They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Nintama Rantarou Movie, Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori: Nazo no Otakara Daisakusen, Nintama Rantarou Movie: Ninjutsu Gakuen Zenin Shutsudou! no Dan, and more!
8: Nintama Rantarou Movie
Japanese: 映画 忍たま乱太郎
MAL Score: 6.34
In the movie, the Dokutake ninja steal a shipment of saltpeter from Shinbei’s papa. They plan to use it to create medicine that will make them fly and become super-ninjas! Danzou, who’s father was transporting the goods, stows away and is taken to the Dokutake’s secret headquarters. When Shinbei informs the school, Yamada-sensei and Doi-sensei rush to help. But Hagumi decide to take matters into their own hands and try to rescue Danzou themselves. Things don’t go according to plan, though, and soon they all need to be rescued too. Fortunately Rikichi, Yamada-sensei’s cool son, is around to help out! In fact, before long everyone gets into the act! But can Rantarou and his friends stop Happousai before it’s too late?
7: Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori: Nazo no Otakara Daisakusen
Japanese: まじめにふまじめ かいけつゾロリ なぞのお宝大さくせん
MAL Score: 6.44
“Unbelievable” Zorori is a prankster fox determined to become the Prince of Mischief, with his very own castle and beautiful bride. While is notorious for his prank-making schemes, his ill-meaning plots often backfire against him, and can usually end up even benefiting or cheering up his targets, much to his dismay. Nevertheless, Zorori has the wits and intelligence to wriggle out of the tightest of all spots, and journeys with a pair of twin boars, Ishishi and Noshishi, in order to fulfill his long wished-for goal and at last prove to his deceased mother, Mama Zorori that he truly holds the potential to achieve his dreams.
6: Nintama Rantarou Movie: Ninjutsu Gakuen Zenin Shutsudou! no Dan
Japanese: 劇場版アニメ 忍たま乱太郎 忍術学園 全員出動! の段
MAL Score: 6.63
The Ninjutsu Academy students return from summer break to hear that due to one of Komatsuda’s mistakes, all their summer homework was mixed up. As a result Kisanta, who received an assignment meant for a sixth year, has gone missing after trying to sneak into Oomagatoki Castle to steal their lord’s fundoshi. A group including Shinbei and Kirimaru is sent to rescue him, but since Oomagatoki is at war with Tasogaredoki Castle it might be a difficult mission.
At the same time, Ninjutsu Academy receives a request for support from a village troubled by the war, and Rantarou and the remaining students and teachers head there to help out.
5: Bokura no Nanokakan Sensou
MAL Score: 6.69
Mamoru Suzuhara is an introverted high school student who spends his free time reading up on modern warfare. Upon discovering that his crush, Aya Chiyono, is reluctantly moving away with her family next week, he musters enough courage to ask her to run away with him. Consequently, Mamoru, Aya, and four of their fellow classmates set out and camp in the abandoned Satomi Coal Factory. After enjoying themselves during their first day there, they come to the surprising conclusion that they may not be alone in the factory.
Bokura no Nanokakan Sensou, based on the novel of the same name, is a coming-of-age story about an act of rebellion that evolves into a full-out war against the adults. Meanwhile, the children struggle to open up about their feelings and protect what they hold dear.
I watch so much anime (tv and films) that it’s not often I get into a film and have it surprise me multiple times in a row. For one, the description really doesn’t tell you anything about the film much besides that the run away for 7 days.
Another thing is the characters all seem like stereotypes of anime that we know (and love) but they become so much more real and deep than that as the film progresses. Multiple issues are tackled as well: home life, social life, ethnicity, sexuality, love, etc. And it’s all done in a respectful manner.
The film itself isn’t very groundbreaking, but it certainly makes you feel included, whether you’re a teenager now or an adult already. (A lot of adults in the film also related to the MCs which was nice too.)
I won’t spoil anything, but I certainly was surprised by some reveals, and I loved that the film didn’t hold back for them.
I hope everyone, especially with the current climate, will give this film a chance — even if only for a rainy day. It’s sweet and makes you feel warm and fuzzy at the end (after some hardships of course), so what have you got to lose?
i personally give it a 6/10 it way quit nice watch but its nothing that will blow your mind its okay . i hope you enjoyed this review my follows weebs and sent me a friend request im lonely later
My Score: 3/10 (Bad anime)
Reading time: 2 minutes read
The story premises are some normal stuffs that happened everyday everywhere amplified tens if not hundreds times more…or so was the plan. The story filled with satire in the half latter of the show, which have the potential to be good, but unfortunately it’s too late. It’s introduced a bit too late into the show and therefore they need to compressed it to how many minutes left in the movie, and therefore I feel it’s a bit rushed, although I get the message, I only get the gist of it instead of a clear message. The various action scenes throughout the shows emphasized itself to be as realistic as possible while actually it’s totally wrong and unrealistic (oh, the irony). Many plot holes are presented in this anime, and the main thing that I feel like everyone should know is that there’s lack of (if there’s even any) consequences ever happened to anyone in this show, which once again goes against the realistic approach this anime take…
The visuals might be the only one worth praising from this movie, especially the background, the building, the machinery, everything were of high quality and they maintained such standard throughout the whole movie. The same can’t be said for the character designs though, it’s generic of average quality, and they do drop their quality from time to time, I wonder how the consistency can differ this much when everything except the characters maintained consistent quality. The animation are okay, it’s fluid with a bit note here and there due to unrealistic physics, but since most of this small errors are wrapped during the action scenes, I doubt most of the viewers will even notice it.
The musics are something, for real, it’s just unfortunately in a bad way, the build up in some scenes are great, the visuals looked way better in this specific scenes, and then by the time it should hit me the hardest, the songs throw some empty punch to my face, it’s so disappointing, it’s dragging this show even more with every songs it introduced. The sound effects are the competitor for the worst part of this anime, one of the many examples I can throw is this: how would you imagine the sound of a group walking through a big empty abandoned coal mine? The sound effect for this exact scenario could be everything, but definitely not the one in this movie, many more examples spread throughout this anime that I’m just not bothered to list every single one of them. The seiyuu? Generic and bland are all I can say, they’re not that bad per se, but definitely need more training to not sounds like a soulless robot.
Reasons to watch:
-A short movie where you need to turn off your brain
Reasons NOT to watch:
-A confusing story that might taken the wrong way due to the satire
-A show that tried so hard to be realistic but it became so unrealistic
-Plot holes everywhere!
-An underwhelming inconsistent visuals
4: Magic Tree House
Japanese: マジック ツリーハウス
MAL Score: 6.95
Based on The Magic Tree House series, award winning series of children books written by American author Mary Pope Osborne.
I would say that the story is a typical moden fairy tail of a boy and his sister who find a magical tree house and do magic things with it. There were a lot of things that you could expect but after all it is a story for children and as such, it did a good job. It reminded me a lot of some other movies that i watched when i was younger. The only thing i really disliked was the end but i wont spoil anything here, you just have to see for yourself.
I personally loved the art. In the first minutes i was already thinking to myself “well, this looks pretty good”. The animations were pretty good, i loved that scene at the beginning in the classroom (you will know what i mean when you see it).
I dont really know what this category is all about, if it’s just about the soundtrack or the voice actors too. I will just write down my thoughts on both.
The soundtrack was not that special but there were scenes when i thought that the music was pretty cool. It also reminded me of some other movies, sometimes it even reminded me of some soundtracks of movies from studio ghibli.
In my opinion, the voice actors did a good job. At the beginning i was thinking that Annie’s voice was a little strange but i learned to love it while watching the movie.
The characters themselves were nothing special, either. They were just some mainstream characters in a story for children. (I don’t really know what to say to this)
Overall i liked it. I don’t think that i liked it because of a unique story or anything (because there is no such thing here) but because i felt really nostalgic while watching it. In a way it was like those movies i used to watch all the time while i was a kid. And i bet, if i had watched this when i was younger, i would have loved it.
I hope i could help anyone with this…
It also takes several other elements of the series and weaves them in – Peanut from the second quadrilogy, Teddy from Tonight on the Titanic, Merlin from much of the later series – which was enjoyable to see. It’s not a precise adaptation of the books, but aside from the B-plot, it made perfect sense, and was a really charming throwback to my childhood. I’d like to see it dubbed and released here in the US for the children’s movie market, but that’ll never happen, given the level of violence in the Pirates Past Noon section (the pirates frequently aim guns at Jack and Annie, and at one point try to shoot them). Still and all, it’s a nice throwback for American weebs like me who want to relive their childhoods.
It is set in a town of Frogs’ Creek and centers on 2 siblings Jack and Annie who one day stumble upon a tree house filled with books and upon pointing at a location in a book it is able to transport them there. A problem i had with this is the inability to control time, they are teleported to a location but dont have control over the time period but since this is an anime they always end up right where they need to be. Their objective is to gather 4 medallions which will inact a ‘miracle’ when brought together so they have to travel through different locations to find these medallions, unfortunately it is never pointed out what they stand to gain from this and are purely driven by a sense of justice, to do right, curiosity and to help someone in need.
The Art and Animation was quite decent, not too much sakuga animation was used, character designs were generic and had a kind of experimental feel to them because it seemed the studio attempted to mix both Eastern and Western animation together. An outstanding and probably the main standout point for me was the art directing. Locations were done outstandingly well, the different cities were designed very well and really made up a big back bone of the show.
Seiyuus did exceptionally well, especially Ashida Mana who plays Annie, although originally a singer this was her debut in voice acting and i have to say she did a wonderful job in bringing out the boyish and adventurous side of Annie. Soundtracks were decent enough, it was nice to see them use a dynamic soundtrack that changed depending on the time period.
The personalities of the characters were nicely depicted, they depicted what you’d see in most children put into situations such as this, a sense of wanting to discover and adventure. Jack plays the part of bookworm here, his knowledge on the time period helps to try to keep the audiences on route with the story. Annie however is somewhat hyperactive, and has a somewhat unorthodox lack of fear in the face of great danger and she has a strong sense of justice and of course a strong sense of adventure. Her escapades do warrant them getting into trouble atimes but that is essential in order for the story to progress though, so we can overlook it.
The Magic Tree House is a story of adventure, magic and the power to make miracles happen by simply believing in yourself. It bases strong ethics on friendship, adventure and a need to believe in one self which unfortunately we all seem to lose as we grow up.
3: Maison Ikkoku: Kanketsu-hen
Japanese: めぞん一刻 完結篇
MAL Score: 7.21
The Maison Ikkoku tennants throw a party to celebrate the marriage of Yuusaku and Kyouko. However, during the party Yuusaku hears that Kyouko is waiting for a letter. He becomes jealous and begins to doubt Kyouko, worrying that she still loves someone else. When the morning arrives, the answer to his worries is revealed…
I withstood 94 episodes of misunderstandings waiting for Godai and Kyoko to establish mutual trust in one another and finally become lovers. Those wishes were met fully in the end, and to this day I consider the TV series to be the most rewarding in all of the romance genre.
So I didn’t appreciate this film throwing all of that patience into the trash by creating another silly misunderstanding about Kyoko sending letters to an unidentified person and Godai suspecting her of cheating. The tenets, as per usual, do everything in their power to goad Godai into believing he’s not good enough to date Kyoko and perpetuate the misunderstanding. The love scorned Yagami, one of the most annoying characters in the series, contributes in the witch hunt too. Some of this could be forgiven if this unnecessary drama didn’t take up 90% of the movie, leaving hardly any time to focus on the soon to be married Godai and Kyoko (who doesn’t even appear until the halfway mark)
As if emphasizing some the worst parts of the TV series weren’t bad enough, the aesthetic is noticeably different. The eye designs are less shapely than before and the animation is choppy, missing the fluidity and consistency that was present in the TV series that holds up surprisingly well to today’s standards. I don’t think I’ve seen an anime movie with worse production values than the TV series until now.
The saving grace of this film is that it’s not intended to be an afterword of the series, but instead a side story that takes place in between the final episode. That I don’t have to view this as the final canon story of the series is excellent, as I’ll forever see episode 96 as the true conclusion. Even so, what I’d hoped would be at least a fun reminder of what made Maison Ikkoku an iconic romantic dramedy was instead a painful reminder of everything that irked me while watching the series. Completely skippable by any fan.
This is set during the time frame of episode 96 but as anyone whos watched the series there is a showing of the future of all the characters in that episode. This is not what the movies about, in the movie godai and kyoko are still not married.
The animation is slightly different but still great quality for the series. Sounds and music are equal are just a bit sharper and higher in quality than the tv series. The show has not lost anything on the production end of quality.
It was a enjoyable watch like a much longer finale episode that did not end in a flash forward. It was more like one last laugh before its all over a final act for us to enjoy as it all comes to a end. Once it’s over you wish there was more but your satisfied in a way.
I give this film 10 on all fields, its a wonderful end to a wonderful series.
Lets start off simple, fuck this artstyle. The original TV series was gorgeous. It’s beautiful backgrounds, amazing character designs, superb shot composition, the TV show was a visual treat & stayed consistently well made from start to finish. For whatever reason, the people who worked on this movie decided to go with a completely unnecessary art-style change. Yuuji Moriyama is the person I have to blame for taking what once were these absolutely beautiful character designs adapted by both himself (eps 1-26) & then later on Takada Akemi (eps 27-96) and absolutely fuck them up. Moriyama tried taking a more realistic approach to designing the characters in this movie, but what Moriyama failed to realize was that the characters already looked about as real as you could believably make anime characters look in the original series, so I don’t understand why he made the characters so ugly in this movie. Remember earlier that I was praising the excellent backgrounds of the TV series? Yeah, those took a hit too. What once where beautiful, lush, involved backgrounds have now become lifeless, dull, devoid of soul, & largely flat. There’s a couple of good looking backgrounds in this movie every once in awhile, but they’re outweighed by the amount of bland backgrounds that are devoid of effort. I will give this movie some slight credit, the animation quality is actually good. I still like the way the TV show animates better, & quite honestly, the best animated moments of the TV series far surpass the best animated moments of this movie by a long-shot.
Now we have the story, oh my fucking god the story. A point of criticism that often comes up from Maison Ikkoku detractors is that the misunderstandings of the show are far too frequent, sometimes farfetched, & can easily be solved by Godai taking action. While I can understand these complaints, they aren’t ones I agree with for the most part. Until I watched this movie, & I then saw the complaints about the misunderstandings first hand. First of all, why? Why does Godai have such a lacking trust in Kyoko in this movie? We were treated to scenes in the series that clearly established these two shared a mutual trust betwixt one-another, & Kyoko never did anything particularly sleezy in the series in the first place, & Mitaka had already become married, why does Godai have any reason to believe Kyoko would be cheating on him? Did this idiot fuck-girl writer called Michiru Shimada go & misunderstand Godai’s character entirely? She shouldn’t have, she wrote 8 episodes of the series, some of them being my personal favorite episodes of the series. Let me be clear on one thing, Godai isn’t the brightest person out there, & he’s indecisive, gullible, & weak willed, but he isn’t completely fucking stupid. Now we have Yagamai & oh my god why? Ibuki Yagami was one of my least favorite characters in the series, but I didn’t completely hate her, because Yagami was still a realized character & contributed to the overall narrative at play. Nearing the end of the series, Yagami gives up on Godai coming to the realization that Godai likes Kyoko instead of her, while this admittedly concludes anti-climatically in the series & sort-of plays out in a way to where it feels anti-climatic, it was nevertheless a good conclusion to Yagami’s arc. SO WHY DID THEY BRING HER BACK? On top of that, why did they allow Yagami to be at her absolute worst that she’s ever been at this point in the series. Once Yagami’s arc concludes in the series she only appears infrequently, & never around anybody from Maison Ikkoku. Yagami had absolutely no reason to be in this movie. Her arc was concluded, she moved on with her life in the series, & that was that. It was a nice bittersweet ending to a character arc in the series, yet in Kanketsu-Hen her she is for absolutely no reason other than to stir up some drama because of course. There’s also a subplot going on this movie about the master from Chachamaru trying to propose to Akemi, while this is a somewhat sweet plot, it’s really not explored & is only used for a few scenes that add nothing but padding to an already short movie (coming in at a runtime of 1 hour 6 minutes), what a waste, & I’m sorry you had to be in this terrible movie master. Another disappointing aspect of this movie is that one of the most important characters to Godai’s development Lioka decides to show up, great, I’d love to see Lioka & Godai have a sort-of mini-reunion & see how far Godai has come ever since he stopped working at the cabaret because sakamoto fucked him over & the tenants of Maison Ikkoku are assholes who keep piling up his tab. But oh wait, he gets trapped in a room with Kyoko’s dad for the whole movie, just for 2, 3, maybe 4 gags that, contain some pretty slick transitions, but are otherwise unfunny gags repeating the joke that Mr. Chigusa doesn’t want his daughter to remarry, especially to someone like Godai, a man he finds unworthy of Kyoko’s heart, what a fuck-up. Now we have an absolutely pointless character that you would only need to make one minor plot-change, & he could be entirely useless & not contribute a damn thing to this movie. Nikaidou only contributes showing the letter to Kyoko that started this whole dumbass misunderstanding in the first place on accident. That’s all, he’s barely used for gags, & he has nothing worth contributing to the story. This guy was actually not in the original TV series, but was present in the manga. I’m guessing he was cut from the TV series because he contributed nothing of value to the narrative of the original source material too. This movie was anime original, why would you include a character from the manga that wasn’t even in the fucking anime in the first place? But I digress. All in all, the story of Kanketsu-Hen is all the worst aspects of Maison Ikkoku, that weren’t even that bad in the original series to begin with, amplified by 20K & then had the shit-switch cranked up on top of that, god I hated this movie.
You wanna talk sound? Because I’ll do that too. The voice acting isn’t bad, but it’s nothing impressive or special like the original series was. All the voice actors reprise their roles as their respective characters (Sumi Shimamoto as Kyoko), (Issei Futamata as Godai), (Shigeru Chiba as Yotsuya), so on. But the voice actors here all sound like they’re phoning it in and only doing this for a paycheck, I guess because the realized how terrible this movie was while they were recording their dialogue for it. The music is pathetic, not terrible, but an absolutely pathetic effort coming off of Kenji Kawai’s god-like OST from the original series. The movie didn’t even have the decency to open with either a unique OP, or a reused OP from the TV series, what the fuck gives guys? Maison Ikkoku had some of the best OPs out there, why didn’t you flex those in this movie? The sound design is actually a salvageable part out of this mess though, there’s some great SFX used for some actually funny & well timed moments in the movie, footsteps sound good, beer cans sound good, I’ll give the sound design some honest to god credit here, it was by-far the part that had the most effort put into it.
So in spite of all the shit-talking I’ve given to this movie, why did I not rate it a 1/10 like I should’ve? Because there were some honest to god really good character moments in this movie. Like the scene between Yagami & Kyoko in the attic of Maison ikkoku, Yagami asks Kyoko, “So the princess has two lovers, one of which being deceased, & the other being a young man, which one does she choose?” Kyoko thinks for a minute & answers back with “I never thought about comparing Godai to my late husband”. The banter between these two, & the structure both surrounding this scene before & after, & during the dialogue, it’s brilliant, & actually reminded me that I was watching something related to one of my all time favorite things for a little bit. Another scene I loved was close to the end of this movie, when Kyoko actually reads the letter to Godai. She tells a story about how Ikari Godai sent her a photo of Yusaku Godai in his childhood, she accidentally ripped the picture & wanted to apologize to Ikari for it. After Ikari writes back & the contents of the letter were revealed, Godai & Kyoko have some beautiful dialogue between them, again, the way this scene & the dialogue are structured is what makes it so good, & once again reminds me that I’m actually watching something that can be related to Maison Ikkoku twice throughout this god-damn movie. Another point of praise is that some moments of storyboarding in this movie are actually pretty slick & seamless, it’s one of the few good directing moments in this movie, as the directing from the TV series that was so insanely awesome in the first place has been stripped & gutted. I’ll also give credit that in the beginning of this movie I received a few laughs. I didn’t have many laughs throughout this movie, but hey, credit where it’s due I guess, I’m already being too easy on this movie as I am.
Maison Ikkoku Kanketsu-Hen is absolutely pathetic. Why did this need to exist? What point did this serve to the overall narrative? What value did this add to the series? How much did the people who work on this get paid? Really, there was no reason for this series to exist. The story would be a plot point that absolutely nobody would’ve cared about seeing as this wasn’t in the the TV series or even the manga to begin with. The story sucks, the art sucks, the directing sucks, the music sucks, my favorite characters are a shell of their former selves in this movie & devoid of their personality & comedic moments (except for Yotsuya). This movie is a disgrace to the masterpiece that is Maison Ikkoku. If you have any shred of self-respect & love this series, please. Don’t watch this terrible movie. It will bring nothing but disappointment & anger. Final rating for this one is gonna be a 2/10. This was a shameless cash-grab that was made only to capitalize on Maison’s popularity at the time & is an absolute disgrace to this series and any & everyone who is a fan of this series.
2: Kakushigoto Movie
Japanese: 劇場編集版 かくしごと
MAL Score: 7.69
Compilation movie of the TV series which includes new scenes that were not adapted in the television anime, and different perspectives.
Kakushi Gotou is a somewhat popular manga artist whose works are known for inappropriate content. Because of this raunchiness, when his daughter Hime was born, he vowed to keep his profession hidden from her, believing that she will be disillusioned if she finds out.
This paranoia-induced belief leads Kakushi into hectic situations. Despite being a single father, he does his best and often resorts to extreme ends just to protect his secret, such as guising as a salaryman every day or holding emergency drills in case Hime somehow finds her way to his workplace.
Kakushigoto tells the story of a father and daughter living side by side, maintaining their peaceful existence as the father attempts to preserve the status quo. However, there is a saying: “there are no secrets that time cannot reveal.” In time, Hime must learn the reality behind the things she took for granted as she grew up.
Since the story and characters are the same for the most part, I don’t think I really need to go that deeply into it. While the jokes can be seen as a bit awkward at times, I found myself jumping back into the story with this movie without really feeling like I ever left it in the first place.
The use of the soundtrack was great and made things feel really cohesive. The casting was great, and their performances were spectacular. It was a very enjoyable movie, and I really didn’t mind that I watched a recap of a series I already watched.
While I do think that most summary anime movies would benefit by just giving us a short epilogue while skipping the filler, I didn’t mind with this one because they presented it in a way that made a lot of sense. Flashing back through the memories also impacted the story more effectively than if they just left it as a mini epilogue. It was actually a really smart decision on their part.
With that being said, since it was technically still a recap, I wouldn’t feel right giving it a score that was higher than what I gave the original series, so I decided to give it an 8/10 and see how I feel about it later.
Despite being cliche, this series was a lot of fun because it focused on a relationship that is scarcely touched in anime. Being able to see the intimate family relationship was an experience in itself that was incredibly heartwarming.
The movie is almost 1 hour and 19 minutes long so it’s shorter than what I had expected. But recap movies like these are usually short so it’s probably better that way. Almost 95% of it is recap though so that might be disappointing to some people. If you don’t remember the plot of the main series then it’s better to just watch the whole thing. It doesn’t include everything from the original anime/manga so some of your favorite moments from the anime series might be missing here. But I think this anime does a good job with its pacing by including most of the important plotpoints (the last half of the movie is mostly the last episodes intact). Good pacing isn’t something you normally expect from summary movies so I thought that was great.
If I’m not wrong, the last episode of the anime came out before its source manga ended with its last chapter. So some vital info in the manga got cut in the original anime. Despite this the original mangaka Kumeta Kouji loved the anime adaptation of his work and even recommended it over reading his manga. I haven’t personally read the manga yet, but I can confirm there’s new content in this movie albeit very little. The overall ending of the anime series is still the same. Despite this I think this movie is still worth watching. But if you’re stingy with your schedule then you may start watching from around 1:03:30 timestamp as that’s where most of the new content starts. There’s some new but short scenes with Hime Gotou (cv: Rie Takahashi) at the beginning of the movie though and some new narration by her I think but they’re negligible.
This compilation film is in no way a replacement for the original anime. Rather it’s supplementary to it.
The anime is a sum up of some of the best stories in the anime. It focused more on the relationship between Hime and Goto as the main point of the movie and was able to show their everyday life in a very good way. We see the extremes Goto goes to ( No pun intended) and how he has been trying to hide his job from Hime as well as showing some very wholesome moments depecting Hime’s pure personality. It felt a bit too fast at times but was still enjoyable.
The Movie also added a few extra scenes at the end which did tie up some parts in the story that would have made the original TV series much better. The backstory of Goto was explained well and we finally get to see why Hime’s mother was on that boat.
The ending of the movie is cute specially with the roles reversed where Hime is now the one with a secret to hide 😀
Overall, I would give it a 9/10. A very enjoyable movie and I loved watching it although I would have loved to see the end of the whole searching for the mother part.
Would recommend the movie and the OG series.
1: Omae Umasou da na
English: You Are Umasou
MAL Score: 8.03
By a twist of fate, a herbivorous dinosaur finds a lost egg and brings it back to her nest. When the egg hatches, however, a carnivorous dinosaur emerges. Unable to abandon the child, she names him “Heart” and raises him in exile alongside her own child. As Heart comes of age, he struggles to eat the same food as his family and runs away in disgrace when he learns that he cannot live properly without meat.
Years later, the now feared predator Heart encounters a situation similar to his past—he spots a dinosaur egg opposite his kind. As it emerges, Heart remarks that the newborn is delicious-looking. The newborn herbivore thinks that Heart is his father and takes delicious-looking, or “Umasou,” as his name. Unable to eat a newborn who loves him, Heart reluctantly decides to raise Umasou as his own. As he nurtures a forbidden child like his mother before him, Heart struggles to deal with an unforgiving world and the true natures of predator and prey.
Story: The story focuses on a T-rex(Big Jaw as it’s called in the movie) named Heart. At the beginning of the movie an egg drifts down the river, a plant eater(Completely blanking on the species) finds this egg and decides to take it as it’s own along with her own eggs. After a dinosaur attack all that remains of her eggs are just one of her own eggs, and the one with Heart in it. After the eggs hatch the herd tells the mother to abandon the egg due to it being a meat eater, the mother decides to split off from the herd and raise the two children in solitude. In order to control Heart’s meat eating nature the mother has him eat red berries as a substitute. This plan works decently but Heart still has his cravings for meat. While Heart and his brother Light(The other dinosaur that hatched) go out berry hunting, Heart decides to head off in his own direction. Heart then meets a herd of Big Jaws with their leader being a one eyes big jaw named appropriately “One Eyed Baku.” While the herd is taking in their game Heart flees at the sight of them eating the flesh of their catch, Baku then questions him on why he is here and what is he doing. After answering his questions and scurrying off, one of the herd breaks off to track Heart. When Heart returns to Light the herd member (Think his name was Doma. Names were far and between in this movie) attacks Light and questions Heart’s relationship to a plant eater. Doma laughs at the idea of the two being brothers and tempts Heart with the taste of meat and tells him that he is a Big Jaw.(Which Heart denies due to being raised as a plant eater) They scuffle with Heart ripping off Doma’s tail and Heart begins to question his taste of meat and what he really is. That’s part one. I’ll focus on part two briefly so you get a glimpse of why the hell this movie is named what it is.
A stronger grown up heart (This is probably the only movie where you will see a T-rex doing push-ups with one hand), after breaking off from the herd has taken his taste of meat with pride. Hunting other dinosaurs and eating his flesh, he soon sees a tiny egg on the ground. Heart approaches it to find a baby anklyosaurus(Hard Shell is the term they use) who believes Heart is his father. Heart in his meat phase calls the baby Umasou(Which means something on the lines of delicious) as to which the baby thinks his name is(Reminded me of Chii’s sweet home). Umasou now follows Heart believing that he is his father and wants to become strong like him. I’m gonna leave off there since I’m sure at this point if you’re reading you must have some interest in this movie. I hope that’s the case.
Art: The art is very colorful. Landscapes are painted to match the areas, my favorite being the vast deserts covered with sands with animal bones being scattered all across, with patches of grass randomly in it. Character designs are well, this is a kid’s movie after all. Basic and plain, but enough to warrant some attention.
Sound: Music choices fit the scenes accordingly. There are 3 vocal songs that are actually really catchy. The main one being when Heart and Umasou are training(For what dare you ask? Watch the damn movie!). It’s really addicting I swear.
Seiyuu’s are also very good. Was surprised to see Baku being played by Ikari Gendo’s seiyuu(He’s like, every villian now).
Character: Very good. You get attached to the Heart and the struggle he goes through. Being raised by the complete opposite and ending up raising the complete opposite with Umasou. The other characters like Umasou and Heart help keep the story in check. Was a little bit upset that Umasou did not really do much in the last part, he was just kind of there to say “Hey! Cute mascot here!”
Enjoyment: The movie is meant for kids, that’s a given. But it does appeal to all crowds. I grew up with these types of movies so seeing another one is fine with me, though for this one the fight scenes are actually pretty cool. The last one with ____ being the best one. I watched it on my own and enjoyed it, I’m also 20 by the way.
Overall: This movie is the same old telling just brought back with some cool stuff. Characters are fun, the songs are catchy, and in the end you really do feel for Heart and the choices he makes as a character. It’s a movie you can really watch with anyone, and I’d say if you got nothing better to do. Watch Umasou do a breakdance spin with his awkward body.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Omae Umasou da na
2. Kakushigoto Movie
3. Maison Ikkoku: Kanketsu-hen
4. Magic Tree House
5. Bokura no Nanokakan Sensou
6. Nintama Rantarou Movie: Ninjutsu Gakuen Zenin Shutsudou! no Dan
7. Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori: Nazo no Otakara Daisakusen
8. Nintama Rantarou Movie