They’re the best Anime that 1995 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Slayers: The Motion Picture, Dragon Ball Z Movie 13: Ryuuken Bakuhatsu!! Gokuu ga Yaraneba Dare ga Yaru, Lupin III: Kutabare! Nostradamus, and more!
5: Slayers: The Motion Picture
English: Slayers: The Motion Picture
MAL Score: 7.29
In this prequel movie to the Slayers televison series, Lina Inverse travels to Mipross Island with her rival/traveling companion Naga the Serpent. While they originally came for the hot springs, they soon find them selves mixed up in a conspiracy involving a mazoku named Joyrock. Years ago, he killed all of the elves that inhabited the island and absorbed their power. They are soon joined by an old mage named Rowdy Gabriev, who was in love with one of the elves slaughtered and also wants to defeat Joyrock.
The story is a prequel to the first anime series, and it’s competently written so it can stand on its own. As such, I won’t be going into any details about the backstory. The story follows the sorceress Lina Inverse and her friendly rival/sidekick, Naga the Serpent. They get discount tickets to a strange island famous for its hot spring. While there they embark on a quest to unravel the truth about the island and the unusual power affecting it. It’s what you would expect from the Slayers. The story is full of absurdity played up for laughs, action, some intrigue and absurd action. The plot is pretty straight forward, but it works pretty well. The only real issue with the film is that it should have been longer. It’s barely an hour and the story rushes through the important points as a result. It’s still hilarious, but it could’ve used more time to flesh things out.
The characters in this are a bunch of strange, silly people. They aren’t particularly deep, but they work exceedingly well for a comedic work. And their motivations and actions do make sense, which is better than some supposedly serious anime manage. Still, don’t expect deep characters with fascinating psychological aspects.
The art in this looks rushed. It’s in the general style of the rest of the series, but the colours look duller and the animation looks sloppier. It still looks okay, but not nearly as good as the regular series. I would criticise Naga’s outfit, but it’s clearly meant to be a parody of the “battle bikini” convention you frequently see in fantasy works rather than being designed for fan-service. Frankly, the satire works pretty well since it’s actual done in a deliberate and aware fashion rather than fan-service which attempts to excuse itself as a parody.
the vocal cast in this is excellent. Takayama Minami, Kawamura Maria, Genda Tessyo and, especially, Hayashibara Megumi all do really well in their roles. There is some exaggeration which can get tiring, but it’s used for comedic effect and, generally, works. The music is really amazing. the film is certainly an auditory treat.
The yuri factor is a 1/10. This doesn’t have yuri.
So, how does the first Slayers movie hold up? The humour works really well. The characters, though not deep, are fun. The acting and music are excellent. That being said, the art is only okay and the story is pretty rushed. It’s a quick, fun watch. My final rating is a 7/10. Check it out if you need a good laugh. If you want something with depth, look elsewhere. Maybe I’ll look at more of the franchise at another time, but next week is going to have to be Valkyria Chronicles.
After a misunderstanding regarding some bandits, Lina Inverse runs into Naga the Serpent, a rival of hers, and they end up going to a famous hot spring together. The hot spring itself is located on a mysterious island, shrouded in mist, that only seems to open for visitors once a year. Soon, Lina finds out that something terrible happened on this island many years before, and it’s up to her to right the wrongs committed by the evil being that still lurks.
Hot springs? Sounds like an excuse for some fan service! Well, say what you want, but there’s an amazingly small amount of “ecchi” in this film. The bulk of it is provided by Naga’s outfit merely existing. It’s basically a bikini, and more or less a reference to how female warriors are pretty much nude in a lot of fantasy comics and games. The outfit itself is handled quite tastefully, and there isn’t much in the way of perverse camera angles obviously meant to monopolize her skin-tight threads.
As for the story itself, Slayers Perfect starts off comedic, dabbles in a bit of mystery, and ends off with a short battle and some celebrations. You can even find a bit of a moral in the last five minutes of the movie if you squint. Slayers: The Motion Picture may not have a bad idea for a plot (far from it), but it does suffer from being a bit rushed. Some scenes have awkward transitioning and the movie’s pacing alternates from being too slow or too fast at varying points during its runtime of about sixty-five minutes. It really ought to have been more competently planned out, or been longer (by, say, at least thirty more minutes perhaps).
Speaking of competence, the movie is written well enough that at the very least, you don’t need to be familiar with the television series to watch it. It could even serve as a window to help deciding whether you want to give the original anime a go. Aspects that are explained or referenced in the television series are also explained or referenced in the movie where pertinent, and the film doesn’t treat you as if you are already familiar with Lina or Naga (the latter of whom doesn’t appear in the first season of the anime anyway).
The primary protagonists of Slayers Perfect are, of course, Lina and Naga. Both are proficient sorceresses. Lina acts much the same as she did in the television series – for the uninitiated, a gluttonous and money-loving teenager. We don’t get much out of Naga this time around, but at least she is amusing with her arrogance and manages to be quite intriguing. Rowdy Gabriev joins Lina and Naga as a hero, although he mostly passes on advice and cryptic messages and his role as a whole can’t truly be explored in a review without digging up some spoilers. The side characters exist and serve their purpose, but unlike the first season of Slayers, none are particularly memorable or striking. Character development is nonexistent in this film. There isn’t much to say about the subject other than that.
The animation of this film was handled by J.C. Staff as opposed to SoftX, so we can see some subtle character design differences and a general change in art style. The colours are a bit darker and muted, and the movie has an overall grungy, dirty look despite its material. The animation is nothing to sneeze about, though. It’s pretty well-done and good quality for a film; however, it would have certainly benefited from using the same sort of palette as the television series.
Hayashibara Megumi shines again with her song Midnight Blue, which serves as the movie’s ending theme and has got to be my favourite track I’ve heard from her yet. It is haunting albeit melodic and I love listening to it. The rest of Slayers Perfect’s soundtrack could use some work. I’m not saying it’s bad, it’s just not something to really write home about. Hayashibara does a good job as Lina Inverse as per usual, and the rest of the Japanese VAs are adequate. Kawamura Maria deserves special mention for her role as Naga, and that amazing laugh that almost rivals Sumeragi Hokuto’s (Tokyo Babylon).
Slayers Perfect wasn’t necessarily a letdown, but it certainly wasn’t anything to write home about, either. It’s a nice little stand alone addition to the Slayers franchise, and it gives us some curiosity to deal with regarding Naga and her relationship with Lina, but that’s pretty much it. Don’t expect to be blown away by it; it’s just a little taste of what the first season brought us.
Though the plot was pretty straight forward and even somewhat thought out, I felt as if everything was rushed. I have never been one who overly cares if a series spends hours developing the characters within, but if I hadn’t already seen the TV series I would have no idea who these people are and why they are doing what they are doing.
The art throughout also seems a little less vibrant, using darker shades of all previous colors. Even Lina herself was less imaculate then before. She still looked the same, but different, if you catch my drift.
One of the great things about the original series was the interaction between Lina and her cohorts. This time she was travelling with someone completely new, and though certainly easy on the eyes, she was given no time to develop as a main character. She was passed off as Lina’s closest rival, yet with what was seen in the movie, most half wit wizards could wipe their ass with her skimpy wardrobe without breaking a sweat. It just seemed forced.
The music was sub standard, but not dreadful. Basically the type of music you would hear from an 80’s video arcade game. Lots of keyboard smashing and no layering. The voice acting on the other hand I liked. Lina was as perfect as usually, Nana (her companion)(I think that was her name) had even a higher pitched voice and a laugh that most would find annoying, but I was really into, and the supporting casts did their jobs well.
The main villian was given a complex that screamed evil and with a short flash-back and a breif moment of actual story development, you learn to hate the bastard. I’m into hating the “bad guys” so I guess that was another plus.
All in all, I can’t say that I hated the motion picture, but don’t go into this movie with the same expections as the TV series. You’ll be let down too.
4: Dragon Ball Z Movie 13: Ryuuken Bakuhatsu!! Gokuu ga Yaraneba Dare ga Yaru
English: Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon
Japanese: ドラゴンボールZ 龍拳爆発!!悟空がやらねば誰がやる
MAL Score: 7.33
The Z Warriors discover an unopenable music box and are told to open it with the dragon balls. The contents turn out to be a warrior named Tapion who had sealed himself inside along with a monster called Hildegarn. Goku must now perfect a new technique to defeat the evil monster.
Story- Now not gonna lie but some of the DBZ movies have sucked the big one. Others were just very forgettable and average and yet some had brilliance. This one is one of the two I believe were the best. Wrath of the Dragon puts such an emphasis on a finally super battle. For those of you who don’t like GT and have not seen Battle of the Gods, Wrath of the Dragon occurs right after the Buu saga is concluded and it is really something special. The idea of the villain was pretty genius just like the casting of a new protagonist. Is there continuity issues? A little bit but if I explained than there would spoilers and I like to keep my reviews spoiler free. It could drag on in some parts but for the majority of the movie it’s everything you wanna see, the Z fighters fighting against a huge overpowered monster with an awesome finishing technique. Solid 9 out of 10.
Art- The art was just as amazing in this movie as it is in the original DBZ. Every color and attack is crisp and bursting with beauty. I mean funimation knows what they are doing when it comes to making sure the art style is flawless. Obv. It is not the best but it is certainly amazing to gaze upon.
Sound- Same sound from DBZ, original soundtracks and same voice actors. My opinion is the DB(Z)(GT) subs suck and the dub is incredible but all the voice actors are the same for both sub and dub so no worries for those out there who haven’t seen it and want to know if the same voices they are accustomed to are in the movie.
Character- Well, there are the same characters in this as there are in DBZ so there is not too much I can say. The new protagonist added a huge emotional effect that sometimes could be lacking and the new villains were very much like Babidi and Buu with their type of controlling relationship. Other than that nothing more I could say without repeating myself from my DBZ review.
Overall this is probably a tie for the best DBZ movie. It has a lot of heart and great fighting sequences. The art is great along with the original soundtracks, it is a no brainer, if you are a DBZ fan and you haven’t seen this do yourself a favor and watch it, you will not be disappointed. This is the epitome of a fun action anime movie that you can over and over again and never get bored, final score… OVER 9000! (very overused line haha)
A mysterious old man asks Gohan and the others to summon Shenron in order to free a warrior named Tapion from an enchanted music box. Upon doing so the group unknowingly puts the Earth in danger as another being is released from the seal.
To be honest, the writing was a little weak. This is mostly because the backstory for the new characters is very generic. So let’s move on to characters.
I know there’s the expression “there are no new ideas,” but honestly the writers could have tried a little harder. The bad guy seems to have no real reason to be evil…he just is. His whole species just likes to wipe out other lifeforms (convenient instant enemy). I won’t judge this too harshly though, I mean, this is DBZ we’re talking about.
In terms of the good guy (Tapion), he has a generic tragic hero past. However, he’s pretty likable, especially in his interactions with Trunks. In fact I enjoyed Tapion and Trunks’ character development about as much as the final fight.
Also, this is a side note, but Bulma got a chance to shine a bit, too. She lent a listening ear when Tapion needed it, and showed how intelligent she is as well, which was nice to see. Anyway…
Don’t let the synopsis at the top of the page fool you; Goku doesn’t spend time practicing/”perfecting” a new technique; he just does the attack once in the final fight. Granted he looks cool doing it, but it’s hard not to make a Super Saiyan look cool. The fights were ok, and I think most people watching will enjoy them. Just don’t go into the movie expecting Goku vs Frieze level epicness.
Overall I liked it! There were some decent fights and some good dialogue all the way through. I think you kind of know what to expect when watching a DBZ movie, and this doesn’t deviate too much from the format that we’re used to.
There is something that happens at the very end which confused me a little in terms of the future timeline, but that could just be me and not an error in continuity. I’m not going to post a spoile,r though.
It’s less than an hour long so I encourage you to check it out if you have a free moment!
3: Lupin III: Kutabare! Nostradamus
English: Lupin III: Farewell to Nostradamus
MAL Score: 7.35
After a diamond heist in Brazil, Lupin hides the gem in a doll and boards a plane headed out of the country. While on board, the doll is stolen by a little girl named Julia, whose nanny is none other than Fujiko Mine. Before Lupin can get the doll back, the plane is hijacked and the girl is kidnapped. The kidnappers are after the same thing that Fujiko is after – a book of Nostradamus prophecies hidden in Julia’s father’s tower. Lupin and the gang join forces to save the girl, get the diamond back, and discover the secrets surrounding the strange book.
I haven’t yet dug in any series, since the episodic format doesn’t easily appeal to me. Instead, I picked the option of movies and specials. My impressions remain mixed, as some works simply manage to draw out more qualities of the franchise’s kooky charm.
Nonetheless, a major strength is the lack of an overarching plot; excluding the trilogy of movies related to the Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna series, one can watch in any order they desire.
On to the review!
[1. Visual production…]
Rivaling the quality of Cagliostro, this movie had nothing to envy. Its strongest aspect is the backgrounds: whether a cityscape in the USA, the carnival in Rio de Janeiro or a vivid rainforest by the Amazon River, they are brim with details. Also, the palette of colors is smooth to the eye and natural-looking.
Animation is consistent and smooth for both stunts and fights. Among my favourite sequences occur while a structure collapses, with dutiful care in depicting the crumbling building and the people falling or running away from the debris. Further impressing was the clever cinematography in certain sequences. An example is a skyscraper elevator scene: as it ascends, the viewer is treated to an outside view of an part of the cityscape, steadily revealing more and more layers of city blocks.
[2. Audio production…]
The music fits with the adventurous and old-school feel of Lupin III, featuring upbeat jazz soundtracks. The ending song is notable as a soothing ballad fitting, contrasting well with the rest of the OST. The sound direction is sublime, with both sound effects and voice acting maintaining a consistent quality to them.
[3. Story and characters…]
In my opinion, the Lupin movie with the most solid story. Despite its start, the plot takes more of an action thriller approach, shown by including themes of political conspiracy and terrorism. After the kidnapping occurs, the gang is going back-and-forth to the USA and Brazil in order to uncover the conspiracy and save the victim, overcoming obstacle after obstacle.
Transitions between settings and scenes were glued together so well that I lost track of time at times. As for the conclusion? Fitting for a typical Lupin work, but also delivered a great relief after the previously intense thriller.
There is not much to say for the main cast, of whom Zenigata was of particular interest. We are treated to two neat facets of his personality: his occasional inventiveness and insight on how much he values his archrival. The villains are fitting for their roles as crafty and ruthless antagonists willing to use any means. My only character-related complaint is about an introduction in the middle; a certain character (related to Lupin) is introduced hastily and disposed in a way that makes his relationship with Lupin fall flat.
It’s a heist adventure that takes less emotional twists and turns than some others. The twists in this are more the thriller type. Everything works out in the end, and the gang more on to the next adventure.
I was excited to watch this and there were a lot of laughs and gaspes. I didn’t feel the emotional stuff that was going on because of the corruption plot. I the emotional was attached and they really tried to put it on, but it didn’t get me.
Other than that, I suggest Lupin fans watch it! I don’t suggest it for anime new comers.
2: Dragon Ball Z Movie 12: Fukkatsu no Fusion!! Gokuu to Vegeta
English: Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn
Japanese: ドラゴンボールZ 復活のフュージョン!!悟空とベジータ
MAL Score: 7.55
After a janitorial mishap, an unsuspecting custodian transforms into Janemba, a fat, yellow demon who wreaks havoc throughout the afterlife. Gokuu Son has been competing in martial arts tournaments for the undead since his heroic death in the battle against Cell. Soon, Janemba’s chaos draws Gokuu and fellow combatant Pikkon toward him, forcing the pair to figure out a way to defeat the giant monster.
After a bout with him, Gokuu witnesses Janemba undergo another transformation: the demon sheds his fat and changes color, turning into a sword-wielding enemy more powerful than anyone Gokuu has faced thus far. With the aid of his similarly deceased rival Vegeta, Gokuu must stop the terrifying Janemba from disrupting the very fabric of the universe.
It instead mixes certain content from the series themselves but only to present a different setting that usually is not always direct from the series.
So therefore, Do not go into watching them expecting anything that great of a premise in the first place since its not meant to do so, except just take them as special added content for its standard viewing alone.
So on to the 12th Dragon Ball Z Movie and I totally loved it!!
This surprised me because I didn’t have that much expectations of it and yet as soon as I started watching it, It starts to go with the action and comedy formula right of the bat and it works so well for this film.
The action is fun, You get your silly slapstick moments of the characters, some bizarre real life character references like hitler in this like wtf xD, as well as fusion from the series.
The animation looks brilliant for a mid 90s movie along with its fights as well which was pretty memorable in terms of how epic it looks.
The voice acting was fine on both in English and Japanese, Though I like more of the soundtracks from the english version since Gogeta and Janemba’s theme sounds really cool.
The villain here Janemba who doesn’t have any personality what so ever is this manifestation of evil negative energy similar to majin buu in terms of having a primal like personality starting his form as this giant oversized child like thingy than shortly enough into this sinister looking demon which I have to admit the design of it looks brilliant.
Janemba also possesses a pretty incredible ability of materialising and manipulating space and anything over the dimensions of space itself making him capable of transforming the universe in its entirety into his image which includes the Other World where goku is fighting pikkon.
These effects causes the other world and their overseers including the checking station to falter in this dimension making the villains escape from their confinement.
Not only that but the magic of the dragonballs are also effected by this as well.
The movie’s main plot is mainly about goku, vegeta and the others trying to stop the powerful janemba and his powers over the dimensions that pulls in some of these entertaining moments out really well.
The only thing I wished to have seen more of was janemba effecting other parts of the universe and for the other villains though only minor, to be a little more involved in the movie to at least make the film a little more longer but other than that, this movie was fun and enjoyable and Gogeta totally rocks!!
Its probably my favourite dragonball film so far 😉
Story 7/10 The story is slightly better than in some of the other movies as its not just another typical bad guy returning to destroy the world with this movie they have gotten at least a little bit more creative and came up with a new idea for a villain.
Art 8/10 The art work is amazing for the year it was released in, the characters were all well animated and the scenery was packed with colour and detail.
Sound 8/10 The music in this movie was really good especially throughout the fight scenes it added epicness to the fights.
Characters 8/10 By far one of the best things in this movie with a new bad ass looking bad guy Jenemba, Goku and Vegetas fusion Gogeta, Picon and guests appearances from old villains such as Freeza himself.
Enjoyment 9/10 this movie is one of the finer movies of the DBZ collection it has a little bit of everything and the fight scenes were just the best with Goku and Vegeta facing an opponent with abilities they’ve never seen before.
Overall 8/10 This is a really good movie and also has a lot of humour in there as well from Mr Satan himself all the way through to the return of Hitler. With old bad guys appearing from the dead that are no longer a match for the Z fighters and an all new enemy that is the strongest they have ever faced, this is one enjoyable watch.
The Dragon Ball movies in general end up being good, this movie is not at all the exception.
The movie “Dragon Ball Z Movie 12: Fukkatsu no Fusion! Gokuu to Vegeta” is undoubtedly my favorite movie of this whole franchise. I just liked it very much.
The story, despite being simple, manages to present very interesting topics. The fact that to go to hell you have to “purify” the soul and remove all negative feelings is something that, at the very least, can give possibilities and be something quite curious, because the evil of all enemies who defeated Goku before is stored in that place. The film took advantage of its very little used scenario (beyond, hell) to propose interesting things.
The way in which this whole issue of the beyond is presented is done in a good way (adding everything implemented in the anime / manga), so the story is not searched or forced, because the whole incident occurred by simple carelessness which cost very expensive, in general it seemed a simple story, but very effective.
The characters in the movie are many, but very few end up importing; what happens on earth is entirely secondary and feels without emotion. Goku and Vegeta remain the same (which is to be expected), but in the middle of the battle against Super Janemba, Vegeta accepts that Super Janemba is a very strong enemy for him, coming to mourn the frustration (Vegeta very rarely does this , he is very proud) and agrees to merge with Goku. His first fusion fails miserably due to an error of Vegeta, but despite that Vegeta continued to accept that the fusion is his only salvation, showing that he can come to reconsider his chances of winning a fight (I repeat, Vegeta rarely does this) , so it has an acceptable “evolution” for the duration of the movie.
Goku is the same as always, loves the fights (so much that he even wanted to continue battling against Paikuhan despite the rumble caused by Janemba), Goku never comes to hate Janemba or thinks arrogantly against him, Goku is just as always, what does not get to emphasize its evolution or things of that nature. What stands out of Goku in this fight is his battle against Janemba, since Goku faced off against the most unpredictable enemy of all (Goku even goes so far as to say that Janemba or Super Janemba has been the strongest enemy against which he has fought ), Goku’s surprise at seeing Janemba’s attacks and how he plans to defeat him was something good and quite exciting.
Paikuhan is a rather minor character in the film, his only important activity was discovering Janemba’s weakness, but that does not mean he can be devalued or belittled, Paikuhan is someone with an “air” or very chivalrous personality, so it’s funny see him insult the crystals that Janemba did. Apart from that, the other thing he did was to make a very short battle against Janemba, so in combat it is quite disappointing (although he won time for Goku and Vegeta to merge). Paikuhan in general is quite deceocionante by its very short battle and because I spend most of the movie with the crystals of Janemba.
Janemba, on the other hand, is an enemy that arises from a very ingenious idea, the badness made person (literally) and Janemba is not at all an untapped enemy, her silly and childish personality in its first form passes to a personality much more serious and that emits terror, their movements are very varied to be a Dragon Ball character where most of the times are limited to throwing waves of energy, does not emit decent dialogues (only says Janemba), but is a very well used enemy and thought.
The atmosphere of the movie is very good, hell was turned into a very eccentric place (more than it already is), full of crystals that seem sweet, that complements very well the personality of the fat Janemba, an excellent scenario.
The film also has a soundtrack very much in line with what was presented on the scene, the most remarkable being the one that sounds when Goku confronts Janemba, transmitting a feeling of madness and mystery. Another soundtrack that is very much in tune with the moment is when Goku and Vegeta transform into Gogeta to defeat Super Janemba, an epic music.
A movie that I think is very good from Dragon Ball, feels the frenetic and crazy of the combats in this movie, the fusion does not feel gimmicky or something that is convenient (since the fusion was implemented before the movie, besides the first fusion failed), a very enjoyable movie if you are looking for something that is “style on substance”, but without leaving the “substance” obsolete.
1: Macross Plus Movie Edition
Japanese: マクロスプラス ＭＯＶＩＥ ＥＤＩＴＩＯＮ
MAL Score: 7.72
A.D. 2040—Thirty years have passed since the battle between the Earth and Zentraedi forces changed the lives of both races. On planet Eden, a top-secret project known as “Supernova” is being held to determine U.N. Spacy’s next-generation variable fighter. Competing to win the funding are Shinsei Industries’ YF-19 and General Galaxy’s YF-21. Piloting the YF-21 is Guld Goa Bowman, a half-human, half-Zentraedi. Shinsei receives its new test pilot in the form of the unruly fighter pilot Isamu Dyson, who was once a friend of Guld. Meanwhile, as Isamu and Guld furiously battle to see which of their fighters is superior, a Virturoid Idol named Sharon Apple is to perform her debut concert on Eden. In charge of Sharon is producer Myung Fang Lone, another former friend of Isamu and Guld. When the three meet each other, old disputes spark from a troubled past. Little do they know that their past incidents—along with the Supernova Project and Sharon Apple—will somehow bring them together.
Most people have a dream of what they want to become in life. Usually it’s a career, and then what kind of life they wish to lead with which kind of people. These people develop friendships to help give their current live meaning, and to potentially help each other achieve their dreams and lead a happy life with the people they care about. Unfortunately, life does not always match up with a dream, and friends will not always last. For one reason or another, people will do something damaging or face a terrible circumstance, both of which can lead to resentment, and even regret. Suddenly, life isn’t so pleasant, and you want nothing to do with some of the people you previously held so dear.
Macross Plus showcases a fantastic take on this, with one of the best and most tragic love triangles anime has to offer. Accompanying this with fantastic visuals and a soundtrack that lives up to its franchise’s standards, and we have a classic film that holds up decades later.
It is the year 2040 A.D. Two test pilots are testing out their machines for this big project. They, unfortunately, were once friends until an incident involving a girl they both love, tears them apart. One adventurous and brazen Isamu and one jaded and violent Guld reunite in competition, not just for this project, but for the girl they both love named Myung. She arrives in Eden, a manager of a robotic singing idol device named Sharon. All three end up meeting up, only to realize, things have changed since 7 years ago, since the time when they used to be friends. Myung has given up her dream, while the boys still latch on to theirs. The movie leaves dramatic bits and pieces which seem odd at first, until you get cleverly and masterfully fed exactly why that is. Sure, the antagonist is crazy about Ismaul for disturbingly odd reasons, and the characters’ emotions guide their extreme actions, but they’re presented in such a way that you can keep the suspense and drama going, and not just root for one person. This is very much an adult film, and despite a few minor missteps in the end which chances are, you will notice, this movie is directed so brilliantly, that such a plot can be used to its fullest potential. Sure, not everyone gets closure, and it feels like some characters were just shoved out of the story, but it’s a beautiful story none the less. Plus, while the movie ends a bit tragically, the final moments of the movie are just wonderful.
Isamu, Guld, and Myung are fascinating characters, written in a way that makes them come off as real people. They are presented realistically, and tragically, and that is one of the movie’s strong points. These people are not just characters, stereotypes, or archetypes. These are people. They are full with regret, realistic emotions, and dialogue. You root for all three of them to reconcile, but this is real life. Something has to happen. They actively put themselves and each other in danger due to their own emotional trauma and goals. The description for these characters is in the story section, but it only describes a general portion of their character, rather than them as a whole. If I were to accurately describe them, there’d be no point to you watching these characters the way you’re supposed to. By the end, you’re supposed to feel as if you know these people personally, as if you were there with them, filming their dillemmas. The directing makes them more relatable than they’d normally be.
For the side characters, they are all rather pleasant, but nothing notably spectacular as it’s the main trio that take precedence here. That only leaves Sharon, but to spoil her character, would deny you the full experience this movie offers, even what kind of character she is.
To be perfectly clear, this came out in 1995, and was done by Studio Triangle Staff. This movie has such beautiful concert effects, such realistic yet beautiful character models that represent the best of the film side of this anime era, such fluid and breathtaking battles that hold up majestically. The CGI is actually not intrusive or distracting, well most of the time. Sometimes, it gets a bit awkward, and not all of the effects blend perfectly with the CGI. However, some scenes, like the space fold scene look majestic. Seeing this futuristic 2040 and the effects and innovative features of these new Valkyries, just shows the beauty of this futuristic world. The wings can mold their shape. The vehicles look like futuristic versions of the vehicles presented in the time of the movie’s release. It even retains a few of the city quirks of our modern times like spray cans being used as graffiti. The concert visuals look very impressive, and captivating. Once again, the fights look expertly crafted, and perfectly shot, leading to some of the best mech fights I’ve seen in quite some time. The sequence near the beginning with Isamu horsing around with the YT-19 really hooks you in as you feel the adventurous adrenaline that Ismau’s feeling, due to the amazing directing by Shoji Kawamori, Shinichiro Watanabe, and Yuji Moriyama. It impresses 21 years later (at the time of this review) as it did back then along with contemporaries such as Ghost in the Shell, and that’s a testament to it’s beauty.
The actual OST done by Yoko Kanno is impressive. The guitar bit when Isamu does the airplane gesture with his hand conveys the tone of that quirk perfectly, and is honestly a bit catchy. Myung’s song: Voices. It’s a great and kinda beautiful song, in both English and Japanese. You should give it a listen. Sharon’s songs are melodically creepy, except for that one cheerier and merrier one, which was also catchy. While the rest of the OST unfortunately isn’t as memorable, the notable tracks more than make up for it, I find.
Needless to say, I loved this movie. It had some epic action, some brilliantly done characters, and an ability to really mesmerize me for the 1 hour and 55 minutes that it had to show, making it feel like so much less time has passed. It is one of the most captivating, emotionally resonant films and anime I’ve seen to date, and of the Macross installments thus far, this is the one I arguably love the most.
Overal, this is truly an amazing film, and any true fan of Macross or future based sci-fi, should give this classic a much needed watch. Its music is as good as to be expected given the Macross standard, and the characters and the narrative they drive are wonderful, if depressing. The fact that it also deals with repressed memories, which is a rare subject in anime, is proof enough of this film’s ambitions. Please, it you are at least 15 years old, and can find a copy of this film somewhere, watch it; but it. It needs to be experienced for yourself as an installment of animated science fiction, and especially as a part of the Macross franchise. And with all of that said, I bid you adieu.
The animation is just the same, mature more lifelike charac. unlike other macros serie´s , and some scene´s reveals more about the isamu, guld and myung chara. childhood wich i liked, but it was just slitsecond scenes too bad. For me its all about the last 50 min. of the film thats shows the full potential of the 3-d uncut scene´s and when Sharon flys through the city is just soo well done for its time, together with some nice jetfight scene’s between isamu and guld. And the jet design,s remain still some of the best i,ve seen in the whole macross universe!
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