They’re the best Anime that 1991 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibouken, Urusei Yatsura Movie 6: Itsudatte My Darling, Dragon Ball Z Movie 05: Tobikkiri no Saikyou tai Saikyou, and more!
5: Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibouken
English: Dragon Quest: Great Adventure of Dai
Japanese: ドラゴンクエスト ダイの大冒険
MAL Score: 6.59
It starts with a kid named Dai remembering a story told to him by his grandfather, the monster magician Brass, about the defeat of the Demon Lord Hadlar by the hands of a hero who, as the story progresses, is known to be Avan.
the story was very simple it with the princess getting kidnaped and the hero rescuing her.
the art was good and it was easy to tell what everything was and the designs of the monsters reminded me of the video games,
The sound was clear and the music was nice to the ear
The characters were pretty average nothing really special.
Adventure – there was a adventure as they quested across the island
Demons – were like you would expect out of dragon quest
Magic – there was a little magic used but not a lot
Fantasy – the setting was very fantasy like not set in a real world
Shounen – is what you would expect for something that age group would enjoy
4: Urusei Yatsura Movie 6: Itsudatte My Darling
English: Urusei Yatsura Movie 6: Always My Darling
Japanese: うる星やつら いつだって マイ ダーリン
MAL Score: 6.83
Lupica, another one of the legion of space princesses that all seem to have found out about Earth in some tour book, appears and abducts Ataru!
But Lupica isn’t after Ataru for his great looks or charming personality (because he doesn’t have either). Lupica’s goal is the greatest love potion in the galaxy, which she intends to use to induce her sweetheart to tie the knot. To get it, she needs the possessor of the greatest lust in the universe…
I hesitate to write a review for this movie. It’s known in the UY community as one of the worst of the series. I actually waited a few weeks while I fully digested this movie to edit my review, something I normally don’t think is necessary. Honestly, the longer time goes by the more generous I usually am with a score. That wasn’t the case here, because once I started reading the synopsis, I was given a PTSD flashback. As a note, I enjoyed this movie because it is UY, not because it is a good movie. Scores are given relative to the original series.
For comparison, I loved the series, giving it a score of 10.
If you’re going for the “Complete UY” achievement, I suggest watching this around episode 190 in the series so that you have some decent material left to make you forget about this atrocity.
The story is not a bad concept, but it just feels so familiar. I kept feeling like I’ve seen it before. I can see some similarities to “The Final Chapter,” but I wouldn’t say it’s a direct copy by any means. However, that isn’t the biggest problem, because if it was, I think the story would still earn a decent score. Looking at the movie, it feels like every idea put on the drawing board somehow made it into the final product. Furthermore, it feels like one giant best of segment, where the “best ofs” are situations and script, as opposed to just a re-airing. Seriously, the entire movie seems to do nothing but reference the series, while surrounded by a slightly different story. As a result, the story ends up feeling like a jumbled hot mess. There are a number of “false endings,” most notably at the 30 minute mark, where I was a bit shocked to see that I wasn’t even halfway through yet. Then there are times where it jumps around so quickly, that coherency is broken. UY is no stranger to bat-shit crazy, but still within the madness there was some type of coherency. This movie felt like the story board director fell asleep during production and then woke up at the premier.
The art was worse than the series. Sometimes faces were incredibly bland and featureless, other times main characters looked strange. The art in the series and every other movie was not only better, but cleaner. Remember when I said there was no coherency about the storyline? Well there is coherency between the story line and the art. Both are incredibly choppy and jump around. A bit dizzying, honestly. So much stuff happens so quickly that at times I felt like I had whiplash.
As for sound, I can only guess that they didn’t have the money in the budget to hire a real orchestra. Not only is the music writing generally bad, but the vast majority sounds like it was, at the very least, recorded on a keyboard. That’s being nice, because it really sounds like they just had a computer midi program play it back. They would’ve been better off just using the series’ original score. It would’ve been cheap, I would’ve still mentioned that it was a cop-out, but it would’ve gotten a better score and actually been good. Acting is on par with the rest of the series.
Then let’s talk about how the movie’s goal seemed to be a cameo of every character ever used in the series. Kinda like it was a cameo of every situation that happened in the series. Ten’s mother? Suddenly on earth standing in a random crowd of people on the street. The Phantom Red Mantle? Chillin’ outside a bar on a different planet. Almost every background character was a character from the series at some point. It was ridiculous and distracting.
Is there anything I like about “Always My Darling?” Sure. The very last scene with Cherry was classic UY and made me laugh. I laughed at the scene before that as well, not because it was good, but because of it’s absurd “suddenly we’re all friends” approach to Lupika. And therein lies the problem, if there was anything I did like about this movie, it’s overshadowed by the blatant money grab this poorly executed movie was.
I think, at heart, the storyline had potential despite being a homologation of most of the other story arcs. Honestly, had the story been executed properly and many of the reference-to-a-past-joke scenes been eliminated, I probably wouldn’t have noticed its repetitive plot.
I enjoyed this movie because it is UY, not because it is a good movie. The story isn’t bad, but it is plagued by poor execution. Along with the art editing, it just jumps around too much and is really annoying. The music is just plain bad. If you want the UY achievement for watching all of the series/OVAs/movies, you’ll have to sit through this long 77 minute movie, otherwise, I’d just skip it.
I’ll keep this short, the storyline behind this film feels like they took specific parts of previous Urusei Yatsura films and stitched them together to make…this. I won’t summarize the plot, because I’ll sound like a broken record, but if you made it this far into Urusei Yatsura and read the synopsis for this film, you know exactly what’s going to happen. None of it was bad in any way, but you’ve seen it all before. It had some goofy moments that made laugh, and some sad moments that made me a little emotional. It’s just Urusei Yatsura, that’s all. The story wasn’t exceptional, but it wasn’t underwhelming either. It was just mediocre. I do love the scene where Ataru tricks his entire class and manipulates them into doing random stuff for the love potion. Mendo threatens to kill Ataru if he doesn’t tell him where it is, but Ataru can’t tell them where it is if he’s dead, so he takes advantage of them. That was a great scene, but it didn’t last all that long.
The music is not worth mentioning. It sounds just like the other songs from the last couple of films. Something that is worth mentioning are the character designs. I love them! I briefly mentioned in my last review that over time, the character designs, with each film were becoming more refined and expressive. I think the characters look fine in any specific way they’re drawn; even in the first film. Always My Darling did an excellent job at giving these characters a more updated 90’s look, it fits them very well. It looks like I’m watching Ranma ½! They have the exact same character designs, and at this point, Takahashi’s art style had changed a lot over a decade.
This film was okay. It had it’s moments, but it wasn’t all that good. I’m still putting it ahead of Remember My Love, because that film feels so uninspired and dry compared to the other films. Keep in mind, the gap in quality between Remember My Love and Always My Darling is not that big. I’m giving it a slight edge, only because I found more enjoyment out of this film. And with that, I’M DONE REVIEWING THESE MOVIES! Took some time, and a few pair of eyeballs, but I’m done. This movie gets a 6 out of 10. I’m gonna go watch Ranma ½ for the umpteenth time. Later, fuckfaces (￣▽￣)ノ.
Movies: 3 < 6 < 1 < 4 < 2 < 5 Story: 4/10 Art: 7/10 Sound: 5/10 Characters: 6/10 Enjoyment: 7/10 Overall: 6/10 [/collapse]
3: Dragon Ball Z Movie 05: Tobikkiri no Saikyou tai Saikyou
English: Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge
Japanese: ドラゴンボールZ とびっきりの最強対最強
MAL Score: 7.04
Gokuu Son and his friends are out camping when three mysterious enemies ambush them. After a quick fight, a fourth enemy named Cooler joins the fray. Seeking retribution for his younger brother Frieza after he was defeated, Cooler attacks Gokuu; however, the latter manages to escape with Gohan Son and goes into hiding. Unsatisfied and infuriated with the outcome, Cooler and his men begin the hunt to uncover Gokuu’s location and kill him to carry out their plans of exacting revenge.
[collapse title=“Reviews1:”]”Let him clean up his own mess, You have a lot to learn brother”.
This Movie like a lot of the other dbz films is a very simple yet a fun typical
45 minute film to watch. As the name suggest Cooler’s Revenge is about Goku facing off against 1 of the major antagonist Frieza – To be precise his older brother Cooler who wants to take his vengeance out on goku for what happen to frieza.
The prologue starts of during the demise of goku’s former Saiyan home world planet Vegeta’s being destroyed by frieza, Overlooking the destruction in his spaceship along with his crew finding out that 1 of the spaceship getting away from the planet is heading to earth cooler delays the order and decides to let it go.
A few decades later Cooler Hears of frieza being defeated by goku that transform into a super saiyan. Cooler while annoyed by frieza’s defeat,
He and his crew head to earth to kill goku and to avenge his younger brother’s death and to restore his own family name to be feared in the universe once again. As you can see with most Dbz films the premise of its story is basic and of course easy to watch.
Cooler is Honestly without a doubt my favourite movie villain in the Db franchise I mean his name says it all, he is arrogant, remorseless and condescending not to mention he pretty much hates his brother frieza and the saiyans. He also exercises a greater control of power compare to that of frieza which makes him a dangerous foe for goku to fight against on this occasion. Cooler’s Armoured squad are a blatant rip off of the Ginyu force and other nothing special.
The other characters are pretty much the same in the movie like the other movies as well as Piccolo who makes his role in the film in such a Badass way! The fight between goku and cooler was just unforgettable from cooler’s Epic! Transformation which we find out is a transformation beyond that of frieza final transformation and of course it proves how deadly he can be in that form when he fights against goku which overwhelms goku like with frieza upper hand against him on namek in the series.
The music is fine but I like the songs more for the dub’s US music score as it included some great heavy metal bands for the more intense action scenes. both sub and dub is good especially cooler’s english voice actor
Andrew Chandler suited his role nicely as the villain.
Of course animation was the standard pretty much for its time and actually is okay.
overall quite an enjoyable simplistic film to say the least which I could only wish that cooler wasn’t just a movie character but a character that was actually relevant within the series as well.
7 out of 10.
Story- (7/10) As I said before, the story is simplistic. To tell the truth, there are not even 10 characters in this movie. And the main character, which we all know is Goku, is hurt half the movie. So, yeah, that was kind of disappointing.
Art- (7/10) Dragonball Z art is nothing really special (but today the art is really good). This movie was made back in the early 90s, so the art doesn’t hold up as well. But, if you are a true Dragonball Z fan, you’ll enjoy this movie.
Sound- (8/10) The sound for this movie was very good. I’m still wondering why they use heavy rock for the U.S. version of this movie. To me, it sounds better than the Japanese 2.0 mono. But if you don’t like the 2.0 mono, there is also a Japanese 5.1 stereo and also English 5.1 stereo. (I know these are the tracks on the DVD’s, not sure about the Blu-Ray’s though)
Character- (8/10) It’s Dragonball Z. C’mon. They’re all the same characters we know and love. But there is one character that did an amazing job. And that is Cooler. Andrew Chandler (who is Cooler), does an amazing job playing this role. I’m surprised he isn’t in more anime, or voice over casts for that matter. Dude did an amazing job.
Enjoyment- (8/10) Truth be told, being a Dragonball Z fan, I love anything from the franchise. But, if I have to look at this from a serious perspective, it’s not all that great.
Overall- (7/10) Bottomline, this movie is good. Not great, but just good. If you like Dragonball Z, go watch this movie. Even buy it on DVD. It’s like 4 bucks for the original release. Even if you don’t like DBZ, this is a good movie to watch.
I wanted to avoid writing reviews of anything I considered a personal favorite, anything I would of rated a 10, or anything I especially hated to avoid being biased. I’m going to go against that rule for this movie though, because it’s an absolute must see for any DBZ fan.
Cooler’s Revenge is an example of a series-based movie adaptation that does everything right. It flows into the series timeline without any notable contradictions to the canon timeline, while still retaining relevance and ties to the main story. Being under an hour in run time it is a fast paced movie never lacking a dull moment. Backed by one of my all time favorite soundtracks to a movie or anime, Cooler’s Revenge is sure to hold your attention from start to finish. (Soundtrack may be less appealing to those with less of an affinity to rock/metal)
While I think anyone who likes action/martial arts anime could walk into this movie and enjoy it, it requires familiarity with the Dragon Ball Z series to fully understand and appreciate. Cooler’s Revenge takes place inbetween the Frieza and Android sagas.
2: Doraemon Movie 12: Nobita no Dorabian Nights
English: Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Dorabian Nights
Japanese: 映画 ドラえもん のび太のドラビアンナイト
MAL Score: 7.20
Doraemon and Nobita were using special shoes that allows them to jump into the worlds of the books that they want. Nobita let Shizuka use those shoes to enter the world of the book that she wants. Shizuka got lost in one Nobita’s Sinbad Legend of the Seven Seas book. After Nobita’s mother burned all of his books, Doraemon and the others must find another way to save Shizuka.
1: Ranma : Chuugoku Nekonron Daikessen! Okite Yaburi no Gekitou-hen!!
English: Ranma : Big Trouble in Nekonron, China
Japanese: らんま 1/2 中国寝崑崙大決戦! 掟やぶりの激闘編!!
MAL Score: 7.25
All is well at the Tendo residence when from out of nowhere, a Chinese girl named Lychee appears, seeking revenge on Happosai for a broken promise made since her birth. Things get worse when Kirin and the Seven Lucky Gods appear and abduct Akane to take as his wife. Ranma and the gang must travel to Nekonron, China, and save Akane from getting married to Kirin.
Just some generic brand copy, a movie simply created for the sake of giving a popular series a movie and milking its fans, a heaping pile of shit with pages of Ranma manga stapled to its steamy core.
The story revolves around Akane getting kidnapped and Ranma… and company going to save her. This concept isn’t too interesting or original but it had potential if they had spent as much time developing the story and characters as they did writing bad jokes. Yes, I realize Ranma 1/2 is a comedy, but this movie wasn’t funny. Every single joke fell flat and often intruded upon what should have been very serious scenes. Every time the movie started to take it self seriously it felt the need to throw in a joke to lighten things up and it took all the suspense away.
The animation at first looked passable for a movie made in the early 90s but it appears they spent the entire animation budget in the first half of the movie. When it came time for the climax the best the movie had to offer was cartoony flashes of colour on the screen. Almost any episode of Dragonball looks better with a tv budget then this looked with a movie budget. At least the characters designs were nice.
As I watched this movie on an English VHS tape it should go without saying that I watched the Dub, and I don’t believe any of the actors gave a damn. The performances almost all fell flat especially male Ranma when ever he screamed or shouted. The facial animation would tell one story while the sound coming out of his mouth would tell a completely, less believable, sound. The only performances I could stand were Girl Ranma and Akane and even they sounded phoned in. The music was mostly forgettable aside from the song “It’s Love” in the end credits. In fact the credits were the best part of this movie.
Overall I won’t hold this movie against Ranma 1/2 in general, in fact I’m interested in checking the show out now. That being said, don’t watch this movie, It’s not worth it.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Ranma : Chuugoku Nekonron Daikessen! Okite Yaburi no Gekitou-hen!!
2. Doraemon Movie 12: Nobita no Dorabian Nights
3. Dragon Ball Z Movie 05: Tobikkiri no Saikyou tai Saikyou
4. Urusei Yatsura Movie 6: Itsudatte My Darling
5. Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibouken