They’re the best Anime that 2015 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Date A Live Movie: Mayuri Judgment, Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova Movie 1 – DC, Koukaku Kidoutai: Shin Movie, and more!
5: Date A Live Movie: Mayuri Judgment
Japanese: 劇場版 デート ア ライブ 万由里ジャッジメント
MAL Score: 7.35
The peaceful days of Itsuka Shidou returned without having to save the Spirits from the relentless battle days. But, the peaceful days were interrupted by the emergence of a mysterious sphere emitting spiritual wave――as well as a mysterious girl who showed herself at the same time. What is her purpose of keeping an eye on Shidou……? The mission that had been entrusted to Shidou under the tense situation was,
“Date all of the Spirits, and make them fall in love?!”
――With the fate of humanity at stake, the war(date) resumes!
(Source: Date A Live Wiki)
“Formula? What the heck are you talking about? What formula is this?” you may ask. Nothing wrong with asking a totally legitimate question. And to answer: well, let us boil down exactly what happened in the past two seasons. Whenever a problem comes up in the form of a new character, tensions among various characters, or some kind of event, how do the characters resolve it? That’s right, a date. Something as simple as two people spending time together as a way to seal up the worst of the worst.
Does this happen once again in Mayuri Judgment? Certainly. But having Shidou go on six dates for the first 45 minutes of the movie was really unnecessary and dragged the plot on and on. Nothing spectacular come out of these dates, and we learned nothing new about the characters that we did not already know.
As for the climax itself, talk about messy, messy, messy. One thing that I kept asking was what the heck is the big-ball-of-doom doing there? The relationship between that and Mayuri’s presence is constantly hinted at during the “climax” battle, but it’s never fully explained and thus we end up taking it at face value.
Moving onto the characters themselves, there really isn’t any development at all. In the first and second seasons, dates were used as a way to forge and deepen the relationships between Shidou and the rest of the main characters. Since they are all now close friends, these dates don’t hold the same kind of meaning anymore, hence the little character development. Don’t get me wrong – the characters are definitely interesting – it’s just that they don’t really change at all.
One new character does come into the mix: Mayuri. But she’s just there with really no purpose for most of the movie – stalking around in the background, following the main characters around, with some hints here and there. When it’s finally her time to shine, she transitions into the plot inconsistently and poorly. In one moment, nobody but Shidou can see her, but all of a sudden in the next second everybody else can. All of this crammed into literally the last 20 to 30 minutes of the movie.
The only one character I was extremely disappointed with was Origami. She was completely a throwaway character in the movie who butts in randomly to challenge Tohka (as if we’ve never seen this happen in the previous seasons), and then removes herself from the picture once that is over. The movie could have just done well without her (although I’m sure the fans wouldn’t have liked that).
Sound and art are of high quality. The animation is by Production IMS so it is definitely high quality. The voice acting is also done well. I personally really like how Shidou changes his voice when he switches into his female counterpart. My only major issue is that sometimes the 3D graphics looked a little odd and incompatible with the bright, well-illuminated background, but otherwise from that, no complaints on that front.
So is this movie worth your time? Well if you’re reading this review and thinking about it, you’ve probably already enjoyed the first two seasons well enough so go right ahead. From a critical standpoint, however, I was pretty disappointed. Date A Live: Mayuri Judgment did not put itself ahead of the pack.
Overall Grade: D+
Author’s Disclaimer: Please remember, this is my own personal opinion. I critique anime primarily on how the story is executed and how well-rounded the characters are. This review is not meant to target any other review but was intended to provide a more holistic analysis.
*May contain spoilers*
I was really hyped for this movie, being a date a live fan, but this movie gave me the impression: ” thats it?” It wasnt really much, just shido going on dates again and the appearance of mayuri. She literally talked for only about 5 minutes before she basicallly dissapears.Before she appeared at the ending you can only get glimpses of her. IMO i was dissapointed in this movie. Action was really good though.
Very good soundtrack, loved how they used season 1 opening song again, was fantastic during the action scenes.
Seriously, if a movie is about a person, make sure they have enough screen time
P.S kurumi doesnt have much screen time in this movie 🙁
Was overall a great movie as a harem fan, but story was pretty down the drain. Still a must watch for date a live fans!
I love Date A Live so much! Hoping for more season!
I love how the narrator narrates in the beginning of every episode! As for the soundtrack by sweet arms I Freakin Love Your Song in all Date A Live series,never gets bored! The character’s design were outstanding maybe because I was so obsessed with it but for me it’s perfect,the expression,design,colour and everything!
In this movie, of course everybody knows a new spirit is introduced as shown in the trailer ….I am not gonna say her name to prevent spoiler….but I gotta say she has the best spirit form outfit design I ever seen. The colour and her angel WOW! Blown mind XD.
Thank you for making Date A Live!
4: Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova Movie 1 – DC
Japanese: 劇場版 蒼き鋼のアルペジオ -アルス ノヴァ- DC
MAL Score: 7.43
Recap of the Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova TV series, with approximately 40 minutes of new material.
By 2039, global warming had caused sea levels to rise and large amount of territory to be lost. As though in response, a mysterious group of warships clad in mist, “the Fleet of Mist,” appeared in every corner of the ocean, and began attacking human ships. In spite of humanity mustering all their strength, they were utterly defeated by the Mist’s overwhelming force. All of humanity’s trade routes were blockaded by the Fleet of Mist, their political economy was destroyed, and the human race was steadily beaten down. Seven years later, the Fleet of Mist’s submarine I-401 appears before cadet Gunzo Chihaya. The humanoid life form that pilots the sub, who should be their enemy, is instead offering her services to mankind.
Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova DC is a summary of the ARS Nova animated television series. The reason I recommend watching the series first is because, as a stand-alone movie, the story is under-developed. Many of the interactions, why they take place, and their significance are severely reduced without the extended viewing time that the series offers; however, this movie does a fantastic job of tying up loose ends, and giving the viewer a more “complete” feeling when seeing the conclusion of the film– which is one of the shortcomings of the ARS Nova series. Story: 7 (good)
The art and animation of this movie is awesome. Aside a few isolated scenes where the animation’s frame-rate is reduced, the movie does a fantastic job, and it is very aesthetically pleasing– especially for anyone who has read the manga. 9/10 (great)
The sound is great. No major qualms, except maybe a lack of variety. The tracks that are intended to elicit an emotional reaction do a good job of accomplishing their goal. 8/10 (very good)
The characters in the movie are an accurate rendition of the ones found within the series and manga, but many of the scenes which instill endearment and camaraderie are lacking. One could go as far as to say that the characters are severely under-developed, but given that the original series does not give tremendous amounts of back-story for any of the lead characters, this would be a bit harsh. The characters are as the Author intended, but in the abridged version that is this movie, they lack depth, and as such, some of their interactions are stilted. 6/10 (fair)
Overall enjoyment of this movie as a standalone film would be somewhere between a 5.5 and a 6/10. As a supplement to the Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio series, it is closer to a 7.5/10. Worth the watch if you are a fan of the series. If you are new to the series, the Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio TV Series is definitely highly recommended prior to watching.
Hope this review was helpful.
so i decided to watch this recap.
This movie isn`t for anyone who hasn`t seen the serie, it won`t make any sense.
Watch it as an recap, if you decide to watch the new film , “Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova Cadenza”
The good thing about this movie is that is has an extra 45 min at the end.
This movie is for those who have watched the series, and need to refresh their memories.
You also get to see new ships, which i realy liked, if you liked kongou you will like the new girls
Warning! Spoiler alert!
The first half of the movie is basically a retelling of the first season and it’s not until the second half that the movie tells a whole new story. I have to say, watching a smaller version of the story seen in the TV show felt like a chore more than anything. There’s no dramatic tension because I already know what’s gonna happen; in fact, you could skip the first half of the movie and not really miss anything of importance. The story of the first season worked so well in an episodic format because that format gave the story more time to breathe and develop.
It’s not until the second half that the movie picks up some steam. We’re introduced to some new plotlines and characters and those are the things that kept interested till the end of the movie. (6/10)
While the character writing was one of the show’s best aspects, the same can’t be said for the movie adaptation. Because of its reduced runtime, the viewers don’t exactly have the time nor the motivation to get emotionally invested in the characters. In fact, the only reason the characters held my interest is because I had already watched the TV show. It’s not until the second half of the movie that my emotional investment in the characters amounts to something. (6/10)
This is one aspect of this movie that can’t receive enough praise. Everything, from the ship designs, the lighting and the explosions, looks absolutely goregous. (8/10)
Once again, the soundtrack of Arpeggio of Blue Steel proves its cinematic quality. The music used in battles is appropriately epic. I also enjoyed the vocal performances of the cast, especially those of Mai Fuchigami (Iona) and Manami Numakura (Takao), even though they weren’t really given anything new to work with. (8/10)
This movie cannot be watched as a standalone experience. If you want to watch this movie, I recommend you watch the TV show first. It wasn’t a bad movie, it definitely improved in its second half, but the TV show was way better. (7/10)
3: Koukaku Kidoutai: Shin Movie
English: Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie
Japanese: 攻殻機動隊 新劇場版
MAL Score: 7.46
In the year 2027, a year following the end of the non-nuclear World War IV, a bomb has gone off in Newport City, killing a major arms dealer who may have ties with the mysterious 501 Organization. Public Security official Daisuke Aramaki hires full-body cyber prosthesis user and hacker extraordinaire, Motoko Kusanagi, to investigate.
*Sigh*. Yeah this one took a long time to show up, didn’t it? I actually watched the new Ghost in the Shell film months ago, but I never got the chance to review it until now because something more interesting to review would always be around that week. And then the next. And the next. So yeah, I think my lack of enthusiasm gives the whole game away regarding my feelings on Ghost in the Shell: Let’s Give It The Same Title As The Fucking First One Like We’re A Video Game Franchise Reboot.
I didn’t even know there was a new movie coming out until a friend who pays a lot more attention to upcoming stuff informed me of its existence, and then it took another friend to inform me that it was coming out to American theatres for a limited time. Maybe I missed a news segment somewhere, but it just got lost in the anime announcement shuffle and despite the theatre I watched it in being relatively packed, there’s not a whole lot of fanfare about it either. It’s a sequel to the Arise OVAs, which I remember being kind to when I first saw them, but I honestly can’t remember what happened in the things other than it serving as an origin story for Section 9 and that the Major was a whiny prima-donna in her youth. Or at least as whiny as you can be when you’re a cyborg with restrained emotions. Thankfully, the film is stand-alone enough so that you don’t need to see those OVAs, if only because its story is about as non-existent as its reputation.
So after forming the gang of cyborgs along with one token human who never hears the end of his role in this film, Motoko Kusanagi is tasked with stopping a terrorist group led by a female cyborg that looks exactly like her. When her team fails to prevent the death of a powerful figure, the team goes through numerous procedural investigations, pseudo-philosophy, and loyalty tests in their search for the truth regarding who this Major copycat is and how they could possibly take down someone who’s as skilled as the genuine article. It’s basically The Perfect Insider with guns, and there’s only so much explosions can do to snap me out of the fact that everything that happens puts me under an eye-shutting trance. Apparently in the past, Section 9 cyborgs had the ability to induce comas with their robotic voices.
One of Ghost in the Shell’s biggest problems is that its presentation is a chore to get through in order to appreciate its big ideas, because the main characters are all stone-cold professionals with no real flaws and very little personal story. That’s fine when playing a video game like Metroid Prime, especially since nobody actually talks in that series, but in an anime full of dialogue, it feels more like a lecture rather than entertainment. And whilst the new Arise timeline has tried to make the stories more personal, it takes a bit of the Other M approach in regards to characterizing the Major, making her out to be a whiny teenage rebel who somehow has control over a bunch of professionals that complain about the most obvious things (Togusa really won’t shut up about being the only human in the group). This aspect is not helped by the fact that the version I watched was dubbed by Funimation and all the voices were different from the Stand Alone Complex series, usually not for the better. Mary Elizabeth Glynn even voices a woman who confronts the Major in an early scene, which just made me wish even more that she had been voicing the latter in this film.
Unfortunately, Ghost in the Shell’s problems go far beyond how the characters behave and into the simple fact that the people behind this Arise thing simply don’t know what to do with them or the universe in general. I’m not kidding around when I say that there is practically nothing in this film you haven’t seen before in any other iteration of the franchise ever. Why exactly would I want to see the same thing – even if it’s good – repeat itself over and over again with each installation? You know why the new James Bond movie sucked balls? Because it didn’t have a single original thought in its head, hitting every expected beat for the purpose of milking the audience’s wallets rather than because the creators genuinely believed there was more story they could extract from the franchise. I’m not even a fan of Bond or Ghost in the Shell as a whole, and even I can see that they’re going through the same thing Terminator went through after Judgment Day blew our minds.
And it doesn’t even execute its repeated elements very well. Characters bring up problems and then resolve them anticlimactically all over the place, whether they be personal or plot-related, in order to spout more obtuse jargon that never really goes anywhere or contributes to anything. Togusa’s inferiority complex regarding being flesh and blood ends up getting the “angst, what angst” treatment in the final act because he realized himself just how unimportant it was in regards to what was going on and drops it entirely. Just about the only conflict that stays a constant presence is the Major and her team acting against the rules of Section 9 and doing things on their own terms. Okay, it’s a little weird to see that given how even when she no longer abided by Section 9’s rules in the less popular movie iterations of the franchise, she still respected them, but that could lead to some unique takes on the GiTS mythos if done well. But what I wanted from that conflict is the same thing I wanted from every other conflict that was brought up in this movie: some fucking payoff!
It’s been a while since I’ve seen this film so I don’t quite remember the exact details – and even if I did, Ghost in the Shell is bloody hard to take in in one go anyways – but I do remember that after so much talking up regarding the false Major’s skills, she gets defeated with a plan that was executed with as much enthusiasm as a routine office job and nobody cares about her after she’s gone. And then after that, the Major shows up at Section 9’s office to reaffirm that she doesn’t play by their rules, even though she needed their cooperation to take down the terrorists in the first place, before re-enacting the opening scene of the first movie so that we can get a cool transition to the end credits. So in other words, aside from a few people we don’t really care about being dead, nothing consequential happened in this film. Nobody grew up. Nobody learned anything. The audience sure as hell didn’t learn anything new. And our leads just get to continue doing whatever they want, just like how they started.
You know what I say? I say screw this Arise revival, fuck the live-action film, re-release Stand Alone Complex and 2nd Gig on Blu-ray, and let this franchise jump off a building like the Major, only it doesn’t survive the fall. Then maybe we can move on to reviving something that actually could benefit from a revival. Like Bubblegum Crisis. Or Kimba the White Lion.
We continue to explore this question in GiTS 2015, which begins with a nostalgic flashback scene of Major Kusanagi’s childhood, when she began her relationship with Kurts under the falling cherry blossom petals…
AND THEN, we are thrown into the excitement, continuing the unsatisfying ending of GiTS: Arise as the Fire Starter Virus and Ghost Hacking are coupled with a horrendous assassination of the Prime Minister and Kurts, the “greatest event since the War”. Excellent action from the [then] fledgling Section 9 is present as they work together like gears in a machine to unravel the truth behind the assassination and suspicious events in Niihama. GiTS 2015 contains great character development between the enigmatic Major Kusanagi and her team in Section 9.
For those of you who are not familiar with the series, Ghost in the Shell (GiTS) is prolific Sci-Fi/Cyberpunk manga and anime series spanning many decades. GitS 2015 continues the plot of GiTS: Arise and acts as a prequel for the events of the GiTS movies released in past years.
This new installment of GiTS offers smooth, crisp art, greatly improving the animations of past movies to a 2015 standard. The characters resemble their forms in Arise more than in previous installments. My personal favorite in terms of art were the futuristic cityscapes as I found the architecture of Niihama as portrayed in GiTS 2015 to be quite creative and thought-provoking.
GiTS 2015 also boasted a solid OST, from the beautiful instrumental in the flashback scene in the beginning to the smooth and jazzy ED by Maaya Sakamoto x Cornelius. The well-done voiceovers and OST set the atmosphere for the plot.
Overall, GiTS 2015 is an excellent watch for anyone into the Ghost in the Shell series. Although it’s very much possible to watch this movie without having previous knowledge of the GiTS series, one may find the plot and setting difficult to interpret on-the-go. Nevertheless, GiTS 2015 adds an extra layer of depth to existing lineup of the series, and closes the door to the loose ends in Pyrophoric Cult. Now, the question is: Will a new door open to further development of Ghost in the Shell in the series?
Well, for better or worse, the answer is yes, as a live-action movie will be released in 2017, directed by Rupert Sanders. But that’s another story for another time.
I hope you have found this review to be helpful.
Ghost in the Shell always excites me with the massive amount of depth comes because of the inherent setting of their world. I must say, that this kind of designing of a storyline is one of a kind and that is something I would remember this franchise for.
Especially when it comes to futuristic genres, where the setting consists of sophisticated robots and lightning fast computers that blow away our minds, it is super important to get things right (I mean the story) because say all you want, in the end it’s pure fantasy although I hope I am proven wrong. In that sense, the first movie of GITS was released 20 years ago which is a blasphemously long time, and in that age having such futuristic ideas (which are entertaining to watch even now) is utterly magnificent. It is genius. This is truly a classic franchise worth your time.
This movie as opposed to the sequel has more elements of comedy and definitely lesser gore and absolutely no nudity which I find surprising (because, you know). Also, I understood this movie better than the first (maybe it’s just me). Another thing I would venture out to say is that there is much more action in this one.
Perhaps the only thing that it lacked was the serious atmosphere (with all the gore, nudity and longer political talks) the original movie had made for the viewer which got the franchise its fans. However, I liked this one the most 🙂
2: Psycho-Pass Movie
English: Psycho-Pass: The Movie
Japanese: 劇場版 サイコパス
MAL Score: 7.73
Due to the incredible success of the Sibyl System, Japan has begun exporting the technology to other countries with the hope that it will one day be used all around the world. In order to test its effectiveness in a foreign location, the war-torn state of the South East Asian Union (SEAUn) decides to implement the system, hoping to bring peace and stability to the town of Shambala Float and keep the population in check.
However, a group of anti-Sibyl terrorists arrive in Japan, and the Ministry of Welfare’s Public Safety Bureau discovers significant evidence that the invaders are being aided by Shinya Kougami, a former Enforcer who went rogue. Because of their past relationship, Akane Tsunemori is sent to SEAUn to bring him back, but with their last meeting years in the past, their reunion might not go quite as planned.
Undoubtedly the high point of the movie. The painstakingly-animated cityscapes and landscapes simply made my jaw drop. And the fight scenes – oh my god, the fight scenes. I don’t think I’ve ever seen fight scenes as well animated and choreographed in an anime as in this movie. The animation budget was probably very high for this film, and it shows – the animation is better than it was in the show. It may not be “Spirited Away” or “Ghost in the Shell” awesome, but certainly up there as one of the most well animated movies ever.
One thing to note about the art though: there’s a bit more violence in this movie than in the show. When people are shot with guns or Dominators, the blood splatters and body explosions are animated in detail and often focused on, and internal organs and body bits can be seen. If guts and gore turn you off, you may want to avoid the movie.
The music and sounds do their job very well. The soundtrack mostly consists of the traditional orchestra and chorus you’ve come to expect, and adds tension to the story when needed. The OP and ED are both energetic rock songs, and get you pumped before and after the film. However, there’s nothing outstanding about them. The music isn’t something I’d listen to over and over again on my iPod, but it definitely contributed to the enjoyment of the film. The sound effects are also very well done. The voice actors do a great job as usual.
One complaint I have about the sound though, is the excessive use of ENGRISH. Some people won’t mind the terrible pronunciations, but because entire dialogues in the film are in Engrish, it will be at best a bit distracting, and at worst make some parts hard to get through.
The story is one of the weaker points about the movie, especially since we’ve all come to expect a strong story from the show. You know those anime films that seem epic at the start, but by the end nothing really changed about the overall plot or characters and you could go right on to the next season without watching the movie and not have missed a single thing? This is one of those movies.
Unlike the previous 2 seasons of the show, this movie does not take place in Japan, but in another Asian country where the military regime is trying to implement a Sibyl-like system in an effort to keep the populace under control. Guerilla rebel forces resist the corrupt government, but thanks to Sibyl’s system marking all opposition as criminals, the government is able to firmly control its people with brutal oppression. So where do our heroes fit into all of this? Well, it turns out Kogami is discovered to be aiding the rebels, and Akane is sent to investigate both his actions and the country’s use of the Sibyl system.
In essence, the movie is an exploration of what happens when Sibyl falls into the wrong hands. Questions about the political and social implications, such as persecution and segregation, are raised by the movie. The problem though, is that the movie is never given enough time to actually probe into these questions, instead choosing to focus more on the actions scenes than on answering all the thoughtful, philosophical questions it raises.
Furthermore, the movie seems to have switched the genre of the series. Whereas the show was clearly a Sci-Fi Thriller with some action sprinkled in, the movie feels more like an Action Spy flick with some Sci-Fi elements mixed in, a change which may turn some fans off. One final problem with the story was the somewhat unsatisfactory ending. I won’t spoil it, but I will say that I was a little disappointed with it.
While fan-favorite character Kogami is back and better than ever, new characters that the audience are never given time to get to know or get invested in are also introduced. There is some character development: it’s a joy getting to see the new Akane interact with a somewhat changed Kogami. Ginoza’s reunion with Kogami is also interesting.
Unfortunately, the side characters don’t get that much screen time, so apologies to fans of any team member other than Akane and Kogami. Anyone hoping for Ginoza or one of the other team members to play a major role will be sorely disappointed. As I said, the film’s main focus were definitely Kogami and Akane, at the expense of all the other characters. The film’s villains do their job, but none of them is nearly as memorable as Makishima from Season 1 (who makes a short cameo appearance, BTW). So if you’re only in it for Kogami and Akane, then you’re in luck. Otherwise, the rest of the characters do their job – nothing more, nothing less.
Despite all the flaws in the story and characters that I pointed out, the film was by no means bad. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and wholeheartedly recommend it to both fans and to anyone who is interested in Sci Fi or action. Throughout the movie my attention was held, and the 2 hour running time flew by. The movie didn’t feel like a drag at all, which is a testament to its entertainment value. It’s not as deep as the show, but sit back, relax, and you’ll enjoy it.
– Absolutely breathtaking animation and fight scenes
– Everyone’s favorite badass Kogami is back and kicking ass
– Good music
– A story that’s not given much time to develop
– Setting change may unsettle some fans
– Mediocre villains
– New and side characters barely get any screen time
– Disappointing ending that didn’t seem to impact the bigger general plotline
Don’t let the cons I listed stop you from watching the film, however – with absolutely gorgeous animation, a beautiful soundtrack, and the best fight scenes in anime I’ve seen in recent years, I still wholeheartedly recommend this movie. Just don’t go in expecting it to be the “good old Psycho-Pass adventure” with all the characters you love and you’ll have a good time with it.
Psycho-Pass was one of those shows that was good on premise, but in execution was handled quite poorly, with the subtlety and writing of an angsty teen who thinks it’s cool to see guts and explosions and who thinks it’s good writing when a character randomly references old works of literature. Still, it was a fun and enjoyable show with some funny moments (Brains, Hyper-Oats, Spooky-Boogie etc). Psycho-Pass 2 on the other hand felt like an unnecessary cash-in that didn’t bring anything new in terms of plot (and in fact recycled many of the plot points that kept the first one so interesting in the first place). Back then, I chalked it up to them not having the original writers onboard, perhaps the newer writers played it safe and didn’t want to innovate and that since the movie brought back the old writers, surely they’d learn their lessons and bring something new to the table right? Or so I thought.
Boy howdy how wrong I was. If you’ve already watched the second half of Psycho Pass 1, you’ve pretty much already seen this one. It’s pretty much the same premise, with the same plot twists and revelations only in Cambodia as opposed to Japan. And impressively, it manages to have even worse writing than the first anime.
Akane, once again, proves to the viewer that she’s still a naive nutcase who thinks the system can change for the better (it doesn’t) and is strangely easy to trust otherwise an obviously evil Colonel. When Mika of all people calls you out on your nativity, you seriously should consider retiring from the position of Main Protagonist. Kougami on the other hand is still the same old Kougami you’ve remembered from the first season, only cranked up in terms of OPness. This guy could take down an entire military with a sniper rifle without breaking a sweat. Because of that, most action scenes lose their sense of tension when your character is piratically invincible thanks to plot armor.
The other characters from previous seasons hardly make an appearance (understandable) apart from a terribly shoe-in cameo near the end (not understandable). As for the villains, we have Araragi Ko- I mean Colonel Wong who looks like he took a break from his usual harem anime shenanigans to try his luck at the Psycho-Pass-verse. At least that’s what I remembered him doing. The other villains suffer from the strange syndrome of “looking cool but ultimately useless”. I mean, you have a chick who can make wires grow out of her arms, how incompetent can you be to undersell this cool character? Of course nothing ends well for them, they also suffer from Bond Villain Stupidity so much you won’t be the least bit surprised when Akane’s friends show up at the precise moment to save them. Makishima wasn’t the best villain in anime ever (face it, reciting quotes from random works of literature a good villain you don’t make), but he was at least interesting and he had goals. Sybil System is less interesting now the viewer is aware of their true nature, and Araragi has no motive at all.
Really, that’s pretty much the major things wrong with the film. I could go on about the other minor flaws plaguing the film (Engrish, Minor Inconsistencies, Plot Conveniences), but watching the film really wore me down, and nitpicking on minor issues would require me spoiling the whole film scene by scene.
Animation is good at least.
Spooky-Boogie couldn’t save this.
And lastly we reach the character section. I’m not a fun of Kogami (yes he appears it was obvious from the trailer so it’s not a spoiler). I find him too perfect for the fucked up word that Psycho pass is displaying. But it was nice to see the other characters like Akane, Gino and a special someone near the end who makes a brief but memorable appearance that I believe all of us we were expecting. The other movie-exclusive characters were good enough but I was disappointed with the mercenary team who were all really interesting characters but apart from their leader none of them is being discovered at all.
Overall ”Psycho Pass the Movie” was an enjoyable entry in this franchise. I don’t believe it will be the last especially after seeing the last scene after the credits. It’s good if you want to see 2 hours of action with a little bit of political thriller on it but don’t expect to see any philosophies like the two previous seasons. I would recommend this movie to the fans of the franchise but don’t go with high expectations. But I guess I shouldn’t be the one to talk. I was somebody who loved the second season after all XD.
1: Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova Movie 2 – Cadenza
Japanese: 劇場版 蒼き鋼のアルペジオ ‐アルス ノヴァ‐ Cadenza
MAL Score: 7.86
The group of privateers known as the Blue Steel continues their mission to deliver blueprints of the Vibration Warhead Torpedo—a weapon that may turn the tides of war in their favor—to the United States. However, a new threat arises from their enemy, the overwhelming Fleet of Fog in the form of “The Student Council.,” This is a group of warships composed of the remaining Mental Models—the ships’ humanoid avatars—who have yet to face the unpredictable captain of the Blue Steel, Gunzou Chihaya.
As the Blue Steel gets closer to understanding the origins of the authority controlling the enemy, Iona’s past starts to reveal why the war began and her reason for siding with humanity.
By far the best navy based anime series to have ever come out. i just loved it all the way. you can tell they put there heart and souls into making this movie. the action scenes alone are god like…i mean really the entire second half was one big naval warfare…it was truly amazing to watch it. It took me so long to finally give it a watch cause i so wanted it to never end. now i am a bit sad.
This is such an underrated series, i wish more people would know of it. the animation in this one really improved that there were times you can not even tell it was CGI. Sanzigen you did a good job.
well there is still the manga series and maybe one day when the manga series is closer to be finished, they might do another remake, this time based on the manga storyline. this series warped everything up nicely but there were still a few plot holes..mostly cause those plot holes dont have a clear explanation yet in the manga,,, such as who made the fleet of fog and what the admiralty code really is and since the manga is still ongoing they cant do tat explanation into the movie.
Having said all of this… You should give the original series a try and than watch the first movie and than this one and you would have a solid storyline with great action sequences and character development that would leave you feeling so satisfied,
The Soundtrack in this is very good, especially those used durng the fightining, it is subliminal enough to not be a distraction and yet hardcore fitting into the fight sequences perfectly and the ending credits song..wow…it will leave you feeling so sad. can’t say cause of spoilers (ssshhh)
Also despite the use of CGI animation that might leave you turned off..trust me this is one of the better ones to use it,,unlike say Ajin… The use of CGI in the Movie is even better as you dont even notice it.
I highly recommend this to those who love Science fiction, Warfare, Action Sequences and a Naval setting. Especially fans of naval genre. AS this is probablt the best navy series that has ever come out as an Anime form.
Either way a sold 9.5/10 . i just wish more people would know if it. 😀
For what anime movies with the “movie-only character” plotlines have become rather predictable time and time again, from the Ao no Exorcist Movie to Bleach: Memories of Nobody, however this movie is an exception.
For what with the huge new cast of characters in the movie LA was worried it might turn into the “movie-only character” plotline, but thankfully it did not as this movie really is a sequel to the TV series.
The new cast of characters are by in large villains to Gunzou and Iona and are in the form of “student council member” ships of Hiei voiced by M.A.O, Myoukou voiced by Ayaka Fukuhara, Nachi voiced by Satomi Sato, Haguro voiced by Hiromi Igarashi, Ashigara voiced by Suzuko Mimori and Musashi voiced by Rie Kugimiya as well as Yamato voiced by Mai Nakahara. LA would admit that almost half of the characters hardly get any development beside their abilities and personality and are more or less “heavy mooks” and the only three ships that get the focus are Musashi, Yamato and Hiei, Hiei about her conflicted relationship with Kongou and with Yamato and Musashi being the ship that drives this entire movie along. LA’s favourite villain from Cadenza would be either Musashi because Rie Kugimiya or Ashigara because of her eccentric literally bombastic personality.
As for the main cast, well besides some banter to I-401’s crew, they don’t get much development and the sole proper focus goes to Gunzou and Iona with Takao, Hyuga, Haruna, Kirishima and Makie being support characters to help the main cast when they are needed. However once again Takao for LA took the limelight and was LA’s favourite character in this movie (and might as well the TV series).
In terms of animation, done once again by SANZIGEN utilizing their “expertise” in 3D CGI, however LA can give the CGI some grace as EVERYTHING is CGI including the human and Mental Models, now you’d think LA would be irritated that, but since everything is CGI it blended together and really LA wouldn’t bitch about the animation as the grand battle set pieces (to some extent the batshit crazy naval battles) were outstanding in terms of animation thus the animation for LA gets HUGE praise.
In terms of voice acting, for what the cast has expanded to, Rie Kugimiya as the main villain of this anime was great (as Rie Kugimiya has now a habit of voicing some unstable villains), while on the other side Suzuko Mimori voicing the eccentric Ashigara was great making the battles even more “batshit”.
Now this movie does make changes to the character designs from the TV series, those being Hyuga, Makie and Kongou and LA at first didn’t know why the re-designs but LA warmed up to them especially Hyuga’s.
The plot twists within this movie does come in the form of “character coming to save the main cast” however those plot twists are more or less glorified and badass cameos for the battle set pieces, but the plot twists that concerns Iona, Gunzou and Musashi give more of a character evolution to them as well as bringing the plot full circle (from both this movie and the anime series).
The ending by all means DOES end this series but it’s bittersweet with a great battle set piece to boot. It did close if not most of the plotlines while utilizing it’s newer cast members and lore of the anime series making this ending satisfying though bittersweet at the same time.
If Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova Cadenza does anything right is make the “movie-only” character plotline in anime movies make these “movie only” characters have a purpose and don’t just “disappear to be forgotten” to the overall plotline to the anime’s timeline. Seriously if you wanted closure in the Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova series then Cadenza will deliver.
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