They’re the best Anime that 1992 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Silent M?bius 2, Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Gaiden: Ougon no Tsubasa, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: The Fading Light of Zeon, and more!
5: Silent M bius 2
MAL Score: 6.26
This sequel to the Silent Mobius The Movie 1 continues the timeline of the flashback section of the first movie (Katsumis initial contact with AMP), using some more ideas and persons from the Manga, and being slightly less incompatible to the Silent Mobius series from 1998.
4: Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Gaiden: Ougon no Tsubasa
Japanese: 銀河英雄伝説外伝 黄金の翼
MAL Score: 6.27
The Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance have been locked in a seemingly endless war for more than a century and a half. In the Empire, a young Siegfried Kircheis meets Reinhard von Müsel and his older sister Annerose. Kircheis enjoys a happy friendship with the two beautiful blonde-haired siblings until the day that their alcoholic father, a lesser nobleman with low standing, accepts a request for Annerose to be sold as a concubine to the Kaiser. Although enraged, Reinhard is powerless to stop the whims of the Imperial Court. He and his father soon move away, leaving Kircheis behind.
A few years later, Reinhard returns in a military uniform and declares his intent to rise through the ranks and free his sister from sexual servitude. Kircheis joins Reinhard on this daring journey to save Annerose, yearning to forever stay by the side of his friends.
It’s best to watch this movie after episode 54 of the LotGH OVA, as this movie was released after that and before episode 55. The story is set before the OVA, but after watching 54 episodes of Reinhard ascend through the ranks of the military and getting comfortable with his acquaintance, you can get the most satisfaction out of Golden Wings in seeing him ascend through the ranks of military school and learn how he matured into an adult.
All the characters from the OVA are near unrecognisable in their new incarnations in this movie. It’s the first thing to hit you if you’ve been watching the OVA for a while. They lose the handsome character designs and replace them with foppish haircuts, wide anime eyes and voice actors that don’t match their characters, Yang Wen-li especially. It’s pretty jarring and serves as a barrier between the two experiences, with only the thematic narrative tying the two anime together neatly for the viewer.
The movie is a spotlight on Reinhard and Kircheis. The first twenty minutes don’t tell you anything you don’t already know if you’ve seen the OVA, but after they graduate from military school the plot picks up and shows us their friendship getting them through tight scrapes in the beginning of their military careers.
Yet even with that encouraging premise, the movie as a whole is a big step down from the OVA in nearly every department involved, from art, direction, but most importantly, in story. Yes we get a nice background on two beloved characters of the LotGH universe, but generally this movie is directed in a very sluggish, bland and hand-holding way with a script exactly the same. The OVA by comparison is bold, assured, confident, intelligent and doesn’t hang around for you to keep up, it’s too busy being awesome.
Golden Wings is too busy trying to hook a completely different viewership, one that will be sorely disappointed when they check out the OVA and are hit in the face with masterful direction and sublime script, and not five minute montages of Reinhard and Kircheis running around as kids without uttering a word, just laughing like lunatics on crack.
Ok, there’s only one five minute montage of lunatic kids on crack. The latter half of the movie has a decent enough plot that manages to tie an Alliance attack on the Death St-, uh Iselhorn fortress; and Reinhard’s life at risk by imperial grouches. It culminates in a reaffirmation of one of anime’s greatest friendships and a pretty cool death scene for an obligatory bad guy.
Getting in the way of Reinhard and Kircheis’s friendship will cost you your life, don’t forget that. They used to be crack-dealing hyena-laughing junkie kids back in the day didn’t you know?
As I said, this won’t be objective, and it’s coming from the perspective of a fan of the main series, and my criticisms are intended to be read by other fans of the series (after all, I don’t see why anyone else would watch this). On its own, this movie might have been “okay”, nothing great, but really nothing worth getting worked up over. But since it’s so heavily associated with the established characters and plot line of what is my favorite anime, I can’t help but find it frustrating to watch.
First of all there’s the art style. Most of the characters get a jarring facelift that leaves them unrecognizable from their original iteration. For a new viewer who isn’t familiar with the original art style, it might not be quite as irritating, but nevertheless it is a step down in terms of sheer quality, and definitely looks rather ugly. I was in pain when I saw Yang’s appearance, but enough of that. I could complain about the visual design all day.
The art is a superficial issue that can be overlooked as long as the story and writing is up to par, right? Well it’s not! A battle between the Empire and the Alliance that takes place at Iserlohn Fortress serves as a backdrop for most of the story. Well this is a good start. Are you looking forward to those interesting moments of juxtaposition, where the perspective shifts back and forth between the Empire and the Alliance as the battle develops? Well too bad. Any perspective from the Alliance side is rare and shallow. What about the complex military strategies and plans, laid out by the most intelligent commanders of the fleet? “Wait, what’s strategy again?”, the studio who made this asks.
In fact, the battle barely gets any special emphasis at all. It never makes any effort to explain why the battle is important, or why you should care about it within the confines of this story. Instead, the real focus of conflict comes from the most generic, uninteresting, and cartoony villain that’s ever been in the series. “Such impudence!” and “How rude of you!” were his most memorable quotes. Also he looks stupid.
Really, the most annoying thing about this movie was how pretentious it felt. It was trying to imitate what made the OVA so good, and hoped that if it just echoed a few things without putting much thought into it no one would notice.
The most grating example which made me realize this was when Yang, who could hardly be called Yang due to the fact that his face and voice is entirely different, at one point says “Even though I think wars are pointless, I end up thinking of ways of winning them.” Wow! That sure was precise of you, Yang! It’s almost like the creators didn’t know how to write dialogue for you and just made you state the most fundamental aspect of your character out of nowhere…
In summary, this feels like fan fiction. It completely misses the point of LoGH in almost every respect. Even though it has just about everything you’d expect: Reinhard and Kircheis bromance, large-scale space battles, and even some intrigue, it’s all executed with no spirit or finesse, with a complete disregard for what makes those things worthwhile in this series. Reinhard’s unrecognizable face serves as a good metaphor for this movie: You’re -told- that he’s Reinhard, and you see a slight resemblance at first, but in the end he’s just an unidentifiable mutant masquerading as someone you once knew.
As for this movie’s plot, it is mostly focused on establishing the bond with Kircheis and Reinhard with the first third of the movie showing how they met and joined the military to rise in power while later parts feature the two involved in a battle at Iserlohn Fortress with Alliance forces and getting by against Imperial assassins from a grouchy concubine of the king who is simply jealous of Reinhard’s sister getting the king’s attention. Details from the first third of the movie are likely those you would have already seen from the OVA series and while the Iserlohn Fortress battle is a decent enough plot, it still reeks of the annoying hand-holding that Golden Wings’ writing has with exploring the difficulties faced by Reinhard and Kircheis through their rise in the ranks of the Empire’s military.
While Golden Wings isn’t a bad movie per say, it lacks the sophistication and intelligence that is given to other titles within the LoGH franchise as the movie is too radically different in presentation and writing to be admired by the franchise’s fans. If you really want to see the challenges faced by Reinhard and Kircheis in their early military years, you would be better off checking out the two LOGH Gaiden OVA titles.
3: Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: The Fading Light of Zeon
English: Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: The Afterglow Of Zeon
Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダム0083 －ジオンの残光－
MAL Score: 6.66
U.C. 0083 – Three years after the end of the catastrophic One Year War, peace on Earth and the colonies is shattered by the presence of the Delaz Fleet, a rogue Zeon military group loyal to the ideals of the late dictator Gihren Zabi. Delaz Fleet`s ace pilot Anavel Gato, once hailed as “The Nightmare of Solomon”, infiltrates the Federation`s Torrington base in Australia and steals the nuclear-armed Gundam GP02A “Physalis” prototype. Rookie pilot Kou Uraki – with the aid of Anaheim Electronics engineer Nina Purpleton and the crew of the carrier Albion – pilots the Gundam GP01 “Zephyranthes” prototype in an attempt to recover the stolen Gundam unit and prevent another war from breaking out.
The storyline takes a few years after the Big war, and some remnants of the opposite Zeon faction and the infamous Zabi familly line , wich goes back to the very first gundam serie’s 1979-1980 and the following 3 films compilation and more.
The planet earth is still healing after a colony had been dropped on in the year U.C 79. and for about 13,14 years there has been more war in space that peace in the timeline between the Earth space Federation and the Zeon, and ofc in the midst of war there is that HIGH DEATHCOUNT what gundam is famous for and the flashy spacebattles, during all of that its mainly about the gundam and its kidoperator wich in real life i woulnd reccomend to see sooo much death!!!
For it art is looks right for the time , proffesional early 90’s handdrawn anime art, and they always have innovating designs for the mecha’s both heroes and villian’s, i have seen much much worse from other serie’s.
I wanted to put the genre of space opera a bit in here when the space battle begins, it always have some intense opera music bits but also during emotional scene’s, if u are used to older anime with stuff like this like i mean u know the drill.
The heroe’s always starting out as PUSSIES, hotheaded punks, unfortunatly wich was back than still very stereotypical for the time , u have to bear with it but kinda blows over because much more interesting charachters dropping by, and sending minor-ages pl into war is a bit of a grim concept wich in gundam is fucking normal…… yes it is.
the way how most movies end is when the enemy deploy’s it most cruel weapon with a battle that last 20 min or so, that really kept me going and i really liked this film, recommended for the weekends because of the runtime, wich i have no problems with.
I also do not understand the reason why anyone who has seen the main series, will want to watch this movie also.
This movie is around two hours of different scenes from the main series, combine together to form a movie. First time viewers who has not seen the main series, will struggle to understand what is going on as there is no continuity throughout the movie or any explanation on the plot.
Those who has already watched the main series (which was good by the way), why would you want to waste your time in watching a recap movie? No offence to other Gundam movies which condenses the series into movie format (see the original Gundam movie trilogy), when done well, could be a joy to watch. Not this movie though, every scene is about a min or so and the next min will be a total different scene from further up episodes from the series.
In summary, this movie is like the intro to the next episode at the end of each episode of a series. If you like watching that than you will enjoy this movie.
2: Dragon Ball Z Movie 06: Gekitotsu!! 100-oku Power no Senshi-tachi
English: Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler
Japanese: ドラゴンボールZ 激突!!100億パワーの戦士たち
MAL Score: 6.81
A mysterious entity known as the “Big Gete Star” clings onto planet New Namek to absorb its energy, putting all Namekians in grave danger. Dende, Earth’s new guardian, learns about the prevailing situation in his homeland and quickly requests Gokuu Son and his friends for help.
Upon arrival in New Namek, they discover that the Namekians are held captive by powerful robots, whose leader turns out to be Cooler. He explains that the advanced technology of the Big Gete Star saved him from what otherwise would have been certain death. Alongside his mechanical army, Cooler proceeds to attack Gokuu and his friends to get rid of them once and for all.
This is again the same movie like the last movie Cooler’s Revenge except with one exception. This is the first debut film of Vegeta in the countless movies of this franchise as well as taking place on
new planet Namek.
Now for the most part the action is really good but it does suffer from a rather ridiculous explanation on cooler’s survival and why is it that cooler feels the need to take over planet namek is something that sounds so far-fetched to even begin with.
From the start of this movie you have apparently a planetary size star known as the Big Gete star which somehow revived cooler from the sun
giving cooler a an entirely new form in a mechanised body even more powerful than before. All and all this was very stupidly written indeed.
Whats more cooler has gain the power of controlling a host of mechanical machinery as well as creating an absurd army amount of metallic clones of
himself like he is Ultron from the avengers or something, he has a body that is very durable upon powerful impact and can also use a lock on system, Goku’s Instant transmission SOMEHOW even though we are not informed how that is even possible, He can repair his entire body from scratch from the big gete star system that detects any sign of damage on himself and he uses very fast artificial Regeneration like he is Tetsuo Shima from the anime Akira.
Yeah I think you get the point he is pretty much more ridiculously haxed than before! Not even both super saiyan goku and vegeta could match him.
Aside from that, we have other characters in the film joining goku and vegeta such as the usual kid gohan, krillin, piccolo but surprisingly also Yajirobe and Master Roshi who only offer the comedic moments but its nice to see master roshi as always but I definitely cannot stand that pig oolong for one second.
The animation was ok and music just wasn’t really anything that good.
This movie I felt had a pretty rushed ending for the most part and the dumb thing is I dunno why I didn’t mind it.
The only things I enjoyed were the fights and the fact that vegeta made his debut which is cool but all in all this film is just average like other films of the Dragon ball franchise I felt the weaker films were bio Broly, Lord Slug and curse of the blood rubies AAaahhHH
I cringe whenever I hear those names.
P.S I swear saying the Big Gete star almost sounds like I’m saying the spaghetti star which sounds weird to me for no reason.
Although I feel DBZ Movie 4: “Lord Slug” is the worst DBZ movie, DBZ Movie 6: Cooler’s Return AKA “Clash of of 10 Billion Powerful Warriors” is another one of the 3 truly awful DBZ movies. This is the movie I will be discussing today, before wrapping up my trilogy of reviews with DBZ Movie 11: Bio Broly.
The general consensus is that Cooler’s Return has the single worst plot of any DBZ movie. I fully agree with this conclusion. After being blasted into the Sun with a Kamehameha, A small fracture of Cooler’s skull including his eye has somehow managed to escape the Sun’s tremendous gravity and travel an unbelievable distance into deep interstellar space. In the void of interstellar space, the skull fragment collides with a super advanced alien computer chip, which is drifting way out in deep space because…reasons. This computer chip uses Cooler’s remaining brain (even though we can see VERY little if any brain survived) to construct a giant mass called the “Big Gete Star” out of astroids and self replicating nano-machines. This giant, grey blob called the Big Gete Star happened to be near the new Planet Namek, so Cooler took control of the Gete star and commanded it to attach on to Namek like a giant tumor and drain the planet’s energy. Even if we were to buy the bullshit about Cooler’s skull fragment escaping the Sun’s gravity, how in the HOLY FUCK did the skull fragment travel far enough to be near New Namek when it collided with the computer chip!!? New Namek wasn’t even located in the same quadrant of the Universe as Earth. If you were to divide the entire Universe into 4 giant chunks, this is another quadrant and probably BILLIONS of LIGHT YEARS away! In less than 1 year, Cooler’s skull fragment with no “warp drive” or teleportation managed to travel a couple Billion light years distance! Even by the idiotic standards of DBZ, that is fucking preposterous!!! At the same time Cooler’s blob attacks Namek, the Z fighters just happen to be on vacation there using a ship….even though it was an important plot point in the Future Saga that they had no idea where it was in the series and only Goku could travel there using “Instant Transmission”, which locks onto a Ki signature and teleports to that Ki source. The Z fighters then fight against Cooler and his clones in order to save New Namek.
Goku and Vegeta fight against an army of Mecha-Cooler clones and the rest of the Z fighters all fight against lame cyclops robots. I will give this movie credit for being the only DBZ movie in which our heroes must fight a massive army instead of a single powerful opponent. That was actually a kind of neat idea. I also give it credit for including more of the other Z fighters and giving them a tad of action instead of JUST getting their asses kicked in 2 minutes. Unfortunately, we don’t actually get to see the fight between the Cooler Army and Goku/Vegeta. I’m serious! The fucking movie fades to black and we see Goku and Vegeta tied up inside the Big Gete Star after presumably being beat up offscreen. Cooler attempts to drain their energy, but apparently they still have so much energy left that it overloads the computer’s systems and causes the Gete Star to explode along with all the Coolers. That’s really what happens! This is by far the STUPIDEST villain death in all of DBZ. It isn’t satisfying, it is completely anti-climactic, and it wasn’t even given any kind of foreshadowing or anything to make it acceptable.
Animation and music:
Like with Lord Slug, the animation and music are average here. They aren’t terrible, but not notable either. The only interesting sequence of animation in this movie is Cooler using nano-machines to regenerate parts of his body after repeatedly getting blown apart. That…actually looked kind of awesome! Other than that, I don’t really have any praise left.
Deciding which is worse between Lord Slug and Cooler’s Return is a VERY difficult decision, but I think Cooler’s Return is the SLIGHTLY better movie for a few reasons. Firstly, the movie at least had the concept of the Z warriors fighting a massive army of opponents, which DBZ honestly had never tried before this point and never really tried again until the new movie “Resurrection of F”. Secondly, at least Cooler looked a lot…well…cooler than Lord Slug! Despite just being a watered down version of Freeza’s character with no independent personality traits, quirks, or anything to set him apart besides an extra transformation, fans of DBZ actually LIKE Cooler. He kind of looks badass and gives us another member of Freeza’s unusual race, which we learn VERY little about during the manga or anime. It is hinted in the anime filler that Freeza’s race is the “Arcosians” that North Kai said gave the Saiyans their technology and ran the Planet Trade Organization. Although this has never been stated in the manga or confirmed by Akira Toriyama himself. Lord Slug on the other hand, is just a lame ripoff of King Piccolo that NO ONE thinks is badass and no one actually wants to learn more about his character. That is why Cooler got 2 different movies and Lord Slug only got 1. Of course Broli got 3 because he is BY FAR the most popular movie villain. Lastly, this was the first DBZ movie to take place away from Earth and set the stage for the vastly superior Movie 8. All previous DBZ movies used the same formula of: evil dude comes to Earth and Z warriors must kill him. This movie at least “sort of” broke the mold and allowed a TINY bit more creativity to go into DBZ movies, which ultimately allowed for the zany, off the wall fun of future movies like DBZ Movie 12: Fusion Reborn. Conclusion: This isn’t a good movie by ANY stretch of the imagination, but it isn’t quite as bad as Lord Slug. If you are a diehard DBZ completionist and feel the need to watch this movie, just relax and try not to think too hard!
Ok, joking’s over, to the business now…
DBZ Movie 6: Return of Cooler is a non-canon movie, meaning it’s anime original and never happened in the manga.
My positives from the movie:
1, Metal Cooler looks cool
2, Fighting fanservice
3, 10 million Coolers vs Vegeta’s ballsack (no, that’s not a name of a porn movie)
4, DBZ art style and music coat.
My negatives from the movie:
1, The fact Cooler has survived the sun’s heat head-on is absurd. If you consider how Frieza looked after Namek’s explosion.
2, This movie is about fighting only. There’s no interesting addition to Cooler persona. His purpose is the same as the previous movie: Frieza vibes plus Darth Vader vibes.
3, Vegeta appearing out of nowhere is a big plot hole.
4, Big Gete Star. I am not a fan of this plot device.
For me, Return of Cooler is worse than Revenge of Cooler. It doesn’t take any time to attempt to develop Cooler as a character. Instead, they give us cheap Darth Vader and fighting fanservice, and that’s not enough for me.
I’ve rated Revenge of Cooler 6/10, and since I think Return of Cooler is worse, I give it 5/10. I guess you can try this movie. I did enjoy fighting, but I can’t recommend it to you as it’s just below average, and fighting scenes won’t save its score.
1: Dragon Ball Z Movie 07: Kyokugen Battle!! Sandai Super Saiyajin
English: Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!
Japanese: ドラゴンボールZ 極限バトル!!三大超サイヤ人
MAL Score: 6.86
Dr. Gero’s Androids #13, #14, and #15 are awakened by the laboratory computers and immediately head to the mall where Goku is shopping. After Goku, Trunks, and Vegeta defeat #14 and #15, #13 absorbs their inner computers and becomes a super being greater than the original three separately were. Now it is up to Goku to stop him.
Yet again, this is for Dragonball Z fans. If you don’t ike the episodes I highly doubt you will like this movie and would waste your time reading on. If you do like the episodes, feel free to continue reading. If you have not seen Dragonball Z t all then I recommend watching it first, atleast up to the end of the Android / Cell Saga, this kind of fits in with it.
The story of this is basically the most powerful android Dr Gero has created (that they have seen so far) and yes you guessed it..they have to kill it, the action is pretty much right the way through the film it gets moving pretty quick. It’s pretty much an hour of combat.
The animation wasn’t bad, nothing special, the typical Dragonball Z animations.
As this is a movie and most movies d have, for Dragonball Z. The sound was better than the series but not the best from the movies.
Same as you’d expect from Dragonball Z. Won’t explain it more as I really don’t think you will enjoy this movie if you did not like Dragonball Z.
This was my second favourite Dragonball Z film and I have watched this various times.
For those of you reading this that aren’t Japanese, do you remember your first time watching an anime in the original Japanese with subs? This was my very first experience ever watching ANYTHING in a foreign language and reading sub-titles. The year was 1999 and I was 11 years old. My local comic store sold bootleg VHS tapes made by the Chinese Triad, including all the DBZ movies. I bought this movie because it had an epic cover art slapped on it that actually had nothing to do with the movie. The Chinese bootleggers just put completely random cover art on all their DBZ VHS tapes. For most of you, this was one of the shittiest DBZ movies, but for me it was an epic experience!
The movie starts with Android 17 decapitating Gero with a roundhouse kick, which was completely edited out of the US version. For some reason, the movie actually adds a copious amount of blood that wasn’t in the main series version of that scene. Having never watched anime “uncut” my 11 year old mind was blown by the shower of blood when Gero gets his head smashed! I mention in some of my other reviews that I rented and bought a bunch of shitty late 80s and early 90s OVAs to bask in the manly violence. THIS was actually the movie that started that path. I put up with bullshit like Genocyber, MD Geist, and all the others like a drug addict trying to chase down that first “high” that you never quite feel again. This movie has ZERO plot, but the fights are and fast and furious, the animation is good for DBZ standards, and it is quite enjoyable for any DBZ fan.
Even better than the violence was the amazing soundtrack! I had never heard the Shunsuke Kikuchi soundtrack until this movie and only experienced the US soundtrack by good ol’ Bruce.
HOLY SHIT! This music was SO much better that it made this shitty movie worth re-watching again and again just to experience it. Youtube didn’t exist and bootleg VHS was really the only way to listen to the glorious original soundtrack! I’m not sure if it was ever uploaded to Napster and my computer would have been WAY too slow to download it anyways. The epic music for the battles, the badass character themes for Piccolo and Vegeta, and the absolutely beautiful song that plays when Goku uses the Spirit Bomb (Genki Dama for you fucking Weaboos!) Music plays a massive role in how much we enjoy movies, even though we often don’t realize the impact that it has. Imagine Star Wars with a shitty soundtrack! It would be a good film, but the experience simply would NOT be the same! I didn’t fully realize would a monumental difference soundtrack could make until watching this movie and hearing the difference between the Japanese and US soundtracks to DBZ. In that regard, this movie actually was an important step in my development as a film critic by opening my eyes to that fact.
Did I rate this film objectively and completely free of nostalgic bias? Hell no I didn’t! I’m only human, and we are all susceptible to nostalgia. Knowing this allows me to have empathy and avoid becoming quite as bitter and condescending as some other critics. I may feel a twinge of anger when someone rates Mirai Nikk or Black Lagoon a 10/10, but if that was my first violent anime, my first sub, my first introduction to a Japanese soundtrack, and I watched it at age 12, I would probably have done the same thing. God bless this shitty movie, its bloody violence, and its glorious soundtrack!
“Super Android 13” has lame jokes, bad voice acting, and worse of all, a storyline that could have been written by simpletons: Robots programmed to kill Goku. That’s it. Seriously! It’s a pretty poor effort even for an action film. There’s practically no character development (or even characterisation) to speak of, and barely any dialogue, just continuous battling. But since it’s an action anime, it would have been redeemable if the action is even half decent. Alas, it isn’t. It’s ridiculously unimaginative, and follows the usual hero keeps powering up till he wins patterns with impressive faithfulness. If there’s anything that I hadn’t seen before, it’s the ultra-fast-exchange-of-blows style battles… but the movie used it so much (like 90% of the time) that by the time it finished I was already bored of it.
*sigh* I can see why this “movie” is only 45 minutes long. It would be hard to make anything longer than this with the kind of material that this anime has to work with.
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1. Dragon Ball Z Movie 07: Kyokugen Battle!! Sandai Super Saiyajin
2. Dragon Ball Z Movie 06: Gekitotsu!! 100-oku Power no Senshi-tachi
3. Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: The Fading Light of Zeon
4. Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu Gaiden: Ougon no Tsubasa
5. Silent M bius 2