They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Street Fighter Alpha: Generations, Project A-Ko, Roujin Z, and more!
4: Street Fighter Alpha: Generations
English: Street Fighter Alpha: Generations
MAL Score: 6.48
When Ryu returns to pay homage to his deceased mentor, Gouken, he is tormented by disturbing memories of his master’s killer. In a quest to become a true martial arts master, Ryu sets out to hone his street fighting skills and to deliver himself from the haunting legacy of the Dark Hadou. But the ultimate test of his new power can only be accomplished through one last fateful confrontation with his arch-nemesis, Gouki (Akuma).
Well, story is not bad, but if it’s your first time with Street Fighter you’ll have no idea who is who. So that makes this movie only for fans.
Bleh. Characters looks really poor and so is the animation. It’s under average.
What sound? In at least half of the movie there’s no background music. Well, there’re few tracks but they’re really average.
The characters that we know from the game. But why did they made them so ugly?
I was f**king bored through the whole movie and even the final fight wasn’t interesting (it could be if they made better animation and better background music)
So, this movie is really weak. Better stay away from it. Instead, I recommend you watching:
– Any other Street Fighter movie or TV series
– Any DBZ movie is better than this…
– Virtua Fighter
The art was flakey yet cutsie at the same time time. It was very bad Studio Ghibli-esque….which doesn’t suit the material.
There was terrible, cheap sounding music (when they can be bothered to put some in) and (most of the time, unconvincing) voice acting. Akuma sounds like a brain-damaged Rocky Balboa on crack.
The story was not actually terrible…though a little confusing. In the beginning the narrative is unparallel, which would seem quite clever if it was done more clearly, like for example, like if it was, oh… I don’t know.. consistent?
Avoid this if you can.
That is all.
Now…I need to find my copy of the first movie to get that mess out of my head……or if that fails…..
If you know some about street fighter and have seen other movies or series I feel you will like this movie. If you have never seen either of them but like a good action movie, I still feel like you may like this movie.
Pretty much its all about the main character battling the choice of the light side, or the dark side. That is it in a nut shell.
The main character comes back to his Doujou after many years to fight the man that killed his master. His master and the evil dark man used to be members of the same doujou but one chose the light way and one chose the dark way.
The main character cant help feeling the strong intense power coming from the dark side, and knows how powerful it made the dark evil guy that beat his master.
The movie introduces characters you will recognize from other Street Fighter works, and they are there to help or at least influence the main characters choice to go light or dark, and the whole movie is leading up to the battle of revenge.
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3: Project A-Ko
MAL Score: 6.84
Sixteen years after its destruction by a meteor, Graviton City has been rebuilt into a futuristic metropolis. However, this is of little concern to superpowered high school student Eiko Magami, who only cares about her best friend Shiiko Kotobuki and arriving at school on time. Unfortunately, the incredibly intelligent Biko Daitokuji intends to befriend Shiiko, taking Eiko’s place as the Shiiko’s best friend using any means she can.
Biko decides that, to accomplish this, she must defeat Eiko in combat. In order to overcome her super strength and speed, Biko creates a mecha and challenges Eiko in front of their school gate. As the two commence their battle, an extremely large spaceship hovers over Earth, searching for something left behind.
If you are unfamiliar with this old time franchise, it can best be described as very exaggerated and over the top! Well in this OVA movie earth is living a peaceful life after many years of war with an old alien race, until a mysterious “new” alien race threatens it! Now earths only hope comes in the way of 16 year old A-ko, she is no ordinary girl though–for she has super human strength (literally). When the new alien force arrives it is up to her to save the city. This is where things really get weird too, the alien force consists of males that dress in female clothing! Now I would like to think they are simply cross dressers, but since one is overly muscular and the other is very scrawny looking–it would appear to simply be part of the humor. What follows is non-stop over the top action and comedy. The main plot is never really explained very well, for one thing we never even really know just why A-ko has these super powers to begin with. She just sort of…does! There are a few bits and piece of echhi style humor in the story, nothing really to over the top though, mostly consisting of a brief panty or cleave shot every now and then. Again, very brief though. You get some decent action scenes and explosions that come with it, but nothing is ever handled with any sort of fury in mind. As the main plot to this series is “action style comedy.” So even the fight scenes themselves can be down right cheesy at times. Along with the alien force, A-ko must also handle her rival “B-ko, ” who is trying to take her best friend “C-ko” away from here. (Again with the whole corny humor, only this time with the alphabet) When watching this show you simply have to know what to expect, and thus be in the mood for its content. If you like your action over the top and not taken seriously, then you’ll love this movie. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that all the action scenes are goofy, because you do get a few good action scenes here. Its just that a majority of them take a more comical style of approach, or do indeed end in one.
Depending if you get the edited version or not, there is a brief scene at the beginning that shows A-ko topless. It is very brief and never happens again, but just be aware of that fact.
Side Note: The project A-ko series comes in the form of 5 OVA style movies. However they don’t always follow the same linear plot line. As some of the titles have the characters in different situations, some of which they are complete strangers to one another. Think of it as an alternate realty of sorts. (for the record, this is the first one)
Well 1986 was a pretty long time go, so don’t expect to see the most sharpest of special effects. This again is another one of those titles that you have to take its quality upon its production year. Meaning that this OVA looked great for its time. Nice explosion affects, somewhat unique style facial expressions and character design. Which I have to say was pretty popular in this era. The background can be pretty lifeless at times, but never really come off as bad.
Well you get quite a bit of 80’s style pop in this title, if you’re not a fan of that to begin with then you might want to put the sound low when viewing this. Its not really bad or anything, it just doesn’t give off any kind of distinctness to it. Sadly I have only watched the dub to this anime, since back then only dub VHS versions were available at video stores. I didn’t really like it at all, the English voice actors sounded too weak, and you could tell that they were simply saying lines from a script. I would like to think the the sub version is better, but it may be pretty weak in the audio clarity department, since this was made a long time ago. (other titles such as Sailor Moon suffered from the same thing back then)
They are by no means awful, just pretty shallow as a whole. They don’t really have a certain depth-ness to them, and are not really explained very well. We never really get to know just who A-ko really is, or any kind of history behind her. Most are simply thrown into the show in attempts to make you laugh. Which to the series credit, is what its really all about. Though in truth we do get a little bit more info on “B-ko” than anyone else, which explains who she is over all, and what she is after.
Bottom Line: 6/10
Project A-ko might be too cheesy and over the top for newer viewers out there. But if you’re interested in its content I mentioned then by all means you should take a look. The OVAs are only about and hours worth, and may draw some people into the older generation of anime. While its not really a solid watch compared to other titles in this era, its also not really a bad one either. So long as you can appreciate its whole campy style of content.
Time to review a true blast from the ancient past!
Project A-KO came out in 1986. It was originally supposed to be part of an early hentai anthology called “Cream Lemon” that started in 1984 with “Lolita: the anime”. Wow! If you thought Alan Moore’s response to Watchmen the movie was bad, Vladimir Nabokov’s response to the first Loli anime would have been on a different league of anger. He might have even gone full Super Slav in sheer rage.
Anyways, A-KO was changed at the last moment to be a zany spoof of all the popular anime of the time. However, the nudity and lesbian relationships were still left in…because why not? A-Ko spoofs Fist of the North Star, Space Battleship Yamato, Captain Harlock, and many others. Despite being a very goofy and frankly idiotic anime, it left a massive impact on comedy anime for years to come. The whole scene with the schoolgirl running with toast in her mouth has actually become a cliche at this point! That’s how many anime ripped off A-KO!
Reception in the West:
Generation X: Loved it
Generation Y or “Millenials”: indifferent
Generation Z: What the FUCK is this old piece of shit?!!
Story and characters:
The main characters are the energetic and super powered A-ko, the devious robot inventor B-ko, and the incredibly obnoxious C-ko. To get this out of the way, the suffix Ko is often attached to female characters. The names A-ko, B-ko, C-ko is animator shorthand for unnamed background characters. This was one of the first inside jokes in anime history aimed squarely at fellow anime workers.
The plot is that A-Ko and C-ko must constantly try get to school on time while fighting the robots that B-ko makes each morning. B-ko is the class bully, token rich kid, and also a lesbian who is after C-ko. One day, aliens invade the city to retrieve their long lost princess, who turns out to be C-ko. This means A-ko and B-ko must put aside their rivalry to defeat the aliens and rescue C-ko. The status quo is quickly restored and A-ko is revealed to be the daughter of Superman. The End.
Fairly decent for its time. Really nothing spectacular today although it helps if you are a nostalgic sucker for all hand drawn animation.
Music and sound:
The English dub I watched was representative of other Central Park Media titles, which is to say pretty bad. The music is ok, but nothing great.
Project A-ko was a monumentally influential anime in its day despite its odd beginnings. It set the standard for spoof anime and its influence can be seen in Excel Saga, Kill la Kill, FLCL, Gintama, and many more. Despite this, A-ko hasn’t aged particularly well in my opinion. Most young anime fans wouldn’t even understand what shows A-ko was trying to spoof. The comedy that worked for A-ko has been beaten to death by later anime. The random nudity isn’t as titillating and awesome as it was in 1986, because nudity is FAR more common in anime these days. It is an interesting series from a historical perspective, but I really wouldn’t rank it as one of the funniest anime I’ve ever seen. I recommend this one only to anime fans very interested in the history of the medium.
2: Roujin Z
English: Roujin Z
MAL Score: 7.05
The Z Project was intended to give the new generation a break from caring for the old. The original intenion was to create a machine to care for them without any intervention. At first glance, it looked like an excellent plan, and many of the younger generation approved of its application. But when old Mr. Takazawa become the test subject for the Z-001 machine, Haruko questioned both the tactics of the hospital and the moral implications of the machine. This is just the beginning, as Haruko has not just the hospital, but the odds against her. But then, she discovers an odd quirk about the machine: it uses a biochip, and it eventually acquires a mind of its own!
The story is set in the 21st century, and opens with the alarming news that there are too many old people in the world. Now, as everyone knows, healthcare is always a hot topic in political circles, and Roujin Z is no exception. The story in Roujin Z is satirical in the main, but it has disturbing echoes in the real world. The medical students in Roujin Z consider Geriatric care to be a career deadend, something that is also widely believed in the real world, and because of this, funding is provided for the development of the ultimate in geriatric care – the Z-001 "Superbed".
The Z-001 is designed to provide the patient with everything that they need, including home entertainment, baths, massages, attending to bathroom functions, performing diagnoses (and administering medication), etc, etc. The machine is powered by a mini atomic reactor, and is designed to function autonomously in the event of power shortages. The Z-001 is viewed as the future of geriatric care, and as a godsend to the young doctors and nurses and much of the populace, all of whom are unaware of the somewhat sinister nature behind the design of the Z-001.
Another aspect of the story is the inclusion of the Japanese belief that spirits can exist in any object, something which becomes a major theme later on in the movie.
The art and animation in the movie aren’t really anything special. Generally the production is sturdy and well animated, but there is nothing really spectacular about it. The sound is equally well done, yet nothing special. My only gripe is that, with the english dub, the dialogue between the VAs tended to vary too much in style, intonation, and accent, from one person to another. Although the english dub is definitely watchable, I prefer the japanese dub on the whole.
There aren’t many real characters in this story. The main two charcters are Takazawa Kujiro, the dying old man who is chosen as the test patient for the Z-001 prototype, and his nurse Haruko, who is against the idea of machines taking care of humans, especially her patients. Add to these two a mixture of police, scientists, politicians, military types, and student nurses.
Although the two main characters get much of the screen time, the real star of the show (in both the japanese and the english dub), is the Z-001 (if I explain more it would spoil the show).
Roujin Z is a bit of an odd movie on the whole, but an enjoyable one nonetheless. The movie itself addresses a theme that is becoming more and more relevant in the world, especially as people are now living longer than ever before. The fact that politicians and scientists come up with a method of geriatric care that has all the warmth and empathy of a thrown knife is a central part of the film, as is the callous disregard given to those people who allowed us to get where we are today.
This movie would appeal to many fans of many different genres, most especially fans of sci fi or black comedies. The film is darkly satirical from beginning to end, and is surprising in how openly it attacks the idea that simply caring for the body is caring for the patient.
Roujin Z – odd, satirical, enjoyable, and strangely enough, more relevant now than when it was first released.
Art: 9 (i like the art, animation, and pale color…typical old anime style)
Sound: 5 (not so engaging, but that’s okay)
When coming to Mecha, often i see similar theme that was either wars between parties involved to get limited resources or protecting their home from evil darkness. This theme was okay for us at appropriate amount but human being cannot accept this amount when it exceed the inflection point where, after that point, the level of enjoyment becomes gradually decreasing. Unfortunately, back from the history of anime to the recent anime years, this theme has exceed our inflection point. It is just telling the same theme and pattern but at different way, merely repeated re-interpretation.
Roujin Z is the only anime that i’ve ever seen so far that disrupt the doomed cycle of similarity within mecha theme. It’s about entirely different things that are unique, creative, original, all of which was meant to criticize the dark side of commercialism and Mediacare benefit for elderly but within Japanese context, while the other party (US research & development) gains in smart way. Typical respond for this political matter was arguably uninteresting for most 20s-age people but Roujin Z manages to cope this problem by involving typical fighting mecha with military, polished with its creativity and imagination to make the fighting to become unusual, and armed with great art and animation of course. This is the aspect that enough for me to give Roujin Z overall 10 ratings because that’s the important thing when involving art.
Another reason for my 10 ratings is that, although the concern of this anime is the lack of story stretching (we want more story development beyond this. we want more!!), it is quite reasonable to be humble for this aspect and forgive it unless there is incremental development from other authors. Moreover the premise of the arguably simple story is strong enough to tell the whole picture, making it unnecessary to be explained more further. That’s why this anime stand on its own in less crowded space.
Some might argue this anime was silly or dumb. And some might argue the story is too short and shallow. My counterargument for this: it is silly but not silly and watching anime shouldn’t be so serious unless the anime itself forces us to be so serious. So that’s why Roujin Z makes more fun to watch than deep political theme of mecha in Jin-Rou or Ghost in the SHell series.
I’m not a rocket scientist and I never claimed to be one, but it doesn’t take one to see the primary reason why this anime film is hailed as a classic. Can anyone guess why? Well, it’s written by the creator of Akira himself Katsuhiro Otomo. Therefore, this film is great and it’s a classic because he can do no wrong. Personally, I never bought into Akira’s masterpiece status, and I don’t buy into this films status as great anime either. I find it to be decent at best.
It appears that Otomo was shooting for something thought provoking and he succeeded. Roujin Z definitely has a very interesting concept. I do know what it’s like to help take care for an older person whom can’t feed or wash themselves. It can definitely feel like a burden a lot of the time, and sometimes one could just wish that the person would go away. It’s a very evil and selfish way of thinking but that’s human nature.
The film uses these feelings to establish an emotional link with the viewer, and at the same time it provides a solution to their problem. The people’s reaction to the first live display of the bed’s capabilities is proof. At first, the direction was pretty well done painting a picture of the selfish nature of people. Some of the folks in the audience were even uttering that they can now take a vacation. They completely ignored that the person still needs care from other human beings. Otomo had something serious and really deep going on here, but decided to turn it into a satire of Japan’s feelings towards the elderly. I wish he could have been more serious with this one.
I really didn’t care for the direction that the film went, and I wasn’t gripped by the plot at all. The film dabbles between comedy and action in the form of a silly cast, as well as uninteresting mecha fights. The only reason why my rating doesn’t plummet any lower is because the mecha battle and wacky madness is actually necessary. They play into the themes and the heavy symbolism taking place with Takazawa. The substance present in the film can seriously have some viewers saying “Wow!”, once everything finally comes together. I really didn’t have a problem with the music, because it fits well with the comedy and action but there’s nothing truly note worthy. This also goes for the voice acting which didn’t stand out to me for neither language.
The bit of comedy present certainly delivers through the animation and artwork. The facial expressions can be funny on certain occasions, and the action scenes have decent animation. The viewer gets to know several characters personalities somewhat but there isn’t much for character development outside of Takazawa.
Overall, I feel Roujin Z is worth a watch to the more serious anime fan. It’s not something I’ll be watching again and I don’t consider it bad, but it could have done without the silliness. If you come into this searching for loads of blood and action, or even a dark angst ridden story shades of Akira. Then you’ll definitely be disappointed.
Highs: Realistic and interesting concept
Lows: Typical characters, weak plot half way through
1: JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Phantom Blood
English: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood
Japanese: ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 ファントム ブラッド
MAL Score: 7.70
An adaptation of the original five volume arc of the popular JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga, covering the Phantom Blood chapters. Jonathan Joestar is an aristocratic boy whose life is suddenly turned upside down by a mysterious new boy who arrives, Dio Brando. Dio has a connection to his father, and over time, a rivalry forms as Dio becomes obsessed with a mysterious, ancient, and mystical stone mask that Jonathan’s father keeps.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Phantom Blood
2. Roujin Z
3. Project A-Ko
4. Street Fighter Alpha: Generations