They’re the best Anime that 2012 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Detective Conan Movie 16: The Eleventh Striker, Toshokan Sensou: Kakumei no Tsubasa, Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 2nd A’s, and more!
5: Detective Conan Movie 16: The Eleventh Striker
Japanese: 劇場版 名探偵コナン 11人目のストライカー
MAL Score: 7.72
In Touto Stadium, a J. League soccer match is taking place. During this, Detective Kogorou Mouri receives a bomb threat from an unknown caller and a mysterious riddle that points to its location. Conan Edogawa must now save the fans of the game before the time runs out.
Fortunately, with Conan’s quick actions and clever thinking, the bomb is discovered and the explosion is evaded. The culprit does not stop there; Detective Kogorou is informed of another hidden bomb set to explode at a large event in the city. Forced into a race against time, with thousands of more lives at stake, Conan must decipher another riddle, discover the place of the bomb, and catch the culprit in order to escape a terrible tragedy.
Story (5/10): When a mysterious bomb threat is issued, it appears to be targeting the J-League, leaving a mystery in the hands of our little Great Detective: why target soccer, who is this bomber, and what does a seemingly unrelated incident have to do with it?
I hope you like soccer and the J-League, cause booooy are they prominent here. My limited knowledge of soccer helped me get most of what was being said, but man there is just too much worshiping of the J-League here. There are a (I’m assuming) slew of actual soccer stars here, and they just completely flew over my head. Like to the point where I said “OK movie I get it, J-League is the bestest, just stop!”.
But honestly? A lot of this movie just seems tacked on. While the mystery itself and the execution of the bomb threats is actually pretty entertaining, the rest of the story just seems rather boring. I really can’t go into more without hitting spoilers, but a lot of the movie feels way too artificially structured and has no real natural flow to it. It’s just average at best.
Art (8/10): Here is where the movie shines, since the soccer matches were really well animated. The whole movie actually looks really good, with action sequences being the highlight. Other than that it just looks good and holds the trend of the movies having better art than the series.
Sound (7/10): It’s a Detective Conan movie. It plays the same music as always. And it’s good. (Help, I’m running out of lines to talk about the music. :V)
Character (5/10): This movie just kind of juggles characters around and doesn’t use them well at all. Conan, Ai, Professor Agasa, and the police characters come out OK, but everyone else is just…there, I guess.
The movie cast is also stupidly huge (seriously). There are a ton of soccer player characters, and I’m not really sure why we needed to spend time with only 2 of them for like 4 minutes at most. I guess it was to help set up the climax, but it’s really a waste. Plus half of the initial suspects just poof away after the midway point, so they were basically just there to be red herrings. (And while that’s normally forgivable and such, the movie tries to hold onto them far longer than needed.)
The final culprit is also supremely whiny and while his motivation would kind of drive a person to the notion of a personal attack, I’m not sure to it makes sense in the scale of the story. Also they start going crazy at the end for…reasons? I dunno, everyone here just felt weak (and funnily enough, sort of mirror the last movies cast. Huh.)
(Also the Detective Boys are at their most annoying, since apparently the story really needed them to throw a soccer ball at Conan in the most contrived way possible, along with not listening to anyone (as usual).)
Enjoyment (5/10): I gotta be honest. This movie was boring. All the random soccer people showing up was almost overwhelming and everything just feeling stilted made this not fun to sit through. I will give the movie credit that beginning at the first bombing action scene and going to prior to the last confrontation, it was fairly fun. But the beginning and final climax were just not as fulfilling.
The end gag about Rans’ story was also just dumb. Come on show, you’ve done better.
In the end, Detective Conan: The Eleventh Striker was a somewhat average movie, though part of that relies on how much you like the movie cast and all the J-League praising. (Oddly enough the soccer explanations are actually pretty interesting.) The action scenes are really fun and the mystery engaging, but the actual cast is fairly boring and the payoff is kind of unsatisfying. I would only recommend it to the DC fans to just watch it to get out of the way if you want to watch all the movies, but otherwise I’m very hesitant to recommend it.
5/10 = average at best, boring as hell at worst; hope you like the J-League, cause it’s just nonstop praise for them, though the soccer aspect is actually pretty interesting; mystery is fun, but the characters are boring; DC faithful might be bored, or at least I was;
In this movie Mouri Kogorou murders a small child in drunken confusion. I shit you not. He stops an ambulance and that may have lead to the death of a small child. Which is kind of important to the plot, but HE certainly doesn’t dwell upon it.
This is also the movie where Conan messes up all over the place and gets sloppy. I don’t know if they were trying to be a little more realistic, but he seems to have trouble making the jumps and perfect landings. As such the ending takes a bit more time to end how you expect it to end… with Conan kicking a soccer ball into something to stop the timer. If you couldn’t guess that’s what was going to happen, you must be new here.
Overall this movie is about soccer. It’s officially sponsored by J-League, whose team members actually show up in the movie. The whole plot is pretty much copy pasted from the previous. We have bombs going to go off and Conan has to stop it. Only this time it’s soccer themed. Really it’s getting boring. I kind of remember Conan movies having a bit more mystery and intrigue. Also it seems some of the hints they give are kind fo disjointed as they don’t give you the other clues and have you put them together.
It’s hinted the next movie has a cruise ship in it. I can only hope it hasn’t been rigged up with bombs that Conan has to stop.
One of the first complaints has to do with soccer being a prominent theme, which people claim comes across as shallow pandering. While it’s true that this movie does heavily feature Japanese Soccer League players, what people forget is that Conan is a big soccer fan. It’d be like bashing Phantom of Baker Street just because it panders too much to Sherlock fans. Even if the movie was J-league fan service, that doesn’t change the fact that the movie still makes use of the soccer themes and characters in the main story.
Another complaint has to do with how this movie copies the story of another movie in the series, specifically the Time-Bombed Skyscraper. While that movie is fun, I did think that there were some places it could improve on. For instance, the lack of mystery surrounding the main culprit. Here, they at least tried to complicate things with extra suspects and other elements to help engage the audience in figuring out whodunit. The soccer references, refined art style and epic cinematography help give it its own unique shine while polishing out the kinks in the original framework.
In terms of legitimate criticism, there are some things I do consider to be slight nitpicks. While the music is serviceable, it can sometimes sound very “Rugrats-like”, with the exception of the song that plays when everything explodes (that song is awesome). The resolution at the end is very cheesy, but it’s still really satisfying (“the eleventh striker was you after all”). While the J-league does have a purpose in the main plot, it would’ve been nice to see them after the criminal was caught. Would’ve given them some nice closure, ya know?
Overall, this movie is too good to be getting all of this undeserved flak. A good Detective Conan movie doesn’t need Kaito Kid or the Black Organization to be good (that in itself is its own form of pandering). As long as the movie stays true to what Detective Conan is, it doesn’t matter how much soccer fan service there is. Of all the movies that I’ve reviewed so far, Detective Conan: The Eleventh Striker is, indeed, faithful to what Detective Conan is.
4: Toshokan Sensou: Kakumei no Tsubasa
Japanese: 図書館戦争 革命のつばさ
MAL Score: 7.78
Kasahara Iku and Dojo Atsushi receive an emergency recall in the middle of their date as Japan is rocked by a terror attack. Their new duty is a protection detail assigned to Touma Kurato, an author. Meanwhile, the relationship between Librarians and the Media Purity Committee is also worsening.
While this movie does explain the major plot points of the anime series and features a standalone story that can be enjoyed by anyone, it is still a direct sequel. You’ll get the most out of this movie if you’re familiar with the characters and their relationships with each other.
So how does this compare with the original anime series? The feel is more or less the same, though it’s great to see the story play out with Production I.G.’s top-notch animation. Some scenes, particularly the chase scene and the climax, stand out quite well because of the dynamic sense of movement and detail in the backgrounds, and the romantic moments are portrayed with great use of lighting and atmosphere.
The plot, too, is what you would expect from the Library Wars setting. Our heroes Iku and Dojo are charged with protecting an elderly writer from the heinous clutches of the Media Betterment Committee. The story is well-paced from start to finish and moves along briskly, not even dragging in the middle part where the action is slow.
It’s interesting how at one point in the movie Iku admits to being more interested in characters and forgetting the overall plot whenever she reads books – this is precisely how I feel about Library Wars as a whole. The setting is still ridiculous and the villains are never really given an identity or a proper motivation, but the characters are so down-to-earth and charming that it is hard to focus on the flaws. Library Wars treats its unbelievable setting with seriousness and dignity, but it is hard to believe the characters are ever in any real danger even as the bullets fly. Even so, it’s so easy to root for the characters and to cheer for Iku when she displays her boundless courage. To be able to pull this off without much serious dramatic tension takes some great writing.
The movie will probably best appeal to romance fans who enjoy a bit of action here and there. Picking up directly where the series left off, Iku and Dojo’s newly discovered intimacy lies at the very heart of the story. It inspires Iku in particular to be braver, and the influence is always felt while never feeling overstated. It is not a particularly deep love story but it works in this movie in particular because of how grounded the interactions are in the characters and their idiosyncrasies.
Library Wars is an underappreciated gem of a series and it is a shame the movie has not seemed to have gotten the exposure it deserves. While the setting might not get the closure it deserves by the end, the characters certainly do. It’s definitely worth your time to check out, both for newcomers and veterans to the franchise. It’s easy to watch and the characters are fun. There’s really not that much more we can ask for in a story.
This movie was incredibly fun to watch and there was a lot of emotional moments especially (Without giving too much away) near the end of the film. It’s one of those movies that give your soul a bit of “boost” (Sorry if that sounds corny) and makes you feel happy after watching it.
While certain things are easy to predict in this series, it’s done in a way that still leaves you curious about things and this causes one to continue on with the series despite situational irony. While the main focus is events that occur in the library and protecting books, the drama and dark aspects of these concepts are lightened by giving you breaks in the story so that you can see the relationships the characters have with each other outside of work and how the things actually affect them- as emotion cannot rule when they are right in the middle.
I found while looking through the books, that the ideas presented in this story are actually highly relevant to today’s society- governments and certain citizens are fighting to censor certain things from the general public because they feel that these things are dangerous to society. There are people who fight back against this censorship with the argument that we choose our own actions. Censorship becomes a bigger issue each year and this story proves that when taken too far, the consequences can become dire, requiring drastic measures to try to fix the damage that has been done.
The relevance to today is amazing, especially when coupled with how the anime was created. The art is great- it doesn’t make the characters look too cartoonish and it also doesn’t make them look too adult or real. The art helps lighten up the story with how amazing the expressions have been drawn- you can almost see EXACTLY what the characters are thinking. The anime also stayed true to the story presented by Hiro Arikawa- sensei; it was not embellished or drastically changed from what it is. If you are a person who prefers accuracy to the manga or original form, Library Wars is a GREAT example of that.
Despite knowing what was going to happen, when I watched this I was riveted and intrigued. The way the characters interact is engaging and amusing and if you haven’t read the story, you will be surprised because somethings you just CAN’T expect!
No matter what genre you enjoy, if you’re looking for a great story with engaging, amusing characters, and plot twists that will make you go back to watch again, I DEFINITELY recommend this one!
3: Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 2nd A’s
English: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 2nd A’s
Japanese: 魔法少女リリカルなのは The MOVIE 2nd A’s
MAL Score: 8.15
Six months have passed since the events in the previous movie. Fate has returned to Uminari City with Lindy as her legal guardian and is living the life of a normal elementary schoolgirl along with Nanoha and her friends. The reunion between the two new-found friends is cut short, however, when they are assaulted by four ancient magic users who identify themselves as the Wolkenritter. As the motives behind the actions of the Wolkenritter become clear, Nanoha and Fate find themselves in a race against time to stop the reactivation of a highly dangerous artifact known as The Book of Darkness.
Needless to say, I was absolutely excited after I found out that A’s was going to get a movie version like the first season. After all, the first movie was great. It trimmed the fat of the first season to make a stellar narrative. Of course that meant that with A’s, something was going to be cut out. This was probably what I was most worried about that since I found it hard to cut scenes out of A’s without losing something.
Now, without further ado: Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 2nd A’s.
Since the movie itself is an alternate re-telling of A’s, the story is overall very similar minus one set of characters whose actions did guide certain events along. For example, Nanoha’s Starlight Breaker + to break the barrier and Reinforce’s Starlight Breaker were all cut out from the movie. Despite the missing portions from the original story, the it still acts as a smoothly written and captivating narrative.
Art and Animation: 9
Movie budget. Need I say more?
Unlike the TV seasons and the previous movie, the soundtrack was composed by Misa Chujo as instead of Sano Hiroaki. My first reaction when this was announced was definitely negative. Sano Hiroaki had always created such a beautiful, pumping OSTs that always fit the moods of the scenes they played in perfectly. As such, I was pleasantly surprised when I watched the movie and heard the OST. While it was not as good as Sano Hiroaki’s, it was still well composed and fit the movie really well.
There were two insert songs.
“Snow Rain ~ver. Holy Night~” by Ueda Kana was played at the same scene that the original Snow Rain was played in the series. The difference between the two was, of course, the instrumental but the new version still meshed really well with the scene and as such created the same impact it did in the original series.
The second was “Sacred Force” by Nana Mizuki which played at the same time that “Brave Phoenix” played in the original. While Sacred Force went well with the scene, it just didn’t have the same chilling feel that Brave Phoenix had in the original.
The last aspect of Sound is of course the voices. Starring the same stellar cast as the original series, the movie did not disappoint overall in this aspect. My only issue is with the defense program’s cry. Originally, it was given an eerie and highly feminine cry. This was meant to drive home the connection it had with Reinforce (this and the feminine shape you see on the defense program’s body being Reinforce’s former hollow shell). However, the movie gave it a more monstrous male roar. In a sense this somewhat distanced it from Reinforce while still keeping the feminine shape stemming out of the body of the program.
What the story lacked was definitely made up for with character development of the knights especially Reinforce. In the original, Reinforce’s appearance was sudden and did not make too much sense until the end. However, the movie does a good job of building her up from the very beginning of the narrative. However, the movie does a good job of building her up from the very beginning of the narrative. At the same time, the development of the knights is also extremely well done.
This category is kinda subjective isn’t it?
This movie is definitely something I’d definitely recommend that you watch the movie. However, I would also recommend that you watch the TV series first if you didn’t as it will fill in a lot of gaps. If possible, buy the DVDs or Blu-rays because they are worth every penny spent.
Genre: Action, Magical Girl, Drama, Sci-Fi.
Length: 1 movie, 2 hours 40 minutes.
A side note guys – I ADORE the “Mahou Shojou Lyrical Nanoha” series. It’s my favourite series. Therefore I may ramble on a bit thoughout this review.
This movie is a retelling of the 2nd series, “A’s” … Most retell movies only have improved animation going for them, truncicating the plot to cram it into a shorter time limit. Nanoha had previously proved an exception to this, as the first movie not only perfectly retold the season, but ADDED details and backstory. It’s a bit interesting to note now that 2nd movie DOES cut out a rather significant plot point, but I always hated that particular plot point, and never thought it made much sense. It’s replaced by some more character development for Adrmial Lindsy and Chrono’s father, which is a GOOD thing.
Animation is amazing. It’s easily a 10/10. The movie budget does not disapoint, as even the most complext of action sequences do not present a dull in animation.
Action is incredible, it looks amazing and feels amazing. Much of the high impact action is intertwined with some fairly emotional moments (Such as Nanoha fighting down Reinforce while Fate struggles with her identity)
Characters are as likable and fun as ever, with Nanoha and Fate taking center stage in all their glory. Interestingly, the yuri overtones between the two appear more obvious than the series (theres seriously a moment where they hold onto each others hips and stare into each others eyes….) but that’s pretty cute. Nano-Fate is a thing. In the actual series, it was a bit more subtle. A non intuitive viewer might’ve had more trouble picking up their relationship. It’s more obvious in this movie. Take it or leave it whether thats good or not. I’m personaly indifferent.
My only disapointment was the end scene: In the series, it shows Nanoha and the rest grown up, in their “adult” forms. This was such an incredible highlight for me, marking the end of an era and the start of something amazing (Nanoha StrikerS). In the movie, only Fate appears SLIGHTLY older (and even then, by about a YEAR at maximum) and the rest are looking the same age. I can only hope that the StrikerS movie appears!
SORRY! I tried to keep this as short as I could, but this IS a movie from my favorite anime series. Anyway, 100% recomended!
Visually speaking, the movie is extremely shiny and polished, despite a few moments of off model that were barely noticed. While the first movie looked great, it still resorted to stills in combat scenes, but 2nd A’s makes these weaknesses far less pronounced, leading to a ton of fluid movement. Regardless of the actual content of the movie, it sure does look appealing, especially for those into moe aesthetics.
Unfortunately, it falters in the story department. This was to be expected, as the series was 13 episodes long with minimal filler. Trimming at anything significant would weaken the narrative, and unfortunately there are a few plot threads that simply will not make sense to those who haven’t seen the tv series. That is most likely the greatest weakness of the movie, and I would have to recommend you watch the tv series first.
What it does focus on, it does fairly well, and offers a lot of humanization to the antagonists of the story which makes the storytelling a more balanced affair. It’s not too easy to take sides in this conflict for good reason, and that makes the movie more involving to watch. The movie actually doesn’t spend that much time pew pew’ing all day as compared to the first movie, and focuses some on developing the characters’ personalities and inner thoughts. Still, due to time constraints, certain key players from the tv series are left hanging but still left there leaving you wondering what they’re supposed to do. I felt they could have fit them in more cleanly.
In the end, I was very much satisfied to see Nanoha animated after an absence of three years. This movie is much more for fans though, and while I’d recommend that you could skip the first television series for the first movie, I really can’t say the same for this. So, if you’re into the series, you should know what to expect. If not, then try the television series, and give this a pass for now.
2: One Piece Film: Z
English: One Piece Film Z
Japanese: ワンピース フィルム Ｚ
MAL Score: 8.17
The Straw Hat Pirates enter the rough seas of the New World in search of the hidden treasures of the Pirate King, Gol D. Roger－One Piece. On their voyage, the pirates come across a terrifying, powerful man, former Marine Admiral Z.
Z is accused of having stolen the “Dyna Stones”, weapons believed to have the power to shake up the New World. The Marine Headquarters believes Z is about to use it to end the pirate era, and with it, the lives of many innocent people. In fear of such a phenomenal event, marines start to take action against the former admiral.
Even if it means stumbling upon marines and the navy, the Straw Hat Pirates decided to chase after Z and stop him from causing havoc. As they continue to embark on their ventures, the pirates bump into new and familiar acquaintances.
For this review it will be broken down into four parts: Music, Animation, Characters and Story.
If you watched the trailers, you know that two tracks of Avril Lavigne would be played in the movie but you won’t hear that until the credit rolls. First half was “How You Remind Me” and then “Bad Reputation” played after that. The original soundtrack was brilliant. It was different while at the same time maintaining that One Piece feel we all love; high tension to melancholy themes that played throughout different scenes.
There was a lot of CGI just like Strong World. The action scenes were animated far better than anything I’ve ever seen in previous One Piece movies or the anime. The angles and camera movements following every scene was done fluidly.
The title of the movie is quite self-explanatory. The movie focused on Z, at times even more than the Straw Hat gang. Character Z, also known as Zephyr had such deep story to him and if you love backstories of various characters in One Piece, you’ll definitely love Z’s. As for our lovable characters, the Straw Hats each got their turns to shine in this movie, however the stronger and prominent fighters such as the Monster Trio(Luffy, Zoro and Sanji) had their own individual opponent to fight. Franky was the next in line after the Monster Trio. Usopp also had good action scenes, but not quite on the same level. Nami and Robin at times were used for fan-service until the climactic battle at the end. Chopper was funnier than ever before, but not entirely important to the story. Brook didn’t do a lot in terms of getting into battles, but he had his comedic moments just like Chopper.
This movie as an entirety was built around the Marine lore and back story. This will have it’s drawbacks for some though. The story had lots of explanation regarding the principle themes of the Marines and some characters were basically used strictly just for the sole purpose of providing exposition. To fit the plot in a movie length time span, it was surprisingly well done. This was one huge gripes that I had with Oda’s previous project, Strong World was a bit of a let down. With Film Z, I feel that he understood what it took to make a movie that retains the breathtaking aura of One Piece series, and he delivered it.
I would love to talk about just about every scenes in the movie but I want to keep it spoiler-free. If this movie doesn’t win major awards in Japan, I will be very surprised. It surely deserves to be nominated in Japanese Academy Awards and win Best Animated Japanese Film Awards or even Best Picture of the Year Awards.
That being said, let’s talk about this movie. I was excited when I first heard of it. They were projecting it to be better than Strong World, and Oda was going to have a hand in it (which meant the possibility of something canon) I couldn’t contain myself the first couple months it was in theaters in Japan.
Then life kind of got in the way, and I forgot about it until it came out on blurray and I was finally able to see it subbed. When it started, I quickly felt the excitement I felt months ago, but that was quickly dashed as the movie progressed.
Now, if you’re a One Piece fan, you have to watch it. Same as with Strong World. Regardless of what I think, of either movie, One Piece fans need to probably judge for themselves. Which probably makes you wonder what the point of this review is.
Well, as much as I wanted it to be true, this film is not better than Strong World. I know many people complain about Strong World basically being Arlong Park arc, but it at least had pacing. This film doesn’t really. It has a lot of nice animation and some humorous moments (along with a few kind of overly suggestive scenes) but not much else.
One minute you’re on one island and the next you’re on another island resolving the main conflict. They try to make you empathize with Z a bit, but because of the vagueness in Garp’s story about Z and the sort of unexplained randomness of Z’s flashbacks, you never really get a chance to know that character. Which is unfortunate, because this is the type of thing One Piece usually excels at
In the end the fight between Z and Luffy isn’t especially memorable. He gets beat in his first fight with Z, and wins by overpowering him in the second (despite nothing really changing in his strategy) Similar thing happens with Z’s henchmen. In Strong World you at least had a pretty epic fight in the air, and there was more tension with whether they would get the antidote for Nami in time. Here the stakes were supposed to be raised, but you never quite felt any of the danger.
This movie on the other had is a sad reminder of what one piece has been reduced to. One pointless and boring arc after the other, introducing character who are never developed enough to be either liked or hated and going on the very same ideas that started with, but after 10years it simply can not shock or cause the same emotions anymore. It got old, outdated and donwrigth dissapointing.
The plot is your typical nowdays onepiece. A “stong guy” (my name is Z…) wants to destroy the world. He encounters the strawhats, he beats them. Many boring scenes later the same happens. Boredom after boredom later they meet again, only this time luffy wins. The end.
I mean,at least try to deliver something original. I know that expect Strong world, one piece movies are ‘nt that great, but at least they try. Some even have some interesting plot and good ideas, which never happens here. This movie could end at 20 minutes, after all its not like the enemies are that strong anyway.
The strawhats are the strawhats,no surpise there. But the villains….
are simply horrible. A weak as hell sword lady who zoro takes pity on, an annoying plant ninja who is one of the worst characters ever conceived, and then Z. A guy so underdeveloped that has to repeat his name so the viewres do not forget him. We get nothing on his story except he was an admiral( a really weak one compared to the three monsters we know as admirals, i mean the guy uses haki, big deal, even coby uses it nowdays), no idea on why he does what he does. Nothing. The guy was so boring that even his death caused no reaction on my part. I even speeded it up so the movie could end sooner.
So, Z is a horrible movie. But it represents perfectly the onepiece of the 2013. An anime that half the people who watch it simply wish it was like the one piece of old,and the other half feel like they have to, as a sad obligation.
Really, shame on us who endulge movies like this
1: Gintama: Yorinuki Gintama-san on Theater 2D
Japanese: 銀魂 よりぬき銀魂さんオンシアター2D
MAL Score: 8.44
Demonic Vice-Commander of the Shinsengumi, Toushirou Hijikata, acquires a cursed sword—one which completely rewrites his personality, morphing him from a hard-boiled, no-nonsense cop into a hopeless otaku. As he struggles to break the curse, an ambitious new member of the police force, Itou Kamotarou, seizes the opportunity to depose Hijikata in his bid for power within the organization. However, Itou’s scheme is revealed to be more devious than anyone imagined, and the very existence of the Shinsengumi is thrown into peril.
In another time and place, the Yorozuya squad is suddenly greeted by a potential new recruit. Before them is a mysterious young woman named Pirako Doromizu who hides a penchant for extreme violence behind her smiling, enthusiastic exterior. However, unbeknownst to Gintoki and the others, Pirako has strong ties to one of the ruling figures of the Kabuki district of Edo, and her arrival sets off a chain reaction that throws the inhabitants of the district into a civil war.
Are Shinsengumi Crisis and Kabukichou Four Devas one of the best Gintama arcs? Yes. Does this recap actually add anything of value? No, I don’t think it does. At least, I certainly haven’t noticed any difference. Someone might compare those frame by frame to the original airing and please, do prove me wrong as I’d like to see what the extra content actually is, but currently I’m pretty sure nothing worth of noting was added. Should this get high rating just because the content it’s copypasting is great? I don’t think so – just the original version should. In fact, I would argue that watching this recap movies is the worse experience than just plainly watching the original episodes. Thankfully the arcs are short so the content didn’t have to be cut down drastically, so you’re not losing much there. But there’s one small but major detail – those recap movie are only available in SD, as the only physical media it was released on were DVDs. So unlike the series which is available on bluray, you can see this only in 480p. And why would you want to watch the great arcs pixelated? And if you’ve already seen them, why would you want to see them pixelated instead of the available HD regular episodes?
Plainly said, it’s a worthless recap that brings nothing of value. So an average recap. Well, it’s still Gintama and the arcs are still great so I can’t bring myself to give it 5/10, but you get the point.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Gintama: Yorinuki Gintama-san on Theater 2D
2. One Piece Film: Z
3. Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 2nd A’s
4. Toshokan Sensou: Kakumei no Tsubasa
5. Detective Conan Movie 16: The Eleventh Striker