They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Uju Heukgisa, Kore ga UFO da! Soratobu Enban, UFO Gakuen no Himitsu, and more!
37: Uju Heukgisa
English: Captain of Cosmos
MAL Score: 4.50
There exists the Cosmos Warriors, a team tasked with the duty of protecting freedom, justice, and peace of the universe. When the Master of the Cosmos Warriors was killed onboard a traveling spaceship and the rest of the passengers were kidnapped by the sinister Green People, Captain Leo soon uncovers a malicious plan that would put the fate of the people of Earth on the balance.
I wonder how this could even be released. The MC looks like a copy of Char Aznable from Gundam. Same helmet with mask and the quite unique uniform design is practically identic. But looks are clearly not everything and to no surprise this copy can’t nearly live up to the original. Some of the other members of the cast look pretty much like other characters on Gundam. Probably another coincidence…
The remaining characters aren’t any better… A useless women by the side of the hero, some civilians you are supposed to feel sorry for, some kind of wise space-Gandalf, some childish robot with issues that he isn’t human and the enemies: some green alien centaurs with and evil queen.
It’s a strange world this Anime is taking place. Somehow all humans have no problems breathing and surviving in the vacuum of space without proper equipment. I have no troubles accepting it for the aliens but it’s simply ridiculous to see a human break the window of a spaceship to shoot at the enemy outside…
I still wonder how they are even able to travel from one planet to the other when a spaceship can’t even outrun an arrow (!) shot by a centaur. The ships must probably travel at 20 miles an hour trough space to even be able to see the aliens “blocking” the path in the middle of space.
And as you can expect after watching a few minutes the story isn’t getting any better. At least the art and animation was acceptable for a title from 1979.
This title simply is ridiculously bad. So much that it’s even a bit funny to watch…
Story: Some kind of story maybe. Who knows. I can’t remember anything.
Art: Excellent. I recognized some titular characters from other series like Char!
Sound: Truly the best part of the whole show. The theme song was a memorable piece of work. How could the creators come up with such a masterpiece? I will never know. I will now scream “Ya!” every time I think about this awesome show.
Character: Something about green centaurs, queens, Char, Char’s counterattack, and pinocchio.
36: Kore ga UFO da! Soratobu Enban
English: That is an UFO! The Flying Saucer
Japanese: これがＵＦＯだ！ 空飛ぶ円盤
MAL Score: 4.86
UFOs and aliens from beyond the stars are common themes in media, entertainment, and other forms of science fiction; however, many individuals have sworn they have seen UFOs and have been abducted in real life! Sit back and watch as the makers of Mazinger take you on a journey through the history of UFO lore. Could it be that UFOs are real and that aliens watch us from afar? [from anime-planet]
If you decided to watch it – enjoy. This 15min will be entertaining and full of funny stereotypes, nice art and strange sounds. No real character development but you will know better how people of that time imagined UFO.
While today we still have sensationalist shows like “Ancient Aliens” that try to twist around questionable half-truths to fit their narrative, back in the 1970’s the fad of UFO sightings was much more the rage than it was today. The findings of the US government “Project Blue Book” were on everyone’s minds, and it seems you would hear of some sort of UFO sighting, alien abduction, or cow mutilation or some other sort of woo every other day.
Project Blue Book was a US government program that recorded and cataloged these unexplained phenomenon, in order to try and see if there was something to this whole UFO thing. Started around the end of WWII and running up until 1970, over 12,000 UFO sightings were investigated. And they were able to identify all but 700 of them (airplanes, cloud formations, etc). But once word of those unidentified 700 became public, along with the growing media fascination with all things unexplainable…well, you get the idea.
In 1978, there was even a prime time television program that I remember watching, called “Project U.F.O.”, where two agents would travel the country to investigate these phenomena (based on Project Blue Book). Sort of a precursor to the X-Files, only more serious and documentary/docudrama-style.
This 16-minute anime short, “It’s a UFO!”, fits perfectly into that narrative.
Based on actual sightings (such as the famous Hill abduction), it spins a story of UFO sightings increasing across the globe. Mixing in speculation with observations, and presenting them as “facts” in a documentary format, all one-sided of course.
Looking back on it now, it all seems sort of silly and quaint. But for those of us who lived through the Seventies, this all fits right in with all the woo that was being passed off during that time. Think of this little anime snippet as sort of a time capsule in the public consciousness of the era.
35: UFO Gakuen no Himitsu
English: The Laws of the Universe: Part 0
MAL Score: 5.11
Ray, Anna, Tyler, Halle, and Eisuke are five high school students who are suddenly wrapped up in a mysterious incident.
An alien species called Grey abducts Halle’s sister and embeds her with a special chip inside her brain. The five stand up to save Halle’s sister and try to reveal the existence of aliens, but continue to be met with mysterious events.
The high school students’ story progresses into a shocking development!
What truths hide on the dark side of the moon? What are the true intentions of the aliens that are infiltrating America, Russia, and China? What is the true crisis that is closing in on Earth and what hope can we have towards the future!?
(Source: HS Pictures Studio)
Very good story, very coherent, Ryuho Okawa is an actual genius when it comes to writing plots. This might be his strongest work to date.
The voices scared me.
The brown guy was pretty annoying but the blonde guy was OK. The main girl was also not bad, but the other girl was weird. Bee best girl.
2 hours of pure laughs. You will love this if you liked shows like Steins;Gate or Full Metal Alchemist
A must watch, a generational gem. Okawa masterfully blends beautiful music, intriguing characters, and a genius plot to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all audiences.
This movie is a prime example of trying to do too much but not committing.
Gakuen no Himitsu had a lot going for it, but the great art direction in the second half of the movie (Vega was beautiful) was marred by a plot with too much stuffed in it and characters with no personality.
This is particularly evident in the scene where the main cast is on their way back to Earth. They just travelled >1000 light years, went to the spirit world, saw alien species on inhabited planets, and revealed to themselves their past lives. Like they’re in class reading their essays out loud, each of the friends feels the need to chime in what they learned. The guy who has shown no interest in engineering or building things wants to build a UFO (they butcher this term throughout the whole movie, by the way), no interest in moves wants to be a filmmaker (probably the director/writer’s projection), the anime otaku wants to be a teacher (this actually makes sense), one realizes it’s okay to be introverted and be yourself, and the last one wants to figure out a path forward for Earth.
Lets’s talk about that title. Which school are they talking about? And which mystery, because there are a bunch of small ones that don’t seem worth naming the movie after. It seems like they were trying to go for a sci-fi thriller mystery with some action thrown in, but there wasn’t anything mysterious about this at all. The audience pretty much knows what’s going on as it happens.
As if exposition is the only story-telling device, the movie tries to hammer in a new point every 5 minutes. If the director/writer honed in on a central theme, the movie could have been much stronger.
It was slow at the beginning, they do a half-ass job character building, the story picks up in the middle, but then it all starts falling apart when the aliens start to fight.
The main cast had potential, but only the main male protagonist really did anything at the end. And even that was mostly to get the shounen tropes checked off.
Despite it’s shortcomings, I enjoyed it as I watched. There were many times where I felt like I was being talked to (in a bad way); bringing the sledgehammer of “Let’s make the world a better place” and “Be yourself” down on the viewer (listener?) over and over and over again. But there was an odd beauty to its ambition.
To whoever is reading this:
Don’t give up on this anime only because of my opinion. Watch it and judge for yourself.
I know 1 might look really bad at first, but I can tell you this: In the end I was deciding between 1 and 10 rather than 1 and 2. Provided plot is really interesting at first and then just jump the shark. It’s like creative team started with pretty decent idea, brainstormed with hectic enthusiasm and submitted it while laughing hysterically.
Well made. Nothing to bend your knees for but not somthing to be ashamed of either.
I don’t remember watching anime with bad music. VA did their best but I don’t recall finding a moment that would let them show what they are really made of.
They were all kinda bland. Just your typical high school students. Boys are insensitive sometimes and girls are screaming when they feel it is right moment. One could say they are as deep as instant plot would suggest.
It was a wild ride and I loved it till the very end.
I can’t give it a proper score right now and I don’t think I will live long enough to do so. That’s why I’m giving it mean score of its parts.
I think everyone should try watching it. One may love it or hate it, I can’t imagine something in-between.
34: Odin: Koushi Hansen Starlight
English: Odin: Starlight Mutiny
Japanese: オーディーン 光子帆船スターライト
MAL Score: 5.21
In the year 2099, mankind has colonized parts of the Solar System thanks to the evolution of space travel. To venture further beyond what man has accomplished, the space vessel Starlight is launched. After rescuing a mysterious girl from a wreckage near the asteroid fields, the crew of the Starlight plot a perilous journey towards the Canopus system in search of the planet known only as “Odin” – the possible key to all forms of life.
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WHY THE 2 HOURS 19 MINUTES VERSION IS WONDROUS
The film starts off with a sequence that sets the tone for the whole movie. This is a film about exploration and discovering the unknown. This is a film about the excitement and significance of being an explorer. (there is then a long scene where people run a lot which you’ll just kinda have to accept is going to take the duration of a whole song to do :P) Space anime reliably leaves me cold, but this was an exception.
The music is mostly by some japanese glam rock band who have a great theme tune called Searching For Odin. The music really adds a sense of dramaticness to the proceedings which is just perfect.
The visuals are where this film really shines – they make the ship stunning and the things that are discovered really interesting because plenty of care has gone into making their design wondrous.
Anyway, this film is an experience. It has a plot which has some good twists and turns, and you very much feel like you’re one of the crew members experiencing everything as they are, with the same sense of being in the dark and discovering things for the first time ever as they have. The slow pace really helps build up the excitement of these things and the pay off is usually well worth the wait and made all the sweeter by it as you go through the emotions of anticipation and unknowing along with the rest of the crew.
Characterisation is this film’s weakest point. In the rare instances there is characterisation, it’s cliched. It’s a good thing this film isn’t about the characters but rather the voyage.
The end credits are the most entertaining end credits I’ve ever seen. By miles. I won’t spoil it but wow it pays off the whole film so well in such an unexpected and hilarious way.
There is one element which is totally not sufficiently explained and I can only presume was intended to be explained in the sequels that never were… but whatever. I love this film, it is really really unique. There’s a lot of people pushing buttons, which sounds boring but it somehow pulls it off because you know that every push of a button gets you closer to finding out more.
WHY THE 97 MINUTE DUB IS AN ABOMINATION
I just watched this version expecting a more punchy version of this fantastic film. I can only presume that whoever is behind this dub hated the original because they’ve changed the film so much.
The voices are actually pretty good compared to the original for the most part, and dialogue has been made better… sort of. But the film never takes a breath or any time to build up – all such things have been purged. FORTY TWO WHOLE MINUTES WERE REMOVED. The dialogue which they have is sometimes more engaging in the moment but makes you more disconnected from what’s going on because the dialogue bits were never intended to be the focus of the film so when squished together they often just feel a bit disjointed, sudden and distracting to the plot.
The new more engaging dialogue is easier to understand and makes everything a lot more clear which would usually be a great thing and I understand why they did it, but for some reason it feels like it robs one of the experience of being on a historically significant voyage where no one is too sure of anything. I love things being spelled out so it’s cool to have the dub doing that, but it just steals from the experience of the film. This film was about ‘what will they do next?’ but it has been changed to making the viewer ask ‘what happens next?’ I know it sounds like an insignificant distinction, but in the original you really feel yourself as part of the crew and you’re as in the dark as everyone else as to what’s going on or what will happen next. In the dub things move along at quite a rate so you’re never left wondering anything coz it never gives you time to think. This film is now about experiencing the plot and people’s interactions rather than the experience of a voyage, so in this new form it fails because it was not designed this way
The once incredible visual effects this time left me flat in this because of the lack of build up, which was a big surprise to me. From what I can tell they came up with new sound effects, which also contributed to the visuals seeming rubbish because the sound effects were brash and over the top.
I did not enjoy the dub. It was a weak, confusing and boring film. It somehow managed to even take the visuals and make them not work.
Odin is, from the starst, forgettable. Your typical story about a human crew in a spaceship travelling around the space. Every character is forgettable, from your typical hot-blooded main character that gets away with a lot of stuff because, despite putting constamtly im danger the spaceship and the crew, he “has guts”, according to the rest of the cast, but i prefer to say “he has no brain, or common sense”; to the boring stereotypical passive heroine, who appears when the plot needs her and automatically dissapears when not, to appears again if the plot says it so.
Like i said, if someone in real life attemps to do the same things the main characters do here, they would have get rid of him, pretty soon. Here, he’s not only easily forgiven, he’s also praised for it. For acting like an inmature brat, that didn’t consider risk to himself or the people who surronded him, and never face any consequence. That’s not a character, that’s a wish fullfillment really awfully written in the worst way possible. Because it’s possible that some people who like hot blooded main characters that “weren’t pussies like in the good old days when anime was good” would relate to him. But characters needs to grow, and made us grow as persons, not just satisfy our self-insert fantasies.
Well, after this reflexive moment, let me get this straight: Imagine every possible cliché on space sci-fi stories you ever thought. There would be here.
I’m not kidding, it would. The evil machine that takes over humanity? Check.
The extraterrestrail advanced lifeforms visit earth and manipulated species genetics? Check. The lost princess from the extraterrestrial civilization? Check.
I must give special attention to the music. Even the soundtrack is boring here. Your cheesy typical 8’0s hair metal, played in scenes it doesn’t fit, at all. Or i should said never ending montages instead of scenes? Yeah, never ending montages are a more accurate term to describe it.
So, for its low quality, Odin is the space anime’s black sheep. Extremely boring, full of cliches, with unidimensional, forgettable characters, and without any depth.
The story is that a new spaceship is launched and its crew rescue some girl from something and fight some aliens while trying to discover the mysterious location of the planet Odin. A simple story stretched to long and tries to fill up the run time with some I’ll admit some pretty decent animated space battles for the time it was released. However the story then goes through every single science fiction cliche and does nothing interesting or original with them
Speaking of cliche, the characters are all simple and forgettable they are being dumb or the standard cliche of the grizzled old man leader, the young dumb hot shot, the female character that has some connection to the alien world they are all looking for. Yeah that’s all I remembered about anything of these characters, their archetypes are just so simple and boring, that I was not invested in any of these characters. The acting in either the English dub or Japanese dub are both bad, especially the English dubbed version man you can just hear how little effort the actors were giving in their performances.
Alright the good stuff is normally talked about here, um…well like I said earlier the animation is fine and when the space battles happens they are often the best scenes in the whole movie. The music is dumb cheesy 80’s metal that’s so out of place for this anime its glorious. Its something I would from amv hell, not from the official version of the anime. Its not for everyone but it was something fun and dumb to listen too when it played.
Odin is a tough movie to sit down and watch, I didn’t try watching the uncut version til after two years I had seen the English cut version, because I knew it was going to be tough to sit through. Its an anime that you should watch only if your a fan of space opera anime and have some extreme patience to sit through a long, boring, and unremarkable movie.
33: Uchuu no Hou: Reimei-hen
English: The Laws of the Universe: Part 1
MAL Score: 5.34
University students, Ray, Anna, Tyler, Halle, and Eisuke are enjoying college life and pursuing their dreams, but in reality, They have a secret mission, to fight against invading Reptilians from outer space. One day, Ray travels back in time to 330 million years ago on Earth, to find his missing friend Tyler who has fallen into a trap set by the evil alien, Dahar. During that time, Alpha, the God of the Earth, was planning to create a new civilization on Earth and invited Queen Zamza and her fellow Reptilian from the planet Zeta, to Earth.
What is the intention of Dahar? What will happen to Ray and Tyler?
And what is “the plan of the God of the Earth”?
(Source: Eleven Arts)
32: Nemure Omoigo, Sora no Shitone ni
English: Sleep tight my baby, cradled in the sky
Japanese: ねむれ思い子 空のしとねに
MAL Score: 5.42
A family was riding a car on their way home from a maternity hospital. Satomi and Yasunori were taking their newborn baby named “Orine” home and were filled with happy expectation. However, a sudden accident attacked them. Orine lost her parents, and she became alone.
Nineteen years have passed, and she has grown up. She was pursued by the police because of an incident. She continued to escape, but Yuri Aoshima, a member of a shady organization, tried to contact her. Orine agreed to Yuri’s demand, which was going to an experimental space station. Yuri will help her to escape, instead.
Somehow, only Orine can enter an unmanned space station. Surprisingly, the person who was waiting for Orine was her mother, Satomi. She appeared in the similitude of her twenties. Orine was perplexed, and Yuri demanded to turn the power off of the station. Unwillingly, she started to place the shut-down device, but she believed that it will solve the mystery and help her mother.
As Orine and Satomi spend time together, they made up for their lost time. Yuri’s aim, Satomi’s true identity, and a man called “SENSEI” who is involved in taking over the station.
While the mystery deepens, Orine gets closer to the “truth”…
(Source: Official website)
The main character lost her parents in an accident a few days after she was born. She grew up under he grandmothers care but was involved in a situation and hence was on the run from the police. She’s then traced down by a shady organization and has to follow their orders to go into a space station if she wants to gain her freedom.
Its CGI and i really hate CGI. But this was not as bad as the score suggests but was not great either.
The ending song is really good….like really really good. The sounds in the anime were below average.
Despite the average graphics and music and an above average story, this anime was really enjoyable. I stumbled upon it while browsing but was not dissapointed. I wont recommend this anime to anyone but wont stop anyone either from watching it. This gets a really solid 8 from me
31: Starry Tales: Seiza wa Toki wo Koete
Japanese: スターリーテイルズ ～星座は時をこえて～
MAL Score: 5.50
Constellations were created thousands years ago and they have been handed down generation after generation up to now. This show focuses on this great fact. In the show, you will see instruction on constellations and movement of the sun, moon and planets against constellations. An associated story from Greek myths is provided with beautiful CG including the tale of Astraea, the goddess of justice, who is closely related to the constellation Libra.
The narrator talks about the constellations, how our ancestors saw figures in the starry sky and how they are still the same compared to 2000 years ago, and then strays off to focus completely on the story of the constellation Libra.
It’s honestly hard to not spoil anything cause there barely is any story to it.
It emphasizes the whole “the gods have left us humans cause we are bad and should feel bad about ourselves” narrative to an annoying extent.
Also (minor but annoying detail) portrays apollo as a female for some reason
It’s only redeeming quality is the soundtrack that i personally enjoyed alot. But if it’s only for that, you might aswell just listen to the soundtrack instead of wasting half an hour of your life on this.
30: 21 Emon Uchuu e Irasshai!
Japanese: ２１エモン 宇宙へいらっしゃい！
MAL Score: 5.52
The story tells the adventures of the boy, 21 emon, engaged in the management of a hotel belonging to his family for years. In his problems, 21 emons is helped by the robot Gonsuke and the little alien Monga.
29: Arei no Kagami: Way to the Virgin Space
English: Arei’s Mirror ~ Way to the Virgin Space
Japanese: アレイの鏡 ~ Way to the Virgin Space
MAL Score: 5.60
The story follows Daichi Meguru and Mayu, a young boy and a pilot, as they flee their war torn planet and into space. Upon their ship a stowaway android named Zero joins their quest as they travel through Halley’s Mirror.
Anybody who knows sci-fi anime writer Leiji Matsumoto and his works can recognize the hallmarks in this piece: an elegant long-haired lady, a young boy companion, a world torn apart by conflict, a journey through space, a cosmic phenomenon, and a prayer for peace. However, it’s done in an original and interesting manner and the story carries enough dramatic and philosophical weight to tie things together. It has the potential to be a better story if it could have lasted longer.
The animation is above average, given that it has some adequate computer graphics (in the 80s such VFX were still unrefined). The music is the main draw here, with two vintage 80s songs that are great to listen to.
All in all, it’s a brief but curious little relic that represents the 1980s and its love for space fantasy.
The action takes place in the future. Two character named Maya and Meguro, travel in space. But suddenly they find on their ship a hostile robot-androyd who wants to capture this ship. After a while, they realize that they have nothing to share, and they have one common goal – they want to find the edge of the universe. And so our heroes fly to a distant planet Arey to find the trurh.
What immediately caught my eye it’s the most stupid expressions on the faces of the protagonists. Perhaps the only exception is cute inhabitant of the planet Arey which instead face was imprinted heart (and it looks like suspiciously a cartoon character Valley). To be honest, I was expecting much worse. Cartoon scored a good panache for these years, and even there are computer graphics, but the plot came out mediocre, you can even say it was weak. The chip that “it’s all a dream / vision” disappointed. Pleased that no one still has not died. This futuristic philosophy work demonstrates the different points of view on issues of morality, religion, truth, the essence of human life.
In general, the product of a single view. It will not please everyone.
You have the potato-headed naive boy (one of Matsumoto’s stock characters), you have the gentle willowy tall female with long hair (the second Matsumoto stock character), plus add an android man to the mix. The three of them head off to the very edge of the universe to explore beyond, until they reach the gate and are basically told “Nope! You are too war-like!”. (Not so much a spoiler, because there’s more after that).
More or less, this is yet another vehicle for Matsumoto to bang our heads about for being cruel, bad, awful human beings that battle and kill each other — a theme that he harps on a lot. Yeah, we get it already. If he could get beyond that mental story roadblock of his, maybe an interesting story could be the result. This isn’t it.
Oh, and there’s also some gnarly 1980’s computer graphic animation, too. Just to show what as “state of the art” for computer animation at the time.
28: MAPS: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijin-tachi
Japanese: マップス 伝説のさまよえる星人たち
MAL Score: 5.77
While looking for the ledgendary Mapman, the last surviving member of the Nomad Star tribe, Lipumira finds him in Tokyo. His name is Gen Tokishima and he is the only one able to get one part of the starmap hidden within the Earth. After retrieving the piece, Gen must make a decision to follow Lipumira in her foolhardy search to find the remaining pieces of the starmap or stay on Earth. He makes his decision, only to find his girlfriend has beaten him to the spaceship as she wants to come as well. Unfortunately, as Gen learns the secret of the starmap, Lipumira’s sisters have plans to stop her and will stop her at any cost.
(Source: ANN’s description of the 1994 remake, which shares the same manga story)
The vast majority of the characters are super over the top in their actions, with loud voice acting to match, which could be annoying to some. As noted, this is goofy. The blue haired alien (who’s blonde in the original manga and 1994 OVAs), is reserved and stoic for reasons I won’t spoil. She’s also the badass of the story, though the fact she is harmed by damage done to the ship is an odd choice. The animation is pretty ok, and the art is fair. Not the type of stuff that wows me about anime of this era, but it isn’t bad either. I did like the design of the hero and main villain ships. One being very angelic, and the other nightmarish. MAPS: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijintachi isn’t what I’d call a hidden gem in the sea of ’80s OVAs, but it is kinda fun, if ultimately a little bit forgettable.
27: 21 Emon Uchuu ike! Hadashi no Princess
English: 21-Emon: To Space! The Barefoot Princess
Japanese: ２１エモン 宇宙いけ！裸足のプリンセス
MAL Score: 6.06
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26: SF Shinseiki Lensman
Japanese: SF新世紀 レンズマン
MAL Score: 6.13
Kim is living a peaceful life with his father as a farmer on their planet until one day when a runaway spaceship is detected moving at a high speed towards his father’s farm. To rescue his father Kim jumps on board the ship and manages to land it safely before it crashes.
On board the ship he finds a severely Injured lone survivor whom with his dying words begs Kim to take something of his to the Galactic Fleet. He then transfers something that was attached to his arm onto Kim’s arm. The thing was a Lens and its transferring should have been impossible and having it has turned Kim into a Lensman. Other than giving Kim unknown powers it also contains vital information for the victory of the Galactic Fleet over the evil Boskone Empire.
Kim must now using the spaceship Britannia bring the Lense to the Galactic Fleet. But this is not an easy task when Lord Helmet of the Boskone Empire is willing to use everything in his power to stop him.
Also, there are technically THREE versions of Lensman. There is the original Harmony Gold dub from 1988 that was edited, the Streamline dub from 1990 that was unedited (about 18 minutes longer), AND a completely different version called The Secret of the Lens. The Secret of the Lens is technically the first four episodes from the series sort of mashed together. The Streamline dub is has the superior voice acting, but many favor the Harmony Gold dub for its electronica.
This movie is one of the jewels left to us before Streamline dissolved along side Robot Carnival, Wicked City, and Lily CAT to name a few. The animation is slick and crisp, the audio is on point, music is placed exactly where it needs to be, and the story is about a kid who gets some powers and kicks an intergalactic despot’s ass. What’s not to like?
This mid 80′s film has aged pretty well, excepting the CGI which was laughable (though not as laughable as Golgo 13.) I had fun just watching and picking up stolen Star Wars references with a Japanese twist (tentacles!) If you aren’t a Star Wars fan, enjoy a decent sci-fi story and the miners’ disco.
1984 brought many sci-fi oriented stories. One of which was Lensman, directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Memories, X) and Shinya Ohira (Gundam sequels, Akira), so there is some strength here. Unfortunately, the script is weak, the music is pretty much absent, and the voice acting (Japanese and English dub) is sub-par at best.
The story is about a farm boy named Kimball whom dreams of life bigger than is country lifestyle. Well, it just so happens that an intergalactic war is going on simply between good and evil. During some battle somewhere, Kimball comes across a runaway spaceship, finds an important guy, and gets this glass-thing called a “lens” transferred onto him. The backstory of the lens is weird and does not seem to make much sense. All that’s important is the lens contains important information on it, and must be taken to the good side. Don’t let the dark side have it, as the dark side will aim to kill you.
Just at first glance watching this, the amount of Star Wars references is astounding. It gets to the point where it might as well be an animated spin-off of it. There is even some incredibly lame CG just thrown in places really just distracting from the above average art style. Whether or not the CG was amazing at the time, in post 2000’s, the CG should not even be there in the first place.
In the end, Lensman has one decent chase scene in a rail car, of sorts, at just past the mid-point in the movie. Unless you are pining for a sub-par anime that is a desperate attempt to hit at the Star Wars hype, Lensman is hardly worth anyone’s time watching.
25: Cyborg 009: Chou Ginga Densetsu
English: Cyborg 009: Legend of the Super Galaxy
Japanese: サイボーグ００９ 超銀河伝説
MAL Score: 6.32
The cyborgs are no longer on duty, they live normal lives until a mysterious space ship lands on earth. The only survivor on the ship warns about an evil conqueror called Zoa that wants to conquer the universe, which means the cyborgs are back in action…
Right from the bat, you can tell that this is but then another retelling. Not only that, but this movie is much longer than the two first movies combined. In terms of quality, this movie holds up much better.
The characters are more established here than the two previous movie. Instead of showing off their powers, this time we get to learn more about them. We seem them interact, we see work each other off and we see them why they are dependent on each other, more than we ever did in those other movies. Same goes for the action, it’s done well with everyone getting involved. Except for one fight scene where it literary too bright to been seen.
The design on the cyborgs resembles more closely to manga and the TV series, which I like. Not that the 60’s had much problem, but seeing how everyone have the same outfit and everyone is doing something, makes them feel that they are a team, which those other movies lacked.
The English dub could had been better, but it’s not too bad. But I think what most surprised me was that Joe in the original was voiced by Kakashi and Kars. So I guess that makes it his second time being space and looking for the ultimate power he-he.
Speaking of references, this movies contains many nods to other sci-fi films such as 2001 and Star Wars.
If there is any real complains about this movie, is the movie sometimes takes detours that doesn’t seem to effect the plot or the character that much afterwards.
The villain rarely shows up and when he does, he is hardly remembered. And to be honest, the last third might not be the greatest of endings, so don’t expect something mind blowing.
But for what it is, I still say that this deserves to call a movie, and it still holds up after all these years. Check it out if you want your space actions with Cyborgs.
24: Ginga Tetsudou 999 for Planetarium
Japanese: 銀河鉄道999 for PLANETARIUM
MAL Score: 6.37
The movie was screened in several Planetariums in Japan and followed the adventures of Tetsuro, Maetel and a bunch of new characters like Nanami Yuma.
23: Terra e…
English: Toward the Terra
MAL Score: 6.46
In the five hundred years since Earth’s environment was destroyed and the planet came to be known as Terra, humans have created a society in space that is entirely logical. Supercomputers control the government, babies are grown in artificial wombs and assigned parents randomly, and at age 14, children take an “Adulthood Exam.” Humanity’s greatest enemy is the “Mu”—humans who have developed into espers.
When Jomy Marquis Shin’s birthday arrives and the time comes for him to take his Adulthood Exam, he is shocked to learn that all of his childhood memories are going to be erased. Suddenly, he hears the voice of Soldier Blue, the leader of the Mu, calling out to him to hold onto his memories.
Jomy makes his escape on a Mu ship and is shocked to learn that he himself is an esper and that the government has sentenced him to death. Nearing the end of his life, Soldier Blue transfers his memories to Jomy and names him the next leader of the Mu. Now, Jomy has a choice: keep the Mu in hiding, or declare war on humanity to realize their dream of returning to Terra.
Basically it’s a fascinating mix of Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, 1984, you name it and its influence is all over Terra e… with the groovy aesthetics of 1960’s and 70’s applied to cityscapes.
The Mu themselves are a fantastic concept, not merely generic super-humans, their telepathic powers are actually a method of balance and compensation to make up for a variety of deficiencies they suffer from ranging from deformities, asthma, blindness, etc.
Well, not that the movie remembers this plot point after a while, forgetful as it is with many details. We see a dude hilariously drop his arm on the ground to prove a point, and a few coughs here and there but for the most part the Mu look ready to roll and you realise the movie isnt going to bother to stick to its own rules.
It’s a movie of two halves, lots of meaty ideas, but speedy execution. Conflicts are brought up, but then are resolved quickly; and thus unrealistically. Though expecting realism in this story is moot, the ideas are totally out there into fringe-science territory, but the realism I’m talking about is narrative-based, the suspend-disbelief-o-meter. It’s off the charts with Terra e.., unless of course you know how to enjoy yourself with this movie and just accept it for what it is.
It’s a cliffs notes of dystopic literature animated for kids and teens. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s brilliant. There are also some classic Gundam-level slaps, as well as unintentional hilarity due to the animation limitations, but it’s not enough to detract from the core message of the story.
So yeah, there are plot holes galore and liberties are taken because of animation limitations, and also to condense the story into a two hour movie, but at the end of the day this is great food for thought for kids and teens. I’ll take this hole-ridden cheese over modern day flashy anime that are more concerned with fan-service and panty shots than communicating worthwhile ideas to their audience.
No matter how many holes it has, it remains consistent throughout, whether in entertaining the viewer with backhands to kids’ faces, or with character relationships and conflicts, which again should be commended, because there are far too many po-faced anime out there with pretensions of being seen as smart or deep but are actually made up of nothing but clichés, coincidences and deus ex machinas, preferring pointless cliff-hangers over carefully structured story development.
Terra e seems to revel in its throw-everything-into-the-sink nature with near glee. About an hour and ten minutes into the movie things go crazy with unrestrained violence and mayhem that makes you wonder how many kids got scarred for life watching it when it was released in 1980, especially during one particular sequence involving a woman screaming like a banshee while running into a fire.
Terra e… goes bonkers as if someone wrote it while on crack, and after filming it all, leant on the fast forward button on his remote and fell asleep. With people flying around space, babies evolving into fleet commanders and ships that look like they came out of the backside of a farm animal, Terra e… spirals into a tornado of insane and random stuff happening on screen just for the hell of it.
It’s a quirky one for the books and contains very trippy imagery. Most people won’t enjoy it, but some kooky viewers will dig it.
i wrote this short review in hopes that more people might watch it, some people might have a problem with the ending but anything else would be to cheese.
To start off with, the general premise and setting, probably one of its strengths, centred around people evacuating Earth due to environmental damage, with only a few elites allowed to stay. The best part of Terra e is its visual design, although it’s a 70s/80s sci-fi anime, aka the period when visual design was at its best, but despite the film’s other issues, which I’ll get to in a bit, they really didn’t slack off when it came to making some evocative and interesting looking environments. As a furtherance of that, the general dystopic setting looks interesting, not the best I’ve seen, matter of fact it’s probably the least violent dystopia I’ve seen, they talk a lot about “the system” and its problems, but you don’t see any cops enforcing that system, the surveillance isn’t even as bad as it is in an airport. But, I can see why not, they don’t need any cops, not when the two main characters are the only people who are even so much as mildly critical of the system, it’s true that in any social system most people will just go along with it, but there isn’t one person who even is at all critical of it, and since there’s nobody in place to beat them down and make sure they don’t, it kind of makes the characters feel empty, more on that later.
The first problem is the story’s not really sure what it’s trying to be, and once you try and consider the finer details, that’s when it becomes apparent that you’re alone in trying to think about that, the story’s pretty much just making itself up as it goes along. The main conflict revolves around the Mu, people with supernatural powers who are hunted by human society, and introducing supernatural elements into a story usually just becomes a rationale for the writers to stop bothering to care or try, Ghostbusters was good, Groundhog Day was good, that’s about it, so I guess the supernatural genre needs Bill Murray in it to actually be worthwhile. We’re told that the Mu gain their powers from some other sensory condition (e.g. blindness or deafness), with the main character being the singular exception, but once he’s extracted from human society to their spaceship, it basically ceases to be – he’s escorted there by someone who’s mute and has to communicate via telepathy, when he arrives someone shows that he’s got a prosthetic arm, and that’s pretty much it, later on the main character becomes both blind and deaf due to an accident, but it hardly changes his behaviour, there is no actual evidence of frailness in the manner in which he carries himself, he doesn’t even look different, they could’ve at least put burn marks on his eyes or something.
The next issue is that the whole story is so reliant on the two main characters, the aforementioned bloke who has powers and escapes to the Mu, and an android (the only android ever built, as far as we’re told), who’s a commander in the Earth’s military, who is sympathetic towards the Mu. That’s the entire character list for all intents and purposes, you’ve got a bunch of other people, some who even engage in action (i.e. people who do stuff), but they aren’t characters, they are basically NPCs. Having a small amount of characters isn’t a bad thing by any means, just ask Eugene Ionesco, but these NPCs just get in the way of telling an interesting story through the central conflict with the two ‘real’ characters, who, after speaking once for about a minute in the opening, don’t even see each other, much less engage in direct conflict, until the film’s final act, which features an action scene, the only one in the film, as if they threw it in at the last minute because they ran out of ideas.
Ultimately, Terra e is something that just kind of bungles everything it does. While the atmosphere is not particularly impressive, it looks good, but it’s got an array of characters you don’t care about, and not enough time spent with the few characters you do care about, an issue exasperated by the fact the plot seems completely thoughtless, it’s got far too many inconsistencies and oversights to be engaging, and while it’s good in places, there isn’t enough substantial content to make it legitimately worthwhile.
22: Ginga Tetsudou 999: Glass no Clair
English: Galaxy Express 999: Claire of the Glass
Japanese: 銀河鉄道９９９ ガラスのクレア
MAL Score: 6.55
This short movie is a remake of the first half of episode 3 of Ginga Tetsudou 999.
21: Detective Conan: The Magician of Starlight
MAL Score: 6.56
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has planned a huge exhibition to present current progress in space exploration, as well as showcase a set of large, beautiful celestial jewels. But then, a message arrives from infamous Kaitou Kid, who plans to steal the treasure. Conan and the Detective Boys are brought in as added security. Everything is going well… until the power cuts out. With limited time, Conan and company must protect the jewels from Kaitou Kid.
20: Hi no Tori 2772: Ai no CosmoZone
Japanese: 火の鳥 ２７７２ 愛のコスモゾーン
MAL Score: 6.59
In the distant future, on a dying Earth, human beings are synthetically produced and raised by artificial intelligence to hold specific roles in society. Among them lives Godo Shingo, a candid young cadet who demonstrates uncommon kindness toward living creatures and robots alike. Although Godo’s superiors ridicule him for showing attachment to his nursemaid robot, Olga, he makes quite an impression as a sharpshooter and is entrusted with a special task—to capture the legendary immortal bird Phoenix, which has destroyed countless spaceships.
However, his life changes dramatically after falling in love with Rena, the president’s daughter who is also the fiancée of Rock Holmes—the Chief of the Science Department. After the pair fails to elope, they are separated, and Godo is sentenced to prison camp labor. Luckily for him, their companions Olga and Pincho—Rena’s alien pet—escape unnoticed and come to his rescue.
Hi no Tori 2772: Ai no CosmoZone follows an engaging adventure in outer space, exploring the idea of selfless love as an unparalleled power.
The story depicts a dystopia : A young pilot living in a society with genetic engineered individuals born for a precise purpose and belonging to specific classes has to find a mysterious being called 2772… What could that be?
Obviously the story and the art itself have many influences from movies or novels : 2001, Alien, a brave new world… which is a positive aspect.
Art and animation are truly wonderful even by today’s standards, and the animation can easily match Disney’s movies. I was amazed by some scenes and the fluidity of the animation. Back at that time, every frames had to be drawn and colored by hand on celluloids. Besides, some of you will recognize Tezuka classic characters (Black jack, the big nose researcher, the Walrus like old man…)
The score is definitely a great feature of this movie. Wondrous classic music played by a symphonic orchestra conveys strong feelings and ideas even without word. Some parts of the movie are even speechless to let you appreciate this musical work.
This anime addresses many issues and concepts even if I feel it was made for a young audience : Love, struggle for power, ecology, the superficiality of the bourgeoisie, prejudice and ignorance of politics…
There are only 2 downsides : the humourous counterpart characters (2 funny creatures) which are quite often irritating and the rather Oedipal idea underlying the relation of the characters.
Overall this Movie really deserves your interest, no matter your age or generation as it raises many questions and let you pondering it while listening to a magnificent melody.
PS : for French speakers, the anime is dubbed very well in French. Excellent voice acting.
The animation brings back the pure simplistic art with creative character designs reminiscent of the 1920’s. Sound is accompanied by full a full symphonic orchestra leading every scene to epic proportions. Even when the two cartoon comic-relief characters have their own music performances to give an ever intense movie a break from the action.
2772 starts out very much like a silent movie, with only the screen and music telling the story of how our main protagonist, Godo, is created, grows, and assigned his job in the dystopian society that the world is in. What is Godo’s job, but to train in order to find and catch something? That something happens to be a firebird somewhere out in space. What is the firebird and why? One of the best aspects of this film is not just the animation, but learning as Godo learns. The struggle of Godo throughout all points in his life and the journey he must take along the way.
The one major shortcoming is the lack of character reasoning. If you were raised from birth like a robot, wouldn’t you act like a robot? We never really grasp why Godo turns out the way he does as well as some of the other characters, which is only nitpicking at this point. 2772 is a fantastic work in animations, music, and story always making the anime fan want more. So go out and watch it.
Fortunately, 2772 turned out to be one of his better works. And this movie is a minor cinematic gem worth watching.
In the distant future, a young boy is raised with only one goal in mind: to become a space pilot. Earth is slowly dying, and the world has been divided into the small fortunate elites, and everyone else. At first tasked with a mission to capture the enigmatic space firebird (2772), but then tossed into a hellish prison for the sin of seducing one of the elites, he finds a way to escape, assemble a rag-tag group of companions in search of the firebird and Earth’s salvation.
Some of the most impressive features of this movie include the orchestral score, which works well with the animation, and the musical interludes are among the best parts to watch. It also features a sympathetic protagonist, and a clear “quest” type storyline and clear resolution.
However, it also suffers from some of Tezuka’s omnipresent flaws. For example, his tendency to re-use the same character designs over and over again in different works (e.g. Dr. Black Jack, the Professor) – I know his justification for it (as a “cast of actors playing parts”), but no matter the justification that doesn’t make it any less annoying. Also, Tezuka can get a little preachy at times, but at least he is able to successfully pair death with rebirth in his Phoenix stories. And, of course, the mixing in of the silly characters with the serious ones can also be off-putting (the worst part of this is the “Star Wars cantina” menagerie of creatures on his first extraplanetary visit. Ugh.)
But while an imperfect film, it remains worth watching, as one of Tezuka’s stronger works.
19: Ginga Tetsudou 999: Eternal Fantasy
English: Galaxy Express 999: Eternal Fantasy
Japanese: 銀河鉄道９９９ エターナルファンタジー
MAL Score: 6.60
Based on the story by manga master Leiji Matsumoto (The Cockpit, Queen Emeraldas), the 55 minute featurette picks up one year after the events of Galaxy Express 999 in which a young boy named Tetsuro and his motherly companion Maetel worked to rid the universe on the Mechanized Empire who had taken over Earth.
It is basically a movie that summarizes everything that took place during the TV series, only it whittles it down to about an hours worth. The story is quite well written as you can see from above, it really gives you a feeling that you are riding with Tetsuro on the express ways, as they tend to introduce different planets that have also been under oppression by the machine people, along with love, sadness and surprising plots twists, which are especially nice considering this is only an hour long movie. The action scenes themselves are fair enough, but lack a really visual appeal and flare. I know some may feel that it was appropriate for its time, but there still were much more fluent titles out there around this era. (such as Robotech or Captain Tsubasa) Still, it gets the job done well enough! It contains a bit of blood shed (doesn’t ever spurt or flow though) and some of the scenes show women in a more erotic manner, so it might not be appropriate for all viewers. These scenes are few and far between, but I still feel they are worth mentioning.
Really has a great one! The live "symphony" style of music really sets the mood for the movie, and even holds up well by today’s standards. And the closing theme "journey to the stars" was so darn catchy I immediately downloaded it to my ipod! It does seem a bit dated looking back on it, but it still has a lasting affect! My only complaint with the music, is that there isn’t much to it as far as variety goes. Its pretty sparse through out, but the parts that it does show up in are well timed and moving. Most people may view the background tracks as "sad, " but heck they did kill his mom, so its what the designers were trying to make you feel with it! Sadly, there is no opening theme to this title. The character voices were some hit and misses, I felt that the two main ones were well placed and appropriate, but others (like the conductor) just came out plain funny! Which I guess is ok, especially considering this is a sad movie, and some viewers might find the funnier voices stimulating.
Without a doubt it is very dated, this sort of style was very popular in the 80’s era, so to some younger viewers out there it will most likely be a turn off. As far as the character design goes, I just wasn’t a fan of it myself. With the exception of Tetsuro on most parts, the other characters just look weird and not proportioned right, and kinda come off as more silly than actually threatening or mature. (which is what the movie is shooting for) Still, whether you love it or hate it, its well detailed and does contain a character design all its own.
Which is really what this movie is all about! The great chemistry between them, whether it be loss of a loved one, happy times meeting new friends, to touching moments between them! You feel a deep satisfaction of feeling what the characters feel themselves. And even though it wasn’t able to pull off the most touching story for a movie, it still leaves you with a happy yet sad feeling when it finishes. The characters themselves are also interesting in their design. They range from humans, to alien conductors, to people made out of pure crystal, so there is a good variety to them as well!
Bottom Line: 8/10
If your not into the whole classic anime tag, then "Galaxy Express 999: Eternal Fantasy" probably won’t make you change your mind. But if you are interested in what was going on back in older anime titles, its a great find. This movie may be a bit too dark and depressing for some though, so if your the type of viewer who prefers happy movies then I would avoid it, as it does have its tear jerking moments. I recommend it for fans of old school, or people who like more mature drama in their anime diet.
One Final note I feel I should mention: if you do decide to get into this franchise, be prepared for some very confusing detective work. As there are so many spin-offs, sequels and prequels that it can sometimes get quite frustrating!
18: Venus Senki
English: Venus Wars
MAL Score: 6.77
In the 21st century, mankind lives on two worlds. Following the collision of an ice asteroid, massive terraforming has made Venus a planet now capable of supporting life. Colonists from Earth tamed the hostile world and have thrived for four generations. But they also brought the darker side of humanity. Venus is about to get hostile again.
Hiro Seno, a hotshot motorcycle jockey, witnesses the first strike against his country Aphrodia, by the rival nation of Ishtar. Huge battletanks and warplanes quickly lay waste to the city. The Aphrodian army is quick to mobilize and retaliate… and despite his opposition to warfare, Hiro finds himself fighting for his life on the front lines.
Probably not the best choice for younger fans who cant stomach the outdated animation but it is a fine example of 80’s sci fi anime.
Its a decent quick watch, and a peek into the 80’s, the golden era of anime, and by this I mean it’s better than 90% of modern animes easily…
Basically the story is very ordinary! I have seen many movies from late 80s that are written in same way and this also borrows many elements. I felt that this movie was re-written less bloody version of Akira. These two movies have many things in common!
And the characters are forgettable. I didn’t even remember anyone’s names.
Only one thing that is good in this anime is its artwork. I really liked how the tanks and other vehicles were drawn.
Overall an unfinished anime, which needed deeper more complex story and better written characters.
The premise is sound if not a bit basic. Humans have colonised Venus (out of all the planets in Sol) but thanks to ecological disasters, it is a backwater hellhole far from the supposed utopia of this world’s Earth. Its people have a reckless, fatalistic and at times apathetic view towards life and peace (the ridiculously deadly bike racing games they have!). The nation Ishtar launches a surprise attack on Aphrodian’s capital, Io and conquer it in one day. The anime then chronicles a bike racing gang’s involvement in the war to recapture Io. The simple plot is made up for by a sense of scale. There is a huge array of futuristic armoured fighting vehicles with the combined arms firepower that lays waste to the massive industrial complex of Io. Rarely in anime will you see such gratuitous scenes of warfare! There is more attention to detail than you’d think. The only aircraft are all prop driven as jet aircraft do not work in Venuses’ atmosphere.
At the same time, while one and a half hours is enough to craft a rich geopolitical thriller and a dose of history on top of the basic story, we only get a couple of basic anti war and totalitarian messages. The government is pretty corrupt and incompetent; that’s always fun!
Instead, the runtime focuses on the biker gang. While there is no problems with good character development, this IS NOT done well. A lot of the dialogue IS unnatural as hell, their interactions do not reveal as much about themselves and the world around them as it could have and a lot of the movie seriously lacks a sense of direction. The beginning could have been condensed to half the amount of time without much difference. Definitely the weakest aspect of the anime!
The characters are decent to poor. Most of the biker gang are the standard kids transitioning to adults type characters. There is no development for most of them save the main character and the alpha male and even then it is poor. It is quite probable that you’d make no real emotional connection to any of them! This is nothing compared to the reporter character; she takes the blondes are dumb stereotype to the max and is easily the dumbest character in anime I’ve ever seen. She contributes almost nothing to the anime and her only redeeming feature is that she has more balls (or is it ignorance?) than most of the male cast! Literally just a dumb pretty face.
Art quality is typical 80s ova type stuff; brilliant if you are used to old anime. What really boosts this anime are the insanely over the top and extremely cool military weapon designs. The giant tanks bristle with cannons that cover all of its sides! It is absolutely ridiculous and the anime knows it. They often operate alone as assault weapons; presumably because their all round fire power is expected to cover every possible approach to the tank. In practice, there are only 3 or so crewmembers operating the tank; so in battle, half of the guns are never used! Those monowheel motorbikes are also so impractically dumb that they end up becoming cool. You know what else is dumb? That experimental section of the movie where they animated motorbikes on top of live action video footage. Interesting? Yes. Well done? No, very roughly! Its more jarring than bad anime cgi!
Sound is your typical 80s music. Its slightly above average compared to other 80s anime osts.
Yes I really enjoyed this, you don’t watch this anime for the lame, unrealistic characters and the barebones plot. You watch this for the badass mechanical designs waging blitzkrieg war over desert wastes and wreaking total destruction of the intricately detailed cities of Venus. What makes this even more interesting is the asymmetrical forces of the two nations. The Ishtarians have massive tank armies while Aphrodian’s prefer hard hitting mobile forces. In conclusion, this is one of the coolest war animes ever made! Recommended for fans of military sci fi, the junkyard future aesthetic and war anime in general.
17: Crusher Joe
English: Crusher Joe: The Movie
MAL Score: 6.84
Crushers: intergalactic Jacks-of-All-Trades who will take on any assignment for the right price. Crusher Joe heads a small team of these outer space troubleshooters that includes the cyborg Talos, the beautiful Alfin, and the obligatory kid sidekick Ricky. A routine assignment escorting a cryogenically frozen heiress to a medical facility goes awry when the girl goes missing and Joe and his team are left holding the bag. It seems space pirates are trying to play the Crushers for patsies, but Joe doesn’t take kindly to the setup and tracks the pirates to their home world. The four heroes not only have to rescue their human cargo but take down the pirates in the process, which involves a heck of a lot of space dogfights, explosions, and good old-fashioned hand-to-hand combat.
Crusher Joe: The Movie, is a Movie from 1983, by Studio Nue. It was adapted from the Crusher Joe light novels, written by author Haruka Takachiho. Directed by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, who had already worked on the 1979’s Mobile Suit Gundam, it won Animage Anime Grand Prize in ’83.
Crusher Joe follows the adventures of Crusher Joe and his team, Alfin, Talos and Ricky. Our main characters are the so-called Crushers, a kind of legal and controlled mercenaries. The movie revolves around a group of Pirates, which have stolen a highly dangerous weapon, while Crusher Joe and his team are fighting the Pirate faction. The Story overall is quite generic and is something that one would expect from this kind of movie. And although it’s not a complex story, it’s intelligent.
The Art is stunning in this Anime. While I was watching this, I forgot that it’s almost 30 years old. There were quite an amount of awesome fight scenes, and the design was splendid. Crusher Joe is without a doubt, one of the best-looking Anime’s from the early 80’s.
The Music in this Movie was always a crucial point, to create the perfect ambient. There wasn’t a moment where I thought the Music was misplaced, even when there wasn’t any. I don’t have any complains about the Voice Acting (Japanese Version), where the seiyu’s did a flawless job.
All Characters are the most 80’s cliché possible, but everyone is likeable. They are all funny, serious and distinctive. The relationship between the 4 main Characters is very interesting, where they despite being all friends have the occasional fights, which can bring a good laugh.
With great fighting scenes, funny situations, enjoyable characters and a bit of romance, this Movie is really a great joy to watch. Even with its 120 minutes, you won’t ever feel bored, because there is always something happening.
This is really an underrated and especially underappreciated Movie. This is one of the best Movies I have seen from the early 80’s and I don’t understand why it’s so underappreciated. A good way to sum this movie is to say that it’s a generic 80’s Anime at its best. So if you like more old school stuff or you just like a good action/comedy anime, than this is definitely one for you.
Note: If you don’t know where to watch this, PM me.
In this movie we follow a team of Crushers comprised of Joe, Alfin, Ricky and Talos. Crushers are intergalactic jacks-of-all-trades who will take on any task for the right price. Joe and his team are tasked with helping escort a cryogenically frozen heiress to a medical facility. However, something happens during warp and they end up nowhere near where they were supposed to go, and the heiress and the people who hired them are nowhere to be found. The pirates have been playing them for fools in order to escape, but Joe doesn’t like being fooled and goes to track the pirates down to get his revenge and to rescue the human cargo.
I have to give props to the animation in this movie. The movie was pretty well animated. I also really love the more cartoonish stretch and pull techniques they use to make the characters so much more expressive and alive. I am a huge sucker for things like that and I really liked that in this movie. The space dogfights and general hand to hand combat was also animated pretty well, so I have no real complaints in terms of the visuals of the movie.
The music in this movie let me down a little to be honest. I can not really remember any music at all. It almost felt like it wasn’t even really there at all. Some better music definitely would have helped out during the fights and could have made the entire movie seem a lot more epic.
Overall I have to say that I really enjoyed this movie. I had been told before hand that I was probably gonng to like it, but I did not think I was going to like it as much as I did. The action in this movie was really good. They did a nice job making it so that our main characters felt strong and good at what they are doing, but at the same time they managed to keep them from being so overly strong and cool that no one would ever be a threat to them. This was shown especially during a fight at the disco where they would both beat people and get swarmed and overpowered. Other things I thought the movie did really well was the animation. The way they portrayed expression in the characters using more cartoonish animation techniques really did wonders for this movie. I also really liked that instead of having what the characters were thinking and feeling show through inner monologue, they used the animation and expressions of the characters to get that through to the viewers.
Now I have a lot of praise for the show, but I also have a few complaints. One of the complaints which you could read earlier was in the music department. I don’t really remember any music from the movie, cause it really did not make an impression on me. I wish they would have got some better music cause it really could have elevated some of the scenes in this movie. Other than that it’s just minor things that I think they could have explored a bit more, such as the whole Crushers organization and some more villain motivations and how they were connected to the events that took place, but I think they did an ok job at that. I would really recommend people give this movie a watch. I don’t understand why it’s got such a low rating on MAL, cause I think it’s a lot better than what it’s given credit for. I know I enjoyed it a lot.
16: Uchuu Kaizoku Captain Herlock: Arcadia-gou no Nazo
English: Space Pirate Captain Harlock: Riddle of the Arcadia Episode
Japanese: 宇宙海賊キャプテン ハーロック アルカディア号の謎
MAL Score: 6.96
The story on Arcadia’s mystery, on which the 13th television episode was based.
15: Doraemon Movie 06: Nobita no Little Star Wars
English: Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Little Space War
Japanese: 映画 ドラえもん のび太の宇宙小戦争[リトル スター ウォーズ]
MAL Score: 6.96
Papi, the tiny president of a faraway planet, escapes to Earth to avoid being captured by the military forces that took over. Despite being welcomed by Doraemon, Nobita and their friends, the little alien notices that his enemies have also reached this world and doesn’t want to get his human friends involved in this war. Doraemon, Nobita, Gian, Suneo, and Shizuka start a big adventure as they try to hide and protect Papi.
14: Doraemon Movie 35: Nobita no Space Heroes
Japanese: 映画 ドラえもん のび太の宇宙英雄記[スペースヒーローズ]
MAL Score: 6.98
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13: Doraemon Movie 20: Nobita no Uchuu Hyouryuuki
English: Doraemon the Movie: Nobita Drifts in the Universe
Japanese: 映画 ドラえもん のび太の宇宙漂流記
MAL Score: 7.04
After bragging about receiving a space trip ticket from his father, Suneo concedes they would have to wait quite a while until they can actually go. So, Nobita and co. turns to Doraemon for it, but they were given a space simulation game to play together instead. Unfortunately an accident with another gadget occurred, leaving Suneo and Giant trapped inside the game, only to be picked up by someone from outer space. Nobita, Shizuka and Doraemon then pursued the UFO that has the game inside it which took them all to a real space adventure.
12: 11-nin Iru!
English: They Were Eleven
MAL Score: 7.07
After the Interstellar Alliance established peace among most of the planets in the universe, they created the Cosmo Academy. The academy is renowned as the most elite school in existence, with its graduates guaranteed virtually any job they desire. However, one can only become a student if they pass the entrance examinations held every three years, making the competition for admission extremely fierce.
Lane Tadatos is a Terran who has managed to reach the final stage of examinations. Placed in a group of 10, he is sent to the Esperanza—a ship stranded in orbit. Their final test is to survive 53 days on the ship, without any means of communication with the outside other than an emergency forfeit button. But a serious problem emerges for the examinees when they perform a headcount. There are 11 people aboard the Esperanza, meaning that one of them is an impostor.
They Were 11 takes place in the far future where the united races of space have constructed an academy that trains the future leaders of the galaxy. Only the creme de la creme even stand a chance at passing the entrance exam. Those that do must face a final test before admission, and that’s where this particular work takes us. Ten applicants must survive on a decrepit spaceship for a giving amount of time. Upon arriving, they find their are eleven rather than the prescribed ten.
The concept for this story–as near as I can tell–is one of the most original I have found coming out of the Sci-Fi-mad 80s (note I speak here of anime originality, as certainly 11–like so many other 80s Sci-Fi works–takes the Lost in Space que as its foundation). And within the story there are enough plot twists to keep anyone from being bored. I have to say, at least one of them seemed just a little too convenient for the story to progress, but it added an interesting dynamic and allowed for a satisfactory conflict. Short of this, I can only say this is one of the best stories I’ve ever had the privilege to watch in a Sci-Fi anime.
The music and sound effects aren’t anything particularly special. I have had a separate opportunity to watch the English dub of 11 (only the sub was released on VHS), and so I’m including it in my review since the DVD is the likely copy you will find. The dub is fair. Fewer awkward moments and statements than many other dubs of 80s anime I have seen. However, I have to fall-back on saying I prefer the Japanese version. This is mostly my own feeling that one or two character’s voices aren’t fitting (though all the others are a nice match). Also, the American-equivalency of an Osakan accent was, frankly, overdone here. I therefore recommend sticking to the Japanese version.
The artwork for 11 is nice. It’s not as pretty or shiny as some other works, but it gets the job done. The character design suits the portrayal of each character. And while the players in this flick do seem to be inspired by stock character types, there’s enough interesting back story to give the important characters presence.
My enjoyment of 11 ranks right up there with Space Adventure Cobra and LOGH. I might watch the movie about twice a year on my own, but take any given opportunity to introduce it to an unfamiliar audience. 11 has several qualities that seem to have inspired later anime (such as Infinite Ryvius), so if you’re a more recent fan of the Sci-Fi genre, They Were 11 is an absolute NECESSITY to watch. You may call it Lost in Space, but by this point I think we’re beyond forcing connections between anime and early live action movies/shows. 11 stands up for itself without having to be supported by inspiration from 60s television. It’s a movie you don’t want to pass-up.
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Although Moto Hagio is one of the most important authors of the Group of 24, along with others such as Ryoko Ikeda or Keiko Takemiya, due to her contributions to the shōjo manga, her extensive work has not found a niche in the extensive anime production. The only exception, of course, is the work that we are going to review at this time. A film that, although it does not adapt all the material of the manga, is an interesting piece within the mediocre set of medium-length and feature films of the 80s. It had no great luck with the studio because the animation is provided by Magic Bus. However, it is a film whose approach is attractive as it reminds us of a novel by Agatha Cristie with the particularity that the action takes place in space.
They were eleven (1986) is a film starring Tadatos and 10 other aspirants who want to enter the Galactic Academy, a training institution reserved for the elite. However, to pass the final test the examiners place on them, they will have to combine their survival skills and collaboration as they try to figure out who the phony among them is. In connection with this, the mysterious link between the protagonist and the spaceship where the test takes place will also be revealed. Is it really the stowaway of the ship?
As I have already said, the approach of the film may remind us of a mystery novel where there is a group of individuals locked up with a murderer. The spatial theme, on the other hand, leads us to think of feature films like Alien (1979). None really fits perfectly with what unfolds during its almost ninety minutes of footage. The “unexpected guest” factor leads to the existence of an impostor who seeks to assassinate the rest of the crew while he conceals his identity from him. But here what the “murderer” seeks is to discover if the applicants to enter the Academy have the necessary skills. For me, this particularity gives it extra points, since at least in the anime of the time there is no film or series with a similar idea.
When facing a test designed by an academic institution, it is to be assumed that the level of danger to which the characters are subjected cannot be very high. Otherwise, the candidates could die and it would not suit them. Without a doubt, the emergency button that is presented from the beginning helps to generate this idea in the viewer. If something goes wrong, everyone can press it and survive, even if that means suspending the whole group. However, the author did not fall into this error because in the course of the fifty-three days of living together a series of eventualities and setbacks not programmed by the Academy occur and that, therefore, put their lives at risk. The drift of the ship’s trajectory, the red spot virus, or the possibility of the ship exploding all serve to add enough tension to the story. In this sense, the survival aspect seems to me more than correct.
Too bad my opinion is not so favorable regarding the mystery. At first, the author succeeds in trying to confuse us using the protagonist’s memory loss. The fact that he knows the ship necessarily leads us to think that he was there previously and that the past events that explain the abandonment of the transport are related to it. Thanks to this distraction maneuver, the viewer distrusts the protagonist more than the rest. The problem with the mystery lies, however, in the scarcity of clues that lead us to discover the identity of the impostor. Virtually nothing that happens, except for the initial ruse of the stowaway, serves to get to him. If he had offered any clues as to who the telepath was, they would have helped us, but they didn’t. Observing the immaturity of some characters, on the other hand, helped to rule out several for sure. But the impostor was among the secondary ones who hardly participated and were precisely not few. A mystery should give guarantees to be solved because otherwise it is of little use.
From my point of view, the film did not choose the best approach by placing a greater emphasis on mystery. The real key point of the film is in its message: the need that all passengers have to cooperate in order to survive, despite mistrust and the deep differences that distance them. A mission that is not easy at all because it requires learning to trust others and accept each other’s differences. The play does a competent job of introducing us to the peculiarities of each of these characters because it spends part of its time allowing them to talk about their aspirations, their home of origin, the traits of their species, etc. It is as if in the same place people of different social classes, ethnicities and races were mixed, with all that that entails. Although this diversity is not so much the engine of the conflict as it is the fact that they are facing strangers, among whom one is an impostor who can be blamed for the problems they are going through. In any case, this fact greatly enhances the message of acceptance, union and cooperation. At the end of the film, the change of mentality in the crew crystallizes in an appropriate way, after an intense interaction and joint problem solving.
Before putting a full stop to the review I would like to mention a problem related to the group of characters. Although it was clear that the eleven could not count on the same attention, it is clear that about half are left over to tell the exact same story. Of the eleven passengers, less than half stood out enough for us to be aware of them. The participation of the rest was much less active and their characterization was very poor, almost inferring their characteristics from their appearance. A bug that could have been fixed by narrowing the group slightly and paying attention to them in a more balanced way. Being positive at least they contributed from a thematic point of view by showing that they are a very plural crew. Speaking of diversity, it manifested itself in matters of sex and gender roles with the hermaphroditism of Frol and Vidmenir or the position of men and women on the planet of Frol’s comic relief.
You can read my review here: https://elarmarioanimados.blogspot.com/2020/07/resena-quien-es-el-11-pasajero.html
In the distant future, warp technology has allowed humanity to explore the vast expanses of space, meeting strange races and populating other planets far away from our humble earth. They Were 11 follows Tada, a man who aspires to join the prestigious Cosmo Academy. As part of the final entrance test, all of the remaining applicants are split into groups of ten and put into actual starships to work together and survive for 53 days without outside assistance.
However, as soon as Tada and his group are safely aboard the starship, they notice something is amiss. There are 11 people aboard. Who’s the odd man out? How did he get there, and what is he after? This is the premise of They Were 11, and I have to admit, that alone compelled me to watch this movie.
For fear of spoilers, I shan’t venture too deep into the actual plot, which is definitely the main attraction. Seeing the group, riddled with suspicion and paranoia, make their way through day after day, all while facing different challenges and hardships will keep you on your toes. I wanted to find out who the 11th man was just as much as they did, and that’s a sign of solid storytelling. Naturally, there are twists and revelations along the way, as well as a conclusive ending. (Which I suspect could be controversial, but I was more than satisfied.)
Let’s talk a little bit about the characters. They’re great. A varied bunch of personalities, some of them with alien appearances, customs and physiologies. Some get more time to shine than others do, but with eleven characters and only an hour and a half to work with, that’s perfectly understandable. What we do learn about the characters in terms of background helps to not only flesh them out, but also flesh out the setting, as each character’s tale lets us learn something about his homeworld, and its struggles and conditions.
Again, I find myself limited as to what I can discuss for fear of spoiling anything. I’ll just say this; the movie has a lot of heart. There’s a sweet charm to much of the character interaction, and a few humorous moments you wouldn’t expect a movie like this to have to be found throughout. I appreciated them a lot; they provided both the characters and the viewers with a little break from the suspense.
While some viewers might be put off by the art-style, I find it delightful. It holds up well, and just looks damn good period. There’s a lot of personality in every character design, and the setting is brought to life with nice backgrounds and subdued colors. The animation doesn’t hold up quite as well, but it was never to the extent that my enjoyment was hampered at all.
Overall, “They Were 11” tells a unique, suspenseful and well crafted tale of survival and cooperation in dire and uncertain circumstances. It has heart, charm, an interesting setting, and will keep you guessing and smiling. It gets a strong recommendation from me; they rarely make’em like this, either now or back then!
11: Space Adventure Cobra
English: Space Adventure Cobra: The Movie
Japanese: SPACE ADVENTURE コブラ
MAL Score: 7.10
Cobra, a notorious space pirate, is enlisted by bounty hunter Jane to rescue her sister from the strange being known as Crystal Boy, but then finds himself drawn into a complex struggle over the fate of a mysterious wandering planet.
The movie version of Space Adventure Cobra comes right out of the center of anime’s intrepid Space Age. The same year publishing began for the manga versions of Akira and Naussicaa of the Valley of the wind, Buichi Terasawa’s name-making series had been serialized for several years, and founded the basis for its continuing popularity with the release of this movie (which was shortly followed by the more manga-accurate version of the TV series.
The plot is something of a conundrum, mostly due to confusion as to whether the movie represented a separate part or a “retelling” of the events of the series. In brief, Cobra and his android partner Lady must assist bounty hunter Jane Flower in preventing the Pirate Guild from controlling an artificial, wandering planet. Jane is part of a set of triplets (the daughters of the last Queen), and the planet’s course can only be changed if only one sister is alive or if they “all love the same man.” Yes, that’s right. I’m not making this up.
I’ll leave additional details for you to see for yourself. As a consequence of the plot (and due to the nature of the old school Sci-Fi genre) various instances of cheese occur. In fact, Cobra is one of the cheesiest Sci-Fi flicks I know of from the 80s. Mix touching romantic moments in with loss, the fate of the galaxy, and gun-toting action makes for that kind of a flick. Oh, did I mention the classic psychedelic disco scene on the snow planet? Inevitably–as a movie version of a much longer story–the plot is not only changed but also compressed. Occasionally this is obvious, and this may serve as a turn-off for some viewers.
For some this may come as a surprise, but as I see it on every other count Cobra is a shining star in the Sci-Fi library. Early 80s Sci-Fi anime is not reputed for the attention to detail and (dare I say?) beautiful art designs that come as part of this movie. Terasawa’s style gives clear indications of his work’s intent. Scantly clad (or where weather dictates full wear, jumpsuits that hide little work too) women, storm trooper esque bad guys, and the manly man of all space cowboys: Cobra.
(NOTE: incorporating both Jap and English versions here) Another surprise for me when I first watched it was the soundtrack. The music of the Japanese version is excellent. It plays a great part in setting the mood where required, and can even distract your mind from the hugely cheesy scenes that often creep up. The characters in Cobra’s original dub are all voiced well. The voice of Cobra especially. The English version, unfortunately (though not unexpected) doesn’t match-up. It’s the more common version available in the states; and while some of the cast actually fits as far as sound goes, much of the dialogue comes off insincere and thus tends to put the movie down. The English soundtrack isn’t half bad (done by a group called Yello), but this is one of those instances where I absolutely prefer the Japanese version of things.
The characters in Cobra are some of the best one can find in the genre. It is unfortunate that their full potential can’t be realized in the movie-length format, but the makings of greatness for them is very clear. The obvious plus is our hero Cobra. After changing everything about himself (appearance, voice, etc) to hide from the Pirate Guild, Cobra reveals his identity effectively to get some tail. He has a playboy demeanor, mixed with a Han Solo/Captain Harlock occupation and an attitude about life most would love to have. Cobra really presents himself as the perfectly balanced character by the end of the movie. He is not so over-the-top that he can’t descend to take things seriously; nor does he fall into the dark, brooding persona often associated with lone male characters. Uniquely armed with a revolver and his powerful, mind-controlled “psychogun,” Cobra may actually be the best protagonist of any Pop Sci-Fi anime movie ever.
The other major character of note is the antagonist: Crystal Boy. One of the leading figures in the Pirate Guild, Crystal Boy has a personal vendetta to kill Cobra in the process of fulfilling the operation. He isn’t your average villain. Not only is he a massive figure, his body consists of liquid glass, making him virtually unharmable. If that wasn’t enough, he can pull his ribs out to use as weapons. HIS RIBS FOR GOD’S SAKE! This guy is a walking death machine. If he isn’t the best original idea for a villain ever, he only takes second seat to Joseph Kucan’s enigmatic “Kane.”
What can I say about Cobra? I love it to death. I’m a sucker for the cheesy Pop Sci-Fi movie that represents a different time. Back when the James Bond model of manliness was king, and disco mattered, and women were the center of the universe. Sure, Cobra borrows from a lot of mainstream stuff. James Bond (never more clear than during the opening song sequence), Star Wars, even the short story “We Can Remember it for you Wholesale.” Unlike many Sci-Fi works though, Cobra possesses a special spirit all its own, and creates original content within itself that more than compensates for any resemblances to other works. It’s not for everyone. Non-oldies and Non-Sci-Fi fans should avoid Cobra like the plague (one notable exception, see the comments on the blog index). For we old fogies that still dream of seeing the days of riding faster-than-sound cars, using jetpacks, and zooming along at lightspeed Cobra is one hell of a trip.
And if I must close this review with a last thought to encourage you to watch Cobra, I will steal a line from the “bad sub” version of the movie to which I was first introduced (again, see comments on blog).
“The passion is the bullet of his magic gun!”
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The latter is what I’m looking at for in this review and apparently it’s a different interpretation of what happens in the series, but I’m not going to be doing any comparisons as I won’t be finishing the series until the second part gets released in a few weeks and it wouldn’t affect the quality of the film in any way. In other words, it wouldn’t increase nor decrease just how fucking AWESOME it was.
I’m no stranger to the Cobra franchise due to watching that revival from a few years back, but in case you guys haven’t seen it (and not many of you jackasses did because you’re awful people who would rather watch a shitty Nodame sequel during that cold dark Winter of 2010) I’ll fill you in. Cobra is a wanted man with the highest bounty in the universe who is handsome, strong, and all-around perfect to the fact that Jesus Christ worships him. He has a female assistant named Lady who dresses in some metallic suit and does fuck all, and together they go adventuring across the stars, helping out women dressed in clothing so skimpy you’d probably mistake them for the cast of Highschool DxD – except with blond hair – and fighting bad guys who you know Cobra is going to beat the crap out of, but they’re so varied and entertaining that you don’t give a shit.
Most notable of the bad guys is Crystal Boy, who’s basically the Joker to Cobra in that whilst you know he’ll never be able to win, he’s the archenemy of the show that provides a great contrast to our hero due to Cobra’s most powerful weapon not affecting him, having legions of henchmen to do his bidding, and being much more interesting than our main…okay he doesn’t quite reach that level of Joker-dom. But he kicks ass nevertheless.
It’s basically pulpy space opera at its best and if you have something against that, then obviously you were born with genes so recessive that it’s a miracle you can operate an electronic device to read this review.
Cobra’s adventures pretty much rely on whatever substance is given to him and whether he can chew on it harder than that oversized cigar he always carries in his mouth, and in this particular adventure, the substance given to him is how he deals with “love”. That’s right. Love. A weapon so powerful that Ma-Ti from Captain Planet could use it to cause more damage than all the Smash Ball attacks from Super Smash Bros Brawl combined if the show had been written by someone who knew what AIDs actually was. And not with just one lady. But three. Sisters. It’s the harem anime movie we’ve always wanted, and it was made years before that blasted genre existed.
The actual story details elude me, partly because I was too busy admiring Cobra’s muscles and charisma and practically everything that I’d want to be if I was space-travelling – let alone be in real life – and partly because I don’t get what the actual importance of the grand plan was. Apparently those three sisters I mentioned above are the only ones left of some doomed planet and when two of them die or all three fall in love with the same person, that planet gets revived. Whilst I can understand reviving a civilization, I don’t really get what Crystal Boy gets out of it. He becomes ruler or something? He gets enough cash to make Scrooge McDuck weep? He makes his gold metallic body shiny to the point that he’ll have the power to blind his enemies when light refracts off of him? I’ve seen plotlines in Legend of the Galactic Heroes that were easier to understand than this.
Also, the whole bounty-hunter sister just disappearing into the other sister because she fell in love with him? Yeah, how does that make sense?
The only part I really understood, besides Cobra being the invincible hero who wins in the end obviously, was the way the film deals with the whole romance angle. Cobra and the first sister fall in love. They eventually get separated because of that disappearance mumbo-jumbo I mentioned earlier. The second sister falls in love with Cobra, but he’s not ready to move on so soon and resists. The third sister is brainwashed by Crystal Boy to love him and when she eventually gets free (not a spoiler because that plot point is more predictable than Barney the Dinosaur singing “I Love You” at the end of every fucking episode of that fucking show), she (actual spoiler) rejects the whole love thing and basically dooms her planet so that its power – whatever the fuck that was – can’t be used for evil.
Considering that Dezaki is known for directing dramas, I don’t think this was all an accident. I think he purposefully wanted this particular Cobra story to be a metaphor for what Seo Kouji tries and fails to do in every single thing he writes. You see Mr. Kouji, you don’t have to have the most unlikeable people on the planet go through angry misunderstanding after angry misunderstanding for over two-hundred f*cking chapters (which is the equivalent of like a three to four-cour series) to show the pains of first love, moving on, and the final inevitable conclusion. Sometimes, all you need is a flawless guy with a gun for his arm sailing through space on his ship with his lady cyborg fighting men made out of crystal and aliens that would give the one in Star Wars a run for their money. It surprisingly works a lot better than trying to emulate real life. Or not so surprisingly because experience has shown that anything that tries to emulate real life is almost always less realistic than Dragonball F*cking Z.
Being a guy who has a soft spot for romance at heart and more love for the whole space western thing than Justin Bieber has for being a massive douchebag, it was pretty much guaranteed I would love this movie. But the icing on the cake that really complements how awesome it is is the animation/art direction. Maybe it’s because I’m used to the shit production of Magic Bus’s revival, but the visuals in this thing blew me away. It doesn’t exactly make you feel like you’re in space, Gravity-style, or anything, but it does a great job of adding atmosphere to the whole shebang beyond just moving pictures. It’s kind of like how we thought the N64′s polygon graphics looked impressive at the time, but when the Gamecube came into town, not only was the eye candy causing us to need glasses 3x faster, but suddenly the opening to Mario 64 causes more nightmares than learning that someone on this godforsaken planet thought it’d be a good idea to make another Garbage Pail Kids film.
In other words, go see this movie unless you hate awesome things. You monster!
10: Mouretsu Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace
English: Bodacious Space Pirates the Movie: Abyss of Hyperspace
Japanese: モーレツ宇宙海賊 ABYSS OF HYPERSPACE -亜空の深淵-
MAL Score: 7.12
Marika Katou, a third year student at Hakuho Girls’ Academy, is a legitimate space pirate with a Letter of Marque. Between her studies, leading her school’s space yacht club, working part time at Cafe Lamp, and being the captain of the space pirate ship Bentenmaru, Marika’s days are very busy. One day, Marika gets a job to rob a high-class passenger ship, and she discovers that on the passenger list is Kanata Mugen, a boy who owns a “galaxy pass”. Thus, an adventure featuring a hyperspace race between pirates and one young boy begins.
Mouretsu Pirates is one of those easy Sunday afternoon shows. Watching Marika shoot around the galaxy in a miniskirt and a smile is a lot of fun. So why when making the film did they decide to replace the main character with a dreary, dickless little shit? Kanata Mugen hates his daddy, lives by high morals, and loves nothing more than a good frown. This archetype ringing any bells? He barges his way into the show and finds himself surrounded and pampered by cute girls. This self-insert hero fantasy would be bad enough as a sideplot, but the omnipresent barnacle manages to squeeze his way into every fucking scene adding nothing but irritation and gloom. KILL HIM!
Aside from this show ruining character the movie adds nothing to the franchise. The animation quality has dropped since the series, the story seems drawn out and simplified at the same time, the Sci-fi elements are unimaginative, and rather than make new music they rehashed the old Momoclo song.
If you liked the series avoid the film.
Characters were as in series good, art and sound very good, story not so much, it was weaker then in the series but nevertheless enjoyable,
Mouretsu Pirates Universe is nice and it would be nice if there is more of it, and i really hope there will be as it deserve second season and lot more, i hope producers will see that and give us more of M Pirates,
I liked the anime to mouretsu pirates very much and gave it a 9/10. It was cool, fun and sexy. One of the best sci fi anime out there. In comparison this movie sucks a little bit. Though i want to give it a little bit credit. It looks good, even cgi parts and it was fun to a certain degree.
Yet i have two major complains with this movie. First of all it adds nothing new to the anime. It feels like they did this movie out of purpose to gain more cash. There are not so much references to the anime. Just a few pics. Secondly marika was kinda replaced by Kanata Mugen. A boy who is whiny and hates his own dad out of reasons i guess. He was boring and i didn’t care about him.
There were other things that bothered me too. The villains were boring and their reasons for doing bad things were just as boring as the villains. That other thing that bothered me was Grunhildes crush on Kanata. It came out of nowhere and i didn’t get the reasons for that. They talked just like for four or five minutes and there was no real interaction, that lead to this kind of thing. Another thing was this scene where the girls from yacht club try to change kanatas clothes and they actedas if they never had seen a boy before. This whole scene was stupid.
If you want more from the anime, maybe you will be disappointed like me. But it can be enjoyed.
9: Tenchi Muyou! Manatsu no Eve
English: Tenchi the Movie 2: Daughter of Darkness
MAL Score: 7.13
Tenchi Masaki gets the surprise of his life when a teenage girl approaches him and calls him “Daddy.” Believing that the girl is mistaking him for someone else, Tenchi brings her home to figure out what is going on, which turns out to be a big mistake. When the girl introduces herself as Mayuka Masaki, Tenchi’s daughter, the Masaki household is thrown into yet another frenzy.
Thinking that Mayuka is just taking advantage of Tenchi, the girls refuse to believe that she is really his child. However, when DNA testing reveals that Tenchi is indeed her father, Washuu comes to the conclusion that Mayuka is his daughter from the future, the result of a recent time distortion. With this new revelation, everyone tries to welcome Mayuka into their lives with the sole exception being Ryouko Hakubi, who senses something sinister lurking beneath Mayuka’s charm.
This movie has litlle to do with the actual series, unless you count Tenchi Universe then it does. The movie has a somewhat sketchy story but the drama that follows afterwards is funny, but also very serious. The story features a woman that comes along claiming to be Tenchis daugher. When Washu realizes that this is actually true she investigates! Soon what follows are events that put Tenchi, Ryoko and all the other residents friendships at risk, just for the ultimate revenge!!
It has great comedy and a pretty solid story. If youre a Tenchi Muyo fan or youre just bored and have nothing better to do…CHECK IT OUT!!
Also a confused, controlled under-age MINOR sexually solicits her father figure. What the actual ****! I’m sure there were about a million other ways to go about achieving her masters goal than that.
Yeah the Tenchi Muyo series has always been on the sexy side and grouping a bunch of crazy weirdos together….but….
If I could give 0/10 I would. If I could have only unwatched it. I held out hope that it would have some redeeming feature. And maybe it does but watching a brain washed minor conduct incest was pretty unredeeming feature.
8: Doraemon Movie 39: Nobita no Getsumen Tansaki
English: Doraemon the Movie 2019: Chronicle of the Moon Exploration
Japanese: 映画 ドラえもん のび太の月面探査記
MAL Score: 7.22
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The story is shallow as ever. The problems with movies after Fujiko’s works run out is that they’re so soulless. How amazing and phenomenal his world building was, always so imaginative and beyond my wildest dream, I always wanted to be a part of the never ending adventure that he drawn. His story while was aiming for kids, it always had the exciting and thrilling feelings behind it. The bad guys are very comical but they’re smart and put things to their limits. The new one, they’re just the shadows to highlight the generic friendship story that you’ve watched a thousand times in any shounen movies. You name it, applied the formular and then boom a new doraemon movie is born.
At least they tried to keeps the characteristic cast as close as possible but while doing that, they accidentally hold down the true potential display that Fujiko aimed in his story. It just felt like a shell, a copycat with no real understanding of what makes themself great in the first place.
Their saving grave are the great animations, very beautiful sharp characters designs and bright enough color to enhance the overall theme of the movie. The soundtracks are great, fitting the atmosphere and some scene feels very emotional. Especially love the ending song, you should hear it.
I don’t think this movie is worth watching. But I was always a Doraemon fan, oh no, I’m still one. So how sad it is, I will still sit here in my hard wood chair and watch their next adventure.
7: Sayonara Ginga Tetsudou 999: Andromeda Shuuchakueki
English: Adieu Galaxy Express 999
Japanese: さよなら銀河鉄道999 -アンドロメダ終着駅-
MAL Score: 7.28
Despite the destruction of the mechanization home world Andromeda, the machine empire is still swept across the galaxy and Earth has become a battleground. Having returned from his journey aboard the train Galaxy Express 999, Tetsurou Hoshino joins the resistance and fights alongside others who have retained their humanity.
When the 999 returns to Earth, Tetsurou receives an enigmatic recorded message from his former traveling companion Maetel, telling him to board the train once more. Fighting his way to Megalopolis station, he makes it onto the train just as it departs. This time, however, Tetsurou is met with several mysteries: Maetel is nowhere to be seen, an ominous “Ghost Train” has appeared, and the ultimate destination of the 999 is unknown. Amid all this, Tetsurou finds himself confronted by the mysterious black knight Faust and soon discovers the machine empire’s darkest secret.
After receiving an invitation from maetel to board the 999,tetsuro and maetel set out once again on a quest to destroy the robot empire headquarters at the center of the galaxy. Along the way they meet some old friends while at the same time having their journey being overshadowed by a mystery by which one of their own Allies might be their greatest enemy .
What I really loved about this movie was how it showed the robot empire and the philosophy of immortality through machinery in even greater depth than the first movie. We get to see how it all started and learn even more about those who desire it.This anime goes a long way in trying to convey the message of humanity and what it really means to be alive.
Being such an old title the animation is pretty dated but stilled looked impressive especially during fight scenes and shots of space.I really enjoyed the music which moved from haunting to more upbeat and really helped to convey the mood of each scene.
The characters just like the first movie are enjoyable and realistic and compliments each other quite well.Overall a fitting sequel and an enjoyable movie
The strongest element in this movie is Rintaro’s direction, and if we judged only by visuals this would easily be an 8/10 or above. But as a stand alone story and part of the 999 franchise it’s pretty atrocious.
As I mentioned before it makes the same weird decision from the previous movie of taking out everything that 999 had besides character designs. Between 2 movies we get none of the character development or plots of the original. Emeraldas even attacks Prometheum and at no point it’s mentioned that she’s shooting her mom (ep. 12 of the tv series explains that she’s Maetel’s sister, for the modern OVAs it’s put as a given that you know this even though the movies go out of their way to ignore it). A story about travelers was turned into a story about freedom fighters. It’s like taking Kino no Tabi or Mushishi and turning them into, well, weak Harlock spin offs.
There are other weird pointless connections like Prometheum being made Queen Millenia, there is no attempt to connect with it or make it fit in any way. Being a frozen planet, crashing with earth or any other planet, being queens for millenia. There’s nothing besides names. Just like 999.
As it’s own thing it meanders a lot. There are three different instances where Harlock just appears and saves everyone because he happened to be there, including the one time Maetel was trying to do something. With this plot it makes no sense to have a train since it doesn’t have a set track to follow and they have no passengers to drop or pick up, it’s just an aesthetic element. Everything about Maetel makes no sense, no matter if you know the original plot or not. She just says things that couldn’t make sense and don’t explain things she should want to explain.
And final spoilers: The ending is the same thing that the series did, and the previous movie, and the OVAs, and I’m sure the planetary only shows have the same. Just watch the tv series.
This movie is a bit darker than the original in both tone and story. Whereas the first movie had a lot of world building and exploration to it in addition to Tetsuro’s main story of revenge, the plot is almost entirely dedicated to the human vs. machine conflict. Similar to the first movie, we have appearances from both Captain Harlock and Emeraldes, although they seem much more cameo in nature and less necessary than their appearances in the first movie. Maetel’s role is also heavily toned down in comparison to the first movie, and she doesn’t appear until more than 45 minutes have gone by. The movie contains a massive deus ex machina towards the end of the movie and rips off one of the most popular sci-fi movies of all time in a big way (a movie that had been released not too long before this movie’s release).
Where I think this movie really delivers though is the design and style. The animation is noticeably better than the first movie and I would argue its still very strong today, 35 years after its release. Matsumoto’s design of the machine people and their world is amazing, one of my favorite from any anime or sci-fi movie. There’s a beautiful dialogue-less 4 minute sequence just over half way through the movie as the Galaxy Express heads towards the planet Great Andromeda, a type of scene I think you just don’t get anymore these days. The overall theme of limited human life versus eternal machine life is also one I really enjoyed (granted, a theme done better in the first movie).
Is this movie absolutely necessary to see? No. The storyline was appropriately told in the first movie and a sequel wasn’t really necessary. But I still find this a very enjoyable viewing experience despite its flaws.
6: Uchuu Show e Youkoso
English: Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW
MAL Score: 7.33
Five elementary school children are spending their summer break camping at a remote mountain village. While on a hunt for their missing rabbit, Pyon-kichi, they find an injured dog in a field with crop circles. After nursing the dog back to health, they are shocked when he suddenly speaks and introduces himself as Pochi Rickman—an alien researcher who has been on Earth researching its plant life.
As thanks for saving his life, Pochi offers to take the children to the moon on a sightseeing trip. When they arrive, the group quickly discovers that the moon hides a vast alien metropolis which they begin to gleefully explore. Unfortunately, after hearing that Pochi was severely injured on his mission, the government of the moon issues a travel sanction on Earth, preventing the children from returning home.
Left with no other choice, the group journeys around the galaxy in search of a way to safely return to Earth. Amidst their adventure, they are pursued by aliens affiliated with “The Space Show,” the universe’s most-watched production shrouded in mystery.
The irony is that while the “mature” population of the world will often scoff or smile condescendingly at children’s tales of visits to strange worlds, encounters with weird creatures, travels on spaceships, fights with monsters, and other such flights of fancy, that doesn’t stop adults from creating stories about children in exactly those situations.
Uchuu Show e Youkoso (Welcome To The Space Show), is simply the latest in the long tradition of adults stealing ideas off kids.
The movie follows the adventures of a group of children from a rural Japanese village who are attending an unsupervised week long summer camp in the local school building. During the first day they decide to search for a missing pet rabbit, but what they find are crop circles and an injured dog …
Cue the madness.
The storyline is a rather interesting take on the whole idea of alien encounters, but there is a degree of predictability to proceedings due to the rather simplistic nature of the plot. That said, given that the movie is billed as family entertainment, it’s nice to see that efforts have been made to make the whole thing more appealing to adults and children alike. Part of this is reflected in the visuals and audio, but the lion’s share of focus undoubtedly falls on the story itself, so it’s unfortunate that this is also the area where matters become somewhat … confusing.
Too much effort can sometimes be a bad thing, and that seems to be the main problem with Welcome To The Space Show as it simply tries too hard to be everything to everyone. Unfortunately this is very much at odds with the simplicity of the plot, and the result is a tale that lacks the finesse of rival features. In addition to this there are a number of themes “borrowed” from other stories, and while plagiarism may be the first form of flattery, moderation is the word that director Masunari Koji and screenplay writer Kurata Hideyuki seem to have forgotten.
Now many people will automatically draw comparisons between Welcome To The Space Show and certain other anime movies, in particular Spirited Away, Galaxy Express 999 , My Neighbour Totoro (they find a strange friendly creature in the forest), and Oblivion Island, Production I.G.s 3D feature from 2009, and that’s just from the East. There are also themes taken from the novel Five Children & It by Edith Nesbit (which was adapted into a live action movie in 2004), The Chronicles of Narnia, and the 1985 movie The Explorers. This rather dizzying array of influences initially looks like a disaster waiting to happen, so it’s surprising that this narrative cacophony is not only understandable, but also entertaining.
When it comes to the looks though, this movie seems to shift into a higher gear.
Welcome To The Space Show is a creatively visual feast that, like Oblivion Island, easily surpasses Spirited Away when it comes to imaginative design. The opening sequence is simply a taste of things to come, and A-1 Pictures have put a great deal of thought into bringing home the idea that the children really have gone to another world. This is partly achieved through the use of bright, vivid, and sometimes clashing colour schemes that impart a slightly unearthly quality to a good portion of the movie. When this is coupled with some very creative character and feature designs the sense of not being in Kansas anymore really does come to the fore. The scenery is especially noteworthy for its detail and quality, and viewers may find themselves simply admiring the picturesque vistas from time to time. There’s also a nice combination of static and layered backgrounds that add a degree of depth and character to certain scenes.
Unfortunately it’s not all sweetness and light. Although Ishihama Masashi’s designs are highly imaginative, consistency seems to be the problem as the quality of the visuals tends to drop from time to time, and there are occasions where the characters look more like animated cave paintings rather than defined figures. There are also a few scenes that the film could have done without as they serve no real purpose, as well as a few issues with the animation itself. While the majority of the movie features crisp, fluid movements and sequences, the drops in the quality of the visuals tend to be accompanied by actions that are almost stop motion.
Which, strangely enough, leads me on to Susan Boyle.
It’s a very strange world that we live in, and one of the things that many people would probably rank as highly unlikely (if not nigh on impossible), is for a song by the “star” of Britain’s Got Talent to be used as a theme tune to an anime. Truth is always stranger than fiction though, and thus her song Who I Was Born To Be is the featured track for Welcome To The Space Show. That said, she’s actually no stranger to Japanese movies as the song that shot her to fame, I Dreamed A Dream from the hit musical Les Miserables, has also been used as the theme tune for the third Eagle Talon film (an animated flash movie that’s the brainchild of Asahi TV’s late night host, Frogman).
As for the rest of the noise, there are a variety of tracks on offer that range from dramatic classical pieces to ditties played on a banjo, as well as some very good audio effects that are often very crisp and clean. Unfortunately, Welcome To The Space Show suffers from a problem that plagues many other anime out there, and that is its choreography, or more specifically, its timing. The majority of the movie is actually very good in this department, but there are several occasions where something happens on screen a split second before the viewer hears it.
The most surprising thing about this film is Aniplex’s decision to cast a group of relatively unknown 11 to 14 year olds in each of the child roles, and while the idea isn’t new in anime (Ghibli have done it before), it’s a gamble that pays off as only children can really act like children. The rest of the cast is made up of experienced seiyuu who play their parts quite well, but this movie is about kids having an adventure, and they really do steal the show thanks to some clever scripting and a sense that their characters really are inquisitive, curious, and pretty much everything one would expect a child to be.
Now given that this is a family movie there is bound to be some drama that forces the characters to learn and grow. The only problem is that rather than having one or two occurrences of these events, Welcome To The Space Show tries to throw too much into the mix. The movie can basically be broken up into four parts, and in each section the children are put in situations where they must learn certain lessons in order to carry on (the importance of work, looking out for one another, etc). The development verges on the formulaic for the most part, and any possible natural progression is hampered by the fact that the main theme for that section of the story never really reaches a conclusion. Instead it simply gets smothered by the next plot thread, or simply peters out, and this can leave the viewer trying to work out how the children got from A to B.
That said, the visuals do detract from the stolid, check box approach to character development, and while the storyline may contain far too many different influences and events, the obvious enthusiasm with which the child seiyuu approach the script offers some genuinely fun moments.
Welcome To The Space Show is a flawed creation that attempts to take on the might of Ghibli, and while there are areas where it clearly falls flat on its face, there are also parts that really are brilliant. The movie is slightly more tongue in cheek than one might expect, but at the same time possesses an edge to it that sets it apart from the somewhat saccharine nature of family entertainment. All of the flaws in the film can be forgiven on the basis of one fact – it’s one of the more imaginative and creative anime movies to appear in the last few years. Yes, it “borrows” heavily from numerous influences, and yes, there are issues in almost every department, but it also takes the viewer on an adventure to strange and fascinating new worlds, and this aspect is probably the most understated thing in the movie.
After all, one should never underestimate the power of a good adventure story, and it’s actually pretty easy to disregard the problems with Welcome To The Space Show. While an examination of the individual characteristics will highlight quite a few issues, this is one of those rare occasions where the whole really is greater than the sum of its parts. The movie may not be as slick a production as Summer Wars, Oblivion Island, or any of the Ghibli affairs, but even with that handicap it manages to convey a sense of discovery and wonderment, and when all the plusses are added together it’s pretty easy to see why I enjoyed this film.
And before you ask, no, the movie isn’t a glorified advert for wasabi.
The story starts in rural Japan, during summer vacation where 5 kids go to camp for a week… with no adult supervision of any kind? Okay. Everything is normal until they find an injured “dog” whom they healed, but it turns out he’s an alien and takes them on an adventure which involves a space show (duh), drugs (kinda) and an evil plot. I’ll keep it at that to try an be as spoiler free as possible. The story’s okay and quite simple. Right for kids. I like science-fiction and out-of-this-world things, but some stuff don’t make sense, like why is everyone on Earth an idiot by not realizing that there’s a huge city on the moon? They did mention that Earth isn’t part of the Space Federation, so they probably kept it a secret. But why didn’t Earth join the federation then? I know it’s just a kid’s movie so they keep it simple, but it would have been nice to know. About the simplicity, they keep every name simple. Space Federation, Space show, space this, space that, etc. It’s like the entirety of the universe is all connected and earth, for some reason, is out of this, which makes me more curious about this. One last major complaint I have about this is that the ending is very anti-climactic. I’m not going to spoil anything, but it was very boring compared to the rest of the action in the movie. The story is simple, great for kids, but adults feel wanting more, you know, story. It relied to much on visuals and pretty colors.
Art: I loved the art, which is probably the movie’s strongest point. The animation, like in most movies, is very nice through out. The art in this movie reminds me a lot of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (for the Village scenes) and Summer Wars (for the Space scenes). The village has a very calm feel to it, like it should, but it’s the space scenes that are extremely nice. Many different colors and designs to keep any kid’s attention. Space itself looked great as well. My one qualm with this is that some of the designs feel generic. I wanted to be more wowed by weird designs of the ships, buildings, etc. but it disappointed. Still, the art is very good nonetheless.
Sound: The sound and music is great as well. The music fits nicely and they know when to use silence as well. There wasn’t a song that stuck out to me as amazing, but that doesn’t matter. The voice acting does it’s job well. Thta’s about all I have to say.
Characters: This is probably the movies biggest downfall. The characters are boring paper cutouts. We have the strong heroine, the little sister, the perfect helpful guy, the nerdy guy, and the helpless girl. It’s a real shame because I liked a lot of the supporting characters. I liked Boga, Kool-aid Tony, Ink, and even Neppo. I would have really liked to see more of the bad guys and learn about their backgrounds, which is never really clearly explained. The robot at the end gets barely anytime at all and comes out of no where. Oh well.
All in all, this movie isn’t really that bad. It’s a very nice adventure through space, learning about what really goes on out there. This is more of a visual/auditory experience because of the simplistic characters and story. “Welcome to the Space Show” is a very accurate title.
The story is really fun. It’s enjoyable for all ages. mostly comedic with action and emotional times stirred in. It makes for a great ride.
The characters are your basic mix for an adventure story. You have the older responsible one, bookworm, cute kid, girly girl, and engergetic character. Even though we’ve all seen these character types before they each have their own unique feel to them as the develop.
Art is Great hands down, only complaint any one could have is when they fly over the moon.
As i said i abosolutly loved this film, it should get picked up in theaters. It just might be a little long for younger kids at 2 1/2 hours roughly
5: 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!
4: Waga Seishun no Arcadia
MAL Score: 7.49
Earth has been conquered by the evil Illumidus Empire, with parallels drawn to the U.S. post World War II occupation of Japan. Captain Harlock with a group that will become his life long friends begin their fight against this tyranny visited upon the planet Earth, with no regard to the costs the struggle will have on them, caring only for the ideal of restoring freedom to the people of Earth.
Gone are the animation errors and slow pacing, replaced with beautifully smooth and elegant art and animation. The plot is fairly simple, but well-executed and has a few good tear-jerker moments.
The movie provides a sort of backstory for Harlock and the Arcadia, also featuring his fellow pirate Emereldas. The villains aren’t the series’ antagonists but instead the Illumidus, a force occupying Earth – which sets up a good plotline about the lengths to which humans will go for an easy life under occupation. The central conflict, however, is the rivalry between Harlock and an Illumidus leader which leads to a spectacular confrontation in space.
The film manages to be incredibly hot-blooded and exciting without the need for loud and fast-paced music, or shouting attack names – the composure of all involved makes the final battle incredibly dramatic.
The art is definitely some of the best you’ll see, with Leiji’s trademark slender and pale characters given fantastic rendering on the big screen and the ships and backgrounds being detailed not in the way, for example, Do You Remember Love relies on incredible amounts of small lights, buttons, rivets and panels, but instead an almost Go Nagai-like use of thick lines and shading.
The character design doesn’t aim for realism, but instead the traditionally Leiji caricature style where a character’s build and expression tells you everything you need to know – heroes are stoic, scarred and wear capes, sidekicks are either square-jawed space heroes or dumpy glasses-wearing friends, and women either wear retro-future catsuits or floaty dresses as they breathily sigh their lines.
It’s a wonderful piece of retro-future styled sci-fi whose only real flaw is the slightness and predictability of the plot.
And the ending song, which evokes the original series’ dramatic opening, is stirring in its own way.
“Arcadia of my Youth” is an essential piece in the so-called Leijiverse (aka the universe in which Leiji Matsumoto’s works exist). True to its title, it explores the youth of one of the main Leijiverse characters, Captain Harlock, as well as his associates (such as Queen Emeraldas).
The plot of “Arcadia of my Youth” is very good. Even though it’s technically a prequel, it doesn’t rely on the other anime of the franchise, but presents a fully fleshed-out story, and manage to tells you what you need about the universe without too much exposition. The story and the events taking place have epic proportions, mixing together large-scale space battles with romanticism. There are quite a few dramatic and emotional moments, which, paired with the action scenes, create a good balance. Also, this movie has a great opening scene, which is one of my favorites.
The characters of this anime are mostly stoic, especially Harlock. He doesn’t make excessive movements or shout as he attacks; instead, he shows his badass side through his silence. He is the archetype of a romantic hero, who follows his ideals to the point of rejecting society. The supporting characters do not lack characterization either, and they get a steady development.
The art and sound are typical of the era. Considering the time this anime was made, they are pretty good.
Overall, I believe that “Arcadia of my Youth” is a very good anime, and I highly recommend to everyone, even if you are not familiar with Leiji’s works.
This film is a rare example of an adventure film that is not also paired with action as the focus. While there are a considerable amount of thrilling sequences, the focus here is instead on the plot, which tasks the newly returned from war Phantom F. Harlock II with the fight for his people’s dignity against the occupying forces of the Illumidus Empire.
While the setting is in the far, far future, it seems to be much more inspired by the creators’ experience of world war II and the western genre of live-action film. The antagonistic Illumidus empire seems to parallel the real-life american occupation of japan rather than a more ethereal evil empire typical of space operas such as this. These ties to more earthy, believable milieus serve to very effectively ground the film, allowing it to push the limits of believablility in other ways (a futuristic machine capable of viewing past lives, with the previous incarnations having the same appearance and names as their future counterparts is the most glaring example).
The animation is spotty in places, but on the whole the grand, epic space battles (which are obviously modeled after world war II naval battles) more than make up for some spotty character animation early in the film. The character designs, tho perhaps odd to modern sensibilities, are on the whole very distinctive and evocative of the film’s fantastic mood. One notable criticism of them, however, is Matsumoto’s unfortunate tendency toward same-face syndrome, particularly on his female characters. That said, this does not noticeably detract from the film’s quality, and as flaws go, is highly
forgivable in the context of such a great cinematic experience.
Overall, Arcadia of My Youth is a shining example of what japanese animation was and is capable of in terms of storytelling. A wonderful introduction to classic anime for newer fans, I wholeheartedly recommend this movie to virtually everyone who has a taste for adventure and hope in their heart. You will surely be better for viewing it.
3: Ginga Tetsudou 999 (Movie)
English: Galaxy Express 999
MAL Score: 7.55
Tetsurou Hoshino is a boy bent on obtaining an immortal mechanical body in order to take revenge against his mother’s murderer, the machine man Count Mecha. However, due to the incredible cost of obtaining what he seeks, his only hope is to steal a boarding pass for the Galaxy Express 999, a space train that travels across the galaxy and whose final stop is a planet where the metal replacements are provided for free. After swiping a pass, Tetsurou is pursued by the police and ends up collapsing into the arms of a mysterious woman named Maetel, who closely resembles his mother. Once he awakens, she tells the boy that she will provide him entry onto the 999 as long as he agrees to travel with her. Accepting her proposition, Tetsurou boards the cosmic railway with Maetel and begins a journey across the galaxy.
Regardless of how much is compressed in this version, you still feel the maturity of Tetsuro and how strong the bond is between him and Matel. The bond they share is something comparable to what Naked Snake and the Boss have in Metal Gear Solid 3. It’s beyond mother and son, brother and sister and a romantic relationship between man and woman despite Matel’s mysterious age and Tetsuro still not yet hitting puberty. There are some elements that are predictable and others that are not. Whether or not you anticipated something, you’ll still be surprised regardless. I’ll admit that every time I see this anime which is probably once every other month or so, I’ll cry at the end. Because you really feel that bond between Matel and Tetsuro and the friends he made and those who died that made their impact and you really learn the meaning of life.
Well, this anime despite being made in the late 1970s is still very acceptable by today’s standards. Even Leiji Matsumoto himself cannot even evolve his style to modern day times. You might likely associate the character designs from Daft Punk’s music video One More Time. That music video was made some number of years ago and it shows that Matsumoto stands by the way he draws. He’s a lot like the creator of Saint Seiya, Kurumada Masami in that kind of way. His style can be corresponded to a certain era of anime, but as long as he is still working, he’ll continue to do things the way he does it.
I like to talk about the use of scenery and the interpretation of the future in this anime on earth. Despite being nearly 30 years old, the interpretation of the future isn’t as retro ally exaggerated like the Jetsons or Lost in Space or the old school Star Trek series by using stupid designed robots or weird clothes. If this anime was made even today, the interpretation of the scenery of the future of the earth would probably still be the same. It has a dark look to it and you can comparably say the scenery of the city you see in the first act while still on earth is that to Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star. Still has tall buildings but they are not really too mechanical looking despite the lights. The clothing of the characters aren’t really spandex jump suits or weird space suits. They use clothing close to modern day standards with the exemption of the pirate characters.
Now time to talk about how the characters are designed. The male characters aren’t really portrayed as being muscular. This is a common trait I’ve seen in other 1970s anime such as Gundam, Maringer Z, and Lupin III. They got more of a skinny built but that quality is made up with quick, sharp, and clever movements if there is ever any action. Tetsuro as a kid has a huge head in his flash back scenes and there are other awkward design characters like Tochiro. Then there’s also the female characters. They tend to resemble each other too much. Like Matel, Emeraldis, and the female character at the beginning of the movie all have the same stick figure built and face, but different hair colors and Emeraldas of course has a scar on her face. Is this suppose to be the Gundam SEED of the late 1970s where there is some limited diversity to the design? Granted Matsumoto has a distinctive art style and draws some good female characters, but he really needs to work a bit on the diversity field of main female characters.
But the mecha people have great designs as well and are well distinctive which makes up for the bad quality I just mentioned. Like there are some mecha characters that still have some vague human form to them like in the bar scene. Some have 100% mech bodies like the main villain Count Mecha. And there are some that can have other material types of bodies like Claire who is made of crystal glass and can light herself. So the world of robotizing yourself in this anime gives you many choices of what you can do. And of course there is the awesome looking pirate space ships that have an intimidating look to them and the interesting design of the 999.
Now time to talk about the voice acting in both the Japanese and English version. What’s ironic is that Tetsuro happens to be played by actresses that have one trait in common. Both Masako Nozawa his Japanese voice actress and Saffron Henderson who plays him in the English version also happened to have played Goku in Dragon Ball. Well Henderson specifically played Goku in the first dub to Dragon Ball that was released in 1995, while Nozawa played Goku throughout the entire Dragon Ball saga. So I thought that was a real interesting twist. Both actresses portray the character very well. The screams really bring out the character in the Japanese version while the voice Saffron uses is well suited to his personality meaning he is a kid, but still quite mature and knows how to handle himself.
Other well known Japanese voice actors is Banjo Ginga who has a brief role in Planet Andromeda. And from what I found, the original voice actors in the Japnese versions of Harlock and Emeraldis also reprise their roles.
The English version as well as the sequel which I will also review at a later time were aired on the Sci-Fi era of Anime after Midnight. So I guarantee that you will love this anime despite the language because both offer their own great portrayals to the characters.
As for the music, it has a lot of disco beat to it considering the time it was made. I happen to be a 1970s fan and I love the movie Saturday Night Fever so I dig the background music. Now time to talk about the lyrical music. Specifically the ending theme. It’s a very iconic music. It’s really folkish and it is a timeless classic in it’s own right. So big in Japan that it was included in versions of Guitar Freaks and Drummania and is in Karaoke Revolution. It’s really catchy and really sets the mood of the ending. The voice sounds really 70s but the way the music is played doesn’t really have the disco beat but it has more of a 1960s rock to the presentation.
Quite honestly, I have no idea how you can make a 113 episode TV series out of a story you can perfectly tell in this 2+ hour movie. You will feel the emotion of the characters and be captured by the story. The character design may not be for everyone but the action and the scenery is still up to the standards of modern day anime of the same genre. The music is incredible. The anime may be a possible interpretation of the future, but will always be a product of it’s time.
So, how do you compress a 113 episode series into two hours? Basically, you take all of the important events, planets with the best lessons, the characters that impacted Tetsuro the most, and take away all of the “filler” planets. Many questions are answered outright instead of wandering through space and slowly forgetting the original question, and there is even an overlap with Emeraldas and Captain Harlock that makes sense as opposed to the series. The only thing that is missing is the true mother to son sense between Tetsuro and Maetel that the original series developed.
The movie is great, plain and simple. It really captures almost everything the series has and gives the viewer more in the sense of action.
It’s no masterpiece but then it was never meant to be. What it is is a fun, engaging coming of age adventure in a sci-fi setting (though it’s actually very light on any actual science in a Star Wars kinda sense) that will make you smile from start to finish and able to ignore any of its technical flaws, which again I think actually add to the charm and appeal most of the time anyway. In an age where most family entertainment is disposable, interchangeable, unoriginal, technically superb but ultimately boring it might sound cliche to say it but they really don’t make family films quite like this anymore.
As always it’s better to watch with the original Japanese dialogue with subtitles.
2: Uchuu Kyoudai: Number Zero
Japanese: 宇宙兄弟#0[ナンバー ゼロ]
MAL Score: 7.61
Prequel to the TV anime series revolving around the “origin of the dream.”
First let’s look at the plot of the movie. It’s set 4 years before the start of the anime and tells a story about how Hibito (the younger brother) dealt with his astronaut training while Mutta (the older brother) dealt with his work problems and getting transferred to country side. It’s a promising premise and a great opportunity to expand the history and flesh out all known characters (most of the NASA characters get a cameo as well as some JAXA characters).
This is sadly where the movie falls apart. The focus on both plotlines turns uneven. Hibito’s plotline is cut short 70% into the movie and we then get to see the consequences on one of the key events in the series. This event is fully fleshed out in the anime so I don’t really have a problem with them cutting it short and straight up skipping it. Mutta’s plot however suffers greatly because of this. The first half of the movie is mostly about his transfer and him becoming familiar with his new environment. Mutta then obtains a goal and works on it for the rest of the movie. We however don’t get to see this work. Only short montage of it. Which is pretty sad considering we don’t get to know the new characters outside of the most basic of visual gimmicks (cool older dude, cold intellectual with glasses, young woman who’s fan of boy bands) it’s not that I really care about them since they are non-canon, but if the movie introduced them I would like it to work with them. Mutta’s plotline is resolved with quite a significant jump (as I said there’s a short montage) and that’s about it. The movie then ends with a short connection scene that redoes few scenes from the first episodes of the anime.
The movie suffers from 2 things: uneven plot and cheap writing. As I already said the plotline is all over the place. What’s worse is however the cheap writing. You know it very well. It’s when a movie tries to retcon stuff into the source material. We get introduced to few key elements at the start of the movie only for them to work as plot devices and winks towards audience at key moments later in the movie. I am usually indifferent with this kind of stuff but this time it just felt so cheap to me. Not that they are horrible but they bring a sense of predictibility with them which somewhat ruins the enjoyment for me.
Quite honestly I think this movie should’ve been a short OVA prequel series of 6-8 episodes. The plot would be done more cleanly and the cheap writing could be justified with better pacing.
Which brings me to my next point and that is production. Considering this is a movie, the production is quite mediocre to straight up subpar. Voice actors do good job but it’s nothing really special. The drawn animation gets pretty funny at times (especially the scene with tractor on the field, I had to include the picture because it’s really funny https://i.gyazo.com/2902c80a153dba2619107f9dafa3bacd.png). The animation is mostly on the anime level. It’s not unwatchable by any means, but it’s not really movie quality either. The soundtrack is the soundtrack from the anime. Mind you, it’s been quite some time since I’ve watched the original anime so there may be some new songs, but nothing significant from what I’ve heard.
This is fans movie only. If you are thirsting for more Space Brothers watch it. It’s not BAD but it’s not really good either. I would say add 1 to the score if you are Space Bros fan.
The first thing I’d like to say is that, in my opinion, this movie should be watched after you’ve finished the anime. Although it’s a prequel, many characters from the middle-end series appear, and some spoiler events, shown in the main series as “flashbacks” are described better here in the movie. If you watch it first, will lose some expectation and surprises of some key events.
The second thing is, I’m sorry if my english is not the better one out there, because its not my first language.
I wanted to write a review because although I loved the anime, I took too long to watch the movie because I thought it was about Hibito and Mutta’s childhood, but it’s not. It shows Mutta in his previous work, dealing with his own problems in the car company as an engineer and designer, and Hibito following many training and exercises, that for the ones who watched the anime, will certainly remember. There is no explanation of many of those training in the movie, because if you already watched the anime you will understand them.
The movie follows the same animation as the anime, with the same music. It looks like a big episode, that finishes in the first episode of the series.
So, for me, it is worth to watch it if you already watched the anime and liked it.
This movie tells the story from the aftermath of the OVNI scene up to the moment Mutta headbutts his boss and so we get to see a lot of Mutta’s and Hibito’s backgrounds and journeys up to the start of the anime series. It was beautiful and emotional.
The animation is on the same level as the one present on the anime series and the only thing I’d change is get rid of CGI because it breaks immersion for me.
The sound design is solid. We have the original OP and most of the tracks played throughout the movie fit the whatever is going on at any given time. If it were up to me, though, I’d change the 2 last songs that played.
All things considered, this is a gorgeous movie that gets a 10/10 from me.
1: Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku no Tobira
English: Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
Japanese: カウボーイビバップ 天国の扉
MAL Score: 8.38
Another day, another bounty—such is the life of the often unlucky crew of the Bebop. However, this routine is interrupted when Faye, who is chasing a fairly worthless target on Mars, witnesses an oil tanker suddenly explode, causing mass hysteria. As casualties mount due to a strange disease spreading through the smoke from the blast, a whopping three hundred million woolong price is placed on the head of the supposed perpetrator.
With lives at stake and a solution to their money problems in sight, the Bebop crew springs into action. Spike, Jet, Faye, and Edward, followed closely by Ein, split up to pursue different leads across Alba City. Through their individual investigations, they discover a cover-up scheme involving a pharmaceutical company, revealing a plot that reaches much further than the ragtag team of bounty hunters could have realized.
This time, a terrorist possesses a weapon capable of killing countless people, and there’s a bounty of 300 million woolongs on him; the largest bounty ever given. Of course, this means that our heroes will chase him. And so starts the process of gathering information, meeting and getting to know people related to the bounty in some way, and eventually, squaring off against him in a final fight. Oh, and throw in a save-the-world thing this time, and there you have the movie. Nothing really new, a formula that’s been used several times. There’s also details here and there left unexplained, and things may just happen for no reason at the rare occasion. Its 120 minutes might be a little too long to some, but it never came off as boring at any point to me; they certainly did a good job of fleshing out those 120 minutes.
Though, that may be credited more to the characters than the plot itself, as the movie threw some really interesting characters at us. The orignal cast is, well, pretty much the same as they always are, the same characters which you (probably) got to love while watching the original series. As for the movie characters, we have for example Vincent, the main bad guy. He’s quite the interesting fellow, though the more I think about it, the more I can’t help but feel that I’ve experienced his type somewhat before – he’s got a mysterious past; a forgotten love included, he’s going to kill loads of people for no good reason, and he blathers out sentences about religion and whatnot. Nevertheless, he comes off as an interesting character, mostly because of him being similar to Spike – both in physical prowess and their considering themselves ‘dead’ men due to past events. Then we have Electra, Vincent’s past love once forgotten. She remembers him though, and well, she wants him to remember her as well. We can see where that’s heading…
The animation quality is superb; its detail and overall quality is unmistakably a work done by people who knows what they are doing. Be it backgrounds or landscapes, they’re all top-notch. Lighting effects are good, and more than I’d exect from something out of 2001, and the overall quality of special effects are great; much, much better than the original series. The character designs are the same old, with some improvements, and they work very well with this anime and movie. The character motions and their fluidity are great, and the few action scenes in the movie are done so well that I could probably learn some nice figthing moves merely from studying them. The coloring is the only thing that’s a bit behind, but considering its age it’s not a problem. And moreso, the dulled coloring actually melds perfectly with the style of the movie, and helps on the movie’s atmosphere.
The soundtrack is what you should expect from the original series; awesome. Yoko Kanno does her work as she did in the series; with an amazing soundtrack that fits perfectly with the atmosphere of the movie and its individual scenes, and the opening and ending themes are wonderful to listen to. The only downside is that there is a lot of silent scenes, where no background music is present at all.
Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door is a movie that delivers the goods, but stops at that. It’s not marvelous, but it’s great, and a must-see movie for any Cowboy Bebop fan.
It’s just a few days before Halloween on Ganymede, a major national holiday, and a terrorist has blown up a tanker filled with a biochemical weapon. The government posts a 300 million Wulong bounty for the terrorist, and the Bebop crew just decides to go after it. But the more they investigate, the deeper the rabbit hole seems to go…
Yes, to answer any questions ahead of time, this is not a sequel; it takes place between episodes twenty-two and twenty-three. It’s not quite what I was expecting, admittedly, but it’s still a pretty good plot. It could’ve been fit in the series as a two or three part episode, and apparently Wantanabe had wanted to originally, but he couldn’t have gotten away with it on TV.
The visuals for this are absolutely beautiful; the animation got an update in the three years since the show had aired, and things are definitely smoother than they were in the show. There’s an even more unprecedented amount of detail in this, and it’s absolutely beautiful.
Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts came back to do work on the music again, and it’s just as awesome and catchy as it was in the series. I found myself humming a few of the songs after it was done.
All the seiyuu and the voice actors were able to return for the movie, which just adds t o the awesomeness of the movie in general. And the dub for this was actually fairly accurate, which surprises me, as this was released Stateside a little over a year after 9/11, and a few days before the 9/11 attacks over in Japan.
All in all, a pretty good movie, with a good plot and unprecedented detail and smoother animation, if not what I was expecting.
Another point in the film’s favour is that it’s pretty much equally accessible for existing fans and those unfamiliar with the characters. While there’s plenty of details that might be lost or not fully comprehensible for new viewers, by and large the film stands up well as a stand alone drama, introducing its characters and their situation. However, this in a way exposes another major weakness of films of series. Series are, by nature, episodic. They devote an episode to introducing a character or exploring their personalities. Once this is done, they generally have plot episodes, in which the main thrust of the series is pursued, and then they have one-shot episodes that have our characters in some kind of interesting situation, but which is basically unrelated to the plot – if there is one. Films, by contrast, do all of this at once. The proceedure is totally different, and a director or scriptwriter used to a series format adapts less well to a film format. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door exemplifies this – while the film as it is works, it’s more obvious and cumbersome than a film directed by a director used to a feature-length format.
The storyline, also, suffers in this way. It’s not that it’s a bad story, in fact it might make a great two- or three-part episode, but as a film, the material comes across as stretched, holey and lacking in substance. It’s also remarkable in that it’s not half as quirky or original as Cowboy Bebop’s famously eclectic mixtures of ideas: biological terrorism unleashed by a madman with a mysterious and sinister military past, fascinated by death and bent on destroying the world, with cod philosophical pretentions to fil gaps between action and a garnish of some fashionable christian mythology. It’s all very generic really, and frankly the only things that make this Cowboy Bebop and not something much more generic are the familiar characters, who are luckily strong enough to make the thing hang together. The new characters are not much to speak of, either – Vincent the aforementioned madman, a hacker accomplice, a Moroccan information seller and, of course, Electra, a tough, wildcard femme fatale with a mysterious connection to our antagonist. Electra comes off as the best realised of these, and, perhaps not coincidentally, closest to a series character (though she’s a dead ringer for a more mature version of BGC2040’s Priss as well). Vincent seems very like main series antagonist Vicious stripped of his hatred of Spike, which is to say, not that special and a bit rabid and foaming for credibility.
The film drags. It’s just too long. What this is primarily due to is unclear; maybe an over-developed story with far too much exposition (every character seems to need every other to explain nanomachines to them, it seems. We, however, do not), or perhaps the increasingly egregious and segmented action scenes (why are there spitfires on Mars? Who knows, let’s cut back to Spike being pursued by military jets for no apparent reason!), or it could be the ponderous attempts to fashion some sort of existential aspect to the story ("I’m not insane, the rest of the world is." – oh really? You don’t look thirteen years old, Vincent, but you sound it). Philosophical-minded action films are not especially uncommon; good and effective ones are extremely rare. Suffice it to say that I was surprised and rather disappointed when the apparent climax occured and passed with a good half an hour left on the clock.
As I say, the film hangs almost completely on the main characters. It would have been unthinkable to not bring the original cast in for this gig too (can’t speak for the dub cast, don’t know), and they all acquit themselves just as well as they do in the series. Music, too, such a central part of the series, is again provided by Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts; while the styles used in and prominence given to the music may not be to everyone’s tastes, the versatility and range Kanno’s score covers while still retaining a high basic quality standard is nothing short of incredible. Visually, the quality seems to have been kicked up a notch; the animation of the series was never bad, but the film is sumptuous and extremely well detailed.
However, one of my main bones of contention remains. The art design is realistic, unapologetically multicultural and sort of grimy, very credible in its way, but under even cursory analysis, it’s illogical in the extreme. Why is Mars covered in early twentieth-century New York-style tenement blocks and labyrinthine Moroccan markets? Has anyone remembered that it has one third of earth’s gravity? Is there, in fact, any reason for this to be set on Mars at all, other than to tie in all these diverse elements? It’s sci-fi doing what sci-fi does most often and least well – making half-baked stuff up to accomodate its ideas, with no thought for maintainance of disbelief suspension.
I was never as bowled over by Cowboy Bebop as many people seem to have been. Overall I liked it, certainly, in fact I thought some of it was absolutely excellent, but other parts I thought were pretty terrible, and it was quickly clear that the series was never going to be "a classic" in my eyes the way it is for lots of others. This was primarily because of its disjointedness and apparent lack of story direction, and the same is true of this film. Now, after watching it, I’m left with the same "…well, so what?" feeling a significant amount of the series gave me, but because of the length and the negative impact it has, I have comparatively more holes to pick at as well. Perhaps if you’re a real fan, this film has more to offer, but overall, for me, while I’d not actually call it bad, this doesn’t reach the already kind of saggy standard the series set.
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1. Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku no Tobira
2. Uchuu Kyoudai: Number Zero
3. Ginga Tetsudou 999 (Movie)
4. Waga Seishun no Arcadia
5. Captain Herlock
6. Uchuu Show e Youkoso
7. Sayonara Ginga Tetsudou 999: Andromeda Shuuchakueki
8. Doraemon Movie 39: Nobita no Getsumen Tansaki
9. Tenchi Muyou! Manatsu no Eve
10. Mouretsu Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace
11. Space Adventure Cobra
12. 11-nin Iru!
13. Doraemon Movie 20: Nobita no Uchuu Hyouryuuki
14. Doraemon Movie 35: Nobita no Space Heroes
15. Uchuu Kaizoku Captain Herlock: Arcadia-gou no Nazo
16. Doraemon Movie 06: Nobita no Little Star Wars
17. Crusher Joe
18. Venus Senki
19. Ginga Tetsudou 999: Eternal Fantasy
20. Hi no Tori 2772: Ai no CosmoZone
21. Detective Conan: The Magician of Starlight
22. Ginga Tetsudou 999: Glass no Clair
23. Terra e…
24. Ginga Tetsudou 999 for Planetarium
25. Cyborg 009: Chou Ginga Densetsu
26. SF Shinseiki Lensman
27. 21 Emon Uchuu ike! Hadashi no Princess
28. MAPS: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijin-tachi
29. Arei no Kagami: Way to the Virgin Space
30. 21 Emon Uchuu e Irasshai!
31. Starry Tales: Seiza wa Toki wo Koete
32. Nemure Omoigo, Sora no Shitone ni
33. Uchuu no Hou: Reimei-hen
34. Odin: Koushi Hansen Starlight
35. UFO Gakuen no Himitsu
36. Kore ga UFO da! Soratobu Enban
37. Uju Heukgisa