They’re the best Anime that 2021 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Boku no Hero Academia the Movie 3: World Heroes’ Mission, Detective Conan Movie 24: The Scarlet Bullet, Kakushigoto Movie, and more!
5: Boku no Hero Academia the Movie 3: World Heroes’ Mission
Japanese: 僕のヒーローアカデミア THE MOVIE ワールド ヒーローズ ミッション
MAL Score: 7.59
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Bottom line, If you really like MHA, you “may” enjoy it. But for the mediocre fans, I’d say it’s a waste of money.
4: Detective Conan Movie 24: The Scarlet Bullet
Japanese: 名探偵コナン 緋色の弾丸
MAL Score: 7.65
24th Detective Conan Movie.
This is my first review in MAL and English is not my first language, so I did the best I could!
Glad to visit again my hometown’s cinema (Girona, Catalonia) after corona outbreak and watch this film dubbed in Catalan, my mother tongue. Finally, a Detective Conan film is released almost worldwide the same day it opens in Japan! Public in my movie theater was about 50 people and 90% was over 16, being the other 10% children accompained by their parents.
Overall, this is a solid movie compared to the last ones. It revolves around a good case (for being a modern Conan movie): FBI, murders, kidnappings, Olympics, and thousands of people at risk. Animation is top-notch and a lot of important characters are shown working together -this blockbuster is a must-watch for any Detective Conan fan, but it has some drawbacks for people new to the franchise or Detective Conan adult fans looking for a good mystery film.
Script: story, case, characters and tone
Before saying anything about character or main story development, remember: this is a Detective Conan film, a side story to the main plot (the manga). It is not supposed (as of today) to deliver anything else than “fanservice”, so there is no character development affecting the main series.
About the case, it’s not the best nor the worst in the franchise, just average: people seeking their own justice in relation to tragic events that happened a few years ago… using violence and in the context of the Olympics. So the case is not really special, but the way the characters work together really is. In fact, it’s their interaction to solve the problems what I like the most about this movie: it feels natural to see how they work and relate together. Conan’s relationship with Ran and Ai’s partnership (and jealousy), Akai family collaborating together and the FBI people also working in a serious incident as a team, and even Kogoro worried about his family and the kids. There is a lot of good character fanservice, showing some of the best dialogue and interaction bits of the franchise in a long time (specially for Ai and Sera). The only one I felt missing was Heiji: almost all famous characters are there and part of the action is outside Tokyo, so I was expecting him for a small cameo that actually never arrived. Also, I’m glad they cut on Shonen Tantei screen time a lot compared to other films, thanks to this fact the most important parts of the film feel more adult and serious compared to the beginning.
Overall film pace is accelerated but well directed, with short emotional moments well mixed in-between the never-ending action sequences and some humour scenes to break the ice (Yumi or Ai nail it).
It follows the modern blockbuster way of doing cinema: action, action and more action with just a few minutes between the sequences leaving some time to the audience to relax and prepare for the next action sequence to come along. This kind of film, on its own, is not actually that bad… until you realize this was supposed to be a Detective Conan film, not a one starring Tom Cruise and his stunts. For me this is a drawback: less time spent in deduction and investigation and more in stunts and car chases means cases in newer movies are not as complex or attractive to solve for the viewer as the older ones.
The overall tone of Detective Conan anime and films, in my opinion, was better when the series was starting back in the 2000s. Newer episodes and films don’t have genuine dark moments and plots, they are really childish in this aspect. Just take a look at the new Moonlight Sonata remake: sure, people die and there is a reasonable amount of blood, but psychological dark moments are either missing or taken in a light way (like the dinner scene in this movie, when Kogoro is worried about his relatives). Even the manga is getting lighter, so I think it’s impossible for a show airing Saturdays at 6 PM, a family-friendly time slot, and well-known by both kids and adults in Japan, to change this aspect as of today, because of business issues.
However, this leads to some sequences too childish to be enjoyed by adults and some too difficult for small children (who will basically enjoy Conan’s action scenes). It’s different from a Pixar movie, where an adult and a child can read the same scene with different complexity levels for each: here you have only one -very- fluctuating level.
This film could have been a lot better if it had been directed only to +14 or +16 fans (like Marvel does). A darker atmosphere (or more mature at least) would have suited this movie a lot, maintaining humour but reducing sequences for kids. But knowing they’d lost a lot of public and revenue, they opted to create a weird mix between adults and kids films. And the result is disappointing. The intro scene and the technical explanations about MAGLEV trains and liquid helium explosions are aimed to adults (even if the superconductor graphics look childish), but child-friendly moments (like Genta acting like a dog, the kids having fun in a Kamen Yaiba show, the Agasa quiz or the final train scene) make adults think why are they watching this immature film -nostalgia factor wise. Hence, it’s a movie difficult to be fully understood outside the main action scenes for children but also awkward for adults, as it feels it is not serious or mature enough to be taken seriously and considered a good action and mystery movie. It’s in the middle of nowhere.
Also, some Japanese language and cultural jokes or the Agasa quiz are difficult to translate from Japanese. I hope knowing the next movie is going to be released around the World they write a more global-relase-friendly script.
*OLDER FILMS SPOILERS AHEAD
Finally, the ending trick is weird as hell: I hate the impossible action endings we are given with every new film. In the first movies action was limited to escaping from some collapsing buildings after bombing or fire, relatively “normal” emergency situations. Stunts increased exponentially in crazyness after in the 5th movie they jumped between buildings driving a car, although the way it was animated (Ai and Conan used basic physics to calculate the needed jumping speed, time and distance) felt this jump was kinda possible in reality. But it was too late to stop the crazy action hype train.
For example, in the 8th movie Conan lands a 747 in a loading dock and in the 13th a chopper destroys the Tokyo Tower. And even after that, I bet someone in the production comitee was like “Why don’t we think bigger? After all, destroying a hacked satellite being used as a terrorist attack weapon to wipe out Tokyo falling from the sky by shooting a giant inflatable ball with the power shoes while jumping from a car in a parabolic trajectory falling from the 30th floor driving at 100 km/h in a building under construction and with Ran and the other main characters in danger as always isn’t enough.” And we ended up here: what we see in this movie is totally crazy, neither possible in our real world or in the Fast&Furious films. Like the ferris wheel in the 20th or the Marina Bay giant surfing board in the 23rd, it’s absurd. I know current Conan films relate more to Fast&Furious, James Bond or Mission Impossible than to Agatha Christie’s Poirot, but down-to-Earth final scenes would improve A LOT Detective Conan’s films: endings that could be replicated in real life would make this films more mature and more suited for older fans.
Animation and editing — 9
Because it’s a film with a very high budget, it’s really well animated, nothing like the cheap -sometimes better described as awful- TV animation: action scenes look sharp, fast and vibrant, and 3DCG is well integrated most of the time (car chases in this film are brilliant, almost feeling like they were from Initial D).
Even though, I feel there is too much 3DCGI: cars, trains, background crowds… Also, as a fan of traditional animation, I feel there still is room for improvement, specially in the details (colors, reflections, lighting, details of the models…) Sometimes 3DCG may even distract because of the lack of uniformity compared to the rest of the elements on each frame. But it’s nice to see it’s getting better over time (and with more budget).
Hand-drawn characters look alive (not like in the cheap Conan TV animation) and some key frames could be used as a wallpaper. In-betweeners are also light years away from the usual TV standards, so action scenes feel fluent as hell. Brilliant job here.
Photography and color are also better than in normal TV episodes. Wider shots with crowds, usually avoided for cutting costs in TV, are more used than ever. Backgrounds look more realistic and lighting and color are more worked on than usual. Overall, it feels more realistic than TV cases.
Editing is also great: simultaneous action takes place all along the movie, so there is a lot of parallel editing done well (FBI vs culprit vs riding Maglev train, for example). The editing and camera in the introduction sequence is also worth mentioning (if they had used that style for the rest of the film it could have been epic…)
Finally, the opening credits were also great and are very useful to fully remember everything (or introduce the film to non-Conan fans). But for me it appears too late. Also I’m glad it has been a little simplified and updated (in some films there were so much digital effects that you couldn’t even see the characters).
Music and sound – 6
Detective Conan’s original OST was terrific: jazz at its best, like in the old-school detective shows. However, nowadays the OST is mediocre. Except for the main theme, the ending song (kinda catchy J-Pop) and if I remember correctly a few sax solos, the rest is nothing special. Just average, fitting but nothing special.
About the sound, sound effects were ok (maybe some were exaggerated, but we all know sounds in movies related to technology are exaggerated).
Dubbing – 9,5
Overall dub in my language (Catalan) was excellent as always. Ran’s and Agasa’s old voice actors were replaced by new ones, but they fit as well as the originals. The voice acting for the rest was brilliant as usual, and the sound mixing was also great.
Enjoyment – 9
If you are a Detective Conan fan you will enjoy this film A LOT, specially if you are a fan of the characters with more screentime (FBI, Akai Family, Conan, Ran and Ai).
From Akai to Jodie, from Mary to Ai, they are complex and intelligent, they have their own personality traits and play their roles even better than you would expect.
La crème de la crème of Detective Conan stars using their special habilitates or showing how they relate to each other, all of this presented with a gorgeous animation. Just for this, this is a MUST-WATCH.
However, if you don’t like Conan, this movie feels empty. Sure, you can go to the cinema with your Conan-fan friends and enjoy some parts of this action film, as the animation is breathtaking and the action sequences are brilliant, so you won’t be bored. But as I said before, some parts will make you feel awkward as they are so childish, and you’ll miss almost everything important that transcends the case this film is about in the dialog between the main characters.
Overall score: 8.5/10
Pros: Characters, animation, character interaction, Olympics scenario, brilliant action sequences, editing
Cons: Too much action, crazy ending, average OST, childish and Japan-only sequences
Somehow its still very enjoyable even though the climax is not that great and plot wise could be better, there are a few plot holes that can’t be covered till the end.
Despite all its flaws, its good enough especially after 1 year of delay on the release and the soundtrack and opening sequence is still the same thing that we all love. Akai Family is a definition of badass but how come they never met each other?! its so frustrating
Story : 8
I have a very high expectations abt the story since it will relate to Tokyo Olympic, but to be honest i’m a little bit dissapointed with the story, i think there will be a case during the olympic but it is not. well i still give it 8 bcs it is still enjoyable and it is really intense, would be 10 if it meet my expectations. Well what can i say, the story is not bad, i love the premise, but it is not good either, well i just compare it with other movie.
Art : 9
Ok, as expected from Detective Conan, i really love the art and the character designs, i can’t really say anything abt the art yeah bcs this is movie, the budget ofc will be different from TV anime, so i think there are some improvement that really catched my eyes when i watch it. One i like on this movie is how they animated conan while thinking through all of the mysteries which i never see in the main series.
Sound : 10
Honestly, i a little bit dissapointed bcs the placement of the sound, but just to hear that iconic ost, it will def a 10 from me. The ending song is also great, while showing some of the venue for olympic that song really fits in.
Character : 9
Well, i watched the main series of Detective Conan, so i have no problem with all of the characters, well yeah i agree if someone said that new fans of this series wouldn’t be recommended to watch this movie without understanding the main arc in the main series.
Enjoyment : 9
I really enjoy this movie, but note my word here, don’t have a very high expectations or you will be dissapointed. As a huge Detective Conan fans, i will say that this movie is not that good compare to all of the previous movie.
To sum it up
Good things : how the story progress, the interaction between characters, and the background story of this movie.
Bad things : the action is kinda “crazy” here, well i know that this is fiction but for a detective story, that was just too unrealistic and also how they solve the mystery in this movie is lacking something (idk if it is just me or not) but yeah i felt weird with the conclusion of the case.
I think bcs i watched it in cinema, it gave me a different vibes so yeah it is a 9/10 from me.
3: Kakushigoto Movie
Japanese: 劇場編集版 かくしごと
MAL Score: 7.69
Compilation movie of the TV series which includes new scenes that were not adapted in the television anime, and different perspectives.
Kakushi Gotou is a somewhat popular manga artist whose works are known for inappropriate content. Because of this raunchiness, when his daughter Hime was born, he vowed to keep his profession hidden from her, believing that she will be disillusioned if she finds out.
This paranoia-induced belief leads Kakushi into hectic situations. Despite being a single father, he does his best and often resorts to extreme ends just to protect his secret, such as guising as a salaryman every day or holding emergency drills in case Hime somehow finds her way to his workplace.
Kakushigoto tells the story of a father and daughter living side by side, maintaining their peaceful existence as the father attempts to preserve the status quo. However, there is a saying: “there are no secrets that time cannot reveal.” In time, Hime must learn the reality behind the things she took for granted as she grew up.
Since the story and characters are the same for the most part, I don’t think I really need to go that deeply into it. While the jokes can be seen as a bit awkward at times, I found myself jumping back into the story with this movie without really feeling like I ever left it in the first place.
The use of the soundtrack was great and made things feel really cohesive. The casting was great, and their performances were spectacular. It was a very enjoyable movie, and I really didn’t mind that I watched a recap of a series I already watched.
While I do think that most summary anime movies would benefit by just giving us a short epilogue while skipping the filler, I didn’t mind with this one because they presented it in a way that made a lot of sense. Flashing back through the memories also impacted the story more effectively than if they just left it as a mini epilogue. It was actually a really smart decision on their part.
With that being said, since it was technically still a recap, I wouldn’t feel right giving it a score that was higher than what I gave the original series, so I decided to give it an 8/10 and see how I feel about it later.
Despite being cliche, this series was a lot of fun because it focused on a relationship that is scarcely touched in anime. Being able to see the intimate family relationship was an experience in itself that was incredibly heartwarming.
The movie is almost 1 hour and 19 minutes long so it’s shorter than what I had expected. But recap movies like these are usually short so it’s probably better that way. Almost 95% of it is recap though so that might be disappointing to some people. If you don’t remember the plot of the main series then it’s better to just watch the whole thing. It doesn’t include everything from the original anime/manga so some of your favorite moments from the anime series might be missing here. But I think this anime does a good job with its pacing by including most of the important plotpoints (the last half of the movie is mostly the last episodes intact). Good pacing isn’t something you normally expect from summary movies so I thought that was great.
If I’m not wrong, the last episode of the anime came out before its source manga ended with its last chapter. So some vital info in the manga got cut in the original anime. Despite this the original mangaka Kumeta Kouji loved the anime adaptation of his work and even recommended it over reading his manga. I haven’t personally read the manga yet, but I can confirm there’s new content in this movie albeit very little. The overall ending of the anime series is still the same. Despite this I think this movie is still worth watching. But if you’re stingy with your schedule then you may start watching from around 1:03:30 timestamp as that’s where most of the new content starts. There’s some new but short scenes with Hime Gotou (cv: Rie Takahashi) at the beginning of the movie though and some new narration by her I think but they’re negligible.
This compilation film is in no way a replacement for the original anime. Rather it’s supplementary to it.
The anime is a sum up of some of the best stories in the anime. It focused more on the relationship between Hime and Goto as the main point of the movie and was able to show their everyday life in a very good way. We see the extremes Goto goes to ( No pun intended) and how he has been trying to hide his job from Hime as well as showing some very wholesome moments depecting Hime’s pure personality. It felt a bit too fast at times but was still enjoyable.
The Movie also added a few extra scenes at the end which did tie up some parts in the story that would have made the original TV series much better. The backstory of Goto was explained well and we finally get to see why Hime’s mother was on that boat.
The ending of the movie is cute specially with the roles reversed where Hime is now the one with a secret to hide 😀
Overall, I would give it a 9/10. A very enjoyable movie and I loved watching it although I would have loved to see the end of the whole searching for the mother part.
Would recommend the movie and the OG series.
2: Seitokai Yakuindomo Movie 2
Japanese: 劇場版 生徒会役員共 2
MAL Score: 7.78
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First off, all I can say as a longtime fan of Seitokai Yakuindomo since all the way back in 2010 (yes, it’s been over 10 years!!), is that it was an absolute joy and surprise when I found out they were making another movie for this series. After all, it’s not often an anime that debuted more than a decade ago gets a sequel, let alone an anime that’s basically just dirty joke after dirty joke. So my sincerest thanks to all the creators (and apparently crowdfunding contributors).
Onto the review – so how was the movie? Quite simply, it absolutely beat my expectations. I went into the theater expecting a lazy cash grab for desperate fans hoping to see our favorite group of pervs one more time, coasting on an old franchise’s legacy and tired running gags, but I am ecstatic to report that I was completely wrong. This second movie was even better than the first movie.
First, I was quite impressed with the framing device for this movie – it opens with Shino reminiscing about old times, with a serious tone, implying something happened since we last saw her. But this framing device pays off pretty well at the end with a great punchline joke (not going to spoil it, but be sure to watch until the very end!!!). So hats off for going the extra mile instead of simply slapping together 1 hours’ worth of non-sequitur jokes.
Second, although I admit that the whole “high school girls telling dirty jokes” novelty has completely worn off by now, the jokes themselves still work and made me laugh out loud a few times, with many smaller chuckles throughout. Yes, many of the jokes fell flat (I’d say 1/3 bad jokes, 1/3 chuckle jokes, 1/3 genuinely laugh-worthy jokes), but when there’s a joke coming every 30 seconds, there’s no time to think about the jokes that didn’t work. This is truly a rare case of quantity over quality!
Third, for those who are hoping for more of the romance angle in terms of Tsuda’s harem, this movie has also got you covered! Plenty of Shino and Hagimura blushing, and some of the other girls also hint at their entry into Tsuda’s harem. People hoping for romance fanservice will get plenty of what they want!
As for the technical aspects, the animation is on par with the first movie. To my surprise, there wasn’t much skimping on the animation like I expected. In fact, a few scenes genuinely impressed me (for example, in scenes with the girls’ hair waving and sakura petals falling). However, they reused the opening, and the music was nothing to write home about, so the sound was just OK.
Overall, I quite enjoyed this movie. It was shorter than I would have liked (less than 1 hour 15 minutes I believe), and a bit disappointed at the lack of a new opening, but I can’t really complain too much when I had a blast during that hour, and absolute nostalgia for the characters who I was unsure I’d ever see again in all their animated, perverted glory.
That being recycling 2 shorts from the 8th OVA of the second season. It’s kinda inexcusable as it in no way ties to the movie it is just there to add time. I can only assume this was meant to come out before the pandemic and they had to scramble after the fact.
the movie itself is fine It is a lot like the last movie which was mostly an extended episode. I got a few chuckles here and there but not enough to ever watch this again.
I am glad I can finally check this show off of my list.
1: Gintama: The Final
Japanese: 銀魂 THE FINAL
MAL Score: 9.00
New Gintama movie.
It was the best farewell imaginable.
The art was top notch as it was shown in the trailers.
The story was heartbreaking yet heartwarming at the same time. I don’t think there will be another anime which engages me more than Gintama for the rest of my life.
The characters of Gintama always seemed real to me more than any other anime. I laughed with them, I cried with them. like Gintoki, my soul has been colored by every one of them. They left a very deep impression on me and I truly hold them dear not only in my heart but from the bottom of my soul.
The sound and themes were awesome specially Wadachi as it somehow resonates with the whole story.
To those who want to watch Gintama: start it right now. it is a slow burner but I am sure you won’t regret it as you progress forward, seeing this beautiful yet cruel story.
To think that it’s over really brings tear to my eyes. It showed me desires, bonds and aspirations that I thought could never be shared through an anime.
Thank you Hideaki Sorachi for creating some of my most precious memories
Thank you for showing me what is the purest color of a person’s soul
I am grateful to you for the rest of my life.
Ah, Gintama, you used to be great a long time ago, what happened? “The Final” symbolizes the fall from grace of an once amazing series, that started losing steam along with its self-awareness.
I’ll go straight to the point: My main complaint about this movie (which also applies to the second half of Gintama as a whole) is that it deviates from what made it actually interesting on first place. Making fun of most anime tropes through witty parodies and non-stop references? Nah, let’s became one of the things we used to laugh at (a standard, uninteresting battle shounen) instead. How ironic.
As such, “The Final” ends up carrying the flaws that marked the second half of the story: a generic and over the top “lets-save-the-world” plot filled with some of the most cheesy dialogue i’ve ever heard. Jesus, a good chunk of these one-liners made me physically cringe. It was a faithful adaptation, that’s for sure; but when the only thing that’s left is a half-baked mess, there’s not too much to do.
A comedy show like this could’ve done way better with a less “epic”, more open ending. Before that, it should have tried to tie up some of the plotholes that were left (like Gintoki’s past, which was incredibly left aside) on a less pompous manner. You know, some short but probably better written arc on the vein of Yoshiwara and Benizakura. Yeah, those were the good ol’ days. But it seems like Sorachi got a bit too ambitious and things went out of hand.
And i don’t usually complain about production values, but i’d be lying if i said this movie wasn’t lackluster in that aspect. The animation was so incredibly cheap and clunky. And the close-ups and transitions… at times i felt like i was watching some kind of cheap soap opera. In retrospective, it made appreciate a bit more these episodes which consted of a single frame with a lot of dialogue; at least that was more creative, funny and sincere.
Gintama was an anime on which i invested a considerable amount of time, and has been with me since the last year of highschool. It easily became one of my favorites, and i ended up getting attached to the majority of the cast. I repeat: as a fan, i’m disappointed. 4/10, with an extra point because of the opening and the post-credits scenes, which were more faithful to the true soul of the series.
It managed to utilize such a large ensemble of characters incredibly well, although some had only time for a cameo. We laughed and we cried and we laughed again… (I’ve only ever heard the audience laugh this loud in the previous Gintama movie!)
The animation was beautiful, although you could tell where they saved on the budget as it wasn’t always so even, but it has a very unique touch to it when the budget is on.
This movie has heart, and more importantly it has SOUL.
And IF they don’t troll us again and it’s really the final Gintama, it’s an awe and some way to leave.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Gintama: The Final
2. Seitokai Yakuindomo Movie 2
3. Kakushigoto Movie
4. Detective Conan Movie 24: The Scarlet Bullet
5. Boku no Hero Academia the Movie 3: World Heroes’ Mission