They’re the best Anime that 2016 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Long Zhi Gu: Jingling Wangzuo, Digimon Adventure tri. 2: Ketsui, Da Yu Hai Tang (Movie), and more!
5: Long Zhi Gu: Jingling Wangzuo
English: Dragon Nest: Throne of Elves
MAL Score: 7.31
Dragon Nest Movie 2: Throne of Elves will be released in Summer 2016. The movie is a sequel to Mili Pictures’ hugely successful Dragon Nest: Warriors’ Dawn. It will take the story of the land of Altera deep into the territory of the Elves in an action-packed adventure with more of the drama, comedy, and excitement. The film is directed by Soong Yuefeng, acclaimed director of the first Dragon Nest movie.
The story is somewhat cliché, but that’s only to be expected with movies like this. And at least it is not as much of a copypaste as it could be. It includes one of the most overused and annoying tropes of allies getting into a fight/disagreement, usually over a misunderstanding that could be solved with actually explaining stuff to others. But at least this time it’s not done as just a cheap way to increase the drama as the finale is getting closer and with the conflict not adding anything to the value – in Dragon Nest: Throne of Elves it is the main theme that starts pretty early, so it barely gets a pass from me. Other than that, this is basically a typical “good guy protagonists vs plotting villain” animated feature.
What I liked the most about this movie was the animation, but I am a fan of 3D CGI, so if you don’t like it you’ll most likely have a different experience watching it. The action scenes are fluid and not chaotic. The character designs also aren’t bad, especially the protagonist’s love interest being quite cute. It does this one annoying thing though, which is scenes where objects are hurled towards the screen in slow motion in manner that was obviously meant to showcase the techonology for 3D glasses, but it looks weird when watching the 2D version.
Overall, I liked this a bit more than the first movie.
To be honest i never played the game but i have watched the frist movie and waited for the second for very long! This should definetly get a Romance genre on it!! for us little nerd who love action/romance + magic elven world its definetly a 100% worth anime watching! watching the second movie got me the whole time excited sitting on my Couch and screaming like a kid 😛 the character development is great! music in chinese version goes better and better each day!
the story is basicaly the usual envy siblings story wich one of them was throwed away beacuse it lacked some extra love or it wasnt chosen for its destiny so it became evil but the way they handled it made me realy cry and enjoyed it at fullest! im looking forward for a third movie wouldnt bother me im realy excited!
Even tho, Story-vise it isnt anything outstanding and it uses all the old movie/anime clishes, it realy doesnt loose its momentum, and throw you into the seat and wont let go, until the post credit scene, which leaves you with the funny smirk on the face. This kind of storyteling realy makes it kid-friendly, even taking in consideration it gets somehow scarry at some point of the movie.
As far as the animation goes, when i first saw the characters in the first movie, I cannot help but to think of the new “Thinkerbell” movies. Which means that for me, getting used to the animation style wasnt realy all that hard. Visuals were overall great and the action scenes were breath taking.
I realy hope, there will be more movies in this franchise. It has potential, and delivers some nice DnD action, that isnt full of the “fanservise” in the way it is in almost all new anime…
I do recommend to watch it, if you like shows with the feal of the Dungeon and Dragons.
4: Digimon Adventure tri. 2: Ketsui
English: Digimon Adventure tri. Determination
MAL Score: 7.48
Infected Digimon—digital monsters who have begun acting in a berserk manner and experiencing a bizarre increase in power—are invading the real world. While Maki Himekawa and Daigo Nishijima, agents of the mysterious Incorporated Administrative Agency, attempt to learn more about these disruptive appearances, most of the Chosen Children are busy preparing for Tsukishima General High School’s summer festival.
Mimi Tachikawa, having recently returned to Japan after living in the United States for years, struggles to find her footing among her classmates and fellow Chosen Children. Meanwhile, by throwing himself into his studies, Jou Kido has been deliberately avoiding all issues related to Digimon, causing his partner Gomamon to run away. Mimi and Jou’s individual actions cause friction within the group even as the threat of infected Digimon still looms over them. Will the two resolve their personal conflicts in time to help their friends fight off the latest threat?
Story: The last episode had me bawling, I’m not going to lie. I didn’t even expect it but it caught me by the feels! Lots of mysteries are left unsolved due to how the Ketsui opened up and finished, especially with all the enigma towards the end which will hopefully piece together.
Art: Much like the previous part, I’m not a fan of the art. I feel like they should have modernized the style of the original series instead of going with a totally different concept that gave them all small pupils and similar faces. The “fashion taste” the Digidestines individually developed is somewhat odd/interesting but I’m not a fashion expert so who knows. Personally, this part is just me being bitter and too hung up on the old series. But to be fair, the art itself flows very smoothly and depicts what is supposed to happen so all is well.
Sound: The producers did the terrific job tying in the old and the new sounds which gave me the chills and made me oh so emotional. Probably why I also cried. Ahem, anyways, the build up of the audio, in addition to the sound effects, and the action scenes or even sad scenes were enough to have me on edge. I’d probably buy the OST and jog to the soundtrack, it’s that epic.
Character: I don’t know if it’s just me (I watched the original series in English and Japanese) but the Digimons seem to have regressed to a very childlike state, which can be seen in the first part of the Tri series. They are very immature and get swayed by the idea of food and games … The DigiDestined, too, on the other hand are dealing with way too much internal conflict which should have been resolved in the original saga when they earned their crests … To me, it’s completely unnecessary and creates pointless conflict and drama instead of more action.
Overall, I’m enjoying it so far and there was even some fanservice for the ladies which I found pretty awkward. I mean we watched these kids growing up and now they’re … You’ll see. Anyways, it’s something for new and veteran fans, so enjoy it since it’s probably the only thing we’ll see again from the original series … So once this ends, I’ll probably go back to moping over how my childhood has ended.
However, at the beginning of the film, we first see how the new character from Saikai, Meiko, is integrated into the Chosen Children’s group. We do not hear much about her past but we find out what kind of character she is: a great addition to the Chosen Children. She is not a character you have never seen before but she certainly is a charming fresh breath of air. Meiko is introduced during some truly entertaining slice of life scenes. However, these scenes not only serve as her introduction, but also as a great method of hinting at romantic feelings between several characters. Moreover, due to the nature of slice of life scenes, there are quite some funny bits you do not want to miss. There are also some cleverly disguised references to events that took place in the past and it is a nice feeling when you are able to understand them. Ultimately, this light-hearted start is a great beginning to the film, especially since the previous one ended quite dramatically.
After that, the film does start to focus on Mimi and Jou. In the TV anime, the children were sometimes separated into pairs so that two characters who have not interacted with one another could do so. Mimi and Jou have been in a pair before, so it is understandable why the creators have chosen to use this combination. Both of them experience great character development throughout the film and despite their huge differences in character traits, the issues they have to face are quite similar. Fortunately, they do so in an amazingly realistic and adult manner without being cheesy. Their issues are quite relatable – even though probably none of us has ever had to deal with being a Chosen Child and having a Digimon partner, there certainly are a lot of people who cannot accept their life for what it is. The moral that it is important to accept one’s own life is conveyed properly in this film and Mimi and Jou were the perfect individuals for this kind of story.
Luckily, the two of them are not the only characters who experience development. Of course, there is Meiko who – as stated above – is integrated into the Chosen Children and consequently loses some of her shyness. But also Gomamon has some issues he has to face: Due to Jou not wanting to fight, he has to question their relationship. It is often criticised that in Digimon Adventure, the Digimon do not mature and simply serve as triggers which help the children’s development. This may even be the case, but in this film, it is different. Gomamon’s character does develop through Jou’s changes and due to the doubts his partner has, Gomamon manages to become more independent.
Next to the children, there are also the members of the organization who deals with the Infected Digimon. Both Himekawa and Nishijima have enough screen time to establish their characters and to hint at their past. They reflect the problems the children have to face regarding growing up with their own personality, which shows that becoming older is not easy for anyone. It is also shown how the organization deals with Infected Digimon, which once again shows how much more mature this show is than its TV anime prequel. Weapons and tanks have not been used before in any of Digimon Adventure’s versions and thanks to this being different in this film, we not only see a more realistic approach but also how powerful and terrifying Digimon can be. Additionally, the viewer learns more about Infected Digimon and how they turn evil but, of course, not all questions are answered.
However, this is not the only aspect of tri’s world that is explained more thoroughly. Thanks to some excellent world building, we are able to understand what the new threat is and what methods can be used to overcome them. Moreover, the fear the general public has is justified by some events that happen in the film. However, this leads to a problem the first film already had. Normally, the public should be aware of Digimon due to the events in the TV anime. Nevertheless, they do not seem to remember what had happened back then, which is quite unbelievable. Sadly, this is not the only continuation error and it is improbable that they will be fixed.
In comparison to the first film, the animation has slightly improved. It still is nothing outstanding, especially considering the fact that this is supposed to be a film, but an improvement nonetheless. However, the actions scenes are an exception. The battle scenes are choreographed in a superior way than in the TV anime but the animation lacks a certain impact. Fortunately, the evolution sequences’ animation has improved slightly but the TV anime’s way of handling it nonetheless was much nicer to look at.
Not too much can be said about the soundtrack as it is great as ever. However, there is one change: The ending theme was changed to Wada Kouji’s Seven, which had only been an insert song in Digimon Adventure before. There was no reason to do this, but it was a nice change and a new version of Seven exists now, which definitely is not a bad thing.
In the end, Ketsui is an improvement over Saikai. While the first film was good as well, the story could have progressed in a much worse direction. I am more than happy that the film managed to exceed my expectations and I am honestly looking forward to the third film, which is supposed to focus on Takeru and Patamon. The cliffhanger at the end only causes my desire to become stronger and thanks to this film, I am confident in Toei Animation’s ability to deliver great content.
While I didn’t make a review about the first part, I can say I was left unsatisfied and afraid of what could become this sequel. To our bad luck, my fears came true.
The story is easily the weakest point of this show. It focuses more on banal situations as the typical visit to the thermal baths or the thousand times seen school festival rather than developing the plot itself turning out what should be action and adventure in a generic slice of life. The pace is still anticlimactic and crucial moments as the appearance of Rosemon and Vikemon end up as forgettable. And even though it makes interesting approaches through the characters, instead of deepening on them in an analytical way, they end up more dramatized than a Mexican novel. To all this, at least was good to see again to the charming Lillymon even for a few seconds.
The characters aren’t much better than the story. While is interesting to see the different ways of thinking of the now grown ‘Chosen Child’ most of these are too dramatized (As I stated before) and makes it annoying to watch. The group lacks the chemistry of the original series and Meiko is just a shy girl that fails to add something new. Until now none of them has had an important development or a revealing backstory and the entire repertoire falls flat.
I consider that there has been an improvement in the visuals, with a much more vivid colors and more defined design of characters. Unfortunately, the animation is still deficient and tends to look slow and forced which makes the action scenes unexciting and dull. The sound section is worse with generic instrumental tracks and only being saved by the nostalgic OP. The voice actors are average at best with nothing remarkable.
Toei is ruining our childhood which is really irritating, but most of us will continue to see what’s next by pure nostalgia. However, if you’re not an early fan of the series, I recommend you not to waste your precious time on this hot mess.
3: Da Yu Hai Tang (Movie)
English: Big Fish & Begonia
MAL Score: 7.53
In an old mythical world, there reside spirit-like beings who oversee the natural order of the mortal realm. One of them, a young girl named Chun, has just come of age and must undergo her rite of passage by experiencing the human world for herself. While there, she gets caught in a fishing net during a storm and is rescued by a human boy.
However, the boy ends up drowning during the incident, and Chun returns to her realm full of guilt. Afterwards, she meets the Soul Keeper and decides to revive the boy in exchange for a part of her lifespan. Little does she know, meddling with the natural order of the world has severe consequences.
Da Yu Hai Tang is a story about sacrifice and redemption as Chun comes to terms with the limitations of her powers and deals with death, love, and her own emotions. She must decide if she will sacrifice everything to save the human boy or forsake her moral obligation for the order of the world.
The art and animation are next level revolutionary. The character designs, flora and fauna, music, voices and everything visual are like endless orgasm for your eyes. You can see the Korra and Ghibli influences in it. I loved it. BUT it was a real real pity – the entire film happened too fast, it was one tragedy to another in minutes, too many characters that seemed important but were never or sparingly expanded on or explained. The girl made her decisions too fast without a period for developing her feelings to a realistic intensity. A lot of things happened that were hard to understand and messy. They missed out the opportunity to present and explain the beautiful world and concept they created for the movie. It felt like they tried to cram in too many emotional scenes to the point they some of them didn’t feel emotional anymore. Not to mention the two main characters probably died and revived 3 times throughout the movie.
Could have been a 10/10 film if not for the very bad presentation/execution. It was really the amazing art that saved it. I still recommend it cuz I think it’s worth the watch for the art.
Art: 10/10. Literally so gorgeous. The vibrant colors and scenery were incredibly majestic and stunning, and the whole time I felt completely immersed. Not to mention, all of the characters were super well done. The men were really attractive, which is a plus for me, but in general — everyone had their own little quirks about them instead of being bland and repetitive.
Animation: 9/10. I would give it a 10/10, just for being so smooth and extremely well done, but the use of cgi at some points was a bit annoying. Even so, the studio still managed to meld it together without it being too standoffish. It was unique, if anything, so I had almost no problems with it.
Story/Plot: 10/10. I might be sounding super biased, but honestly, I’ve never seen such a well done plot revolving around reincarnation, and the concept of life. It’s perfect to me, and because I was raised around this type of belief, it really hits home to see something depicting it in such a way.
Voice acting: 8/10. There were some parts – especially towards the beginning of the movie where I was not yet used to the voices – that I felt the emotions were not being portrayed as powerfully as they should have been, and were lackluster. But overtime I was able to adapt quickly to it, and throughout the movie it almost felt like the voice actors themselves grew, as I was hearing much more depth in the tones they were taking on. I did, in particular, really enjoy Chun’s older voice. Very wise sounding (as she should be, after all she went through).
Soundtrack: 10/10. I loved it. It’s not too over the top, yet still very impactful. There were no scenes where I felt that the ost was out of place.
Characters Development: 8/10. I didn’t see much of this with Chun, honestly. She seemed to stay the same throughout the whole movie, and I didn’t feel like she grew very much. Qiu, on the other hand, went through a heck of a lot of development. He was somewhat selfish at first, caring more about what would happen to Chun than listening to what Chun herself actually wanted, and then ended up sacrificing quite a bit for her wishes nearer to the end.
Overall: Deep storyline, beautiful message, and lots and lots of much appreciated heartwarming feels. To me, it was perfect, and I will most definitely be re-watching this again.
Hi, this is a very negative review of Big Fish and Begonia.
I’m only writing this because I seem to disagree with all the other reviews, so a different point of view might be interesting to read.
Keep in mind that this is a conversation, please do not randomly get offended.
So, here is why not only did I not like Big Fish and Begonia, but this movie actually made me seriously angry :
STORY AND CHARACTER : 3, POOR.
The plot is a generic seemingly harmless come of age story about a strong girl who thinks out of the box and follows her heart but…
First problem : IT’S CONTRADICTORY AND MESSY.
The story is clumsily told which is counter productive. I’ll come back to the main character’s problem later but, for example, it is so clumsily written that a scene that was supposed to be poetic and emotional became hilarious (cf the worst love confession scene ever).
Also, it is messy : there is no main thread to the story, it is a patchwork of random characters who just do things because… reasons…
For example, there was no need for a villain in this story, and yet one appeared out of nowhere with some random macguffin, and disappeared just as quickly without adding anything to the story. When you want villains in your movie, you have to make them relevant and important : first, give them screen time ; second, set up and pay off their evil plan ; third, conclude their story ; fourth, give them a motive that might add something to the main meaning of the whole movie. Otherwise, what was the point ?
Second problem : LAZY PLAGIARISM.
The main character’s arc, her chara design and even some of her expressions (especially the strong willed serious girl expression) were copy-pasted from Miyazaki’s classic main characters… without even understanding Miyazaki’s work.
How to know the difference between lazy cash-grabby plagiarism and sincere inspiration ? Well inspiration tries to bring something new to the original material, like an hommage. For references, go watch Disney’s Lion King (kind of a remake of Osamu Tezuka’s Kimba the White Lion, which they still could have been courteous enough to mention in the opening credits though), or Lu Over the Wall (which was heavily influenced by old american cartoons and Miyazaki (and especially Ponyo)).
Third problem : THE GIRL IS A SELFISH ASSHOLE.
The main character is a selfish asshole who never learns from her mistakes. Also, nothing anyone does has real consequences, which doesn’t help. So she endangers her whole village, actually gets some important people killed and goes “Whatevs, Imma follow mah dreams”. How poetic ! Like I said, blind plagiarism is counter productive.
Worst of all, she never encounters any real obstacles and everybody just want to sacrifice their lives for this selfish moron, especially her best friend (well, love is blind…) and her grandfather. Her body count is pretty amazing.
And even SPOILER ALERT when she finally tries to sacrifice herself to make amends for what she has done, the best friend takes her place… and she goes “okay thanks” and shrugs it off, so she really did learn nothing.
Personal suggestion : WANT AND NEED. What this girl needs is a slap in the face and a reality check. This is actually an important point when creating a classic come of age story. The girl wants something, she discovers that what she needed was actually something else. Example : Chihiro doesn’t want to move to a new house and wants to go back home. Through a scary and magical journey, she learns that what she actually needs is the strength to face change, for life is ever changing and that is what makes every moment beautiful. And by the way even the comedic subplot about Yubaba’s perpetual baby who is accidentally freed from his overprotective mother and faces the outside world actually adds to the meaning of the story. Get it, movie ? That’s just how well thought out Miyazaki’s work is ! Try to understand what you plagiarize, at least !
Fifth problem : WASTED POTENTIAL.
The girl’s best friend was original and had amazing potential… what a shame ! He is energetic and friendly but also violent and jealous. Every time he appears, the scene starts with something breaking. This is a brilliant idea ! Which was just completely dropped partway through. SPOILER ALERT the kid stays nice and even sacrifices himself for the girl without ever becoming a real threat. What was the point ?
ART : 5, MEDIOCRE
First problem : LAZY PLAGIARISM.
For example, the scene with Yubaba – hem, sorry, the Guardian of Souls : the old man is introduced in a sort of litter carried by cats. This was exactly the same type of animation as Howl’s Moving Castle for the evil witch, (with a tinge of Ghibli’s Neko no Ongaeshi)… except the old man is INSIDE a palace. Seriously. Grow a brain, movie. And then the guy reaches for his grasshopper cigarettes with the same movements as Yubaba and the whole scene was reminiscent of Yubaba’s deal.
Same with the volume of clothes and the way they catch light (cf scene with water and fire camp) which were exactly Miyazaki’s style and animation.
All that was missing was his enormous tears, expressive cat-like hair and big eyed weird creatures.
Did you think your audience was blind ? Well… you were probably right, seeing how well you are rated.
Second problem : BAD ASSOCIATIONS.
-The chara designs were clumsy : your main character is supposed to be the focal center both in the scenario and in the frame. The girl’s design blended too well with her surroundings. The chara design that was actually the center of attention was the best friend’s. Which added to the girl’s general blandness.
-The 3D was disgustingly bad and badly integrated in the landscapes.
-Mixing cartoon-Tezuka-ish flashy dolphins with realistic enough humanoid characters just felt really silly and broke the poetic atmosphere it was aiming for. For once you should have plagiarized Miyazaki’s creatures a bit more.
SOUND : 5, MEDIOCRE.
I don’t remember it… Must have been pretty generic, then.
ENJOYMENT : 1, PATHETIC.
I wasn’t even bored or disappointed : I was seriously disgusted and angry.
Lazy cash-grabs should not be rewarded.
2: Digimon Adventure tri. 3: Kokuhaku
English: Digimon Adventure tri. Confession
MAL Score: 7.67
The Chosen Children are in shock after the betrayal of Meicoomon, the digital monster who had recently joined their group alongside her human partner, Meiko Mochizuki. Koushirou Izumi is determined to diagnose the infection that took control of Meicoomon. Meanwhile, Takeru Takaishi realizes that his own partner, Patamon, is starting to exhibit alarming symptoms similar to that of other infected Digimon, like Meicoomon.
Just then, the Chosen Children receive a message from the mysterious entity Homeostasis, who informs them that their world is in danger of total destruction—and the Digital World, the home of the Digimon, is too. Homeostasis plans to enact a “Reboot,” which will reset all the data that makes up the Digital World and eradicate the infection. However, the Reboot will also erase the memories of all Digimon, including the Childrens’ partners. Can the Chosen Children stop Meicoomon before the Reboot becomes necessary, or is this the end of their time together with their Digimon?
Kokuhaku’s atmosphere is much darker than that of tri’s previous instalments and it manages to convey a dull, melancholic feeling from the very beginning. This is supported by the absence of an opening in the first part of the film whose presence would have cheered the viewer up. Of course, this film is not entirely dark as there is a good amount of comic relief to see. However, one cannot deny that the events of the previous films have affected the cast’s – and, therefore, the film’s – mood immensely. Nevertheless, Kokuhaku feels natural as the tone shift is not unexpected, even though the story could also have progressed in a different direction which, thankfully, it did not.
Another difference from Saikai and Ketsui, the films which preceded this one, is the length: Kokuhaku is approximately 20 minutes longer. While one could be thankful for this, it also comes with a number of problems since, for example, the film’s pacing suffers greatly from this. Toei Animation could have compressed the story into a shorter film and not much would have been lost. The way it is now, some scenes feel a bit too long, even though they are important. Additionally, the animation quality and the consistency of the character designs have decreased in quality, albeit not having been extraordinarily great in the other two films either. Had the film been shorter, aforementioned aspects would probably not have suffered as much as they have now.
That being said, this film is in no way boring. The viewer experiences amazing and surprisingly complex world building which does not contradict anything that has already been established. One might argue that it is a bit too complex for its own good but even then, it does not disrupt the film’s flow.
As different as Kokuhaku might be, it still stays true to the franchise to which it belongs. It communicates important themes such as departure or loss in true Digimon fashion and does not disappoint when it comes to nostalgic moments either. It shows how a story can continue without conveying a feeling of a franchise being milked.
Other than the other two films, Kokuhaku does not focus on two characters. While Koushirou and Takeru are a bit more important than the rest of the cast, the plot does not revolve around them as it did with Mimi and Jou in Ketsui. Thanks to this, one is able to see how the events in the previous films helped developing the personality of certain characters, especially Jou. Moreover, this film revolves more around the Digimon than the other two did. While before, they were shown side-to-side with their partners, this time we can see them interact with one another without the children being nearby. These scenes show how much personality the Digimon have, which is a fact that is often forgotten.
Action scenes are, on the one hand, handled rather well. The battles’ choreographies are more complex than in the TV series, where fights usually ended with Digimon using their respective special move. Here, much more thought has been put into the action and the result is undeniably satisfactory. On the other hand, aforementioned animation issues dull the experience a bit and, moreover, it feels as though the camera is zoomed in during important clashes, making it hard to find out what exactly happens on screen.
Kokuhaku is unexpectedly emotional. Digimon has always been a bit cheesy and this film is no exception. However, the execution is on point and underlined by a beautiful soundtrack. Moreover, due to the aforementioned atmosphere, emotional scenes are much more believable and relatable. In this aspect, Kokuhaku surpasses the two other films and to a certain extent also the TV series.
In my opinion, this film is the best tri-film so far. It has less weaknesses than the other two and manages to surprise its audience with compelling twists, even though it is basically targeted at children. It might not be entirely perfect and the usual production quality of Toei Animation is not its only fault. However, Kokuhaku is a must-watch for Digimon fans and I personally cannot wait for the next film to air.
Literally 3 movies to show that Ken is up to no good and that digimon are infected, that is literally what happened so far, no more no less, plot-wise.
They focus too much on normal day to day scenes like going for baths or school festivals, which would be fine if they had decent character development going on, which for the most part they didn’t, just trivial quarrels and whatnot, some seemed to come out of the blue with no apparent reason.
The only good thing I have to say about this one is that it was pretty emotional, and on that I do agree they did a good job, brought me some tears to my eyes.
But the rest? Especially the plot, they advanced next to nothing, so there’s really not much to spoil even if I wanted to do so, the show is just moving that slow, if their pacing is terrible or if they’re just bad at story telling.. well I really dont know, but so far this has been quite mediocre at best.
They just improved a lot in this one. Saikai was pure fanservice (characters, all the fucking evolutions…), dissapointing and rushed. Ketsui was better but it lost so many time in high school things so typical and cliche in anime nowadays. I was afraid for this anime taking that way. Thank god it finally didn’t.
Kokuhaku takes a big step up in the rather neglected plot in the first two parts. The character development is still present but in a more subversive way. The pacing is nice and the climax is very emotional, been a while since i didn’t feel like that with Digimon.
However, i have a big problem and question with kokuhaku: why they can’t digivolve to a better level freely? it has no sense facing Meicoomon in champion level. I guess they can’t control it anymore like 02, but with a couple of digivolutions more, all that happens next could be avoided perfectly, feeling like some kind of plot device. Anyways, although the situation was somewhat confusing, Tentomon manages to hit me right in the feels. God, that episode.
I can notice some greek tragedy influence in Kokuhaku, specially the oracle’s prediction (Hikari’s Homeostasis) and the dramatic irony. For those who don’t know about dramatic irony, it’s a literary device by which the audience’s understanding of events or individuals in a work surpasses that of its characters. In Kokuhaku, we know what is happening but not the kids, so this way we know they’re gonna suffer so bad at some point, which increases the impact of the climax.
Nothing to say about art and animation, It’s a good work by Toei, but it’s still Toei. And Toei is shit, so tha animation while decent it has some flaws. Soundtrack as epic as ever, well choiced and put.
Overall, Kokuhaku is starting to carry Adventure Tri. to an enjoyable point. Still has flaws, but the setting andits identity have improved a lot in this one. Digimon is not an action kid show anymore. Now it’s a mature show that explores the characters that grew with us. It’s a product made for us and not for the new generation, lacking action to work on the characters we knew as children, and taking the plot to a different level.
I hope the next parts keep and improve the level. Unlike the first two parts, this is the right way.
1: One Piece Film: Gold
Japanese: ONE PIECE FILM GOLD
MAL Score: 7.93
Monkey D. Luffy and his Straw Hat Crew have finally arrived on Gran Tesoro, a ship carrying the largest entertainment city in the world. Drawn in by the chances of hitting the jackpot, the crew immediately head to the casino. There, they quickly find themselves on a winning streak, playing with what seems to be endless luck.
When offered a special gamble by Gild Tesoro—the master of the city himself—the crew agrees, choosing to believe in their captain’s luck. However, when they find themselves victims of a despicable scam, the crew quickly realize that there is something darker happening beneath the city’s surface.
Left penniless and beaten down, the Straw Hat Crew are forced to rely on another gamble of a plan. With the help of a new friend or two, the group must work to reclaim what they’ve lost before time, and what remains of their luck, runs out.
What to expect:
Luffy (Gear 4)
Roronoa Zoro (air swoosh)
From an aesthetic perspective the movie is basically flawless. The animation is gorgeous, the character designs are on point, and every costume change the case goes through is exciting and memorable. The film-exclusive character is far more memorable than most of her predecessors as she is an old girlfri- I mean accomplice of Nami’s from her cat burglar days, and their dynamic is simple but effective. Getting the One Piece cast to do a heist film is inherently interesting given how batshit insane the characters are, and the genre-standard twists are handled well. There is a particular sub-twist that makes perfect sense in universe that was both inspired and hilarious.
The movie isn’t flawless character wise. Like most OP movies the characterization is slightly off. Nami, despite having ample screen time, never comments on the fact that the kids enslaved by the casino are basically in the same situation she was in for a decade. Luffy seems unusually apathetic when a crewmate is placed in danger in the first act. Nothing is egregious, but it is enough to take notice. As for most modern OP films some characters are included for no reason other than to have them in marketing material. Still have no idea what Sabo and Lucci were doing. The gambler character introduced serves no particular purpose and just drags down the movie in the middle.
The main villain is compelling ideologically, but never gets quite enough attention to make sense. His devil fruit is busted to the point it is completely unbelievable, and the main confrontation between him and Luffy suffers as a result. Cool idea, but not enough spice to make him memorable.
Its a good One Piece experience, but outside the outfits and nice cuts of animation provides nothing to remember it by.
Score: Strong 6 to a Light 7
Our beloved straw hats are going to the biggest casino in the world to have some fun and of course they will meet the owner himself!
The Casino is the biggest ship I’ve ever seen in the series and I couldn’t believe it was moved by 2 gigantic turtles! “There is gold, gold, everywhere” I mean the whole casino is filled with golden buildings, statues, restaurants, hotels and even golden amusement parks!
The animation is by far the best performance I’ve seen in a OP Movie! I was really happy to see some darker colors in the movie because the casino is filled with thousands of golden stuff. So I saw yellow and golden colors the whole time. They have done everything right at this point!
The sound was incredible! Background music, conversations and fights. Everything was sounding like I wore high end headphones the whole time!
There are so many apperances from older arcs and of course I will not tell you who I mean! I loved the costumes because our beloved crew got some noble outfits!
I heard so many laughs during the movie because there are so many funny moments while the straw hats are enjoying the time in the casino!
I really enjoyed One Piece: Gold, because I love to see how the straw hats enjoy their time like a family! The best part are the final fights and they are all insane!
Watch this movie! You’ll see a lot of old characters from the past and a lot of funny moments with luffy and the rest of the crew.
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1. One Piece Film: Gold
2. Digimon Adventure tri. 3: Kokuhaku
3. Da Yu Hai Tang (Movie)
4. Digimon Adventure tri. 2: Ketsui
5. Long Zhi Gu: Jingling Wangzuo