They’re the best Anime that 2000 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Alexander Senki Movie, Pokemon Movie 03: Kesshoutou no Teiou Entei, One Piece Movie 1, and more!
5: Alexander Senki Movie
English: Reign: The Conqueror Movie
Japanese: アレクサンダー戦記 劇場版
MAL Score: 5.92
In 356 BC, Alexander the Great arrives in Greece with the ominous destiny that he will become the “destroyer of the world.” Inheriting the crown, he becomes king of the Macedonians and starts down a road of conquest with terrific speed. Alexander ultimately confronts his fated nemesis, Darius the Third, in a war with Persia which changes Alexander into the devil he was fated to become, assuring the destruction of all in his path, and possibly himself.
(Source: TBS Global Business)
4: Pokemon Movie 03: Kesshoutou no Teiou Entei
English: Pokemon 3: The Movie
Japanese: ポケットモンスター 結晶塔の帝王 ENTEI
MAL Score: 7.08
Mii Snowdon is left on her own after her father disappears while investigating the mysterious letter-shaped pokemon called the Unown. The only clue to her father’s disappearance is a box containing several tiles. While playing with these tiles, Mii makes a wish to see her father again, and this wish awakens the Unown—who summon the lion-like, legendary pokemon Entei to act as her father.
Meanwhile, Satoshi heads to Greenfield with his faithful pokemon companion, Pikachu, to meet with his friends, Kasumi and Takeshi. When they reach the area, they are shocked to find the place crystallized. They quickly learn that the Unown are responsible for this, and that they will need to be defeated in order to restore Greenfield to its former beauty.
The situation becomes personal when Satoshi’s mother is kidnapped by Entei. To discover why his mother was taken away, Satoshi, along with his friends and pokemon, must travel the crystallized landscape to confront Entei and the Unown.
It Had Great sound,great artwork, a heartwarming story and as a kid it was just awesome.
They did a lot of character Development on Entei, showing his depth and he wasn’t just the bad guy-he was the misunderstood villain,so much that i didn’t see him as the true villian-he was the good guy to me.Entei was My Favorite character in the movie because the gave him so much depth,care and feeling to him.
A truly heart warming movie-Much recommended to any Pokemon Fan, Young or old. Overall: 9
Even it has been a long time since I watched this one I still remember it.
Story: 7 . Many have given this movie a low rating. I am not sure why because I think has a very good story. There is some mystery and it is excting story too.
Art: 8 I think the art and sound is very good in this movie. What I can say about the art is that is a very beautiful art this time. Wonderful. Sound – as the other Pokemon movies.
The characters is this movie in Ash and co. but there is also a little girl which is a very good character. And Entei, the ‘father’ who wants to give his ‘daughter’ everything.
Enjoyment: I have seen movies many time and I think this was the Pokemon movie I enjoyed most. I thought it was an excting and touching movie too.
Overall: 8 because I think this is one of the better Pokemon movies out there
Why am I talking about the setup of a Pokemon movie? Because in this film, an intriguing premise is used to create a different experience. The most visible stand out in the film are the twisted worlds Molly created (and manipulates throughout the film). These locations keep the slow moving plot from getting stale. Spell of the Unknown keeps the plot really simple; the goal is to reach the heart of the twisted kingdom Molly is shaping and snap her out of madness. Throughout the film, she’ll appear before Ash, Brock and Misty, testing their strength, as they and Delia slowly make the girl realize what she’s doing is wrong.
In the movie we’re given a very memorable fight between Charizard and Entei, a fight that ranks among the best in the film series. Knowing that settling cerebral problems with a neat fight isn’t viable in any self respecting work, this film uses it merely as a catalyst for the character resolution, instead of a resolution itself.
The film isn’t without its faults, though. One of the two major complaints I have is the mediocre soundtrack. While a valid critique, my the second complaint can’t be helped – the middle of the film felt slow due to underwhelming battles. These moments really show how the budget for this film got cut. Beyond this, I’ve got minor nitpicks about about the dialogue at times (it helps a bit if you watch the film in Japanese with subtitles).
Pokémon 3: The Movie (or Emperor of The Crystal Tower: Entei if you prefer Japanese) is an interesting creation. It’s a very subdued Pokemon film. At its core it’s a fine children’s character film (woe unto humanity if someone thinks I’m critiquing this with same expectations I have for Paradise Lost!). While it drags on for a few scenes, it’s elevated by great visual design, locations and atmosphere. Character arc is resolved in a satisfying and not overtly cheesy way. Eventually there’s a great Charizard VS Entei fight, too. What more could you want?
Standing out as a slower character work, I’d recommend this one to everyone interested in Pokemon films.
3: One Piece Movie 1
Japanese: ONE PIECE
MAL Score: 7.09
Woonan is the legendary Great Gold Pirate, earning the nickname after accumulating about 1/3 of the gold available in the world. Even after his disappearance, the tales of his gold being stashed away in a remote island continue to persist, a juicy target that other pirates lust for.
One of the pirates going to great lengths to attain the treasure is El Drago. He and his crew have hunted down Woonan’s former crew members one by one, and along the way, they find the map that will take them to the hidden island.
The map is not all they come across; they also manage to come into contact with the straw hat pirates. After a short battle, Luffy and company are robbed and separated from one another. Now they must find a way to make it to the island before El Drago does and take the legendary treasure for themselves.
Animation: Its just the basic one piece style.
Sound: Its very good, acoustic music done perfectly.
Character: Luffy, Zoro, Ussop, and Nami. Great characters and every thing that is in the show is in this movie.
Enjoyment: Decent enemeys and a story about pirates, how can this not be good.
Overall: Watch this if you like One Piece and haven\’t seen it yet
As I’ve briefly touched on before the plot isn’t that great. It’s nothing creative, if that’s what you were hoping for. If you want something more interesting and inventive, I would skip right to movie four, if you want my advice. But for those of you interested in seeing every One Piece movie out there like I am, then go ahead and watch this one, it’s not going to disappoint you. If you’re like me, anything with those characters is going to please you, just because I think you could stick that cast in a cardboard box for all the plot you need, and still come out with something entertaining in the end. And after seeing the movie, I’m sure you’d agree: it’s still One Piece, at the heart of it. Regardless of lack of plot twists or great excitement. And that’s what counts.
Do take note of the year this movie was made, so that you won’t be disheartened when you begin to see the poorer animation than what you might be used to. I had been watching the late 400s in terms of episodes when I saw this, so it was a shock to me to return to episode 1 in terms of art and animation. But really, it’s not awful. If you got past episode 1 of the anime, this art style shouldn’t bother you too much.
Music is the same as ever, the same battle music, the same great catchy tones that belong to the show. So nothing different there.
Overall, this wasn’t the best movie, I’ll admit. It had the feel of a quick filler more than anything, but I’m a completionist sort of person, and wanted to see everything One Piece that I could. If you’re like that too, I’d certainly recommend it, because it still has the same feel as the show. Light-hearted action, Luffy looking badass, everyone cracking jokes. So yeah, watch the movie. I mean, come on, do you even need a review to figure that out? It’s ONE PIECE.
As simple as it all sounds though, I must say the premise is quite far fetched for the point in the storyline it was thrown in. The treasure is supposed to be around 1/3rd of the world’s riches and the main villain has weird Dragonball super powers. It just doesn’t feel like that sort of grand-scale premise fits into the weakest and calmest of the world’s seas. This is something one would normally expect after the CP9 are introduced. Hell, why is there even a character called El Drago, when the main series already has Dragon? But hey, since when do filler movies try to be consistent? Anyways, a notice must be given to how the real form of the pirate treasure may as well be the real One Piece of the main series. Since Oda takes ideas even from these movies into the canon story later on, I wouldn’t be surprised if it is so. In a way the first movie may be spoiling one of the greatest mysteries of the show.
As epic as it sounds though, the overall plot is as I said quite simple and unimpressive, and has the usual kid asking the heroes to help out fuss. So you will just watch this for the action scenes, which are not bad at all. They are definitely longer and more elaborate than those of the earlier Ganzack OVA and there is even a mini-boss for Zoro to fight and show off his powers properly. If there is something I didn’t like is how final boss El Drago was being defeated constantly with his own power turned against him and he didn’t just stick to using cutting attacks. I also didn’t understand how Luffy could block or deflect energy beams but then again I am overthinking in a shounen filler movie. Let’s just say I didn’t like how Luffy didn’t really use any actual strategy in battle other than having infinite stamina and using the attacks against the bad guy. Cheap!
In all, it is quite the passable movie. The story is too simple and even out of sync with the point it’s supposed to take place, while the action, as flashy as it may be, lacks any real excitement once you realize the protagonist has plot armour.
And now for some excused scorings.
ART SECTION: 8/10
Analysis: General Artwork 2/2, Character Figures 2/2, Backgrounds 1/2, Animation 2/2, Visual Effects 1/2
SOUND SECTION: 6/10
Analysis: Voice Acting 2/3, Music Themes 2/4, Sound Effects 2/3
STORY SECTION: 4/10
Analysis: Premise 1/2, Pacing 1/2, Complexity 1/2, Plausibility 0/2, Conclusion 1/2
CHARACTER SECTION: 6/10
Analysis: Presence 2/2, Personality 2/2, Backdrop 1/2, Development 0/2, Catharsis 1/2
VALUE SECTION: 1/10
Analysis: Historical Value 0/3, Rewatchability 0/3, Memorability 1/4
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 2/10
Analysis: Art 1/1, Sound 0/2, Story 0/3, Characters 1/4
2: Crayon Shin-chan Movie 08: Arashi wo Yobu Jungle
Japanese: 映画 クレヨンしんちゃん 嵐を呼ぶジャングル
MAL Score: 7.22
An adventure set in a south island. Shinnosuke with his parents and friends joined a tour with the preview of Action Kamen’s new movie ‘South Sea Millennium Wars’ on a luxury liner, but a funky guy who names himself Paradise King and his slave gang of gibbon monkeys took away all the adults to a south island. Gotaro Go, an actor playing the role of Action Kamen, with Shinnosuke, fights a martial-arts battle and air battle against Paradise King.
(Source: Manabu Tsuribe)
1: Vampire Hunter D (2000)
English: Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
MAL Score: 7.89
The story revolves around D, the infamous “dhampir” (born of a vampire father and a human mother) outcast and renowned vampire hunter. His prowess at hunting the creatures of the night allowing his acceptance among humans, he is called upon to locate Charlotte Elbourne, the lovely daughter of an affluent family who has been mysteriously kidnapped.
When the sun sets, the hunt goes on! Charlotte’s father offers a rich bounty, be she dead or alive, a task D willingly accepts, even with notorious Markus brothers and their gang of bounty hunters seeking the prize as well. Amidst the chase and unknown to all lurks, a sinister evil which has been secretly manipulating their every move and has set a chilling trap that none will expect and few will survive. With the tables turned and the secrets revealed, the hunters could quickly become the hunted!
The story seems simple on the face of it, but couched in the plot are beautiful layers of character development. A vampire hunter, D (a dunpeal or vampire/human half breed) is commissioned to recover a rich man’s daughter, Charlotte, who has been kidnapped by a vampire. She is wanted dead (if turned) or alive (if still human).
D meets up with a band of bounty hunters, all of whom have their own special powers, and personal demons. Against them are an array of gypsy monster/vampires. The animation and sound are so good that one feels compelled to watch and rewatch the fight scenes just because they are so well done. Each character is different and their story comes through, the only fault is the minor villains’ motivations could have been made more clear.
The pacing of this movie is excellent, and it is definitely theater quality in all respects. I’ve introduced my friends to anime by showing them this movie, a few have become fans. The only drawback is after viewing this masterpiece, some of them complain it is hard to get other anime of this caliber quality (plot, action, animation, character, sound).
Unlike the original Vampire Hunter D, the Bloodlust movie is gothic, gory, beautiful and touching. Highly recommended to be watched on a big screen, preferably with surround sound. You won’t be disappointed if you rent/download this. It’s so good you’ll want to own a copy to add to your anime collection, as the rewatch value is very high.
D is a half-vampire, half-Mexican–er, wait. Anyway, D is not human but he’s not exactly a vampire. His powers allow him to hunt most other evil vampires and he takes up a mission to save some stupid human girl who wants to get it on with the undead, and so runs away with her vampire lover. While D tries to get the hussy back, a rival gang who also hunts vampires compete with him. This movie was excellence. Watching all the action, the fabulous choreography of the fights were simply jizz-in-your pants worthy.
Art and sound were pure amazing. It looks beautiful, and D can make the straightest of men drool over his beauty, really. He was hotter than the chicks, believe it or not. Sound was cool, felt like I was listening to an epic horror flick. Which I was.
Characters weren’t so hot except for D who we’ve established is walking, delectable man-meat for the ladies and just the sort of guy folks like myself just wanna hang around and kill things with. Anyway, D’s just cool and aloof and can kick all types of behind. The rest of the characters were cool as well, I didn’t have a problem with them, since most knew when to die anyway.
All in all, Bloodlust is the best Vampire Hunter D movie ever. And it is better than you, too.
The dvd available in North America (at least in Canada) is only available in the english dub. For elitetists this is a huge problem, but the dub isn’t terrible, it’s pretty good as far as dubs go.
The theme for this, doomed love, is played so beautifully in this. There were a few scenes that almost moved me to tears. I loved the way the story progressed, they adapt it quite well from the book. The Markus Brothers and Leila also keep the pacing of the story quite well. There are a few scenes with them that really add alot to the story. There aren’t alot of loose-ends, and it ends semi-ambigously but they add a very comforting scene right at the end.
The art in D is good. It’s very distinctive, there are some beautiful subtleties to it. They put alot of time into some of the scenery which really show off the skills of some of these artists. Some of the character designs bug me, villagers all seem to have the same kind of frame and all moved very similarly. But they play a small part in the movie and the Markus brothers have some nice designs.
The gothic soundtrack in this is very nicely composed. It definitely suits everything that happens in this. It greatly heightens all the emotions you would feel anway. It conveys the hope and the hopelessness of it, as well as the darkness of the time.
The characters have changed slightly from the novel. These changes are for the most part quite nice. As far as progression of the story the characters pull them off quite nicely. I had a few problems with the changes that were made, but the changes they made push the anime in a completely different direction. D is how D always is, they don’t change him at all…and they don’t need to.
As far as vampire anime go this one is quite good. They show vampires in both ways, both as super-powerful as well as being weak zombies. So people who like both style of vampire won’t be dissapointed. If you’ve seen the first movie and were highly dissapointed then you definitely need to watch this. It’s a great movie, but if you can’t find the jap audio don’t sweat it too much, the dub is decent.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Vampire Hunter D (2000)
2. Crayon Shin-chan Movie 08: Arashi wo Yobu Jungle
3. One Piece Movie 1
4. Pokemon Movie 03: Kesshoutou no Teiou Entei
5. Alexander Senki Movie