They’re the best Anime that 1996 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Armageddon, X/1999, Armitage III: Poly-Matrix, and more!
MAL Score: 3.95
Four billion years ago, in the Andromeda Nebula, an ambitious project was launched. An ancient race of aliens, seeing that there was no other intelligent life in the Universe, set their massive supercomputers the task of seeding more races that could grow to sentience. The project was known as the Omega Program. The human race was the result of this project.
However, humans were not the only races to grow from the Omega Program, and lurking in the future is the deadliest threat the human race has ever faced. In time, the products of this Program are destined to clash in violent opposition. Hopelessly outnumbered by the technologically superior enemy, Earth has one last hope—the secret fail-safe of the Omega Program—the Delta Boy, living avatar of the supercomputer that began life on Earth.
His only problem is staying alive long enough to save his future—and that of all humanity…
Story: There’s a superhero who has to save the mankind. Nothing special, no turning points, no surpizes.
Art: Really really poor and annoying. The designment of the main character is awful.
Sound: Annoying again. Usually elegiac and pathetic.
Character: The main character is a classic superhero – manly, brave and ‘handsome’. I disliked him from the beggining. The rest is nothing better.
Enjoyment: Simply none.
Overall: There is really no reason to watch Armaggedon. 1/10
A contest has turned my interest in Anime into an Obessession when I read up on Anime, read about Tenchi Muyo then saw an Ad for Tenchi Muyo on the TV. I tried to watch every anime I could find on the TV. Unfortunately I included this.
Tapping it overnight, and then watching it… I was unsure what the bloody hell I was watching. The Thing seems to have a plot included for a TV series, condensed into whatever time this hell lasted for. It rushed from one thing to the next, ending up in a mess that you could not understand. Nor could you find any emotional attachment to anything within.
Early on, a kinda main character dies. Then a couple minutes later, we’re meeting her identical sister. You won’t shred a tear for the first sister, and all references to her death etc, are kinda narmy…. There was a statue to her and stuff, but bloody hell, it was just two minutes ago for the viewer… I can’t remember if there was a time jump (I actually think the Hero may tme travel or something), but it certainly didn’t feel like there had been enough time for it to settle in my mind.
When I originally saw this, I was convinced it was a TV series condensed into a film, and that was to blame. However, since that wasn’t the case, I think it was just plain bad.
This is not a so bad it’s hilarious either. You can’t follow this thing, so you can’t tell if it is funny or not. Even if I do remember the plot elements I did figure out to be pretty damn generic.
Just do yourself a a favour and don’t watch this. Instead recommend it to someone you don’t like or something.
But remember kids, friends don’t let other friends watch Armageddon.
The story gets confusing. It tries to construct a science fiction world, but does it using information it never really bothers to explain. Past the world building, the story has a pretty straight forward basis. The way the plot is constructed is lacking and boring.
The art is better than some bad anime, but couldn’t really be called anything other than below average. The design of characters, especially non-human characters, are pretty interesting however. The animation fits the story it’s trying to tell, but feels like it comes from the 80s rather than the 90s. Some of the expressions look really off at times, but are quite funny to look at was the one source of enjoyment I had from this movie.
The sound is meh. The voice acting of the dub is slightly below average, but there’s no absolutely trash voice acting going on. The music fits the scenes, but is utterly forgettable. Sound effects sound like they are from stock a good 95% of the time.
All I can grant the film is that the characterisation is there in a very small amount. The main character has some sense and since they’re seen in a variety of situations and their feelings are shown, it has the absolute basis for characterisation. The queen is also somewhat interesting in a very basic way. Although the characterisation is below average, it is there.
My enjoyment of the film is rather lacking, it’s in so bad it’s bad territory. There isn’t much to say about it simply because it’s not got anything too terrible or anything good in it, it’s basically empty. The only reason this is getting a 2 from me is that even with this nullness it’s better than some other anime I have watched.
It’s boring, give it a pass.
English: X – The Movie
Japanese: エックス, X/1999
MAL Score: 6.58
At the millennial edge, the concluding battle for humanity’s future is staged. Kamui Shirou’s destiny has been decided as he returns to Tokyo to face his ultimate challenge. The Dragon of Heaven, defenders of the Earth, stand ready to protect the world from the Dragon of Earth, the seven angels of legend, who embrace the devastation of the planet to bring about its purification. Now Kamui must decide which side to fight for although he finds the idea utterly unappealing. It isn’t until realizing that his two childhood friends, Fuma and Kotori Monou, are in grievous peril that Kamui decides to step into his fated position in the climactic struggle of the Year of Destiny: 1999.
It’s CLAMP, so it’s pretty. This is a given. But that’s about all it has going for it when it comes to technical merit.
Someone’s head gets cut off practically every ten minutes (or at least dies in some gruesome way). They fit the deaths of most of the cast into the movie. Someone should turn it into a drinking game.
I think my mother summed it up best: "Who are these people and why did they just kill each other? It looked like it was important for some reason."
How to define what is a good anime? You consider the story and its development as a main point, the characters’ originality and description, the animation and the drawing (although this can be an subjective point of view) and the sound as a whole – the voice acting and the background music.
The story in this movie, as well as in the series can be viewed only as an average and nothing new, even if we consider that this is an anime from 1996. The (un)conventional view of the ever-going fight between the good and the evil, which is never purely black and white. The moral and the reasons for choosing on one side or the other. The duality of people’s choices and the world that we live in. All of these points are represented clearly, though not in a very original way.
The actual development of the story is really different from the one in the TV series, but that’s understandable considering the time frame. The story is taking a faster way of developing, it’s has more blood-shed, and it’s full of conflicts between the actors. And that is about all that is. It looks like it is just one big fight and it’s background is depicted in a really hasty manner.
Considering the large number of characters, there practically wasn’t any time to tell each of their stories, even in the amount that it was done in a 26 episode series. You get the feeling that all that they’re are about is filling up the story with action time and fights of the type everyone vs. everyone. And besides the genders and different fighting styles, there aren’t many differences between the characters. So you ask why do you need 7 vs 7? Is 7 really a number that magical? It could’ve been done with just the main characters and the story would’ve been liberated of the ever-repeating fights that, of course, lead to the culmination in the last 10 minutes. Which is a fight with lots of blood shed, as well.
The art is really good. From the drawing of the characters to the backgrounds and scenery, it’s obvious that a lot of time and affection has been spent on it. The fights, including all the effects from sword slashing to sakura leaves flying around, are really a high point. The only thing that can be considered is the originality and the personal taste of the viewer.
The background music is eerie throughout the movie and wonderfully backing up the blood-shed and the fights. But it gives an even darker light to the whole story and to the enjoyment of it all.
So considering all this and hoping to stay objective to the end, my conclusion will be that this is an average version of a potentially great anime. And that is all.
Also be warned that if you are planning to watch X, you should /not/ watch it as someone who has never /read/ X. You should read X first, then watch the movie. Otherwise you will not be able to understand or appreciate it at all. This review is, by the way, written with the assumption that you /have/ read X – but never fear, for there are very few actual spoilers for the manga and you may still read this review even if you haven’t read X. Now, let us get on to the actual review…
The majority of you are angry that X the Movie doesn’t follow X. But that’s because the majority of you are looking at the movie from the perspective of people who have read all eighteen volumes. You see, when I first started watching the movie, I went into it angry. I was ready to point out all the flaws I could possibly find.
“No! No no no no no! Seishirou, Subaru, what are you doing!”
“Subaru, you don’t walk around in shifuku! I think the animators confused you with Hokuto. Who has been dead for nearly a decade by this point so I don’t know how they could confuse you with her…actually…”
“/No. What are you doing. Stop it. You’re both idiots/.”
“No no no no no no noooo. Subaru, that is not your wish. And Seishirou, you’re just being downright rude. And stupid. Have I mentioned how stupid I think the two of you are?”
“Whoa they turned into dragons!”
~incomprehensible complaining, sobbing, raging ten minutes into the movie~
“W-where is Kakyou?! Who is this brat?”
“Whoa Yuzuriha, you’re pretty…forceful. I remember you being much bubblier and friendlier in the manga!”
“Hey, Kusanagi. /What happened to you/. When did you become such a horrid brute?”
“/What happened to your relationship with Yuzuriha/?!”
“Well Fuuma…you’re just going on a rampage, aren’t you…”
Half way through the movie, I realized something. And started laughing.
X the Movie was released in 1996; by that time, the X manga was only up to about eight volumes. CLAMP is not about to spoil all their developments in a movie. How Subaru and Seishirou’s relationship resolves is one of the reasons a majority of people read X – how do you get that out of the way? /Especially/ since we don’t learn how their relationship ends until, oh, over five years later! The sensible way is to kill them off ten minutes into the movie, of course. Can’t get your hopes up too much, can we? While my heart aches, I can’t blame the directors or CLAMP since it was a rather grandiose move in order to keep X’s sixteenth volume a complete and, I might add, devastating surprise.
Kusanagi is portrayed as a bastard, not because he is one, but because they can’t show what sort of relationship Kusanagi and Yuzuriha have later on. That would be spoiling it! As for Kakyou – I don’t think he was even introduced by the eighth volume, so they simply had to replace him with someone else. To be fair, whoever they replaced him with (I apologize, I already forgot his name, yes I know I’m horrible) looked quite similar to Kakyou. Another red herring, if I may say.
So, basically, X the Movie is one gigantic troll.
Distance yourself from X and you can see it. Even I, who loathe it when manga are taken and dissected into pieces and consequently abridged for anime format, managed to become objective and viewed X as simply…something separate from its manga counterpart. If you so desire to see it as such, you could even call X the Movie a really long trailer for X – or a “what could have been” version of X. You could even see it as a parody, if you want. A really bloody, messy parody.
That aside, X the Movie is truly breathtaking. The art is beautiful. Here are the /real/ CLAMP characters – not the stiff, and, quite blatantly, often ugly art of the television series. The animation is wonderfully done and fluid. Now if only an anime series – true to the manga – could be released with this sort of quality! The character designs are completely and utterly true to their original counterparts. Seishirou is dashing as usual, Subaru is beautiful, Arashi is utterly gorgeous, Yuzuriha is adorable, Hinoto is stunning. I’d go into the other characters but that would take too long – I’m simply mentioning the ones that struck me with awe. The soundtrack is also quite solid; I can’t remember having any complaints about it. In addition, the seiyuu were quite fitting for all their characters.
The visuals are very dark and mystical, as is fitting for X. Be warned, for there is…quite a bit of gore in X. In the television series, there was almost absolutely no blood, which was one of the major things that irritated me. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not a fan of gore at all. But X is filled with blood and guts and bones and pretty darn painful deaths, and if you’re planning to censor that, why make an anime series at all? The movie, written and released before the anime series, makes up for that.
Those of you who, despite my warnings, will be going on to watch X the Movie (and have made it this far into my review) without reading X the manga must be warned – the characterization in the manga is different. The character development is different. The events displayed in the movie either did not occur or are not in chronological order. As I stated earlier – it is best if you read X before you watch the movie. Distance yourself. Know the characters. Know who they are. Watch, watch without getting angry – watch it the “right way”, and you will enjoy it.
I know I did. I watched it and I don’t regret it in the slightest. I might even watch it again, if only for that beautiful art.
3: Armitage III: Poly-Matrix
Japanese: アミテージ ザ サード POLY-MATRIX
MAL Score: 7.07
In the year 2046 humans are moving away from using robots and begin to trust them less and less. In this time life becomes very perilous for the beings known as seconds. The seconds are the most recent line of robots, as far as the public knows. This is the world Detective Ross Sylibus lives in. Detective Sylibus is transferred to Mars by his request after his partner was killed by a robot. As he arrives he falls headfirst into a murder where a country singer on his flight was murdered. He steps off the plane and watches as a scene unfolds and he meets his partner, Armitage a female cop with a major attitude. A rash of murders begins when yet more women are killed. As the investigation is continued a secret is uncovered. There is another line of robots known as Thirds. More and more Thirds turn up missing, as a serial killer who is intent on wiping out all the Thirds runs rampant. Armitage in her quest to put the murderer to justice reveals a secret. She herself is a Third.
(Source: ANN, edited)
Welcome to the year 2046. The Earth became overpopulated and therefore, mankind created a colonization in Mars with the help of first type” androids and built the city of Saint Lowell. Seventy years later, the city is inhabited by humans and “Second-type” androids, which are improvements over the first type and this new robots talk and react like real humans. On the space-port, a man named Ross Sylllibus arrives on Mars to meet his new partner, a young woman named Naomi Armitage, which for a partner she does know how to dress up nicely. However, all hell goes down when Armitage stops a man with a briefcase that she shot down and in the case, they find the body of a country singer named Kelly McCannon, which turns out that she’s a “third-type” robot, able to act like a human but in a more advanced realistic way. Now humanity loses faith on the robots and now hellbent on destroying every last one of them, Armitage and Ross must now stop the man that’s committing these murders and discover the secret of the “third-type” robots.
As you probably know by now, the story is the main selling-point of this movie and why people love it so much. It asks the question of why did mankind create robots when in reality they want them dead cause robots are becoming smarter than their creators. Did we wanted to create robots for our miserable enjoyment, to treat them like slaves, to make us feel better or to have them do our dirty work for them on the city? While it doesn’t go too deep, it still talks about the issues with man’s relation with machine and the fear that machines will become stronger creatures than man itself, kind like The Terminator. The 2 main characters are charming and to my surprise, they are well developed. Armitage is a woman who is different from the rest of us but doesn’t care about it cause she just wants man and machines to live together in the city and will do anything to protect her kind. Ross Syllibus is also a great character. He’s a cop who lost trust on robots since his beloved one was murdered by a robot but in the end, he learns that not all robots are programmed to be killers and has faith that both kinds can live in harmony. The side characters are just boring, minus one character that I won’t spoil here. They are useless and throughout this movie, they do nothing despite that there are riots in the city and no other cop does a damn thing about it.
The animation by AIC, the animation company that worked on Oh My Goddess and Inspector Gadget, looks phenomenal for a 1995 anime film. The cyberpunk look is impressive, giving it a Blade-Runner inspiration style, and the water color art is beautifully rendered in the background. The English voice acting is good but you have to get used to them in order to appreciate it. Elizabeth Barkley starts off strong as Armitage and she gives a top-notch performance out of her character. Kiefer Sutherland starts weak as Ross cause he sounds bored at times but in the second half of the series, he does improve a bit more than the beginning of the film. The music is fantastic and it gives you chills on your spine on how well the music is composed here.
Armitage III: Poly Matrix is a fantastic anime that should be watched by everyone. The story and themes are excellent, the 2 main characters are well-developed, the action is excellent, the animation is top-notch and the music is phenomenal. It’s a great addition to the cyberpunk genre and I do hope that someone remake this film to a new generation of cyberpunks fans… In a good way of course.
The artwork is hand drawn in painstaking detail, as CGI was in it’s infancy at the time, so the background artwork is very rich and complex. The main characters in the American dub were voiced by people who were A-list stars at the time, so you can expect great voice acting.
One last word of warning though: Like many cyber-punk movies of the time, nudity and ultra-violence is prevalent throughout the movie. Certain naughty bits appear on screen with no warning at all.
On the surface we have a standard cyberpunk cop story set on Mars, with Naomi Armitage meeting her new partner, Ross Syllabus. He’s a cyborg with a deep disdain for electronic lifeforms, and it turns out she is secretly the next big step in that direction.
And looking back this where it’s issues lie. An android capable of human conception? Is it even possible? OR necessary? Add some odd interpretations of feminism and it’s not the best write looking back. It was okay even though I never realized it was very flawed.
But it was a gateway title for me. One of the first I’d seen and it stuck in my memory because of that. I like the style, the soundtrack is good, and it was future spacey enough that I paid money for it when I had no way to get money.
So warts and all, it’s worth a watch. An icon from the time when a Pioneer label wasn’t a historical relic.
2: Dragon Ball Movie 4: Saikyou e no Michi
English: Dragon Ball: The Path to Power
Japanese: ドラゴンボール 最強への道
MAL Score: 7.13
A retelling of Dragon Ball’s origin with a different take on the meeting of Goku, Bulma, and Kame-Sen’nin. It also retells the Red Ribbon Army story; but this time they find Goku rather than Goku finding them.
Better renderized, it just became beautiful and gives joy to watch. The original magic got stronger with this special animation and it surely won’t disappoint anyone who loves DB, and even the ones who had never watched it.
Some characters were excluded, like Pilaf and his comrades, and some members from RR (Colonel Silver, Captain Yellow etc.), but those were less important in the saga. What matters is that it shows us, in 75 minutes, all that happened before Piccolo Daimao’s appearance.
So, basically, the story goes from Goku meeting Bulma, Oolong, Yamcha, Puar and Master Roshi, to the complete defeat of the RR’s army, with some small changes in the way it goes and the exclusion of Goku’s training with Kuririn, as well as their first Tenkaichi Budoukai.
Ending credits with “Dan Dan Kokoro Hikarete ‘ku” as its background made me cry (this song really moves me). Any real fan of this incredible saga should watch it! Strongly recommended!
We open with Goku meeting Bulma for the first time. Yay, another re-telling like the first film. So, they meet Oolong and Yamcha and then things surprisingly get switched up and they encounter the Red Ribbon Army. So, instead of a straight up re-telling, it’s more an alternative scenario where the group encounters the Red Ribbon Army while first hunting for the dragonballs instead of Pilaf and his minions.
The biggest issue with the narrative is that some parts of it are overly predictable. Like, the big climax is very much of the “everything is obvious before it happens” variety. Of course, this isn’t a franchise that’s known for its surprising twists. It’s known for its big, over the top action sequences. But it’s usually not quite this obvious with every single beat being super telegraphed. The film also repeats some of the gags from the series verbatim and they just don’t have the same impact. It doesn’t help that they aren’t even close to the funniest gags from the series.
On the positive side, changing things around so that the group’s first major conflict is with Red Ribbon, does change things up enough to give the film a sense of uniqueness, in spite of being an alternative re-telling. Which is something of a rarity. It also does mostly capture the sense of fun of the series proper pretty well.
Chances are, most of you are familiar with the major Dragonball characters like Goku, Bulma and Roshi. You also get more minor supporting characters like Oolong & Pu’ar. There’s also Yamcha for the one person out there who likes Yamcha. Fortunately for the rest of us, he pretty much just follows the group and gets used as a butt monkey. The somewhat surprising character is Cyborg Eight, or Hat-chan if you prefer. He gets used quite extensively in this one. It’s a fun cast, not all that deep but well suited for the film’s aesthetic.
Mostly, the artwork is pretty well done. There are some cool action moments. The character models look good. Bulma has purple hair instead of her usual teal for some reason and Goku wears a blue gi instead of his usual orange. Probably because the non-canon GT had just come out and he wore blue in that. The only real issue with the art is that they really overdo the shadow effects and there are points where it just looks a bit rubbish.
The acting is well done. They got the usual cast with Nozawa Masako, Tsuru Hiromi, Tatsuta Naoki, Iizuka Shouzou and the others. So, it’s a group who know the characters they’re voicing really well and are good at them. The music is typical for the franchise. Which isn’t a bad thing. Dragonball consistently has some pretty strong music.
Areas of Improvement:
1. A little surprise to the climax. Yes, this is a formulaic franchise but they could still put in something a bit unpredictable to make things more interesting.
2. Rework the gags a little. There’s a reason Spamalot doesn’t use the exact same jokes as Quest for the Holy Grail. Gags are funnier when they’re fresh. If you know the punchline, they just don’t work as well.
3. Stop Putting shadows over everything.
Saikyou e no Michi is a solid Dragonball film, in spite of its late release and fans of the franchise will probably enjoy it once they stop complaining about Goku’s wardrobe change and Bulma’s hair dye. For myself, the climax was far too obvious and the recycled gags didn’t land particularly well, but I still thought it was a solid film. In the end, I’ll give it a 7/10.
“The Path to Power” is the Dragon Ball 10th Anniversary movie that backtracks to the origin of the series, with apparently an “alternative take” on how Goku met up with his friends.
If truth be told, I was pleasantly surprised by “The Path to Power”. Unlike most of the other DB movies that I’ve seen, this one actually has a story. Yeah, you heard me right. The usual set up for Dragon Ball movies is this: Introduce some new villain(s) within the first 5 minutes that’s out to take over the world… and then the rest of it is just a long drawn out battle between Goku and co with the aforementioned villain(s). At some point, Piccolo would make an “unexpected” appearance in order to save Gohan (Goku’s son), then gets beaten up before Goku saves the day. The end. Surprisingly, this movie deviates from that much used formula. Shocking though it may seem, THIS movie actually has a story to tell, a story that can actually be considered a proper adventure, albeit one with lots of time spent battling enemies. However my point is there IS story development here and not just a simple 5 minute set up to face up to the newer, badder, stronger than ever enemy. This is what makes it so refreshing in comparison to the other Dragon Ball movies. The story itself is decent too, and kept me interested for most of the duration of the movie despite some parts being quite predictable.
I enjoyed the comedy element of the movie as well, I remember one classic line “I don’t want to touch your dirty ass” that had me LOLing for a bit. The animation is of the usual sub-par Dragon Ball standard, though I’m grateful for the lack of typical fast exchanges of blows style battle animation that’s so prevalent in other Dragon Ball movies. The character designs are typically uninspiring, with young Goku looking exactly like Gohan in the other movies – they are so similar in fact, that I thought this was Gohan’s story at first. It’s quite funny (in a good way) to see a young, naive Goku. He’s makes for a decent lead character. The frankenstein character wasn’t so good though – there was one point where he suddenly changed in a way that doesn’t make much sense from a character development point of view. Oh well, what the hell am I doing being so fussy about the characters in a Dragon Ball movie anyway…
My main issue with this movie isn’t actually with the quality of the content (my expectation wasn’t exactly sky high in the first place), it’s with the frequent fanservice. I’m not a fan of fanservice even during the best of times, but it’s worse here because it’s highly inappropriate considering the age group of the audience thats being targeted.
Though “The Path to Power” still a way from being good, I’d definitely give it a thumbs up for good effort, and for succeeding to be one of the more interesting Dragon Ball movies.
Extended edit: having watched the first Dragon Ball movie “Curse of the Blood Rubies”, I’m even more impressed with “The Path to Power” now, because comparing the two movies revealed just how different this one is to its predecessor. It’s not just a copy cat version of the original (which is a trap that remakes can easily fall into) – it came up with a completely different storyline that achieves the same aim and is by no means inferior to the old one.
1: Tenchi Muyou! in Love
English: Tenchi Muyo! In Love
Japanese: 天地無用! in Love
MAL Score: 7.42
In a dark corner of the universe, intergalactic criminal Kain breaks out of prison and destroys the Galaxy Police Headquarters. Basking in the afterglow of the terror and destruction he has caused, Kain sets his sights toward a much bigger prize waiting on Earth.
Meanwhile, Tenchi Masaki and his crew are watching some old home videos of his mother, Achika. As the film rolls, Achika slowly starts to vanish. While watching her fade away, Tenchi also begins to disappear. However, thanks to a device created by Washuu Hakubi, Tenchi is not gone for good.
The gang soon learns about Kain and deduce that he must have done something to Achika, which has resulted in time being altered. To save himself and maintain the future, Tenchi travels with the girls back in time to protect his mother from her fate.
If you loved Tenchi and 90’s anime as much as I do, there is a lot to take from this film. The artwork is drawn in the certain old fashion style and the music is charming. The actual film starts out like a slice of life as everyone adopts to their new lifestyle while trying to protect Tenchi’s mom. There is laughter, Ryoko and Ayeka share some their classic banter and other great characters return like Washu, Sasami and co. The third act of the film is a bit slow, going more into the fantasy aspects of Tenchi, where as I was more enjoying the casual school life with a little bit of mystery as to Kain’s appearance. But the ending was beautiful because it was your classic anime ending. I don’t know why, but endings to anime films, usually from the 90’s always get to me. If you love Tenchi Muyo, you will love this film. A classic in 90’s anime culture.
The best things that can be said for this is that the soundtrack is very good and the animation quality is still pretty good, even with the anime hair. It looks nice and it’s detailed and bright, with that extra polish movies typically get. I also still love the way they animate Ryoko and her abilities. Still my favorite version of teleportation, and I love watching her fight.
The plot just doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. Every infodump scene is nonsense that couldn’t even be classified as junk science and none of the characters do things that make logical sense in any fashion whatsoever.
The opening is supposed to be an emergency scene where we preview just how powerful Kain is. But nothing any of the police officers(?) says make sense. They’re studying time? Time is passing? Oh no! What will we do when time and space are moving! (Paraphrasing a line one of the characters says) Kain sucks the space station into a black hole. Then… makes it reappear, but severely damaged. Because. Because? Sailor Pluto may be a character I love but jeez this short scene makes even less sense than her character timeline.
How did Kain escape? We never know. It doesn’t seem like he can get more powerful in his prison cell. Washu at least compensates for this at the end by commenting that he’ll probably escape again, so best murder him before that happens cause you know… he kills planets and stuff. But if this ‘galactic cannon’ exists in the present, prior to Kain escaping, and they clearly are not attempting to reform and eventually release him, and he did all those bad things… why NOT execute him? Are they studying him? When Washu goes into the database for the police they don’t seem to have learned anything about him so all this time has passed and studying him hasn’t seem to have done anything for them, if that’s what they’re doing, and he somehow escaped his prison so… maybe just use the cannon on him to be safe?
Why would someone even build a cannon that can destroy galaxies? What is the purpose of that? As a way to keep the Jurai in check? And if Kain destroyed the entire Galaxy Police force, where did Washu get the cannon from? Or is that at the university she got kicked out of? Why does a university have a galaxy destroying cannon?
So Kain gets powerful enough to escape his prison somehow. Okay. Why… go after Achika? Why go back in time? Did he lose control of his power and get kicked back in time after traveling near Earth for some reason – which was nowhere near his prison cell – and then, well, he’s ‘attracted’ to Jurai energy so he found Achika? It’s less silly than thinking he planned this out. He clearly doesn’t know who Achika or Yosho are ahead of time. Although it’s odd that he’d go after Achika rather than Yosho, considering that Yosho might be stronger. Maybe Yosho really is just that good at hiding himself.
I feel like if a sentient supernova, as Washu puts it, were able to break out of an impossible to break out of dimensional prison somehow, probably going to the planet with lots of Jiraians on it would make more sense than traveling to some random planet and then going back to the past. Particularly when there are fewer powerful Jiraians there. In the present you have Yosho, Tenchi, Ayeka, Sasami, and all the equipment from Ayeka and Yosho’s ships. In the past you just have Yosho and Achika, and the remnants of past Jiraians who settled there long since. Kain doesn’t seem to be out of control of his powers. His time travel was deliberate. So… why? It’s not like Achika trapped him originally. Why not travel back and kill the people who imprisoned him in the first place?
The A-Team gets told one instruction: DO NOT INTERACT WITH ACHIKA BECAUSE THAT COULD CAUSE A PARADOX! So what do they do? Immediately do their best to interact with and interfere with Achika’s life. I mean already the answer to PARADOX is “stalk teenager in the past” so whatever.
And why is the random galaxy police officer there? Can the galaxy police travel back in time? Kain should already be in prison in 1970. Why doesn’t the dude alert headquarters if he’s from that time period? How did he track down Achika? Washu at least has Tenchi to go on for her calculations. What the heck is this officer relying on to track Achika down? For that matter, why isn’t the information that officer had available to Washu when Washu looks up the database info about 1/3 of the way through the story? I like watching Ryoko fight, but the dude is literally there just to pass time by telling us information we should have learned earlier.
Why doesn’t 1970s Yosho know who Ayeka is? He should be able to at least tell that she’s from Jurai, at the least. I get it, past him is only in like five seconds of two scenes. Maybe he’s just observing to see that nothing goes wrong. Maybe he doesn’t know she’s his sister. I guess. But… still.
Why is Mihoshi a teacher and Kiyone is a janitor? There’s no reason for them to pick one over the other, but Kiyone makes better sense as a teacher because she has the sense to figure it out more than Mihoshi does. Sure, Mihoshi could probably still screw up a janitorial position, but how would she pass as a teacher? Her entire time on-screen is devoted to how bad a teacher she is. Hilariously, somehow, in the next film she’s shown doing cleaning work. There’s no story reason for why Kiyone went with the janitorial position, unless you editorialize that Kiyone hates kids and/or teaching and Mihoshi hates manual labor and/or cleaning?
And then there’s the climax. Achika and Noboyuki get sucked into this other dimension/alternate timeline(?) Washu found. The A-Team needs to get them out. Interestingly the dub has Tenchi say that he doesn’t want to die. The sub doesn’t. I get it, the audience should know that, after the whole plot of the film, Tenchi’s parents not getting together and having Tenchi means no Tenchi, but it was a bit… odd. Why does Ryoko ‘save’ him? She’s not saving him. There’s no way to ‘save’ him if his parents are sucked into the void with no way to return.
So the A-Team needs to get to the parents, even though there’s no way to pinpoint their location. Oh, I know! We’ll transfer Achika’s brainwaves to Tenchi! And Ryoko can lock onto the coordinates of that!
…I really think whoever translated for the sub did a bad job. Like I hope that’s what happened. If not, like. What? On the one hand, maybe it’s sort of an “Assassin’s Creed” genetic memory thing before AC was a thing. Doesn’t really explain how pulling on Tenchi’s “genetic memory” of his mom would pinpoint her present location unless he’s like… looking through her timeline. In which case, she shouldn’t ‘sense’ him. Because he’s not connecting with her. He’s just looking at events that have already happened in HIS past.
Basically the climax is “we can’t find the spatial coordinates so let’s transform monkeys into apple pies to solve the problem”.
Hey remember how the series fridged Tenchi’s mom? Remember how everything we know about her, from the movie and the various series, makes her sound neat and interesting and powerful and she would sure be an interesting character to see a story about? Remember how this ending basically explains how she got fridged?
Skip this. It just… is not worth it. Listen to the soundtrack somewhere else. The dub handles what jokes there are better, because the sub actors have no intonation, but the ‘jokes’ are also poorly timed and the script is just bad, so whatever.
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1. Tenchi Muyou! in Love
2. Dragon Ball Movie 4: Saikyou e no Michi
3. Armitage III: Poly-Matrix