They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Geori-eui Mubeopja, Tu Xia Chuanqi, Heungnyong Wang gwa Bihodongja, and more!
18: Geori-eui Mubeopja
MAL Score: 5.46
In the year 2010, after World War III, the world is devastated and most of the world’s population does not survive. Soryong and Saeng spend their days playing Street Fighter II and fighting each other at the arcades, until one day Chun Li appears before them in real life and reveals that the two friends are the only ones that can stop Bison from taking over the world.
17: Tu Xia Chuanqi
English: Legend of Kung Fu Rabbit
MAL Score: 5.66
Fu, a dopey rabbit, is telepathically given the ultimate kung fu power after rescuing Shifu, a martial arts master, from a fatal attack with the promise that he, Fu, would return the martial arts academy tablet to his, Shifu’s daughter, Penny. While on his journey to the academy thieves ambush Fu and unbeknownst to him he is rescued by Penny. As they become traveling companions they arrive at the academy only to learn it has been taken over by the evil Slash. As Penny takes Slash on in a kung fu showdown to get back her father’s academy Fu will reveal his power and take Slash down while fulfilling his promise.
(Source: Official YouTube)
16: Heungnyong Wang gwa Bihodongja
English: Thunder Prince
MAL Score: 5.68
A 1982 Korean Martial Arts film.
Thunder Prince is one of those movies that you end up watching on a whim. Either this amounts in a hidden gem that you try ever so hard to tell your friends about, or you end up wishing it ends back up in the obscurity it crawled out from. Unfortunately, Thunder Prince, or “Heungnyong Wang gwa Bihodongja,” ended up being the latter.
Coming out of the gate, the story is supposed to be a tried and true story about how a boy brings justice by coming up against the man who killed his father. The premise is not trying to reinvent the wheel or anything, and that’s alright. However, the pacing and delivery of this story is hilariously terrible. We end up spending more than half the movie on the main character’s childhood in the forest (where each minute felt like an hour), yet when we get to the final parts, the pacing is nearly breakneck as we speed towards the end, even forgetting a plotline in favor of haphazardly crossing the finish line. The movie is only 68 minutes, but it is absolutely apparent that whoever was in charge had no idea how to pace a story.
In all honesty, though, when one watches a martial arts show or movie, what the viewer is really looking for is the martial arts choreography. On this end, the martial arts is halfway decent to barely passable most of the time. The movie struggles with making fights between two people look natural. Oftentimes, characters will hit each other, but the animation never makes it feel like there was any bodily contact (despite what the generic punching sound effects try to desperately tell you). The choreography of the training montages are marginally better, though not awe-inducing or anything.
In general, the aesthetic and animation in general range from barely passible to hilariously bad. Color palettes switch between shots, and characters frequently go off-model. Some animation looks recycled. The designs are nothing to write home about, opting for generic designs across the board. The fight scenes do look noticeably better (I assume whatever was left of the $20 or the peanut butter sandwich that was used to work on this went more towards those scenes as they should).
Now, the only convenient legal way to watch this film in the US (as far as I understand), was by way of the English dub online. I do understand that the music was probably done by the localizers. The dub is a hilarious trainwreck and probably the best-worst thing about the movie. All the performances were phoned in, and all the voices sounded as if they were recorded in a closet or bathroom. The music was not mixed properly either, so sometimes the dubbed lines couldn’t be heard over the music. While I do not have access to the original Korean audio track, I don’t expect the track to turn the film from a 3 to a 10.
Thunder Prince wasn’t a great movie. I generally like deep-diving older movies and shows to see the aesthetics of the past, and sometimes you find films that really should have stayed there. I think there were a couple of so-bad-it’s-good moments to relish in, though not quite enough for me to heartily recommend it in that capacity. This movie deserves a 3. It doesn’t have anything ethically objectionable; it’s just boring and forgettable. If you come upon this movie by chance, just like I did, just go skip it and watch something else. You’re not missing a thing.
15: Tatakae!! Ramenman (Movie)
MAL Score: 5.86
Theatrical film of the anime series Tatakae!! Ramenman, based on the manga chapter “Strike the Darkness”.
It was released in Japan on July 9, 1988 and is set sometime after the Mongol Tiger two-parter.
(Source: Kinnikuman Wiki)
14: Ninja Hattori-kun: Nin Nin Ninpo Enikki no Maki
Japanese: 忍者ハットリくん ニンニン忍法絵日記の巻
MAL Score: 6.12
Short Ninja Hattori-kun movie.
Screened as a triple feature with Doraemon: Nobita no Daimakyou and Kaibutsu-kun: Demon no Ken.
13: Ninja Hattori-kun: Nin Nin Furusato Daisakusen no Maki
Japanese: 忍者ハットリくん ニンニンふるさと大作戦の巻
MAL Score: 6.19
Screened as a triple feature with Doraemon: Nobita no Kaitei Kiganjou and Paman – Birdman ga Yattekita.
12: Yawara!: Sore Yuke Koshinuke Kids!!
Japanese: YAWARA！ それゆけ腰ぬけキッズ！！
MAL Score: 6.29
Yawara helps a group of timid grade school kids overcome their fears and compete in a judo competition. One of the kids is Hanazono’s cousin, which is how she meets them. Another is a girl who seems a whole lot like Yawara.
There’s no reason to watch this other than completeness. Watch the Yawara series or the Olympics OVA instead.
11: Feng Yun Jue
English: Storm Rider: Clash of the Evils
MAL Score: 6.40
This is a sequel to the story featuring two legendary and adventurous characters, Wind & Cloud. The Sword Worship Villa, the world’s top sword maker, witnessed the bloody execution of its people due to allegations of conspiring to start a rebellion. The young master of the villa, Ao Jue, is the only survivor of the execution. In order to complete the “Jue” Sword, forged by generations of his family, Ao Jue swears to attack Tin Ha Wui and battle with Wind & Cloud in order to obtain the blood of the Flame Kylin which can unleash the power of the sword. With Wind’s blood containing the blood of the Flame Kylin, he becomes the prime target in Ao Jue’s plan of completing the sword.
General overview :
This anime ( movie ) is based on Manhua that goes by the name Feng Yun . Story is held in ancient China and is all about kung fu . So if someone is into watching kung fu or some good Majestic Martial arts , this is the anime . By Majestic martial art , i mean martial arts that involve super natural abilities and Ki ( Qui ) energy .
Story : 7
Story development is just fine . It is good enough to make the non busy viewer stick to seat and complete the movie . It have some very good fight scenes and little bit of romance .
Art : 9
Art is just great .You can observe the movement of clothes due to wind , light effects during fight ( fights are flashy ) . Scenic beauty is amazing.
Everything is detailed .
Sound : 7
Language of the original movie is not Japanese ( I’m not sure if it’s Korean or Chinese ) , so otaku’s might find it difficult to watch it . Sound effects are good . It have great sound for everything it shows , example movement of water , air , Kung fu background music . What it lacks is music that feels and touches the heart !!!
Character : 8
Main characters are very cool looking . Characters have sense of honor and are little series type .
Overall : 7
I would actually give it 7.5 rating .Movie is enjoyable if you are looking for Adventure , Martial arts , expect anything else , it will be in your dropped list .
10: Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture
English: Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture
MAL Score: 6.57
Young millionaire Laocorn Gaudeamus is on a crusade to recover six pieces of armour said to give the user the powers of Mars—the legendary God of War. Fearing that her twin brother is slowly losing his sanity with every armour piece he collects, Sulia runs to Terry, Andy, Joe and Mai to form their own global crusade to stop Laocorn from opening a potential Pandora’s Box and releasing an uncontrollable form of destruction.
Other characters that are also briefly featured are Kim Kaphwan, Jubei Yamada, the Duck King, Richard Meyer, Billy Kane, and Geese Howard.
The quality of the art and animation is more or less like the new battle, the previous OAV, but brought in a more theatrical quality with the resolution of the colors and the finer and more define details of the characters faces. Especially with Andy. Again, the costume designs are still faithful of that to the original gaming series. I think Laocorn’s design is pretty cool. He looks like a youth, but he is menacing looking and his get up really represents his acrobatic and free-flight abilities. Panni’s get up is like a spandex version to Tony’s get up from the 2nd oav. And Jamin looks somewhat like Krauser with his armor and built. And Hauer you can say in terms of personality with how he dresses to protect his good looks is like Vega from Street Fighter II mixed with some of Kefka’s clothing from Final Fantasy. But I know there is an SNK art book out there where the primary character designer, Shinkiro, has his own art work of Laocorn and his villains. My brother may have a copy. I’m sorry I couldn’t show pictures, but if I did, I would have.
Now time to talk about the action and animation. Rather than just being more of an anime being based off a game. With the new villains and original story line, it’s becoming more of an anime itself than just being related to the game. In addition to the story and characters, the presentation of the action itself takes a different approach. The action came across as more DBZ-ish and becomes more of what you see in typical shounen anime though as usual, the characters moves are still presented. But some of the action gets really explosive that isn’t really in the tradition of the games or in most fighting games in general.
The fights are again a bit too short like in the first oav. Though still somewhat exciting but the tactics are too cheap. Some of my favorite fights was when Joe fought Hwa Jai in a kickboxing match. It had some good angles to it and I liked the fast movement and thought it represented Muay Thai very well. It’s just from what I called playing the games, Hwa Jai was one of the bosses and was pretty hard. Then in the anime he was reduced to being a glass jaw villain where you can knock him out with one blow. I liked seeing Kim Kaphwan fighting again and I enjoyed that fight because there were no fire balls or any of that mumbo jumbo. But I thought it was totally cheesy that Kim use a transformation sequence to go from ripping suit to his Tae Kwon Do gi.
Then when Panni fights Lawerence Blood, she just has to result to using her water powers to win. And Terry and Jamin’s 2nd fight was just a power struggle between their burn knuckles. I mean, wasn’t Jamin supposed to be as good of a fighter as Krauser was which was a blow for blow fight in the end? Then when they get to fighting Laocorn, I think it’s cool we get to see Joe, Andy, and Terry fighting together at the same time for once, but this is where it gets really DBZ-ish. The characters are “flying,” and it’s really reliant on their special moves. Though the original oavs did provide the action with the special moves, it didn’t get too excessive that you were watching Dragon Ball Z. You were just watching an anime being faithful to the game it was being based off of. A lot of people may disagree, but that’s how I felt. Sure I thought the explosiveness was cool, but this movie in some of the fights lost the original martial arts element that was more present in the last OAV.
And yes, there is a shower scene with Mai. Apparently back when video game based oavs or anime movies came out. There always had to be a fan service shower scene with a character. Tekken had to have it with Nina. Toshinden had to have it with Sofia. And Street Fighter had to have it with Chun Li. So I hope this makes some of you happy. But I first saw this anime when I was 11, and I must say it was something I was not used to yet.
On one final note, I really liked some of the photography. I really liked the scene where Laocorn first introduces himself to Terry and Sulia on that water tower on the roof top. I liked how the moon was in the background and cast him only as a shadow. It really brought not only a villainous trait in the character, it made him look pretty cool as well symbolizing his strength and his abilities to lets say anticipate where a person may show up.
Before I would to talk about the new features with the voice acting. I would like to point out a couple of things I failed to do in my last two Fatal Fury reviews. The Japanese voice actors of Keiichi Nanba, Andy’s voice actor. And Nobuyuki Hiyama, Joe’s voice actor actually happen to play those roles in the games as well and to this day they continue those roles. So I thought I wanted to point that out. Now time to talk about the finest additions in both the Japanese and English tracks. In the Japanese track, veteran voice actors Miki Shin’ichiro who plays Takumi in Initial D and Mizuki in Naruto is casted as the main villain, Laocorn, while seiyuu veteran Kenji Utsumi who played Raoh in Hokuto no Ken plays his henchman, Jamin. While in the English version, Matt Hill who played Ryo in Ronin Warriors and Kira in Gundam SEED is casted as Laocorn, while Miriam Sirwain (I believe that’s how you say her name) plays Sulia.
Both Miki and Hill are excellent voice actors in bringing this character to life. They each have respective qualities in each country of how to express how maybe a casual teenager or a “cool” teenager may speak. So with a character like Laocorn, that is something they did an excellent job of. In the Japanese version, Laocorn came across more as maniacal and insane, while in the English version, I liked how he came across as scheming and clever. And as usual, the rest of the cast in both Japanese and English version reprise their roles and still do an excellent job.
Some of the dialogue in the English version comes across as very American. Especially in this one airplane scene and approaching Rodos island after Sulia meets the crew. I don’t know how to describe it but when you hear it. It sounds very casual in an American like way and that’s the best way to describe it. It’s a little corny, but felt natural. It has a little more swearing than usual, but it doesn’t suit the characters voices in my opinion. Because of the level of the dialogue in the English version has gone down a little bit, it doesn’t have the same sense of superiority it had over the Japanese version like the oavs had.
The music is what I call an improvement. Some of the background music from the 2nd oav is once again used in the movie. Remember the Eastern like sounding song when Terry fought Kim in the 2nd oav? Well, that song is used again when Kim fights the fat guy wearing the mask. Forgot his name, but I can say he was a playable character in the games. And the remaining soundtrack has a great variety of orchestra, techno, rock, and other eastern like songs. And yes, I really love the ending theme Oh Angel. Both played in Japanese and in English in their respective tracks. The Japanese version is sung by Terry’s voice actor and I don’t know who sung it in English. But they both do an equal job and they bring out the same meaning and feel of emotion.
Well, I thought it was a great conclusion to the trilogy, but leaves a lot open. Like Geese is shown to still be in training and it would have been cool if they made another movie or oav based on the Fatal Fury game also called Real Bout. I thought the new villains were a real great idea. It’s a shame they never made it to the games because I thought they would have worked out. But with the way the action was presented, it would make a total imbalance. I mean, the Fatal Fury games are hard enough already. We don’t need characters that can get the abilities of a god or fight a god itself for God’s sake!!! Despite being 13 years since the anime has been put on a hold, I still hope for future releases. Maybe Terry can meet Blue Mary this time. I don’t get why he was going after a school girl in this one. Man, I am still over shock that there won’t be a sequel to Mark of the Wolves, my favorite of all the Fatal Fury games. I say fans of the Fatal Fury games may not like this anime too much, not because of the new characters, but because of the presentation of the action is not in tradition of the games, but those of you who like general action anime, then this is something to give a shot though the fights are short.
STORY: Obari just did not try with this franchise. I always thought it would be easy to tell a story about a group of steriod-injected martial artists who fire Hadokens out of their feet and can launch air combos, but it’s impossibly bad how little this story makes sense or how you can care!! Apperently, having cool villans like Geese Howard and Billy Kane aren’t compelling enough to put in our FATAL FURY MOVIE, so their roles are reduced to 30 second cameos as the audience is supposed to care about some stupid armour that grants the wearer AWESOME POWER so Laocorn can take vengence against those that betrayed his ancestors. Trust me, the movie does very little to explain this and it has no ties to our heroes whatsoever.
ART: The art is fairly decent. The backgrounds look good for the most part, given the movie’s age, but there isn’t too much to look at. The character designs for the villans just don’t seem to belong, but I’m sure Mr. Obari has a fetish for skin tight spandex and half shirts. These baddies just look like they’re more from Samurai Shodown than Fatal Fury. The Lone Wolves all look good, but they looked much better in A New Battle. The fight scenes are kind of choppy and generic, with the exception of Joe Higashi’s fight against Hwa Jai in the beginning, which looks great. But the only art detail anyone will probably wait to see is Mai’s breasts constantly defying all laws of physics.
Sound: The music is actually quite good at setting the mood in particular points in the movie. The voices are good, with the exception of Sulia’s english dubbed voice. Since her character spends so much time in the movie crying, she sounds like she’s going to break into tears at any given moment. I guess it’s good for what it is, but it’s just so grating that I stopped giving a crap about it. Jason Gray Stafford steals the show as Joe Higashi, and he’s so much fun to listen to, and Mark Hildreth (maybe one of the most underused voice actors out there) is again great as Terry.
CHARACTER: Yeeaahh, this is pretty much the Andy, Mai, and Joe show, because Terry is rendered useless with Sulia as a potential love interest and spends most of the movie still brooding over a girl that NEVER existed. As I said eariler, the FF cast is virtually used mostly as cameos like Kim Kaphwan, Big Bear, Duck King, Lawerance Blood, Jubei Yamada, Cheng Sin Zan, Billy Kane, Geese Howard. You know, the CHARACTERS FROM BLEEDING FATAL FURY!!!!!!!!! These people are used to get their asses handed to them buy the most generic group of bad guys that just exist for the point of trying to move this piss poor excuse of a plot. You have Laocorn, the guy who wants to get the armor of Mars to, you guessed it, take over the world. His whiny twin sister Sulia, who of course, wants to stop him.
And then there’s Jamin, Hauer, and Panni, who sound more like a Cirque De Solei trio than henchmen. I get why Laocorn and Sulia are there, but who are these three, and why do they follow Laocorn? Who knows Obari doesn’t have time to tell you, because Mai’s shower scene is coming up. These antagonists are underdeveloped, have no personality, and serve no purpose except to get disposed of by the good guys. Unexceptable, but I did like the cameos buy Nakoruru and her voice actor in the beginning who gave the flowers to Joe. Yeah, cause people will get that reference, thanks for editing it, VIZ!!!
ENJOYMENT: This is just a boring movie. So much time is spent trying to explain this story that Sulia’s narration is OVER CHARACTER DIALOUGE WHILE THEY’RE ON A PLANE!!! The fight scenes are bittersweet, because when you finally get some action, the fight is over just as fast as it started. It’s hard to care for the original characters because they’re just not that ineresting. There’s just too much talking and the dialouge doesn’t really serve much of a purpose other than a history lesson for the twins, which after all the talking, isn’t that deep. They’re trying to stop Laocorn and fail at every turn, making any scene completely worthless. And the final battle is just a mess, that’s all I have to say.
OVERALL: I HATE THIS MOVIE!! It’s a bastardization of anything Fatal Fury!
The plot is stupid, the backstory is poorly fleshed out, the villans are just a box of bad guys, and the love tension between Terry and Sulia is so forced and unbelievable. Watch this movie if you like Mai, Andy, and Joe. Just don’t expect them to do anything. I promise I’ll try and trim my next review in half. I apologize for the length.
Sound… can’t remember any of the music so it can’t have been too outstanding. But I do remember something about the character’s voices though – they were annoying.
story… nothing spectacular
characters… tries to be deep but at the end of the day is still laughably shallow. You might get a kick from seeing a lot of cameos from the characters of the franchise though, if you’re familiar with it that is.
Conclusion… this anime sucks. Yet another one of those action anime that tries to be too deep and end up rattling off some senseless mumbo jumbo about life and love and trying to find some pseudo-philosophical justification for why they fighting etc.
There’s only one point of interest in this “Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture”, and that’s the fact that it appears to be a SEQUEL to the “Fatal Fury 2”, not the prequel. I was quite confused by the characters talking about what I thought was supposed to be future events that occur in “Fatal Fury 2”. And then I found out that “Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture” is indeed the sequel – it comes after the two OVA’s “Fatal Fury: Legend of the Hungry Wolf” and “Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle”. The first OVA wasn’t listed in the database that I checked, and this naturally made me think the movie, as the only other Fatal Fury title, is the prequel to “Fatal Fury 2”. So yeah, turns out this isn’t such an interesting point after all, sorry to get your hopes up 😛 As a side comment, “Fatal Fury 2” is actually a lot better than this, as it doesn’t make the mistake of trying to appear deep when it’s blatently not.
As many people who have watched this can tell you, this is basically one for the hardcore beat-em-up gamers only, and on top of that you probably need to be a fan of the “Fatal Fury” games to have any chance of enjoying this. Compared to other fighting games to anime conversions, this is not even in the same league as the animated street fighter 2 movie, but at least it’s better than the Tekken movie, though that’s not exactly saying much…
9: Kizuna Ichigeki
Japanese: キズナ 一撃
MAL Score: 6.58
Shortly after winning the World Martial Arts Tournament and using the winnings to pay off her grandfather’s one hundred million yen debt, a reporter shows up on Kizuna Todoroki’s doorstep. Impressed that such a young girl was able to defeat the 10-year reigning champion, the reporter wants to interview Kizuna for a piece on her and the Wadachi Ju-ken school of martial arts founded by Kizuna’s grandfather.
However, before the interview can end, challengers begin to appear at the Todoroki household. After hearing that Kizuna is only 12, they hope to defeat her before her 13th birthday to usurp her position as the world champion. As dozens of challengers appear, Kizuna struggles to bring them all down, while the reporter learns more about the Todoroki family.
First of the four I watched from this great compilation is Kizuna Ichigeki. Its a short episode in the life of Kizuna Todoroki, a young and spunky twelve year-old little girl. Being in a family of martial artists, she exhibits her fighting prowess in a martial arts tournament. Eventually she won, became champion and took off with the 100 million yen prize. Unfortunately, she had no idea she broke one of the competition’s rules being under the age of thirteen and her last sore loser of an opponent took advantage of this and broadcasted that anyone who defeats Kizuna becomes the real champion and gets the 100 million. Upon hearing this crowds of martial artists gathered over at the Todoroki’s to challenge Kizuna.
Now how is she going to defeat all of them? And how are they going to give back the 100 mil when its already been spent in a snap, paying Kizuna’s grandfather’s gambling debts? (And how and where the heck did ol’ gramps pile up that much debt?!)
Although this single episode anime’s plot and its development is paced quite well, a bit of lighthearted scenes and great elements of comedy (even parodies) are evident, there are quite a few details that bug me for having been given little attention. Kizuna’s family and their history for example, and how Kizuna became that strong in a short span of time despite his gramps saying she just learned from imitating him and his son’s training. (maybe she’s like Son Goku or something). Thus, these elements, give me some feeling like its a special or single episode taken from a series. Well, on a positive note, I think it can pass for a good shounen series given the chance it gets serialized as an anime.
At a glance, Kizuna Ichigeki seems drawn in a rush, haphazard style, given the unfinished and unrefined lines and the very simple character designs, bright and vibrant colors though make up for it, giving it the perfect feel of a comedy anime/cartoon for young viewers. Also the fight scenes which are very well executed with dynamic camera angles and well-animated movement of characters is another huge plus for this show.
One of the best parts of Kizuna Ichigeki has to be the music. The OP music, with its shaolin-kung-fu-esque motif, is very fitting of a martial arts themed show. The background music gives the right feel on each scene especially on one fight scene in particular, which I really enjoyed, is played with catchy funky music which really catches the excitement and intensity of the scene. The ED theme is perfectly light and matches the background Todoroki family montage where it plays along to.
I totally enjoyed the fight scenes, the animation and its ensuing comedy, Ol’ gramps funny character and parodies, and Jingoro, their pet cat was really a surprise. Overall, it’s a good and enjoyable show especially for young audiences.
The most vibrant of the young animator training projects (at least until Trigger’s Little Witch Academia descends upon us), it tells the story of a kung-fu family and a reporter trying to interview them about some fighting tournament the youngest daughter has been in. It’s all incredibly silly, with the old man randomly referencing K-ON in the middle of it, and a lot of fun due to the visual variety in the martial arts battles. It goes for a sketchy-line look, which works well with the tone they’re going for. That said, it is rather shallow. At the time I did prefer Kizuna Ichigeki to Ojisan no Lamp, but 2 years on I can remember Ojisan no Lamp beat-for-beat while I’m struggling to remember anything that happened in Kizuna Ichigeki. It’s a trifle. A fun side dish that you’ll instantly forget about once it’s over.
8: Tekken: Blood Vengeance
English: Tekken: Blood Vengeance
Japanese: 鉄拳 BLOOD VENGEANCE
MAL Score: 6.64
High school student Ling Xiaoyu is recruited by Anna Williams of G Corporation to transfer to Kyoto University and gather information on a student named Shin Kamiya. Meanwhile, Jin Kazama, the current head of the Mishima Zaibatsu, sends Alisa Bosconovitch to the university for the same mission. Though they do not know each other’s true motives, Xiaoyu and Alisa become close friends. However, their friendship is put to the test when Shin is captured by an unknown assailant.
As many of you have no doubt noticed, Namco made the very questionable decision to omit me from the CGI feature “Tekken: Blood Vengeance”. Instead, they offered me to watch and review it for this particular website, an offer I graciously accepted.
Now, many (or all) of you may find my omission from this movie to be highly alarming. After all, I am the main character of the Tekken franchise, and the entire plot revolves around me and my exciting exploits. But I suppose that some fans of the series would enjoy seeing the side characters get 93 minutes in the limelight.
Now, without further ado, let us get to the bottom of things. Sebastian, bring our guests some chairs. We’ll be here for a while.
The story revolves around some high school girl I don’t know being hired by some evil corporation to spy on a strapping young lad named Shin Kamiya, whom you may know from the hit Tekken spin-off: A Certain Ridiculous Plot Device. Hm? What’s that? Shin wasn’t actually in any of the games and was just created for the sole purpose of being a generally unimportant non-character to fill empty spaces in promotional images? O-of course I knew that! I was just testing you. And you passed! G-good job!
Sebastian, shut down the Tekken Wiki for feeding me false information!
Anyway, none of this is actually important, as it is simply pointless build-up to a highly ridiculous finale where a father and his beloved son turn into dragons and start firing laser beams at each other.
And no, it doesn’t make any more sense in context.
The main flaw of the story is that plotlines are frequently picked up and then unceremoniously dropped mere moments later. Was Shin Kamiya actually relevant to anything ever? Was there a point to the whole Xiaoyu and Alisa friendship story? Was the convenient ancient power buried under some castle ages ago that the villain used to fashion a giant mecha made of wooden statues ever explained or given any foreshadowing whatsoever?
The answer to all of those questions, children, is no. None of the characters have their personalities fleshed out, and none of their motives nor objectives were ever clearly explained. Indeed, my presence would have greatly improved this vulgar display of plotting incompetence. I might even go so far as to say that I would have come up with a much more satisfying story.
But enough of that. Did I ever mention that I have a beautiful singing voice? In fact, my debut single, “I Am Wonderful (And You Wish You Were Me)” is available for download at bTunes right now. I do believe your life would be greatly improved by purchasing and listening to said work of musical art.
Speaking of voices, that is something I found myself to be mildly delighted with in regards to this production. The English cast (I did not feel like forcing myself through this a second time to form an opinion on the Japanese audio track) includes a plethora of well-known names, many of which did a very competent job on conveying the very flawed script.
The soundtrack was more or less what one would expect from my humble franchise, with generic techno and rock pieces playing over the fight scenes.
Ah, the fight scenes. Indeed, one of this movie’s greatest strengths is the animation. The fight choreography is elaborate and the CGI is, in general, very pretty. Obviously, my very graceful fighting style would have worked wonders in attracting moviegoers, and I would of course have won all the fights. There is no fighter in this world who would even hope to stand a chance against fabulous moi. Would you perhaps like to watch a demonstrative film of my eloquent fighting moves? Sebastian, prepare the projector. We must make sure to entertain our loyal audience.
Getting back to the topic, though I would rather not do so, I suppose this feature could be described as “all style, no substance”. The action is fast and stylish, but the storyline is, to put it in vulgar terms, an absolute mess of biblical proportions.
Actually, everyone who has already watched this movie is in agreement that me taking on the star role would have made the entire production at least eight times better. I know it’s true because I read it on the “inter-web”. As a modest lady, I cannot flat-out state that I think the same, but let it be known that I do, and that the primitive minds at Namco have committed an act comparable to inefficiently slicing off their own heads with wooden spoons by refusing me a role in this utter travesty.
Sebastian, get Producer Harada on the phone and tell him that I will not stand for any more of this nonsense. I think it’s time that he learned his rightful place in the world.
Oh? You’re still here? I advise you to stay away from this sordid trainwreck, as it is nothing but a load of nonsense peppered with occasional overblown battle scenes. Namco seem to have realised their mistake, as they are now preparing a full TV anime series by the name of “Magical Fighter Lili II: Saving The World With A Smile ~A Tekken Story~”. I am certain that it will be the most popular show of the Summer 2015 season.
It’s time for my afternoon tea. Farewell.
Harada and Sato’s mission to create an accessible and enjoyable Tekken film for non-Tekken fan falls flat on its face. Only someone with a flawless understanding of the Tekken lore could understand how this movie makes sense. With only a passing knowledge of the Tekken story line, it’s very difficult to understand where this fits and why it was necessary.
The story of two rival corporations, G-Corp run by Kazuya and Mishima Zaibatsu run by Jin, both vying to control the M-Gene makes absolutely no sense. Their reason for hunting for this mutation is never clearly explained and by the end of the film is not even relevant, as that plot-line gets completely abandoned in favor of a flashy ending fight scene. It’s not an understatement to say that nothing about this film makes any sense.
Those hoping that some snappy and thought provoking dialog saves a sinking story should abandon those hopes. The dialog is legitimately laughter inducing for all the wrong reasons. With lines like “sometimes you have to fail to succeed,” it sounds as though every line from this film was pilfered from a budget store greeting card.
As far as character development, there honestly isn’t any. The characters are as one-dimension and static as possible. Their motivations are never clear and even if they were, the incomprehensible plot would make them impossible to understand.
If there’s one thing positive to say about this film, it’s that it is absolutely gorgeous. The CG-animation is in a league of its own. Relatively realistic facial and body animations and well choreographed fight scenes make the movie a joy to look at, at the very least. The film probably would have been better off abandoning any plot or character related scenes and just presenting itself as a long montage of fight scenes to showcase the beautiful animation and jaw-dropping 3D effects.
Despite this meager success, the film even fails to deliver to dedicated Tekken fans as only a fraction of the cast makes an appearance. The cast of this movie will certainly seem adequate to die hard Xiaoyu or Alisa fans, but the fact that Sato couldn’t even add a few random cameos for some other fan favorites is downright sad.
This movie doesn’t appeal to anyone, even diehard Tekken fans will be immensely disappointed. And those without an encyclopedic knowledge of the Tekken lore will be absolutely lost. Even taking into account the amazing animation and 3D tech used in the film, it might be wise to wait until it’s featured in another film that can deliver on other merits besides simply being a technological marvel. The fact that Harada and Sato put their name to this is astonishing, but don’t be fooled, this movie totally sucks. Avoid at all costs.
Given the sheer amount of characters and character turnover, and the fact we’re now approaching the 6th generation of games, the story has been somewhat of a shambles for some time. That said they do attempt to the focus the story on a handful of cast members, with the odd cameo appearances from Tekken regulars.
Xiaoyu, Jin, Kazuya, Anna and Nina make up the main stays, joined by newcomer from the most recent game Alisa Bosconovitch.
Xiaoyu is recruited by Anna on behalf of Kazuya to investigate Shin a former class mate of Jin’s. I frankly have lost track of if she’s still looking for Jin as was the case at some point, but i assume this to be her motivation for going along with this.
The story was, even by Tekken standards pretty terrible, poorly constructed and largely unnecessary, the story merely serves to gather all the characters behind the scenes together for big show down, rendering the leads as little more than spectators.
The CGI doesn’t seem to have made any real progress from the first Final Fantasy film. It generally all looks very nice, and the action scenes flow very well and look highly impressive, but they’ve still got a long way to go with the character models. Xiaoyu looks down right creepy at times, any time they attempt to animate anything facially the whole process falls down horribly, and looks terrible and often deformed. Alisa came out better, but there’s still plenty of off moments. Claire Redfield’s model in Biohazard: Degeneration single handedly destroyed the film for me, and with that setting the bar pretty low the efforts here have not done much better.
Xiaoyu and Alisa’s friendship in the film actually worked for me and was one of the better aspects of the film. I’d not learnt anything of Alisa from the last game, but her voice acting was good and most of her scenes with Xiaoyu were enjoyable. The rivalries between Jin and Kazuya and Nina and Anna also feature heavily as a secondary focus, none are fleshed out in any meaningful manor, but this was clearly aimed at existing fans, so entirely forgiveable.
Now i doubt many people expected much from the story, so what about the fights? The answer is very hit and miss. All the early action is very average, Xiaoyu and Alias’s mid way fight was probably the high point for me, with the end 3 way show down being hugely disappointing, although i did enjoy getting to see all the devil forms in action. There’s allot of wasted potential here, I’d have enjoyed nothing more than seeing Jin and Kazuya go at it as often as possible, there’s a total lack of focus, or downright epicness to the fights, i was left feeling largely unsatisfied and would have no real desire to re-watch any of the sequences, there just not that technically good.
Overall there’s just allot of wasted potential, i get that they couldn’t do anything to drastic to the Tekken universe, but the fights we did get were just hugely underwhelming, the story wasn’t well thought out and there’s not allot to praise, i can’t help but wish one of these game film adaptation’s would adapt the actual game material, the events between Tekken 2 and 3 would have made for an excellent story, hint hint.
7: Tenjou Tenge: The Past Chapter
English: TenjhoTenge: The Past Chapter
Japanese: 天上天下 THE PAST CHAPTER
MAL Score: 7.06
Mitsuomi Takayanagi and Maya Natsume both want to become stronger. On there way to becoming the best they learn that there are many things going on behind the scenes, and Shin, Maya’s brother, may be the cause of all of it. Mitsuomi feels that he is the only one that can stop him. A retelling of what happened in the past of tenjou tenge, in movie form.
And as such, there is no new content like new fights and characters. To cut back the time, a lot of conversations have been skipped. I don’t know how this is for newcomers to the series (I have watched all the episodes), but I can imagine it not making a 100% sense.
There has been no quality improvement compared to the series and OVA.
All in all, I suggest not watching this before you watch the series. Also, watching it right after having watched the series is quite pointless. The way I watched it, after a long time of no Tenjou Tenge, is probably the best. The score you would give this arc in the series apply for this movie.
If you end up watching this, enjoy.
6: Street Fighter II Movie
English: Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie
Japanese: ストリートファイターII MOVIE
MAL Score: 7.16
Get your quarters ready, because the world’s top fighters are about to go head to head in this explosive animated adaptation of the classic Street Fighter II arcade game! M. Bison’s plan to crush those who would oppose his organization, Shadowloo, is simple: brainwash the strongest martial artists around with his dreaded psycho power, and turn them into living weapons! To stop him, Interpol agent Chun-Li must team up with Major Guile of the United States Air Force, but that’s no small feat.
They’ll have to put aside their differences and learn to work together, and fast. Bison is closing in on Ryu, a traveling vagabond said to be the best fighter in the world. Fortunately (or not), Ryu is a hard man to find, but the same can’t be said of his eternal rival, Ken. And it might just be through Ken that Bison will get what he wants! Can the World Warriors beat Bison to the punch?
Well, the character design is just fantastic. Very true to the games and makes them recognizable to newbies and veterans of the series alike. The art isn’t too stereotypical by relying on big eyes too much with the exemption of its female cast, but other than that, everything is just perfect and you couldn’t ask for more. No wait, you could. You can’t have Street Fighter without some kung fu fighting, which is the heart and soul of this movie. The staff wanted a more realistic and technical approach but yet still raw, which translated flawlessly into this movie. The action was coordinated by Ishii Kazuyoshi, the founder of the K-1 kickboxing promotion, and former K-1 champion, Andy Hug. Hug, god bless his soul, passed away nearly 10 years ago of Leukemia after winning a tournament, and Ishii is now in prison for tax evasion. Anyway, in addition to the realistic approach to the pacing, movement and techniques, it still balances out with the inclusion of the signature moves such as hadoukens and sonic booms. It can also get a little bloody at times. It’s extreme and keeps you on the edge of your seat, and doesn’t get old. And to me, nothing can top the extremities and technicalities of the art and animation.
The dub and Japanese voice acting are equally excellent in their own rights. My favorite performances were both that of Vega or Balrog, which name you are free to refer to him as was definitely breath taking. Both actors captured his character of being a sadistic narcissist in a way that exceeded your expectations of what that character could sound like. And for that example alone, I’ll leave it at that.
The music between both versions is of course a different manner of discussion. I think the selected American music with the likes of KMFDM, Silverchair, Alice in Chains, and Korn and the Jpop in the Japanese version were appropriately used in relation to capturing its target audience. And after watching the English version for 12 years, listening to the Japanese version the first time, totally threw me off. The difference in the music selected in each version really captures your attention and makes you view things in different ways. To me, watching the English version of lets say the fight between Chun Li and Vega made me feel an intensity that I was watching a pay per view fight, while watching it in Japanese, I felt like I was watching a fight to the death and I was able to feel the struggle of Chun Li more as if she was going to lose, while with the American music, you had that notion she was going to come out on top and finish it with nothing to lose. I’m not saying one is better than the other, it’s just it all depends on how you react to things in my perspective.
And one last thing, the main theme Itoshisa to Setsunasa to Kokoro Tsuyosa to sung by Shinohara Ryoko, the song that plays when Ken and Ryu fight Bison, I’ll admit is catchy and I love it a whole lot and is still considered a huge hit in Japan, but really felt out of place in contrast to the action presented. Even though I think both Japanese and English are great, due to the uses of differences of music, I can’t say one is better than the other and you’re going to have to watch it in both languages to have a full appreciation of this movie.
I say fans and non-fans alike of either the Street Fighter games or anime in general should and must give this a shot. This was one of the animes that came out in 1995 during a time way before anime was cool and is still way cooler than a lot of animes today. Luckily, this came out when I was getting into anime and being a fan of Street Fighter, I just had to get this. And for me, this was the right anime at the right time. I was 11 when I first watch this and many elements amazed and shocked me, and it may have with a lot of people. One being the Chun Li shower scene and all video game animes that followed had to have this kind of scene including Fatal Fury, Battle Arena Toshiden, and the piece of shit Tekken anime. It was something different to me and I didn’t take the scene offensive and thought of this was something acceptable to Japanese people which is yes and no true. Eventually I got around to showing this movie to my friends and we could watch this movie all night over and over. Especially Chun Li vs Vega which anyone who has seen this movie cannot deny that is certainly one of the best anime fights of all time.
In order to talk about this film, it is impossible to ignore the fact that it adapts the first world-famous videogame of the saga: Street Fighter II (1991). For that reason, it deserved a film to match. Although the studio in charge of the work, Group TAC, was not one of the most outstanding studios of the moment, the visual result exceeded expectations and had the involvement of industry heavyweights such as director Gisaburou Sugii (Night on the Galactic Railroad, 1985; and The Tale of Genji, 1987).
Street Fighter II: The Movie (1994) is a work that fits perfectly within that group of action films of the 80s and 90s in which the plot was almost an excuse to show great action scenes: car chases, destruction of cities, displays of superhuman strength and, above all, fights to the death. Although deadly encounters are strange here, the film is mostly a huge gathering of wrestlers and their numerous battles throughout the footage. Each member of the Street Fighter II squad is present to show off his fighting style (karate, muay thai, sumo, etc.) and characteristic techniques (Shoryuken, Sonic-Boom, Hadouken, among others).
Not one of them will be left without their share of the limelight to show us the best they have in amazing 1v1 fights – except for the last one for the collaboration of Ryu and Ken against M. Bison. And one server says amazing because these battles, which include martial arts, magic, supernatural powers and other types of unknown arts, in terms of action are a joy for the viewer. Beyond the very successful soundtrack that accompanies them, the fights stand out for their fluidity of movement and the display of strength of the fighters. None is very marked by extreme violence, except the meeting between Chun-Li and Vega for being a little more savage. It is also the most remarkable showdown, although all fights are worth it and none are the same. In visual terms, most agree in the use of short shots and in a continuous dynamism without interruptions.
Unfortunately, he is far from winning the Oscars because there are a couple of drawbacks that deny him such an award. Like Ninja Scroll (1993), the reviewed film is almost a succession of combat after combat that ends with the confrontation against M. Bison. However, Kawajiri’s masterpiece is above her. Not just because it’s creatively so superior, but because a lot of the adaptation’s fighting isn’t built into the main plot. Battles like Blanka and Zangief or Dhalsim and E. Honda have no relation to their main plot. In other words, they are little more than fanservice for fans of the video game. It is clear that they contribute to the show, but the null participation of the characters and the absence of any personality and background prevent them from functioning as they do in the video game, where there is a gameplay. If you are a stranger to the franchise, in addition, your emotional connection with the fighters is non-existent.
This unnecessary accumulation of characters also impaired the characterization and development of the relationship between Chun-Li and Guile, who occupy a privileged place within the narrative as representatives of justice. The connection between the two characters is related to the fact that they share the death of a loved one at the hands of M. Bison, but this question is not explored. Nor does the relationship strengthen beyond Chun-Li convinces the man not to take revenge alone. In fact, his contribution to the resolution of the conflict is insufficient, so much so that if we discount the work of the Interpol members in the search for Ryu and the destruction of the hideout, the only thing they did was defeat Vega. And this feat is a credit to Chun-Li, which is why Guile ends up in a worse place. Interestingly, both also share the absence of a relationship with the protagonist, who learns of Shadaloo’s existence from other fighters with no connection to the duo and all this mess.
Fortunately, Ryu and Ken’s bond is better built thanks to the presence of small flashbacks that inform us of their friendship and rivalry during the time they both trained together in the same dojo. Although there is no contact until the end, this issue does not present problems beyond the lack of creativity of their mental breakdown and joint fight. Which, by the way, if we talk about them, we must mention the person responsible for their confrontation: M. Bison. Despite the fact that he is the classic evil and powerful antagonist who seeks to rule the world, without any particular background, his dictatorial character and his displayed superiority in fighting give him a certain charisma and moments to shine.
You can also find my review here: https://elarmarioanimados.blogspot.com/2020/10/resena-street-fighter-ii-la-pelicula.html
For those whom may not know; I hate video game to anime films. Mainly because in terms of quality anime almost none of them have cracked the ceiling of mediocrity. Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie somewhat fits into the category. Fortunately, for a video game to anime translation the movie isn’t too bad because it gives something to the fans, and it’s many notches above awful titles such as Art of Fighting, Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture, and Devil May Cry. Street Fighter delivers well animated choreographed fights between some of the most popular characters in the SF universe.
SFII contains some of the best hand to hand action scenes in fighting anime. The animation is very fluid during the action scenes. The characters battle with real martial art moves for the most part, and I enjoy the attention to detail. Some of the characters actually perform the regular moves from the game and most of them are very cool to see.
The artwork is great also with the characters perfectly resembling their video game counterparts. The art style fits perfectly for this type of anime. I also enjoyed the soundtrack with standout songs being Them Bones by Alice in Chains and Blind by Korn. However, several times I can remember the BGM was quite boring, and has caused me to come quite close to dosing off. In other cases, it brought out the best during some fight scenes. The voice actors and seiyuu are pretty good to me. I don’t have any complaints except the dialogue can be very cheesy at times. Plus, there’s a bit of profanity thrown out there which can be a bother for some.
I have to give credit to the production team for bringing SF to the TV screen for fans. Now, speaking from a fans point of view. I really did enjoy seeing some of my favorite characters going at it, but that’s where the major problem begins. As in all video game to anime I have seen; non fans of the game will come away feeling as if they wasted their time. Outside of the main characters it is highly unlikely a non fan will learn anything about the remaining cast. Character development is very low to non existent because so many characters were just squeezed in. Characters appear only to deliver a couple of moves and disappear as quick as they came.
The plot is very boring and I was rarely sucked into the story. Thankfully the pacing makes the movie less painful. The fights are well dispersed, and most of them make the wait well worth it. In truth, the action is the only reason to bother with this.
Street Fighter II is something that I can only recommend to fans of the franchise. However, if you’re not a fan of the franchise but love action anime in any form; then this may be for you as well. It’s definitely better than all of the fighting game to anime I have seen, and better than its so called sequels or side stories, but it’s not a great anime by any stretch of the imagination. Non fans of the franchise and action films should skip it without hesitation.
Pros: Very good fight scenes, very good animation and artwork, pacing, good for fans….
Cons: …bad for non fans, boring plot, too many character appearances
5: Naruto: Shippuuden Movie 2 – Kizuna
English: Naruto: Shippuden the Movie 2 -Bonds-
Japanese: 劇場版NARUTO-ナルト- 疾風伝 絆
MAL Score: 7.28
Unleashing a devastating surprise attack, flying ninjas from the Land of Sky are seeking revenge against their old enemy Konohagakure. Despite his eagerness to join the fight, Naruto Uzumaki is held up by Shinnou, a mysterious doctor who requires his assistance to save an injured person. While delivering the wounded man to the hospital, Naruto has an unexpected encounter with Amaru—a stormy youngster from a neighboring village desperately looking for Shinnou’s help.
Meanwhile, as the invaders withdraw to restore their forces, Tsunade seizes the opportunity to dispatch a small team including Sai, Shikamaru Nara, and Kakashi Hatake to strike down their base. Simultaneously, she commissions Naruto, Sakura Haruno, and Hinata Hyuuga to accompany Shinnou and Amaru on their journey. During this time, however, Orochimaru has his own schemes: he orders Sasuke Uchiha to bring him the doctor who specializes in the reincarnation technique.
As the escort group accidentally uncovers the sinister truth behind the attacks, tumultuous plans are set in motion. But even when confronted with an unforeseen reunion, Naruto does not waver in his endeavor to end the warfare and its disastrous effects.
I went to the theater to see Naruto with very low expectations, in part because I’ve seen all the Naruto movies so far, and in part because the average age of the audience in the movie theater was 10 years old. Yes, in Japan Naruto caters to the “tween” audience, and I felt like an old lady sitting in the theater, waiting for the movie to start. I expected the movie to be “The Sasuke Movie” but…actually…I’m surprised to say, Naruto was the cool one in this movie. This instantly made it the top Naruto movie, in my humble opinion, and had the best fights of any Naruto movie so far. (I’m pretty sure next summer we’ll be treated to another one.)
Story –Naruto movies are not known for their great scripts, but this one actually had some nice twists to it. Since one of the first scenes was of a smoldering Sasuke with no shirt on, I expected most of the action to be from him, but lo and behold, Naruto came through pulled some great moves during the course of the story. As there isn’t much plot that the summary left out, I’ll leave it at that.
Art –Also standard Naruto film style, some 3D, but not as out of place as the last movie (I thought). Mostly done on the ships, and the villain’s hideout, which I hereby dub “The Castle in the Sky.” The leaf ninja village seemed like it was trying to be Renaissance Italy for some reason though…
Sound –Nothing very impressive, but not at all bad. The voice acting of the movie-only characters was well done, as I normally get annoyed with the movie-only character voices.
Character –Ah, characters. Let’s see, we have Sasuke as a less emo version of himself (yay), Sakura and Hinata as the still-useless-in-fights Naruto backups/fanservice objects, cameos by Kakashi, playing the role of a voice-over explanatory narrator, and Orochimaru, playing the bedridden grandmother (Sai, Neji, Shino, and Shikamaru play cameos of themselves). There’s also the movie-only character Doctor and his apprentice Amaru, who gets to be the one befriended by Naruto (poor Amaru). Then then there’s Naruto, slightly more mature than usual, still getting slapped around as usual, and showing tantalizing hints of becoming more hentai with each passing day…
Enjoyment –This could be high because my expectations were so low, but actually, I maintain that the awesomeness of this anime comes from when Naruto has to face, and/or use, the chakra of the nine-tails. And use it he does in this movie. It was like the Sasuke rescue-arc battle at the waterfall redone, which to me was the high point of the series. Sadly, there was also the Sasuke lipsticked-winged-monstrosity to be seen (I won’t even mention the villain’s cheesy “released” [to borrow a Bleach term] form), but I could take that when Naruto’s busting out multiple rasengan from his clones and destroying everything in sight.
Overall, a good movie–by Naruto standards.
*Minor spoilers ahead*
Storywise, the whole thing makes no sense. What was even the purpose of the ninja subordinates from Land of the Sky? There was no depth, not even 1 good fight scene. I laughed at so many scenes because it literally was ridiculous. Like they’re all highly trained shinobi but are useless for more than 3/4 of the move? Nothing about the writing moved me and felt very cheesy and subpar most of the time.
Characters are terrible and fall back on meaningless and flat tropes. All of them are skilled shinobi but they rarely show that they are useful in battle at all. The women were there for nothing other than to be Naruto’s love interests and all they do is get punched once, get knocked out, kidnapped, or cry. The characters have no depth and show no character development throughout the whole movie. Truly quite sad to see the characters reduced to such shallow figures of themselves.
The art was decent but I feel like the studio ran out of their budget mid-way through because the art was getting pretty lazy by the end.
The sound was probably a more palatable aspect of the movie. I liked the soundtrack but often it would enter abruptly and didn’t feel consistent.
The only reason I gave this a 2 was because I got a good laugh out of the movie. And because I was entertained for all the wrong reasons, this gets a 2.
In all honesty the story is incredibly patchy – it’s the average someone trying to destroy the ninja nations plotline with Naruto befriending a movie character along the way – and if you miss a single minute of it, the story will take a crazy direction you won’t understand because you missed a character saying one explanatory line.
Yet do not be disheartened, fellows.
As it goes, about halfway into the usual things we expect from a Naruto movie, things suddenly get extremely kickass. I was actually shocked. It all probably kicks off when Sai shows his moves against the enemy ninjas, then Shino (do not underestimate the bugs), then Naruto in undoubtedly his best fight in any of the movies, then…Sasuke. Like most people, I thought this was going to be a crazy fanservice spotlighted Sasuke movie. It isn’t.
Sasuke and Naruto actually end up working together to fight the big scary plot, even if it’s for different reasons, and the best thing about the movie is that they retain their personalities from the manga faithfully. Sasuke’s arrogance and Naruto’s…Narutoness is still the same even in each other’s company when they’ve supposedly just met again after the little Orochimaru hideout incident. In fact, their interaction is so plausible, heart-wrenching and at times amusing in the situation they’re in that SasuNaru fans will have a field day complete with picnic and hot air balloon ride.
The sound is good, synchronous with the action and the character themes (Sasuke has a new one that’s annoyingly cool and makes you wish he would just trip over a shoelace and ruin his equally cool entrances) are exciting and fit perfectly. The art is comic at times, standard or cringeworthy at others, and so beautiful in some scenes that it makes you want to pause and stare for a second.
So. Despite the initial rubbish story line and flitting between the different aspects of it so fast that you think you’re watching an AMV, I have nothing but praise for this movie. I unashamedly re-watched the second half of it two more times. I might go for my third.
9/10 and I recommend, I recommend, I recommend.
4: Ranma : Chou Musabetsu Kessen! Ranma Team vs. Densetsu no Houou
English: Ranma : Team Ranma vs. The Legendary Phoenix
Japanese: らんま１／２ 超無差別決戦！ 乱馬チームVS伝説の鳳凰
MAL Score: 7.37
Kuno purchases a strange egg, believing that the mysterious powers of the legendary Phoenix will help him defeat Ranma. But when the egg hatches on his head, the bird goes out of control and wreaks havoc all over Tokyo. Ranma and the gang must use any means necessary to get the Phoenix to leave Kuno’s head and fly away.
This particular OVA features my favourite OP theme of the series:”Where do we go from here? (You and me)” by DoCo. Poignant and catchy, “You and me”, captures a very adult perspective of how difficult adolescent relationships can be. The ED,”Red Shoe Sunday” by DoCo,while not my favourite does have a pleasant melody and it’s lyrics give some nice allusions to future relationships.
I highly recommend this OVA, but further still, I recommend watching the OVA SET which has all of them.
3: Hokuto no Ken: Raoh Gaiden Junai-hen
English: Fist of the North Star: Raoh Side Story Junai Arc
Japanese: 真救世主伝説 北斗の拳 ラオウ伝 殉愛の章
MAL Score: 7.46
Kenshiro is the heir of the legendary martial arts known as Hokuto Shinken, which can kill a man with a single blow, by striking the pressure points in the enemy’s body. Hokuto Shinken can be passed only to one successor at a time. When he was chosen as the successor, he parted ways with his brothers, Toki and Raoh. The former decided to use what he knew of the art to cure people… while the latter has chosen to use his supreme strength to install peace in the world by power.
Kenshiro is accompanied by Lynn and Bart, and the movie’s story begins when an overlord starts kidnapping children to use them as slaves for building his own pyramid…
I hate to admit, but I have not seen the original show. I tried, I struggled with it as it is just (sorry to say but) too old…
Therefore, I was so delighted when I heard that they are making a movie series out of it.
Hokuto no ken is the grandfather of all fighting animes, the most testosterone-filled anime I have ever seen (Jojo’s bizarre adventure being a close second).
This story is like a living fossil. I have no second thoughts if I say, that the creator was one of the few masterminds who came up with the universal recipe for a great fighting anime:
The ingredients are pretty much:
– An epic and righteous hero
– Some beautiful girls (just to mess with their minds)
– Lovable supporters
– An epic antagonist
– A unique fighting style
When all of this is mixed together in the right proportions, something amazing will be born.
The story might seem a bit of a cliché, however, most likely, everything else that is similar was inspired by this show.
The post-apocalyptic world filled with anarchy where people live in fear and despair, waiting for the one hero that will save them. It is pretty clear, not much to explain.
I personally love the art style (Jojo’s bizarre adventure is very similar to this). The modern art and character design make it very enjoyable. Remaking this show was probably the best thing ever. Also, it is surprisingly well done for something made in 2006…that was 10 years ago!
The background is also very nicely done but everything apart from Toki’s home is very dark and depressing. Also, to my greatest joy, there is no 3D effects whatsoever in it.
Hokuto no ken Raoh Gaiden Junai-hen has all the arch-types of characters that are needed for a good show. The righteous hero, rivaling brothers, the badass female hero (a bit like Casca from Berserk), lovable background characters and lots and lots of evil ones.
It is very interesting to see the relations between the main characters. I am not entirely sure who is good and bad at this point. I hope to see lots of character development in the next movies.
Hokuto no ken Raoh Gaiden Junai-hen is a true legend in the anime world. It focuses on such pure and fundamental values that I just cannot give it a lower review score.
I recommend this to anyone who wants to see where most of today’s animes came from.
In addition to all of this, needless to say, there is absolutely NO fanservice in it.
Do not be afraid that it is old. It is truly a unique masterpiece.
Fist of the north star is probally one of my favorites of all time. The legend series was a good rebuild for the anime and it has some good parts and some parts that were less. Also please correct me on some parts since it was along time after i watch the movie also i’m suck at memorizing
The story was based on the original anime although it has some additional characters into it so the story were more enchanted since there were new characters like Raoh’s retainers from the gaiden series
I like how the art was well-drawn and it looks like a more condesed version of the anime’s artstyle following the Souther arc. But the fight scenes were not crispy enough, that’s why i gave it an 8
Most of the characters are brave men whom fights for either glory or other people’s sake. The additional characters were Raoh’s retainers, Soga and Reina. There were also a cameo character from the season 2 anime, Akashachi(Shachi’s father). Soga’s trick to get himself killed were also a good plot twist
The sound is better than the sequel which takes place after the events of the souther arc. This one is genuienly better, the voice acting wasn’t rushed and the soundtrack is good
No matter how i watched this before, this movie still enjoyable and entertaining. The original might be had more emotions but i like to see them in high defitinition
2: Hokuto no Ken Zero: Kenshirou Den
English: Fist of the North Star: Legend of Kenshiro
Japanese: 真救世主伝説 北斗の拳 ZERO ケンシロウ伝
MAL Score: 7.47
Last of the Shin Kyuuseishu Densetsu pentalogy. A prequel set between Kenshiro’s defeat at the hands of Shin and the beginning of the manga.
To sum up the plot in simple terms, it’s an original story / prequel following the chosen successor of Hokuto Shinken, Kenshiro. It’s also the last film in the set of the pentalogy which consisted of 3 films and 2 OVA’s. Though they are not tied in any cohesive way and take places in different times and follow different characters.
While non-canon the film fills in some blanks that were left after Kenshiro’s defeat by Shin. As a fan it’s genuinely nice to finally see some character development for Kenshiro who throughout the series seemed adamant personality wise. For anyone else considering starting the series this film does enough to make Kenshiro seem like an interesting protagonist. However pacing issues near the beginning do cause for some drawn out scenes and exposition. While these scenes can be tiresome they do serve the film by providing enough information on individual characters. To put it simply the core story is of Kenshiro understanding his true resolve to fight, and the story around him is simply done to reinforce this.
Without going into spoilers it’s a fun ride once Ken regains his full strength. While fight scenes are surprisingly sparse in a Hokuto No Ken film no less, it still manages to show off enough flair to be entertaining. However most of the first hour is spent focusing on critical scenes between characters, flashbacks, exposition or advancing the story. As a fan of Hokuto No Ken I didn’t mind most of these scenes. They’re written well and expand more on the lore. Especially concerning Shin’s roots which is something not heavily discussed in the manga. However I can understand if these can be seen as uninteresting from people not familiar with the series, which is why I suggest newcomers watch this later on.
For the most part the story is compelling, especially with the twist at the end which in hindsight makes perfect sense. But also makes for an incredibly sad and sympathetic ending. Art direction is consistent and polished over the pentalogy, though some small amounts of CGI are noticeable near the end. The soundtrack left something to be desired, yet the use of Hokuto No Ken’s signature song Ai Wo Torimodose is present and worked beautifully when it’s used.
After 2-3 average films in the pentalogy it’s satisfying to finally see a decent Hokuto No Ken film. The bonus scene at the very end is what bumped this to a nine for me as it feels like something of a celebration of the series. For newcomers I suggest staying away from this for the time being so you don’t get the wrong impression. Reading the manga or at the very least watching the old TV series first would make you appreciate this all the more. They even cast the voice actors from the original series into this film as various roles.
1: Hokuto no Ken: Raoh Gaiden Gekitou-hen
Japanese: 真救世主伝説 北斗の拳 ラオウ伝 激闘の章
MAL Score: 7.56
The third chapter of the pentalogy (3 Movies + 2 OVAs). A retelling of Kenshiro’s final battle with Raoh.
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1. Hokuto no Ken: Raoh Gaiden Gekitou-hen
2. Hokuto no Ken Zero: Kenshirou Den
3. Hokuto no Ken: Raoh Gaiden Junai-hen
4. Ranma : Chou Musabetsu Kessen! Ranma Team vs. Densetsu no Houou
5. Naruto: Shippuuden Movie 2 – Kizuna
6. Street Fighter II Movie
7. Tenjou Tenge: The Past Chapter
8. Tekken: Blood Vengeance
9. Kizuna Ichigeki
10. Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture
11. Feng Yun Jue
12. Yawara!: Sore Yuke Koshinuke Kids!!
13. Ninja Hattori-kun: Nin Nin Furusato Daisakusen no Maki
14. Ninja Hattori-kun: Nin Nin Ninpo Enikki no Maki
15. Tatakae!! Ramenman (Movie)
16. Heungnyong Wang gwa Bihodongja
17. Tu Xia Chuanqi
18. Geori-eui Mubeopja