They’re the best Anime that 2003 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Doraemon Movie 24: Nobita to Fushigi Kaze Tsukai, One Piece Movie 4: Dead End no Bouken, InuYasha Movie 3: Tenka Hadou no Ken, and more!
5: Doraemon Movie 24: Nobita to Fushigi Kaze Tsukai
English: Doraemon the Movie: Nobita and the Windmasters
Japanese: 映画 ドラえもん のび太とふしぎ風使い
MAL Score: 7.28
One day, Nobita runs into a creature-like ball of wind, which came from a faraway land, but blew into their neighbourhood following the recent typhoon that went through the area. Nobita names it Fuuko. Eventually, he, Doraemon and their friends take it to a vast countryside through the Anywhere Door. There, they learn about the Wind and Storm Villages, and Fuuko’s real identity. Soon, Nobita and his friends have to protect Fuuko from the Storm Village and a now-possessed Nobuo, who is being controlled by the spirit of the Storm Village’s former leader.
Story: 9/10 without giving much away. This movie is just one of lots of movies, but just like the previous movies, it shows us a beautifull and heart warming feeling. This one isn’t very focused on doraemon’s gadgets or nobita’s friends but we can say it revolves around Fuuko and nobita.
Art: 8/10 the art its pretty decent, i guess a normal in doraemon’s movies.
Sound: 7/10 the sound is more or less the same has other movies 😀
Character. 9/10 like i said this movie has lots of good new characters as well as the usual ones.
Fuuko a wind ball, i really liked the character, it was really cute as a wind ball, and when she was in the dragon, not enough words to describe the happy feeling in conveyed!
Enjoyment and Overall: This a movie totally worth watching, for all it gives us, and for the nostalgia people feel when watching this 🙂
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4: One Piece Movie 4: Dead End no Bouken
English: One Piece: Dead End
Japanese: ワンピース デッドエンドの冒険
MAL Score: 7.56
Luffy and crew arrive at the harbour of Anabaru. The local casino is holding a competition in which the winner will obtain a huge monetary reward if he reaches the finishing line first. Nami is elated and decides to participate in the competition. However, there is a conspiracy going behind the competition and the mastermind is an ex-military commander, Gasparde. His plan is to lure all the pirates to the military base and send them to their deaths. Luffy and gang have to overcome the numerous tests and tribulations along the way to complete this dead-end adventure.
story: The story follows the straw hats pirates while they are on a Island and in need of money, they soon find out that there is a great pirate race. That alone should be good enough to catch anyones interest. The whole movie is amazing and the enemy is one you can hate.
Art: The only reason that I didnt give this a 10 is because One Piece is art style is a little differnt to other animes but it is true to itself and is even better.
Characters: Great characters, if you follow the series I dont need to say anymore, if you dont then all I have to say is you will never see better characters than this group.
Enjoyment: I love this movie, it is the best out there and I have seen it many times and each time it still makes me smile.
Overall: Best anime movie I have ever seen.
ART: It’s One Piece with all it’s might. On the other hand, it’s One Piece with all it’s might, which might not make you happy due to it’s particular, peculiar and bizarre art style and design. Nontheless, the art is very refreshing and original, you can’t deny that. It also features enhanced animation in comparison to the anime, although it’s not that great. One thing I could mention is the backgrounds and the sea, as well as the ship movements, all that is awesome.
SOUND: The sound qaulity itself it’s nice, with a couple of nice new battle tunes and as always the brilliant voice acting of really great seyiuus like Mayumi Tanaka, Kazuya Nakai and Kappei Yamaguchi.
CHARACTER: Though non-canon the movie provides some insight in the world of One Piece showing two more Giants, an old rival of Arlong and some other nice new characters. The two main movie-only characters would probably Shuraiya and Gasparde, the main villain. The first sport an awesome look, and the villain just looks like a couple more of other villains in One Piece: thinks dreams are for the weak and the crewmembers are just underlings. Though it has a pretty nice background and look.
ENJOYMENT: I only gave this 7, yeah. The first reason is that probably most people don’t get the motivation they need to watch the movie since it’s non-canon. So that pretty much lowers the enjoyment level of a movie, particularly, a non-canon anime movie. Secondly, although the three major fights in the movie are really good (Shurayia and Luffy vs Gasparde’s crew, Needles vs Shurayia and Luffy vs Gasparde), there’s not much importace to the rest of the Straw Hats, the simply don’t have a final fight, which I think is also bad.
OVERALL: Although I have only watched the first 4 movies of One Piece, I think this is by far the best, with some pretty nice story, characters and all that you expect from One Piece. You should definitly watch it if you’re a One Piece fan.
Story (5/10) Mediocre
I thought the beginning plot for this movie was fine at first and they hype up this Dead End Adventure, the Pirate Ship Race (which gets interrupted and just felt bland) and the story of Shuraiya and his backstory and what not. I think with these three written on paper it sounds like it should be a good movie but I personally felt it fell short in the execution department as certain parts felt drawn out all of characters in the straw hat character didn’t really do anything in this movie and I felt the pacing was was off as there was a lot of boring dialogue scenes and had me dozing off honestly. Too much uninteresting things I felt was going on in this 4th movie of One Piece.
Art and Animation (6/10) Fine
Continuing with this annual repetition of release the 4th One Piece movie yearly at the point of this movie coming out of course. The only major difference I saw between this an the last movie is that during the beginning they tried to do this 3rd 1st person view of going through a town at night seeing all the people of the town until we eventually get to the Straw Hat Crew who is in a restaurant of some sort getting their grub on like always. I understand the idea of what this scene was trying to do and it probably looked good back in 2003 but I don’t think it aged well at all because this is really slow frame rate 3D presentation honestly just hurt my eyes. The camera angles were cool but the fact that it felt like an introduction to a 1999 computer game before you hit the title screen just didn’t sit well with me. Other than that everything else seem fine for a One Piece movie as far as the 4 that I’ve seem to this point. This one doesn’t look any better than the 3 that came before it and it’s not surprising since this (just like movie 2) came out almost exactly a year after the 3rd movie so advancements in the art style and animation category obviously made no improvements.
Sound (7/10) Good
Nothing to compliment but nothing to complain about. The BGM and voice actors were fine. Outro is fine also not bad not amazing it just exist so yeah..
Characters (6/10) Fair
Like I said in the story section majority of the characters in the Straw Hat Crew hit the back-burner hard in this movie. As we really only get to see mostly Luffy and not that much either. This movie tried to push the movie MC mostly and his introduction started off good. Shuraiya with Luffy in the like the first 15 or so minutes of the movie and they are about to throw down but the main antagonist comes in and interrupts their fight as they basically say “we’ll fight later”. To me that’s Toei basically hyping up a fight we never saw and at this point who cares because the Movie MC Shuraiya get’s his ass whooped around the end of this movie anyway so I didn’t even want to see the fight between him and Luffy anymore. His backstory with him and his sister (who didn’t even looked like she aged since her backstory) was boring and uninteresting and since the movie gave him so much screen time I personally think he’s the reason why I was dozing off during this movie. The other characters like the straw hat crew when they were doing something was good but like I said we don’t get to see them that much, I usually give this section a 8, 9 and sometimes a 10. But that’s only because I enjoy seeing the Straw Hat crew do what they do, when they are taken out of the picture my score in the section will most likely dwindle if the characters they focus on can’t suffice for replacement.
Enjoyment (5/10) Mediocre
My enjoyment was not that high for this movie, I was honestly expecting more from it. And I like I said earlier I personally think they failed to capture my attention with this movie with the various things this movie tried to bring to the table. My interested raise just a tad at the very end when Luffy is fighting the Movie Villain and his Candy Syrup powers or what ever when he messes up Luffy’s hat and the various signature moves Luffy was using against him. It was a good fight but I don’t think it was enough for me to forgive the rest of my boredom I had for the other hour and like ten minutes I was watching the movie for.
Overall (5/10) Mediocre
More Specifically (5.80/10) Mediocre at best
Dead End no Bouken in my opinion is probably the most boring of One Piece movies yet. It’s down there with the 2nd movie and I like I said earlier if they focus on the Straw Hat crew then we can have a more entertaining movie, hopefully the future ones don’t follow this template of letting the movie MC have all the spot light just to get whooped and end the movie with a Luffy fight because I don’t think that’s a good formula.
3: InuYasha Movie 3: Tenka Hadou no Ken
English: InuYasha the Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler
Japanese: 映画 犬夜叉 天下覇道の剣
MAL Score: 7.80
Izayoi and Inu no Taishou, Inuyasha’s parents, are having problems with a human named Setsuna no Takemaru. Sou’unga a magical sword that has been sealed away for 700 years is found. Now everyone is after the sword and its powers but it seems the sword has something else in mind.
First of all, the artwork looks really pretty, and the plot of the story is very enjoyable. This movie basically gives you a little flashback into Inuyasha’s past, and who his parents were. Like any Inuyasha movie, there’s plenty of action to see.
In my opinion, the movie could have went a little bit deeper into the past, but overall it’s great!
2: Detective Conan Movie 07: Crossroad in the Ancient Capital
Japanese: 名探偵コナン 迷宮の十字路(クロスロード)
MAL Score: 7.82
Under the cover of darkness, a masked samurai murders six men across the metropolis of Japan: three in Tokyo, one in Osaka, and the last in Kyoto. In their investigation, the police learn that each man was a member of the Genjibotaru—a thieves gang centered on the theft of Buddhist statues and artifacts and who go by the names of Minomoto no Yoshitune’s servants.
Without a clear motive or clues to the other members’ identities, the case runs dry until a Kyoto temple calls for the famous Kogorou Mouri. Having received an anonymous letter containing a peculiar puzzle, the temple monks ask for his assistance in solving it to recover their long lost statue. Meanwhile, Conan Edogawa and high school detective Heiji Hattori team up in order to solve the cryptic puzzle and find the murderer, as Hattori searches for his childhood love.
With Hattori’s knowledge of Kyoto, the two scour the streets and gradually discover the truth, but not before the murderer strikes again—killing another Genjibotaru member and, after repeated attempts on Hattori’s life, eventually kidnapping Hattori’s childhood sweetheart. It is only by working together to bring buried clues to light can Conan and Hattori hope to end the rogue samurai’s bloodshed and save Hattori’s love.
However, there are a few things that bothered me about this movie:
1) The plot involves a couple of moments that seem rather over the top or out of place for a Conan movie. This involves combat scenes that seem a bit unrealistic, given that our main characters (including casual martial arts practitioner Ran) are not professional fighters, but regular people. Hence, it feels weird that they are not overwhelmed by some moments in this movie, both in terms of skill and mental stress.
This seems different from the usual premise of “Conan” stories: Yes, there are pills that can shrink a person and, yes, there are a few special gadgets, but that’s pretty much it then. The rest of the story usually operates within fairly realistic boundaries. In this movie, there were a few moments that made me think “Really?! Oh come on…”
2) The detective story seemed to take a backseat to the action sometimes. That is not a problem in itself, but I felt that it distracted from the main case sometimes.
3) In that regard, it seemed to me that the villains’ background stories and motives where rather…forgettable. For some reason, even though the villains’ motives were reiterated a couple of times, I had to remind myself of them regularly. This could be due to the fact that a lot of the puzzles in this plot were a bit jumbled & random. It could also be due to the fact that the villains’ background stories & motives were simply not very interesting or gripping enough for me to care really.
Instead, it seemed to me as if the scriptwriters had mainly focussed on the idea: “Wouldn’t it be exciting if Conan & Heiji were attacked by a samurai-like killer in a Kyoto setting and had to find out who it is?”. As a result, one could watch this movie by focussing purely on the hunt for the killer, while forgetting completely about the bigger picture of why there was a killer in the first place. That’s enough to make the movie sufficiently entertaining, but I do think it’s a bit lame if it feels like the bigger picture of the plot is only(!) written to serve as a set-up for a killer chase.
I didn’t regret watching this movie. It was fine. And people who are less bothered by some of the points above or who find the story subjectively more interesting might enjoy it more. Still, I think there are better stories among the many Conan movies.
This time the case happened in Kyoto–former capital of Japan before Tokyo,so this movie is full of Japanese culture:Kendo(剣道),Kabugi(歌舞伎).Also there are Japanese history and places of interest of Tokyo.In a word his movie opens a window to Japanese culture.If you are curious about or interested in the country of Japan,you must not miss it!
Besides culture stuffs,the theme song by Mai Kuraki is another highlight.
However, I thought of this movie as more of a 2 hour special episode. Nothing in this movie seems as though it is a movie. For a Detective Conan movie there is a case that has to be solved and then something more drastic happens. For example, Movie 01, Conan solves the mystery of the culprit who planted bombs around their area, then it turns out he plants a bomb in a skyscraper where Ran is located and Conan must now go save her. This movie does not have that, being filled with investigation for almost the whole movie and capturing the culprit.
1: Tokyo Godfathers
English: Tokyo Godfathers
MAL Score: 8.29
One Christmas Eve, Hana, Gin, and Miyuki are rummaging for presents through heaps of garbage when they chance upon an abandoned baby in the cold winter night. Appalled at the pitiful sight, Hana’s maternal instincts kick in and she insists on finding the baby’s biological mother to demand an explanation. Naming the baby Kiyoko—meaning pure child—they begin their search using the possible clues left alongside her: a mysterious key and a single note. However, their plans are soon thrown into disarray as they get caught up in a series of unprecedented events.
Tokyo Godfathers follows the journey of the trio as they stick together through thick and thin, hoping to deliver Kiyoko to her true home, and find their very own Christmas miracle.
STORY – In brief, Tokyo Godfathers is a heart-warming Christmas story about family. Slightly elaborated, it’s a rather unique slice-of-life movie featuring a less-than-average family. Sure, inspiration was taken from an old western film (3 Godfathers), but I haven’t seen it, and I don’t think having seen it would have affected the charm of this one. (Other than the bare bones, the details of the two movies are vastly different anyway.)
Though thoroughly punctuated with reminders of how hard life can be, the movie was fun, comedic at times, and pretty darn feel-good, reflecting the general optimism associated with the winter holidays. It was uplifting, meaningful, and potentially relevant to people from all walks of life. That said, there were a lot of situations that felt a bit contrived and overly corny. For a destined-to-have-a-happy-ending story like this, a few coincidences here and there are completely expected and can even be cute. But there’s a line somewhere and after a certain point, it starts to get a bit silly. (How many characters do we need to be coincidentally named "Kiyoko"?) I’d say that Tokyo Godfathers crossed this very vague line — maybe not by much, but it was crossed all the same. I guess I can only take so much cute before I start groaning.
The main theme of this movie is the importance of family, which is a huge shift from Kon’s usual work involving diminished divides between fantasy and reality. Even so, there are little indications of the man’s handiwork woven carefully into the backstories of the individual characters, which I found interesting. After all, you don’t immediately think of hobos when you think "family values," but the homeless might be among more believable subjects for those who may want to disassociate themselves with reality. It was subtle, but I really think Kon did a superb job blending the two themes together, and that was just what I needed to tide me over.
CHARACTER – The characters were definitely the highlight of the film. The three protagonists were all wonderfully in-depth, but I never got the feeling that their complexity was being flaunted or that they were throwing it in our faces. Gin, Hana, and Mitsuki are all introduced as fairly ordinary people, which makes them easy to sympathize with and easy to relate to, even for such unconventional characters as Hana. They were all troubled people — a deadbeat debtor, an okama with AIDS (implied), and a teenage runaway, all homeless and living in a tent in the park. But each character’s personal issues were presented in gradual fragments, and there is enough ambiguity and deception to keep you wondering. That scores big in the realism department with me; after all, you don’t really go around dumping life issues on people, even if they’re your friends.
Throughout the movie, each of our three godparents struggle with their personal issues, even as they all deal with the immediate crisis involving the baby. But despite the fact that the baby problem was very pressing and is the main storyline, it’s hard to miss the gradual development in the characters. There are short, solo scenes for all the protagonists scattered throughout the movie, and that’s where some of the coincidences start mounting. Tokyo is a huge city, and I found it a little ridiculous that so many relevant figures from the characters’ past should appear in such a short time, but I realize that those situations are hard to avoid, if not impossible. All the same, I really enjoyed each character’s maturation, especially since so little was actually said in two out of three cases. That made everything seem all the more poignant. For some reason, even though I thought Miyuki’s runaway story was a bit "Wait, what?" I could sympathize with her all the same.
The main trio aside, the other characters were more roles within the story than actual characters. Sachiko was a little over the top for me, and her husband a bit predictable as well, but that’s okay. The other support characters more than make up for them. The yakuza guy was entertaining, and the Hispanic hitman intriguing, not to mention the raving, crazy, old hobo. They’re as good as minor characters get.
ART & ANIMATION – Tokyo Godfathers was a gorgeous, gorgeous movie, but I wouldn’t have expected or accepted anything less. Seriously, there wasn’t much not to like here visually. The characters were all distinct, memorable, and animated. Expressions were rendered with impressive realism, and the scenic city background was beautiful. I especially loved how the snow and light rail were handled, as well as nighttime city lights. The realness of the city really resonated as well. We do see a few prominent landmarks like Tokyo Tower, but pretty much all the buildings looked like they could have been real. The big city feeling really came out perfectly. It was kind of nice to see a few trademarks of Satoshi Kon’s style as well, including that a stout, self-important man, and that one creepy, old guy. They’re Kon’s white doves.
MUSIC – Average in that I-don’t-really-remember-any-of-it way. The final melody that played with the end credits was nice though.
VOICE ACTING – I saw this movie subbed, and it was lovely. The cast for our three protagonists all did great; the emotion was clearly there. I was especially fond of Yoshiaki Umegaki, who voiced Hana. I suppose I’m always impressed with those that do well playing less traditional roles, but it was a very believable portrayal. And… the baby cry was too believable. I don’t like babies much, but even amongst the baby lovers of the world, I’m sure there is a general consensus that the noise they can make is incredibly unpleasant. I almost muted this movie so many times because oh, snap, there is a lot of baby wailing in this movie. Oh well. More realism points?
The inclusion of a few Spanish-speaking characters in the movie was a nice surprise and scored some multicultural points. I like Spanish a lot and even though I probably wasn’t the best student of the language, I understood well enough without subtitles (I guess KAA hadn’t been prepared to sub Spanish). They used real Spanish-speakers too, so it actually sounded like Spanish instead of some strange, garbled Supaniishu. Yay!
OVERALL – Barring a bit of partial nudity (exposed breasts for breastfeeding), I think Tokyo Godfathers is an excellent family film. The story is pretty straightforward and easy to understand. All the traditional elements of a Christmas movie are there — inspiration, hope, good deeds, strong relationships, family values, feel-goodness, and a happy ending — but the rich characters that Satoshi Kon brings into the mix really makes the difference. So yeah, even with all the silly little coincidences that move it along, I really enjoyed this movie.
Story: This story is about 3 homeless people (a washed-up father/husband, a homo, and a runaway teen) during the Christmas Holidays. The story gets going when they find an abandoned baby at a dump site. Even though one of them wants to raise the baby himself, they knew that they couldn’t, so they go on a search for the baby’s parents. As this search goes on, they start to learn about each others past’s and we see how it ties into the present.
While it may seem like a pretty straight forward concept, Kon Satoshi manages to fully utilize it by putting all these twists and turn that keeps the movie exciting. What makes the story so special is how Satoshi manages to portray the homeless urban hood and how he cleverly ties everyone’s pasts together. So if a funny, compelling, heart-filled story is what you’re searching for, then look no further than this.
Animation: For a movie made in 2003, the animation is very solid. Style-wise, there is nothing spectacular about it. It doesn’t differentiate itself from other anime like Mind Game or Dead Leaves does, however, what makes it so appealing is all the detail it has when presenting urban Tokyo. A lot of work must have been done to try to represent the homeless.
Sound: There really isn’t much to say about this. There weren’t really anything that gave a huge impression; however, all I can say is that the music really fit the movie. Its one of the reason why movie stayed exciting
Character: Probably the best aspect of the movie was the characters. The first thing I want to point out is the realism. While they may be “weird” characters, their situations are really similar to society today. I can see a teenager running away from home. I can see a washed-up husband/father becoming homeless. Another fascinating thing about the characters is the growth that they go through. Because of this baby, we see the subtle growth of each character and the bonds between them becoming tighter.
Overall: This was a surprisingly good movie. It is a great addition to a Christmas holiday collection. I haven’t been glued to a movie like this in a while. Now I am definitely looking forward to his latest work Paprika.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Tokyo Godfathers
2. Detective Conan Movie 07: Crossroad in the Ancient Capital
3. InuYasha Movie 3: Tenka Hadou no Ken
4. One Piece Movie 4: Dead End no Bouken
5. Doraemon Movie 24: Nobita to Fushigi Kaze Tsukai