They’re the best Anime that 1996 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of X/1999, Mahoujin Guru Guru Movie, Dragon Ball Movie 4: Saikyou e no Michi, and more!
English: X – The Movie
Japanese: エックス, X/1999
MAL Score: 6.58
At the millennial edge, the concluding battle for humanity’s future is staged. Kamui Shirou’s destiny has been decided as he returns to Tokyo to face his ultimate challenge. The Dragon of Heaven, defenders of the Earth, stand ready to protect the world from the Dragon of Earth, the seven angels of legend, who embrace the devastation of the planet to bring about its purification. Now Kamui must decide which side to fight for although he finds the idea utterly unappealing. It isn’t until realizing that his two childhood friends, Fuma and Kotori Monou, are in grievous peril that Kamui decides to step into his fated position in the climactic struggle of the Year of Destiny: 1999.
It’s CLAMP, so it’s pretty. This is a given. But that’s about all it has going for it when it comes to technical merit.
Someone’s head gets cut off practically every ten minutes (or at least dies in some gruesome way). They fit the deaths of most of the cast into the movie. Someone should turn it into a drinking game.
I think my mother summed it up best: "Who are these people and why did they just kill each other? It looked like it was important for some reason."
How to define what is a good anime? You consider the story and its development as a main point, the characters’ originality and description, the animation and the drawing (although this can be an subjective point of view) and the sound as a whole – the voice acting and the background music.
The story in this movie, as well as in the series can be viewed only as an average and nothing new, even if we consider that this is an anime from 1996. The (un)conventional view of the ever-going fight between the good and the evil, which is never purely black and white. The moral and the reasons for choosing on one side or the other. The duality of people’s choices and the world that we live in. All of these points are represented clearly, though not in a very original way.
The actual development of the story is really different from the one in the TV series, but that’s understandable considering the time frame. The story is taking a faster way of developing, it’s has more blood-shed, and it’s full of conflicts between the actors. And that is about all that is. It looks like it is just one big fight and it’s background is depicted in a really hasty manner.
Considering the large number of characters, there practically wasn’t any time to tell each of their stories, even in the amount that it was done in a 26 episode series. You get the feeling that all that they’re are about is filling up the story with action time and fights of the type everyone vs. everyone. And besides the genders and different fighting styles, there aren’t many differences between the characters. So you ask why do you need 7 vs 7? Is 7 really a number that magical? It could’ve been done with just the main characters and the story would’ve been liberated of the ever-repeating fights that, of course, lead to the culmination in the last 10 minutes. Which is a fight with lots of blood shed, as well.
The art is really good. From the drawing of the characters to the backgrounds and scenery, it’s obvious that a lot of time and affection has been spent on it. The fights, including all the effects from sword slashing to sakura leaves flying around, are really a high point. The only thing that can be considered is the originality and the personal taste of the viewer.
The background music is eerie throughout the movie and wonderfully backing up the blood-shed and the fights. But it gives an even darker light to the whole story and to the enjoyment of it all.
So considering all this and hoping to stay objective to the end, my conclusion will be that this is an average version of a potentially great anime. And that is all.
Also be warned that if you are planning to watch X, you should /not/ watch it as someone who has never /read/ X. You should read X first, then watch the movie. Otherwise you will not be able to understand or appreciate it at all. This review is, by the way, written with the assumption that you /have/ read X – but never fear, for there are very few actual spoilers for the manga and you may still read this review even if you haven’t read X. Now, let us get on to the actual review…
The majority of you are angry that X the Movie doesn’t follow X. But that’s because the majority of you are looking at the movie from the perspective of people who have read all eighteen volumes. You see, when I first started watching the movie, I went into it angry. I was ready to point out all the flaws I could possibly find.
“No! No no no no no! Seishirou, Subaru, what are you doing!”
“Subaru, you don’t walk around in shifuku! I think the animators confused you with Hokuto. Who has been dead for nearly a decade by this point so I don’t know how they could confuse you with her…actually…”
“/No. What are you doing. Stop it. You’re both idiots/.”
“No no no no no no noooo. Subaru, that is not your wish. And Seishirou, you’re just being downright rude. And stupid. Have I mentioned how stupid I think the two of you are?”
“Whoa they turned into dragons!”
~incomprehensible complaining, sobbing, raging ten minutes into the movie~
“W-where is Kakyou?! Who is this brat?”
“Whoa Yuzuriha, you’re pretty…forceful. I remember you being much bubblier and friendlier in the manga!”
“Hey, Kusanagi. /What happened to you/. When did you become such a horrid brute?”
“/What happened to your relationship with Yuzuriha/?!”
“Well Fuuma…you’re just going on a rampage, aren’t you…”
Half way through the movie, I realized something. And started laughing.
X the Movie was released in 1996; by that time, the X manga was only up to about eight volumes. CLAMP is not about to spoil all their developments in a movie. How Subaru and Seishirou’s relationship resolves is one of the reasons a majority of people read X – how do you get that out of the way? /Especially/ since we don’t learn how their relationship ends until, oh, over five years later! The sensible way is to kill them off ten minutes into the movie, of course. Can’t get your hopes up too much, can we? While my heart aches, I can’t blame the directors or CLAMP since it was a rather grandiose move in order to keep X’s sixteenth volume a complete and, I might add, devastating surprise.
Kusanagi is portrayed as a bastard, not because he is one, but because they can’t show what sort of relationship Kusanagi and Yuzuriha have later on. That would be spoiling it! As for Kakyou – I don’t think he was even introduced by the eighth volume, so they simply had to replace him with someone else. To be fair, whoever they replaced him with (I apologize, I already forgot his name, yes I know I’m horrible) looked quite similar to Kakyou. Another red herring, if I may say.
So, basically, X the Movie is one gigantic troll.
Distance yourself from X and you can see it. Even I, who loathe it when manga are taken and dissected into pieces and consequently abridged for anime format, managed to become objective and viewed X as simply…something separate from its manga counterpart. If you so desire to see it as such, you could even call X the Movie a really long trailer for X – or a “what could have been” version of X. You could even see it as a parody, if you want. A really bloody, messy parody.
That aside, X the Movie is truly breathtaking. The art is beautiful. Here are the /real/ CLAMP characters – not the stiff, and, quite blatantly, often ugly art of the television series. The animation is wonderfully done and fluid. Now if only an anime series – true to the manga – could be released with this sort of quality! The character designs are completely and utterly true to their original counterparts. Seishirou is dashing as usual, Subaru is beautiful, Arashi is utterly gorgeous, Yuzuriha is adorable, Hinoto is stunning. I’d go into the other characters but that would take too long – I’m simply mentioning the ones that struck me with awe. The soundtrack is also quite solid; I can’t remember having any complaints about it. In addition, the seiyuu were quite fitting for all their characters.
The visuals are very dark and mystical, as is fitting for X. Be warned, for there is…quite a bit of gore in X. In the television series, there was almost absolutely no blood, which was one of the major things that irritated me. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not a fan of gore at all. But X is filled with blood and guts and bones and pretty darn painful deaths, and if you’re planning to censor that, why make an anime series at all? The movie, written and released before the anime series, makes up for that.
Those of you who, despite my warnings, will be going on to watch X the Movie (and have made it this far into my review) without reading X the manga must be warned – the characterization in the manga is different. The character development is different. The events displayed in the movie either did not occur or are not in chronological order. As I stated earlier – it is best if you read X before you watch the movie. Distance yourself. Know the characters. Know who they are. Watch, watch without getting angry – watch it the “right way”, and you will enjoy it.
I know I did. I watched it and I don’t regret it in the slightest. I might even watch it again, if only for that beautiful art.
4: Mahoujin Guru Guru Movie
English: Magical Circle Guru Guru Movie
Japanese: 劇場版 魔法陣グルグル
MAL Score: 6.83
The hero Nike and magic user Kukuri learn of the “Pickle of Happiness”, an item that will grant a wish to the one who eats it. With the help of old friends, they must beat the monsters to the Pickle and convince its guardian dragon to give it to them.
Hero Nike and magician Kukukuri, together with their living briefcase and travel guide spirit Gipple are still traveling around the world as they hear of the Happiness Pickle. It is said eating it will grant you one wish.
The pickle is guarded by an old Dragon, living on a mountain covered in clouds. They are later joined by religious icon Juju and Old Man Kitakita, two mainstays of the show and manga.
A ragtag group of bad guys, modeled after American movie monsters, also wants to get their hands on the pickle.
The story is very simple and feels like an episode right out of the second half of first anime, which was mostly anime original content, right down to a surprise ending, but with with a higher budget for visuals and super fluid quality animation.
All voice actors returned for this version (this was the last time Nike was voiced by Fujiko Takimoto) and all of them did a fantastic job as always.
Music and sound effects are fitting but a lot of it is reused content from the first anime. On the bright side, an all new & catchy theme song was made for this movie.
Having seen every anime episode and having read around half of the manga, for me this was the best Mahoujin Guruguru experience and I was satisfied from beginning to the end. Well worth hunting down if the first anime’s interpretation of Mahoujin Guruguru fits your taste.
The only downside of this movie version are that it requires prior knowledge of the anime/manga to get fully involved, as well as the short runtime and some recycled jokes from the previous stories.
Give this a try if you get the chance, its worth it.
3: Dragon Ball Movie 4: Saikyou e no Michi
English: Dragon Ball: The Path to Power
Japanese: ドラゴンボール 最強への道
MAL Score: 7.13
A retelling of Dragon Ball’s origin with a different take on the meeting of Goku, Bulma, and Kame-Sen’nin. It also retells the Red Ribbon Army story; but this time they find Goku rather than Goku finding them.
Better renderized, it just became beautiful and gives joy to watch. The original magic got stronger with this special animation and it surely won’t disappoint anyone who loves DB, and even the ones who had never watched it.
Some characters were excluded, like Pilaf and his comrades, and some members from RR (Colonel Silver, Captain Yellow etc.), but those were less important in the saga. What matters is that it shows us, in 75 minutes, all that happened before Piccolo Daimao’s appearance.
So, basically, the story goes from Goku meeting Bulma, Oolong, Yamcha, Puar and Master Roshi, to the complete defeat of the RR’s army, with some small changes in the way it goes and the exclusion of Goku’s training with Kuririn, as well as their first Tenkaichi Budoukai.
Ending credits with “Dan Dan Kokoro Hikarete ‘ku” as its background made me cry (this song really moves me). Any real fan of this incredible saga should watch it! Strongly recommended!
We open with Goku meeting Bulma for the first time. Yay, another re-telling like the first film. So, they meet Oolong and Yamcha and then things surprisingly get switched up and they encounter the Red Ribbon Army. So, instead of a straight up re-telling, it’s more an alternative scenario where the group encounters the Red Ribbon Army while first hunting for the dragonballs instead of Pilaf and his minions.
The biggest issue with the narrative is that some parts of it are overly predictable. Like, the big climax is very much of the “everything is obvious before it happens” variety. Of course, this isn’t a franchise that’s known for its surprising twists. It’s known for its big, over the top action sequences. But it’s usually not quite this obvious with every single beat being super telegraphed. The film also repeats some of the gags from the series verbatim and they just don’t have the same impact. It doesn’t help that they aren’t even close to the funniest gags from the series.
On the positive side, changing things around so that the group’s first major conflict is with Red Ribbon, does change things up enough to give the film a sense of uniqueness, in spite of being an alternative re-telling. Which is something of a rarity. It also does mostly capture the sense of fun of the series proper pretty well.
Chances are, most of you are familiar with the major Dragonball characters like Goku, Bulma and Roshi. You also get more minor supporting characters like Oolong & Pu’ar. There’s also Yamcha for the one person out there who likes Yamcha. Fortunately for the rest of us, he pretty much just follows the group and gets used as a butt monkey. The somewhat surprising character is Cyborg Eight, or Hat-chan if you prefer. He gets used quite extensively in this one. It’s a fun cast, not all that deep but well suited for the film’s aesthetic.
Mostly, the artwork is pretty well done. There are some cool action moments. The character models look good. Bulma has purple hair instead of her usual teal for some reason and Goku wears a blue gi instead of his usual orange. Probably because the non-canon GT had just come out and he wore blue in that. The only real issue with the art is that they really overdo the shadow effects and there are points where it just looks a bit rubbish.
The acting is well done. They got the usual cast with Nozawa Masako, Tsuru Hiromi, Tatsuta Naoki, Iizuka Shouzou and the others. So, it’s a group who know the characters they’re voicing really well and are good at them. The music is typical for the franchise. Which isn’t a bad thing. Dragonball consistently has some pretty strong music.
Areas of Improvement:
1. A little surprise to the climax. Yes, this is a formulaic franchise but they could still put in something a bit unpredictable to make things more interesting.
2. Rework the gags a little. There’s a reason Spamalot doesn’t use the exact same jokes as Quest for the Holy Grail. Gags are funnier when they’re fresh. If you know the punchline, they just don’t work as well.
3. Stop Putting shadows over everything.
Saikyou e no Michi is a solid Dragonball film, in spite of its late release and fans of the franchise will probably enjoy it once they stop complaining about Goku’s wardrobe change and Bulma’s hair dye. For myself, the climax was far too obvious and the recycled gags didn’t land particularly well, but I still thought it was a solid film. In the end, I’ll give it a 7/10.
“The Path to Power” is the Dragon Ball 10th Anniversary movie that backtracks to the origin of the series, with apparently an “alternative take” on how Goku met up with his friends.
If truth be told, I was pleasantly surprised by “The Path to Power”. Unlike most of the other DB movies that I’ve seen, this one actually has a story. Yeah, you heard me right. The usual set up for Dragon Ball movies is this: Introduce some new villain(s) within the first 5 minutes that’s out to take over the world… and then the rest of it is just a long drawn out battle between Goku and co with the aforementioned villain(s). At some point, Piccolo would make an “unexpected” appearance in order to save Gohan (Goku’s son), then gets beaten up before Goku saves the day. The end. Surprisingly, this movie deviates from that much used formula. Shocking though it may seem, THIS movie actually has a story to tell, a story that can actually be considered a proper adventure, albeit one with lots of time spent battling enemies. However my point is there IS story development here and not just a simple 5 minute set up to face up to the newer, badder, stronger than ever enemy. This is what makes it so refreshing in comparison to the other Dragon Ball movies. The story itself is decent too, and kept me interested for most of the duration of the movie despite some parts being quite predictable.
I enjoyed the comedy element of the movie as well, I remember one classic line “I don’t want to touch your dirty ass” that had me LOLing for a bit. The animation is of the usual sub-par Dragon Ball standard, though I’m grateful for the lack of typical fast exchanges of blows style battle animation that’s so prevalent in other Dragon Ball movies. The character designs are typically uninspiring, with young Goku looking exactly like Gohan in the other movies – they are so similar in fact, that I thought this was Gohan’s story at first. It’s quite funny (in a good way) to see a young, naive Goku. He’s makes for a decent lead character. The frankenstein character wasn’t so good though – there was one point where he suddenly changed in a way that doesn’t make much sense from a character development point of view. Oh well, what the hell am I doing being so fussy about the characters in a Dragon Ball movie anyway…
My main issue with this movie isn’t actually with the quality of the content (my expectation wasn’t exactly sky high in the first place), it’s with the frequent fanservice. I’m not a fan of fanservice even during the best of times, but it’s worse here because it’s highly inappropriate considering the age group of the audience thats being targeted.
Though “The Path to Power” still a way from being good, I’d definitely give it a thumbs up for good effort, and for succeeding to be one of the more interesting Dragon Ball movies.
Extended edit: having watched the first Dragon Ball movie “Curse of the Blood Rubies”, I’m even more impressed with “The Path to Power” now, because comparing the two movies revealed just how different this one is to its predecessor. It’s not just a copy cat version of the original (which is a trap that remakes can easily fall into) – it came up with a completely different storyline that achieves the same aim and is by no means inferior to the old one.
2: Slayers Return
English: Slayers Movie 2
MAL Score: 7.32
The inhabitants of the village of Biaz, forced to labor in the serivce of the world-domination-happy Zein organization, hires Lina Inverse and Naga The Serpent to drive off the invaders. Lina and Naga agree, lured by stories of Elfin treasure sleeping below Biaz, only to get considerably more trouble -from the Zein and from the treasure – than they ever expected.
The film furthers the misadventures of Lina Inverse and Naga the Serpent. A young woman named Saleena finds them and requests their help to save her village, which has been taken over and the villagers forced into labour unearthing some strange device. Lina agrees, much to Naga’s surprise, when she hears the village’s name and remembers tales of elven treasure. The humour in this is highly effective and enjoyable throughout. The story itself is much better paced than Perfect’s. It does a good job of building up some suspense and the climax is both funny and interesting.
The characters don’t have much depth. That being said, they are very effective from a comedic standpoint. They’re ridiculous, absurd, and quirky. They all have a lot of comedic potential and their interactions are really funny.
The art is a lot better than it was in the first film. It’s more like the actual series in that it looks like time and effort went into it as opposed to looking rushed. Its bright, vivid and the characters have interesting designs. The action scenes are really well executed and the backgrounds look nice.
The vocal cast remains excellent. Hayashibara Megumi and Kawamura Maria, both amazing actresses, are joined by Hiramatsu Akiko, Ootsuka Akio and Utsumi Kenji, all of whom are masterful at their craft. The music is really splendid as well.
The Ho-yay factor is a 2/10. There are a few moments where things between Lina and Naga look a bit homo-erotic, like Naga telling Lina to pay for her meals for the rest of their lives, but nothing substantial.
That’s Slayers Return. It is an improvement over the first film, with a lot of that film’s problems being absent. It has a lot of really funny moments, the art is great, the voice acting and music are excellent. If you want a good comedy, check it out. My final rating is a 9/10. Next week I’ll finish up March with a look at Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu, unless something unexpected happens.
The gist of the plot is that an evil organization called Zein is looking to obtain an artifact from a small village, Biaz. To that end they have enslaved the citizens of the village, and it’s up to Naga and Lina to save them – though of course Lina is mainly interested in fulfilling her own goals.
Slayers Return is a lot more enjoyable to watch than Slayers Perfect; it’s funnier, for one thing, and the character interactions are amusing to watch. There’s not much for character development – Lina, Naga, and the rest are pretty stagnant – but let’s face it, we watch Slayers for comedic moments and parody, and character growth is optional (though not completely unwanted). Thus, the lack of metamorphosis is not a bad thing at all.
The scriptwriter is nothing to sneeze at; while Slayers Return takes place before the animated television series, and is pretty much a part of a series of episodes involving Naga and Lina’s adventures, it can absolutely be watched as a stand-alone work. It makes no references to either the previous movies or OVAs, or to the television show. That being said, there’s nothing wrong with being familiar with the characters beforehand, and honestly, it would probably bolster your enjoyment of the movie a lot.
Technically speaking, the palettes used in Slayers Return are pretty dark. However, the animation is fairly fluid most of the time bar jitteriness during running scenes. Fight scenes themselves are pretty well-animated. There’s also a good amount of detail in many frames. Characters look just like themselves and the movie-only cast have pretty good designs.
Soundwise, the movie is fairly average. The OST is all right, though not very memorable in my opinion. It does its job for the most part. I will say I did like Slayers Return’s soundtrack more than Slayers Perfect’s. The movie features a vocal track sung by Hayashibara Megumi and Kawamura Maria. It’s entitled Just Be Conscious and plays during the credits. It’s a very enjoyable song to listen to and it’s definitely the highlight of the soundtrack. It certainly bolsters up the sound rating.
Overall, Slayers Return is a nice little standalone title that I certainly liked watching, and I’d recommend it to any Slayers fan.
There’s really no point reiterating my thoughts on Naga and Lina, or the animation and music. There’s nothing that makes these films distinct in any way; neither from their predecessors nor from anime movies in general. This one has a weak plot, boring side characters, uninteresting action, and can be summed up as: eh. It has an occasionally decent chuckle here or there but I don’t understand the appeal of these. First of all, they have nothing to do with the vastly superior television series. The TV series is well-balanced, with a cast of characters that work off of each other and a plot that allows for enough action and comedy to keep the viewer engaged. The movies and OVA’s, so far, have showcased a very different Slayers, one that isn’t so much a parody of fantasy as much as a stagnant fantasy/comedy of its own.
A friend of mine put it best: the Slayers movies are filler. The problem is, filler is annoying in the context of an ongoing series (such as the Excalibur filler of Soul Eater) but even more annoying when it comprises an entire product (such as this, or the whole seasons of filler in Bleach).
Return isn’t a bad movie; it’s just another average, unmemorable money grab.
1: Shin Kimagure Orange☆Road: Soshite, Ano Natsu no Hajimari
Japanese: 新きまぐれオレンジ☆ロード ～ そして、あの夏のはじまり
MAL Score: 7.42
It’s been several years and Kyosuke Kasuga is now 19. A mysterious phone call warns him of oncoming cars but he doesn’t listen. Ironically, he gets hit by a car and because of his telepathic abilities, gets sent three years into the future. His 22 year old future self is now a photographer who is lost in Bosnia and believed to be dead. Kyosuke must find his 22 year old future self and restore himself, the 19 year old, to his correct time. Along the way he reunites with Hikaru who is now a professional and famous dancer. Madoka is also there, distraught over both Kyosuke, the 22 year old, going missing in Bosnia and Kyosuke, the 19 year old, getting hit by a car.
Have to admit that the experience wasn’t as good as the first time. Shin KOR gives you a semi-old feel, so as a person exposed to post-AD2000 animations, it doesn’t really give you a full retro feel or a new feel. Once you get used to HD quality anime, you’ll need to take some time to get accustomed to Shin KOR artwork. Nevertheless, I kinda liked the artwork. It has lost a bit of the original appeal, but the change in artwork makes it easier for later generations to appreciate Orange Road.
Before I start, just a warning that I may reveal some spoilers subtlely, but I try not to (as for all my other reviews soon to come).
My ratings (y’know like 9 for story, 7 for art, etc) are kinda biased for Shin KOR because I simply love KOR too much lol. But pretty much this was the kind of rating I’d give when I watched it 5 years ago, or perhaps better. I’d highly recommend this to everyone who watched and liked Kimagure Orange Road (TV/OVA) because it is sort of an ending to the story. One reason I liked Shin KOR was because I could relate with the characters and I know what happened in the TV/OVA/MOVIE.
The story was pretty well-made. It followed the KOR series chronologically and it put a stop to the story itself. The feel and direction was very different from the original though. The kind of experience you’d get is different from KOR, and the climaxing points are emphasised on different areas.
Shin KOR is slightly aimed at a more mature audience I rkn, with many suggestive sexual content. Pretty mild but enough to feel that, hey the characters are already adults. I didn’t quite like the mature direction it was heading to, but it was still alright. I loved the idea about time travel though, and how it was pieced together. It kinda came to me that “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki o kakera Shoujo?sp)” was inspired by orange road. The romance was awesome and refreshing, which is what I love about KOR.
The artwork is similar to 1990+ animations. Colours used give you a warm feeling, and brings out the landscape really well.
The OST is really nice. I was shocked that it’s by Yuki Kajiura because it’s not her usual kind of ‘opera-sensation’ music. I think this was one of her earliest works in Anime. The music brought life to the movie. In fact my favourite part of the movie was the piano pieces played in the movie.
Character development wasn’t very much present, because the foundations were still based on the TV series. But really, the characters have grown much in this movie. It was really fun to see how they become like. The change was rather great (inclusive of the character design). Quite a lot of dialogue between characters, but the feelings of the characters were well portrayed. It touched me.
Overall it’s an enjoyable movie for me on Christmas Day. I’m starting to miss KOR. Maybe I’ll continue with the manga. KOR really made me enjoy my memories so much.
One character from the OVAs appears in the movie, so you may want to watch the OVAs first to learn who the hell the guy is. I thought he seemed out of character, though; he was hitting on Madoka as if he never came to his big realization.
The plot feels kinda aimless once Kyosuke gets sent to the future. He’s confused, he doesn’t know what to do or where to go… All he can do is give us a tour of the future to show us the after story. Once the solution is presented… Well, he didn’t have to work for it at all. It gets you feeling like there won’t even be a climax, but then there’s sort of one shortly after.
The details in the art and animation made it look more like a movie than the first movie. It was still pretty average, not like it was so incredibly smooth that it stands out. I guess you could say it was about as good as any other anime movie based on a series. Y’know, stuff like Spirited Away is on another level.
The characters have smaller eyes than before and generally look older and a little more modern. One point I found odd was the size difference between Kyosuke age 19 and 22. It was like comparing a teen to an adult… but they were both adults. It would be sort of unusual for a person to still be growing at that age…
Yusaku is still missing in action. I don’t remember what happened to him in the series at all… like he just faded away at some point. Would Hikaru accept him if he managed to directly tell her how he feels? This feels like one loose end that could possibly end that love triangle once and for all.
Anyhow, it was a pretty decent movie. It wasn’t very exciting or whatever and it didn’t really have me guessing what would happen next since they introduced the solution to the problem pretty early in the movie. Despite that, I still found it interesting, though.
It continues to show how he envisioned the characters from the original Manga, now nineteen, would have moved on with their lives through university. If you watched the first movie, you might feel better for the characters after watching this. Maybe it was Tereda’s way of trying to redeem himself after the poor reception of the first movie. I guess you could also consider this movie fan service for those who wanted a more complete closure to the relationships.
However, it gets quite weird with the supernatural powers back in and the way they’re used just feels silly as usual.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Shin Kimagure Orange☆Road: Soshite, Ano Natsu no Hajimari
2. Slayers Return
3. Dragon Ball Movie 4: Saikyou e no Michi
4. Mahoujin Guru Guru Movie