They’re the best Anime that 2003 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Pokemon: Odoru Pokemon Himitsu Kichi, Pokemon Movie 06: Nanayo no Negaiboshi Jirachi, Doraemon Movie 24: Nobita to Fushigi Kaze Tsukai, and more!
5: Pokemon: Odoru Pokemon Himitsu Kichi
English: Pokemon Gotta Dance
MAL Score: 6.47
Pikachu and the other Pokemon learn to dance!
While no one dies in ‘Pokémon Gotta Dance’, it too tells the grim tale of beings condemned to dance due to an evil object – the dancing stick.
‘Pokémon Gotta Dance’ is, without a doubt, one of the darkest Pokémon shorts. A trio of Whismur get abducted to play maracas for a mob boss. Pikachu polka dances near a cliff’s edge, a step away from certain death. Treecko, visibly in pain, tries to resist the power of the dancing stick, but eventually succumbs to it. And by the end, Meowth muses depressingly that music ruined his life. There might not be much to the plot, but this Pokémon short is one of the very few that did not bore me to tears.
It’s obvious that this special was a labor of love from the animators. Colors are bright and cheery, one of the last Pokémon shorts that used traditional hand-painted cels. The scenery is rife with coy references to other Pikachu shorts. Animating all those Pokémon to dance must have been a gargantuan task. Ever wanted to see Meowth and Pikachu tango together? How about Mudkip doing some sick pirouettes? Or Wobbuffet hula dancing – grass skirt and all? Choreography, technique, and performance are on point. Contestants in ‘Dancing with the Stars’ could learn a thing or two from them.
I sure hope you liked the second ED in ‘Pokémon Advanced Generation’, because ‘Polka O Dolka’ is played. A lot. Thank God it’s catchy as hell. For anyone who isn’t a Pokémon nerd, this song is an upbeat melody played with xylophones and a shamisen – a traditional three-stringed Japanese instrument. While I did not feel annoyed by its excessive use, I would wholeheartedly understand anyone feeling irritated by the third time around.
Recommended to anyone who wants to watch cute Pokémon dancing against their will. You sick fuck.
However, when I was younger, I got the groudon movie dvd and there was a short that came with it. So I watched. Then I danced. Then I rewatched. Then
5 years later…
TIME TO DANCE!!!!!
uuh yeah, the story is pretty simple, but its one of the few times the pokemon anime gets creative with its characters and junk.
If you like meowth, you will love this short. Yeah, pretty much.
Its funny how the art was better back then than it is today (pokemon anime wise)
The music is for once catchy, good, and meowth and team rocket, the only characters who are voice acted well in this entire series, are the only ones with much dialogue in this short (especially meowth)
A very enjoyable short this is
the only characters are pokemon, and Jessie and james
8/10 from me
the one and only
4: Pokemon Movie 06: Nanayo no Negaiboshi Jirachi
English: Pokemon: Jirachi Wishmaker
Japanese: ポケットモンスター アドバンスジェネレーション 七夜の願い星 ジラーチ
MAL Score: 6.75
This is the 6th Movie.
Satoshi, Haruka, Takeshi, and Masato come upon the festival of the Wishing Star of Seven Nights. During their enjoyment, the legendary pokemon, Jirachi, decends from the heavens and befriends Masato. Jirachi, with the power to grant any wish, is sought after by many people wanting to claim its power. One man seeks to use its legendary power to revive an ancient pokemon known as Groudon, unaware of the dangers hidden within Jirachi’s powers
Maybe the plot is rather simple but very enjoyable. Once Jirachi is known about, it’d be a real crime to stop watching. A couple twists but a couple obvious things. Overall, nicely done!
I noticed with the Pokemon movies they do an especially nice job with the art and this one is no exception. The characters look great, the backgrounds are great, it’s all very good.
The soundtrack for this movie is incredible and beautiful! I really wish I could find it because wow, it’s great.
I love the movie and no matter how old I get, I always will. It’s a classic for me.
No matter how long or short the days, moths, or years last, the relationship between the intellectual Max/Masato and the kindhearted Jirachi the wishmaker (the gender is up to you to decide. But its a girl for me), it nicely implements as to how a powerful friendship lasts a lifetime. In the movie’s case, it also shows a mildly dark reason in the near end of the movie on the value of letting the most treasured things go.
If you want to take your brain’s imagination to the next level, you could compare Max and Jirachi’s friendship to that of Ash and Latias’ relationship. (this one is optional)
On the bright side of things, most of the characters and their interactions are likable.The first third of the film nicely establishes the new Pokemon cast. Generally, shenanigans in the camp are engaging. Establishment of Jirachi, although a bit too goofy, works. Even if he’s not well characterized, Absol, a fan favorite pokemon, is nice to look at and keeps up with the plot without feeling out of place.
This is where the film drops the ball, though. After the plot gets rolling, we’re treated to a flat good guy turning into a flat bad guy. The ensuing race to the final destination drops the underwhelming, but somewhat fun carnival setting and doesn’t really replace it with anything noteworthy.
Here we’re finally given an explanation of the villain’s motives, but it doesn’t tell us any more than we already know. Futhermore, the character interactions continue like no twist happened, as if they were still at the carnival. Thus, instead of shaking things up to keep them interesting, film quickly turns boring.
Eventually, as the time for final showdown comes, we’re treated to yet another one of those situations – you know, where the villain wields infinite magical technology already set up everywhere in advance. Why? How? For the plot, of course! This is where film starts falling appart, but the hopes for saving it still exist. You think to yourself – well, the stakes are high, maybe this finally becomes good! Nope, he’s resurrecting a Dark jellyfish Groudon™ out of nowhere.
One of my gripes with the film which aren’t imediately apparent is how unimportant details get overexplained. Right at the very start of the film we’re treated to a voiceover explaining Team Magma, their dreams, goals and favoite football team. This never gets relevant. The only reason I can think of for this being in the film is so the viewers aren’t confused by a certain later monologue. In the monologue we’re treated to a flashback showing Butler’s ex-ties to Team Magma. This would be fine if it was used to give his character depth or set up evil Groudon clone. But it doesn’t give us any insight into the character nor the plot. Since there’s no payoff, the reason for this scene becomes clear – padding the film.
With characters completely not mattering and plot in the gutter, we’re treated to a nonsensical plot wrap up, complete with a McGuffin and a cheesily written goodbye to Jirachi. Still, there were a few nice moments that shine here – a few shots of Ash and Flygon look really good. May forgetting to fold her last necklace piece gives us a very sweet character moment that was built up subtly throughout the whole film.
Ultimatelly, while there are around twenty enjoyable minutes in the film, most of it is wasted on a nonsensical plot and underwhelming character interactions. I’d recommend this film if you like to laugh at dull plot devices with your friends. I’ve done so and we had some fun nitpicking the problems. Otherwise, don’t bother unless you’re a Jirachi or Max fan and even then keep in mind that this is Max’s least likable film of the bunch. How unfortunate, considering it’s the only one focused on him.
3: Doraemon Movie 24: Nobita to Fushigi Kaze Tsukai
English: Doraemon the Movie: Nobita and the Windmasters
Japanese: 映画 ドラえもん のび太とふしぎ風使い
MAL Score: 7.28
One day, Nobita runs into a creature-like ball of wind, which came from a faraway land, but blew into their neighbourhood following the recent typhoon that went through the area. Nobita names it Fuuko. Eventually, he, Doraemon and their friends take it to a vast countryside through the Anywhere Door. There, they learn about the Wind and Storm Villages, and Fuuko’s real identity. Soon, Nobita and his friends have to protect Fuuko from the Storm Village and a now-possessed Nobuo, who is being controlled by the spirit of the Storm Village’s former leader.
Story: 9/10 without giving much away. This movie is just one of lots of movies, but just like the previous movies, it shows us a beautifull and heart warming feeling. This one isn’t very focused on doraemon’s gadgets or nobita’s friends but we can say it revolves around Fuuko and nobita.
Art: 8/10 the art its pretty decent, i guess a normal in doraemon’s movies.
Sound: 7/10 the sound is more or less the same has other movies 😀
Character. 9/10 like i said this movie has lots of good new characters as well as the usual ones.
Fuuko a wind ball, i really liked the character, it was really cute as a wind ball, and when she was in the dragon, not enough words to describe the happy feeling in conveyed!
Enjoyment and Overall: This a movie totally worth watching, for all it gives us, and for the nostalgia people feel when watching this 🙂
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2: One Piece Movie 4: Dead End no Bouken
English: One Piece: Dead End
Japanese: ワンピース デッドエンドの冒険
MAL Score: 7.56
Luffy and crew arrive at the harbour of Anabaru. The local casino is holding a competition in which the winner will obtain a huge monetary reward if he reaches the finishing line first. Nami is elated and decides to participate in the competition. However, there is a conspiracy going behind the competition and the mastermind is an ex-military commander, Gasparde. His plan is to lure all the pirates to the military base and send them to their deaths. Luffy and gang have to overcome the numerous tests and tribulations along the way to complete this dead-end adventure.
story: The story follows the straw hats pirates while they are on a Island and in need of money, they soon find out that there is a great pirate race. That alone should be good enough to catch anyones interest. The whole movie is amazing and the enemy is one you can hate.
Art: The only reason that I didnt give this a 10 is because One Piece is art style is a little differnt to other animes but it is true to itself and is even better.
Characters: Great characters, if you follow the series I dont need to say anymore, if you dont then all I have to say is you will never see better characters than this group.
Enjoyment: I love this movie, it is the best out there and I have seen it many times and each time it still makes me smile.
Overall: Best anime movie I have ever seen.
ART: It’s One Piece with all it’s might. On the other hand, it’s One Piece with all it’s might, which might not make you happy due to it’s particular, peculiar and bizarre art style and design. Nontheless, the art is very refreshing and original, you can’t deny that. It also features enhanced animation in comparison to the anime, although it’s not that great. One thing I could mention is the backgrounds and the sea, as well as the ship movements, all that is awesome.
SOUND: The sound qaulity itself it’s nice, with a couple of nice new battle tunes and as always the brilliant voice acting of really great seyiuus like Mayumi Tanaka, Kazuya Nakai and Kappei Yamaguchi.
CHARACTER: Though non-canon the movie provides some insight in the world of One Piece showing two more Giants, an old rival of Arlong and some other nice new characters. The two main movie-only characters would probably Shuraiya and Gasparde, the main villain. The first sport an awesome look, and the villain just looks like a couple more of other villains in One Piece: thinks dreams are for the weak and the crewmembers are just underlings. Though it has a pretty nice background and look.
ENJOYMENT: I only gave this 7, yeah. The first reason is that probably most people don’t get the motivation they need to watch the movie since it’s non-canon. So that pretty much lowers the enjoyment level of a movie, particularly, a non-canon anime movie. Secondly, although the three major fights in the movie are really good (Shurayia and Luffy vs Gasparde’s crew, Needles vs Shurayia and Luffy vs Gasparde), there’s not much importace to the rest of the Straw Hats, the simply don’t have a final fight, which I think is also bad.
OVERALL: Although I have only watched the first 4 movies of One Piece, I think this is by far the best, with some pretty nice story, characters and all that you expect from One Piece. You should definitly watch it if you’re a One Piece fan.
Story (5/10) Mediocre
I thought the beginning plot for this movie was fine at first and they hype up this Dead End Adventure, the Pirate Ship Race (which gets interrupted and just felt bland) and the story of Shuraiya and his backstory and what not. I think with these three written on paper it sounds like it should be a good movie but I personally felt it fell short in the execution department as certain parts felt drawn out all of characters in the straw hat character didn’t really do anything in this movie and I felt the pacing was was off as there was a lot of boring dialogue scenes and had me dozing off honestly. Too much uninteresting things I felt was going on in this 4th movie of One Piece.
Art and Animation (6/10) Fine
Continuing with this annual repetition of release the 4th One Piece movie yearly at the point of this movie coming out of course. The only major difference I saw between this an the last movie is that during the beginning they tried to do this 3rd 1st person view of going through a town at night seeing all the people of the town until we eventually get to the Straw Hat Crew who is in a restaurant of some sort getting their grub on like always. I understand the idea of what this scene was trying to do and it probably looked good back in 2003 but I don’t think it aged well at all because this is really slow frame rate 3D presentation honestly just hurt my eyes. The camera angles were cool but the fact that it felt like an introduction to a 1999 computer game before you hit the title screen just didn’t sit well with me. Other than that everything else seem fine for a One Piece movie as far as the 4 that I’ve seem to this point. This one doesn’t look any better than the 3 that came before it and it’s not surprising since this (just like movie 2) came out almost exactly a year after the 3rd movie so advancements in the art style and animation category obviously made no improvements.
Sound (7/10) Good
Nothing to compliment but nothing to complain about. The BGM and voice actors were fine. Outro is fine also not bad not amazing it just exist so yeah..
Characters (6/10) Fair
Like I said in the story section majority of the characters in the Straw Hat Crew hit the back-burner hard in this movie. As we really only get to see mostly Luffy and not that much either. This movie tried to push the movie MC mostly and his introduction started off good. Shuraiya with Luffy in the like the first 15 or so minutes of the movie and they are about to throw down but the main antagonist comes in and interrupts their fight as they basically say “we’ll fight later”. To me that’s Toei basically hyping up a fight we never saw and at this point who cares because the Movie MC Shuraiya get’s his ass whooped around the end of this movie anyway so I didn’t even want to see the fight between him and Luffy anymore. His backstory with him and his sister (who didn’t even looked like she aged since her backstory) was boring and uninteresting and since the movie gave him so much screen time I personally think he’s the reason why I was dozing off during this movie. The other characters like the straw hat crew when they were doing something was good but like I said we don’t get to see them that much, I usually give this section a 8, 9 and sometimes a 10. But that’s only because I enjoy seeing the Straw Hat crew do what they do, when they are taken out of the picture my score in the section will most likely dwindle if the characters they focus on can’t suffice for replacement.
Enjoyment (5/10) Mediocre
My enjoyment was not that high for this movie, I was honestly expecting more from it. And I like I said earlier I personally think they failed to capture my attention with this movie with the various things this movie tried to bring to the table. My interested raise just a tad at the very end when Luffy is fighting the Movie Villain and his Candy Syrup powers or what ever when he messes up Luffy’s hat and the various signature moves Luffy was using against him. It was a good fight but I don’t think it was enough for me to forgive the rest of my boredom I had for the other hour and like ten minutes I was watching the movie for.
Overall (5/10) Mediocre
More Specifically (5.80/10) Mediocre at best
Dead End no Bouken in my opinion is probably the most boring of One Piece movies yet. It’s down there with the 2nd movie and I like I said earlier if they focus on the Straw Hat crew then we can have a more entertaining movie, hopefully the future ones don’t follow this template of letting the movie MC have all the spot light just to get whooped and end the movie with a Luffy fight because I don’t think that’s a good formula.
1: InuYasha Movie 3: Tenka Hadou no Ken
English: InuYasha the Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler
Japanese: 映画 犬夜叉 天下覇道の剣
MAL Score: 7.80
Izayoi and Inu no Taishou, Inuyasha’s parents, are having problems with a human named Setsuna no Takemaru. Sou’unga a magical sword that has been sealed away for 700 years is found. Now everyone is after the sword and its powers but it seems the sword has something else in mind.
First of all, the artwork looks really pretty, and the plot of the story is very enjoyable. This movie basically gives you a little flashback into Inuyasha’s past, and who his parents were. Like any Inuyasha movie, there’s plenty of action to see.
In my opinion, the movie could have went a little bit deeper into the past, but overall it’s great!
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. InuYasha Movie 3: Tenka Hadou no Ken
2. One Piece Movie 4: Dead End no Bouken
3. Doraemon Movie 24: Nobita to Fushigi Kaze Tsukai
4. Pokemon Movie 06: Nanayo no Negaiboshi Jirachi
5. Pokemon: Odoru Pokemon Himitsu Kichi