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 Osamu to Musashi, GS Mikami: Gokuraku Daisakusen!!, Dragon Ball Z Movie 10: Kiken na Futari! Super Senshi wa Nemurenai, and more!
5: Osamu to Musashi
English: Osamu and Musashi
MAL Score: 6.15
The animation was produced for the Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum, thus it features scenes from the “life and nature” of Tezuka Osamu’s childhood, themes that are central to the museum as a whole, through exchanges between the boy Osamu and the carabid beetle (Osamushi) who provided the origin for the artist’s name.
4: GS Mikami: Gokuraku Daisakusen!!
English: Ghost Sweeper Mikami Movie
Japanese: GS美神 極楽大作戦!!
MAL Score: 6.58
Her name is Mikami and she is a Ghost Sweeper by profession. She’s also the sexiest exorcist/bounty hunter you will ever meet! When an evil vampire sorcerer returns to Tokyo after a 100-year absence, Mikami is hired to track him and his menacing assistant down before they take over the city.
The plot is pretty standard: there’s an even more eviler vampire lord and Mikami’s desire for money results in her fighting it. I would have liked a bit more effectiveness from the other sweepers. They all get about one good move in at some point and that’s it. Heck, in the end we don’t even get to see what happened with them really. It does have some pretty funny moments, just don’t take it seriously.
The story for the film focuses on the revival of Nosferatu who has assassinated & acted as Oda Nobunaga. Essentially, the goal of the movie is like any other shonen series being defeat the bad guy & his minions. While this Mikami features offers a bit more action than the anime, it still delivers on its comedy which is a good thing.
One of the highlights of the film is the animation increase as it displayed a few good visual pieces during the zombie infection & Mikami’s battle against Nosferatu spider minion. It is also a bit more bloody than usual but no to the point where it makes a giant shift in tone like in “The Slayers”. My only complaint to the movie is that it doesn’t involve the other characters such as Dr. Chaos, Maria, Emi, etc in a more productive role as their scenes are brief but worth watching.
The English dub was performed by Manga Entertainment which comes off as okay (makes me curious how the popularity of this series would be if the whole anime was dubbed). As a another note, the soundtrack for the English version is changed with some tracks resembling covers of the original OST or being more fast beat themes to hype up the action(Similar to Bruce Falconer & Manga’s release of Fist Of The North Star). The music is good but doesn’t have that variety that the anime series has. On the subject of music I believe the ending song of the film is called “My Jolly Days” by Masami Ouki.
Overall, the comedy is perfect & the additional action is a nice treat for the fans but doesn’t offer too much variety among other anime films, but it’s definitely good with its unique qualities being the characters & its sense of humor. Hopefully this film can get some more exposure as this feature should get people interested to watching the anime & reading the manga.
3: Dragon Ball Z Movie 10: Kiken na Futari! Super Senshi wa Nemurenai
English: Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming
Japanese: ドラゴンボールZ 危険なふたり!超戦士はねむれない
MAL Score: 6.79
After his loss to Goku, Broly crash lands and hibernates on earth. After some time, he is awakened by Trunks and Goten, who Broly believes is Kakarott, and goes on a rampage to kill both of them. At the same time, Gohan is on his way to challenge the Legendary Super Saiyan alone.
We get to see more of Trunks and Goten in this one.
Broly, the legendary super saiyan who was defeated in one of the previous movies came back to defeat kakarot. He was awakened by goten whose cry resembled to that of Goku’s when he was a kid. It was stupid because when goku was infant, so was broly by that time… we never know how he reminisced goku’s cry so well.
The strength of this movie lies in its climax where we get to see a ‘family kamehameha’ of goku, gohan and goten. That was one of the most memorable moments of the series. there are also some good comic scenes in involving goten and trunks which are good to watch. Videl is quite annoying.
this is only for those who do not mind the loop holes of the plot (as there are many). So finally i say, do watch it if you are a DBZ fan.
The plot follows Goten and Trunks as they search for the Dragon Balls to make a wish. Their journey ends when they meet up with the blood thirsty Broly whom confuses Goten with Goku. This begins a cat and mouse game that sees Goten and Trunks doing whatever possible to stay alive until someone stronger can battle Broly.
Do not come into this movie expecting anything you saw in Broly’s first appearance. Now the first movie wasn’t great by no means, still though, it managed to excel where it counts for the most part. Plus it had a more interesting cast to work with. Here, the pacing is atrocious, and I find this movie very difficult to sit through to the point where I have to hit the fast forward. Trunks and Goten are the main characters here and their ridiculous antics are at their peak. These two characters are barely tolerable in small doses, so giving them their own movie can only be described as cringe-inducing. The plot is incredibly boring, and a person may think that things would pick up when Broly finally makes his appearance. Unfortunately, the writers saw fit to turn Broly into a one dimensional idiot that had a hard time killing two Saiyan children and a human girl. I found him to be very disappointing when comparing him to his first appearance. The action scenes completely lack imagination and are uninspired.
The production values aren’t half bad though. I didn’t have an issue with the animation, and the light show during the final moments is a plus. The action doesn’t consist of the reused cel combat, but I was actually missing at least that much, since the rest of the action was so weak and slow. The BGM attempts to add some type of flare to the action, but it simply cannot save these poor segments.
So what do you get when you have a movie with very bad comedy, rotten action, and a weak antagonist? Well, you get Broly: The Second Coming, and I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone other than serious DBZ fans. This flick is that bad.
Lows: There are way too many
No Goku, not even Gohan for most of it, is pretty neat. Goten, Trunks, and Videl accidentally stumble on Broly, and none of them are anywhere near able to defeat him without the use of the Dragon Balls, which they have to finish collecting. That’s a good plot! But… it still turns into a power levels battle by the end of it, copping out on its brief promise of a legitimately interesting resolution.
I don’t think people remember exactly what parts of Dragon Ball Z people actually look back so fondly to– it’s not the forty episode fight scenes that drag on for ages because the animators didn’t want to catch up with the manga, it’s the buildups to them. In the Frieza Saga, Gohan, Krillin, and Bulma go to Planet Namek to find the Dragon Balls on that planet, but at the same time, Frieza is there for the same reason, and Vegeta is there as a rogue agent trying to collect them for his own ends. There’s two villains simultaneously fighting each other while trying to collect the Dragon Balls, and the heroes are trapped in the middle, way weaker but with the advantage of not being noticed. It’s this really tension-filled thriller plot as the heroes zip across the planet trying to save the day without getting murderized, and only when Goku arrives to help does the story turn into the endless fighting it’s all remembered for.
That ramble is to say, boo on Toei for not going all the way with this second Broly movie and having our weak heroes defeat the rampaging villain with their wits (and Shen Long’s infinite wish granting powers).
Continuity Problems: Actually, besides the fact that the previous Broly movie is timeline-impossible, this one fits pretty well into the vague area where everyone’s training for the Budokai Tenkaichi. It has the minor error of Videl seeing just how strong Goten and Trunks are despite being thoroughly surprised by it at the tournament itself, but that’s the type of thing that can be handwaved.
2: Doraemon Movie 15: Nobita to Mugen Sankenshi
English: Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Three Visionary Swordsmen
Japanese: 映画 ドラえもん のび太と夢幻三剣士
MAL Score: 7.29
Tired of the daily life and being the weakest, slowest, and dumbest, Nobita seeks comfort in his dreams where, using Doraemon’s tools, he sets out on a fantasy journey. But when Nobita’s dream world gets threatened by an evil sorcerer, Nobita gathers his friends to join him in his dream to fight the evil as the Three Musketeers.
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.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S: Kaguya-hime no Koibito
2. Doraemon Movie 15: Nobita to Mugen Sankenshi
3. Dragon Ball Z Movie 10: Kiken na Futari! Super Senshi wa Nemurenai
4. GS Mikami: Gokuraku Daisakusen!!
5. Osamu to Musashi