They’re the best Anime that 2018 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Pokemon Movie 21: Minna no Monogatari, Digimon Adventure tri. 6: Bokura no Mirai, Doraemon Movie 38: Nobita no Takarajima, and more!
5: Pokemon Movie 21: Minna no Monogatari
English: Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us
Japanese: 劇場版ポケットモンスター みんなの物語
MAL Score: 7.16
As Satoshi continues his journey to become a Pokémon Master, he travels to Fura City to attend the annual Wind Festival. Pumped up, Satoshi and Pikachu are determined to win the festival’s Get Race. Meanwhile, Kagachi, a show-off and a habitual liar, joins the competition at the request of his niece Lily. Having almost no knowledge about Pokémon, he manages to strike a deal with a socially awkward scientist named Torito in exchange for help with his upcoming speech. Following Kagachi’s victory, Satoshi meets Risa, an ex-regional track and field champion looking to catch a Pokémon. However, during Torito’s speech, Team Rocket strikes and manages to steal a capsule from his lab.
Tragedy strikes one after another as the Wind Festival’s Sacred Flame disappears! As they set off on a journey to find the culprit, Satoshi and the group meet many people on the way—including Zeraora, the Thunderclap Pokémon who was believed to be dead…
Lets get started.
The Power of Us is no sequel to I Choose You, it is its own story. Going into this movie, my expectations had to walk a fine line between my inner Pokemon fan, and my subjective view to critique it. I give this movie credit for having the bravery to juggle at least 6 main characters, and not lose its way. For a majority of the time, it is consistent with the world it sets up. The story caught my attention, although nothing groundbreaking. The shift away from story revolving around Ash’s actions alone provides a unique angle that the series often does not explore. The pacing was above average, especially when comparing this film to I Choose You, which had the first 10 minutes with Ash and Pikachu going over the events of the first episode. There was no rush or glaring issues with the story flow, and I was pleasantly surprised. The story shares beats with past arcs in Pokemon, though there is clear direction being shown. Zeraora was well integrated for having little to do with Lugia, and felt like a believable addition to the cast. Fula City is one of, if not the most fleshed out settings the franchise has to offer. Realistic for the fantasy setting, and believable figures, such as the mayor, who’s actions are anything but “Let the 10 year old kid handle it by himself”. As for the artwork, I cannot say anything less than outstanding. Backgrounds and wide shots were something out Studio Ghibi, while character designs were vibrant, representative of their respective character, and unique to say the least. Every battle that takes place is a joy to watch, WIT Studios outdid themselves with fluid and clear animation, barely surpassing I Choose You in terms of quality. Redesigns are well done for Ash and Team Rocket, in particular. Music of the film was fitting for the most part, and served some scenes more justice than others. The english Dub kept a majority of tracks the same as Japanese. Moving on to characters. Ash, Lisa, Harriet, Callahan, Torren, and Margot. The Power of Us giving 6 central characters their own focus gave me worry on how the shared screen time would translate to development. My fears were put to rest upon first viewing, as each was handled and given a necessary amount of screen time. Part of this film’s charm is to see the interaction between these people whom would have never met otherwise. The Power of Us derives its strength in simplicity, and earns endearment in the most unlikely places. Doing my best not to spoil, one of Callahan’s scenes was particularly touching and deserves a place of mention. Risa’s simple story I found relatable, being a former athlete, and her scene with Ash was charming.
My overall enjoyment was outstanding for this film. It is reassuring when a franchise can still give good quality after 20 whole movies. In short, I recommend watching Pokemon: The Power of Us, as a well produced, entertaining, and endearing addition to the series as a whole.
At first glance, it looks like it’s a remake (of sorts) of The Power of One, the second Pokemon movie. The title “The Power of Us” is a great mirror of that and it stars Lugia as the centerpiece. Except it’s not. This movie isn’t about Lugia, it’s about Zeraora. So if you think this new Electric-type fursona looks super cool, then this movie’s gonna be up your alley 10/10.
So let’s throw all immediate comparisons out the window. That’s fair, I don’t mind at all. But I’m still completely unsure as to what this is supposed to be. It certainly doesn’t have anything to do with I Choose You, that movie isn’t even referenced in this. Forget that really cool potential development Verity might’ve had with her Mom–not important or anything it’s just the fucking Champion of Sinnoh–she’s out of the picture forever, I guess. But they’re still continuing this theme of Ash and Pikachu’s journey starting from scratch, considering Ash is wearing the same cap from ICU. Whatever, maybe they were afraid people wouldn’t keep up with the movies enough, so they didn’t wanna make a whole new storyline with them, fine.
So this movie isn’t a sequel to I Choose You, nor is it a remake of The Power of Us. Alright. I still don’t know what this movie is.
I guess they decided to remove the ‘adventure’ part of Pokemon to make a drama instead, since the only settings in this film are a boring town and a boring . . . mountain. Cool. It’s not necessarily terribly written–most things make the proper amount of sense with most of the causes and effects lining up, but it’s just so . . . boring. Two seconds with all of the characters will tell you everything about them and the arc they will eventually follow. The uncle guy lies to his niece to impress her. Even a Slowpoke could predict that he’d be found out halfway through the movie, become hated, and become part of the heroic plot later to redeem himself. Amazing.
Look, I get it. It’s Pokemon. I’m not expecting an Academy-level plot here. But . . . I also enjoy the Pokemon anime most of the time, because it’s not so thoroughly bland and uninspired?? The Sun&Moon characters have tons of quirks, tons of personality, and they’re tons of fun to watch even though literally nothing happens in that series. Power of Bum feels equally pointless but pretends that something interesting is happening the entire time.
This movie just has too many pieces. It ultimately spreads out into a three-pronged conflict where its bloated cast is scattered all over the place. As a result, tons of things need to happen and need to be explained, causing many of these pieces to have extremely minor uses. Two Pokemon Hunters appear in the beginning of the movie for a couple seconds, obviously scheming something, and then they show up about halfway through to start shit, and then they disappear off-screen forever. The gyaru-looking chick has a brother just so that he can magically guide her through the forest for one scene later in the movie. And there’s the incredibly dumb “plot twist” about how Zeraora was condemned by a past generation, only for the leader of the current generation to know the truth all along, but keep that a secret from everyone for absolutely no reason when he could’ve settled that dispute years ago, but that’d pre-emptively erase half the conflict of the movie.
Also, can we talk about the fact that, of all things, the “forest guardian” in this movie is an Electric-type . . . thing? What is this? What is “forest-like” about this creature? Have they just completely given up on symbolism with their legendaries? Marshadow is one of the coolest Pokemon ever, how did we go from that to this in a single generation? Its only defining trait is that it’s fast so that they can play the same scene of a thing falling on top of a guy, only for Zeraora to swoop in and catch the falling thing at the last second. Every. Single. Time.
. . . Wait, hang on. Pokemon Hunters . . . forest guardian . . . this is actually a remake of Pokemon 4Ever. What the fuck. Those LIARS!!!
Even as a general Pokemon story, it doesn’t really capitalize on anything about Pokemon. The biggest opposing threat in this movie is an oh-so-ominous gas cloud. No, I’m not talking about Gengar, it’s just some poison gas that Ikoma from Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress made. Sure, it’s Effect Spore, sure it’s an actual Pokemon thing and they use Lum Berries to cure it; I like practical applications of small Pokemon bits like this. But that’s all they are. Small bits. Who the fuck wants to watch a Pokemon movie about Ash and Pikachu fighting against toxins. Pokemon should always be about THE Pokemon as much as possible, and these mechanical elements should take a backseat and serve as tools instead of being the plot themselves.
So, again, what IS this movie? What is the point of it? That Pokemon and people should work together? You know . . . the theme of EVERY FUCKING POKEMON STORY IN EXISTENCE??? It doesn’t even scratch the itch one might have of seeing animated Pokemon battles in the big screen–you get some, for sure, and for what it’s worth the Pokemon Catching contest was pretty fun–but the movie’s more of a problem-solving thing than anything. I guess. But, beyond that, it’s just a bunch of really boring characters involved with a plot that has too many things going on. And then Lugia appears for like five seconds.
I just can’t recommend this. If you’re a Pokemon superfan who just likes watching Pokemon then you’ll probably just shit on me for posting this and go watch the movie anyway and have a great time. Whatever, I don’t look down on that. But I’m not that kind of person. I’m giving this a 2 because it feels so pointless and boring and did absolutely nothing for me. It didn’t do anything to insult my intelligence, necessarily, which is why it won’t go lower, but it feels like a waste of money and a waste of time more than anything. Maybe “The Power of Us” refers to the people who made the movie and their power of siphoning my wallet. Can’t wait for Smogon to ban that shit.
Pokemon Movie 21 “The Power of Us” had no right being as great as it turned out to be. My impressions of the 20th film “I Choose You” almost made me write off Pokemon for good. Its attempt at trying to capitalize on the first generation while also fitting in another B plot into one film (as well at retconing a lot of what happened in the first TV series) was atrocious to say the least.
However for the case of “The Power of Us”, I am utterly shocked how much I enjoyed this film. It still is Pokemon for babies (which I fear is all we are going to get seeing how Pokemon Go and Pokemon: Let’s Go turned out) but this film had muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuch more creative juices flowing.
“The Power of Us” starts out with Ash embarking on a new journey. This time, he finds himself in Fula City; a city that flourishes due to the wind granted by Lugia. Each year the town holds a festival to honor Lugia’s commitment to providing the city with wind. Ash eventually runs into many other characters such as my new favorite Pokemon bae Risa, the convulsive liar Callahan, the old shrew Harriet, and a whole slew of other characters. This is all a good thing…annnnd a bad thing.
This huge influx of characters means you need to give them a reason to exist. This film does tackle this providing B-plots for all of them. What this ends up creating though is the issue that…80% of the film is just all these B-plots going on. There is an overarching plot line that drives the film but you are not made fully aware of it until at least half way through the film. Also there is a total lack of a antagonist in this film. So essentially if you do not buy into the character development going on, the film will be a horrid experience for you.
Now I really cannot talk about any of the characters in depth because what goes on with them is like the entire reason the film exists. So lets talk about other things such as the gorgeousssssssss character designs by artist Shizue Kaneko. They are simply phenomenal. Each character in this film looks perfect. The right amount of cuteness, the perfect outfit, everything. This aspect is nailed so fucking hard that I’d venture to say that these are the best character designs in Pokemon to date (and that’s saying something comparing it to X&Y as well as Sun & Moon).
The world design is also pretty great. The town looks super interesting. The pier area where all the festival stuff occurs is also really cool design wise. I will say that the CG flying scenes where Pokemon are going through the city looks pretty generic. Like, in background shots the city looks great but as soon as those super camera panning CG shots happen, things turn pretty generic.
The camera movement and directing in general though are really spot on in this film. There is this scene where one of the character is about to get attacked by another group of people. However, it is stopped at the very last second by Pikachu using Iron Tail. As this person looks up, you see a 3rd person view of a slow motion Pikachu repealing the attack with its tail. However, it’s how the shot is framed, lit, and paced that make it such a stand out moment. And this isn’t the only shot you can take under a microscope and enjoy; the film is filled with them.
The sound design (especially of a particular Pokemon) is really well done. Everything in this film feels like it has weight because of this aspect. Though this isn’t really anything new since most Pokemon related stuff has great sound design.
Music was…there. I didn’t notice any standout pieces but it fit the mood well enough.
The English voice acting was…pretty ok. I did think that Risa and Callahan were really well acted. The marriage of their visual performance and the voice actors was really spot on. And honestly all the comedy bits in this film was pulled off really well because of this. The old hag character Harriet had a plethora amount of funny moments because of this.
(I recently re-watched this in Japanese; way better in my opinion. Really well acted cast.)
So when looking back at the film as a whole…I am a little conflicted. The first 70% of the film is essentially like a TV episode where you meet characters that go through arcs. Then all of the sudden the film realizes it needs to get the real plot moving so there are exposition scenes out the wazzu, deus ex machina moments, and plot holes that never get filled. From a pacing standpoint, the film is actually quite horrid. However, I did end up enjoying all these B-plots so for me, I really ended up enjoying the film as a whole. If this is what I can assume the future films of this timeline will employ, then count me in. Like I said in the beginning, the film is still tailored for the younger generation; however it was still impactful.
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4: Digimon Adventure tri. 6: Bokura no Mirai
English: Digimon Adventure tri. Future
MAL Score: 7.20
Sixth and final Digimon Adventure tri film.
Speaking of “movies” these are not movies. Originally Toie was supposed to create a new 2-cour long Digimon series, but decided to change this midway and release them in an another format. What this format was officially called was “movies”, but this isn’t true. They are “instalments”. Releasing around 4 episodes worth of content at a time in 6 different instalments.
In the beginning, this idea was seen as a pro, but folks also acknowledged it could backfire. Similar anime releases had been done in the past with great success and insane production values. These titles include Kara no Kyoukai, Hellsing Ultimate, Kizumonogatari trilogy, and even Gundam Origin which btw ended at the same day as this Digimon series. The extra cash flow coming from separate ticket sales was enough to fund the production. I am not sure exactly what happened behind the scenes with Digimon. Whether Toie didn’t sell enough or did they just do a quick cash grab without putting any shekels back into the production I do not know. What I do know is that Digimon flopped and it flopped hard.
These instalments have been going for worse since the first two which were still good and promising. This time around we don’t even have an animation anymore. The series is filled with completely still pictures or alternatively still pictures where one person’s mouth moves when they talk while others are frozen on the screen. The story has stopped moving now too. This is basically how it went. These numbers represent the “movies”:
1) This series is definitely about Digimons. 2) This series is definitely about the characters. 3) This series is about relationships. 4) This series is about politics. 5) This series is about our main characters sitting in a circle talking about problems that don’t exist. 6) This series is about feelings. –The whole structure of this series is a mess. It’s completely lost and has no idea what it even wants to be.
Digimons go berserk and are apparently more powerful than anyone else now because they feel emotions. Great. The writing constantly relies on asspulls. And obviously nothing beats the power of friendship, so lets not even try to make our fights believable. Of course, even the powerups are asspulls. It’s embarrassing to even refer this series as “Digimon” and compare it to the greatness that Digimon Tamers -with its philosophies- was. Not that this series didn’t contain any philosophy. We have that one guy who went insane and yelled out some cheesy 2deep5anyone quotes they probably found from google’s first search result for “brainy depressing” . At this point, I wish they had put all this money into World Trigger sequel movie. At least that one wouldn’t have stained the reputation of an already existng franchise.
The story is practically filler in the 6th one. Collection of random clips, super extended alarm clock scene that just keeps on making noise while there is absolutely no animation even present. Just camera rolling from other still background image to another. Characters standing against completely white Evangelion scenery, the only thing separating this from a .jpeg sketch is the voice acting and video format. Everyone’s favorite shipping pairs hinting canon. And of course an ending sponsored by Marvel Cinematic Universe. Amazing. None of this is what I want from my anime.
The soundtrack consists of old Digimon songs and also elevator music. They are just remixed and sound like they had a content on Youtube who can remix them the best. I am pretty sure about half of people who have ever used an audio editing program could have done the same job. The voice acting on the other hand was cool especially from the Digimon’s part. Excluding Tentomon. Is the guy eating bread while speaking or does he not have a tongue? Rest of the cast are honestly too good for this show.
I didn’t have any bigger problems with the characters outside the unnecessary cryings, but they are nowhere near strong enough to carry this otherwise terrible show. When it comes to enjoyment, this is where I can agree releasing these 4 episodes at a time over the years was a good idea. Marathoning all of this at once would have definitely made it seem even worse of an experience than what it was now.
I’m almost positive a lot of people only watched Digimon Adventure Tri due to it being a sequel to the highly popular and well received Digimon Adventure. Same old characters, same old Digimon … no fan would want to miss that. Naturally, expectations were high.
To be fair, one could have had low expectations and still be disappointed. That’s how bad the whole series is. It lacks structural integrity, thrill and character depth, it’s inconsistently paced and even the animation quality is below average.
Now the premise of the story isn’t that bad to begin with. Digimon are infected by a virus which causes them to violently attack other Digimon and even humans. So far, you can at least feel some sort of danger luring the dark, waiting to be discovered.
The second movie focuses on our characters and tries to give them a bit of backstory and personality, which could have been important for the course of the story. However, in the third movie, the story suddenly blows up. Buzzwords like “Homeostasis” and “Reboot” fly in. What was once a mission to stop the infection of Digimon is now a mission to stop the digital world from being rewritten, which would cause all Digimon to lose their memories. The digital world is still rebooted at the end of movie. In the fourth movie we learn that the big bad guy behind everything is Yggdrasil, a god-like being that wants to create a new world where Digimon and humans cannot interact anymore. Also Gennai has somehow been manipulated by Yggrasil to be evil. What we were told in third movie (that Digimon lose their memories after a reboot) also seems to have exceptions, as Meicoomon has mysteriously retained her memories. In the fifth movie the digital world suddenly begins to destroy the real world. In the last movie, the apocalypse has set in and our DigiDestined are trying their best to fight Ordinemon, an entity that could have originated from Neon Genesis Evangelion. They are losing badly, but of course, with the power of friendship, even the mightiest foe poses no threat. So the story ends with Meicomoon being finally put to rest and suddenly all problems are gone.
The characters aren’t exactly “bad”, but they are only average, one-dimensional and they all have seen more development in Digimon Adventure. Meiko is just poorly written. Her contribution to the overall plot is about 0. I’m not a hater because she wasn’t part of the original 8 DigiDestined, but it’s hard to accept her because she’s a shallow character that is of nearly no relevance at all.
On the enemies’ part, things look a bit different. They are almost all lacking motives, something that I feel is absolutely necessary for a good show. As a viewer, I should be able to comprehend the heroes as much as the enemies. Sadly, Digimon Adventure Tri rarely gives us insight. Like, why did Himekawa hide information from the DigiDestined? What was Yggdrasils ultimate plan? What sparked his decision? You don’t come up with the idea to destroy the human world just because you’re bored.
The soundtrack is mediocre, unremarkable and generic. Two of the better tracks are the Tri version of “Butterfly” and “Brave Heart”, but even they are just remixes from Digimon Adventure. “Butterfly” has been used in like 3 different versions in the last episode alone. I like this track, but why not be a bit more … creative?
The animation quality is also only mediocre at best. Especially in the last movie, so many still images are used, that you get the feeling that there’s no animation at all. It makes the movie look poor with a low production value. I also expected a much better choreography of the Digimon’s moves, because you know … it’s 2018 (or at least 2015).
There are some additional things that bugged me, for example:
a) The absence of logic in the final fight. There were some game changing moves pulled out of thin air, just to have a happy ending. How should I be able to feel the thrill of danger, if it’s clear beforehand that our DigiDestined will overcome every obstacle?
b) Digimon only act a plot devices, rather than characters. Something I liked about Digimon Adventure back in the days was it’s emphasis on both the human world, digital world and the human characters and Digimon alike (think about the Ogremon vs. Leomon conflict). Nothing of that remained in Digimon Adventure Tri.
Fans will probably like the returning characters and their Digimon partners, as well as the new mega evolutions we never got to see in action when we were kids. Aside from the fact that the story isn’t entirely trash and the characters are at least average, I have very few other positive things to say about Digimon Adventure Tri as a whole. Sadly, I can’t recommend it to other people, not even fans of the original Digimon Adventure.
Digimon tri is trash. Absolute trash that only exists so Toei can grub some money out of a franchise that’s been on the decline for over a decade. The first movie pulls you in with a good balance of fanservice and some intrigue surrounding the 02 cast going missing and it all sharply goes downhill from there.
Meiko feels like some 13 year olds attempt at a Digimon OC which fits since this whole thing comes off as someone who didn’t like 02’s bitter fanfiction. Honestly if you took her out of the movie and made Meicoomon some random Digimon nothing would change plotwise.
As for the Season 1 crew, non of them really change or develop at all through the series. If anything they regress at points just so they can rehash character growth they had years ago. And let’s not even talk about how not only is the 02 cast shafted offscreen for the entire 6 movies but noone in the Season one cast ever concerned about their friends/comrades who have been missing for weeks, maybe even months.
It really does feel like the writer hates season 2 and is really only barely willing to acknowledge it exists.
And let’s not forget the “villain” Dark Gennai who is absolute trash. Despite this series clearly wanting to tug you in by doing bad things to these characters you care about they give you the most cartoonishly evil bad guy I’ve seen in a Digimon series. I could take Leviathan from Applimon more seriously than this shmuck.
But worst of all is the homogenization of the Digimon partners who all basically became the same overly childish, loud, and obnoxious group of sidekicks since the fucking Minions. Ya know, except for the brief few minutes where the movie needed to remind you that Biyomon “caaaaaaaares about Sora”.
The story comes across as super muddled too cramming in things like Homeostasis, universal reboots, amnesia and a very unsatisfying rendition of the “original Digidestined” that were briefly mentioned in the original show. It’s almost like this was meant to be a full TV show that got ponded into a movie series mold in order to scrape a few more dollary doos out of it. Also, Crunchyroll’s awful choice to then awkwardly chop those “movies” back into episodes in order to scrape together some extra ad hits is also egregious.
The soundtrack really pales in comparison to the original show too. While the Butterfly and Brave Heart remixes are fine, Brave Heart gets dropped completely at some point leading to really unfitting evolution/battle scenes with Butterfly draped over them.
There’s also some very heavy plotholes with the story. Like Agumon having memories of the OG special from before season 1 despite it being stated in season 1 that that was a different Koromon. Or the part where they need their memories to hit the Mega stage despite Biyomon and Patamon doing that already without their memories.
There’s more I could say about how much this movie does wrong in my eyes but I think I’ll leave it here for now. Tri as a whole gets like a 3.5/10 from and this last movie gets a 2/10.
3: Doraemon Movie 38: Nobita no Takarajima
English: Doraemon the Movie 2018: Nobita’s Treasure Island
Japanese: 映画 ドラえもん のび太の宝島
MAL Score: 7.22
Doraemon: Nobita no Takarajima takes the well-known characters to the Caribbean Sea; Nobita is the captain of a ship and fights against his enemies. Shizuka is kidnapped and a storm prevents her persecution. When the adventurers finally find the mysterious Treasure Island, where they have taken Shizuka, they discover that it is something more than a common island.
(Source: Official Website)
A new original movie for 2018 even though the pattern’s been remake of an old movie followed by an original. Interestingly enough, Genki Kawamura was responsible for the screenplay – he was one of the producers for Your Name and also The Boy and The Beast.
As usual the art is good and this was actually quite a good action comedy. Shizuka gets a lot more screen time than she usually does. They added in a bunch of little riddles in for fun too and movie doesn’t forget to empthasise on protecting Earth and its environment as its been with previous movies.
Worth a watch for Doraemon fans.
2: Mirai no Mirai
MAL Score: 7.30
In a quiet corner of the city, four-year-old Kun Oota has lived a spoiled life as an only child with his parents and the family dog, Yukko. But when his new baby sister Mirai is brought home, his simple life is thrown upside-down; suddenly, it isn’t all about him anymore. Despite his tantrums and nagging, Mirai is seemingly now the subject of all his parents’ love.
To help him adapt to this drastic change, Kun is taken on an extraordinary journey through time, meeting his family’s past, present, and future selves, as he learns not only what it means to be a part of a family, but also what it means to be an older brother.
Kun spends his days yelling, crying, begging for attention, teasing his little sister and being annoying in every imaginable way until several different time travels occur and Kun gets to meet alternative timeline versions of his family members, including the older version of his little sister… after which he still does this exact same thing, but we get to see why. The worst part is that it all makes sense.
It’s hard to decide which part of this movie sucks the hardest, but I did anyway; Old saying goes “your life doesn’t suck, you’re just surrounded by assholes.” and this is very relevant here. Typical for kids movies, Mirai’s entire story relies on parents who are portrayed to be a complete failures when it comes to parenting. They are total douches and it’s a miracle that our kid isn’t any more fucked up in the head than he already is. Without spoiling much, he thinks he is a dog, has a terrible attitude problem and sees people who aren’t real. Great.
Let me repeat what I said a moment ago: the worst part is that it all makes sense. Apparently, the message here is that people around you as well as your family members influence you and make you who you are. The more you know the less hateful and more understanding you will become. Which is a good idea, but.
The story and characters in this movie are nauseating, fake and so incredibly bad I most definitely wouldn’t recommend showing this even for its supposed target audience — meaning children aged 2 to 7 — unless their parents wish to be as good of a parents as seen in this movie, in which case I recommend. There are countless more psychologically accurate anime series as well as light kids movies which do better, even amazing job showing how much living environment and people close to us effect the growth of children. This one uses time travel magic tricks and bad parenting instead of anything even mildly genuine. This is just heartless + its story is more like “do this, but the opposite” which doesn’t work — at least not in this case.
Production-wise, the art design follows the safety route of kids movies, being down grated version of Ghibli in every way. OST choices are incredibly boring. Kun, age 4, is voiced by a nearly 20 years-old seiyuu first timer and (s)he doesn’t sound like a 4 years-old in any way. Speaking of the Jap audio.
When it comes to enjoyment, there is a scene in the movie where the dad person browses memes or something and just goes “hmmmp” whenever Kun says anything. That’s me when watching this movie. If you want to see a movie about enraged little boy who doesn’t get the love he wants and starts developing some sort of mental illness to fight against solitude, then go ahead, this is perfect for you. As for me, it’s not very good. Also, Academy nominated this for Oscars candidate so you know I am right.
The soundtrack is rreminiscient of Ookami Kodomo Ame to Yuki, and each song is gorgeous.
I think the title and trailers were misleading, because they focused on Kun’s younger sister, Mirai, visiting him from the future. This does happen, but it’s a small part of the plot. The true title should be “Annoying Child Repeatedly Stumbles into his Courtyard and is Greeted by Fantastical Events that Help Him Become a Better, More Responsible Child.” It’s a bit long, but it’s more accurate.
We follow a four-year-old boy called Kun-chan, and he likes two things: trains and screaming at the top of his lungs. I’m serious, this kid is a NIGHTMARE. I can’t think of another movie where the protagonist is this young (excluding Rugrats), mostly because nobody wants to follow a screaming pile of tantrums. And that is exactly what he is. By the middle of the movie, I legitimately hated this child.
Further, everyone around him is extremely nice. Even the BABY is better than he is. The BABY. The father stays at home, taking care of the children, while the mother returns to work and puts food on the table. This is a refreshing 21st century portrayal of a family, especially in Japan where they still kind of have a 1950’s mindset of women in the workforce. We spend a good amount of time following the father as he struggles and learns how to do housework and properly hold a baby. Thus, Kun-chan does not get the attention he once got before and proceeds to throw vicious tantrums.
What this means is that the protagonist is the antagonist. The only real problems are caused by Kun-chan. As stated in the new title, when his tantrums climax, he stumbles into the house’s courtyard and finds himself in a fantastical world, confronting one of his family members in an altered state. This includes his dog and, yes, his little sister as a middle-schooler from the future. These events have a dreamlike approach to logic and conversation, which falls in line with the idea that these are Kun-chan’s fantasies. Why is the dog a human? Because Kun-chan sees it as such. Why is nobody worried about a 2-year-old walking around by himself? Because Kun-chan is the center of the fantasy, and thus his existence, in whatever state, is normal. Each event helps him in some way, and his tantrums die down afterward until the next thing happens. I can’t really say that this is a coming-of-age story because the kid stays a kid, but he manages to connect with his family in a new way. Kun-chan is the deepest, most developed 4-year-old I’ve ever seen.
All in all, the stakes are low and nobody dies (spoilers?), so this movie doesn’t conjure the feels that most Hosoda movies do. This is not a drama so much as a dramedy, with about an even split on both drama and comedy. Still, this is a very cute and refreshing story that deserves appreciation.
This is where the movie truly shines. I saw the “camera” used in a way I’ve never seen before. Animation allows for really cool things like that. The weirdly diagonal house allows for really cool linear transitions to different events within the house. Again, this is the same director as Ookami Kodomo Ame to Yuki, where he told the story of two siblings growing up in school by shifting the camera back and forth in a completely inventive way. The animations are clean, smooth, and lifelike. CGI is used in a non-obtusive way that allows sweeping shots behind a motorcycle. The backdrops are gorgeous, and they make use of them. The sky-shots at the end made the “camera” movement so realistic that I was legitimately terrified of falling, inside the theater…
Go watch. Enjoy the story. Pay attention to the animations and transitions. Be happy. I”m out.
What seems like a small detail of the movie is in fact the most important, as it sets up the entire thematic structure. In contrast to Hosoda’s previous grand cinematic declarations on family and life, underlying the superficial coming-of-age story of Mirai is a focused meditation on the architecture of time. Of course, true to his nature, Hosoda interprets time and space as relative to our family histories. For Hosoda, time does not move laterally, rather it flows back and forth through the levels of the family tree, just as the aforementioned tracking shot shifts repeatedly between the levels of the house. Each generation experiences time on their own distinct level, yet the time of their ancestors and descendants are always within reach.
In Mirai, this platitudinous reading of time isn’t a reading at all; it’s the extraordinary reality of the movie. The expanse of the narrative finds Kun, in the garden of the house, drifting through time to meet anachronistic versions of family members he currently knows. The first instance of time-travelling antics (though not the first scene of garden fantasies) delivers Hosoda’s vision the best. Kun, frustrated with his parents doting on the newly born Mirai, runs into the future, middle school-aged version of his sister, along with their anthropomorphic dog. The scene is filled with Marx Brothers-styled hijinks and light exploration into the logistics of Mirai’s time traveling. But the scientific implications are quickly abandoned because time travel isn’t really the point. Kun goes on to meet the past versions of his parents, and then their parents, learning a lesson or two from each encounter, and these subsequent scenes are more mired in heart tugging magical realism than heart pounding sci-fi. Some may find the episodic structure to be off-putting, but given the design of the house, a matching series of seemingly contained yet faintly connected stories appears to be more than appropriate.
The kicker is that pretty much the entirety of the movie, time traveling and all, takes place inside the Oota house, in the garden, in the present. And this seems to be Hosoda’s insinuation: the past and the future are united in the present via the family tree, a statement he articulates in the wonderfully directed climax in which present-day Kun and future Mirai witness landmark events from their relatives’ pasts, including a deeply touching famed race mentioned by the grandparents earlier in the movie.
At certain points, Mirai no Mirai offers glimpses of Hosoda at his compulsive, unrestrained worst. Pregnancy fetish and furry scenes can be checked off the “obligatory Hosoda-isms” checklist within the first act, and his penchant for exploring enclosed dimensions, seen in his earlier works, returns in full masturbatory force during the worst scene in the movie, the lead-up to the climax. Animated mostly in (decent) CGI, it’s visually incongruous with the rest of the movie’s style and thematically divorced as it has little to do with the nature of time or family. It’s full of those (POV travelling?) shots he employed so daintily in Wolf Children, but instead of snowy knolls and forests, it’s ugly, repetitive train tunnels. It also lingers for far too long, almost ruining the climax. But these pockmarks are minimal and eclipsed by moments of Hosoda at his most honed, absolute best.
1: Dragon Ball Super: Broly
English: Dragon Ball Super: Broly
Japanese: ドラゴンボール超（スーパー） ブロリー
MAL Score: 8.12
Forty-one years ago on Planet Vegeta, home of the infamous Saiyan warrior race, King Vegeta noticed a baby named Broly whose latent power exceeded that of his own son. Believing that Broly’s power would one day surpass that of his child, Vegeta, the king sends Broly to the desolate planet Vampa. Broly’s father Paragus follows after him, intent on rescuing his son. However, his ship gets damaged, causing the two to spend years trapped on the barren world, unaware of the salvation that would one day come from an unlikely ally.
Years later on Earth, Gokuu Son and Prince Vegeta—believed to be the last survivors of the Saiyan race—are busy training on a remote island. But their sparring is interrupted when the appearance of their old enemy Frieza drives them to search for the last of the wish-granting Dragon Balls on a frozen continent. Once there, Frieza shows off his new allies: Paragus and the now extremely powerful Broly. A legendary battle that shakes the foundation of the world ensues as Gokuu and Vegeta face off against Broly, a warrior without equal whose rage is just waiting to be unleashed.
This is an absolute gem of a movie. Modern Dragon ball can’t get any better than this. It was really phenomenal. Here a few key features of the movie
The movie is divided into 2 phases. The “Past&The Present”. The start of the movie is all about the history of the Saiyans. The movie does a half an hour long depiction of the history of the Saiyans. The past is mostly based on “DB MINUS” with a few tidbits from the “Bardock: The Father of Goku”. The movie is more about broly. Broly was a Saiyan with really high potential. King Vegeta being jealous of Broly’s latent potential decided to send away baby Broly to a faraway planet “Vampa”. Paragus(Father of broly) being betrayed by The King, vowed to find his son and one day get revenge on the king. The movie explains the ties of fate between Goku, Vegeta and Broly. The present section of the movie takes place after “THE TOURNAMENT OF POWER”. It’s about the encounter of the 3 fated Saiyans with each other. Pretty simple plot not too complex or anything but is really well written and executed pretty well!
The animation of this movie is out of this world. Toriyama and Toei Animation decided to change the animation supervisor and character designer “Tadayoshi Yamamuro” to “Nahiro Shintani”. His animation is more fluid and gives a refreshing feel to the movie. There is a use of CG as well. In short, this is the best anime movie of 2018 when it comes to animation. Having animators from My hero academia, one punch man etc working on it. Also got Toei’s best staff with the likes of Naotoshi Shida, Yuya Takahashi, Naoki tate and other great animators. The movie is one hour and forty minutes of pure ” SAGAKA”.
SOUND AND DIRECTION 8
The movie director is “Nagamine” who produced one of the best episodes of super like episode 95 or the introduction of Ultra Instinct etc. The movie is directed really well by him. His storyboards were really amazing. The music is composed by ” Sumitomo” who had his fair share of criticism from the fans because of his music at the beginning of super. His music in the battle of gods was pretty good but in this movie it’s so emotional and captivating
FIGHT SCENES 10
Dragon Ball is known for producing some of the best fights in all of anime. And this movie is no exception. With the likes of Takahashi and Naotoshi Shida handling the main action parts of the film, the fight scenes are absolutely mind-blowing. Especially the final section of the movie where Shida brings his A game to the movie, Shida mixed with Shintani sheets produced some of the best fights in all of anime.
CONCLUSION….. overall 10
You should absolutely watch this movie. Not only its animated really well, but it also showcases some of the best fights of 2018, and it has great music too. Please go and watch this movie in the theatres. Its theatrical experience will blow your mind. Overall it’s a pretty solid movie. 10/10 for me !!!
-Goku who has a scar in his face
“I smell obligatory money grab in the air.”
-Me, and about half of the DB fandom
Let’s face it, Dragon Ball Super is just fanfiction written by the original Dragon Ball creator. First the amazing Dragon Ball manga was ruined by the Z route with its fillers and godawful pacing, and then the franchise got extended with million different side/backstories/sequels over decades and they are shamelessly even called “canon” because that’s the best insult anyone could ever come up with when trying to mock DB. I wish this would stop because nothing was needed after Kai. Nothing.
In this movie, Goku and Vegeta have an obligatory fist fight, Bulma tried to be sexy. Beerus and his buddy eat some cake and every main character acts like a clown to add some comedy. Rest of the story focuses around 2 things: recycling the same shit in the exact same manner as DB Super did, and adding new story elements and characters in the mix in purpose of rewriting the true canon story. It’s truly amazing how mere 20 minutes of the movie’s air time is put in something that quite literally just rapes the history of Saiyan race once again. “There was this guy and that guy and then this happened oh and that, and yes, it totally existed always now I am just confirming this shit, I swear.” What a joke. At the very least, separate, 2-hour long movie about this subject would have been needed, but I guess that’s fine, it’s not like this franchise is supposed to be taken seriously anymore. I actually read that the original script was 3 hours long, but the storyboard was changed by the director and the outcome is now this 1 hour 35 minutes of messiness that doesn’t give a shit about Dragon Ball. Quality level: shonen.
Character-wise, at least the main cast’s personalities aren’t as heavily altered as in the later DBS arcs, so I guess that’s an achievement of some sort. Broly himself is basically acting like a mentally handicapped dog. I am sure he couldn’t even fetch a stick, etc. ETC standing for Electrical Training Collar. Seriously, this version of his character is pretty much just a ripoff of Danny the Dog. Frezzamocca (Freeza) also talks about planet Vegeta’s destruction for the 90.000th time here as well because no one has yet grown tired of hearing about that shit. Such a fresh experience this one. It’s truly great to see the fans getting respected this way, love letter to the fandom, no less. //sarcasm. Art and sounds are pretty much the same as earlier, tho the last fight scenes are quite spectacular especially considering it’s the work of 2018’s Toei. If we talk about the event that lead to the fight, the pacing, the fusion training, the powerlevel asspullery… well, maybe they pass as a comedy. Lots of lung work is put in the yelling sequences and the hair designs are matching all colors of rainbow. The 3 seconds long OP doesn’t really make any sense, but who cares really. Broly’s own song is cringe as duck, tho. “Go Broly, go go” and I hate myself for letting it get stuck in my head.
Because I considered myself a fan of Dragon Ball, I can only call this movie trash. I give a 2 instead of a 1 because Piccolo.
I am not going to explain the story because the internet is flooded with it.
What i do can say is that the story used for the movie is built up better than most popular series movies in the last 3-4 years.To be honest i did not expect that because most of the past movies are not that big story based in the DB universe.
however i do feel that they could’ve exploit some topics broader.
Ladies and gentlemen you need to see this movie just for the artwork/animation alone.
While every other series are fully going for the digital animation/modern look,the director of the DB Broly movie MADE a STATEMENT by making the movie in Old School manga/anime colours and pencil strokes.They do have some use in the movie of modern techniques but it does the movie justice.
I watch anime for over 25+years and my god this movie gave me back those Old School nostalgia.
no other series can top this up for the moment.
But i must confess i did not like some of the character designs because it did not match the Old School touch.
soundtrack and movie effects are on point and were blasted off on the right moment.
I felt that some characters did not match the whole concept of the movie.Probably they did this to make the movie more open for NON-DB viewers.
The new Broly design is superb!It truly screams the savage saiyan look.The old broly personage of the previous movies is blown by bits from the new broly.
To bad some characters had not to much screentime.
How can you not enjoy this movie?This movie is packed with action.
There is nothing wrong watching some old school typical DB fighting.
This movie will dominate box offices.
The amount of effort and work into it is insane,if you can not acknowledge that then i suggest you stop watching J-animation in it’s whole.
This movie made a statement by using the Old School look and re-vamping 2 popular characters and that takes balls to do it since we live in an era flooded with oversensitive fanservice fans and keyboardgangsters that like to bash because they cannot accept change or cannot accept good work.
I salute the whole crew who made this movie!It has been a while that i really enjoyed a good J-animation movie since kimi no wa and wolf children
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Dragon Ball Super: Broly
2. Mirai no Mirai
3. Doraemon Movie 38: Nobita no Takarajima
4. Digimon Adventure tri. 6: Bokura no Mirai
5. Pokemon Movie 21: Minna no Monogatari