They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Biohazard: Vendetta, Captain Herlock, Lupin III: The First, and more!
3: Biohazard: Vendetta
English: Resident Evil: Vendetta
Japanese: バイオハザード ヴェンデッタ
MAL Score: 7.01
Chris Redfield enlists the help of Leon S. Kennedy and Rebecca Chambers to stop a death merchant, with a vengeance, from spreading a deadly virus in New York.
This is one of the worst Resident Evil/BIOHAZARD related media I’ve ever had the displeasure of witnessing.
Just so you know before going into this movie (if you want to), it’s suggested you play the mainline Resident Evil series (that being 1-6, the Revelations side games, 0 and CODE:Veronica).
Now, onto the review.
The story is hot garbage. Honestly the worst story in the series, not including the Anderson films.
So, you got 3 main characters. Chris ‘Boulder’ Redfield, Rebecca ‘OH NO’ Chambers and Leon ‘NWF’ Kennedy. Chris is a member of the BSAA, the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance, and he is going in as an observer with a Mexican military group, as the main villain Glenn ‘Totally Not Billy Coen’ Aries has situated himself in the lush forests of Mexico.
Now, this first scene has been given a pass by a lot of people I know and a lot of reviewers, and I can’t understand why. For a start, it’s another Trevor inspired mansion for some reason, but then there’s also the fact that the Mexican military, living in a world where it has been almost 20 years since Raccoon City got nuked and Bioterrorism became a thing, are asking people with blood on their mouths if they’re okay, and are surprised when they’re zombies.
Long story short, Mexican military gets decimated, Chris jumps out a window on the second floor and runs into out main villain who thoroughly hands Chris his disassembled rifle on a platter. The issue with this is, that Chris, according to the Vendetta novel, is supposed to be injured in this scene, which is why Glenn can take him on. But Chris isn’t visibly injured in the movie and they never make not of it, making this a weird scene to watch, as Chris has beaten Wesker senseless in RE5 and punched a boulder without destroying his hands.
Now, I’ll just highlight scenes I took issue with from this point on. There’s the big meme, which is Glenn’s wedding, which is shot like a comedy scene, there’s the many scenes with “Bane” as I’ll call him, and I just can’t take that guy seriously, cause I keep expecting him to pick Chris up and break him over his leg.
Then there’s the infamous highway chase scene. By God this scene. Leon, with all his love for America, humanity and society as a whole, decides to speed down a highway with Cerburi(?) chasing him (which is weird because the STARS team in RE1 managed to outrun a pack of them, how they can keep up with motorcycles and outrun vans on the highway is beyond me), and he proceeds to kill them, yes, but the way he kills them results in the death of many commuters who clearly weren’t infected with the A-Virus. They certainly aren’t coming back with the magic serum they dump at the end.
There’s the homage scene to John Wick in the hall, which would be impressive if it was actual people and not CG, and there’s the Chris v Glenn fight where entire magazines are shot off in close range and nobody gets hit.
And finally, the big fight at the end, which has more collateral damage thanks to out main characters. Glenn gets merged with Bane (it’s not a spoiler, it’s in the first trailer), and again, at close range, some BSAA chick in a helicopter shoots at him with a bloody RAIL CANNON and she MISSES. And not just a small mistake where it goes off into the distance, no, she takes out four buildings in the process and only slightly cuts Blane’s (that’s what I’m calling him now) neck.
Big fight scene with motorcycles brought to you by Ducatti, and the movie ends with magic serum making everybody better (except the people who got eaten by their husband or something like that).
The worst part about this story is the fact that this should’ve been the best of the CG movies. It had Chris and Leon reuniting after the events of 6, Rebecca returning for the first time since BIOHAZARD the Stage (which really wasn’t that long ago), and a villain connected with Umbrella and utilizing the resources of Tricell and Neo Umbrella. Should’ve been better than the long haired guy and fat business man from Degeneration or some old woman from Damnation that the MCs have little to no connection to.
But they messed it up. This movie had me looking back at the redeeming points of bloody Revelations. There’s also the fact that half the plot is in the novel, like Leon’s team getting betrayed (which is cut from the movie).
Story is 1/10 overall.
The art is passable. I personally don’t like it and much prefer the designs of the Chris and Leon from RE6. I’ll say it’s more true to Chris than RE7, but that’s not saying much. Also, the art director had a weird fetish for woman’s arms getting blown off.
Sound is good, both English Dubbed and Subbed.
Characters are trash. I’ll only talk about the returning ones.
Chris has stagnated since the end of 6, only being here to help Leon, same with Rebecca, she’s just kind of there.
Leon has repeated Chris’ story in RE6 and has officially become a psychopath thanks to the highway scene. I hate this movie so much.
It’s enjoyable if you turn your brain off.
Overall 3/10, avoid unless you are invested in this series like me. Can’t believe I fell for the hype, I thought after Heavenly Island, the side content would finally have interesting stories, but Vendetta sure proved me wrong.
Please Capcom, just greenlight another RE manga with Jill or a prequel with Piers.
If you are unfamiliar with the Resident Evil franchise and its characters this film will not clarify anything for you.
If you are hoping for a horror film, this is not that film. It is a pure action thriller with mild horror elements most of which are in the first 20 minutes of the film.
If you want to see something that has mindless enjoyable action and lots of stuff blowing up, this film is for you.
Vendetta is a perfect popcorn movie. Its well paced, well acted, and there’s a solid mix of action and plot setting. If you were able to see it in a theatre with Dolby Atmos sound all the better because the sound design was really stellar.
That said there are a few major issues with the film. The story is very weak, there is little depth and I often found myself stifling laughter during scenes which were meant to be dramatic but came off as high camp. The uncanny valley is very much at play here and while the models look good for the most part the textures are eerily off especially glass objects and wood (which shines so brightly it seems like a thousand maids had polished it for a thousand years). The level of animation is not as good as something like Gantz: O but it still (mostly) visually pleasing and well done.
An enjoyable experience if you want to sit back, relax, and turn your brain off for a couple hours.
The story is the most outdated BS out there. Bad guys have a Bioweapon, good guys want the Antidote the bad guys have… For some reason. Bad Guy leader is crazy, and has a room full to prove how much he deserves it. He steals the Bond Girl, and wants to make a new wife with her.
The artstyle is barebones at least. It’s just models from a videogame moving a little more than usual. And the animation is ridiculously outdated too. CGI Movies and Shows have proven you CAN move your characters more natural and fluid, and hide your extras moving all in the same manner a little more. My example is the typical “running in fear and stumbling a little then running” animation can be seen on everyone, one after the other, in the same scenes, taking you out of it as it looks choreographed instead of feeling any sort of fear for the situation.
The sound is the best quality of this movie… But isn’t even that good. Just enough to get a pass. No track is memorable at all in this, and there are too many scenes in total silence to generate any sort of tension, but failing completely. The zombie sounds and gunshots are recycled and repeated a lot, no matter the setting.
Characters are not really developed, because you are supposed to know them, but I already know them and still don’t know why they act like idiots half the time, very unlike themselves. Like… You have confronted this shit before, why are you sweating like is your first time at the beginning of the movie knowing you might find trouble, and then realize by the end “Oh, yeah. I can shoot stuff”. Chris Redfield is supposed to be the main character… But for me the real Main Character is Professor Chambers, as I feel like I spent more time with her than anyone else. But she does everything she is supposed to do in the first half an hour, and just goes with the flow for the rest of it.
To wrap up, some of the worst scenes for me are “I will give you my blood for no reason other than I will walk out from the room, and get kidnapped… But that “Importance of my blood vial going to a safe place”-monologue goes nowhere in the movie anyway” and “Chris steals the kill after not doing anything for the entire movie, with a weapon he didn’t ever use before”.
2: Captain Herlock
English: Space Pirate Captain Harlock
MAL Score: 7.36
After conquering the galaxy, mankind has reached its apex and is now on a steady decline. The resources of the universe are diminishing, and around 500 billion humans begin to return home to Earth. Thus begins a war between the various factions of humans for control of the planet. Eventually, an authoritarian government known as the Gaia Sanction prevents the re-population of Earth.
Captain Herlock was one of the Elite Wing who was tasked by the Gaia Sanction to defend the Earth. His fleet of ships was unstoppable under his command. However, the Gaia Sanction allows a diplomatic elite to immigrate to Earth, which angers Herlock. He goes rogue and fires upon the diplomats and the rest of his fleet. He decides to unleash dark matter on the planet to make it uninhabitable, but also becomes engulfed in it which immortalizes him.
One hundred years have passed, and the legendary Captain Herlock is still at large, with only the Arcadia under his control. The Gaia Sanction continues with their plans for control over the Earth, while hiding its true state. But Captain Herlock is preparing for one final showdown with them, which will determine the fate of the world!
The premise (of being relegated to living on dying planets) is quite good even though it is illogical given the super advanced science and technology on display.
The movie has really good visuals and passable OSTs; normally that would usually make for a good watch but the monumentally stupid plot and incredibly awful, trope riddled characters ruined any chance of enjoyment for me.
I won’t say to skip it but if you are going to watch it -have low expectations for everything but the CGI to mitigate disappointment.
I’ve been looking forward to Captain Harlock being released because the animation looked amazing. I have to say, it did not disappoint. I was blown away by the CGI! It was beautiful. I can’t even imagine how much time they spent on this, but I hope it’s done well in theaters here. Major props to the animations team.
I’ve never seen the original series and went into the film knowing next to nothing about the plot. I think the story was a bit lacking and perhaps a bit preditable (as were many of the characters). BUT I still really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it. If for no other reason, see it for the animation!
Going into this film, I had no prior knowledge of the source material or previous adaptations of Captain Harlock. Though reading the synopsis and watching some of its trailers, I could see a lot of time and money went into its production. And it didn’t disappoint in that regard. It looked fucking amazing!
Characters and Plot development. (6). I must say the biggest gripe I had with this movie was the fact that most of the MCs (Yama and Ezra especially) aren’t really likable nor have audience investment to their agendas. They sort of just “fill” their roles rather than own their on-screen moments, its a bit like they were given identities but never explored nor captured the emotion and character of their identity. It was left up to the likes of Captain Harlock and first mate Yattaran to deliver the solid performances and flesh out their identity. The plot and ethos was very interesting and at times inspiring but I felt as though the pace was rather slow in conveying the story which left much of the movie underwhelming at times until something happened. Although to contrast this slow pace, when the action kicked in (whilst looking fucking amazing! – yes i said it before) it certainly lifted emotion and developed a very enjoyable atmosphere to watch, Just needed a better balance in pace and character interactions to give an invested attachment to the plot and story unfolding.
Art, Sound and Action. (9.5) Wow, awesome, amazing, beautiful or holy smokes batman! The production level in detail of the animation is incredible and really makes this feature an eyegasmic joy. The action and art seamlessly work together. Sound is the only small adjustment that could have made this section better (to be perfect) and that is the suspense. There were plenty of decent themes portrayed but again the contrast between the highs and lows didn’t really connect well together. Still its only a small botch on an otherwise awesome production.
One small side topic I’d like to point out and this isn’t really a spoiler but more of a “window shattering moment” but it seemed to me a lot of the time that the animation of mouth movement during speech was out of sync. It’s kinda of annoying when you pick it up and they give you plenty of opportunities to notice this flaw. A slight distraction to consider, it doesn’t hurt the movie but just annoys the shit out of me. (Not sure if you, the reader, will have the same reaction – to each their own i suppose) It’s noticeable in both the dub and sub, btw both are great so you’re not missing out by watching the dub.
This film is blockbuster entertainment for its production value alone. Beautiful action scenes and character designs for the making of an epic tale. Sadly, the characters and plot can’t compete with it. I had a lot of eyegasms during this movie and their are plenty of memorable moments to enjoy. I just wish it fleshed out the characters a bit more (especially Ezra and Yama) and pushed the plot a little quicker so we could admire more of its beauty!
1: Lupin III: The First
English: Lupin the 3rd: The First
Japanese: ルパン三世 THE FIRST
MAL Score: 7.83
The iconic “gentleman thief” Lupin III returns in an action-packed, continent-spanning adventure, as Lupin III and his colorful underworld companions race to uncover the secrets of the mysterious Bresson Diary, before it falls into the hands of a dark cabal that will stop at nothing to resurrect the Third Reich. The gang undertakes trap-filled tombs, aerial escapades, and daring prison escapes with the trademark wit and visual finesse that have made Lupin the 3rd one of the most storied animation franchises in the world, in a thrilling new caper that is sure to delight fans old and new.
(Source: GKIDS, edited)
Lupin the Third: The First (yes, it is a very confusing title) is a typical Lupin movie through and through with just a single new addition, it is in CGI. Not just any regular anime CGI, Hollywood level CGI. Disney/Dreamworks level CGI. The animation itself made this movie better than most of its Lupin counterparts, but the story has a couple of extra things that made this installment stand out among its peers (besides for the CGI).
First off, the story: Classic Lupin story, if you have seen any other Lupin installment than you know what happens here. No twists you won’t be able to see coming a mile away. However, this movie adds a Indiana Jones aspect to it that fits in quite well for Lupins character. I won’t call this movie a complete rip off of Indiana Jones, but it is obvious to tell where the inspiration came from.
For those who haven’t seen a Lupin film before: Lupin is a thief and he and his team steal something, it gets taken from them, then they try to get it back with Inspector Zenigata on their trail trying to arrest them. Very simple concept which somehow is still interesting even after seeing it over one hundred times.
Moving on to the technical aspects of the film, I can’t praise the art/animation enough. The CGI is on par (or at least close) to a Disney film. While a couple of the character models look a little weird compared to their 2D counterparts, the CGI is great, particularly in the action sequences. The animation is super smooth and fluid and everything looks clean and polished. The chase scenes in particular are fantastically animated and directed and it is easy to just replay them over and over.
However great the animation is however, just like usual, the greatest thing in every Lupin film/series continues to be the Soundtrack/OST. Yuji Ohno has succeeded in making one of the most iconic themes in all of anime and this is proven when the same theme has been used and praised for over 40 years. It’s not just the main theme song however, every one of his pieces are brilliantly orchestrated and are arranged in different ways for different movies. It is impossible to not just hum/tap along to the main theme and the ED “Gift” sung by Lyn Inaizumi is another beautiful addition to the Lupin music library.
The voice acting (Japanese) was very good, which is no surprise coming from Lupin which has a long history of good voice acting. Even the new roles in the movie were done really well, with a shout out to Suzu Hirose who voiced Latiana.
The main characters are the same as always. Lupin is a playful not so serious thief, Fujiko is mysteriously trustworthy/untrustworthy as usual, Jigen is the serious partner, Goemon is the cool headed samurai, and Zenigata is the stubborn, persistent, and foolish inspector. The side characters however really make this movie stand out. Latiana is a great new addition used to attract our the viewers sympathy, and it succeeds. The antagonists are also given a lot of screen-time to help them not just be the forgettable Lupin villain. One of the antagonists actually has a little bit of depth.
This movie was extremely enjoyable to watch as a huge Lupin fan. Even in CGI, it feels like a Lupin movie. I will definitely watch this a couple more time once the English dub gets released.
Overall, this movie was as perfect as a copy paste story-telling Lupin movie could be. Th CGI was visually appealing, the OST was gorgeous, the new characters were given some depth, and the plot was an Indiana Jones movie. The movie couldn’t have been much better.
Score: 10: A masterpiece and so good that i would watch it again and again and again.
Apart from short Lupin III 3DCG special, this is the first time Lupin has been animated in full 3D and boy I’m really pleased with the result. The animation is fluid and detailed, and it really makes the action scenes shine. The character design was translated into 3D perfectly and respectful to the original (though not without any change. I’m especially a fan of the movie look of Jigen, albeit I’m a bit saddened that Jigen and Goemon didn’t get more spotlight. Laetitia, the newest addition to collection of Lupin ladies is also seriously cute. I also really liked the animation of facial expression of the characters. Yes, the style of animation looks quite like a western-made movie, to an extent that it at first felt almost unnatural that the dubbing was Japanese and not English, but I don’t see a problem with that, if anything it keeps things fresh, something that a franchise with so many specials and movies certainly needs.
The plot isn’t ground-breaking, but I don’t think anyone expected a revolutionary script for a non-reboot Lupin Movie, go watch The Woman Called Fujiko Mine and its related movies for that. Regular Lupin movies (and specials) are foremost meant to be fun and this one passes with flying colors. If you’ve seen some amount of Lupin anime you probably already know what to expect plot-wise, so there is no need to go into greater detail here. I’ll just note that this one feels a bit Indiana Jones-ish, and I don’t mean that in a bad way.
Overall, I certainly recommend it to Lupin fans, but it works as a family movie too, even if not every member of said family is a Lupin fan.
After waiting for some while I finally got to watch this but since it was fansubbed there were many hilarious mistranslations here and there. Gotta give the studio props since this cg looks fantastic. It is like the level of Pixar or Dreamworks. It is smooth and looks and feels quite nice. Of course I thing Lupins artstyle works well as CG anime. It isn’t overly anime looking so it works, it is like some cartoon artstyle.
Story: So Nazis are trying to get their hands on this one dudes journal but it goes missing. Later it was found and thrown in to a museum in France. Of course Lupin wants said thing so he goes to get it. Well the journal gets taken by a girl named Letizia and Lupin follows. Well shit happens and Luping gets caught. Then comes another rescue operation. The journal contains information and the whereabouts of an ancient weapon of mass destruction. This one man wants to get that weapons and deliver it to Hitler. We then follows the adventures of Lupin III, Letizia, Mine Fujiko, Jigen Daisuke, Ishikawa Goemon and Zenigata. Who gets the weapon first will be the winner.
Characters: They are the same as before. Letizia is a girl who wants to go to the Boston University to study archaeology. His so called “dad” will send her to the university if she brings the journal to him. Later on she joins Lupins gang to find the weapon. Lupin is still the quirky, comedic and sometimes badass thief. Jigen is still the master marksman he has always been. But in this it feels like he is a bit closer to Lupin than in the previous shows. Goemon still does cool samurai stuff and gets awkward around women. Also he really doesn’t want to lose his sword. Mine Fujiko is back with in my opinion the best character model she has ever had. It looks so good. She still uses her charm to get out of tough situations.
The theme is the Ol’ Reliable. So it is the same as Part 4 and 5 and etc.
If you like Lupin, then watch this. If you haven’t seen Lupin then this is a very good show to start with.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Lupin III: The First
2. Captain Herlock
3. Biohazard: Vendetta