They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Break Blade 2: Ketsubetsu no Michi, Kuroko no Basket Movie 3: Winter Cup – Tobira no Mukou, The Last: Naruto the Movie, and more!
50: Break Blade 2: Ketsubetsu no Michi
English: Broken Blade 2
Japanese: ブレイクブレイド 訣別ノ路
MAL Score: 7.73
Second Break Blade movie.
The action starts right away and as you can see, the animation and art is pretty good. maybe some weird movements here and there, but overall it’s outstanding.
We get to know more about the characters, mostly about lee and cleo. and i think that cleo is not as a bad shooter as everyone thinks she is.
Which i found the main point of this episode was the decision of Rygart. His feelings get hurt and he’s left with a choice. leave the kingdom or fight for it.
Fighting for it would mean that he has to leave his old self behind who is against all this fighting and he would accept the possibility that he might die.
Or run away live on, but know that your friends will forfeit their lives.
Can he or can he not live on like that?
That will be answered in The second movie of Break Blade.
Again, sound and art are both fantastic, contributing to the overall enjoyment of the series. In comparison to BB1, it does get more of the plot in it since BB1 could be said as the foundation, or a teaser some may say.
The flashbacks shown in BB2, in my opinion, are well put and necessary for the enjoyment of the viewer. It’s a way of letting the viewers know why the characters do this and that, especially Zess and Cleo. It gives us a better understanding of the characters and of the whole story as well.
All of the old and new elements found in BB2 are both very engaging yet insufficient. The mecha battles are all fantastic yet some animations can be inconsistent at times, having to replay a whole minute in order to catch full sight of the action. Nevertheless, BB2 works with BB1 and makes you want to crave more of the series. Especially since both leave a cliffhanger by the end of the movie, which works its magic quite well.
49: Kuroko no Basket Movie 3: Winter Cup – Tobira no Mukou
English: Winter Cup Highlights Episode 3 – Winter Cup Highlights -Crossing the Door-
MAL Score: 7.74
Third of three compilation films of the Kuroko no Basket franchise.
Rakuzan and Shutoku face off in the semi finals at the Winter Cup. Despite struggling with Akashi’s Emperor Eye that sees through everything, Midorima and Takao fight back with their consecutive plays, and the whole Shutoku team bites back at Rakuzan. However, it doesn’t take long before Akashi crushes all of their hopes. It is decided that the finals will be fought between Seirin and Rakuzan. Kagami immediately enters the Zone as soon as the match starts, but it is no match for Akashi. Facing an extreme difference in ability against Rakuzan, Seirin loses their hope a number of times during the match. However, Kuroko doesn’t give up, and continues to strongly fight against Akashi.
1. Movie 1 Winter Cup Soushuuhen – Kage to Hikari
2. Movie 2 Winter Cup Soushuuhen – Namida no Saki e
3. Movie 3 Winter Cup Soushuuhen – Tobira no Mukou
Movie one, two, and three is a summarize version of Season one, two, and three. Though unlike the Season one series where it tackles first the plays Seirin made in order to participate in the Winter Cup and Season 2 moving on to the tournament itself, the Movies focuses on the Winter Cup alone and show only a bit of introduction from the Season one series. The movies consist of the highlights and the outplays Team Seirin did in order to defeat every team with a Generation of Miracles member. It is a waste not to watch them but I decided not to. Not because it will be a waste of time but I know that watching it will make my memory jamble. Since I’ve watched each episodes of all three seasons, I already know how the story goes. But apart from that fact, every bit of extras, not that important but is a part of the series, and I don’t want to forget that. Watching this movies will possibly make you forget that little bits of cute lines, scenarios from the series, and I don’t want that. You can make it a review from the seasons series though.
Kuroko No Basket Anime Review
By: Tadatoshi Fujimaki
April 15, 2019
Sports Anime genre have only one path to take, tournaments. Participating individually or by teaming up, it is the most common plot that exist. While this is not a unique one, it will be the author’s capability how he manage to capture the interest of the viewer and excite them. This series focuses on students who love playing basketball. At first, I am really not interested on watching this anime. It is kind of absurd to think of a basketball story with extraordinary skills. But after trying it out, it made me realize that the plot of the story is great. I love the simplicity of it. The main reason of why the series moves forward and how it affects every branches of the story. Unrealistic as it may seem, the lesson is still there. The creator successfully stress out the core value when playing basketball. What also made me hook on this series is the directness of every plays all of the basketball teams have. Each play only last for an average of 5 to 6 episodes. Flashbacks are there but its only on a really minimum basis. You can enjoy watching all of the plays without so much cliffhanging and annoying side stories of the characters.
It is already a known that almost all of the characters on this series are super cool. It is the reason why most of the girl watched it, I think. Aside from that fact, the development of the characters can totally be seen along the story. The changes and realization they made make them more of a human. Though not skillfully speaking. Since there are so many characters, giving all of them the spotlight is hard. And that’s whats amazing. The creator successfully introduce a past where most of the characters belong. That way, it won’t be hard tackling each of the characters past and it gives the story more time in other scenarios that needs to be displayed. I love how the story never depend on the back story of the characters so much that it will take too much time to explain it.
Sound and Animation: 10
Perfect. My phone is full of Kises’ picture. Yes, every character is so handsome but it is not only this. The animation of the story is really great. Parts where the characters show dribbling, passing, shooting or even guarding their opponents is really detailed. I love how they show the movements of the characters playing on the court, as well as their expression depending on the feeling they have. Should I also mention the voices? Yes, theirs are really cool and perfectly matches the looks of the characters.
I am not really a fan of basketball. I do not hate it, but I do not also like it. This is the first anime basketball which got me hooked. Due to so much enjoyment watching it, I’ve finished it in a more faster time than the other series I tried. Every episode will make you want more, more plays, more actions on the court, more characters to encounter with. It is really exciting, and fun to watch.
This is the best route to take for an ending on this series. The main goal of Kuroko has been met after winning the nationals with his team. But no, the story did not really move forward just because they had to win. It is because he had to bring back his loss previously. He had to bring back all of the people precious to him and he did. Fixing things that is broken and making them realize the most important thing when doing the thing they love. I am content with the ending of this series. It is simple, yet it will made you realize something important.
It says i need to write a longer review while most people would tell me i elaborate too much when i explain myself. But there’s nothing more to say, the animation alone makes it worth it
Even this isnt long enough, exactly how long does it need to be to be long enough. All i wanted to say was in the first paragraph
This being the latest entry in the highlight movies, thankfully, you can watch it after you’ve finished the third season, unlike the previous ones which included contents from different seasons.
The highlight had two games, it covers the game between Rakuzan and Midorima’s team briefly then moves all the +1 hour focus to the final between Seirin and Rakuzan. It almost feels like the perfect medicine for the show’s slow pacing. A lot of people complain about the games being too long and drag on for longer than needed.
48: The Last: Naruto the Movie
English: The Last: Naruto the Movie
Japanese: THE LAST NARUTO THE MOVIE
MAL Score: 7.77
Two years have passed since the end of the Fourth Great Ninja War. Konohagakure has remained in a state of peace and harmony—until Sixth Hokage Kakashi Hatake notices the moon is dangerously approaching the Earth, posing the threat of planetary ruin.
Amidst the grave ordeal, the Konoha is invaded by a new evil, Toneri Oosutuski, who suddenly abducts Hinata Hyuuga’s little sister Hanabi. Kakashi dispatches a skilled ninja team comprised of Naruto Uzumaki, Sakura Haruno, Shikamaru Nara, Sai, and Hinata in an effort to rescue Hanabi from the diabolical clutches of Toneri. However, during their mission, the team faces several obstacles that challenge them, foiling their efforts.
With her abduction, the relationships the team share with one another are tested, and with the world reaching the brink of destruction, they must race against time to ensure the safety of their planet. Meanwhile, as the battle ensues, Naruto is driven to fight for something greater than he has ever imagined—love.
I have been a Naruto fan for ages and I have to say a HUGE Naruto fan. But there is one thing I cannot accept…when the author turns everything you like about the show to dust.
This movie is set somewhere after the last manga chapter (By the way, didn’t like the ending either.). Naruto is like a star in Konoha. Everybody loves him, he has a lot of fans, especially among young girls. This part was beautiful, I have to admit. I really enjoyed the feels when watching Naruto and his “Will of Fire” after all the suffering he had to go through. It was also nice to see all the other characters, especially Kakashi as a hokage looks so epic! And the intro where they summarized the whole story in an awesome ink-like animation was so amazing!
Unfortunately, that’s all. The rest of the film is not worth watching. You know, something is probably wrong when scenes that are supposed to be sad or dramatic makes you laugh. I found the whole plot really ridiculous and stupid. It had such a filler-like atmosphere. Some random villain comes here to marry Hinata and the Moon falls on the Earth to destroy it. Seriously?
Plus most of the film is just about Hinata dealing with her love for Naruto and everybody forcing Naruto to understand what love is, to make her happy. Is Naruto soap opera or what? I don’t mind romance in anime but this romance was so ridiculous and kinda forced or how to say that. I am not sure what to think about the intentions of the author. It was like “Umm now let’s add a cool fight with…eh who? Well let’s make someone random up aaand now…hm let’s bring romance again, never mind just place there Hinata and her shy face, that’s enough.”
So the result? If it wasn’t Naruto I would probably say it was an interesting movie, not memorable but not bad. The thing is that it is Naruto after all. It was supposed to be the last movie that closes one era in Naruto universe. It brought us a filler with a childish plot and distorted characters form the original anime instead.
I expected more, much more dattebayo!
At the beginning, we see Hinata being bullied… Again lol. Except this is actually filmed in a different location. Naruto appears and once again saves hinata in a comedic fashion. In this movie, the viewpoints of Naruto and Hinata are shown various times as well, which normally makes the viewer think whether these people will ever fall in love. It literally takes at least an hour for the dense Naruto to notice Hinata’s feelings and start reciprocating.
Shikamaru is smart as always, Sai always makes me laugh as I watch the movie, Sakura has finally gained my respect for what she did for Naruto (I will not spoil anything) and I think Hinata has changed my view on her. These characters are shown rather well. The other shinobi of Konoha 11 also get some screen time. If anything they get more than enough screen time, unlike Tenten who just made a small appearance.
I see Toneri as a plot device to bring both Naruto and Hinata together. Sadly enough, I already knew he would not succeed in getting Hinata. Toneri’s goal was to change the world because of the wars that continuously happened. I find this villain sad, mainly because of what he has gone through and the suffering that he put on himself (Still trying not to spoil anything). The end of the movie (after the credits) is full of feels, so I warn everyone that is going to watch the movie to wait until the credits finish. The music almost brought me on the verge of tears, seeing a knuckle headed ninja finally become “his dream” and much more shows so much. After all these years of following Naruto, I am glad I stuck this far. I enjoyed the voice acting, the voice actors portrayed their characters amazingly well. I found Toneri a bit odd. Probably because I wished he had more screen time, but I did feel for what he received before the end of the movie.
Overall, I enjoyed the living hell out of this movie. It is a great send off to the legendary Naruto series and the character himself. Following Naruto from his knuckle headed times to his adult life was worth it and this movie just brought that feeling out further.
The beginning of the movies shows why Hinata is initially attracted to Naruto so it adds more to things from her point of view. I think the series does a good job of showing the movie through the eyes of both Naruto and Hinata. The movie movies at a moderate pace but unfortunately, a lot of the more awesome characters from the series (why I won’t reveal due to spoilers) are reduced to a millisecond fanservice cameos just to remind us they exist. Sakura who has been infamous for being useless does have some decent use in this movie and does bring some convenient contribution. Shikamaru shows he is a capable leader and Sai is mostly used as bad comic relief.
Toneri is just a very boring, unoriginal and lame villain for every reason you can practically think of (once again without giving away any spoilers). Despite his plot, he comes across as non-threatning and has the charisma of drying white paint on interior walls. I found the love story between Hinata and Naruto a lot more interesting.
I say the make or break for viewers is how their favorite character are used in what is supposed to be “the last movie.” If your favorite character despite being alive and active is not used to their fullest potential, it may piss you off. If you don’t mind that, then hey, cool.
The character design does an effective job in making the cast looking like they are in their late teens and I cannot complain about it. They are taller, have more mature faces, etc. It gets the job done. The action relies too much on the 360 foreground/background turnaround way too much for me. The final fight does play homage to a lot of the older fights as well. I also enjoy Hinata’s close range combat fighting as well and is a fun representation of southern style Kung Fu.
The background music as usual is an excellent use of traditional Japanese acoustics and percussions carried by the rhythm of modern guitar licks which everyone can get behind. The ending theme is just too generic and trendy in comparison to current Japanese music trends for my tastes.
The voice acting is superb and I think Sakura’s voice sounds appropriately more mature out of all the characters. Naruto still sounds the same though I think his voice could have been a bit deeper for his age but glad to see they kept their cast (unlike the new Initial D anime). However, Fukuyama Jun, most famous as the voice of Code Geass from Lelouch as the voice of Toneri doesn’t exhibit that same powerfulness in this performance in which you can blame on a writing and voice directing issue as opposed to a voice actor issue.
Overall, this anime is mostly a decent representation of what people love and hate about Naruto. A good fraction of the fans will find this moderately satisfying. Haters will hate it for why they hate Naruto.
47: Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2 Movie: Kakusei no Houkou
Japanese: 劇場版 進撃の巨人 Season2 覚醒の咆哮
MAL Score: 7.78
Eren Yeager and others of the 104th Training Corps have just begun to become full members of the Survey Corps. As they ready themselves to face the Titans once again, their preparations are interrupted by the invasion of Wall Rose—but all is not as it seems as more mysteries are unraveled. As the Survey Corps races to save the wall, they uncover more about the invading Titans and the dark secrets of their own members.
Well? What do you want me to say? It’s goddamn Attack on motherfucking Titan, yes it’s essentially a recap of the 2nd Season but it fucking delivers.
Normally my tolerance for recap movies is 0, however Roar of the Awakening is a recap movie done right. It streamlines the original product and makes it a worthwhile experience in it’s own right. It removes most of the original runs filler and gives you pretty much what you read on the pages of the manga, even throwing in some brand new animation to plug gaps and even give us a glimpse at the then unseen Season 3 Part 1.
WIT Studio once again out do themselves in terms of animation (they are going to be sorely missed for The Final Season) and combining this with the efforts of series director Tetsurō Araki you can see why this series made such an impact when it did. Bringing over his familiar style from Highschool of the Dead and Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress means the entire series looks breathtaking. Pulling off some insane camera movements leaving your perpetual jaw firmly on the floor. All capped off by new brand new compositions by series composer, Hiroyuki Sawano. Seriously, I think the version of the song Barricades is better than the one used in the series itself.
I’m extremely grateful for Anime Limited licensing this movie for a U.K. Blu-ray release, yes it even included some beautiful drinks coasters, but I’d wish they’d hurry up and licence the rest.
Until then… SHINZOU WO SASAGEYO!
“You wrapped this scarf around me. Thank you.”
“I’ll wrap it around you again… as many times as you want. Now and forever. That’s a promise!”
46: Seitokai Yakuindomo Movie 2
Japanese: 劇場版 生徒会役員共 2
MAL Score: 7.78
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First off, all I can say as a longtime fan of Seitokai Yakuindomo since all the way back in 2010 (yes, it’s been over 10 years!!), is that it was an absolute joy and surprise when I found out they were making another movie for this series. After all, it’s not often an anime that debuted more than a decade ago gets a sequel, let alone an anime that’s basically just dirty joke after dirty joke. So my sincerest thanks to all the creators (and apparently crowdfunding contributors).
Onto the review – so how was the movie? Quite simply, it absolutely beat my expectations. I went into the theater expecting a lazy cash grab for desperate fans hoping to see our favorite group of pervs one more time, coasting on an old franchise’s legacy and tired running gags, but I am ecstatic to report that I was completely wrong. This second movie was even better than the first movie.
First, I was quite impressed with the framing device for this movie – it opens with Shino reminiscing about old times, with a serious tone, implying something happened since we last saw her. But this framing device pays off pretty well at the end with a great punchline joke (not going to spoil it, but be sure to watch until the very end!!!). So hats off for going the extra mile instead of simply slapping together 1 hours’ worth of non-sequitur jokes.
Second, although I admit that the whole “high school girls telling dirty jokes” novelty has completely worn off by now, the jokes themselves still work and made me laugh out loud a few times, with many smaller chuckles throughout. Yes, many of the jokes fell flat (I’d say 1/3 bad jokes, 1/3 chuckle jokes, 1/3 genuinely laugh-worthy jokes), but when there’s a joke coming every 30 seconds, there’s no time to think about the jokes that didn’t work. This is truly a rare case of quantity over quality!
Third, for those who are hoping for more of the romance angle in terms of Tsuda’s harem, this movie has also got you covered! Plenty of Shino and Hagimura blushing, and some of the other girls also hint at their entry into Tsuda’s harem. People hoping for romance fanservice will get plenty of what they want!
As for the technical aspects, the animation is on par with the first movie. To my surprise, there wasn’t much skimping on the animation like I expected. In fact, a few scenes genuinely impressed me (for example, in scenes with the girls’ hair waving and sakura petals falling). However, they reused the opening, and the music was nothing to write home about, so the sound was just OK.
Overall, I quite enjoyed this movie. It was shorter than I would have liked (less than 1 hour 15 minutes I believe), and a bit disappointed at the lack of a new opening, but I can’t really complain too much when I had a blast during that hour, and absolute nostalgia for the characters who I was unsure I’d ever see again in all their animated, perverted glory.
That being recycling 2 shorts from the 8th OVA of the second season. It’s kinda inexcusable as it in no way ties to the movie it is just there to add time. I can only assume this was meant to come out before the pandemic and they had to scramble after the fact.
the movie itself is fine It is a lot like the last movie which was mostly an extended episode. I got a few chuckles here and there but not enough to ever watch this again.
I am glad I can finally check this show off of my list.
45: Shingeki no Kyojin Movie 2: Jiyuu no Tsubasa
English: Attack on Titan: Wings of Freedom
MAL Score: 7.79
Recap of episodes 14-25.
Now there’s even less focus on Eren’s friends (minus Mikasa and Armin) in order to focus on the more important story elements present in the second half of season one. It was good, but the story beats you’d usually find in a movie are practically nonexistent here; one scene lasts around 45 minutes, so I’d say that killed the pacing a bit.
It’s still a good story, but it’s definitely told better in the show. If you have any way to access the show, you should take that and leave this be.
44: InuYasha Movie 3: Tenka Hadou no Ken
English: InuYasha the Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler
Japanese: 映画 犬夜叉 天下覇道の剣
MAL Score: 7.80
Izayoi and Inu no Taishou, Inuyasha’s parents, are having problems with a human named Setsuna no Takemaru. Sou’unga a magical sword that has been sealed away for 700 years is found. Now everyone is after the sword and its powers but it seems the sword has something else in mind.
First of all, the artwork looks really pretty, and the plot of the story is very enjoyable. This movie basically gives you a little flashback into Inuyasha’s past, and who his parents were. Like any Inuyasha movie, there’s plenty of action to see.
In my opinion, the movie could have went a little bit deeper into the past, but overall it’s great!
43: Detective Conan Movie 12: Full Score of Fear
Japanese: 名探偵コナン 戦慄の楽譜（フルスコア）
MAL Score: 7.80
Serial murders involving all kinds have happened. All the victims are from a Music School led by a famous pianist. Conan and company have been invited to a opening concert of the Music Hall built by the pianist. The biggest attraction of this concert is the world famous violin called “Stradivarius” and a special appearance of a singer who has perfect pitch.
On with the review~
As I have mentioned before each DC movie contains a certain theme to it. The last movie, for example, contained a theme pertaining to pirates, while this movie contains a theme relating to classical music which has absolutely no relation to its predecessor which is quite unique in its own way.
The movie itself, in my point of view, is much faster paced compared to past DC movies. Each important event or crime as you may call it happens much quicker compared to the other movies which can be a downfall in its own way, but it doesn’t matter since we get a small glimpse of pretty girls singing opera house music to Beethoven. *shot*
This movie, like all other DC movies just gives us a small glimpse of how dangerous the real world can be; how one simple event can turn a person into a total psycho. This movie perfectly explains and personifies how even the most beautiful of music can cause the most shocking of events.
However, with this movie’s plot, it could have shown much more potential; maybe adding a bit more spice would have made this movie one of the best of the best of the DC movies.
Of course, this DC movie being about classical music, it’s only natural to hear some beautiful peaceful and relaxing music. But this movie did something more than add that to our plate, we also hear resonating pieces of two very different classics one being, “Amazing Grace” and the “Ave Maria” each one sung beautifully and naturally by a very young and beautiful, perfectly pitched young woman. This movie also managed to make the music sound even most enjoying even though on the outside of that beautiful performance, something deadly and horrific is happening. To sum it all up in one go, this movie has classical music with a BOOM!
For the past 16 years of Detective Conan’s airing we have seen an increase of better animation compared to when it first came out in 1996. This being the 12th movie of the DC franchise its only plausible to know that this animation is so much more better compared to when the 1st movie came out in 1997! The animation has improved so much that animators are even adding some 3D moments! It just goes to show how technology has advanced over the years.
I would describe each character, however, it would be pointless seeing as how the opening sequence of this movie will just explain the main man himself, Edogawa Conan and some other supporting characters which help attribute to the movie’s events. So I will just introduce one character, who only appears in this movie as the main heroine to help move the detective story along.
Akibe Reiko is by all means a prodigy in my eyes, who first appears in this story as what I would describe to be a stereotypical celebrity snob who in all cases thinks she’s better than everyone else. With looks which could put America’s Next Top Model to shame and a voice so glorious that it would have made Beethoven regain is hearing, she is by all means an angel created by the Gods of Anime! At first she may seem like a total bitch, but than through the course of this movie we learn a few things about her and find out that she’s like a tsundere; tough and rotten on the outside yet fluffy and sweet on the inside.
I enjoyed listening to the classical music of this movie because it was wholeheartedly different from your usual DC heroic themed soundtrack. It’s nice to experience something new once in a while after all. However, I’ll be honest, I was a bit bored. This movie felt like it was just dragging on and on that I even found doing my AP History Homework much more enjoyable than the movie itself! And that’s saying something! But I ask that even if this movie isn’t going to be the best, please don’t ignore it, especially if you’re a fan of Detective Conan! Who knows, maybe you might watch this and think to yourself, “What the hell is this woman saying? This movie is by all means a masterpiece!”
Seriously, I don’t have anything against classical music, but in this movie it is brought so boringly and unfitting. I rather go to a theater when I want to hear some good classics, instead of aspecting it in a Conan movie.
So, I give the whole movie a 4 and the stories potential a 7.
Following a bombing incident at a music school, Conan must protect the lead singer from the perpetrator before the big performance at a grand opera. While this movie’s premise is basic, it still makes it work with smooth pacing and little moments of character in the cast. The lead singer, Reiko, is interesting enough to work as a supporting character and the subplot with Ran and Shinichi is also kind of nice. While it would’ve been nice for the rest of the supporting cast to get this kind of treatment, it’s obvious that the filmmakers chose to do this deliberately. What’s also kind of fun is that the animators were able to sync the animation with the music and singing. On the subject of the music itself, it’s great… perhaps too great. While the songs in this movie are very good, I felt a bit of sensory overload from it all. Since this might be a personal problem, I won’t hold it against the film too much.
Now, one thing that I am still on the fence about is how Conan’s tone-deafness is handled in this movie. To be tone-deaf means having no concept of relative pitch and the inability of to distinguish between two notes. So how does Conan, a character who is tone deaf, be able to not only clearly distinguish how flat a certain note is, but also sing in harmony with a character with perfect pitch, a quality unattainable by tone deaf people? My only solution is that Conan isn’t really tone deaf; he just lacks proper training. After all, Conan was able to perfectly replicate the dial tones for the boss’ phone number after listening to it once. To be truly tone deaf would mean to not be a great detective, as being a great detective would mean the ability to distinguish between different sounds (which is an ability Conan has). Well, it’s definitely something to think about.
For a Detective Conan movie, its a pretty straight forward film. While lacking the appeal of more popular movies, one could consider this a hidden gem. If you are a big fan of classical music and would love to see it implemented in a mystery film, then consider Full Score of Fear a “full speed ahead”.
42: Break Blade 3: Kyoujin no Ato
English: Broken Blade 3
Japanese: ブレイク ブレイド 第三章 凶刃ノ痕
MAL Score: 7.80
Third Break Blade movie.
This is a part of Break Blade 3: Kyoujin no Ato.
Story: The story continues as to where the second left off. Throughout the serieswe get to see Rygart changing, taking people´s lives becomes easier. That is only one effect of war. Misery is also one, friends have to fight each other people get killed and their families are left behind. Prisoners are taken.
In break blade 3, the story is mainly about the cause of war and the effects of it
Art: The art is outstanding! It is very detailed and the colors are nice and vivid. On top of that, the animation is just awesome, it is very smooth and just neat to watch.
Sound: Wow, wow! Almost the only thing you can say, if you start watching it and hear the sound you will be very pleased. Compared to your average anime it is easily 10 times better. The sound really feels realistic.
You also have the Opening, it’s a calm opening but if you use that song and put it under a video with disasters of war it would be a very sad video.
The opening is a perfect fit.
Art: Average art, not too good. Although some characters looked better then normal 😉
Sound: Pretty good choice of sound in areas, esp. areas that are pictured to be stressful or the like, quite interesting
Character: Pretty good character development, stories, etc.
Enjoyment was not so much.
Overall it was average.
Main Point for me was that it was kind of embarassing that Ryner couldn’t kill someone and they died by accident. I know in some cultures it is worse to kill someone by accident then to murder them. And for me I really thought “seriously? please man up a little bit, you’re an embarrassment to the rest of us”.
The development with how he had nothing and finally could fit in was an interesting twist. Although they really did not elaborate too much on the happenings in school or Assam through the 2 movies so far.
Actually, they didn’t even talk about the geography between too much besides to tell you the 4 main countries. What is the world exactly, what planet are they on. etc..?
Also I like how they used “Assam” which geographically makes no sense, but its funny I guess?
Some of the things in the 2 movies did not make sense, such as 5 golems on their own, or why they seemed to have such an overwhelming advantage ( 15 v 3) and the 3 won. That made no sense although I guess they were trying to add suspense?
Overall this really was not a great one to watch i believe and I think there were many other things I know that deserved a movie rather than this, or this is just a particularly bad adaptation of its source.
BB3 works well with incorporating a lot of flashbacks in order to support the character development. The story proceeds well with Rygart under the army to defend the kingdom of Hodr. It’s quite understandable how Rygart became so powerful as he pilots his Under Golem. However, I’m not that impressed with the development of Cleo’s character. It seems out of context and her fight scene in the badlands isn’t believable. Well, she would get empowered by fury but I wouldn’t expect for her to get THAT much power in her fighting. I see that as somewhat inconsistent in her character.
BB3 gives us a teaser to new characters and is not that engaging as the first two titles. However, the story and character development are still implemented well.
41: Detective Conan Movie 09: Strategy Above the Depths
Japanese: 名探偵コナン 水平線上の陰謀
MAL Score: 7.81
Fifteen years ago in a barren stretch of the Pacific, a cruise ship collided with an iceberg and was lost at sea. More than a decade later, Hideto Yashiro—a ship engineer—died in a fatal car accident. The unlikely connection between these events only comes to light on the luxury liner St. Aphrodite during her maiden voyage.
Aboard it on a much needed vacation, Kogorou Mouri, his daughter Ran, Conan Edogawa, and the Detective Boys enjoy a trip provided by Sonoko Suzuki’s family. But their fun is soon cut short when a game of hide-and-seek leads to Sonoko’s disappearance. Some time later, the CEO of the Yashiro group, who built the St. Aphrodite, is found stabbed to death and her father missing. While the police’s investigation turns to a dead end, Conan closes in on the culprit. Unwilling to be apprehended, the culprit threatens to blow up the St. Aphrodite and sink all her passengers.
As the ship’s hull rapidly fills with water, the truth behind the vengeful murders is finally revealed. With no place to escape, Conan and Kogorou must wrestle with the elusive culprit before everyone on board is dragged to the ocean floor.
Art (7/10) It got good art and i really love art even if it’s not like New Anime.
Sound (8/10) Very good sound i have no complain about it every characters got good sound.
Characters (10/10) Detective Conan always got Outstanding Characters.
Enjoyment (9/10) I really enjoy this anime film and didn’t felt bored.
Overall (10/10) I Loved Mouri Character because of this anime film. I can’t believe he solved this case before Conan. If you’re Detective Conan Fan you probably gonna enjoy this as i did.
Before I begin, I should at least bring up one of the reasons I didn’t like this movie so much. The version that I saw had the most atrocious translation of all the movies. I found out that the reason it’s so bad was because the movie was translated from Japanese to Arabic and then from Arabic to English. This criticism carries on into this review as no other version of this movie is available with better subtitles. It’s the only thing keeping me from recommending this movie to other people.
That said, I’m glad that this movie tried to make Kogoro a little more competent than he usually is. It’s nice to see him get some action besides Conan. I also liked how the culprit was handled in this movie. We actually got to see him carry out the crime all while trying to keep his innocence. The only thing that I could complain about is Ran’s reason to go back and get a special item she forgot, especially given the circumstance she was in at the time. No rational human being would ever do something like that in that situation! Over than that, this movie looks really great. After watching Jolly Roger in the Deep Azure and Requiem of the Detectives, I was relieved to see some kind of quality being put into the art and animation. It was like someone took the art style of early 2000’s Conan and made it shine like the top of the Chrysler building. This movie is just so good to look at.
While I wouldn’t personally recommend this movie to everybody, I’m glad that I enjoyed it this time. If you can get past the garbage subtitles, then what you will be left with is a very fun movie.
I love the series, I love the movies, I even enjoy the filler episodes.
But I have to say, this movie was a big disappointment.
Usually in a Detective Conan movie, you can split the story into two main parts.
Part one is a murder investigation, and part two is a danger that Conan has to save his friends from.
What disappointed me in the movie was not the action part, but rather the first part.
First, we were only introduced to two characters, which leaves no place for suspicions or predictions or even good twists, because you have only two characters.
And hey, you can argue that this in itself isn’t a bad thing. In Detective Conan movie 01: The Timed Skyscraper we were only introduced to one character, but this movie was not about investigation, it was about finding the bombs before it explodes, at least in the early parts of the movie.
What made it even worse is that they showed us everything, the culprit’s plan, actions, heck they even revealed their plot twist in one of the scenes !
and we weren’t even given a one proper scene with the victims !
This is not a Detective movie, A detective movie doesn’t reveal everything to you and only offers you some action scenes.
40: Detective Conan Movie 07: Crossroad in the Ancient Capital
Japanese: 名探偵コナン 迷宮の十字路(クロスロード)
MAL Score: 7.82
Under the cover of darkness, a masked samurai murders six men across the metropolis of Japan: three in Tokyo, one in Osaka, and the last in Kyoto. In their investigation, the police learn that each man was a member of the Genjibotaru—a thieves gang centered on the theft of Buddhist statues and artifacts and who go by the names of Minomoto no Yoshitune’s servants.
Without a clear motive or clues to the other members’ identities, the case runs dry until a Kyoto temple calls for the famous Kogorou Mouri. Having received an anonymous letter containing a peculiar puzzle, the temple monks ask for his assistance in solving it to recover their long lost statue. Meanwhile, Conan Edogawa and high school detective Heiji Hattori team up in order to solve the cryptic puzzle and find the murderer, as Hattori searches for his childhood love.
With Hattori’s knowledge of Kyoto, the two scour the streets and gradually discover the truth, but not before the murderer strikes again—killing another Genjibotaru member and, after repeated attempts on Hattori’s life, eventually kidnapping Hattori’s childhood sweetheart. It is only by working together to bring buried clues to light can Conan and Hattori hope to end the rogue samurai’s bloodshed and save Hattori’s love.
However, there are a few things that bothered me about this movie:
1) The plot involves a couple of moments that seem rather over the top or out of place for a Conan movie. This involves combat scenes that seem a bit unrealistic, given that our main characters (including casual martial arts practitioner Ran) are not professional fighters, but regular people. Hence, it feels weird that they are not overwhelmed by some moments in this movie, both in terms of skill and mental stress.
This seems different from the usual premise of “Conan” stories: Yes, there are pills that can shrink a person and, yes, there are a few special gadgets, but that’s pretty much it then. The rest of the story usually operates within fairly realistic boundaries. In this movie, there were a few moments that made me think “Really?! Oh come on…”
2) The detective story seemed to take a backseat to the action sometimes. That is not a problem in itself, but I felt that it distracted from the main case sometimes.
3) In that regard, it seemed to me that the villains’ background stories and motives where rather…forgettable. For some reason, even though the villains’ motives were reiterated a couple of times, I had to remind myself of them regularly. This could be due to the fact that a lot of the puzzles in this plot were a bit jumbled & random. It could also be due to the fact that the villains’ background stories & motives were simply not very interesting or gripping enough for me to care really.
Instead, it seemed to me as if the scriptwriters had mainly focussed on the idea: “Wouldn’t it be exciting if Conan & Heiji were attacked by a samurai-like killer in a Kyoto setting and had to find out who it is?”. As a result, one could watch this movie by focussing purely on the hunt for the killer, while forgetting completely about the bigger picture of why there was a killer in the first place. That’s enough to make the movie sufficiently entertaining, but I do think it’s a bit lame if it feels like the bigger picture of the plot is only(!) written to serve as a set-up for a killer chase.
I didn’t regret watching this movie. It was fine. And people who are less bothered by some of the points above or who find the story subjectively more interesting might enjoy it more. Still, I think there are better stories among the many Conan movies.
This time the case happened in Kyoto–former capital of Japan before Tokyo,so this movie is full of Japanese culture:Kendo(剣道),Kabugi(歌舞伎).Also there are Japanese history and places of interest of Tokyo.In a word his movie opens a window to Japanese culture.If you are curious about or interested in the country of Japan,you must not miss it!
Besides culture stuffs,the theme song by Mai Kuraki is another highlight.
However, I thought of this movie as more of a 2 hour special episode. Nothing in this movie seems as though it is a movie. For a Detective Conan movie there is a case that has to be solved and then something more drastic happens. For example, Movie 01, Conan solves the mystery of the culprit who planted bombs around their area, then it turns out he plants a bomb in a skyscraper where Ran is located and Conan must now go save her. This movie does not have that, being filled with investigation for almost the whole movie and capturing the culprit.
39: Break Blade 5: Shisen no Hate
English: Broken Blade 5
Japanese: ブレイク ブレイド 死線ノ涯
MAL Score: 7.83
Fifth Break Blade Movie.
Break Blade 5 continued where the last movie ended, with the battle between the forces of Krisna led by General Baldr and the forces of Athens led by General Borcuse ended in a draw. This time, with the arrival of Athen’s main force, General Borcuse turns his attention towards Krisna’s capital, the Binonten, taking a little detour to get there. As for Krisna’s side, the news that General Borcuse made a detour couldn’t be any worse for Rygart, the pilot of the ancient golem, distracted and nervous, he disobeyed his orders to get back to the capital city and made his move to counter General Borcuse’s advance. What the significance of that detour of General Borcuse’s forces to Rygart and Krisna’s counter for that as well as Binonten’s preparation for the upcoming attack is the main focus of the movie.
Animation is the strongest selling point of the movie. The level of detail of the mostly desert setting of the movie is as superb as ever. The characters are very nicely drawn with no noticeable derangement even in distant camera shots; their movements are very fluid and very lively. The mecha design couldn’t get any more better than what is shown on this movie or the entire series in general, it is very detailed, giving the impression that the golems are battle-weary and worn out. The fighting probably holds the best moments of this movie as it continuous to be very detailed and with a lot of focus on little details such as shrapnel, debris, damages, and scratches giving the impression of a chaotic and war-like environment.
The movie retains its previous Opening theme “Fate” by Kokia and Ending music theme “Serious-Age” by Faylan, which feels just about right and appropriate for a mecha movie embedded with maturer story themes. The movie is also covered by several soundtracks that are not really noticeable but feels just about right in adding extra details for the movie.
There is not much focus on the characters on this movie, however the movie was kind enough to give some sort of fanservice of Sigyn and Cleo on their sleep dress with Sigyn reminiscing her past with Rygart, Zess, and Hodr as the main topic and Cleo giggling every time Sigyn talks about Zess, a very nice scene. The characters that received a lot of attention on this movie are Narvi with her determination to save Rygart despite their grave situation which in the end ultimately endangered her unit, and most specially Girge, his interaction with Rygart is really something with Girge questioning and challenging Rygart’s true resolved to fight during the final scenes of the movie. Voice acting is superb in general, worth noting is the voice of Hoshi Souichirou as Rygart, I really like his voice (because of his performance as Yamato Kira and other similar roles) and applaud the producers in selecting him for the main role, and Saito Chiwa as Sigyn as well, I think her voice is really elegant and befitting of any heroine or main roles.
Break Blade 5: Shisen no Hate retains all the elements that made all its previous installments great, it has a very good story, nice characters, superb animation, and interesting battle scenes. The production values are very high in general. Never a dull moment on this movie, it is enjoyable and exciting from start to finish. My final thoughts for the movie are very positive and leave me wanting to watch the final episode immediately as possible. As a final note, I would recommend Break Blade for viewers seeking a mecha series in a movie format that contains sci-fi, and fantasy elements and doesn’t mind the long breaks between each episode.
38: Detective Conan Movie 23: The Fist of Blue Sapphire
Japanese: 劇場版 名探偵コナン 紺青の拳（フィスト）
MAL Score: 7.83
The world’s greatest blue sapphire, the “blue lapis fist”, said to have sunk in a pirate ship in the late 19th century, on the coasts of Singapore. A local millionaire plots to retrieve it, and when it’s exhibited in an exhibition at the Singaporean Marina Sands hotel, a murder takes place. A bloody Kaitou Kid announcement card is found in the crime scene.
In the meantime, Ran and Sonoko have come to Singapore to see a karate tournament held there. Conan, who doesn’t have a passport and can’t travel overseas, was supposed to stay at home. But Kid, who wants to make use of him, uses a magical trick to forcibly drag him to Singapore. Conan must obey Kid if he wants to get back to Japan, gets his glasses, wristwatch and clothes, amongst others, all stolen from him and he has to disguise himself.
Ran, who doesn’t realize who he is, asks him his name and he improvises the name Arthur Hirai. Kid eventually gets a hold of information about the “fist” being stored in a manor’s underground vault. Just when he was thinking that he’d made it inside very easily, he finds a dangerous trap awaiting him. Facing him is the strongest karateka with 400 consecutive victories: Makoto Kyogoku.
(Source: Detective Conan World)
I know Detective Conan movies always had overexaggerated action, I’m fine with that, but they weren’t missing the mystery and how the characters used their brains to overcome every problem.
This movie is just pure action with a lot of explosions and almost super powers (it’s hard to imagine anyone was actually looking forward to see Makoto go super-saiyan and beat up bad guys), and the murder case was too weak even for a spin-off.
Overall this movie is not bad as a standalone, but don’t expect it to live up to the main series.
The climax, while very action-y and well-realized, wasn’t *that* good, so I can’t even recommend waiting for it.
Just kinda baffling to have a Kaito Kid movie with so little magic, and so little style…
And Haibara is barely in it, so what’s the point? Shinichi and Ran will just never interest me as much. Give me a movie about Haibara that’s actually ABOUT her. Let her be the main character. Please.
37: Aria the Crepuscolo
Japanese: ARIA The CREPUSCOLO
MAL Score: 7.84
The season is fall and the city of Neo-Venezia is covered in fallen leaves. Something is bothering Anya, who works at Orange Planet. Her senior colleagues Alice and Athena haven’t seen each other due to their busy schedules, which is making Athena feel sad. But for some reason, Alice seems to be avoiding her altogether. With her friends Ai and Azusa’s help, Anya tries to find a definitive way for Alice and Athena to get together. But during this time, Anya learns of a situation that only she can see because of where she stands.
The problems with drama in slice of life overall is its unnecessary and unnatural moments. As soon as they solved a misunderstanding, another one will occur or some unpleasant problems will immediately take place. Aria doesn’t need that, it precisely understands that mundane life itself has too many worries already, it doesn’t need more manmade tension or fake drama to beg for the viewer’s sympathy. It carefully treats its characters like real and tender human beings. And along the blur line of fantasy and reality, Aria sends its heart-warming messages and encourage people to live on happily.
This short movie is just as wonderful, they centered around the mermaid pair of Athena and Alice, they seems to trouble over something lately. And with the help of their dear juniors, under the magical night of the festa del Redentore, their feelings will get to each other.
The ost of Aria is top-notch, along with the new and improved animation, everyone will enjoy this lovely movie.
If you’re a fan of slice of life or simply you have an hour to spare, Aria the Crepuscolo will be perfect. They will have another movie next year I believe. Can’t wait.
It’s more Aria, which we would’ve never imagined happening after Aria the Origination in 2008. Origination wrapped up the journey of the main cast and their senior undines very nicely, and to this day, it is still considered one of the finest iyashikei (healing slice-of-life) shows ever produced. 3 years after Origination, the voice actress for Athena Glory, Tomoko Kawakami, passed away. Avvenire was released in 2015 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Aria S1’s original airing. As a sign of ultimate respect, they didn’t recast Athena. Instead she only appeared as a cameo, and a stock audio recording of one of her past singing performances was used.
Fast forward six years later, and the second part, Crepuscolo, is finally out. What you’ll immediately notice is this one isn’t animated by the original studio that did Aria TV and Aria the Avvenire. Instead, it’s animated by JC Staff. This decision was probably because they did Amanchu, which was by the same author as Aria, and also directed by Junichi Satou. The background art, which has always been one of Aria’s strengths, was stunning as usual. But JC Staff revamped the character designs, and despite everyone looking more detailed, this is one of the few times where the detail update makes the aesthetic worse. It’s jarring and off-putting, as everyone now looks too sharp and “Amanchu’d”, as the style suggests they jumped out of that show. The original designs were softer and simpler, with more rounded outlines, which invited a sense of relaxation and comfort.
The main issue I had with Avvenire was that the three new singles weren’t given enough time to make the movie theirs and launch a new generation of undines. Crepuscolo doesn’t do this either, as the movie is squarely focused on Athena and Alice. It is clear now that the new singles will play second fiddle to the Aria TV cast for the whole movie trilogy, which is a shame. But what’s worse is that they did the unthinkable: they recast Athena, and then made her one of the main characters.
Yes, it’s more Aria, and fans will take anything they can get. But I felt that they disrespected Tomoko Kawakami’s legacy by recasting Athena. Her story, along with the other senior “Water Fairy” undines Alicia and Akira, had concluded nicely. They didn’t need to be in this movie. Two of them have moved on from being an undine. The movie trilogy should’ve focused on the new singles and their mentors. But the author was content on just having this be a supplement to Aria the Origination episode 9. Certain scenes from that episode are re-animated here, so at times this felt like a rehash rather than something new like Avvenire. As a result, this one didn’t have the tranquil magic of Aria that I so fondly remembered.
The synopsis for Benedizone makes it appear to have a more substantial story, so hopefully Crepuscolo was just a rare miss and that JC Staff is able to conclude the movie trilogy in a satisfying manner.
I suppose since I’ve been waiting to watch this for over a year now, it’s only right that I give this movie its first review. In Aria the Crepuscolo, the world of Neo-Venezia remains as magical as ever. Although it has fresh new visuals provided by the studio JC Staff, not an milligram of its old charm has been lost in the update. For all of those who have stuck with Aria throughout all the seasons and OVAs, this latest installment will prove to be anything but a disappointment.
The story of Aria the Crepuscolo focuses heavily around Athena and Alice of Orange Planet. Unlike the original series (and more like Avvenire with Akari/Alicia) this film centers on two of the characters and wrapping up their story. This may be mildly disappointing if you were hoping for a film that gives the whole cast a balanced amount of screentime, but I feel that the Akari and Aika appearances were natural and enjoyable. To keep it spoiler free, if you liked the dynamic between Athena and Alice in the series, you’ll likely love this movie.
Originally, I was skeptical about the overhaul on character designs and the fact that JC Staff had taken over production of the final two Aria movies. While I didn’t think the character designs looked bad in the promotional material, I was concerned that the characters would lose some of their identity and past expressions. This uneasiness was quickly washed away once I watched the new movie, as the new designs and animation provided some of the most beautiful moments of the whole Aria series. JC Staff really delivered on all the impactful scenes, and I couldn’t be more impressed with the consistent, stunning visuals.
As someone who really values good sound, Aria has always been able to achieve a very immersive effect with its audio. This continues over with Aria the Crepuscolo. A significant amount of the OST consists of songs previously used in Aria. This “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” approach to the OST is greatly appreciated, because it gave me yet another chance to enjoy so many of my favorites from earlier in the series. The VA work remained amazing as well, with almost all of the original cast returning. The seiyuu who stepped into the role of Athena with Avvenire really had a chance to shine in this movie, and her Athena proved to be just as enjoyable as the original.
Overall my love and enjoyment for this movie was the same as my love for some of the best moments from the Aria series. Although I can’t guarantee it, if you adored Aria like I did and craved an excellent movie that touches your heart, look no further than Aria the Crepuscolo.
Now… UNTO ARIA THE BENEDIZIONE DECEMBER 2021 AND THE FINAL INSTALLMENT OF THE BLUE CURTAIN CALL TRILOGY!
36: Break Blade 4: Sanka no Chi
English: Broken Blade 4
Japanese: ブレイク ブレイド 第四章 惨禍ノ地
MAL Score: 7.85
Fourth Break Blade Movie.
Break Blade 4 isn’t a stand-alone movie as it simple continued where the last movie finished, and this movie being in the middle part didn’t ended with any conclusions either, instead this movie is a setup for what comes next as the story is nearing its end. In this episode the viewers are treated with the introduction of the much feared General Borcuse of the nation of Athens and his soldiers followed by a very interesting battle against the forces of Krisna that ended in a draw, with the way everything balances out between the opposing forces, it is clear that the winners aren’t decided yet. Viewers are expected to have watched all its previous movies to makes sense of this one.
Animation is the strongest selling point of the movie. The environment is very detailed, probably one of the best detailed environment I have seen so far. The characters are also drawn very consistently and beautifully – especially the female characters. The well detailed facial expressions of the characters really shows off their emotions and feelings expressed vibrantly that the viewers can relate on. Movements are very fluid and life-like. As for the golems, while I admit that their mecha designs could have been prettier, I eventually got used to it and eventually got a liking of it seeing how it’s very mecha-like on how it looks and feels very clunky, and probably looks more mecha-like compare to other mecha shows of its type. Lastly the battle scenes, the battles are well choreograph and the animation stunning and pretty much eye-candy, detailed and well executed, I’m telling this because compare to previous episodes where the battles pretty much involved only a few golems from each side. In this episode, the scale becomes bigger in terms of sheer size, as the golems involved in the battle have gone into the hundreds and the area on which the battle occurred have also turned larger.
The music feels good enough and appropriate for the movie. The OP with its accompanying animation captures the image of the movie fairly well, it feels sad but appropriate. The ED meanwhile feels upbeat and lively which is pretty standard for a mecha show. The movie is also well covered by its different background music, while not really noticeable, I felt that the music played in any given scene is just about right and good to listen.
The movie has a fairly good cast of old characters as well as new ones. So far I like the development of the main character Rygart, initially I don’t like his character believing he will turn into a character-type with a very high sense of justice and righteousness that rubs me the wrong way, the kind of character that talks too much, spouts too much justice and righteousness and goes too far in proving their point e.g. Touma (from Index) and Naruto (from Naruto), it turned out Rygart’s development goes into a more interesting path of carnage and willingness to take responsibility and fight with a clear set of goal in his mind. Another is Sigyn, it’s good that the movie gives some bits of her history this time, I particularly like how her past romantic feelings for Rygart will play out as the story nears its end. Then there is this new character Girge, while not is much is revealed about him yet, it feels like he has more role to play. Other characters also have their own moments as the movie goes along, each character feels unique and given enough screentime. Voice acting is also excellent, with the actors doing a fairly good job in portraying their respective characters.
Break Blade is a movie series which I initially started watching just for the sake of variety with no real expectations, it turns out to be more than what I bargain for, never a dull moment here, it has a very good story, great characters, lots of eye candies with its beautifully rendered and very fluid animation, and battles scenes that are fairly top notch. Recommended for viewers seeking a mecha show that contains a mix of both sci-fi and fantasy genre and doesn’t mind the long breaks between each episode.
The land of disaster.
It is the 4th installment of the Break Blade series.
The story continues and Rygart is still in the process of becoming a “cold-blooded killer”, it is not that he is changing but he wants to change. This said, the war is progressing and more and more battles occur, some new characters introduced, but for the rest. it continues the way it was heading.
As for the art, as you already might know since your on the 4th movie of Break Blade, is top-notch, very detailed and smooth making those battle scenes look better then your average anime.
“Fate” by Kokia, this OP fits perfectly and bears the emotions of Break Blade. But i’d rather aim towards the seiyuu and effects’. The seiyuu do their work pretty damn good, but some just felt off sometimes, thus destroying a little of the realistic feel it would give off and making it harder for the viewer to get into the movie. But opposite to that you have the effects, when the characters are talking it is like an average anime, but when the fights start it takes a drastic turn and the sound explodes. Don’t get me wrong, not in a bad way but in a good one. Every sound effect fits and is not annoying to the ears, added to that we have the extra loudness of these sound effects making the fights just that bit better.
The character department stays almost the same, ofcourse we have Rygart wanting to change with some succes. But the accent in this episode is on Sigyn, she is the one that we find out the most about.
The enjoyment level as always is high, it is just a better anime then the standard for me.
Overall i give it a 9.
The forth episode of Break Blade is really good and Break Blade officially become my favourite show from now on.
There’s not much to say. It simply continue the 3rd episode and stick to the manga although it has some changes. The war started, Rygart, accompanied by some new and old character, rolled out!
Still outstanding like other episodes. Very detailed and well-drawn characters and robots. The characters are unique and cool (a new cool boy is coming, prepare yourself!). Sigyl is damn hot in this episode!
The fighting scenes in this episode is even better than the previous episodes! Rygart’s Delphine is truly a monster on the battlefield. The movements are smooth and powerful.
What can I say here? It’s just… awesome. The opening is still as touching as ever. BGM is good and there is an insert song in this episode. It fits well.
The characters are BADASS. As all of you who watch the 3rd episode know, General Borcuse and Girghe will appear in this episode. They are just so cool, cold-blooded and powerful with awesome Golem controlling skill. Rygart is still very funny and enjoyable, Sigyl is cute. There are romance hints, I love those scene m/
So far, this is the most enjoyable Break Blade for me. Good story, nice art and animation, touching songs, cool characters, that’s all about a good show.
35: Detective Conan Movie 01: The Timed Skyscraper
English: Case Closed The Movie: The Time Bombed Skyscraper
Japanese: 名探偵コナン 時計じかけの摩天楼
MAL Score: 7.86
Conan Edogawa is facing a dilemma: Ran Mouri has asked Shinichi Kudou out to the movies and he is unable to provide a convincing excuse not to go. However, when the day of the date arrives, he has more pressing problems to worry about—a great amount of plastic explosives has recently been stolen and the culprit has challenged Shinichi to find and dispose of the bombs he has scattered across the city. Now forced in a race against time, Conan must not only protect the city, but also figure out who the mastermind is and his reason for confronting Shinichi.
Let me fill you in on the story, Conan (Shinichi) has to find a mad bomber, who’s been setting fire to buildings and blowing up other things. Bomb after bomb, Conan finds his way to the criminal, but there’s always a parting gift from the villian’s.
The story is pretty basic, but it’s enjoyable, it’s well organized and done pretty simple, yet impressive, the "final touch" was brilliant. Expect some anti-climax…es here. It suprised me at least.
The art is very good, it’s the same ol’ Conan style, yet it’s been animated pretty good, hope this will be getting better with each movie.
We still have the same ol’ cast, introduced with 2 new characters, the villian and a police officer, the characters that are always in Conan are still the same, so good. Mouri’s desperate love for Ran was done pretty well to if I have to say it. The villian is this bad-ass rich ugly person, which is almost standard, the meaning behind his terroristic attacks are unbelievable stupid, but maybe it’s just the way "they" (the job he performs) think. The police officer is cool too, pretty plain guy, but he’s not the guy he seems to be.
Overall a good sound, though I give it a lower point since I still don’t agree on Det.Mouri’s voice-actor.
Highly enjoyable movie, if you like or if you don’t like Conan. Beautifully animated, good simple story, well organized and good dialogue’s.
well the story is nothing unusual for a detective genre. the culprit called the detective and challenged him to found the bomb that he planted and give him some clue to solve it. not the most original thing but enjoyable
the animation are pretty well done. not jaw gaping but fluid enough for eyes and the rest is the usual detective conan art style if you like it then you will like the one here too.
it reuse the same soundtrack from the tv series and there is only 1 new standout soundtrack in through the end, i don’t know if there is any new soundtrack outside of that. nothing too bad but not great either
the usual detective conan cast with only 4 noteable new character: moriya, shiratori, the mayor and his son. moriya is a symmetrical freak, shiratori….um…. likes architecture? and the mayor and his son doesn’t have time to show personality. that’s a shame since when i see a movie i pay attention more to the new character since i already knows the other character from the tv series
the usual detective conan. you will like it if you like detective conan
if you are in mood for some brain teasers/ more detective conan then go ahead and watch it
Anyway, lets begin:
I really liked the plot. I mean, don’t expect something outstanding, but it was honestly good. Shinichi, who is trapped in the body of young Conan, has to deal with someone who planted bombs all over the city. As I said earlier, the plot isn’t the most original thing you’ll ever see, but it’s good.
Let’s talk about the art. It’s amazing, I mean, I like the character design and the animation in the anime series, but the movie was something else. Seriously, it felt like they tried so hatd to make the animation perfect- and let me tell you a little something- they succeded.
Well, there’s honestly not much to talk about here. I mean, there was a quite nice soundtrack, but not something honestly amazing.
I really enhoyed this movie. It’s a good movie that has the Detective Conan spirit in it, and I had an amazing time watching it.
This movie is good. If you consider yourself a Detective Conan fan and you haven’t watched it, then well, joke’s on you, because this move is very fun and enjoyble, as I mentioned before. Go watch it!
34: Seitokai Yakuindomo Movie
Japanese: 劇場版 生徒会役員共
MAL Score: 7.86
Ousai Academy was originally an all-girls high school. Due to the declining birth rates in recent years, it was converted into a co-ed school. The first year male students would find themselves surrounded by girls and unfortunately, Tsuda Takatoshi is one of them. What’s worse, he gets scolded on his first day by the student council president Shino Amakusa, which did not give a good first impression of him. Tsuda also meets the other student council members while getting scolded, and in the end, he gets late for class. As an apology for ruining his morning, Shino lets him join the student council for various of “reasons” and he accepts it, or rather, he’s forced to accept. Thus begins his days as Tsuda soon realizes that he’s the only normal student in Ousai Academy…
The art is also usually impressive. Art took 3D visual that look like in reality. The art didntt take the scene from our reality world. That’s really amazing.
Sound is great. Tsuda Takatoshi said this anime had 5.1 Sound Surround in it.
A little bit disappointed of a part after the credit where Amakusa Shino whispered something to Tsuda Takatoshi, although we can guess it either their usually dirty jokes or some kind od confession etc.
Looking forward for the 3rd Season.
The story was all over the place just like the anime so one minute they’re on a beach and the next they’re at school before jumping back to the beach trip. You’ll either like it or you won’t but it isn’t confusing. The animation and art was amazing with shifting camera angles and bright colors that pop out nicely you can tell there was a bigger budget than season 2. I did notice that Suzu Hagimura didn’t have much screen time as usual which is funny because she was there but too short to be seen. Overall it was pretty great to watch all the characters say dumb stuff again and hopefully it leads to a season 3.
Story – 8 – Art – 10 – Sound – 10 – Character – 10 – Enjoyment – 9 –
OVERALL SCORE – 9/10 –
The writing of the movie is the same as the show. While seemingly episodic, the SYD cinematic universe is slowly progressing, mostly by means of character development. The jokes were well done, but to me, the most impressive thing about this entry was its unexpectedly high quality as a movie.
The pacing was superb. For whatever reason, SYD* left me exhausted. somehow, it felt like that season dragged on forever. In the movie, the apparent pacing problems are gone- reduced to atoms! By the end, I was completely satisfied. Nothing felt rushed or dragged on. The director absolutely nailed it.
The quality of the art and sound in this movie was unprecedented. The visual gags are still amazing, but the gags don’t break the artstyle, and the artstyle is still as beautifully simple as always. The audio was taken up a couple notches, utilizing “5.1 surround sound”, as they helpfully noted in the anime. They kept the OP in the movie, which was rather confusing given that this was meant to be played in theaters. This time, the OP was given proper, helpful animated subtitles, which helped an English-speaker like myself. “A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one”.
The characters were great. While their individual development is slow, they are progressing to a foreseeable end. As an adaptation of an ongoing slice-of-life manga, this movie doesn’t reveal all of the author’s cards in its runtime (although there is a post-credit scene that perhaps hints at something). The dynamics between the cast are still funny, even after my many hours of SYD consumption. Somehow, it feels like this show can never get old.
10/10. SYD is back, babyyyyyyyy!
33: Detective Conan Movie 02: The Fourteenth Target
English: Case Closed: The Fourteenth Target
Japanese: 名探偵コナン １４番目の標的
MAL Score: 7.89
A mysterious attacker has appeared and is assaulting people whose names contain a number from the standard deck of cards in descending order. When Conan Edogawa points out that all the victims are related to the now famous detective Kogorou Mouri, suspicion immediately falls upon the recently released convict Jou Murakami, as Kogorou was the one responsible for his arrest ten years prior.
With potential victims still at risk, Conan and the police are determined to catch the culprit. As the case gradually unfolds, both Conan and his friend Ran Mouri learn more about her parents’ separation and the truth on what transpired a decade ago.
A brilliant story, and the system which the murderer uses in amazing, the story itself is good then too, and the plot isn’t what you think it is. A cool story, with a second story in it, a piece of Mouri and Ran’s past, I gained alot of respect for Mouri through this (and the first) movie. I see this character in a (almost) new light.
Same ol’ characters, just as usual good, we get a look at a piece of Mouri’s and Ran past, which made me see Mouri in a new light, a better light, the new introduced characters, the old villian, the victims and the murderer are great, all are different, yet the same in a way, and without knowing it (most of them) bear a relationship with each other. Magnificent!
It all begins with Ran having a nightmare, where her father shoots her mother. This actually happened, he only grazed her. Now, 10 years later, Ran tries to find out, why did he shoot the kidnapper, if he knows, he could’ve killed his own wife? This is the sidestory for this movie.
The real story is how a murderer takes out (or tries to take out) 13 people which are related to Det.Mouri, by playing a smart death-system via cards and numbers. As soon as injuries become murders, our… police team, Mouri and Conan get angered and try to find out who the murderer is, and why he’s doing it. It all folds together in the end, with most of the (chosen) victims in one place, this is where the mainplot folds out. At the ending of the movie itself, the reasoning from the past (where Mouri shot his wife) comes to place, when it’s happening again, (this time of course with Ran and Conan).
The art’s good, so is the animation, sometimes the animation is really smooth and lovely, sometimes it’s just normal animation. But they did a good job.
this time the story is about attempt at serial killing of 13 people that are related to kogoro mouri. the build up is pretty good although a bit draggy in the beginning but an improvement compared to the first movie
pretty fluid in movement there is no really major improvement when compared to the first movie overall pretty fitting for a movie
yeah.. the standard detective conan music. if you like the music from the tv series you bound to like this one too
thankfully there is more character on this one. frankly its way too eazy to guess the culprit in the first because of how there is only a few character in there, the second have more character and more diverse personalities oh and the character from tv series is coming back.
as usual detective conan is an enjoyable movie if you have nothing to do at home
if you are itching for some detective mystery series then go ahead and watch this one
Sadly an issue this movie has right off the bat is that, in some ways, it’s a bit of a repeat of the first movie. Like, last movie was a series of bombings that had a pattern, and this movie is a series of murders with a pattern. Of course there are some differences, namely that the heroes find out about said pattern very early on, so the cast is moreso trying to prevent the murders while following the pattern.
This movie also introduced one of the most (in)famous memes in the franchise: Hawaii! Yup, every time Shinichi does something crazy, he’ll just hand wave it as him having learnt it in Hawaii by his father. In this movie, it turns out two of the things Yusaku apparently taught him was to use a gun and FLY A HELICOPTER! Like, I can see why he’d like to teach him the former, but what’s the point of even teaching him the latter!?
Another issue with this movie is that it’s final twist of who the culprit is ends up being predictable. Of course it is not gonna be the guy everyone suspects it is, we know that it’s actually gonna be one of the possible victims instead, so what’s even the point? Also, the actual culprit is voiced by Nakao Ryusei, the voice of Freeza. Because of course that would be the case.
Actually, on that note, that’s one of the amusing bits about most of the movies, most of the one off characters will often have some big name actors attached to them. I already mentioned Nakao, but there’s also the late great Suzuoki Hirotaka, Okamoto Maya and the late great Utsumi Kenji.
That said, there are some things that put this above the first movie, even if it technically does more things wrong. For instance, the whole scene in which the cast is stuck in an underwater complex is great, with the feeling of paranoia running through. I also feel this movie does much more service to Kogoro’s character than most of the anime fillers do. The thing about Kogoro is that he walks a very thin line between incompetence and laziness. The manga original stories moreso goes for the latter, as while he’s a good detective (Not as good as, say, Heiji or maybe even Yusaku but still competent) he’s just too lazy to follow more than one line of reasoning. The anime by contrast moreso goes for the latter, being legitimately bad at his job and only gets as far as he goes because Shinichi knocks him out. Here we get a happy balance, being shown as a bit lazy at times, but is still a competent detective in his own right. The movie is also the only Detective Conan related… thing that actually bothers to give an explanation as for why he and Eri are estranged. Oh yeah, this is also Eri’s movie debut!
Then there’s the climax. If you thought the last movie’s climax of the last movie was intense, well, this movie has the cast escaping an exploding underwater complex, then a hostage situation at the top of a collapsing building and THEN trying to get the now injured hostage into a helicopter. Yeah, I think we know which movie has the better climax.
So like the last movie, I really enjoyed this one. It had more issues, sure, but I feel that it also does a lot more right than the last one. Definitely another movie that’s easy to recommend.
Final Score: 8/10
32: Lupin III vs. Detective Conan: The Movie
Japanese: ルパン三世vs.名探偵コナン THE MOVIE
MAL Score: 7.89
It is a cross over between the series Lupin III and Detective Conan and takes place after the television special Lupin the 3rd vs Detective Conan. The plot follows Conan Edogawa who sets out to apprehend Arsène Lupin III, the suspect of stealing a jewel called Cherry Sapphire.
STORY: This movie is a direct sequel to the popular Lupin vs. Conan special from 2012. In case you didn’t see it, don’t worry, this movie has a summary clip in the closing credits. The series will also make you do a double take a few times as it gives tongue in cheek references to Conan characters and more Lupin references (like the Fujiko series and the Gold of Babylon movie) than Green vs. Red.
CHARACTER: Zenigata is given more lines and more personality in this special, but it seems forced. Still, the differences detracted slightly from the movie. Zenigata also has a very pointed line (I really don’t know how to word that without giving it away) that seems like it’s there for different types of fans. I’m interested to see how they’ll translate it when the movie is dubbed. The more I think about it, maybe Zenigata’s personality is changed due to the fact that he has a competent partner (a Conan character) in the movie?
As for other characters! Conan and Jigen play off the relationship they had in the first special, and it works out hilariously well. Because Conan can arguably be meant for a younger audience, Jigen and Goemon are less gritty and Fujiko isn’t as sexualized. I got a kick out of the Conan kids and how they all worked with the Lupin gang. I thought that with such a large cast it might feel forced, but it didn’t at all.
The only issue was the “flavor of the week” characters, whose problems I found myself glossing over heavily. The movie does not make you care about them at all, which I think is the problem: the first special was about Lupin and Conan while this one was about Lupin, Conan, and a third party.
ART: You have to understand that these are two different styles of animation. However, the Lupin franchise has done a great job over the years mixing in other styles with their own.
A problem with mixing styles that are so different is that they don’t play well together. For example, every time the Conan characters have a scene where they’re shown from the side (profile), I couldn’t get over the elongated face, almost like an animal’s muzzle, and sharply upturned nose. It’s easy to move into that world of animation while watching Conan, but when it mixes with the old, long legged Lupin characters grates on the senses. Lupin’s characters are long limbed and gritty detailed. Putting these two in the same scenes together doesn’t work fantastically. For instance, one of Conan’s characters has big, blue eyes. She’s talking to Zenigata who does his bow legged walk out of the room. Then the Conan characters are shown from the side and look almost inhuman. So you’re left with a dissonance in which you have to force yourself to believe this is the same anime universe.
SOUND: The usual Lupin and Conan cast sounds great! Only problem (to me) is that in an effort to merge the two, they limit the amount of jazz that Lupin fans might be used to hearing.
ENJOYMENT: Very enjoyable! Lupin and his gang over the years have gotten more family friendly and this definitely falls in that vein. I’d describe it as fluffier than many Disney movies. But hey, you want gritty? Go watch the Fujiko series and Jigen movie…
While distinct from the prequel, watchers are advised to view it or they might otherwise miss out on certain parts. The sheer number of characters in both series allows little screen time for the side characters, but you will definitely have your fill of the protagonists. I look forward to more crossovers between the two series.
31: One Piece Film: Gold
Japanese: ONE PIECE FILM GOLD
MAL Score: 7.93
Monkey D. Luffy and his Straw Hat Crew have finally arrived on Gran Tesoro, a ship carrying the largest entertainment city in the world. Drawn in by the chances of hitting the jackpot, the crew immediately head to the casino. There, they quickly find themselves on a winning streak, playing with what seems to be endless luck.
When offered a special gamble by Gild Tesoro—the master of the city himself—the crew agrees, choosing to believe in their captain’s luck. However, when they find themselves victims of a despicable scam, the crew quickly realize that there is something darker happening beneath the city’s surface.
Left penniless and beaten down, the Straw Hat Crew are forced to rely on another gamble of a plan. With the help of a new friend or two, the group must work to reclaim what they’ve lost before time, and what remains of their luck, runs out.
What to expect:
Luffy (Gear 4)
Roronoa Zoro (air swoosh)
From an aesthetic perspective the movie is basically flawless. The animation is gorgeous, the character designs are on point, and every costume change the case goes through is exciting and memorable. The film-exclusive character is far more memorable than most of her predecessors as she is an old girlfri- I mean accomplice of Nami’s from her cat burglar days, and their dynamic is simple but effective. Getting the One Piece cast to do a heist film is inherently interesting given how batshit insane the characters are, and the genre-standard twists are handled well. There is a particular sub-twist that makes perfect sense in universe that was both inspired and hilarious.
The movie isn’t flawless character wise. Like most OP movies the characterization is slightly off. Nami, despite having ample screen time, never comments on the fact that the kids enslaved by the casino are basically in the same situation she was in for a decade. Luffy seems unusually apathetic when a crewmate is placed in danger in the first act. Nothing is egregious, but it is enough to take notice. As for most modern OP films some characters are included for no reason other than to have them in marketing material. Still have no idea what Sabo and Lucci were doing. The gambler character introduced serves no particular purpose and just drags down the movie in the middle.
The main villain is compelling ideologically, but never gets quite enough attention to make sense. His devil fruit is busted to the point it is completely unbelievable, and the main confrontation between him and Luffy suffers as a result. Cool idea, but not enough spice to make him memorable.
Its a good One Piece experience, but outside the outfits and nice cuts of animation provides nothing to remember it by.
Score: Strong 6 to a Light 7
Our beloved straw hats are going to the biggest casino in the world to have some fun and of course they will meet the owner himself!
The Casino is the biggest ship I’ve ever seen in the series and I couldn’t believe it was moved by 2 gigantic turtles! “There is gold, gold, everywhere” I mean the whole casino is filled with golden buildings, statues, restaurants, hotels and even golden amusement parks!
The animation is by far the best performance I’ve seen in a OP Movie! I was really happy to see some darker colors in the movie because the casino is filled with thousands of golden stuff. So I saw yellow and golden colors the whole time. They have done everything right at this point!
The sound was incredible! Background music, conversations and fights. Everything was sounding like I wore high end headphones the whole time!
There are so many apperances from older arcs and of course I will not tell you who I mean! I loved the costumes because our beloved crew got some noble outfits!
I heard so many laughs during the movie because there are so many funny moments while the straw hats are enjoying the time in the casino!
I really enjoyed One Piece: Gold, because I love to see how the straw hats enjoy their time like a family! The best part are the final fights and they are all insane!
Watch this movie! You’ll see a lot of old characters from the past and a lot of funny moments with luffy and the rest of the crew.
30: Haikyuu!! Movie 1: Owari to Hajimari
Japanese: ハイキュー!! 終わりと始まり
MAL Score: 7.94
First Haikyuu!! recap movie.
It didn’t really provide new content or anything, but if its been a while since you watched the first season (and never continued to the second) it’s pretty helpful.
The artstyle, sound, and characters are same as before. Beautifully well done.
The story is a little smooshed together (as all recaps are) which is perfectly fine.
If you have just finished watching the first season of Haikyuu there is absolutely no need to watch this movie at all.
If you’re like I am, and watched it a few years ago and completely forget basically everything that happened I would recommend watching the first and second recap movie before moving on to the next season. You’ll basically get all the information you need from the anime you’ve already finished in a much quicker time span. Which is the good thing about this recap! If you don’t have all the time in the world to completely rewatch the entire season (which would be 25 episodes amounting to 600 minutes) you could watch both movies which would amount to 177 minutes instead. It’s pretty convenient.
Overall I’d give it a 6/10, it’s fine. It’s a good recap but it’s not original content.
The art style is lovable and memorable, but at the same time – if you pause it at almost any point, it looks VERY strange, i.e. facial expressions, weird arm movements, etc.
This movie, as you would expect, uses the same sound effects and music as the series – but those sound effects are very strong. They always fit the overall feel of the situation perfectly and the music never fails to bring hype.
Shouyou Hinata (Simpleton Idiot, Chibi-chan, Dumbass)
Tobio Kageyama (King of the Court, Bakageyama, Bateyama-kun, Kalm-geyama, Yamayama-kun, Wearyama-kun, Simpleton Idiot)
This is a recap of some the anime first season. It has how Hinata joins Karasuno and how he meets again and teams up with his rival Kageyama, then we see how the team gets back Nishinoya and Ashai back into the team after there fight and finally, we see how Karasuno finally gets there match against there rival team Nekoma High.
This recap wasn’t bad, art, the sound stayed the same from the anime. Nekoma High team is my favourite team amongst the rest and I like some the character that is in the team
I enjoyed this recap, as it refreshed me of the first half of the season of Haikyuu
29: Trigun: Badlands Rumble
English: Trigun – Badlands Rumble
MAL Score: 7.96
Vash the Stampede is a contradiction. He has a notorious reputation as “The Humanoid Typhoon,” laying anything he comes across to waste on the desolate planet of Gunsmoke. However, Vash is in fact very non-confrontational and kind-hearted, living by a code of pacifism.
Twenty years ago, a high-profile bank heist went sour. The ringleader, Gasback Gallon Getaway, swore to get back at his backstabbing crew and the man who stopped him from killing them: Vash the Stampede. In the present day, the traitorous crew has been living the good life as successful entrepreneurs and politicians. Although two decades have passed, Gasback’s bitterness has not waned as he aims to take them down one by one, by any means necessary.
Just in time to foil Gasback’s plot, Vash has arrived in Macca City. Teaming up with the mysterious Amelia Ann McFly, along with the insurance agents Milly Thompson and Meryl Stryfe, Vash is ready to rumble.
While it was fun to see Vash and the gang again I was really disappointed by this. My major problem was the story-line. It was predictable.
1 – Vash rolls into town, destruction (best part)
2 – Introduce the sex appeal (she’s useless throughout the movie, but she can beat up a couple nameless thugs pretty good)
3 – Introduce the Bad Guy, he has a strange philosophy where destruction and robbery fuel his massive ego
4 – Re-introduce the old mains, who rally to save everyone
5 – Vash rolls in to save everyone at the last second, because only he can.
6 – Sun glances off Vash’s super cool glasses and he wakes away into the desert without water
My problem with this story line is that it has been done over a million and a half times. There are no surprises in the entire movie (except for the part where Vash got shot, but we all knew he hadn’t really died BECAUSE HE’S THE MAIN CHARACTER). I fail to see any creativity in this old re-used excuse to bring back fan-favourites.
Here is what I wanted:
1 – If you’re going to introduce sex-appeal, then let there be sex. Otherwise, give them a use. Give them a personality. Give them something to make me feel like they are a real person and have something to contribute to the story. (Amelie was, admittedly the daughter of the bad guy, but whatever. That’s not enough for me :/ )
2 – Everyone has flaws, except the characters I see in anime/movies/books. Fictional characters seem to have fallen into a cookie-cut staple where they are basic and boring. When was the last time you saw someone seriously fuck up, or kill the bad guy out of rage, or shoot a bullet that missed and ended up killing an innocent, or something I can’t foresee.
3 – It seems to me that anime’s choose to be realistic whenever it serves to aid the plot. Example, Vash never misses a shot, except when its the final bad guy of the movie. A weak example, but I feel if you’re going to introduce realism to an anime, you need to keep it consistent throughout the entire thing. You can’t use it as a plot device, because it cheats the entire story(side note: I hate plot devices, they are boring).
I wanted more from this. I LOVED the original Trigun series, (I especially loved looking for that blasted black cat who was always hiding somewhere in the background of every episode, one of my favorite flavor-pieces of any anime ever). But I found nothing new or interesting in this story. It was nice to see Vash again, but I would have preferred that his memory was preserved in memory rather than tarnished by something new, and dull.
The worst part was probably the story. It is very obvious, every little twist that is. And I don’t just mean that Vash isn’t dead. If that’s a spoiler for you, you’re just strangely not aware of the likelyhood of the main character of a large franchise dying before the movie is even close to over.
Following that, would be the original characters. Like in many films, they lack even the interest that you would feel for a character who was introduced for one episode or chapter of a manga.
Lastly was the music, which while fitting in some ways, was rarely used and not put to good use.
The pacing was also strange. Like many movie adapations, it forgoes most character interaction for extended scenes of nothing. Also, planet gunsmoke now has 3 moons, which I don’t personally recall. It also has a very populated galaxy, which again I don’t recall. There’s like 20 planets on the zoom out, all within a planets distance of each other!
Of course, Vash was made out to be an idiot, rather than just somewhat strange.
While the animation was really good, it just lacked most anything that made Trigun good. And I did watch it subbed, unlike some reviews for it that rated it rather high.
28: Haikyuu!! Movie 2: Shousha to Haisha
Japanese: ハイキュー!! 勝者と敗者
MAL Score: 7.97
Second Haikyuu!! recap movie.
It provided it’s purpose in making the viewer remember “Wait, what happened in the first season?”
It’s been so long since I watched the first season, and I really didn’t feel like rewatching it to entirety because of how long that would have taken.
So instead, I’ve watched the first and second recap movies.
If you still remember what happened during the first season, this is something you can skip.
But if you’re like me and have absolutely forget the entirety of the story it definitely helps you prepare for season 2.
It smooshes together the first season of 600 minutes, into two movie recaps of 177 minutes.
So needless to say, there is a lot of detail missing. So if you haven’t watched the first season at all and thought to replace it with the recap movies, don’t.
This show is amazing in many ways the recap movies simply can’t capture.
Overall the recap movies are a 6/10 for me, they’re just fine. Not a masterpiece in any way and they’re only to serve one purpose, not provide new or interesting content.
The art style is lovable and memorable, just… don’t pause it.
This movie, as you would expect, uses the same sound effects and music as the series, but they helped make the franchise even more enjoyable so that is not a bad thing.
Shouyou Hinata (Simpleton Idiot, Chibi-chan, Dumbass)
Tobio Kageyama (King of the Court, Bakageyama, Bateyama-kun, Kalm-geyama, Yamayama-kun, Wearyama-kun, Simpleton Idiot)
This was another recap of the half of the first season
The recap showed the match of Karuasuno vs Datakou and Karusono vs Aoba Jousai and how they won against Datakou but lost against Aoba Jousai. The Art and sound were just the same as it was some parts were from the original anime and the characters are just the Karusuno, Datakou and Aoba Jousai teams. The recap I enjoyed as it had the best parts from the first season mainly when Nishinoya saved the ball with his feet was really great moment.
The recap wasn’t bad, it told half the first season within an hour and a half, maybe a bit rushed but it was still good
27: Major Movie: Yuujou no Winning Shot
Japanese: 劇場版MAJOR 友情の一球（ウイニングショット）
MAL Score: 8.00
Goro briefly returns to Japan after a triumphant campaign in the US. He is heading towards Fukuoka where he played baseball when he was a fifth grader. Having just moved into a new town, this is where Goro faced a critical point in his life.
Major: Yuujou no Ikkyuu is the first and only movie in the Major series and is best watched after finishing the first season. It can be classified as a filler since the main details are recapped in the first episode of the second season but it’s highly recommended to be watched before moving on to the next season.
The MAL (source: ANN) synopsis had me confused at first too. A “triumphant campaign in the US”?! When did that ever happen? Just to clear things up, this story is told in retrospect by the Goro from the end of season four. It’s a flashback of the events that occurred after he left his hometown and the reason as to why he changes his pitching style.
Despite its low rating (relative to the other Major titles), I really enjoyed this movie. Although it has a typical “Goro” storyline, his determination and perseverance really shows no matter how many times you’ve seen it before.
This is actually my first review on MAL so far. I know that it’s pretty short, but I’d prefer not to go with the Art/Sound/Story/Enjoyment/Character rating that most reviewers go with. I mainly wrote this up to clear any confusion that anyone would have regarding the order in which to watch the titles in this series. I’m open to feedback, but please don’t be too harsh!
I find that a lot of people that have seen the Major series have not seen this movie which is a shame because the quality of the movie stays consistent compared to the rest.
Here are a list of things you gain from watching this movie:
– Further character development for Goro
– A full understanding of what happened between S1 and S2
– A very hype series of games!
Overall it was a very enjoyable watch which is expected because it’s Major. This movie is heavily underwatched around here so if you haven’t already seen it and have watched the rest of the series, what the hell are you doing, go and watch it!
Now Ill say that this was one great baseball movie! The characters pretty much all balanced each other out like they should for a good baseball team to work well together.
The main character is a guy who is highly skilled in baseball and loves baseball with all his heart. His goal isnt to be the best player on the team, its to help his team members get better so they can all enjoy winning together.
In movies its hard to tell a lot cuz you can ruin it but, Ill tell you the main character goes through some hard decisions on whether hes risking his future baseball career or not helping his team like he wants.
This struggle just shows how much he cares for his team.
I recommend people definitely watch this if they love baseball, but also those that like movies or shows about how strong and how important friendship is to people.
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26: Detective Conan Movie 15: Quarter of Silence
Japanese: 名探偵コナン 沈黙の15分
MAL Score: 8.02
The momentous day of the opening of the new Tokyo subway, the Touto Line, has come, but a bombing incident puts all celebrations to a halt. The governor of Tokyo is caught in the blast while onboard the train, but he and everyone else present is fortunately saved by the quick thinking and actions of Conan Edogawa.
Intrigued by the incident, Conan researches the governor’s political history and discovers that the man was responsible for the destruction of a village in Niigata to build the Kitanosawa Dam. Believing the attack to be related to the construction of the dam, Conan, accompanied by Ran Mouri, Kogorou Mouri, Professor Agasa, Sonoko Suzuki, and the Detective Boys, decides to visit the village and investigate.
There, they meet a group of locals who lived in the old village before it was torn down. However, just as one mystery leads to another, one of the locals is murdered. Suspecting that something much more sinister is afoot, Conan vows to uncover the truth behind these two incidents before it is too late.
But after watching this movie, I just got an urge to do it.
So, here I go:
Even though the trailer didn’t get me least excited and therefore I wasn’t THAT hyped, because of Movie 12’s, 13’s and 14’s Awesomeness, this one blew me away, once again.
It had everything, I love so much about this series (except for Kaito and Heiji, but they were in Movie 14 already).
The case was very exciting, the typical humour was good and the action was thrilling.
Of course, there also was the obligatoric dosis of drama, the series and especially the movies, always got. Some may find it cheesy and that’d be fine. But it doesn’t bother me.
Last but definetely not least, there was one of my most favourite things about the show, that I missed in the recent movies.: the presentation of the beautiful country and culture of Nippon (mostly country this time).
Before and even in between the cases, the series very often delievers a heartwarming, authentic and overall fascinating impression of the land of the rising sun. In my opinion, that is what makes the show so great, almost as much as the cases themselves.
The only thing I didn’t like, were the 3D-Effects regarding vehicles and traffical stuff in general. It’s common in anime these days and especially the Conan-Movies made use of them for a long time now.
Still I like the “old way” of animation best, were this parts also were “handmade”.
The Skate- and Snowboard-Scenes were an exception though. They were fantastic. They added a lot of action and dynamic feel to the movie and were great to watch.
The finale was the cherry on the cake. It was one of the best, if not THE best in the whole series. And that is quite an accomplishment.
It was dramatic, fast paced and simply bombastic.
Bottom line it was one of the best Conan-Movies so far, even though nearly all of them, were top notch.
Every fan of the series should’ve watched it and most of them, should come to love it, too.
As a huge DC fan, I was wondering about how they could surprise us, after producing both DC movies (13 & 14) which where very very enjoyable.
So, does this film hold all his promises, and our expectations?
Let’s talk about it.
Detective Conan Movie 15: Quarter of Silence:
After an introduction scene, showing a boy falling from a small snowy cliff, the story begins immediately out kind of crazy.
With a threat against the japanese governor, which became reality with a bomb’attack in a subway tunnel.
Conan succeeds to save everybody, after seeing someone suspect in the tunnel near this subway (actually, in top of) and understanding that some bombs were planted there.
Then.. A police summit and… nothing.
Conan & friends decided to came to Kitanosawa for Snow’s party (does it really exist in english?), and after the eternal and essential Agasa’s quizz, we discover the main characters of this movie. (Oh wait, I do not talk about the “memories” present, and the snowmobile’s course cause it’s without interest)
We discover these 5 people, childhood friends, who seem to be connected by tragic events (for each of them: A dead sister, a son in the coma, a killer…).
And after that, all of the continuation of the movie is tasteless. Indeed the story is soooo easy to guess, and far too badly settled and introduced:
The awakening of toma, after 8 years in the coma, the death of the character which seemed the most narcissistic and “bad”, Conan who ridicules Kogoro by finding how the culprit made not to be seen (in a easy way, moreover), the memory which returns little by little to Toma, which could remember the man who would have pushed him of the cliff…
Conan who solves easily the survey, the children who leave the place with Toma, and who are followed by the killer, then saved by Conan..
And similar. Bombs on the dam, predictable since the beginning.
How to stop the water of the dam? With an avalanche, obviously.
We also knew it since the beginning, as soon as they speak of ” how long we can survive under the snow after an avalanche “… Oh wait. Reread the title of the movie.. Yes, we still guess the end. AGAIN
Conan who arrives supernaturally to make an avalanche, to save everybody and the village, and RAN who finds him (shinichi, again) at the last second (14 minutes > 15 minutes of survives max.. Remember?)
Aniway, even if the story isn’t that much interesting, I’ll give a 04.
I was a bit sad at the beginning of this movie. DC passed in full HD, and it’s wonderful. The animation is redone and perfectly worked. To my eyes, the movie is really very very beautiful.
Nevertheless, all the added details, to make the spectator laugh (all these visual onomatopoeias, all these small gags…) are tasteless and without interest. And it’s a pity..
Sound is cool. Nothing really good, or really bad.
Even if I didn’t like Kogoro’s voice in this movie, it’s quite enjoyable.
•Characters (02/10): (DID NOT COUNT DC USUAL STAFF)
No surprise, we have the team: Kogoro/Ran/Sonoko/Conan + Agasa/Ai/Ayumi/Genta/Mitsuhiko.
And that’s, then, the BIG weak point of the movie. All the unpublished protagonists and existing only for this movie are clichés and stereotypes. Besides we’ll never arrive to fasten (Your sealtbealt *.*), indentify ourselves to one of them.
They are divested of interests, both by their character and by their actions.
I have no problem to watch this movie. Even if it was boring at such time, it’s always like that in some point, in DC movies, that’s why it does not disturb.
Yeah, I’ve lot of problem with this movie.
OBJECTIVELY, how did a 10 year’s boy could stop cars on road, at high speed? Could survive at bombs, and avalanche (after being shot, yes, shot by a rifle)? Couldn’t be unmasked, while IT WAS a lot MORE EXAGGERATED than lot of DC’s movies (Summit police, when Conan’s talent vas revealed AT TV!!!).
There were too many coincidences, too many improbable and guessable events at the same time, so that I appreciate OBJECTIVELY this movie.
And the IMPORTANT part:
The morality of the movie being badly brought ( the friendship > Movie’s people + Conan & Shonen Boys) making it so old-fashioned…
And it’s a pity, he would have been able to be a waaaaay better than that!!
Thks for reading, and sorry for the english, not my language.
Story (7/10): After an almost fatal bombing on a newly opened subway line occurs, Conan believes there’s a connection to a dam building project that relocated an entire village 5 years ago, and the whole gang (minus the police department characters) end up traveling there. They are then met with some freaky coincidences that could lead to the culprit in this case. But just what is that persons goal, and what does a coma patient have to do with it?
As a story for a movie, this feels a bit underwhelming, but by no means is the story itself bad. In fact I would say that it’s the one of the more well done stories in a Conan movie to date, utilizing the time correctly and using the movie exclusive characters very well. The bad thing though is that it does feel like a longer episode of the main show, so there’s a bit too much padding to fill out the almost 2 hour time frame. The movie also tries to bring up the Shinichi/Ran romance, but where it fit almost naturally into the previous movie, here it feels tacked on for the sake of having it just be there.
Also I hope you’re a fan of the Detective Boys, cause they play a larger part here than in more recent films, but even I, who isn’t really a big fan of them, have to admit that they added a certain charm to the story itself. Otherwise I feel like the story moves along fairly well and the climax is really amazing, so kudos (heh) for holding itself up to the better standards of the last few movies.
Art (8/10): I get the feeling that the staff who works on the movies is getting more into doing action scenes, since they were better than ever. They must have had fun with all the snowboarding scenes because hot damn were they fluid and exciting. The snowy village location was also really nice to look at, though this does cause the problem of the film being very white and pale colored heavy.
Sound (7/10): I’m not going to rehash anything, since sound is pretty much the same in most Conan movies by now. But as usual, it was great (an much better timed with things compared to the horrendous job done in the last movie).
Character (7/10): Conan/Shinichi, is, as usual, great, along with a bit more screen time for Ai, but since they really don’t have too many character moments themselves, lets focus on the others. As I said before, the Detective Boys are actually fairly important in this movie, so I hope you have a soft spot for them (me personally, I don’t really like them all that much, but they have their moments). But thankfully, they fit in very well with the plot and they are played up with their strengths, making them much more tolerable than in other films. Agasa, Kogoro, Ran, and Sonoko, on the other hand, are just sort of thrown into the movie and don’t really do all that much, one of the unfortunate trends that the movies tend to have.
(If you’re wondering, Conan movies have the bad tendency of only focusing on one set of secondary characters, so one movie (Rave Chaser) may focus on the police characters, one (Jolly Rodger of the Deep Sea) focusing on Ran and Sonoko, and this movie on the Detective Boys, where the other set(s) feel out of place or underutilized. …rant over, I promise.)
The movie characters, thankfully, are fairly strong and are fun to watch. While they aren’t too amazing (they do have the standard feel of a Conan case character), special note goes to Touma, who is fairly interesting and probably could have had more screen time on his own, but for what we got he was interesting and helped with some interesting parallels with Conan, Ai, and the Detective Boys.
Enjoyment (8/10): Going into this movie, I had no idea what I was in for. All I knew was that there was a snowy location and…that’s it. But I’m happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised. While I do think that they could have made the film a slight bit shorter, it was entertaining and a totally fun watch.
Detective Conan: Quarter of Silence is a fun ride from start to finish, though it doesn’t feel quite as strong as the two movies prior to it. But that doesn’t matter as much since the mystery was interesting, the action fun, and it gave some characters some time to shine. While some things are the same as ever, it’s still a fun movie for fans and non-fans alike.
7/10 = fun movie with an interesting mystery and good action, but just doesn’t feel as strong as some of the better entries in the movie franchise; you better like the Detective Boys, because they’re partial headliners here
25: Detective Conan Movie 03: The Last Wizard of the Century
English: Case Closed Movie 3: The Last Wizard of the Century
Japanese: 名探偵コナン 世紀末の魔術師
MAL Score: 8.03
Kaitou Kid dares to challenge the police once more, setting his sights on the Russian Imperial Easter Egg. With the date, time, and place, the Osaka police force scrambles to stop him. But this time, Kid may have bitten off more than he can chew—Conan Edogawa, Heiji Hattori, and numerous others are also trying to get their hands on the jeweled egg.
As the race for possession of the egg escalates, a string of murders threatens those after it, and at the same time the tragic truth behind the Romanov Dynasty is finally revealed. At the center of these developments, it is up to Conan to solve the gruesome murders and catch Kid, all while protecting those close to him and concealing his identity.
The most notable thing in detective movie is the mystery element. Be prepare to found an amazing movie with a lot of mysteries hidden with it. You will be blinded by one of the most well-produced mystery. While the individual elements of the story done well, the plot is decent and manage to balance the story up. With historical value within this film, Last Wizard of The Century have a + sign for them and did a fairly good job in the plot settings.
It is easily accessible, the movie is a perfect example of enjoying the series at its best without having to watch all of Meitantei Conan episodes.
The animation is quite old if we compared it with our era now, but in general, it’s decent. The sound settings are also decent as well.
The characters came out from everywhere, almost all of the main cast appear in the screen.
Kaitou Kid is the omniscient and overpowered character while our hero Conan is analytical and smart. Although omniscient is not a good thing, but the character did their roles pretty well.
Overall, if you are a fan of Meitantei Conan, don’t miss this. Also, if you a fan of detective and mystery settings is quite recommended for you.
As you should know Edogawa Conan is Shinichi after being poisoned by the mysterious Black Organisation.
The story starts with Conan, Ran and Mouri going to Osaka, under the request of Ran’s Best friend in order to protect their family’s Fabergé egg, which is under threat of being stolen by Katiou Kid (A new Character in the series which appears around 120 episodes).
The plot revoles around the mystery of the Fabergé egg and the history and secrets it holds. The uniqueness of the plot is how it accounts for Tsar and its family including the history of the russian revolution. After Kaitou Manages to steal the egg from the police that were guarding it. He is shot down by a mysterious character, all that was left was his broken moncle and an injured white dove.
With Kaitou mysteriously disappearing, The owner of the egg decides to go and make sure the egg is undamged after the incident. During this time someone who claims the egg belongs to their ancestors arrive. with the orginal designs for the egg. Only to discover from the drawings that there is two eggs.
As the characters begin to relax and let loose and the other parties begin to fight over buying the egg, a murder takes place. Which leads Conan to believe the murderer is the same person who took down Kaitou. Therefore calling up Proffessor Agase. To check up the interpol wanted list. and found his suspected murder “Scorpion”
All in all this movie involves probably the largest array of the Conan characters, practically everyone makes an appearence. From Inspector Meguri to Conan’s Fellow high School Detective Hattori Heiji.
I enjoyed this movie mainly cause there was more mystery then the first two. But at the same time it felt more story watching then challening you to try to solve the murders and the mystery. But I still enjoyed the twist at the end of the moive. ^_^
At first the story starts off getting to the real point of the whole thing. Kito Kid is in this, and he is a magician, so he must of course be the Last Wizard of the Century, which is the title of the movie, no? I mean, it is three years away from the change of the century to two thousand when this is movie is made. This might be something that one might want to keep in mind to the end.
The ideas and the concepts in the movie run through in a way that one might think one thing at the begining and be possibly blinded by them, but as one gets furthur along in the movie and more historical facts are revealed to the audience, one becomes less and less mystified and begin to put the facts together. The information presented about hte Russian tzar and his family is fairly accurate from what I can tell.
As always, Detective Conan’s animation is good, expessully for the time frame that it comes from. And some of the details on things, like the egg that Sonoko’s family owns are amazingly detailed. I would go more into this, but the one problem is, if I do… I’ll give away a story line that is really good and that isn’t the point of a review.
The musical score for the soundtrack reminds me of the soundtrack for the Disney Movie Anastasia. It was released two years after Disney released it’s movie, so it is an actual possibility that one movie may have influenced this movie. That really is up to you the viewer to decide, not me.
We get to see the unprofessional acting cops who are after Kito again, which is histarical, though they don’t play as big of a humor role in this. In fact, there are a lot of characters that rather show up in this movie, the cast isn’t limited. Also, not only is this a Kito Kid movie, it gives depth into the theif magician’s character.
At first I was, for the first ten to twenty mintutes, not exactly thrilled with the movie. Most of the good stuff happens later on. Then again, Detective Conan movies are some of the few that will actually go and give a synopsis of what has happened so far for him, which might have been part of my problem, as I kind of feel that I know that allready.
I am a major fan of the history and mystery surrounding the tzar’s family and their deaths. So when I found, or more of figured that this played a good role in this movie, I was thrilled. And I might admit… biased because of it. From the historical point of view, they handled the historical facts quite well.
If you are a fan of Detective Conan, or of the tzars story, this is worth the watch of someone to watch, whether it is only one or not. It is put together in a way that is craftmanship.
24: Detective Conan Movie 04: Captured in Her Eyes
English: Case Closed Movie 4: Captured In Her Eyes
MAL Score: 8.03
On a rainy afternoon, the Detective Boys witness a murder across the street. Barred by traffic, the culprit slips away and Conan Edogawa is left a single clue by a dying detective. Days later, another detective is found murdered in a parking lot, leaving the police rattled. Suspicious that the culprit is one of their own, everyone in the police department without an alibi is suspect. But despite being on high alert, they are outmaneuvered and suffer yet another attack—this time with Ran Mouri finding herself in the crossfire.
Traumatized, Ran wakes in the hospital with retrograde amnesia, remembering nothing about her life. Soon released, she struggles to remember her past and grows fearful of not regaining her memories before being targeted by the killer for what she witnessed. As she is guarded by friends and family, it is up to Conan to piece together the clues and find who the murderer is before they strike again.
Captured In Her Eyes is the best movie of Detective Conan. Shinichi confessed that he likes Ran. Ran lost his memory and no matter how Shinichi wanted to appear to her as Shinichi and comfort her…thinking of it just made it harder for him. And also that Haibara almost confessed to Shinichi…that part is really something. The thrill, the excitement, the romance, the mystery being revealed…I really like it so much!
It’s so painful even for a great detective like himself not to be able to help the one you consider the most important in the world…but because of the unexpected situation he got himself into, he made a really big sacrifice. Shinichi doesn’t want to hurt Ran and that made it a lot difficult for him especially when he sees that the only one Ran felt nostalgic about after losing her memory is his picture. And in here, Conan got saluted by a high ranked officer of the police department. It’s really good!
A lot of the emotion comes from Ran losing her memories after a traumatic experience with the murderer. The fact that Conan can’t do anything as Shinichi to help her is a very cruel thing to undergo. But despite that, Ran is still still just as much her awesome self as she was with her memories. The fact that she still chooses to keep a positive outlook after the incident is probably one of my favorite things about her and why I love this movie so much. One of my favorite parts about this movie is the finale in Tropical Land, which is home to some of the most imaginative environments in a Detective Conan movie. Combine that with a well-polished art style and what you have is a movie that’s both fun and good to look at.
The movie itself, while interesting, is admittedly kind of slow. Having to wait while Conan plays catch-up with the audience is one of the least exciting moments in the film. Also, the case itself isn’t that very interesting to solve, with the first clue about the culprit being heavily reliant on Japanese wordplay. It’s very clear that the movie was more focused on Ran’s amnesiac experience than the mystery itself. By no means is that a bad thing, as a lot of the emotion comes from everyone dealing with her loss of memories. If you are looking for a movie with a great mystery to solve, this may not be the one for you.
Captured in Her Eyes is one of my favorite Detective Conan movies. While the case itself isn’t much to write home about, the fun character moments and polished visuals are what keeps this movie highly rated for me.
23: Detective Conan Movie 10: Requiem of the Detectives
Japanese: 名探偵コナン 探偵たちの鎮魂歌[レクイエム]
MAL Score: 8.06
After receiving a strange invitation, Kogorou Mouri pays a visit to the Miracle Land theme park along with his daughter Ran, Conan Edogawa, and the Detective Boys. Once there, Kogorou and Conan are tasked with finishing an unsolved case by a mysterious stranger. Realizing that the invitations were actually an elaborate trap, the two have just 12 hours to solve the case or face grave danger.
With the help of familiar faces like Heiji Hattori, Kaitou Kid, and even Saguru Hakuba, the group of detectives must unravel the web of clues surrounding the case in order to find the culprit and bring them to justice before it’s too late.
The only saving grace about this movie is its story, which has Conan and the other detectives try to solve a case for a client before they all explode. There is some semblance of a looming sense of dread, as every moment is leading closer and closer to death as the movie goes on. There are even a few decent character moments here and there. Of course, this is where the praise for this movie stops.
While the story itself is good, the execution is extremely lacking. Despite being under pressure to solve a case as soon as possible, the way the scenes are shot fail to capture that urgency. Everything feels so slow and plain that it eliminates any semblance of tension that the characters may be under right now. What also ruins this movie even more is its art and animation. The Detective Conan movies usually have a level of polish that puts them above the anime series. Here, there is no trace of quality or refining done to either the art or animation. It is, quite literary, an extended episode.
If this were a TV special, then I wouldn’t mind it so much (then I wouldn’t even need to review it). But this isn’t just a movie; it’s a movie celebrating the 10th anniversary of the series. When put into that context, what does it have going for it? What can you watch in this movie that you can literally see in any other movie? Heiji and Kaito Kid? They already have their own movies. Everyone is going to be killed if Conan doesn’t solve the case? Try the Eleventh Striker. Requiem of the Detectives’ main problem is how basic it all is; every other movie before and after it did the same things that this movie does but even better. It’s almost like this movie only had the story to work with and just did whatever with everything else.
Before I end this review, I do want to stress that this only just me speaking and that my opinion may not apply for everyone else. These movies are like different flavors of ice cream. Some are like chocolate. Some are like strawberry. Some are even like pistachio. If I had to define Requiem of the Detectives as an ice cream flavor, it would be vanilla. Not French vanilla or vanilla bean; just basic vanilla. Some people like vanilla and that’s okay. Even I’m morbidly curious what maple bacon ice cream tastes like. As such, Requiem of the Detectives will always be somebody else’s favorite Detective Conan movie no matter what I think of it.
22: Boku no Hero Academia the Movie 2: Heroes:Rising
Japanese: 僕のヒーローアカデミア THE MOVIE ヒーローズ：ライジング
MAL Score: 8.06
Izuku “Deku” Midoriya and his fellow students in Class 1-A of UA High’s hero course have been chosen to participate in a safety program on Nabu Island. To further improve their skills and gain experience in more ordinary heroics, the students aid the kind citizens with small services and everyday chores. With the low crime rate in the quiet community, all seems well and good, but the rise of a new villain threatens to put the students’ courage to the test and challenge their capabilities as heroes.
A merciless villain by the name of Nine is in search of a certain “quirk” needed to fulfill his diabolical plan—creating a society where only those with the strongest quirks reign supreme. As his attack on Nabu Island endangers the lives of the residents, securing the citizens becomes the first priority for Class 1-A; defeating Nine along with his wicked accomplices is also imperative. A straightforward strategy is formulated until a young boy named Katsuma Shimano, whom Deku had befriended, suddenly requires particular protection. Concerned for the boy’s wellbeing, Deku and his classmates must now devise a plan to ensure Katsuma’s safety at all costs.
With Nine wreaking havoc to find the catalyst for his ill-intended schemes and the heroes desperate to defend Katsuma from harm, will Deku and his friends be able to come out victorious, or will they find themselves unable to escape a hopeless situation?
Most of the problems I have with this film come in the form of the climax. Everything before is simple cookie cutter shonen movie filler that is boring at worst, inoffensive at best.
Following suit from the previous movie, the film begins with Class 1-A in an area split off from the main world of the series, which was done so that this movie wouldn’t affect the main series canon at all, and this concept is what will eventually lead into absolutely ruining any sense of emotion that the climax of this movie had created. I don’t mind this, as it can be done well. For example, in the previous movie!! Although there was some amount of emotional weight behind the climax of Two Heroes, the stakes weren’t even near as close to being inflated as large as they were in Heroes Rising. With All Might and Deku triumphantly one-shotting the main villain in an epic and equally insanely animated cut, without trying to build up any consequences from the final attack, it’s easy to enjoy this as mindless, fun action, and just as easy for the writers to close off the film without having to create a bunch of convoluted retcons so that the story can comfortably fall back in line with the main canon.
Heroes Rising does not do this. The writing staff tried to have their cake and eat it too, in a sense. With these types of movies, it’s impossible to affect any core plot lines from the main canon without having to create an unfulfilling ending that frustrates the viewer if they attempt to think critically in regards to it in any amount. In the final battle against the main villain, Nine, Deku passes on One-for-All to Bakugou in an attempt to overpower the enemy using two One-for-Alls (ironically paralleling the first movie despite their tries to make it seem different). This leads to an extremely emotional and tender moment, and the direction reflects this through creating a sense of finality, showing the entire island being ravaged by Nine’s power, while Deku and Bakugou stand triumphantly against this destruction, both being powered by OFA Full-Cowling 100% (Another concept that would ruin this scene if you consider how they aren’t dead following these events). I can’t even completely trash this climax. It’s such a well done scene in terms of animation, soundtrack, and direction, but immediately following it is one of the worst retcons I have ever witnessed in a piece of media.
After Deku and Bakugou lose consciousness following the defeat of Nine, Deku wakes up to All Might watching over him. It is here that Deku has another great emotional moment, stating that he doesn’t regret giving OFA to Bakugou, as he did it to save people as a hero. Seconds later, this is absolutely destroyed by Deku getting One for All back, as the new user losing consciousness during the transfer somehow cancels it out. Conveniently enough, Bakugou also forgets the entire final fight. This is bullshit. Bakugou as a character wouldn’t care that he lost OFA, and they could have just as easily had Deku try to give it back to him, before responding with something like “Pshh.. It’s more suited for you anyway, dumbass,” or something like that. As I stated earlier, this is all necessary in order to have the plot comfortably fall back in line with the main series. But this is at the cost of ruining the climax of the film, and it’s not better for it either.
This is the fatal flaw of the concept of non-canon (or out-of-main-series) spinoff movies. I don’t blame the staff at Studio Bones for trying to differentiate this movie from the previous entry, but they ultimately failed in their attempt to create an insanely climactic finale, which almost comes off as the finale for the entire series, again, had this not been a movie. It tries to be serious in a way that is impossible for it to achieve, at least for now. Perhaps this is actually a strong suit of these types of movies? Horikoshi would absolutely not be able to create this type of fight in the main series, as it would shake the foundations of the plot too heavily to recover from at the current state of the plot. I suppose these films can be used to explore concepts like such, that wouldn’t be able to be covered in canon.
I did enjoy the concept of two OFA-powered people fighting together, and the fact that it was Bakugou who fought alongside Deku made it just that more meaningful. However, the way these movies are formatted will make it impossible for a person like me to enjoy these scenes without having a constant lingering thought of “Oh god, how bad is it gonna be when they have to write all of this away in 10 minutes…?”
Once again, this film takes place on a remote island, far away from U.A. High School or any other place that might cause any plot holes. The most major difference is what’s on the island – this time, it’s a small, rural town full of normal people who live normal lives. The students are sent alone, and their job is to take care of more everyday tasks the villagers might need help with.
But, of course, a new one-off villain and his sidekicks appear on the island to wreak havoc. And while the heart of My Hero Academia is most definitely heroes vs. villains, the longer these conflicts go on, the more you need to be careful of retreading old ground. Unfortunately here, the film’s villain is shockingly unoriginal in his powers and ambition. It is literally boiled down to this: he is an off-brand All for One.
The biggest problem with this is that it cheapens the conflict of AFO vs All-Might from season 3 – an enormously impactful moment in the story of MHA – as the isolated villain showdown in this film raises the stakes in absolutely insane ways that ultimately don’t matter and are written off by the end.
Not only that, but what this movie promises for fans of Deku and Bakugo’s rivalry is visually satisfying, but inevitably hollow. It reminded me of how powerful their face-off at the end of season 3 was, at a time when Bakugo had a rare moment of emotional vulnerability. But this time, it’s just a fleeting excuse to show the two fighting together in a Yutapon-injected showdown that might as well have just been a dream.
Yes, the character interactions are fun, the little kids they save are cute, and the fights are a spectacle to behold. But the predicament the movie finds itself in the end when evil is defeated is that all must be forgotten so the actual story can continue. How it is explained away by Deku as they sail away as heroes is just laughably absurd and ultimately makes the entire film a pointless endeavor.
What hurts the most is significant talent was stretched thin at Studio Bones to make this movie happen while they were simultaneously working on season 4, which is visually apparent both here and in the series.
Recently, a rumor has been floating around that they want to make 10 – yes, ten – MHA films. After seeing this one, you can tell they’re already out of ideas, and I really hope they have a change of heart and decide to focus more on the stories that actually matter. Not only does it seem they have tapped out the potential for spinoff films, but the power creep required to out-do the final fight in this movie would make Akira Toriyama blush.
If you are a MHA super-fan, there’s no need to rush to see this film. You may enjoy it – especially if you are a big fan of the Deku & Bakugo rivalry – but don’t expect any events that take place to ever have any more relevance than a fanfiction would. And at the end of the day, that is basically the function of this consequence-free film.
The story for this film is as cookie cutter as it gets for a shounen anime, especially a MHA film. There’s a villain who, surprise, wants to rule the world and use powers to make his own kind power-based fantasy realm that doesn’t work if you think about it for more than a second or two. He, of course, has to be tied into the League but that isn’t really used much in the film, much like the last MHA film. As seen in the trailers, the film revolves around two kids on an out-of-the-way island and how 1-A defends them and the island from harm. Basic superhero story stuff. The story, however, begins to falter as it goes further and further forward with the villains seeming much more overpowered than needs to be with no real way to beat them except the classic trope of “Try to do what you’re already doing but better!” After the necessary team up fight the two main heroes of this film, Izuku and Katsuki, do what they have to do and save the day. Some might consider that a bit spoiler-y but y’know, this is a superhero film. Where the story loses a lot of points for me is how the dynamic duo take down the main villain. I won’t say what happened or how it happened as it was truly unexpected but holy **** was it absolute rubbish. At what was supposed to be this film’s ultimate climax and explosion of emotion and “We got this” I…. burst out laughing at how unbelievable it truly was. That’s all I’ll say regarding it as I can’t explain much without completely ruining it.
The art and subsequent animation that generally falls under this category was rather lackluster in regards to an anime film where animation tends to be a bit better and the drawings have a little more time put into them. As you would do, I spent a lot of the time comparing this to the last films art and animation (which I’ve viewed multiple times and even once before seeing this film in the theatre) and I was really let down by how just truly “eh” the film looked. The big fights and quirks looked more or less like they do in the actual anime which I felt kind of let down by. Overall though, this film still managed to achieve the MHA aesthetic and feel so that’s why the art gets the highest score of this review for me.
WARNING: Being in the US, the theatre was playing the film in dub so that’s what I’m reviewing
The sound in this film was probably the biggest let down out of the whole film. Starting with what I found to be the worst part, the voices. I watch most anime subbed with dubs here and there and have actually watched most of MHA in both dub and sub as I usually really enjoy both voices for most characters. This film broke me. The dub was bad. Like really bad. Like I was wishing for them to switch to Japanese most of the time bad. The characters sounded washed out, reverberated like they were in a metal box, and overall some of the worst voice acting for this show and most anime I’ve ever heard. The line delivery was weak and the lines themselves felt like they may not have been translated as well as some other things. Conversations were awkward and people didn’t always feel like they were actually talking to the people in the scene with them. After the voices comes the SFX in general. Again, the SFX just didn’t hit me like most do in an anime. The explosions felt far away, the ambiance sounds (such as the ocean or the general summer sounds) sounded really poorly balanced and like they had been done by a “made for home release film” company. The SFX just weren’t there for me. Now for the main part of sound that I never knew I’d miss as much as I did until it wasn’t there: The music. The music in this film just isn’t present in the way MHA usually uses music. Hype moments are punctuated with dull tracks, slower moments have light music at best and the climax of the film has some of the most awkward and weird feeling music I’ve ever felt and listened to. Due to the nature of the climax, I understood what they were going for but it just didn’t land for me and I felt really disappointed by it as a whole. Overall regarding sound, the voices were lackluster, the SFX were very average at best, and the music just didn’t play for me in the way I wanted an action film’s music to hit
This film quite possibly contains some of the lamest and unoriginal characters that have ever existed in the MHA universe. MHA usually has a plethora a fun and unique characters with weird powers that they use in a way that you fall in love with, regardless of the side they’re on. Heroes:Rising does not really have that. As you discover in the early parts of the film, the villain is literally just an “All-for-One” clone, but a different person. He steals quirks and uses them to try and accomplish his weird goal of remaking Earth in his image. He’s literally evil because he is evil. He is, naturally as aforementioned, accompanied by 3 “henchmen” that each have their own powers that make them equally as lame. One is just an infinitely scaling, all powerful animal dude that I was bored with every moment he was on screen. Another is literally just the Inhumans’ character Medusa and the final one is a dude that controls bandages. They were so painful to watch and really unbelievable when together. The chemistry didn’t exist and I often found myself wondering exactly why they all were even working together anyways. Aside from the villains there are the people of the island and the two Deus E….I mean kids from the poster. The people are typical MHA people who all have quirks or are more or less normal and they were fine as background characters. The two children, however, were certainly characters alright. A young boy, Katsuma, and his sister, Mahoro, are like a tiny Deku (except Katsuma has a power) and Kota respectively. One wants to become a hero but doubts himself and his power and his sister hates heroes and think they are a bad thing…until she is miraculously saved by one and instantly loves them. They, as primary characters that were deemed so important they were protected beyond everything, are drab and feel like they’ve been copy-pasted into the situation so our heroes can save the day. I did not like the added characters of this film. After these added characters, I feel I’m obliged to talk about the two selling points of the film, Izuku and Katsuki. This film was supposed to be them learning to fight and work together better so they could become a true duo for the future. They had those moments. The moments where you saw them as two friends fighting and combo-ing together to try and take down a villain and show how they were incredibly similar individuals in their convictions and overall goals. Like a lot of the film, these moments were sadly punctuated with a lot of fluff and action that just didn’t seem like them as characters, even after they had grown. The climax was the highlight of this for me in where a sacrifice has to be made and it truly doesn’t feel like either of them earned it or truly understand what it would mean if it actually happened the way they thought it was going to. I hated it. It felt forced and rushed and like the two characters didn’t actually know what they were doing, even when the film was trying to sell you on the idea they had started to work in a sense of tandem and as a true duo, not two people fighting against the same guy at the same time. The rest of our class of 1-A had some nice moments as individual characters with many of them being forced to overcome personal obstacles or fight through limitations and…go Plus Ultra, but ultimately the rest of the cast fell very flat.
Enjoyment and Overall: 6
Despite my many gripes with the film, I found myself enjoying certain aspects of the film and there were some cool action sequences. Sadly, these moments could not totally eclipse and overcome the glaring flaws of this film that caused me to laugh at the emotional climax and spend more time analysing and finding issues than enjoying what the film was trying so hard to be, a fun and fast paced superhero action film.
21: Kuroko no Basket Movie 4: Last Game
English: Kuroko’s Basketball the Movie: Last Game
Japanese: 劇場版 黒子のバスケ LAST GAME
MAL Score: 8.07
Hailing from America, Jabberwock—a street basketball team with skills comparable to those of the NBA—has come to Japan to play an exhibition match against Strky, a team of former third-year students who once played in the Interhigh and Winter Cup. However, due to the vast difference in skill, Jabberwock easily wins. Their captain, Nash Gold Jr., mocks the basketball style of all players in Japan by comparing them to monkeys.
Infuriated by the nasty comment, Kagetora Aida challenges them to a revenge match. Because of pride and the belief that the results will be no different, Nash accepts the challenge. Kagetora then assembles Vorpal Swords, a team composed of the Generation of Miracles, including Kuroko Tetsuya and Kagami Taiga, for they are the only ones who stand a chance against a foe that seems unbeatable from every angle.
I love Kuroko no Basket, a lot, it’s had a large personal effect on my life, and I’ve been waiting for the past 2 years for this movie as my most anticipated piece of media. I knew everything that would happen as I have read the manga previously, so this movie delivering what I want was more a question of adaptation than a question of the content itself. Considering that they decide to show The Last Game in movie format, time constraints were definitely one of my concerns, especially since the manga was extremely text heavy and was being published monthly, but The Last Game delivered me the perfect last hurrah for the franchise that leaves me more content than even the TV series ending which I thought was stellar.
The art of The Last Game is slightly different than the TV series with less notable shading and a lighter color palette, character designs look a lot sleeker and a lot of the Generation of Miracles members have had subtle changes to their appearances like Murasakibara’s even longer hair or Midorima’s combover. The visual effects for this movie are fantastic, usage of “The Zone” and “Perfect Copy” have never looked so crisp and a lot of the plays that are used are animated brilliantly. There are some still frames present, but these are edited well enough that they do not become an issue. There are a lot of dynamic camera angles used especially when it comes to high level plays, characters’ bodies move especially fluid when they are doing streetball like maneuvers.
Sound in The Last Game is stellar, the traditional blend of electric and metal in the OST from the series stays strong bringing pure tension to every scene. The sound mixing is great, as there are certain moments like when they zoom in on Midorima’s remote or whenever Akashi or Nash use the Emperor/Belial Eye that fit perfectly. The insert songs by Granrodeo and Kensho Ono (especially the latter) are in sync perfectly with the action on screen, Kensho Ono’s “Against The Wind” might be one of the most tonally relevant insert songs I’ve ever heard. However the best thing about this movie by far is the voice performances. Huge props to all of the Seiyuu’s who voice the Generation of Miracles but specific props to Jason Silver’s awesomely hammy performance as well as Hiroshi Kamiya for displaying Akashi’s struggle with his identity and his weaknesses as a leader and overcoming that all in the span of the film. Also the Engrish is fucking hilarious, classic KnB Engrish.
The plot is pretty basic, a foreign team steamroll the D Team and basically disrespect the entire Japanese race and their athletic ability. I don’t think characters could be any more racist, basic or agenda driven than Jabberwock. But that’s what makes them so easily detestable, I fucking HATE all of them, especially Nash and Nash’s competence on the court and ability as a captain on par with Akashi just makes his horribleness even more infuriating. But this film is not about Jabberwock, it never was. This movie is a love letter to Kagami and The Generation of Miracles. Each of them gets adequate screentime and it truly feels like that nobody got shafted in this film which is something I thought the manga didn’t do correctly as I was visably mad at Kagami and Aomine’s misuse in the Extra Game manga but the get plenty of shine here. Kise and Akashi get major focus in this game and honestly although everyone held their own, they are by far the MVPs of this game. The fact that there was also less focus on isolation play and every single character was assisting others showed that the Generation of Miracles has grown, because they stopped operating as a team when they were at Teiko.
Aside from the game itself, I think the buildup and the ending were also substantial and necessary. Although I think 20 minutes for the introduction to Jabberwock was not necessary and it could have been done in less time, however there was never a point where I wanted to speed up the film to get to “the good stuff”. The ending is sort of open and emotionally wrenching, I gave a spoiler warning but I absolutely do not want to spoil this ending, but it was bittersweet but still absolutely perfect.
It’s been a long wait to see this movie, but after watching it I can confirm that Kuroko no Basket: The Last Game is everything I hoped it would be and more.
Just to get it out of the way: it’s fair to call it a finale because it calls itself last game, as opposed to its manga counterpart that just called itself extra game, which was much more harder to be harsh on it for that reason.
The best part of the movie was seeing how the Generation of Miracles were no longer bloodthirsty psychopaths who’d stab someone with scissors. Seeing them as normal, chill teens was pretty refreshing. Them having retconned Kagami wanting to be an NBA player is also an appreciated touch, it filled in the whole of none of them having any clear goal beyond just becoming really good high school basketball players that the series had for its entire run, and because of it, it also gave some of the other characters goals too. Sadly, the same can’t be said about the other aspects of the movie.
The villains are definitely the worst part. Seeing as fans of the series are used to asshole antagonists who just talk about how no one can stop them and how they wish a proper challenger would show up, it’s probably not that hard to be lenient towards them at first, but it slowly becomes apparent that there won’t be much to them as it goes on. Gold and Silva don’t get any moment where we see what shaped their beliefs and attitude and they don’t get any kind of character arc by the end either, they don’t have any nuance or depth to them, they only exist to get beaten down. It’s quite ironic, really, for a series whose whole point was about showing disillusioned teens the fun of basketball and teaching them to not be stuck-up pricks, the final villains end up being exactly that and don’t even get the same kind of treatment the show prided itself on being about.
For an anime tie-in movie, it somehow managed to look exactly like and sometimes worse than the tv show. Other than the parts featuring hyper-realistic animation early on during the 2nd match, which had very weird camera angles and felt less explosive compared to some of the more well-known cuts from the main series, the movie kept using its usual technique of still frames and close-ups .
It really just felt like a cashgrab rather than a fulfilling epilogue, all things considered.
also no meteor jam D:
True to the title it is about having one more game and what better way to do it then with the ultimate dream team.
Watched this in SM cinema Cebu, Philippines on 5/23/17.
The best streetball team in the world who are from America have come to Japan for an exhibition match and decimated their opponent and have insulted all of Japan’s basketball players. In retaliation a coach decided to gather the generation of miracles featuring Kagami and a few benchwarmers to slay the Jabberwock team.
The opposing team keeps getting surprised by the level of talent the Vorpal Swords displays but that doesn’t mean that they themselves don’t have their own abilities to counter even the almighty zone. Ability after ability, skill after skill and even an eye for an eye the game continues with each shot, dribble, pass, block, steal, rebound and sweat being countered at every turn.
Eventually the generation of miracles would use new abilities to counter the malevolent force of their enemies. From using multiple zones, zone technique combos, natural ability fusing, reawakenings and even old tricks just to get an edge over the opposition. The last game truly has alot of show off as a final sendoff.
Unfortunately not everyone goes into a zone here and there’s also no 5 man zone present but it is still fun regardless of my personal disappointments. We also get to see one guy finally going 100% full power despite not going into zone.
It just goes to show that basketball is a truly fun game where even the most ridiculous of shots can go in. My personal motto in basketball is “No matter how perfect the form of your shot is, it is never 100% guaranteed while no matter how ridiculous or far your shot is, it is never a true 0% probability”. So while Kuroko’s basketball maybe full of unbelievable powers it doesn’t mean it’s not impossible for anyone. Though the consistency of theirs is where the true question of improbability lies. I myself personally am similar to Aomine since I do circus shots that amaze people with the consistency and even the level of ridiculous range and poses, like a 3-point skyhook now and then.
It also shows how far they have to reach if they ever want to play again on an international stage, especially if any of them ever want to aim for the NBA. Which is of course the aim of Kagami.
So give it a go and don’t forget to stay and watch after the credits rolled for an extra farewell scene.
20: Detective Conan Movie 08: Magician of the Silver Sky
Japanese: 名探偵コナン 銀翼の奇術師[マジシャン]
MAL Score: 8.08
Once again, Kaitou Kid crosses swords with Conan Edogawa in this annual installment of the Detective Conan movie franchise. After receiving a letter from the thief, famous actress Juri Maki seeks the help of private detective Kogorou Mouri to protect the Star Sapphire—the “Jewel of Destiny,” said to represent faith, fate, and hope. Thinking he has deciphered Kid’s riddle, Kogorou personally shows up to the newly constructed space theater where Juri is acting in the play “Josephine” in order to catch Kid in the act.
The next day, Conan and the gang are invited by Juri to her holiday home, to celebrate the thwarting of Kid’s plan and the success of the play. However, their triumph crumbles when a murder occurs during the flight there. Although unintentional, this sets off a series of events that escalate to catastrophic results. Conan and Kid, unlikely allies that they are, must work together to save both their friends and every other passenger aboard the plane.
One of the movie’s most interesting aspects is how it takes three different scenarios and combines them into one, cohesive story where the elements in one part carry on into the next. While this is some very interesting story-writing, one could not help but wonder if more time went into writing one part more than the others. In 1995’s Goldeneye, the movie begins with an opening so great, that the rest of the movie fails to measure up to it. The same can be said for Magician of the Silver Sky. As fun as the other two parts are, the first part is and always will be the most memorable part of the whole movie. It’s kind of like eating a three-course meal, where the first dish is a juicy steak, the second is a PB&J sandwich, and the third is a bowel of chicken noodle soup. All are of varying quality, but none are better than the first dish.
One other thing that people do not like about this movie is how Kaito Kid always disguises himself as Shinichi. As genius as it was for him to do so, it sort of takes out the fun of figuring out who Kid is. Back then, I wouldn’t really have a problem with Kid disguising himself as Shinichi since it meant Conan can’t point him out without giving himself away. But after 15 years and 2 other movies where Kaito disguises himself as Shinichi (plus 1 if you count Fist of Blue Sapphire), I think now would be a good time for Kid to change up his Modus Operandi.
Despite my earlier analogy about chicken PB&J, Magcian of the Silver Sky is still a worth while watch. Everything that people love about Detective Conan is here and is still just as good. The story structure is interesting, the art and animation is pretty good, and the characters are still their usual lovable selves. Definitely a good watch.
Story-wise, it isn’t the typical Detetive Conan wherein the ending is usually when the culprit is caught. It somehow has a mix of other genres as well that made it unique in a way to the other movies so far. The mystery and detective-ness of the typical Detective Conan though was outshone by the scenes in the plane. In a way that made this a bit anti-climatic in terms of mysteriousness. It was however refreshing to see a different story from the typical series. There were also some scenes that had a bit of a bland after taste to it but still the good parts outweigh those. The story was good not the best one there is but it was good.
Every anime has its own unique art style. What sets Detective Conan apart from the others is that aside from the unique plot the art is also different so the author’s work can be easily distinguished for the others. Growing up with this anime makes my rating for it biased but I, for one, am content with the art.
The usual sound effects used in the series but there were a few added sound effects to make it sound new to the ears. Not complaining with the usual opening though, it just makes it even more exciting since it is the signature opening of Detectuve Conan so nostalgia from it isn’t lost to me.
The characters were okay though the culprit was predictable. The different sides of Kaitou Kid was seen here though his identity remains a mystery and that makes him all the more a character one can look forward to every time he appears. The kids however were a bit unnecessary in some scenes. Ran’s parents however made it refreshing. Everytime those two show up it’s really fun to watch. There were characters though that were a bit lacking in presence and sort of easily remained in the background. Conan though, is still the typical Conan we all know and love.
It was not what I had expected from the title and the movie poster though, so at the beginning I thought it was going to be a full on Kaitou Kid vs Conan movie but the unexpectedness of the plot all the more made it a good movie to me. There were some scenes that for me, were not needed and felt like they were just a few added scenes to make the movie longer. But other than that it was good. Not the best Detective Conan movie I’ve watched but nonetheless a good movie to watch.
If you want something a bit different from the typical Detective Conan, this is probably the way to go. There are a lot of mixed genres here that made it enjoyable to watch. It was a good movie. There were unexpected scenes and twists but that just made it even more fun to watch.
19: Detective Conan Movie 18: The Sniper from Another Dimension
Japanese: 名探偵コナン 異次元の狙撃手（スナイパー）
MAL Score: 8.08
One morning, at the observation deck of the Bell Tree Tower, a man is suddenly shot dead by an unknown sniper. Conan Edogawa, who happened to be visiting as the murder occurred, rushes to apprehend the sniper but fails to do so. He later learns that the suspect for the incident, Timothy Hunter, is a former member of the Navy Special Ops squad and was already being investigated for a previous murder case. The FBI believes that there are at least three people Timothy wants dead. However, after the deaths of two of them, Timothy himself is killed, throwing the investigation into disarray.
As they lose their only lead, news about the assassinations spreads across Tokyo, leaving the city in a state of panic. It is up to Conan to find and catch the culprit in the hope of putting an end to this sniping spree terror.
the story is about a sniper with godlike snipe skill wandering and killing people in tokyo. without knowing who is the sniper’s next target, tokyo fall in chaos as the people afraid they might be killed by the sniper.
for the story, i give an 8. the story is good, but you really have to read conan manga to fully understand what happen in this movie, especially at the end of the movie. so it’s not a movie for all people out there. i give an 8 too for sound and art.
i give a 9 for the character. this is the first time mayumi sera and subaru okiya appear in a detective conan movie. they played a major part in this movie just like heiji did in 7th movie, and they did great, especially sera. you can watch what they capable to do to support conan.
this movie is very enjoyable for conan fans that still followed the manga. watching sera and subaru already give a 9 for me. in addition with a thrilling story that make me think “what will happen next?” for the entire movie, it’s a no doubt 10 for enjoyment
overall, i give a 9. it’s a great movie, not the best conan movie, but i think it’s the most enjoyable conan movie i’ve ever seen for now.
Overall, the movie was enjoyable but did not leave me completely satisfied. Perhaps this was because the whole time the story felt like a side story. The characters keep alluding to “them” (Black Organization) throughout the film and there are far too many characters that split up the story. It is hard to really know who the main character is, as Conan is often on the sideline and has all of his allies show up conveniently throughout the story. The main story is actually about who appear to be all-new characters altogether, though their motives and cheesy American accents do not fit in well with the veteran characters. All of this ended up making the film quite confusing. The mystery itself is not very exciting, though the action sequences and gadgetry were enjoyable.
The art style is unique and a little reminiscent of Hanna-Barbera cartoons, something I do not see often in anime but was able to enjoy. The quality is not stellar, considering it is a movie, but passable.
The sound, on the other hand, was exhilarating during the action sequences. Conan’s skateboard skidding across pavement and bullets whizzing through the air were positively thrilling and edge-of-your-seat fun. Background music was not bad either.
The characters introduced for the film were entertaining caricatures of Americans (something that also reminded me of old Hanna-Barbera cartoons), but ultimately none of the characterization really stuck with me. I liked Conan but he was rarely on screen, an opportunity I think the film missed out on. As I mentioned before, there were far too many characters in the film, and no one was able to stand out.
While I enjoyed the film, the story and characters were not able to hold it up. What the film did do is get me interested in the character of Conan and the rest of the franchise. In this sense, I believe the film was quite successful.
Story (6/10): Conan and friends are invited to the newly opened Bell Tree Tower to see the sights of Tokyo from above. But as is tradition, something goes awry. In this case, a real estate agent is sniped from the nearby buildings. Soon it evolves into a shooing spree that terrifies all of Tokyo, with Conan and his police and FBI contacts hot in pursuit. Who is this mysterious shooter, and what is with his dice calling card?
The story here is mostly interesting, dealing with a type of serial shooter that has been in American media for a while now, so if that interests you, take a look here. This is also the movie debut of the FBI characters, as well as 2 new supporting characters, so unless you’re caught up to the anime/manga, their presence may throw you off a bit. It’s also great to see the police characters working so well together and just how well the story sets up the circumstances to let them interact.
The main problem with this story, however, is that it drags on for waaay too long. By a half hour in the story has settled into a pattern of ‘police characters talk’, ‘Conan’s daily life’, ‘shooting sequence’, repeat till the last 15 minutes. It’s just so dull. While I’m sure there’s supposed to be a lot of tension, it just doesn’t work well here. And honestly, the mystery here is easily solvable after the 3rd shooting, though it does throw out some good red herrings for viewers. The other problem is that I’m pretty sure (as in it almost breaks plausibility) that the FBI doesn’t work as shown in the movie. It also does dig into some American military stuff that, while interesting, does come off as slightly stupid and a little bit insensitive, though it’s nothing horrible.
Art (8/10): Back to complementing the art, as is tradition. I’ve said this for how many movies now, but the art is still top notch. The action sequences are the complete highlight of the movie, bar none. Everything moves fast and is intensely interesting. If anything, this movie deserves a watch for those.
Sound (8/10): Hey, I have new things to talk about here! Yes indeed, there is some new music in this movie and it is pretty kick ass. It’s very much in the vein of a thriller/crime movie, and it really sounds amazing. It keeps the final battle really exciting and follows it well. So kudos (heh) to the sound team for some great background tracks.
Also something new! This movie features a lot of Americans and for once the English isn’t awful! Probably because actual Americans (or at least people who knew English very well) were used for almost every character and it really helps set the mood in some scenes. I can’t tell you how annoying it is when characters who are clearly native English speakers speak Japanese, even when they are alone and would naturally default to English. Well here? It happens! The characters speak English while a little line of Japanese translated text is at the bottom. Definitely a plus and I’m glad they did it!
Character (6/10): I’ll get this out of the way early – the Detective Boys are being annoying in this movie again. While not as bad as Eleventh Striker, they kind of bring down the movie since all their scenes are the comedy scenes, and they aren’t funny. All the other main series characters are alright here, though again, special mention to the FBI characters for being cool. I’m still not sure on how to feel about Sera and Subaru, but they at least added some charm to the whole thing. (Subaru was kind of boring though.)
The movie characters were fairly interesting, though there is a bit of a problem with having literally all of the movie cast being American military men. They honestly all blended into each other, not helped by the most boring white people names yen could buy. Seriously, Bill Murphy and Scott Green? The creators do know that most Americans have more complicated names than that, right? Anyways, the characters that get the biggest focus are pretty interesting, thought they do fall into that weird ‘we’re not sure how to keep writing this character’ pitfall that some of the other Detective Conan movies have had.
Enjoyment (6/10): I have to be honest that this movie is a bit dull. Nothing is wrong with it. It’s just that there’s a lot that’s thrown at you and while that stuff is interesting, the story isn’t paced well enough. I honestly got bored not even halfway through the whole thing and, to me, that’s not good for a mystery movie. It’s not all bad, though. The action sections were by far the best parts that had me on the edge of my seat. Just…dang! Those animators were having a ball!
Detective Conan: The Sniper from Another Dimension isn’t a bad movie, but it isn’t a great one either. It’s far from being as bad as Jolly Rodger in the Deep Azure and Eleventh Striker, but is more like Quarter of Silence. Nothing special, but nothing outright awful. It’s definitely a great action movie and it’s nice to see new reoccurring characters appearing.
7/10 = nothing bad, but nothing great either; fun for DC fans to at least see the movie introductions of the FBI characters, Sera, and Subaru; Detective Boys are back to being annoying, unfortunately;
P.S. sorry not sorry for the puns
18: Haikyuu!! Movie 3: Sainou to Sense
Japanese: ハイキュー!! 才能とセンス
MAL Score: 8.08
Recap film that will cover the match against Aobajosai High School that took place in the second season.
(Source: MAL News)
TL;DR: Watch for the additional scenes on Seijoh at the end of the movie if you want to know more about them after their match.
I absolutely love Haikyuu!, and I have no qualms re-watching every episode of the anime series to recap the story. I have always avoid recap movies as I get more kicks out of watching every small detail rather than just watching all the major developments.
That said, I adore Seijoh as much as Karasuno, and the end of season 2 have always leave a bittersweet taste in my mouth as I felt that there was no proper closure for Seijoh’s match from their POV. The movie have additional scenes on what happens in Seijoh after the match. The fact that they are not just another “side character” team, but a proper rival team that deserves a bit of insight on how their emotional and psychological state outside of the game is like really showcases the beauty of this anime.
I am not a manga person, so the additional animated scenes to tell us a bit more of the rival characters that I have grown so attached to really brings me so much comfort. hahahaha.
The third recap movie for the Haikyuu series for the 2nd season. The recap shows us when Karasuno shows us the training camp they go where they practice getting better and stronger with the other teams. Then after that, we see the fight against Hinata and Kageyama on how they blame themselves for not working hard enough then we see how each Karasuno is continuing their training and how we are introduced to new moves/techniques like the tempo’s that Hinata and Kageyama learn then we see we the match against Karasuno vs Aobajousai and how Karasuno won but we see some extra scenes, not from anime which shows some of the Aobajousai team after their match and how they felt on losing the match and knowing some they will be leaving the team after high school.
So this recap wasn’t bad, showed the major points in the second season and yes it took some parts away from the anime like when Daichi gets hit in the cheek or the other matches before the main match against Karasuno vs Aobajousai but in replace of some of those parts was those extra scenes which weren’t bad as it showed the side of Aobajousai and how they will continue playing volleyball even after that loss. This recap was good, I liked it
The art style is only slightly less detailed in this recap and reuses some scenes, so at times it felt a little lazy.
This movie, as you would expect, uses the same sound effects and music as the series.
Shouyou Hinata (Simpleton Idiot, Chibi-chan, Dumbass)
Tobio Kageyama (King of the Court, Bakageyama, Bateyama-kun, Kalm-geyama, Yamayama-kun, Wearyama-kun, Simpleton Idiot)
Hajime Iwaizumi (Iwa-chan, Iwa)
17: Detective Conan Movie 05: Countdown to Heaven
English: Case Closed Movie 5: Countdown to Heaven
Japanese: 名探偵コナン 天国へのカウントダウン
MAL Score: 8.12
Conan Edogawa, the Detective Boys, and Professor Hiroshi Agasa decide to visit the Nishitamashi Twin Towers. There they run into Ran Mouri; her closest friend, Sonoko Suzuki, and Ran’s father, the famous Kogorou Mouri. Learning the trio are attending the towers’ grand opening, Conan and company tag along for a private tour of its floors.
However, as preparations are finalized for the opening ceremony, their visit takes an unexpected turn—three brutal murders occur, seemingly linked to a mysterious Porsche 356A. Soon after, as Conan and the detectives dive deeper into the case, the towers are rocked by an explosion. With fire rapidly spreading and lives in danger, police desperately seek to evacuate everyone. But when the elevator, their only means to escape goes down, Conan and company are left behind. With help on its way, they frantically try to keep everyone safe, but time is running out if they want to bring the perpetrators to justice.
One might think that the idea or inspiration for this movie came from the 911 attacks, however, this is not so, the same way as Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers had no relation. This was released in April of that same year, so it was months before the attack happened.
Why the comparison to the attacks? Well, because for one thing there are a few simularities and second, one might feel a bit of nolstalgia from this movie, a good kind, as… well, the thing about detective mysteries, it is very rare that the detective gets to die, so you know that there is a happy ending, which is nice in comparision to the 911 attacks.
It had beautiful art work in this. I loved for example, the design for the two towers, and I also liked the paintings of the painter. There are other things I liked about the art, but hey… that would kind of give spoilers for the movie.
This one didn’t have much varience from the typical Detective Conan score, not from what I could see.
How to go about this without spoiling things. I have to say that the murder in this happened to have such a beautiful, dramatic reasoning behind it, but murder is still murder. It was one that I have to say I definatly liked.
I loved how Sonako is rather concerned with her looks, but when isn’t she? I also liked how quite a few of the canon characters, expessully Ran and Conan get their kicks of heroics. Sherry is as always, her pesimistic self.
I am seriously trying to think of things to say that doesn’t give away the plotline here. The new characters almost have no character development along the way, until the very end. So that is a problem.
My enjoyment was high, but I related this to the 911 tradgedy. And it wasn’t like it was, oh… they based this on 911, but I did wonder and go research that small detail there. I had to say that I was rather impressed with the action scenes too. I can’t tell much as for this one it would give away the plot line… and for murder mystery, that can be a bad thing.
For this movie, I would say that a lot of people might like it, but there are going to be a few people who don’t, might call it clique. Some people might go and say that it is based of 911 and they are trying to make money off of it, much like someone did with the Two Towers Movie for Lord of the Rings.
I also wonder if this is going to be brought over here, or if they might skip bringing the movie over here. Or if they will release the third and forth movies in time, they will be able to release this in time for the tenth anaversary of 911, which to me would be cool, but for some people, they might not like it.
But why do I think so?
There are a plethora of reasons! The animation, the storyline, the dramatic and the score… I just got into it so fast and I can’t get away…
Of course, the animation might be a bit outdated, because this movies goes back to the very beginning of the last decade; however, it’s still wonderful to watch it! The Animation and the score, side by side, work wonderfully together! And that’s why there’s room for the story – it allows to improve itself even without much dialouge!
I did enjoy (and I still do so) the characters and their background stories – which is for a conan movie always quite important!
So, I just can say: go and watch it!
My first reason is that this movie is bursting to the brim with great moments from the main cast. Conan, Ran, Kogoro, the Detective Boys, & Haibara all get their moment to shine in the spotlight. The moments with these characters are so charming and fun that it’s able to carry the audience through parts of the movie some would consider to be boring without. That’s not to say that the story sucks. In my opinion, it’s a very-well told story with several twists and turns that keeps the audience engaged all the way to a satisfying conclusion. I think everyone can agree that everything that happens in the third part of the film has some of the best moments in the whole series(save for maybe Haibara’s quick lesson about physics). If I had only one nit-pick about this film is that it is too dark. That is, a lot of scenes in the latter third are shrouded in darkness, making several scenes, including those epic ones, feel significantly less epic. If this movie received a visual update, it could easily become a strong competitor for my favorite Detective Conan movie.
If you are still deciding if you should see Countdown to Heaven, then put those doubts aside and go see it! While it may not have aged well in the art style, don’t let that put you off from enjoying this fun and classic movie that showcases the best that Detective Conan has to offer.
16: Dragon Ball Super: Broly
English: Dragon Ball Super: Broly
Japanese: ドラゴンボール超（スーパー） ブロリー
MAL Score: 8.12
Forty-one years ago on Planet Vegeta, home of the infamous Saiyan warrior race, King Vegeta noticed a baby named Broly whose latent power exceeded that of his own son. Believing that Broly’s power would one day surpass that of his child, Vegeta, the king sends Broly to the desolate planet Vampa. Broly’s father Paragus follows after him, intent on rescuing his son. However, his ship gets damaged, causing the two to spend years trapped on the barren world, unaware of the salvation that would one day come from an unlikely ally.
Years later on Earth, Gokuu Son and Prince Vegeta—believed to be the last survivors of the Saiyan race—are busy training on a remote island. But their sparring is interrupted when the appearance of their old enemy Frieza drives them to search for the last of the wish-granting Dragon Balls on a frozen continent. Once there, Frieza shows off his new allies: Paragus and the now extremely powerful Broly. A legendary battle that shakes the foundation of the world ensues as Gokuu and Vegeta face off against Broly, a warrior without equal whose rage is just waiting to be unleashed.
This is an absolute gem of a movie. Modern Dragon ball can’t get any better than this. It was really phenomenal. Here a few key features of the movie
The movie is divided into 2 phases. The “Past&The Present”. The start of the movie is all about the history of the Saiyans. The movie does a half an hour long depiction of the history of the Saiyans. The past is mostly based on “DB MINUS” with a few tidbits from the “Bardock: The Father of Goku”. The movie is more about broly. Broly was a Saiyan with really high potential. King Vegeta being jealous of Broly’s latent potential decided to send away baby Broly to a faraway planet “Vampa”. Paragus(Father of broly) being betrayed by The King, vowed to find his son and one day get revenge on the king. The movie explains the ties of fate between Goku, Vegeta and Broly. The present section of the movie takes place after “THE TOURNAMENT OF POWER”. It’s about the encounter of the 3 fated Saiyans with each other. Pretty simple plot not too complex or anything but is really well written and executed pretty well!
The animation of this movie is out of this world. Toriyama and Toei Animation decided to change the animation supervisor and character designer “Tadayoshi Yamamuro” to “Nahiro Shintani”. His animation is more fluid and gives a refreshing feel to the movie. There is a use of CG as well. In short, this is the best anime movie of 2018 when it comes to animation. Having animators from My hero academia, one punch man etc working on it. Also got Toei’s best staff with the likes of Naotoshi Shida, Yuya Takahashi, Naoki tate and other great animators. The movie is one hour and forty minutes of pure ” SAGAKA”.
SOUND AND DIRECTION 8
The movie director is “Nagamine” who produced one of the best episodes of super like episode 95 or the introduction of Ultra Instinct etc. The movie is directed really well by him. His storyboards were really amazing. The music is composed by ” Sumitomo” who had his fair share of criticism from the fans because of his music at the beginning of super. His music in the battle of gods was pretty good but in this movie it’s so emotional and captivating
FIGHT SCENES 10
Dragon Ball is known for producing some of the best fights in all of anime. And this movie is no exception. With the likes of Takahashi and Naotoshi Shida handling the main action parts of the film, the fight scenes are absolutely mind-blowing. Especially the final section of the movie where Shida brings his A game to the movie, Shida mixed with Shintani sheets produced some of the best fights in all of anime.
CONCLUSION….. overall 10
You should absolutely watch this movie. Not only its animated really well, but it also showcases some of the best fights of 2018, and it has great music too. Please go and watch this movie in the theatres. Its theatrical experience will blow your mind. Overall it’s a pretty solid movie. 10/10 for me !!!
-Goku who has a scar in his face
“I smell obligatory money grab in the air.”
-Me, and about half of the DB fandom
Let’s face it, Dragon Ball Super is just fanfiction written by the original Dragon Ball creator. First the amazing Dragon Ball manga was ruined by the Z route with its fillers and godawful pacing, and then the franchise got extended with million different side/backstories/sequels over decades and they are shamelessly even called “canon” because that’s the best insult anyone could ever come up with when trying to mock DB. I wish this would stop because nothing was needed after Kai. Nothing.
In this movie, Goku and Vegeta have an obligatory fist fight, Bulma tried to be sexy. Beerus and his buddy eat some cake and every main character acts like a clown to add some comedy. Rest of the story focuses around 2 things: recycling the same shit in the exact same manner as DB Super did, and adding new story elements and characters in the mix in purpose of rewriting the true canon story. It’s truly amazing how mere 20 minutes of the movie’s air time is put in something that quite literally just rapes the history of Saiyan race once again. “There was this guy and that guy and then this happened oh and that, and yes, it totally existed always now I am just confirming this shit, I swear.” What a joke. At the very least, separate, 2-hour long movie about this subject would have been needed, but I guess that’s fine, it’s not like this franchise is supposed to be taken seriously anymore. I actually read that the original script was 3 hours long, but the storyboard was changed by the director and the outcome is now this 1 hour 35 minutes of messiness that doesn’t give a shit about Dragon Ball. Quality level: shonen.
Character-wise, at least the main cast’s personalities aren’t as heavily altered as in the later DBS arcs, so I guess that’s an achievement of some sort. Broly himself is basically acting like a mentally handicapped dog. I am sure he couldn’t even fetch a stick, etc. ETC standing for Electrical Training Collar. Seriously, this version of his character is pretty much just a ripoff of Danny the Dog. Frezzamocca (Freeza) also talks about planet Vegeta’s destruction for the 90.000th time here as well because no one has yet grown tired of hearing about that shit. Such a fresh experience this one. It’s truly great to see the fans getting respected this way, love letter to the fandom, no less. //sarcasm. Art and sounds are pretty much the same as earlier, tho the last fight scenes are quite spectacular especially considering it’s the work of 2018’s Toei. If we talk about the event that lead to the fight, the pacing, the fusion training, the powerlevel asspullery… well, maybe they pass as a comedy. Lots of lung work is put in the yelling sequences and the hair designs are matching all colors of rainbow. The 3 seconds long OP doesn’t really make any sense, but who cares really. Broly’s own song is cringe as duck, tho. “Go Broly, go go” and I hate myself for letting it get stuck in my head.
Because I considered myself a fan of Dragon Ball, I can only call this movie trash. I give a 2 instead of a 1 because Piccolo.
I am not going to explain the story because the internet is flooded with it.
What i do can say is that the story used for the movie is built up better than most popular series movies in the last 3-4 years.To be honest i did not expect that because most of the past movies are not that big story based in the DB universe.
however i do feel that they could’ve exploit some topics broader.
Ladies and gentlemen you need to see this movie just for the artwork/animation alone.
While every other series are fully going for the digital animation/modern look,the director of the DB Broly movie MADE a STATEMENT by making the movie in Old School manga/anime colours and pencil strokes.They do have some use in the movie of modern techniques but it does the movie justice.
I watch anime for over 25+years and my god this movie gave me back those Old School nostalgia.
no other series can top this up for the moment.
But i must confess i did not like some of the character designs because it did not match the Old School touch.
soundtrack and movie effects are on point and were blasted off on the right moment.
I felt that some characters did not match the whole concept of the movie.Probably they did this to make the movie more open for NON-DB viewers.
The new Broly design is superb!It truly screams the savage saiyan look.The old broly personage of the previous movies is blown by bits from the new broly.
To bad some characters had not to much screentime.
How can you not enjoy this movie?This movie is packed with action.
There is nothing wrong watching some old school typical DB fighting.
This movie will dominate box offices.
The amount of effort and work into it is insane,if you can not acknowledge that then i suggest you stop watching J-animation in it’s whole.
This movie made a statement by using the Old School look and re-vamping 2 popular characters and that takes balls to do it since we live in an era flooded with oversensitive fanservice fans and keyboardgangsters that like to bash because they cannot accept change or cannot accept good work.
I salute the whole crew who made this movie!It has been a while that i really enjoyed a good J-animation movie since kimi no wa and wolf children
15: Detective Conan Movie 14: The Lost Ship in the Sky
Japanese: 名探偵コナン 天空の難破船
MAL Score: 8.13
One night, the Tokyo National Institute of Microorganisms is attacked by a mysterious organization calling themselves the “Red Siamese Cats.” The group causes the explosion of a high-security lab storing a virus—said to have a mortality rate of 80% with no known cure. This act of terror dominates the headlines, overshadowing the unveiling of the world’s biggest airship developed under Jirokichi Suzuki. Peculiarly, the unveiling has a note attached for Kaito “Kaitou Kid” Kuroba, challenging him to steal the jewel on display—the illustrious Lady Sky.
Conan Edogawa is permitted to board the airship along with Kogorou Mouri, Ran Mouri, Sonoko Suzuki, Professor Agasa, and the Detective Boys. However, their fun comes to a halt when an unknown caller contacts Jirokichi and declares that they have released a certain virus in the smoking room. Soon after, symptoms begin to appear among the passengers and chaos ensues. Seizing the opportunity, the Red Siamese Cats suddenly appear and hijack the airship!
To stop the assailants, Conan and Kaitou Kid, along with their allies, must work together to decipher the clues and discover the Red Siamese Cats’ real objective before time runs out.
The Lost Ship In The Sky is the 14th addition to the Detective Conan movie franchise. Jirokichi Suzuki, who has just made most luxurious blimp in the World, challenges everyone’s favourite phantom thief Kaitou KID to steal the big jewel “Lady of the Sky” which is being transported on the blimp. Conan and his friends are on board like usual. However, the blimp gets hijacked by a group of terrorists who threaten to release a deadly virus onto the blimp. Conan and KID may have to work together in order to overcome this dangerous situation before the virus endangers the entire population of Kyoto.
As stated, this movie is a huge departure from every single Detective Conan movie to date. Foregoing a plot driven by a murder mystery, the movie is mostly a thriller, relying on the graphics, sound effects and the constant danger surrounding the protagonists to keep the audience engaged. Gone are the constant guesses at who the culprit is – you’re too busy worrying about the fate of the cast rather than trying to figure out how the murder was conducted.
It may seem like a daunting idea that there isn’t a person murdered under mysterious circumstances and Conan doing the detective work in the world of Case Closed, but this movie is arguably the most gripping Conan movie seen in many years. Being the thriller that it is, it succeeded very well. Both the pacing and progression are very good. It managed to keep me on the edge of my seat for the course of the entire movie and prevented my mind from drifting off even once. This is a feat that a Conan movie hasn’t accomplished in many years.
As for the plot itself, it certainly lacks depth in comparison to most previous Conan movies. This goes all the way from the plan, motive and even the execution. This is to be expected from a thriller – a genre that keeps the audience’s heart beat fast instead of taxing the brain to work out what’s going on. For a TV series with more than 600 episodes full of the latter experience, this movie is a fresh break from traditional Conan ordeals which plenty of us see on a weekly basis.
The fact that this movie has Kaitou KID in it already makes it a must-watch for his army of fans. However, if you’re watching this movie for the composed, calculated phantom thief putting on an extravagant show for like he always does, prepare to be disappointed. There’s no such thing as a grand entrance, and epic theft and a perfect getaway in this movie. His role in this movie has been changed from the pivotal anti-hero to a support character who exist for slapstick humour.
This is the first time that Kaitou KID has been depicted in such a manner in the Detective Conan movie franchise, and is sure to frustrate and anger a lot of of his fans. However, as a true fan, I welcome the implementation of KID as such a character. Any reader of the original Magic Kaito series should know that behind the scenes, KID isn’t the impeccable criminal mastermind who is as confident and composed as he is in front of his audience. In reality, he really is just Kaito Kuroba, a high school student who has a sense of humour and loves to have fun.
Up to now, he has always been shown with his poker face in the Detective Conan series, as if he is another character. Finally, he is shown with his mask off in the Detective Conan franchise. Many people are likely shocked by this sudden transformation, as if “his character is being ruined”. You need to realize that the Kaitou KID in this movie, by no means, is out of character at all. In fact, this is his true face, which has been kept hidden from you who have exclusively seen Detective Conan. He’s still the lovable phantom thief whose amazing charisma will surely grip you again throughout the course of this movie.
The animation is again, beautifully accurate and fluid like all other Conan movies due to their remarkably high budget. The use of CG has been toned down since the Raven Chaser, and the implementation is much more natural. As for the soundtrack, well, it’s pretty much the only thing that’s remained practically unchanged since the first movie, which isn’t bad. It’s as jazzy as ever and sets the atmosphere perfectly.
As for all the other recurring characters, they are faultlessly presented in this movie like usual. Nothing to complain about here. Ran is the damsel in distress. Kogoro is there for comic relief. The Detective Boys become the critical keys to success and Conan saves the day in the end as usual. Even Dr. Agasa’s dry joke still makes an appearance.
The Lost Ship In The Sky certainly isn’t going to carter for everyone’s tastes, especially with the distinct shift of genre from mystery to thriller. Also, the comedy has been toned up drastically in comparison to any Conan movie to date. The shift between light-hearted and serious scenes are incredibly rapid. There’s a laugh in here every ten minutes or so throughout the whole movie, even in the tensest parts. Depending on you, it may make or break the entire experience. For me, it made the experience better, but I don’t represent the entire population.
This movie has been the most enjoyable Conan movie for me since the The Phantom of Baker Street which released eight years ago, which I enjoyed for completely different reasons. This is the first Conan movie I have ever enjoyed simply due to its exciting, mindless fun. While I don’t wish for all future movies to follow in the same steps, this type of execution was perfect for The Lost Ship In The Sky. If you’re a Conan fan, watching this movie is a no-brainer.
P.S. You MUST watch the scene after the credits. It’s a direct continuation that is the true ending of the movie.
Comes with pictures if you read this review on my blog. 😀 http://imperialx.wordpress.com/2010/10/17/conan-movie-14-review/
I’ve watched all Detective Conan movies and this one was particularly outstanding.
First things first. The director pulled another movie like “The Raven Chaser” off. There’s action, Conan getting hurt, guns, and there’s kid. This movie is dedicated to fans of the series rather than mystery fans.
The actual story was quite easy to guess. Halfway I already knew most details and the hints were overall way too easily exposed. But this isn’t about solving a crime. Not this time.
In my opinion, this movie depicts Kid and Conan working together. Outwitting others. A lot of smirking, cool postures and epic scenes.
In my opinion, this makes it rather enjoyable. Even at a dead serious situation, Kid and Conan are hilarious.
Highly recommendable if you’re a hard-core fan. Have been, it’s the anime/manga of my youth. I basically grew up with it.
Story (9/10): Conan and friends are invited on Sonoko’s Uncles blimp/airship to witness a battle between him and Conan’s other ‘antagonist’, Kaitou Kid. But things aren’t exactly alright, since there has been a bio-terrorist attack on a lab that housed a deadly bacteria that has sent Japan into a panicked state….and of course the terrorist cell has landed on the airship itself. It becomes a race against time for our detective as he has to stop the hijacking, contain the bacteria, and stop Kid from stealing the jewel once they reach Osaka.
What makes this different from other Conan movies is that this is more of a thriller style story than a murder mystery. While there is still the mystery aspect, specifically what the terrorist group is doing and what their main goal is, it just feels more action packed and exciting than other stories. It definitely benefits from having at least 4 sets of groups running through the story, with Conan and Kid on the airship, Osakan detective Hattori covering the ground, the other main cast in the cabins of the airship, and the police characters just assisting the two (they aren’t in the movie much, if at all). The story just feels like a thriller novel and works fairly well in-universe. I can only hope that we see more films that take this kind of risk and do something different.
The movie also benefits from also being a Kaitou Kid movie, since it adds a little more dimension to his relationship with Conan (even if it is somewhat non-canon thanks to being a movie). Though the only drawback is that the plot isn’t fully focused on Kid himself, leaving his fans still in wait of a movie that’ll be an epic clash between him and Conan. (It does lead to an amusing comment from Ran, implying that she remembers the events of movie 8, Magician of the Silver Sky.)
Art (8/10): No complaints here, in that the art for the movies just get better and better as they go along. The action scenes are well done and I have to do something unique and say that the shading for the day and night scenes are very well done. Especially in the case of the ending.
Sound (5/10): Here’s a weird complaint- was the sound director drunk when he was assigning which tracks to use with which scenes? Cause BOY is there some music mood whiplash in this movie. Normally I wouldn’t comment on it, but it’s pretty jarring to have silly sounding music playing through a HIJACKING scene. It’s like that all over the place and it’s insanely distracting. The normal Conan music is great, don’t get me wrong, but the incidental tracks are placed in the worst spots possible.
For example, near the end of the film is the big showdown with the Big Bad and Conan, and it switches to the rest of the cast with ‘hilarious’ music being played, then WHOOSH right back to serious mode. It’s pretty bad.
Character (7/10): The normal cast is here (sans the police characters, who are only really in like 3 scenes total), so nothing really interesting happens with them. But having Kaitou Kid and Hattori here are always a positive thing since they bounce off of Conan so well. Really, their interactions are the best thing about the movie. And of course, as is tradition, we get a bit of the romance angle coming in thanks to the always sneaky Kid doing his Shinichi impersonation on Ran, though it seems like she’s starting to catch on to his tricks.
The villains are pretty good, though as with most Conan movie antagonists, they kind of fall apart towards the end. That’s really all I can say without spoiling other reveals, though.
Enjoyment (9/10): Hot damn was this movie a lot of fun! Thanks to the thriller aspects, the plot was pretty unpredictable and just a ton of fun to watch unfold. It’s just different enough that I was fully entertained by everything, and come on! Who doesn’t love them some Kaitou Kid? 😀
Detective Conan: The Lost Ship in the Sky is another strong movie entry into the franchise, with a great story, well done art, and the inclusion of fan favorite Kaitou Kid. While my main complaint is that the music has problems, it’s overall a fun and interesting film for fans to see.
8/10 = great movie for fans and non fans alike, though knowledge of Kaitou Kid will help you get the most out of the film; don’t go in thinking this is a Kid vs. Conan movie, cause it isn’t; thriller aspects are the best draw here and is just a whole lot of fun
14: Haikyuu!! Movie 4: Concept no Tatakai
Japanese: ハイキュー!! コンセプトの戦い
MAL Score: 8.13
Recap film that will cover the match against Shiratorizawa Academy that took place in the third season.
(Source: MAL News)
I am a big fan of Haikyuu! here, but not much of a manga person. The movie contains some scenes that are not included in the main series. There’s even a little extra flashback scene here that tells us where the phrase “One point that worth a hundred” actually comes from. The additional scenes on Shiratorizawa were endearing too.
The recap itself was done pretty well too, better than the previous 3 recap movies. Not to say their recap was bad, just that there were too many important moments (to me) in the timeline that the previous 3 recap movies span across, and the movie itself wasn’t able to capture all of them.
The art style is on par with the third season and is very well detailed. The small details on the faces and outfits of Shiratorizawa leaves you with your mouth agape
The sound effects here are very well used and well placed, it all flowed smoothly and the dramatic silences, as well as voice acting, were all phenomenal.
Shouyou Hinata (Simpleton Idiot, Chibi-chan, Dumbass)
The fourth recap movie that recaps the entire third season of Haikyuu. So this recap is basically the entire battle of Karasuno vs Shiratorizawa. The recap was good it had all the battle major moments like when Tsukishima stops Ushijima spike or the final rally of the two teams trying to score the final point to win and we see Karasuno winning but at the end of the credits we see some extra scenes from Shriatorizawa side after there battle and how Ushijima is giving the new roles to the second and first years to help their team grow stronger as they will be leaving team knowing they won’t be able to participate in the next inter-high with each other but yet they will continue to play volleyball.
Just like the rest of the recaps, I liked them, it kept, the art and sound the same and how I enjoyed some of the moments and those extra scenes are a nice way to show what other teams are doing which also the third recap showed for Aobajosai team. I really liked this recap.
13: One Piece Film: Strong World
English: One Piece Film Strong World
Japanese: ワンピース フィルム ストロングワールド
MAL Score: 8.14
Upon hearing news that islands in East Blue are being destroyed, Monkey D. Luffy and his crew go to investigate. On their way, however, an outlandish pirate ship appears out of the sky, helmed by the infamous pirate Shiki “the Golden Lion”—a man who ate the Float-Float Fruit and the first ever prisoner to escape from Impel Down. In his quest to defeat the World Government, Shiki kidnaps Nami to be his own navigator and sends the rest of the Straw Hat Pirates to his floating islands as hostages, leaving her in a dilemma. Separated in a land under Shiki’s absolute control, Luffy and his crew must survive the mystifying terrain in order to bring back their navigator and friend.
I don’t wish to ruin anyone’s enjoyment, that’s why I will try to be as objective as possible and give all the arguments necessary for my score decisions.
BUT LET ME WARN YOU, THIS IS A NEGATIVE REVIEW AND IT MAY CONTAIN SOME SMALL SPOILERS, SO DON’T READ IT IF YOU KNOW IT MAY AFFECT YOUR VIEWING EXPERIENCE!
STORY: The story is nonexistent. There is absolutely nothing in this that could be considered a story. The crew just beats the crap out of the bad guy saving the damsel in distress in the process and all for some cheap reason. When I say that the reason is not worthy to mention is because the viewer just doesn’t seem to relate to the seriousness of the situation, mainly because we only HEAR about what the bad guy (Shiki) is going to do. There is almost NO VISUAL REPRESENTATION of the tragic that such a situation would represent, so the viewer remains unfazed emotionally most of the time. My score for the story is 3, yes you read it right, 3. All the hype about Eiichiro Oda being the one to write the script for this film I think it was mainly done for publicity reasons, as there is little substance to the actual story.
CHARACTERS: The characters that we all love and adore are full of clicheistic behaviour and unnatural reactions. But let me elaborate a bit on what I mean. The Straw Hat crew seem to behave throughout the story mostly in repetitive ways from past series’ episodes. Now, this wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing if done with care and moderation, but here we just see this many behaviour patterns brought together from several different arcs from the anime series and mixed to form this “thing” that lacks substance. On the other side of the barricade, the bad guys are… well… just silly. I mean, Shiki is one bad dude, his power is awesome, I can’t deny that. I was really surprised by it, but his personality is just demeaning for the “legend” that he is supposed to represent and his actions and his master plan are just at a kindergarten level. His crew is stupid, and I mean stupid… There is no way such a crew could ever pose any threat to anyone, especially Gol D. Roger. They’re not scary, they’re not smart, they’re not powerful and they’re not even funny… especially funny. The jokes are terrible. And not only their jokes, but the jokes throughout the hole movie. They’re really D grade material. The only thing that really stands out about the characters is the clothes they wear. Now, I don’t dislike them, they’re pretty cool, but I think this is mainly for the fanservice and the publicity and don’t really fit well with the adventurous atmosphere that the One Piece world should have. So… for the characters I think a score of 4 is just about right. There are some good points but too few to make a difference. The not so good points just seem to overwhelm everything…
ANIMATION: The animation, at first really blowed me away, but slowly started to seem less and less attractive. The opening and the first part of the anime has astonishing graphics, wonderful views with top notch computer finishes. The battles are also very beautifully animated and really give a sense of awesomeness. But… yes… there is a but here too… There are some sequences where the animation just seems rushed and others where it seems plain. Not many I might add, but it still adds this feeling of inconsistency throughout the movie. Talking about inconsistency, the pace is very uneven. Either a fast pace is invoked or a slow one and they don’t really transition smoothly between one to another. So, for the animation, I think an 8 is appropriate, and yes, I don’t think I’m being generous. This is probably a fair score.
SOUND: Now… here you will find a problem. One of the first thing you may notice is that there is NO SOUND… yes, you heard me correctly… NO SOUND. And when I say this I mean there is no music through much of the film. The music is the most important thing when one wants to create an atmosphere suitable for the different situations that arise. And this movie lacks everything when it comes to atmosphere, and mainly because of the music. I was really disappointed by this. The characters’ voices are pretty decent… the ones’ everyone’s already familiar with, so no problem here, although there isn’t really much dialogue to be found. So for the sound, another 3, and now I’m being generous…
ENJOYMENT: I was really flustered about my expectations from this movie and it’s real value. So, while I can’t say I didn’t enjoy it I can’t say I felt any kind of satisfaction either. More like dissatisfaction. So… for the enjoyment, let’s say… 4 will do.
RECOMMENDATION: If you’re a One Piece fan, watch it. Also, if you’re age is not greater than 12 you’ll probably find it cool. Otherwise don’t waste your time with it.
OVERALL my score is 4. Now, I don’t know, maybe I was in a bad mood when I watched it and it deserves more, so don’t go screaming your eyes out at me. If you disagree with me then I’m really happy for you, because the time you spent watching this film was enjoyable and it probably became a happy memorable experience for you.
Story (9): The story is great. I suppose they couldn’t do more in just one movie. The Strong World: Episode 0 OVA helped buying a lot of time. Like in any One Piece arc, the story moves fastly, no matter what has been shown before.
Art (9): Once you watch One Piece (anime) and see how the art isn’t that good in many parts of the series, you’ll notice that this movie contains a great art. Like, Franky had a banana on his hair. What the hell is that? Brooke was smoking. Well, I liked it and all, but the clothes were strange, and I have to admit it. Anyway. Great art and this is it.
Sound(9): The sound is great, but it has nothing “unexpected”. New soundtrack, but once it’s a movie, it had to be like this. The voices were great (duh) like on the anime.
Character(10): Luffy’s crew is so original that I can’t give it less than 10. Their personalities, the clothes they were wearing (strange, but original)… Shiki was, as well, an outstanding character. I have nothing bad to add about the characters.
Enjoymen(9)t: If you like One Piece and you aren’t expecting a lot of this movie just because Oda wrote this, then you’ll love this movie and even give it a 10. The key is: Don’t overrate it.
Overall(9): Well, many may not agree with me and rate this movie with a 10. But in a general analysis, 9 is a great note for this movie. All of the terms were combined and this is what we got: 9. The absence of logic in some parts (once I may not write spoilers, I’m not telling which parts these are), besides One Piece lacks logic on the anime itself many times, makes me feel like if this movie deserves a 9.
We open with ships floating in the sky. We cut to a pirate who causes them to fall on a group of government ships. We then cut to silly putty brain and his crew wandering around on a floating island. Why? Well the film quickly moves into a flashback to show a pirate named Shiki, the same guy who made the boats float, trick elongated man’s paint chip eating roommate and his crew into crashing on the island so he can kidnap Nami. What’s the point of showing the events out of order? I have no idea, it doesn’t make sense. There’s no story reason for this structure nor does it create tension. Anyway, Shiki wants Nami to join his crew because he needs a good navigator so that he can take over the world. Okay, so the story is pretty cliche. How’s the execution? Well, the first issue is that Shiki isn’t even remotely threatening. He has sword legs which just look stupid and shouldn’t be functional. Swords, they don’t work that way. He also looks like the love child of Jay Leno and Kraven the hunter, making him very difficult to take seriously. Then there’s his crew, which consists of a clown who wears shoes that make fart sounds, a pink gorilla and a bunch of nameless henchmen. I’ve seen more menacing villains in the Care Bears. Maybe they’re trying to be funny, but there’s not a lot of humour here. There were all of two funny scenes. Another thing that really bugs me is that they use the term “Evolution” when what they mean is mutation. Science, how does it work?
The characters are pretty one-dimensional. Let’s be generous and say that they’re relying on us knowing them from the show. But those characters who I remember from what little I’ve seen of the show haven’t changed, except for their outfits. Rousai’s disappointing grandson is still an obnoxious moron and the rest of the cast is pretty under-developed and bland.
The art… I don’t even know where to start. I have to admit that I hate the art in One Piece. The mostly lidless and blank eyes, the mouths that always seem to have their teeth showing for no reason, the bizarre proportions, the random things that replace various body parts. I will give the film credit though, most of the fight scenes do look pretty cool.
The voice acting is okay. I really can’t stand Tanaka Mayumi’s performance, although I don’t really blame her since I know she can act. It’s probably the direction. The rest of the voice actors do a decent job albeit exaggerated a times. The strongest performances are probably from Cho and Okamura Akemi. The music is pretty underwhelming and forgettable.
The yuri factor is a 1/10. There isn’t any in this.
So, how does Strong World fare? It’s not that bad. The story is pretty stupid, Elastic girl’s brain damaged admirer is the worst aspect and the weak antagonists don’t help matters. To the film’s credit, the fight scenes are pretty good and a lot of it does fall into the “so stupid it’s funny category.” So, I’m going to give it a 4/10.
12: One Piece Film: Z
English: One Piece Film Z
Japanese: ワンピース フィルム Ｚ
MAL Score: 8.17
The Straw Hat Pirates enter the rough seas of the New World in search of the hidden treasures of the Pirate King, Gol D. Roger－One Piece. On their voyage, the pirates come across a terrifying, powerful man, former Marine Admiral Z.
Z is accused of having stolen the “Dyna Stones”, weapons believed to have the power to shake up the New World. The Marine Headquarters believes Z is about to use it to end the pirate era, and with it, the lives of many innocent people. In fear of such a phenomenal event, marines start to take action against the former admiral.
Even if it means stumbling upon marines and the navy, the Straw Hat Pirates decided to chase after Z and stop him from causing havoc. As they continue to embark on their ventures, the pirates bump into new and familiar acquaintances.
For this review it will be broken down into four parts: Music, Animation, Characters and Story.
If you watched the trailers, you know that two tracks of Avril Lavigne would be played in the movie but you won’t hear that until the credit rolls. First half was “How You Remind Me” and then “Bad Reputation” played after that. The original soundtrack was brilliant. It was different while at the same time maintaining that One Piece feel we all love; high tension to melancholy themes that played throughout different scenes.
There was a lot of CGI just like Strong World. The action scenes were animated far better than anything I’ve ever seen in previous One Piece movies or the anime. The angles and camera movements following every scene was done fluidly.
The title of the movie is quite self-explanatory. The movie focused on Z, at times even more than the Straw Hat gang. Character Z, also known as Zephyr had such deep story to him and if you love backstories of various characters in One Piece, you’ll definitely love Z’s. As for our lovable characters, the Straw Hats each got their turns to shine in this movie, however the stronger and prominent fighters such as the Monster Trio(Luffy, Zoro and Sanji) had their own individual opponent to fight. Franky was the next in line after the Monster Trio. Usopp also had good action scenes, but not quite on the same level. Nami and Robin at times were used for fan-service until the climactic battle at the end. Chopper was funnier than ever before, but not entirely important to the story. Brook didn’t do a lot in terms of getting into battles, but he had his comedic moments just like Chopper.
This movie as an entirety was built around the Marine lore and back story. This will have it’s drawbacks for some though. The story had lots of explanation regarding the principle themes of the Marines and some characters were basically used strictly just for the sole purpose of providing exposition. To fit the plot in a movie length time span, it was surprisingly well done. This was one huge gripes that I had with Oda’s previous project, Strong World was a bit of a let down. With Film Z, I feel that he understood what it took to make a movie that retains the breathtaking aura of One Piece series, and he delivered it.
I would love to talk about just about every scenes in the movie but I want to keep it spoiler-free. If this movie doesn’t win major awards in Japan, I will be very surprised. It surely deserves to be nominated in Japanese Academy Awards and win Best Animated Japanese Film Awards or even Best Picture of the Year Awards.
That being said, let’s talk about this movie. I was excited when I first heard of it. They were projecting it to be better than Strong World, and Oda was going to have a hand in it (which meant the possibility of something canon) I couldn’t contain myself the first couple months it was in theaters in Japan.
Then life kind of got in the way, and I forgot about it until it came out on blurray and I was finally able to see it subbed. When it started, I quickly felt the excitement I felt months ago, but that was quickly dashed as the movie progressed.
Now, if you’re a One Piece fan, you have to watch it. Same as with Strong World. Regardless of what I think, of either movie, One Piece fans need to probably judge for themselves. Which probably makes you wonder what the point of this review is.
Well, as much as I wanted it to be true, this film is not better than Strong World. I know many people complain about Strong World basically being Arlong Park arc, but it at least had pacing. This film doesn’t really. It has a lot of nice animation and some humorous moments (along with a few kind of overly suggestive scenes) but not much else.
One minute you’re on one island and the next you’re on another island resolving the main conflict. They try to make you empathize with Z a bit, but because of the vagueness in Garp’s story about Z and the sort of unexplained randomness of Z’s flashbacks, you never really get a chance to know that character. Which is unfortunate, because this is the type of thing One Piece usually excels at
In the end the fight between Z and Luffy isn’t especially memorable. He gets beat in his first fight with Z, and wins by overpowering him in the second (despite nothing really changing in his strategy) Similar thing happens with Z’s henchmen. In Strong World you at least had a pretty epic fight in the air, and there was more tension with whether they would get the antidote for Nami in time. Here the stakes were supposed to be raised, but you never quite felt any of the danger.
This movie on the other had is a sad reminder of what one piece has been reduced to. One pointless and boring arc after the other, introducing character who are never developed enough to be either liked or hated and going on the very same ideas that started with, but after 10years it simply can not shock or cause the same emotions anymore. It got old, outdated and donwrigth dissapointing.
The plot is your typical nowdays onepiece. A “stong guy” (my name is Z…) wants to destroy the world. He encounters the strawhats, he beats them. Many boring scenes later the same happens. Boredom after boredom later they meet again, only this time luffy wins. The end.
I mean,at least try to deliver something original. I know that expect Strong world, one piece movies are ‘nt that great, but at least they try. Some even have some interesting plot and good ideas, which never happens here. This movie could end at 20 minutes, after all its not like the enemies are that strong anyway.
The strawhats are the strawhats,no surpise there. But the villains….
are simply horrible. A weak as hell sword lady who zoro takes pity on, an annoying plant ninja who is one of the worst characters ever conceived, and then Z. A guy so underdeveloped that has to repeat his name so the viewres do not forget him. We get nothing on his story except he was an admiral( a really weak one compared to the three monsters we know as admirals, i mean the guy uses haki, big deal, even coby uses it nowdays), no idea on why he does what he does. Nothing. The guy was so boring that even his death caused no reaction on my part. I even speeded it up so the movie could end sooner.
So, Z is a horrible movie. But it represents perfectly the onepiece of the 2013. An anime that half the people who watch it simply wish it was like the one piece of old,and the other half feel like they have to, as a sad obligation.
Really, shame on us who endulge movies like this
11: Detective Conan Movie 20: The Darkest Nightmare
Japanese: 劇場版 名探偵コナン 純黒の悪夢（ナイトメア）
MAL Score: 8.17
On a dark night, the Japanese police is raided by a spy. Different countries’ intelligence agencies—such as England’s MI6, Germany’s BND, and America’s CIA—as well as the FBI’s secret files are going to be taken, but public safety officers lead by Tooru Amuro arrive just in time. The spy steals a car and escapes. The spy and Amuro are then locked in a dead heat on the highway, and just as it is about to cause an accident with multiple cars, the spy’s car is hit by FBI agent Shuichi Akai’s rifle bullet and falls of the roadway.
The next day, Conan and his friends go to a newly-remodeled aquarium in Tokyo. Under the main attraction, a Ferris wheel, Conan finds an attractive woman alone and injured. Her left and right eyes are different colors.
But the woman is in a state of amnesia where she doesn’t even remember her own name, and the cellphone she’s carrying is broken. Conan and his friends promise to help her regain her memory, so they stay with her.
Throughout all this, Vermouth is watching behind the scenes. Afterwards, she pulls out a silencer and speaks into an attached intercom, “It’s as planned, Gin.”
If you thought the Dimensional Sniper was bad, just wait till you watch this.
The Darkest Nightmare is the 20th movie of the Detective Conan franchise, and is in my opinion, the worst of all the movies. Why? Let me explain.
The movie opens with an exciting car chase, with Bourbon (Amuro Tooru) and Akai Shuichi chasing down a black organisation member with ridiculous physical prowess. After a lengthy and tense chase down the highway, the BO member manages to escape. Injured and disoriented, she makes her way down an alley and comes in full view of a light show projected the amusement park across the river, and promptly collapses after screaming her lungs out.
It was at this point that I was beginning to feel slightly iffy, because what the fuck? The events leading up to that very scene were…kinda dumb. Mysteries are one thing, but what just played out on screen seriously needed tremendous leaps of logic. The car chase left me high on adrenaline no doubt, but it was decent at best. Stupid at worst.
But moving on. As I was saying, the magic of the movie had already started wearing off and I was like, what? Ten minutes into the movie? Not a particularly good sign. Still, I bit back the cynicism and tried to give the rest of the movie a fair chance. Needless to say, The Darkest Nightmare proceeded to disappoint me at every turn.
The plot is joke. The movies in this franchise have always been brilliant but after The Quarter of Silence (15th movie), I feel like the movies have really been dropping in quality. One thing I disliked greatly about The Darkest Nightmare (And the recent slew of DC movies; namely, 16th to 20th) was the fact that it substituted clever writing for gratuitous action. I’m not saying action is bad. Far from it. When used correctly, action can bring a movie to new heights. Here, all it does is make the movie even more brainless.
The story wasn’t all that intriguing to begin with, there’s no mystery or subtlety. Zero, zilch. I give the movie props for trying to spin a new perspective on the Black Organisation, but the way it goes about it does more harm to the characters than helping it. There are many many scenes in the movie where the BO characters seem like freaking idiots. If you watched the anime or read the manga, BO has always prioritised secrecy over everything else.
That’s why Shinichi was ‘killed’. That’s why he does everything he can possibly think off to keep them off his scent.
And suddenly, this movie just goes ‘fuck it’ and has the BO characters go on a rampage that is not remotely secret. Like, what the hell? There is no way, no way they would do what they did in this movie.
Speaking of characters. Remember that BO character Bourbon and Akai had been chasing? Yeah, apparently she’s best buds with the Shonen Tantei. Like. What? I mean, I can understand how she’d ended up being all mushy with them – they’re kids after all – but the actions she does throughout the movie are highly questionable. Even for a person with Amnesia, how she acts is total 180 from the person she really is. And what she does in the ending is seriously, really, dumb. Even if she did care for the Shonen tantei, I doubt that she would go that far for them. The BO ain’t exactly a sympathetic group of criminals, folks. There’s no heart of gold under the blackened exterior.
The usual characters, Ran, Kogoro, Agasa and Sonoko make their appearance in the movie, but they mattered so little to the plot, other than giving the events a valid reason to occur, that they could’ve been replaced for potted plants for all I cared. I personally find it very upsetting that they were slotted in the way they were. Very two dimensional. They may sound like them and act like them – but they’re mere shells that exist to remind you that yes, this is a Detective Conan movie. In the grand scheme of things, I rather they not appeared in the movie at all.
Pretty much standard for a DC movie, though the action scenes after the car chase scene left little to be desired.
Also, remember the usual exposition we get at the start of every DC movie? It sucked. Sucked really bad. The editing was enough to make my eyes hurt, the exposition being said didn’t line up with what was playing on the screen. I get that they want to shake up the formula a little, what with this being the 20th movie and all, but damn. The phrase ‘Don’t fix what’s broken’ has never rung truer.
I wish I could scrub this movie from my mind. This is no Countdown to the Heaven, or The Raven chaser. This movie could’ve been great. But it wasn’t.
On a side note, I did a little digging and looked up the director of The Darkest Nightmare, and pretty much found the reason why the movies have been the way they’ve been. Movie 16th to 20th were directed by Kobun Shizuno. Out of the 4 movies he directed, I only enjoyed The private eye in the distant sea, and tolerated The Sunflowers of Inferno. I seriously hope his next movie isn’t as big of a disaster as this one.
I enjoyed every minute of this masterpiece. The way he organized the characters and how he managed to fit everything perfectly is just amazing.
The best parts of the movie are the beginning and the ending. As a fan of Detective Conan I feel like this movie is placed perfectly as the 20th movie.
I don’t want to spoil anything so I just commented on the general stuff for now.
– Story: with the black organization you can’t go wrong.
– Characters: Excellent choices with an introduction of new ones.
– Animation: Astonishing, especially in this action-filled movie.
Can’t for next year’s movie ツ
At the first I think this movie is the best Detective Conan Film until now. I’ve seen all the Detective Conan movies and this one was the movie I enjoyed most.
you must need to read conan manga to fully understand what happen in this movie
the art is excellent, giving all the scenes wonderful color and action.The backgrounds are lovely..
I like all of the voice acting for all of the characters are always amazing. all the soundtrack and music are great too
All big characters were involved.. the cast was great.
The movie’s messages are very deeply and I enjoyed every word they said.. the lines are awesome there is some emotional lines
Overall: The story is amazing, the characters are wonderful, the artwork is beautiful and the acting and music are both awesome, my final rating is going to be a 10/10.
10: Detective Conan Movie 13: The Raven Chaser
English: Detective Conan: The Jet Black Chaser
MAL Score: 8.22
Kudou Shinichi is living his life as Edogawa Conan, but those days seem like they might end pretty soon. The Black Syndicate is coming dangerously close to learning the truth about Shinichi having survived. Conan and everybody around him may end up dead if he doesn’t manage to find Irish—a member of the Black Organization who has infiltrated the police forces, currently investigating a big serial murder case.
First of all : After the biggest letdown movies nr. 10 and 11 – EVER – Conan finally came back with movies 12 and 13.
Nr 12 was already great in my opinion and i didn’t think that the 13th would be as great. Boy was I wrong.
As many of you already know the Black Organization makes it move yet again in this movie, since we didn’t get to see them at all since the 5th their impact is as huge as to be expected from an undercover-mafia-like-all-in-black-clothes-organization.
The Story : 10
Even before the actual story begins, the movie already gets you psyched right from the beginning. I got hooked in less than a minute. I couldn’t even eat my popcorn properly and my drink was untouched ever since the beginning.
We have the usual twists, turnarounds in this story. I for my part liked the setup of the cases. Mysterious messages via Mahjong tiles, serial murder, love struck suspect. You got something for everyone.
The action comes up at the end to heighten the suspense and to mark the peak of the mountain (as in every Conan Movie) but nevertheless that’s why i actually watch the movies. Conan-Suspense + Action = Pure Awesomeness
The Art : 9
The Art could have been better. Although i didn’t get the chance to watch the Blue-Ray version yet. I’m going to make up for it and watch it later on and edit this Review.
Characters look as good as always and the action scenes sure got some smooth visual effects. (Loved the explosion near the end though 🙂 )
All in all, the Art isn’t much better than the art of the Anime in my opinion, but it has it’s appeals.
But Meitantei Conan has never been known as the Hulk of Animation.
The Sound : 7
The Sound gets only 7 points from me. I love the Soundtrack of Conan very much. Great Tracks out there, but i think the producers could’ve made a far better job with usage of the songs.
What struck me most was that in the final scenes there were some parts where absolutely no background music was playing, even though it could’ve underlined the whole situation easily.
I for my part didn’t feel quite comfortable with this fact, since the music could not support the visuals effectively.
When watching the movie you won’t actually notice it except you concentrate on it. (which i did since i love the Soundtrack so much ;))
The Characters : 10
10 points, nothing much to say.
All big characters were involved.
Ran Mori finally gets something to do (since she has been degraded to a little crybaby in the Anime recently … [Hey! I like her too, but give her some more attention GOSHO !])
Detective Boys make their appearence once again. (i am a little fed up by these little guys, instead of getting the audience harassed by them give some other character more airtime !)
and the most amazing thing : All Prefecturial Inspectors make their debut as a whole ! With “all” i mean ALL of them.
Enjoyment : 10
Big Time 10 points. Even though the music got me a little off in the final scenes it was nothing compared to the whole movie. Suspense was great. The whole story was built up neatly. It was fun as hell to watch this movie.
Without a doubt : MyTop 3 Conan Movies have to be rearranged, the 6th just got replaced by the 13th !
I Recommend this movie to everyone out there.
This movie is not only for die hard conan fans, but also for the “i-watch-random-episodes” and “i-only-watch-story-arcs”- types of viewers.
Enjoy this movie !
Side Note : I also recommend watching the Magic File 3. It will get you into the right mood and willl explain some minor details and get you familiar with the Mahjong plot.
So far your PSJ
Detective Conan is a very popular shonen anime, and I had guessed before knowing there were movies based off of it that there were movies based off of it. However, unlike most anime, some of the movies have actually been pretty awesome. Perhaps it’s because this anime doesn’t have magic and avoids stories about annoying princesses that are protected by the protagonists and stuff like that. Or maybe because they are basically one big case in each movie, except with more explosions than a typical Conan case. (although I admit I haven’t seen movies 8-11, which I’ve heard weren’t that great).
Story: This story is very similar to some of the other Conan movies in that there are many people in danger and many people die because of a large case that needs to be solved. The other movies had other parts of the plot that were more relevent to the actual characters but this takes it to a new level. The Black Organization, the powerful, mysterious organization Conan has been trying to stop for a long time, ends up involved in this case.
Now, something I really hated about the 5th Conan movie is that the Black Organization was barely even seen in the movie and that the entire thing, at least a times, felt like an excuse for Conan to be an explosion-filled, dangerous situation. This movie avoided both. With the exception of the end, the movie felt very similar to Black Organization cases in the anime. They are unexpectedly involved in this, and we slowly but surely learn why. Of course, a little more than half way through the movie and it seems to avoid anything Black Organization related a bit too much, and quite honestly, the case itself, while certainly good, gets a bit boring (especially compared to the Organization, which I am always find entertaining). The ending is great, although I admit it was kinda silly.
Another thing worth mentioning is the amazing continuity. Sometimes people who make a story for an anime that isn’t based off of the manga can do a horrible job at remembering why people liked it in the first place. One of the many reasons I enjoy Conan is the amazing use of continuity and how so many of the cases are at least briefly mentioned eventually. I can think of no less than 10 references to older cases, and all of them are awesome to anyone who actually remembers those cases (and one of those references was only in the manga at that point).
Art: I don’t have much an opinion of the art for this anime, but I did really enjoy the art I guess. It looked better than normal anime episodes since this is a movie and since the anime art works best when the setting isn’t a normal, sunny day, the parts when it was night or evening were pretty great. But other than that…I thought it was really good. That’s all.
Sound: Like the anime, the voice acting was great. I love all of the voice acting and it was nice to hear Kamiya Akira as Kogoro one more time (this was the last thing translated before we got Kogoro’s new voice actor). Not much else to say, the voice acting for all of the characters is always amazing. Especially the Black Organization members. When they talk, I almost automatically think that something awesome is going to happen because of their voice acting.
The music is…ok. There was some good music but way too often they played this annoying song in the background that, according to the official soundtrack I heard, was actually like 30 very slight variations of the same song. It was not enough to ruin anything in the movie but it was still very annoying.
Character: I should point out that I think that about 95 percent of the recurring characters in this anime are really awesome. But there was more than the usual characters in this movie. In the anime, while Megure, Takagi and others are in many of the cases since they are in that area, there are a number of other inspectors and detectives that have appeared when they have gone to other prefectures. Almost all of them appeared and the interaction between them was amazing to most Conan fans. Gunma’s idiot Yamamura interacting with the recently introduced serious, and badass Nagato Inspector, Yamato was hilarious because of how different their personalities are. Even better was the amazing “deduction” Kogoro did later in the movie and how his two fanboys, the loud but fun Sango Yokomizo and Yamamura reacted to it made me laugh. The continuity also helped and the characters felt much more in character than I would expect (not that I care for the movies as long as they aren’t absurdly out of character). However, something was wrong with Gin. He seemed way too happy. Not even in typical “Gin is going to kill someone” happy that I would expect, but more of a bizarre happy. And some of the things in the ending were kinda silly.
Enjoyment: I enjoyed this movie. Most other Conan fans probably will too. I think others can enjoy it as another random movie instead of actually watching the entire series, but a lot of the things in the movie make me think that even Conan fans who never pay attention to anything that isn’t in the manga would enjoy the interaction between characters and the amazing continuity.
Story (8/10): While Conan is living his daily life with his friends and the other characters as usual, a car accident occurs that ends up being connected to a series of unexplained murders across Japan. This means that the majority of the law enforcement characters from across the series come together to figure out how to deal with this and to find out who’s behind it. But Conan discovers that the mysterious Black Organization has their own stake in the proceedings. It then becomes a race between the 3 groups as the main story progresses into the final truths: why is the Organization involved, who is committing these murders, and how can Conan piece it all together?
This is definitely a movie for the hardcore fans, bringing up a lot of the past Black Organization plots and characters and even the law enforcement characters seen throughout the series. It makes this a treat for fans, since it becomes a game of references for them. The actual plot of the movie is just great, intriguing and mysterious in a high stakes game that will have you wondering how the story will play itself out. Sadly, the main murder mystery plot has a sort of abrupt ending that, while explaining a lot and settles everything, feels like the writers didn’t know how to really tie it into the Black Organization plot at the most crucial moment. Otherwise I really enjoyed the story and am glad that we got a Conan movie that helps delve into the main antagonists more.
Art (8/10): They really cranked up the art for this movie, since it just seems like there was a lot of action and movement throughout the whole story. All the characters look good and there were very few errors. The big set-pieces were also really well done and continue to look better and better with each film.
Sound (7/10): Beyond the normal Conan series tracks, I didn’t really notice anything new or interesting. While they are still great tracks, it gets a bit boring hearing the same score as the main anime itself.
Character (9/10): This was a real highlight for all the main characters. Conan shows just how great of a character he is, the cop characters are really given the spotlight and are allowed to be much more confident and competent than in the main series. The Black Organization characters come off just as menacing and mysterious as before, showing off their status as the Big Bads of the show. The movie characters are pretty well done, though they did kind of need a bit more time on screen to really make the most out of their stories.
The only real knock I have against the characters is that Ran, Sonoko, and the Detective Boys are barely in the film (though they REALLY would’ve been in the way, to be honest), so their small parts in the movie felt a bit tacked on. (Though Ran gets a sick fight scene at the climax.)
Enjoyment (8/10): This movie was a seriously awesome ride and for good reason. It really celebrates the series and shows off it’s best parts and made me want to see what would happen next. Though the only thing I will say is that it’s almost a bit TOO continuity heavy- you really need to remember and have a good idea of where the main plot is and have to remember a good majority of characters to get a big part of the enjoyment out of the film (I myself totally forgot some of the side law enforcement characters, though eventually I remembered them).
Detective Conan: The Raven Chaser is probably one of my new favorite Conan movies, thanks to some solid writing, well done characters, an interesting mystery, and just a general sense of using all the parts of the anime to its strength. While it is a bit continuity heavy, I would just say catch up on the plot up to when the movie came out and you should be able to follow along. This is definitely the movie for Conan fans to enjoy and I hope that we see more movies like this in the future.
8/10 = a very solid movie with very few drawbacks and just a whole lot of fun; definitely NOT meant for the uninitiated, since it does rely heavily on past cases and the recurring side cast; recommended for the Conan fan who wants a little canon with their annual movie
9: One Piece Movie 14: Stampede
Japanese: 劇場版『ONE PIECE STAMPEDE』（スタンピード）
MAL Score: 8.22
The world’s greatest exposition of the pirates, by the pirates, for the pirates—the Pirates Festival. Luffy and the rest of the Straw Hat Crew receive an invitation from its host Buena Festa who is known as the Master of Festivities. They arrive to find a venue packed with glamorous pavilions and many pirates including the ones from the Worst Generation. The place is electric.
It felt like their Budget on Animation was just as much on this 1:40h Movie as on a normal 20 Min episode of One-Piece. The animations are horrendous and PC 3D animations are used waaaay to often, they didn’t care animating many scenes. About 40% of this movie is made in some 3D software and not Animated. Very disappointing concidering Cinema movies rack in way more money than just a single episode.
The character Bullet also seems like a cool idea also coming off of GolD Rogers ship but his backstory and especially his Devilfruit concept are very bad and just made to be over the top. And on top of that he looks very bad in the Anime only being animated in 3D….
Consistency to the Main story is also close to None, for example with Luffy being able to Use Gear 4 Multiple times within 5 Minutes. Oh and dont even get me starten on the “King King King Kong Gun” or whatever it was.
All in all there are some enjoyable moments (Sabo and Ace Fire Fist in the end) but all the bad aspects of the movie push me to beg you to not support this movie in any way shape of form. Dont buy the CD, dont buy Figures of this movie etc. We have to choose what we want and we definetly dont want trashy 3D animations. Vote with your wallet and show them we want something better. I get it’s just a filler but they probably spent more money advertising the movie than actually making it.
Though I had high hopes for this one, unfortunately it turned out to be quite horrible. Brainless plot, abrupt start & ending, bad use of characters, no heartfelt incidents, no meaningful turning points, dialogs that made me facepalm myself and so, so many coincidences throughout this movie. So many coincidences it’s actually ridiculous. For instance, they are all on a huge freaking island and they just keep ‘stumbling across’ one another at the right moment. Nevertheless, the thing that ticked me off the most was that I found 0% funny scenes. Seriously, even One Piece Movie 6 had more humor and its basically a psychological thriller.
It seemed more like a really long One Piece commercial that a movie. “Oh, look! We have all those cool characters in our anime. Come and watch it.” I mean they introduce a person like Bullet and he does absolutely nothing other than shout “I strive to be the strongest!” Sooo original! In addition, how he enters the scene is boring enough to revert your eyes from the screen. An otherwise stressful moment of Usopp being hurt by this insanely strong enemy, was ruined when it was not shown properly so that the viewer will feel fear or compassion for this long-nosed character.
Fight animation wise it was… decent. A few fight scenes looked quite silly, but those were few and far apart. The final battle though was just awful. It was fairly alright until Bullet decided to go full Mechagodzilla style which, in my humble opinion, destroyed my already low interest in this movie.
This film could have had SO much potential (and I can’t emphasize this enough!) due to the festival setting and the story of one of Roger’s former crew-mates, but they managed to ruin it and create a “stampede” of already well known characters who begged for screen time and nothing more. Maybe this story required 2 parts and more time to do it correctly.
And all the aforementioned come from an One Piece fan that loves it since grade school. I do not know why I still keep watching this anime. Maybe it’s the nostalgia, the need to know the ending or maybe just to see some random adventure of this crew. Whatever the reason, I always hope for at least a decent plot and not some unreasonable fights with gibberish dialogs like in this movie. But, alas, our beloved One Piece has already become another victim of exploitation and exists for the sole purpose of selling merchandise, video games and plot-less films. It’s a shame…
I want to preface this review by saying, if you’re not already a die-hard One Piece fan, this movie has next to nothing for you.
Despite my fairly limited Japanese ability, I was able to comprehend the entire plot and the vast majority of the dialogue, (maybe to an extent of about 90% or so). I think the reason being is that this movie has barely any substance. When the movie starts we’re introduced to the island and then the “first event” starts.
Shortly after the battle begins the movie devolves into “oh hey look it’s [insert one piece character here]” that character does an attack or something and then we get another character show up and the same thing happens all the way till the end of the movie.
I kept expecting some hint of story to be mentioned but it never really happened, aside from a few short moments.
The villain is highly forgettable and leaves no real lasting impression, even writing this review I was struggling to even remember his name, despite being able to remember the Z and Gold villains easily, despite having seen those movies a much longer time ago.
This isn’t to say that the movie is bad, if you’re a die-hard One Piece fan you will find enjoyment in this movie. The battle is enjoyable, the animation is good and the soundtrack just adds to the excitement.
But I think the lack of a decent story and over-reliance on fan service really brings the movie down.
For me I think the movie would sit at a 5 or 6. It’s better than average and I enjoyed watching it, but I would be in no great hurry to run out and watch it again. And if you’re eagerly awaiting the western release, and expecting anything more than fan service I recommend you lower your expectations to get more out of seeing this movie.
TL;DR The movie is severely held-back by it’s lack of narrative, over-reliance on fan service and rushed pacing. Lower your expectations before watching to get the most enjoyment from this film.
8: Kuroshitsuji Movie: Book of the Atlantic
English: Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic
Japanese: 劇場版 黒執事 Book of the Atlantic
MAL Score: 8.25
The young Earl Ciel Phantomhive—the Queen’s Guard Dog—is once again called to investigate seemingly supernatural phenomena when news of miraculous resurrections begins to surface in Victorian London. Along with Sebastian Michaelis, his demon butler, they board the luxury cruise liner Campania to investigate rumors of the Aurora Society—a medical organization suspected of experimenting on the dead.
Grim reapers begin to appear on the ship, and it becomes apparent that the ship is about to be overrun with the undead as a devious plan is put into motion. Ciel and Sebastian must now uncover the secrets that lie behind the Aurora Society’s phoenix symbol, and with the help of some old acquaintances, return the undead to their coffins or share a watery grave.
Book of Atlantic executes itself wonderfully. It maintains the line between action and comedy well – the latter of which I should remark is above average, due to its fair balance of deadpan-like humor and gags. For a film whose manga premise is about a boy who is in a contract with a demon, this film also possesses very heartwarming scenes between a typically sullen boy and his ever-cheerful adorable fiancée.
The Funimation team translated the film very well! A couple of mistranslated lines from the online scanlation that were for foreshadowing purposes weren’t mistranslated, such as Frances’ gender-neutral comment about “that child protecting their beloved” or something to that nature. Lines weren’t translated awkwardly and suited well to the western audience, translating Japanese words to British slang/vocabulary, for instance.
The animation staff who worked on Book of Atlantic gave it their all on the fighting scenes. I especially praise the storyboard artist(s) who worked on Lizzie’s scene. I read Yana’s tweet about Lizzie “moving like a ballerina” and had my doubts prior to watching it, but she was indeed right. Her movements were meticulously animated and I adored the attention to the way the camera constantly panned to her shoes. I’m glad the writers and animators didn’t rush it. I should also remark they made her extra cute in the film.
The scenes with the grim reapers were energetic and fun. I have to say, I didn’t really understand the appeal of Grell or Ronald, but the script truly had them perform as charming individuals and as a funny team. In the past, Kuroshitsuji shoehorned Grell too often unnecessarily, thus giving off an image of her being incompetent and purely Sebastian-obsessed. Fortunately, the accuracy to the manga had Grell in the film, albeit indeed flirty and flamboyant, a skillful grim reaper. She definitely stole the scene in the film a couple of times and I’m fond of Grell now, as well I am of Ronald.
I was worried of Double Charles’ appearance being annoying and perhaps disrupting the Midford family’s performances, as they did not appear in the manga during this arc, but their scenes were also brief yet enjoyable. They appear at the dinner with the Midfords, during the bizzare doll’s onslaught (during the carriage scene), and again at the sea in the aftermath of passengers rushing to escape (in which a child was being quietly consoled by Charles Phipps). There was a funny original scene in which Sebastian and Charles Grey chat at the dinner-table, in which Sebastian remarks something along the lines of being “kicked multiple times to life”, referring to Grey’s actions in the Murders arc.
The CGI is indeed noticeable and off-putting sometimes. The film abuses CGI a number of times and sticks out like a sore-thumb in scenes that are supposed to be regular. This is especially noticeable in the beginning of the film, where we see the view of the Campania, which is clearly rendered in CGI and contrasts with everything else that is hand-drawn yet digitally colored. However, they did well in the dramatic scenes. For example, with the Undertaker where we caught a glimpse of the characters’ locations in their encounter. I should also note the film didn’t fare well in scenes where the camera panned back to reveal a character doing a particular pose, such as Undertaker pulling his hair back and whatnot, which I felt although it attempted to be detailed, was quite stiff. The great green aura that surrounded Undertaker, however, distracted me well enough.
Scenes were unfortunately cut, such as Tanaka’s role in Ciel’s flashback due to the voice actor’s passing and the hospital scene. We were unable to hear Madam Red speak in Lizzie’s flashback, but she did speak once during Ciel’s scene with the queen. The scene in the manga where Lizzie witnesses Ciel have a coughing fit was cut as well, unfortunately, because it’s a subtle detail that is for a particular chapter/oncoming event. The tailor Nina, which made her debut in the manga following the Circus arc, did not make an appearance at all in the film. I was happy to see Lau and hear him speak in the film albeit briefly, even if animation wasn’t put into him much. The intro scene with Sebastian startling the sheepish Ciel after he speaks with Elizabeth about a vacation break was cut and we only saw Sebastian confirming his research in his doctor’s clothes.
There was an extra, anime-original sweet scene with Elizabeth and Ciel after the ending credits (as well as the original manga’s William’s scolding to his co-workers), though, so I can tolerate those cuts. I should note that when you watch Ciel and Lizzie’s flashback when they’re facing the graves of the Phantomhive family, the anime staff quite emphasized a “hint” about a certain popular, established theory in the Japanese fandom and a growing one in the western fandom.
Overall, a really great movie and I’m glad to have watched it. The person in my company, although unfamiliar with Black Butler and having only seen a few clips, was able to enjoy the film as we did not require much prior knowledge of the manga’s content. I should also mention, as a final note, that the soundtrack is superb a couple of times during the film, albeit unmemorable for the rest (especially combat scenes). They re-used some of the previous soundtracks, such as Fantasia and Sweet Tears from “Book of Circus”, and Annoying Visitor and Thick Fog from “Book of Murder”. However, let me just say the orchestral track that plays when Ciel has a PTSD flashback watching Sebastian violently slaughter the Bizarre Dolls was my favorite, and I hope for the soundtrack to be released soon for it. Additionally, SID’s theme song for the film that plays in the credit is catchy and beautiful and I encourage staying for both the song and the extra scene after the credits.
Kuroshitsuji Book of the Atlantic was the first anime movie I had ever seen in theaters (I know that’s very sad lmao) and I was very pleased by it!
Right at the beginning I was a little upset that they had used CGI for the ship and people, it wasn’t horrible just very noticeable. The movie follows the manga very well and they didn’t change anything major that I recall. The voice acting was very amazing, the mood was fantastic and all the ladies, and few men, were fangirling like crazy. The only thing that bothered me at times were the animation. Most of the animation was amazing but a few parts could’ve been much better in my opinion;and the CGI was also used many other times which for me was a turn off. (Another thing that isn’t about the movie was that the people in the theater were VERY annoying, they screamed and made stupid remarks,so beware. Also the movie is a little dim in some parts and the subtitles are bright so it might hurt your eyes if your eyes are sensitive like mine)
If even my sister, who is a strict adult that doesn’t watch anime, can sit through and enjoy it, I’d say you could enjoy it too. Also beware of the hotness overload, bring tissues for them nosebleeds!
This wasn’t a movie, this was a filler episode that lasted for two hours of excruciating pain. The plot was literately titanic + zombies. There was horrific CGI and no effort into the sound track. Too many flash backs, too much effort incorporating all the previous characters, and there was extremely unrealistic character development for Elizabeth. Suddenly she can wield two swords now and climb on walls. She also had a stupid backstory explaining how difficult it was to not wear high heels since Ciel isn’t tall. Boo friggin hoo. For some reason Ciel has shown an exaggerated increase in his love and protection towards Elizabeth, which I call bs because he’s never done that before. Sebastian also became uh…useless? He couldn’t fight back against a grim reaper, which we all know he has done many times before!
The movie was horribly directed, with weird bits of comedy shoved in the most serious situations. Every two minutes when zombies go after Ciel, some kind of stupid joke is introduced, like the snakes talking or something.
Also, undertaker is revealed, to be a grim reaper? W-what? Why. For some reason he becomes an asshole that experiments on humans. So out of place and nonsensical. No follow up either. There was no direction in this, what was the point of going on a ship? For Ciel to carry out his duties as a loyal dog? To kill zombies? Why zombies? What? Honestly is this how the manga is later on? That’s terrible. Why is book of murder so good but book of Atlantic is so bad.
Don’t be fooled by the ridiculously high score on this movie because only a few hundred people watched this and of course 95% of those people just like Sebastian or Ciel.
3/10. Don’t watch it please.
7: Detective Conan Movie 06: The Phantom of Baker Street
English: Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street
Japanese: 名探偵コナン ベイカー街(ストリート)の亡霊
MAL Score: 8.30
Noah’s Ark—the latest in VR technology and a milestone of human innovation—is set for a showcase to Japan’s privileged children. They have the honour of beginning a new revolution in gaming; however, their carefree fun is cut short when a company employee is found murdered, with his dying message pointing to a clue hidden within the Ark.
Along with the Detective Boys and Ran Mouri, Conan Edogawa enters Noah’s Ark to solve this mystery and ensure the perpetrator is caught. But once they’re inside the Ark, it takes on a mind of its own, imprisoning them and the children within its worlds. To escape and bring the murderer to justice, Conan and company must navigate a simulated 19th century London and track down the infamous Jack the Ripper—with the lives of 50 innocent children depending on them.
I’ve seen all the Conan movies currently (which I could find) subbed (11), and this movie, "The Phantom of Baker Street" was the movie I enjoyed most.
Let Detective Mouri drag Conan (Shinichi), Ran, Professor Agasa and the Detective Boys with him to another party where he was invited to, with lots of kids, celebrity’s and known people from the anime. Don’t forget the highly anticipated murder which will occur….
Then you get a good story for Conan to solve, but what’s more? This isn’t a regular party, this is a party for kids to test out the beta-cocoon, a game terminal formed like a cocoon, which takes on the five senses we humans have, then they let the people think they’re somewhere else, we got several stage’s, Paris Dakar Rally, Treasure Hunters and more, and of course a theme for a Conan movie, England, a 100 years ago, the time, where Sherlock Holmes lived.
But, before the actual story, with Conan begins, we get an intro, of a very young protagonist in the computer world, he created one of the best A.I. systems in the world, but he couldn’t take it anymore, his step-father pushed him to his limits, and he decided to let the program free, he let it escape via phone line, and then ended his live.
Now, when Conan enters the game, Ran and the remaining Detective Boys find a way to get tickets for the cocoon beta test too, together with some snobs we meet in the beginning they visit the old england, while the other kids go to different stage’s, but then an error occurs, the A.I. "Noah’s Ark" has the game and pretty much the whole building under his control, if all 50 kids die in the games, fail they’re objectives or run out of they’re time limit (if they have one, like Paris Dakar), they’ll vanish from the game world and are put to sleep, if really all 50 lose, they’ll die,cause these kids are the future, but everyone is corrupt, so the A.I. wants to change their minds, not to follow in daddy’s footstep.
Pretty cool story huh? Well, there’s another story in each game world, Conan and the gang have to solve the mystery of JTR (Jack The Ripper), and then capture him, sacrifice’s are made, puzzle’s are solved, death is around each corner. If they.. succeed, they will find the killer of the one who created this game..
So you get it, a cool story within a cool story, then about the art, the style’s the same as in the series, yet better animated, and more things are realistic now, movements, carriage’s and such. The sound, the ending is sweet and beautiful (mixed with the movie) and all the sfx’s and such are amazing!
The characters basically stay the same, we can yet see another horrified and afraid Kogorou (Det. Mouri), which I think is a good side of his, we can see what he will sacrifice to save his daughter (not so much in this movie, but there’s a hint.), we can see Professor Agasa from a side we’ve not seen him before (not totally). The rest stay the same, new introduced characters are basic type’s too, like the murderer, the victim(s), and the snobby, irritating, dumb rich snobs which are introduced.
An anime movie where you can’t take you’re eye’s from, when it’s not humorous, it’s intresting, when it’s not intresting, it’s exciting, when it’s not exciting, it’s beautiful.
One of the best anime movie’s I’ve seen.. yet.
The story in this Detective Conan film was definitely the weakest part of it for me. It makes many attempts to do something, but doesn’t follow the rules required to do that thing. One thing it tried to do was have a suspenseful mystery, but the film reveals who the murderer is early on, creating a mystery story that doesn’t really matter, because we, the viewer already know who did it. The method the murderer used also didn’t end up being very interesting. Aside from ruining the mystery elements, the film also does a poor job of creating suspense and tension. The newly introduced characters are put in life-threatening situations, but because they’re in the same situation as the main cast, there’s never any reason to be worried, because you’re always assured that they’re going to survive with them. What we’re left with is a story about an adventure in a game world, that ends up being moderately exciting, but nowhere near as exciting as it could have been if a proper mystery was in place alongside it.
The art was pretty decent. It goes one step above the Detective Conan TV series, and does end up having some nice looking moments. However, there are also some pretty mediocre looking CGI shots in there as well. However, those CGI shots make up a minority of the film, and they’re pretty easy to ignore. For the most part, the art is pretty acceptable, and looks pretty decent, even by today’s standards.
The soundtrack doesn’t stand out, but it also doesn’t get in the way. It’s pretty average. The audio mix is pretty average as well. The voice acting (I watched it in Japanese) is what you’d expect to hear from Detective Conan. It’s quality work, and is enjoyable, but also doesn’t amaze.
Your standard Detective Conan characters are here in spades, and they’re all just as interesting as they are in the TV series. There’s a few new characters introduced, but none of them manage to be very interesting or deep, so for that, the characters lose a few points from me. Still, this is easily the best aspect of the film.
This managed to be a pretty average experience. I felt like the lack of suspense made it much more tepid than it otherwise would have been, and if it wasn’t for Conan & crew being such an interesting and eclectic cast, I would have been somewhat more bored with this film.
Overall, I give Detective Conan: the Phantom of Baker Street a 6/10
Obvious clue of intrest can be told from the Movie’s title, that the storyline will deal with Holmes. This asspect of the storyline for Detective Conan fans is a good thing, because if you know Conan/Shinji, you know that he is a major Conan Doyal fan.
Also, there is the odd technollogy which does not exist yet, the virtual reality system. This is a change from most Detective Conan storylines as we are dealing with something that has not come into being yet. For the most part, new technollogies are introduced as possibilities when they become possibilities, so this adds an interesting effect. Even Dr. Asaga’s inventions have some bases in current reality.
Also, the story line is quite involved with the details of who when and why, the clues being dropped all throughout the virtual reality world. If one doesn’t yet know about Sherlock Holmes, I do suggest learning somethings, as that would make the movie even more enjoyable then it is.
I loved the renditions of the art work. The big feature in this one was London. The details are just how I’ve seen them in picture books, including Big Ben, the clock tower in all its full glory. Also, there are some funnies that got programmed into the virtual reality game, but you will have to keep your eye out for them.
There was enough new sounds that I felt like I was actually transported along with Conan and the others. The electronic noises and some of the music were really nice to hear and made for a nice change in pase.
There were quite a few unique individuals here, including four new kids who Conan meets at the sneek peak release of the virtual game. They have… for the most part, a good deal of development along the way character wise, as because they are rich kids, they are a tad snobby.
I enjoyed a lot of it, getting to see Sherlock Holmes, and even one of my favorite murder mysteries that still remains unsolved even to day. I happen to love how they handled the theory about the murderer and worked it into the plotline. Who is it and what did they do? I really can’t tell as that would be a major spoiler in itself, and I… who tends to not mind spoilers, was glad this one wasn’t spoiled for me.
While I think most people would actually like this, I am thinking there might be some people who might have a problem with the truthfully non existant technollogy in here, but that, along with the Sherlock Holmes theme, helps to make this movie as great as it was. Plus… think about it… if Dr. Asaga can create the devices he can, the virtual reality system could certainly exist too.
6: Gintama: Yorinuki Gintama-san on Theater 2D
Japanese: 銀魂 よりぬき銀魂さんオンシアター2D
MAL Score: 8.44
Demonic Vice-Commander of the Shinsengumi, Toushirou Hijikata, acquires a cursed sword—one which completely rewrites his personality, morphing him from a hard-boiled, no-nonsense cop into a hopeless otaku. As he struggles to break the curse, an ambitious new member of the police force, Itou Kamotarou, seizes the opportunity to depose Hijikata in his bid for power within the organization. However, Itou’s scheme is revealed to be more devious than anyone imagined, and the very existence of the Shinsengumi is thrown into peril.
In another time and place, the Yorozuya squad is suddenly greeted by a potential new recruit. Before them is a mysterious young woman named Pirako Doromizu who hides a penchant for extreme violence behind her smiling, enthusiastic exterior. However, unbeknownst to Gintoki and the others, Pirako has strong ties to one of the ruling figures of the Kabuki district of Edo, and her arrival sets off a chain reaction that throws the inhabitants of the district into a civil war.
Are Shinsengumi Crisis and Kabukichou Four Devas one of the best Gintama arcs? Yes. Does this recap actually add anything of value? No, I don’t think it does. At least, I certainly haven’t noticed any difference. Someone might compare those frame by frame to the original airing and please, do prove me wrong as I’d like to see what the extra content actually is, but currently I’m pretty sure nothing worth of noting was added. Should this get high rating just because the content it’s copypasting is great? I don’t think so – just the original version should. In fact, I would argue that watching this recap movies is the worse experience than just plainly watching the original episodes. Thankfully the arcs are short so the content didn’t have to be cut down drastically, so you’re not losing much there. But there’s one small but major detail – those recap movie are only available in SD, as the only physical media it was released on were DVDs. So unlike the series which is available on bluray, you can see this only in 480p. And why would you want to watch the great arcs pixelated? And if you’ve already seen them, why would you want to see them pixelated instead of the available HD regular episodes?
Plainly said, it’s a worthless recap that brings nothing of value. So an average recap. Well, it’s still Gintama and the arcs are still great so I can’t bring myself to give it 5/10, but you get the point.
5: Gintama Movie 1: Shinyaku Benizakura-hen
English: Gintama: The Movie
Japanese: 劇場版 銀魂 新訳紅桜篇
MAL Score: 8.52
Gintoki and his Yorozuya friends (or rather, employees suffering under labor violations), Shinpachi and Kagura, continue to scrape by in the futuristic, alien-infested city of Edo. They take on whatever work they can find while trying not to get involved in anything too dangerous. But when Katsura, the leader of the Joui rebels and Gintoki’s long-time acquaintance, disappears after being brutally attacked by an unknown assassin, Shinpachi and Kagura begin an investigation into his whereabouts and the identity of the assailant. Meanwhile, Gintoki takes on a seemingly unrelated job: the blacksmith Tetsuya requests that Gin recover a strange and powerful sword called the Benizakura which was recently stolen.
As the two investigations gradually intersect, the Yorozuya crew find themselves in the midst of a major conspiracy that hinges on the sinister nature of the Benizakura sword. Gintoki resolves to take the fight directly to the enemy headquarters, and together with a few unexpected allies, sets out on one of his most perilous jobs yet.
The Benizakura story itself is kept unchanged. Katsura, leader of anti-government faction, has disappeared. Some believe he has fallen victim to a murderer, who targets samurai on the streets of Edo. Gintoki wants to look for his missing friend, but is given a job. He has to find a stolen sword, the Benizakura. While he is searching for it, Kagura and Shinpachi are looking for Katsura. They all face some dangerous enemies and eventually discover a conspiracy aiming to overthrow the government.
The differences with the TV episodes are not that great. They have re-used about 85% of the existing material. Most of the scenes, the fights and the dialogue are identical. In the movie, they have improved some small animation details, like sword reflections and effects. Some pieces of the background music and some camera angles have also been changed. There are also about 10 minutes of original footage in the movie, with some additional scenes (and some new jokes).
The overall enjoyment for Gintama fans would be 10/10… even though it is just the old episodes pasted together with some minor cosmetic changes. The Benizakura arc is awesome and watching it again never gets old. Those, who haven’t seen the series, can still watch the movie and enjoy it. The story is easy to follow and the action is good. Some may notice that the characters’ background and motivation need more explanation (which is covered in the TV episodes). Also some things (like Elizabeth) in the crazy Gintama world might seem confusing. Anyways, the movie is good, but “newcomers” would probably rate it around 8/10.
This movie’s plot comes from episodes 58-61 of the original series, just redone. The story is phenomenal (Gintoki keeps his former friend from destroying Edo).
The art is typical Gintama, as are the character’s audio.
What pushed me to love this was that the enjoyment was simply satisfying. From the usual Gintama, I would just get a laugh and that was it, but this is the whole freaking package. We finally see Gintoki get serious and it is awesome. His fighting rivals that of Kenshin Himura for all of you Rurouni Kenshin fans (I’m a hardcore one myself).
This movie is amazing. All I can really say is check it out.
Is it really necessary for me to explain and describe the plot and characters in this review even though you obviously seen the anime and if not why are you, the reader even going to attempt to watch the movie? You won’t understand it.
In all seriousness what was the point of this movie? I thought it was going to be something original, something that Gintama fans never seen before. But it turned out to be a remake of a popular arc. I hope I wasn’t the only one who was disappointed. Don’t get me wrong the Benizakura-hen arc is everything a Gintama fan would want it had action, comedy and adventure but was it really mandatory to remake the darn thing instead of creating something freah and exciting? It takes out the element of suspense and therefore it becomes bland and repetitive. My suggestion: watch the anime.
4: Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Mugen Ressha-hen
English: Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train
Japanese: 劇場版 鬼滅の刃 無限列車編
MAL Score: 8.72
After a string of mysterious disappearances begin to plague a train, the Demon Slayer Corps’ multiple attempts to remedy the problem prove fruitless. To prevent further casualties, the flame pillar, Kyoujurou Rengoku, takes it upon himself to eliminate the threat. Accompanying him are some of the Corps’ most promising new blood: Tanjirou Kamado, Zenitsu Agatsuma, and Inosuke Hashibira, who all hope to witness the fiery feats of this model demon slayer firsthand.
Unbeknownst to them, the demonic forces responsible for the disappearances have already put their sinister plan in motion. Under this demonic presence, the group must muster every ounce of their willpower and draw their swords to save all two hundred passengers onboard. Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Mugen Ressha-hen delves into the deepest corners of Tanjirou’s mind, putting his resolve and commitment to duty to the test.
One common misconception among the anime community is that sales and profit are proportional to an anime’s quality. Is a film that sells millions of tickets objectively better than one that sells fewer tickets? Demon Slayer: Mugen Train’s record-breaking box office performance may lead you to believe it is one of the greatest films ever made, but the truth is… the writing is no better than the anime.
Three-quarters of the two-hour-long film takes place on the titular Mugen Train, a brave choice for one of the least interesting settings the series has to offer. Each train car is similar; historically accurate wooden interiors, passengers conveniently sleeping while the bloody and stunningly animated fights rage on in the center aisles. While it does not quite deserve the R+ rating, the detailed animation and fight choreography will surely impress even the most cynical viewer. Aside from the hideous CGI creatures and tentacles, it is visually excellent.
Unlike prior horrific villains in Demon Slayer, our central antagonist is solely motivated by sadism. He desires to send the demon slayers into pleasant dreams just before killing them. There’s no real reason for these reality-altering powers within the narrative; it’s transparently a plot device made to give us character development and insight into Tanjiro and our new supporting character, Rengoku Kyoujurou: a compassionate high-ranking Demon Hunter with firey-hair and forked eyebrows. Once again, our villain pointlessly explains his motivations and powers unprompted. Script troubles like this aren’t simply a side effect of being a manga adaptation—it’s poor writing. They could introduce clues at the start and later reveal the twist once we understand how the demon powers work: The writer could do this through context clues rather than overly literal dialogue.
The antagonist, an androgynous demon, sends Tanjiro and friends into a deep slumber. In the meantime, he guides his minions to invade the demon hunters’ dreams, similar to a sci-fi flick like Inception. These dream sequences take up most of the first third of the film, with flashbacks scattered throughout the runtime.
(Minor spoilers below)
In Tanjiro’s dream, we return to his home in the snowy forest, seen at the beginning of the TV series. His family is alive and well. For the first time, we get to see their interactions. Seeing them reunited is emotional, but it quickly set in that it was all a dream, and thus none of it mattered. The purpose of his dream sequence is for him to reconcile with a past I didn’t care about because it has never been relevant or exciting. Their unceremonious death in the first episode indicated how much I should care about them and their 1-dimensional characters. Once again, his family’s gory murder is used to make us sympathize with Tanjiro. Through his flashbacks, there was a significant chance to develop Tanjiro before leaving home: Showcasing his relationship with one or two siblings, or even his mother, would’ve added layers to him. Instead, the film blends all of his many family members together with a couple of boiler-plate personality traits like “Happy” and “Concerned” for Tanjiro.
The demon-induced dreams were adequately explained and logically coherent at first. Then they added new aspects such as “Destroying the subconscious” and “Incarnations of the soul.” These concepts are more suited to a film like Inception or Tenet than a Taisho-era demon-hunting plot.
Zenitsu and Inosuke’s dreams are fluff filler more suited to a non-canonical OVA or a fan-fiction. If you were annoyed by their loud voices and obnoxious personalities, this film will not change your mind. Most of their dialogue is delivered in screams, like in the anime. Yelling still isn’t a joke, nor is it funny. At least their scenes are few, and they’re reserved for sudden appearances to support Tanjiro in battles. On the other hand, Nezuko was almost entirely irrelevant. Unfortunately, she does not get a dream sequence—which would’ve provided much-needed character development. At least she’s not stuck in a box for the whole time.
Rengoku’s dream is perhaps the only one of interest because it develops his backstory and motivations. There’s a clear emotional connection between him, his anguished father, and his plucky younger brother. Seeing him inspire his little brother with pep talks and training made him all the more likable. Even though the dialogue was your average lines like “Do your best,” it was effective. He was genuinely my favorite character thus far. I would say his scenes, while simplistically written, made up for Tanjiro’s tedious dream sequence. Unlike Tanjiro, Rengoku’s flashbacks zeroed in on his relationships with individuals, like his mother, rather than grouping them all together. With this minimal background information, the emotionally charged climactic battle earns its spectacular pay-off.
The third quarter flies off the rails and contains the film’s best fight scene. You can easily sit back and enjoy the top-of-the-line animation quality for this part since it boils down to a battle between good versus evil. After twenty minutes of appreciating Ufotable’s magnificent artistry and LiSA’s emotional insert song, the climax lasts much too long. The hero’s foe, another seemingly invincible demon, gives his big bad speech multiple times before the battle finally ends. They aimed for an emotional gut-punch, and it would’ve worked had the film concluded 30 minutes sooner. Unfortunately for us, the final fight ends on a disappointingly inconclusive note. In an attempt to stick the landing, Tanjiro lets out a long blood-curdling scream which I can only describe as obnoxiously unnecessary. His voice actor Natsuki Hanae put his heart into the performance, and his passion for the character shines through—despite the lackluster script. I watched both the Japanese version and English dub, and they’re well-acted. The English version casts each character appropriately.
The overlong and incomplete ending can likely be attributed to the manga chapter ending on a cliffhanger. The material was stretched thin already, with no time to tackle the rest. Until the second season arrives, we’re left with a hollow sensation that serves as a reminder: This must convince us to watch the sequel. Demon Slayer: Mugen Train is an amazingly successful product, and no criticism I levy at it will change this fact. Worldwide it has made hundreds of millions of dollars and broken box-office records. That’s a landmark worth praising the film for.
The question is, does profit decide if a film is good or not? That’s for you to decide.
Story: 6/10 The story is a continuation of the Demon Slayer Anime that ended last year in 2019, being an adaptation of the Mugen Train Arc. You may recognize the main villain or demon of this arc from the first season, well you did see him. He was the the demon who Muzan had given his blood to, the one who wanted to be tortured. It closely follows the Manga’s events, showing off Rengoku using his Sun Breathing Techniques, and all the fights. It feels bloated with fights and not much else, but that’s mostly the manga’s fault. The movie does play out the emotional scenes quite well. Kimetsu no Yaiba was never big on the story aspect so it will be expected for the movie and any adaptations if they want to stick to the source material.
Art: 10/10: Once again, Studio Ufotable has knocked it out of the park with the breathtaking animation they have. But this time around it’s even better with a movie budget. Its so smooth and satisfying that it just draws you in like that. The breathing techniques were the highlight of the First Season, and its the same for here. I have no idea how Studio Ufotable does it. With Tanjirou’s breathing, the almost 3d looking camera angles, the fast paced movements, Nezuko’s Exploding blood, Zenitsu’s lighting, Inouske in all of his glory, its absolutely fantastic.
Sound 7/10: Another amazingly great aspect. At times like that, I love being in a Japanese theater, because everybody is very silent, doesn’t laugh at jokes or gasps, its a great expierence. The sound effects are pretty good, with the Voice acting being taken to the next level. But the real highlight in terms of the sound, is the amazing Musical Score. I said it once and I will say it again, Demon Slayer has one of the best orchestrated soundtracks in an Anime that I have ever seen. The low and melancholy piano keys, the tense and sharp violin, the soft and relaxing flute, the haunting chorus, it all comes together to make a amazing score.
Characters: 6/10: Nothing really changed from the first season, with most characters sticking with their personalities. But at times it just feels like the second season of the anime and not a feature length film. I mean, its an exact adaptation so you expect it to be similar to the manga but its very similar to the source material and the previous Season. The constant yelling between the trio is very annoying, like the first season. Even when writing this review, I feel like I’m just reviewing the anime. The only thing that changed was the art but everything stays the same in terms of my thoughts on the anime.
Enjoyment: 8/10: I enjoyed the Demon Slayer Anime, but this, raised the bar even higher, I highly highly highly suggest watching this when it comes out on streaming services. Demon Slayer is shaping up to be another gigantic manga and anime series even if it might not deserve it fully. But if your a big fan of Shonen Jump or the second season, OR even the manga I would suggest watching it. But its not perfect, I think too many people have hyped up Demon Slayer, which can be bad when the ending eventually gets animated, because it will all come crashing down. But still good for the time being.
This movie didn’t have any major flaws, they were only little tidbits that could be found in any other anime regardless of how popular they were.
The reason KnY stands out to me than other shounen is because the series doesn’t feel stretched out unlike other popular shounen. The story actually flows and progresses each arc we get closer and closer to our end goal. The MC is actually really cool he may be pure and sympathetic, but he can get the job done without any sort of hesitation. Inosuke is pretty good, Zenitsu can be cool from time to time. Nezuko is a really great little sister, she isn’t like your typical little sister in anime. Everyone else has their own quirk. So really the animation and music used in this anime only acts as a bonus that puts the show at a greater level.
So overall this movie was really great and highly recommendable.
3: Gintama Movie 2: Kanketsu-hen – Yorozuya yo Eien Nare
Japanese: 劇場版 銀魂 完結篇 万事屋よ永遠なれ
MAL Score: 8.94
When Gintoki apprehends a movie pirate at a premiere, he checks the camera’s footage and finds himself transported to a bleak, post-apocalyptic version of Edo, where a mysterious epidemic called the “White Plague” has ravished the world’s population. It turns out that the movie pirate wasn’t a pirate after all—it was an android time machine, and Gintoki has been hurtled five years into the future! Shinpachi and Kagura, his Yorozuya cohorts, have had a falling out and are now battle-hardened solo vigilantes and he himself has been missing for years, disappearing without a trace after scribbling a strange message in his journal.
Setting out in the disguise given to him by the android time machine, Gintoki haphazardly reunites the Yorozuya team to investigate the White Plague, and soon discovers that the key to saving the future lies in the darkness of his own past. Determined to confront a powerful foe, he makes an important discovery—with a ragtag band of friends and allies at his side, he doesn’t have to fight alone.
I haven’t actually finished the series but I did get to see the movie in theaters. It was simply amazing! I won’t give anything away but you get the typical Gintama goodness!
The story is pretty great. Gintama’s jokes are amazing and the way the story was set up was pretty original! The beginning threw me off but, Gintama always does that, to be honest.
The characters were SIMPLY FANTASTIC! The facial expressions and reactions were awesome and I, along with the theater, were laughing to death because of it. Seriously, great design, expressions, outfits, etc.
The audio was GENIUS! Spyair was awesome as always and the music was incredible. Some familiar music was played and the movie’s original and the battle, humor, etc sounds were great.
Enjoyment is 18798370984273984 out of 10. You can’t beat this. I watched the One Piece and Dragon Ball Z movies and Gintama greatly kicked them in enjoyment. I haven’t laughed so hard in forever.
Even if you haven’t watched Gintama, watch the movie because then you’ll REALLY wanna watch the anime. Got a few of my friends into Gintama now and they’ve never seen it before but changed their minds thanks to the movie.
The movie begins a bit slow at start and this is due to the “Movie Thief” character. While Odd Jobs are working in a theater for some money, the Movie Thief himself starts doing the obvious; filming illegally. As the long discussion goes with Gin and the Movie Thief about right and wrong, the producers decide to add in some jokes for the viewers to enjoy, by putting tons of laughs into it for the viewers. Is that all this Movie Thief is though? Is he just there to film illegally? Or maybe his role is more significant than we may think. But I thought this movie was about his past, not them working at a theater… Guess you’ll just have to watch!
One would think that the way the producers would portray this movie is by showing his past… Well of course they’re going to show his past, but the producers decide to use a theme we’re all used to seeing now, and that is “Time-travel.” To be honest, I was a bit surprised by seeing this, since I just recently watched the Steins;Gate movie and didn’t think that Gintama would also use this type of theme. Though, as we all know, time-travel is a commonly seen thing in shows and that of movies. Some could say that the movie is pretty predictable, but that’s for you to decide; I didn’t think it was.
The one thing I could say that I was disappointed by was the fact that there was little to no development on the future selves. All we know is that the characters have grown in these past 5 years and that Shinpachi looks nowhere close to his younger self. And Kagura, well… She’s grown in places that count to say the least. All that’s known is that Odd Jobs is no longer a group of people, but split into two groups. Odd Jobs Fumiya and the other Odd Jobs Takamoku. Wait, what happened to Gin, the leader? Well… to be frank, he’s missing.
Gintama has always been great for their soundtrack, and they even used some from the series. You can especially expect some great OST during the shounen type scenes later on in the movie. Though, that’s all I can really say about the OST because there’s nothing to really complain about and nothing to say vastly amazing about, but it still does the job at providing some great sounds for us, the viewers
The art has been vastly improved as expected for a movie. I wish it could be like this in the T.V series as well because the fights are animated better, clearer and more colorful to watch when seen in better quality. Character designs as I’ve talked a little about have been changed for a few as well. Shinsengumi is no longer the police force anymore really, but almost something like the Joui rebels themselves, though not necessarily identical. The producers decided to poke at some of the characters too, by making fun of them; Catherine mainly, who prioritizes in mainly making the viewer’s think of her as the troll character of Gintama. Elizabeth’s appearance changed drastically… One could say he’s all muscle now.
The movie, Gintama: The Final Chapter – Be Forever Yorozuya is definitely something a fan of the T.V series should watch. As for myself, I’m always excited for more Gintama and still await the T.V series to return for me to enjoy some good laughs, action packed scenes and just overall enjoyment that is Gintama. Everyone who has watched the T.V series knows that all we’ve seen about Gin’s past was little flashbacks during the war. So shouldn’t we be seeing more of the war? Well no, if they did that the film would be shorter than a 3 episode long series. This was the best way to do things IMO, and the producers did it pretty damn good. Overall, the film gives tons of laughs throughout it, but kind of lacked in the action packed scenes. Though one could argue that Gintama isn’t your typical shounen and that action isn’t everything, which is correct because Gintama does what it does best and that is making you laugh.
The story opens up with the Yorozuya three and Sadaharu in a movie theatre working part-time to grab some cash. Through a series of surprisingly refreshing and funny fourth-wall jokes, Gin and a new and hilarious character, the Movie Thief, end up travelling forward in time by five years. Here Gin learns the true identity of the Movie Thief and discovers that the world has been drastically altered and many people on Earth have died. To make matters worse, Yorozuya has disbanded and in this world Gin is missing and the Gin from five years ago must try and restore the world.
The story, which renews the most popular theme in contemporary anime, is about time traveling. If you’ve seen one anime about time traveling, whether it be Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya or Steins;Gate, you’ve seen them all. What these stories have in common is using time-travel as a plot-device to provoke a sense of regret and gratefulness out of our otherwise complacent main characters. This concept strings pretty far back in the medium and unless the story is presented in an innovative manner the plot device of time travel is incredibly predictable. Time travel can no longer exist as the sole concept in a work. In Steins;Gate it was a character study on the stress of an individual undergoing intense trauma, and in Disappearance it was the deliberation between being safe or being in love. In both stories the main characters support the work. Here time travel is sadly used as a way to advance a very generic story in a setting that was created to provide the Gintama fanbase with some fun character designs.
While the story is predictable it still is entertaining to any shounen fan. All our favorite Gintama characters appear, and the jokes ultimately keep flowing. But we don’t get to see the characters from the main series develop into their new character designs, we just see how they’ve changed in five years. It’s a bit disappointing coming from a series that often pays meticulous care to even the most trivial character’s background. For a movie marketed as game-changing for the franchise, I can’t help but to feel a little swindled. It’s mostly just the same Gintama jokes from the show with less attention to story.
The ill-explained time travel really hurts the bombastic finale of the film and everything about the story felt simply too convenient. While the movie is presented as a mystery Gin does almost none of the footwork to figure out about the world around him or how to fix it. The events of the movie occur jarringly fast. Plot points simply keep forcing themselves into scenes until finally you arrive at the final battle. It’s frustrating that the film is so linear and there is almost no despair to be felt in a world that was supposedly ravaged. Even as far as a Gintama arc would go, it is safe to say that this would be a very weak one. The story suffers from cliches, linearity, and unbelievable explanations to the point of boredom. The main Gintama series can do better than this story and it’s upsetting to see such little thought put into it.
The cast remains the same if not caricatured. Ultimately we learn nothing new about the cast of the entire series other than that Kagura five years in the future is stacked. There is no character development in this film, which you can expect from a side story, but there is also no new character relationships. The films characters are very static.
The soundtrack lifts nearly all songs from the main anime series and is of course very fitting because of this. Despite the contempt for innovation here the score still feels right. The animation looks vastly improved from the main series, though! Simply put, it is more fluid and provides a greater range of facial expression. The fight scenes are also animated very well, and provide for some exciting hack-and-slash entertainment. The character designs are great and should be lauded as well. The movie does a great job poking fun at some characters with the astute redesigns and pays attention to detail here with wardrobe subtleties. A fun example is Shinpachi is wearing Gin’s shirt and Kagura is wearing his robe as a skirt. If there’s an reason to see this movie it’s to see the older counterparts of each character.
Gintama Yorozuya yo Eien Nare is typical Gintama. It’s more Gintama. If you want more Gintama then watch this film. It’s nothing innovative, and it’s nothing you haven’t seen before. Some of the jokes are really funny, but mostly the films struggles with a convincing plot and frequently devolves into artificial sentimentality. I liked the film but was disappointed in it’s simplistic design, but I humbly hope Gintama returns to form with some more hotpot and Christmas episodes in April.
2: Koe no Katachi
English: A Silent Voice
MAL Score: 8.97
As a wild youth, elementary school student Shouya Ishida sought to beat boredom in the cruelest ways. When the deaf Shouko Nishimiya transfers into his class, Shouya and the rest of his class thoughtlessly bully her for fun. However, when her mother notifies the school, he is singled out and blamed for everything done to her. With Shouko transferring out of the school, Shouya is left at the mercy of his classmates. He is heartlessly ostracized all throughout elementary and middle school, while teachers turn a blind eye.
Now in his third year of high school, Shouya is still plagued by his wrongdoings as a young boy. Sincerely regretting his past actions, he sets out on a journey of redemption: to meet Shouko once more and make amends.
Koe no Katachi tells the heartwarming tale of Shouya’s reunion with Shouko and his honest attempts to redeem himself, all while being continually haunted by the shadows of his past.
Nishimiya’s entire character is her illness. She is paper thin with her sole character trait being she likes to feed fish. She is so inhuman it is gross. Moe being used in this way is offensive. Including deafness or any other handicap into anime is an exciting idea, and I laud the attempt. Sadly, the execution is simply sickening. A personality-less self-insert male character who wants to repent for mistakes he made when he was a child falls in love with the object of his errs. It’s inherently questionable to approach this topic from a romantic perspective because it’s hard to sympathize with an object. And that is what Nishimiya is, an object. To be affected on, for us to pity, for us to see illness in a “new light,” to justify against bullying, to see the indomitable human spirit. A show like Monster works this concept excellently because it uses the object of interest (Johan) as more of a symbol. This work tries to make Nishimiya a character as deeply developed as Shouya but they foist too many roles on an underdeveloped symbol, not even mentioning her role as a character.
Shouya, Ueno, and Ishida are all flat. Their motives are drawn to plot points not to logic. Ueno shows up when things finally start moving in a direction the audience would be satisfied with in tacky KyoAni fashion. Drama in this work is so over-the-top and predictable it’s borderline cringe-worthy. Even if you could swallow the unbelievable developments that lead to the saccharine mid-section of the film the way it dissolves is so inauthentic. Shouya shows no signs of development and no effort to change throughout the work and then magically obtains a group of friends.
As for the abstract? The art? If you polish it up enough and use a voice technique the audience is unfamiliar with you have the safest ticket to visual and audio praise you can muster. Are there creative shots in this work? Impressive blocking of characters? Fresh setting or new takes on animation/style? No. This is a typical KyoAni work. They stuck with what sells.
What the point is thematically I can’t tell you. I can tell you that this film is successfully doing what it wanted to do. Capitalize on disease using moe with the highest budget in the industry. This work is not even average, it is bad. Please stop and think about why you feel the way you do when you watch this work. If you’re crying is it because Nishimiya is a person you have become endeared by or are you crying because she’s like an injured puppy? Affection for things like this a wonderful human trait, but this work is dubious.
[Art] 10 – Characters true to their manga designs, high quality animation.
[Sound] 7 – Creative use of sound/music. Nothing too special and memorable besides theme song.
[Character] 7 – Side characters had their story severely cut. Leaving some with empty character.
[Enjoyment] 10 – Tears, sadness, anger, happiness and laughs, the whole package.
[Overall] 8 – Definitely would watch again.
For those wondering how and where I watched this film, I watched in Japan. At Keisei Rosa10 in Chiba on September 17th.
Having read the manga 4 times over and crying every time, I went into the theater not expecting much tears as I have pretty much dried up my emotional experience with this manga.
However, much to my surprise, it has been a very, very long time since I have cried that much while watching a movie. Even comparing to a similar anime film Anthem of the Heart, which surprisingly lacked the ability to really give me a tearful moment. Not to say it wasn’t a bad movie, but if you liked that one, you will certainly like this.
Be prepared for a emotional roller coaster as the movie plays with your ever so weakening heart as the movie progresses.
That being said, this is no perfect movie. The story falls short, very short in terms of character/plot progression outside of the two main characters. Perhaps it was because of the limit of having to cram the story into a 2 hour film that the writers had to cut corners.
However, story/character development of Shoya was spot on. The movie clearly delivered his character and it was very easy to sympathize and relate to the character. Same with Shoko, though the film did leave out some specifics, the repercussions of Shoko’s existence could be felt where one may even agree with Ueno who despised her.
Unfortunately, the remaining characters were pretty much left out. And the overall story was ultimately incomplete because of this. With audiences who hasn’t read the manga asking why some characters were even there. Character development with the side characters were very lacking and a lot of important details were stripped apart leaving a big hole in the story.
The only character who avoided this cut was Yuzuru who retained a lot of her details and character development.
This meant that people who haven’t read the manga can be very confused by the end of the movie. As I had heard people talking about while leaving the theater.
Many details were left out, but the film retained a lot of the core elements from the manga in puzzle pieces, allowing those who read the manga to fill in the gaps to understand what it means. But that also meant those who haven’t were left scratching their heads.
Besides the emotional road trip of your lifetime, Nagatsuka’s moments in the film are very comedic and actually funny in a lot of ways. Often when the audience was laughing, it was usually when Nagatsuka was at his antics.
As for the art, no complaints here. Besides having some overally familiar Kyoani characters faces, Kyoto Animation has done a excellent job in representing the characters true to the manga. It’s no Makoto Shinkai film, but the quality is nothing to scoff at. The high quality is retained throughout the entire film and no lazy production was visible.
Voice acting was top notch and sounded very familiar to daily Japanese life. Though overall sound was okay. The creative use of music in the film is a bonus. Besides that, not much to write home about.
The movie tried to stay true to the manga as best as it could and in the core elements in delivering the original message that the manga had, it succeeded. But unfortunately while following the path, they dropped a lot of it’s side content.
The movie was able to deliver the core plot of the manga.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable film and I can’t wait for the disc release.
A quick overview: Koe no Katachi is a very well done film, although not without shortcomings, and which has dealt with (a) complex issue(s), and which leaves the viewer with questions but no easy conclusions. It is a powerful enough film to remember and ponder over, and people may draw different lessons, or perhaps none.
Pros: The sound and vision (KnK is top-notch Japanimation. I dare say that in some aspects, it is better than a Ghibli film). The ambient piano background music really matches with parts of the film, and the use of marimbas and even silence at the dramatic climax worked out well. Shoko Nishimiya is adorable when she has that half-proud and half-shy face when she does ponytail. Cute, but elegantly done and not unpleasant. However, was this better than Tamako Loves Story – I cannot tell. There were recognizably magical rooftop sequences in Yamada’s K-On! and at the classroom and school ground with Midori in Tamako Love Story. I am not sure whether KnK had such “magic” moment despite its very fluid art.
Voice actors have all done a great job. Saori Hayami, Yuki Aoi, Miyu Irino were expectedly good, and Kaneko Yuki (who played Midori in Tamako) was a great pick for Ueno, another difficult character.
Con: I feel that the original manga’s theme was very challenging for a very young manga artist to deal with; I also felt that some themes weren’t fully explored or developed properly. Besides the bullying/redemption theme, there is an attachment/detachment in relationship theme, and on top of that, a male-female friendship and romance theme. Those themes coexisted and had resonated against each other for sure, but it’s not done in a well-calculated and clear-cut way. That was the main issue of the serial manga, and to explore those themes, the manga author had to involve the characters to comes to terms with each other in a slightly forced situation (like the movie club and the event of going to a theme park).
Although the story line of the movie club was completely cut and altered, the theme park sequence was saved for the film- which still felt forced. However, I felt that Reiko Yoshida has done a nearly perfect job with script-writing and editing the story to be able to fit in for a two hours film. My only grievance is that the reason behind Nishimiya’s decision at the climax was not convincingly told (which was as in the manga- but the Manga fully told Shoko’s mother’s sufferings of being divorced because of her child’s disabilities and sis Yuzuru’s side story of being bullied because of the same reason- so there was a more natural reason why Shoko should have cumulative feeling of guilt that she was making other people involved with her unhappy [and not just that sense of guilt towards breaking up Shoya’s relationship with others]). Viewers might be puzzled then why Shoko had to make that decision in the climax (as it was already not exactly written convincingly to start with in the original manga).
Final verdict: Having written down the cons, this is a very challenging work of art (yes, “art”, which is not simple “entertainment”), and it did choke my heart at several moments. This won’t be everyone’s favorite, as it deals with a serious and dark issue, and as it’s not all straightforward (as in Tamako Love Story) – but it leaves viewers questioning about their own relationship with other people in the past and present.
1: Gintama: The Final
Japanese: 銀魂 THE FINAL
MAL Score: 9.00
New Gintama movie.
It was the best farewell imaginable.
The art was top notch as it was shown in the trailers.
The story was heartbreaking yet heartwarming at the same time. I don’t think there will be another anime which engages me more than Gintama for the rest of my life.
The characters of Gintama always seemed real to me more than any other anime. I laughed with them, I cried with them. like Gintoki, my soul has been colored by every one of them. They left a very deep impression on me and I truly hold them dear not only in my heart but from the bottom of my soul.
The sound and themes were awesome specially Wadachi as it somehow resonates with the whole story.
To those who want to watch Gintama: start it right now. it is a slow burner but I am sure you won’t regret it as you progress forward, seeing this beautiful yet cruel story.
To think that it’s over really brings tear to my eyes. It showed me desires, bonds and aspirations that I thought could never be shared through an anime.
Thank you Hideaki Sorachi for creating some of my most precious memories
Thank you for showing me what is the purest color of a person’s soul
I am grateful to you for the rest of my life.
Ah, Gintama, you used to be great a long time ago, what happened? “The Final” symbolizes the fall from grace of an once amazing series, that started losing steam along with its self-awareness.
I’ll go straight to the point: My main complaint about this movie (which also applies to the second half of Gintama as a whole) is that it deviates from what made it actually interesting on first place. Making fun of most anime tropes through witty parodies and non-stop references? Nah, let’s became one of the things we used to laugh at (a standard, uninteresting battle shounen) instead. How ironic.
As such, “The Final” ends up carrying the flaws that marked the second half of the story: a generic and over the top “lets-save-the-world” plot filled with some of the most cheesy dialogue i’ve ever heard. Jesus, a good chunk of these one-liners made me physically cringe. It was a faithful adaptation, that’s for sure; but when the only thing that’s left is a half-baked mess, there’s not too much to do.
A comedy show like this could’ve done way better with a less “epic”, more open ending. Before that, it should have tried to tie up some of the plotholes that were left (like Gintoki’s past, which was incredibly left aside) on a less pompous manner. You know, some short but probably better written arc on the vein of Yoshiwara and Benizakura. Yeah, those were the good ol’ days. But it seems like Sorachi got a bit too ambitious and things went out of hand.
And i don’t usually complain about production values, but i’d be lying if i said this movie wasn’t lackluster in that aspect. The animation was so incredibly cheap and clunky. And the close-ups and transitions… at times i felt like i was watching some kind of cheap soap opera. In retrospective, it made appreciate a bit more these episodes which consted of a single frame with a lot of dialogue; at least that was more creative, funny and sincere.
Gintama was an anime on which i invested a considerable amount of time, and has been with me since the last year of highschool. It easily became one of my favorites, and i ended up getting attached to the majority of the cast. I repeat: as a fan, i’m disappointed. 4/10, with an extra point because of the opening and the post-credits scenes, which were more faithful to the true soul of the series.
It managed to utilize such a large ensemble of characters incredibly well, although some had only time for a cameo. We laughed and we cried and we laughed again… (I’ve only ever heard the audience laugh this loud in the previous Gintama movie!)
The animation was beautiful, although you could tell where they saved on the budget as it wasn’t always so even, but it has a very unique touch to it when the budget is on.
This movie has heart, and more importantly it has SOUL.
And IF they don’t troll us again and it’s really the final Gintama, it’s an awe and some way to leave.
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1. Gintama: The Final
2. Koe no Katachi
3. Gintama Movie 2: Kanketsu-hen – Yorozuya yo Eien Nare
4. Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Mugen Ressha-hen
5. Gintama Movie 1: Shinyaku Benizakura-hen
6. Gintama: Yorinuki Gintama-san on Theater 2D
7. Detective Conan Movie 06: The Phantom of Baker Street
8. Kuroshitsuji Movie: Book of the Atlantic
9. Detective Conan Movie 13: The Raven Chaser
10. One Piece Movie 14: Stampede
11. One Piece Film: Z
12. Detective Conan Movie 20: The Darkest Nightmare
13. One Piece Film: Strong World
14. Detective Conan Movie 14: The Lost Ship in the Sky
15. Haikyuu!! Movie 4: Concept no Tatakai
16. Detective Conan Movie 05: Countdown to Heaven
17. Dragon Ball Super: Broly
18. Detective Conan Movie 08: Magician of the Silver Sky
19. Detective Conan Movie 18: The Sniper from Another Dimension
20. Haikyuu!! Movie 3: Sainou to Sense
21. Kuroko no Basket Movie 4: Last Game
22. Detective Conan Movie 10: Requiem of the Detectives
23. Boku no Hero Academia the Movie 2: Heroes:Rising
24. Detective Conan Movie 03: The Last Wizard of the Century
25. Detective Conan Movie 04: Captured in Her Eyes
26. Detective Conan Movie 15: Quarter of Silence
27. Major Movie: Yuujou no Winning Shot
28. Haikyuu!! Movie 2: Shousha to Haisha
29. Trigun: Badlands Rumble
30. Haikyuu!! Movie 1: Owari to Hajimari
31. One Piece Film: Gold
32. Detective Conan Movie 02: The Fourteenth Target
33. Lupin III vs. Detective Conan: The Movie
34. Detective Conan Movie 01: The Timed Skyscraper
35. Seitokai Yakuindomo Movie
36. Break Blade 4: Sanka no Chi
37. Aria the Crepuscolo
38. Break Blade 5: Shisen no Hate
39. Detective Conan Movie 23: The Fist of Blue Sapphire
40. Detective Conan Movie 07: Crossroad in the Ancient Capital
41. Detective Conan Movie 09: Strategy Above the Depths
42. InuYasha Movie 3: Tenka Hadou no Ken
43. Detective Conan Movie 12: Full Score of Fear
44. Break Blade 3: Kyoujin no Ato
45. Shingeki no Kyojin Movie 2: Jiyuu no Tsubasa
46. Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2 Movie: Kakusei no Houkou
47. Seitokai Yakuindomo Movie 2
48. The Last: Naruto the Movie
49. Kuroko no Basket Movie 3: Winter Cup – Tobira no Mukou
50. Break Blade 2: Ketsubetsu no Michi