They’re the best Anime that 2016 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Mahoutsukai Precure! Movie: Kiseki no Henshin! Cure Mofurun!, Koutetsujou no Kabaneri Movie 1: Tsudou Hikari, Garo Movie: Divine Flame, and more!
5: Mahoutsukai Precure! Movie: Kiseki no Henshin! Cure Mofurun!
MAL Score: 7.39
Toei Animation has announced that a movie for Mahoutsukai! Precure will premiere in October 2016.
4: Koutetsujou no Kabaneri Movie 1: Tsudou Hikari
Japanese: 甲鉄城のカバネリ 総集編｛前編｝集う光
MAL Score: 7.51
Compilation film of the first half of the TV series.
There are also scenes cut, but since the original series wasn’t very consistent. it’s covered on this front. It might be even better this way as the only thing this show has is nice art and sound and flashy fights
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You should probabl1y watch this over the series.
3: Garo Movie: Divine Flame
Japanese: 劇場版 牙狼〈GARO〉‐DIVINE FLAME‐
MAL Score: 7.59
Leon, who has succeeded the name of Golden Knight “GARO,” devotes himself to train a young Makai Knight for the next generation, together with Prince Alfonso of the Valiante Kingdom. Then, they receive an order to exterminate the most beautiful Horror in the world which resides in a neighboring country “Vazelia.” At the same time, a young Makai Knight for the next generation is kidnapped by an unknown person. Leon desperately follows them, only to find that he is surrounded by his enemies at a dead end. Then, a Makai Knight Dario who was supposed to be missing for some time suddenly appears and rescues him. Under his guidance, Leon is led to the town where he meets up a totally unexpected person.
Aside from theory talk, this was a really well done movie, gorgeous art as usual in fact I think the art in this movie is even better than the series, really awesome music throughout too and really epic battles. Expect goosebumps. All in all it’s exactly what you’d expect. I also don’t wanna give away the ending in any sort of way, but I have to point this out. OMG that armor in the end is so sick looking. You’ll get what I mean when you watch it.
Editx2: I got a little excited and gave it a solid 10/10, to be fair it’s a great anime, but it’s not without flaw, the one flaw this movie had was some light inconstancy. After one of the fights they wind up leaving the area and go to a house to recoup, the enemy wasn’t killed. They later return to finish the battle. I think the people working on the movie were just aiming for a really long epic battle, which they did achieve, but It just seemed odd that they could leave without any interference. That and there’s one small scene at the end that could’ve been done a little better, but we’re talking like a couple frames that don’t add up to how something happened, it’s kind of like if you were watching a movie and it skipped like 2 second ahead…anyway, not to be overly critical, but when you have a good anime not much else you can pick on other than the small flaws.
Edit: Some spoilers read with caution
as it would turn out there is in fact another anime addition to Garo in the works right now that I guess continues Honoo no Kokuin even further. Can’t find any info other than it’s being worked on. I have the feeling it’ll continue on with Germán’s son. I’m kind of hoping they get creative and choose a new threat that isn’t solely based on another forbidden Madōgu. However, I don’t believe Zirkel’s Ring was ever destroyed either, but it could’ve been insinuated after Mendoza was killed? It’s gotta be destroyed eventually, but then the statues at the lake didn’t get destroyed either…I don’t know, guess I’m being too picky, but I think if they’re no longer gonna be used there should be consistency and they should be destroyed, but most anime will leave some stuff out in the event they run into a plot issue and can use it as an excuse to bring something back. We’ll see though, can’t wait for the new series. Kinda as I mentioned above this anime needs to overall have its small inconsistencies fixed, it’s not a huge deal, but not much else you can call it out on.
2: One Piece Film: Gold
Japanese: ONE PIECE FILM GOLD
MAL Score: 7.93
Monkey D. Luffy and his Straw Hat Crew have finally arrived on Gran Tesoro, a ship carrying the largest entertainment city in the world. Drawn in by the chances of hitting the jackpot, the crew immediately head to the casino. There, they quickly find themselves on a winning streak, playing with what seems to be endless luck.
When offered a special gamble by Gild Tesoro—the master of the city himself—the crew agrees, choosing to believe in their captain’s luck. However, when they find themselves victims of a despicable scam, the crew quickly realize that there is something darker happening beneath the city’s surface.
Left penniless and beaten down, the Straw Hat Crew are forced to rely on another gamble of a plan. With the help of a new friend or two, the group must work to reclaim what they’ve lost before time, and what remains of their luck, runs out.
What to expect:
Luffy (Gear 4)
Roronoa Zoro (air swoosh)
From an aesthetic perspective the movie is basically flawless. The animation is gorgeous, the character designs are on point, and every costume change the case goes through is exciting and memorable. The film-exclusive character is far more memorable than most of her predecessors as she is an old girlfri- I mean accomplice of Nami’s from her cat burglar days, and their dynamic is simple but effective. Getting the One Piece cast to do a heist film is inherently interesting given how batshit insane the characters are, and the genre-standard twists are handled well. There is a particular sub-twist that makes perfect sense in universe that was both inspired and hilarious.
The movie isn’t flawless character wise. Like most OP movies the characterization is slightly off. Nami, despite having ample screen time, never comments on the fact that the kids enslaved by the casino are basically in the same situation she was in for a decade. Luffy seems unusually apathetic when a crewmate is placed in danger in the first act. Nothing is egregious, but it is enough to take notice. As for most modern OP films some characters are included for no reason other than to have them in marketing material. Still have no idea what Sabo and Lucci were doing. The gambler character introduced serves no particular purpose and just drags down the movie in the middle.
The main villain is compelling ideologically, but never gets quite enough attention to make sense. His devil fruit is busted to the point it is completely unbelievable, and the main confrontation between him and Luffy suffers as a result. Cool idea, but not enough spice to make him memorable.
Its a good One Piece experience, but outside the outfits and nice cuts of animation provides nothing to remember it by.
Score: Strong 6 to a Light 7
Our beloved straw hats are going to the biggest casino in the world to have some fun and of course they will meet the owner himself!
The Casino is the biggest ship I’ve ever seen in the series and I couldn’t believe it was moved by 2 gigantic turtles! “There is gold, gold, everywhere” I mean the whole casino is filled with golden buildings, statues, restaurants, hotels and even golden amusement parks!
The animation is by far the best performance I’ve seen in a OP Movie! I was really happy to see some darker colors in the movie because the casino is filled with thousands of golden stuff. So I saw yellow and golden colors the whole time. They have done everything right at this point!
The sound was incredible! Background music, conversations and fights. Everything was sounding like I wore high end headphones the whole time!
There are so many apperances from older arcs and of course I will not tell you who I mean! I loved the costumes because our beloved crew got some noble outfits!
I heard so many laughs during the movie because there are so many funny moments while the straw hats are enjoying the time in the casino!
I really enjoyed One Piece: Gold, because I love to see how the straw hats enjoy their time like a family! The best part are the final fights and they are all insane!
Watch this movie! You’ll see a lot of old characters from the past and a lot of funny moments with luffy and the rest of the crew.
1: Persona 3 the Movie 4: Winter of Rebirth
Japanese: PERSONA3 THE MOVIE —#4 Winter of Rebirth—
MAL Score: 8.02
“The time of destruction is coming ever closer without a doubt. It cannot be stopped.”
To know death, to gaze at death, to face death.
Makoto and his allies have grown through the many meetings and partings they have experienced.
Their fight might not be for the sake of the world, but for themselves. Even so, they have continued to fight, believing that there are peaceful days waiting at the end of the battle.
However, a boy says that destruction is the fate that humanity must shoulder. The boy they believed to be their friend tells them the truth of the situation without an emotion on his face.
The season changes to winter. Makoto makes a decision in order to greet the spring that is waiting beyond…
Then the sun came out.
The emotially manipulative music blasted over our cast magically getting over their problems through one random deus ex machina event one after another, just in time for the big generic bad guy fight (But not without showing off all the Personas we are contractually obligated to shoehorn in!).
In only 5 minutes, the movie managed to shit the bed so hard with the hollow resolutions to each character arc that had been elaborated on in the movie. For example, Mitsuru knocks a photo over because the sun is in her eyes for the first time in weeks, and finds a key in the frame. She goes to her mansion, and a maid directs her to a locked room where her (dead) father kept wine that was bought on the year of her birth, and he meant to share it with her on her 18th birthday. He died earlier in the series, and for the last couple of movies she has done her best to get over her depression over it. The scene then ends, cutting to another bullshit asspull. Keep in mind this whole scene was 30 seconds, and wasn’t even the most insulting (Fuuka’s character resolution was literally sending her “friend” Natsuki a text, and eventally feeling happy that it didn’t go through.)
In conclusion, unless you like anything Persona or SMT related, don’t watch this. I could gp on about how the animation can be stilted and lazy at times, or how the character are mere husks of their in-game counterparts, or how the music and game are placed oddly and awkardly, but this is becoming a wall of text already. I’ll end with this. This movie is a more of a promotional movie for Persona 3 than an actual “Film”. Don’t watch this if you want a deep drama. Watch this for the desu anime friendship squad.
Persona # the Movie 4: Winter of Rebirth is an amazing adaptation, while staying true to the source material as needed it also added something that the P3 game was in lack of during the arrival of Nyx. The characters’ strife’s, struggles and development in the face of seemingly inevitable death; the movie made me feel once again the bonds between these characters as they search for the answer to life as well as death. In my personal opinion I believe that A-1 Pictures did an outstanding job at recreating one of my fondest memories and adding to them with this movie. With dialogue and music straight from the game, to the amazing animation and detail and finally nailing the characters perfectly in this final installation, I find it hard not to give this movie a 10/10
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Persona 3 the Movie 4: Winter of Rebirth
2. One Piece Film: Gold
3. Garo Movie: Divine Flame
4. Koutetsujou no Kabaneri Movie 1: Tsudou Hikari
5. Mahoutsukai Precure! Movie: Kiseki no Henshin! Cure Mofurun!