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5: Yuu☆Yuu☆Hakusho (Movie)
English: Yu Yu Hakusho: The Movie
MAL Score: 6.81
Yusuke Urameshi is not exactly what you’d call an angel. In fact, some might call him down right devilish. But when he dies in an accident trying to save a child, he finds himself in the Spirit World. Unfortunately for Yusuke, his name is not listed in the Book of Enma, which means it was one big mistake! So he should return from the Spirit World, but must pass a few tests first, and become a detective of the spiritual world.
So now Yusuke works in the Spirit World as a half-dead, half-alive agent for Koenma, son of the ruler of the Spirit World. This position does have its disadvantages, especially when you’re trying to enjoy your summer vacation and Koenma gets kidnapped! So now Yusuke must interrupt his summer fun to find Koenma and trade the Golden Seal of King Enma for his life. But if someone other then King Enma has the Golden Seal there will be chaos in the Spirit World! What’s a half-dead spirit detective to do?
With the aide of his closest allies, Yusuke sets off for Magma Valley, to save the life of the one who saved his, and find out who’s at the bottom of this evil conspiracy.
So little effort was put into “Yuu Yuu Hakusho: The Movie” that it hardly qualifies as a movie: it clocks in at a stingy half hour in length. When you also take into account the inconsequential story, then this anime should really have been named “Yuu Yuu Hakusho: The Throwaway Episode”.
“Yuu Yuu Hakusho: The Throwaway Episode” is set after the Dark Tournament arc, so it’s hard to believe how overpowered the bad guy in this anime is – given how powerful Yusuke must be by this point, I’d expected him to wipe the floor with almost everyone, but instead he was forced to dig deep in the headline fight. Conversely, the series conditioned me to expect hard fights to drag on for many episodes, and this one was over so quickly that I’m left with an incongruous feeling that it was simultaneously too easy AND too hard.
While the comic relief moments tickled me, “Yuu Yuu Hakusho: The Throwaway Episode” is mostly dull, so much so that the rather epic background music feels out of place. The appearance of Kurama and Hiei was predictable, but did manage to breathe a little life into the proceedings – I admit: I’m a sucker for cameos of cool characters.
Other than that, there really isn’t much to see in “Yuu Yuu Hakusho: The Throwaway Episode”, and I would hesitate to recommend this “movie” even to hardcore fans of the main series.
Personal rating: -0.5 (mediocre)
We open with Botan fetching Yuusuke & Kuwabara while they’re engaged in a brawl. She tells them Koenma was kidnapped and the culprit is demanding the golden seal, which is King Enma’s proof of office, in exchange for him. Naturally, Yuusuke borrows the seal, saying it won’t be a problem if he brings it back. He and Kuwabara run for the area where the exchange is meant to take place, not knowing their hosts have arranged for a welcoming party of monstrous menaces to munch their jugular veins.
The big issue with it is just that there’s not a lot of development behind anything that happens. Koashura’s motivations are weak which, to be fair, they lampshade and use for a bit of humour. But even that’s better than what we get for our big bad of the episode, I mean movie. Let’s call him super generic shounen villain five. A lot of the content also comes down to a running battle as they progress towards their goal and just tear into expendable henchmen on their way. Which doesn’t make for the most compelling content in the world. Nor does it ever do anything that’s unexpected and attention grabbing.
On the positive side, I did like the confrontation that Yuusuke eventually has with generic shounen villain five. It has some strong moments. I will also credit the work with giving Koashura some sympathetic traits in his cutaway scenes. And, speaking as someone who liked the series, it is nice to see more of this world and its characters.
We have the same major cast as the series. Hiei and Kurama appear rather briefly and get a bit of banter. The focus is on Yuusuke, Kuwabara and Botan. They’re the same as they are in the series proper. None of them have undergone any life changing epiphanies. The main antagonist, old Five, is just bland.
The artwork is kind of good. I know, one of my issues with the series proper was the abundance of very noticeable art errors but this is a bit more polished. I noticed one sequence that was a bit awkward, but that was pretty much it for animation issues. The designs continue to be a bit odd but excusably so since it deals with supernatural beings.
The acting continues to be a strong point. With Ogata Megumi, Miyuki Sanae, Sasaki Nozomu, Hiyama Nobuyuki & Chiba Shigeru all reprise their roles just as strongly as they performed them in the main series. Our new characters are voiced by Aono Takeshi and Matsumoto Rica, both of whom do perfectly well. The music is the same as it is in the series proper, right down to the same theme tunes. And the series has good music.
You don’t really get any here. Our characters who were a bit homo-erotic in the main series have a couple minutes of banter but nothing that really conveys that aspect of their relationship.
The Golden Seal is basically like a stand alone episode of the series and not like one of the better episodes. It’s decent enough and if you really liked Yu Yu Hakusho you’ll probably enjoy it as a little bit more. For myself, I give it a 6/10. Next week I’ll look at another franchise I’ve discussed before with a look at Galaxy Angel 2.
4: Crayon Shin-chan Movie 01: Action Kamen vs. Haigure Maou
Japanese: 映画 クレヨンしんちゃん アクション仮面ＶＳハイグレ魔王
MAL Score: 6.91
By finding a rare Action Kamen card, Shinnosuke Nohara and his family end up being chosen to go to a parallel world and help foil an alien invasion that is occurring over there.
The beginning of the movie is very slow and boring but the later action seens were very well animated for the time ( and still looks good)
3: Dragon Ball Z Movie 09: Ginga Girigiri!! Bucchigiri no Sugoi Yatsu
English: Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound
Japanese: ドラゴンボールZ 銀河ギリギリ!!ぶっちぎりの凄い奴
MAL Score: 7.10
Mr. Money is holding another Tenka’ichi Budokai and Mr. Satan invites everyone in the world to join in. Little does he know that Bojack, an ancient villain who has escaped his prison, is competing. Since Goku is currently dead, it is up to Gohan, Vegeta, and Trunks to defeat Bojack and his henchman.
Now, enter the space pirate Bojack. The man is built like a machine in terms of muscle or in Dragon Ball Z terms Broly. The fight between Bojack and the Z fighters was an interesting one to watch unfold and ended in a way I saw coming, but still a good watch. I’d hate to spoil the rest for you so I guess I’ll leave it up to you guys and gals to watch it yourself!
What I don’t like about DBZ is when they make Vegeta character look like weak. He’s the 2nd strongest main character (for me) but everytime or even when Goku is dead, there was someone in his heritage would always defeat the enemy/ies, for example Gohan. Goku found out that a half saiyan-half earthling is stronger than pure blood saiyan but Trunks was also a half saiyan-earthling but why is he appears to be weaker or it seems to be tahn Gohan in this movie. That’s what I hate about the author of DBZ.
After a few very boring fights and mind-numbingly lame comedy; Trunks, Gohan, and Krillin advance in the tournament and leave for a new area to continue fighting. From there they meet Bojack, his minions, and then several brawls occur. DBZ is an all out action anime, this is something we all know and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, this movie is just way too by the numbers and very bland. The side characters are nothing but bodies to be dominated. They make very dramatic appearances as if they’re going to actually pose a threat, yet they’re beaten quicker than they show up. If a new viewer came into this movie first, I can’t imagine them wanting to delve deeper because no one comes off looking like a bad ass at all. Bojack and his gang are nothing but cookie cutter baddies with about as much personality as a pimple between them all.
This movie takes place after Goku’s death which occurred during the Cell Saga, and his son Gohan arose as Earth’s new protector. Instead of developing him in that way, he comes off needing support from his dead father. There was so much potential to develop the entire cast as a team, plus mentor Gohan along the way. Instead, they clearly find a way to cram Goku into it, thus proving there was no way the show could have possibly survived without him. Many fans believe that this movie can actually fit in the DBZ main continuity in between the Cell Games Saga and The Great Saiyaman. Well, without nitpicking in the characters dialog it actually can; but that’s not a reason to praise this movie.
While the backgrounds have moments of looking very good, from the peaceful looking prairies, to the dark and menacing ruins in the battle ground. The animation unfortunately is the usual reused-cels found in the DBZ series. In other words, very quick, blurred motions passing off as action, the laziest path to take when it comes down to delivering action scenes. There really isn’t much choreography, as there’s a heavy reliance on a light show. While plenty of the explosions and energy attacks look nice, the actual fighting has always failed to register with me. Up to this day I still haven’t heard the sub, and I have no desire to. However, the dub is pretty good with the usual suspects featuring Chris Sabat playing both Piccolo and Vegeta, along with Eric Vale as Trunks; and please don’t come into this expecting the fun rock scores you heard in Cooler’s Revenge or Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan. Instead, what you get here is something mums will use to put the kids to sleep.
Everything about this movie screams “lazy money draining succubus”. If someone told me it took Toei Animation 10 minutes to come up with this movie, it would be lies to me and I’ll swear it took less. In closing, this movie is only for Dragon Ball Z fans. Everyone else do yourself a favor and avoid it. If you’re looking for a fun anime feature minus the psycho-babble, Redline or even Read or Die would make better choices. If you want something with a deep storyline that doesn’t run for 10 hours, Area 88 OVA will be a great choice. Skip this 50 minute waste of time.
Highs: Makes great anime look greater
Lows: Slapped together boring and cliché story
2: Dragon Ball Z Movie 08: Moetsukiro!! Nessen, Ressen, Chougekisen
English: Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan
Japanese: ドラゴンボールZ 燃えつきろ!!熱戦 烈戦 超激戦
MAL Score: 7.32
As Goku investigates the destruction of the Southern Galaxy, Vegeta is taken to be King of the New Planet Vegeta, and to destroy the Legendary Super Saiyan, Broly.
I don’t have nostalgia for DBZ. If you do feel free to put your hands over your ears and exit the review. I first watched DBZ (as well as the original Dragon Ball) in 2015. I loved Dragon Ball and DBZ was great as well, albeit with a lot of faults. So I do enjoy the series a lot.
The main issue with the movie is Broly. Broly represents everything that was creatively wrong in DBZ. He shows up and is completely invincible until time is running out on the feature. Most of this movie is the Dragon Ball Z trope of Goku and friends getting their butts kicked until (literally) the final 5 minutes of the movie. It’s not even a back and forth affair. For some this makes Broly a cool bad ass. For the rest of us, we see it for what it is. It’s the same played out lazy fight scene Dragon Ball Z thrived on, except this time it monopolizes a feature length film.
Broly’s backstory isn’t special either. I am certainly glad they explained how another Saiyan is wondering around, but that doesn’t make it intriguing. I think the movie wanted you to feel for him a bit, but then it switches back to Broly in the present time acting what I would describe as foolish and you feel nothing. Broly has nothing interesting about him. He is just a goofy monster.
Should you watch this movie? Of course. It’s part of DBZ history. A lot of people love it and you need to at least give it a watch. Just be ready, because this movie movie will let you down.
The movie didn’t disappoint. Broly is a fearless monster with no fellings at all, the true essence of any saiya-jin warrior. As the story goes, Goku gets to fight against him and, in my opinion, this was one of his toughest battles, since Broly had unlimited power, besides being a lot stronger.
As in many other battles, Goku doesn’t give up, even after taking serious damage. He brings hope to everyone when everything seems lost and keeps fighting, even if it costs his own life.
I don’t recall watching any of Broly’s movies when I was a kid, so this was really worth of my time. Seeing him for the first time was incredible and I can’t wait to watch his other movies.
1: Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Arata Naru Tatakai no Overture
Japanese: 銀河英雄伝説外伝 新たなる戦いの序曲[オーヴァチュア]
MAL Score: 8.11
Led by Reinhard von Müsel, the Galactic Empire crushes the Free Planets Alliance in the Fourth Battle of Tiamat. Arriving in the Imperial capital of Odin to a hero’s welcome, Reinhard’s victory earns him a promotion to High Admiral and the distinguished title of Count von Lohengramm. On the other side, Yang Wen-li safely returns to the Alliance capital of Heinessen without fanfare and reunites with his dear friends.
Reinhard and Yang look forward to a long-awaited reprieve. However, at the request of the scheming Duke Otho von Braunschweig, the Imperial High Command orders the new High Admiral to invade the Alliance with a fleet of twenty thousand ships. After the Duke leaks the plan to the Alliance government, three fleets totalling forty thousand ships are sent to counter the incoming attack and recreate the famous Battle of Dagon. But even though Reinhard is outnumbered two to one, he has an ingenious plan—and Yang sees right through it. Will Yang’s superiors heed his warning before it is too late?
I had NO problems getting into this movie – it’s everything that the start of the main series should have been.
[Note: coming from the point of view of watching it in order of release, I’ll be making some references to the first season of the main series, so there might be spoilers ahead]
While movies that re-tell parts of series usually condenses the story and ups the tempo to make it more suitable for the format, “Overture to a New War” does exactly the opposite – it expands upon the beginning of the series and takes its sweet time in building up to the Battle of Astate which the series dived straight into. And what a difference this build up makes – by introducing the characters more gradually and spending time fleshing them out, the show becomes far more engrossing, and gives viewers a reason to care about the characters who were given what felt like random cameos in the series. In essence, it’s a different approach to the story telling. The main series started off much more plot driven, and felt hurried and unseemly in its haste to introduce the 9872 characters in its cast and get the plot going – much of the first season felt like one massive set up for later events. In contrast, “Overture to a New War” is more character driven, and is far better for it.
The first part of the movie, concerning the build up to the Battle of Astate, is new material, and it’s particularly good. In fact, it’s actually better than the second half that concerns the battle itself. Though the second half is also much improved as a remake, it’s dragged down by mostly the same things that dragged down the Battle of Astate in the main series – some parts of the battle are just to stupid to be believable, especially with some of the inexplicable school boy errors that the commanders on the alliance side makes. Though most of these stupid points still exist in “Overture to a New War”, it at least spent some time showing the thought processes behind the strategies, even though the idea of spreading your fleets so wide that they can’t even support each other (the empire’s fleet even managed to find time to take a long nap in between engaging two alliance fleets) still seems to me like an extraordinarily stupid mistake to make for military high commanders.
Another benefit of this build up is that the tragedies during the battle are now meaningful. In particular, there is one specific death scene that is given a much greater weight thanks to the build up. Of course, it also helps that they sensibly changed the manner of his death – in the series, he got impaled by a massive lump of rock-like thing, which looked so ridiculous it reduced the death scene to a joke.
I’d like to talk a bit about the characters now, as this is arguably the biggest improvement that “Overture to a New War” brings to the table. The series took a long time to bring to life the cardboard characters it started with – and in fact many of the characters never make this transition – but in “Overture to a New War”, they feel alive to begin with. In addition to simply polishing existing dialogues and characterisation, they also added minute details here and there which made the character feel much more real. One example of this is the scene where Yang clenches his fists and crushes a paper cup as he worries about his comrade – a simple gesture that sets him far apart from the overly desensitised Yang shown in the first OVA “My Conquest is the Sea of Stars”. Another example – and this is probably my favourite scenes this movie – is when Reinhard does a handstand in his sisters lawn. This simple action spoke volumes of his change of mood when visiting his sister. Also, for the first time, it occurred to me how young he was – a youth of about 18 or 19, it’s the only time I’ve seen this normally cold and impassive character display the silly, playful tendencies of his age. This creates one hell of a contrast to the person he becomes later on, a contrast that’s not so obvious in the series. Watching a rare moment where Reinhard and Siegfried lets themselves go, I couldn’t help but feel that the two of them could have achieved anything together – the chemistry there was just so strong. These examples just goes to show that a few extra, subtle touches can make a world of difference.
The villains too, have benefited from the improved characterisation. In the main series, most of them are obvious jackasses, often acting like kids throwing tantrums. In this movie, their behaviours are given more restraint, and because of this they come across more convincingly as schemers rather than clowns.
“Overture to a New War” has also improved vastly in the sound department. The deployment of classical music comes across as much more thoughtful compared to the haphazard, lazy approach taken in the first OVA and earlier part of the main series. If I have one complaint to make – and it’s a minor one – it would be the use of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” for a death scene. It’s a ridiculously popular, sentimental piece, and using it there comes off as a little too unimaginative and- dare I say, cliched? “Overture to a New War” shows a maturity in its execution not just through its use of sound, but also through its use of LACK of sound. One of the most memorable scenes in the movie is the bitterweet one at Lap’s celebratory drinks after his successful proposal to Jessica. In this scene, they muted the dialogue, and the narration is gently guided by the imagery and the background music. This left much to the imagination, and it achieves its purpose probably better than any dialogue could have.
If “Legend of the Galactic Heroes” had been directed in a similar fashion to “Overture to a New War”, I probably would have embraced it with open arms from the start. By paying attention to HOW it tells the story instead of just the story itself, by fleshing out the character instead of just introducing them, “Overture to a New War” succeeds where the main series falls flat for long periods. It’s engaging, subtle, and possesses an effortless grace that the show had always yearned for. It’s just BETTER.
Even though I watched the series first (which is why I was confused for the first few episodes), I reccommend watching in this order. I believe this order will enhance the viewers enjoyment and experience.
LOGH My conquest is the Sea Of the Stars
LOGH Overture to a New War
LOGH 110 OVA (The Main Series)
LOGH Gaiden 1 and 2.
Okay now on to My Review Finally.
LOGH Overture to a New War is a movie that is a better detailed version of the first 2 episodes of the main series. The Plot Is about two military Leaders (Reinhard Von Lohengram and Yang Wen-li) from Different sides, overcomming obstacles within their own side while at the same time battling each other in strategic space warfare. The movie also has more background information leading into the main series.
The Story I gave 10 even though I didn’t offer much detail on the plot, because I didn’t want to spoil anything. The story is really good, it has great view in politcs and war. It also has great action and very intelligent battles. The story itself is very Intelligent
I gave a 10 to the art and animation of the movie because first of all it is better than the series animation. It looks more new and clean than the main series. The characters and spaceships are well drawn and so are cities and places.
Sound I give a 10 the movie sounds really good and has great classical music that goes well with the movie. They time the music really well with what is happening at the time. They also have great voice actors in the movie and series.
Characters are amazing in the movie and the series. You will see yourself likeing charcters from both sides and not know who you are rooting for to come out alive or win. The charcters get well developed in this movie but you can tell there is still room for more developing after the movie which makes the movie so great.
I enjoyed the movie alot its one of those movies you can watch over and over. Its a real good introduction to the series and some of the main characters.
Overall Its a epic movie and I believe if you give it a try you will enjoy it, especially space opera fans.
Contains minor spoilers.
This is very overrated.
I watched the 2018 remake and felt like it could have potential, but I remember almost nothing because it was so rushed and uninteresting. So I decided to watch this movie which is a remake of the first two episodes to motivate myself to watch the 110 OVA episodes. Guess what? This movie just made me make a point of never wasting my time watching 110 episodes of Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu, as much as Yang and Reinhard might be interesting characters (that were wasted in 01:30:00 with a war that lasts a long time and the reason was not explained).
What bothers me the most is the fact that the war does not have a reason, the war simply exists. Seriously, in one minute of dialogue it would be possible to explain why this war has been going on for so long. It is senseless to make a work about war, where the war is only happening because it is.
And no, I will not watch 110 episodes just to hope that at some point this will be explained. Because it is the work’s obligation to make the reason for the war clear right at the beginning.
Another thing that bothered me:
Lad, Yang’s friend likes Jessica, but she apparently doesn’t like him. Why did she agree to marry him? It was not explained. She even cries while dancing with Yang (and it looks like a cry of regret). She clearly likes Yang, and he apparently likes her too.
It’s funny how simple things have no explanation and happen because they do.
And no, I’m not going to watch 110 episodes just to hope that at some point this will be explained. They introduced it in the movie, and I wanted explanation in the movie. And even with explanation, I probably wasn’t going to accept the fact that she cries (a cry that is apparently one of regret) for agreeing to marry someone she apparently doesn’t like to the point of getting married.
One more thing that bothered me:
The battles in the war.
Seriously, there are 60,000 ships battling, but only one or two are blown up and highlighted.
Why exaggerate the number of ships when there is no highlight? This is clearly to try to make it more grandiose than it should be.
The war happens, but it is all so poorly elaborated and without emphasis on one of the most important things that it is stupid.
And the strategies were not as genius as many people say they are.
There is a scene where Reinhard tells Sieg to send a letter to Yang on his behalf, and from one scene to the next, Yang is already holding the letter. Seriously, how is this? Right in space, at the end of a pointless battle he receives a letter out of the blue, without even showing how it was received.
The technical part isn’t bad, but it’s not so good for a movie either. But that doesn’t bother me.
The character design is very good, especially the female design, which is so beautiful.
It’s ironic how Reinhard talks about Yang’s training towards the end of the fight being pointless, whereas the whole movie is pointless for the simple fact that the war just happens without having a reason explained.
I really wish I had enjoyed this to go see the 110 episodes that it is so acclaimed for, but I won’t even waste my time with this piece of work.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Arata Naru Tatakai no Overture
2. Dragon Ball Z Movie 08: Moetsukiro!! Nessen, Ressen, Chougekisen
3. Dragon Ball Z Movie 09: Ginga Girigiri!! Bucchigiri no Sugoi Yatsu
4. Crayon Shin-chan Movie 01: Action Kamen vs. Haigure Maou
5. Yuu☆Yuu☆Hakusho (Movie)