They’re the best Anime that 2008 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Keroro Gunsou Movie 3: Tenkuu Daikessen de Arimasu!, One Piece Movie 9: Episode of Chopper Plus – Fuyu ni Saku, Kiseki no Sakura, Bleach Movie 3: Fade to Black – Kimi no Na wo Yobu, and more!
5: Keroro Gunsou Movie 3: Tenkuu Daikessen de Arimasu!
English: Keroro Movie 3
Japanese: 超劇場版ケロロ軍曹3 ケロロ対ケロロ 天空大決戦であります！
MAL Score: 7.43
The movie begins with Fuyuki Hinata and the Keroro Platoon exploring an abandoned temple in the mountaintop city of Machu Picchu in Peru. While on the exploration, Keroro accidentally sets off a trap, and by chance they find a hidden chamber with a large blue crystal in the center, on a stand that has a key in it. Keroro leans on the key, causing the room to activate a mysterious machine, this caused the entire temple to shake. As soon as the group realized what was happening, they run out of the room. While running, Keroro accidentally loses his Kero Ball while Fuyuki catches a fleeting glimpse of a glowing young woman as he is running out, and tells Keroro that there was a girl in the room, but he is forced to leave the room before he can say anything else. The group successfully escapes, while the girl (now sprouting a pair of glowing wings) watches them leave – while back in the chamber, something is growing within the crystal…
Seriously, a must for any fan of Keroro Gunso/Sgt. Frog. The action was intense, the humor was off the walls, and the theme of friendship being the most powerful force ever resonated more than a frog on a summer night.
Take the last two movies, Kiruru, and Gundam and smash it together into one huge battle movie. The result is fantastic, it also teaches good things about friendship.
The story is okay at best as the idea of a evil twin brother has been used countless of times in both cartoons, anime and games. The way they execute it is however, really good. It will show the fans what Keroro really thinks about Pekopon and make him even more outstanding than before. There is also some heavy action scenes which does not go on too long, as it did in that horrible fourth movie. There is also a lot more empathy on the humor part, unlike the second movie, though this one has a very dramatic end.
The art is great and looks just like the TV-show, which is the best art style for Keroro Gunso. The animation, however, is superb. The characters constantly move or does something in the background. The budget for this movie must have been pretty good. The ending song is perhaps the most catchy one I’ve heard in ages, made by the same artist who sung the ending song for the Ghibli Movie “The cat Returns”.
All the frogs gets enough screen time, so no matter what frog you prefer, you will not be disappointed. There is also some fanservice as Natsumi and a couple of other girls are dressed quite inappropriately in some scenes. Not to mention the girl this plot revolves about, who looks like she is from “Ikkitousen” or “Sora no Otoshimono” because of her enormous breasts and huge “behind”. Most likely made to please the older otaku crowd, which is also a part of the demographic for this series.
I enjoyed this movie a lot. The animation is great, the story is good and the movie does not seem like it’s made only for the purpose of earning even more cash. This is one of the better Anime movies, but will still only appeal to the fans of the show. I will recommend this to every Keroro fan, as this is a great addition to your DVD library. It’s not hard to get hold on either, as the official hong kong DVD edition has english subtitles too like the earlier keroro movies (hint hint)
4: One Piece Movie 9: Episode of Chopper Plus – Fuyu ni Saku, Kiseki no Sakura
Japanese: ＯＮＥ ＰＩＥＣＥ（ワンピース） エピソードオブチョッパー＋冬に咲く、奇跡の桜
MAL Score: 7.49
The movie is a retelling of the Drum Island arc with new music and animation. Vivi has been removed from the plot while both Nico Robin and Franky, who joined the crew after the Drum Island arc, have been added. The movie also has the Straw Hat’s new ship, the Thousand Sunny. It has been stated that Oda will be creating a new character for this movie, Wapol’s older brother, Mushul, who also appears to be a Devil Fruit user.
In the original arc, we have only 5 of the main characters (Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Sanji and Usopp), and in this movie the creators advertised the fact that Franky and Robin would be in it, which most people will know that they don’t join the Straw Hats until much later. I thought that would very interesting to see how the changes would be now that those two were included!
So of course I did watch the movie…and for all that excitement, the movie was not what I was expecting at all. Franky and Robin were indeed in the movie…but really didn’t do much at all, in fact they are not even ‘Main’ characters in the movie. It felt as though they didn’t exist at all throughout the whole thing.
If you have watched One Piece, then there really isn’t much to see here. To be brief, it’s episodes 78 – 91 just crammed into 2 hours with Franky and Robin standing in the background.
That doesn’t mean it was bad at all. In fact, I did enjoy watching it, but there really wasn’t anything new. Except for the very end.
So, do you all remember that ‘evil guy’ named Wapol from the anime? Well, turns out he has a brother named Mushul, who does have a role in this movie. And that’s where the difference happens.
Rather than just fight Wapol, Luffy has to defeat Mushul. Which is actually a rather epic fight (even though it’s not very long).
The art was decent enough. It reminded me of the 6th One Piece movie (Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island). It doesn’t have all of the “cell shading” (general anime shading) that we are used to, and the movements seem a bit less smooth than what is common. But as just about everyone knows, One Piece has unique art, and that never has stood in the way of a great story!
But since this movie wasn’t completely up to my expectations, I’m going to say that it deserves an 8.
I do love Chopper’s story and even if I have seen episodes 78 – 91, I still liked watching it once more. You don’t have to have seen all of One Piece to understand what is happening, it’s a great movie that I think anyone could enjoy!
The timeline is different in this movie then the original and based on certain aspects and characters that appear it would seem that this movie takes place after Water 7 and CP9, which is when I believe the art and animation of One Piece was at its peak and being a Movie of a very popular Anime you think it would have a decent budget to produce great Art and Animation however I felt the Art in this film was horrible. You can pause it at almost any scene and the character models just look terrible, and then they would throw in some unnecessary CGI at the weirdest moments.
I also felt the Original character made for this movie was also just idiotic with powers and abilities that seemed to be all over the place and his back story seemed very lazy.
I Hope people won’t take this review the wrong way. I really Love One Piece, Oda created an amazing world and filled it with fantastic characters, each with powerful drives and conviction with pasts and backstories that can make the manliest of men cry like babies, however I didn’t feel any of that in this movie, instead it just felt like it was an unnecessary cash grab.
Of all the One Piece Movies this is the one I would recommend that people skip.
Chopper is one of my favourite Strawhat and a movie dedicated to Chopper’s past is made me happy.
In anime, Drum Kingdom Arc was above average for me cause of its art and sound. That situation gives movie +10 points. Also including some new Strawhat to this arc (Franky, Robin) made movie excellent, I think. About other characters, all was the same. Luffy was still Luffy (and baka as always :>)
Vivi’s absence was a bit sad but I didn’t feel it too much while watching.
Story was really great and it’s really worth watch it. Maybe there’s not much comedy and laughing as there were in anime, even so it’s really enjoying to watch.
3: Bleach Movie 3: Fade to Black – Kimi no Na wo Yobu
English: Bleach the Movie: Fade to Black
Japanese: 劇場版 BLEACH Fade to Black 君の名を呼ぶ
MAL Score: 7.50
After a mysterious pair attack Rukia Kuchiki and erase her memories while she is in Seireitei, Ichigo Kurosaki, a substitute Soul Reaper, briefly forgets Rukia, until he is reminded of her by Kon, an Underpod Mod-Soul. Confused, he seeks his town’s candy-shop owner, Kisuke Urahara, who opens the pathway to Seireitei for them. Ichigo is then shocked to find that his allies in Seireitei, the Shinigami of the Soul Society, have forgotten him.
Filled with action, Kimi no Na wo Yobu follows Ichigo and Kon as they fight against their former comrades while searching for the missing Rukia and discovering her assailants before they strike again.
I must be talking about Bleach.
The one thing that has always bugged me about most of the long running shounen anime is how creatively deficient they become over time. Bleach, like Naruto et al, is a prime example of the “anime-turned-cash-cow” phenomenon that seems to be occurring more and more these days, and this latest effort, Fade to Black: Kimi no Na wo Yobu (FtB: I Call Your Name), represents the series at it’s worst.
Since this is a movie, I won’t go into the details of the story proper as I don’t want to give anything away. That said, I would dearly love to know how and why Takahashi Natsuko, who wrote the screenplay for shows like “The Daughter of Twenty Faces” and “Moyashimon”, and worked on the script for the first two seasons of “School Rumble”, could ever claim that the screenplay for this movie was some sort of achievement? The plot, which any long term, reasonably intelligent, watcher of the series will know is more of a secondary consideration these days, actually had a lot of potential. But, like so many other things that Bleach has touched upon during it’s long run, the more interesting things are never explored as there MUST be a scene where Ichigo comes flying in to save the day. People don’t really watch shounen anime for it’s cerebral nature, but there such a thing as going too far in the other direction.
Anyway, the plot is full of holes. Period. There isn’t any real way to hide or disguise that fact, and frankly, the movie doesn’t even try. Here’s one example, and this one has bugged me for so long that I’m throwing this question out to everyone. Seireitei is supposed to be protected by a barrier of some sort (if I remember the whole rescue Rukia from certain death arc correctly – oh wait, that describes 70% of the episodes), so if that’s the case, how the hell do the bad guys keep getting in? In particular, how does something like a hollow from Hueco Mundo get in to Seireitei? One would think that they’d guard against that in particular, especially after the whole Aizen thing.
The movie touches upon a number of themes, the typical shounen themes of friendship and never giving up are there, but the driver for the story is Rukia losingher memories of being a shinigami. One would think that this was simply a case of supernatural amnesia, but for some reason the cause is able to affect existence on a near unviersal scale. If that’s the case, then the cause of Rukia’s memory loss is potentially more powerful than Aizen, the Captain Commander of the Gotei 13 Yamamoto-Genryusai Shigekuni, all of the Bountos, the Vizard, the Arrancar, and just about everyone else in the world.
See what I mean about holes?
As it stands, the movie is actually better if you don’t know anything about the series, which is unfortunate as I thought the whole point of things like this was to add to the whole instead of being a glorified advert for the series (congratulations marketing department, you win this round).
The art and animation is decent enough on the whole, however there’s some glaringly obvious problems, one of which is the fact that the characters look angry or constipated for a lot of the movie (especially Ichigo, even when he’s “happy” he scowls). The faces are sometimes unnaturally distorted when the character is feeling some deep emotion (grief, for example), something which is only exacerbated with close ups of the character in question. There’s also a number of scenes that feature something I call “unnatural body position”, which simply means that on occasion the characters will look “odd” in some manner (the most common one I’ve seen involves the shoulders – watch and you’ll see for yourself).
Animation-wise the movie manages to at least attain some respectability. The characters do move quite well, and the various combat sequences are pretty decent, but Bleach fans will know that the series is capable of much better than can be seen in this movie.
Most people will be familiar with the voice actors, especially if they’re regular viewers of the series. The cast do a decent job overall, but in the end this is still just another episode of Bleach so there is a distinct lack of passion in the characters, however this is mainly due to the scripting and screenplay rather than the cast’s acting ability. Morita Masakzu (Ichigo), for example, has a problem in that his character is supposed to be almost perpetually angry at something, and lives with a huge chip on his shoulder. This may seem like an interesting character at first, but after playing the role for this long without any real development to Ichigo as a character, it’s understandable how one would be “bored” by now.
Which leads me neatly on to the characters themselves. Oh look, the gang’s all here (minus Chad, Orihime and Ishida – surprisingly). The problem with Bleach as a whole is that it never really looks at developing it’s characters in any meaningful way, and this movie is no exception to that tried an tested (on morons), method. As a single movie it can get away with lacking anything in the way of real character development, even though there was a feeble attempt to highlight the “bond” between Ichigo and Rukia. As part of the greater series though, the lack of any real progression makes this seem more like just another episode of Bleach – it’s just a bit longer than normal.
I will admit that as an action movie this isn’t too bad. If the purpose of the movie is to “entertain” then it does just that – barely. One of the problems with Fade to Black is that it has a tendency to ramble at times, especially during the conversations (no one seems to have heard of getting to the point). There’s also a distinct lack of urgency about the characters, almost as if they’re trying a bit too hard. Since this is a movie I can forgive a lot more than I would have if this were a series episode, and it’s only because of this that I didn’t give Fade to Black a lower score.
On the whole though, this is not the best effort to come from the Bleach stable. Diamond Dust Rebellion was actually superior to this in many ways, so this is effectively a step down for the series. That doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable, it’s just that there’s an almost juvenile feeling to the movie, almost as if it was designed to cater to wide-eyed 13 year old fanboys than the more hardened anime fan.
It’s sad, but it seems like Bleach has finally run out of steam.
One of the main issues with this movie, other than that it is a filler and therefore meaningless, is that the entertainment value was really low, there were too many characters in the movie so it felt really halfassed in that aspect and then the story. This movie had one of the absolute worst plots I’ve ever seen in anime. For people who follow bleach and is not a complete fanboy of anything that looks like bleach regardless of plot, I’d bet you’d agree with me when I say it was very, very silly. I don’t want to spoil this for anyone else contemplating watching this so I shall say no more, but the plot was of very bad quality.
Did you know that the captain with the foxhead’s natural stance is bankai?
2: Detective Conan Movie 12: Full Score of Fear
Japanese: 名探偵コナン 戦慄の楽譜（フルスコア）
MAL Score: 7.80
Serial murders involving all kinds have happened. All the victims are from a Music School led by a famous pianist. Conan and company have been invited to a opening concert of the Music Hall built by the pianist. The biggest attraction of this concert is the world famous violin called “Stradivarius” and a special appearance of a singer who has perfect pitch.
On with the review~
As I have mentioned before each DC movie contains a certain theme to it. The last movie, for example, contained a theme pertaining to pirates, while this movie contains a theme relating to classical music which has absolutely no relation to its predecessor which is quite unique in its own way.
The movie itself, in my point of view, is much faster paced compared to past DC movies. Each important event or crime as you may call it happens much quicker compared to the other movies which can be a downfall in its own way, but it doesn’t matter since we get a small glimpse of pretty girls singing opera house music to Beethoven. *shot*
This movie, like all other DC movies just gives us a small glimpse of how dangerous the real world can be; how one simple event can turn a person into a total psycho. This movie perfectly explains and personifies how even the most beautiful of music can cause the most shocking of events.
However, with this movie’s plot, it could have shown much more potential; maybe adding a bit more spice would have made this movie one of the best of the best of the DC movies.
Of course, this DC movie being about classical music, it’s only natural to hear some beautiful peaceful and relaxing music. But this movie did something more than add that to our plate, we also hear resonating pieces of two very different classics one being, “Amazing Grace” and the “Ave Maria” each one sung beautifully and naturally by a very young and beautiful, perfectly pitched young woman. This movie also managed to make the music sound even most enjoying even though on the outside of that beautiful performance, something deadly and horrific is happening. To sum it all up in one go, this movie has classical music with a BOOM!
For the past 16 years of Detective Conan’s airing we have seen an increase of better animation compared to when it first came out in 1996. This being the 12th movie of the DC franchise its only plausible to know that this animation is so much more better compared to when the 1st movie came out in 1997! The animation has improved so much that animators are even adding some 3D moments! It just goes to show how technology has advanced over the years.
I would describe each character, however, it would be pointless seeing as how the opening sequence of this movie will just explain the main man himself, Edogawa Conan and some other supporting characters which help attribute to the movie’s events. So I will just introduce one character, who only appears in this movie as the main heroine to help move the detective story along.
Akibe Reiko is by all means a prodigy in my eyes, who first appears in this story as what I would describe to be a stereotypical celebrity snob who in all cases thinks she’s better than everyone else. With looks which could put America’s Next Top Model to shame and a voice so glorious that it would have made Beethoven regain is hearing, she is by all means an angel created by the Gods of Anime! At first she may seem like a total bitch, but than through the course of this movie we learn a few things about her and find out that she’s like a tsundere; tough and rotten on the outside yet fluffy and sweet on the inside.
I enjoyed listening to the classical music of this movie because it was wholeheartedly different from your usual DC heroic themed soundtrack. It’s nice to experience something new once in a while after all. However, I’ll be honest, I was a bit bored. This movie felt like it was just dragging on and on that I even found doing my AP History Homework much more enjoyable than the movie itself! And that’s saying something! But I ask that even if this movie isn’t going to be the best, please don’t ignore it, especially if you’re a fan of Detective Conan! Who knows, maybe you might watch this and think to yourself, “What the hell is this woman saying? This movie is by all means a masterpiece!”
Seriously, I don’t have anything against classical music, but in this movie it is brought so boringly and unfitting. I rather go to a theater when I want to hear some good classics, instead of aspecting it in a Conan movie.
So, I give the whole movie a 4 and the stories potential a 7.
Following a bombing incident at a music school, Conan must protect the lead singer from the perpetrator before the big performance at a grand opera. While this movie’s premise is basic, it still makes it work with smooth pacing and little moments of character in the cast. The lead singer, Reiko, is interesting enough to work as a supporting character and the subplot with Ran and Shinichi is also kind of nice. While it would’ve been nice for the rest of the supporting cast to get this kind of treatment, it’s obvious that the filmmakers chose to do this deliberately. What’s also kind of fun is that the animators were able to sync the animation with the music and singing. On the subject of the music itself, it’s great… perhaps too great. While the songs in this movie are very good, I felt a bit of sensory overload from it all. Since this might be a personal problem, I won’t hold it against the film too much.
Now, one thing that I am still on the fence about is how Conan’s tone-deafness is handled in this movie. To be tone-deaf means having no concept of relative pitch and the inability of to distinguish between two notes. So how does Conan, a character who is tone deaf, be able to not only clearly distinguish how flat a certain note is, but also sing in harmony with a character with perfect pitch, a quality unattainable by tone deaf people? My only solution is that Conan isn’t really tone deaf; he just lacks proper training. After all, Conan was able to perfectly replicate the dial tones for the boss’ phone number after listening to it once. To be truly tone deaf would mean to not be a great detective, as being a great detective would mean the ability to distinguish between different sounds (which is an ability Conan has). Well, it’s definitely something to think about.
For a Detective Conan movie, its a pretty straight forward film. While lacking the appeal of more popular movies, one could consider this a hidden gem. If you are a big fan of classical music and would love to see it implemented in a mystery film, then consider Full Score of Fear a “full speed ahead”.
1: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Movie 1: Gurren-hen
English: Gurren Lagann The Movie: Childhood’s End
Japanese: 劇場版 天元突破グレンラガン 紅蓮篇
MAL Score: 8.16
Animation studio Gainax presented a website for the release of a movie adaptation of the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann TV series in the fall of 2008. Both the original director and series script editor will return to work on the new project. Gainax will also be hosting four events to celebrate this occasion at this year’s Tokyo International Anime Fair, featuring voice actors from the anime.
“Men put their souls into their drills when breaking through!”
Some obvious advices/facts before we dive into the review.
This is NOT a standalone movie thus having knowledge from the TV series is highly recommended and also beneficial to your mind.
Do NOT compare the pacing of the TV series with the movie. One is called a TV series and the other is called a movie for a reason, k? Both the TV series and the movie are by the original director and script editor so they know what they are messing with.
Do NOT expect to see a lot of new footages. Does this mean this is a “recap” of the TV series? Not exactly. There are enough plot differences in the battles for this movie to be considered an adaptation instead of a complete “recap”.
Is the movie rushed? To a large extent, yes it is. There is simply too much material to cover in too little time. This is probably what most people are complaining about.
Is it worth your time to watch this? Only if you can distinguish what to expect between a TV series and a movie.
The problem with trying to remake a masterpiece level of work (and that applies not only to anime) is that people will only be curious to see how the new work can surpass the previous work. Often people will have a pre-set level of expectation for these works and more often people will find themselves expecting too much and ended in disappointment. For example, after rating the original TV series 10/10, viewer X eagerly awaits the movie adaptation. But what can he really expect? That the movie worth 11/10? No, that is not possible. This is all thanks to something called human prejudice. Everyone who has seen the TV series first will consciously/unconsciously be comparing them. So please be mindful when watching the movie not to compare it bit by bit with the TV series. It is not fair for the movie.
Those of us who have seen Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (TTGL) will know what it means when I say the show as a whole defies the Laws of Physics. While there are plenty of examples for that type of shows, TTGL is by far the most outrageous, thus the term “epicness” is seen wherever TTGL appears. The story of TTGL is a prime example of the “underdog” battle. The main characters began with very little fighting chance but every time they seem to turn the impossible possible. And how do they do that? With a DRILL of course!
The movie has some great new battle scenes. Animation wise it is the same as the TV series (for those who like to compare the two). Most scenes were pretty consistent but lacking in details from time to time which is to be expected from the sketchy and cartoonish-looking animation. What truly makes TTGL “epic” though is that the scenes match well with the “mood” at that particular moment of the show. This is partially due to the great soundtracks and theme songs by Shoko Nakagawa. Overall those of us who are familiar with Gainax’s previous works will not be disappointed in TTGL.
Character wise, there was a slightly heavier emphasis on Yoko in this movie which is great for all Yoko lovers. Simon and Nia also have a decent character development throughout the movie. Unfortunately, because of time constrain, there was not much character building for the secondary characters like Rossiu and Kittan who ended up being quite hollow. Thus if all you ever care about is Kamina, Nia, Simon, and Yoko, then there shouldn’t be anything wrong for you. For the rest of us … brace ourselves for some disappointment here.
The following is targeted to those who have concerns with regard to the pacing of the movie. Ask yourself this, how long as it been from the end of the TV series to the airing of the movie. Answer: 11 month and 1 week (give or take a few days). Do you honestly expect to see tremendous differences (next to what it has presented already) given the time? Do you honestly expect to see a whole new story with the same awesomeness produced in 51 weeks? Given the time, though of course we can argue that they could have delayed the movie if things didn’t work out, I think it was a fairly decent job. Hopefully you will find it a good enjoyable watch too!
I really enjoy the series, and feel that anyone considering watching this should instead watch the series.
The original series is twenty-seven episodes long, or – minus the openings and endings – around about nine hours. Gurren-hen follows the events of the first thirteen episodes and so is just over two hours shorter than its source material. As you would expect, much of the development is glossed over and the story proceeds at a lightning pace. The story itself is more or less the same as in the series – much of humanity lives underground until Simon and his ‘bro’ Kamina break free, to find the surface inhabited by ‘Beastmen’ who pilot giant mechas – with a movie-original opening and ending that sets things up nicely for the sequel. The plot comes across as – unsurprisingly – very rushed; the characters are offered little development and during the middle act there is a ridiculous – but unfortunately necessary – montage to progress the story. Developmental issues pave the way for an adequate at best plot.
The animation isn’t a huge step up from the series – if different at all – but the opening and the ending deliver some exciting new material. The ending, especially, is a welcomed feat. The new climax is both thrilling and well executed, and will have you eagerly awaiting the next installment. Corners have been cut, however, with the music. The score by Taku Iwasaki from the series returns with no new additions, which causes Gurren-hen – at times – to feel something along the lines of a movie-length recap; something you’ve already seen before. New inclusions to the soundtrack certainly wouldn’t have gone amiss.
The main trio and the prime supporting cast return in Gurren-hen, though most have left their depth and development at home, particularly Rossiu and Kittan. Yoko fans are offered more excessive fan service and Simon – in the new sequences – is particularly prodigious. The lack of development to the cast is massively disappointing, however, and causes Gurren-hen to come across as rather disengaged and retrogressive.
Gurren-hen is an enjoyable movie, urged on by its source material, but is let down by lapses in development. The middle act could have benefited substantially from some new material, acting as a bridge between the beginning and the end, offering the supporting characters alternate introductions and addressing developmental issues, but instead the staff opt to rehash the series to a disjointed, disappointing effect. The new opening and ending sequences are both longer and far more engrossing than expected, however, which offer the movie some value. If you enjoyed the series, you’ll get a kick out of the movie, but if you didn’t, it’s best to avoid Gurren-hen. If you’re new to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, the movie isn’t worth your time, and may come across as completely incoherent, with many characters remaining a mystery; without motivation and depth, just empty shells.
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1. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Movie 1: Gurren-hen
2. Detective Conan Movie 12: Full Score of Fear
3. Bleach Movie 3: Fade to Black – Kimi no Na wo Yobu
4. One Piece Movie 9: Episode of Chopper Plus – Fuyu ni Saku, Kiseki no Sakura
5. Keroro Gunsou Movie 3: Tenkuu Daikessen de Arimasu!