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 Detective Conan Movie 24: The Scarlet Bullet, Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash, Natsume Yuujinchou: Ishi Okoshi to Ayashiki Raihousha, and more!
5: 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.
4: Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash
Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダム 閃光のハサウェイ
MAL Score: 7.93
—Do you know the Nejen?
If you know it, then I’ll take you there—
The year is U.C. 0105. Twelve years have passed since the end of the second Neo Zeon War (Char’s Rebellion). Even after “the Axis Shock,” which seemed to indicate the future of humanity and the Universal Century, the world is still in a chaotic situation where intermittent military conflicts continue to break out. The Earth Federation government is more corrupt than ever, and its leadership has not only accelerated Earth’s pollution, but also implemented an inhuman “Man Hunting” policy in which civilians are forcibly exiled to outer space.
The anti-Federation government organization “Mafty,” led by someone called “Mafty Navue Erin,” has taken a stand against the corruption of the Earth Sphere. Mafty carries out fierce acts of terrorism, assassinating high officials of the Federation government one after another, but it gains a certain level of support from the populace who are growing more opposed to the Federation government.
The person who calls himself “Mafty” and leads this organization is Hathaway Noa, the son of Bright Noa, an officer of the Earth Federation Forces who once participated in the One Year War. Hathaway himself joined the forces trying to stop Char’s Rebellion. With firsthand knowledge of the ideals and ideologies of Amuro Ray and Char Aznable, he has become a warrior following in their footsteps, and plans to clear a path forward through armed resistance. His destiny, however, is drastically altered as he encounters the Federation Forces officer Kenneth Sleg and a mysterious young beauty named Gigi Andalucia.
Edit: and also probably the most realistic one
Now I don’t give out 10/10s very often. The only times I have are with the original Legend of the Galactic Heroes, original Gundam, Attack on Titan Season 3 part 2, and only a few other times.
I generally rate Gundam series very harshly, for example I have only given a 10/10 to the original Gundam, and even rated Z 9/10. I gave UC a 7/10 and things like NT, 00, SEED something between 5 to 6 out of 10 because although they were sometimes enjoyable, they were disappointing and somewhat boring on some level.
But I have decided to give Hathaway’s Flash (yes the Japanese title is “Hathaway’s Flash” and not “Hathaway”) a 10/10 for the first time since the original Gundam. (Please note I’m not a boomer who worships the original Gundam just because it’s the original. I’m in my early 20s and I judge all Gundam series pretty objectively according to the standards of their era)
The story is about a group of anti-government eco-terrorists called “Mafty” who want to purge the bloated Earth Federation government to “force every human into space to save the earth’s environment”. Mafty wants to rid the world of corrupt politicians. Considering the fact that this novel was written 30 years ago, it’s amazing how the topics this work deals with are more relevant than ever. However, what’s great about this anime is how it’s not good vs evil. Mafty is correct in that it wants equality, wants to preserve the earth’s environment for the future of humanity, and wants to purge corrupt brutal government officials, but they are terrorists who bomb hotels with innocent civilians (although they are aware of this and do apologize every so often). So is Mafty evil and the Earth Federation good? No. The Earth Federation is an oppressive bloated regime which does not care about the earth’s environment and allows its own officials and politicians to live on earth while sending the poor back to space. They use brutal man-hunters to kill or forcefully evict those who won’t obey them. Additionally, during the battle of Davao, we see that the federation are far more less caring about the citizens of Davao. They carelessly fire many missiles at Mafty mobile suits, which sets many parts of the city of Davao ablaze. Mafty only bombed the hotels and sure they killed civilians, but it is clearly portrayed that the Feds are far far worst. Neither Mafty nor the Earth Federation are perfect. They are both flawed and both have done good things and bad things. The fact that there is no clear cut villain or hero is what makes this anime so realistic. In Gundam, the Gundam mobile suit ( giant robot ) is the symbol of justice and good and hope. The fact that both factions have Gundam (Mafty has the Xi Gundam and the Feds have the Odysseus Gundam aka Penelope), shows that both sides have their own sense of justice and that neither side is the clear “hero”. Great storytelling.
The art is fantastic. Way better than UC or NT which I saw in the theatre a few years ago. This is sunrise at its best. The city of Davao is beautiful and it really feels like the Philippines ( I lived there for 5 years so I can confirm). I generally think this movie is on par with weathering with you and demon slayer in terms of art. This movie transcends Gundam and mech anime. The mobile suits are really clean. CG is used for the Penelope sometimes but it is very clean and I had no problems with it. MAPPA better learn from Sunrise. The characters move around like realistic human actors and not 2D big-eyed anime cartoon characters.
The most beautiful part of the movie was the Battle of Davao. the fight at the middle of the film, not the end. The night battles and destruction of Davao were beautiful. I still can’t forget the Messer landing in the middle of a coconut forest.
Amazing. There is a Disco scene that transfers straight to a war scene and it was amazing. You gotta see it. It’s hard to explain with words. The sound of mobile suits and their weapons was amazing. Far better than NT. This is some of the best sound design I have ever heard in film. In terms of sound, this is up there with GuP das finale part 3. You have got to see this in theatres.
The protagonist, Hathaway is Greta Thunberg with giant robot weapons to use against corrupt politicians. However Hathaway is less vocal than her and far more calm. Additionally, Hathaway recognizes his ideology is not perfect. We see this when he goes around in the city of Davao and when a taxi driver tells him about how he is disappointed Mafty doesn’t attack man-hunters (who are a more pressing concern to ordinary people than any corrupt minister opt federation big-wig) and how people like him can only think so much about the future as he is preoccupied with the present. Mafty and Hathaway are portrayed as flawed activists who have grand ambitions and are genuinely trying to change the world for the better, but such grand plans are not necessary gonna help ordinary people such as those seen in Davao who just wanna go about their daily lives of fishing in the sea or driving taxis to make a living. If anything Mafty is going to ruin their day to day lives as they are planning to forcefully make all humans relocate to space.
Gigi is just Quess 2.0
Colonel Keins is the opposite of Hathaway. He is a commoner and seems grateful the federation has given him a good life for his service in the Federation military. He tries to hunt down Mafty no matter what, even using torture and hostages.
Neither Hathaway or Keins, neither Mafty or the Feds are completely right. Just like in the real world, there are no clear cut heroes and villains. This is why this movie is great.
This is a perfect Gundam movie
I’m sick of anime and Hollywood movies that try to label a certain faction as evil villains. Hollywood always does this with Someone whether it be Orcs or space aliens invading earth or Germans or terrorists or whatever while they glorify the US or middle earth humans or a super soldier or superhero or whatever. Gundam has been doing this with Zeon or Titans or Gjallarhorn or Ribbons while glorifying the Gundam pilots and earth federation or Gundam meisters or tekkadan or whatever.
I was sick of this toxic trend of good vs evil.
Hathaway’s flash is on par with LotGH on how it refuses to romanticize or glorify one side.
This and the beautiful music and animation and scene composition are why Hathaway’s flash is a perfect Gundam movie
My favorite parts were
1. The battle of Davao
2. The day time scenes of Davao right before the night battle
3. Penelope vs Xi gundam
I would like to mention that Hathaway’s Flash gets rid of the occultic supernatural elements in previous UC gundams. The UC series has recently been plagued by supernatural Mary Sue characters and Mary Sue gundams. This movie has none of that. Ever since series such as Zeta and Char’s counterattack, there has been non-stop supernatural elements in the universal century timeline. The chief abuser being Unicorn and Narrative most recently. In Hathaway’s flash there are no Mary Sue characters or mobile suits. It is a gritty war story. Also, although the Xi and Odysseus Gundams are powerful, they do not have bullshit supernatural superpowers like the Nu Gundam and
Unicorn gundams.Hathaway is not an overpowered Mary Sue Camille or Banagher, and neither are his enemies. I’m glad there is less supernatural Mary Sue bullshit in this movie
I’m certain part 3 will be even better than this movie because of the source material they are adapting, but I am concerned for part 2 because part 2 does not have a big fight scene. There is no Xi vs Penelope. I hope they improve on the original novels because part 2 is the weakest of the trilogy
New Edit: “Hathaway is the most scientifically realistic Gundam anime.”
REALISM: 9.5/10 (for a Gundam Film)
This movie scores a 9.5/10 in terms of realism in a Gundam anime.
I believe that this movie is also the most scientifically accurate Gundam movie. In Gundam anime, we have bullshit physics such as mobile suits in space stopping in the middle of space to shoot its guns without decelerating. Bullshit physics is everywhere in sci-fi shows including Gundam. Also, we have massive heavy space ships like the white base or the Ra Cailum being able to enter the earth’s atmosphere and being able to float despite it not having any thrusters on the bottom of the ship to allow it to float (because gravity makes heavy objects fall), or Minovsky Drives (Minovsky Drives were invented just before Hathaway’s Flash so it does not make sense for the White Base and Ra Cailum and other older UC ships to be able to float). Obviously it’s not just Gundam that have committed these crimes and things like the Star Destroyer from Rogue One are also guilty of this kind of bullshit physics.
Well thankfully in this movie, there are no bullshit space battleships entering the earth’s atmosphere and floating. In that sense, this movie is far more accurate than any other Gundam anime UC or other. Hathaway solves many of the problems with science and physics that all Gundam anime have been suffering from by setting the entire story on Earth and none of it in space. (FYI, Mr. Tomino has said that the cylindrical space colony model does not work in real life (he is right), which makes even the original Gundam unrealistic. Luckily no cylindrical sphere colony appears in Hathaway because its not set in space).
Hathaway’s Flash solves 95% of the science/physics-related problems that the Gundam franchise has had by setting the whole damn story on Earth. The only unrealistic elements about Hathaway are the giant humanoid mobile suits, Minovsky Particle technology(including Minovsky Flight) and the New-type (esper) element. (It is heavy implied Gigi is some sort of esper or New-Type as they are called in Gundam).
Additionally, since there are no space combat scenes, there is no need to justify the fact that there is sound in space despite there not being any air. Yes I know. The recent justification for Gundam weapon sound effects in space is that “the mobile suit’s camera captured footage from outside of the suit and adds sound effects instantaneously for the pilot”. But come on, we all know that this is just an excuse and besides, it does not explain the exterior shots still having sound effects. Gundam Hathaway’s battles all take place on earth so there is no need for bullshit sound effects in space combat because there aren’t any space combat scenes.
Also, I was getting tired of shows like 00 and SEED where mobile suits are able to hover in mid air even where there is gravity, and can stop to fire its guns without having large forward thrusters or having to decelerate with them, despite traveling at Mach speed. Gundam Hathaway has a bullshit technology called “Minovsky Flight” but at least they explain it. Also, the fight scenes between Messers and Gustav Karls are realistic air-to-air mobile suit fights because they have no Minovsky flight capabilities and have to fight in free-fall. Unlike bullshit SEED or 00 fights (not shitting on the story or characters of these anime, just shitting on the bullshit physics in these shows)
Another realistic part of the anime is that there is only 1 mass produced suit per faction. Mafty only has the Messer (although they have 3 variations of it: the F1, F2 and the commander type), while the Federation only has the Gustav Karl (yes they also have the Jegan Hunter-type but that’s only in the anime and they are not combat suits, they are auxiliary suits. They are jegan type A s that are the older models which fought in CCA but are now being replaced by the C and D types so they have been handed to the Hunters.). This is realistic because in real life, there is “economies of scale” which incentivizes militaries to standardize their equipment. Tomino was allowed to do this because there were no toy company heads telling him to add more and more mobile suits to sell toys. Tomino made this novel for himself and this was the only Gundam story that he had complete creative control over.
Of course, I’m guessing they will add more mobile suits in Part 2 to sell Premium Bandai Model kits. They’ll probably add a few Re-Zels or a THE-O or something for the Xi Gundam to fight in part 2 of the anime but oh well, whatever…
Conclusion: Gundam Hathaway is the most scientifically realistic Gundam anime to date, minus of course the Mobile Suits, New Types and Minovsky particles which are necessary.
When writing Hathaway’s Flash 30 years ago, for Tomino, this was the one Gundam story where he did not get any bullshit interference from the anime studio higher ups or the toy manufacturers and that this was the one Gundam story where he was truly able to create what he wanted to make, not having to worry about budget, time schedule, making the story draw out longer to take up TV slots, introducing a ridiculous amount of mobile suits to sell more and more toys (hence why there is only 1 mass produced suit per faction in Hathaway) and etc… He never expected this book to get an anime adaptation and never planned to make an adaptation himself. The result is a masterpiece that can rival the original Gundam
However, to my pleasant surprise, Hathaway’s Flash is directed closer to a high budget full feature that brings back the basics of quality storytelling. Except for one character (the girl), every character feels solidly grounded in reality, with nuanced ambitions and insecurities, and Gundam’s characteristic gray morality without the gimmicks. This movie does not rely on genetically modified super humans, Newtypes, or super soldiers trained from an early age. It does not, yet, rely on human experimentation or drugs to improve reflexes. Instead, we are introduced to characters who reasonably react to the situations they’re in, who make mistakes and fear for their imminent threats. The fights, beautifully animated, rely on tactics rather than super human movement and light shows. Even the minor background characters are capable of rooting for one side, but exercise independent judgment and disagree with certain actions. This is something even Legend of the Galactic Heroes failed in, where the nobles and other minor characters often followed a singular hive mind mentality.
This movie is also the only Gundam work I’ve seen that has an extended action sequence that takes place in a modern urban setting without the citizens having been evacuated to nuclear shelters. It shows how military weapons easily destroy buildings, where ordinary civilians get buried in the rubble or burned by plasma of materials melted by missiles and beams. The whole sequence was exhilarating, more so than any other Gundam that don’t focus on terror, but instead just kills people or children to make a point.
Moreover, Hathaway’s Flash sets up a thematic “coming of age” between the protagonist and antagonist, in a sort of microcosm of the overall plot. The characters realize something by the end, and that allows the movie to standalone, as well as be a part of something bigger.
If there’s any flaw, the pacing drags out a bit. There are some introspective moments that could have been arguably skipped for more cohesive action, but the decision to keep them is understandable. Together with the Tron-esque electronic music that beats throughout, the movie perhaps seeks to be a throwback to a more old school 80s vibe, when the work was written. The graphics are a beautifully detailed mix of 2D and noticeable CGI, but artistically well-blended and tasteful, and doesn’t really distract.
I highly recommend this movie to those with a bit longer attention span, and enjoy nuanced ethics, where we could recognize the flaws of some nationalistic policy and terrorism, and still empathize with why someone might believe in them.
What can you say about the art or cinematography on a film with this kind of budget on modern times?, they all just look stunning. but art in himself doesn’t make a movie a good movie for that you need a good
Story (9) and characters. (8)
A story by Tomino Yoshiyuki make just 32 years ago, This story depict a bleak future in where the Earth Federation is more corrupt than ever making life on earth a hell for any one that speak up against the government, but because of this is that Mafty appears a terroris organisation that targets and kill high rank federation officers led by a man named Mafty Navue Erin, and that is the premise of this story, is not like the past gundam storys where 2 major powers clash but that does make him lest epic.
i don’t want to spoil anything so i dont know what i can say of characters, i just whant to say that they are not perfect, they have small errors (objectively) but they are nor bad at all.
If you have not read the novels and you love a good story this movie is perfect for you.
and what is a good story without
Sound and music. 10
Music composed by Hiroyuki Sawano, i believe that when you hear a piece created by sawano you immediately say: That is from shingeki no kyojin or frome Nanatsu no Taizai or frome Gundam Unicorn, etc. what i’m trying to say is that he make music that make you remember that fight or that emotional moment and each piece of music is unique of that show and for this movie he make the same, you will remember that fight, that moment accompanied by that superb pieces,
So yes the music is Superb.
Sound effects (at least in the theater) is amazing, you can feel the clash of those 2 in your bones.
Before seeing it i was worried that I already know the outcome of the story and could not enjoy it, but i was wrong, this movie his pacing the art the music make me feel like if have never read it. I was really immersed in the moment and my enjoyment was great.
So is a overall 9
It has its mistakes, like everything else, but I don’t really care because when a movie has so much good you can forgive the bad.
Some good news for western fans the movie will be live on netflix July 1, i just hope is not only NA .
3: Natsume Yuujinchou: Ishi Okoshi to Ayashiki Raihousha
Japanese: 夏目友人帳 石起こしと怪しき来訪者
MAL Score: 8.09
The film will be made up of two stories: “Ishi Okoshi” and “Ayashiki Raihousha.” In “Ishi Okoshi,” Natsume meets a small youkai called Mitsumi in a forest. Mitsumi is entrusted to wake up the divine youkai “Iwatetsu” from its deep slumber. Mitsumi weighs on Natsume’s mind, so he sets out to help Mitsumi with his task.
In “Ayashiki Raihousha,” a mysterious visitor appears in front of Tanuma. Nearly every day, the visitor visits Tanuma, talks to him a little, and then leaves. Natsume, who knows the visitor is a youkai, worries for Tanuma, but Tanuma enjoys these exchanges with the youkai. The youkai means no harm, but Tanuma’s health slowly starts to deteriorate.
First part is about helping mitsumi the Ishi-okoshi to do his quest. I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. Nice combination of comedy and heartwarming moments with a slight touch of drama. And I always welcomed more hinoe screentime.
Second part was interesting in its own way and opened up the relationship between two friends and two neighbors. We saw more through misuzu, tanuma, and sasame, the neighbor/rival of misuzu. Overall great stories, first story was a bit better.
Artstyle remains almost the same, but nice tweaks have been applied.
Nothing special about the sounds. Usual osts used. Seiyuus were done good as usual.
Overall, natsume yuujinchou: Ishi Okoshi to Ayashiki Raihousha is another great movie which was nothing less expected from the franchise. Never misses the chance to make you mesmerized with its own world, characters and the story.
Anyone who has watched the main series Should know that the mc deals with yokais by returning them their names. This movie had none of that.
This two episodes felt like the mc is a side character whose presence makes no difference.
The first part was about a yokai whom was tasked to wake another yokai up from his slumber. Not much action or drama. Mc just ran around with the yokai looking for the other yokai’s location. This part was boring given that most of the main series already has a slow pace to each episode, this part of the movie (if you can call this a movie, I will come to that later) was extremely draggy even by this series’s standards.
The second part of the movie was about mc’s friend, the one whose father is the chief monk of a temple. This second part of the movie was slightly better as we get to see a little bit more action as the horse yokai had abit of a short battle with the yokai that possessed the mc’s friend. We don’t get to see this yokai as the creators were too lazy to come up with a new design. They just changed the mc’s friend’s eyes and show that to be the yokai that possessed the mc’s friend.
Oh there was this squiggly mess that appeared for a few seconds that you will miss if you blinked, when they showed the yokai that possessed the mc’s friend, left his body to battle the horse yokai. This part of the movie was slightly better than the first part.
This movie is only 52 mins long and for the price of movies ticket nowadays, it’s not worth watching on the big screen as it felt more like an ova than a “movie”. Pacing was very slow that a guy two rows in front of me, started snoring (yes he fell asleep during the first part of the movie).
This felt like a money grab by the creators as they used the name of this popular franchise (don’t get me wrong, I loved the series hence decided to watch this in the movies) to con people into watching this at the movies when it felt like an ova that comes when you purchase the series on dvd/blu ray.
Definitely does not live up to original series 3/10
Natsume Yuujinchou is one of the very very few anime I consider an art. Always coming up with new stories and adding intereseting characters without being repetitve nor forced. It has been like that for many years and I hope it continues to be so.
This “Movie” is pretty much 2 different OVAs combined together. The 2 stories are based on the same themes, trust and friendship, and that might explain why they were grouped together.
The first story is about an adorable little Yokai called Mitsumi. Mitsumi is entrusted with the mission to awaken ,Gantetsu, the Yokai Master she follows. She is using a small map to get there but there is a small problem she faces while doing that, every other Yokai is trying to get that map to earn the reward from waking him up.
The second story is about Tanuma who just woke up from a very weird dream. He is then met by a unique visitor who came to his house and is starting to see him almost daily. Between the feeling of being happy to interact with the same Yokai Natsume sees and the feeling of not wanting to ask Natsume and making him worry, Tanuma goes on and starts meeting with the guy waiting to see what that will lead him to.
Both the stories were done brilliantly and their conclusions are ones that leave you satisfied.
The art, animation and overall direction were brilliant and the voice actors did a very good job. I personally loved Misumi’s voice as it was so cute :”D
Overall, a 10/10. A really entertaining “Movie” that is just what I really needed to watch. Hoping to see more of Natsume soon.
Would recommend it and would recommend the whole series.
2: Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time
English: Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time
Japanese: シン エヴァンゲリオン劇場版:||
MAL Score: 8.72
Shinji Ikari is still adrift after losing his will to live, but the place he arrives at teaches him what it means to hope. Finally, the Instrumentality Project is set in motion and Wille make one last grueling stand to prevent the Final Impact.
The plot is very straightforward but full of unfamiliar terminology and lore exposition since the worldbuilding continues to be incredibly sparse compared to NGE. This has been a problem with the Rebuild films since 2.0 and it only got worse with each subsequent entry thanks to the timeskip. NGE had excellent lore and worldbuilding, it never gave you all the answers, but it gave you enough information to make sense of what was going on, while remaining consistent and believable whitin itself. Rebuild is a complete failure in this regard, and in Thrice everything feels more contrived, nonsensical and excessive than ever. Anyway, this movie gets so ridiculously meta none of this ends up mattering, so let’s move on.
Thrice runtime is 2 hours and 35 minutes long, it’s the third longest animated movie ever made. Two and a half hours of bad exposition/info dumps, asspulls, contradictions, unconvincing character development, in-your-face/condescending meta-narrative and mindless CG action. The only good part of the movie is when they are in the village. This segment is the only part where the writing and character interactions felt natural (even though character development felt extremely rushed and unbelievable). It’s also visually impressive, the 2D animation, background art and cinematography really shines, unfortunately this doesn’t last long and the rest of the movie mainly consists of bombastic action. It wouldn’t be so bad if at least the action was good, but sadly long gone is the quality of action scenes like Asuka vs the Mass Production Evas from EoE; elegantly choreographed and accompanied with well thought out composition and camera movement, the amazing 2D animation of this scene looks just as good today as it did 24 years ago. Now we have ugly CG Evas (that already look outdated) with unnecessarily convoluted designs, stiff animation and a camera that cannot be still for a second (the constant camera spinning was absolutely nauseating). It’s not just that they look bad, there’s also no tension or anything at stake since Asuka and Mari can easily defeat thousands of Evas by simply shooting them with their guns (what good are their AT fields?).
[ Beware of spoilers from now on. ]
What about the characters? They were always the strong suit of Evangelion. In NGE it took a realistically long time for Rei to behave like a human being in front of anyone that wasn’t Gendo, in Thrice she’s suddenly a cute baby full of curiosity, even though not long ago she was an emotionless doll, colder than ever during the events of the previous movie. Her character arc and relationship with Shinji are ruined with the awesome revelation that Rei was programmed to like Shinji à la Mikasa and is not choosing him over Gendo out of her own free will. I have to admit it was nice seeing Rei farming and hanging out with the old ladies, but this is the 2nd time we’re seeing her humanization in these movies, it feels very redundant. Shinji starts out very depressed because of the death of Kaworu then Rei (after winning his affection) dies in front of him and instead of falling further into depression he suddenly becomes a stoic chad who is unfazed when someone points a gun at him. He transforms into an overly optimistic character, absolutely motivated to play the hero completely out of nowhere and of course everyone keeps telling him how much he has grown up, “Wow Shinji you have grown, you’re a generic mecha protagonist now”. Such is his mental fortitude and gravitas that he can talk Cyclops Gendo (a literal god and 4D chess master) into submission, not bad for someone that a few days ago suffered from severe depression and PTSD (he was borderline suicidal). Asuka continues to exist only for blatant fanservice (she spends most of her screen time half naked for no reason) and to tsunderely have a crush on Shinji, we hardly see anything from her past that makes us sympathize with her or a justification for her toxic behavior and instead we get a last minute asspull revelation: Asuka was a clone the whole time, because that’s what Evangelion needed, more clones. Mari always felt like an unwanted guest on Evangelion, a Mary Sue whose dialogue consists almost entirely of one liners and only appears during combat/fanservice scenes, never having any meaningful interaction with any of the other characters. I’ve always hated Mari because RoE already had simplified versions of the original cast, with far fewer scenes to develop as characters than they had in NGE and she was stealing precious screen time from them. This is the final movie and we do not see another facet of Mari or an interesting origin story relevant to the plot, no, she is still the same one-dimensional character singing and fooling around during critical moments, her existence in these movies is never justified. Worst of all, out of all the movies, this one gives her the most screen time while far better characters like Misato and Ritsuko were put aside. Yes, Misato is once again relegated to a very minor role, most of her dialogue is just poor exposition about what happened to Kaji (Gendo and Ritsuko were also reduced to exposition spouting robots).
“No matter where you are, I’ll come get you, Puppy Boy”, yeah, yeah, shut up Anno’s wife self-insert.
This time around the Human Instrumentality is much more direct thanks to Gendo constantly explaining everything with unnecessary info dumps, “This is the world of your memories. Our senses can’t perceive the anti-universe. Therefore the LCL has created a virtual environment we can perceive”, it’s all dumbed down so even the dumbest normie can understand. It’s as if during the sandbox sequence from EoE there was some know-it-all character explaining the meaning behind all the symbolism and metaphors, ruining the atmosphere and leaving no place for interpretation. The Human Instrumentality should offer viewers more space for imagination and self-reflection. Fourth Impact, Another Impact, Additional Impact or whatever the fuck it’s called, basically consists of bad CG, superficial visual callbacks to EoE, Gendo’s backstory/introspection (admittedly this part wasn’t so bad) and happy send-offs to all the main characters that felt rushed and unearned. Yeah, Shinji is such a Gary Stu now he doesn’t even need psychotherapy through Instrumentality anymore, instead he is the fucking psychotherapist fixing everyone’s problems. Our protagonist was reduced to a plot device.
3.0+1.0 also went way too far with its 4th wall breaking elements. Once again EoE did it so much better, it just works better when it’s done subtlety (e.g., the death threats flashed on screen during the Third Impact). Shinji saying “Neon Genesis”, bad CG on purpose (Unit-01 vs Unit-13 fight in Tokyo-3) and uncanny valley giant Rei were just too much, instead of leaving me in awe or perplexed I was laughing and unimmersed.
Even the message of the movie feels wrong. The message of NGE was: “You are worthy of love, especially from yourself. Social interaction can be painful but you need to connect with other people in order to be happy, don’t be afraid/don’t run away”. The message of this movie is: “Say bye-bye to Evangelion, it’s time to grow up. Stop being a loser (otaku), go outside and touch grass. Get some pussy like I (Hideaki Anno) did”. It’s very meta but also very condescending, hypocritical and redundant. This meta-message felt so much more sincere and empathetic the way it was delivered during the live action sequence in EoE (“You were avoiding the truth by escaping into a fictional world”), mainly because there wasn’t a “gorgeous gal with big boobs” representation of Anno’s wife lusting over Shinji/Anno, and because ‘The END of Evangelion’ was supposed to be the end of Evangelion, but no, Anno had to make 4 more multi-million dollar movies in the span of 14 years just to tell us once again to move on from Evangelion, not content with that he’s also judging us as immature while simultaneously putting more butt shots in this movie than the entirety of the previous Rebuild movies and NGE combined. Meta-narrative aside Shinji literally ran away from HIS real world and all its problems, this is escapism at its worst. In both EoE and NGE Shinji rejects Instrumentality and decides to return to the real world even though that means being hurt, basically he decides to stop running away from reality and start facing it, this movie is the complete opposite. The realistically optimistic EoE: “Anywhere can be paradise as long as you have the will to live”. The overly optimistic and delusional 3.0+1.0: “Erase your reality and get yourself isekai’d to a different reality”. World resets are such cop-out endings, they don’t belong in Evangelion, they are incompatible with its anti-escapism message. And of course Shinji ends up with Mari, even though story-wise it doesn’t make sense since they hardly ever interacted with each other (plus Mari is really a 50-something year old woman making moves on a minor, that’s fucked up), but that’s just how it had to be because Shinji is Anno’s self-insert and Mari is Anno’s wife self-insert in this condescending allegory of growing up.
In the 90s Anno was struggling with depression and Evangelion was a way of therapy for him. So Eva has always been a deeply personal reflection of its creator, but its themes were universal and relatable, knowledge of Anno’s personal life was never necessary to understand and appreciate NGE. Unfortunately that’s not the case anymore. Shinji is suddenly a completely different person, he’s full of confidence and optimism, why? Because Anno is a different person now, he’s no longer in a dark state of mind. The only justification for Mari being a complete non-character is that she’s a representation of Anno’s wife, coming into his life to make it better. You need to know a lot about Anno’s personal life to justify Shinji acting so out of character, him and Mari ending up as a couple, Mari’s role, and the forced overly optimistic/happy ending (Shinji getting his choker removed is obviously a metaphor for Anno breaking free from the burden of Evangelion, specifically the burden of “Rebuilding” Eva, a burden he took upon himself when he didn’t have to). Having an underlying meaning behind all the in-world nonsense doesn’t make a story good, good writing does. There’s only one thing worse than knowing Anno ruined RoE’s narrative and characters for the sake of an extremely personal and overindulgent meta-narrative, and that’s being completely in the dark about all of this, which is the case for many new fans and casual viewers, and let’s not forget RoE main target was to attract those people.
On a side note this movie has one of the worst cases of unwanted fanservice during a serious moment I’ve ever seen, yeah I’m talking about the butt shots of Toji’s sister during that dramatic scene. Evangelion has always had lots of fanservice, but unlike this movie it was always used at the right times.
TLDR: Thrice Upon a Time does not give a satisfactory answer to the many unaswered questions left by its predecessor, Anno no longer treats his audience with respect and now feels the need to explain everything with bad exposition, character development is unconvincing or lacking because most of the runtime is wasted on awful CG action scenes (those first 10 minutes in Paris were so incredibly unecessary), the meta-narrative/4th wall breaking elements felt too intrusive and the message is condescending, hypocritical and redundant.
No one ever believed that the Rebuild films could possibly leave a legacy comparable to that of NGE and EoE, but I think I speak for many Eva fans when I say that we didn’t think Anno would disappoint us so badly either. In its advertising this film has been announced as “The end of Evangelion” (“Bye-bye, all of Evangelion”), but for me this is only the end of Rebuild of Evangelion. I don’t care about endless cycles, time loops and multiverses, for me the real end of Evangelion happened in 1997 and that’s the way it should have stayed.
Rebuild 1.0 was recap, Rebuild 2.0 was an alternate universe Hollywood action flick, and Rebuild 3.0 was an openly retarded, mocking parody of Evangelion. Their impressive lineup of animators offset their excessive CG, but they were vapid. Rebuild 4.0, however, feels like a real movie. It’s about growing up and leaving anime behind, but I want you to ask yourself why leaving anime behind would be synonymous with growing up? Is watching capeshit the true sign of a grown up? Or maybe reading /lit/’s Top 100 Charts and pretending you understood entry-level philosophers like Nietzsche or Hegel online is what true maturity looks like?
Anno is such an out-of-touch hypocrite. Not only would he be a part-time debt slave, part-time shut-in if it weren’t for the otaku who supported Evangelion back in the day, but he’s now perfectly content to shit on otaku despite being one himself. Does ANY part of these movies convey anything Evangelion originally stood for? Unit 01 transforms into a horse for fucks sake. If the countless new mechs and costumes didn’t make it obvious, the Rebuilds are just toy commercials to rake in the cash after Gainax screwed Anno out of the original series’ holding rights, and yet trying to give them meaning with this finale somehow made them all even more offensive.
Anno’s anti-escapism oozes with insecurity. He knows deep down he would never function as a salaryman due to his self-proclaimed autism, yet he fetishizes wageslaving as a response to “escapism” because deep down he understands had Evangelion not been the massive financial success it was, he would most definitely be a hapless debt slave nowadays, if not a NEET. He’s so insecure about his life and career being saved by those same “immature” anime fans he condescendingly passes judgement on, but just as he lacks the self-awareness to realize there’s nothing more pathetic than someone biting at the hand that feeds them, he lacks the humility to look in the fucking mirror.
Rebuild 4.0 lives up to its predecessor by being another obnoxious clusterfuck, and it ends with nothing mattering and Mari, of all people, deciding to fuck Shinji, so the ultimate and final message of the Rebuilds is, “Bro, just stop being depressed and wait for a pretty girl to literally fall out of the sky and give you the love you don’t deserve but desperately need.” It’s such an aimless, slapdash conclusion. Sure, I suppose the love one usually finds in real life is also unexceptional and happenstance, and I get that’s kind of what Anno was going for, but for a series as famous for allegory and metaphor as this, a conclusion of this nature feels bankrupt of any creativity or inspiration and instead just comes across like a scrap of cheap wisdom which could’ve easily come from a fortune cookie. You can tell Anno doesn’t share the mindset of his old depressed self anymore. Something as empathetic as the classic NGE cannot be written by the person he is now.
Thank you for reading.
you just can sit and gobble your popcorns and candys without the arduous task of thinking, don’t be objective don’t think that is for pretentious people just give this movie a 10 or 9.
This is just the equivalent of a marvel movie aesthetically stunning but hollow.
is trying to do what his 20 years old counterpart did 10 times better.
But that doesn’t mean that it has no value on its own.
Art is just outstanding, being able to see those beautiful places one after another is a pleasure.
Sound is not far behind, and the final theme song by hikaru utada is just amazing ( that by the way will stay with you more than the actual ending).
And there is moments in the film that you can see the old Hideaki the one that cares for the world that he help to bring to life and the one that make you raised questions about oneself.
but it’s pretty apparent for the lack of this moments that he just wan to get over and pute a final point to it giving you a ending that don’t challenge you to think anything a ending that don’t bring any retrospective and try too hard to not alienate no one that just one his brain off.
In conclusion, you will forget the ending the next morning.
At the end i just hope that the hope that this film talks so much about is that Anno Hideaki has overcome the curse of evangelion and be happy with what he created.
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. Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time
3. Natsume Yuujinchou: Ishi Okoshi to Ayashiki Raihousha
4. Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash
5. Detective Conan Movie 24: The Scarlet Bullet