They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Mini Hama: Minimum Hamatora Movies, Fw:Hamatora, Koro-sensei Q!, and more!
5: Mini Hama: Minimum Hamatora Movies
Japanese: 劇場版 ミニはま -MINIMUM HAMATORA-
MAL Score: 6.10
Two special episodes of Mini Hama promoting the Fw:Hamatora movie.
MAL Score: 7.04
Summary movie of Hamatora The Animation and Re:?Hamatora.
3: Koro-sensei Q!
MAL Score: 7.08
A spin-off of Ansatsu Kyoushitsu.
I believe this following review is still acceptable with just a pinch of salt. – Hopefully none of the provided info is incorrect but if any is, I apologize immensely! Especially since this is most likely the easiest way anyone can find this info without having to go out of your way for announcements/forums/etc.
I did not learn of this info when I had watched Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (s1&2,) Ansatsu Kyoushitsu: 365-nichi no Jikan, Koro-sensei Quest!, Ansatsu Kyoushitsu 2nd Season: Kagaijugyou-hen, or Ansatsu Kyoushitsu: Jump Festa 2013 Special. In fact it’s been a couple years since watching them so I decided to rewatch episode two, of Quest! I did not rewatch anything else alongside it to refresh my memory so, add another pinch of salt, especially if Q! turns out to be episode one of Quest! If it is, I have around the same opinions about episode one of Quest! as I do episode two of Quest!
I will not be rating the intro and outro; I’m assuming it wasn’t in Q!, only Quest! Though if you must know you can apply the same reasonings as I did for the rest of the show; especially from “Art” and “Sound.”
Story – 8/10
It starts off with an intro to the situation this classroom is in; quite similar to the original but instead of the setting close to our own, the setting is like an RPG, fight the “Big Bad” type of world, the school being “Kunugigaoka School of Magic” now, the world being barren [compared to ours] of structures & people, more fields, more caves with monsters. Even level up’s, stats being increased or applied, “NAME” joined the party, all with a black background with a white border; just “RPG up” almost everything. Though the more extremes one’s are usually used for jokes since Q!, just as Quest!, is a comedy. . . special? ONA? An ad? I guess technically it’s a movie. . . movie short?
The “party” decides to find more “party members” since they’re not really “hero” material. They show three people who have rumours surrounding their strength and decide to go after one of them and go for the other two later [which after finishing this makes you want to watch more. So it gives a good set up for the “rest of the show” [Quest!,] on a marketing standpoint, it’s really well done. I mention this simply since this preview was meant for that so I need to mention how well done it’s purpose was] What ensues after leaving is them immediately arriving at the cave and comedy hijinks occurs. The humour is in your face, slapstick, “punful,” and abrupt. I feel if you enjoy comedy you’re going to enjoy this one, at least for the fact that these characters are put into this setting (they also take inspiration from Ansatsu Kyoushitsu but I feel that’s obvious.)
Art – 8/10
While I’m not much of an artistic follower, I do believe for comedic purposes I can recognize “good” art. So following in that vain, within these eight minutes the art for comedic purposes is well done. It not only gives a good blend of chibi and RPG, it also breathes more fresh air into the jokes and setting. For things not present during a joke, I never had a problem with it which lead to an overall pleasant experience due to it’s constant excellent performance.
Sound – 8/10
Same as art: not good at recognizing it aside from jokes, sound effects & music fit really well for the jokes & setting, and aside from that never had a problem which made a pleasant experience.
Character – 9/10
The original show had some comedy but with these preestablished developed characters, a setting unlike the original that’s almost the opposite, and a low runtime. Made this difficult to do well on but, they somehow made me from uncertain to loving it. It honestly surprised me how well they translated these characters into this setting and developing these characters even more just to fit this genre that still felt believable and in character. You have to remember this was only eight minutes so they had to do a lot of minor, subtle things that didn’t feel jarring to the viewer to make this work and that’s what’s so commendable. If you really look at it from afar they didn’t change a lot, and it just felt “obvious” [for some of them] to do things and jokes that way, but the fine tuning is what really made it come together.
Enjoyment – 8/10
Not much to say here just the fact that it’s well done. I mean, I guess I could be wrong and it just caters to me but you’re just gonna have to take my word on this one. Though I would be lying to you that their isn’t better one’s out there. Either way their never was a moment where I wasn’t enjoying myself.
Overall – 8.2/10
If you’ve watched Ansatsu Kyoushitsu and enjoyed it then I feel like you can appreciate and enjoy what they’ve done here. If you also just like comedy in general and haven’t seen Ansatsu Kyoushitsu, I’d give this a try. It’s funny, has a good setting that follows a believable story that takes inspiration of Ansatsu Kyoushitsu’s episodes, very good looking & sounding, and it breathes such a fresh breath of air into these characters that it feels just right.
2: Ansatsu Kyoushitsu: 365-nichi no Jikan
English: Assassination Classroom The Movie: 365 Days’ Time
Japanese: 劇場版 暗殺教室 365日の時間
MAL Score: 7.33
A year can change a person’s life forever. The 365 days Class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Junior High spent with their eccentric teacher, Koro-sensei, certainly did. Carrying the memories of that year close to their hearts, alumni Nagisa Shiota and Karma Akabane return to their former classroom to recall the events of that momentous time of their lives.
Nagisa and Karma are reminded by the familiar rooms, desks, chalkboard, and the class album of the events that shaped them into “assassins” and prepared them for the real world. That is the legacy of their octopus-like teacher—who had introduced himself by threatening to destroy the world if they didn’t kill him by the end of the school year—and the time spent in the bizarre yet exceptional “Assassination Classroom.”
It’s plot is that Nagisa and Karma meet up in class 3-E building years after the events of Assassination Classroom, and reminisce about all of the things that happened.
However, it has about 5 minutes of original animation, and is mostly shortened scenes from the anime.
Overall, I wouldn’t recommend you watch it, as it is just a less detailed recap of the story, but if you do watch it I recommend doing it after watching both seasons of the anime, as it will spoil the ending.
There’s not much to say about the Art and Sound since it’s almost the same with the TV Series. When it comes to enjoyment, I couldn’t say that I “enjoyed” it since ninjas are cutting onions in the film.
So here’s the question: Should you watch it?
Definitely. One thing worth noting is that the film have anime-only epilogue scenes. Unfortunately, many details were left out since the film only has around 90 minutes of run time. I was also hoping for more epilogue scenes, or maybe some adapted scenes from Korotan D (search it if you don’t know).
Nevertheless, it still managed to give an emotional impact especially for those who loved the series.
There are three parts to the story: The sequel-ish focuses mainly on Karma and Nagisa visiting their old classroom, going down memory lane, and checking various places on the mountain where they spent their last year of middle school. While the first half of the story mainly focuses on the before-the-climax events of the TV series, which is given nowhere near enough time. I would’ve preferred if there was less narration and fast cuts from the past to the present day Nagisa and Karma, as it was quite off-putting and distracting. And the second half focuses on the climax, with which I have no qualms as it was as well done as in the TV version.
There are no major improvements over the sound, art, or the animation. They are as good as they were in the original TV series, which is to say pretty damn good.
Even though not that friendly to the newcomers, the movie is still a good watch for any fan of the series looking to satisfy their nostalgia, and although I believe converting 50 episodes into just a 90 minute run time was a bad decision overall, I’m still surprised at how enjoyable this movie turned out to be.
1: Given Movie
Japanese: 映画 ギヴン
MAL Score: 8.15
The band “given”—comprised of Ritsuka Uenoyama, Mafuyu Satou, Haruki Nakayama, and Akihiko Kaji—has advanced to the final screening of the Countdown-fes Amateur Contest, in which they will be judged on their live act. Although enthusiastic, they worry about having only one original song to perform.
Mafuyu embraces the idea of learning more about music in order to create new, emotionally resonant songs. In this regard, he unexpectedly receives help from Ugetsu Murata, Akihiko’s on-again, off-again lover. Ugetsu has unsuccessfully tried to let go of Akihiko, who himself is torn between lingering feelings for his past and an uncertain resolve for the future.
As the competition draws near, Haruki uncharacteristically begins to doubt his place in the band and the trust he shares with Akihiko. It is a given that not all attachments last forever, but it remains to be seen what can be salvaged from the ruins of heartbreak—or if only regrets will endure.
Like most franchises in the romance genre, Given is about relationships. But unlike most romance stories, Given doesn’t just focus on the relationship one can have with a significant other. Rather, Given goes in depth about how we interact with all of the things that matter to us. Whether it be a dream, a hobby, or a special someone you care about, Given explores all of these relationships and ties them to themes of self growth, change, and understanding. It is a heartfelt reminder that love is multifaceted and that our relationships with others are heavily influenced by the relationships we have with ourselves, our pasts, our goals, and our passions.
Knowing this, I was completely underwhelmed by the Given movie. The main points of the plot were there, the relationships were there, the characters I know and love were there, but the execution did not pull through. And as a source reader, my god was it disappointing.
The story starts right where we left off in the prequel, but the focus shifts from Mafuyu and Uenoyama to the two other band members of Given. Nakayama Haruki is in love with his bandmate Kaji Akihiko. For years, Haruki’s longing has been left unnoticed. Afraid of ruining their friendship and affecting the band, Haruki is in that tense and confusing state of having a crush on a close friend. But Akihiko’s feelings towards Haruki are just as conflicting. In season one, the audience was made aware of the fact that Akihiko is not completely oblivious to Haruki’s feelings. From small compliments to subtle touches, Akihiko’s actions provided insight to possible deeper feelings beyond friendship. This movie goes over those implications with the added depth of having Akihiko’s ex, Ugetsu Murata, in the picture.
Ugetsu and Akihiko’s relationship is passionate but unhealthy. When they were together, their relationship blurred the line between loving someone and simply needing them and between wanting someone and actually building a relationship with them. Even now that they’ve stopped dating, they still hold on to the memories of their relationship, and neither of them are fully able to let go of the other.
In premise, it’s easy to tell what makes the story amazing. It has great potential for good angst and character development. The relationships in this story are complex, and the original creator Kizu Natsuki has never been afraid to show the painfully realistic side to these interactions. In the movie, we can see how the producers attempt to follow the source’s footsteps in providing an intimate take on how relationships can both hinder us and make us grow. However, the movie forgets all of the basic details that make the plot so complex and heartfelt in the first place.
Remember how I said that Given often talks about how “our relationships with others are heavily influenced by the relationships we have with ourselves, our pasts, our goals, and our passions”? Well, unlike the series, the movie is so rushed and poorly paced that it has none of these.
There is no focus on the ’relationship with ourselves’.
The movie neglects the theme of self-growth by cutting out the whole part about Akihiko striving to be a better person. In the manga, we actually see Akihiko understand his feelings, gain a better outlook on life, and physically try to live better. In the movie, we skip everything having to do with Akihiko’s conflicting feelings, how he navigates through his tense relationship with Ugetsu, and how he learns as an individual. Without really addressing the issue, we jump straight into the details of Akihiko and Haruki’s relationship. And because we barely see Akihiko and Ugetsu struggle to organize their feelings for one another, the Given movie feels less like a story about growth and seems more like a generic depth-lacking love story between two friends.
There is no focus on ‘our pasts’
The movie practically cuts out the entirety of Akihiko and Ugetsu’s past. Unlike the series which took its time with exposition and background to build a proper climax for Mafuyu’s growth, the movie simply gives us this messy cloud of limited details about Akihiko and Ugetsu’s relationship. Rather than an actual storyline that provides more insight, we get a couple of reused montage shots of Akihiko and Ugetsu’s relationship from when they were together. How are we supposed to feel for these characters and their relationships when we when we don’t have that much background in the first place? It’s almost like the movie assumes you’ve already read about it in the manga.
There is no focus on ‘our passions’ and ‘our goals’
There are a ton of important band-related story parts that weren’t included in the movie. In one scene, we’re suddenly thrown into a band competition. Prior to this, we only get about one minute at the beginning of the movie where the characters explained what was going to happen. There wasn’t any build up, and there was not enough explanation. One second Akihiko is drinking a can of beer and the next thing we know, the band magically has a brand new fully arranged song and is performing it on stage. I can only imagine the confusion of anime-only watchers upon randomly having a music competition shoved into their faces. I know for a fact that I was not expecting that part of the story to be rushed since Given usually does a better job at balancing the music part of the story with the dramatic part of it.
This movie also neglects its other characters. Mafuyu and Ritsuka are barely even side characters. They have about 10 lines each that never amount to anything in the overall storyline. Without spoiling anything for prospective manga readers, there were supposed to be other characters joining some of the scenes as well. Those characters made the plotline about the band’s music even more complex, and their involvement in such scenes play a big part in the upcoming points of the story. I honestly don’t know how the anime adaptation will go from here now that a huge chunk of the plotline has been ripped out.
I know that writing a review for an adaptation by comparing it to the source isn’t the best and can sometimes over-focus on what’s lacking. But in some cases such as with this movie, it’s unavoidable. I hate to be the person that tells people that the manga is better, but THE MANGA IS BETTER. If you want to understand the characters more and if you want to feel how emotional the story truly is, I highly encourage reading the manga instead. Sadly, this movie doesn’t live up to it.
Given has an issue of the characters not properly communicating with each other which causes problems when if they were just honest with their feelings, the problems wouldn’t be an issue. Aki, Haru, and Ugetsu all had this issue where none of them were completely honest about what they want. They weren’t honest in conveying their feelings which resulted in miscommunications which then lead to *that scene* with Aki and Haru.
Between the three of them, Haru is my favorite whereas Aki and Ugetsu are not. This story arc didn’t do them any justice with how much miscommunication there was. Why did Ugetsu do the things he did instead of being honest to Aki. Why was Aki not truthful to Haru when things were getting complicated. There were many, and I mean MANY opportunities for the two of them to be honest. Except they didn’t.
And what happened with Aki and Haru during *that scene* (trying to keep this spoiler-free as possible) made me all the more disappointed with the story. It had to go with the assault trope in BL stories and seeing Haru going through that much pain made me mad at Aki. What’s worse is that the issue is sort of brushed under the rug and we have the two of them together. And I hated it. I hated that things had to turn out that way for them to be together. The saying “this needed to happen” does not apply to this. What happened in *that scene* did not need to happen for them to be together.
As much as I wanted to like Aki and Haru as a couple, the way things went about for them to be together was not great. They deserved better. Their love story deserved better. This arc deserved better.
The film starts off practically right after the anime series ended, but instead of focusing on Mafuyu and Ritsuka, it focuses on Akihiko, Ugetsu, and Haruki, much like how the manga is structured. What stuck out to me first thing was how great it was to see how Mafuyu has changed after experiencing that catharsis post-Fuyu no Hanashi/episode 9. He’s way, way more expressive not just verbally but overall, which Ritsuka helpfully points out in the film (side-note: best boyfriend? Best boyfriend. Mafuyu is LUCKY.) as he tries to cheer Mafuyu up. Seeing the progression of Mafuyu’s and Ritsuka’s relationship, albeit in a minor way, was nice, too.
I feel like I can relate a lot more to the main characters of the film- not to put down Ritsuka or Mafuyu by any means, but they’re high schoolers with high schooler issues, feelings and levels of maturity- and I’m a lot older than that. So, having characters like Akihiko, Ugetsu, and Haruki in the spotlight is kind of refreshing considering the problems they’re facing are more relatable to myself. They’re all well-written characters, even those that ended up in the background this time around, but it was just really nice to see the complexity of especially Ugetsu and Akihiko, not to mention their relationship. The build-up to the mature scene of the film is incredibly solid and though it happens fairly early on in the film, it certainly didn’t feel that way (mostly because there are eleven anime episodes preceding the film, of course). The conflicts feel realistic and Akihiko’s ‘redemption arc’ is a tough read and watch, but it’s all so, so, worth it in the end.
Overall, the only real issue I had was that it was too short of a film and that it felt rushed sometimes. That’s only to be expected, though, considering everything they crammed into less than 60 minutes, and when seeing it that way, it’s also impressive that it for the most part DIDN’T feel rushed with everything that was covered. They stayed very true to the source material of the manga, and since I absolutely adore the manga, both the anime and the film are great as a result.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Given Movie
2. Ansatsu Kyoushitsu: 365-nichi no Jikan
3. Koro-sensei Q!
5. Mini Hama: Minimum Hamatora Movies