They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Ch?oS;Child: Silent Sky, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya: Prisma☆Phantasm, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya Movie: Licht – Namae no Nai Shoujo, and more!
5: Ch oS;Child: Silent Sky
English: Ch oS;Child: Silent Sky
Japanese: CHAOS;CHILD SILENT SKY
MAL Score: 6.56
Silent Sky is a combination of the additional episodes 13 and 14. It consists of the story in the future, three months after the incident that was similar to “New Generation Madness” and the disease Chaos Child Syndrome that brought by the past earthquake in Shibuya.
As for the plot of the movie / True Ending, I quite enjoyed all the twist, the plot reveals, and the character development presented for both the main characters Serika and Takuru. It was also nice to have a villain that has his own motives separate from the other main antagonists in the series.
I rate the C;C anime+movie as 8/10, and the VN as 10/10. It is not quite as great as Steins;Gate, but it is very close. I would definitely recommend playing the VN first and then watching the anime.
ChäoS;Child: Silent Sky occurs after the events of the anime series and for the first half focuses on Serika Onoe digging her way back to the New Generation Madness murders and to Takuru while the last half gives Takuru the resolution he gets after the bittersweet ending he was given in the anime series.
Oh don’t get LA wrong, Takuru pretty much KNOWS he needs to take the punishment he created himself and he gets it both emotionally and latter on physically thus even the True Ending though a little bit less ambiguous as the anime series ending it’s still bittersweet.
Due to the anime series ending, the only main players of Silent Sky are Takuru, Serika and Mio, with major character development in the form of resolutions from Takuru in fully owning up to his crimes from the anime series, Serika from knowing to stay away from Takuru and Mio guiding them in curing the Chaos Child Syndrome from the rest of the cast (thus their inactivity from this movie until the end). But even with the majority of the cast absent, both of Takuru and Serika’s ultimatum was great development from them and again helped with the ambiguous ending the anime series gave us.
The animation and voice cast are back so LA won’t say much, really the animation is expected from Silver Link, while Sumire Uesaka as Serika and Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Takuru were probably the most obvious standouts with them taking the majority of the screentime.
LA will say that ChäoS;Child as an anime was a bit middling with it’s large cast and rather crazy, gory and complex plot but with some great plot twists as a result (and meta-wise tries to redeem Chaos;Head’s mixed to negative reception by righting wrongs using it as a foundation), heck LA will give the anime’s ambiguous ending as pass as it gave a HUGE sacrifice from it’s main protagonist in similarity to Okabe from Steins;Gate, but Silent Sky pretty much gave it’s definitive ending that Chaos;Child needed.
ChäoS;Child: Silent Sky gives us the True Ending and really as much as it’s of a bittersweet ending as the anime series, not all True Endings NEEDS to be happy and from the Science Adventure series, even more so.
4: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya: Prisma☆Phantasm
English: Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya: Prisma★Phantasm
MAL Score: 6.59
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Who do you see? You see Illya, Kuro, Miyu, their friends, Gil, Ruby, Saphire, Shiro, Rin, Luvia. Who do you not see? Shinji and Kotomine. GUESS WHAT 90% OF THE GODDAMN THING IS? SHINJI AND KOTOMINE! And you know what’s worse? They’re not even funny. Like… at all. Maybe I was just too enraged to appreciate the humor. But then I watched it again. Didn’t help. I was still raging. What’s worse then making a bad joke? Repaeating said bad joke hour more times. Yeah, they do that. They basically have one joke for Kotomine and they keep repeating it. Shinji doesn’t fair much better. The final arc was relatively amusing. It’s also the only one where Illya actively participates.
Why? What happened? Why did they think this was a good idea? The director AND the writer are the same ones from the TV seires. So how the hell could they think this is what the fans want? This boggles the mind. You should read the Amazon.jp reviews. 33% gave a 1 star. Yeah, Japan did not like this either.
And it’s not like they didn’t have material. There’s tons of extra chapters from the manga that could have been adapted. But nope… Kotomine and Shinji… that’s what Prisma Illya fans wanted. We need Avenger for this mess.
Minor spoilers ahead :
Based on previous OVAs materials , this OVA plays with the audiences expectations and works effectively to deprive the audience of sexual fanservice in a hilarious way. Assassin install Shinji Matoi is the central character throughout, with Kuro and Illya only appearing in the final 10 minutes or so. It deals with his trials and tribulations, constantly being the butt end of jokes. The most fanservice in the film is of Luvias butler washing Shinjis back in the shower and a gross gender swapped Julian shower scene. The writers definitely thought of how to troll viewers fan service expectations and it played out perfectly.
The OVA, however, is rife with series fanservice character moments like Carnival Phantasm. Every character that has ever appeared in the Prisma series makes at least a cameo, with Shinji and Kirei receiving significant spotlight. Like Carnival Phantasm, the jokes hit hard and the character writing is great. Obviously, a working knowledge of the Prisma verse is nessecary to get all the references, but this OVA is obviously meant for the already initiated.
The final after credits scene even teases the continuation of the main line series. Which is definitely exciting.
I came for Illya, not that dick Shinji guy saying ejaculations four thousand times.
I’m not expecting some excellent comedies as in Carnival Phantasm from this kaleid liner series, but please, at least give some fan service that we kaleid liner watchers look for, okay?
Comedy: 0/10 Not even laughed for a millisecond
Parody: 1/10 The one extra point is for the appearance of badass Shirou
Fan Service: -10/10 for nearly ZERO minute of existence for the three primary school girls
Action: 1/10 What? You want to see good action scenes from Silver Link?
I’m so glad I didn’t pay any cent to watch this in the cinema.
3: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya Movie: Licht – Namae no Nai Shoujo
English: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya – Licht Nameless Girl
Japanese: 劇場版 Fate/kaleid liner プリズマ☆イリヤ
MAL Score: 6.94
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While Oath had a the production reach its lowest point, which was already slipping in the TV series of 3rei, the story was arch of Shirou was great. On the flip side, this is the point in 3rei I feel the plot starts to get away with itself BUT they brought back the hype animation we hadn’t seen since season 3, something akin to the battle with corrupt Gilgamesh.
On the story front, this film focuses mainly on Beatrice and Julian’s motivations, two characters I’ve never really cared much for. Their reasons and back story’s are fine enough, their serviceable, but when we already finished a season with a giant battle with Julian at an alter with a giant cube and tentacle esque dodging, if feels so strange to take a break and return to the same scene for another climax. This is something that’s always bothered me with 3rei and obviously carries over to the film. Also the decline to almost non-existent fanservice in 3rei continues. While the drought may turn with BD shorts, you’ll find nothing here in the theatrical version. Fingers crossed for the BD!
Moving onto the animation, this is where the film shines and begins to reclaim some of the hype that’s felt lost from the last two productions. There’s lots of embellished fights, fight animation and facial animation used liberally. They unfortunately also use some 3d models at times but switch it up between the 2 styles that it always stays exciting. They also do a good job of using a cg model but gradually turning it into a 2d model as it comes closer to the screen, an effect I really appreciate. There is a bizarre sequence during the Beatrice/Illya fight where a heavy filter is used which might have been to represent Medusa’s eyes, but to me it seemed like a very strange way to obscure the CG models during an extended sequence. Overall the battles are still very excited and pack a ton of oomph we haven’t seen in a long time. The climax between Julian and Illya uses a lot of CG similar to the Giant Gil monster fought in season 3 but is offset by great cuts of 2d animation from Illya. This battle is also an excellent example of where the soundtrack hits right, with a humming vocal track that gives the perfect heroic Prisma climax we know and love.
Overall, meh story but fun film for me. I was very excited eaving the theatre as my expectations had dropped significantly after their last two efforts. If this leg of the story had maintained the quality of Oath, it would have been a disaster. Fortunately, they rekindled some of that Prisma magic, bringing in the fun, creative and surprising good fight animation I had so enjoyed from their previous works.
The movie seems to have a decent story continuing from the previous movie, and ends on what seems to be a fairly standard cliffhanger for this movie.
The art quality seemed to be a little low for this franchise(Fate) compared to Heaven’s feel. I was a bit annoyed by the 3D blender physics used for some scenes as they felt a bit “off” from the general art style of the movie.
Audio-wise, it’s in-line with the Prisma illya franchise and doesn’t use the more “weighty” sound that HF used.
There was quite a bit of backstory and development (hence the name of the movie) and it was fairly easy to follow through the story.
Overall, the experience was pretty good but being spoiled from the Heaven’s Feel series seems to have increased my expectations for this movie a bit lowering my overall rating for this movie.
2: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya Movie: Sekka no Chikai
English: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Vow in the Snow
Japanese: 劇場版 Fate/kaleid liner プリズマ☆イリヤ 雪下の誓い
MAL Score: 7.96
After succumbing to an unenviable fate, Kiritsugu Emiya has left Shirou Emiya the duty to save mankind in his place. The world is dying and time is ticking, but when the salvation Shirou seeks is at the cost of his only family left—his younger sister—will he still have the heart to pursue this duty?
Shirou is now pressed with the choice to continue being a hero of justice—or become the very evil his ideal has vowed to vanquish. The orphan is alone once again, yet his body is still made of swords. The Fifth Holy Grail War now begins with his oath under snow.
The content of the film itself is quite specific however which makes it quite difficult to recommend to anyone who hasn’t seen all 4 seasons of the Prisma anime. With that said, If you are a fan of the Fate/Stay Night/Zero series you may very well find this film quite enjoyable even without prior knowledge of the Prisma series. While the content of the film is a flashback arc of the third main series of Prisma, it effectively acts as a sort of spinoff Shirou storyline, taking place in an alternate dimension which pulls from the Fate/Stay Night series, especially Heavens Feel. This may sound very complicated, but again, this is a very specific story and is definitely only able to be penetrated by those who have seen Prisma and those with a working knowledge of the Fate series.
The main reason I am specifying this is possibly enjoyed by those with a working knowledge of the Fate series but not necessarily Prisma is that many are turned off by the loli fan-service that plays a large role in the Prisma series. The animation, art and story line are all very strong in this film and there is just about zero fan service. Therefore, it can definitely be enjoyed by a larger audience.
If you are a follower of the Prisma series, you may be disappointed by the lack of fan-service but if you’ve read the manga, you’ll know this is a very serious arc where Shirou takes up the role of protagonist. Along with that, Illya makes only the briefest of appearances and Kuro, not at all. For a series with such a heavy reliance on fan service and the girls , this could be seen a downside but the film really plays into its respectable and serious tone, I think to its benefit. I feel like They could have done a flash forward to the bathing scene that takes place immediately after this arc for a bit of fan-service but they instead take it full circle in a much more well done and respectable way. As a big fan of the fan-service this series offers, the restraint they show in this film is actually quite commendable.
The film itself very closely follows the source material with decent animation and art all around. The animation is likely the weakest part of the film. Coming off of the already more poorly animated 3rei TV series and with film expectations, it does let down in this department. I may have expected a bit too much since it is a film and they generally have much higher budgets, but Prisma fans are generally spoiled on the art and animation front.
One interesting addition is an extended montage of Shirou collecting the class cards after his fight with Shinji. My mouth was wide open this whole time due to the sheer unexpectedness of it, the great animation and many fun Easter eggs and references to other Fate series in the identities of the installers. It also came immediately after a great battle with Shinji and featured tons of great 2D animation, as opposed to the final battle with Angelica which relied on quite a bit of CG. It’s very interesting that the best animated section of the film is anime original but this is definitely the highlight.
All in all, definitely check this film out if you follow the Prisma series (I’m sure you’re already frothing at the mouth to view it) and even if you are just a Fate/Stay Night or Zero fan. I didn’t focus on the earlier, slice of life moments much here. The first half could be seen as quite slow but they really beautifully build up Shirou and Miyu’s relationship which causes the rest of the film to be that much more tragic. I went with my girlfriend who has no knowledge of the Fate series and even she really loved the nicer slice of life moments in the first half and was really endeared to the characters.
Oath Under the Snow is a prequel story that tells the origin of the character, Miyu and adds context to the overarching plot of the TV series, Fate/kaleid liner Prismy Illya 3rei!! It’s a prequel in the best sense of the term, taking a primary character—in this case, Miyu—and adding depth to them in a way that changes how you view them and their actions while never betraying the character that has already been established.
As Oath Under the Snow is a prequel story, viewers will already know how it ends. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t any tension in the movie’s climax. Quite the contrary. However, having seen the Prisma Illya series—in particular 3rei!!—and having seen how the state of the world in the series contrasts with how Oath Under the Snow begins, we already know right away from the start that tragedy is waiting throughout the movie, and the movie plays it to the hilt.
Loved it anyway.
Having read the original story prior to watching (and loved it), I had high hopes for the story’s adaptation into movie format. For the most part, the movie had adapted nearly every aspect of the story save for the actual framing device of the story in the original source material and a few minor parts but those were not issues for me. As for the actual story, Oath Under Snow is the prequel to the events of the Prisma Illya series that tells the origins of Miyu (a main character in the aforementioned series) prior to her appearance in the actual series though the story’s focus is placed on her brother, Shirou Emiya. There are some changes to certain parts of the story from the source material (with some key moments switched to other parts of the film) but I found that those changes benefited the movie in establishing certain facts (with some possibly being able to help fresh newcomers gain a grasp of the story – I can’t say for certain on this point since as I’ve stated before, I am following the series). Overall, I give the story a 10 for how much I enjoyed this adaptation of a story I already loved.
Firstly, bear in mind that I am not the best judge for aesthetics so take what I say with a grain of salt: This is probably the film’s only real weak point. For the most part, the art was good and the animation of an acceptable quality. While nothing compared to Ufotable’s animation, I found the art of the film satisfying to watch.
EDIT: Upon retrospective, I would have to amend this part. The animation is not that great. The animation is not that great and definitely could be improved a lot. The direction of the main fights while good, are hampered by the film’s animation. With that in mind, I’m changing the actual Art score to 6. It’s fair, not great but not god awful either. I’ve seen god awful animation in other Fate anime and this film… is not that bad. Just not great for this arc.
I will have to split this part into two segments, voice and music. For voice, the voice actors pulled off amazing performances all around. Noriyaki Sugiyama especially pulls off an amazing performance as Shirou Emiya, hitting all the right notes and tones for the dialogue and monologues for his character. The only gripe I can come up with is that Kiritsugu (yes he is in this movie) comes across as lacking emotion at times but this is a negligible issue at best. As for music, it is fitting and great at setting up the tone & emotions for the scenes with a recurring Leitmotif that plays in appropriate moments in the story. The editing of the music was great as well. The best of the music in the film would have to be in the final battle of the film with every beat matching up with the scene to make for an amazing viewing experience. Even now, I still want to go back to watch the film again just to watch the climax again and see that amazing blend of visuals and music. Thus, I would give the sound a 10.
Part of why I enjoyed the story is due to Shirou Emiya’s arc in this story. I will not go into detail on Shirou here to avoid spoilers but let me just say that Shirou’s arc is well-portrayed and presented in the film with stellar voice acting as mentioned before. As for the rest, they do their parts well with the Ainsworth family being antagonists with heroic goals (though being cruel enough to make Shirou sympathetic despite the implications of his success). Sakura also appears in this film too with a great performance by Noriko Shitaya, hitting the right notes and tones for her character (I wound up liking Sakura quite a bit here which is a stark contrast with my indifference to her in the original series she is from). Overall, the characters are outstanding to me at least which is why I give a score of 10.
As someone following the manga and having read the original source material, this film was an outstanding experience for me from start to finish. As an adaptation, the film is great with key points and moments adapted well along with fitting voice acting and music throughout. I still recall sitting at the edge of my seat in sheer glee as scenes straight out of the manga are adapted into enjoyable spectacles (and as mentioned before, the film even adds on an original montage showcasing more of Shirou’s battles). In the end, I was left thoroughly satisfied and happy to have seen the film in cinemas. I’ll probably watch the film again in the near future. Overall, this gets a 10.
I enjoyed this film as a person following the original source material and its anime adaptation. Every element was done well enough to provide for a great experience that I want to relive through future re-watching. After the rather poor final episodes of 3rei during its original airing (though I hear the Blu-Ray versions are better), it is great to see Silver Link putting in such a good amount of effort to make such a satisfying final product.
EDIT: Now thinking about it, here’s another definitive issue. Pacing. The film goes by fast.
1: Non Non Biyori Movie: Vacation
Japanese: 劇場版 のんのんびより ばけーしょん
MAL Score: 8.25
With summer vacation coming to an end, the girls are having as much fun as they can with their remaining time. However, their daily shenanigans are cut short when Suguru Koshigaya wins the grand prize of a lottery—tickets to Okinawa! After hasty preparations, the Asahigaoka group embarks on a three-day trip for their final summer getaway.
Upon arriving in Okinawa and checking into an inn, the group comes across Aoi Niizato—the young daughter of the inn’s hostess. Despite being of similar age, her mature demeanor leaves Natsumi Koshigaya reflecting upon her own childish nature. With the sign of an unexpected friendship blooming on the horizon, the girls waste no time diving into their ambitious sightseeing plans and regional activities!
While there is really no “plot” in the movie, you shouldn’t expect that if you’ve already seen the two season of the original series. The girls and friends go on vacation to Okinawa… they eat, they kayak, they snorkle, and they swim. And that’s it. The movie is meant to be JUST as feel-good as the series was. The production was very engaging (it had to in order to keep my attention as an English speaker) and very fun for anyone who loved the original show. I also teared up a bit at the end, because Non Non Biyori has always brought a certain innocence and charm that touches my heart.
I own and have read all the mangas up until volume 12 (which is the most recently released one) at the time of writing this review.
The manga itself is super good, but this movie made the contents even better than the manga. This is not saying the manga is terrible or anything, in fact it’s one of my favorites, but the movie went in to much more depth for the vacation chapters.
It’s been probably a year and a half since I read the chapters of the contents in this movie so my memories may not be 100% correct. I think most of the activities in the movies were done as like those “time-skip”/ “fast forward” panels where they just flash a scene and move on to the next in the manga, but this movie actually shows them doing these activities.
Just a typical slice of life story. Travel to Okinawa and do things there. Nothing much to say here.
I may be bias, but I’m a huge fan of Atto sensei’s (original creator of NNB) and Silver Link’s art style. The style is just like all the previous NNB anime. Oh, background art is beautiful as always. Really captures the nature. The animation is great too, I didn’t see any bad animations watching it in the theatre.
No complaints on sounds either. Just like the previous NNB, they share similar style of music and BGM. I didn’t hear anything that wasn’t fitting. The OP is sang by nano.RIPE and still has the same chill and relaxing theme as the music they sang for NNB before. ED is sang by our 4 main girls and it’s super cute!
This is why I love this show so much! Everyone is just so lovable! For this movie specifically, I felt that they focused on Natsumi the most out of everyone else. She got more screen time than any other character but not so much that it makes all other characters irrelevant. (Her screen time is cause of her relations and interactions with the new character that is introduced in this movie) You still get your super cute Renge and Koma-chan moments and oh, I found so many parts of the movie just making me and the audience around me in the theatre giggle. Pretty much all the comedic moments hit their marks. The character interaction is great as always! I found myself smiling so much during the movie and I can feel the joy in the theatre.
Having already read the manga, I knew what I should be expecting content wise, but after watching the movie I really felt like it blew the expectations off the roof. It was so much more than I could ask for and I would definitely go rewatch it again if I have the time for it! Gonna grab the BD for sure when they announce it!
This brings me back to my point in the beginning. If you are a NNB fan or a slice of life lover, you have to watch it. If you hate slice of life or has no interest in them, I really don’t recommend watching this movie.
We open with our girls, Renge, Hotaru, Natsumi & Komari, just hanging out and trying to make the most of their summer vacation before it ends. That’s when they spot Miss Candy Store, Kaede, and Renge’s oldest sister, Kazuho, driving to the department store. The four of them convince the older women to take them along due to Kaede’s soft spot for Renge, picking up Natsumi & Komari’s older brother on the way. While at the store, the older brother wins a raffle and gets four tickets to Okinawa. Naturally, they all go along with Konomi and Hikage.
The narrative is pretty simple and it’s also really well executed. The whole thing is very cute, full of funny moments and just a fantastically executed slice of life. It has strong pacing, a lot of memorable parts and a little side story about Natsumi experiencing her first love with Aoi, the girl who works at the inn.
My biggest issue with the characters is with the side character, Konomi. She just doesn’t have much personality nor does she really contribute much to the humour. I have the same issue with her in the series proper. She has that one memorable scene where she and Hotaru talk about things that go over Komari’s head and make her feel childish. Most of the scenes she’s in would be just as good without her. Aside from that, this is a great cast with strong interactions and great comedic chemistry.
The character designs are good and the animation moves smoothly. Even the ending card is super cute. But where Silver Link really kills it is with the backgrounds and nature scenes. There’s always so much detail and effort behind them. I could pretty much make any nature still from this film my background and it would look really nice. I also appreciate that when you see Renge’s drawings they look like a child’s drawings.
All the actors from the series proper do a fantastic job. There are a lot of talented ladies in this cast. The main person who joins them is Shimoji Shino as Aoi. You may also remember her as Beaver from Kemono Friends. The music is really nice too. Very pleasant and soothing.
Hotaru’s blatant crush on Komari is still going strong. In addition to that, we have Natsumi and Aoi. They have that dynamic where it very strongly comes across as attraction. Right down to them getting all flustered and blushing a lot. I will say, their dynamic could have worked a bit better if we’d gotten a few more scenes with them.
Areas of Improvement:
1. They could do something with Konomi’s character.
2. The ending credits could have shown cute vacation snapshots instead of scenes from the film. Provided a little more impact.
3. We could have stood to see a little more of Aoi.
I actually enjoyed this film a lot. It’s pretty much everything you want out of a slice of life. It’s endearing, entertaining, and very adorable. It also does feature some of the best nature scenes I’ve seen in an anime. So, I’m going to go so far as to give it a 9/10.
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1. Non Non Biyori Movie: Vacation
2. Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya Movie: Sekka no Chikai
3. Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya Movie: Licht – Namae no Nai Shoujo
4. Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya: Prisma☆Phantasm
5. Ch oS;Child: Silent Sky