They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Ki Renka, Chouon Senshi Borgman: Lovers Rain, Hengen Taima Yakou Karura Mau! Nara Onryou Emaki, and more!
25: Ki Renka
English: Oni Love Song
MAL Score: 5.25
Independent animation by Hayashi Seiichi.
24: Chouon Senshi Borgman: Lovers Rain
English: Sonic Soldier Borgman: Lovers Rain
Japanese: 超音戦士ボーグマン LOVERS RAIN
MAL Score: 5.75
The OVA series Sonic Soldier Borgman serves as a sequel to the 1980s television series about an elite squad of bio-enhanced, crime-fighting humans known as Borgmen. Picking up several years after the dissolution of the original Borgman team, this volume reunites the three remaining members–rocket scientist Ryo, his girlfriend Anise, and police officer Chuck Sweager–for the emotionally-driven episode “Lover`s Rain,” which finds the trio facing an army of the undead bent on a rampage of murder and destruction.
23: Hengen Taima Yakou Karura Mau! Nara Onryou Emaki
English: Karura Mau Movie
Japanese: 変幻退魔夜行 カルラ舞う！ 奈良怨霊絵巻
MAL Score: 5.81
Shoko and Maiko Ougi are apparently two ordinary schoolgirls in pursuit of graduating and having fun. Shii-chan is the more serious while Mai-chan is more fun-loving. In reality, the two sisters are powerful exorcists from the Karura temple. Each wields half the power…Shii-chan can “see” the spirits, and Mai-chan can banish them. This is the movie adaptation of a spooky series with heavy emphasis on traditionally Japanese occult themes.
(Source: AnimeNfo’s Karura Mau OVA description; modified)
Forgotten Horror, Chapter 3: Hengentai Mayakou Karura Mau! Nara Onryou Emaki
I welcome you, once again, to this humble cycle in which we rediscover and enjoy movies and OVA that fell into the most unjust of forgetfulness. The piece chosen for this occasion changes the typical suspense of the genre, and focus more in direct and traditional action (with some glorious gore, obviously), spiced with several Buddhist elements. Ladies, gentlemen this is Hengentai Mayakou Karura Mau! Nara Onryou Emaki (which roughly translate to Transformation Repel Evil Night Travel Karura Dances!), or, from now on, Karura Mau.
The story… well, Ikeda family is victim of a terrible curse! The patriarch of the Ikeda, a renowned and respected assemblyman, died in a horrible (and very graphic) way, at the hands of evil spirits. Now, the rest of the family is in danger… Luckily, news travel fast in the eighties Japan, and the sisters Shoko and Maiko Oghi, two teenagers who are also exorcist, transferred to a high school in Nara to investigate the situation, in what happens to be their first real job. Things are not going to be easy for our protagonist, since the paranormal activity is rampant in the zone, and the ghostly crimes range from possession to savage mutilation…
In general the story is fast paced, but clear in every moment. Every second counts. Karura Mau is a really long manga… luckily, common sense prevailed, and only a very small part was adapted in this movie (later, some OVA were created, but that’s another story).
Regarding the characters, in the good side, ignoring the fact that they have paranormal powers, Maiko and Shoko are two common girls. Mai is the youngest, and is joyful and carefree, while Shi is more reserved and serious. But unlike most anime sisters with different personalities, they get along really well. And that’s a good thing, because each has different exorcism powers: Shi can identify and find the spirits, and Mai is the one with the seal ability. Both needs to fight together to get results.
Fortunately, the protagonists are not alone: accompanying the girls is the inspector Nishikiori, which is responsible for the murder investigation of assemblyman Ikeda. Of course, he doesn’t believe in spirits and supernatural nonsense, and almost consider himself the nanny of the girls… bitter and grumpy as he is, he’s very resourceful and dependable… and deep down, kind. Another valuable ally is Ohmi Ikeda, the son of the poor bastard. Shi’s classmate, and also capable of sensing spirits… and has suspects that something big (and evil) is beginning…
As for the antagonist… for spoiler reasons, I can’t give details, but I can say that is not only a matter of angry spirits. No, there are many interests, economic and political, involved in the series of supernatural events that occur in Karura Mau…
The religious elements mentioned in the beginning, although many (and one of the main sources of charm in Karura Mau), do not pose a (high) difficulty when watching the movie, since most of the time, they take some time to explain several terms and deity names (being the most important, of course, Karura, which is the Japanese equivalent of the Hindu deity Garuda).
Action is one of the most interesting points of this film. Here, there aren’t implacable enemies who undergo a huge number of poor victims who only had the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time (you know, like in most horror films)… no, what we have here is a very respectable group of enemies that fight against efficient and well prepared people. The clashes are frontal and dynamic, and since various characters have different skills (that varies from sealing, vanishing, gunfight or even ninjitsu), the fights tend to be diverse and very attractive.
Art’s fine. Despite being a relatively old anime, everything looks really good. The characters, while pretty common, are quite detailed and well made (at least, most of the time: there are some close-ups that look terrible… Shoko is a special victim of this). Even the minor characters are well crafted. Not to mention the spirits, they’re really diverse, ranging from grotesque, frightening, imponent and sometime majestic, and all of them following a traditional Japanese theme (specifically, from the Nara period). The action take place in various places such as schools, old houses, businesses or temples, and all are well worked. The fights are dynamic and fast, and deaths, which are many (though not as many as one would hope) and full of blood and several limbs. Pretty charming.
Sound is as correct as the animation (if not better). All the seiyus do a good job, especially Maiko’s actor, who gives her a light-hearted and carefree voice. Music is varied, and accompanies the various situations (ranging from studying at a classroom to battle shinto monks) properly.
And now, the final words. Without being a brilliant film, Karura Mau does its job in a clean and satisfactory way. Again, here’s almost entirely omitted the suspense and tension, and instead it focuses on spiritual duels and melee battles. Recommended for those who like retro anime, schoolgirls exorcists, Japanese mythology and blood and eyes in the floor.
And this is the end to yet another chapter of my small cycle. For those new to Forgotten Horror, the previous chapters were Hell Target (the first one, horror/sci-fi) and Umezu Kazuo no Noroi (the second, classic horror).
Terror olvidado, capitulo 3: Hengentai Mayakou Karura Mau! Nara Onryou Emaki
Les doy nuevamente la bienvenida a este ciclo que tiene como idea redescubrir y disfrutar OVAS y películas que cayeron en el más injusto de los olvidos. La pieza elegida para esta ocasión deja un poco de lado el suspenso típico del género, y lo cambia por una acción más directa y tradicional, condimentada con varios elementos religiosos budistas. Señores, señoras, esto es Karura Mau (La danza de Karura).
La familia Ikeda es víctima de una horrible maldición! El patriarca de los Ikeda, un famoso y respetable congresista, murió de forma horrible (y grafica) a manos de espíritus malignos, y el resto de su familia corre peligro… Por suerte, las noticias vuelan en el Japón de los años 80, y las hermanas Maiko y Shoko Ohgi, dos adolecentes que también son grandes exorcistas, se transfieren a una secundaria en Nara para investigar la situación, en el que constituye su primer trabajo real. Las cosas no resultaran fáciles para las protagonistas, dado que la actividad paranormal parece desbocada en la zona, y los crímenes fantasmagóricos van desde la mutilación a la posesión…
A líneas generales, la historia transcurre de forma clara, y con un buen ritmo. Cada segundo cuenta, y los hechos importantes se suceden unos detrás de otros. Karura Mau es un manga muy extenso, después de todo… por suerte, el sentido común se impuso, y solo decidieron adaptar una pequeña parte en esta película (mas tarde se crearon una saga de OVAS, pero eso ya es otra historia).
Respecto a los personajes, por el lado de los buenos, ignorando el hecho de que tienen poderes paranormales, Maiko y Shoko son dos chicas comunes. Mai es la menor, más alegre y despreocupada, mientras que Shi es más seria y reservada. Pero a diferencia de la mayoría de las hermanas de anime con personalidades diferentes, se llevan maravillosamente bien. Y menos mal, porque cada una tiene la mitad de los poderes de un exorcista: Shi puede identificar y encontrar a los espíritus, y Mai es la que tiene la capacidad de sellarlos, así que para pelear necesitan estar juntas.
Por suerte, las protagonistas no están solas: acompañando a las chicas, está el inspector Nishikiori, que es el encargado de la investigación del asesinato de Ikeda. Por supuesto, no cree en espíritus ni cosas sobrenaturales, y casi que se considera una niñera (renuente) de las chicas… amargado y todo, es muy útil, y en el fondo, amable. Otro valioso aliado es Ohmi Ikeda, el hijo del difunto congresista. El también es capaz de percibir espíritus, y tiene sospechas de que algo muy grande está a punto de empezar…
En cuanto a los antagonistas… obviamente no puedo dar detalles, pero si puedo decir que no se limita a un grupo de espíritus enojados. No, hay muchos intereses, tanto económicos como políticos, involucrados en la serie de sucesos sobrenaturales que acontecen en Karura Mau…
Los elementos religiosos que se mencionan al principio, si bien son varios (y dan una buena dosis de personalidad), no suponen una dificultad (elevada) a la hora de ver esta película, hasta se toman la molestia de explicar varios términos y deidades (siendo una de las más importantes, obviamente, Karura, que es el equivalente japonés de la tal vez más conocida deidad Garuda).
La acción es uno de los puntos más interesantes de esta película. Acá no hay enemigos implacables que someten a un inmenso numero de incautos y pobres victimas que solo tuvieron la desgracia de estar en el lugar equivocado en el momento equivocado… No, lo que tenemos aquí es a un grupo de enemigos muy respetables y amenazadores para la gente común, que pelean contra personas eficientes y bien preparadas. Los enfrentamientos suelen ser frontales y dinámicos, y no se alargan más de lo necesario. Cada personaje cuenta con habilidades distintas que hacen que los diferentes duelos sean atractivos.
La animación es buena. A pesar de ser un anime relativamente viejo, todo se ve realmente bien. Los personajes, si bien estándar, son bastante detallados y bien hechos (la mayoría del tiempo: la verdad sea dicha, hay primeros planos que son terribles). Hasta los personajes menores están bien trabajados. Ni hablar de los espíritus, que son de lo más diversos, siendo grotescos, aterradores, imponentes o hasta majestuosos en algunos casos, aunque eso sí, todos siguen una temática japonesa tradicional (específicamente, del periodo Nara). La acción transcurre en varios lugares, como escuelas, mansiones antiguas, empresas o templos, y todos están bien realizados. Las escenas de acción son dinámicas y rápidas, y las muertes, que son muchas (aunque no tantas como uno esperaría), están llenas de sangre y miembros cercenados. Encantador.
El sonido cumple en la misma medida que la animación. Todos los seiyus hacen un buen trabajo, especialmente la que interpreta a Maiko, que le da un tono alegre y despreocupado. La música es variada, y acompaña las diversas situaciones (que van desde estar estudiando en un salón de clases a batallar contra monjes shinto) de forma adecuada.
Y ahora, las palabras finales. Sin ser una película brillante, Karura Mau cumple con su trabajo de forma limpia y satisfactoria. De nuevo, acá se prescinde casi por completo del suspenso y la tensión excesiva, y en cambio se hace foco en duelos espirituales y batallas cuerpo a cuerpo. Recomendable para aquellos a los que les guste el anime retro, las colegialas exorcistas, la mitología japonesa y la sangre en los pisos.
Y así concluye una nueva entrega. Para los que recién se suman, los capítulos anteriores fueron Hell Target (el primero, de terror y ciencia ficción) y Umezu Kazuo no Noroi (el segundo, de terror bien clásico).
MAL Score: 5.85
Based on the tale Kobutori-jiisan about an honest old man who encounters a band of tengu, mythical bird-like creatures making merry and joins their dancing. They liked his dancing a lot that they remove an unsightly lump from the side of his face.
21: Choujin Densetsu Urotsukidouji 2
English: Urotsukidoji II: Legend of the Demon Womb (movie)
Japanese: 超神伝説うろつき童子 魔胎伝
MAL Score: 5.89
During World War 2, the Nazis attempted to breach the barriers between the three worlds. They failed then, but a Dr. Myunihausen (Munchausen?) tries again, through the manipulation of Nagumo’s brother Takeaki. His goal? To have the Chojin replaced.
As Takeaki is injured in the approaching flight, Nagumo donates some of his blood to save his life, thus infusing Takeaki with the powers of the overfiend. And the results might be too much for Tokyo, perhaps even the overfiend himself, to bear.
The lead character is an innocent character is gradually corrupted and killed.
Humanity is revealed to be no better while evil anti-heroes and evil villains fight all around him.
I like this movie, not because of the sex but for its cynicism.
Just like all the Urotsukidouji movies, this is an mix of hentai and anime where
story and coolness fueled make-belief coexistent with the erotic motivated make belief.
The “Legend of the Demon Womb” is much like the new version “The Urotsuki”,
an more coherent story based on the first movie and it is possible the best movie in the entire series, depending on what you think of the way the show finally ends.
Artistically, the “legend of the demon womb” is mysteriously hallucinogen, it is colorful and dark. The sex scenes are basically oversexual nightmares from real world persons that someone wrote down and put into a movie
using magic to make them plausible.
It is not just perverse, its also artistic and got good sense of horror mystery.
and sexy.. so very sexy!
The plot is basically evil versus evil with a great sense of perverse mystery
that makes you not fall into darkness induced apathy.
Somehow you care about the characters despite how broken and psychotic they are, perhaps because of their pain and not despite it.
20: Kobutori (1929)
English: The Stolen Lump
MAL Score: 5.91
In Kobu-Tori, an old man with a lump growing on his face takes refuge in a hollow tree during a thunderstorm. When he awakens, he finds the forest populated by mythic creatures. He dances with the sprites and as a reward, the creatures remove his deformity. Back in the village, he tells another man who has a similar growth on his face. Will the creatures bestow the same boon upon this other man?
(Source: 100 Years of Movies)
The actual animation of this is very impressive, though the techniques of anime has come in leaps and bounds, if you do prefer the older style of animation then this is a perfect example of it.
the sound is a difficult one, i watched this one you-tube, so i don’t know whether this is the actual music.
Overall this is a great anime that may only be 10minutes long at best, it is still a very well crafted classic form the 20’s.
Seen via english subtitles
The current listed synopsis is wrong. While it is a story of two men that are opposites. The ___ removal was not a ‘reward’ but an act of insurance. Aside from that it delivers a kind message on hard work and honesty. Taking the short road in life like stealing can have some dastardly effects. Which made me laugh slightly and applause the ending.
Background song was pleasant.
Explained well in the introduction. Nothing else was required.
A good short film to teach a naughty child a life lesson. As for us adults it is a nice reteaching on days where we felt wronged.
English: Yuki: Snow Fairy
MAL Score: 6.01
Up in Heaven, Yuki’s grandparents decide that, having turned thirteen years old, she must go down to Earth to a village that is torn by bandits and intervene to save its people. However, if she does not succeed within one year, she will become as insubstantial as the wind. Down in the village, Yuki is befriended by a group of orphans whose parents have been killed by the bandits and who now subsist by begging. Yuki amazes them by taming the wild horse Blizzard. She is instrumental in getting the orphans and farmers to stand up to first the warring bandits and then Goemon, the greedy lord that owns the region. Yuki must then face her greatest challenge when the displeased Demon God that lives in the volcano emerges to destroy those who live beneath.
18: Oni no Ko to Yuki Usagi
English: Goblin and “Yuki Usagi” (Snow Hare)
MAL Score: 6.09
One night a Goblin father came home gave his son a red handball.
But the boy was shocked to hear that his father picked it up in front of the house of a girl called Yuki
The boy decided to return it to her.
Next morning, he ran in the snow to a village and saw many boys and girls singing cheerfully.
When he came to a small house, he saw a girl sitting alone on the veranda.
She said, “I am Yuki. Who are you?”
He handed a ball to her without an answer.
She was very glad and said ” I was looking for it. My sickly mother made this for me.
Thank you very much.”
That gave him relief and they become friends.
(Source: Kyowa Film)
The story is easy to follow and teaches some important values.
The little oni boys’ father comes home from a trip to the human village and gifts him a red ball he found. After finding out, that he basically stole it from someones porch though, the little boy decides to return it to its original owner the next day.
The anime uses a lot of imagery from japanese folklore (oni, temari ball, yuki usagi), but can easily be understood without any background knowledge.
The art style is pretty adorable and the animation is fine.
Overall it is a cute, short watch without a deep story.
(It is kids friendly, the only warning that should be given is for the mention of death, since the onis mother passed away from a sickness.)
17: Choujin Densetsu Urotsukidouji Movie
MAL Score: 6.13
Summary of Choujin Densetsu Urotsukidouji.
The ending is something I cannot imagine coming out of a western movie. I won’t go into details, but if you expect love to win you might disappointed. And yet I wouldn’t call it nihilistic either, and that is what makes this movie so fascinating to me. I can’t say ideologically/thematically I’ve seen anything quite like it.
I saw it around 1990 or so on a bootleg VHS that was called Wandering Kid. Later I had it on proper release but I haven’t seen it for probably over 20 years. Needless to say most what I’m picking up on went well over my head back then. It’s rare for something to age so well IMO.
The plot holds that there are three worlds, those of humans, man-beasts and demons. The human world is largely oblivious of its neighbors, the man-beasts are isolationists waiting for a savior no one really believes in and the demons go around raping everyone and everything they can get their cocks into. Anyway, a ‘God Above All Gods’ called the Choujin (Overfiend) is supposed to come around to unite the three worlds, but his coming is somewhat less propitious than our hero, Amano Jyaku of the man-beasts, would have hoped. Most people who are hoping for a new world to be born conveniently forget the old one has to die first, and death by Godzilla-sized monster spewing laser beams from its cocks is rarely pleasant.
Overfiend may not be the best-written hentai in existence, but it does have an epic plot and some good fights thrown in among all the thrusting and screaming. If you get off on tentacle rape or just want to watch one of the legends of the genre doing its thing, Choujin et al is for you.
Story 7 – Pretty well-done horror film fare
Art 8 – Horrific, erotic, often both at once
Sound 6 – The dub was pretty awful, with monotone voice acting abounding … Japanese voices much better
Character 8 – Amano Jyaku is pretty kickass, and you really feel sorry for the kid who ends up as the Choujin … he doesn’t *want* to rape the world to death, but it’s his destiny n all
Enjoyment 8 – It’s a classic, worth watching if only for sheer WTF value
Overall 8 – Bring a tissue
Not too bad as you think since dont not see any genitialiea but you do see demon rape that is grusome as it shows the chojin turning into this monster as he rapes a nurse and while he has a orgasm the nurse bursts into bits of guts and flesh. Another scene is when akemi and nagumo are at home alown we see them about to have sex until they get interupted as SOMEBODY bursts through the window and kidnaps akemi.One of the oddest scenes is when akemi get raped by a female teacher by the name of miss tonomi whos tounge turns out to be this tentical with a eye which splits into about another 100 tenticals.They are more sceans in this anime that I wont go through because I dont want to scare you off.
Like I said above nurses burst into blood and bits and a monster gets a C section after it swallows ozaki and dont get me started on the end of the world sheesh its like a bloody smoothy.
There is sexual slang but not much of it but when it comes to cursing its pretty bad as F bombs are trown over the place along with shit and blood and who knows what else.
Talks about a demon realm and a supreme ultragod who is ment to make the world pure with peace.And then end of the world which is caused by the overfiend having a orgasm (yes you saw that right!).
Age rating. 17 + but be careful who you show it too as its gore and rape might be too much.
16: Gegege no Kitarou: Obake Nighter
English: Spooky Kitaro: The Obake Nighter
Japanese: ゲゲゲの鬼太郎 おばけナイター
MAL Score: 6.17
Like the other 1990s Kitaro mini-movies, this is a remake of a story that’s already been done in the anime, but like every Kitaro remake this is a very different take on the story. In this case it’s a remake of the baseball story that was featured in the very first episode of the original series from 1968.
15: Usuzumizakura: Garo
Japanese: 薄墨桜 -GARO-
MAL Score: 6.22
Set during the Heian Period, Kyo is a beautiful city that is proud of its glory. Two beautiful onmyouji meet, and the sad and short-lived beautiful cherry blossom starts to stir after 1000 years.
(Source: MAL News)
The plot isn’t anything much to write home about, just your usual encounters as per the typical Garo episode but it being a movie with limited time means it cannot afford to drag things out like in the series. The pace is much tighter and you also do not need to put up with Ashiya Douman wasting screentime every week just to repeat the same few phrases about DARKNESS. Most important of all, they really put the movie resources to good use and made sure to actually throw in plenty of cool, well animated fight scenes which the TV series lacks on a depressing level. Seimei is entertaining, her character design is gorgeous as ever and Romi Park is fantastic in her role as usual. The antagonist is voiced by Tanaka Atsuko – yet another veteran – so that’s another plus point.
Anyway, if you have given up hope because of the TV series, I’d like to urge you to give the movie a chance. And if you just want a simple, engaging action anime, consider giving this a go as well – it’s fairly standalone so you don’t even need to have watched the TV series.
Sometimes, I’ll say still watch it for the animation, but there are plenty of other great anime with stellar animation to watch that are much more worthy of your time. Don’t waste it here.
14: Silent M bius 2
MAL Score: 6.26
This sequel to the Silent Mobius The Movie 1 continues the timeline of the flashback section of the first movie (Katsumis initial contact with AMP), using some more ideas and persons from the Manga, and being slightly less incompatible to the Silent Mobius series from 1998.
13: 1001 Nights
Japanese: 1001 Nights
MAL Score: 6.31
Presented in the form of a feverish love dream, 1001 Nights (based on Amano`s book of artwork) is the first performance of the groundbreaking “Filmharmonic” series, which presents new orchestral works by film composers in tandem with short films made by A-list directors. Nights is the series’s only animated work, and plans originally called for the film to be completely computer animated.
Art : Now, this is where 1001 Nights seems to lose a lot of people. The art is very abstract and nothing like your typical anime. This anime mixes 3-D and 2-D art rather well, but most of the art is 2-D. It has a very sketchy look to it; like a colored pencil drawing. It gets a 9 because, to be very honest, I love this kind of art. If they had botched the mixture of 3-D and 2-D, I’d probably have been extremely strict on this section and given it a 5, but it works together.
Sound : Amazing. If you like orchestral music, this is going to be the shit for you, honestly. There is only one instance of voice acting at the very beginning, and I have to say that this is very well done, too. The moment I heard this woman’s voice and the dialogue I was drawn straight into this one. I was like, “This is gonna be awesome.” So, even though it’s only used once, the dialogue and voice acting are a great hook in this anime. Therefore, 10.
Character : These characters serve their purpose very well. If you like to get into the mind of a character, understand everything about them, their actions, and their motivations, don’t touch this. This anime is all about the emotions of these two lovers. You’re not invited into the inner corridors of their mind. If, on the other hand, you are enraptured with emotions, these characters are teeming with it. Desire, longing, sorrow; it’s all there despite the somewhat flat way in which they’re expressed. This is why 1001 Nights gets a 7 on characters. The artistic representation of the character’s emotions are somewhat hindered by the stylized form of art used on them.
Enjoyment : I, personally, enjoyed this anime greatly. It pulled me in and kept me enraptured for 23 whole minutes with absolutely no dialogue or direct plot/action. That’s pretty good for someone of my attention span. So, it gets a 9.
Overall : It reminds me of Fantasia. If you like fantasia, take a look at this. It’s like a Japanese, sex-centered Fantasia. X3 But really, it’s not an anime for everyone. It has it’s audience, and you’ll just have to watch it to find out if you’re a part of that audience. If you like artsy things, analyzing, symbolism, abstract artwork, or those old serious cartoons, you’ll like this. I did, and that’s why Overall it gets a 9 on my list.
Amano (Final Fantasy, Vampire Hunter D) is able to express a great deal with very simple lines, and his use of colour is dazzling. A similar project (but slightly more narrative) is Angel’s Egg, which I’d recommend to anyone who enjoyed the style of art and the concept, but would appreciate a bit more of a story.
English: Legend of the Millennium Dragon
MAL Score: 6.52
A 15-year-old boy travels back in time—over 1,200 years ago to the Heian period—and faces a war between oni (demons) and humans in the former Japanese capital of Kyoto.
That’s pretty much what the main character goes through, and what the premise for Onigamiden is. Unfortunately, that’s as interesting as the story gets. Jun Tendou, a middle school boy, is thrown back in time to the ancient Japan in the Heian period and finds out that he is the Savior- the only one who can control the legendary Orochi and turn the tides in a war between the Oni tribe and the humans.
With this set-up, a somewhat interesting yet predictable turn of events occurs, and the theme of “man versus nature” comes about. The question of who the hero should fight for is raised. It’s a common theme to explore, sure, but that isn’t the concern here. Rather, it’s because of its execution that makes the issue largely one-sided. Due to the how the story presents itself, the main dilemma that Jun goes through is hardly given any thought and the decision that he’s supposed to make becomes obvious (in other words, there are really no “gray areas” presented). Thus, it makes the majority of the plot all too standard.
Art and animation are obviously the focus of this movie. The scenery and traditional temples all look nice, and help depict the setting of an older Japan. Character designs might feel a bit different for some, but nothing too jarring. I personally got a Sky Crawlers feel from them, which isn’t much of a surprise, as it’s the work of the same character designer. Where the art and animation really shines, though, are the designs for the fantasy elements. The Oni tribe looks particularly demonic, and the CG effect that they have actually helps to create an evil aura for them. The spiritual beings, including the Orochi, all have fascinating designs which really bring out the setting of the movie. The action scenes are nicely animated and are another plus.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the sound, which suffers from inconsistency problems. Sometimes the soundtrack is good- it is fitting and gives the appropriate atmosphere to the movie’s traditional setting. At other times, however, modern pop/rock is playing and basically feels anachronistic. This is mostly noticeable through the action scenes. At the very least, the voice roles are appropriate and not out of place. The one thing that’s noteworthy about the sound is the ED, “Starlight.” It’s a rather catchy song that creates a rather emotional feeling.
Characters, for the most part, feel very static. None of their personalities particularly stand out. They exist and fulfill their respective roles. There might be some interesting developments shown for some of the characters, such as their past or motivations, but no one really changes by the movie’s end, save for maybe Jun. He is pretty much the typical male lead who first lives an average life, until something extraordinary happens. Of course, he’s confused about all this at first and questions the morality of the situation, eventually making the (obvious) decision to do what the hero is supposed to do.
Despite all its problems, Onigamiden was a somewhat entertaining watch. The action scenes were nice, as were the depictions of the various mythological beings in this movie. The premise, setting, and themes had a fair amount of potential, brought down by its lackluster story and characters. The pacing was fine, as no particular scene dragged on for too long. As a movie that targets a general audience, it does accomplish its job.
If you’re looking for a title that has fantasy elements with some great action scenes here and there, then this is a movie that you might be interested in.
Basically it’s your classic weak guy who doesn’t know just how strong he really is. I’m sure many of you will be able to like it. many twists in the story and my favorite song for anime’s ive heard at the end.TRUST ME WHEN I SAY ITS AWESOME
Another place where it faults is perhaps the week characters and average character design which looks clearly inferior to the remaining setting…
The plot is also less than ideal, it focus to much on Human weakness and how Man is easily overwhelmed when it obtains power beyond what it should wield and how it uses that power to shape the World to His image destroying all that stands in the way…
But faults aside, this is an enjoyable movie with an interesting setting, and perhaps a fantastic world to watch…
11: Youkai Watch Movie 5: Forever Friends
Japanese: 映画 妖怪ウォッチ FOREVER FRIENDS
MAL Score: 6.57
1960s — Tokyo.
Shin is a boy who lived happily despite being poor, loses his mother who is his only family member, and falls into deep misfortune. Itsuki, a boy who saves Shin also lost his older sister. Those two boys are joined by Tae, a girl who can see youkai and together with Shin’s guardian spirit Suu-san and new Youkai such as Nekomata, they take on a mysterious incident in order to retrieve the souls of their precious family! And what is the shocking truth that awaits them…!? An origin story for how Lord Enma became the rule of the Yomakai.
(Source: Wikipedia, edited)
The movie starts off promising. The plot works, the initial conflict is humble, and the three protagonists are all likable. However, it’s shoved aside halfway through in favor of powerful men/spirit/demons fighting and getting more and more powerful just for the sake of spectacle. At least, when Shadowside did all of this, it was new and experimental. However, this movie is just more of the same (sometimes literally reused ideas) to the point where I wonder why it’s separate from Shadowside. The focus being pushed away form Shin in the second half doesn’t do it any favors for anyone hoping to learn more about the Yokai Watch 4 protagonist, either.
I feel like the point of Yokai Watch is the many yokai that inspirit people with their quirky traits, but the series has since pushed them to the wayside for ideas that aren’t nearly as unique. This movie is no exception, and your enjoyment of it will depend on how you feel about the Enma stuff.
10: Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibouken
English: Dragon Quest: Great Adventure of Dai
Japanese: ドラゴンクエスト ダイの大冒険
MAL Score: 6.59
It starts with a kid named Dai remembering a story told to him by his grandfather, the monster magician Brass, about the defeat of the Demon Lord Hadlar by the hands of a hero who, as the story progresses, is known to be Avan.
the story was very simple it with the princess getting kidnaped and the hero rescuing her.
the art was good and it was easy to tell what everything was and the designs of the monsters reminded me of the video games,
The sound was clear and the music was nice to the ear
The characters were pretty average nothing really special.
Adventure – there was a adventure as they quested across the island
Demons – were like you would expect out of dragon quest
Magic – there was a little magic used but not a lot
Fantasy – the setting was very fantasy like not set in a real world
Shounen – is what you would expect for something that age group would enjoy
9: Youkai Watch Movie 4: Shadow Side – Oni-ou no Fukkatsu
English: Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: The Return of the Oni King
Japanese: 映画 妖怪ウォッチ シャドウサイド 鬼王の復活
MAL Score: 6.81
Taking place 30 years after the events of the original Youkai Watch TV series. There was once a 11 year old boy named Keita Amano who held a wristwatch that could command Youkai, he would make friends with the Youkai and fulfill a great many deeds. But when the boy grew up, he lost his ability to see Youkai. And as for the wristwatch that could control Youkai, its existence threatened to disturb the balance between human and Youkai worlds, so it was cast away into oblivion beyond time and space. Soon … the story of the Youkai controlling wristwatch became but a legend. But then, something took place after many, many years had passed … an epidemic Youkai virus known as Onimaro started affecting people with malevolent intentions and is spreading indefinitely, turning them into Kaodeka Oni and causing chaos throughout the city. With the end near, only the ones chosen by a new Youkai Watch can stand up against the upcoming threat and would save both Youkai and humans from certain destruction.
While the main series is a comedy-fantasy, this film ditches the comedy (there are still a few funny moments) and goes straight fantasy. I’d actually go so far as calling this film a dark fantasy. There are really only two things that connect Shadow Side to the main series: 1. The main characters use a watch to summon yokai. 2. Some of the yokai from the main series play major roles in this film. Seriously, if an entire new case of yokai were introduced, and the humans used something other then a watch for summoning and exorcisms (one of them does), there would be no reason to call this a Yokai Watch film. Not to say that’s bad thing. Yokai Watch Shadow Side Rise of the Oni King is a great film, and Yokai Watch is a great series. I’m just saying Shadow Side isn’t really a sequel.
Oh, and one more thing, I wasn’t expecting Kitaro to appear in this film. That was a pleasant surprise. This film is technically a crossover between Yokai Watch and Gegege no Kitaro. (Was there a demand for one???)
8: Bem Movie: Become Human
Japanese: 劇場版BEM BECOME HUMAN
MAL Score: 6.82
Take place 2 years after the last episode of the TV series.
Detective Sonia Summers are tracking Bem and the others. She reunited with Belo, who is fighting a dark organization alone. He brought her to Bem, but Bem doesn’t remember anything and living in the city as an ordinary employee… or that is what he thought he was.
There was not a single character I liked and you will forget them by the next day. The music was just as bad, even the music during the final fight was quite dull and there was zero hype, at that point I was just hoping that this movie would end. But thank god I waited for the end of the movie because the ending song was banger. It was so good.
So yeah, I wouldn’t recommend this anime to anyone. And the ending song is Unforevever by Rib. Search it up on youtube.
Unlike the first season, the movie explores the desires and motivation of the main protagonist Bem in more than just a superficial level, significantly improving the amount of investment I had in this universes story from the get-go. Bem experiences a vast array of emotions and it is a treat to watch him confront these emotional conflicts, it is however a shame that there wasn’t more time invested into building on the supporting characters in order to really amplify the emotional pay-offs.
Whilst there are still inconsistencies, randomness and rapid-fire pacing issues, unlike the first season it doesn’t bring you out of the experience in such a jarring manner with anywhere near as much frequency, leading to a much more pleasant viewing experience.
In terms of character design, the 3 protagonist monsters all got tune-ups to add more detail and intimidating aspects, fitting for Humanoid Monsters. Character designs for the main antagonist grunts of the show however lacked variation and that was particularly disappointing, but perhaps still preferable than a lot of the excessively “peculiar” and “outlandish” antagonist designs of the first season.
I’m not an audiophile, but I will say that the sound design and music were pretty good and in some moments, very hype.
Similarly with the artwork and animation in the show, it’s nothing to write home about, but it gets the job done and treats you to a few scenes of gorgeous visual expression.
Overall, as a person that went in with 0 expectations after completing the train wreck that was the first season in order to satisfy my childhood nostalgia of the 2006 series, I had a blast watching this movie, and whilst it is no masterpiece by any means, it is certainly one of my favourites.
7: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal Movie 1
Japanese: 劇場版 美少女戦士セーラームーンEternal
MAL Score: 7.46
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal serves as the fourth installment in Toei Animation’s reboot of Naoko Takeuchi’s original magical girl manga. The sequel was announced in January 2017 as a part of the franchise’s 25th anniversary and later confirmed to be a two-part anime film covering the Dream arc.
(Source: MAL News)
To put it simple – technically breathtaking. Looks gorgeous, smooth and frickin’ beautiful. Definitely best looking Sailor Moon installment ever and may be as well the best installment (or very, very close one, even it has some flaws) in general.
But there’s no suprise, movie adapts best arc of the manga and follows it strictly (considering runtime and the cuts, of course), after all this is what makes remake of Sailor Moon better, or supposed to as Crystal had some really big issues with proper execution and pacing, following the source in the stricter matter isn’t always best.
Movie fixes what didn’t really work in the Crystal series from the technical point of view, especially animation and awful CGI, nah, no more shite. The movie shines, attacking with pastel color palette and some of the best and smoothest animation I’ve seen in this series. Plus it’s bloody gorgeous, it’s amazingly beautiful and colorful. Designs are, finally, executed to the point, flawless and frickin’ hot. I waited years to get what I got. In the technical quality terms. It’s just hot.
Dead Moon arc is the best (and considerably darkest) arc in manga and was already adapted in Sailor Moon SuperS from 1995, which is one of my least favourites Sailor Moon installments, probably cuz of my high expectations and, well, love to the original. But well, here we are focused on Chiba-Usa and unlike previous adaptation she finally shines and is not small annoying cunt which u wanna smash every single time she pop up on the screen.
Character development is smoothly continued from the Crystal III plus Dead Moon Circus ain’t annoying no more as well, beauty. And the whole writing is finally focused on the story and proper arc execution. However few cuts are feeleable and unnecessary, that’s unfortunate payment for making it into two part movie and probably 3 hour long runtime for the whole arc. It might actually work.
Soundtrack is hot as fuck, main theme song is now my all-time favourite Sailor Moon song. And seiyuu work is an work of art, no suprise here tho.
Is it having a problems? Well, yeah, it’s rushed a bit, first movie clearly building hype for the second part, which is good, but as well losing it’s clarity and pacing once or twice. I would add about 20 minutes runtime to properly focus on Dead Moon Circus as intentions of them were always, well, bit childish, so good ‘ol more detailed backstory would help, on the other hand second part will bring closure (I hope) for questions and, well, will leave doors open for the final arc – STARS. But I’m afraid, that future of it lies in the movies success. And none of the 3 screenings I’ve been earlier today were full, in fact one of em was pretty empty. I guess tomorrow families will strike the cinemas. I honestly hope so.
But is it a good movie? By all means – yes. It’s the best Sailor Moon ever, even after the cuts, rushing it still manages to be a great entertainment, especially for mahou shoujo fans. And definitely for Sailor Moon fans. But it is as well for die hard fans and them alone (except kids of course, which are main audience of this franchise), it’s impossible to get into this movie without watching Crystal and will be completely out of space if someone will watch this movie by chance. But it ain’t nothing bad, it’s just how it is, the sequel after all.
It’s a very good movie. And do not disappont. IT LOOKS FUCKING AMAZING, one of the most colorful movies I’ve seen in quite a time. My Sailor Moon nerd inside is satisfied and happy. I think this is the most important and key in my final rating. It’s simply amazing.
I’ll try to make this review as spoiler-free as possible. When I’ll have to be more specific, I’ll keep spoilers as vague as I can.
The Dream arc is often regarded as the best Sailor Moon arc for its fairytale-like plot and the focus on internalized thoughts and feelings for many of our beloved characters. This movie adaption didn’t shy away from any of these factors. Being 80 minutes long, the pace is definitely fast and it’s up to you if you like it or not. The separate stories of the Inners have by default an episodic manner, and I’d like to see them fleshed out for a little longer and have their formula altered to make it more cinematic. However, the message is there, they are well done and they deliver emotionally. I find it very impressive how there aren’t any cuts really. On the contrary, some comedic and emotional scenes are prolonged. Chiaki Kon, the director, truly saved Crystal, starting from S3. Props to Fudeyasu Kazuyuki, the new scriptwriter, too.
STUNNING character designs. Kazuko Tadano truly saved the reboot. These eyes are impeccable, the expression is back. Obvious upgrade in quality since the first 2 seasons of Crystal and definitely an upgrade from S3 as well when it comes to consistency. The animation standard is more or less the same with S3, which is good. S3’s Precure essence (which I didn’t mind) is gone. SM feels completely like SM again. There are a few mediocre moments, mostly regarding motion, but they’re far from bad or being an eye sore and it’s the first time that far-off shots of the characters are consistently well-drawn and the background art is absolutely beautiful. The watercolored backgrounds are everywhere now, with much detail and depth in color, shading and lighting. Oh yes, the lighting, those eyes and faces SPARKLE. There are many stunning shots and breathtaking scenes (Ami-chan, you deserve it, you’ll see what I mean if you watch the movie lol). Such a treat.
Crystal always did well with music. I feel like it matches the atmosphere of the manga amazingly. However, this is Takanashi Yasuharu at his best. Helios and Chibiusa’s theme is so ethereal and romantic, I love the use of flute, Nehelenia’s theme is so bewitching and dark, the theme for the Amazoness Quarted is absolutely adorable and I absolutely love the theme music for Sailor Moon, Chibi Moon & the Inners. The slight melancholy of it is everything. So bittersweet and dreamy. Venus’ little theme is a also a treat. Same for the battle theme.
Crystal 1-2 cut so many goofs and individuality from the Inners. S3 brought the fun back, however, the focus wasn’t on them based on the plot. This time, both the plot and the adaption let us see them interact, feel, be goofy and think. The group feels real and I’m particularly happy for Rei, who got so snubbed in S1-2. She’s still rather quiet and not nearly as energetic and attention-grabbing as other incarnations of her, but we finally get to see a solid character. They did an amazing job dealing with Chibiusa’s Electra complex and jealousy towards Usagi, without pettiness and drama. You truly feel for her and you absolutely love how motherly Usagi is towards her, despite the occasional dorkiness. Mamoru has been good in Crystal since the start, much better than the jerk turned lifeless 40 yo dad in the 90s, but awkward direction choices in S1-2 made him a little creepy to me (a little pushy/predatory). None of that is here. He feels like such a soft and sensitive guy and I can finally root for his relationship with Usagi. You see them grow by being together and communicating. HELIOS IS NOT A SECRETIVE CREEP AND CLEARLY CHIBIUSA’S AGE THANK GOD. The Amazoness Quartet absolutely shines from the villains, they are so quirky and spirited. I also love the Amazon Trio, despite being short-lived, especially how there is a small climax regarding emotional depth. This little climax and extra humanity was a great addition the adaption made. The highlight of the film imo. It’s like with each battle of the Trio, the next in line becomes more human. Hawk’s Eye I LOVE YOU. I absolutely love their redemption in the 90s, but they were great monsters of the day here, and that’s how you should treat them imo. Zirconia is a creepy old witch blindly following orders, what’s new ;p Nehelenia through the shadows was as intimidating as I had hoped. We’ll see more of her in the next part.
The thing with Sailor Moon is that, even when there are flaws, the enjoyment never dies. Well, besides S1-2 a bit imo but anyway, let’s ignore that. There is something so endearing about this story and its characters that you can’t help but root for them. And this continues with Eternal. The spirit of the franchise is back for good.
There is soul, there is fun, there is fairytale, there is beauty and despite a few imperfect ends, the final product delivers a fun ride and you can feel the love put into it.
So the dream arc is generally considered as a fluffy and fun, light interlude to the stars arc where things get extremely dark. As a result the story is less serious and offers some backstory and world building, highlts the individual guardians, with this firts movie focusing on the inners and offers some fun character fanservice (not the lewd kind). Each guardian gets a chance to shine against the dead moon circus and pices of their past and dreams are revealed. It’s basically what crystal was lacking do to its pacing problem, cuts and bad changes. If you love the inner guardians, you’ll love the content this movie offers.
Alas, for all this movie does right, it’s tight run time hinders it. The film goes by at a rapid pace. You’ll want to give it your full attention so you don’t miss anything. Sadly the movie, much like crystal cuts some fun moments, as well as some backstory and explanatory content. If your left slightly confused by anything, I encourage you to give the manga a read to fill in the blanks. My honest oppinion though is that you’ll comprehend everything fine.
For example, I believe this will be the first time in crystal we see Rei’s grandfather. Which is rather tragic considering he was supposed to have appeared at least once before. For those of you who are familiar with the 90’s anime, the manga grandpa is quite different in both design and personality. Sadly Rei’s arc also slightly suffers from not having had Cassablanca memories adapted into either anime story. It’s a side story that greatly expand on her background and character. It would offer a little context to the information we’re given in this movie for her background.
For those of you wondering, Helios and chibiusa are portrayed excellently here. Their romance is truly a highlight and a personal favorite of mine. The old anime dragged out his reveal for far too long but the dream arc quickly reveals him to be a young boy and not a horse. Hopefully this will appease those who took issue with their romance in the old anime. Id also like to point out that both him and chibiusa are centuries old, but in the bodies of a 10 year old and 13 year old (give or take a year or 2). Just want to shut that discussion down fast.
Now the soundtrack, anyone feeling nostalgic should definitly watch the credits. An update on Baby baby love plays after the first song. If you want those 90s chibiusa x Helios feels give it a listen. Then go on youtube and search sailor moon love is in ny heart for the english dub version. The original singer recently uploaded some clean performances for it and a few other songs she did. I also encourage you to check out the official sound track of the movie. It has some great character songs like Minako’s I want to be an idol and a duet between chibiusa and Helios.
I’ll see you over on part 2. I keep some of the review the same but switch out the parts that focused on part 1 for part 2.
6: Kappa no Coo to Natsuyasumi
English: Summer Days with Coo
MAL Score: 7.52
Kouichi Uehara is a fourth grade student living in the suburb of Tokyo. One day, he picks up a large stone which turns out to be a fossil of a baby “Kappa” who has been sleeping underground for the past 300 years, and names it “Coo.” They become good friends and Coo starts living with Kouichi’s family. However, Coo has a hard time adjusting to life among humans and misses his kind.
The Story: The young boy Koichi happens to find a Kappa, which surprisingly survived over 200 years. He takes the Kappa, now named “Coo”, home, and starting from then on, he secretly lives with family Uehara. When Coo starts feeling lonely, Koichi and the Kappa go on a trip, to find other Kappas. But a legendary being like Coo will not stay undiscovered for long…
When I thought about rating this anime, I thought I’d give it a 9 because the graphics weren’t what I am used to from other animes. But after finishing the anime, I realized the way the characters are drawn fit the story perfectly. It was part of the charm in my opinion. The setting isn’t some kind of parallel world so any other graphics, the “normal”, often used kind, wouldn’t have gone well with the story.
I recommend this anime for EVERY one out there, but I must say there is some violence in it, so it’s not just a happy go lucky anime.
This movie is outstanding, unique and very, very touching. After watching it, you will agree with me. You WILL. There’s no chance you’ll disagree. That’s impossible.
A boy finds a strange (initially fossilised) creature, a Kappa named Coo, with a kind character. The family gets attached to Coo and struggles to keep him secret from the public. Coo soon starts to feel lonely and separated and wonders about his own kind.
Even though there’s a lot happening in between and afterwards, the movie has a very, VERY calm and smooth way of storytelling but doesn’t create a feeling boredom. If you’re looking for action and a propulsive plot, then this is nothing for you.
Most characters have depth and happen to be very open with their feelings – this, the sorrows of Coo and what they entail make “Kappa no Coo to Natsuyasumi” an exceptionally empathetic and touching anime.
There are moments of fun, happiness and sadness, even some of shock. Everyone who usually cries a little (or more) in movies will definitely cry while watching this one.
On the side panel you can see that someone set the genre to “Adventure” …. I don’t think that fits too much. Slice of Life, Drama and (a little) Comedy are way more fitting.
The visual art in “Kappa no Coo…” won’t impress you all too much – pretty solid and modest are the words coming to my mind. All in all more than enough to catch the atmosphere and the viewer.
If you’re liking emotional motion pictures with strong characters and strong plot then you shouldn’t miss this one.
Characters in Coo are quite different than rest of the rabble. By that, I mean that they don’t have a specific trait like brave, loving or anything near it and they don’t follow normal convention of movie characters when they take action and when they do take action which will be almost always be motivated by the situation. There is no villain in this movie nor there are any heroes and what we might think is a hero do not follow general rules of a hero, ie. they are not purely selfless, well expect Ossan. In short characters in Summer Days with Coo are humans and nothing more and that is the greatest beauty of this movie. A hero is a hero because of the situation made him and villains are villains because situation made them, there no good and bad just people with different situations and needs. That is why I said there no fakeness or pretending, these people who are in the movie act genuinely like people in that situation, just like you and me. There is no trait defining them, no horrid past poking them, no high goal driving them, they are just normal people nothing more and nothing less.
Story structure is defined by a single action and multiple reactions to that action. Like when you drop a rock in a claim pond and watch ripples react with each other to form different patterns. The movie can neither be called story driven or character driven. it is the initial action that forms the story and characters react with that story making their mark on it and story also making its mark on them. Its beauty cannot be explained by mere words. Summer Days with Coo is a movie that can put nearly every movie I have watched in shame, in the storytelling department.
Again this simplicity and realism also reflect in its vision. It is rough, ugly, detailed, clunky and realistic in an odd way. Everyone looks normal, there are no extraordinary beautiful characters and yet there are detailed and beautiful backgrounds, this gives the movie a unique feel. Some may find visual to be repulsive but what hidden behind them is gold.
Summer Days with Coo is a truly unique and beautiful experience and everyone should give it a try. It is a movie filled with Simplicity and Beauty to the brim and there could be no doubt that it is one of the best movies I have ever watched. So go and give it a try and let me know.
5: Garo Movie: Divine Flame
Japanese: 劇場版 牙狼〈GARO〉‐DIVINE FLAME‐
MAL Score: 7.59
Leon, who has succeeded the name of Golden Knight “GARO,” devotes himself to train a young Makai Knight for the next generation, together with Prince Alfonso of the Valiante Kingdom. Then, they receive an order to exterminate the most beautiful Horror in the world which resides in a neighboring country “Vazelia.” At the same time, a young Makai Knight for the next generation is kidnapped by an unknown person. Leon desperately follows them, only to find that he is surrounded by his enemies at a dead end. Then, a Makai Knight Dario who was supposed to be missing for some time suddenly appears and rescues him. Under his guidance, Leon is led to the town where he meets up a totally unexpected person.
Aside from theory talk, this was a really well done movie, gorgeous art as usual in fact I think the art in this movie is even better than the series, really awesome music throughout too and really epic battles. Expect goosebumps. All in all it’s exactly what you’d expect. I also don’t wanna give away the ending in any sort of way, but I have to point this out. OMG that armor in the end is so sick looking. You’ll get what I mean when you watch it.
Editx2: I got a little excited and gave it a solid 10/10, to be fair it’s a great anime, but it’s not without flaw, the one flaw this movie had was some light inconstancy. After one of the fights they wind up leaving the area and go to a house to recoup, the enemy wasn’t killed. They later return to finish the battle. I think the people working on the movie were just aiming for a really long epic battle, which they did achieve, but It just seemed odd that they could leave without any interference. That and there’s one small scene at the end that could’ve been done a little better, but we’re talking like a couple frames that don’t add up to how something happened, it’s kind of like if you were watching a movie and it skipped like 2 second ahead…anyway, not to be overly critical, but when you have a good anime not much else you can pick on other than the small flaws.
Edit: Some spoilers read with caution
as it would turn out there is in fact another anime addition to Garo in the works right now that I guess continues Honoo no Kokuin even further. Can’t find any info other than it’s being worked on. I have the feeling it’ll continue on with Germán’s son. I’m kind of hoping they get creative and choose a new threat that isn’t solely based on another forbidden Madōgu. However, I don’t believe Zirkel’s Ring was ever destroyed either, but it could’ve been insinuated after Mendoza was killed? It’s gotta be destroyed eventually, but then the statues at the lake didn’t get destroyed either…I don’t know, guess I’m being too picky, but I think if they’re no longer gonna be used there should be consistency and they should be destroyed, but most anime will leave some stuff out in the event they run into a plot issue and can use it as an excuse to bring something back. We’ll see though, can’t wait for the new series. Kinda as I mentioned above this anime needs to overall have its small inconsistencies fixed, it’s not a huge deal, but not much else you can call it out on.
4: Ao no Exorcist Movie
English: Blue Exorcist The Movie
Japanese: 劇場版 青の祓魔師（エクソシスト）
MAL Score: 7.61
As the grand festival of True Cross Academy draws near, exwires and exorcists alike combine their efforts to banish any demon that threatens the celebrations. Among them, Rin Okumura is tasked with exorcising the soul-devouring demon known as the Phantom Train alongside his brother Yukio and Shiemi Moriyama.
During their mission, the Phantom Train escapes its tracks and begins ravaging True Cross Academy. In the ensuing chaos, Rin encounters a childlike demon he dubs Usamaro, and begins to develop an odd friendship with it. However, Usamaro’s abilities might be far more sinister than Rin initially expected.
So what would you do if you discovered that you were born as the child of Satan? Well for starters, you probably would view your life a bit different than the way it was before. For a particular kid named Rin Okumura, his life is never the same again. Then, enters even more troubles with the demons themselves. Well, who you going to call to exterminate these demons? An exorcist of course! Otherwise, welcome to the world of Blue Exorcist. Only this time, it’s adapted as a film running 88 minutes and fans of the original series gets to experience the fun once again. It’s going to be a wild ride on the Phantom Train so buckle your belts.
Well, it’s here. This is the movie that fans from the original series was waiting for. I wasn’t too impressed with how the original Blue Exorcist series went in the second half especially since for some reason, the adaptation went on a filler route. Otherwise, this movie is original material not based off the manga so don’t expect filler but rather a brand new experience.
The movie itself is handled by A-1 Pictures so expect similar production values as the original TV series but likely also a high price tag for the BDs. (thanks to Aniplex) Is it worth paying for? Perhaps this review may or may not convince you open your wallet.
As for the movie, it blasts off in full action mode with no time wasted. In fact, the premise immediately comes to fruition with the Phantom Train. The ride is a tough one though for Rin and the others especially since it’s not like anything they’ve faced before. Luckily, we can see that Rin and his abilities has not gone to stale and is able to fight effectively alongside his brother Yukio. The movie itself is also pretty straightforward. What you see is what you get a – fun supernatural ride, or at least in the beginning. The setting still takes place in the same place as the original series so don’t expect any certain twists in terms of the location.
Most of the main characters makes their appearances in this movie including the shy Shiemi, the confident Yukio, the hot-headed Shura, the stubborn Izumo, the wise head Konekomaru, the prodigy Bon, flamboyant Mephisto, easy going Shima, and among others. Even a familiar demon makes his cameo. One new character viewers might not be familiar with though is Usamaro, a strange kid with a pair of ears and curiosity. Voiced by the famous Kugimiya Rie, aka the queen of tsundere, she plays the role of this character. However, the kid has some secrets than meets more than the eye.
The movie still feels like the standard shounen type of anime just like the original series. There’s the action. There’s the humor. Then, there’s the bonds as well as the flashbacks we see here and there. There’s not much change to Rins’ character. He still remains himself throughout the film as cheerful and willing to help others. In fact, most of the characters’ personalities remains generally the same. Then lighthearted backgrounds of the movie also contrasts greatly in comparison to its beginning. The mood in fact is much more pleasant when the students are in their casual wear and enjoying life through sports and hanging out. But of course, we can’t forget our newest member Usamro. He brings that certain feeling of cuteness towards the movie. Despite not being human, the kid displays human behavior through interactions with Rin as the movie is progressed. However, there’s definitely something mysterious about this child. In particular, there are certain scenes where the camera focuses on him with enhanced visuals for more than just aesthetics purposes.
For the plot itself, it begins to unravel itself later on so expect to have some patience. Blue Exorcist is known to have a backbone to its plots and often or not strives to make the most of it through some form of development. Perhaps some of this comes from memories as there is sense of memories flowing back to a particular character’s head. Then, there are the other paths the movie tries to follow through the usage of certain flashbacks and what goes on in the present time. The interactions between the main characters throughout the film is a bit lackluster though. Besides some of the heartwarming moments between Rin and the new kid, there’s hardly any brotherly bonding between the two brothers throughout the film. The original series’ presentation of the family theme is scarce. Instead, it plays on what’s present as well as ways to make more of those happy moments in the wrong way. Then, there’s a problem with the supporting characters as only a select few gets highlight moments. And even so, they are easily forgettable.
By shounen standards, the movie does maintain a good execution of action. As mentioned before, the movie gets into the action mode right away with little time wasted. Thus, expect some good full throttle movements in the beginning. The movements are fluid accompanied by a strong soundtrack to give that feeling of intensity. As intense as some moments it gets though, it still falls under a typical mindless shounen standards with nothing too special to boost about. The weapons remains generally the same as well with the chants, swords, and guns. Well after all, it’s what exorcists needs in order to fight off the bad guys – the demons of this movie just like the original show.
Visual wise, the movie has a good composure. In terms of character designs, everyone are dressed in the way they should be as exorcists rather than out of their style. During some of the more lighthearted moments, their casual designs shows that they are also ordinary students. Unlike the ordinary though, the demons are abnormally designed with twisted body figures and shapes. It gives them a dangerous look in which viewers should take seriously. The architectures also gives off a fantasy like feeling with its standards.
The soundtrack of the movie is strong. It’s safe to say that the movie should be watched with the volume on HIGH with headphones especially during some of the more intense moments. The movie reuses some of the OST from the original series so perhaps that might also bring back some nostologia. Most of the VA does their work well. Rie’s performance in this movie should be given some attention to with her character not being tsundere but rather as someone who cares about the memories they make.
Blue Exorcist is one of those shounens where you’re going to have get really into it to enjoy the experience. For a particular character in this series, they sure enjoyed the experience they shared with someone. As for potential viewers, this can have various results. If you’re coming completely fresh into this film, be aware that some things might not make 100% sense at first stances. Therefore, it’s recommended from my perspective to watch the original TV series first before venturing on this adventure. Overall though, this was a shounen adventure of 88 minutes. It’s not a ride of masterpiece but does have its fun moments here and there.
The movie starts off by relaying a cautionary tale (which is repeated several times throughout) of a demon who was found by a villager. She fed him food, and the demon stayed and spent time with everyone. Soon, because they became busy in laughter than in their work, the villagers forgot the village. To solve this problem, an exorcist was brought in to seal the demon. However, the village remained lost. Thus, this tale was passed down for thousands of years, so that once every 11 years, a festival is celebrated for the demon.
You’d think with such a simple, straightforward tale, that it’d be easy to patch together what needs to happen and display it in the best possible manner. Instead, we get jumbled amounts of detail on action that does not seem to be going anywhere nor following any sort of pattern. The plot-line is laid out, you can guess what role the main characters play, and you do know what happens. Nevertheless, instead of being content with meeting the watchers’ expectations, the producers try to overdo it by adding in some random mission at the beginning of the movie. Missions are commissioned throughout the whole movie. And you see a bunch of ‘exwires’ and exorcists going around, chanting stuff, shooting blobs of neon colored monsters, and wielding swords equipped with a classical battle cry. It’s not even well-done action that slightly interests us- it just sort of drags itself on for a minute or two before flopping. It doesn’t help that the city looks like a downtown slum to begin with.
Besides that, the main parts are executed well enough. Rin finds a little boy who turns out to be a demon. He befriends him after offering a bottle of water which is soon followed by a peeing session. They play games together, take baths, and basically Rin takes over the role of surrogate father/older brother. Either way, it’s pretty cute and I laughed and aww’d quite a bit during the baseball scene. Then the kid’s eyes start dilating. And even if you’ve never watched anime before, you know shit’s bout to hit the fan. We’re then faced with zoomed in faces, people staring, and a drunk act. You can bet your lucky stars it’s the village story happening all over again. This time, however, there’s a little twist. The ending is unexpected- but you expected it already. It’s slightly tear-jerking at some moments (if you know the back story of the characters) and overall provides closure.
Characters look normal (except the fact that Yukio’s moles are missing…) and sane besides the ones that clearly aren’t. The drawing and coloring style from the anime was utilized and resulted in a faithful animation except for one detail. Why does the city look like a slum town? How is that even sanitary? Was that green swamp water we just saw?! Why are they performing magic in the sewers? Why is there no real explanation for any of this? The anime series didn’t make it look dirty and grotesque at all. Everything was clean and vibrant despite the crazy architecture. But in this movie, even the festival was slightly disturbing- what with it’s flashing lights and glowing-eyed rabbit faces. It’s like a mixture of ancient Rome and Istanbul gone through dust showers, mud storms, and some shitload of hurricanes requiring practically everything to be rebuilt and what’s left standing looks like it’d better to put it out of it’s misery.
If you’ve seen Ao no Exorcist, you know the soundtrack is spectacular. The battle music injects adrenaline into your veins, the piano tracks make you sniffle into shedding a single tear, and the vocals encourage head bobbing. In the movie, you get some rip-off artist rapping while the characters are mid-discussion. No worries, you think, subs will do. But the subs are butchered beyond belief. I swear to God that if some grammar nazi was shown those sentences (one was, “How are understaffed, we with you, the division of Kyoto!”) the poor soul would kneel over and scream “STOP IT! SPARE ME! PLEASE!” before erupting into a sobbing epileptic fit. It’s as though the subber started out eager to learn the English language and halfway through decided, “You know what, screw this! I’ll just stick it in Google Translate! Known by difference no one!”
The voice actors did their jobs, but the subber just stabbed their efforts straight in the gut. More importantly, the translators aren’t the only pet peeve. The sound specialist has a nasty habit of incorporating a radio ‘technique’ at random intervals of a scene. Deciphering the subs is annoying enough but having to hear normal sounds being murdered through transmitters just made the process dreadful.
For those of you who haven’t seen the anime before, here’s some general info about the characters’ personalities:
The main character (Okumura, Rin) is easy-going, open-minded, and easily convinced. He cooks really well, is the son of Satan, and breaks out in blue flames and a tail when he unveils his sword. His twin brother (Okumura, Yukio) is the younger of the two, but you wouldn’t know it from his mature, dutiful, and serious manner. He wields two guns, wears a trench coat, and has wonderful glasses that compliment his face structure.
There’s a blond chick in a pink school uniform (Moriyama, Shiemi) who has a green little palm tree bud who sits on her shoulder and whom, for some odd reason, she dubs as ‘nii-chan’.The green thing wields magical powers of herbs, medicine, and saving dead people’s souls in peaches. Another female character is a purple haired chick with a reverse ombre look (Izumo, Kamiki). She’s a pretty normal girl- ignoring the fact they all have some sort of exorcism powers.
The main character’s good guy friends are: the carefree one who’s afraid of insects (Renzou, Shima), a bald smarty-pants with glasses (Konekomaru, Miwa), and a hardcore looking dude (Ryūji, Suguro) who goes by Bon and is serious about work/studies. Though seeming a tad cliche, they’re highly amusing when hanging out together.
We’ve got a snake-sword wielding, bra-wearing, drunk-loving gal (Shura, Kirigakure) who’s pretty laidback and loose except for when it comes to getting the job done. There’s also the new Paladin (Arthur Auguste Angel) who is in charge of the festival and you can assume to be powerful and grand by his stark white clothing, lustrous golden locks, and ridiculous last name. You’ll meet a Taiwanese exorcist, the cute demon kid (who’s named later on), and the main character’s cat (Kuro) who can turn into godzilla.
All the characters are tolerable, one or two provide endearing moments, but they still feel distant, so when the unexpectedly expected ending plays out into a dramafest, it can be received with little to no response. It all really comes down to how much emotional piano you can take before breaking down in tears.
Obviously, if you haven’t seen the anime, it may be frustrating trying to understand what’s going on, what’s what, and who’s who. If you have seen this anime, this is nothing exemplary. It’s not spectacularly majestic nor is it worthlessly contemptible. This movie is such a blandly neutral display of work that I’ll just hold my peace on this one.
3: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal Movie 2
Japanese: 劇場版 美少女戦士セーラームーンEternal
MAL Score: 7.68
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So the dream arc is my favorite story arc of sailor moon. I even adore the supers adaptation of it. The second movie does an excellent job of adapting the remainder of the dream arc. It has beautiful animation and character designs, a beautiful soundtrack with some nostalgia thrown in and a fantastic story. The second movie is where the plot really starts moving forward.
So the dream arc offers some backstory and world building, highlights the individual guardians, with this second movie focusing on the outer guardians as well as some development for both mamoru and Usagi. Get prepared to learn more about the silver millennium, Mamo and the Golden Crystal. The Golden Crystal’s role is quite different from the 90’s anime and far more interesting. People have complained about mamo being useless for far too long. It’s about time he gains the ability to truly stand with his love. It’s too bad it took so long, we won’t be seeing much of it in this movie or hereafter.
Now Nehelenia is a petty woman and I adore her and her circus. The Amazoness Quartetbis such a fun group and I’m thrilled to finally see them in all their guardian glory. The old anime redeemed them as well but made the bad choice to not reveal that they are sailor Guardians destined to fight with Chibiusa. It instead chose to lightly hint that they’ll meet again and then never show it. Unlike in the supers arc adaptation, Nehelenia is completely defeated here and won’t be an opponent in the stars arc. She also has no tragic backstory bit is instead quite similar to Maleficent, the wicked fairy, from Sleeping Beauty. While she doesn’t have a tragic story this time around, she does offer an interesting perspective when paired with Queen Serenty.
Alas, for all this movie does right, it’s tight run time hinders it. The film goes by at a rapid pace. You’ll want to give it your full attention so you don’t miss anything. Sadly the movie, much like crystal cuts some fun moments, as well as some backstory and explanatory content. If your left slightly confused by anything, I encourage you to give the manga a read to fill in the blanks. My honest oppinion though is that you’ll comprehend everything fine.
For example, I believe in the manga the guardians visit their castles or at the very least we get a view of them. Each one has a fantastic design and we’re a gift from Queen Serenity upon the birth of each guardian. The anime cuts the backstory and were just sort of told they have castles and need to channel their power to help sailor moon.
For those of you wondering, yes saturn has a transformation at last. And it is completely underwhelming. It’s animated beautifully, there’s just not really much to it. They could of kept it relatively the same but with a little more oomph. Like have her state on the crystal rocks around her or something. We waited years for this and will only see it once.
Helios and chibiusa are portrayed excellently here. Their romance is truly a highlight and a personal favorite of mine. The resolution to their character arcs is far stronger here and it it climaxes with a moment that heralds back to the iconic Usagi and Mamo moment in arc 1 where the silver crystal reveals itself and saves him. Only this is Chibiusa’s moment to shine.
Now the soundtrack, anyone feeling nostalgic should definitly watch the credits. While the first film used the first ending of super s the second film used the second and it’s just as fantastic as you’d think. It will make you want to dance like the guardians did in the old ed visual.. The other song played during the credits is another character song that can be found on the soundtrack. Please give it a listen.
Well that’s it for now. The movies were fantastic despite their faults. Let’s hope we see the stars arc soon. I’d be happy for wither a few more movies or a season. As long as it comes fast.
“Inside each of us is a star”
I’ll try to make this review as spoiler-free as possible. When I’ll have to be more specific, I’ll keep spoilers as vague as I can.
The pacing just naturally flows better compared to part 1. Manga and adaption got it. The action builts up steadily and consistently. It feels like a long fairytale. I love the Sleeping Beauty elements. The first 20 minutes are all about the Outer Senshi and their story is spectacular, with amazing chemistry between them and I loved the direction of Hotaru’s awakening. The backstory of Elysion, Helios and the Golden Crystal is just so much better than the 90’s. You see the unity between the world of dreams, the Earth and the Moon. It makes you actually care about what seemed to be a horseland LOL. The story does such a good job balancing the dynamic between Mamoru and the Senshi. The romance in this film, not just the lovers type, but also idealistically speaking, is touching and has a classic touch to it. Like reading a classic novel. Loved the talk about the relationship of light and darkness and the inner drive of each person shining through adversion. No complaints about the adaption but more about the story itself now. I wish we had a background for the status of the Senshi, Luna and Artemis in their past lives. Some things take place that would be more impactful if they had a deeper and clearer explanation besides magic and the power of prayer. Not bad or a deal-breaker, but a solid backstory would take the moment these “things” happen to new heights imo.
The first and last 25 minutes are spectacular. Very delicate, detailed, fluffy, and dreamy. Some gore-y parts were toned down, but anything regarding Nehelenia is flesh-y and just great. The parts in between are simple with a bolder look, however very consistent. It’s hard to spot the different animation directors frame by frame which I appreciate a lot. This “harsher” look kind of fits the events of the movie in this time frame. Everything is dark and gloomy, there is a lot of angst, idk, I don’t mind it. If you compare it with the parts before and after, you notice the difference, but while you’re at it, you are not bombarded with super gorgeous and then not so gorgeous shots, it’s all on the same level. I read reviews bashing it, but it was pretty darn solid imo. No complaints really. Nothing extreme. Stock footages for the Outers were really pretty imo. World Shaking is just IT. Dead Scream too. Saturn’s transformation is short but very smooth.
There was significant less use of music in this part, which I found interesting, especially when Usagi first encountered Nehelenia. I personally find this intriguing, but it can be jarring to some. The theme of the Outers is a banger. Moon Effect, the song where all the Senshi get to sing while facing Nehelenia, is so catchy and dramatic. Gotta mention the ending theme, Moon Colour Chainon, which is absolutely beautiful and Naoko deliivered with the lyrics. I love the new versions of Watashi Tachi Ni Naritakute & Rashiku Ikimasho after it. Vocals on fire. Nothing else to add compared to part 1. Crystal/Eternal’s music is always ethereal and fits the source material to a T. I also have to mention the sound effects. I love the use of the 90’s ones and all the new ones. So sharp and dramatic.
The Outers have so much humanity in their plotline at the beginning. In 20 minutes you just get to see all of their emotions and connections. It’s wonderfully depicted. Peak SM for me. Usagi and Mamoru’s relationship is so loving. The dynamic is healthy and it’s refreshing to see. They feel equal. Usagi making smart observations and helping to advance the plot is super pleasing. She is idealistic in such a mature way. I love her speech at the end. You can see her growth so clearly. Mamoru having a presence in battle is great. The Inners don’t have a significant moment of their own until the climax, but they got their moment in part 1. The cats are just there advising and observing, as always, but they are as squeezable as ever. Helios and Chibiusa are so cute, straight out of a Disney movie. Another healthy dynamic completely missing from the 90’s. The Quartet is absolutely adorable. Love their interactions with Chibi Moon and Saturn. Speaking of Hotaru/Saturn, she is so damn powerful and such a loving cutie. You root for her all the way through. There is balance and connection between human Hotaru and Senshi Saturn. They feel different, but also united this time. Nehelenia doesn’t have this big emotional outburst and background of the 90s anime, but the immense vanity and cold-heartedness is a solid characterization and I don’t mind it at all. *Zirconia* keeps being *old* and creepy. Part of me wishes the tie with the *young and beautiful Nehelenia* was more clear, but that’s also what I like? It’s kind of obvious in this case.
Again, this felt like a classic fairytale. A smooth ride all the way to the end. You have the bonds, the dreams, the emotions, the idealism and the unity. That’s Sailor Moon.
One of the things I’m not very happy about them is that I’m still not convinced that the movie format was the best for it. Specially in the first film, you can clearly see that episodic style and how the original manga chapters were made. Even though I’ve read the manga I believe everyone could notice that. If they would have made a 8-9 episode series it could have been better. But who knows.
Anyway, I also don’t agree about the animation quality. The problem isn’t that the production doesn’t seem to be made during 5 long years, but I’d directly said it has too many flaws to be a film. Normally anime films are more detailed and cared.
But, of course, I’m not saying these two are bad films. As always in Sailor Moon, we’ve got a very emotional and bittersweet story with lots of action, love, and superpowers. And it’s a really pleasure to finally see a Sailor Saturn’s transformation sequence. If you are a Moonie, you’ll obviously enjoy this so much.
2: Natsume Yuujinchou: Ishi Okoshi to Ayashiki Raihousha
Japanese: 夏目友人帳 石起こしと怪しき来訪者
MAL Score: 8.09
The film will be made up of two stories: “Ishi Okoshi” and “Ayashiki Raihousha.” In “Ishi Okoshi,” Natsume meets a small youkai called Mitsumi in a forest. Mitsumi is entrusted to wake up the divine youkai “Iwatetsu” from its deep slumber. Mitsumi weighs on Natsume’s mind, so he sets out to help Mitsumi with his task.
In “Ayashiki Raihousha,” a mysterious visitor appears in front of Tanuma. Nearly every day, the visitor visits Tanuma, talks to him a little, and then leaves. Natsume, who knows the visitor is a youkai, worries for Tanuma, but Tanuma enjoys these exchanges with the youkai. The youkai means no harm, but Tanuma’s health slowly starts to deteriorate.
First part is about helping mitsumi the Ishi-okoshi to do his quest. I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. Nice combination of comedy and heartwarming moments with a slight touch of drama. And I always welcomed more hinoe screentime.
Second part was interesting in its own way and opened up the relationship between two friends and two neighbors. We saw more through misuzu, tanuma, and sasame, the neighbor/rival of misuzu. Overall great stories, first story was a bit better.
Artstyle remains almost the same, but nice tweaks have been applied.
Nothing special about the sounds. Usual osts used. Seiyuus were done good as usual.
Overall, natsume yuujinchou: Ishi Okoshi to Ayashiki Raihousha is another great movie which was nothing less expected from the franchise. Never misses the chance to make you mesmerized with its own world, characters and the story.
Anyone who has watched the main series Should know that the mc deals with yokais by returning them their names. This movie had none of that.
This two episodes felt like the mc is a side character whose presence makes no difference.
The first part was about a yokai whom was tasked to wake another yokai up from his slumber. Not much action or drama. Mc just ran around with the yokai looking for the other yokai’s location. This part was boring given that most of the main series already has a slow pace to each episode, this part of the movie (if you can call this a movie, I will come to that later) was extremely draggy even by this series’s standards.
The second part of the movie was about mc’s friend, the one whose father is the chief monk of a temple. This second part of the movie was slightly better as we get to see a little bit more action as the horse yokai had abit of a short battle with the yokai that possessed the mc’s friend. We don’t get to see this yokai as the creators were too lazy to come up with a new design. They just changed the mc’s friend’s eyes and show that to be the yokai that possessed the mc’s friend.
Oh there was this squiggly mess that appeared for a few seconds that you will miss if you blinked, when they showed the yokai that possessed the mc’s friend, left his body to battle the horse yokai. This part of the movie was slightly better than the first part.
This movie is only 52 mins long and for the price of movies ticket nowadays, it’s not worth watching on the big screen as it felt more like an ova than a “movie”. Pacing was very slow that a guy two rows in front of me, started snoring (yes he fell asleep during the first part of the movie).
This felt like a money grab by the creators as they used the name of this popular franchise (don’t get me wrong, I loved the series hence decided to watch this in the movies) to con people into watching this at the movies when it felt like an ova that comes when you purchase the series on dvd/blu ray.
Definitely does not live up to original series 3/10
Natsume Yuujinchou is one of the very very few anime I consider an art. Always coming up with new stories and adding intereseting characters without being repetitve nor forced. It has been like that for many years and I hope it continues to be so.
This “Movie” is pretty much 2 different OVAs combined together. The 2 stories are based on the same themes, trust and friendship, and that might explain why they were grouped together.
The first story is about an adorable little Yokai called Mitsumi. Mitsumi is entrusted with the mission to awaken ,Gantetsu, the Yokai Master she follows. She is using a small map to get there but there is a small problem she faces while doing that, every other Yokai is trying to get that map to earn the reward from waking him up.
The second story is about Tanuma who just woke up from a very weird dream. He is then met by a unique visitor who came to his house and is starting to see him almost daily. Between the feeling of being happy to interact with the same Yokai Natsume sees and the feeling of not wanting to ask Natsume and making him worry, Tanuma goes on and starts meeting with the guy waiting to see what that will lead him to.
Both the stories were done brilliantly and their conclusions are ones that leave you satisfied.
The art, animation and overall direction were brilliant and the voice actors did a very good job. I personally loved Misumi’s voice as it was so cute :”D
Overall, a 10/10. A really entertaining “Movie” that is just what I really needed to watch. Hoping to see more of Natsume soon.
Would recommend it and would recommend the whole series.
1: Natsume Yuujinchou Movie: Utsusemi ni Musubu
English: Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond
Japanese: 劇場版 夏目友人帳 ～うつせみに結ぶ～
MAL Score: 8.42
Takashi Natsume and his spirit companion Madara, nicknamed “Nyanko,” continue returning the names of spirits from the Book of Friends given by his late grandmother Reiko Natsume.
On his way back from school one day, Takashi encounters a lurking spirit named Monmonbou, who recalls memories of Takashi’s grandmother after hearing his name. Takashi’s natural curiosity leads him to explore a mysterious town where his grandmother used to live. Befriending her old acquaintance Yorie Tsumura and Yorie’s son Mukuo, Takashi unveils more of his grandmother’s past.
In the meantime, Nyanko detours for food and stumbles upon a suspicious “Spirit Seed,” which miraculously sprouts into a fruit tree overnight. Giving in to temptation, Nyanko consumes the fruit, splitting him into three. Seeking a solution to Nyanko’s predicament, Takashi and his friends lend a hand, unexpectedly uncovering more secrets the town holds in the process.
I enjoyed it very much.
Now, where’s my 7th season?
Because MAL is a butt and wants me to write a longer review, I just want to say that Nyanko-sensei is the most precious anime character to every exist. I want my very own Nyanko-sensei to hold and snuggle. Hopefully he doesn’t drink all my beer though.
Whenever there is a movie made for an anime it usually has some random action and mainly flawed plot but thankfully this is not the case, this feels more like a longer episode of natsume rather than a movie, it is soothing, relaxing and it personally made me very happy considering I didn’t like part 6 as much as the rest.
The story is great and unique and the fact that this is a movie after 6 seasons with each season having 12/13 episodes with ovas for every season yet there is such a good idea like this still being presented for the first time makes me happy, I won’t spoil anything but it sure was a very fun ride though I will say the fact that we got to know that not every human despised reiko was so heartwarming.
The art is phenomenal as well as the animation but it felt a bit lacky in that part but I know a 100% flawless animation is extremely difficult to obtain anyways so it wasn’t a big problem or anything.
The OSTs/Ending song were great as ususal.
Overall a 10/10, it helped me forget about my other worries and was an incredibly fun ride.
Would recommend it even as a stand-alone movie and not part of a series.
Every time I review something from Natsume, I feel like all I do is gush about the same things over and over, but it really is such a great anime series that it’s hard not to give it praise for the things it does really well. For example, the art style in this anime has always been really interesting to me. I didn’t really find it completely appealing at first since I’m so picky, but it’s honestly the only art style this anime could ever have. The colors being dull yet colorful as they are, the character designs being simple and mundane, and the landscapes being expansive and entrancing are all reasons that this sort of art style works so well for a calming and magical anime such as Natsume.
The story in this film specifically was very interesting. The whole film felt like a long episode of Natsume, which was great because all the little stories we got in this film were connected. The only bit of narrative that we didn’t really get this go around was a more in depth look at Natsume’s past and his mindset at the time of some of his harder encounters with people. That was something I really enjoyed about the most recent seasons of Natsume, and I was hoping that this movie would really delve into it, though the story we got was still pure Natsume, and I loved that.
The one thing that I will always love above all else in this anime are the characters themselves. This story of the Book of Friends is able to open such a broad pathway for us, as viewers, to experience some really lovely narratives that– while short-lived– make us feel a multitude of emotions, almost as if we’ve spent a lifetime in them. This film was no different, and maybe even better since we got to spend a little more time here than we normally get to.
It’s always been really difficult for me to talk about Natsume Yuujinchou because there’s not a whole lot TO say as it speaks for itself. It’s a series that’ll make everybody feel at peace and happy, but it’s still got a wealth of depth and things to teach the people that watch it. The world, the stories, the people– it’s all so unique when it comes to Natsume’s Book of Friends, and it’s not something you’d regret getting into at all. I’m really looking forward to spending more time in this world, should the opportunity arise, and I’m glad I’ve gotten to spend so much time there already. This is definitely my go-to anime for a rainy day.
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1. Natsume Yuujinchou Movie: Utsusemi ni Musubu
2. Natsume Yuujinchou: Ishi Okoshi to Ayashiki Raihousha
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4. Ao no Exorcist Movie
5. Garo Movie: Divine Flame
6. Kappa no Coo to Natsuyasumi
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8. Bem Movie: Become Human
9. Youkai Watch Movie 4: Shadow Side – Oni-ou no Fukkatsu
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11. Youkai Watch Movie 5: Forever Friends
13. 1001 Nights
14. Silent M bius 2
15. Usuzumizakura: Garo
16. Gegege no Kitarou: Obake Nighter
17. Choujin Densetsu Urotsukidouji Movie
18. Oni no Ko to Yuki Usagi
20. Kobutori (1929)
21. Choujin Densetsu Urotsukidouji 2
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