The land of Altera has observed an uneasy peace for years among Humans, Elves and Evil beasts who are loyal to the legendary Black Dragon. But the Black Dragon begins to stir from its hibernation, sending the Beasts marching across Altera. With a beast conquest perilously close, a small group of Humans and Elves unite to try to find a secret hidden road to the Black Dragon’s cave and destroy it. But the fate of all of them may be in the hands of the young warrior Lambert, who must summon the confidence and skill to face the Black Dragon himself just when all may be lost.
Since the first animated feature for the game was made in China, it was initially seen with slight cynicism. Comparisons to big animation studios like Pixar and Dreamworks could not be avoided. In all honesty however, it was produced really well. The character designs were smooth and they managed to stick to the anime style that the game was inspired from. There were a few wonky animations here and there, especially obvious during the army battles, but the ones where the main characters were focused on were well-executed.
The build-up of the story is quite rushed. The six heroes were introduced in a way that it assumed the audience would already know who they exactly are. Those who have never played the game or followed the main quest,would not know who these people are apart from the main protagonist fawning over them. The animation is great but there are points that are quite a bit out of place. Argenta’s face in the movie is completely different from the tsundere we all know. Barnac for one is a blond swordsman but for this they decided to make him into a old geezer with money issues. This is an okay movie given that it’s target market is initially gamers.
Overall, Dragon Nest: Warrior’s Dawn was an enjoyable popcorn flick. While I don’t see this winning international awards soon, it can be worth your time and money with the right group of people. College students and young adults would probably go for a different title, but other age groups could find fun in this wonderfully animated fantasy epic.
Bearing with the loss of their beloved King, the members of HOMRA disband and go their own ways, leaving Yata to spend lonely days at the bar watching old videos Totsuka had recorded, Rikio and Anna spending their days together, other members hanging out and avoiding the bar. However, how long will the peacefulness last? This film was intended to be the closure to the cliffhanger of the original story and, in my opinion, did a quite good job there. It answered a lot of questions and gave us more insight on the deaths of Totsuka and Mikoto we had already witnessed in the anime prequel. However, I must say I was confused at some points of the film and it made it harder for me to continue watching it. At some points I had to pause and go back a bit so I would understand what was going on. With more questions answered, we just got more questions to ask – Why did this happen? What did this character mean by saying that? What has just happened? I’d say that the story, compared to the stories of some other animes or the K anime prequel, was not well-written and it did not reach its potential.
I really liked the original characters and it was really nice seeing them in action again. Some of them got more development and some of them were shown in situations we’ve never seen them before, which was refreshing. The main antagonist of this film really caught my eye and I saw a lot of potential in him, but in the end I ended up a bit disappointed. We never got to see any background story on him or character development – just a plain, shallow character who served to trigger the plot. I wish the creators put more effort in developing him. As a former K fan, I enjoyed this greatly. It was so nice to see K back again without having to re-watch the original series. There was just enough action, as well as comic relief moments and some moments that could bring one to tears. The music and the animation just make you let yourself be sucked into the world of K. It was truly a magical experience.
The art of K stays flawless in this film as well. The scenery, the colors – ah, nostalgia! I especially liked the lightning and the animations of flames and special powers the characters used during the film. The animation is splendid – I re-watched some scenes way too many times! What could happen with an amazing voice actor cast and the people who did the OST for the original series? This film. The voice acting was beautiful as always and the OST just made the whole thing shine even more. I especially liked the fact that some of the tracks from the original OST were used. There was also a song sung by Anna and I got goosebumps! The only thing that bothered me a little bit is the parts where the background music was a bit louder than the voices, but it can also give it more charm for others. Overall, this film was very good. It had a good amount of everything and I’m sure it’d be a nice experience to all of you K fans. I give it an A (instead of an A+) because of the lack of story and character development, but I also recommend it to all of you. At least it’s worth giving it a try. This story teaches and shows us people at a whole new start, people forgiving and being forgiven. In this film you’ll see people letting go of old, and embracing new bonds that will certainly change their lives towards better.
Kyoukai no Kanata: I’ll Be Here – Kako hen is the first part of the movie series. This part is a complete recap of the original anime series. It does a good job getting you up to speed as to what happened in the original series and is only dedicated to the events surrounding Kanbara Akihito and Kuriyama Mirai and doesn’t indulge in side stories. This is a really good summary of the original series. No new scenes are used. It reuses the scenes from the original anime to make this summary. The story of Kanbara Akihito and Kuriyama Mirai is explained. It does not go into the side stories like with the Nase Family, Inami Sakura and Fujima Miroku.
Since it uses the same scenes, it has no change in art. It’s the same KyoAni which you’ve already seen. The artwork is amazing. Both the opening and the ending are really good songs. They are played near the end of the series. The opening is played when Kanbara Akihito reaches Kuriyama Mirai when she is fighting Kyoukai no Kanata near the end of the movie. The ending is played at the end and is a full version. It is played through the credits. If you haven’t seen the original anime and watch this movie only, you’ll miss out on many characters. As I said before, this movie focuses on Akihito and Mirai so the other characters get very little to no screen time. The only side character to have some play in this movie is Izumi Nase.
I loved the original anime and I liked watching the summary too. Even though it is a summary, some comedy bits are placed in it. And there are some emotional rides too. It’s a really good summary and for fans of the series, it is a good way to catch up and remember what happened. But, lets be honest. Compared to the series, this movie tried to cram 12 episodes worth into an hour and 20 minuets, completely omitting half of the series all together. The only reason I could hold the movie story together was my previous knowledge of the series. Vibrant colors and well used cinematic scenes that made you think “My that looks beautiful”. The characters are drawn in a style I like and the battle scenes do not hold back.
I would have loved to put this higher because I know the characters have so much more going for them if you watch the series. But purely based off the movie, you hardly have time to learn about anyone other than your two main protagonists. And even then, you only learn very limited details about them. The movie does not give them enough time to blossom, as it seems to skip weeks or possibly months at a time. Only thing I am going to put here is the movie does not do the series justice, and the only reason to watch it is to refresh yourself as to what happened in the series. The second part of this two part movie however is hopefully going to improve dramatically. Overall, I liked it.
This is the Dragon Ball Z Movie experience I always wanted. While Battle of Gods was an amazingly fun light-hearted adventure, this is the badass action-packed DBZ that we wanted since the Cell Saga. Goku and Vegeta have now ascended to Gods with a new master. I absolutely loved the exploration of Goku and Vegeta’s character dynamics and development throughout the training scenes, with the new master not only being a physical mentor but a spiritual one as well.
Immediately striking about Resurrection ‘F’ is the strong plot, which is certainly not always the case with Dragonball movies. For the majority of the events and decisions throughout the film, is a statement that often precedes the already mentioned subtle, can be found. Even the great gap between Goku, who grew tremendously throughout the seasons and movies, and just revived Frieza, are more or less credibly explained. Even Goku’s immaturity attitude will not lead to yet another victory, but be punished here.
The enormous technological progress made since Battle of God, the return of Frieza, as well as the usual voice actors who resume their task and do what they do best, make the connection completely seamlessly with the wider Dragonball / Dragonball Z canon. Yet it is not nostalgia that the clock strikes. Thus Toriyama and company learned from their mistakes. Unlike Battle of God’s, Resurrection ‘F’ for example, much less becomes the great Goku show. Finally we see Gohan, Piccolo and especially Vegeta action. A full glory moment for the Saiyan prince comes and the other not, as usual, occupied by Goku. Also includes fan-favorite rascals Goten and Trunks nowhere to be seen…
Bills provides much of the comedy in his own unique manner as one of the best new DBZ Characters ever. Speaking of new characters, I’m pleasantly surprised by Frieza’s new minions, especially Sorbet as he’s actually useful throughout the movie and not just fodder like the rest of Frieza’s army. The invasion scene was amazing as it put the Z warriors back in the spotlight and gave the movie some much-needed tension. Especially Gohan; not since his fight with Cell has he been this badass! Speaking of badassery, the very definition of the word, Vegeta, finally gets his time to really shine – it is straight up brawls in that over-the-top fashion we all know and love delivered by the Prince of all Saiyans. In the end, the 15th DBZ Film featured the return of the greatest Anime villain of all time: Frieza in a Battle of Gods with the Super Saiyan God Goku. It’s just classic!
What happens when two people, whether they’re strangers or the closest of companions, are pitted against each other in a seemingly mundane contest, with the stakes being their own lives? Suspicions, outrage, deceit, bargaining, and all manner of psychological warfare commence, all in the name of survival. However, is everything as it appears? Two persons enter, and play what’s a seemingly unremarkable game, such as darts, bowling, or in this case: pool. The people have no memory of why or how they’ve come to be at the Queen Decim, and are given no explanation of why they’re being forced to play the game; other than that their lives are on the line. The alternative to playing is explained as “not something they want to experience.” Eventually, after bargaining, attempts at escape, and outright threats, our contestants concede, and begin their life altering game. Outwardly, we watch two people locked in a simple contest of pool, each demanding no less than victory for themselves, if only for the pride of winning. Inwardly, we see a classic struggle: a clash between souls, with the ultimate reward or price at stake.
The interplay of fear, suspicions, motives, emotions, and the individual thoughts, feelings, and memories that make up the person are a phenomenal conflict within themselves. They lead us to the question- “What will you do to survive?” which everyone can only answer to the best of their ability to do so. Life isn’t fair, and rarely presents an opportunity for two souls to be on equal footing in their struggle, but again, our characters find themselves answering a question- “what is it that I have to live for?” Decim’s purpose is to ensure that the entrants to the establishment agree to, and carry out their contract to play a random game of chance, enforce the rules, and execute the results. He’s a stony, dispassionate man, and seems to take no joy in the games that he has his contestants undertake. Our two visitors in this episode are an old man, and a young businessman, each with their own Raison d’être. Neither has a clue as to why they’re in the Queen Decim, playing pool for their life, but both have the same goal: win. As their fates unfold, so do their pasts- their memories begin to return to them- and alters the path that their life henceforth is set on.
A very intense and emotionally gripping episode. Twists and turns, and while not much makes sense in the beginning, everything is revealed in due time. While a bit dialogue heavy, and metaphorically challenging, it was absolutely enjoyable. It never felt like a chore to decipher the meanings behind, and has a very interesting outcome. The gloomy atmosphere and sense that something isn’t quite right that surround the show are entirely addictive. Left me wanting more. I’ve been looking for a new psychological thriller since finishing Ergo Proxy, and I may have found it.
Niko, our hero, finds himself being bullied at school, and he is forced to do something that awakens deep spirits from the other-world of Magika. As these spirits show themselves in this world and do damage to Niko’s world, we meet his ally and companion from Magika, a young girl named Anna, who is helpful and resourceful to Niko in his quest to undo what he has unwittingly done. She also needs Niko’s help for a quest of her own. These two characters agree to cooperate, and they show great bravery and determination in their quests. As they work together to help each other and themselves, they are simply an inspiration to kids of all ages!
Though it gets off to a bit of a slow start, once the title character is within the wonderful and alluring world of Magika there are far too many amazing characters to catch upon first viewing. Children will enjoy repeated viewings of this adventure as not only smaller “hidden” creatures dominate the landscape, but Niko’s adventures light up the screen with colorful flowers, friends and foes. The bad guys are well drawn and a tad scary. There are great comical lines coming from the interaction between Niko and his sidekick/newfound friend Anna. I think that children will enjoy this story of finding the courage to go out into the world with not only confidence but the belief that with your friends at your back there is nothing that can stop you. The many obstacles and encounters Niko has in Magika do well to teach him about life and how to overcome being bullied. It is a great telling of a timeless tale of growing up and I believe it has been done in a magical and amazing way. Highly recommended to all.
Niko:Journey to Magika is the first movie from Red Giant Entertainment. The movie contains some elements of Filipino folklore and makes for an interesting watch. The story, screenplay and voices are top notch. But the best part of the movie is the incredibly background score by Multi-award-winning composer and arranger Jessie Lasaten who recorded it with a live orchestra with the help of the FILharmoniKA, conducted by Gerard Salonga. The theme song “FLY” by Internationally-renowned performer Lea Salonga is catchy. All in all a really nice movie that will be loved by kids and entire family. Great first outing by Red Giant Entertainment. Hoping to see this as a series with many more interesting journeys.
Following Miyazaki’s retirement, the pressure was heavy on Director Yonebayashi as the next successor of Ghibli Studio. This movie is unique in a sense that the story revolves around two female protagonists “Anna” and “Marnie”; although it does remind us a hint of the nostalgic movie “My Neighbour Totoro” which starred “Satsuki” and “May”, their relationship is far more complex. As the story progresses, their relationship becomes more clear and vivid to the audience, and the confusion of the intertwining reality and the dreamlike world starts to unfold. The two girls go on a journey as they discover each others past and dwells upon their current problems, and gradually develops an unbreakable bond that unites them stronger.
he movie When Marnie Was There, appears from the outset to be a coming of age story, with the focus being a young girl discovering her past in a far off place, through the mysterious Marnie. However to contrast the tropes of the coming of age narrative, there is an unshakable sense of passing in this story, from the ghostly appearance of Marnie, to the mysterious boatman and the frail condition of our heroine Anna, we have a tale which is as much a story of childhood as it is of eventual adulthood and death.
Much has been made of this movie for being the first Studio Ghibli movie post Miyazaki’s and Takahata’s retirement, both of whom were the founders of Studio Ghibli as we know it. Many have speculated as to whether this movie offers a glimpse of the future of Ghibli in younger hands, and from reading a few of the English language reviews already availible, many seem to contemplate whether this is a swan song for Ghibli or possibly a new dawn. Having just seen this movie, my overriding opinion is that Ghibli is alive and well and in the director Yonebayashi, they have a director who is a fitting heir to the masters Miyazaki and Takahata.
The movie When Marnie Was There carries all of the hall marks of great Ghibli, as you would expect from Ghibli there is; attention to detail, a strong narrative, well fleshed out characters, a great score, gorgeous visuals. This list reads as a standard for Ghibli animation, but what we should appreciate is that most movies failed to attain any of the points listed above, Ghibli achieves this with each and every one of their movies, and this is not attained effortlessly, but what we see when we watch a Ghibli movie are master crafts man at the peak of their creative powers striving for perfection in hand drawn animation. There is a creative vigor on the screen, one which screams both joyously and artfully. When Marnie Was There fits nicely into this bracket, and proves that Ghibli will endure long after Miyazaki and Takahata has left the building.
For those who have seen his experimental short films, this film seems to be much from that same vein. Here is where context comes in, because as a stand alone film, 2772 may seem weird and hard to appreciate. Taken as a whole–with Tezuka’s other work under your belt–well, then you have something truly special. Space Firebird was a movie by Osamu Tezuka, inspired by his “Hi no Tori” series of comics, which features a young man named Gadoh who, after having a run-in with the law, escapes the earth in order to capture the Phoenix, and ends up going through a trial of self-discovery.
You kind of have to understand the author and have a really open mind (and a tolerance for less-than-stellar delivery–more on that later). Osamu Tezuka was not your average manga author: He wasn’t content to just tell stories of heroes and villains, but of deep characters with human personalities. His stories usually had some form of moral to them, but he didn’t hamfist it or deliver it in a package, like in a Disney cartoon, but rather told sweeping, epic stories wrapped around the point he was trying to convey, but delivered in such a way where it was never shoved down your throat. Moreover, he felt stories shouldn’t be limited to feel-good adventures or comedy, and thus most of his stuff had a very emotional quality to it. I personally feel Space Firebird delivered on that.
Yes, the film won’t immediately make sense if you go in, expecting a Disney-esquire song and dance number with a lot of feel-good moments and a “good guys always win” message. What instead needs to happen is that one needs to forget how things “should” work and instead prepare for anything. With an open mind and a little bit of thought, the story of this film makes perfect sense.
For outsiders however; those who don’t know Tezuka’s works and may not have interest in pre-90’s anime, 2772 could be a difficult work that at times seems pointless, and with an end that makes little sense. I think the original language with subtitles should help tremendously, but the film is still quite surreal and takes some chances. It’s a long movie, a solid two hours, and begins to drag a bit right around the part where Godo and Co. must battle the Phoenix. However things get interesting again and Tezuka takes an extra 20 min or so to wrap up the film with his usual “harm not the earth” message. All in all, the voice acting is forgivable due to the trippy animation, weird storyline, and back-handed Star Wars references.
Stand by Me has a very simple, engaging and easy-to-follow story. There’s nothing too drastic or dramatic to expect, which could disappoint some who are looking for something stimulating. The entire story also has a hint of nostalgia. It’s easy to identify with the young Nobita, since virtually everyone goes through that ‘rite of passage’ – of growing up. The character development of Nobita though not multifaceted, has enough depth and gives a good support to the narrative.
We all know that Doreamon is one of our first anime that we ever saw as a kid. I watch all the episode and it reflects on every episode that has been air on the show. The movie gives us meaning through our lives, it taught us it is by our hands that we can change and mold our own destiny. I love the sad moments in this movie it because reflect on your daily lives. the movie actually reflect on everyone’s life, from getting bullied or failing on a test or getting a hug from the girl you like or even getting marriage. This movie is really a emotional roller coaster and it is a reminder of what it would be like to be that kid who fail in school, loved but rejected and bullied in school.
Time traveling probably still remains as one of man’s greatest dreams. Though impossible to achieve in reality, we always remember that there’s Doraemon and his gadgets that can help realize those possibilities. Doraemon, the robot cat from the future, has traveled back in time along with Sewashi, Nobita’s (aka Da Xiong) descendant. They went back to the past to help 10 year old Nobita fix the mess so his descendants need not suffer the consequences. Sewashi leaves Doraemon behind, installing a program in him that disallows him from going back to the future till Nobita attains happiness. As you might already know, Nobita is known for his cowardice and wimpy behavior. Once he realized how powerful Doraemon’s gadgets can be, he simply relies on them and attempts at making the game change. However, as you might expect, the gadgets have limitations. Ultimately, it depends on one’s will and resolve that can truly break through the circumstances. Nobita fails and try again, growing out of his wimpy self and eventually overcomes the challenges.
‘m sorry but for a long time Doraemon fan this doesn’t surprise me. Delight, yes, because it wraps up the story very nicely. But every single point in the movie you can find scattered all over the comic book, the movie was just collecting the bits from the comic book and bundle it into one and make a nice graphic for it. But it’s really NOT anything new. It’s a story all of us has already known before. I usually felt some emotion watching any of Doraemon’s adventure movie series, like Doraemon and Dinosaurs, or Doraemon in the Animal Kingdom, in Robot World, etc. Even I can feel something in the normal weekly series. But because Stand By Me is very over-the-top, I can’t believe the flow of the emotion one bit. It didn’t get to me. This speaks volume since I’m a super crybaby and even nowadays I can still cry watching mere commercials!