They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Pokemon Movie 14 White: Victini to Kuroki Eiyuu Zekrom, Kidou Senkan Nadesico: The Prince of Darkness, Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor – The Beyond, and more!
13: Pokemon Movie 14 White: Victini to Kuroki Eiyuu Zekrom
English: Pokemon the Movie: White – Victini and Zekrom
Japanese: ポケットモンスター ベストウィッシュ 「ビクティニと黒き英雄」
MAL Score: 6.61
In ages past, the Kingdom of the Vale, a mighty and flourishing realm, fell into turmoil. The ruler’s two sons turned against each other, unleashing the powers of their Legendary familiars—Reshiram and Zekrom—and disturbing the Dragon Force that supplied the kingdom with energy. With the help of the Mythical Pokémon Victini, balance was restored and the Dragon Force was bound by the Sword of the Vale. Should the Sword be moved, devastation will loom again.
Damon, a descendant of the now scattered People of the Vale, is attempting to restore his people’s kingdom to its former glory. He manages to summon Legendary Pokémon Zekrom, with the aim of lifting the Sword of the Vale and harnessing the power of the Dragon Force himself.
Meanwhile, Satoshi and his companions visit Eindoak Town, located at the foot of the Sword of the Vale. Confronted with Damon’s scheme, they lend a hand to Victini, guardian of the Vale, in stopping the plan from coming to fruition and preventing a repeat of the tragedy that occurred a millennium ago.
I first watched the “Zekrom version”; Ash and friends, as usual, are traveling, and meet a group of friends after helping a couple Deerling out of danger. They get more than they bargained for when their new friends, who are part of the People of the Vale, hope to restore their old, now destroyed home to its former glory.
Much as I love Pokémon, I have to say this was from the weaker end. The story just didn’t have its usual drive, and the main event/danger didn’t seem that great – or rather, it was hard to see how a good person could make such bad choices and not see it happening.
Victini had a big part in the story, with its sad past and Ash’s determination to help the lonely Pokémon.
The other legendary Pokémon, Reshiram and Zekrom, were sadly left to the shadows. They didn’t have that great of an impact, sadly, on the story, and weren’t used well enough. I would have loved to see so much more of them, in more creative ways.
Decent story, great art as usual, but a bit of a let down. Perhaps they should have pooled their efforts into honing the story and giving it a bit more edge instead of splitting it in two.
Annunal Pokemon sequels bumped up animation slightly with almost every release. What caught me off guard, however, was a massive improvement with these two films. One thing that can’t be understated is how nice Reshiram & Zerkrom look. For this reason alone, it’s a joy to watch the films. But these two aren’t aiming to be an audio-visual extravaganza. While the best thing I can say about audio production is that it did its job, I can’t be as forgiving to other elements.
These films can be split into two parts. The character driven first and plot dirven second half. Both focus on different elements and both come up short in their own departments.
Throughout the first half, we’re treated to quite a few neat situations. While watching, as I try to enjoy them, something rushes through my mind – images from previous films. Therein lies the problem. There’s very little originality here. A garden with tastly berries? Already done in The Rise of Darkrai, better too. Running through the packed streets of an old town? Fifth film. Pokemon waking up Ash to enjoy the local sunrise? Series did it at least three times. I could go on, but I think the point has been illustrated. Black & White are plagued by moments already done better before. The battles at display here aren’t very memorable, either.
Where the films really starts to fall, even for someone not familiar with the other works in the franchise, is the second half. The dialogue turns into a complete disaster. Characters won’t talk to each other. They’ll arbitrary decide to withold key information, just so the plot can go the way director envisioned. Baffling behavior of this kind creates numerous plot holes.
For films centered around Reshiram & Zerkrom, there’s very little build up of them as legendaries. After all is said and done, they feel more like rare local pokemon, than legendaries. Their themes of Ideals & Truth, Yin & Yang, are barely touched by the films. Twice blurted out in expositional fashion, these lines feel like trailer material. Making the two virtually identical and replacing one with the other in each film creates a troubling statement. Equaling truth to idealism and implying they act the same is unforgivable. Then again, these two films don’t even touch the subject.
As the mysterious dragon force raises the sword castle into space (yes, this actually happens), we’re left to wonder about its nature. How does it work? Where does it come from? This isn’t explained. We see the force almost destroy the world through a few very brief and nonthreatening scenes. The fact that the force acts as if powered by Yveltal and Xerneas is a mere curiosity for Pokemon fans. The truth is, this force is a lazy McGuffin and won’t be mentioned ever again.
Lastly, there’s Victini. This little f#cker is pretty damn cute. Throughout the films he’s been handled well. Until the end, that is. Near the end he’s treated to a faux death scene. I’m sick of these. Ash in the first movie, Celebi in third, Darkrai in tenth, Giratina in eleventh and Zoroark in thirteenth. The faux death has been overused and the manipulative nature of Victini’s death is pathetic. We’re treated to a scene of characters standing, spewing exposition, while sad music plays in the background for a minute – then revealing the little bugger alive. Even if they had to do this, is this the way it should have been done? No. They should’ve had an unexpected death, followed by a ten seconds of slowdown, just enough for characters to realize this really happen. Next you continue the plot, but slowing it down a bit, just so the audience can grief. Maybe have one or two lines about regret at the end of the film before revealing him to be alive in a creative fashion. I’m no film director, but I think I may know a bit more about making films than these guys do.
Ultimately, I would recommend these films to people craving some more Pokemon. It doesn’t survive close up scrutiny, but looks pretty good. Enough for most people to enjoy, in any case. Sometimes, just sometimes, verbal ratings are true and 4/10 means decent (enough).
I have watched both the Black and White Version of this storyline countless times. This was probably one of my favorite movies of all time as a child. Looking back all these years later I remember every little detail, and it doesn’t cease to amaze me.
This is why I am (probably until I have children and want to show them how amazing pokemon is) never going to watch it again.
I have such a strong attachment to both of these movies that I do not want to break that connection. After seeing reviews from goddamn teenagers and adults on why it was so bad, I’m a little disappointed. This stuff is made for children,.. like what do you expect!?
Pokemon movies are absolute masterpieces. I think the only exception to this would be all the mew and Mewtwo movies (except for the og’s) OH and the live-action, can’t forget about that…
So, Overall I would highly recommend this for younger audiences. 9/10 🙂
If you read this then I hope you have a fantastic day! 😀
12: Kidou Senkan Nadesico: The Prince of Darkness
English: Martian Successor Nadesico: The Prince of Darkness
Japanese: 機動戦艦ナデシコ The prince of darkness
MAL Score: 6.76
Two years have passed since the end of the “Martian Successor Nadesico.” Akito and Yurika have disappeared. The Jovians and the Earthlings have joined forces and Ruri is now captain of Nadesico B. As the popularity of Boson Jumping grows, a vast transportation network has been developed. Dubbed the Hisago Plan, this network of Chulip portals holds the answers to the mysteries behind Bose particles and their power. If those secrets should fall into the wrong hands, it could mean big trouble. And big trouble there is. A Martian splinter group has launched an offensive, leaving the United Forces befuddled and desperate. So much so, in fact, that the former crew of the Nadesico is called back to active duty for a special unsanctioned mission-to save us all. Does this menagerie of misfits have what it takes? Who will win the race for the Boson technology? And what the heck happened to Akito and Yurika?
“What were they thinking when they made this?” – That’s the first thing that comes to mind when looking at Prince of Darkness. This isn’t Nadesico, this isn’t the GEKIGAN FLARE-yelling, hotblooded- yet lighthearted- and satiric view of the real robot genre that made Nadesico unique, interesting and a brilliant watch. No, this is a dark, murderous, hideous shadow of Nadesico. It’s what you get if you lock Nadesico into a dark room for a couple years, continuously poke it with a cattle prod and feed it nothing but raw meat. It’s just not the same. But it tries to be.
====WARNING: THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS===
Ok, well for starters, the story is ABYSMAL. Basically the movie comes in parts. Part 1- introducing the viewer to what happened in the time skip between the movie and the end of Nadesico. Part 2- gather all the crew together. Part 3- none of the crew does anything, other than Ruri, and the whole movie ends in virtually the exact same way as the series. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF AKITO. Yes you heard me, Akito does not revert to his lovable anime self, no he leaves this movie as a cold-hearted killer who shoots first and asks questions later. After all the series’ development to get him involved with Yurika, he just up and leaves her at the end of the movie. This alone makes the plot of PoD horrible. It just takes away all the good things from the series and throws them in the bin. There is NO Gekiganer in the movie, aside from one line where it is briefly mentioned in passing. This is despite the Jovian’s entire race was centred on the thing for centuries. I’m sorry but I just don’t *get* that.
Now, don’t get me wrong, there are a few funny lines, but I could count them on one hand, and they simply do not justify the complete and utter abandonment of everything Nadesico had represented.
The artwork is amazing. The Black Selena is an incredible-looking mech, and as with the series, the quality of animation is very high. I have no complaints at all about the animation. However, this does not justify the plot.
Again, no complaints, the sound is at least good enough for me to not have anything bad to say about it, and thus I give it the thumbs up.
Ok, here’s a big thumbs down. Yurika has all of what, three lines in this show? Akito is NOTHING like his previous self.Minor characters, such as prospector or Megumi are delegated to single-sentence appearances, and serve no real role whatsoever. Ruri has almost all of the screentime, with the only other character of notable significance being Ryoko (oh, and the Jovian- the Joe Umisubame (gekiganger) lookalike, I can’t remember his name, he gets a little development). Sure, this isn’t bad if you’re a Ruri fan, but the colour and depth of the cast is one of the pivotal things that made Nadesico great. This movie chucks that into a paper shredder and lights it on fire. You simply get no charater development whatsoever, and the development you do get is largely negative, as in Akito, who is the complete opposite of his three-years-prior self.
None. As a matter of fact I felt sick after whatching this. The animation was good. There were a couple of funny lines. But what was once a bright and funny show is now a dark and pessimistic gloom-fest. Sorry but I actually REGRET watching this, rather than enjoy it.
This series departs from the Anime in such as colossal way that it is simply a complete and utter punch in the face to someone who came here looking for more Nadesico goodness. Watch the Gekiganger OVA, that thing’s far more deserving as Nadesico’s sequel. Don’t watch this.
With that out of the way, let’s begin. It’s obvious that this can be a very polarizing movie: Just take a look at the reviews on this page. An 8, a 10, a 4 and a 1. So there’s definitely a big element of personal preference here. Personally, I think that it does have some pretty big flaws in parts, particularly in terms of some character development, but it’s entertaining enough to make up for it.
The story is fast-paced and exciting. The getting-the-band-back-together elements of the story, while cliche, are very entertaining, and the final battle at the end is typical Nadesico fun. That said, there are definitely some flaws. There’s one in particular that stands out: The villains, the Martian Successors, have motives that are only vaguely defined – it’s stated briefly in the movie that they want to control all aspects of society and life, and that plus some of their regimented attitude makes you think they might be a bit like Nazis or something, but you’re never told HOW exactly they’re going to change the universe for the worse if they come into power. Without this important information, they seem pointless and silly, and their whole plot just becomes kind of dumb. It’s especially disappointing since for some reason the English version was named after these villains instead of the Jovians, and yet once you see them it doesn’t take long to realize that there’s no good reason to name the series after them. Most of the story, though, remains quite entertaining. I was especially interested in the way they built upon the sci-fi concept of the chulips that they had explored in the original series.
The art is as good as ever, even better than the TV series. Admittedly, it was a 1990s series, so the animation was not always top-quality, and nothing much to write home about compared to some of the series of today, but I’ve always felt the more 90’s style character designs had a lot of charm, and the animation was always perfectly adequate. It’s improved upon, though, in the movie, since, you know, higher budget and all.
The music is just as great as usual, with more of the orchestral type stuff that really energized the original series, and it energizes the movie as well. The voice acting is the same as it ever was in the dub, which is the version of the series I watched and so the version of the movie I watched, for consistency. I know some people don’t like the dub at all, but I personally love it, and I felt it was just as good as it was in the original series. I liked especially how Ruri sounded older but still like herself. None of the characters we’ve already met are recast and the voices of the new characters fit in seamlessly, so all in all I’d just say that whatever you thought of the dub the first time around will be exactly the same as what you think of it here. The Japanese appears to be just as good, but I wouldn’t really know for sure. Oh, and the sound effects are pretty good I guess. I wasn’t really paying attention to that.
Ruri pretty much takes over the helm of main character from Akito in this installment, as she’s the captain of the Nadesico B and basically gets to do all the coolest stuff in the movie. Personally, though, while she definitely got a lot of the spotlight, I didn’t think she took much away from the other characters. It’s interesting to see where they’ve ended up and how much they have grown in three years, but they don’t change so drastically as to be unrecognizable and there are still plenty of great character moments. Nearly every character from the series gets at least a few moments to shine here, and Hikaru and Izumi in particular provide some welcome comedy relief toward the end of the movie.
A couple characters really get the shaft, though. Although she’s plot-important, probably crucial actually, we also don’t see Yurika very much during the movie – although admittedly some viewers might be glad to be rid of her. And Akito himself gets some pretty lackluster development. His character frankly becomes a lot less interesting.
There are also a few new characters, mostly the crew populating Ruri’s Nadesico B. They aren’t quite as interesting as the characters from the anime, but they’re likable enough and fit in with the rest of the cast. The new villains, however, have basically no real character whatsoever. Even the leader just seems like some random guy, and their whole group really isn’t given much of a good reason for doing anything that they do.
The most disappointing thing about the movie is probably the ending. By this I don’t mean the resolution of the Martian Successor plot threads that began in the movie; that’s fantastic. What I do mean is that there are a lot of things left hanging open-ended by the finish, and unfortunately it’s the last Nadesico related thing that was ever produced before there were some disputes between the creator and the anime company. There was going to be a sequel in 2005, but it fell through. While I still hope there might be a continuation of the show someday, I’m not holding my breath. Knowing this is the last bit of Nadesico we’ll probably ever get is a bit of a downer and it does make a lot of the ending unsatisfying.
All in all, although I think it might have helped a bit more to consider character development and plot more, especially the matter of who exactly these villains are and why we should give a damn, but it’s still a pretty good movie. Even though the story can be a bit ridiculous at times, it’s still a lot of fun. And although it’s disappointing that this is pretty much the end, you can always imagine what comes next in your mind.
Or hell, write some fan fiction if you want. Frankly, it could be better than any continuation we might actually get.
Seriously, the plot turns on you like a bad crowd at Yannifest and if you don’t pay absolute attention to it it passes you by, causing you to scratch your head and ask ‘wtf’. It did have its good parts but they were sparse at best. They spent way too long trying to convey what everyone was doing post-series but then decided to just flat-out stop at a certain point and try to get the plot up and running… to no avail.
the final battle follows closely with what the plot was doing and you honestly have no idea how or why everything is happening. The dude who[SPOILER] shot Tsukumo in the series just shows up and tells everyone to stop fighting and they do, without hesitation or explanation as to why. They’re just captivated by his hair, i guess.
And they also succeeded in turning Akito into a mopey little bitch. Hooray for Shinji’s Disease and its ability to grasp the heart of ANY mech protag.
i was really hoping this would turn out as awesome as the show was, but i just felt sorry for it.
11: Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor – The Beyond
Japanese: 蒼穹のファフナー Dead Aggressor THE BEYOND
MAL Score: 7.18
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-Story: For what very little Japanese that I know, I feel like I have the gist of what is going on. If I recall correctly, Soushi has been reborn as the new Mir like Tsubaki was, however he has been taken into the custody of Festum Humans. As for if it’s a disguise or if those humans have been Festums all along, I am unsure but I will not state who since I feel like that would be too much of a spoiler even though they directly show and tell you. Most of the first episode is the operation to retrieve Soushi. I could be wrong, but I think the time gap between this and Exodus is about five years; I thought I heard something mentioned about that. When Kazuki goes to find Soushi he seems to be in a subconscious, or alternate dimension mirroring the Island and is seemingly living his normal everyday life unaware that he is entrapped by Festum. It’s a very nice episode that brings back the feeling from when they were younger and in more innocent times not having to worry about war and people dying or having to kill people. But then there’s the twist for him when Kazuki shows up that causes what seems will become a driving force for Soushi’s future actions. I know that sounds vague but that is a key part in the story that is worth mentioning within these episodes that will hopefully sound enticing. Hopefully my “story” segment won’t be too comparable to an updated synopsis since that’s about all I can say without actually spoiling for these first three episodes. The run-time is above average too being 28:28 for episode 01, 29:09 for episode 02, and 26:42 for episode 03. It’s kinda hard to fairly rate the story since this is just the first three episodes but I’m sure it’ll still be great like the rest. Unless you’re able to see these in theaters in Japan, we’ll have to wait for months, even a year, to eventually have the whole story but I’m sure the wait will be well worth it. It feels like it’s progressing nicely.
-Art+Sound: Holy crap, the production value is insane! This is probably one of the best looking recent anime I’ve ever seen on Blu-Ray. This literally blows everything out of the water. You can tell they care and have enough time and resources to make this the best it can be and even being priced slightly less than every other comparable anime Blu-Ray volume. It seems like most releases recently are so basic and don’t have proper care to ensure quality but that is not the case at all with Fafner. Not only is the art super gorgeous, but everything is super vibrant and clear and there’s no visible color banding or other artifacts. I am so happy that they went the extra ten miles (hopefully pioneering for more shows to come) with high resolution audio across the board, main feature and extras. Fafner The Beyond includes 96kHz 24bit Dolby TrueHD with both a stereo and 3.1 for main feature and clean OP/ED. To my knowledge it’s an advanced up-sample process but regardless, still insane. Specs aside, it still sounds as great as ever with great sound design and of course the music. I was kinda bummed that they didn’t use ‘Those who seek the future’ (未来を求める者) from the new soundtrack but used the original ‘Counterattack’ which was the version from Heaven and Earth and Exodus but perhaps in a later episode they will make use of it. This release is the premium that consumers deserve and I hope to see more like it in the future.
-Characters: Still lots of characters and I love that they still have everyone back in the story. I totally need to re-watch the previous ones to re-familiarize myself with everyone. For me the most notable character so far is Maya. She definitely seems a lot more stern and militaristic which is a great natural progression considering what she went though in Exodus. We did see some of that in Exodus but this feels like the full outcome. It’s like her character is going opposite of Kanon, where she was that way but gradually opened up and became friendly. Thinking about Kanon still makes me want to cry. Miwa has also grown-up more (obviously since there’s a time gap) and is super adorable. She’s also a Fafner pilot now. There’s some mystery going on with Kazuki but I’ll leave it at that for you to discover.
If you’re a fan of the series, it should be obvious to continue watching Fafner. If you love the series be sure to support it when possible (as goes for anything you like). It’s too bad Fafner doesn’t get released with English subtitles. Hopefully someday Funimation will finally licence the rest of the series so it can be available and easier to access for more people. If you’re new to the series I highly recommend it if you enjoy military mecha and tragic sad things as well as great action scenes and music.
Fafner has nothing to merchandise but its own story. The characters has grown up over the years and have their own life, and The Beyond manages to be as dense in details as all the previous seasons. It’s spectacular to know the protagonist age from 14 all the way past this current iteration of his 20s. Which, if anyone has noticed the releases of the story in real time, this meant that it never felt as if the characters are stunted or frozen in time at any season. It’s as dynamic as the viewer’s life, should they have followed the series since it’s initial debut.
Am I saying this show is worth the follow and watch? HELL YES. And it’s a damn shame this series has fallen into obscurity even in the mecha fandom.
Story wise this is one of the best storytelling in anime I have seen that does not lean on traditional character tropes to tell a story. For The Beyond it still manages to gut me with all the subtle way it tells the viewer of the suffering without outright telling you and is absolutely shameless about it. It’s only when you sit down and let it sink in that everything *feels* a certain way. Yet it manages to be hopeful and cheery when it can amidst all of it, so much so that it doesn’t feel like torture and instead feels actually good to watch.
While looking at a screencap may not feel anything special, the cinematography and battle scenes of The Beyond is still a treat to look at with its clean, clear show-not-tell presentation. It also has obscenely beautiful scenery shots and has zero qualms about abusing 3d to achieve whatever it wants while still somehow not being immersion breaking. Watching this in 4k is like having my eyes cry crystals, and it’s a shame it’s not drawing the attention it deserves. Fafner is equally pragmatic and gorgeous in its graphics.
10/10 because thinking about how this show should not be here and is still here, together with us, is just mind blowing to me. If you haven’t given Fafner a spin and are looking for a complex and yet enjoyable storytelling, please try worming in through the first season and join me in feels hell.
10: Rockman.EXE Movie: Hikari to Yami no Program
Japanese: 劇場版 ロックマン エグゼ: 光と闇の遺産
MAL Score: 7.21
Deep in the dark recesses of the UnderNet, Forte sleeps as he drifts aimlessly. In this cybernetic graveyard, a pulsating power re-awakens Forte, alerting him to a dangerous being shortly ahead. A haunting face appears amidst a massive bright purple blob, laughing directly at Forte. Cursing him, Forte finds himself powerless as the blob takes form, and captures him within its grasp!
Nearing the time of sunset, a peaceful city and its people go about their everyday business. Curious bystanders on a sidewalk glimpse a shimmering purple light, which suddenly expands into tall pillar that reaches up to the sky. Screams erupt from the people as the pillar of light takes flight, absorbing everything in its destructive path. A tower clock dings the hour of 4 o’clock as the pillar desintigrates, leaving behind a trail of cybernetic residue and utter emptyness.
‘The Program of Light and Dark’
(Source: Official Site)
As for everything else, uh… It’s Rockman.exe. You don’t exactly look to it for interesting stories with complicated characters. Basically, the most interesting character you can expect is Higsby.
Basically, watch this movie if you like Mega Man Battle Network and you don’t mind a bit of weird inconsistency in quality, because the lows of the movie are inoffensive and the highs of the movie are hilarious fun.
9: Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor – Heaven and Earth
Japanese: 蒼穹のファフナー Dead Aggressor ~Heaven and Earth~
MAL Score: 7.38
The year is 2148. Two years after the end of the original Fafner in the Azure TV series, Tatsumiya Island and its surviving residents have returned to some semblance of recovery. However, things have become desperate for our hero, Kazuki; nearly blind now, and partially crippled from his battles with the Festum two years earlier, he clings to the promise his fallen friend Soushi made to him to return to the island and set things right again. Kazuki’s hopes flare when a lifeform is detected within an unmanned submarine that comes floating into Tatsumiya Bay one night, but the person aboard isn’t Soushi; it is a mysterious “boy” named Misao Kurusu who may not be entirely human, and who claims to have been sent by Sōshi. With Misao’s arrival, hostilities break out anew between the Human Army and the Festum, and the Fafner pilots are thrown into the most desperate battle of their lives – this time, with the fate of TWO races riding on their shoulders.
Plot: If you hope to find answers to the questions in this film, that you might have after watching the first season, forget about it! The plot more complicated than was before. Besides the plot is overdosed on different stuff and notions that are typical of Fafner, such as Mir, Core, assimilation, there are also raises issues regarding Festum essences and aspirations. As a result, your brain couldn’t stand this. But fans certainly will be satisfied, because the intricate story is one of the main features of Fafner series.
Art: The graphic has become much more detailed and technological comparing with the first season. The difference is enormous. Animators have tried to make the movie looks fantastic. But if you look at objects in the background, you will see the lack of details. The general style remains the same as in the first season.
The focus is on the relationship between Kazuki and Misao. Misao is a mysterious and ambiguous character, and it is exciting to watch him. The rest of the main characters from the first season here get a little attention. The role of the central combat units is performed by characters who were in the background during the whole first season.
Fans of the original series certainly will be delighted. The movie is entertaining, sometimes touching, and has impressive animation. The fans of the franchise and mecha genre at all should watch this movie.
The story picks up two years after the end of the main series and while it doesn’t take full advantage of this change to grow the characters, it still feels like they have settled into a new status quo. That said Heaven and Earth doesn’t bother to properly reintroduce the returning characters. If you haven’t seen the original series then this show won’t make any sense. It doesn’t bother re-explaining anything, from Fafners to Festums to Mirs. It’s all assuming you’re already familiar with these concepts.
The animation was a massive step up from the original series. The fights are incredibly dynamic and fluid. The overall quality massively improves upon everything. This movie still holds up today. None of the CG feels dated (if you were even able to spot it). That said it still has the same issue from the main series where all the character designs look very similar. That combined with the introduction of a few new characters and further focus on some lesser side characters from the original series meant there were a lot of new (but similar) faces to differentiate from.
The characters were good, but nothing incredible. However the standout here was Kurusu, the new addition. His personal struggle is the heart of the movie, and it’s well tied in to the themes and concepts the film focused on. A lot of the side characters had multiple separate arcs that arguably shouldn’t have worked, but they were all tied together through the main theme of the cost of war, and it helped to paint the picture of war being a grand but ultimately futile struggle with a terrible toll – something that may not have had the same impact if it had focused on only a few main characters.
Overall I’d say this is a must watch if you have seen the original series. If you haven’t then this is hard to recommend. It comes with the price tag of having to watch through over a dozen episodes of mediocre garbage in the original series to get to this. However if the rest of the franchise continues to be this consistent it might just be worth it.
8: Break Blade 1: Kakusei no Toki
English: Broken Blade
Japanese: ブレイク ブレイド 覚醒ノ刻
MAL Score: 7.65
Rygart Arrow is different compared to the other people in the continent of Cruzon: he is unable to control quartz, branded an “un-sorcerer.” Despite this, he still befriends the future king and queen of Krisna—Hodr and Sigyn—as well as Zess, the younger brother of the Athens Commonwealth’s Secretary of War.
Several years later, Rygart discovers that there is a war brewing between Krisna and Athens. While visiting Binonten, the capital city of Krisna, he learns that his misfortune as an un-sorcerer enables him to pilot an ancient Golem, a unique ability that quartz-wielding users lack.
As Zess leads one of the Athenian strikes upon the capital, Rygart joins the battle with his newfound power in hopes of mending the schism between the two nations.
Kinda typical story, a boy who can’t use any magic in world where everyone can use magic, but somehow can activated a Golem that no other person managed to activate. Even if it’s typical, I think it’s played quite well. This is only the first movie so I can’t say much about the plot, but I’ve read the manga so basically I know the story further than what this movie has shown, and I’ll say that if the next movies continue to follow the manga, it will turn out to be good.
This is where I was struck the most. The animation is pretty good, the mecha battles are done pretty well. Though the mechas movements aren’t nearly as fluid as Gundams, but I think it’s done on purpose, since the Golem technology in this show isn’t very advanced as how it is in other mecha shows. (This was not said in the movie, but it was said in the manga.) Designs for the mechas are interesting. They’re not as flashy as other mecha shows, yet they’re designed pretty well. As a mecha maniac I liked the designs of the mechas here. Character designs are average, though I quite liked it. At least there’s no excess of moe/bishoujo/bishounen (they do exist, though at an acceptable dose.) Overall a good art, both in animation and design department.
For me, sound is divided into 3 parts: Musics, SFX, and Voice Acting. Music is nice, this movie has good opening and ending songs, and good musics throughout the movie. SFX are nice as well, they are made to be quite ‘real’. Like, the sound of impact of a pressure gun is not as strong as the sound of impact in other mecha shows, since pressure guns are generally weak after all. I’m no pro at voice acting, but at least there’s no annoying voice acting like those overly moe/shy character voice which is quite prevalent nowadays.
Sadly, there’s only 50 minutes to this movie. Which means that there’s not much character developments. Some cliched yet interesting characters are used, it’s not really a problem for me since a cliche can be interesting when played well. Though not much character development, this first movie gives a good base to expand in the next movies. Let’s just hope they do expand it well.
Pretty enjoyable for me. Cliche story that is played quite well to make it still interesting for me. Good animation, interesting mecha designs, and a fair character designs. Nice music, SFX, and VA. Characters that even though haven’t developed much, already has good base to expand. Other than those, I liked the setting of the world in this movie. The world is full of magic users, so magic is generally used in everyday life. Even so, magic here isn’t really that almighty like in many magic based story. There’s no ultra powerful destruction magic or time controlling magic. Here, most of the things that magic can do are common things that can be done in real life. Moving vehicle, shooting pressure guns etc. This is what makes the setting interesting for me. Also, there’s not really any awesome weapons here. The only weapons are the weak pressure guns, or the standard melee weapons. Though some may think this is a minus point, I liked it. I got kinda tired from all those high-tech, high destructive capability weapons in many mecha shows nowadays. This makes the world in which technologies are not very advanced and weapons are generally weak much more interesting.
I want to give 8.5, since this is better than 8, but doesn’t really achieve 9. But there’s no 8.5 score here so I’ll just give 8.
A pretty good show for me. Though I think this is kinda underrated, since not many people seems to give much attention this show. This show is pretty interesting in many ways that even surprised me. Before watching I thought I’m gonna give this a 6 or 7, but after watching, I changed my mind and give better score. Though, I still need to wait whether the next movies will also be good or not. Let’s just wait and see then.
Story-7,it’s not uncommon,still in the Gundam form- a guy that appears incapable of doing something or common suddenly manages to fight a robot different from the others in order to protect his friends.-Despite that,the story is structurated well,though i still believe 50 minutes isn’t enough,especially for the first part,in order to introduce us well to the characters.But for now we do have a presentation to the main character,Rygart Arrow,and a small idea about the other characters.
Art-10,because it is Production I.G. and XEBEC we are talking about,and it looks well for me,as a mecha-fighting anime.The surroundings,canyon and desert really seem to bring out that feeling of isolation and arid grounds.
Sound-10- because it is Kokia that does the opening,with another amazing and beautiful song,and Faylan’s ending is also nice and more action-like.
Characters-8.It is hard to grasp the characters for now.But i do have a general idea concerning Arrow,Sigyn and Hodr.I like that Arrow is the more realistic,peaceful type.He has accepted his image in the world as a ” un-magic user” and tries to maintain peace.I am curious about how he will face the problem of ”fighting” his old friend.He seems rather innocent somehow [which makes him cute*giggles*].It is more than obvious that ,although Sigyn is married,there is something between them [ and not only friendship…i dare to say xD]
Enjoyment-10- it was very dinamic for a first part episode/ova/movie..and things didn’t seem to progress too slow…but not too fast either,although it is because of this,that i wanted more than 50 minutes of it.
Overall-10, for a first.I really enjoyed it,as a mecha-action,it didn’t let me down at all.But,you will have to watch it to see for yourself.
It starts with a rather chaotic scene featuring giant robots shooting at each other, only to shift focus to a young man fainting in the desert a couple of minutes later. It’s eventually made clear that conflict has broken out between 2 nations and that one of them has discovered a special weapon that could turn the tide in their favor if only they know how to use it. Enter our fainting young man in the desert who actually knows the ruler of said nation and, surprise, can use the weapon!
That’s the bare essentials of the main story. There are plenty more characters but none of them really develop in any way. Every character introduced gets a scene or 2 to establish his/her personality and maybe a few hints about their background and past relationships. All of them fall into familiar archetypes: there’s a clueless hero, a plucky comic-relief character, a stern but well-meaning enemy commander and so forth. All the characters are potentially interesting but the short length of the movie makes the potential stay just that, potential. We’ll have to wait and see how the characters are developed in future installments.
The art and animation are good, as could be expected from Production I.G.. Though the designs of the characters and (especially) mechs are rather uninspired to say the least. There’s also the occasional still-frame here and there but these are few, far between and very short. One last complaint I have is that the bullets fired by the mechs didn’t really have much impact for me. There wasn’t much ‘oomph’ when a mech got shot down.
The audio is sufficient. The music is completely forgettable (so it’s not terrible at least), the sound-effects do their job and there’s plenty of now-popular seiyu (eg. Hiroshi Kamiya, Yuuichi Nakamura, Kana Hanazawa) to please the fans.
There were a few cool twists on certain clichés such as how every person in the movie’s world can use magic and being unable to do so is considered strange or how the main character who falls into a mech’s cockpit for the first time doesn’t immediately start kicking ass. This gave some novelty to an otherwise derivative final product.
I was entertained enough to with this movie to at least check out the next one (though it helps that it ends on a huge tease). There are some elements in here that could make for a fun experience if executed well; but whether or not the creators will manage it is still up in the air.
7: Break Blade 6: Doukoku no Toride
English: Broken Blade 6
Japanese: ブレイク ブレイド 第六章 慟哭ノ砦
MAL Score: 7.70
Sixth and final Break Blade movie.
So why on earth would I give this movie a 7?
It’s simple. Because I didn’t love it nearly as much as the other 5 movies.
After the first 5 movies, I expected this one to wrap up everything that was being built up. I wanted to see a final battle between the two nations or kingdoms, I wanted to see Zess fight against his former friends! There were so many things I wanted! And what did I get? You guessed it: none of those.
About 90% of the movie was of a fight between Rygart and Borcuse.
Who is Borcuse? Well…he’s nobody really. He didn’t have much of a build up in character other than being a jerk and killing many innocent people.
Now, the fight between them was awesome! I loved watching it! But as a final battle? I was really expecting more of a plot twist of some sort.
Not only was the majority of the movie just fighting, the ending was overall not very appealing. By that I mean, I was left with the feeling that another movie should be made. There were some questions left unanswered and some new plot development left hanging.
If there were another movie following this one, I might give it a better score because then I would be awaiting more epic battles and answers to my questions! That’s the reason why I think this deserves a 7.
I have seen many ‘Mech’ animes, in other words, robots or large machines fighting each other. And several of them are incredible and nicely done! This one however tops most of those other mech animes, simply because of the art!
The background art is to die for, the details put into it are spectacular and look very realistic! The same goes for the mechs that we watch fight each other. You can see every line and detail on the mechs and see the damage each one has taken, making things much more dramatic and intense.
The people, although not as detailed as the backgrounds or the mechs, are nicely drawn and coloured nicely to blend with their surroundings, in other words, they don’t have the usual anime style of bright purple or blue hair and bright white skin. They look like normal people, which matches perfectly with everything else in the movie.
In most cases, there is music put into the scene just for background noise, and nobody really pays attention to it. With Break Blade, when the music comes on, you KNOW some awesome sh** is about to happen. The music is beautiful and intense. Whoever composed it needs to receive a medal or an award of some sort.
I really felt the need to go get the album after watching this movie. If you watch this movie, definitely pay attention to the mind-blowing music!
So, if the music was so amazing, why would I only give this an 8?
Well, the voice acting wasn’t the best.
It wasn’t bad, in fact it was good, but still not incredible.
Hoshi Souichiro played the voice of Rygart, and although he is a good voice actor, he didn’t seem to have the right amount of emotion and fierceness in his voice that I would have liked. Throughout this movie’s battle between Rygart and Borcuse, there was a lot of yelling and shouting of all sorts, as you would expect in a battle, and something about Rygart seemed a little bit off. Maybe Souichiro just wasn’t the right voice for Rygart, or maybe he needs some practice as a VA, either way, his performance wasn’t the greatest.
Nakai Kazuya did the voice of Borcuse in this movie. Nakai is a very talented VA in just about everything he does, and as many of you know, he is quite famous for several of his roles in other animes. The creators did a good job picking him to voice Borcuse, he had the right intensity and almost insanity that was needed to voice the bad-guy.
As I said earlier, there were some things that bothered me about this movie, and character was part of it. Or rather, the lack of character development was the part that annoyed me. As a final episode (or movie) there should be an amazing or jaw-dropping plot twist that makes you go ‘wow! that was amazing!’. But no, nothing was really changing about anybody.
Rygart was the same was always, fighting and not really knowing why he was fighting, and question his own motives for joining the war. If it were me writing the story, I would have had Rygart finally make up his mind about everything and give a nice ‘hero speech’ of why he wants to win this war! As you can imagine, nothing of the sort happened.
Borcuse was really the only other main focus of this movie, and he didn’t do much to surprise me, just like Rygart. We really don’t know much about this guy, other than the fact that he was leading the enemies in the war and he doesn’t have any compassion for anything or anyone.
If Zess and Hodr had received more screen time, I would probably review their characters as well. But Hodr and Zess both got a total of about 5 minutes in this movie. I had always thought of them as main characters in the beginning, but that really changed overtime and they just became part of the background.
Even though I had many bad things to say about this movie, I couldn’t bring myself to give it an extremely low score. I did enjoy the fighting and the intensity throughout the movie! But honestly, if there wasn’t any fighting, I can guarantee I would have disliked this movie.
The characters didn’t have much to offer and the story was a bit less than incredible. With those two things being just average, than my enjoyment for it is also just average.
If you have yet to watch the first five movies, I highly recommend you do so! They are amazingly done and exciting to watch! This movie, although not as great as the others, is still good and if you have watched the first five, then I obviously recommend that you watch the sixth one as well. But if you were expecting the same ending as I was, with a final conflict between Zess and his former friends, you are out of luck. I know that’s what I wanted.
But we can’t always get what we want.
Maybe in the future there will be a continuation of these six movies. But until then, I have to live with the fact that this movie is the finale, which is not what I would have expected or wanted.
Any way, I dislike mecha anime. Not any specific reasons but I loved this anime. The mechas drawn in this are not drawn looking all computerised, clean colour and out of place. This was a fast pace action anime. The plot basically is everyone has this special power which lets them move quartz (a mineral found in the earth).
Sometimes a person 1 in a million is born without this power which is where Lygart and his brother comes in. Lygart is the main male role. He is called by his friend who is the king to help defend the kingdom which is being under attack. An ancient mecha is discovered and apperantly Lygart can only operate it. And so begins the war, through in moral dilemmas, friends as enemies, blood, greats actions scenes and you got yourself Broken Blade.
It would have been a 9 but it felt a bit fast paced which I know is because they were movies but a little more build up would have made a great difference.
First off, the story to Break Blade isn’t too foreign to any other mecha anime. Our champion falls into a mobile suit; he does some heroics with it, and then gets caught up in some sort of war. This setting has been redone countless times and while not being highly original it fits the overall plot very well. The background of the story is a simple case of other countries invading each other for resources. The resource in question is quartz which runs everything in this particular world and is magically moved by “sorcerers”. We have two nations, Krisna and Athens which are heading to war. If this was completely cookie cutter, the champion selected to save the nation would be an angsty teen who is handed the latest and greatest mobile suit. However, in the case of Break Blade our champion is 25 year old Rygart Arrow who happens to be some sort defective person who cannot use magic called an “un-sorcerer” which makes him nearly completely useless in this particular world. He is asked by the king of Krisna who he happened to go to college with and the queen who had some romantic tension with Rygart in the past. He fights another classmate who’s on the Athens side and the story revolves around the struggles of Krisna fighting off the advancing Athenian armies with mobile suits (golems as they’re called in this series). In particular, Rygart’s mobile suit is an ancient relic which only he can pilot due to his lack of magic power and of course it happens to be stronger than any of the modern day ones. Like I said before, the story itself is not particularly outstanding or different but it does feature adult characters and a very interesting world that runs on quartz. I would have to say, the most lacking part of this particular series is the story. It features a somewhat realistic approach to fighting in mobile suits due to the vulnerability of them and their labored movements, but on the other hand it is definitely cliché and rehashed from nearly every other mecha series out there. It’s certainly not groundbreaking by any means but it was pretty entertaining, I say the story part of this series a 7/10 due to the clichés and lack of plot depth that is presented.
As for the art, it is absolutely stunning. Production IG and Xebec did a fantastic job on animating this series. There is a great amount of detail that is put into everything from the mobile suits to the backgrounds. What adds the icing to the cake is the minimal use of CGI in this series. The animation is fluid and there is a wide array of scenic background scenes which also look excellent. I would have to say, the art is definitely one of the strong parts of this series. It looks great by today’s standards and is definitely not cheaply done. I say that the art of this particular series is a 10/10 just because of the amount of detail that was put into it. It truly does look stunning, especially when watched in 1080p.
Another strong point of this series is the sound. We have a stunning opening done by KOKIA and the music is composed by Hirano Yoshihisa who also worked on Death Note and Ouran is well done and fits the overall mood of the series. As for voice acting, we have an all star cast. It features Hoshi Souichirou (Kira Yamato and Sanada Yukimura) as Rygart, Saito Chiwa (Senjougahara Hitagi and Akemi Homura) as Queen Sigyn, Nakamura Yuuichi (Okazaki Tomoya and Graham Aker) as King Hodr, Kamya Hiroshi (Araragi Koyomi and Matou Shinji) as Zess voicing the main cast of the series. The wide array of other characters are filled out with “the voice of 2011” Hanazawa Kana, Inoue Marina, Shiraishi Minoru, and many more. The veteran cast of voice actors only adds to the appeal and makes the overall setting much better. The sound of this series is definitely another one of its strong points. I say that the sound gets a 10/10 as well just because of the stunning voice acting cast that this series features. The great music added on top of it is just a very welcome bonus.
The characters for this are pretty decent albeit somewhat cliché. There are many different characters of this series and they seem to fall into an expected manner. We have Rygart, who despite his more mature age is a stereotypical mecha anime protagonist. He is angsty, he loves to go off on his own, and of course pilots an overpowered mobile suit. He fits right into the groove of most other mecha protagonists and while this isn’t particularly a bad thing, his actions can be easily read by an experienced viewer. There is also King Hodr who is a king who doesn’t really enjoy his job and asks his old college buddy Rygart to come fight for his kingdom in his time of need. Hodr isn’t the most inept of kings, but he’s not very good and his wife isn’t much better. Queen Sigyn is a strange woman who wanted to be with Rygart back in the day and got herself locked into a political marriage with Hodr. They sleep in separate rooms and she doesn’t even wear her wedding ring which just shows the sham of this particular marriage. She’s too obsessed with science and books to care particularly about Hodr and is shown to still have obvious feelings for Rygart despite being married off. She’s not a particularly bad character and I can’t blame her since she’s in a lousy situation like Hodr is but she isn’t very good either. Zess is another friend of Rygart and the royal couple. They were also college friends but Zess went back to Athens and now is a soldier for the other side. He fits the rival role pretty well and his actions show that war is a terrible thing that can tear apart friendships. He has to fight against his old friends and lead armies against his friend’s kingdom. There are also more minor characters like Girge who fits the crazy but good pilot role, Narvi who fits the tough girl role, Cleo who fits the “moeblob” role and so on. The characters aren’t particularly outstanding or different but it is enjoyable to watch them interact. The character portion of this show gets a 7/10.
As for enjoyment, I’d have to say I enjoyed this series very much. It may have had been filled with clichés and the story might be generic but I really looked forward to each movie. The mobile suit fights were very entertaining and the character interactions were good as well. There was a fair amount of angst and pointless yelling but that’s just another thing that comes with a typical mecha show so it doesn’t really detract from the overall enjoyment of the show. On the other hand, some of the plot devices that built Rygart’s character were somewhat forced. The particular scene with the widow was reused heavily and I got the idea that it was depressing and one of the tragedies of war but it was definitely overdone. Despite that bit of nagging angst and reused plot devices I still say that it was an incredibly enjoyable series. It had many moments that had me on the edge of my seat and some pretty well done drama. For a rating, I say that the enjoyment section of this gets a 9/10. It wasn’t perfect but it was pretty damn good.
Overall it is somewhat hard to rate this show. It has many rehashed ideas and clichés but on the other hand it has a great setting with a likeable cast and great music. I would say that overall Break Blade gets an 8.5 but since MAL doesn’t offer half points in their rating system I’ll just bump it up to a 9 due to the fact that it was very entertaining and it was coupled with great visuals and sound. It’s not the most original mecha show out there, but it certainly does a good job at portraying a less flashy and gritty war which is something that is missing from many mecha shows. Break Blade was a treat to watch and I’d suggest anyone who enjoys the mecha genre or anyone who just enjoys watching an interesting story to give it a try for themselves.
6: Break Blade 2: Ketsubetsu no Michi
English: Broken Blade 2
Japanese: ブレイクブレイド 訣別ノ路
MAL Score: 7.73
Second Break Blade movie.
The action starts right away and as you can see, the animation and art is pretty good. maybe some weird movements here and there, but overall it’s outstanding.
We get to know more about the characters, mostly about lee and cleo. and i think that cleo is not as a bad shooter as everyone thinks she is.
Which i found the main point of this episode was the decision of Rygart. His feelings get hurt and he’s left with a choice. leave the kingdom or fight for it.
Fighting for it would mean that he has to leave his old self behind who is against all this fighting and he would accept the possibility that he might die.
Or run away live on, but know that your friends will forfeit their lives.
Can he or can he not live on like that?
That will be answered in The second movie of Break Blade.
Again, sound and art are both fantastic, contributing to the overall enjoyment of the series. In comparison to BB1, it does get more of the plot in it since BB1 could be said as the foundation, or a teaser some may say.
The flashbacks shown in BB2, in my opinion, are well put and necessary for the enjoyment of the viewer. It’s a way of letting the viewers know why the characters do this and that, especially Zess and Cleo. It gives us a better understanding of the characters and of the whole story as well.
All of the old and new elements found in BB2 are both very engaging yet insufficient. The mecha battles are all fantastic yet some animations can be inconsistent at times, having to replay a whole minute in order to catch full sight of the action. Nevertheless, BB2 works with BB1 and makes you want to crave more of the series. Especially since both leave a cliffhanger by the end of the movie, which works its magic quite well.
5: Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshimeguru Hakobune
Japanese: 宇宙戦艦ヤマト2199 星巡る方舟
MAL Score: 7.76
2199 AD. Yamato tried to leave behind the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy, after receiving a “Cosmo Reverse System” at its destination, Iscandar. However, suddenly, it encounters a mysterious group at the edge of the Large Magellanic Cloud. The crew finds out that the group is called the “Gatlantis,” and that its leader is the Gutaba expeditionary force commander who calls himself “Goran Dagaamu of Thunder.” The commander demands that Yamato be handed over to him. Yamato, wanting to hurry to Earth, escapes the fray. However, Yamato is attacked by a devastating beam weapon called the “Flame Direct Attack Cannon” that can transcend space.
Yamato was able to retreat, but ends up getting lost, and finds itself in a strangely colored irregular dimension. The crew decides to turn off the engine on the ship, and explore a mysterious planet. In order to collect information, Kodai, Kiryū, Sawamura, Niimi, and Aihara land on the planet. What they saw when they arrived was a ship that was not supposed to be there.
Dagaamu chases after the traces of Yamato’s warp, and also reaches the strangely colored space. The planet on which Yamato landed was in fact what Dagaamu had been looking for all along.
OST, Plot Development, characters, action, EVERYTHING was meticulously done and awesomemely performed!
Art and Animation…just Top Class!
And one thing mesmerized me, as a viewer of the original series: Comet Empire is BACK! It is clear to anyone that knows this series the gatlantean resemblances to the Old Foes (Ships and characters), and when the Prime Minister appeared, I thought “That is Zordar’s daughter!” and the doubt vanished completely when the old Comet Empire Theme sounded, as the Gatlantean ships were on attack at the end! Of course they kept in suspense but it is sure that, if they want, they already paved the way for a new OVA series, or movies. Whater comes, I will be eagerly awaiting!
4: Break Blade 3: Kyoujin no Ato
English: Broken Blade 3
Japanese: ブレイク ブレイド 第三章 凶刃ノ痕
MAL Score: 7.80
Third Break Blade movie.
This is a part of Break Blade 3: Kyoujin no Ato.
Story: The story continues as to where the second left off. Throughout the serieswe get to see Rygart changing, taking people´s lives becomes easier. That is only one effect of war. Misery is also one, friends have to fight each other people get killed and their families are left behind. Prisoners are taken.
In break blade 3, the story is mainly about the cause of war and the effects of it
Art: The art is outstanding! It is very detailed and the colors are nice and vivid. On top of that, the animation is just awesome, it is very smooth and just neat to watch.
Sound: Wow, wow! Almost the only thing you can say, if you start watching it and hear the sound you will be very pleased. Compared to your average anime it is easily 10 times better. The sound really feels realistic.
You also have the Opening, it’s a calm opening but if you use that song and put it under a video with disasters of war it would be a very sad video.
The opening is a perfect fit.
Art: Average art, not too good. Although some characters looked better then normal 😉
Sound: Pretty good choice of sound in areas, esp. areas that are pictured to be stressful or the like, quite interesting
Character: Pretty good character development, stories, etc.
Enjoyment was not so much.
Overall it was average.
Main Point for me was that it was kind of embarassing that Ryner couldn’t kill someone and they died by accident. I know in some cultures it is worse to kill someone by accident then to murder them. And for me I really thought “seriously? please man up a little bit, you’re an embarrassment to the rest of us”.
The development with how he had nothing and finally could fit in was an interesting twist. Although they really did not elaborate too much on the happenings in school or Assam through the 2 movies so far.
Actually, they didn’t even talk about the geography between too much besides to tell you the 4 main countries. What is the world exactly, what planet are they on. etc..?
Also I like how they used “Assam” which geographically makes no sense, but its funny I guess?
Some of the things in the 2 movies did not make sense, such as 5 golems on their own, or why they seemed to have such an overwhelming advantage ( 15 v 3) and the 3 won. That made no sense although I guess they were trying to add suspense?
Overall this really was not a great one to watch i believe and I think there were many other things I know that deserved a movie rather than this, or this is just a particularly bad adaptation of its source.
BB3 works well with incorporating a lot of flashbacks in order to support the character development. The story proceeds well with Rygart under the army to defend the kingdom of Hodr. It’s quite understandable how Rygart became so powerful as he pilots his Under Golem. However, I’m not that impressed with the development of Cleo’s character. It seems out of context and her fight scene in the badlands isn’t believable. Well, she would get empowered by fury but I wouldn’t expect for her to get THAT much power in her fighting. I see that as somewhat inconsistent in her character.
BB3 gives us a teaser to new characters and is not that engaging as the first two titles. However, the story and character development are still implemented well.
3: Break Blade 5: Shisen no Hate
English: Broken Blade 5
Japanese: ブレイク ブレイド 死線ノ涯
MAL Score: 7.83
Fifth Break Blade Movie.
Break Blade 5 continued where the last movie ended, with the battle between the forces of Krisna led by General Baldr and the forces of Athens led by General Borcuse ended in a draw. This time, with the arrival of Athen’s main force, General Borcuse turns his attention towards Krisna’s capital, the Binonten, taking a little detour to get there. As for Krisna’s side, the news that General Borcuse made a detour couldn’t be any worse for Rygart, the pilot of the ancient golem, distracted and nervous, he disobeyed his orders to get back to the capital city and made his move to counter General Borcuse’s advance. What the significance of that detour of General Borcuse’s forces to Rygart and Krisna’s counter for that as well as Binonten’s preparation for the upcoming attack is the main focus of the movie.
Animation is the strongest selling point of the movie. The level of detail of the mostly desert setting of the movie is as superb as ever. The characters are very nicely drawn with no noticeable derangement even in distant camera shots; their movements are very fluid and very lively. The mecha design couldn’t get any more better than what is shown on this movie or the entire series in general, it is very detailed, giving the impression that the golems are battle-weary and worn out. The fighting probably holds the best moments of this movie as it continuous to be very detailed and with a lot of focus on little details such as shrapnel, debris, damages, and scratches giving the impression of a chaotic and war-like environment.
The movie retains its previous Opening theme “Fate” by Kokia and Ending music theme “Serious-Age” by Faylan, which feels just about right and appropriate for a mecha movie embedded with maturer story themes. The movie is also covered by several soundtracks that are not really noticeable but feels just about right in adding extra details for the movie.
There is not much focus on the characters on this movie, however the movie was kind enough to give some sort of fanservice of Sigyn and Cleo on their sleep dress with Sigyn reminiscing her past with Rygart, Zess, and Hodr as the main topic and Cleo giggling every time Sigyn talks about Zess, a very nice scene. The characters that received a lot of attention on this movie are Narvi with her determination to save Rygart despite their grave situation which in the end ultimately endangered her unit, and most specially Girge, his interaction with Rygart is really something with Girge questioning and challenging Rygart’s true resolved to fight during the final scenes of the movie. Voice acting is superb in general, worth noting is the voice of Hoshi Souichirou as Rygart, I really like his voice (because of his performance as Yamato Kira and other similar roles) and applaud the producers in selecting him for the main role, and Saito Chiwa as Sigyn as well, I think her voice is really elegant and befitting of any heroine or main roles.
Break Blade 5: Shisen no Hate retains all the elements that made all its previous installments great, it has a very good story, nice characters, superb animation, and interesting battle scenes. The production values are very high in general. Never a dull moment on this movie, it is enjoyable and exciting from start to finish. My final thoughts for the movie are very positive and leave me wanting to watch the final episode immediately as possible. As a final note, I would recommend Break Blade for viewers seeking a mecha series in a movie format that contains sci-fi, and fantasy elements and doesn’t mind the long breaks between each episode.
2: Break Blade 4: Sanka no Chi
English: Broken Blade 4
Japanese: ブレイク ブレイド 第四章 惨禍ノ地
MAL Score: 7.85
Fourth Break Blade Movie.
Break Blade 4 isn’t a stand-alone movie as it simple continued where the last movie finished, and this movie being in the middle part didn’t ended with any conclusions either, instead this movie is a setup for what comes next as the story is nearing its end. In this episode the viewers are treated with the introduction of the much feared General Borcuse of the nation of Athens and his soldiers followed by a very interesting battle against the forces of Krisna that ended in a draw, with the way everything balances out between the opposing forces, it is clear that the winners aren’t decided yet. Viewers are expected to have watched all its previous movies to makes sense of this one.
Animation is the strongest selling point of the movie. The environment is very detailed, probably one of the best detailed environment I have seen so far. The characters are also drawn very consistently and beautifully – especially the female characters. The well detailed facial expressions of the characters really shows off their emotions and feelings expressed vibrantly that the viewers can relate on. Movements are very fluid and life-like. As for the golems, while I admit that their mecha designs could have been prettier, I eventually got used to it and eventually got a liking of it seeing how it’s very mecha-like on how it looks and feels very clunky, and probably looks more mecha-like compare to other mecha shows of its type. Lastly the battle scenes, the battles are well choreograph and the animation stunning and pretty much eye-candy, detailed and well executed, I’m telling this because compare to previous episodes where the battles pretty much involved only a few golems from each side. In this episode, the scale becomes bigger in terms of sheer size, as the golems involved in the battle have gone into the hundreds and the area on which the battle occurred have also turned larger.
The music feels good enough and appropriate for the movie. The OP with its accompanying animation captures the image of the movie fairly well, it feels sad but appropriate. The ED meanwhile feels upbeat and lively which is pretty standard for a mecha show. The movie is also well covered by its different background music, while not really noticeable, I felt that the music played in any given scene is just about right and good to listen.
The movie has a fairly good cast of old characters as well as new ones. So far I like the development of the main character Rygart, initially I don’t like his character believing he will turn into a character-type with a very high sense of justice and righteousness that rubs me the wrong way, the kind of character that talks too much, spouts too much justice and righteousness and goes too far in proving their point e.g. Touma (from Index) and Naruto (from Naruto), it turned out Rygart’s development goes into a more interesting path of carnage and willingness to take responsibility and fight with a clear set of goal in his mind. Another is Sigyn, it’s good that the movie gives some bits of her history this time, I particularly like how her past romantic feelings for Rygart will play out as the story nears its end. Then there is this new character Girge, while not is much is revealed about him yet, it feels like he has more role to play. Other characters also have their own moments as the movie goes along, each character feels unique and given enough screentime. Voice acting is also excellent, with the actors doing a fairly good job in portraying their respective characters.
Break Blade is a movie series which I initially started watching just for the sake of variety with no real expectations, it turns out to be more than what I bargain for, never a dull moment here, it has a very good story, great characters, lots of eye candies with its beautifully rendered and very fluid animation, and battles scenes that are fairly top notch. Recommended for viewers seeking a mecha show that contains a mix of both sci-fi and fantasy genre and doesn’t mind the long breaks between each episode.
The land of disaster.
It is the 4th installment of the Break Blade series.
The story continues and Rygart is still in the process of becoming a “cold-blooded killer”, it is not that he is changing but he wants to change. This said, the war is progressing and more and more battles occur, some new characters introduced, but for the rest. it continues the way it was heading.
As for the art, as you already might know since your on the 4th movie of Break Blade, is top-notch, very detailed and smooth making those battle scenes look better then your average anime.
“Fate” by Kokia, this OP fits perfectly and bears the emotions of Break Blade. But i’d rather aim towards the seiyuu and effects’. The seiyuu do their work pretty damn good, but some just felt off sometimes, thus destroying a little of the realistic feel it would give off and making it harder for the viewer to get into the movie. But opposite to that you have the effects, when the characters are talking it is like an average anime, but when the fights start it takes a drastic turn and the sound explodes. Don’t get me wrong, not in a bad way but in a good one. Every sound effect fits and is not annoying to the ears, added to that we have the extra loudness of these sound effects making the fights just that bit better.
The character department stays almost the same, ofcourse we have Rygart wanting to change with some succes. But the accent in this episode is on Sigyn, she is the one that we find out the most about.
The enjoyment level as always is high, it is just a better anime then the standard for me.
Overall i give it a 9.
The forth episode of Break Blade is really good and Break Blade officially become my favourite show from now on.
There’s not much to say. It simply continue the 3rd episode and stick to the manga although it has some changes. The war started, Rygart, accompanied by some new and old character, rolled out!
Still outstanding like other episodes. Very detailed and well-drawn characters and robots. The characters are unique and cool (a new cool boy is coming, prepare yourself!). Sigyl is damn hot in this episode!
The fighting scenes in this episode is even better than the previous episodes! Rygart’s Delphine is truly a monster on the battlefield. The movements are smooth and powerful.
What can I say here? It’s just… awesome. The opening is still as touching as ever. BGM is good and there is an insert song in this episode. It fits well.
The characters are BADASS. As all of you who watch the 3rd episode know, General Borcuse and Girghe will appear in this episode. They are just so cool, cold-blooded and powerful with awesome Golem controlling skill. Rygart is still very funny and enjoyable, Sigyl is cute. There are romance hints, I love those scene m/
So far, this is the most enjoyable Break Blade for me. Good story, nice art and animation, touching songs, cool characters, that’s all about a good show.
1: Major Movie: Yuujou no Winning Shot
Japanese: 劇場版MAJOR 友情の一球（ウイニングショット）
MAL Score: 8.00
Goro briefly returns to Japan after a triumphant campaign in the US. He is heading towards Fukuoka where he played baseball when he was a fifth grader. Having just moved into a new town, this is where Goro faced a critical point in his life.
Major: Yuujou no Ikkyuu is the first and only movie in the Major series and is best watched after finishing the first season. It can be classified as a filler since the main details are recapped in the first episode of the second season but it’s highly recommended to be watched before moving on to the next season.
The MAL (source: ANN) synopsis had me confused at first too. A “triumphant campaign in the US”?! When did that ever happen? Just to clear things up, this story is told in retrospect by the Goro from the end of season four. It’s a flashback of the events that occurred after he left his hometown and the reason as to why he changes his pitching style.
Despite its low rating (relative to the other Major titles), I really enjoyed this movie. Although it has a typical “Goro” storyline, his determination and perseverance really shows no matter how many times you’ve seen it before.
This is actually my first review on MAL so far. I know that it’s pretty short, but I’d prefer not to go with the Art/Sound/Story/Enjoyment/Character rating that most reviewers go with. I mainly wrote this up to clear any confusion that anyone would have regarding the order in which to watch the titles in this series. I’m open to feedback, but please don’t be too harsh!
I find that a lot of people that have seen the Major series have not seen this movie which is a shame because the quality of the movie stays consistent compared to the rest.
Here are a list of things you gain from watching this movie:
– Further character development for Goro
– A full understanding of what happened between S1 and S2
– A very hype series of games!
Overall it was a very enjoyable watch which is expected because it’s Major. This movie is heavily underwatched around here so if you haven’t already seen it and have watched the rest of the series, what the hell are you doing, go and watch it!
Now Ill say that this was one great baseball movie! The characters pretty much all balanced each other out like they should for a good baseball team to work well together.
The main character is a guy who is highly skilled in baseball and loves baseball with all his heart. His goal isnt to be the best player on the team, its to help his team members get better so they can all enjoy winning together.
In movies its hard to tell a lot cuz you can ruin it but, Ill tell you the main character goes through some hard decisions on whether hes risking his future baseball career or not helping his team like he wants.
This struggle just shows how much he cares for his team.
I recommend people definitely watch this if they love baseball, but also those that like movies or shows about how strong and how important friendship is to people.
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1. Major Movie: Yuujou no Winning Shot
2. Break Blade 4: Sanka no Chi
3. Break Blade 5: Shisen no Hate
4. Break Blade 3: Kyoujin no Ato
5. Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshimeguru Hakobune
6. Break Blade 2: Ketsubetsu no Michi
7. Break Blade 6: Doukoku no Toride
8. Break Blade 1: Kakusei no Toki
9. Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor – Heaven and Earth
10. Rockman.EXE Movie: Hikari to Yami no Program
11. Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor – The Beyond
12. Kidou Senkan Nadesico: The Prince of Darkness
13. Pokemon Movie 14 White: Victini to Kuroki Eiyuu Zekrom