They’re the best Anime that 2014 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Crayon Shin-chan Movie 22: Gachinko! Gyakushuu no Robo To-chan, Rakuen Tsuihou, Uchuu Kyoudai: Number Zero, and more!
5: Crayon Shin-chan Movie 22: Gachinko! Gyakushuu no Robo To-chan
English: Crayon Shin-chan: Serious Battle! Robot Dad Strikes Back
Japanese: 映画クレヨンしんちゃん ガチンコ! 逆襲のロボとーちゃん
MAL Score: 7.29
Hiroshi got a slipped disk due to a back injury. He was taken to an Este salon by a mysterious beautiful girl who appeared suddenly, to receive a free trial of beauty treatment as well as a massage. When Hiroshi returned home after a beauty treatment, he was surprised to see himself in the form of a robot. Shinnosuke gets overjoyed, whereas Misae gets worried on seeing him as a naked robot. The robot version of Hiroshi turns out to be convenient. The robot Hiroshi could be controlled by a remote control and pretty much do anything including cooking and cleaning. Meanwhile, Hiroshi realizes that his turning into a robot has to do something with that Este salon. However, this new change was a dark conspiracy hatched by “Chichi Yure Doumei (The Association of Fathers)” to create a strong father figure for all the fathers in Japan. Soon, many dads in the whole nation go out of control, and the Nohara family (Shinnosuke’s family) and Kasukabe start falling apart. Before the near-collapse of Kasukabe, Shinnosuke and Hiroshi i.e. Robot dad stand up to save the day. Featuring the most intense battle of middle-aged men, the movie brings a touching story that makes all fathers and families in Japan cry.
As a die-hard fan of the Crayon Shin-chan movies, this movie generated more gross sobbing out of me. For those who have been following the series, or rather the movies, it really is not hard to see that Shin-chan’s dad, Hiroshi, is a great father. He’s the Japanese equivalent of Homer Simpson; not particularly talented, not very special or spectacular, but is a hard-working man who would give anything for his family. He may not be the best person, but he is a great father. He is the one who brings the tear out of the viewers during the movies through his expression of fatherly love.
This movie, which is all about Hiroshi, touched on two topics: the eternal “what if I was a clone?” and the just the topic of a father itself. The ending was fairly obvious and easy to predict. However, the fact that robot Hiroshi, a father who values his family more than anything, had to let go of his family was heartbreaking. The last scene where he speechlessly challenged the human Hiroshi to an arm wrestle at the verge of his death drilled a hole in my heart. Even though he was finally accepted by his wife, his family, in the end, he was still just a robot. This fact was all the more painful to take because of how well the loyal viewers have seen what Hiroshi had gone through as the father of the Nohara family.
This movie was not as adventurous as the rest of the Shin-chan movies, but it certainly did its job in showing the audience about Hiroshi and his position as a father. Even though the plot line of his creation was not very impacting, I personally think it made it easier for the story to be focused more on Hiroshi and less on the adventure aspect of the series.
The story starts with the Nohara family visiting the 20th century museum. Although it seems like a harmless museum at first, it is run by a Ken who is obssesed with making Japan revert back to the 20th century. The very next day, adults start to act like kids and they all head to the museum. Leaving their childs at home. Shin chan and his friends have to stop Ken and save Japan from reverting to the 20th century.
The story may seem stupid and childish and if you think about it, it actually is. But trust me, this movie is really good. It leaves a lot to think about. Our parents were once kids too. And we always hear about the “good old days” from them. If they could go back to the “good old days” would they? The part with Shin’s father recollecting his memories shows it best. It is a really emotional and great scene. I won’t say much more(cause I’m not good at English or Writing at all). But trust me, you have to watch this masterpiece of a movie
4: Rakuen Tsuihou
English: Expelled from Paradise
Japanese: 楽園追放 -Expelled from Paradise-
MAL Score: 7.34
In a future where a massive disaster has devastated Earth, most of humanity has abandoned their physical bodies and relocated in digital form to DEVA, an advanced space station orbiting the ravaged planet. Free from the limitations of traditional existence, such as death and hunger, the inhabitants of this virtual reality reside in relative peace until Frontier Setter, a skilled hacker, infiltrates the system and spreads subversive messages to the populace.
Labeled a threat to security by authorities, Frontier Setter is pursued by Angela Balzac, a dedicated member of DEVA’s law enforcement. When the hacker’s signal is traced to Earth, Angela takes on physical form, transferring her consciousness to a clone body and traveling to the world below in order to deal with the menace. On Earth, she is assisted by Dingo, a charismatic agent, and during her journey to uncover the mystery behind Frontier Setter, she gradually discovers startling realities about the wasteland some of humanity still refers to as home, as well as the paradise above.
This movie is about our cute female protagonist, Balzac Angela (voiced by Kugimiya Rie so end of review, 10/10 😛 ) sent from Deva, a new world created based on data after a certain apocalypse in earth that turned the whole world into a never-ending desert (portrayed as the wild west), to stop a certain someone or something who was recently hacking into the Deva system to convey a certain message that contradict’s Deva’s values. Angela, along with our male protagonist “dandyman” Zarik Kajiwara, sets on a mission that will redefine the many things that She was taught on the Deva.
Story : 7/10 As explained earlier, the story tries to explore many different themes and tries to convey them in many different ways; however, the story is not extremely smooth and well told mainly because nothing in the movie was explored well enough.
Character ： 7/10 Much like the story, simply underdeveloped. There was pretty much only 3 in the movie characters and none of them were extremely well developed, but being underdeveloped does not mean they are boring characters. All of these characters have a very lovable personality and these personalities are well portrayed through their actions. Regarding the 3DCG, I actually think it contributes to the storytelling extremely well mostly due to the story partially being the exploration of the difference between a digital reality and a traditional human being.
Sound : 9/10 The Soundtracks are very well developed, playful, and fits the situation very well. The voice actor/actresses fit the roles extremely well and the ending song is also great.
PS: don’t skip the ending. Enjoy the song a little and wait for a tiny cute and heartwarming treat at the end 🙂
Art : 9/10 The whole film is made in “3D” modeled animation. Like a refined version of (RWBY) It was well made so it was not too distracting most of the times. Some of the scenes had awesome cinematography and some other scenes are extremely well drawn. Also, the fighting scenes are extremely entertaining and contains some great CGI
Enjoyment ：8/10 The way this story is told could get boring at times, but some of the really lovable characters and original ideas from the anime can really bring the audiences back. Again, great cinematography and mech fight scenes.
Overall : 8/10 Only if the story and characters were more developed. Everything else could be better, but they were already quite nice. I would definitely suggest this movie to anyone who is looking for something a bit different and doesn’t hate the 3D animation.
Final words： I really like this animated film a lot, and it has a 10/10 on my personal ratings because some parts of it really does deserve that score. Sadly, there are too many things in the anime that prevents me from doing so in a formal review.
Lets begin with our main heroine, Balzac, whose name is hilarious, has no redeeming features beyond her stupid funny name. She is the embodiment of every cliched terrible tsundere character rolled in and condensed into one terrible package of fanservice. She is unlikeable, she makes poor and questionable decisions, and she barely contributes to the plot, of which there is very little of. She whines so much in this I wished that somehow, in Butcher tradition, shed be silenced in one way or another (It didn’t happen). She’s nothing but a useless fanservice girl. Alongside Balzac is generic bounty hunter secondary protagonist guy, who’ve you’ve also seen a thousand times before. He’s the epitome of genericness, he knows what’s right, and serves as one of the competent members of the group who does stuff properly at least. And lastly is Claptrap, who’s there to prove his existence to the world or something. Claptrap is easily one of the less horrible characters in this (alongside that dealer person I like somehow). Heck, that one exposition scene with him is one of the only ones I liked.
Plot wise this whole farce is barebones to its core. In the beginning, with the help or closeups of Balzac’s tits and arse, the film seems to hint at something more than just a typical Hur-Dur authority is evil Hur-Dur kind of movie. It isn’t. It is as generic as generic can get. If anything the biggest plot twist in this is how obvious the plot twist is as that authoritarian totalitarian entity turns out to be , surprise, not as benevolent as previously thought! And for a mecha anime, there really isn’t much in mecha action, hell, less than 30 minutes in and the mecha is sold for christ sakes.
I used the term “anime” throughout very lightly. Most of the film’s character models are terrible 3D cell-shaded models that greatly resemble MMD stuff. They greatly feel out of place amongst the (I must admit) very well done backgrounds, and amongst the 2D extras. Animation wise, the 3D character models also seem to operate at a different framerate from the rest of the backgrounds. I dunno a good way to describe it, but it feels out of place. If anything it feels like a video game at times. A pretty video game I give it that.
The fight scenes, few as they are , are terribly done. While on paper they seem pretty decent, a high budget mecha on mecha action kinda thing, most of the action scenes are messily edited, with unnecessary closeups that detract from the main fight. Also every few minutes, the fight deviates to give us a closeup of Balzac’s tits and arse and her screaming. The fights aren’t particularly clever either, most of them are just your standard fare, no planning or strategy here, just brute force mostly.
Overall, a better way of spending your time in a similar manner would be to load up MMD and mess around with it for an hour or so. Because hey, you’d get more enjoyment out of that than this. (Speaking of MMD, all the female character models feel like they’re lifted from vocaloid).
Fun fact : this film can’t even be used to play butcher bingo properly. It only has like 4 out of 25 squares.
As an introductory aside, I want to start by strongly disagreeing with people who highlight Urobuchi’s tendency to kill off character (“the Urobutcher”) or his aptitude for plot twists as his main appeal. They are not. What draws me — and I believe many other viewers — to Urobuchi’s works is their philosophical undercurrents; everything in his films and shows touch upon some aspect of society, humanity, or morality, and the story is often a sidekick (although an exciting one). For example, Psycho-Pass is focused on the impact on having a benevolent, all-knowing, but tyrannical autocracy on society; while Gargantia revolves around reflections of a soldier faced with peace and prosperity, and learning to throw away his inculcated beliefs.
With that said, I think Rakuen Tsuihou’s main appeal is along the same lines. There are no real plot twists in this movie, besides perhaps the identity of Frontier Settler itself (for the longest time I expected this nefarious hacker to be some evil genius or something). Everything generally works out the way you expect, and I think it’s fair to say that most of us know, going in, that Angela won’t stay with Deva for long.
But this movie is not about some futuristic sci-fi world of people living in virtual reality; sure, that’s the backdrop, but that’s not what it’s really about. It’s main focus is on the dichotomy of Angela and Dingo, and the two societies they represent. This is a dichotomy that exists in today’s world just as much as it does in the world of the movie. These two societies might not be spatially segregated as in the movie, but we still have it: the increasing disparity of the haves and have-nots.
Every commentary on this issue in today’s society talks about it as if it’s a problem to be solved, as if there are only negatives. We live in the world where ambition and the drive to succeed are unconditionally praised, even when that drive leaves us with no time for relaxing or pleasure or trying to truly learn what we are meant to do. I see Rakuen Tsuihou as a commentary on this, and while Angela doesn’t exactly do the best job of defending her “high-society” ambitions, I think the movie as a whole does a great job illustrating how this sort of all-consuming career ambition can leave us blind to the true pleasures of life.
3: Uchuu Kyoudai: Number Zero
Japanese: 宇宙兄弟#0[ナンバー ゼロ]
MAL Score: 7.61
Prequel to the TV anime series revolving around the “origin of the dream.”
First let’s look at the plot of the movie. It’s set 4 years before the start of the anime and tells a story about how Hibito (the younger brother) dealt with his astronaut training while Mutta (the older brother) dealt with his work problems and getting transferred to country side. It’s a promising premise and a great opportunity to expand the history and flesh out all known characters (most of the NASA characters get a cameo as well as some JAXA characters).
This is sadly where the movie falls apart. The focus on both plotlines turns uneven. Hibito’s plotline is cut short 70% into the movie and we then get to see the consequences on one of the key events in the series. This event is fully fleshed out in the anime so I don’t really have a problem with them cutting it short and straight up skipping it. Mutta’s plot however suffers greatly because of this. The first half of the movie is mostly about his transfer and him becoming familiar with his new environment. Mutta then obtains a goal and works on it for the rest of the movie. We however don’t get to see this work. Only short montage of it. Which is pretty sad considering we don’t get to know the new characters outside of the most basic of visual gimmicks (cool older dude, cold intellectual with glasses, young woman who’s fan of boy bands) it’s not that I really care about them since they are non-canon, but if the movie introduced them I would like it to work with them. Mutta’s plotline is resolved with quite a significant jump (as I said there’s a short montage) and that’s about it. The movie then ends with a short connection scene that redoes few scenes from the first episodes of the anime.
The movie suffers from 2 things: uneven plot and cheap writing. As I already said the plotline is all over the place. What’s worse is however the cheap writing. You know it very well. It’s when a movie tries to retcon stuff into the source material. We get introduced to few key elements at the start of the movie only for them to work as plot devices and winks towards audience at key moments later in the movie. I am usually indifferent with this kind of stuff but this time it just felt so cheap to me. Not that they are horrible but they bring a sense of predictibility with them which somewhat ruins the enjoyment for me.
Quite honestly I think this movie should’ve been a short OVA prequel series of 6-8 episodes. The plot would be done more cleanly and the cheap writing could be justified with better pacing.
Which brings me to my next point and that is production. Considering this is a movie, the production is quite mediocre to straight up subpar. Voice actors do good job but it’s nothing really special. The drawn animation gets pretty funny at times (especially the scene with tractor on the field, I had to include the picture because it’s really funny https://i.gyazo.com/2902c80a153dba2619107f9dafa3bacd.png). The animation is mostly on the anime level. It’s not unwatchable by any means, but it’s not really movie quality either. The soundtrack is the soundtrack from the anime. Mind you, it’s been quite some time since I’ve watched the original anime so there may be some new songs, but nothing significant from what I’ve heard.
This is fans movie only. If you are thirsting for more Space Brothers watch it. It’s not BAD but it’s not really good either. I would say add 1 to the score if you are Space Bros fan.
The first thing I’d like to say is that, in my opinion, this movie should be watched after you’ve finished the anime. Although it’s a prequel, many characters from the middle-end series appear, and some spoiler events, shown in the main series as “flashbacks” are described better here in the movie. If you watch it first, will lose some expectation and surprises of some key events.
The second thing is, I’m sorry if my english is not the better one out there, because its not my first language.
I wanted to write a review because although I loved the anime, I took too long to watch the movie because I thought it was about Hibito and Mutta’s childhood, but it’s not. It shows Mutta in his previous work, dealing with his own problems in the car company as an engineer and designer, and Hibito following many training and exercises, that for the ones who watched the anime, will certainly remember. There is no explanation of many of those training in the movie, because if you already watched the anime you will understand them.
The movie follows the same animation as the anime, with the same music. It looks like a big episode, that finishes in the first episode of the series.
So, for me, it is worth to watch it if you already watched the anime and liked it.
This movie tells the story from the aftermath of the OVNI scene up to the moment Mutta headbutts his boss and so we get to see a lot of Mutta’s and Hibito’s backgrounds and journeys up to the start of the anime series. It was beautiful and emotional.
The animation is on the same level as the one present on the anime series and the only thing I’d change is get rid of CGI because it breaks immersion for me.
The sound design is solid. We have the original OP and most of the tracks played throughout the movie fit the whatever is going on at any given time. If it were up to me, though, I’d change the 2 last songs that played.
All things considered, this is a gorgeous movie that gets a 10/10 from me.
2: Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshimeguru Hakobune
Japanese: 宇宙戦艦ヤマト2199 星巡る方舟
MAL Score: 7.76
2199 AD. Yamato tried to leave behind the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy, after receiving a “Cosmo Reverse System” at its destination, Iscandar. However, suddenly, it encounters a mysterious group at the edge of the Large Magellanic Cloud. The crew finds out that the group is called the “Gatlantis,” and that its leader is the Gutaba expeditionary force commander who calls himself “Goran Dagaamu of Thunder.” The commander demands that Yamato be handed over to him. Yamato, wanting to hurry to Earth, escapes the fray. However, Yamato is attacked by a devastating beam weapon called the “Flame Direct Attack Cannon” that can transcend space.
Yamato was able to retreat, but ends up getting lost, and finds itself in a strangely colored irregular dimension. The crew decides to turn off the engine on the ship, and explore a mysterious planet. In order to collect information, Kodai, Kiryū, Sawamura, Niimi, and Aihara land on the planet. What they saw when they arrived was a ship that was not supposed to be there.
Dagaamu chases after the traces of Yamato’s warp, and also reaches the strangely colored space. The planet on which Yamato landed was in fact what Dagaamu had been looking for all along.
OST, Plot Development, characters, action, EVERYTHING was meticulously done and awesomemely performed!
Art and Animation…just Top Class!
And one thing mesmerized me, as a viewer of the original series: Comet Empire is BACK! It is clear to anyone that knows this series the gatlantean resemblances to the Old Foes (Ships and characters), and when the Prime Minister appeared, I thought “That is Zordar’s daughter!” and the doubt vanished completely when the old Comet Empire Theme sounded, as the Gatlantean ships were on attack at the end! Of course they kept in suspense but it is sure that, if they want, they already paved the way for a new OVA series, or movies. Whater comes, I will be eagerly awaiting!
1: Stand By Me Doraemon
Japanese: STAND BY ME ドラえもん
MAL Score: 8.08
Nobita Nobi is an elementary student who hates studying, is bad at sports, and does everything half-heartedly. He is a pushover, unlucky, and fearful of many things. His personality makes him a failure in life, even affecting his progeny. This causes his great-great-grandchild, Sewashi, to take control of the situation.
Sewashi travels back in time from the 22nd century to the 20th century to meet Nobita, who is shocked to see him appear out of his drawer alongside a blue robotic cat. The robotic cat calls himself Doraemon, who claims to have been pressured by Sewashi to assist Nobita, with their ultimate goal being to provide Nobita happiness. Frustrated after seeing Nobita’s hopeless state, Doraemon decides to go back to the future. However, Sewashi activates a program within Doraemon that prevents him from doing so.
Forced to stay, Doraemon helps Nobita using futuristic gadgets through his four-dimensional pocket—a bag containing anything inside it. Can Doraemon bring Nobita happiness and return to the future?
Story : 10/10
The story starts from their first meeting (i suppose the first chapter?) so everyone can watch it even if they have never watched Doraemon before.
At first both of them just wanted to finish their own goal, but then It’s very sweet how their relationship grows as they spend their time together. The story is pretty straightforward, similar with the Anime, where Nobita is such a failure in life and Doraemon come to rescue with his magic pocket. The main difference is the movie gives more focus about Nobita’s struggle in his love life.
Something that bug me is that I feel Doraemon is so mean (this is very subjective, however for people who already watch Doraemon’s kindness to Nobita in the anime may feel this way too). Doraemon thinks Nobita is hopeless and seem to hates him, but then it changes (pretty suddenly). I think the movie is too short to show all the hardships they’ve been trough, but still they managed to wrap it all perfectly.
Art & Sound 10/10
The CG is just amazing.
Deep. How they develop each character is amazing, especially Nobita. From a fail lazy kid, becoming a brave and responsible young adult. For Doraemon, I still think they need more scene to show how his feelings to Nobita had changed.
Overall, this movie is amazing!! i love it~ Sometimes I can’t even see what’s happening because of my eyes flooded with tears. This may be the final episode of Doraemon, but the other OVAs are still coming so u don’t have to feel lonely!
The thing is, the pacing is bad. Like cardiac arrest bad. Suddenly it’s going so fast, and suddenly it’s going so slow when there’s part that could be skipped. Stand By Me skipped what’s important and extend what’s not.
That’s where the visuals kick in. Bang. I will never feel the same about Take-copter after seeing this movie. It’s so mindblowing. Doraemon, Shizuka, and Nobita look cute and adorable. Gouda still the badass he is in the manga, and Suneo is still as annoying. Visuals are the best thing in Stand By Me Doraemon because it gives us a new look, a more updated look that keeps us watching the literally same story from the manga version.
If the visual is not enough, there’s still the soundtracks and scoring. It captures Doraemon’s tone perfectly by using acoustic guitar, and using melodramatic piano tone in the perfect timing. Once again, if you don’t like the visual, at least you’ll like the soundtrack.
Or the seiyuu. Kudos on the seiyuu. Some moments won’t be as great as it was if they change seiyuu into another seiyuu.
Overall, it’s a good watch. If you are not a fan, you might love this movie because you (maybe, hopefully) don’t know the story.
If you are a fan, it’s still nice seeing your childhood relived.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Stand By Me Doraemon
2. Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshimeguru Hakobune
3. Uchuu Kyoudai: Number Zero
4. Rakuen Tsuihou
5. Crayon Shin-chan Movie 22: Gachinko! Gyakushuu no Robo To-chan