They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Houkago no Pleiades: Manner Movie, Fushigi no Umi no Nadia: Original Movie, Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth, and more!
8: Houkago no Pleiades: Manner Movie
Japanese: 劇場版 放課後のプレアデス マナームービー
MAL Score: 5.34
A manner movie based on the Houkago no Pleiades anime.
A manner movie is a reminder video shown in theaters before the main movie starts, it is there to remind the audience to turn off their mobile phones, avoid talking, etc. This Houkago no Pleiades manner movie was exclusive to the United Cinemas theater chain.
7: Fushigi no Umi no Nadia: Original Movie
English: Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water – The Motion Picture
Japanese: ふしぎの海のナディア 劇場用オリジナル版
MAL Score: 5.35
Three years after the defeat of Gargoyle and Neo-Atlantis, a new threat has surfaced bent on bringing the world under his control. Geiger, using advanced robot technology, is attempting to begin a world war, and take control of the devistated world after the destruction has stopped. Once again, Nadia and Jean must fight to save the world, only this time from itself.
Regrettably, the "cartoonish" aura is made even more apparent by the animation. "Sub-par" doesn’t even come close to describing how sloppy and unattractive it is. Compared to even the Lincoln and floating island episodes (which were visually awful in comparison to the better eps), it simply looks dreadful. The recycled footage that makes up the first thirty minutes (ironically the best part of the movie, except it’s all poorly edited and sequenced in a way that will confuse all but those who are familiar with the series) only reinforces the dubious quality of the movie as a whole. Actually, wasting the first thirty minutes with footage is a major mistake on the filmmakers’ part: it provides little to no time for whatever story there is to fully develop.
Worse still, the new characters come across as cliché, cardboard cutouts. The villain of the piece in particular, Dr. Giegar, a sort of mad scientist with a silly-looking hairdo, is laughable–it is suggested early on that he is worse than Gargoyle, but he turns out to be just the opposite. He’s nowhere nearly as frightening or fully-realized. The central new character to the show is Fuzzy, a blonde (and not very talkative) girl who serves to reunite Jean and Nadia after two years of living apart, and unfortunately, she comes across as the dullest in the show. Probably the only character to show any depth is her distant father, Dr. Whola, the sort of gruff man who at first rejects his daughter for being a carbon copy of the real thing who was killed (oh, surprise), only to realize his error. But even then, there is something about him that feels very forgettable.
Remember how most of the island episodes (and the Africa ones) seemed to press reset on most of the main characters and have them behave in over-exaggerated ways? Well, this movie is guilty of doing the same–the biggest problem I have is why Grandis and her gang would go back to a life of crime… *and* even attack Jean! Didn’t they already establish a close relationship with the leads? It’s also baffling that the movie starts out with Jean and Nadia separated. The pair had already confessed their feelings for each other by the end of the series, so why is Nadia trying to be an independent reporter in London? And how in the world did Jean end up with an annoying parrot as a pet? Well, at least when they become paired up, their relationship at least isn’t as grotesquely warped as in the worst episodes, but it still feels hokey and weird. It’s even more surprising that Marie, King, Electra, and even Ayerton were written out of all this. (There is a disclaimer that this happens before the events of the epilogue, but come on now!)
Even the music proves to be very disappointing; on its own it’s not bad, but for much of the time it comes across as irritating and ill-fitting with much of the visuals. There were times when the BGM tracks in Nadia were a little bland, but they were not as weak as in this film. Shiro Sagisu has done a lot better work than this. The vocal tracks are not much better, although the closing number, "My Precious Trick Star", does at least emerge as decent.
One thing that is fairly well done about the movie is the relationship between Nadia, Jean, and Fuzzy–not something I was expecting to say. Unlike the Africa village episodes, which jammed in a useless and mean-spirited love triangle, this one is not as annoying–there is no issue about Fuzzy’s age and Jean remains consistent. In fact, there are two very cute romantic interludes between Jean and Nadia which at least provide some charm (one on a boat, and at the end). And while the resolution of the triangle regarding Fuzzy did feel very much like a cop-out and lacked emotion, it at least wraps out inoffensively (albeit predictably).
Believe it or not, the other saving grace about the movie is the dub, provided by ADV’s Monster Island studios. Nadia has always been one of my favorite dubs to listen to, and it’s a treat to hear the principal cast reprise their roles. Rather amusingly, the script even works in a joke about Jean’s French accent! (And while it’s still pretty shaky in this movie, I can’t imagine Jean without it.) The new characters are fairly well voiced too, particularly Eric Henshaw as Dr. Whola; they do their best with their cardboard cut characters and provide consistent energy and liveliness.
All in all, however, I will not be visiting Nadia: The Motion Picture again any time soon. Even though it wasn’t as hideous as most reviews were making it out to be (it’s definitely better than the Africa episodes, but inevitably worse than both island sequences combined), I do believe that its poor reputation is well-deserved. Wasting 30 minutes of recycled footage, as mentioned, was a bad idea, and it’s even more disappointing that there wasn’t much more thought put into the script. The original creative staff also had nothing to do with this movie; it was simply made just to cash-in on the show. As a matter of fact, you can just skip it and you won’t miss much at all.
Speaking as someone who really liked the original Nadia series, this movie is a disgrace to everything the series stood for and everything that was great about it. The story is horrible, the characters are just a fragment of what they were like in the series and the animation is just plain bad. Even the hardcore Nadia fans should stay away from this one and it’s definitely an experience that needs to be wiped from your memory. There is just nothing here worth watching.
Sure sequels can certainly be terrible but I wasn’t overly convinced this could really be as bad as everyone made it appear. I mean the series is truly fantastic, one of the all time classics and even at it’s worst it’s still okay, the Island filler Arc is still quite enjoyable in my opinion and is nowhere near as bad as many would have you believe. At least in the case of the Island Arc its bad because it ruins the pacing but it stays somewhat true to the characters and the overall vibe of the show. So obviously having differing opinions from most about the Island Arc as a completionist I saw fit to track down the DVD release of the sequel film and see what I had mercifully avoided or simply missed.
So here just over 90 or so minutes later I sit with this one truth having been learnt and that is simply this—it’s all true. Every bit of it is true and in some ways I believe it’s worse than what I had heard prior to viewing. Nadia the Secret of Blue Water The Motion Picture is indeed total garbage! So with a deep breath and a stretch of the fingers lets get into why…
The film opens with a sequence about the world powers on the brink of World War (which in the Nadia universe would never have happened before) ending with a Navy Admiral literally evaporating while making a speech, umm okay then. After that we get the credits and find Nadia working at a Newspaper in London as the news of human evaporation’s continues to spread. Now if you remember that the epilogue to the TV series takes place 12 years later then I suppose this film is meant to fit inbetween. So Nadia has moved to London to become a journalist and Jean remains back in France. Anyway even in this first sequence of Nadia on screen there are some early warning signs of the horrid nature of this film to come because the Animation here is woeful, looking like it had been made in the sixties and this trend continues for much of the film but I’ll return to that abit later.
Because first this 90 minute sequel (or 1 hour and 27 minutes or so to be more exact) isn’t even really that long because after that short scene with Nadia in London the next 25 minutes of the film are spent recapping the TV series and not of a lick of it makes sense. The TV series is 39 episodes long with a running time closing in on 15 hours. So the opening of this film tries to cram that story into just 25 minutes! It doesn’t even use narration to join the huge jumps in story beats despite having a totally easy way to justify it as the recap was started by Nadia writing a letter. Instead it’s just a mish mash of some of the more stand out moments from the TV series all spliced together and it’s utterly incomprehensible. Sure if you have seen the show then you can start throwing mind darts at trying to pinpoint where this scene takes place and quickly try to piece together the hows and whys from your fuzzy memory (it’s been 2 years since I saw the TV series) but in the end it’s not worth trying. We literally get scenes of Nadia and Jean being split from one another only for the next recap scene to have them back together. Bad guys are suddenly good guys between scenes, it’s a total mess. It also comes to an abrupt end before entirely recapping the series and jumps straight back into the film timeline.
My question is what was the point of this recap? If it was to get those who had not watched the show upto speed then it’s totally useless. Was it a refresher for those of us who have seen the series? Probably but it again is damn near incomprehensible and is a highlights package at best. Basically the whole thing is pointless and it takes up a third of the film and ends abruptly as it had started.
Right so once the recap is over we now join Jean in France where he discovers a girl washed up on the shore and proceeds to help her. Her name is Fuzzy and she is key to the plot with the evaporating Humans and all that rubbish. As both Jean and Nadia on either side of the Channel piece together whats going on fate brings them back together and the adventure begins. I won’t talk about anymore of the story except that the whole thing is pretty boring and weird. So yeah the story isn’t that good but is that really enough reason to hate this film, well it doesn’t help but no it’s not the entire reason I think this film is garbage. The main reason is how this film looks and how the characters are in this version.
This is an ugly film, the original series was made by Gainax and has some incredibly iconic designs, Nadia’s especially looks amazing and her ethnicity being represented with such beauty was really fantastic and not something often done in Anime at the time and honestly even now to some degree. Anyway suffice to say the original series was a great looking production for the time period, feeling streets ahead of what most TV productions were at the time. The film is god awful by comparison. It’s worth mentioning the film wasn’t actually made by Gainax at all, instead it was a production by Sogo Vision, who did work on the TV series in some capacity but here they were in charge (so far as I’m aware). The main issue is the character designs are a poor representation of those in the TV series, sure the characters have grown up abit but Nadia especially looks awful, her whole design feels like a bootleg version of the design in the original TV series. But the problems with the animation continue beyond just the characters and straight into the actual motion of the film. For example there is a sequence of Nadia in London running into a warehouse away from some pursuers and it’s so stilted looking, as if entire frames of animation have gone missing. It truly looks amateur and her face in that warehouse looks like a brown blob with with giant white blobs for eyes, it’s so poor. As for the characters themselves I feel as though again they are just really poor versions of the originals. It’s weird to say this because it’s Anime but it genuinely feels like they are all just ringing it in as it were. No one feels genuine or invested and are all hollow. Nadia and Jean’s relationship is just cold and stagnated throughout. All the charm they had and the love is just not portrayed at all. Just plain and lifeless across the board.
Anyway I’m just going to summarize now as my fingers are tired from all this typing. My recommendation is don’t watch this film unless you feel you have to. I understand the completionist mindset and yeah if you want to you should totally watch this film just to see how badly handled a property can be even with the best intentions.
But if you don’t have that morbid curiosity then steer clear from this and remain pure and your mind crystal clear with the memory of the beauty of Blue Water and not this rancid polluted swamp this film turned it into.
6: Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth
English: Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth
Japanese: 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン劇場版 シト新生
MAL Score: 7.45
In the year 2015, more than a decade has passed since the catastrophic event known as Second Impact befell mankind. During this time of recovery, a select few learned of beings known as the Angels—colossal malevolent entities with the intention of triggering the Third Impact and wiping out the rest of humanity.
Called into the city of Tokyo-3 by his father Gendou Ikari, teenager Shinji is thrust headlong into humanity’s struggle. Separated from Gendou since the death of his mother, Shinji presumes that his father wishes to repair their shattered familial bonds; instead, he discovers that he was brought to pilot a giant machine capable of fighting the Angels, Evangelion Unit-01. Forced to battle against wave after wave of mankind’s greatest threat, the young boy finds himself caught in the middle of a plan that could affect the future of humanity forever.
There are two reason people tend to give this movie a low score. The first reason is that this movie is split cleanly into two halves, and the first half, named “Death”, is essentially a recap. I think most people just aren’t as patient as I am and loathe recaps in general. “Death” deserves mention though, because they’re probably the most well done recaps I’ve ever watched. It’s not just scenes from the Evangelion series edited together, there is a considerable amount new footage and narration added in that combine to make the events that happened in the series a lot clearer (though there is still a good deal I didn’t understand by the time I finished it). The edit is done extremely cleverly, retelling the story from several personal perspectives, all revolving around the theme of Shinji, Rei, Asuka and Kaworu turning up to the auditorium for a rehearsal of Pachebel’s “Kanon in D-dur”. I love the rendition that piece along with others such one of Bach’s cello preludes. The classical music is used throughout the “Death” segment to great effect, lending it a certain elegance that the series, often riddled with cliches, sometimes lacked. This isn’t the only improvement either. Since the recaps cherry picked key moments from the series really well, and got rid of most of the less interesting angel-of-the-week padding, it’s not only easier to connect the dots in the story, but also gives “Death” a greater intensity and urgency when compared against the series. It’s through this that I caught a glimpse of the greatness that people often go on about when they talk about Evangelion.
The second reason people hated this is because of the second half, “Rebirth”. And no, it’s not because “Rebirth” itself is crap, not by any stretch of the imagination. The reason people hate it is because “Rebirth” is repeated in its entirety by the follow up movie, “End of Evangelion”, which kind of reduces “Death and Rebirth” to nothing more than a recap movie. But to be fair, since “Death and Rebirth” came before “End of Evangelion”, I think it make sense that the latter should be one that gets the heavier penalisation for repeating what’s already been shown in the former. The segment in question itself is excellent. Though it lasts less than half an hour, it’s a very compelling watch with sky high production values. It really sets up the “End of Evangelion” movie in style, ending on a scene that made me want to continue on to the final movie immediately.
There really isn’t anything majorly wrong with “Death and Rebirth”, the few complaints I have are all rather minor. For one, some of the words that flash up on screen during “Death” disappears far too quickly and I couldn’t read a lot of them – what’s the point of having it at all if they’re so hard to read? For another, at the start of “Rebirth”, Shinji does something pretty f*cked up that I feel isn’t really consistent with his cowardly character, so I chalked that scene down to something that’s there for shock value more than anything else. Finally, there’s the intermission. Yeah, that’s right, this movie even has its own built in intermission. In a way, I didn’t mind the idea itself. But considering the intermission lasts not one but TWO songs, and comes after the 5min+ ending credits of “Death”… that totals up to about ten minutes of doing nothing (although the ending credits of “Death” does have “Kanon D-dur” as backing music, so I didn’t mind it so much”)! It’s all a bit too much really.
If you haven’t seen the series, there is no point at all in watching this. Prior to “End of Evangelion” coming out, watching “Death and Rebirth” after the series made perfect sense – I believe it was released a year or two after the series (though don’t quote me on this), and so the first half served as a nice condensed reminder (with bonus new footage) of what happened in the series while the second half wets the appetite for the finale. “Death and Rebirth” served its purpose as a bridge perfectly back then, but with “End of Evangelion” eliminating the need to watch the second part entirely, is this still worth watching just for the (admittedly beefed up) recaps? Well, it really depends on you. If you’re a hardcore fan of the franchise, or if like me, you want to watch these kind of things for completeness, then yes. If there’s only one recap that you’ll ever watch, then make it this one.
So, what we’re left with is Death — which is more or less the entire series in an hour-long recap with minimal new footage, and lots of flashing text, like we saw more in the second half of Evangelion.
Do I think this was worth it? Having just finished the series and gone onto this, I found that I didn’t really need a complete recap of the series, as Death covered the most important events from the series, most of which were pretty memorable anyways.
There’s not really a lot to say about anything besides that, as you’ve pretty much seen it before this if you’ve watched the series.
All in all, if you don’t have the time to watch the entire series, then yes, this is worth a watch. But if you have seen the series, it’s a waste of your time.
I have seen a lot of shameful “cash ins” in my years as an anime fan, but I have seen very few examples that were quite this blatant in picking the pockets of a loyal fandom. This movie was supposedly made in order to get fans PUMPED UP (read in Hans and Franz voice) for End of Evangelion, which promised to remake the final 2 episodes of the original series that so angered Japanese fans in 1996. However, this was completely unnecessary since the people that were already Eva fans were really excited to see a new ending, and I can assure you this movie didn’t create any new Eva fans. Did Anno owe a large sum of money to the Yakuza!?
This movie is divided into 2 parts with the largest part being an overly crammed re-telling of the first 24 episodes and the smaller part being a glorified teaser of End of Eva. Remember when EA pissed off Mass Effect fans with the shitty original ending of Mass Effect 3? Even fucking EA had the dignity to make a better ending fixing some of the original plot holes and release it for free as a DLC. If Mass Effect were made by Gainax, they would promise fans to make a new game that was just a “fixed” ending for Mass Effect 3, but the new ending would end up being shittier than the original ending. Death and Rebirth is like a 40$ Mass Effect DLC entirely consisting of pasted together cutscenes from the first 3 Mass Effect games in order to make fans excited for a new shitty ending! When EA has THAT much more dignity than you…that ain’t good. To drive home this point, Gainax even got in legal trouble because one of the studio executives tried to evade taxes on the massive profits made by this movie. Those sons of bitches are so greedy that they rob their own devoted fans, then try to avoid paying taxes on the money that they stole!
Why did I rate this a 5 then? The art and animation is actually very well done. In addition, Death and Rebirth has a lovely classical music soundtrack that is both calming and majestic. Also this isn’t technically the the worst Eva cash in ever made. Only the worst directly made by Anno himself. The worst would probably be the innumerable Eva dating sims that seem to sell like hotcakes in Japan. That type of creepy otaku merchandise actually makes enough money that it is the real reason that Eva is still getting reboots and rebuilds. This isn’t something Eva fanboys want to admit, but it is true. Eva isn’t deeper than Serial Experiments Lain or better than Cowboy Bebop, but unlike those it keeps trucking on because creepy guys in their 30s REALLY want to bang a certain blue haired 15 year old. It kind of makes me sad to be an Eva fan.
When it comes to Eva, people are mostly divided into the zealous 2deep4you fanboys and the vitriol spewing Eva bashers. I occupy a middle ground and whereas I recognize the kinks and flaws of the series, I generally appreciate its contribution to anime culture and Anno’s efforts to explore psychoanalysis and heroically battle his own clinical depression through the medium of art. Unfortunately, I just can’t defend Death and Rebirth. Unlike the original series or End of Eva, this movie wasn’t an example of Anno daring to bare his problems, his sorrow, his soul to us and break the conventions of shonen anime storytelling. Death and Rebirth is nothing but a shallow attempt to gouge some cash and betray all those otaku and hikikomori that idolized Anno.
“Your greed sickens me!” – Ayn Rand to Studio Gainax
5: Top wo Nerae! & Top wo Nerae 2! Gattai Movie!!
MAL Score: 7.45
This double feature comprises of Gunbuster and Die Buster (aka Gunbuster 2) condensed into a single theatrical release told in two parts with a musical intermission in between. The first part, Gunbuster the Movie, condenses the six episodes of the original OVA into a 95-minute movie featuring a new 5.1 audio remix and a redub by the original Japanese cast. The second part, Die Buster the Movie, mixes large chunks of the second OVA series with a few altered or newly-animated scenes to create a truncated take on Nono’s story.
Starting out, I wondered if I could get away with simply watching these movies instead of the series considering that they both reflected the same story. I knew the series would have more material, but maybe these newer movies might have updated visuals, or might tell the story better or at least more succinctly? Unfortunately, no: I’m pretty sure the movies have no new scenes, the visuals are the same, and the plot moves past succinct here.
Both series are condensed enough, but these movies condense past the point of comfort. With all the cutting they had to do, scenes jump around a bit more than they should. The brunt of the action’s there, but the development to that action, and especially the reasoning for that action suffers in the movies.
But please do try the original series! They already have excellent reviews on MAL, so I won’t unnecessarily delve into them here. But I’ll just say this: if you don’t like Gunbuster (Top wo Nerae), please still give the significantly more modern sequel a chance (but do know that although the stories and characters of the two OVAs are mostly separate, you’ll enjoy Diebuster (Top wo Nerae 2) more having first finished its predecessor. It’s a spoiler to say why). Dazzling protagonists that evolve well throughout each episode… rare beasts indeed, but we find one in both. Come back for these compilation movies only if you get the urge to rewatch both of these underground gems.
4: Ouritsu Uchuugun: Honneamise no Tsubasa
English: Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise
Japanese: 王立宇宙軍 オネアミスの翼
MAL Score: 7.51
Shirotsugh “Shiro” Lhadatt may be a cadet in the Kingdom of Honneamise’s Royal Space Force (RSF), but he has never been in space before—in fact, nobody has. The RSF is often regarded as a failure both by the country’s citizens and a government more interested in precipitating a war with a neighboring country than scientific achievement. Following the funeral of a fellow cadet, an unmotivated Shiro is walking in the city one night, when he bumps into Riquinni Nonderaiko, a young, pious woman, genuinely enthusiastic about the significance of space exploration.
As the two gradually bond, Riquinni’s encouragement inspires Shiro to volunteer as a pilot for a prospective rocket ship, potentially becoming Honneamise’s first man in space. Shiro and the RSF are soon joined by a team of elderly but eager scientists and engineers, and together, they embark on a mission to mold their nation’s space program into a success. However, their efforts soon catch the attention of the government, which seems to have a different plan for the RSF in mind. Even as the odds are stacked against them, these men and women continue to stubbornly look to the sky, because somewhere among the frontiers of space may lie humanity’s last chance at redemption.
What makes this movie stand out is its spot-on storytelling. For me, there’s not a single dull moment from beginning to end. Fans of action may be put off by instances of character development in the middle, but the movie always picks up and gets right back to forwarding the plot. I myself found the character development engrossing and mostly believable. (I also think it was crucial to let the viewer feel out the world of Honneamise by developing the main character, but that’s just my opinion.) The movie has such good writing that it wouldn’t have mattered much if they glimpsed over the side characters, but they’re given their own time in the sun, and it adds a nice touch to the realism.
Speaking of realism, the alternate universe of Honneamise is so finely tuned that you’ll hardly catch all the details on your first viewing. The world will seem so familiar that you’ll want to connect it back to our world. I think that’s what the director intended, because I felt invested in the unfolding events of the movie, as if the history of Honneamise were somehow my own.
Most importantly, the ending of this movie is epic. And that’s all I’ll say, because I don’t want to give anything away. If you’re watching this with your enjoyment meter at 5 or 6, PLZ try to make it to the end.
This movie had an insane budget – I think that’s all I have to say. It has great art and fluid action scenes. Sure, it’s a little dated (which is why I gave it a 9), but you can’t ask for anything that much better even nowadays.
The score is amazing. It’s far-above-par soundtrack is one of only two anime soundtracks Ryuichi Sakamoto (of The Last Emperor fame) composed (source: fatalist17 on Youtube). However, its sound is fresh from the 80s, and some people may not like it. Still, it shouldn’t get in the way of enjoying the movie. Also, the seiyuu is excellent!
I’ve already talked about character development when I talked about the plot, but let me just repeat that the main character’s easygoing nature was easy for me to relate to, and really helped me immerse myself in the film. I’d have to say every character is believable, even stereotypical stock characters like the quirky scientists. I gave the movie an 8 because there were two characters who annoyed the heck out of me – but that may be just a personal grudge. I won’t say who, because I don’t want to bias you before you watch the movie.
A great story. Solid characters. Awesome artistry and soundtrack. A nice dose of action. The very recipe for enjoyment. Now, enjoyment is subjective, but I still can’t see how anyone would NOT enjoy this unless they were only in it for the action.
The production values (art and sound) for this movie are phenomenal! They really tried to make the characters believable – I found it easy to root for the main character. Of course, the storytelling is what really brings this film together. If you like well-rounded works, this is a must-see. If you get bothered by things like the slow scenes in The Godfather, you may not enjoy it as much, but I still highly recommend this masterpiece.
Ahead of its time. Amazing storytelling, a cut above almost every other anime out there, save for maybe Miyazaki and Satoshi Kon. The young director of this film really knew his stuff.
The art style is a bit old, but by no means is it bad. It is extremely detailed at times, and the animation is very fluid and stunning. I’d say it’s around AKIRA quality.
Sadly, the weakest link in WoH. The music, while trying to sound otherworldly, fails to enhance the scenes most of the time. There are two memorable songs, though, near the end.
Some of the best character development you’ll ever see in an anime. This is the kind of movie that even non-anime fans will like. The characters are very well handled, and grow after each scene.
Extremely entertaining, well directed, amazing climactic action scene, what else do you want?
An extremely underrated classic. I don’t know why the rating is so low. Seriously, go watch this movie. Buy it even, it’s not that expensive on VHS. The fact that this movie is so underrated really depresses me, and makes me think twice about the taste of most anime fans.
I’ve never actually been compelled to actually sit down and write a review, until now. I simply cannot fathom how a seriously flawed movie such as Wings of Honneamise could have pretty much universal 9s and 10s here on MAL.
For the positives: the animation is top tier and holds up even today; on level with works such as AKIRA. The art and design also seems to have had a lot of care taken into them, with distinctive designs for especially the clothing and vehicles. The sound for the film is also great, although unfortunately, apart from a few pieces of music, such as during the OP, the soundtrack leaves a lot to be desired, and fails to swell the emotions. The film also has one scene which was nothing short of phenomenal — this would be Lhadatt flying an airplane for the first time. In this scene, the sense of sheer speed from the airplane is conveyed better than I have ever seen done in any anime, and I was yearning for more scenes like this, however, unfortunately it is the only scene in the film like it. Even the climax doesn’t match it in my opinion – while the climax itself is undeniably well-choreographed, it felt undercooked, i.e. out of a 2 hour film, only a mere 7 minutes is dedicated to this scene, and this honestly isn’t enough to build up the tension.
I can’t deny that the film has a lot of relevant commentary on political corruption and war; however this doesn’t necessarily make for an engaging movie, which leads to my biggest gripe with the film. There are few thrills to be had, which would be fine, but it needs to engage the audience in a different way such as with compelling characters and character development, that make you care about each scene that is happening. Unfortunately, this is the area in which Royal Space Force is lacking the most. While the characters can be amusing in a comedic way, they rarely reached the status of becoming truly likeable which is what would make a movie like this shine.
Lhadatt, who starts out of a character with absolutely no interest in space travel, (so little in fact, he arrives late to a dead comrades funeral), runs into a girl who spends her free time preaching on the streets. After a meeting with her, he suddenly has all the motivation in the world to actually do something. I’d perhaps get what the movie was trying to do if this motivation was a gradual thing, but here it comes out of nowhere, and it makes you wonder why the words of this girl had such a profound effect on Lhadatt.
It does mention in the prologue that he had always wanted to fly, but it doesn’t exactly give a lot of explanation as to why he lost this desire; and giving his character a complete 180 twenty minutes into the film cheapens the development that he could have had, and makes him seem more of a joke than when he actually didn’t care about anything.
Later on in the film, Lhadatt does go through a small crisis over whether or not it’s morally right to fly into space when people on the ground are starving. Which is an interesting dilemma. However Lhadatt doesn’t seem to come to much of a rebuttal except running away from his problems and seeking refuge with Nondreiko so he can rape her.
Now the main girl of the film, Nondreiko, similarly offers very little character development or reason to like her. Her main characteristic is that she is shown as a devoutly religious girl, however there’s no debate or discussion occurring with her beliefs.
A tragic event happens to her midway into her film, which she brushed it off, stating that the church would help her, depicting her strength of character and belief. However, I was expecting during the film for her to crack and have her beliefs be tested, (provide some actual conflict, due to the shit the world kept giving her), but when Lhadatt finally returns her generosity during his crisis by attempting to rape her she didn’t snap at all but rather forgave him, and pushed the blame onto herself. Strong character development, yes.
Additionally, the child she takes care of, Manna, is annoying as fuck. While her unwillingness to smile is funny at first, it grows tiresome very quickly, and becomes borderline frustrating. However, at least when she does finally smile, due to Lhadatt, there is some symbolic nature, but it’s ultimately a pretty poor development, especially when it comes right off the heels of trying to rape Nondreiko.
Meanwhile, the movie is trying to convince the audience that these characters are struggling in the face of condemnation; everyone thinks the Royal Space Force a joke. However, it doesn’t do much in the way of making us actually want to root for these people for a good portion of the movie (besides the inherent fact that space travel is awesome.) They’re often displayed as incompetent, unenthusiastic shmoes.
The other side characters, while amusing, are also complete baboons. The movie constantly tries to build up ideals only to destroy them later on. For example, during a chase scene, where Lhadatt is trying to be assassinated, his friend, rather than help him, yells at Lhadatt to stop following him, as it was putting him in danger. A character, who supported Lhadatt during the tussle with the pilots has to sully that integrity for comedic affect by acting like such a cock here. Here is a scene that could have been serious, and further shown the resilience and comradery of the characters ends up divulging into silly comedy, made even more stupid when the assassin appears to be an old lady.
There is enjoyment to be had with this film, I wasn’t particularly bored at all during the film, but I wasn’t exactly thrilled either, with the truly exciting moments coming few and far between. Ultimately, its true let down are the disappointing characters. This definitely isn’t the pinnacle of storytelling or anime, especially considering other films surrounding its release. However, it does hold historic merit as it is Gainax’s first film, and because of this I can recommend it to those who are interested in other Gainax productions. For others that only have a casual interest in anime or a plot of this kind, you won’t be missing out if you skip this one.
3: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Movie 1: Gurren-hen
English: Gurren Lagann The Movie: Childhood’s End
Japanese: 劇場版 天元突破グレンラガン 紅蓮篇
MAL Score: 8.16
Animation studio Gainax presented a website for the release of a movie adaptation of the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann TV series in the fall of 2008. Both the original director and series script editor will return to work on the new project. Gainax will also be hosting four events to celebrate this occasion at this year’s Tokyo International Anime Fair, featuring voice actors from the anime.
“Men put their souls into their drills when breaking through!”
Some obvious advices/facts before we dive into the review.
This is NOT a standalone movie thus having knowledge from the TV series is highly recommended and also beneficial to your mind.
Do NOT compare the pacing of the TV series with the movie. One is called a TV series and the other is called a movie for a reason, k? Both the TV series and the movie are by the original director and script editor so they know what they are messing with.
Do NOT expect to see a lot of new footages. Does this mean this is a “recap” of the TV series? Not exactly. There are enough plot differences in the battles for this movie to be considered an adaptation instead of a complete “recap”.
Is the movie rushed? To a large extent, yes it is. There is simply too much material to cover in too little time. This is probably what most people are complaining about.
Is it worth your time to watch this? Only if you can distinguish what to expect between a TV series and a movie.
The problem with trying to remake a masterpiece level of work (and that applies not only to anime) is that people will only be curious to see how the new work can surpass the previous work. Often people will have a pre-set level of expectation for these works and more often people will find themselves expecting too much and ended in disappointment. For example, after rating the original TV series 10/10, viewer X eagerly awaits the movie adaptation. But what can he really expect? That the movie worth 11/10? No, that is not possible. This is all thanks to something called human prejudice. Everyone who has seen the TV series first will consciously/unconsciously be comparing them. So please be mindful when watching the movie not to compare it bit by bit with the TV series. It is not fair for the movie.
Those of us who have seen Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (TTGL) will know what it means when I say the show as a whole defies the Laws of Physics. While there are plenty of examples for that type of shows, TTGL is by far the most outrageous, thus the term “epicness” is seen wherever TTGL appears. The story of TTGL is a prime example of the “underdog” battle. The main characters began with very little fighting chance but every time they seem to turn the impossible possible. And how do they do that? With a DRILL of course!
The movie has some great new battle scenes. Animation wise it is the same as the TV series (for those who like to compare the two). Most scenes were pretty consistent but lacking in details from time to time which is to be expected from the sketchy and cartoonish-looking animation. What truly makes TTGL “epic” though is that the scenes match well with the “mood” at that particular moment of the show. This is partially due to the great soundtracks and theme songs by Shoko Nakagawa. Overall those of us who are familiar with Gainax’s previous works will not be disappointed in TTGL.
Character wise, there was a slightly heavier emphasis on Yoko in this movie which is great for all Yoko lovers. Simon and Nia also have a decent character development throughout the movie. Unfortunately, because of time constrain, there was not much character building for the secondary characters like Rossiu and Kittan who ended up being quite hollow. Thus if all you ever care about is Kamina, Nia, Simon, and Yoko, then there shouldn’t be anything wrong for you. For the rest of us … brace ourselves for some disappointment here.
The following is targeted to those who have concerns with regard to the pacing of the movie. Ask yourself this, how long as it been from the end of the TV series to the airing of the movie. Answer: 11 month and 1 week (give or take a few days). Do you honestly expect to see tremendous differences (next to what it has presented already) given the time? Do you honestly expect to see a whole new story with the same awesomeness produced in 51 weeks? Given the time, though of course we can argue that they could have delayed the movie if things didn’t work out, I think it was a fairly decent job. Hopefully you will find it a good enjoyable watch too!
I really enjoy the series, and feel that anyone considering watching this should instead watch the series.
The original series is twenty-seven episodes long, or – minus the openings and endings – around about nine hours. Gurren-hen follows the events of the first thirteen episodes and so is just over two hours shorter than its source material. As you would expect, much of the development is glossed over and the story proceeds at a lightning pace. The story itself is more or less the same as in the series – much of humanity lives underground until Simon and his ‘bro’ Kamina break free, to find the surface inhabited by ‘Beastmen’ who pilot giant mechas – with a movie-original opening and ending that sets things up nicely for the sequel. The plot comes across as – unsurprisingly – very rushed; the characters are offered little development and during the middle act there is a ridiculous – but unfortunately necessary – montage to progress the story. Developmental issues pave the way for an adequate at best plot.
The animation isn’t a huge step up from the series – if different at all – but the opening and the ending deliver some exciting new material. The ending, especially, is a welcomed feat. The new climax is both thrilling and well executed, and will have you eagerly awaiting the next installment. Corners have been cut, however, with the music. The score by Taku Iwasaki from the series returns with no new additions, which causes Gurren-hen – at times – to feel something along the lines of a movie-length recap; something you’ve already seen before. New inclusions to the soundtrack certainly wouldn’t have gone amiss.
The main trio and the prime supporting cast return in Gurren-hen, though most have left their depth and development at home, particularly Rossiu and Kittan. Yoko fans are offered more excessive fan service and Simon – in the new sequences – is particularly prodigious. The lack of development to the cast is massively disappointing, however, and causes Gurren-hen to come across as rather disengaged and retrogressive.
Gurren-hen is an enjoyable movie, urged on by its source material, but is let down by lapses in development. The middle act could have benefited substantially from some new material, acting as a bridge between the beginning and the end, offering the supporting characters alternate introductions and addressing developmental issues, but instead the staff opt to rehash the series to a disjointed, disappointing effect. The new opening and ending sequences are both longer and far more engrossing than expected, however, which offer the movie some value. If you enjoyed the series, you’ll get a kick out of the movie, but if you didn’t, it’s best to avoid Gurren-hen. If you’re new to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, the movie isn’t worth your time, and may come across as completely incoherent, with many characters remaining a mystery; without motivation and depth, just empty shells.
2: Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
English: Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
Japanese: 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン劇場版 THE END OF EVANGELION
MAL Score: 8.54
Shinji Ikari is left emotionally comatose after the death of a dear friend. With his son mentally unable to pilot the humanoid robot Evangelion Unit-01, Gendou Ikari’s NERV races against the shadow organization SEELE to see who can enact their ultimate plan first. SEELE desires to create a godlike being by fusing their own souls into an Evangelion unit, while Gendou wishes to revert all of humanity into one primordial being so that he can be reunited with Yui, his deceased wife.
SEELE unleashes its military forces in a lethal invasion of NERV headquarters. As SEELE’s forces cut down NERV’s scientists and security personnel, Asuka Langley Souryuu pilots Evangelion Unit-02 in a desperate last stand against SEELE’s heaviest weaponry.
The battle rages on, and a depressed Shinji hides deep within NERV’s headquarters. With the fate of the world resting in Shinji’s hands, Captain Misato Katsuragi hunts for the teenage boy as society crumbles around them.
After watching the final episodes of the original Evangelion series, I was really baffled. What happened? I understood that it all took place in Shinji’s mind, but that’s about it. Where was the ending? What really happened?
Those answers are provided by End of Evangelion. We get an alternate retelling of the two last episodes, outside Shinji’s mind. From the awakening of Lilith to the result of the Instrumentality, we get to see it all. Of course, there’s a lot of moments which are confusing (this is Evangelion, after all), but you kinda get a better understanding of everything that happened. Oh, and for the sake of your well-being, remember that the age rating *is* 17+. There are some really gross scenes in this movie (but that’s all I can tell you without spoiling too much).
Also, kudos to the animation in this one. I’ve always enjoyed Evangelion’s animation, everything’s just really neat, and incredibly flawless, and it stands off as good even today. The same goes for End of Evangelion. Nice animation, and I really like the effects appearing when the Eva series are invoking the Third Impact. I was a bit surprised that they suddenly decided put in real-life clips. For what reason they did it, I don’t know, but for me, it certainly had its positive effects.
One thing I’ve also always enjoyed about Evangelion (it’s a lot), is the music. Music often portrays the mood very well, so much that you can often only by listening to the song get a picture of the current mood. However, the music they use in Evangelion often goes the opposite way and make a great contrast to the events unfolding. This, however, only strengthens the mood more than any song portraying the mood in a normal way would do. Not to mention that the songs they used in End of Evangelion are great as stand-alone music as well.
Evangelion is a psychological anime, and the characters are and behave thusly. They’re all traumatized, or have some kind of emotional problems going on. The original series portrayed the characters and their problems very well, and the movie did that as well. I feel that they are real human beings, and I end up sympathizing with them. They have deep emotional struggles, and you’re nearly dragged into them.
Shortly summarized, the movie was very much like the original series, at the same time also explaining many things the original series didn’t. If you’ve watched the original series, you should definitely watch this, because it’s *at least* equally good.
It’s going to be very hard to review this movie because its basically a work of art. The first half of the movie provides all the action and big events that Eva fans would want in the movie, but its really the second act that is the most important part. The second half is an astonishing piece of filmmaking that essentially challenges common filmmaking and boldly dares to ask questions most filmakers wouldn’t dare going to.
Most of the following won’t make sense if you have no knowledge of Eva. The entire second half of the movie takes place within Shinji’s mind as the third impact is happening. As he is in a state of introspect, reminesing about the wrongs people have done to him and the loneliness and isolation he has in life, it develops not only his character, but the characters of everybody in his mind. Misato, Asuka, Rei, and Kaoru all gain great depth as they converse with Shinji in his mind and at least in the beginning, fail to convince him to stop the third impact.
It is after the third impact has happened however, that this masterpiece really stays with you. Shinji realizes what he has done and comes to realize truths within himself he couldnt understand with others around him. It is finally Rei/Yui that makes him come to terms with his existance and the value he gives to everybody around him. The film for the most part ends with Shinji undoing the third impact, after realizing he wants to see everybody again because the happy memories he has, no matter how few, are real.
It is in this chaos and often confusion of Shinji’s and everybody’s minds that director Hideaki Anno raises questions about the nature of humanity’s existance and whether life is worth living, even in all the pain everyone and everything around us brings us. The answer is ultimately yes, but it is the process to getting to that answer that makes this film a masterpiece.
I’m not going to try to convince anybody who already isn’t an Eva fan that this film will change your mind about the series, because it won’t. But the truth of the matter is that this film is a masterpiece in not only anime, but in animation and filmmaking in general. It is not afraid to ask some of the most philisophical questions we can ask ourselves as people and is not afraid to have us, the viewer, realize the answers even as the characters on screen attempt to do the same. If you are going to see this movie, watch the 26 episode show first, or you’ll have no idea what is going on. End of Evangelion is one of the most artistic and beautiful movies I have ever seen, animated or not, and is a mandatory movie to watch I believe for anybody who considers themselves a fan of anime or film in general.
The story starts in a fairly disorienting manner and then moves quickly from there. After about 20 minutes of confusion, however, the anime soon finds its feet and I began to be able to follow what was going on. At around 40 minutes in I was actually somewhat interested… and then, the anime falls apart under its own philosophical weight. Apparently, the creators of this anime thought that they could substitute all semblences of plot with random scenes that supposedly have symbolic meaning. A quote from Roger Ebert’s movie glossary comes to mind: “If you have to ask what it symbolizes, it didnt.”
I have seen this movie several times, and still cannot enjoy the film one iota. I do not believe that it is because I didn’t “get” the film; I believe that there is quite simply nothing to get. Certain Neon Genesis Evangelion fanboys have gotten a huge kick out of analyzing the show and attempting to fabricate some sort of interpretation of the events that transpire, but in my opinion this is a futile endeavor. The shows plot was deliberately made incomprehensible for incomprehensibilitys sake; there is no meaning to the show other than to have no meaning whatsoever.
The difference between this film and other virtually indecipherable anime (see: Cat Soup, Paprika) is that End of Evangelion pretentiously demands interpretation.There is nothing to entertain the viewer beyond the movie’s pompous symbolism, and this is the film’s downfall.
Generally, the animation is pretty damn good. Because of the film’s obviously larger budget, End of Evangelion improves on the excellent original character designs with greatly improved fluidity and backgrounds. A sequence near the end, where iridescent crosses spring from Earth, is one of the nicer pieces of eye candy that I have seen. Another highlight is Asuka’s central fight midway through the show, which oozes with perfectly stylized violence.
The awesome animation is marred, however, by two dreadfully awful sequences. In one scene, the “anime” is not animated at all. Instead, a person with a low budget camcorder randomly wanders around town, filming things like empty movie theatres. This comes as quite a shock midway through and manages to come across as exceedingly ugly. Many people I have spoke with have tried to defend the scene by citing its symbolic meaning, but all of them have given me different answers. Ultimately, the sequence is a jarring break from the continuity of the animation, and definitely hurts both the show’s pacing and overall video quality.
In another scene, there is a horrendously long sequence in which thousands of still frames are flashed across the screen at a mind-numbing rate. Never before have I had to sit through such an obviously expensive, thoroughly pointless, and horrifically painful section in anime.
In general, I found the sound to be pretty much flawless. The music does a pretty good job of setting the mood even as the story is falling apart, and voice acting is still excellent. Sound effects, particularly in Asukas battle, are nicely done.
Some may disagree, but I thought the original characters of Evangelion were excellent. All of them were almost perfectly imperfect, and as a result managed to capture some of the darkest parts of the human soul. While none of the characters were particularly likeable, every single one was captivating in their infinite flaws.These promising characters, however, are pretty much destroyed in the treadmill of an awful story. By the end of the show, just about every single individual has lost his or her humanity; their actions no longer reflect any semblence of logic or compassion. Forget character development – this is an anime about action figures.Because of this, what was arguably Neon Genesis Evangelions greatest strength becomes End of Evangelions biggest fault.
I went into this anime genuinely hoping that at last I would find a little closure to Evangelion. Instead, I got this. Deliberately plotless, the creators apparantly assumed that they could pass off mindless and pointless scenes under the pretense of “art.” A huge budget is wasted, a good storyline is desecrated, and one of the most promising animes of 1997 is put to shame. Pretentious and disappointing, End of Evangelion is certainly down there among some of the worst anime that I have seen.
1: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Movie 2: Lagann-hen
English: Gurren Lagann The Movie: The Lights in the Sky are Stars
Japanese: 劇場版 天元突破グレンラガン 螺巌篇
MAL Score: 8.57
Humans have enjoyed their lavish, peaceful, and prosperous lives for seven years since the day the almighty Spiral King was defeated—the day they reclaimed their homeland, Earth. However, the boon of this lifestyle leaves them unprepared when an unknown, hostile threat arises due to the ever-growing human population. This calamity is the Anti-Spiral—a fearsome enemy with unparalleled power.
As the Spiral King’s prognosis postulating the destruction of “The Spiral’s World” begins to come true, the pieces are in place, and Team Dai-Gurren is ready. With his late brother’s hope to see a better future for mankind, Simon—along with Nia Teppelin and the rest of the team—is determined to overthrow the mighty Anti-Spiral in order to revive humanity’s lost hope.
The movie included much more different scenes than the first movie Gurren-hen, and the last battle was so intense, one couldn’t blink to miss anything. The background music for this movie was as well different than from the series, and very fitting with each scene of the movie.
Very enjoyable and brilliant.
The movie resumes from the point where the Spiral King has been defeated and Kamina City is being built. The spirals of Earth have lived peacefully for seven years and, surprise, the cast has aged and matured along with the planet. All is well – Yoko is a school teacher somewhere far-off, Viral the immortal Beastman has been imprisoned, Rossiu is a powerful leader in the new worlds government, and Simon is regarded as the hero of all humans in defeating the Spiral King. Peace is boring, and just as requested an enormous battle begins – no less, right as Simon proposes to Nia. The first hour of the movie is dedicated to story taking place on Earth. Albeit a little choppy, it doesn’t lose it’s impact. The second hour of the film is the battle for the universe against the Anti-Spirals in space, with an entire newly animated ending full of explosions, outrageous over-the-top screaming, fighting for justice and all that good stuff. If you loved the original series, you won’t be disappointed.
The animation and art are as beautiful as ever. The colors are vivid and thrilling, bringing the experience of using a galaxy as a weapon right to your home computer. Not much to be said as a lot of the animation is reused, but the new scenes are just as good, if not better, than the originals. The amount of art put into faces and mechs (and mech faces) still amazes me to this day.
Do the impossible. See the invisible. Row. Row. Fight the powah. I hope that sums up the musical score. Just kidding! The music renews a fair amount if tracks including the aforementioned, but what’s really nice how it’s applied. When Sorario Days (the original OP) started playing, I think the back part of my brain stopped working and I submitted to the screen and the anime took over. In summary, the soundtrack enhances the quality to an extent where it can obliterate your senses.
Same characters, but this movie focuses in on Nia in its new scenes. No complaints. Some characters that did or did not survive the first series encounter different fates too, so watch out for those. Some also get new mechas, which might I add, are awesome. And of course, the effect of Kamina’s manly spirit still resonates as strong in this movie as it did before, even though he plays a minor role in the story.
How much did I like this movie? I screamed at my screen for the last 15 minutes of the movie and was carried by the presentation throughout. A truly spectacular movie. There were moments of sadness, moments of joy, moments where it was hard to even blink.
I hope this quick review is enough to wet your pallet for another exciting adventure with all your friends from the Dai-Gurren Brigade. This is a good movie to just flop down on the couch with, regardless of age or gender. Taste is a different matter. If you were not a fan of the original anime, this apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, and therefore you most likely won’t enjoy this movie as much as I. I gave this anime a 10 because I felt it achieved all things I wanted from it – now you, the reader, have to decide on your own whether it was a 10 or not.
The movie picks up right where Gurren-hen left off, though the opening sequences have been hugely condensed in order to quickly drive the plot into the second arc of the story. The setting expands in Lagann-hen, we travel from Earths surface into interstellar territory, in line with the TV show, although small sections of the story have diverged from the series, some understandably and others disappointingly. Certain new ideas seem extremely rushed, dragging what was a fairly engrossing – if manic – plot downwards. Nevertheless, the scale of the story is as ever admirable and thrilling, though the developmental issues carry over from Gurren-hen, making it clear the Gurren-hen/Lagann-hen film double was more an excuse to cash in on the series, rather than create a coherent piece separate from the TV show. The dialogue, at times, also encountered issues; present simply to move the story along without any natural flow to it.
As in Gurren-hen, the rehashed sequences barely differ – if at all – from the series, but the new scenes go above and beyond. The new ending sequence is a powerhouse of action and zest, which will leave you wishing there was more, but unfortunately, there aren’t as many new additions to Lagann-hen as there were in Gurren-hen. The staff really rely on the climatic sequence to blow you away, and while it may do just that, they don’t really attempt anything deserving of praise throughout the opening and middle acts.
Taku Iwasaki’s score returns for its third outing with no changes, yet the sound and music is a noticeable drop from the first installment. The music felt poorly timed, jumbled and out of place during much of the film, and often it was at such a low volume it may as well have been absent. Even the sound effects, which could have been turned up a couple of notches it give it that extra umph, were disappointing. The sound department manage to redeem themselves a little towards the end with larger emphasis on the music, but it’s a shame an aspect presented so well in the series wasn’t handled better in Lagann-hen.
Developmental issues mean that Rossiu and Kittan are still very much unknown characters to the audience of the movies, and Lagann-hen does little to remedy this. The film makes use of its supporting cast, more so than in Gurren-hen, but extra screen time doesn’t equal development. They are still empty shells with a single trait, which isn’t far below their series counterparts, but disappointing nevertheless as they lack any kind of background or character motivation, and the movie absolutely requires you watch the series in order to comprehend the characters’ depth.
The stand-out segment in Lagann-hen is the climatic sequence, which delivers and then some, and is probably the sole reason to venture into the second installment beyond just re-watching the series. Pushed for time, Lagann-hen is always moving, but even so it begins to tire. Undoubtedly, far more could have been done to create a more coherent adaptation of the series, and it’s unfortunate the studio behind such an enjoyable work would rather cut corners and cash in, than create a comprehensive piece both long-time fans and those new to the franchise can enjoy.
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1. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Movie 2: Lagann-hen
2. Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
3. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Movie 1: Gurren-hen
4. Ouritsu Uchuugun: Honneamise no Tsubasa
5. Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth
6. Top wo Nerae! & Top wo Nerae 2! Gattai Movie!!
7. Fushigi no Umi no Nadia: Original Movie
8. Houkago no Pleiades: Manner Movie