a mysterious, very whiny little girl, who keeps calling her “Mommy”. Who that turns out to be will surprise no one.
The Voice actors did an amazing job of keeping to their character’s actual character based on what we saw from the clips from the video game. The CD is simply amazing as well, featuring new songs from the movie and some from the actual game you’ll be able to recognize! It also comes with an Art book that is filled with concepts and sketches of characters, weapons, environments, summons and much more. Film is basically compressed scenes taken-off from the CGI original game adapted to screen. So it does stay true to the game. Just one very very minor thing I did not like about the film ( aesthetically ) is Bayonetta’s motorcycle(!) They got her a policeman’s motorbike and it’s even in white!!.. at least pick something that racy or glamorous that suits her character. I am a fan of the game and anime in general so I recommend this highly who loves the genre. For instance, at one point, Bayonetta is on a train, and is attacked by another woman, leading to a spectacular battle in, on and around the carriages. The attacker then vanishes from the movie for a long period, without explanation. Game players, I suspect, will know the who and why, far better than I did.
‘ll allow that the hypersexualized character design is loyal to the game and perhaps just not my cup of tea, and also that the animation isn’t limited or cheap-looking. It’s chock-full of boring action, though, with lots of name-checking the game’s powered-up weapons, but seldom any feeling of the effort or consequences of any attack move, whether it’s the same characters fighting on a street or in an asteroid field. A lot of it is moves which come too fast and don’t actually result in anybody doing any damage, but which end on a cool pose. The music is a similarly weird mix, going from organs which match the appropriated religious imagery to various poppy sounds without rhyme or reason. Bah. Avoid.
DC animated movies almost never fail to please me and Batman: Assault on Arkham, directed by Jay Oliva and Ethan Spaulding, portrays criminals with a vicious and sexy attitude. With almost all the same voice actors from the Batman Arkhm series including Kevin Conroy, Oliva and Spaulding take the Batman animated movies into Arkham Asylum just as portrayed in the Arkham video games series. In my opinion, it’s about time Warner Brothers created a Batman animated movie based on atmosphere of the Arkham games as it is so popular with the fans. Interestingly enough, this movie focuses more on a criminal special task force created by Amanda Waller, who also created the Suicide Squad, rather than Batman; however, there was still enough of Batman to satisfy our Dark Knight needs especially when the voice is Kevin Conroy. What surprised me the most was Troy Baker as the voice of the Joker. Though he has been the voice of Joker before, I almost thought it was Mark Hamill until I looked up the cast. With that in mind, Baker’s acting inspires me with high hopes for the Jokers future.
This particular video, pushes the envelope in a lot of ways. The basic story has a band of misfits led by Deadshot (and includes Harley “Yahtzee!” Quinn, Black Spider, Captain Boomerang, Killer Frost and others) break into Arkham in order to retrieve the Riddler’s cane. Along the way, the Joker gets into the act, spreading his own version of mayhem and threatening to spread the lives of Gotham City’s citizens all over the map due to a dirty bomb he’s hidden somewhere. The Suicide Squad spends as much time fighting amongst its own as it does Batman. Still, Batman triumphs, and things work out in the end.
The voices are excellent for the most part. Kevin Conroy IS Batman. There have been other voice actors who’ve done the role, but Mr. Conroy is the man. CCH Pounder reprises her role as Amanda Waller and she’s terrific. Hynden Walch also shines as Harley and almost gets the voice (originally done by Arleen Sorkin) down perfect. The actor who plays Joker–Troy Baker–captures the villain’s gleeful mania quite well although I still think of Mark Hamill as THE Joker–and Jennifer Hale as Killer Frost is always welcome. The only drawback is Neal McDonough as Floyd Lawton/Deadshot. He sounds too generic. Michael Rosenbaum’s version had more of a Kevin Spacey/smarmy quality to it and that’s what’s lacking. The animation is also excellent. To me, it was like a cross between the old Justice League episodes and the ‘Deadshot’ episode in Batman: Gotham Knight. Fluid and smooth, the action never stops and the director keeps his camera on the principal characters to show them in their best light. The bad…the music is jarring at times. Techno-pop is so not right for this kind of movie. As above, the character of Deadshot should have been a lot smarmier, but I’m carping now.
If you’re a big fan of the game series then you’ll love this movie, and even if you have’t played any of the games, this movie would be a great start! As for the movie itself, its very action packed, the animation is great and it’s violent as hell, just like the games. Characters speak almost exclusively in clichés. And there’s a lot of perverse sexuality that’s thrown around. Aside from that, Mr. Jay has directed another fantastic piece to add to his already impressive resume. Recommended.
Welcome to Chima – a magical world of untamed nature, beauty and wonder ruled by animal tribes. A world where CHI – the power of nature itself is carefully guarded by the Lions but equally shared amongst the tribes so all animals can live and thrive peacefully. A world where Laval the Lion and Cragger the Crocodile are the best of friends. But when an unfortunate series of events make young Cragger king of the Crocodiles, he throws everything out of balance as he tries to take control of all the CHI. Alliances amongst the tribes are formed and suddenly former friends are worst enemies.
As for me, I’m somewhat perplexed by the whole Chima story. Different species of animals have come to walk on two legs, with the Lions being the keepers of this “Chi” stuff, which they distribute to the other creatures, which apparently helps them all continue to walk and talk and do great feats and such. When this Chi became available to them, many years ago, some of each species refused to consume it, and remained as they are here on Earth… “legend beasts” they are called by the Chi-consumers. They show up every once in awhile. The bulk of these two episodes seems to be to establish the backstory and show how each group (Lions, Crocs, Eagles and a couple others, functioning kind of like tribes I suppose) has their own characteristics and how they all try to function together in the land of Chima. The main lion character (Laval, who inexplicably talks like a teenage surfer dude) was childhood friends with the main Croc character (Cragger) but tragedy and misunderstanding pushes them apart. Laval is dealing with whether he wants to honor the old ways as he readies himself to eventually become the head of his tribe.
Kids shows don’t have to appeal to grown-ups, of course. I have mixed feelings about this whole thing. It seems obvious to me that everyone should just stop eating the Chi and go back to being Legend Beasts. So, not Oscar material but for a 7 year old boy who loves the Chima Lego’s what could be better. It makes no difference if it is a weak plot or story, all that matters is that he loved it.
Appleseed Alpha is the prequel to Appleseed, the long running, post apocalyptic series that focuses on the characters Briareos and Deunan. Formerly SWAT members, and who would eventually become ESWAT members in the eutopian city of Olympus, this tale focuses on their adventures previous to their lives in Olympus. Taking place in the ruins of New York, the two work as mercenaries, primarily paying off a debt to crime lord Two Horns by doing various jobs for him. However, they find their true calling when they encounter Iris and Olson, two others on a secret mission. While the previous two movies were cell shaded cgi animated movies this is the first full CGI animated movie with great detail throughout the movie. The story is great and the english cast did a superb job and it’s appreciated that the two main characters voice actors renewed their roles and of course a great job on the japanese voice acting cast. The video quality is great very sharp and clear and the audio is also clear and sharp no distortions at all. It’s not necessary to have the previous movies but I do suggest getting them for the overall entertainment value they have. As for those who already have the previous movies then getting this one is a no brainer.
The CGI animation here is incredible and Deunan and Briareos have never looked better. Likewise, the action here is fantastic, wonderfully choreographed and entertaining. The two characters themselves are well developed and the fact that Shinji Aramaki himself returns once again to direct is very much welcome. The other characters here are decent, the standouts being Iris and Olson who prove to be a great matching pair for Deunan and Briareos. My main complaint lies with the villains, primarily the main villain who seems to be about as cliche as they come. His motivations are typical and he is typically evil, flanked by evil henchmen obeying his every order. The movie also spends a lot of time getting to it’s point, where we tag along with our main duo at least a third of the film before we get to the meat of the story. Two Horns ends up over staying his welcome and becoming a needless part of the story with a twist that seems somewhat unwarranted.
Ultimately, your enjoyment of “Appleseed: Alpha” will depend on how little you care about plot-to-visuals ratio. If you’re the type of person who plops down money to go see a Michael Bay movie for the technical wizardry, or buys new games based on their graphical fidelity, you might enjoy this. There’s nothing wrong this. While the story isn’t quite as polished as it could be, leaving some to be desired, the action most certainly is. Unlike Ex Machina, the sequel to the 2004 film and the previous film to come out, Alpha doesn’t try to make the action a centerpiece to the film. Ex Machina even brought in John Woo as a producer, which was evident in the way the action seemed to be an aside from the story. Here, it’s fairly natural and fits right in with the story and characters. While the characters and story do certainly take center stage, the action is incredibly entertaining in the kind of way only a well done CGI film could be. None of it feels too flashy or there simply for the sake of being there, which is the mark of a great action film.
Overall, while not completely polished the way it could have been, Aramaki once again proves how to handle this series well. Strong leads, entertaining action, and a story worthy of the Appleseed name make this a wonderful fit and great primer for anyone who might be interested in this series.
I’ve been a Pokemon fan ever since. After the very first generation (maybe second if i’m being nice), it has lost its originality. Nowadays people have come up with strange looking Pokémon’s of weird type combinations. Basically, there is a legendary Pokémon called Kaldeo, which is one of the swords of justice (along with Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion). Although Kaldeo is not yet a sword of justice, it goes out to challenge Kyurem (which is said to be the strongest dragon Pokémon, due to it being able to be Black/White Kyurem). There is no plot whatsoever. Moral of the story is there, but quite tasteless.
I honestly also felt that for once, Ash, Cilan and Iris being there actually hurt the movie. Ash pushing for Keldeo to fight Kyurem again to save the Swords of Justice, in my opinion, went completely against the whole film. Keldeo got into this mess because he recklessly rushed in, so Ash is telling him it’s okay to do that as long as you have a pretty reason? Honestly, the human characters also did nothing – it would have been a much better movie if it was focused entirely on Keldeo, Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion – at least then there might have been some more interactions between them that made Keldeo’s later revelations actually make sense (I felt Keldeo’s development really came out of nowhere). This movie had a lot of potential, but I feel that it was wasted. I felt it was too short and could have easily have done with another 20 minutes to help build up the Swords of Justice more.
What really separates this movie from the others is how well the characters are written and how they add to the simple but incredibly exciting story. Each of the Swords of Justice, including Keldeo, have distinct personalities and are generally likable while teaching very good morals, although their voices may be a tad off-putting at first. Kyurem itself, even though its an antagonist, isn’t what one would consider “evil” and proves to be an incredibly rich, likable character because of it. The film’s messages, the “words of wisdom” the characters give, are also well enforced and ring true by the flick’s end.
That said, Pokémon The Movie: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice is a surprisingly watchable film with enough fluff and substantial depth that will keep your energetic ten year old still for an hour. Nothing much here for devoted animation fans, but long time Pokémon fans are in for a great time. The final fight was a spectacle of explosions that pulls you in and really makes you care about the outcome. The action and emotion an high and, because of it, made the climax of the movie its most memorable part, as it should be. If The Pokemon Company ever steps away from adding “safeguards” such as pop music and using anime fanfiction characters as an excuse to witness a movie’s events, they will have finally found a winning formula.
I love “Magic Madoka”, and was curious about this movie that follows up the movies, so by extension, the series (for those who don’t know, the first two movies are a slightly condensed version of the 12 episode series) If you don’t know anything about Madoka, you should stop reading here, unless spoilers don’t bother you. The movie is slightly confusing at first, and I can’t describe the plot too well without giving away spoilers. I can say this much: Homura wakes up in a world where all her friends are back and they’re all happily fighting monsters together. Homura grows suspicious. About as much as I can say.
Honestly, of all the ways to continue this franchise, this seems like one of the best options. It really takes Homura’s character in a fascinating direction. It doesn’t feel like a cash in, cause a cash in would’ve just had a mindless action movie with an excuse plot, and not the furthering development of Homura. There are scenes here more shocking than anything even in the series. It’s not the stereotypical direction. Of course some people aren’t going to like this. Some for legitimate reasons, cause the ending of the series was perfect. Though that doesn’t make this movie bad by any stretch. It’s a great character piece for Homura, and given the ending, I would certainly look forward to another follow up.
This movie ruins the series and should have never been made, the ending is a cop-out and was a big mistake. The series was fine without it. The purpose of this dreaded film is to screw over the fans who liked the way the series ended. as far as anyone should be concerned the movie doesn’t exist. This is one of those rare films that butchers the franchise that it was meant for. This is a bad movie and was a very bad choice. The ending is the worse aspect of the film, like said before “cop-out” The main character becomes a bad guy just to take out the other villain. You can’t have a character do that. and even worse she is still a bad guy nothing happens to her. In a film a villain can’t defeat another villain and the ending can’t be happy. It was a bad ending to an even worse film. There that is what needed to be said.
The first two PMMM movies are, at the time I was writing this review, the most powerful emotional experience I ever had while looking at a screen. The third one is much weaker than the masterpiece that the original duology is (which is made up of the TV series edited with a few cosmetic improvements and a few scenes cut there and here). This sequel was only made as a cash grab to capture the money of the fans of the original duology/TV series, nothing less and nothing more. Still, given it’s a cash grab sequel it is actually excellent if compared to other ones, Urobuchi is a very talented writer, able to come up with very creative and unexpected plot developments that one would never get in a conventional Hollywood movie.