They’re the best Anime that 1994 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Crayon Shin-chan Movie 02: Buriburi Oukoku no Hihou, Yuu☆Yuu☆Hakusho: Meikai Shitou-hen – Honoo no Kizuna, Doraemon Movie 15: Nobita to Mugen Sankenshi, and more!
5: Crayon Shin-chan Movie 02: Buriburi Oukoku no Hihou
Japanese: クレヨンしんちゃん ブリブリ王国の秘宝
MAL Score: 6.95
An action adventure film set in a imaginary southern island in the Indian Ocean. The evil secret society, “White Snake” abducted Shinnosuke and Prince Sunnokeshi of the Buri Buri Kingdom, who looks very much like Shinnosuke, in order to get the kingdom’s hidden treasure in the golden palace underground. Shinnosuke’s parents, Hiroshi and Misae fight with Lulu, the major of the palace guard of the kingdom, against White Snake, trying to recapture Shinnosuke and the prince.
(Source: Manabu Tsuribe)
The jokes do not feel as tight and clever, and I would say that this second film suffers too much from what I would call “TV-series gets made into feature film cliches”. I lost interest in the story pretty quickly, I kept looking at my watch, and the movie felt much longer than one and a half hours. The new supporting characters felt lackluster.
It did still however have its moments here and there. The animation in the fighting scenes escpecially is pretty nice. If you are a fan of Crayon Shin-chan it might still be worth checking out.
4: Yuu☆Yuu☆Hakusho: Meikai Shitou-hen – Honoo no Kizuna
English: Yu Yu Hakusho the Movie: Poltergeist Report
Japanese: 幽☆遊☆白書 冥界死闘篇 炎の絆
MAL Score: 7.19
Millennia ago, a war was fought between the Netherworld and the Spirit World. Ultimately, the Netherworld was destroyed and Lord Yakumo, the King of the Netherworld, was banished to the depths of space. Now, five defenders from the Spirit World must team-up against Yakumo’s Demon-Gods for possession of five, mystical sites. But Lord Yakumo is dangerously close to reclaiming the Power Sphere—the source of the Netherworld’s energy—and once it is again in his possession, our world will become the new Netherworld.
Story: When transferring a television series into a movie one expects series with a very short run time (ATHF for example) to be especially problematic in this area as the writers/characters are not used to a prolonged storyline. Ironically, this can also be the case with series that deal with huge story arcs trying to condense what would at least be a 20-some episode arc into about ninety minutes. The story wasn’t lacking in this movie, rather it felt extremely rushed. If prolonged throughout a season of the series then it would have done rather well.
Art: Never lacking in Yu Yu Hakusho, old-school anime style with it’s own sense of personality about it. It’s animation style is very versatile, able to transfer between lighter and more melancholy scenes with ease.
Sound: Because it’s been a few years since I’ve watched the television series I didn’t realize that the voice actors weren’t the same until I looked it up just now. The dub for this movie, with the exception of Yusuke, was just poorly done. Hardly any emotion put into the acting and I considered a few times switching over to the Japanese track. I was wondering what was off about the voices because I didn’t remember the series being this badly dubbed, but now it all makes sense. Why they chose a different cast for the movie escapes me, but it was the wrong decision.
Character: Another unfortunate aspect of this script being turned into a movie rather than a series arc is that there were many chances at character development, and even movie-exclusive characters weren’t fully exploited or handled briefly before being thrown to the wayside. I would have liked to see and know more about the antagonists in this movie as they could have made for some interesting characters, but nearly all of them were given five minutes of screen time before sudden, unbelievable defeat.
This was where the movie failed, while these were the characters I know and love it was utterly unbelievable that they were able to emerge from this scenario alive. Yusuke went from being nearly helpless against the King of the Netherworld to suddenly being powerful enough to change the energy-format of the Power Sphere, something King Enma couldn’t do. If he really had that much energy, I would expect that we would have seen it before the critical moment. Godlike characters bug me as they are completely unbelievable, one of the reasons I never got into series such as Dragonball is because of this. In the series Yusuke develops at a reasonable, believable pace after much training, blood, sweat, and tears. In the movie the leap was sudden and inexplicable, a plot "device" that can ruin any good movie for me.
Enjoyment: Despite the previous statement this was a joy to watch, mostly because I was happy enough simply seeing one of my favorite cast of characters again. I’ve decided that I need to watch the series again, it’s been too long my friends…
As far as the art and animation goes it’s tops! The characters look their best at all times, as do the backgrounds. Everything is very fluid and scenes vibrant when need be. The english dubbing is passable, however for those of us used to the Funimation dub it’s a hit or miss. However the Japanese voice cast as always has the original voices we love. So if you’re new to the YYH verse than pick up this movie. You do not need to know precisely who everyone is or their back story. It’s always a good movie for you action junkies.
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This movie also leads way to an interesting character development. A close friend of Youko Kurama! His name is Kuronue and you’ll see him in the movie much, don’t worry.
Shonen action movies have never really changed since the Dragonball Z movies of the early 1990s and late 1980s. The formula is that a new villain shows up out of nowhere, the heroes beat him, and this is NEVER mentioned again. These stories are almost always non-canon to the actual story. American comics have a phrase to describe these kinds of stories: “elseworlds”. What is important is that the action is good and we the audience are entertained. Yu Yu Hakusho the movie delivers some decent action scenes, but also has an unfortunate amount of shoddy exposition on a story that we don’t care about.
The action scenes in this movie when they FINALLY happen are pretty good. Hiei, Kurama, and Yusuke have predictably awesome fights, while even Kuwabara has a pretty amusing fight. However, this movie could have had a lot more action and less talking. Dialogue is great when the series is well written, but when you have a poorly written piece of crap like this movie that doesn’t even make sense in the context of its own world, then you really don’t want to have tons of dialogue. All it does is make the plot holes even more obvious and bore the viewer to death.
The art is decent. It seems the animators went with slightly darker colors than the main series, but you get used to it. I have no major complaints in this department, but it surely isn’t a visual masterpiece either.
Fun: 4/10 if you are watching the sub. 7/10 if you are watching the English Dub!
This is one anime where everyone should watch the English Dub. It is absolutely hilarious how bad it is. I know I’m being un-original since almost every review of this movie mentions this fact, but a lot of the voice actors in this film were also in Garzey’s Wing. Older otaku consider Garzey’s Wing to be the single worst English dub in the history of anime, and THESE are the voice actors they chose for this movie! This only makes sense because this movie was dubbed in English years before YuYu Hakusho was brought over to the US by Funimation. When this film was dubbed, no one in America had any clue what Yu Yu Hakusho even was, so not many people rented this film at Blockbuster or Hollywood Video.
If you are a big fan of Yuyu Hakusho or a big fan of HORRIBLE voice acting, this movie won’t disappoint. It isn’t a good film by any stretch, but it will give you some amusement at least.
3: Doraemon Movie 15: Nobita to Mugen Sankenshi
English: Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Three Visionary Swordsmen
Japanese: 映画 ドラえもん のび太と夢幻三剣士
MAL Score: 7.29
Tired of the daily life and being the weakest, slowest, and dumbest, Nobita seeks comfort in his dreams where, using Doraemon’s tools, he sets out on a fantasy journey. But when Nobita’s dream world gets threatened by an evil sorcerer, Nobita gathers his friends to join him in his dream to fight the evil as the Three Musketeers.
2: Ranma : Chou Musabetsu Kessen! Ranma Team vs. Densetsu no Houou
English: Ranma : Team Ranma vs. The Legendary Phoenix
Japanese: らんま１／２ 超無差別決戦！ 乱馬チームVS伝説の鳳凰
MAL Score: 7.37
Kuno purchases a strange egg, believing that the mysterious powers of the legendary Phoenix will help him defeat Ranma. But when the egg hatches on his head, the bird goes out of control and wreaks havoc all over Tokyo. Ranma and the gang must use any means necessary to get the Phoenix to leave Kuno’s head and fly away.
This particular OVA features my favourite OP theme of the series:”Where do we go from here? (You and me)” by DoCo. Poignant and catchy, “You and me”, captures a very adult perspective of how difficult adolescent relationships can be. The ED,”Red Shoe Sunday” by DoCo,while not my favourite does have a pleasant melody and it’s lyrics give some nice allusions to future relationships.
I highly recommend this OVA, but further still, I recommend watching the OVA SET which has all of them.
1: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S: Kaguya-hime no Koibito
English: Sailor Moon S Movie: Hearts in Ice
Japanese: 美少女戦士セーラームーンS かぐや姫の恋人
MAL Score: 7.68
An unusual snow storm hits Tokyo and the Sailor Senshi discover that an evil snow queen Kaguya, wants to freeze the entire earth. It’s up to the Inner Sailor Senshi along with the Outers, to defeat the Queen. Meanwhile, Luna falls in love with a human astronomer named Kakeru whose girlfriend is an astronaut about to take a space shuttle mission. Kakeru becomes ill and Luna wishes she could be a human to help him.
In my opinion, the S movie stands head and shoulders above the other two in almost every way. I’m glad that the focus is on Luna instead of Usagi. Not that I dislike Usagi (quite the opposite), but we get plenty of her in the TV series, so it’s nice to see something different. Also, they managed to fit quite a bit of stuff into a short running time without making it feel too rushed. The story isn’t the most original or innovative, but it still hits all the right notes.
Speaking of hitting all the right notes, the best thing about this movie is the music! It uses all the various musical cues to great effect, without going too over-the-top. My favorite is the beautiful, heartbreaking theme used for Luna– I cry when I listen to it. The music does a great job of punctuating and enhancing every scene and without it, I don’t think I would have enjoyed this movie so much.
1. It is actually based off the manga, though in my opinion the manga was way better (you even get to see a party in the beginning of the manga as well as Usagi using the Luna Pen, which she hasn’t used in a long time!
2. I happen to like Luna, who some may think is a nag, but at least she does care for Usagi and is actually quite useful in a lot of ways. Anyways, this is based mainly on Luna.
3. C’mon, you just gotta love the plot as well as the background music and the characters and villians too. And may i say, the artwork is gorgeous!
It’s about a guy named Kakeru, who dreams of going up to the moon And dreaming of a princess from the moon named Kaguya, who he is fascinated by. He is a scientist who has deep feelings for his childhood friend and partner, Himeko, who secretly loves him in return.
Anyways, Luna begins to fall in love with Kakeru after saving her from getting ran over, during which she caught a cold and stuff. Anyways, Luna falls in love with Kakeru and a love triangle forms in front of them and Himeko.
Meanwhile Earth is being controlled by a snow demon named Kaguya also, who wants to take revenge on Earth and stuff.
It’s a really good movie that is my favorite out of them all, and i recommend in buying the movie as well as watching the movie too. You’ll love it!
Story: Ok I’ll be honest, when I first watched this movie as a kid, the plotline concerning the scientists confused me. I wasn’t too sure what their connection was to the movie’s villain, or what was going on between the two of them. After watching it again when I was older, I finally slowly understood it. They seemed to mix up the timeline with the past and present, and it can get easy to mix them up.
Other than that, the story consists mainly of Luna, and her feelings towards ‘stuck being only a cat’. I was disappointed; they didn’t take this chance to explain more about both Luna and especially Artemis’s past as the manga did, but overall it still was a pretty good plot even with our usual main characters not being seen as much.
Art: Once again, the art is basic Sailor Moon style and there is nothing really that stands out. The ending scene is really nice to look at, especially the transformation sequence.
Sound: Sound wasn’t so much of a deal. Didn’t have breakthrough songs, and the sounds of the Snow Dancers made my ears bleed.
Character: I’m going to say it here and now. Luna’s outcome at the end was the only reason I liked this movie. I cared little for the supporting characters, and the main characters were hardly present.
Another good point was the outer scouts made a believable appearance in this movie with the absence of Saturn, who hadn’t yet appeared in the series timeline. The movie even managed to squeeze in short moments between Sailor Moon, Tuxedo Mask and Mini Moon.
Enjoyment: I liked the movie and thought it was cute to see Luna’s outcome and Artemis acting adorable. I wouldn’t say it’s not necessary to watch because it does have some important scenes to see before getting into the SuperS season.
Overall: A cute fluffy movie, but overall nothing huge.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S: Kaguya-hime no Koibito
2. Ranma : Chou Musabetsu Kessen! Ranma Team vs. Densetsu no Houou
3. Doraemon Movie 15: Nobita to Mugen Sankenshi
4. Yuu☆Yuu☆Hakusho: Meikai Shitou-hen – Honoo no Kizuna
5. Crayon Shin-chan Movie 02: Buriburi Oukoku no Hihou