As someone who grew up watching the original “Saint Seiya” anime, I found “Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary” to be a mixed bag at best: The first half of the movie introduces the story and the main characters in a decent (albeit a bit rushed) manner, but during the second half (Specifically, after the Taurus House part), the plot turns muddled and hard to follow. Not as muddled as in movies like “Final Fantasy: Advent Children“, but I think that some scenes will confuse those viewers who never watched the original series.
The short duration of the movie is simply not enough to cover the 73 episodes of the Sanctuary Arc from the original anime, having too many characters which aren’t properly developed (Case in point: Pisces Aphrodite, who only appears in this movie to be killed off without doing anything relevant to the plot). Some moments lack of the same emotional impact that the original anime had due the rushed narrative (For example, the duel between Camus and Hyoga, which isn’t as memorable as in the 80’s series, since their whole master-disciple relationship is merely referenced, but not explored).
Visually speaking, the film is very impressive and well done, though I’m sure that the comparisons with the Final Fantasy games will be unavoidable.(Specially taking in consideration the transformation of the main villain near the end of the movie, which reminded me the final boss battles from those videogames) The soundtrack was decent, but in my opinion the soundtrack of the original series was far more memorable. While it was moderately entertaining to watch “Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary” had the potential to be something much better. I wasn’t expecting a 100% faithful adaptation (That would have been impossible in such short time) but it could have been a far more memorable experience with its own merits instead of a merely watchable flick.
But worst of all was one of the characters subvert. He was originally a psychopathic killer and became sort of a carnivalesque version of Cap. jack Sparow. paradoxically singing in harmony with those who would represent the agony of the imprisoned souls of their victims as macabre props ..your necrophiliac house was turned into a Disney musical stage. Not to mention he was defeated effortlessly by a challenger. By any reference to the original story, it should be a dark character and provide a real challenge to be defeated. To quote one of the many holes in the script, the story cites the need to cross all the houses of the signs, but some are summarily ignored. In short, it’s a caricatured representation of what the anime represented over a very weak and careless script. The climax of the film is equally disappointing, contains all the clichés about confronting the grand final villain.
Tokyo is being terrorized by a sniper. The public thinks he’s killing people indiscriminately, but the Police and the FBI know better. They suspect an ex-SEAL named Timothy Hunter, but as the case goes on, who the real culprit is gets more and more obscured. Of course, Conan is on the case, this time aided by Sera, a relatively new character with a few secrets of her own. In this movie, Conan basically becomes a superhero. He does all these death-defying tricks, and somehow still doesn’t die. It’s slightly more realistic than say, Prince of Tennis, but then again, Prince of Tennis basically laughed at the laws of physics, so this isn’t saying much. I think that the normal anime series treats Conan’s physical capabilities better, because he is, essentially a teenager in a child’s body and thus has all the physical limitations of a child.
Overall, the movie was enjoyable but did not leave me completely satisfied. Perhaps this was because the whole time the story felt like a side story. The characters keep alluding to “them” (Black Organization) throughout the film and there are far too many characters that split up the story. It is hard to really know who the main character is, as Conan is often on the sideline and has all of his allies show up conveniently throughout the story. The main story is actually about who appear to be all-new characters altogether, though their motives and cheesy American accents do not fit in well with the veteran characters. All of this ended up making the film quite confusing. The mystery itself is not very exciting, though the action sequences and gadgetry were enjoyable. The art style is unique and a little reminiscent of Hanna-Barbera cartoons, something I do not see often in anime but was able to enjoy. The quality is not stellar, considering it is a movie, but passable.
The sound, on the other hand, was exhilarating during the action sequences. Conan’s skateboard skidding across pavement and bullets whizzing through the air were positively thrilling and edge-of-your-seat fun. Background music was not bad either. The characters introduced for the film were entertaining caricatures of Americans (something that also reminded me of old Hanna-Barbera cartoons), but ultimately none of the characterization really stuck with me. I liked Conan but he was rarely on screen, an opportunity I think the film missed out on. As I mentioned before, there were far too many characters in the film, and no one was able to stand out. While I enjoyed the film, the story and characters were not able to hold it up. What the film did do is get me interested in the character of Conan and the rest of the franchise. In this sense, I believe the film was quite successful. At first, I thought the movie would make some progress on the Black Organisation, but it turned out to have no relation to that. The only new information was about the identity of Subaru Okiya, and it more or less confirmed one of the fan theories I support!
Last year we dived into Hana-Saku Iroha Blossoms for Tomorrow which is the continuation of the heartwarming tale of Ohana’s life experiences at Kissuiso. When her mother runs off with her latest boyfriend, Ohana Matsumae is sent to live with her grandmother, who she has never met nor spoken to. Her grandmother is not pleased to find Ohana on her doorstep, and sets her to work at her Taisho-era (1920s) hot springs inn. A side-quel of sorts for the Hanasaku Iroha series, Home Sweet Home amounts to a Very Special Episode of that franchise, one stuck smack dab in the middle of the action, meaning that viewing of the original series is more or less mandatory both for the plot and the emotional connections. It’s billed as a movie but only clocks in at an hour, making it best for existing fans.
We often look at movie spin-offs as unnecessary, thoughtless, and maybe even a little bit greedy. Do we really need another addition to an already concluded story? Not usually. There’s an undeniable sense of indifference whenever we hear that a spin-off movie has been greenlit, and who can blame us when “movie” often simply means “bad adaptation with a couple new scenes”. Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home is not one of those movies, but do still keep your expectations in check before digging in. Picking up where the series left off, the movie portrays a sort-of aftermath of Ohana’s self-discovery; she now faces the question “What of it?”. Or at least, that’s my interpretation of it. HanaIro, in its core, has always been a growth story (taking from the title itself even, a story of blooming). Not so much a coming of age perse, but a finding of the self – Ohana knows that she she has to be “something”, but she just doesn’t know what. This movie is more of that really; rather a good half of it, as our flower here is still at the final stages of her blooming process. Seeing as that might not appeal to those who were disappointed with how the series played out, I’d like to think the other half of this movie pulls Ohana’s weight quite nicely – Satsuki’s half.
The movie itself surprisingly has this explosive energy. Most of this comes from Ohana especially in the beginning. Along with this energy brings forth welcoming humorous moments around the inn such as the priceless acting and food decorations. It might not be masterpiece or Oscar level but it can definitely bring forth a smile to anyone’s face. Similarly to its original series, the movie retains its slice of life format and tells it similar to a narrative. Only this time though, it also focuses on Ohana’s mother(Satsuki) with a little trip down memory lane.
In a way, Satsuki’s character isn’t very different from her daughter Ohana in the beginning. Both characters has a stubborn attitude and doesn’t seem to appreciate their lifestyles at first. Additionally, the both of them often clashes against other members of the inn at first becoming a talk around the house. Throughout the movie, a line of “I want to shine” echoes that seemingly symbolizes a chance to become something bigger in life for Satsuki. It’s written in text as well and becomes an important theme in growing up. Surprisingly enough, I can find this relatable. After all, everyone wants to grow out of their shells and challenge themselves to become something they never thought they’d become. For Satsuki, she is inspired to become a professional writer/editor. But if we look at life itself, there’s that sense of obstacle that can prevent dreams from coming true. Satsuki sees that obstacle as her residence at the inn because from her perspective, it prevents her from shining in the real world. The soundtrack is cherry and lighthearted. It brings forth a home-like atmosphere to the movie as everything feels right at home. Most of the VA does a terrific job with their role. Satsuki’s voice as her younger self is also depicted well with a mixture of arrogance, insecurity, but also inspiration.
Yes, the inspiration for this anime movie was a video game that was basically a “Street Fighter” clone that for me was not the most entertaining fighting game ever made. Here you have character from that game in a fight with a madman that is after the armor of mars, which of course makes its wearer very strong. During the course of the adventure you get to see the fighters display their various moves and even have an appearance by a character in a castle whose part in the movie makes him nearly pointless. You get to see two of the characters fall in love and you get a somewhat bittersweet ending. They do a bunch of moves to where they yell out their special attack which is sort of like a Dragonball Z show which also helped me enjoy this one more even though I was not particularly fond of the game. The character are rather interesting too, as they add much needed depth to the characters as opposed to just a bunch of dudes fighting in tournaments. So all in all a nice anime based on a not so nice video game.
The plot is about Terry Bogard falling in love with a girl named Sulia who’s brother is wrecking havoc all over the world searching for a suit of armor that will make him a God. Sounds like something from an Indiana Jones movie but it works well and there’s enough humor and pathos mixed in with all the mighty kicking-of-ass to keep others interested who do not like martial arts. Of course the story could be stronger with more developments but at 95 minutes you’ll be darned if you can find another animated movie or even live action that crams in so much adventure, color and light-hearted thrills into its running time. The fighting and animation are the draw and they work well. The action is fast and dazzling with a flow not seen in American films. The animation is detailed, not as much as Akira or Ghost in the Shell but very well done. I believe some of the graphics are made using the same technique as in Golgo 13, the Professional but I could be wrong.
The love scenes are hilariously overblown– the scene in which Sulia “heals” Terry is obviously intended to be a tender moment, but it’s virtually impossible to not be thrown into spirals of giddy laughter by the sheer ludicrousness of it. And of course, Fatal Fury is not without the obligatory cartoon T&A– this is supplied gratuitously by the huge-breasted Mai Shiranui. And since Fatal Fury IS based off the video game series of the same name (oh boy), we’re treated to numerous pointless cameo appearances by popular characters with little or no relevance to the plot whatsoever (they go through all the trouble of introducing Kim early on, only for him to disappear from the movie totally after that point). This mess of a movie reaches its climax with the unintentionally farcical final battle, in which all the main characters engage the all-powerful main villain in one-on-one combat in turn. That’s some thing that’s always amused me… even when battles in animes AREN’T taking place in a tournament, they always happen as if they were, regardless of the fact that it makes no sense whatsoever!
Otakus always rave about how anime movies should be treated as MOVIES as opposed to merely cartoons, and a disturbing portion of those same people love Fatal Fury. So would Fatal Fury have been good if it wasn’t an anime? The answer is an emphatic “no”– all of this movie’s charm, what little of it there is, resides in the actual drawings. Had Fatal Fury not been an anime, it would have been worthy of an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, if the show was still on the air. That’s the key– this is nothing more than a laughably bad B-movie in the guise of an anime epic.
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.