They’re the best Anime that 2017 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Doraemon Movie 37: Nobita no Nankyoku Kachikochi Daibouken, Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta, Fairy Tail Movie 2: Dragon Cry, and more!
5: Doraemon Movie 37: Nobita no Nankyoku Kachikochi Daibouken
English: Doraemon the Movie 2017: Great Adventure in the Antarctic Kachi Kochi
Japanese: 映画 ドラえもん のび太の南極カチコチ大冒険
MAL Score: 7.38
About 700 million years ago, the Earth was covered in ice, becoming a white planet – a snowball Earth. It is said that this continued for millions of years… This time, Doraemon and his friends set off to an icy, wintry, freezing journey to find a hotter, crazier, and more exciting adventure than ever before!
Doraemon: Nobita and his another adventure with his friends where they continue to fuck with time and space and at the same time saving another girl or animals he found along the way, but this time it’s both, at somewhere in Antarctic but not really.
This movie was an original story from the anime staffs, not from the original author so some of you may think it’s kinda mehhhh, but not really.
I think they did a good job with the movie
The story was tell good with enough details to grasp and it brought back some nostalgia
The art is amazing with 3DCGI for the background
The characters are, of course, the same so there’s nothing much to talk about
The development of the story is quite funny, definitely better than in the past
So that’s that
After credits suggest that the next Doraemon movie 38 will be the remake of Doraemon movie 19
Ok, no spoilers ok. shh..
Before I tell you what I think about this movie, I wanna tell you a bit about my trip to Kanagawa prefecture, Japan where I visited F.Fujiko Fujio museum. It is about 1000 Yen , I booked a ticket just in the freaking morning at Tokyo before going there (which is about 9 hours before the visiting time!) which actually I am so fortunate to be able to get 2 free seats , one for my sister and one for myself.
‘Yo , hey we are discussing review here hey…!’ Oh wait, just let me slowly , immerse you into the creator’s mind.
Fujiko-sensei is really someone (just when I typed this I really ….ahh… think he is just..) he is just super captivating and the motives and he tries to deliver via his works mostly focuses on one thing : 希望 , if I romanize this, it becomes ‘kibou’. Kibou means hope
It is a highly , and furthermore, let’s say ‘heavily’ mentioned in his interview which was documented and displayed at the museum. I still remember holding a small toy-like phone which can translate to other languages (hmm as I recall it has Korean, Chinese, Spanish, English, Portuguese and Russian!) I hear him talks in Japanese rather than English. Let’s pretend you do not understand at all what he says, I replayed thrice on his speech, he literally says : ‘Spread the hope to the world’
And there’s one picture I remember, he went to Egypt to get some ideas about Nobita’s and Doraemon adventure….oh my God, please take me back to Japan haha….
Moving next to this movie, there’s a part where a villain being portrait as the same as the main character and I appreciate Takahashi-san ‘brings’ out the emotions at that part (this part of the movie is the huge mystery) because they did not actually ‘explains’ who is the one that mimics the main character!! But in the end Nobita , Sunyo, Giant, Shizuka and of course not being said Doraemon had a really great time on their adventure.
At the course of ending the adventure, of course, ‘kibou’ appears and embedded deep within my fragile heart… and woke me up from the long hibernation so I can take my first step again to realise longed dream.
As someone who has always loved Doraemon movies, as well as the series itself, the enjoyment I had while watching this movie had more to do with nostalgia than with the actual aspects of the movie.
…There are only a few hrs left till the New Year, I came across this movie, and ended up watching out. I didn’t have a lot of expectations, all I was looking for was a nice wholesome doraemon movie.
And that’s what I got.
It’s light, it’s wholesome, it’s Doraemon, it’s good!
It explored a crucial geographical aspect of our planet and added a fantasy touch to it.
But as you all know, not all Doraemon movies are created equally, and this one definitely falls short when compared to Steel Troops or Explorer.
Of course, I wouldn’t have liked it if I wasn’t already a doraemon appreciator.
So I don’t think this is for everybody.
The visuals may be glorious, but there is no considerably depth to this one.
I’d say, it’s more of a light change of pace than the emotional rollercoasters that some of the Doraemon movies are!
4: Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta
English: Lu Over the Wall
MAL Score: 7.43
Kai, a young middle schooler, lives in Hinashi Town, a lonely fishing village, with his father and his grandfather, a sun-umbrella maker. He used to live in Tokyo, but after his parents divorced he moved back to his parent’s home town. Kai has trouble telling his parents the complicated feelings he has for them, and he’s lonely and pessimistic about his school life. One of his joys is uploading songs he writes to the internet.
One day, his classmates Kunio and Yuuho invite him to join their band, “SEIRèN.” As he reluctantly follows them to Merfolk Island, their practice spot, they meet Lu, the mermaid girl. Lu sings merrily and dances innocently. As Kai begins to spend time with her, he starts to be able to say what it is that he’s really thinking.
But since ancient times, the people of Hinashi Town have thought that mermaids brought disaster. Something happens that puts a huge rift between Lu and the townspeople. And then, the town is in danger. Will Kai’s cry for the heart be able to save the town?
(Source: Fuji Creative Corporation)
I had also seen the trailer for it and it very much made the film seem to me like a bootleg Ponyo… yet I somehow really wanted to give it a chance.
And I am so, SO glad that I did. All my expectations were subverted and the trailer does the film no justice. The only way I can really describe Lu Over The Wall is by saying it simply feels like the feeling of sheer joy, in film form. I’ll admit, when it started off, with the slightly sulky male protagonist and his musician friends right at the start I thought “oh no, what did I get myself into”, but the moment Lu enters the scene that was all gone and the film was an absolute joyride. At points when I thought I couldn’t be having more fun, it got more fun. I was grinning for a solid 60% of the film and the audience was laughing at multiple points and if that’s not proof that this film is pure joy, I don’t know what is.
Catch me buying this film on DVD and playing it if I’m ever down, and in the unlikely event I ever have children I promise you they will be raised on this stuff.
What’s remarkable about this movie is how it handles the bond between humans and mermaids and how it influenced the lives of the human characters and their choices. It doesn’t try to go deep or portray a dark side of it, it stays the same innocent , simple and magical story from a book that your mother would have read for you when you were a child before going to bed.
From my point of view this movie didn’t feel so appealing for my taste or left something memorable especially the characters. Some characters didn’t have enough screen time and they could have shown us more about their past (for example Kai’s dad band) to leave that emotional impact and connect us to them. Although i gotta admit that the last 10 minutes did a great job of that but despite all of that it seemed rushed and the attachement was lost. The story seem akward in some parts but hey that’s just my own impression and how i felt you can judge it with your own mind after watching it.
To end my review if you want to have a reminiscence about your childhood and you don’t mind the eccentric and childish style of storytelling then this is your perfect choice otherwise if you don’t like this genre you may avoid wasting 2 h.
If we say Devilman Crybaby (2018) was what he wanted to achieve with Auers Blu AKA Kemenozume already in 2006, we are not far from truth. On the other hand, if we look into Yoru wa Mijikashi Aruke yo Otome (2017) AKA The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl AKA The Maiden Galaxy, it is just a tribute to Tatami Galaxy like the last name suggests. What is Lu Over the Wall then? Well, for one thing, it is the closest of “inventing anime again.”
By inventing anime again, Yuusa decided take a look into Europe. More specifically to the country which has created the most original animation movies for over a decade now: France. This was of course not even a new idea. Ghibli had alredy expanded its production to French studios, creating movies such as “The Red Turtle” which is not considered an anime unlike “Da Yu Hai Tang” because reasons. If we think the less anime reminds anime equals inventing anime again, then Yuusa has clearly succeed.
Basically a mermaid who can controll water meets people who hate mermaids and then they make music together. Music and dance moves can apparently turn mermaids into humans, but people don’t like this very much because fuck mermaids regardless. The story is less generic and quite a bit more mature than in most children adventure movies. The main focus is in the animation directing, details of art and in the audiovisual execution. The music plays a big part in the work, but unlike with the Hollywood garbage movie Coco (2017) -which won the animated feature oscar over Lu because people are fucking idiots- Lu’s music is not out of the place. Instead, the whole animation of the movie relies on the music presented during the music sequences.
Yuusa did some avant-garde experiments with his ideas this time around. These vary from anti-gravity water physics to obstacles blocking sunlight. I wouldn’t say that I am impressed, but some of these scenes really burned in my mind, remaining memorable to say the least. All of this is quite irrelevant to those who watch anime for the sole purpose of being entertained.. From Lu’s core, it, above all else, aims to be entertaining movie to watch, and it does its job. I can recommend this to pretty much everyone just for the scene where guy goes to save his computer whilst yelling “muh PC.”
3: Fairy Tail Movie 2: Dragon Cry
Japanese: 劇場版 FAIRY TAIL 『DRAGON CRY』
MAL Score: 7.52
Dragon Cry is a magical artifact of deadly power, formed into a staff by the fury and despair of dragons long gone. Now, this power has been stolen from the hands of the Fiore kingdom by the nefarious traitor Zash Caine, who flees with it to the small island nation of Stella. Frightened that the power has fallen into the wrong hands, the King of Fiore hastily sends Fairy Tail to retrieve the staff. But this task proves frightening as a shadowy secret lies in the heart of the kingdom of Stella. Dragon Cry follows their story as they muster up all their strength to recover the stolen staff and save both kingdoms.
ok so finally after 2 years wait the movie all fairy tail fan boys and fan girls were waiting for is out …. 2 years ago Hiro Mashima made a picture showing Natsu as half dragon and he said that a movie based on this picture will come , we all know mashima is a man of his word and finally the movie which is said to give the biggest fairy tail shockers ( said my mashima sensei himself ) is here .
Now as we know that Ft 2014 ended with the disbanded Fairy Tail guild so how come the guys are back again together , well the story of the movie is based in the time after Avatar arc which was in the manga and not shown in the anime , during that arc natsu lucy gray erza and wendy gather together to bring the guild back , that is why the guys are back together again , its better if you read the manga till there , its a short arc but if you dont wanna its not a problem , all you need to know is gray and erza were working undercover to bust out an organization of worshippers of zeref , natsu due to a reason ( a spoiler which i dont wanna give ) ended up to bust that organization too that is how all they come together , during this wendy and juvia were also accompanied by them .
the story of this movie is based on dragons and secrets regarding dragons that we didnt knew before it would be better if you watch it rather than me telling you so , and its based in another city with a new king which aids our heroes and help them fight dragons due to a certain reason ( a spoiler which i dont wanna give ) . like the previous movie this movie also features another main character , a female warrior of the empire who journey with natsu’s team . Naturally the main part of the story would be spoilers that is why i wont discuuss them here .
The character design this time is changed , i would say i prefered the previous one but its not bad this time either , the art and graphics is as awesome as it always was and the voice actors are the same as they were.
Gladly we will get to see the transformation of natsu into a half dragon as he awakens a new power . To all the Nalu fans there is good news as Hiro Mashima has done quite alot of work on Nalu power in the movie so rejoice
( i am a lisana fan though ) .
Overall its a great movie based on 142 pages from the original story board created by Mashima sensei and another great piece of work which you all can expect on alot . Personally Fairy Tail is the best anime i have ever seen and i am one of the biggest fan ( trust me when i say this , my profile and my room is a proof of it ) but to all those who are not die hard fans i assure you , you will also like this ….
i hope it helped 🙂
This will also spoil some major plot points
This is one of the worst movies I ever had the displeasure of watching. As someone who still watches Fairy Tail from the start until now that it only has 8 chapters left I was pissed. And this is coming from a fan that has stood with Fairy Tail even if it has had one of the worst downgrades I have ever seen since I read the last two arcs of bleach.
The only reason I am giving this a 1.5 instead of a 1 is that that of the first 10 minutes. That is the only part that is enjoyable in my opinion and it becomes a giant mess. The sheer number of things that fail from its villain to its own heroes is outstanding. It has absolutely nothing that makes me excited to talk about with someone. Oh yeah and remember how it was supposed to connect to the series? Well then I hope you are ready to sit for the whole movie and the credits to let use see a final scene that is supposed to connect on the last arc of fairy tail and make you excited for what there is to come but miserably fails instead making you enraged if you have read the final arc due to it connecting absolutely nothing. Oh yeah and remember the Natsu dragon form that is in every promotional material. Well be ready to see it almost not used and it only appears for 1:30 minutes. In comparison One Piece Movie Gold is an actual better movie at exciting you for the future of One Piece. It connects in a way of showing you what previous characters are doing and expands on the promise of them returning without the manga or anime having it doing it better than this sorry excuse for a movie.
Art and Animation 
This is easily one of the worst animated garbage that A1 pictures have thrown into the big screen. It shows that almost no time and effort was put into the fight scenes and the fight choreography makes it seem that no one at the studio has watched a decent fight scene. I would compare this movie with the masterful Koe no Katachi but that this thing could ever compare to this masterpiece of a movie would be an insult to both Kyoto animation and the people that actually work hard in the anime industry.And it is so bad that halfway through the movie I was nodding my head in disappointment in how can something be so bad that EROMANGA SENSEI a slice of life show. Has better animation than a goddam movie with a MOVIE BUDGET. The only thing that is pretty nice to look at are the character designs but it even screws up with that. At the end of the Movie they cannot even make A MOTHERFUCKING DRAGON look nice. It looks horribly designed.
You have heard this already. It is the same as the anime. Nothing new.
Oh boy does this make me angry. Lets start with the original cast.
Natsu- Kills the dragon, that is it. Seriously he doesn’t grow in any way, shape, or form. I already hated natsu enough before seeing this movie but now they ruin the litte character that he was supposed to be and just turn him into a blank sheet.
Lucy- I hate her so goddam much in this movie. She was already so bad in the original material but this is just sad. If you ver wanted to see how a character can fall so low that it matters less than dirt at this point look no further than Lucy Heartfillia.
Grey, Erza, Wendy- Gonna add them all here since they do the same thing. Nothing. Defeat disposable henchmen 1, 2, and 3 and then do nothing for the rest of the movie.
Juvia, Gajeel, Levy- They matter as much as the dirt that is Lucy in this movie.
The cats- Appear for two scences. Try to be funny and fail miserably as always.
Now we get into the original characters.
Dissposable Lucy clone- I think her name was Sonya or something. I don’t know. She made such little impression on everyone that she gets kicked out of the final third of the movie.
Villans- Does someone even remeber what they were callled again? I sure don’t. They are boring and patetic. Their powers are not even intersesting. How can you make A MOTHERFUCKING DRAGON the most boring thing in the movie I don’t know.
Watching paint dry gets out more emotion than this movie
Wanna wate ten bucks? Burn them instead of watching this movie. It wastes less time of your life than watching the epidemy of the worst things anime has to offer.
Edit: Screw it it is a 1. Not even deserving of a 2.
I went to see this in the cinema and was so stoked as i needed my next FariyTail fix as the previous arc seems like it had ended far to long ago. So as for seeing some of my favorite anime characters in motion again it was great but unfortunately thats where the praise seems to slow down.
The first part of the movie is pure ecchi fan service that i do personally like but i know many are not a fan of it so to see it so prominent in most of the first part and scattered through out the moive could leave a bad taste in some mouths (no pun intended). The story was very very rushed and had the team hopping from scene to scene with out reason. for example (possible mild spoiler here so be careful) when Natsu had to find the FT team as the where split up he simply said he was going to find them and then it cuts to the next scene and they are all there with no explanation of how they met up again or anything. It felt very strange and not smooth at all. As for the bad guys they where not very exciting (Spoiler Ahead) the fights with them where bland and they tried to do the whole being defeated until a smart twist with Erza but it was so lame and rushed it really annoyed me.
The NaLu relations did how ever get a little deeper so for you NaLu fans like me that is a plus. Oh and the biggest secret/development in the series so far that was teased was not all that great to im sure most FT fans already know about it for ages now. I just really hope this rushed style is not the direction for the rest of FT because i did feel it was a series with some of the most developed characters ever and i could ruin it.
2: Sword Art Online Movie: Ordinal Scale
English: Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale-
Japanese: 劇場版 ソードアート オンライン -オーディナル スケール-
MAL Score: 7.59
In 2026, four years after the infamous Sword Art Online incident, a revolutionary new form of technology has emerged: the Augma, a device that utilizes an Augmented Reality system. Unlike the Virtual Reality of the NerveGear and the Amusphere, it is perfectly safe and allows players to use it while they are conscious, creating an instant hit on the market. The most popular application for the Augma is the game Ordinal Scale, which immerses players in a fantasy role-playing game with player rankings and rewards.
Following the new craze, Kirito’s friends dive into the game, and despite his reservations about the system, Kirito eventually joins them. While at first it appears to be just fun and games, they soon find out that the game is not all that it seems…
The story is great. It is sort of like a mixture of tragedy, comedy and romance. Its sort like the mixture of SAO, ALO and GGO but mainly it revives that kind of feeling after you watch the original SAO. It makes me feel nostalgic.
For me, the art can be considered good enough and at certain parts the coloring is mind blowing especially when they defeated the monster. The animation also looked more lively compared to the recent GGO series. A great improvement overall.
*Wagnaria Cafe (www working!) made a cameo !
The OST is not as great as SAO, but they did use some of the SAO soundtrack (mainly Swordland) and even made an improved version for certain situation.
In Chinese philosophy, whenever there is Yin, there is always a Yang. But for this movie, they neutralize it perfectly. There is no real main evil guy here. All the character had been well design and created with lot of background information. (You can dig deeper to see how much they took into consideration before creating a new character such as Eiji) The MC, Yuna is so kawaii (you will know what I mean once you have watched the movie). A little bit fan service as usual between Asuna and Kirito.
I really enjoyed the 2 hours in the cinema and I do think that you probably need to watch the original SAO series first before watching this movie if possible try to finish ALO and GGO as well.
Overall score is 9.4 but I will definitely round it off to 10 instead of 9 because of the story, the comedy, again Yuna is so kawaii, the art and coloring during the FIANL MOMENT when the monster is defeated and the BGM being played at the right time at the right moment. I would definitely recommend any SAO fans to watch it, you will never regret!
* For those who plan to go cinema and watch it, do stay until the ending song is finish. You will be rewarded 🙂
** Sorry for my poor grammar, do drop me a message if you found any grammar mistake that I had made.
To make a clever analogy, Sword Art Online is similar to an apple that looks fresh on the outside but is all rotten inside. If you have ever heard of the “Rotten Apple” theory which states that one rotten apple can ruin an entire barrel, that is what I am affraid of.
Anime series similar to Sword Art Online will spread like mold in an old house, resulting in lowering the current set standards for a “good” show.
Unfortunately the very premise of the show makes it hard to take seriously. A new innovative game “Ordinal Scale” is created and people are crazy about it until shit hits the fan and Kirito must save the day.
The story revolves around Asuna and Kirito’s group of friends battling Augma as well as Asuna’s and Kirito’s romantic relationship. The story is more of a way to connect and insert action scenes rather than progressing with the characters.
To compare SAO:Ordinal Scale’s plot with the previous series I would say that Ordinal Scale is better but as the saying goes, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
With that being said, the story is still boring, predictable and borderline ridiculous containing numerous plot holes, plot armor and having a simplistic idea that is poorly executed. Ordinal Scale is a failed mix of comedy, drama and romance but it does have great action scenes that keep attracting viewers.
The story brings nothing new to the table, it is mostly the same old repetitive SAO plot but a bit diffrent and a bit more enjoyable with the only redeeming factor being its pace. Even though the story itself is nothing special, the pacing is pretty good to be honest.
The characters are poor, one-dimensional, cliched, generic and utterly annoying, there is not much to say that can redeem them.
Ordinal Scale features lots of survivors from SAO and I liked seeing them again, just a bit of nostalgia.
Kirito is the same overpowered guy that can defeat anything and anyone if he gets serious. All the girls still fall for him even though he has no charisma or an intriguing personality nor is he particularly intelligent.
In Kirito’s defense, I suppose being a hero in a life-or-death game can make most people grow to respect him and maybe “love” him.
Asuna is the same as always, a generic damsel in distress that is constantly seeking attention and constantly irritating me. Asuna does have some good moments thorughout the show but that is not nealry enough to redeem her character.
Shino Asada, a generic character from the ALO/GGO series. I liked the fact that she respected Kirito and Auna as a couple even though she had feelings for Kirito therefore not creating further drama.
The only character I liked was Eiji, a badass player who is top ranked and has a cool air about him, won’t go into details due to possible spoilers.
The villains are cliched, generic and imbecilic. We have seen these type of villains many, many times before in the provious seasons of Sword Art Online or other low tier anime series.
The overall art and animation is great, fluid with nice design and colors, just what you would expect from a 2017 anime production.
The fight scenes are very well coreographed, fluid and engaging.
The animation does have some glitches but I am compelled to overlook them.
I personally did not like the OST, they used some old SAO music and some new and not very good songs.
The overall sound is pretty good but nothing memorable or to brag about.
After finishing Sword Art Online Ordinal Scale I was left with a “meh” feeling and a bad taste in my mouth. Having Kirito wear his old “black swordsman” uniform was a sore sight.
There are some good battles and nice scenes but they are not nearly enough to make this a good watching experience.
Unfortunately Sword Art Online continues being the malignant tumor slowly eating away at the good anime production.
The poor plot and generic characters can not be overlooked even though the animation and sound were very good. If you are the typical SAO fan you will love this movie but if you did not like the SAO series you will not like this.
If you are ready to waste 2 hours of your life, I recommend giving this a try since it is so popular.
Because for the first time, SAO became action-centric, rather than plot- or character-centric.
The TV anime focused heavily on its characters. The climax of the Aincrad arc was not Kirito beating the game (spoilers, I guess), but his last scene with Asuna. The Fairy Dance arc focused on its plot, and the Phantom Bullet and Mother’s Rosario arcs were basically character studies. Since these things were written poorly, these arcs were poor as a result.
By the time Alicization came around, Kawahara learned how to write a good plot, and SAO Progressive marked his transition into writing good characters. It’s an absolute joy to read about Kirito and Eugeo’s exploits in Underworld, compared to the tedium of his harem in Aincrad.
By comparison, Ordinal Scale’s plot is extremely simple and straightforward, largely serving as an excuse to serve up action scenes. It centers around a consumer-grade AR device called the Augma, presumably a precursor to Accel World’s Neurolinkers (in more ways than one, as is eventually revealed). The conflict in the plot comes from the titular Ordinal Scale, an ARMMO for it. Think “Pokemon Go meets Aincrad,” and you’re in the right ballpark. Trouble befalls SAO survivors who die in Ordinal Scale, and it’s up to Kirito to figure out what’s happening and put a stop to it.
The villains are simple, cliche, and boring – you’ve seen them a million times before. Likewise, the new poster girl, Yuna, joins Yui, Eugeo, and Kizmel in Kawahara’s growing list of “might as well just be human” AIs. The plot unfolds at a satisfying pace, utilizing a Mother’s Rosario-esque structure. The story is completely self-contained. Basically, this is just another original anime movie for a popular anime. So why am I not giving this a five?
Because A-1 Pictures brought their A game on this one.
The action scenes are GORGEOUS. They’re beautifully choreographed, making them easy to follow while simultaneously being fast and exciting. Even the final one, which was so fast-paced it’d put Sonic to shame, was an avalanche of awesomeness that I could enjoy without being confused. Captain America Civil War could’ve learned a thing or two from this movie.
Additionally, all the action scenes were backed by a frankly kickass soundtrack, noticeably getting me more excited than I would be without them. Say what you will about SAO, but you can’t deny that it’s always had amazing sound direction, and it really shows in this movie.
Don’t get me wrong, though. There are plot holes. A LOT of them. How are these places in Tokyo empty enough for a bunch of LARPers to do their thing every night? Lemme tell you, I ain’t ever seen the UDX plaza that empty, no matter how late it gets. How is the Augma not constantly making the news when people inevitably become spontaneously idiotic? Remember Pokemon Go? The Augma is supposedly even more prolific, and since it’s a product, it’s presumably here to stay. How are these make-believe battles actually making people recoil, making them encounter physical resistance to their movements (i.e. when they block an attack), sending them flying, and all these other things? How is Kirito – weak as he is in these battles – able to do even what he DOES accomplish? He is canonically a frail, weak, and slightly effeminate-looking nerd. In any other SAO production, I would not be able to forgive so many plot holes, which reek of the Kawahara who brought us the content of the TV anime. However, I can make an exception for Ordinal Scale.
The movie does not take itself seriously.
One problem with the TV anime is that it overblew the drama, making every single plot point feel like the end of the world. Ordinal Scale doesn’t do that. It doesn’t linger for longer than it should on any plot event, instead prioritizing constant movement to get to the next action scene. At one point, it even throws all logic and common sense right out the window, since it’d rather be awesome than have a coherent plot. The TV anime wanted you to take its stories and characters seriously, and that didn’t work, since the writing was usually bad. By contrast, Ordinal Scale’s writing is generally unremarkable (besides the litany of plot holes that perforate it like Swiss cheese), but it doesn’t care. Rather than boast and brag and say, “Look at how great my story is,” it instead directs your attention to the flashy and exciting fights. It just wants you to have a good time. Don’t get me wrong – the fights were the best part of the TV anime too, but the difference is that Ordinal Scale WANTS you to focus on them. It succeeds at what it goes for, whereas the TV anime failed at what it was going for.
That said, there was no reason why there needed to be so many unexplained plot holes – even a comment in passing would have sufficed – so my final rating for Sword Art Online Movie: Ordinal Scale is a seven out of ten.
For all its flaws, it’s hard to hate this movie, even for someone who’s usually unimpressed by the SAO series. Existing fans will love it, and even haters might find something to like, too.
Also, what was up with that post-credits scene? Unless it spoiled the mastermind of the Alicization arc (which I haven’t finished) or the Moon Cradle arc (which I haven’t even started), then are we getting more anime-original content?
1: Lupin the IIIrd: Chikemuri no Ishikawa Goemon
Japanese: LUPIN THE IIIRD 血煙の石川五ェ門
MAL Score: 7.86
Lupin’s friend, the samurai Goemon Ishikawa, takes a job as bodyguard for a yakuza boss. But a brutal assassin kills the yakuza and Goemon is honor-bound to track him down.
A 1/10 is the worst score possible on this website and I’ll now explain why in my opinion is a fai score for this film.
Animation: the visuals are my least favourite from all the different animation styles that Lupin III has seen over 50 years. I like the detailed backgrounds but I don’t like the “rough, dark” appearance of the main cast.
1) the soundtrack does not include jazz or “samurai” songs that are part of the musical legacy of Lupin III.
2) the iconic Lupin III theme song is nowhere to be found. You may argue that because this special is more focused on Goemon, it’s something that made sense to leave out of the film but I don’t agree with that at all. The movie is titled “Lupin III” and is part of the franchise. Goemon himself is a main character in the franchise. It only makes sense for the trademark instrumental to be there.
Story and characters:
1) the only characters that act as themselves are Jigen and Fujiko. The rest of the cast seems to have either nothing or very little with the versions of themselves that have existed for 50 years. Lupin doesn’t act as his “happy-totsan-love-me-Fujiko” ways once throughout the film; Zenigata is overly-serious and shows no emotion whatsoever about the possibility of chasing/arresting Lupin and his buddies. Goemon does the unthinkable and this will be a SPOILER!!!!! – Goemon dismantled his Zantetsuken to get a new guard and handle. There’s no way in flipping hell that Goemon would do this. Every single individual that has watched Goemon for at least 5 minutes understands how Goemon feels about his sword. This sword is sacred and is more important to him than his own safety. And then of course Goemon gets stupidly injured by bullets that he’s been able to easily dodge or cut for 50 years and of course at the end Zenigata doesn’t acknowledge him as part of the Lupin III gang and warns him not to trouble his police work. It’s been 50 years worth of thefts and other shenanigans for Goemon with Lupin and the rest but for some stupid reason, someone thought it would make sense for Zenigata to have a case of sudden memory loss about Goemon’s involvement in those events.
2) SPOILER: I don’t know where to put this but to have Goemon challenge a baby Megalodon was ridiculous and absurd.
Regardless if you read the spoilers above or not, the main reason why I gave a 1/10 to this movie is because of this: I sat down and chose to watch this movie because it’s part of the Lupin III franchise. That’s what I expected. It doesn’t sound like Lupin III (soundtrack) and the characters don’t act like the characters from Lupin III. If something takes the name of Lupin III and/or its characters I demand to get the same enjoyment and experience and unfortunately this was a waste of 1 hour of my time that just made me feel that Monkey Punch’s creation was disgraced by this rubbish.
Art direction is fantastic as usual. I really like the more mature view of Lupin III that this movie has. It’s something Lupin needed to a degree, almost as if it’s a homage to the original manga. It’s mature enough to be appealing to older audiences, but doesn’t take itself too seriously. It has the same “air” as all the other Takeshi Koike films. It’s dark and disturbing. Sexual at times. But that’s something I don’t mind. It’s really startling how Lupin can either be fun and light, or can be the complete opposite and sometimes disturb its viewers.
It felt much more enjoyable than Takeshi Koike’s first Lupin special, that being Jigen Daisuke’s Gravestone. I feel like this special was more “tight” – now that they’ve worked with their interpretation of blue jacket Lupin once, they’ve now gotten it right. I’m excited to see what they might have in store next.
I watched this without subtitles and my understanding of spoken Japanese isn’t the greatest, so I can’t say much about the story, unfortunately. The main villain was interesting and creepy, despite not really looking like it.
As for characterization, the special mainly focuses on Goemon and his view of his honour from what I could understand. I felt like his characterization was similar to that of The Mystery of Mamo – he becomes a brooding samurai, faced with defeat, unsure of what to make of himself. He’s not really a punchline at all. He’s very serious in this special, almost to a terrifying degree (as Lupin puts it in the original green jacket series, he’s a “scary man”). The antics between Lupin, Jigen, and Fujiko were quite entertaining. Their silliness was a lot more adult-oriented. I got the feeling from this film that Goemon wasn’t very close to them at all, but I think it fit for his character. Zenigata’s characterization of a more hardened detective is also starting to grow on me, and I liked his interactions with the gang.
Regardless, if you’re a fan of the more violent and serious Lupin, this is a special that you need to watch. I’ll definitely be rewatching it once subtitles come out so I can fully understand it. Visually, this is the most appealing thing. The animation is incredibly smooth and the characters are always so nicely drawn. The way they draw each character has really been refined in this special. It’s definitely a treat, so I highly recommend you check it out.
If you’ve already seen the movie, then you might be disagreeing with me on this. Goemon has a lot of screen time, he struggles with a conflict unlike we’ve ever seen before, and the final scenes are his time to show off. But I have two major problems with how this was executed. One, we never learn anything about how Goemon is feeling, what he’s thinking, or why he does anything directly from him. He barely talks to the other regular characters or interacts with them. Every insight into him is provided by Lupin’s narration, even when there’s zero logical reason for him to know the things he explains. As a result, Goemon comes off as very distant, barely a character. My second problem is that Goemon having such a crisis in the movie makes no sense. The fight that breaks his spirit is nothing out of the ordinary, but if it has such an effect on him, it makes you wonder if this is the first time in his life that he loses. I don’t think they wanted to make the title character come off as a spoiled brat who’s never had to face disappointment before, but that’s what it looked like to me. If they’d presented this as Goemon being an arrogant upstart who learns a lesson, it would have had the potential to be great, but due to the emotional distance, it just doesn’t work.
The plot is fairly incoherent as well. It starts off promisingly enough, with Goemon having been hired as a bodyguard for a mob boss whose casino Lupin, Jigen and Fujiko have decided to rob. The three are being targeted by a new character called Bermuda Ghost, a terrifying giant of a man who seems inhumanly unstoppable. Meanwhile, Zenigata is searching for Bermuda Ghost as part of an investigation.
Circumstances get all these characters mixed with each other, and soon it looks like we’ll be following Goemon on a path of personal revenge and reclaiming his honour. But, due to the reasons mentioned above, it’s not a very engaging path. The movie fails to wrap up most of its plot threads. We never learn who hired Bermuda Triangle and why. Zenigata’s investigation goes nowhere and we never find out why the chief was trying to stop him, creating the feeling that his plot line existed only so that we could have some exposition on who Bermuda Ghost is. Goemon gets over his crisis due to a deus ex machina plot point that comes out nowhere and makes so little sense that Lupin has to explain it to the viewer. The revenge angle has no proper climax for anyone involved. Fujiko just walks out of the movie.
In short, I feel that the people who made this movie had lots of really cool ideas they wanted to include, but they didn’t manage to create a story where the events follow each other logically. I think it might have benefitted from being longer so that it could have given some depth to its characters and tied up the plot more neatly. One of the elements I like best about the Lupin franchise is how the regular characters play off each other, and that is almost entirely missing here. We get a few amusing scenes with Lupin, Fujiko, and Jigen, but other than that it feels like the characters only exist to make the plot move onwards.
All that said, there were also elements that I enjoyed. The animation and colour design are great and make the movie beautiful to look at, the soundtrack is smooth, and there were a bunch of cool and entertaining scenes. The first half in particular worked and raised my expectations pretty high. The fight scenes were as brutal as the title promises, so if you like that kind of thing, this is definitely worth a watch just to see Goemon get beaten that badly. Since this is a direct continuation of Jigen’s Gravestone, I assume there will be more movies taking place in the same timeline. Hopefully they’ll do a better job of wrapping things up.
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