They’re the best Anime that 2001 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of One Piece Movie 2: Nejimaki-jima no Daibouken, One Piece: Jango no Dance Carnival, Slayers Premium, and more!
5: One Piece Movie 2: Nejimaki-jima no Daibouken
English: One Piece: Clockwork Island Adventure
Japanese: ワンピース ねじまき島の冒険
MAL Score: 7.14
Informed by the Thief Brothers his ship has been stolen by the Trump Kyoudai (Trump Siblings) who have set up base on Clockwork Island. Monkey D. Luffy, Captain of the Going Merry and aspiring Pirate King works with his crew – Usopp, Zoro, Sanji and Nami to battle their way up Clockwork Island to reclaim their ship.
So the story picks up from there, going into the traditional method of laying out movie plots: enter, stage left, side characters. And what do you know, they may have an idea of who the villains of the show might be. How coincidental. They’re a loud, self-important group, which clearly contrast with the Straw Hats and make for some amusing banter. I really liked the movie characters in this, really. They’ve got memorable personalities, nothing that just fades into the background after watching them.
The movie continues with a light, humourous theme, and we’re introduced to the island of the day with a bit of camera work: it’s this giant Clockwork Tower, what do you know. I adored it. Thought it was really interesting. I mean, the crew hasn’t come across many giant towers of islands before, have they? It’s something that’s more unique to this movie. So the landscape and setting of the incoming battles, you can tell, are going to be a bit different from normal and just plain interesting.
The villain was also highly amusing, what with his fascination and crush on Nami in a wedding dress, who was not in the least bit happy with the enemy taking a liking to her. But of course, Nami, being manipulative that she is, sought to use this against him. So Nami’s role in this movie was just great.
All the other members of the crew, acting out their roles as suave and cool and determined fighters, are what mostly made this entertaining for me. Because you just know that the villains are going to assume that they’re the toughest, greatest, most brilliant men and women that ever existed; oh what you’ve come to defeat me? Let me tell you how great I am—
Ass-kicking commenced from there on, of course.
They put up a good fight though, which further entertained me. Some interesting battle tactics and teamwork later, the Straw Hats managed to come out on top, but the villains were tougher than expected. I guess they had a reason to be obnoxiously cheeky. Not that that made them worthy of being defeated by our heroes.
All right, I’ll stop mocking the villains.
At any rate, I much preferred this plot over the plot of the first movie, so if you saw this first one and were disappointed or concerned that the other movies wouldn’t cut it, I would definitely try at least watching this one before you call it quits. Creativity and character motivation and back story and so much more were all improved from movie one. So don’t despair.
Let me try this line to get you to see it: the villain attempts to crush Luffy with the slow and heavy downward force of a ceiling. That’s action for you. No, wait a minute. Scratch that. There’s Nami in a wedding dress. Yes?
Although not as far fetched as the previous movie, it still abuses the notion of making a super weapon out of a machine island. I mean they make it look so hard just to find the knowledge to build one from ancient manuscripts and they just do it with normal established technology? And where the heck is the navy to take advantage or protect this place? But hey, since when do filler movies try to be consistent?
As usual, Oda takes ideas even from these movies into the canon story later on, so later on you actually get a very similar case where Nami is kidnapped and is dressed as a bride to be forcefully married to some creep. There even is a mechanical island where they build all sorts of weird super weapons.
Anyways, as far as a movie goes, both action and plot are a bit more exciting than that of the previous movie for having more secondary battles (there are four mini-bosses instead of one) and the whole super weapon plan feels more epic than just looking for hidden treasure. Of course the whole thing is still quite simple since after their initial defeat by being unprepared, the good guys go to the offence and own everything. There is also that damn fuss with the kid asking the heroes to help out. They tried to make it look a bit tragic by having the population unwilling to resist the bad guys for not wasting all the years they spent on making the device. Yet all the resolution to this issue was just Luffy trashing everything and saying “There, I ruined your life’s work, so stop complaining and start from scratch.” Very weak I must say; normal people would flip if you do that to them.
So you will just watch this for the action scenes, which are not bad at all. They are more in numbers than in the first movie and since the enemies are all devil fruit users that use booby traps and sneak attacks which makes them have a lot more fancy powers. Plus, they have a motif around card symbols and gambling, so there is a vague identity trait here that follows a pattern. There is even a minor character that has a grudge against Zoro for an earlier defeat to build up some cheap excitement. As for the big boss, Bear King seemed to be undefeatable until he used the super weapon on Luffy. Just for no reason than ending the battle, Luffy manages to reflect back a bullet three times his size and wins the day. I didn’t like how he won with no real strategy other than having infinite stamina and reflecting what was supposed to be beyond human capabilities. Cheap!
In all, it is quite the passable movie. The action is cool but it all ends in a convenient way.
Oh and don’t miss the special short that comes with the movie. “Jango’s Dance Carnival” may only be 5 minutes long but has an awesome song and choreography.
And now for some excused scorings.
ART SECTION: 9/10
Analysis: General Artwork 2/2, Character Figures 2/2, Backgrounds 2/2, Animation 2/2, Visual Effects 1/2
SOUND SECTION: 6/10
Analysis: Voice Acting 2/3, Music Themes 2/4, Sound Effects 2/3
STORY SECTION: 4/10
Analysis: Premise 1/2, Pacing 1/2, Complexity 1/2, Plausibility 0/2, Conclusion 1/2
CHARACTER SECTION: 6/10
Analysis: Presence 2/2, Personality 2/2, Backdrop 1/2, Development 0/2, Catharsis 1/2
VALUE SECTION: 1/10
Analysis: Historical Value 0/3, Rewatchability 0/3, Memorability 1/4
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 2/10
Analysis: Art 1/1, Sound 0/2, Story 0/3, Characters 1/4
There were countless pieces of music which enriched this film and the anime episodes which followed.
The animation had lots of highlights and the shading was akin to episodes such as 312 and 474.
The composition was rather impressive too….
This is truly one of the most underrated One Piece movies despite only being the successor of One Piece 2000.
4: One Piece: Jango no Dance Carnival
English: One Piece: Django’s Dance Carnival
Japanese: ワンピース ジャンゴのダンスカーニバル
MAL Score: 7.16
Luffy and his crew are on Mirror Ball Island during a dance carnival. They are spotted by Marines just as Jango the hypnotist is running from them. Luffy and the others are caught up in the dance carnival as Jango, in his desperate attempt to escape, hypnotizes the entire island to dance the night away.
The thing I like about this. is how it works. Jango gets chased by the Marines. and jumps on to the giant disco ball causing it to move side to side, As he tries to hypnotise his chasers. Instead of just hypnotising the Marines. He ends up hypnotising everoyne, Including himself.
And with that it ends up with everyone dancing. In short its a short music video. With everyone dancing to a pretty decent song. The chereography is pretty good too.
Overall I enjoyed it just cause it was different.
It’s a 6 minutes short of one piece, pretty much showing a few fun scenes and then it will play a song.
Since I like One Piece, I enjoyed a bit watching it and laughed a bit.
It’s only 6 minutes, so there is nothing to lose by watching it.
I rated the story 2, since there is no story at all.
Art- 4, it’s pretty old, the old days of one piece.
And for the main things in this special- the music, which was great (actually: the song) and the characters (One piece crew from Luffy to Sanji).
3: Slayers Premium
MAL Score: 7.20
Lina and Gourry travel to a seaside town named Acassi, where octopus tentacle is a delicacy. However, the octopus meat carries a curse that dooms the eater to only speak Takogo (octopus language). Amelia, Zelgadiss, and Xelloss all show up, and the main four characters (Lina, Gourry, Ameria, Zelgadiss) get cursed. The octopi enlist the power of a mazoku to get rid of the humans once and for all. The white sorceress Ruma must learn the cure to the curse from her long-lost master in order to save the town.
Premium is unique in that it is the only movie that has Gourry, Amelia, and Zelgadis; who are Lina’s companions during the three series; as opposed to Naga, a friend/rival of Lina’s from the OVA’s. Naga does make a breif cameo, marking one of the few (if only) times Naga and the rest of Lina’s friends are in the same series.
The story is a bit silly, with some town famous for its seafood having the octopus that live in the acompanying bay decide they have had enough. All in all, its not as epic as the series tend to be (with the world hanging in the balance), and not as humorous and character developing as the OVA’s tend to be, but seems on Par with the other movies in the slayers franchise.
Art and Sound are typical of the Slayers media, so if you have seen other parts of the series you should generally know what to expect. A bit outdated by todays standards, but still generally clean and well animated.
As far as character goes, this movie dosn’t offer much in the way of development. However you do get to see all of the characters you know and love (even if Naga’s appearance is… very breif), but if this is your first piece of Slayers media you may be a bit lost.
This movie was quite enjoyable for fans, and fits in nicely between the second and final series. Overall, this is a good diversion from the series, with some quality bits of humor for a fan. If you are a first time Slayers watcher, its probably best to start with ‘Slayers’ the first series.
If you know and love Slayers for what it is, this anime is not for you. If you’re not familiar with Slayers, this anime is not the place to start. This is Slayers for young children.
It’s dreadful, the Lina in Prenium sucks, it doesn’t fit the character at all and even then most of the cast seem to be acting out of character for no apparent reason. The art is also stepped down, as well as the music. The story is uninspired and dull and, like I said, thank god it’s only 1 episode; because I would have dropped a season that starts like that.
So yeah, overall Slayers Premium is simply a bad OVA, but that happens all the time in anime doesn’t it. It is not necessary to watch it to understand the rest of the series, skipping it would be recommended, unless you have time to kill. It also doesn’t bring any relevant backstory or anything like that, so it’s really just a basket of stale bread in between the main dishes.
2: Doraemon Movie 22: Nobita to Tsubasa no Yuusha-tachi
English: Doraemon the Movie: Nobita and the Winged Braves
Japanese: 映画 ドラえもん のび太と翼の勇者たち
MAL Score: 7.22
Nobita and his friends gathered at Shizuka’s house when they heard about the news about missing flocks of bird species. Nobita believed they were taken away by winged creatures and became obsessed on flying on his own. He created mechanical wings and upon the experiment he encountered an actual winged creature flying out of a time-space distortion. Upon helping him whose name is Gusuke, Nobita and his friends were sucked into the distortion and reached Gusuke’s home, Birdpia or the world where the winged creatures live.
1: InuYasha Movie 1: Toki wo Koeru Omoi
English: InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time
Japanese: 犬夜叉 時代を越える想い
MAL Score: 7.56
Inu-Yasha has mastered the ultimate attack of the Tetsusaiga and continues his battle for the Shikon Jewel shards with Kagome, Shippo, Sango, and Miroku. Unfortunately, a freak occurance with a jewel shard has brought to life an incarnation of a demonic enemy sealed by Inu-Yashas’ father. Inu-Yasha must surpass his father and destroy this demon or every soul in Japan will be consumed.
the first inuyasha movie, affections touching across time, quite the piece of work it is. the story line to it had the same sort of feeling that any of the other inuyasha movies had and the show as well. filled with fighting, jokes, romance, and the characters that only this series can provide. having their original voice actors and music that can be linked to that of the show, it wins in the department of having that “inuyasha” feel to it. it doesn’t quite fit in the time sequence of the show, it sort of serves as a side story. i wouldn’t recommend this if you haven’t seen any of the show or at least read the manga because then it wouldn’t make sense. though it is the first movie out of four, it relies on the viewer having some knowledge of the inuyasha world but for a fan, it’s great to see. the characters are still just how they always were in the show, lovable and memorable in my point of view. the only thing i have to complain about in this movie is the art. the art for inuyasha in the anime was beautiful, it wasn’t flashy or quite as modern but i fell in love with it. the art is different in this movie from the original though at times it looked like it tried to revert. it IS different but it doesn’t get in the way too much though i would have liked to see the original beauty.
all and all as an inuyasha fan, i found it to be an enjoyable movie that i would most definitely watch over again 😀
The plot is absolutely astounding and the villain continues to make me cringe every time I see him lift up a leaf to his lips. He’s a villainous demon I just love to hate.
I can understand what the produces were trying to do, but the movie didn’t make alot of sense. I think it was because it didn’t flow that well. It was like one minute kagome was all possesed and the next minute she passed out, out of nowhere. I was starting to lose interest, so i skipped some of it because it was getting boring.
The art in this movie was pretty horrble. I guess it’s because im used to the art in the inuyasha series, that it looked a little weird to me. For example- In the inuyasha series sesshomaru’s face is not that long. In this movie however,sesshomaru’s face looke really long and narrow. And his ears in this movie were pointier. Im not sure if it was just me but Kagome’s eyes looked bigger and browner than usual. I guess I expected the art to be better since this movie came out after the Inuyasha series started.
As usual, the sound & characters were as good as always. The characters still kept their distinct personalities.
I did enjoy the movie if you took away the agravating art and the boring & unflowing parts. Overall, i liked the movie even though it could of been produced better.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. InuYasha Movie 1: Toki wo Koeru Omoi
2. Doraemon Movie 22: Nobita to Tsubasa no Yuusha-tachi
3. Slayers Premium
4. One Piece: Jango no Dance Carnival
5. One Piece Movie 2: Nejimaki-jima no Daibouken