They’re the best Anime that 2005 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Detective Conan: Conan vs. Kid – Shark & Jewel, Arashi no Yoru ni, One Piece Movie 6: Omatsuri Danshaku to Himitsu no Shima, and more!
5: Detective Conan: Conan vs. Kid – Shark & Jewel
Japanese: 名探偵コナン コナンvsキッド SHARK & JEWEL
MAL Score: 7.60
3D IMAX movie, shown only at the Suntory Museum in Osaka.
4: Arashi no Yoru ni
MAL Score: 7.68
A story about a goat and a wolf who become friends on a stormy night, and how they overcome differences and hardships.
Truly, for something that is clearly a children’s film, it is quite capable of drawing a heartthrob from basically anyone watching it. While not exactly action oriented, you’d be surprised at the scenes the movie dares to throw at its young viewers.
Well-done mix of a traditional and CGI animation.
Another strong point would be its characters, since we can find a surprisingly sad backstory or two. The relationship between Mei and Gabu is amazing for the reason it has good firm grounds to turn into the most valuable friendship, even with their differences as species.
An adventure with strong slice of life tone, which is for obvious reasons hard as fuck to pull off properly. It may not be action packed, a comedy gold, a fanservice mine, or an epic fantasy and thank Lord it isn’t trying to be, because that made it just right.
Regardless of whether or not you believe what I believe, One Stormy Night is an incredibly heartfelt narrative that takes the viewer on an amazing journey through the relationship of two animals who cannot be together by their societal standards and even biological standards. (hey does that sound familiar to you too? allegory?)
Art and sound wise, One Stormy Night is very hit or miss. The art is very moody with dark and warm colours using thick strokes. I personally find this style breathtakingly beautiful but that’s just my opinion. If you like this style i would suggest watching Kagewani or Hakaba Kitarou. Maybe you should also play Okami.. The animation itself is very clunky and at times mimics luny tunes-esque wonkiness with fast paced bouncy movements. This completely destroys the atmosphere and breaks any semblance of immersion once had within the story. No audio tracks stood out to me but none grated on my nerves either.
As for the characters.. well they don’t really shine on their own too much. What really matters is the relationship they share. Mei is naive and hopeful and Gabu is rigid and experienced. Gabu wants to show that he can protect Mei because he’d been belittled before and wants to feel like he can be strong for someone. Mei cherishes that side of Gabu and in turn is willing to protect him through sacrifices. Without getting too in depth, their relationship is one of the sweetest I have seen in anime. What they will do for each other is astounding.
Despite a few minor holes in plot that I feel are too outrageous and were put there for convenience, the narrative is solid. I see nothing too inventive or unique going on here though.
This may be an anime for families and lovers of anime for children, but most of all I think that this anime should be recommended for fans of romance that are looking for a heartfelt relationship in their viewing material.
Story: the moral of this story is "don’t judge a book by it’s cover" or something to that effect. Learning how to get along, no matter who you are is deeply conveyed in this. It’s nicely done. The goat and wolf meet each other at night, they can’t see each other but they end up having a really nice talk and agree to meet the next day. When they meet the next day the one thing that was going through my head was "HE’S GOING TO EAT THE SHEEP!" but that didn’t happen. Their freindship ends up deepening quite a bit and the rest of the anime follows their experiences. Prepare yourself to see all the morals that Disney movies have in them. It’s done…subtly…but not as well as I’ve seen in other films. But it is a kid’s movie so that’s really to be expected.
Art: There were times that I really liked the art, and there were times I was going "meh" But overall it had a really nice feel. But again I was really, really getting the Disney vibe from it, which threw me off a lot because I was hoping for anime…not a cartoon. But Disney has always had very….colourful pictures and Arashi is like that too.
Sound: It’s a kids movie….so the score wasn’t epic or depressing. It was sort of generic to enhance the feeling of the movie. Sad music played when something was sad, exciting music was played when something was exciting. Whatever the filmmakers wanted you to feel was the music they chose to play.
Character: The characters are predictable, stereotypical, but nonetheless they are quite cute. Don’t except to be floored by any of them, because you won’t be. Again, it’s a kid’s movie so they don’t throw in anyone who doesn’t fit the mold of the kid’s movie characters.
Enjoyment: Honestly I outgrew this movie 8-9 years ago. Mind you I wouldn’t know what anime was, i thought that Pokemon was a cartoon. The fact that I outgrew this really did affect how much I enjoyed it, which is…unfortunate. But like, I don’t go out to see stuff like Chicken Little or Veggie Tales (which….I did see) when I want to see a movie. So it’s a little unfortunate that I’ve outgrown this.
If you have a kid and you want to introduce anime to them, then this movie is totally for you. There are some big kids out there too, and this will be fine for them. Just because I’ve outgrown this and think that it’s a Disney movie masquerading as an anime doesn’t mean that people won’t enjoy it, it just means that I didn’t like it as much as I could have.
3: One Piece Movie 6: Omatsuri Danshaku to Himitsu no Shima
English: One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island
Japanese: ワンピース オマツリ男爵と秘密の島
MAL Score: 7.71
“If you are a pirate among pirates among pirates among pirates, then gather your steadfast crew of friends and set sail for our island.” Upon finding an advertisement with these words on it for Omatsuri Island, the only recreational resort on the Grand Line, Monkey D. Luffy and his Straw Hat Crew set out for it immediately.
Enticed by the island’s casinos, spas, beautiful women, and exquisite cuisine, the crew are eager to relax and enjoy themselves. Much to their disappointment though, they are told upon arrival that they will first have to pass Baron Omatsuri’s “Ordeals of Hell.” Once they complete this series of challenges, they will be able to enjoy the resort.
However, problems begin to surface the longer they stay on the island. As strange events continue to unfold, the Straw Hat Crew find themselves at odds with one another, disagreeing at every turn. Will the Straw Hat Crew be able to figure out the truth behind Omatsuri Island, or will they fall apart from infighting first?
Whilst sailing the Grand Line the Mugiwara pirates come upon a message in a bottle, advertising Omatsuri Island (Festival Island), a pirate paradise. But when the crew reach the island eager to kick back and relax, they are propositioned to go through ‘Ordeals’ (much like the Skypiea arc) that are all based on Japanese festival games (goldfish catching etc). Luffy, forever positive, is happy to participate in the ‘games’ while the rest of the crew slowly start to fall apart. Compared to the series, this movie is much more mysterious and, at times, even unsettling, especially towards the end when everything becomes desperate. I’ll leave the Story at that, not wanting to spoil anything.
I noticed the art straight away and it first I thought it was just for the opening, but it stays throughout the whole anime and fits perfectly for the more serious tone. The characters are still drawn the same way, but there isn’t any cell-shading (y’know that band of light anime characters get across their hair? Yeah, there’s none of that), it gives a more ‘flat’ and simple look.
Computer animation is also used quite a lot (backgrounds, weapons, plants, goldfish..), especially when they first arrive in the island and are moving through the jungle. It jarred me at first, but eventually I started to like the 2-D characters against a computer animated 3-D background, it some ways it made up for the lack of colour the characters had.
There are also other things in this movie which you wouldn’t find in the series: a First Person Perspective – there are a lot of times where you hear dialogue but you don’t see our characters. Sanji also breaks the fourth wall a few times (turning to the viewer and speaking to them) early on.
Where do I begin? I think after the art, the sound is something easily noticed. I cannot express how much I adored how the sound was used in this film, rather the background music or lack thereof. During the opening, there’s some steel drums and very ‘Caribbean’ music – highlighting the fact that the Mugiwaras are heading to a paradisiacal island (this actually reminded me of a certain Disney movie ¬_¬).
I can’t really remember any distinct scores of music in the film, but that’s probably because there are massive gaps of silence in the music. I loved it. It’s common that during a film we’re subconsciously affected by the soundtrack, it’s even more common that we can’t remember things like background music unless it’s highlighted. In this film, the lack of music really works; it makes us focus our attention on the characters and their expressions, their emotions and conversations. Often, the camera would be fixed on a character for a number of seconds with no dialogue or music, and even no real animation. It can feel a bit strange at times because you end up thinking to yourself “It would be more interesting if they were actually doing something” but looking back it enhances the overall style and feel of the movie.
As usual, the seiyuus of One Piece are brilliant.
This is probably the most important aspect of the movie, as in most movies that are based off a series; you need to be able to introduce your characters effectively for the familiar and unfamiliar audience. Within the first five minutes, we are shown all of the main characters personalities and desires quickly, whether it be Sanji’s affection for beautiful women or Nami’s for luxuries, Usopp’s ‘cautiousness’ or Zoro’s aloofness. For an unfamiliar viewer it helps you understand who these characters are, and their motives, for the familiar viewer, it’s fun to see the characters basic urges being poked fun of.
I’d say through the film we see (without trying to spoil anything) a different side of the characters, or at least in their attitude towards each other. Misunderstandings occur, arguments happen, crew members go missing and suddenly everyone’s fighting with each other. If, like me, when you watch One Piece’s emotional scenes (the character’s pasts, Luffy and Usopps fight etc) you actually feel for the characters, you cheer Luffy on, and when your favourite is beaten, you feel beaten too, this movie will get to you. The sight of the main characters drifting apart is painful and you think “What are doing you idiots? You’re nakama!” – that is the key to this whole film.
To touch upon the new characters that are solely in this film, they all have their own charm – I found Brief endearing and funny, the Tearoom pirates, despite their smaller amount of screen time, managed to have their own story and a family dynamic. Finally, Baron Omatsuri and the rest of the Island’s inhabitants are probably the most difficult characters to talk about. Personally, I probably felt more pity for them than anything else, despite the Baron being the ‘villain’. Characters like Muchigoro and DJ had the strange ability to invoke fear and sympathy at the time, I found it hard to completely dislike them even though they were the enemy.
Briefly, everything I love about One Piece was in this movie – the characters, the humour and the usual emotional nakama-related plot. If you enjoy One Piece for the same reasons, I highly recommend you watch this. I would even perhaps recommend this to people who haven’t watched the series, but I doubt it would have the same impact as it would for fans.
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The story and the setting and even the personality of the characters really help to set in the art style. and it really does help to show how the characters reactions and feelings begin to shift in the story.
The story was weird at first, but it almost immediately begins to make sense.
the action in this movie was decent and very enjoyable, especially the finale, which I really enjoyed, that scene just engraved itself into my head.
OVerall the story was more of a ghost tale, but at the same time it also held a important message of freindship. which I also enjoyed. the voice acting was brilliantly done as usaul, and the character were well thought out.
Overall I enjoyed this movie, more then some of the other one piece movie releases mainly because of the difference in the style and maybe due to the story itself, either way I really enjoyed it and have found my self rewatching it for more then 7 times.
On one hand I quite liked the story. The Strawhats, as always, are out on an adventure. It is wacky, funny with some slapstick and the good old jokes.
On the other hand the story is different from the usual One Piece we know, this is both good and bad as the story becomes interesting, but I will try to write them in a list.
– You do not know what exactly to expect to happen, so the plot twist is more satisfying
– The usual deal about a bad guy who needs to be beaten is not all this story is about
– The Straw Hats are seen in a desperate situation which test their relationship to one another
– the plot twist also makes the movie seem like another movie altogether. The tone, so to say, change drastically and magnificently.
– Plot holes. In the end this alternative story is indeed refreshing, but it does leave some things unexplained.
– After the first initial start of the movie I found the pace to be slow for a while. However I believe it is because of the mystery presented in the movie and the viewer is left question what direction the movie is going into
– The internal struggle which the Straw Hats goes through is not resolved. It simply disappears, which I find to be a huge letdown and it also reflect my Character score
The art is wholly different from the standard One Piece art, but this is not necessarily bad, I just find it to be bad in this case. Both the background and the characters, especially the expression on the crews faces is different.
Much of the story has buildings in its background, and those are amazing to look at. The things is though, that they are too different from the characters design, it just does not mix well together, at times it looks as if the characters has been plastered on.
The expressions and characters designs seen one the crew is refreshing. The expressions seem more cartoonish to me, a big plus.
The music used is a mix of the standard from the series and and some original mixed together, they mix okay together. The voice actors also do a pretty good job. In short I found the sound to be the most satisfying in the movie.
The characters could have shined in this movie, but ultimately failed to do so. The movie put the Straw Hats up against each other, but fail to do it trustworthily, as they act out of character and the conflict is never resolved, it simply disappears.
All in all this movie has it shortcomings, but it does not fully take my joy from watching this movie. It was pleasing to see a different story, even if it did not fully do its job.
2: Detective Conan Movie 09: Strategy Above the Depths
Japanese: 名探偵コナン 水平線上の陰謀
MAL Score: 7.81
Fifteen years ago in a barren stretch of the Pacific, a cruise ship collided with an iceberg and was lost at sea. More than a decade later, Hideto Yashiro—a ship engineer—died in a fatal car accident. The unlikely connection between these events only comes to light on the luxury liner St. Aphrodite during her maiden voyage.
Aboard it on a much needed vacation, Kogorou Mouri, his daughter Ran, Conan Edogawa, and the Detective Boys enjoy a trip provided by Sonoko Suzuki’s family. But their fun is soon cut short when a game of hide-and-seek leads to Sonoko’s disappearance. Some time later, the CEO of the Yashiro group, who built the St. Aphrodite, is found stabbed to death and her father missing. While the police’s investigation turns to a dead end, Conan closes in on the culprit. Unwilling to be apprehended, the culprit threatens to blow up the St. Aphrodite and sink all her passengers.
As the ship’s hull rapidly fills with water, the truth behind the vengeful murders is finally revealed. With no place to escape, Conan and Kogorou must wrestle with the elusive culprit before everyone on board is dragged to the ocean floor.
Art (7/10) It got good art and i really love art even if it’s not like New Anime.
Sound (8/10) Very good sound i have no complain about it every characters got good sound.
Characters (10/10) Detective Conan always got Outstanding Characters.
Enjoyment (9/10) I really enjoy this anime film and didn’t felt bored.
Overall (10/10) I Loved Mouri Character because of this anime film. I can’t believe he solved this case before Conan. If you’re Detective Conan Fan you probably gonna enjoy this as i did.
Before I begin, I should at least bring up one of the reasons I didn’t like this movie so much. The version that I saw had the most atrocious translation of all the movies. I found out that the reason it’s so bad was because the movie was translated from Japanese to Arabic and then from Arabic to English. This criticism carries on into this review as no other version of this movie is available with better subtitles. It’s the only thing keeping me from recommending this movie to other people.
That said, I’m glad that this movie tried to make Kogoro a little more competent than he usually is. It’s nice to see him get some action besides Conan. I also liked how the culprit was handled in this movie. We actually got to see him carry out the crime all while trying to keep his innocence. The only thing that I could complain about is Ran’s reason to go back and get a special item she forgot, especially given the circumstance she was in at the time. No rational human being would ever do something like that in that situation! Over than that, this movie looks really great. After watching Jolly Roger in the Deep Azure and Requiem of the Detectives, I was relieved to see some kind of quality being put into the art and animation. It was like someone took the art style of early 2000’s Conan and made it shine like the top of the Chrysler building. This movie is just so good to look at.
While I wouldn’t personally recommend this movie to everybody, I’m glad that I enjoyed it this time. If you can get past the garbage subtitles, then what you will be left with is a very fun movie.
I love the series, I love the movies, I even enjoy the filler episodes.
But I have to say, this movie was a big disappointment.
Usually in a Detective Conan movie, you can split the story into two main parts.
Part one is a murder investigation, and part two is a danger that Conan has to save his friends from.
What disappointed me in the movie was not the action part, but rather the first part.
First, we were only introduced to two characters, which leaves no place for suspicions or predictions or even good twists, because you have only two characters.
And hey, you can argue that this in itself isn’t a bad thing. In Detective Conan movie 01: The Timed Skyscraper we were only introduced to one character, but this movie was not about investigation, it was about finding the bombs before it explodes, at least in the early parts of the movie.
What made it even worse is that they showed us everything, the culprit’s plan, actions, heck they even revealed their plot twist in one of the scenes !
and we weren’t even given a one proper scene with the victims !
This is not a Detective movie, A detective movie doesn’t reveal everything to you and only offers you some action scenes.
1: xxxHOLiC Movie: Manatsu no Yoru no Yume
English: xxxHOLiC The Movie: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Japanese: 劇場版 ×××HOLiC 真夏ノ夜ノ夢
MAL Score: 7.95
Summer break has arrived, but while his other classmates are out having fun, Kimihiro Watanuki continues to work as compensation for the eccentric Yuuko in her shop. With the spirits and supernatural phenomena that bother him lessening, he pays his dues by cleaning, cooking, and doing whatever else the apparently lazy Yuuko needs.
Watanuki, however, gets involved in a new predicament when Yuuko receives a mysterious invitation to a mansion whose owner seeks Yuuko’s wish-granting ability. When he, Yuuko, and his classmate Shizuka Doumeki make their way to the peculiar residence, they meet others who were summoned by the same strange invitation. All of them are collectors of various unique items, drawn there by the chance to expand their collections. But as the collectors begin to disappear one by one, Watanuki and his companions must solve the mystery and put the case to rest, or find themselves in risk of danger.
It still scared me though. That little girl is the spawn of evil and I wish I never have to see her in a CLAMP crossover series. Speaking of crossover, I got a laugh out of the shameless plug at the end. I don’t wanna give out any spoilers, so I’ll just say it has something to do with a CLAMP crossover movie.
The animation really improved for this one with regards to details. The backgrounds were more intricate, the color palette had more variety and the characters were given more realistic bodies. Their heads were notably smaller though.
The music was really great too. There was an assortment of tracks that were nicely made and perfect for the theme of the movie. I also like the ending theme by Suga Shikao.
It really was a good decision to watch the movie as a supplement to the series. I strongly recommend watching this movie to other xxxHOLic fans – you will not be disappointed.
It starts with Yuko receiving an invitation stating that her ‘collection’ is incomplete and is inviting her to an auction at his house. This story is something we’ve all probably seen before. Main character gets invited to creepy old house, weird things happen, they solve a mystery, the end. Even with a common plot, it’s still a good story. They keep a fair amount of mystery and there are scenes that make your heart skip a beat.
The characters aren’t something new. We have the same main characters, Yuko, Doumeki and Watanuki. One thing worth mentioning is the crossover scene at the end. This movie crosses over with Tsubasa Chronicle: Tori Kago no Kuni no Himegimi.
The sound is something I would expect out of a Final Fantasy game. It has that mysterious tune that helps build up the climax and is perfect for this movie’s theme. Once again, Shikao Suga does a great job with the ending song.
The animation is, as expected of Production I.G., superb. The animation is smooth, their movements precise and has great quality. The details were really improved. I liked the art in the xxxHOLIC series, but this is a step up from that. You will also notice that Watanuki is also more flexible, thus being able to perform more of his weird movements, which we all enjoy.
Story — If anything made me hesitate about seeing this movie, it was the story. For most movies based off of an anime series, their plots generally leave something to be desired. For the most part, they tend to feel like one long episode rather than an actual movie. However, xxxHOLiC’s movie actually felt like a movie. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but regardless, this movie delivers on plot. The mystery and intrigue build and build, occasionally relieved by humour (mostly on Watanuki’s part) or heightened by some frightening scenes. Near the end, the story got a little confusing, but that’s quite typical of xxxHOLiC and CLAMP in general, so it wasn’t all that unexpected.
What was interesting, though, was that this movie explains the meaning of the series’ title. This hasn’t even been done in the manga to my knowledge, so I do wonder if this is something CLAMP has confirmed themselves or if it was made specifically by the movie’s director. Still, when it was revealed, it made sense and sheds more light on the manga’s themes, which I really enjoyed.
Art — If you know CLAMP’s latest art style, you’ll know that they’re in a tall and lanky character phase. This movie carries over that style into its art and it takes a bit to get used to – all too often, the heads seem to small, the limbs too long and rubbery, etc. But putting that aside, the art is fabulous. The colours and rich and vibrant, and the scenery in the house is especially something to be marvelled at. On my DVD, I even took a few minutes to go over the slides of the background art so I could get a closer look at them (because you only get a few seconds to see them in the actual movie!)
Sound — As usual, the seiyuu did excellent jobs. Even the English voice actors didn’t do too badly (the only exception, for me, was Mokona’s English voice but Mokona has such a small role in this movie that it wasn’t too detracting). The music was wonderfully done, as well, thanks to the work of Saitou Tsuneyoshi. There are some very good tracks on the OST, and they really contribute to the atmosphere and feeling of the movie – everything from building mystery and wonder to Yuuko’s jazzy, fun theme at the end. And maybe just as importantly, silence is used effectively to build suspense at the freakiest of moments.
Character — I really suggest knowing what xxxHOLiC is about before going into this movie because you really need to understand who the characters are. I showed this movie to my non-otaku friends and I had to explain who everyone was and what they did before they could understand it. And because this is a movie and not the actual series, there isn’t too much character development here (since most of that seems to be reserved for the actual anime and manga), which is where it may fall short. This movie is more plot-driven than character-driven, after all. The original characters for this movie were average – not particularly memorable but not bad, either.
Enjoyment & Overall — Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and have watched it multiple times and intend to watch it more in the future. If you’re familiar with xxxHOLiC, it stands on its own well enough, but you might also want to check out the Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles movie, too (if you buy the DVD, they come as a set), since like the original series, they intertwine and events that occur in one movie affect what happens in the other. Still, I thought the xxxHOLiC movie did a much better job in terms of presentation and plot, but that’ll lead us into a completely different review. In any case, I’d definitely recommend this movie to any xxxHOLiC fan.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. xxxHOLiC Movie: Manatsu no Yoru no Yume
2. Detective Conan Movie 09: Strategy Above the Depths
3. One Piece Movie 6: Omatsuri Danshaku to Himitsu no Shima
4. Arashi no Yoru ni
5. Detective Conan: Conan vs. Kid – Shark & Jewel