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!
Youkai Watch is based on a video game created by LEVEL-5, the company responsible for those addictive Professor Layton puzzlers as well as the forgotten gem, Steambot Chronicles, and kid friendly tactical football game Inazuma Eleven. Youkai Watch is another game aimed at kids and it is a big deal in Japan. How big a deal? This is the movie release from a multimedia franchise that has spawned a TV anime and it has broken records for the number of tickets pre-booked. One day, whilst searching for bugs in the woods in Sakura New Town (based on Tsukuba, Ibaraki), a boy named Keita Amano (or in the video games a girl named Fumika Kodama is also an option) comes across a peculiar capsule machine next to a sacred tree. When he opens one of the capsules up, it brings forth a Yo-Kai named Whisper, who gives Keita a device known as the Yo-Kai Watch. Using this, Keita is able to identify and see various different Yo-Kai that are haunting people and causing mischief. Together, Keita and Whisper start making friends with all sorts of Yo-Kai, which he can summon to battle against more ill-intentioned Yo-Kai that happen to live in his town, haunting the residents and causing terrible trouble.
The idea is that there a world beyond what we normally see, filled with youkai which are seen by only a select few. However what makes this anime so great, is possibly simply the atmosphere of the anime itself. The anime is written superbly, the writers are able to create an anime which gives a relaxing feel while watching; as well as being entertaining. The anime does not have a linear plot or goal of any sort, which is rare for its genre of drama. Although it lacks any obvious story-line, it is obvious that after watching this anime, the writers goal was simply to take viewers on a journey through a kind hearted boys life; as he discovers more and more about himself as well has his ability to see spirits which he as always felt burdened by, he discovers that not all spirits are cruel, but some are loving, even more so than those who are living around him.
When, really getting down to evaluating this film, I realized that the film really added to my understanding of the main characters and their motivations. It would really be wrong, however, to see Natsume as a primarily supernatural anime, it’s really more of an examination of emotions and the relations which exist between both people and Yokai. There are really beautiful tales of love and friendship depicted in various scenes, and that’s where this film really succeeds. These stories will move you and bring you to tears. Yōkai Watch the Movie: It’s the Secret of Birth, Meow! also has some of the most easily likable characters of any anime I’ve seen, and their interactions and motivations seem very natural. The amount of back story we’re given about the main character especially really helps with the understanding of his personality.
When the credits rolled, I sat in the theater realizing that you learn to understand that the world is not simple, you have good humans and good Yokais and also have bad guys in both sides… but you cant just judge them. This movie has a simple and wonderful style to develop characters and make them special and deep in a very short time. All in all, Yōkai Watch the Movie: It’s the Secret of Birth, Meow! is a warm anime sure to brighten your day and make you laugh and possibly make you think about the relationships you yourself might have with people on a day to day basis.
Welcome to Academy City, a futuristic metropolis populated with super-powered students. As the brightest intellectual minds in the city work to complete the world’s first space elevator—a towering spire capable of taking citizens into the heavens—perpetually unlucky Kamijo and nun-in-training Index befriend a talented street musician named Arisa. When the beautiful singer lands a big break, her miraculous voice attracts unwanted attention, making the songstress a target for magicians and scholars alike. As the battle between sorcery and science blasts into space, Kamijo, Index, and their allies in Academy City are rocketed to a psychedelic stadium thousands of feet above Japan in a desperate attempt to keep Arisa—and the rest of the world—safe. Science fiction and fantasy collide in this action-packed feature film set in the shared universe of A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun. On the day Touma Kamijou and Index see Academy City’s space elevator, Endymion in the distance, they meet a Level 0 girl with an amazing singing voice, Arisa Meigo. As the three enjoy their time together after school, magic-user Stiyl Magnus suddenly attacks them. His target: Arisa. Why would a girl from the science side be targeted by someone from the magic side, Touma wonders. In the chaos of Stiyl’s attack, he tells Touma, Index and Arisa that she might cause a war between the magic side and the science side.
Unfortunately this arc unfolds within the context of Index once again being a damsel in distress. The Book of the Law turns out to be even denser and more impenetrable in this version than it perhaps is in real life, leading to Tōma needing to enlist the aid of a couple of other supporting characters.
For those drawn to the occult subtext of A Certain Magical Index, this particular storyline will probably hold the most interest with regard to this first set of episodes of the second season. The rest of this filmunfolds with a couple of other multi-episode storylines which offer supporting character Mikoto an interesting if not particularly meaningful plot, and, later, what amounts to A Certain Magical Index’s tip of the school hat to a shōnen academic setting.
The film continues to develop its rather complex mythology rather well, though the series also continues to fall into a series of silly showdowns and patently contrived obstacles that regularly confront Index. As with the first season, there’s a certain tonal imbalance between the show’s mythological foundations and its sometimes schtick laden comedy aspects. While not everything gels perfectly in A Certain Magical Index, the film continues to weave a rather interesting spell that deserves if not demands attention.
imdb is Gekijouban Toaru majutsu no Index: Endyumion no kiseki
This short OVA is the first work from director/writer Yasuhiro Yoshiura, the creator of ‘Time of Eve’. Like his later work this is beautiful to look at although inevitably there is far less depth of character as it is only twenty three minutes long. Set in the distant future when the Earth’s surface has been abandoned following an unspecified catastrophe; Ura works in the “Archive Excavation Department” where he attempts to restore files made before the surface became uninhabitable. Previously many people worked at this but as time past people grew weary of seeing pictures of a beautiful Earth that they themselves would never see. One day Uri is given a file to restore which will lead him to make a startling discovery which will change everybody’s perception of their reality.
Greenish hues, emptiness and silence, the pool of characters – virtually alone in the complex archives during labor – are all brilliantly atmospheric with just the right elements in place. In addition, the ending has a beautifully nostalgic sense, burning counterpoint to the rationalization of archives and their role. But all is not rosey. This mood bath is too distanced and readable – we see the paw of the author outlining his canvas -. In addition, the visual is quite irregular. If we find closed chara-design but circumstance changes the angle of view – especially in the office of Uma – are a bit rough drafts to the image. This 23-minute OAV offers a real futuristic vision as the Japanese know so well how to do it. Despite a few design flaws, it is a beautiful journey chronicling the vision of the past, the form in which is the reality at Humanity.
Two years after the events of the Fourth Great Ninja War, the moon that Hagoromo Otsutsuki created long ago to seal away the Gedo Statue begins to descend towards the world, threatening to become a meteor that would destroy everything on impact. Amidst this crisis, a direct descendant of Kaguya Otsutsuki named Toneri Otsutsuki attempts to kidnap Hinata Hyuga but ends up abducting her younger sister Hanabi. Naruto and his allies now mount a rescue mission before finding themselves embroiled in a final battle to decide the fate of everything. The highly anticipated 10th Naruto film The Last Naruto: The Movie was finally released on 266 screens across Japan last Saturday on December 6. One of our readers, who goes by the name Kővárti Róbert was kind enough to treat us to a sit down (with popcorn in our laps) to the highly anticipated film. Half the crowd was in Naruto cosplay so I knew that when the lights dimmed and the movie started peoples emotions would be at risk. “They better get this one right”. Well, everyone, including Kővárti…The Last Naruto Movie is a perfect ending to the Naruto Saga. BUT, with that said, there are alot of issues I had…because it’s all about Hinata and that’s it! Where’s the real Naruto? Where is Sasuke? Where is the bonds between them? Where is the Sakura that was loved by Naruto? I think after such a long wait this is what people wanted to see.
Not long ago, the Naruto manga ended its 15-year run. However, readers were quick to notice there was one story left to tell. Thus comes The Last: Naruto the Movie—not an out-of-continuity side story but a true missing tale that answers the most important question left by the ending of the manga. We get to see Naruto’s life in his years between the end of the manga and the epilogue. Everything from the technical aspects such as the exquisite animation and magnificent music to the intricate story and character developments are wonderfully implemented in this perfectly paced finale. So people can relax on that front. The issues lay within the plot. Every thing got changed in the movie and now after fifteen long years we are told that Naruto never loved Sakura. The film itself begins with a chronological recap of the world of Naruto, starting with the Sage of the Six Paths and leading up to Naruto and Sasuke’s climactic final battle.
As a long time Naruto fan, this movie has a good ”ending” that leaves the door open for more and more adventures. As a whole, movie 10 is not for every typical Shonen fan, as most of all for its main focus: Love. Between the main character and the secondary yet essential character for this film; the development for Hinata—why she feels as she does for Naruto and how her love for him came to be—and Naruto having to reconcile his own feelings for her after discovering that she loves him, and discovering what is like to really Love someone. The part that I love more about his development is that Naruto is the powerful but still clumsy, naive, adorable ninja. The flip side, is that Naruto is about fights and action so there is more than a fair share of those in the film as well, and almost EVERY character you like has something to do in this film, despite the lack of time we see them, they give them something to do.
All in all, I’m surprised by how much I loved The Last: Naruto the Movie despite the swerve job I experienced in theaters. Unlike the other Naruto films I’ve seen, this one carries real weight as instead of a non-canonical one-off, it is a vital part of the story never before told in either the anime or manga. If you’ve ever wanted a Naruto real love story or wanted to see how the characters mature as adults, this film is definitely worth a watch. To conclude, tes, the villain is very over powered and interesting, but those weaknesses are overshadowed by what is basically a Naruto/Hinata character piece, and the beautiful animation and action scenes, that closes the door on one generation and sets the stage for the next one to come. This movie left me emotional, and the soundtrack is one of the best things of the film. If you are a true Naruto Fan you are going to enjoy the film, just check your reservations at the door and prepare for the feels!
The Crimson Bow and Arrow covers the first story arc of Attack on Titan. If some – well, all – of the footage looks familiar, it’s because the feature is a digest-sized version of the hit animated series and award-winning manga. Director Araki Tetsuro edited the feature – titled Attack on Titan Part One: Crimson Bow and Arrow – cutting down the first 13 episodes of the series for this installment, with the followup – subtitled Wings of Freedom – due out in 2015. For those of you not familiar with Attack on Titan, the anime – based on the manga by Hajime Isayama – takes place in a world under siege by massive Titans: nude, often mindless humanoid creatures that enjoy nothing more than snacking on the surviving human population which has hidden itself inside of walled-off cities. But after one of those walls fails, and Eren Jaeger suffers a terrible loss, our hotheaded protagonist vows to enlist in the military with the hope of killing every Titan he can find.
In the TV series, this arc takes 13 episodes, while the movie, tells the whole story in a mere 2 hours. The biggest gripe for me was while Leon’s backstory has been cut, all his scenes in Trost remain intact. Why would they cut the entire training arc? That seems like an odd decision to me. But, despite there being less overall development of the supporting cast, there is no resurrection for dead characters and all but a few characters seem safe. It is this deep connection to the characters and their plight that had me yelling for joy when they do mange to overcome the titans in some way. Every punch or slash means something and that’s sometimes hard to say about Japanese anime.
“Attack on Titan” hit’s the major points that make it deserving to be a hit. The world, the characters, and the serious threat of the titans keeps you glued into your seat. Every person in service is getting ready for the attack, because the advanced guard is dead. They are broken down into three groups: Vanguard, Middle Guard, and Rear Guard. This film is perfect for those who missed the series but want to dive into the world of the Titans. Don’t have time for the series? No problem. 5 hours condensed into 2. It tells the core story well, and these cuts serve to improve the pace of the film. Recommended!
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.