They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Maken Liner 0011 Henshin Seyo!, Gundress, SF Saiyuuki Starzinger (Movie), and more!
50: Maken Liner 0011 Henshin Seyo!
MAL Score: 5.43
A medium long anime movie (50 minutes) released as one of the programs of ‘Toei Manga Festival’, and screened with a live-action film “Kamen Rider vs. Ambassador Hell” and others.
A near-future Sci-Fi mecha action film featuring four cyborg dogs. An original story based on the concept from Hiroshi Sasagawa’s manga “Maken Goro” (serialized in the magazine “Weekly Shonen King” in 1963).
A boy named Tsutomu and four cyborg dogs (Queen, Ace, Jack and Joker who coalesce and transform into the spaceship “Liner”) fight against aggression by insect-type aliens from the Planet Devil.
Directed by Takeshi Tamiya. Music by Takeo Yamashita.
Set in the distant future of 1995, where there are hovercars and organic skyscrapers and fashions out of Space 1999 and swanky pads torn from the pages of Jonny Quest, and space shuttle fleets at the ready.
Tsutomu is the son of a scientist who believes in aliens, but is ridiculed by his peers. He befriends some stray dogs, who are then killed by insect-like aliens trying to kill his father. So, the next day, Tsutomu’s father turns the dogs into powerful cyborgs, each with a different special scientific ability (like laser ray eyes), and can combine to form a flying craft known as “Liner”.
When the aliens attack the planet, causing Mt. Fuji to erupt and ultimately the Moon to self-destruct, it’s up to Tsutomu and his four cyborg dogs to save the entire world. Without a moment’s hesitation, he’s off!
It’s the special sort of cheesy that you can only get from 1970’s anime. Boy Saves World, and all is well.
MAL Score: 5.47
In 2100, the newly built Bayside City serves as Japan’s premier international port. The Angel Arms Company is established by a former policewoman named Takako, to help wage war on terrorism with armed security suits. When the mayor is assassinated, the women of Angel Arms end up protecting the evil crime-lord Hassan, in hopes that his information will help bring down a global terror ring. Takako’s back is to the wall as a band of criminals plot to kill Hassan, and the organization’s leader is revealed to be the former lover of Angel Arms’ own Alisa.
You were barely known, Studio Junio, and yet you were the witness of a pioneering era. Under the guidance of Takao Kosai and Tetsuo Imazawa, freshly debarked of the defunct Hatena Productions in 1969, you gave a hand on successful outings as “Akado Suzunozuke” or “Hajime Ningen Gyators” for your debuts. As you went on to hold your little fort for 30 years, Mushi Productions were thriving thanks to the business acumen of Osamu Tezuka, you saw Madhouse’s birth in 1972 initiated on the impulse Osamu Dezaki and many others… Also, Your punctual partners, Daikichiro Kusube’s A Productions and Yutaka Fujioka’s Tokyo Movie spectacularly rose out of nothing, conquering the young television market right under Toei’s nose. You were hardly the best animation producer around but, for the connoisseurs, you will go on as the silently dutiful company which perfected the education of Toshiyuki Inoue, one of the best key animators of all time. You completed subcontracting works after subcontracting works with tedious application for want of mastery.
So what happened with “Gundress”? What annihilated suddenly your hardly acquired financial stability? Simply put, you bite more than you could chew. Sticking to the planning for what sought after to become Bubblegum Crisis’ spiritual successor is a whole different deal than what you were used to… It was your first time fully involved with the movie format and you fumbled appallingly. The D day, only half of the total animation was completed, leaving Toei (its distribution branch, not the animation studio) particularly embarrassed in front of their pre-ordered ticket holders. Before spring 1999, cinema goers were promised a new masterpiece around Masamune Shirow’s name, but instead of it, they got a ghost in a half shell. As of now, theater seats are priced in average at 1500 yens, which is a relatively high price, so you may picture the indignation it caused. Everything was halfway done, from the visual detailing of the Landmates (the mecha fac-simile of the knight sabers from Bubblegum crisis) to the barely elaborated on art direction which recycled the same backgrounds. Yet, oh woe, it was secondary complaint to the animation shape and size ratios often changing from one shot to another! That is not taking into account the lack of in-betweening during many scenes. Verily, Gundress had the production values of a lackluster OAV of second-class. But it was not completely your fault, Junio. Even if you upheld your part of the deal, this frivolous project wouldn’t have flown high. From the get go, it had the soul of a video game adaptation, shouldered by an all female cast as transparent as Girl Detective Club’s. Come to think of it, it was not surprising given how the main backer of Gundress was Masaya Nakamura’s Namco, which owned Nikkatsu then. Bubblegum Crisis garnered success because it came during the right time, even more so as western audiences got wowed with something they had never seen before. Unfortunately, it was one decade too late after AIC and Artmic squeezed the juice of the scifi mercenary girls formula.
Unsurprisingly, indifference was met when the updated version of Gundress finally came out, following the scandal.
For the fiasco it is, this movie is a difficult watch if you replace it in its Historical context. As of today, very little may be enjoyed from it. Masamune Shirow’s input was limited to the chara-design, so his brilliance only pierced through rare instances. The plot was nothing to write home for, namely a predictable political thriller which did not overlay the breadth of a cutting edge Science-Fiction setting. All in all, past the initial bravado of pre release marketing, this endive begged to be forgotten at once. Too bad the recesses of Internet keep everything in memory…
Junio… Despite this faux pas causing your undoing, despite the upsetting duds you delivered like “Amada Anime Series: Super Mario Brothers”, nobody acquainted with you parted with hard feelings. Even the shlocky part of your animegraphy stay somewhat entertaining to rewatch, as a whole. It would be nice to say that you are as missed as the late Triangle Staff, but it would not be true… You remain the little known veteran corporal among a battalion of animation producers. Let us salute you a last time, by quoting Ninja Ryuukenden’s dialogue: “Of course you are excited by battle! We all love violence! We all love getting drunk! We all love sleeping with women! Some of us even enjoy sleeping with men! The point is that we are MANLY men and that is nothing to be ashamed of! Now lets go kill some fucking demons and celebrate with some fucking beer!”
Yes. We raise a pint in honor of your fall even though you slayed nothing here, good companion.
~Praised be unto Sacred Geometry
..| Colophon |..
This section is dedicated to content indication in order to inform audience in a practical way. On the next paragraph, the buzzwords offer hints about the title’s strong suits and drawbacks.
Ketchup meter: Nothing too objectionable here, either. People die by bunch, but not in gory detail. The most unsettling of all death involves euthanasia and it is probably the most shocking thing you will get to look at.
xXx meter: There are two naked scenes for anyone amenable with the joy of ecchi fanservice. Nothing too racy, just the main protagonist having little modesty as she is a cyborg without a care for prying eyes. To those interested to male nudity, you may see the main antagonist, Jean-Luc, and Hassan (the arm trafficker) nakedness as well…
Fishing scene(s): Despite being set in redesigned lookalike city of Yokohama, you will hardly see anybody hoisting fishnets shock full with captures
+ Masamune Shirow’s chara-design
+ A certain ambition, noticeable during the beginning of the movie.
+ The updated version distributed in USA is a decent watch overall, if you pretend it is an insignificant OAV.
– Pretty much everything else
Life is not as black and white as one depicts it to be. Criminals are not criminals and good guys are not good guys. Rather it is more of a wavering pool of data. No clear indication what will wind up on shore. Like any water source there is always the chance of pollution. Something to consider when taking in this anime.
In terms of an introduction i was not a fan nor was i a hater. Visually it was action based but plot not so much. A believe to the shoot first ask later concept. Personally, all love of action aside i want to know off the bad who is good and who is bad or moreover whom they represent.
As for conclusion it is harm hearted. An anime that will thrown a kick or two extra.
Good drawing all around in general. They did couple things that were not appeasing. Such as rather than having a blue print idea of the enemy base they decided to go with a slow pulse flash picture. It was different but created the wrong idea. The problem with this is not only does it make it look like the show is dying (it would be more clear if you were familiar with old school film) but the show didn’t jump straight to it.
However, somethings were drawn quite well in a symbolic stand point of view. In one scene a girl does a farewell act to a somewhat impacting segment to her life growing up. As can be seen later on looking at her eye. That segment that she had is now gone as shown by partial blackness of her eye. Which makes sense if you are a believe to eyes are doors of the soul.
Each character worth mentioning had a good back story.One thing i did like what some of the word choice or comical character aspect. At one moment a somewhat powerful enemy is in view. An individual orders, “stop, you are surrounded.” A very intimidating remark if it wasn’t just the chief was. That is right the chief made that call when he was by his lonesome self.
As you can see this anime has its pros and cons but nothing breathtakingly bad or cool.
three things of note:police officers word choice you are surrounded when it is just the chief. Unneeded visual flashes of the base and the darkness of the girl’s eye.
Has some personal impact with me you could say. Over a decade ago while at my first convention (Ikkicon, Austin), I added a good chunk to my collection of both manga and anime. This happened to be a disc I decided to open up and pop into my laptop one night in my motel room. I was already a fan of Shirow, mostly thanks to Standalone Complex and Appleseed. His adapted work is amazing, but often reflects the director’s vision more than the author’s. That’s normal I guess.
Won’t win any awards from Crunchyroll, I doubt we’ll see a Blu-ray release, unless it’s a collection or something. But enjoyable. A guilty pleasure you can watch out in mom and dad’s living room.
48: SF Saiyuuki Starzinger (Movie)
Japanese: ＳＦ西遊記 スタージンガー
MAL Score: 5.56
Princess Aurora, the only survivor of her planet destroyed by evil mutants, is resolved to put an end to the mutant menace in the galaxy along with three enhanced human cyborgs Jesse Dart, Porkos and Aramus, she travels space in the Cosmos Queen to the Dekkos System to fight the final battle.
47: Wakusei Robo Danguard Ace tai Konchuu Robot Gundan
Japanese: 惑星ロボ ダンガードA[エース]対昆虫ロボット軍団
MAL Score: 5.57
A new insect enemy that feeds off of the energy of all living things has set its eyes on Earth.
MAL Score: 5.59
In 2047, an unknown, alien life-form descends upon the Earth, destroying all the major cities in one fell swoop. The survivors unite and build a Diffusor to stop the Februus, the invaders the military would later codename the FOS, and a temporary peace is achieved. Jump forward to 2053, the present. PLANZET: The final plan, Plan Zed, to retake Planet Earth. A last, desperate counterattack against the enemy. Hiroshi Akishima, soldier in the Planetary Defense Forces Alliance, would like nothing better than a shot at the aliens responsible for his father’s death six years ago. However, the new offensive requires the Diffusor to be dropped, leaving the entire planet terribly vulnerable once more. Will humanity regain the stars or lose everything in the final, ultimate gamble?
(Source: Sentai Filmworks)
There is at least one star shining in the darkness though, and thankfully it’s not Planzet.
In 2047 the Earth has reached the point where it will become uninhabitable in another ten years, and forced with this choice of move or die, humanity has decided to pack up what it can and colonize Mars. The story begins with Akeshima Koushiro, a commander in the military, asking his son Hiroshi about his future plans while his daughter sketches in the garden, little knowing that this is the day when humanity will face a crisis even greater than that posed by the average removal company.
The storyline is generally easy to follow, especially as it’s nothing more than a cross between Independence Day and Top wo Nerae (amongst others), but problems arise with some of the key plot elements. One of the greater issues is that there are very few explanations for the major shifts in the story, and the overly convoluted sequence of events only exacerbates the lack of detail in the narrative. In addition to this the show tries too hard to justify the actions of the characters, and this leads to conversations and monologues that have very little depth of emotion, and feel as contrived as an excuse from Bart Simpson.
The inherent problem though, is that all of this has been done before.
Aliens attacking the Earth is not a new storyline, nor is humans having to leave because the planet is uninhabitable (Wall-E immediately springs to mind). There are plenty of elements in the plot that have been utilised in some other tale, but that isn’t the problem here. The real issue is content, or more specifically, moderation and refining of the plot. The screenplay for Planzet looks like it was put together by a science fiction fanboy as it attempts to cram a number of well known and disparate threads into its 55 minutes, all of which ultimately leaves a confused and somewhat sour aftertaste as viewers alternate between wanting to punch the lead and wondering what the hell is going on (which, ironically enough, sounds a bit like the average reaction to Neon Genesis Evangelion).
That said, the brainchild of Awazu Jun (who wrote the screenplay and directed the feature), really does look good.
Planzet is one of those movies that boasts amazingly detailed graphics and realism, and one look at any screenshot will highlight just how much of a step forward this feature could have been.
Could have been …
Beauty is only skin deep, and nowhere in anime is this more true than where this film is concerned. The visuals are generally excellent, with a level of detail that puts many other shows, and even a number of cut-scenes, to shame. Unfortunately the same level of commitment and attention to detail seems to have gone missing when it came to animating Planzet, so rather than watching something truly breathtaking that might have counterbalanced the shoddy storyline, viewers are instead subjected to strange postures and weird doll-like actions.
The problem is further aggravated by the acting as most of the cast seem to do nothing more than a simple recitation of their lines and pause unnaturally during conversations. Part of this is due to the script, which is little more than an overly simplistic and rather cheesy attempt at character studies, but this is compounded by the mechanical delivery of the seiyuu who sound like they had to take turns when speaking.
Sadly, not even the talents of Miyano Mamoru (Akeshima Hiroshi), whose roles include Yagami Light, Suoh Tamaki and Death the Kid, can raise the level of acting from mediocrity, especially when faced with a script like this one.
The music has a martial theme to it that is reflective of the heroic, post apocalypse struggle for survival, and in general it works well enough if not for the ending theme, Ryuuguu no Tsukai by Hajime Chitose. Unfortunately this little ballad is sung in a manner reminiscent of Alanis Morissette crossed with yowling cats, which results in a high pitched warbling that both I and the movie really could have done without.
Thankfully the audio effects are pretty good, but this may be nothing more than a fluke when all things are considered.
Now given that this is a 55 minute movie, the average viewer may not expect much in the way of characterisation and development. Well ask and ye shall receive, because there isn’t. Each role is as flat as a billiard table, and while there are attempts at justifying the actions, thoughts and emotions of the characters, these feel forced and dispassionate.
Even knowing this though, the viewer is subjected to a diatribe about why these people are fighting against an alien invasion, which is basically like saying the survival of the human race is not enough of a reason to take up arms.
On a slightly different note, there will be people out there wondering why I insist on calling the lead character Hiroshi instead of Taishi (which is what everyone else seems to be calling him). The reason for this is because his father calls him by that name during the first minute of the film.
Planzet is an odd movie, mainly because of the number of things it managed to do in order to sabotage itself. Whilst the visuals are impressive, the lack of coherency, consistency and intelligence in almost every other department makes this a difficult show to watch without getting angry about one thing or another.
This really isn’t the best example of the 3D side of the industry. On the one hand it takes itself too seriously, but on the other it displays an almost criminal lack of passion, professionalism and pride, and it’s the latter factor that really kills this film.
One can only wonder where the shining future that was heralded by Hottarake no Shima: Haruka to Mahou no Kagami has gone.
I’d have to give this anime a 6/10 for story. The idea of having an alien invasion and humans defending their planet and themselves is an overused idea I’d say. Even in the Western Culture, we see movies about this come up all the time. For example: Cowboys vs. Aliens and Battle of Los Angeles.
The 3D animation for this movie was not all that bad. Considering it was aired last year, I’d expected the 3D animation to be better.
The sound for this movie wasn’t all that bad. There wasn’t enough emotions in the words at times.
I’d liked it if the characters were developed a bit more. Although the movie was only 55 minutes long, they could’ve extended the movie and added more details to the characters and their past.
This movie was watchable for me. I did not have to pause the movie or take a break. The beginning of the movie was a bit slow at first. I’d like this movie more if they had showed a bit more of what happened after defeating the aliens though.
Overall this movie was okay. I enjoy watching a movie or anime about aliens once every while and this did not disappoint me.
The story takes place in the future. It’s basically about an alien invasion in the main character trying to defend planet earth while defeating the enemy.
This movie is for sci-fi/mecha fans esp. those who like the end of the world stories. Also if you are not a big fan of 3-D animation you might not like it all. When it first started I was not a fan of the animation nor how the story was going. It was coming off a lil boring and I thought for the advancement in technology this 3-D animation was coming a lil weak in coolness. I didn’t start to get into it until the action began which might be a lil too late for some. The end was expected but still nice. I would say this movies is okay because it wouldn’t reach general audiences in being cool. I liked it because it was sci-fi, I disliked it because if you are not into sci-fi or 3D animation you might find it a waste of time.
Story: 6/10 In 52 mins you can only do so much, it would have better with a more interesting beginning.
Art: 6/10 When the movie first started I thought it was crappy 3-D but when the action started I didn’t seem to mind any more. The animation looks better after the movies goes along.
Character: 6/10 The main character matured so that’s always a plus.
Enjoyment: 6/10 I ended up taking a nap somewhere before the action started. When I woke up and the fighting began I started to enjoy it.
Overall: 6/10 If you are a sci-fi geek like me you will like it at most, if you like 3-D animation you would enjoy it even more.
When it comes recommendations, I would recommend this to a Sci-fi, 3-D, Mecha fan (esp. if they enjoy short movies) who else nothing better to do with time to kill. Anyone else might find it boring.
45: Uchuu Enban Dai-Sensou
MAL Score: 5.64
The pilot movie of Grendizer. It is about Duke Fleed, a fugitive of the planet fleed, who was kicked out of his planet by the Armies of Vega. Fleed and the daughter of the king of Vega were in love before the war between their planets. The armies of Vega continue their fight with Duke Fleed.
As the sole survivor of his planet, Duke Freed is living an unassuming,secret life as a human on Earth. Until the forces of Great King Yarban arrive, to take back the powerful Gattaiger spaceship/giant robot from him. With Princess Teronna as their leader, she is conflicted between her duty to her father, and her love for the Duke.
Of course, all of that is just window-dressing (the premise of a plot) to wrap around the REAL reason that people watch this show: The transforming giant robots. You know the drill: the Duke has to yell out the name of his attack (or transformation) each and every time, as he battles the invading alien fleet.
And of course, this story borrows on the fears of the Seventies, with the idea of UFOs and an alien invasion (which itself is a stand-in allegory for Japan being invaded by Westerners…but that’s another story), and also nuclear obliteration. All of this wrapped up neatly in less than 30 minutes.
As someone who has absolutely no love for giant transforming robots and that nonsense, which I suspect is most of today’s anime-watching audience, it holds no interest to me. This show, like many like it, is all about the robots, and without that there really isn’t enough interesting characterization or plot to carry it.
If you like to watch a plucky young underdog running around in a transforming spacecraft yelling “SPACE NEEDLE ATTACK!!!” as it barrels into a pile of badly animated UFOs, then this show is for you. Otherwise, give it a pass.
44: Wakusei Robo Danguard Ace: Uchuu Daikaisen
Japanese: 惑星ロボ ダンガードA[エース] 宇宙大海戦
MAL Score: 5.68
Doppler has set up a trap for the Jasdam, and it is up to the Danguard Ace to save it.
43: Xabungle Graffiti
English: Xabungle Graffiti
MAL Score: 5.70
A movie recapping the events of the Xabungle TV series.
42: Space Gundam V
MAL Score: 5.73
Space Gundam V was presented as a Super Robot with quasi-mystical powers that battled a villainous entity on every episode. Much like the Super Robot shows Invincible Super Man Zambot 3 and Trider G7, the robot was piloted by a pre-teen boy. Notable villains included a giant rat and a winged devil.
41: Frame Arms Girl Movie: Kyakkya Ufufu na Wonderland
Japanese: フレームアームズ ガール ～きゃっきゃうふふなワンダーランド～
MAL Score: 5.85
A compilation movie of the TV series containing a newly added footage.
There’s no story to be told here, they find a mysterious box that they use as a plot device to start the clipshow.
The new scenes aren’t fun to look at, they include real photographs as backgrounds, still pictures, and some chibi art.
I hope you liked the mmd+character songs in the series because not only you have to sit through them again, there are new ones.
Overall, I was bored all the way through since I’ve already seen everything back when the series aired. The scenes aren’t expanded redone or redrawn, they just added a new voice track, with the characters discussing what’s going on.
I can only imagine this movie as a brief summary for those who would willingly skip the first season before starting the second one. If it ever gets made.
As a movie, its tell where the FA girls, added with Ao and Bukiko and Hresvelgr, watch the movie to their intense moment on its series before. Thats a recap for sure, with random interpretation method. Such as you go for A point, then you go to Z, asap, with no beliavable reason on plot, and it begin the circle until its end. Confusion in first time, while the duration slowly pacing out, then you will find the rhythm in no time. Almost 90 percent of the duration got attached for that purpose, you may get boring when the show start in their first attempt. So i warn you in this pharagraph.
And 10 percent in the rest of the movie? Nothing to me. However, Its still assure to make you got curious how this movie get the end. I find it as a lame accusation in first sight, but whatever, this is where the studio decide what they thinking. The studio decide to keep hinting the teaser on the end of the series, keep it opened up until the end of the movie. Maybe on that little confusion scenes, the studio wished to bring more attention in the future. Can it? I find it in 50% possibility, no more than that percentage. Other than that footage i remember, there is not much amazing moment appear. Only recap with FA girls commentary through their nice moments. Just that.
Even their interaction between recap scenes feels so boring to me. Their commentary keeps getting skip by me, because yes, i bored watching same scenes, twice. Only Hresvelgr new cheerful conversation get my attention, only to make me laughed then silence in no time. No action figure mecha girls fighting like before in this movie. The new thing only was their school uniform appearance (added with Hresvelgr newly footage in school uniform) to be added as a fun scenes. Oh, and its inbetween music concert, seems fun as a new thing appear there. Ao and Bukiko made a quite fun karaoke there. I believe their song was nice, and Ao sound really amazing on my ear. Okay thats it.
There is not much any other new thing happened. The story become too dull to compare for the series itself. Yes, this movie can not seen as a story continuity for the series. Only for the alert motives to, maybe a second season? Remembering how the studio keep a teaser always showed like that in the end? Idk, thats when i can’t predict the future.
Overall, the movie itself get a high denial as a movie. Like the other recap i dislike, my point to this will only attach at 5 level unfortunately. I attach the other section column in 5 (exclude sound and art where i will give an 8) too for the details. However, since i still keep a high hope for the continuations, i will add 1 more point as a tribute. Hope my tribute get a nice payback in the future, not much hope i guessed.
Again, i summary my point here, if you really love the FA girls series, watch this newly footage maybe your amazing chose in your entire mediocre life. But, as a sceptical type of person, or rather people with close-minded, these show never get your fully attentions. Or i rather say another word, this show shall be a garbage in your first wink.
40: Tetsuwan Atom: Chikyuu Saigo no Hi
Japanese: 鉄腕アトム ~地球最後の日~
MAL Score: 5.87
Astro Boy, helping Professor Ochinomizu with planetary exploration, discovers a trash star floating in space. On this star, robots that can no longer move have been thrown away stacked on top of each other. On this robot mountain, Astro saves a robot soldier, Bemu, that escaped from the verge of death and takes him back to Earth.
“I’m tried of fighting!” “I feel the same.” While Atom and Bemu are together, a warm friendship is born and goes on to deepen. However, one day, the trash star draws near to the Earth. If it hits, the Earth would have a huge explosion. The Earth is in chaos. As this happens, there is just one way to stop the crash into Earth. Only this is… What will Astro do. Will he be able to protect a peaceful Earth as well as his friendship with Bemu?
(Source: Astro Boy Wiki)
39: Zegapain ADP
Japanese: ゼーガペイン ADP
MAL Score: 5.95
Animation studio Sunrise has announced at AnimeJapan 2016 that its 2006 mecha anime series Zegapain will be re-edited into a movie titled Zegapain ADP. The movie will also include new scenes not present in the TV anime.
(Source: MAL News)
38: Ttori wa Zeta Robot
MAL Score: 6.00
A boy finds a toy robot which turns out to not to be an ordinary toy.
37: Tetsuwan Atom: Ao Kishi no Kan
Japanese: 鉄腕アトム ~青騎士の巻~
MAL Score: 6.01
The film begins with the Phoenix retelling the tales and hopes of Astro Boy. Many of the visual being directly taken from the 1980s TV series as it recaps some of his adventures.
Following this recap, Astro Boy confronts Blue Bon and tries to convince him to change his mind about the humans. But Blue Bon misunderstands, assuming that if Astro Boy does not agree then he is an enemy. Blue Bon hates humans because they broke apart his family (Maria and Tonto). A battle begins between the two after Astro Boy fails to convince Blue Bon that they aren’t each others’ enemy.
(Source: Astro Boy Wiki)
36: Great Mazinger tai Getter Robo G: Kuuchuu Daigekitotsu
Japanese: グレートマジンガー対ゲッターロボＧ 空中大激突
MAL Score: 6.03
Go Nagai crossover movie.
The enemy here is Pikadron, a mechanical monster protected by light rays that surround its entire body. It deflects every attack, which leads to the bad habit of a bunch of pointless footage of the two heroes attacking an enemy and making no progress. This is largely the reason why Getter Robo G’s power level is indistinguishable from the original’s. To make matters worse, Tetsuya immediately notices Pikadron is receiving orders from the leading spaceship but only decides to attack the spaceship first way later. And when he does destroy the leading enemy, it actually affects Pikadron in no way. He then tries Great Typhoon for the first time which blows off Pikadron’s light protection (wtf, how?) and exposes it to easily be destroyed. Hooray. The main villain’s identity pretty much doesn’t exist, and I don’t think he’s even named. He’s barely shown and you just see his bland small spaceship flying around. Also, if they knew Great Mazinger wasn’t ready to deploy and chose to attack Getter Robo first for that reason like Tetsuya thought, then wouldn’t it have made far more sense to attack Great Mazinger while it was vulnerable? Stupid aliens. Stupid Tetsuya. Oh yeah, the theme music isn’t original either. Just the standard Great Mazinger and Getter Robo themes. A disappointment overall.
35: Evangelion Shito, Hakata Shuurai
English: Rebuild of Evangelion: Hakata Angel Attack Alternative
Japanese: エヴァンゲリオン 使徒、博多襲来
MAL Score: 6.03
A short movie screened at Canal Aqua Panorama in Fukuoka City.
34: Great Mazinger tai Getter Robo
MAL Score: 6.07
Go Nagai crossover movie.
To be frank, I’m in the middle of that. I like the classic style every once in a while in the right dosages. Being a kids’ show, it can easily put a smile on any mecha fan’s face, and the Mazinger and Getter Robo franchises are the most beloved out of all super robot anime. Seeing these familiar faces and attacks are consoling until the effect wears off and you realize how repetitive and predictable what you’re watching is. Since this special is only thirty minutes, that fortunately doesn’t have time to kick in.
Well, anyway… A UFO drops a new monster called GilGilGan down on Japan, and both Great Mazinger and Getter Robo find him hard to deal with. A plan is devised for Great Mazinger and Getter Robo to work together and defeat this powerful new enemy. There’s a joy in seeing these icons on the same screen together, but other than that their union doesn’t elevate the old super robot formula beyond what it always is. The same attacks are used as always and once the monster is beaten things go back to normal.
That’s where I was expecting more from this special. The casts of each anime are already aware of each other’s existence so there aren’t any cool introductions to see between them, and since they’re busy fighting most of the time we don’t get to see the pilots’ personalities interact much. There aren’t any cool combination attacks like Thunder Getter Beam or anything like that, so this is pretty standard.
That’s really all there is to it. The fact is, you already know if you’re going to like this or not. If you need to check out a review to decide to watch it, you won’t.
33: Tetsuwan Atom: Kagayakeru Hoshi – Anata wa Aoku, Utsukushii…
Japanese: Tetsuwan Atom 鉄腕アトム 特別編: 輝ける地球 ~あなたは青く、美しい…~
MAL Score: 6.10
Another Tetsuwan Atom Movie that was shown in the Tezuka Osamu World Cinema in Tokyo until it was closed in 2011.
32: Mobile Suit Gundam UC Perfectibility
English: Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn Perfectibility
Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダムUC ペルフェクティビリティ
MAL Score: 6.16
In an alternate take of the final battle of episode 7 of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, Banagher Links in the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam Perfectibility sorties from the Nahel Argama to confront Full Frontal in his NZ-999 Neo Zeong.
Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn Perfectibility is a short WALL-G movie projected alongside The Life-Sized Unicorn Gundam Statue at Diver City Tokyo Plaza’s Festival Plaza in Odaiba, Tokyo.
(Source: Gundam Wiki)
31: Tetsuwan Atom: Atom Tanjou no Himitsu
Japanese: 鉄腕アトム アトム誕生の秘密
MAL Score: 6.17
Doctor Tenma, chief of the Ministry of Science, brought a digital brain genome from an aircraft. Doctor Tenma begins a trip to Mars, then combines the genome with a robot. Doctor Tenma’s son, Tobio, who had died in a traffic accident, has been revived.
(Source: AstroBoy Online)
30: Cyborg 009: Call of Justice 1
Japanese: CYBORG009 CALL OF JUSTICE 第1章
MAL Score: 6.26
The story will depict Joe Shimamura and the other cyborgs’ struggle with the Bresudo, a group of people who possess superhuman powers and intellect, and have manipulated human history since ancient times. Their goals are unknown, and they cast a dark shadow over the world. Though few people believe in the Bresdo’s existence, one American journalist named Lucie Davenport heads to Texas to contact a certain family, and she meets the cyborgs. The cyborgs themselves have been freed from their duty of protecting humanity ever since the establishment of the UN Guardian troops, and they now live quiet lives of peace.
Well, the art is pretty good looking, despite the abrupt change in the look of some characters, specially 002, that is completly unrecognizable, I kept asking myself who was that one, lol. But that doesn’t bother me at all, I’m no fan freak for appeareances and that kind of stuff.
The problem with the series is with its inconsistencies in the plot and characters motivations.
I’ll point just a few or the list will become too long:
1- It is revealed that one of the Cyborgs have a special power that may frustrate the villian plan, nothing is done with that.
2- The plot develops around an mysterious object and its contents, the solution is pretty damn easy (to don’t say forced) and then the series resumes itself in a talk about feelings and friendship…
3- They can’t decide if they are strong or weak against the UNG droid armors, sometimes they get their ass kicked, sometimes they disarm them or just ignore them completly, it is also said that their weapons can’t affect but they do have a weapon to affect them that is revealed at the end.
4- You know the vampire myth where you can only enter a house if you are invited? Well, it is just how they solve one of the “dangerous” situations the villian was like: “Hey, you there, outside of my well protected and fortified door, why don’t you come in my safe room that have basically no protection to have a have a chat. Ow, dont be silly, you just destroyed half of the base”
I tought on a lot more but couldnt think in a way to talk about them without spoiling them, hope it was helpfull somehow.
Warning! Spoiler alert!
The Cyborgs are just trying to live happy and normal lives until they are forced to fight a new dark force that threatens to end life as we know it. As the Cyborgs fight these new enemies, 009 (the protagonist) is forced to confront everything he’d ever believed in.
The action and pacing of this movie are very good. The action is intense, but never to the point where it becomes blatantly ridiculous and the story always takes steps to give the characters time to breathe and think about what just happened. With so many shonen series that emphasize style over substance, it’s good to see a movie that knows the meaning of the world “subtletly.” (8/10)
The characters are supposed to be the lifeblood of the story. You can have as much epic music and intense fight scenes as you want, but they won’t matter if you don’t have characters worth sympathizing with and get behind. I’ve said that before and I’m sure I’ll say it again. The Cyborgs develop quite beautifully throughout the story as they support each other throughout their struggles. The biggest beneficiary, though, is our protagonist 009, who is tired of the constant fighting that has defined his whole life and wants some peace and quiet, yet his very mission forces him to endure conflict. His struggle in this movie is to find a balance between his desire for peace and his commitment to his mission.
The antagonists are all interesting characters and I found myself sympathizing with their motivations, even if I didn’t condone their actions. This is what a good story should do, get you to care about characters from both sides of the conflict. (9/10)
The visual style in this movie was outstanding. Everything, from the character designs, the lightning, the backgrounds and even the fight scenes benefitted from incredible animation. This movie is a perfect balance between traditional anime style and computer-generated animation. (9/10)
Call of Justice boasts an incredibly good soundtrack, with excellent opening and closing songs. We also get to enjoy the vocal performances of veterans like Cristina Valenzuela (003), Robbie Daymond (002), Benjamin Diskin (007) and Chris Tergliafera (005). In my opinion, though, the real standout of the movie was Kyle McCarley (009). I’m not exactly familiar with this career, but I believe he did a fine job in the lead role. (9/10)
Call for Justice is a fun and thrilling movie that boasts a pretty good balance of action and character drama, enhanced by incredible visual effects and an intense soundtrack. It won’t necessarily make you a fan of the overall Cyborg 009 franchise, but makes up for that by being a fun and solid experience. (8/10)
29: Koukyoushihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution 1
English: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution 1
Japanese: 交響詩篇エウレカセブン ハイエボリューション 1
MAL Score: 6.28
It all begins with the story that was left untold—the earth-shattering incident where Renton’s father disappeared. With the mysterious pilot Eureka by his side, only Adroc Thurston could undo his own mistake, sparking the event that changed everything and earned him the title of a hero. Now, ten years later, Eureka lies in critical condition as Renton leaves the crew of the Gekko. But when he finds himself in the care of his father’s old friends, he has a choice to make. Either stay with the loving family he’s always wanted, or earn the love he seeks.
(Source: Funimation Films)
Is this a recap film? No, a recap would have at least been tolerable. The reused material attempts to establish an alternate plotline where Rei and Charles had already adopted Renton long before Renton encountered them in the series. It even goes as far as to re-dub some footage to convey this alternate plot.
Again, this might have been okay if done well, but it wasnt. The editing is all over the place, cutting between scenes with little relevance to eachother. There are probably 20 “X Days Ago” title cards scattered throughout the film. Lastly, nearly every scene is subtitled with expository text which provides zero benifit to the plot. At some points half of the screen was covered with text.
What about the music? Even I could forgive this film if it had some sweet new soundtrack, but it doesnt. The soundtrack was bland and mostly reused songs. The main theme “Glory Days” doesnt play until the credits roll.
Honestly it’s like they only had enough budget for a short film, but wanted to make a full length film anyway, so they just gave a 12 year old Windows Movie Maker and raw footage from the original series and let them go ham.
Well, Studio Bones is at it again! Out of all the original series they make (and they’ve made plenty) Eureka Seven seems to be a favorite to many. But to be fair, why wouldn’t it be? The original 2005 series is a stone cold classic, with its arresting visuals, compelling lead romance, and just a grand adventurous tone through and through. I’ll make it no secret that I love it dearly, and its been my favorite anime for nearly 6 years now. It just does so much wonderful that I can’t help but wear a smile anytime I rewatch it.
Unfortunately, with that much praise comes bank to be made on it. And with that bank comes Bones trying to make the magic strike once again. Their first attempt, Pocketful of Rainbows, was an alternate take on the series featuring some reused footage and had some interesting ideas going for it. It was never going to live up to the original, but for what it was it was harmless. The same cannot be said for their next attempt: the infamous Eureka Seven AO. Truth be told, I haven’t seen it myself. But everything I’ve heard makes it seem like seeing it would be the last thing any fan of the original would want. AO was pretty much the lowest point in the series, and many just thought it was done after such a botched follow up.
Perhaps trying to wash away AO’s taint, Bones is taking the old horse out for another try. The Hi Evolution trilogy was announced last year, with the original staff and cast from both languages returning. With the first installment releasing last year in Japan, nerves have never been more on edge. Fans waiting with baited breath to see if they shit the bed once again. And from the first screening at Otakon last summer, reception was…mixed at best. Much of anitwitter was ablaze, claiming that the bed was indeed shat in; some going so far as to say that it was just as bad, if not worse than AO. But with its American release finally here, it must be asked: do those claims ring true? Is Hi Evolution 1 just another blemish on the original? Is it truly worse than AO? To answer this, I must put aside my biased love towards the original series. And now I can say with confidence that this new film is, surprisingly, really damn great. Though truthfully not for everyone.
The overall plot of the film can be broken down into two parts: the first is the story of the Summer of Love. That often talked about but never shown event is finally shown in full glory, as is the story of the man who saved the world, Adroc Thurston. The second part shifts the focus onto the familiar face of Renton Thurston, as he reflects on his past experiences with both Eureka and his adoptive parents, Charles and Ray. For in this continuity, Renton was adopted by the Beams right after his father vanished, and so it’s from them he runs away from to follow Eureka.
Let’s get the obvious praise out of the way: The Summer of Love section is amazing. The first 20-25 minutes is basically one big action scene, and it is jam packed with awesomeness. We’ve got Scub antibodies blasting away at KLF units. We’ve go lasers and missiles flying sky high and exploding into big beautiful bursts of color. We’ve even got a giant missile that transforms into the equivalent of a rave party; god almighty, it is amazing. But it doesn’t stop there, we’ve got plenty of great character moments to boot. It’s great to see Charles and Ray again, and they get a bulk of the early action in the scene. Holland and Dewey actually looking out for and calling each other “brother” is something i never knew I wanted, and it’s amazing. It’s impossible to watch it without feeling pumped up.
What’s more, they actually manage to one-up the original series by actually giving Adroc some character. In the series, he was dead by then, and more acted as a symbol for many of the characters. Here, he’s given some depth and it’s quite well done. The film portrays Adroc as a man who genuinely wants to help the world. Someone who is desperate to stop a doomsday plan he created, and laments all the pain caused by his actions. It really succeeds at humanizing him, making him more than just the legendary figure of the original show. All those elements makes his sacrifice all the more powerful in a truly beautiful sequence. The entire Summer of Love was just one big lump of fanservice to the original show, meant to please the fans in every possible way, and it unquestionably succeeded. And then the rest of the film happened and things got more complicated.
See, the controversial reception this film has doesn’t come from the story being told. No, it comes from the way that it was told. Hi Evolution 1 takes a decidedly non linear approach to telling Renton’s tale. Signaled by the words “Play Back” and “Play Forward”, the film leaps throughout parts of Renton leaving the Gekko and his reunion with his adoptive parents. Fans of the original series will recognize these events, in particular Renton’s encounter with the Vodarac girl and his specific reason from running away in the first place. Many have complained that this style of storytelling was too confusing and hard to follow, but for me it wasn’t so. Everything followed a thematic throughline about Renton’s maturation, and it didn’t hop along too large of time gaps. Plus, if you’ve seen the original show, you should know where these events line up time wise. The criticism perhaps comes from how unexpected it was, which while certainly true proved to shake up the original version of these stories.
To be frank, the film basically requires you to be familiar with the original series. It doesn’t really touch on Renton’s life aboard the Gekko, nor his relationship with Eureka; instead assuming you already know about everything Renton went through and giving the new information needed for this trilogy. Some may be aghast at those changes, and while I sympathize, I must also disagree. Had the film gone over that material it would’ve basically been the same as in the original series. Then you would’ve had people complaining about how the film retreaded too much of the same stuff. Some may certainly argue that reusing moments from the series in the first place was a mistake, and while that may have merit, the way they went about telling it was the most interesting approach.
Some will also be disappointed to know that the focus is kept primarily on Renton. In fact, the film kind of turns into a character study of him, squaring in on his reasons for running away and his own problems with relating to Eureka. The elements explored are similar to the ones from the TV series, but they are different. Most notably, it is much harsher on Renton. This section of the original show was a dark time for him, and this film carries that over very well, and then some. It explores how, while he genuinely wants to be a good person, it’s difficult for him to understand what people really want. This was lightly touched on in the series, but here it’s put more front and center as the big character hurdle Renton has to overcome. It’s no coincidence also that the scenes taken are the ones that most strongly reflect that theme.
His encounter with the Vodarac girl proved to be the key example of that hurdle in the original series, and it’s just as much here, but different in a subtle way. In the original, after Renton is brought back to the Swan, Charles comforts him by saying that he doesn’t begrudge his actions; that what he did was “the right thing to do as a human”, but that they didn’t know if the girl really wanted what Renton thought she did. In Hi-Evolution, while Charles still sympathises with Renton, he’s fairly more harsher on him: saying instead that Renton did what he truly thought was right, but that there was no way he could have known if it was for the best. It’s a subtle change, but Hi-Evolution’s version call Renton’s actions into question more and is shown to have a bigger impact on him. And while we don’t see much of her interactions with Renton here, Eureka is shown to be different as well. She’s a lot colder emotionally than she was initially at this point, and her conversation with Renton before he runs away shows that as well. She, too, was more willing to draw attention to Renton’s actions, and the repercussions they had. As such, in the same way that Adroc’s sacrifice is strengthened by his characterization, so too is Renton’s when he once more leaves Charles and Ray. The production name of this film was “Renton Seven”, and that is undoubtedly what this feels like; a story about Renton, his maturation, and where he will go from here.
If I had to point to the films largest shortcomings, it would be its attempt at trying to appeal to newcomers. Text appears often that is meant to explain certain elements that may be unfamiliar to newcomers. Some are actually quite helpful and interesting, such as one explaining the Trapar Waves and the military connections of the characters. Often, however, it’s just running down information that is somewhat unnecessary, and often actually spoil some parts of the series. If they wanted to get newcomers in, they shouldn’t have revealed Eureka’s identity as a human form Corallian, for instance. In fact, I get the feeling that even the writers were aware of the issues with the constant text, and actually played them for laughs in some cases. There’s a text line about helmet wearing rules in Bellforest, and even one explaining what tacos are. Still, the text is somewhat easy to phase out of your mind. But it was a mistake to try to appeal to newcomers in a film like this. This is a film for fans, first and foremost, and we already know most of this stuff.
In terms of visuals, the film devilers in a way you may not expect. Obviously, the Summer of Love is the high point: it’s a delectable smorgasbord of mecha action, gorgeous shot composition, and is a true sight to behold. It’s probably some of the best giant robot footage put to the big screen, and among the best Bones has produced. But after that, the film heavily uses footage from the original series during Renton’s portion of the film. Many have criticized this as a lazy move, and while new footage would’ve been amazing, its use is actually kind of smart. Using it during the primarily flashback-centered part of the movie is thematically appropriate; just as Renton remembers what’s happened to him, we too remember seeing these events from the original. But they didn’t just slap the old animation on and call it a day; they’ve actually cleaned it up quite a bit. Subtle changes to the line work, new background elements, even redrawing some scenes for a greater effect. What was once the Ray=Out magazine is now a governmental propaganda magazine, Hardfloor album covers are seen on Charles’ wall. My favorite would be a certain character appearing to have a vastly different role here, even if she doesn’t appear physically. It succeeds in giving off a surreal vibe; a feeling that what your watching is Eureka Seven, but is still different from the original. Admittedly, the aspect ratio change during this part is annoying, but it’s a minor detail for me at least.
Naoki Sato returns to the score, and it’s as great as ever. The film doesn’t rely too heavily on his original pieces from the TV series (I think they use one song from it and that’s it). Highlights include pretty much the entire Summer of Love sequence; that booming orchestral score is just eargasmic (is that a word? I hope so). In a surprising move, german trance musicians Hardfloor composed a song for this: Acperience 7. Playing during the Summer of Love, it’s a techno feast for the ears, and a straight up banging tune to boot. Considering that Hardfloor’s “Acperience” song was used as the title for a number of the TV shows episodes, it’s very fitting. Additionally, the ending song, Hiroya Ozaki’s “Glory Days”, is a phenomenal piece that really captures the feeling of the series.
As for the VA work, I watched the english dub. Somehow, Funimation managed to pull off the impossible and got the entire original cast back. Equally amazing is that they slip back into their roles without much of a hitch. It’s great to here all these voices again, especially Patrick Seitz and Melissa Fahn as Charles and Ray. Hell, they even got Dewey’s VA back, and he does great too. The big new addition is Fred Tatasciore as Adroc, and while I was surprised when they first announced him, within the first few lines he sold me completely. He captures all the pain and anguish Adroc goes through while also never seeming too overdramatic. In short, he’s exactly how you imagined the character sounding, and is probably the best performance in the whole film. If I had to critique the acting, it would mostly revolve around Renton. Not that it’s a bad performance; it’s quite a solid one on the whole. It’s just that Renton sounds…different. Johnny Yong Bosch still voices him, but either he can’t pull off the same voice as the original or the dub decided to tone down the pitch he originally used. Regardless, it’s still the same Renton voice underneath, and you get used to it quickly. Either way, it’s a stellar dub all around.
Of course, this is only part 1. The film ended with a preview for Hi-Evolution 2 which looked so insane and crazy that it made me even more hyped for it. It would seem that this series is going to be one giant, big tribute to everything Eureka Seven. If so, than this film can only be truly judged as part of one whole entity that is the Hi Evolution trilogy. Even those who disliked this film, from what I’ve seen, expressed interest in the sequel, curious as to where this is all heading. And that’s really what this film was: a giant piece of set up for the sequels. But rather than have it just be that, the crew at Bones decided to make it something truly memorable and different, yet still feel like Eureka Seven.
I can, of course, see why many would dislike this film. But the claim that this is worse than AO is just nonsense; at least this is set in an alternate universe and doesn’t screw up the original shows plot. Hi-Evolution 1 ended up being an interesting and very well done jumping off point for things yet to come. It succeeds in reminding you of what the feeling of Eureka Seven is, while also providing enough changes to keep you interested. At the very least, the Summer of Love part is worth seeing, but I enjoyed the rest of the film just as much. I know I’ll be there for everything to happen in part 2, but until then, all we can do is wait for that day, that most glorious of days, to arrive.
To be Continued…
Even if it was reanimated for a lot of the scenes, it is still gorgeous. The weird pacing and skipping between different times came together beautifully in the end. I loved being immersed in the world and characters again. I get what the director means when he says that this will hold up better when all three movies are out.
Full disclosure: I love eureka seven, it is easily my favorite show. That being said I hated Pocket Full of Rainbows and have never seen Astral Ocean. I went in expecting to hate this, but instead I felt the same energy and inspiration I got from the original series. This movie has convinced me to give them another shot. The movies messy at sometimes muddled but so is the show, it’s a retelling from a director that I think wants to deliver something even closer to his original vision.
I understand why some people hate this movie, but I loved it. I plan on watching all the sequels as they come out. I hope some fans will see this and ignore some of the negative press the movie has received and I hope more give it a shot.
28: Tetsuwan Atom: Uchuu no Yuusha
English: Astro Boy: The Brave in Space
Japanese: 鉄腕アトム 宇宙の勇者
MAL Score: 6.30
From the TV series of “Astro Boy,” three episodes were selected for theater re-edition, “Robot Rocket” (46th episode), “Earth Defense Troops” (56th episode) and “The Last Day of Earth” (71st episode). Of these three, “Earth Defense Troops” was the only one originally derived from Tezuka Osamu’s story “Number 7.” Its settings were diverted to the “Astro Boy” series. In this film, the whole scene of “Earth Defense Troops” and a part of “The Last Day of Earth” were reproduced in color for this theater version.
(Source: Official site)
27: Cyborg 009: Call of Justice 2
MAL Score: 6.38
The story will depict Joe Shimamura and the other cyborgs’ struggle with the Bresudo, a group of people who possess superhuman powers and intellect, and have manipulated human history since ancient times. Their goals are unknown, and they cast a dark shadow over the world. Though few people believe in the Bresdo’s existence, one American journalist named Lucie Davenport heads to Texas to contact a certain family, and she meets the cyborgs. The cyborgs themselves have been freed from their duty of protecting humanity ever since the establishment of the UN Guardian troops, and they now live quiet lives of peace.
26: Cyborg 009: Call of Justice 3
MAL Score: 6.40
The story will depict Joe Shimamura and the other cyborgs’ struggle with the Bresudo, a group of people who possess superhuman powers and intellect, and have manipulated human history since ancient times. Their goals are unknown, and they cast a dark shadow over the world. Though few people believe in the Bresdo’s existence, one American journalist named Lucie Davenport heads to Texas to contact a certain family, and she meets the cyborgs. The cyborgs themselves have been freed from their duty of protecting humanity ever since the establishment of the UN Guardian troops, and they now live quiet lives of peace.
25: Evangelion: Another Impact (VR)
English: evangelion: Another Impact
Japanese: evangelion : Another Impact（VR）
MAL Score: 6.40
The all-consuming sense of scale of “evangelion: Another Impact (Confidential)”, which was released in the 2015 Japan Anima(tor)’s Exhibition, gets retouched upon in all new short VR movie.
Another time, another place. An activation test of a decisive weapon was underway. With its development and operational trials shrouded in complete secrecy, the Another Number – Unit Null, suddenly breaks free of human control and goes berserk.
For what purpose was Another Number – Unit Null created?
The story of an Evangelion’s activation, rampage and howling in another world…
(Source: Official Site)
Uh, it’s actually kinda interesting, seeing an Eva go rouge and creating a microimpact, but it’s kinda dull, as we know nothing else really.
Pretty good CGI not complaining here, but isn’t mind-blowing
Good sound design, an Eva standard. Pretty good but not as good as some of the other entries in the series.
Literally none lmao
I enjoyed it I guess
Fuck Sonic CD. worst pinball level in Sonic games. Oh and this anime was an enjoyable, albeit generic experience.
24: Tetsujin 28-gou: Hakuchuu no Zangetsu
Japanese: 鉄人２８号 白昼の残月
MAL Score: 6.43
This theatrical version based on the manga by Yokoyama Mitsuteru, deals with the genius boy detective Kaneda Shotaro and his giant robot, Tetsujin 28, set in Tokyo ten years after the end of the Second World War.
Shotaro’s missing brother appears as a a new character who was trained as a pilot of the soldier robot Tetsujin which Japan had created for the Second World War. However, with the end of the war, there was nothing left for him but a peaceful Japan. In the meantime, “Destruction Bombs” are found in many places in Tokyo. The bombs were developed by Professor Kaneda, the creator of Tetsujin 28 and Shotaro’s father, as the ultimate weapons to protect the mainland. If the bombs explode, Tokyo will be reduced to ashes.
It’s no secret that Imagawa himself wasn’t happy with how this film turned out, and it sharing its name (“Zangetsu” – the lingering moon) with one of the Magnificent Ten from his Giant Robo OVA has led some to believe that Imagawa just used this opportunity to animate one of the chapters that would have chronologically preceded the OVA (“The Birth of Zangetsu the Midday”), but replacing all of the characters with Tetsujin 28 characters. Shotaro’s older adopted brother, while not featured in the original manga or any of its previous adaptations, does bear resemblance to some of Yokoyama’s characters. The same goes for the apartment manager he lives with, who is based on a character from Sangokushi.
The backgrounds are as good as the show, though for a movie it’s merely the expected standard, and the animation as well is decent but nothing noteworthy; character acting’s almost nonexistent and the film only has a few robot fights (one of which reuses footage from the first, though for plot-related reasons). The visual presentation of the finale will be extremely familiar to you if you’ve seen Giant Robo.
Tetsujin himself is practically a background character, and while it does attempt tackling some of the same themes as the series, the short length prevents both the impact and depth it presented. Though I do appreciate how it depicted some aspects of the era not present in the series, like the unexploded bombs or repatriated soldiers.
If you liked Takamizawa and Kenji in the series, here they act essentially out of character, Kenji presumably because he hasn’t gone through the trauma of having lost his brother (though he strangely still acts as a journalist for one scene), but Takamizawa is just inexplicable. The rest of the cast who do act the same as in the series lack depth across the board due to not having experienced the same events.
The antagonists’ (there are multiple) motivations range from shallow to a tad incomprehensible, and some of them are just trivialized versions of the same antagonists from the series.
All this said, it’s a passable film overall that I don’t regret spending my time on, but there’s no loss in skipping it.
23: Grendizer: Getter Robo G – Great Mazinger Kessen! Daikaijuu
Japanese: グレンダイザー ゲッターロボＧ グレートマジンガー 決戦！大海獣
MAL Score: 6.44
A giant sea monster known as “Dragonsaurus” has emerged from out of nowhere, terrorizing the depths of the oceans. Great Mazinger, Grendizer and the Getter Robo G team join forces to combat the new threat. But their task becomes more complicated when Dragonsaurus swallows up Boss Borot and makes its way toward Tokyo.
Crossover aside, this is completely classic mecha action. This means a lot of our heroes getting slapped around as they call out the names of each of their attacks that do nothing to the Jellyhydrasaurus. Boss Borot makes a special guest appearance here but only manages to get himself eaten. The highlight of the movie is when Great Mazinger enters the monster’s stomach to save him and for some reason the entire place is bathed in a rotating rainbow light. Diana A and Venus A appear as well and shout “lady robots can fight too!” but as always end up doing absolutely nothing. It takes until the end of the movie until our heroes realize that since the monster is a living oil keg that they could just kill it by tossing a lit match down its throat, but naturally they go for a much more grandiose explosion because that’s what would make this job worth doing.
Anyway, eh… even in the context of its era, “Grendizer, Getter Robo G, Great Mazinger: Battle! Giant Sea Beast” doesn’t particularly stand out. As far as I know no additional lore is developed here like in Great Mazinger vs. Getter Robo which introduced GilGilGan, who would make several Super Robot Wars appearances. (Edit: I was incorrect! Dragonsaurus does make some SRW appearances, just not in any I’ve finished.) The culled cast from each series almost don’t interact with each other, and when they do it’s in the context of their work and nothing personal to develop a relationship between them. So it all feels like a standard monster-of-the-week episode that just happens to feature more attacks than usual in one place. The animation is fairly fluid for a 1976 anime but otherwise not spectacular, and the score is the usual other than the cute, short original theme song written for the movie. I generally don’t go for this kind of mecha anime, and if you do you don’t really need my opinion to know that you can’t get enough of this stuff. Thank you to /m/subs for allowing us all to watch this in such great quality, and the subs themselves are pretty much perfect. If by chance any of you are reading this, I hope some day you can find time to transfer your subs to the Layzner blu-rays. It looks like a great series, and I’m holding out for it! Well, that’s about enough. This crossover is all of the first things you’d probably expect.
22: UFO Robo Grendizer tai Great Mazinger
Japanese: UFOロボ グレンダイザー対グレートマジンガー
MAL Score: 6.44
Alien invaders take over Great Mazinger who is at the entrance of a museum next to Mazinger Z as symbols of peace. Grendizer fights the evil invaders and Great Mazinger is recovered.
When the Vegan empire dispatches a new general to oversee the takeover of Earth, he quickly manages to capture Koji Kabuto and, learning of Great Mazinger through interrogation, quickly commandeers it from a museum where it was kept as a symbol of peace.
It is now up to Duke Fleed aboard Grendizer to stop humanity’s former defender from becoming its destroyer.
No big surprises in the format here, but it’s a little more entertaining because there isn’t too much dull footage of attacks being cried out that do nothing to the latest monster. The humor is more bearable than usual because there’s no Boss Borot (who also liked to waste a lot of time in these). Most of this movie has consistent plot development, as simple as it is, and Kouji trying to escape from the alien warship takes up a large chunk. The fight between Grendizer and Great Mazinger is pretty all right, instead of it just being a slugfest of attacks traded back and forth there’s some actual choreography and movement as the two robots get re-positioned and put in more compromising positions. It’s still pretty basic, but more thought went into it than usual. It’s probably worth mentioning that this means this is one of the few “Vs.” movies that are actually a fight between two of the star robots and not a collaboration against a common enemy, though the two do team up at the end for the final blow. The bummer is that this isn’t a true Grendizer vs. Great Mazinger fight that might actually be interesting to watch because Great Mazinger is being piloted by a villain, but it’s no surprise they wouldn’t want to show heroes fighting each other in a children’s show from this time. Well that’s about it. It was a fun watch.
21: Sakura Taisen: Katsudou Shashin
English: Sakura Wars: The Movie
Japanese: サクラ大戦 活動写真
MAL Score: 6.45
Since a new branch of division to New York has been created, Ohgami has now been assigned to the Paris Division. Now the Flower Division must be able to survive on their own, with the help of their new American-cultured leader.
I’m not going to be touching upon too much of the plot for this movie as it’s honestly coming off the chain of TV series, and OVA’s released prior to this movie. However as a person watching this movie with only brief understanding of the series (Between walkthroughs of the game translated) it leaves a lot to be determined. Set in between the events of Sakura Taisen 3 and 4 this movie focuses on the Flower Division surviving on their own after Ichiro Oogami (Main character in the games and Captain of the Division) was transferred to Paris. As we see the girls not only maintain their roles as theater actors,a new threat appears as a conspiracy from the New York division strikes Japan forcing the girls into their Kobu’s one more time to fight against the evil Kouma.
This plot is not winning any awards, as it’s played by the numbers throughout the entire movie. The big part that did have me interested however was the final sequence in which Sakura and Lachette have a very dramatic performance with each other. That’s honestly the only scene that comes to mind that really stood out for me because the performance in Japanese was very good imo.
The art for this movie is great, characters pop out with their color schemes, backgrounds look gorgeous, and the animation over all was very nice except for one thing. The CGI in this movie is very bad. It’s not King of Thorn level bad, but it’s getting there. This wouldn’t be so much an issue but the action scenes in this movie are done with this CGI which causes you to lose the impact of what’s going on since the mechs just look ehhhhh.
Sound is great, Sakura Taisen has always been known for having great music and this movie fits the bill. A big shoutout to rhe musical numbers thrown in the movie, especially for the opening.
Characters are already established prior to this movie, so if this is your first experience you will be missing a lot of backstory. You can piece together who exactly is who as you go through it, but I’d def either watch the prior anime or play through the games as you’ll be very lost.
Enjoyment is pretty much hampered by the mix of not well developed characters, predictable story, and jarring CGI. Even the grand conclusion for the battle is not very impressive when considering the stakes and the fact that one of the characters only comes in for maybe like 2 minutes in the final showdown (who is important to prior Sakura Taisen games) is just a punch to the nads. If it wasn’t for the good character art/backgrounds and great musical numbers/perfomances I’d have most likely stopped watching this movie by the half way mark.
All in all if you’re a Sakura Wars fan I’d give it a shot if you’re interested. As to everyone else who’s looking for a first exposure to the series, either watch the first anime and work your way up or just play the games. Otherwise this movie will leave a bitter experience in your mouth.
* Story (7) – I didn’t know to expect from this movie in the beginning, it all randomly started with a show from the Flower Division and it left me confused for a while until I realized it was the opening of the movie.
As the story further progressed we get to meet characters and such, and we learn more about their background stories.
* Art (8) – Since it’s a movie from the 2000, I suspect that the art will be something like that, it felt okay to watch but I had sometimes troubles with how the characters sometimes make faces. It’s bugs me. There was also two characters that almost looked the same to me due to their hairstyle and the haircolor. But it was later clarified.
* Sound (9) – I just love hearing the instruments during battle scene, it gives more the epic feel of slaying an enemy and such. (You will know which scene I mean). It had me confusing in the beginning but I noticed there weren’t really an opening so that was automatically an opening song.
* Character (8) – We see some serious character developments upon the arrival of the character named, Ratchete. And other two people that used to work for her on a team. Logically speaking, this movie is more about her than the Flower Division altogether. She was there to learn something out of it.
The antagonist is not that special, I kind of miss the original ones because they have more deeper meaning why they exist, while the antagonist of this movie? He just randomly popped and say he will rid the world of Kobous and Eisenkleids. (Don’t know I spell both correctly).
* Enjoyment (8) – Well, even though I had those negative comments about the antagonist I still enjoyed the movie no matter, what. It just gave me the feeling that I do miss the original Sakura Taisen team. Bu it feels off for me, that’s all.
20: 009 Re:Cyborg
Japanese: 009 RE:CYBORG
MAL Score: 6.50
Nine regular humans from different parts of the world are abducted and transformed into cyborgs with astounding powers for the purpose of being used as weapons. The nine cyborgs rebel and start to fight against their creators in the name of justice and world peace. Decades later, the nine cyborgs seem to be untouched by time, but they live in a world where “justice” has as many nuances as the number of people living on the planet. What is their place in the world now?
“In the beginning was the Voice, and the word was Him; and all obeyed His word in great awe. But those who dwelt upon the land, through vanity, cunning and greed, attempted to build a multitude of towers whose tops reached unto heaven, and accumulated great wealth on earth. Scattering across the land and laying it to waste, man turned a deaf ear to His Voice. So He gave unto man an opportunity to atone for his misdeeds; and flame and smoke and the roar of a lion descended upon earth; and shattered the many towers to dust….”
(Source: Production I.G Official Website)
The plot is confusing whether you are familiar with the show or not. It might help to be acquainted with the characters and their backstories beforehand, but the movie doesn’t even try to explain its own universe. What little there is of the story is given through large, boring exposition with nothing visually interesting happening on the screen. Questions constantly asked throughout the film are only ever answered with a character shrugging their shoulders, then are never addressed again. All of this is topped with a near comically vague ending.
The art is a strange hybrid of CGI and 2D, which makes for a lot of blank staring and jerky movement. The animation is at its best when there’s a lot of action going on screen – but considering RE’s love for characters talking to one another about the scarce plot, satisfying fights are few and far between.
As far as sound goes, this is one of the only things I don’t have any real qualms with. It wasn’t memorable or anything, but it wasn’t terrible and at least upped the hype a little at certain points in the film.
As far as the characters go in this movie, they themselves are not bad. What is bad, however, is their treatment. Jet has been turned into an extreme asshole with far worse of an attitude than we’ve ever seen before, and has lost his defining physical features. Francoise meanwhile has been shoehorned into a sex symbol being the series only main female character, complete with a pointless, uncomfortably long scene of her in lingerie making out with Joe. There’s not much to say about the other characters, as they didn’t get much screen time.
All in all, I’m giving this movie a 1 for all around poor story, poor animation, and poor characters. Perhaps watch it if you’re looking for something hilariously bad and confusing, but otherwise I recommend you skip it entirely.
The story in this movie has a lot of changes than the anime. Actually this movie is loosely based on Ishinomori’s epic. This happened because this movie had a big problem. How could it to introduce to teenagers nowadays who grew up with fast paced anime, with lots of gore and fights like Tokyo ghoul, Naruto, Bleach and many more, a story that was written in the middle of the 70’s. In order to manage this the movie ditches the somehow naive story of the anime and takes the story’s setting to today’s world. I liked it that. Sure it didn’t remind me at all the classic anime but as I said this is mostly a try to introduce the story to teenagers today. And I believe it did it very well. I had a little problem with the plot though. I would like it if it wasn’t so much Americanized. But I will explain this later. Also it isn’t necessary to see the anime but I would recommend it if you want to know some things about the characters.
About the animation itself I can’t find words to describe it. Production IG did a stunning job. The animation is amazing and the movie doesn’t loose any opportunity to show it off in almost every scene. I was captivated by it right from the first moment. I couldn’t find any flow in it no matter how hard I tried. If I could rate it with mark above 10 i would gladly do it. Another thing that I liked in this movie was the sound. A first class budged movie demands a first class voice actors. Mamoru Miyano, Daisuke Ono, Toru Okawa Noriaki Sugiyama and all the other seiyuus did an excellent job capturing their characters personalities almost as good as voice actors of the 2001 anime’s. Also this movie had excellent OST’s and really good sound effects. For the latter you just have to listen to Ivan’s voice every time he speaks.
The characters was the weakest link of this movie. Because the characters wouldn’t appeal to the teenagers with their obsolete 70’s animation changes were made not only in their design (which was fair I have to say) but mostly in their personalities. The movie introduced the characters like they were an X-Men rip off. Because of the already mentioned Americanization the characters were made to look like American superheroes and this way a little bit of their personalities was lost. In either way if you haven’t seen any of the previews anime adaptation I don’t thing you will have a big problem with this.
Summarizing, I have to say that I was really pleased with this movie. It didn’t looked like the anime series at all but I don’t think this was a problem. It did a fairly good job at introducing Joe and the others in the new generation. I’m really curious to see if there’s gonna be another adaptation. Who knows maybe in a decade or so we will see a crossover between between the 00 cyborgs and X-men. I would like to see that.
When I watched the movie I was initially excited at the way they had changed the character designs and added a touch of freshness.
For those of you who have already watched any of the previous series, NOSTALGIA IS ILL ADVISED. Yes, the characters are a bit nostalgic, yes the action is a bit nostalgic and yes, the overhaul with CG looks amazing initially BUT here are somethings you may not swallow very well. (Forgive me if they seem irate.)
One, I may not remember the 2001 series that well but I most certainly definitely absolutely remember it was lucid and simple plot that my childish brain could follow with ease. Okay, so that generation is all grown up and needs adult material, alright… BUT that does not mean you should make it into some freakin’ goddamn Evangelion plot with HIS voice governing all. Yeah, yeah I know you don’t give a damn about God but why use it just to give your plot some pseudo-intellectual pseudo-religious air. I mean was 009 ever this psychological?! Hell no. WTF is Freud doing in a sci-fi, battle anime which was much better without that complex mind-curdling crap.
If i want to watch psychological complexity and Freud’s theories I’d much rather watch Evangelion and Ergo Proxy. They just ruined a totally fine storyline because they couldn’t come with an antithesis? Man, I’m beyond words at this.
Two, the characters. Well given the short timespan, they did a fine job at introducing the characters. But they cannot be fleshed out as well as they were in the series. The sense of familiarity is reduced because the characters hardly get much time except 009 of course. The rest have to spew the stupid psychological shit in the extremely limited time they get. I’m wondering if they forgot about half of the team less than halfway through the movie. But well I liked Joe and Francoise, and their little eyecandy, so ok…
Third, the art and animation. In my view it is clearly rushed and subpar. If they think that CG can make it astounding they are so wrong. The character designs are more elaborate but not well rounded. The animation is clearly so stiff that I am thoroughly disappointed. This possibly due to overuse of CG in every aspect. Guess they didn’t want much fine-tuned work on it eh? But the backgrounds and special effects are done quite well.
If you can get past all of those this movie is enjoyable enough. The action scenes are fine and the sound tracks are good. For someone like me who was a big fan of the original series, it is enjoyable even if a turnoff.
Bottomline, Rushed anime, Altered plot, Unneeded improvisation but worth a watch.
LOL I seem really sarcastic here. But believe, it is worth watching even if just for the eye candy.
19: Five Star Stories
English: The Five Star Stories
MAL Score: 6.60
Amaterasu is the god of light, the future emperor of the Joker Star System. Under the guise of young mecha conceptor Ladios Sopp, he is compelled by an old friend, Dr Ballanche, to save his two latest Fatimas Lachesis and Clotho. And so began the stories of the Joker System, as well as Amaterasu’s love for Lachesis.
The movie, however, had minimal involvement from Nagano, and only tells the story of the first 3 or so volumes of the manga or the first “book” released here in the U.S. and so by the end it feels like it has just set the stage for an epic, interstellar adventure filled with androids, robots, and androgynous gods. And that’s it. That’s where it stops. This could be seen as a major flaw, and it is, for those who don’t ever plan on reading the manga. For those who have had the pleasure to experience the story on paper though, this movie is a great visual treat. The story we get to see is nothing but an introduction, so it does feel a bit weak, even if there is an action packed climax at the end.
The art style gives away the era it is from quite easily, and will invoke nostalgia in many veteran anime viewers, and possibly repulsion by those newer and more spoiled. The mech design, though barely seen here is fantastic. I can’t stress enough how amazing Nagano’s mechanical designs are. If you can get this movie in 1080p, DO IT!
The music from what I remember was great, the notes that bombard your ears as soon as the title screen shows up is very fitting for the type of story this is. The theme played in the credits is catchy and again, very nostalgic for its era.
The characters are all great, and I love them. But this is from the perspective of one who has read the manga. You don’t get to really see their full potential here, but there are some glimpses of what they may become.
This movie is just fun to watch, I wouldn’t say it’s the pinnacle of cel animation, I’d shift more towards “Do You Remember Love?” for that, but this is definitely up there. For those interested in this series, I recommend this movie as an introduction, then the manga as a followup. Grab yourself every artbook you can find, I know there’s gigabytes of material out there, they’re all worth it, Nagano is fantastic.
Any fan of mecha, especially of the fantastic variety (Escaflowne, Magic Knight Rayearth, Dunbine) should look into this series. You won’t regret it.
— (Nice aesthetic) – Renaissance Italy combined with mecha and other classy tech
— (Specificness) – the story is a small piece of a larger tale, so instead of being another tale of The Ultimate Hero defeating The Ultimate Evil, it’s a more personal journey of a man realizing that he loves a woman and should save her, even though they’re not lawfully allowed to be together
— (Engagement) – the story is fairly absorbing and moves along well. We have sympathy for out hero and root for him to outwit his enemies
— (Overcomplicated) – This is a fragment of a larger universe, so not only is there an infodump at the beginning, but one needs to go to Wikipedia if one is to understand what exactly is going on.
— (Straightforward) – The actual plot is basic: hero vs. irredeemably greedy, lusty, and gluttonous old ruler. Guess who wins?
— (Deus-ex-machinas) – The story is so simple, you’d think this isn’t needed; but apperently the plot must go in a certain direction, and several fortuitous coincidences conveniently steer it the right way.
The character designs seem influenced by Leiji Matsumoto and shoujo manga. Which is an interesting choice for a mecha. In fact the whole movie seems to have a hard time figuring out whether it wants to be a mecha or a shoujo fantasy romance. It’s even complete with an androgynous lead character, which is normal for shoujo manga, but a first in scifi/mecha. And I’ll just let you know, in case you’re still waiting for the mecha battle after 45 minutes. Don’t worry: it pays off.
You could add “difficulty to label genre” to a list of flaws, next to the essentially simple storyline. You could say it’s just a hero, a helpless girl and a cliché villain. You could say the setting, background and big cast of characters are kind of an overkill without reading the manga. You could say they used too much deus ex machina to move the plot forward. You could say there was too much stuff like “Mirage Knights” and “Fatima” or that they randomly tossed the Renaissance, some Arabic stuff (credits go to Hagio Moto’s Marginal) and the Crusades into a mixer and then gave you a plate of scifi, and your cat farted a rainbow and you’re wondering why they went through all this effort just to make an hour-long love story.
I don’t really give a crap. It looks insanely good, the music is great, I liked every character, I enjoyed every character interaction, I was engaged the entire time, and I had at least five or six scifi/fantasy boners. I’ve only checked out one chapter of the manga, and it looks like the wordbuilding and characters will be more of use in a longer format. Maybe the movie serves a kind of a prequel or a simplified summary of the series? No idea. But I will definitely read the pants off of that manga that’s for sure.
OVA’s and movies from the 80’s range from cheap to innovative animation, and in general settle for an easy storyline to serve their actual purpose: experimenting with animation to make a feast for the eyes, whether it’s tentacles, demons, showering women or duelling mecha’s. So compared to it’s contemporaries, Five Star Stories is at the top of the list, when it comes to story (better than most) and art (the best in it’s style so far and pioneering new ideas).
I’d place this as one of my favourite movies from the 80’s next to Mamuro Oshii’s Tenshi no Tamago. Coincidentally, Kazuo Yamazaki, who directed this, also directed the second half of Urusei Yatsura, following Oshii, who directed the first half, both of them raising the medium to a new level with that series and doing it again in their other work. Which goes to show you how URUSEI YATSURA is the MOTHER OF ALL ANIME cough geesh be cool.
18: Soratobu Yuureisen
English: Flying Phantom Ship
MAL Score: 6.61
Hayato’s city is devastated by a giant robot, his parents are killed in the massacre. The only friend left to him is his dog Jack, the only things left are mom’s shoe and a picture of a man and a woman who, as his father tells him on his deathbed, are his real parents. Now Hayato wants revenge on the one who is said to have sent the robot: the terrible Ghost Ship which threatens ships and is rumored to wish to exterminate everything. But then Hayato stumbles on a secret underground factory of Mr. Kurosio, owner of mostly everything in the city – and realizes things are not as Mr. Kurosio has been telling him… Someone terrible lives in a castle under the sea… Hayato is trying to tell people the truth – but his life is now in danger by from the one who does not wish to be known. Then Hayato is saved by no other than the captain of the Ghost Ship… Hayato is about to uncover more than the one secret he has been searching for.
Not a very deep story by any means but much of the joy this film brings is brought from the old school animation and visuals, not to mention all the crazy things that just happen. I would recommend watching this with friends.
⚠️ This review will contain spoilers ⚠️
This film is not what you will expect it to be. We start out with a seaside manor ghost story, starring a vengeful phantom, and then that arc suddenly ends with a suspiciously green soda that is turning people into human-crustacean mutants, followed up by a flamboyant finale battle, that is reminiscent to something out of a tokusatsu TV special! It’s wild, apparently one sip of Boa juice turns its innocent consumers into a horde of mindless crab people! The plot actually is able to effectively pull it off, and the corporate executives turn out to be the reason behind Captain Phantom’s murder, and is presented, in the end, as a vigilante against an oppressive system, rather than just a menacing bone man! Captain Phantom is a very iconic anti-hero of his time, along with Tatsunoko’s “Casshern”!
While there is the basic message of “big companies rob the people of their money and health” — there is a split consensus of whether this movie actually has a good message, and here’s why… the most obvious interpretation is to show the exploitation of capitalist marketing, but the second reading of the film is a little bit more sinister, you see, the greedy manufacturers of the soda are called “Golem” and after reading a little bit into the usage of the word, a “Golem” is a derogatory word against Jewish people, so there is a slight “Zionist conspiracy” slant to the narrative. According to Moment Magazine, “the golem is a highly mutable metaphor with seemingly limitless symbolism. It can be a victim or villain, Jew or non-Jew, man or woman — or sometimes both. Over the centuries it has been used to connote war, community, isolation, hope, and despair.”
I had no idea that the innuendo was in the film, until after I had finished watching it and took a deeper look into the “Golem” thing, so while I was watching it, it just seemed like a run-of-the-mill kid’s film, similar to an episode of “Scooby Doo” or something! It had underwater bases, giant squids, a giant robot (designed by none other than Ghibli’s “Hayao Miyazaki”), and kids beating the baddies with the power of resourcefulness and optimism. Since it was originally released in 1969, the antisemitic innuendoes wouldn’t be too out of the question. It would be a shame if that were a case though, this film has such a unique mood and it was genuinely captivating for what it was!
Luna’s Favorite Works by Each Respective Creator = ✅
Hiroshi Ikeda (screenwriter and director), notable works:
* Dōbutsu Takarajima (“Animal Treasure Island”)
* Hustle Punch
* King Kong: 001/7 Tom Thumb
* Mogura no Motoro
* Mahōtsukai Chappy — Episode Director
* Mahōtsukai Sally — Episode Director
* Ōkami Shōnen Ken
Commentary: I have only watched a few episodes of “Mahōtsukai Sally” and seen a couple of clips of “Dōbutsu Takarajima,” so I can’t really comment on Mr. Ikeda’s overall directing skills, but I thought the atmosphere and some of the animation techniques in Soratobu Yūreisen were impressive, especially for the time that it came out! Great job!
Extra: Hayao Miyazaki worked on the key animation for this film.
Good Seiyū Work = ✅
Really Enjoyed the Seiyū’s Performance = ✅ ✅
One of Luna’s Favorite Performances OF ALL TIME = ✅ ✅ ✅
Masako Nozawa as Hayato Arashiyama, notable roles:
* Polly Harrington, Ai Shōjo Pollyanna Story
* Chico, Anime 80-nichikan Sekai Isshū
* Blink and Kakeru Shiki, Aoi Blink
* Rascal, Araiguma Rascal
* Asura Asura
* Dukemon, Digimon Savers and Digimon X-Evolution
* Guilmon, Digimon Tamers ✅ ✅
* Hiroshi, Dokonjō Gaeru
* Doraemon, Doreamon (1973) ✅ ✅
* Enma, Dororon Enma-kun ✅ ✅
* Son Gokū, Son Gohan, Son Goten, and Son Gokū Jr. — Dragon Ball (series) and Dr. Slump ✅✅✅
* Shen-Long Belvedere, E’s Otherwise ✅
* Gamba, Gamba no Bōken (series)
* Kitarō, Gegege no Kitarō (1968 to 1972) ✅✅
* Oyaji Medama, Gegege no Kitarō (2018) ✅✅
* Kentsu Norton, Ginga Hyōryū Vifam
* Tetsurō Hoshino, Ginga Tetsudō 999 ✅✅✅
* Gaudi, Hatara Kids Mai Ham Gumi
* Huckleberry Finn, Huckleberry no Bōken
* Hiroshi Suzuishi, Hyakujū-Ō GoLion (“Voltron: Defender of the Universe”) ✅
* Iczel, Iczer-Girl Iczelion ✅
* Daizaemon Kaze, Inakappe Taishō
* Tarō Kaibutsu, Kaibutsu-kun (1980)
* Isamu, Kaitei Sanman Mile
* Musashi, Karakuri Kengō Den Musashi Lord
* Kenta Ikegami, Maicching Machiko-sensei (“Miss Machiko”) ✅
* Green, Midori no Neko
* Willi, Mitsubachi Maya no Bōken
* Kureha, One Piece
* Teppei Uesugi, Ore wa Teppei
* Elekid, Pokémon: Pikachu Tankentai ✅
* Hiroshi, Shin Dokonjō Gaeru
* Jim Hawkins, Takarajima
* Tom Sawyer, Tom Sawyer no Bōken
* Sanpei Mihira, Tsurikichi Sanpei
* Kintaro, Urusei Yatsura ✅✅
* Poppo, What’s Micheal?
Commentary: The main kid is voiced by none other than Son Gokū’s (“Dragon Ball”) seiyū! While her performance as Hayato Arashiyama is one of her earlier roles and comparatively plain, compared to some of her signature characters, Ms. Nozawa is able to give the leading character an energetic enigma and adds a sense of child-like wonder to the ambiance of the film! Amazing talent!
Gorō Naya as Captain Phantom, notable roles:
* Willibald Joachim von Merkatz, Ginga Eiyū Densetsu ✅✅✅
* Leonard Dawson, Golgo 13 ✅
* Nosferatu, GS Mikami: Gokuraku Daisakusen!! ✅✅✅
* Professor Yamanōe, Jetter Mars
* Lord Yupa, Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä ✅✅✅
* Kōichi Zenigata, Lupin III ✅✅✅
* Emperor Xul, Rokushin Gattai GodMars ✅
* Narrator, Shinzō Ningen Casshern ✅✅
* Adam Robinson Jr. — Space Fantasia 2001 Nights
* Narrator, Uchū Majin Daikengō
* Jūzō Okita, Uchū Senkan Yamato ✅✅✅
Commentary: Mr. Naya is one of my favorite voice actors of all time, to the point where it’s often hard to watch the new “Lupin III” adaptations, because no one can replicate HIS version of “Zenigata”! It’s impossible! Unfortunately, Mr. Naya passed away in 2013, so he wasn’t able to reprise his roles as Jūzō Okita in “Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199,” or as Kōichi Zenigata, in any of the newer “Lupin III” sequels. His presence was by far the strongest in this movie, though the mysterious phantom didn’t get as much spotlight as he ought to have had, despite being the titular character! Incredible seiyū, rest in peace!
Overall, this is a coveted classic by those who grew up watching the film — I personally wasn’t one the people who saw it air on its ※ETB time slot, but this film is like comfort food! It’s a big, gooey slice of nostalgia-flavored pizza for those who like monster movies like Godzilla and some of the older Osamu Tezuka animations. Despite many of the controversies about what may or may not have been an anti-Jewish sentiment in this film, I felt a specific joviality towards it — that I only really feel towards classic films that have a wholesome and spirited milieu to them, so I will rate Soratobu Yūreisen a 5/10!
※ETB is a Columbian telecommunications broadcast network.
Story: The plot is not so incredible but the sub text of the movie was really intelligent and still relevant. I think even if you are an alt-right guy you will not feel that what is depicted in this movie is wrong. It really was a good surprise. 8/10
Art: It’s some of the best of what was done in 69, whith the great team of animators who worked at Toei Douga at the time (Hayao Miyazaki, Yasuo Otsuka, …) really great. 7/10
Sound: Average but cool music. 5/10
Character: It’s maybe the week point of the movie they are fonctional and not really developed. But the girl is a good prototype of miyazaki’s heroin, woman with courage and the capitalist guys are really realistic. 5/10
Enjoyment: It is a really good movie and you don’t feel the time when you watch it, really great. 8/10
Overall : 7/10
17: Mazinger Z tai Ankoku Daishougun
MAL Score: 6.62
Kouji and his friends have defeated Dr. Hell and are now enjoying a break, but suddenly a strange prophet appears and warns everyone of an oncoming danger, mechanical beasts never seen before start appearing all around the world wrecking havoc. Its up to Kouji and his Mazinger Z to stand up to this threat but it seems he is vastly outnumber and outmatched.
This film served as an alternative link between the Mazinger Z TV series and the Great Mazinger TV series. It basically introduces Great Mazinger to the audience, as well as his enemies from the Mikene Empire.
Mazinger Z is an undeniably iconic figure when it comes to the history of anime, one of the first pilotable mecha, cementing and popularizing many of the tropes that are still used 40 years after its inception, the way it was introduced in-series goes to show just how powerful the unit was by it being this unstoppable demon. Now imagine if this titan of power and fame gets absolutely demolished.
The forces of the General of Darkness destroying the cities that Kouji worked so hard to protect sets up well just how helpless the Mazinger will be in this fight. It’s honestly disheartening seeing its wide arsenal be useless against the villains: his rocket punches being deflected, his breast beam barely scratching, his missiles almost ineffective, his breath rendered null. seeing the damaged robot head into battle only to have his wings melted and limbs torn during the fight feels like watching a legacy come to an end. In this moment of total despair comes in the one who will take over the title of the demon that fights to protect the world: Tsurugi and the Great Mazinger.
Demonstrating how the new unit is an objectively better version of the old one in all regards is a great way to convince the viewer that the Great Mazinger is fit to replace the current protector of the world, and having him work alongside the beat-up Z is a touching method of show that it has good intentions. Great’s upgraded weaponry decimating the foes is an incredibly reassuring scene, considering just how hopeless most of the movie was, not only did it convey how Kouji would be ok leaving Tsurugi with his role, but it works well convincing the viewer that the new protagonist is someone they want to watch.
If anything, this movie’s a fun watch to see something that anime doesn’t do as much anymore: an anime icon passing the baton to a new generation.
16: Star Driver the Movie
Japanese: スタードライバー THE MOVIE
MAL Score: 6.64
Star Driver takes place on the fictional Southern Cross Isle. One night, a boy named Takuto washes up on shore swimming from the mainland. He later enrolls in Southern Cross High School as a freshman and makes new friends.
(Source: Official website)
The film follows a similar vein as the Gurren Lagann film in structure. It does not stand alone, but actually highlights the story of Star Driver, focusing on the four shrine maidens. There is some unique footage in the film that is not in the series, such as the opening scene, which we are to assume takes place after the events of the series… It’s just that it doesn’t make much sense following the series nor is it explained; it only acts as a starting point to look backward.
Almost everything from the maidens’ arcs is in the movie– only a few important elements regarding Mizuno/Marino have been removed. Since the series has over 20 cybodies, it follows a “monster of the week” style of show to focus on the cybody and driver in detail. Star Driver the Movie cuts out almost all cybody battles, save for the maiden battles and the final battle. A selection of other battles are meshed into a montage toward the beginning of the movie just to show what Takuto has to deal with to get stronger. It does not do justice to those characters, though, so watching the series is highly recommended for completing the picture and getting into all of the details.
The story is wonderful. I won’t go into it, but Star Driver the Movie does a great job of presenting the core ideas of the series in 2.5 hours. Those unfamiliar with the series who enjoy mechs will hopefully go on to watch the series afterward. Some chronological elements are different as well: where as a few events between the school and the Glittering Crux are out of order from how the series presents them, but in the context of the film, this is negligible.
The pacing of the movie is not very good, however. New viewers and those familiar with the series should find themselves either confused or disappointed by how much occurs in the first 30 minutes of the film, as many minor characters are washed over very quickly, covering what the series spent at least 10 episodes building up. Pacing gets better later on with the introduction of Mizuno, but it still is awkward. To be honest, the final 25 minutes are taken directly from the final episode of the series with only a few lines and moments of animation added/removed.
The artwork is very nice. The new footage at the beginning of the movie is wonderful and many people who don’t like the film seem to think this opening scene alone redeems it. Almost all the footage is taken from the series. However, there are a few original scenes or “touched up” moments of animation. A couple 3D effects slip into the movie as well. Overall, the artwork is bright and fits the dichotomy of “island paradise” and “mysterious otherworld” perfectly. Each character stands out, given great detail to identify them from the others, especially when many of them are wearing masks and hiding their identities.
I gave sound a 6 due to “selection” rather than the actual music. The music in Star Driver is aamzing. I got the sound track shortly after watching the series for the first time. Star Driver the movie uses songs from the series as well as a new insert song (which might be considered an alternative “spring” song) and a new ending: “Colorful,” which I personally feel is not as good as “Pride” which is used in the series. Anyway, why a 6? Well, most of Star Driver the Movie seems to not have any music used at all, if anything very mellow background music is used where vibrant music from the series was played. There are moments where whole scenes from the series are used, but the music has been stripped out. I was left very disappointed by the lack of music, expecting to hear at least one of my favorite songs: “Fate” during one of Sugata’s scenes. I am not sure if music was removed for dramatic effect, but I feel that the opposite was achieved: it left me wondering when the next downbeat would start.
Star Driver the Movie is spunky, combining a great deal of elements into it that might not normally fall into an anime of this genre. If anything, I feel the series is rather deconstructional, and the film captures that effort well, especially with the original footage regarding the new insert song, quickly summarizing how the three main characters become friends so easily on the island, enjoying the beach, etc. The opening and credits roll are also very interesting, bringing forth new questions, which I doubt will be answered. Star Driver the Movie will at least be able to keep its viewers on their toes, hoping that the opening will be expanded on. There are two major things that are explored, however: a moment of added dialogue before the final battle explains how Takuto exactly feels about Wako and there is a very interesting scene with Marino where viewers can see her experience during the Mizuno arc. On the whole, Star Driver the Movie maintains the charming adventure of the series and will be a welcoming invitation to pursue more of Star Driver.
I enjoyed the film personally. Again, I was a little upset with the pacing and the music at first, but there are some interesting changes that made it really worth watching. I hope that those that watch this decently condensed movie will go on to watch the series to see more battles, more characters, and even more shocking and brilliant parts of the story woven throughout.
Star Driver the Movie does a few really good things to spice up the content from the series; albeit predominantly small adjustments or additions, they stand out and make the show enjoyable for both new and seasoned Star Driver fans. I was irked by the music. The music is phenomenal, but it is poorly represented, as most of what is in the series is cut from the movie, leaving many scenes in “background” silence.
I hope my lengthy comparisons between the film and series aren’t too distracting, but I hope that, without going too much into synopsis, you might be convinced to spend some time and get to know Takuto, Sugata, and Wako at Southern Cross Academy as they fight the Glittering Crux in the movie and then follow them to series to know them even better.
On the other hand, some of the glaring problems with the series, such as the extremely repetitive cybody battles, are glossed over nicely, and while I found Wako to be rather annoying in the series she has less time to irritate me in this abbreviated version.
Would have greatly preferred to have seen the movie continue on from the first five minutes, which occur after the story and leave us with a lot of new questions that the original animation does not, of course, solve in the least. A sequel following that plotline further would be greatly appreciated and likely would receive a much higher score.
15: Akihabara Dennou-gumi: 2011-nen no Natsuyasumi
Japanese: 劇場版 アキハバラ電脳組 2011年の夏休み
MAL Score: 6.66
One year after Crane’s visit to earth, Hibari dreams about him not being able to sleep well. So, she decides that the Cyberteam has to travel towards the Metatrone and find out if things are ok. Metatrone surveillance system has gone wild, and it’s up to Hibari and her friends to fix things out and help Prince Crane.
14: Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion: Mirai kara Kita Shinsoku no ALFA-X
Japanese: 新幹線変形ロボ シンカリオン 未来からきた神速のALFA-X
MAL Score: 6.73
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Even though it’s not what makes its main appeal, anyone familiar with the series would tell you about all the different collaborations going on such as Hatsune Miku becoming a recurring character in the show as a pilot or Shinji Hikari making a periodical appearance to fuse with a Shinkalion, and this movie can pride itself to top it off by featuring Godzilla, the most emblematic monster coming from Japan.
Why I’m bothering talking about this star system is to make my first point : the collaboration in the movie are pointless and act more as mediocre baits than enjoyable fanservice, the fight against Godzilla is rushed in a few minutes around the beginning, lasting only a few minutes and consisting of him firing a laser and wagging his tail once for the battle to be over and for him to not appear ever again with very little bearing on the story. Same can be said for the appearance of the EVA characters and the fight against the angel which also comes out of nowhere and is utterly pointless. There’s nothing that justifies their existence and nothing creative is done with them which is a bummer because the series managed to do something with them whenever they appeared on screen and were a cool bonus on the side for the fans but never relied only on that to make it cool. The only thing I can give to the movie concerning the collabs is that the Miku song is somewhat decent.
Then another disappointment is that there’s not any technical improvement to note despite what you could expect from a theatrical version, it still feels like it’s made with a low budget and bad CG, the fight scenes are made up primarily of transformations and reused special attacks but barely any choreography to make it exciting. Actually, the only thing making it exciting are the insert songs and the various themes used in them and some of the new mech designs look pretty cool.
The story doesn’t even try either, bad guys are evil and they must be stopped, the end. There’s a subplot with Hayato’s father turning back to a child but it’s honestly forgettable.
It’s sad to say but the fact that this entry is a failure is not a great surprise, most of anime aimed at kids choose the easy way out especially if it’s a to milk a bigger franchise. I still have a fondness for the characters and the comedy which prevents me from hating it but I really wish they would have tried harder, just like they tried hard for the series not to be just a generic MotW.
13: Koukyoushihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution 2: Anemone
English: Anemone: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution
Japanese: ANEMONE／交響詩篇エウレカセブン ハイエボリューション
MAL Score: 6.74
Second in a trilogy of films that take place after the original Eureka Seven but before Eureka Seven AO.
And if you ARE a fan of the original, it becomes an abysmal, insulting mess. We spend ungodly amounts of time in a weird, alternate reality that has nothing to do with the original plot. Magic doors open in the sky, every character is acting completely different, and a bizarre multiverse storyline begins to happen that has nothing to do with anything at all.
Studio Bones seems to desire hurting the fans of Eureka Seven, as every single piece of media past the original series has been endless retcons and alternate versions, designed solely to ruin the series. First you have the films that changed the plot completely, then you have AO, a ‘sequel’ that had almost nothing to do with the original at all.
And now this, Hi-Evolution, the rebuild of Evangelion of E7.
Do you enjoy wasting your time? Well this movie certainly does! It spends half it’s run time showing old footage of Eureka Seven but used in a different context, which advances nothing in the plot at all! then it ends on the most nonsense, series destroying retcon ending possible, making rebuild 3.0 a logical conclusion from the previous film in comparison.
Nothing in this film makes sense, and it’s pathetic attempt to retcon the shattered, confusing franchise into one plotline where everything was a fake alternate reality… give me a break. Stop, please stop hurting me and the other fans, I love Eureka Seven, but this… this is Not Eureka Seven.
I’d write a longer review but I honestly don’t want to think about this movie ever again. It looks bad, it sounds bad, it insults fans of the original and drags a once great series through the mud to tell a story that is not only pointless, but actively ruins the original series and it’s ending. Please, if you are a fan of the show, never watch this piece of crap.
I can only describe my experience of having seen the movie on theaters the first time as an absolutely breathtaking roller coaster with how it completely went far above my expectations that I had established ever since we got the first proper PV for the movie.
The movie incorporates different “forms” of animation that switches around depending on the context of the show. It majorly consists of new footage in beautiful 2D animation and switches to remastered 4:3 resolution of old footage from the TV series whenever Anemone goes into her “diving” sessions. And lastly, we have beautifully rendered CGI animation which is used when showing the main characters as when they were young. All of these “forms” of animation, that the movie shifts between in a very unique and cleverly put-together way, coupled with an equally powerful and moving soundtrack that the franchise has always boasted, results in definitely some of the most engaging and best looking animated mecha show we’ve had in the past decade.
For the characters, we have Anemone as the protagonist and Eureka as the deuteragonist. A very welcome and interesting spin given their roles on the original TV show and will definitely be a treat for long-time Anemone fans to see her take the spotlight. The supporting cast mostly consists of returning characters from the original TV series along with a few new ones, mainly Anemone’s dad.
All of these elements come together to depict what is probably the best story Eureka 7 has had so far. And by the end of the movie, realizing that it’s only a prelude to what will probably be the best culmination of one of the most passionate franchises ever, lord knows I cannot contain my excitement for Hi-Evolution 3 for even another second. But I will wait and put my trust on the whole staff that’s done nothing but treat the franchise with the most care and love that they have for the past decade and more.
Finally, I can only describe the Hi-Evolution movie trilogy so far, and especially Hi-Evolution 2 Anemone, as a masterful and deeply heartwarming love letter to every fan of the franchise that took the time to enjoy all the entries and supported it til now. And the whole Eureka 7 series as something thats definitely worth everyone’s time, patience, and understanding.
Did you treasure the original series, enjoying every segment, profound moment, and the chemistry of Eureka and Renton? Well, it’s thrown out the window now. Turns out during the fight with Anemone in the original series; what happened afterward is non-canon.
With Anemone taking the front stage and becoming the driving force of the movie, it becomes rather sloppy quickly. Switching to CGI is great but preferably stuck to one animation style. The story is a complete mess. Throwing aside everything from the Original Series, Eureka AO, Pocket Full of Rainbow Movie, and Manga spin-offs to the curve, making them irrelevant.
The film is an utter mess, trying to make itself a fantasy and dream reality type of Disney flick. Throwing a bunch of nonsense at us and going all over the place. I have no hopes for the third installment of the series. Completely disappointed, the series ended on a high note. Eureka AO was a sequel not wanted that told us an unnecessary story but didn’t ruin the franchise. Eureka Hi-Evolution 2 is just a cash grab, destroying our childhoods and the story we fell in love with.
12: Aquarion Movie: Ippatsu Gyakuten-hen
Japanese: 劇場版アクエリオン -壱発逆転篇-
MAL Score: 6.75
This movie is an alternative version of the TV series; it is composed of the two 2007 OVAs, edited to improve the pacing of the plot, and an extra segment akin to a TV episode where the cast are given the task of studying flowers.
The plot has several differences to the TV series.
11: Armitage III: Dual-Matrix
Japanese: アミテージ ザ サード DUAL-MATRIX
MAL Score: 6.85
A few years after they first met, Naomi Armitage and Ross Syllabus have started a family. Despite their normal lives, they must keep their identities a secret because many people believe that Robots do not deserve equal status with humans. Ross has an opportunity to abolish these ideas on Earth through a vote, but organizations in the shadows are working so that it doesn’t happen.
The story itself is a complete reversal of the original/Polymatrix. Now, Earth (or at least a part of it) wants the Third reproduction capabilities, when the original the Earth wanted all Thirds destroyed BECAUSE of those abilities. Add in the go-nowhere/excuse subplot of the Robot Rights bill simply to get Ross and Yoko on Earth, and you get a clunky, non-cohesive story. Not to mention Yoko’s eidetic memory.
The art, to be fair, is decent, but lacks the punch of the original as well. This version loses on the shading, favoring instead somewhat brighter colors. So decent, but not the best.
Going full cyber instead of cyberpunk, the music reflects the nature of the film; muted, letting the action and interaction speak for itself. The voices are well done, for the most part fitting the characters perfectly.
To be honest, the only reason this scores so high is because they didn’t completely lose the elements of Ross and Naomi from the first film; they managed to retain their fighting skills, even if there are some asspulls.
In the end, i didn’t enjoy this film; while okay or average, as a followup to the original it falls completely flat. This movie does not harmonize with the first at all, ignoring the tightly done story of the first and rewriting the world.
With a futuristic theme and a lot of sci-fi Armitage III Dual Matrix is a must for those who like science fiction and robots. You’ll get the classic Matrix style action, high tech battles and a very interesting environment.
Though a few details are left shrouded in mystery, a lot of character development does go on, making it a worth-while movie.
It does have the classic and often overused theme of a robot becoming very much like a human, but it’s not sappy about it in the least. While some search for the logic that explains an event proving that humanity, which is not the common "I have feelings too" claim but a different kind of event, others can’t help it but to be amazed by the mystery. To say anything else would spoil it, so just watch it for yourself and enjoy a great sci-fi movie.
The story in this movie focuses more on the heroine Naomi. It focuses on the 2 sides of her; One that she is a Third type fighting machine and the second is that she is a loving mother who will risk her life to save her child from any danger she faces. The relationship with Naomi and Yoki is very hearfelt and you can clearly see that she cares for her own daughter, even if Naomi is a robot. Ross is still good but he has little to do in this movie and he’s only useful in the last hours of the movie where he is protecting Yoki from a bunch of Thirds prototype robots that love to kill and for some reason, they can’t stop laughing. The villain in this movie was boring as shit here and he’s there to be an evil stereotype guy with no purpose whatsoever. Even the side-characters are as boring as ever in this movie and have barely to do in the story, minus that clown looking guy that helps Armitage (forgot the name).
The animation is improved in this movie for the better or worst. For the good about this animation is that it looks more slick and stylish than the first and the colors are greatly improved. For the bad part is that the animation company AIC had a low budget for this project and they used incredibly cheap CG animation that looks terrible and doesn’t even fit with the 2D art style but I can’t blame them. The English voice-acting is improved tremendously and Juliette Lewis performance as Naomi Armitage is badass, cool and most of all, heartwarming and she did a bang job at her role. Hank Wilspank’s performance as Ross is a greater improvement over Sutherland’s and while it isn’t perfect, at least he gives more energy to his role than what Sutherland did in the first movie.
While not as good as the original, Dual Matrix offers enough depth and charm that it hardly matters if the sequel is better or not. If you’re a fan of the OVAS or the movie, then I recommend this to you but don’t expect this to be the perfect sequel that makes the original look bad cause it’s not. It’s only a solid and fun movie.
10: Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari
English: Napping Princess
MAL Score: 6.90
Kokone Morikawa has a strange napping disease that distracts her from reality, one that makes the world of her dreams and the real world near indistinguishable. In reality, she is an average high school student preparing for her university entrance exams; but in her dreams she is a magical princess of Heartland, a machine-driven future where the use of artificial intelligence is forbidden.
Within the seemingly imaginary dreamland, Kokone discovers more about her family’s past and the secret that her father, a talented mechanic, has tried to protect her from. However, as the events between two worlds intertwine, she must now protect the secret from villainous entities, both dream-like and terrifyingly real.
Kamiyama Kenji has always been a very special director to me. His S.A.C. series is by far the best take on the Ghost in the Shell IP in my opinion, it’s one of, if not THE one all time favorite anime of mine. I always hope this guy could get more attention and get more things done.
However “Hirune Hime” is kind of underwhelming. It’s not really a bad film but the pacing is weird, the narrative is kind of childish, and the dialogue said too much.
In parts it kind reminds me of some of Kon Satoshi’s work, with the theme and the way it was approached, sadly it’s not done nearly as good.
The animation is decent but not spectacular, the music is serviceable. Again, it’s not really bad. But the story and the narrative just don’t work… I can’t help but see a better film, a great film buried deep within it.
I guess I was expecting way more from the man and the trailer. But how can you blame me?
Well, Before watching it, I really had no idea what the movie is going to be about, But after the curtains dropped, I have to say, I still have no idea what it was about.Honestly, I had really high hopes from the movie, given that its made by the director of ghost in the shell, BUt i was really disappointed with the result. The major problem is that, The movie lacked direction. It had a promising start, But it just scatters off in all directions afterwards. The movie tried to showcase a mix of different genres, but it failed at doing so properly and the way everything happens, you couldn’t really take anything that happened seriously.
The Movie itself is quite ambitious. It tries to explore quite a variety of genres and had a unique way of story telling. It made quick transitions from reality to dreams , resulting in a change of scenario in between the scenes but the way of progression of the events was still the same. And all of this could have resulted in something good, if it was not for the poorly written story.
The story can get difficult to describe, Its a mix a different things unrelated things mixed in a hog-pog manner. It follows kokone, a high school girl who sees this weird dream every day where she is the princess of a world of cars. Her father is a genius mechanic who was arrested for false charges and now in the process of saving him, she discovers the truth about him and her dead mother and how her dreams are not just her mere imaginations. Also in the background, another story is taking place in a different world, which is in kokone’s head.The events that take place are mostly same in both of them, but the other one is more a fantasy based world with magic. Occasionally, Both worlds come together, Tho things still happen inside the girls dreams . They try to bring together both of them by the climax, and to be honest, that part was still good.
Honestly ,The beginning part was not half bad and I kinda Liked it. It gave a vivid description of the unique world of kokone’s dreams and also a bit about her normal life. The things were also going fine till the airport part, but from there the movie started to scatter around and I just couldn’t bring myself to enjoy the rest . However the little transitions between dreams and reality were still really fine and it was also an interesting way to show scenes which, otherwise would have been very plain .
The characters are yet another weak link here. They are really plain and are mostly one dimensional and there is no development,Tho this part can be overlooked . Most characters do not have well defined personality and do not really fit the roll they are doing. The antagonist, for example, is just very poorly made with no clear motives and a stupid personality And so can be said for Morio. Despite having a major part, he pretty much seems useless and I am still not sure for what reason he was there in the movie anyways.The father is also a bland character, There is nothing special about his personality or there is rather pretty much nothing to say about him . Kokone is simple girl in her last year of high school and is planning to go to a university in Tokyo . However she also has a secret life, The one in her dreams, where she is a princess of a country and has magical powers thorough which she fights wit the bad people along with a pirate.There is not really much to praise or complain about her character,Tho I quite like her, for some reason.
One of my favorite parts was the ending credits, where they showed the past of kokone’s mother and father and also how they met. The few scenes shown were enough to convey a lot about their history, and also song was great too.
I don’t usually talk a lot about art style, as, the opinions vary for different people. The color palette is made of solid colors. and is quite bright . It fits really well and creates a good atmosphere during the transitions to the fantasy world. The animation is fine for most part, but there are a some visible inconsistencies and its not really fluid either, But to be honest, I can overlook that, as it is not really prominent. The character design is good and I don’t really have any complains. The ending theme, “daydream believer” is extremely well done and I really like it. Tho it would have been better if it was played during the scenes too.
In conclusion, The movie is quite different from what you might expect it to be. Its not bad and had a promising start, but it couldn’t really hold that for for long.The way things happen is a result of poor writing and execution of ideas. Most of it is pretty forgettable and there is not really a lot to praise it for.It is also that, I had some good expectations from the movie during the start, and it didn’t really stand up to my expectations, and it might not be as bad As I make it out to be.So,Just don’t really go in with high expectations, You might not like then. Also this movie is not something i would really recommend to people unless you have absolutely noting else to watch.
The best thing of this film is its beautiful visual (but not that breathtaking).
Mysterious, adventurous, fantasy, are what I can say about its genre.
Sounds like a Ghibli movie but I considered much worse.
The concept of this movie reminds a lot about Steamboy (the dream of automation) and Paprika (dreams – reality blending).
I have to say the story is its ultimate weakness. It tends to be confusing, mysterious but there are too many plot holes and tons of details that make me wonder: “What is it for ?”, “Why is it so cringy ?”. Ehhh….and the mecha parts….I don’t have a word to say =.= . In conclusion, the story is quite childish for me but at the same time it is filled with symbolic images which makes it’s hard to understand what’s going on for kids.
The music was good but not that outstanding (8/10). So far, my most favorite ost from anime movies are from Kimi no nawa and Mononoke princess.
Finally, I have a huge impression on Kokone, the main character. That’s another bright point of this movie.
Overall rating: 6/10
9: Inazuma Eleven Go vs. Danball Senki W Movie
Japanese: 劇場版 イナズマイレブンGO vs ダンボール戦機W
MAL Score: 6.97
As Shinsei Inazuma Japan was about to have a match with Inazuma Legend Japan, a mysterious attack of a person and a swarm of robots interrupted, and another mysterious girl’s power drove the world into another dimension. As the world of Inazuma Eleven Go and Danball Senki W met, the two teams must work together to find out what happened to their worlds.
Before watching this movie, I had only watched the Inazuma Eleven (Go) series. So the combination of Inazuma Eleven and Danball Senki W was something new for me.
The story starts with Tenma and his team playing a match against coach Endou and his team. Then they suddenly get attacked by LBXs. At that moment the guys from Danball Senki W come into action. With the help of everybody of Raimon, they defeat de LBXs but then something else happens. Pieces of the world disapear. After that, Tenma and his team, along with Ban and his friends will try to safe the world from being erased by the enemy.
For me, who hadn’t seen Danball Senki W, was de mecha element of the movie something new. Because there is no mecha in the Inazuma Eleven series. The overall main story is a bit of the same as always, I expect that it’s also the main concept of the Danball Senki series. They get attacked and try to safe everybody. They argue sometimes, but it always ends well. Even though it’s not original, it always gets me excited and brings a smile at my face. It’s a bit of thrill that sports can bring to you.
The art was good, the drawing style of both animes was pretty much the same so it wasn’t that the characters from one anime were more detailed drawn then the other.
I also don’t really have anything to say about the sound. The sound was good, it fit the moments.
The characters of the animes are also alike. Ban is like Tenma, they’re both optimistic and help their team go through tough times. Other characters have also a bit in common. I’m not really sure if it’s the same for Danball Senki W, but in this movie, some characters from Inazuma Eleven Go who don’t really play a big role in the series, are also in this movie. (Like Hakuryuu from the other Inazuma Eleven Go movie.)
I really enjoyed this movie. Because I didn’t know Danball Senki W, it added something new for me in the movie. It’s also that, except from just one soccer match, there are two different matches, soccer and LBX. The difference is that, while soccer is physical, LBX is more mentally, because, to control a LBX you should just toutch buttons, and willpower is more important. I’m not saying that it isn’t important for soccer, ofcourse. Watching movies like this leaves a kind of happieness in me and a smile on my face. I also liked it to see the way that the characters of both series became friends.
I hope that my review helped a bit, I recommend this movie, I liked it more than the other Inazuma Eleven go movie. It is a bit different and I enjoyed watching it. I hope you will too :).
8: Roujin Z
English: Roujin Z
MAL Score: 7.05
The Z Project was intended to give the new generation a break from caring for the old. The original intenion was to create a machine to care for them without any intervention. At first glance, it looked like an excellent plan, and many of the younger generation approved of its application. But when old Mr. Takazawa become the test subject for the Z-001 machine, Haruko questioned both the tactics of the hospital and the moral implications of the machine. This is just the beginning, as Haruko has not just the hospital, but the odds against her. But then, she discovers an odd quirk about the machine: it uses a biochip, and it eventually acquires a mind of its own!
The story is set in the 21st century, and opens with the alarming news that there are too many old people in the world. Now, as everyone knows, healthcare is always a hot topic in political circles, and Roujin Z is no exception. The story in Roujin Z is satirical in the main, but it has disturbing echoes in the real world. The medical students in Roujin Z consider Geriatric care to be a career deadend, something that is also widely believed in the real world, and because of this, funding is provided for the development of the ultimate in geriatric care – the Z-001 "Superbed".
The Z-001 is designed to provide the patient with everything that they need, including home entertainment, baths, massages, attending to bathroom functions, performing diagnoses (and administering medication), etc, etc. The machine is powered by a mini atomic reactor, and is designed to function autonomously in the event of power shortages. The Z-001 is viewed as the future of geriatric care, and as a godsend to the young doctors and nurses and much of the populace, all of whom are unaware of the somewhat sinister nature behind the design of the Z-001.
Another aspect of the story is the inclusion of the Japanese belief that spirits can exist in any object, something which becomes a major theme later on in the movie.
The art and animation in the movie aren’t really anything special. Generally the production is sturdy and well animated, but there is nothing really spectacular about it. The sound is equally well done, yet nothing special. My only gripe is that, with the english dub, the dialogue between the VAs tended to vary too much in style, intonation, and accent, from one person to another. Although the english dub is definitely watchable, I prefer the japanese dub on the whole.
There aren’t many real characters in this story. The main two charcters are Takazawa Kujiro, the dying old man who is chosen as the test patient for the Z-001 prototype, and his nurse Haruko, who is against the idea of machines taking care of humans, especially her patients. Add to these two a mixture of police, scientists, politicians, military types, and student nurses.
Although the two main characters get much of the screen time, the real star of the show (in both the japanese and the english dub), is the Z-001 (if I explain more it would spoil the show).
Roujin Z is a bit of an odd movie on the whole, but an enjoyable one nonetheless. The movie itself addresses a theme that is becoming more and more relevant in the world, especially as people are now living longer than ever before. The fact that politicians and scientists come up with a method of geriatric care that has all the warmth and empathy of a thrown knife is a central part of the film, as is the callous disregard given to those people who allowed us to get where we are today.
This movie would appeal to many fans of many different genres, most especially fans of sci fi or black comedies. The film is darkly satirical from beginning to end, and is surprising in how openly it attacks the idea that simply caring for the body is caring for the patient.
Roujin Z – odd, satirical, enjoyable, and strangely enough, more relevant now than when it was first released.
Art: 9 (i like the art, animation, and pale color…typical old anime style)
Sound: 5 (not so engaging, but that’s okay)
When coming to Mecha, often i see similar theme that was either wars between parties involved to get limited resources or protecting their home from evil darkness. This theme was okay for us at appropriate amount but human being cannot accept this amount when it exceed the inflection point where, after that point, the level of enjoyment becomes gradually decreasing. Unfortunately, back from the history of anime to the recent anime years, this theme has exceed our inflection point. It is just telling the same theme and pattern but at different way, merely repeated re-interpretation.
Roujin Z is the only anime that i’ve ever seen so far that disrupt the doomed cycle of similarity within mecha theme. It’s about entirely different things that are unique, creative, original, all of which was meant to criticize the dark side of commercialism and Mediacare benefit for elderly but within Japanese context, while the other party (US research & development) gains in smart way. Typical respond for this political matter was arguably uninteresting for most 20s-age people but Roujin Z manages to cope this problem by involving typical fighting mecha with military, polished with its creativity and imagination to make the fighting to become unusual, and armed with great art and animation of course. This is the aspect that enough for me to give Roujin Z overall 10 ratings because that’s the important thing when involving art.
Another reason for my 10 ratings is that, although the concern of this anime is the lack of story stretching (we want more story development beyond this. we want more!!), it is quite reasonable to be humble for this aspect and forgive it unless there is incremental development from other authors. Moreover the premise of the arguably simple story is strong enough to tell the whole picture, making it unnecessary to be explained more further. That’s why this anime stand on its own in less crowded space.
Some might argue this anime was silly or dumb. And some might argue the story is too short and shallow. My counterargument for this: it is silly but not silly and watching anime shouldn’t be so serious unless the anime itself forces us to be so serious. So that’s why Roujin Z makes more fun to watch than deep political theme of mecha in Jin-Rou or Ghost in the SHell series.
I’m not a rocket scientist and I never claimed to be one, but it doesn’t take one to see the primary reason why this anime film is hailed as a classic. Can anyone guess why? Well, it’s written by the creator of Akira himself Katsuhiro Otomo. Therefore, this film is great and it’s a classic because he can do no wrong. Personally, I never bought into Akira’s masterpiece status, and I don’t buy into this films status as great anime either. I find it to be decent at best.
It appears that Otomo was shooting for something thought provoking and he succeeded. Roujin Z definitely has a very interesting concept. I do know what it’s like to help take care for an older person whom can’t feed or wash themselves. It can definitely feel like a burden a lot of the time, and sometimes one could just wish that the person would go away. It’s a very evil and selfish way of thinking but that’s human nature.
The film uses these feelings to establish an emotional link with the viewer, and at the same time it provides a solution to their problem. The people’s reaction to the first live display of the bed’s capabilities is proof. At first, the direction was pretty well done painting a picture of the selfish nature of people. Some of the folks in the audience were even uttering that they can now take a vacation. They completely ignored that the person still needs care from other human beings. Otomo had something serious and really deep going on here, but decided to turn it into a satire of Japan’s feelings towards the elderly. I wish he could have been more serious with this one.
I really didn’t care for the direction that the film went, and I wasn’t gripped by the plot at all. The film dabbles between comedy and action in the form of a silly cast, as well as uninteresting mecha fights. The only reason why my rating doesn’t plummet any lower is because the mecha battle and wacky madness is actually necessary. They play into the themes and the heavy symbolism taking place with Takazawa. The substance present in the film can seriously have some viewers saying “Wow!”, once everything finally comes together. I really didn’t have a problem with the music, because it fits well with the comedy and action but there’s nothing truly note worthy. This also goes for the voice acting which didn’t stand out to me for neither language.
The bit of comedy present certainly delivers through the animation and artwork. The facial expressions can be funny on certain occasions, and the action scenes have decent animation. The viewer gets to know several characters personalities somewhat but there isn’t much for character development outside of Takazawa.
Overall, I feel Roujin Z is worth a watch to the more serious anime fan. It’s not something I’ll be watching again and I don’t consider it bad, but it could have done without the silliness. If you come into this searching for loads of blood and action, or even a dark angst ridden story shades of Akira. Then you’ll definitely be disappointed.
Highs: Realistic and interesting concept
Lows: Typical characters, weak plot half way through
English: Escaflowne: A Girl in Gaea
MAL Score: 7.07
Hitomi Kanzaki is in a very depressed mood. She only wants to sleep and fade away. Her misery summons Lord Folken who sends her to Gaea. The people of Gaea think she is the Wing Goddess, who can call upon the legendary Dragon Armor called Escaflowne. On Gaea, King Van, the sole survior of the White Dragon Clan, is also in a depressed state. Swearing an oath to get his revenge on the Black Dragon Clan that obliterated Van’s kingdom, he lives by the sword. Now that the Wing Goddess has finally appeared, she posseses Gaea’s world fate in her heart. Escaflowne will either lead Gaea to peace or total ruin.
While I have to admire Sunrise to attempt to condense the series for those unfamiliar with it, as well as breathe new life into old characters, this isn’t the way to do it. Hitomi, instead of being a shy, but head-strong girl, is now a whiny brat who contemplates suicide. Van, instead of being a bickering but brave and powerful warrior, is now Tarzan with a sword. Allen is now a clone of Sephiroth, and so forth; every character you knew from Escaflowne is ruined, and these character would still suck even to those not very familiar with the franchise (such as myself). The only improved character is Merle, who’s a good deal less annoying than she was in the TV series. In fact, she’s the best character in the whole movie! Unfortunately, that’s not a compliment.
Remember those great mecha battle scenes with Van on the Escaflowne? They’re gone now, as Van spends most of the movie slashing at things and watching them bleed. There IS a robot battle, but only one worth mention, and it doesn’t come until pretty far in to be of much notice.
Then there’s the writing. I suspect Sunrise hired Escaflowne fans in middle school to write this, as the plot and its constant mention of the same things over and over again makes Doraemon look like it was written by Charles Dickens. Not to mention how boring of a formula the movie follows: if you’ve watched anime for a few years now, you can guess what will happen before it happens.
So is there anything I liked about this movie? Well, it’s pretty, with slightly improved character designs and a good sounstrack by the great Yoko Kanno. Annnnnd that’s about it. Escaflowne: A Girl in Gaea is a pointless retread of something that was good enough the first time around, and it won’t win over any new fans in its wake. And Escaflowne fans themselves should stay as far away from this turkey as possible.
Hitomi Kanzaki is depressed and considering killing herself. One day, a man appears before her and calls her the Wing Goddess, summoning her to Gaea, a world at war, where she is the ultimate arbiter of the God of the Heavens and War, Escaflowne, and, accordingly, Gaea’s destiny.
As you can probably tell, this is a complete retelling of the original series. There are far darker takes on all the characters than you saw in the series, and a completely different plot and world that they’re in, which in and of itself has its effects on them. And honestly, even though it’s worlds away from the series, it’s just as good of a story as the series told, especially in a more limited timeframe to work in. Every character from the series shows up, though some have their involvement changed around somewhat.
For most major characters, there is enough basic similarities between their design (though not necessarily their clothing) in the series and in the movie that you can tell who’s who easily. There are some characters that got a complete facelift for this, though, most notably Folken and Millerna, and the overall effect is not all that bad, really. In fact, RAWR.
The art for this is richer and draws some amazing contrasts, especially with color in some of the earlier scenes and a notable scene that goes from watercolors to full cel animation; however, the same basic style from the series is kept and exaggerated in some cases, which, at times, does not produce the greatest effects. CG is also used far more in here, and it’s kind of just as obvious as when they used it in the series.
Every character’s seiyuu was able to return for this, which adds that more of a sense of familiarity and continuity, especially if you can’t recognize them at first glance. Yoko Kanno returned to work on the soundtrack for this, and it’s just as beautiful as the series was.
So, overall, while the movie does have a more limited timeframe to work in and lots of info to convey, the new storyline and character designs are more than welcome, especially with the seiyuu returning to provide continuity, and with Yoko Kanno on the soundtrack, and a richer environment to play around in, this adaptation is just as good as the series.
The main character of Hitomi is changed from a generic plucky cipher into an actual human being, a typical teenager with suicidal tendencies, who actually has a character arc. Her plight is introduced and compressed into about five minutes very efficiently through adept usage of editing, direction, art and music, with a montage of scenes between her and her best friend, who she pushes away due to self-loathing.
Five minutes is definitely enough of watching a mopey girl and sure enough before we know it she’s teleported into Gaea for a life-changing adventure with plenty of thrills and drama. The movie is paced so well that it knows how each segment could drag the story if played out too long, but it’s also paced too fast in that the story rolls along without giving the viewer, or characters, time to breathe. It’s one of the main reasons the overall score isn’t higher than it would have been if the story were more simple or the running time longer.
Another fatal flaw is the antagonist of the story, although much better than the beardy old man of the TV series, the motivation and methodology is again woefully lacking. Just what exactly is the point of the bad guy in this story? What does he want? To destroy the world? Eh? Is that it? Why do we not even care? The writer learns his lesson from the TV series by using a better character as the main bad guy and keeping him bad, but again he doesn’t give the viewer an insight into the thought-process of the character, what he wants and why; or why other people would even follow him and do his bidding.
The movie’s not perfect and these flaws do irk, but they do not make the movie unwatchable, they simply prevent it from getting a high score. Escaflowne remains a memorable experience and worth a watch because it’s not long enough to overstay its welcome.
The TV series is, or bloody well should be, notorious for its completely out of control plot holes, twists and meaningless revelations. The movie veers away from this childish nonsense for the most part and opts for more streamlined and concise storytelling, however cliché it may appear, it’s at least solid in narrative and consistent in theme.
Now, whenever inexplicable stuff does happen, it’s dressed in abstract tones so it feels more cohesive and natural, it’s more like dreamy art that doesn’t have to make conventional sense, but relies more on mood to convey information or feeling to the viewer. Maybe I’m going too easy on the anime, but you can’t deny the powerful imagery and composition in this movie, its effective. It feels like Mamoru Oshii versus David Lynch.
Escaflowne concerns itself with fate, space and time, so its skilful editing in the movie can be understood as part of the theme, whereas in the TV series the editing was conventional yet the story made no sense. This is the key difference between TV series and movie. One is dressed up in conventional tones yet is weak narratively, while the other is an abstract enigma that makes somewhat logical sense underneath the mystery.
People who give this movie undue flak either have suspect taste or are too literal in their criticism of this reimagining of the TV show. And it is a reimagining, not a condensed version of a 26 episode show, because that would be futile and foolish.
This is the writer doing what he should have done the first time round, this is taking the core premise of Escaflowne and fulfilling its potential by working with the rest of the cast rather than doodling random crap together by himself and worming his way out with deus ex machinas every five minutes. This is a near-perfect melding of all departments of the production team gelling together to bring to the viewer a unique vision of another world and its impact on a teenager at the end of her tether.
Character designs are more ‘realistic’ than the TV series as expected, but what stands out the most is the world design which feels mystical and dreamlike, very memorable and unique, it feels like Escaflowne and not a random generic fantasy-land. The music by Yoko Kanno recycles some motifs from the TV series but includes a few new compositions and songs, all of the standard you’d expect from the master composer.
Escaflowne itself is one of the best mecha designs I’ve seen in anime, truly a beast of a ‘machine’, literally taking the flesh and blood of whoever the poor user of it is, a real tool of war, one that is a double-edged sword, quite literally. And when Kanno’s amazing music is playing it’s a sight to behold.
The last 10 minutes of the movie revert back to TV levels of idiocy with childish plot devices and character behaviour, but if you’re forgiving enough you’ll overlook these flaws and just revel in the imagery coupled with Yoko Kanno, the likes of which you’ll not see anywhere else.
6: Koukyoushihen Eureka Seven: Pocket ga Niji de Ippai
English: Eureka Seven – good night, sleep tight, young lovers
Japanese: 交響詩篇エウレカセブン ポケットが虹でいっぱい
MAL Score: 7.16
Renton, son of scientists, and Eureka, a girl who can’t live under the sun, are raised together when very young and become very attached to each other. One day, Eureka is taken away. Powerless at the time, Renton vows to rescue her. He enters the military and is soon is assigned to the Independent Youths Unit 303 of the First Mobile Forces thanks to his exceptional performance alongside his Nirvash, a bio-mechanical armor/control system. Unknown to Renton, lies a plot to extinguish the alien invasion that is currently happening involving not only him, but Eureka too.
It still involves the universe of Eureka Seven, however, it seems that not many people are paying attention to the date of the events.
This movie tells the story of how everything came to be before the events of the anime series. This movie is set in the 21st century while the anime series takes place many, many years later.
Instead of introducing new characters just for just one movie, BONES used the original cast to tell the story before Psalms of the Planets. That’s why we see old characters filling weird roles like Renton’s sensei Dominic.
The story itself its very interesting because not only shows how the coralians came in contact with humanity but also alters the personalities of some of the characters, like Eureka for example, where she is not as shy and soul-less as she was portrayed at the beginning of the anime series. She is more friendly and caring towards Renton and at some points, scared of everything that’s going on around her. Overall, she feels more open-hearted.
In my opinion, they could have easily extended the whole thing into a 12 episode series, but I can see that having two time settings in the same universe with the same characters would create even more confusion than what it already is going on.
There is not much to review about the art since it’s everything you come to expect from BONES, high quality animation and special effects.
The sound is not as good compared to the anime series mainly because its always too serious (even for the battle scenes) for a plot that involves the romantic encounter of a human and a ‘robot.’ It makes it feel more melancholic and almost sad. At the very end of the movie, we heard a familiar tune courtesy of the original series, what you expected to hear when the Nirvash is battling another mecha unit.
The characters, as already explained, have been given different roles so reviewing their looks at this point is utterly pointless. However, their personalities have changed greatly. Perhaps the one who changed the most is Anemone and you’ll see why if you have already seen the anime series. One thing that really bothered me is the fact that they did not included Charles and his wife (sorry forgot her name) as part of the cast since you can see almost everyone from the original series make a kameo appearance every now and then.
The movie is fully enjoyable if you understand the fact that the time period is the one that was changed and not the universe of Eureka Seven.
As a closing comment, it was nice and refreshing to see Renton and Eureka express their feelings towards each other more openly.
I have never seen a more pathetic excuse for an anime movie in my entire life. Eureka Seven is one of the greatest series to ever be created. It’s animation and soundtrack is unusually top notch as well as it’s character development and well balanced plot. This sorry excuse for a movie under the same name of that epic animation should be beat down with a stick like a bad cosplayer.
True fans of the Eureka Seven series, spare yourself the two hour torture. If you want cute fan pictures or stories of Eureka and Renton, just browse the internet. I’m sure you’d find more things that would probably even satisfy you better.
Moving on, let’s get down to each of the categories.
The storyline: 5. Why? I’m sorry but taking the plot of the actual anime, condensing it into two hours and renaming every major plot point is NOT creative. It’s not even original. It’s silly. Okay, sure, you made some of the characters evil and it was a little different. Hell, Eureka knowing Renton since they were little could even be called adorable! Not to mention Dominic the vampire teacher, let’s not forget him in all his awesome Adrock-like glory! However, the small plot that was thought out seemed like an interesting backstory to the ‘Desperation Disease’ at first and then moved onto being something akin to some kind of backwards fountain of youth that related to the Image (*coughCoraliancough*). If it had been explained a little more, I could have given it more respect, but as it was, it was difficult to follow, not properly thought out and pretty much just vomited into animated form. Nice try guys!
The art: 2. Taking scenes from the completed anime and editing them to be put into a movie is not artistic. I was so distracted by the blatant use of actual anime images that I could not properly concentrate on the movie (I actually would stop and try and think which episode it was from and I got them all nearly correct with a three episode margin of error, whoo!). Unlike Mamma Mia… taking already made things and trying to mesh them into a movie does not work here! Just because it can work with ABBA songs does not mean it should be tried with a perfectly awesome mecha anime. For goodness sakes, make something original!
Sound: 7. I liked the sound. I liked the ending song. I really didn’t pay attention to much else. I can be satisfied by the fact that, although strange, mini-fairy!Nirvash was cute and made nice noises. (Yes that really was one of my favorite things.)
Character: 7. Thinking of this as a separate entity from the actual ES series and using this thought to understand the characters better, I was at first intrigued by how everyone had changed. The Sages became very important military figures. Holland and the Gekko State became evil misguided souls. Dominic and Anemone were main people and highly important to the overall status of the movie. To be honest, I could really appreciate this change. Though I disliked some of it, there was development here I could respect. Still, what happened with some of the Gekko State members annoyed me. Evil and misguided is okay. But vicious paranoid rapists? Sorry. I don’t approve.
Enjoyment is self explanatory. It’s obvious I didn’t like it nor did I amuse myself by watching it. However, I gave that category a four. There were parts with Eureka and Renton that sometimes made it worth sitting through every painful scene edit. I guess I just love those two that much, but next time I want cute stuff like that, I’m just gonna google it.
I suggest you all do the same.
Story: The producers changed the plot so they could introduce us this movie.The story is not bad,but it’s not as good as the series.At the first 30 minutes of the movie the story is too rushed up and people who haven’t seen the previous series will be pretty much confused.
Art: The art improved and for good.The character design is the same but there are a lot of details that are well drown in the surroundings.I liked the art it was still that great.A lot of the scenes were very well rendered and that shows that a lot of time was thrown on the art.So yo won’t be disappointed from it.
Sound: Well the sound was good.It’s not the best out there but it won’t bother you while you are watching the movie.The character voices are still good and lively.
Character: This is what I like the most from the movie.The kids that Eureka took care for are gone(at least we see them only for one scene) and that changes a lot of things.Eureka is not worried about them all the time and that way her character improved a lot and thank to God for good.She is not that strange in her reactions like in the series,but maybe in that way we lost a little good piece of her interesting character.Also she realizes Renton’s love very early,which in a way makes the people who have watched the series delighted and disappointed,because the plot suffers a lot from that fact.Other thing that is changed is the personality of Hap.Now he turned into bad ass.So to sum up leaving the kids in the background of the story had it’s good and bad things.The level of their annoying presence is decreased,but again the plot suffers,because of that.
Enjoyment: Well if you enjoyed the series you will enjoy the movie.It is just more of the same characters.They were a little things that are not very well thought at the movie,but they won’t spoil your fun.
Overall the movie is not bad.I expected more,but maybe you will like it.
5: 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.
4: Top wo Nerae! & Top wo Nerae 2! Gattai Movie!!
MAL Score: 7.45
This double feature comprises of Gunbuster and Die Buster (aka Gunbuster 2) condensed into a single theatrical release told in two parts with a musical intermission in between. The first part, Gunbuster the Movie, condenses the six episodes of the original OVA into a 95-minute movie featuring a new 5.1 audio remix and a redub by the original Japanese cast. The second part, Die Buster the Movie, mixes large chunks of the second OVA series with a few altered or newly-animated scenes to create a truncated take on Nono’s story.
Starting out, I wondered if I could get away with simply watching these movies instead of the series considering that they both reflected the same story. I knew the series would have more material, but maybe these newer movies might have updated visuals, or might tell the story better or at least more succinctly? Unfortunately, no: I’m pretty sure the movies have no new scenes, the visuals are the same, and the plot moves past succinct here.
Both series are condensed enough, but these movies condense past the point of comfort. With all the cutting they had to do, scenes jump around a bit more than they should. The brunt of the action’s there, but the development to that action, and especially the reasoning for that action suffers in the movies.
But please do try the original series! They already have excellent reviews on MAL, so I won’t unnecessarily delve into them here. But I’ll just say this: if you don’t like Gunbuster (Top wo Nerae), please still give the significantly more modern sequel a chance (but do know that although the stories and characters of the two OVAs are mostly separate, you’ll enjoy Diebuster (Top wo Nerae 2) more having first finished its predecessor. It’s a spoiler to say why). Dazzling protagonists that evolve well throughout each episode… rare beasts indeed, but we find one in both. Come back for these compilation movies only if you get the urge to rewatch both of these underground gems.
3: Doraemon Movie 07: Nobita to Tetsujin Heidan
English: Doraemon the Movie: Nobita and the Steel Troops
Japanese: 映画 ドラえもん のび太と鉄人兵団
MAL Score: 7.54
Giant robot parts fell from the sky, so Nobita and Doraemon took it into the mirror world to build it and called it the Zandacross. It seems that Zandacross is a dangerous weapon so they kept it a secret. A mysterious girl named Lilulu appeared and asked for Zandacross for the invasion but she doesn’t agree to invade the Earth. Doraemon and the others join forces to stop the invasion of the robot army but it seems that Lilulu is the only one that can stop it.
It’s been very long since the last time I saw this but I still recall most of the scenes and also that nostalgic song at the End and throughout the Movie. If you used to watch Doraemon as a kid then you would’ve already watched this movies many times by Now. I highly recommend this Movie to Anyone who is interested in Gundam, Mecha and Sad things because these factors are seen throughout the movie.
I therefore end my review here,
2: Doraemon Movie 31: Shin Nobita to Tetsujin Heidan – Habatake Tenshi-tachi
Japanese: 映画 ドラえもん 新 のび太と鉄人兵団～はばたけ 天使たち～
MAL Score: 8.00
Jealous of Suneo’s new robot toy, Nobita asks Doraemon to build him an even better one. Doraemon initially refuses, until Nobita accidentally discovers pieces of a mysterious robot that falls from the sky. After gathering all the robot parts and assembled them together, the giant robot, Zanda Claus, is soon completed. The duo soon learn that the robot is not a mere toy, but a powerful weapon in the fight against the coming Robot Army that is going to attack Earth and enslave the human inhabitants of it. An invasion is near, as a mysterious girl Riruru (リルル, Alternative spelling: Lilulu, Lillele [Doko Demo Doa Scanlations]) shows up, looking for the robot.
There is pretty much nothing Bad I can say about this movie.
This movie has great characters, a pretty good antagonist, good comedy and the soundtracks as well as the animation are on another level.
One thing that makes this movie special is that no matter how many times you watch it doesn’t get old. There is always something in the movie that you love and the ending is emotional, it pulls you in right from start and the new characters that introduced in the movie are probably the best doraemon side characters ever.
In my opinion this is peak doraemon and the series may never reach this level of quality again when it comes to movies and This movie is without a doubt, worth your time and I can’t recommend it enough.
Despite being made for kids, this movie is actually quite good and better than your average kids movie.
There aren’t any major plot holes and everything makes sense while being somewhat complex at the same time.
This is also a remake of the older version of steel troops and this remake made it way better.
I liked the old one but with it’s really good animation, voice acting and overall enjoyment this remake elevates the old movie story line to a whole new level.
In the past they have remade older movies and improved on them but this remake is just on another level compared to the others. The actual steel troops story is honestly the best out of all doraemon movies as well.
If you are a doraemon fan I recommend this.
The characters who stole the show the most in this movie were Riruru and Shizuka. You will see Shizuka’s kindness tested to it’s absolute limit, and Riruru questioning her beliefs and purpose. It is surprisingly deep material for a Doraemon movie, especially near the end which I will not spoil for you.
Unlike other Doraemon movies, this one has a more serious tone. The bad future always seems like an immediate threat, which makes for an action-packed movie. There are still some moments of levity despite this, to keep the film from getting depressing.
Overall, I would say to check it out. It is among the best Doraemon movies, and it’s heartwarming story shows us why Doraemon ended up being such a beloved character in our culture.
1: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Movie 1: Gurren-hen
English: Gurren Lagann The Movie: Childhood’s End
Japanese: 劇場版 天元突破グレンラガン 紅蓮篇
MAL Score: 8.16
Animation studio Gainax presented a website for the release of a movie adaptation of the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann TV series in the fall of 2008. Both the original director and series script editor will return to work on the new project. Gainax will also be hosting four events to celebrate this occasion at this year’s Tokyo International Anime Fair, featuring voice actors from the anime.
“Men put their souls into their drills when breaking through!”
Some obvious advices/facts before we dive into the review.
This is NOT a standalone movie thus having knowledge from the TV series is highly recommended and also beneficial to your mind.
Do NOT compare the pacing of the TV series with the movie. One is called a TV series and the other is called a movie for a reason, k? Both the TV series and the movie are by the original director and script editor so they know what they are messing with.
Do NOT expect to see a lot of new footages. Does this mean this is a “recap” of the TV series? Not exactly. There are enough plot differences in the battles for this movie to be considered an adaptation instead of a complete “recap”.
Is the movie rushed? To a large extent, yes it is. There is simply too much material to cover in too little time. This is probably what most people are complaining about.
Is it worth your time to watch this? Only if you can distinguish what to expect between a TV series and a movie.
The problem with trying to remake a masterpiece level of work (and that applies not only to anime) is that people will only be curious to see how the new work can surpass the previous work. Often people will have a pre-set level of expectation for these works and more often people will find themselves expecting too much and ended in disappointment. For example, after rating the original TV series 10/10, viewer X eagerly awaits the movie adaptation. But what can he really expect? That the movie worth 11/10? No, that is not possible. This is all thanks to something called human prejudice. Everyone who has seen the TV series first will consciously/unconsciously be comparing them. So please be mindful when watching the movie not to compare it bit by bit with the TV series. It is not fair for the movie.
Those of us who have seen Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (TTGL) will know what it means when I say the show as a whole defies the Laws of Physics. While there are plenty of examples for that type of shows, TTGL is by far the most outrageous, thus the term “epicness” is seen wherever TTGL appears. The story of TTGL is a prime example of the “underdog” battle. The main characters began with very little fighting chance but every time they seem to turn the impossible possible. And how do they do that? With a DRILL of course!
The movie has some great new battle scenes. Animation wise it is the same as the TV series (for those who like to compare the two). Most scenes were pretty consistent but lacking in details from time to time which is to be expected from the sketchy and cartoonish-looking animation. What truly makes TTGL “epic” though is that the scenes match well with the “mood” at that particular moment of the show. This is partially due to the great soundtracks and theme songs by Shoko Nakagawa. Overall those of us who are familiar with Gainax’s previous works will not be disappointed in TTGL.
Character wise, there was a slightly heavier emphasis on Yoko in this movie which is great for all Yoko lovers. Simon and Nia also have a decent character development throughout the movie. Unfortunately, because of time constrain, there was not much character building for the secondary characters like Rossiu and Kittan who ended up being quite hollow. Thus if all you ever care about is Kamina, Nia, Simon, and Yoko, then there shouldn’t be anything wrong for you. For the rest of us … brace ourselves for some disappointment here.
The following is targeted to those who have concerns with regard to the pacing of the movie. Ask yourself this, how long as it been from the end of the TV series to the airing of the movie. Answer: 11 month and 1 week (give or take a few days). Do you honestly expect to see tremendous differences (next to what it has presented already) given the time? Do you honestly expect to see a whole new story with the same awesomeness produced in 51 weeks? Given the time, though of course we can argue that they could have delayed the movie if things didn’t work out, I think it was a fairly decent job. Hopefully you will find it a good enjoyable watch too!
I really enjoy the series, and feel that anyone considering watching this should instead watch the series.
The original series is twenty-seven episodes long, or – minus the openings and endings – around about nine hours. Gurren-hen follows the events of the first thirteen episodes and so is just over two hours shorter than its source material. As you would expect, much of the development is glossed over and the story proceeds at a lightning pace. The story itself is more or less the same as in the series – much of humanity lives underground until Simon and his ‘bro’ Kamina break free, to find the surface inhabited by ‘Beastmen’ who pilot giant mechas – with a movie-original opening and ending that sets things up nicely for the sequel. The plot comes across as – unsurprisingly – very rushed; the characters are offered little development and during the middle act there is a ridiculous – but unfortunately necessary – montage to progress the story. Developmental issues pave the way for an adequate at best plot.
The animation isn’t a huge step up from the series – if different at all – but the opening and the ending deliver some exciting new material. The ending, especially, is a welcomed feat. The new climax is both thrilling and well executed, and will have you eagerly awaiting the next installment. Corners have been cut, however, with the music. The score by Taku Iwasaki from the series returns with no new additions, which causes Gurren-hen – at times – to feel something along the lines of a movie-length recap; something you’ve already seen before. New inclusions to the soundtrack certainly wouldn’t have gone amiss.
The main trio and the prime supporting cast return in Gurren-hen, though most have left their depth and development at home, particularly Rossiu and Kittan. Yoko fans are offered more excessive fan service and Simon – in the new sequences – is particularly prodigious. The lack of development to the cast is massively disappointing, however, and causes Gurren-hen to come across as rather disengaged and retrogressive.
Gurren-hen is an enjoyable movie, urged on by its source material, but is let down by lapses in development. The middle act could have benefited substantially from some new material, acting as a bridge between the beginning and the end, offering the supporting characters alternate introductions and addressing developmental issues, but instead the staff opt to rehash the series to a disjointed, disappointing effect. The new opening and ending sequences are both longer and far more engrossing than expected, however, which offer the movie some value. If you enjoyed the series, you’ll get a kick out of the movie, but if you didn’t, it’s best to avoid Gurren-hen. If you’re new to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, the movie isn’t worth your time, and may come across as completely incoherent, with many characters remaining a mystery; without motivation and depth, just empty shells.
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1. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Movie 1: Gurren-hen
2. Doraemon Movie 31: Shin Nobita to Tetsujin Heidan – Habatake Tenshi-tachi
3. Doraemon Movie 07: Nobita to Tetsujin Heidan
4. Top wo Nerae! & Top wo Nerae 2! Gattai Movie!!
5. Rakuen Tsuihou
6. Koukyoushihen Eureka Seven: Pocket ga Niji de Ippai
8. Roujin Z
9. Inazuma Eleven Go vs. Danball Senki W Movie
10. Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari
11. Armitage III: Dual-Matrix
12. Aquarion Movie: Ippatsu Gyakuten-hen
13. Koukyoushihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution 2: Anemone
14. Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion: Mirai kara Kita Shinsoku no ALFA-X
15. Akihabara Dennou-gumi: 2011-nen no Natsuyasumi
16. Star Driver the Movie
17. Mazinger Z tai Ankoku Daishougun
18. Soratobu Yuureisen
19. Five Star Stories
20. 009 Re:Cyborg
21. Sakura Taisen: Katsudou Shashin
22. Grendizer: Getter Robo G – Great Mazinger Kessen! Daikaijuu
23. UFO Robo Grendizer tai Great Mazinger
24. Tetsujin 28-gou: Hakuchuu no Zangetsu
25. Cyborg 009: Call of Justice 3
26. Evangelion: Another Impact (VR)
27. Cyborg 009: Call of Justice 2
28. Tetsuwan Atom: Uchuu no Yuusha
29. Koukyoushihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution 1
30. Cyborg 009: Call of Justice 1
31. Tetsuwan Atom: Atom Tanjou no Himitsu
32. Mobile Suit Gundam UC Perfectibility
33. Tetsuwan Atom: Kagayakeru Hoshi – Anata wa Aoku, Utsukushii…
34. Great Mazinger tai Getter Robo
35. Great Mazinger tai Getter Robo G: Kuuchuu Daigekitotsu
36. Evangelion Shito, Hakata Shuurai
37. Tetsuwan Atom: Ao Kishi no Kan
38. Ttori wa Zeta Robot
39. Zegapain ADP
40. Tetsuwan Atom: Chikyuu Saigo no Hi
41. Frame Arms Girl Movie: Kyakkya Ufufu na Wonderland
42. Space Gundam V
43. Xabungle Graffiti
44. Wakusei Robo Danguard Ace: Uchuu Daikaisen
45. Uchuu Enban Dai-Sensou
47. Wakusei Robo Danguard Ace tai Konchuu Robot Gundan
48. SF Saiyuuki Starzinger (Movie)
50. Maken Liner 0011 Henshin Seyo!