They’re the best Anime that 1994 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture, Junkers Come Here, Slam Dunk (Movie), and more!
5: Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture
English: Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture
MAL Score: 6.57
Young millionaire Laocorn Gaudeamus is on a crusade to recover six pieces of armour said to give the user the powers of Mars—the legendary God of War. Fearing that her twin brother is slowly losing his sanity with every armour piece he collects, Sulia runs to Terry, Andy, Joe and Mai to form their own global crusade to stop Laocorn from opening a potential Pandora’s Box and releasing an uncontrollable form of destruction.
Other characters that are also briefly featured are Kim Kaphwan, Jubei Yamada, the Duck King, Richard Meyer, Billy Kane, and Geese Howard.
The quality of the art and animation is more or less like the new battle, the previous OAV, but brought in a more theatrical quality with the resolution of the colors and the finer and more define details of the characters faces. Especially with Andy. Again, the costume designs are still faithful of that to the original gaming series. I think Laocorn’s design is pretty cool. He looks like a youth, but he is menacing looking and his get up really represents his acrobatic and free-flight abilities. Panni’s get up is like a spandex version to Tony’s get up from the 2nd oav. And Jamin looks somewhat like Krauser with his armor and built. And Hauer you can say in terms of personality with how he dresses to protect his good looks is like Vega from Street Fighter II mixed with some of Kefka’s clothing from Final Fantasy. But I know there is an SNK art book out there where the primary character designer, Shinkiro, has his own art work of Laocorn and his villains. My brother may have a copy. I’m sorry I couldn’t show pictures, but if I did, I would have.
Now time to talk about the action and animation. Rather than just being more of an anime being based off a game. With the new villains and original story line, it’s becoming more of an anime itself than just being related to the game. In addition to the story and characters, the presentation of the action itself takes a different approach. The action came across as more DBZ-ish and becomes more of what you see in typical shounen anime though as usual, the characters moves are still presented. But some of the action gets really explosive that isn’t really in the tradition of the games or in most fighting games in general.
The fights are again a bit too short like in the first oav. Though still somewhat exciting but the tactics are too cheap. Some of my favorite fights was when Joe fought Hwa Jai in a kickboxing match. It had some good angles to it and I liked the fast movement and thought it represented Muay Thai very well. It’s just from what I called playing the games, Hwa Jai was one of the bosses and was pretty hard. Then in the anime he was reduced to being a glass jaw villain where you can knock him out with one blow. I liked seeing Kim Kaphwan fighting again and I enjoyed that fight because there were no fire balls or any of that mumbo jumbo. But I thought it was totally cheesy that Kim use a transformation sequence to go from ripping suit to his Tae Kwon Do gi.
Then when Panni fights Lawerence Blood, she just has to result to using her water powers to win. And Terry and Jamin’s 2nd fight was just a power struggle between their burn knuckles. I mean, wasn’t Jamin supposed to be as good of a fighter as Krauser was which was a blow for blow fight in the end? Then when they get to fighting Laocorn, I think it’s cool we get to see Joe, Andy, and Terry fighting together at the same time for once, but this is where it gets really DBZ-ish. The characters are “flying,” and it’s really reliant on their special moves. Though the original oavs did provide the action with the special moves, it didn’t get too excessive that you were watching Dragon Ball Z. You were just watching an anime being faithful to the game it was being based off of. A lot of people may disagree, but that’s how I felt. Sure I thought the explosiveness was cool, but this movie in some of the fights lost the original martial arts element that was more present in the last OAV.
And yes, there is a shower scene with Mai. Apparently back when video game based oavs or anime movies came out. There always had to be a fan service shower scene with a character. Tekken had to have it with Nina. Toshinden had to have it with Sofia. And Street Fighter had to have it with Chun Li. So I hope this makes some of you happy. But I first saw this anime when I was 11, and I must say it was something I was not used to yet.
On one final note, I really liked some of the photography. I really liked the scene where Laocorn first introduces himself to Terry and Sulia on that water tower on the roof top. I liked how the moon was in the background and cast him only as a shadow. It really brought not only a villainous trait in the character, it made him look pretty cool as well symbolizing his strength and his abilities to lets say anticipate where a person may show up.
Before I would to talk about the new features with the voice acting. I would like to point out a couple of things I failed to do in my last two Fatal Fury reviews. The Japanese voice actors of Keiichi Nanba, Andy’s voice actor. And Nobuyuki Hiyama, Joe’s voice actor actually happen to play those roles in the games as well and to this day they continue those roles. So I thought I wanted to point that out. Now time to talk about the finest additions in both the Japanese and English tracks. In the Japanese track, veteran voice actors Miki Shin’ichiro who plays Takumi in Initial D and Mizuki in Naruto is casted as the main villain, Laocorn, while seiyuu veteran Kenji Utsumi who played Raoh in Hokuto no Ken plays his henchman, Jamin. While in the English version, Matt Hill who played Ryo in Ronin Warriors and Kira in Gundam SEED is casted as Laocorn, while Miriam Sirwain (I believe that’s how you say her name) plays Sulia.
Both Miki and Hill are excellent voice actors in bringing this character to life. They each have respective qualities in each country of how to express how maybe a casual teenager or a “cool” teenager may speak. So with a character like Laocorn, that is something they did an excellent job of. In the Japanese version, Laocorn came across more as maniacal and insane, while in the English version, I liked how he came across as scheming and clever. And as usual, the rest of the cast in both Japanese and English version reprise their roles and still do an excellent job.
Some of the dialogue in the English version comes across as very American. Especially in this one airplane scene and approaching Rodos island after Sulia meets the crew. I don’t know how to describe it but when you hear it. It sounds very casual in an American like way and that’s the best way to describe it. It’s a little corny, but felt natural. It has a little more swearing than usual, but it doesn’t suit the characters voices in my opinion. Because of the level of the dialogue in the English version has gone down a little bit, it doesn’t have the same sense of superiority it had over the Japanese version like the oavs had.
The music is what I call an improvement. Some of the background music from the 2nd oav is once again used in the movie. Remember the Eastern like sounding song when Terry fought Kim in the 2nd oav? Well, that song is used again when Kim fights the fat guy wearing the mask. Forgot his name, but I can say he was a playable character in the games. And the remaining soundtrack has a great variety of orchestra, techno, rock, and other eastern like songs. And yes, I really love the ending theme Oh Angel. Both played in Japanese and in English in their respective tracks. The Japanese version is sung by Terry’s voice actor and I don’t know who sung it in English. But they both do an equal job and they bring out the same meaning and feel of emotion.
Well, I thought it was a great conclusion to the trilogy, but leaves a lot open. Like Geese is shown to still be in training and it would have been cool if they made another movie or oav based on the Fatal Fury game also called Real Bout. I thought the new villains were a real great idea. It’s a shame they never made it to the games because I thought they would have worked out. But with the way the action was presented, it would make a total imbalance. I mean, the Fatal Fury games are hard enough already. We don’t need characters that can get the abilities of a god or fight a god itself for God’s sake!!! Despite being 13 years since the anime has been put on a hold, I still hope for future releases. Maybe Terry can meet Blue Mary this time. I don’t get why he was going after a school girl in this one. Man, I am still over shock that there won’t be a sequel to Mark of the Wolves, my favorite of all the Fatal Fury games. I say fans of the Fatal Fury games may not like this anime too much, not because of the new characters, but because of the presentation of the action is not in tradition of the games, but those of you who like general action anime, then this is something to give a shot though the fights are short.
STORY: Obari just did not try with this franchise. I always thought it would be easy to tell a story about a group of steriod-injected martial artists who fire Hadokens out of their feet and can launch air combos, but it’s impossibly bad how little this story makes sense or how you can care!! Apperently, having cool villans like Geese Howard and Billy Kane aren’t compelling enough to put in our FATAL FURY MOVIE, so their roles are reduced to 30 second cameos as the audience is supposed to care about some stupid armour that grants the wearer AWESOME POWER so Laocorn can take vengence against those that betrayed his ancestors. Trust me, the movie does very little to explain this and it has no ties to our heroes whatsoever.
ART: The art is fairly decent. The backgrounds look good for the most part, given the movie’s age, but there isn’t too much to look at. The character designs for the villans just don’t seem to belong, but I’m sure Mr. Obari has a fetish for skin tight spandex and half shirts. These baddies just look like they’re more from Samurai Shodown than Fatal Fury. The Lone Wolves all look good, but they looked much better in A New Battle. The fight scenes are kind of choppy and generic, with the exception of Joe Higashi’s fight against Hwa Jai in the beginning, which looks great. But the only art detail anyone will probably wait to see is Mai’s breasts constantly defying all laws of physics.
Sound: The music is actually quite good at setting the mood in particular points in the movie. The voices are good, with the exception of Sulia’s english dubbed voice. Since her character spends so much time in the movie crying, she sounds like she’s going to break into tears at any given moment. I guess it’s good for what it is, but it’s just so grating that I stopped giving a crap about it. Jason Gray Stafford steals the show as Joe Higashi, and he’s so much fun to listen to, and Mark Hildreth (maybe one of the most underused voice actors out there) is again great as Terry.
CHARACTER: Yeeaahh, this is pretty much the Andy, Mai, and Joe show, because Terry is rendered useless with Sulia as a potential love interest and spends most of the movie still brooding over a girl that NEVER existed. As I said eariler, the FF cast is virtually used mostly as cameos like Kim Kaphwan, Big Bear, Duck King, Lawerance Blood, Jubei Yamada, Cheng Sin Zan, Billy Kane, Geese Howard. You know, the CHARACTERS FROM BLEEDING FATAL FURY!!!!!!!!! These people are used to get their asses handed to them buy the most generic group of bad guys that just exist for the point of trying to move this piss poor excuse of a plot. You have Laocorn, the guy who wants to get the armor of Mars to, you guessed it, take over the world. His whiny twin sister Sulia, who of course, wants to stop him.
And then there’s Jamin, Hauer, and Panni, who sound more like a Cirque De Solei trio than henchmen. I get why Laocorn and Sulia are there, but who are these three, and why do they follow Laocorn? Who knows Obari doesn’t have time to tell you, because Mai’s shower scene is coming up. These antagonists are underdeveloped, have no personality, and serve no purpose except to get disposed of by the good guys. Unexceptable, but I did like the cameos buy Nakoruru and her voice actor in the beginning who gave the flowers to Joe. Yeah, cause people will get that reference, thanks for editing it, VIZ!!!
ENJOYMENT: This is just a boring movie. So much time is spent trying to explain this story that Sulia’s narration is OVER CHARACTER DIALOUGE WHILE THEY’RE ON A PLANE!!! The fight scenes are bittersweet, because when you finally get some action, the fight is over just as fast as it started. It’s hard to care for the original characters because they’re just not that ineresting. There’s just too much talking and the dialouge doesn’t really serve much of a purpose other than a history lesson for the twins, which after all the talking, isn’t that deep. They’re trying to stop Laocorn and fail at every turn, making any scene completely worthless. And the final battle is just a mess, that’s all I have to say.
OVERALL: I HATE THIS MOVIE!! It’s a bastardization of anything Fatal Fury!
The plot is stupid, the backstory is poorly fleshed out, the villans are just a box of bad guys, and the love tension between Terry and Sulia is so forced and unbelievable. Watch this movie if you like Mai, Andy, and Joe. Just don’t expect them to do anything. I promise I’ll try and trim my next review in half. I apologize for the length.
Sound… can’t remember any of the music so it can’t have been too outstanding. But I do remember something about the character’s voices though – they were annoying.
story… nothing spectacular
characters… tries to be deep but at the end of the day is still laughably shallow. You might get a kick from seeing a lot of cameos from the characters of the franchise though, if you’re familiar with it that is.
Conclusion… this anime sucks. Yet another one of those action anime that tries to be too deep and end up rattling off some senseless mumbo jumbo about life and love and trying to find some pseudo-philosophical justification for why they fighting etc.
There’s only one point of interest in this “Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture”, and that’s the fact that it appears to be a SEQUEL to the “Fatal Fury 2”, not the prequel. I was quite confused by the characters talking about what I thought was supposed to be future events that occur in “Fatal Fury 2”. And then I found out that “Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture” is indeed the sequel – it comes after the two OVA’s “Fatal Fury: Legend of the Hungry Wolf” and “Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle”. The first OVA wasn’t listed in the database that I checked, and this naturally made me think the movie, as the only other Fatal Fury title, is the prequel to “Fatal Fury 2”. So yeah, turns out this isn’t such an interesting point after all, sorry to get your hopes up 😛 As a side comment, “Fatal Fury 2” is actually a lot better than this, as it doesn’t make the mistake of trying to appear deep when it’s blatently not.
As many people who have watched this can tell you, this is basically one for the hardcore beat-em-up gamers only, and on top of that you probably need to be a fan of the “Fatal Fury” games to have any chance of enjoying this. Compared to other fighting games to anime conversions, this is not even in the same league as the animated street fighter 2 movie, but at least it’s better than the Tekken movie, though that’s not exactly saying much…
4: Junkers Come Here
Japanese: ユンカース カム ヒア
MAL Score: 7.13
This heartwarming and unexpectedly mature story concerns a young girl named Hiromi Nozawa and her dog, Junkers (pronounced Yoon-kers). Hiromi walks us through her childhood troubles of love, schooling, and family bonds. Her companion Junkers accompanies her on this adventure; however, Junkers is no ordinary dog—he can talk and grant 3 wishes.
This title does a great job of mixing drama and slice of life into one story, with a little bit of supernatural fun thrown in for good measure! The plot revolves around a young grade school girl named “Hiromi” and her dog “Junkers.” Now Hiromi is the prime example of a bottled up child! Her parents are never around much, she doesn’t have many friends at school, and worse, she has a crush on someone she knows she can never have. Though the beginning of the film deals pretty much in the daily life of a sixth grader, a big chunk of the plot revolves around Hiromi’s inner turmoil in her life, and sticks very close to it’s “drama” aspects mid way through. So if you’re not into having a good number of sad moments to go with your movies, then you probably won’t care for this one. However if you do like them, then there is no better movie out there to pick up. Now that’s not to say there are no happy parts to this title of course, because there are a good number of them. In fact for the first half hour or so of the movie, it gears strongly to an everyday slice of life theme, and at this point you may be unsure as to where the story is even going. As the plot progresses though you’ll see little threads be weaved together to make a truly engrossing storyline. Where not all is as it seems (ie Junkers). The finale to this movie is quite well done, and becomes quite magical near the end. It is so charming and well put together that I honestly felt I was watching a Miyazaki quality film. It’s the kind of movie that you can tell was made with love, and the writers really went all out to make the story as believable as possible, without over doing it with the supernatural elements. And merge the two like bread and butter!
Well this is a movie that was made back in 1994, even so it doesn’t look the highest of movie quality for even back then. The backgrounds look like an unfinished coloring book at times, and can come off as quite washed out. Where this movie really wins points on though, is with it’s character animation and design! The character’s themselves kind of look like a simplified version of “Kiki’s Delivery Service.” They are complimented with good emotional facial expressions, and move with very good fluidity! So if you can get past the sometimes bland looking backgrounds, you will enjoy the art style. I do have one question for the animators: was it REALLY necessary to draw Junker’s groin area?! Ugh!
What caught my attention most with the soundtrack, was not the actual character voices (though they are very well done), but with the actual sound effects. They sounded so real; from the opening of doors, to footsteps going upstairs, to the sound of cars passing by. All of it sounds so crisp and realistic. And the character voice were very fitting to each of their roles! You get a nice lite hearted song towards the end that matches the movie to a “T.” The weakest link in the audio was the actual background music, it sounds very “mid-chip.” It sometimes felt like it was being played on a Casio Keyboard, which at times came off as odd.
The cast of characters they offer are so down to earth and real, that they perfectly bring the emotion they want you to feel. By the half way point I really cared for Hiromi, and wanted her to be happy in the end. Now at this point I feel I should talk about the “supernatural” elements to this. Enter Junkers the dog; oh but this is no ordinary dog mind you, for this dog can actually talk! In fact at the very beginning of the movie, you will see Junkers go into one of the men’s restroom, and actually use the urinal! O_o Now this actually turned out to be my biggest complaint with the movie, in that it was never actually explained as to just how Junkers could talk in the first place, nor does the plot actually revolve around him. At times he almost feels like a prop in the movie, and only seems to be there (most of the time anyway) as a comfort tool for Hiromi. I also felt the connection between them not of the highest caliber for a movie, but what they do have together is indeed quite strong and touching. Even the supporting cast is very likable, and I couldn’t find one that came off as exaggerated or out of place.
This movie really was a well put together project, you get a good range of genres (slice of life, drama, supernatural, comedy), everything that makes a well put together movie. If the idea of a “lite hearted and cute Miyazaki style film” sounds wonderful to you, then I highly recommend checking this title out. The heavier drama moments might kill some of the enjoyment for some, and it won’t appeal to everyone. It is however, a movie I feel everyone should at least try!
The movie sticks close to the reality we know and avoids topical and epochal content while still using animation effectively to depict scenes that would otherwise be difficult, expensive, or uncanny in other media. While the story it tells is typical, the writing, soundwork, and pacing of the scenes demonstrate mastery of craft. While neither being a dramatic film nor a comedy, Junkers manages to constantly deliver scenes which are wholeheartedly funny, moving, and entertaining. The characters and story deliberately avoid feeling artificial, and even with the inclusion of a talking dog, the movie’s universe feels completely like our own.
Movie gems like this are the reason I keep watching anime. Rare is it to find a movie which can sincerely entertain me for every second of its runtime and leave me feeling good after reflecting on the experience.
Story: (8/10) Now I hope I didn’t discourage anyone with my introduction. Even those that can’t relate to the opening will still be touched by this remarkably poignant and moving film. Both slice of life and drama, this story tells the tale of a young girl named Hiromi and her pet dog, Junkers. With her grandmother recently deceased, her mother working deep into the night, her father constantly away on business, and a lack of friends at school, Hiromi finds herself struggling with loneliness and a feeling of abandonment. Junkers is her only constant companion, and we quickly learn that Junkers is no ordinary dog… Junkers can talk! When people hear talking dog, instantly they pigeon hole the film as a kiddy movie, but this film tackles serious and difficult issues. Divorce, abandonment, sacrifice, and being true to oneself are each explored in this surprisingly emotional story. Importantly though, the film manages to avoid falling into the trap of being melodramatic. The drama is never overblown to the point where it becomes unrealistic.
Characters: (9/10) Hiromi takes up the lion’s-share of the screen time, and her character is more than up for the task. Her character is beautifully developed through out the film, and its very easy to empathize with her pain. Outwardly Hiromi struggles to convince the world that she’s perfectly fine. She portrays a happy, confident, precocious girl to all who meet her. The truth behind the mask is that she’s really breaking down inside, and the weight of wearing it day in and day out only makes her misery worse. Junkers is an interesting character as well. He plays the naive, well-meaning friend, but perhaps he’s more than he seems… The parents aren’t given enough screen time to really develop much, which is unfortunate, but fits into the theme of the absentee parents. I haven’t mentioned the boarder that’s living with them yet. His relationship with Hiromi becomes quite interesting, and he may be the second best character in the film. And last but not least is the housekeeper, who provides wonderful comic relief.
Animation: (6/10) Even if we give the film some leeway due to its age, the animation can only be described as average. The frames per second seem to be slightly on the low side, and some of the movements lack smoothness. The character models are simple, yet effective. The facial expressions work well to aid the story. The backgrounds and sets are very plain, but this isn’t the type of film that requires beautiful and detailed artwork to carry it. The simple artwork lets the story and the characters become the stars of the film.
Sound: (8/10) The soundtrack for the film is decent, but not remarkable. I thought the voice acting was superb though. Hiromi’s voice actor did a fabulous job, and was always able to convey her characters emotions to the viewer. I also really liked the maid’s voice actor as well.
Overall: (8/10) Again, I couldn’t recommend this film enough to anyone that enjoys a good drama or coming of age movie. After I watched this movie, I was really shocked it was as unpopular as it was. Do yourself a favor and give it a chance. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
3: Slam Dunk (Movie)
MAL Score: 7.36
Sakuragi and the Shohoku team takes on Oda and Takezono High School. This is Sakuragi’s second match as he faces Oda, a basketball player who went to the same junior high.
Overall a respectable Slam Dunk movie and I found it pretty interesting and I will definitely rewatch it after some time.
Oda isn’t exactly an interesting character, but when the focus shifts to one more concerned with his relationship to his girlfriend, the result ranges from boring to unfortunately laughable. A scene depicting Oda slapping his girlfriend for even suggesting that basketball has made him a more unlikeable person with something missing in his life is a good summation of the two aforementioned results. The placement of this character detour also contrasts pretty poorly with this series’ patented comedy. Most of the charm of this film is placed strictly on Sakuragi’s shoulders as he boldly shows his passion for basketball (whether he knows it or not), injuring himself multiple times in the process. This culminates in the movie’s climax, in which Sakuragi makes one last desperate lunge off court as he tries to save the basketball for his team. He succeeds right before slamming face-first into a wall and rendering himself immobile for a few seconds. In those seconds, the jeers of the crowd fall silent and a lone standing ovation from the opposing team’s coach is heard. And then they all clapped 🙂 . This scene not only goes on for way too long, as it pans to every character’s reaction before clapping themselves, but it also throws away the character conflict in this film. Oda, amongst the cheers, reaches out to help Sakuragi up–immediately acknowledging him as a sportsmen without words or transition despite his constant undermining of him up until this point. I’d like to commend it for it’s subtly, but all of this comes of as really cheesy (and not in a good way as seen in the third film). Then the match is just…over. We never see the end of the match because the movie opts to transition to the two teams coaches post-game after the clapping scene. I haven’t mentioned the basketball match itself due to the very forgettable nature of it in this film; to have the end of the game not even shown tells me that the focus isn’t really on the match, but on the characters instead (which one could imagine how that might make me feel given the context of what’s been written). This comes off strange in a series usually concerned with depicting the grand battles and outcomes of a basketball match–giving hyper importance to even practice games.
On the production end this isn’t all that strong either. The OST is borrowed from the show so it’s hardly worth mentioning that it’s quality (though never utilized in any significantly impactful way). The animation this time around prioritizes having more detailed still frames rather than actually animating well. Action/Sports scenes come off as stiffly paced, and often will hold on a still frame in that uniquely awkward old-anime way which dates it instantly. It’s all moderately serviceable, but, thankfully the character performances are likable enough to enjoy.
This isn’t a horrible movie, just a really bland representation of what Slam Dunk is as a series. Though moments in this film, from a comedy standpoint, properly showcase glimmers of understanding of what the series is; the overall construction of the movie and how it goes about it almost seems misrepresentitive and confused, despite the theme of full body dedication/passion to the sport implying otherwise.
2: Slam Dunk: Zenkoku Seiha Da! – Sakuragi Hanamichi
Japanese: スラムダンク 全国制覇だ！桜木花道
MAL Score: 7.54
Set during the Inter High Championships, Shohoku take on Tsukubu, one of this year’s dark horses. It’s a clash of acquaintances as Anzai will face his former student which is now the coach of Tsukubu, while Akagi & Kogure meet Godai their former classmate and Tsukubu’s captain. Finally Sakuragi is irked by the presence of Nango, Tsukubu’s center, who vies for Haruko’s attention.
Story was pretty good where Hanamachi has to face against a rival in a match to see who gets to be with Haruko and it had pretty good pacing and the usual funny comedy.
The art is still the same with some improvements but not by much and the music was pretty good comparable to that of the series. The characters were pretty much the same except for a couple of new introductions who were alright but they didn’t get that deep into.
Overall I enjoyed the movie. If you wanna see more of Slam Dunk and if you have finished this series this movie is a recommended watch.
1: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S: Kaguya-hime no Koibito
English: Sailor Moon S Movie: Hearts in Ice
Japanese: 美少女戦士セーラームーンS かぐや姫の恋人
MAL Score: 7.68
An unusual snow storm hits Tokyo and the Sailor Senshi discover that an evil snow queen Kaguya, wants to freeze the entire earth. It’s up to the Inner Sailor Senshi along with the Outers, to defeat the Queen. Meanwhile, Luna falls in love with a human astronomer named Kakeru whose girlfriend is an astronaut about to take a space shuttle mission. Kakeru becomes ill and Luna wishes she could be a human to help him.
In my opinion, the S movie stands head and shoulders above the other two in almost every way. I’m glad that the focus is on Luna instead of Usagi. Not that I dislike Usagi (quite the opposite), but we get plenty of her in the TV series, so it’s nice to see something different. Also, they managed to fit quite a bit of stuff into a short running time without making it feel too rushed. The story isn’t the most original or innovative, but it still hits all the right notes.
Speaking of hitting all the right notes, the best thing about this movie is the music! It uses all the various musical cues to great effect, without going too over-the-top. My favorite is the beautiful, heartbreaking theme used for Luna– I cry when I listen to it. The music does a great job of punctuating and enhancing every scene and without it, I don’t think I would have enjoyed this movie so much.
1. It is actually based off the manga, though in my opinion the manga was way better (you even get to see a party in the beginning of the manga as well as Usagi using the Luna Pen, which she hasn’t used in a long time!
2. I happen to like Luna, who some may think is a nag, but at least she does care for Usagi and is actually quite useful in a lot of ways. Anyways, this is based mainly on Luna.
3. C’mon, you just gotta love the plot as well as the background music and the characters and villians too. And may i say, the artwork is gorgeous!
It’s about a guy named Kakeru, who dreams of going up to the moon And dreaming of a princess from the moon named Kaguya, who he is fascinated by. He is a scientist who has deep feelings for his childhood friend and partner, Himeko, who secretly loves him in return.
Anyways, Luna begins to fall in love with Kakeru after saving her from getting ran over, during which she caught a cold and stuff. Anyways, Luna falls in love with Kakeru and a love triangle forms in front of them and Himeko.
Meanwhile Earth is being controlled by a snow demon named Kaguya also, who wants to take revenge on Earth and stuff.
It’s a really good movie that is my favorite out of them all, and i recommend in buying the movie as well as watching the movie too. You’ll love it!
Story: Ok I’ll be honest, when I first watched this movie as a kid, the plotline concerning the scientists confused me. I wasn’t too sure what their connection was to the movie’s villain, or what was going on between the two of them. After watching it again when I was older, I finally slowly understood it. They seemed to mix up the timeline with the past and present, and it can get easy to mix them up.
Other than that, the story consists mainly of Luna, and her feelings towards ‘stuck being only a cat’. I was disappointed; they didn’t take this chance to explain more about both Luna and especially Artemis’s past as the manga did, but overall it still was a pretty good plot even with our usual main characters not being seen as much.
Art: Once again, the art is basic Sailor Moon style and there is nothing really that stands out. The ending scene is really nice to look at, especially the transformation sequence.
Sound: Sound wasn’t so much of a deal. Didn’t have breakthrough songs, and the sounds of the Snow Dancers made my ears bleed.
Character: I’m going to say it here and now. Luna’s outcome at the end was the only reason I liked this movie. I cared little for the supporting characters, and the main characters were hardly present.
Another good point was the outer scouts made a believable appearance in this movie with the absence of Saturn, who hadn’t yet appeared in the series timeline. The movie even managed to squeeze in short moments between Sailor Moon, Tuxedo Mask and Mini Moon.
Enjoyment: I liked the movie and thought it was cute to see Luna’s outcome and Artemis acting adorable. I wouldn’t say it’s not necessary to watch because it does have some important scenes to see before getting into the SuperS season.
Overall: A cute fluffy movie, but overall nothing huge.
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