They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Macross FB7: Ore no Uta wo Kike!, Ta ga Tame no Alchemist, Aquarion Movie: Ippatsu Gyakuten-hen, and more!
8: Macross FB7: Ore no Uta wo Kike!
Japanese: マクロスFB7 銀河流魂 オレノウタヲキケ!
MAL Score: 6.32
In 2059, five decades after the Space War I conflict seen in the first Macross story. Macross Frontier, the 25th New Macross Class super-long-distance colonization fleet, is journeying through the galaxy to a new paradise to call home. However, it is locked in a state of war with a strange enemy called Vajra.
Macross FB7 is the 30th anniversary work of the Macross franchise.
What we have here is an object lesson in how not to produce any motion picture, let alone anime. First and biggest mistake is the idea that remastered clips and nostalgia would ensure an epic production at minimal cost. Visually, there are several places where you could see that they did little more than convert the original footage to widescreen and scaled up to Blu-ray resolution. Sometimes it worked, owing to the quality of the original material, but when it didn’t work it was about as distracting as the dated sound effects.
Additionally, the editing of the footage for the movie is all over the place– there is only so much Macross 7 one can show in less than 90 minutes (Kawamori’s original idea was apparently 2 hours), so a lot of cohesion is sacrificed in telling the story. For example, in one clip Mylene is thrashed around in her VF, in the next she’s at Basara’s side yelling at him to wake up, and the viewer is left wondering how that happened (a seasoned editor would’ve cut the first clip). Even if it’s meant to be an introduction to Macross 7 for those who never saw the series, I found the story difficult to track.
Second mistake is keeping Alto out of the production altogether. Of course, he isn’t exactly a particularly compelling Macross lead, and he wouldn’t have contributed anything to this scenario, but since he is a central character to Frontier it would’ve been nice to at least explain why he isn’t shown anywhere (he might be in there as an Easter egg, but I’m not about to play Where’s Waldo?).
Third mistake is doing a cover of Dynamite Explosion from Macross 7 Dynamite in the final medley, but never working in the other epic song from the OVA, Angel Voice. Since two generations of Macross have done Angel Voice (Minmay and Basara’s singing voices), omitting this song is a missed opportunity that is most tragic.
It’s not all bad– the cover/medley by Megumi Nakajima and May’n is easily the best part of the movie, but you need to slog through about 9 minutes of a paper-thin Frontier story and 80 minutes of Macross 7 clip show to get there… or just skip to that spot, defeating the purpose of the movie.
In the interview extra for The Wings of Goodbye, Kawamori said that “Getting a show like Frontier going is really hard.” in response to “Will there be another Macross?” Connecting Frontier and 7 is a brilliant idea, but the way it was executed here left much to be desired.
So the first thing you need to know is that this is an hour and a half long advertisement for the Macross 7 blu rays. Kawamori thought that it would be too daunting of a task for a new fan to watch 49 episodes, so the goal of this movie was to get new fans interested in 7 so they would want to watch 49 episodes. Well this does a horrible job at that.
Firstly, I’m going to look at this as if it wasn’t an advertisement. The premise of this movie is that the Macross F characters are trying to figure out what happened to Fire Bomber. I’m guessing this takes place between the 2 Frontier movies, as there’s not a point in the series the events make sense in, although you think this would have gotten brought up.
All of a sudden, a bird brings them a fucking VHS tape. Spoilers that nobody should care about because this movie has zero substance: the bird is actually Gavil.
[MACROSS 7 SPOILERS]
This is… very odd as it implies that the Protodeviln can easily travel between dimensions at will, which is weird when you consider that Sivil’s final words to Basara make it seem like there’s no chance she’ll ever see him again.
Now back to the VHS tape. Why is this on a VHS tape? Macross 7 takes place in 2045, so VHS tapes were long obsolete. This also begs another question: Who the fuck recorded all of this? There are several scenes where there was clearly no one else nearby to record these scenes. The VHS tapes also include the to be continued screens from Macross 7, implying the Macross 7 was a series that exist in universe to account what happened, implying this is some sort of reenactment, only other information given in this movie clearly contradicts this and there is no way this could be the case. So why are the to be continued parts there?
At the end, Ranka and Sheryl perform a cover of several Fire Bomber songs and a new Fire Bomber song Virgin Story is played over the credits. This is the only part of the movie worth watching, and you would get the exact same experience by just listening to the CD single that was released for the movie, and also save yourself an hour and a half.
With around 30 minutes of Frontier content, this only leaves around an hour for the Macross 7 recap. And in case you couldn’t guess, an hour isn’t long enough to recap a 49 episode series, even when you consider that around a 1/3 of Macross 7’s episodes are episodic and have little effect on the overall plot. The recap skips over lots of plot and will leave newcomers confused as to what’s happening. It doesn’t even work as a “best of” movie, as many of the best scenes are either removed or ruined by poor directing choices. The final fight with Gepelnitch is luckily intact, although it will lose it’s effect for any newcomers.
I still did find some enjoyment in this movie, although this was primarily due to Fire Bomber’s music and already being a fan of Macross 7. I would have had a better time just rewatching my favorite scenes.
But the biggest sin is that this movie even fails as an advertisement. The footage is cropped which can look rather odd at times, and to make it even worse, the Footage is intentionally distorted in order to imitate being footage from a VHS tape (because VHS tapes can totally output 1080p). If you’re making an advertisement for your HD remaster of a series WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU DISTORT THE FOOTAGE??? Are they insane??? An advertisement for a remaster should show the quality of said remaster, not intentionally make it look bad.
Not only this, the movie also does a horrible job of getting any new fans invested into Macross 7 to want to watch it, and basically only acts as a spoiler fest to make them want to watch it less. Nice job Kawamori
If you haven’t seen Macross 7, go watch it. It’s not for everyone, but it’s a fun series with some great music. Just don’t watch this. This is complete garbage. This doesn’t even cover enough basis to be considered Macross 7 cliff notes. Just go listen to the Nyan Nyan FIRE!! Totsugeki Planet Explosion / Virgin Soul single instead. You’ll have a much better time
7: Ta ga Tame no Alchemist
English: For Whom the Alchemist Exists
MAL Score: 6.48
The game is set in the continent of Babel, where the Tower of Babel looms large over seven nations. After the invention of alchemy led to its use as a tool of war that brought humanity to the brink of extinction, the seven nations struck an uneasy peace that led to a prohibition on alchemy for hundreds of years since. In the Continental Year 911, the nation of Lustrice broke the pact by assembling an army bolstered by alchemy, with ambitions of conquest over the continent. Led by Envylia, the six nations allied and struck down the rogue nation, casting alchemy once again to darkness. But 20 years after the war, alchemy once again begins to cause chaos in the land.
The sounds are pretty great and neat thou. It’s make me a goosebumps every minutes.
Is definitely, not my type story. But still great work to the creators and hope of improvements in the future.
Overall = 7/10
Story = 3/10
Art = 8/10
Sounds = 8/10
Character = 6/10
Enjoyment = 6/10
a movie base on the mobile game, Alchemist Code
MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!
While the Alchemist Code provide an entertaining material, it does have a lot of flaws and forgettable moment that you’ll forget as soon as you distract yourself from the other thing, and leave you unanswered to unsatisfying result.
Start off to the character. The original cast and members that are main in the game deliver a decent role. Lisbeth however is very notable as she show an important play as she help and her friend-role to Kasumi. compare to her previous role in the game. Lisbeth here is much mature and taking the problem in good way. she left off her cliche-magical-girl version to a better self. Edgar is slightly less significant than Lisbeth but did better job in this movie. Kasumi however is the most let down. she is neither annoying nor amazing but very underwhelming, bland or dull. the greatest flaw is the lack of character development. true that she obtain power at the end but it is rush and straightforward without delivering any excitement. 2nd is she wasnt introduce very entertaining, her first appearance in the movie holds a very tasteless role that neither catch the excitment of the audience, only because she is an “Original Movie character”, the rest, very minor. as the movie progress, you didnt see a changes or development to her role which should be important considering that she is the center of the movie. only the “powers” inside her deliver some “changes” but that didnt change her view to her importance and remain to the “clueless” girl but in boring way. although she isnt amazing, she is not really that bad and likeable atleast. just very bland and brightless.
Next is the Story, the start was great and will keep viewer to figure out what is happening as they introduce a villian no one knows(not even the game). the beginning is well written. However halfway, the story become boring and lack in excitement in the paper. The biggest and bad part of the movie is the final battle where the invasion became very danger-less. imagine a world was plunged by darkness, lowered the alchemy power, and reshape the phantom yet the location is very easy to invade and lack in excitement. it become very generic or lazy “invasion-like” battle. the main villian show very weak as it got easily defeated by few magic, slash and arrow. this kind of villian(specially in game story, not gameplay i mean) takes lot of plan to put down. the final battle of main characters versus main villian is very easy to predict and a letdown, excluding the part where Kasumi gain her power and fight back because this looks more solution because of her powers dwelling inside her. the Phantoms show MUCH better danger that the audience can feel them as better villian than the serpent despite being just “servant”-like.
Visual are great, it is perfect for the tone of the gamestory and the game. however the animation such as battle are very less appealing and underwhelming. only the battle between setsuna and logi show much better effort compare to the rest of battles where it is no difference for tv show(and some tv show anime show better quality). i would consider the fights very good for tv show quality, but this is a movie. aside from logi vs setsuna battle, the CGI Demon are surprisingly well made.
the music, voice acting deserve to praise. some lines are repeated base on in-game but this is less ignorable as maybe they want to keep the “game”-vibe–and they did, even if it is a movie.
Overall, the movie is passable watchable and its animation which atleast bearable and seeing your favorite characters in big screen(mostly this) will atleast what half-distract you from its boring and color-less like, or bland, undsatisfying- underdevelop story and Protagonist.
Story = 3/10
Art = 6.5/10
Sounds = 9/10
Characters = 4/10
Enjoyment = 4/10
Overall = 4/10
*THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS*
The story had a high amount of plot holes, However, t was a very intreguing story. It may have been bland at some points but it was pretty good. Like I said the plot holes were annoying but if your in for a casual watch it’s perfect. The plot drivers were also annoying, not very well backed up and fleshed out, using random emotions such as sympathy.
The art was amazing. The animation was top notch and very smooth. Well most of the animation was at least. The movie relied to much on CGI, and when I say CGI, I mean bad CGI. The main villain, which was a dragon, had really janky movements and looked like they just grabbed a model from a random PS3 game. I felt the same with the dark mages. However, the scenes that used 2D handrawn animtions were so mindblowing it makes up for the bad CGI. The character designs, the fight scenes, the weapons, it was honestly beautiful
The characters were ok, they didn’t really have anything special about them. They just through random characters in for the sake of having one. However, there is one character who stood out to me and my friends, and if you don’t think he’s the best character then you have no taste. That character of course, is Flappy. His character is funny, charming, cute, nice, helpful and very epic gamer. Also his transformation at the end was beautiful
Overall I think this is a decent show with amazing art, interesting story, meh characters (apart from my god, Flappy)
6: Aquarion Movie: Ippatsu Gyakuten-hen
Japanese: 劇場版アクエリオン -壱発逆転篇-
MAL Score: 6.75
This movie is an alternative version of the TV series; it is composed of the two 2007 OVAs, edited to improve the pacing of the plot, and an extra segment akin to a TV episode where the cast are given the task of studying flowers.
The plot has several differences to the TV series.
5: Macross Δ Movie: Gekijou no Walküre
Japanese: 劇場版マクロスΔ 激情のワルキューレ
MAL Score: 6.76
The movie recompiles scenes from the Macross Δ television anime with new scenes to tell a different story.
A few days ago I had the opportunity to see Macross delta film – Macross Δ Movie: Gekijou no Walküre and I was pleasantly surprised.
I came with the prejudice that it was a simple summary of the series in order to sell us more albums of the band walküre, having as a precedent the macross delta series, I did not expect much from this movie
But here the surprise, the film is VERY GOOD, it is noted that Kawamori this time took the place of director, although it retains the technical cast of the series, the direction of Kawamori was noted.
Not only the story unfolds very naturally, but it does not bore and unlike the series is not a compendium of good pop songs with a forced story, no, it is a story of a band of idols with their conflicts and how together they surpass all the challenges of a world at war.
The characters are better achieved than in the series and although the film ends the same as in the series, the development of it makes reaching that end enjoyable and logical.
It is like a building that one rises little by little and culminates with a great battle (classic in macross at this point) and unlike the series the film leaves us a teaching.
Kawamori eliminated all the inconclusive arguments that the series raised and that only hurt the central script, this time each song, each dogfight, each character play a certain role to reach that final climax and, yes, gentlemen, the macross delta movie CLOSES THE HISTORY , GIVES A FINISH TO MACROSS DELTA HISTORY, giving rise to new deliveries of this franchise without having to continue exploiting the history of macross delta.
Here is the analysis:
Note: it is a personal opinion based on what I saw in the film and comparing it with the series and other series / movies of the macross franchise.
1) History: 8/10
Finally the history of macross delta is understood, not only there is an outbreak of a virus called Var, which is fought by the tactical sound unit: walküre, the story is mature, leaves aside all the sub-frames that hampered the development of the series, it is understood that the original idea of delta was not bad, it was only badly scripted and misdirected, this time with a revised script and a good direction, each fact, each moment of the film allows the development of the story, THE BEST: the macross delta film closes the story of Delta, allowing the continuity of the franchise with new ideas and visions of the Macross universe
2) Characters: 7/10
The story focuses on the band Walküre and it shows, the secondary characters are relegated to a supporting role for the development of the story, the story does not revolve in a single point, it is the story of a group and the members of walküre mature as characters, with unique characteristics, they finally stop being “one-dimensional characters”, I highlight the work of improving the characters of Roid, Messer and Reina, but I also criticize “the decrease” of characters such as the air knights and the members of the squadron delta especially Mirage that does not have even half the role she had in the series.
3) Love Triangle: 4/10
IT DOES NOT EXIST, although the film implies that Mirage has feelings for Hayate, the script is responsible for making it clear to us that Hayate likes Freyja, which is not bad since it solves the romantic plot in a clear and forceful way.
4) Art of the characters: 7/10
You can see that it is a movie, the colors are improved and a very good CGI animation was achieved in the part of the concert of the song change !!!, negatively the difference between the new animation and the “borrowed” animation of the series is very evident
5) Mecha design 7/10
There is nothing new with regard to the series, one could add the transformable ships class macross Elysion, the “armored” version of the vf-31 sigfried and for the fans “hard core” of the macros mecha: the vf-31 with the Lil Draken modules as if they were fast packs and the Sv-262Hs Draken III with mirage´s colors.
6) 3D animation and battle choreography: 8/10
The improvement with respect to the series is noticeable, not only the battles are more dynamic, the part of the walküre concert that takes place in al shaal, the “battle” with music by the group is very well achieved, 3D point capture technique was used for the movements of the idols during the choreography of the song change !!!, that gives them more natural and realistic movements.
7) Music: 10/10
Macross delta stopped being a covert advertising campaign of a group of idols called walküre and transformed into a production worthy of being called “macross”, the music is better suited to the point that the musical themes are reflected as in frontier what that happened at a certain moment, to the point that the lyrics of the songs seem to be narrating what is currently happening on the screen, also highlight the instrumental music that is responsible for highlighting key moments in the story giving it an identity of its own.
It highlights the fact that unnecessary scenes and musical themes of the series that did not contribute to the development of the plot were eliminated
Walküre musical themes that DO appear in the film:
Walküre ga Tomaranai (without Freyja)
Bokura no senjou
Run ga pika tto hikattara
God bless you
Koi! halation THE WAR
Hear the universo
Hametsu no junjou
Axia-daisuki de daikirai
Ruchetto Arukan (song of the stars)
Ichido dake no koi nara
Walküre wa Uragiranai
Giraffe Blues (kaname solo version)
Dancing in the Moonlight
Musical themes that were heard in the series but that are NOT in the film (to the delight of some and sadness of others)
Fukakuteisei cosmic movement
Kaze wa yokoku naku fuku
Onya no ko-girl
Love! Thunder glow
Zettai Reido Novatic
Highly recommended for those who did not like the Macross Delta TV series, you can see the movie even without having seen the delta series, very good work by Kawamori.
The story is changed, but this is not a better version, events happening without any reason, sometimes it felt like im watching a movie trailer, everything is totally chaotic.
The cgi is really bad, and the drawing often very rough, sometimes it was hard to recognize the characters. The sound is another big problem, most of the time the songs were deep in the background and it was totally no impact, totally no enjoyment.
Im very disappointed, this was a very bad movie, i just want to forget it. 🙁
This version of Delta improved in some parts and deteriorated in others, which resulted in the same 5 sad Mirage’s smiles out of 10 for me.
Still better than a TV due to length.
4: Mouretsu Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace
English: Bodacious Space Pirates the Movie: Abyss of Hyperspace
Japanese: モーレツ宇宙海賊 ABYSS OF HYPERSPACE -亜空の深淵-
MAL Score: 7.12
Marika Katou, a third year student at Hakuho Girls’ Academy, is a legitimate space pirate with a Letter of Marque. Between her studies, leading her school’s space yacht club, working part time at Cafe Lamp, and being the captain of the space pirate ship Bentenmaru, Marika’s days are very busy. One day, Marika gets a job to rob a high-class passenger ship, and she discovers that on the passenger list is Kanata Mugen, a boy who owns a “galaxy pass”. Thus, an adventure featuring a hyperspace race between pirates and one young boy begins.
Mouretsu Pirates is one of those easy Sunday afternoon shows. Watching Marika shoot around the galaxy in a miniskirt and a smile is a lot of fun. So why when making the film did they decide to replace the main character with a dreary, dickless little shit? Kanata Mugen hates his daddy, lives by high morals, and loves nothing more than a good frown. This archetype ringing any bells? He barges his way into the show and finds himself surrounded and pampered by cute girls. This self-insert hero fantasy would be bad enough as a sideplot, but the omnipresent barnacle manages to squeeze his way into every fucking scene adding nothing but irritation and gloom. KILL HIM!
Aside from this show ruining character the movie adds nothing to the franchise. The animation quality has dropped since the series, the story seems drawn out and simplified at the same time, the Sci-fi elements are unimaginative, and rather than make new music they rehashed the old Momoclo song.
If you liked the series avoid the film.
Characters were as in series good, art and sound very good, story not so much, it was weaker then in the series but nevertheless enjoyable,
Mouretsu Pirates Universe is nice and it would be nice if there is more of it, and i really hope there will be as it deserve second season and lot more, i hope producers will see that and give us more of M Pirates,
I liked the anime to mouretsu pirates very much and gave it a 9/10. It was cool, fun and sexy. One of the best sci fi anime out there. In comparison this movie sucks a little bit. Though i want to give it a little bit credit. It looks good, even cgi parts and it was fun to a certain degree.
Yet i have two major complains with this movie. First of all it adds nothing new to the anime. It feels like they did this movie out of purpose to gain more cash. There are not so much references to the anime. Just a few pics. Secondly marika was kinda replaced by Kanata Mugen. A boy who is whiny and hates his own dad out of reasons i guess. He was boring and i didn’t care about him.
There were other things that bothered me too. The villains were boring and their reasons for doing bad things were just as boring as the villains. That other thing that bothered me was Grunhildes crush on Kanata. It came out of nowhere and i didn’t get the reasons for that. They talked just like for four or five minutes and there was no real interaction, that lead to this kind of thing. Another thing was this scene where the girls from yacht club try to change kanatas clothes and they actedas if they never had seen a boy before. This whole scene was stupid.
If you want more from the anime, maybe you will be disappointed like me. But it can be enjoyed.
3: Fairy Tail Movie 1: Houou no Miko
Japanese: 劇場版 FAIRY TAIL 鳳凰の巫女
MAL Score: 7.38
In the mountains of north Fiore lies the Fire Village, where a lush-blue relic known as the Phoenix Stone is preserved. Entrusted to a mystifying woman named éclair, it is said to contain the power of an ancient phoenix. She wanders the land alone and protects the stone from harm, despite having no memory of why it was left in her care and only the faintest recollection of where she must take it.
After encountering the wizard guild Fairy Tail, éclair receives an offer from Natsu Dragneel and his friends to help her uncover the mysteries surrounding the stone. However, in the midst of the group’s journey, éclair is suddenly attacked and the stone is taken from her. With this, nefarious intentions to revive the blazing phoenix for its unparalleled power come to light, and the wizards of Fairy Tail find themselves in a situation that could spell calamity. They must now work together to prevent the revival of the phoenix and save the world from ruin.
That was when I finally realized that movies don’t really work that way.
Movies are completely different from anime series, even if it doesn’t seem like it on the surface. They’re similar in how they tell tales of any kind of stories, achieving many things in the anime industry that cartoons and non-japanese animation can’t and, of course, the fact that they’re both animation. However, movies tend to be in a much more grand level, and it generally takes difficult steps to achieve the things series can’t. Experience can be remotely different considering it being inside a much shorter animation time to tell the story, and it’s not so surprising that presentation and development are taken in a completely differently way, as well as budget and production values going all out.
And it’s mainly the reason why people’s expectations go up when a popular or favorable series gets given a movie. Movies tells a story in ways that series sometimes cannot do, and movies like Evangelion, Ghilbi films, Mamoru Hosoda’s movies and many, many more are so spectacular in different ways. But what about movies in addition to existing series? Unless some kind of prequel/sequel/remake link is involved in any way, it’s hard to add a newly born story to a long-running series because of time-line issues (difficulties as to where it takes place in the series, for example), which leads to many disadvantages with how you can tell a story. Because of this, it’d have to be regarded as a side-story (or in harsher terms, a money milker), and even one where it doesn’t effect the series at all.
And Fairy Tail fell right into that trap.
“B-but hey! It doesn’t matter so much if the movie is regarded as a dairy money milker! Who cares, as long as the content is well-written, entertaining and unpredictably gripping with the same charm, right?” Yes, you’re kinda right. Except… the movie is nothing like that at all.
Firstly, this takes place far in the series, and I don’t when exactly but you’ve got to pass the ‘time skip’ bit in order to get what’s going on around you (vaguely discribing for fans who haven’t seen that much of the series). But then again, it doesn’t really matter as it’s only little details to limit the questions you’d be wonderingly asking, so if you’re really desperate to watch this then ask someone to fill you in the very basic details. In other words, do what I did because I haven’t caught up with the series.
Assuming you’ve read the quick synopsis on the top, do you know how the bad filler arcs in Fairy Tail are like? Yes, and this movie is on par with them. Go up to the relations and realize that the actual movie is NOT an adaption of the original manga, so it’s completely original. Remember that silly Gray arc for example? It’s probably worst than that. Not that it’s more complicated or contradicting, but the writing is just plain bad.
It’s basically another set-up like ‘the heroes getting caught in a bad situation and they solve stuff’ sort of thing. You see the fun atmosphere of the Fairy Tail guild, they gets caught in a mess and get their asses kicked, figure out what to do and attempt to defeat the bad guys (and to stop the world getting destroyed too). If you can convert the inside story into summarizing words on a single paper, you’d find out that it’s really, really basic story writing about the fact that two stones would cause big trouble, and the new girl has one and the bad guys has the other. Considering it’s made into a movie, the entire plot is basically about all said (with a little more background for teeny development), and it’s just too uninteresting and unoriginal to be in film format, as well as being too little and less grand than nearly all the main arcs of the original series.
The writing is so cheap that everything inside the story felt so uneven that… nothing seems right. The very fact that some girl with amnesia has some unimportant stone (to the main guild that is) which can destroy the entire world just gives a big sense of doubt, and that can subtract to the experience of watching the film by a lot. Given the thin, thin storyline, it’s no surprise that it’d be extremely predictable at some places too. You get your bad guys who shows off their skills and somewhat thrashes the guild at first, but with the comeback of various battles between the two sides, it’s easy to guess who would win. And not forgetting to mention the battle of massive monster who’s aiming to destroy the world, guess who won that one? There are some story twists in which may shift differently in accordance to what you may think during the film, but the story and premise just seems so silly that you can’t even be surprised about it. It’s really hard to sense a real feel of hope or anxiety towards anything, and I can ensure you your edge of the seat won’t be necessary for you to sit on.
Apart from those points, there’s quite a few plot holes here and there, though not enough to hurt the writing (well it’s damaged enough I’d say). There also isn’t enough background on the stones and Eclair (I’ll talk about her later though), considering the time limit of the movie. And even with the background given, once again it’s not nearly as interesting as what the bad story is, and it doesn’t help if they’re only presented in single explanations from either narrative or a character’s point of view at scenes (which isn’t a creative way of telling backgrounds). There’s nothing much else to say about the story, except it’s just child writing at best. Some may argue that this sort of writing is how shounen shows work, but it’s nothing on par with the original Fairy Tail series, and that what mainly matters. It’s so unoriginal and predictable that it passes the point where it’s beyond help.
Let’s get aside the point of the writing content for now, and go into the production values. Let’s not forget that this is in movie format, because one would expect that the animation would be taken in better consideration than the series. Results? Well… mixed answers actually.
In comparison to the original series, the animation is certainly better. The most noticeable thing about it is that the animation is much more fluent and smooth in movements, and this makes the experience of some fight scenes more practical and less forced. With the more cartoony style, it’s simply more fun to watch the scenes go less picture-moving style whilst it allows more experimental movements. However, that’s the most worth noting in the department, because it’s nowhere as close as “movie quality”. The style in the art is a little different than the original series (and no worries, it’s not by a whole lot) but what you’d expect from a big movie isn’t going to be in here at all. Also, quality. There’s still a lot of ‘quality’ moments where the faces from far distance are hilariously distorted, weird positioning at times, and the infamous cheap tricks of moving one frame in certain directions are used here.
If anything was really worth getting out of the movie, it’d be the opening song. 200 miles (Jang Keun-suk) is one of those rock songs that you’d find in either classic anime openings or songs from old rock bands outside Japan. I’ve listened to the full song like, 50 million times, and I still love it. It’s a catchy and good-ass rock song, and it’s probably the only really, really awesome part of the entire movie. That said, the OST and ED is fine, but nothing really worth saying. The newly composed OST is just on par with the original OST used, and it’s mostly not noticeable because the scenes are cliché enough to not even care for the soundtracks. Voice acting is the same as what you’d expect from the series, and Aya Endou (Sora no Woto’s Filicia, Needless’s Cruz) does a decent job voicing the new, unfamiliar character.
Ah yes, Eclair, the new highlight character of the featured movie.
The entire movie is based around Eclair (and her bird Momon). She’s a pretty good character actually, personality wise. The big problem was though that she was more of a plot device than an individual; It was her being that Fairy Tail was driven into this mess, and if she never met Fairy Tail, then they weren’t have the care in the world about whatever’s happening (oh and the world would end too, woops). It’s not necessarily a bad thing though, as many stories feature encounters of characters who then gets involved in all sorts of troubles, and Eclair even had a decent amount of past behind her considering the amount of time in the movie was only 86 minutes long. The past wasn’t so significant though, and definitely wasn’t too interesting to know about, especially if the story wasn’t good at all. The other problem, again, lies in the fault of being in movie format; it’s too short to bring up the development between Fairy Tail (especially Lucy) and Eclair herself; she kinda just met them by chance and became fond with them. This means you won’t feel much for her on anything that happens to her, and considering she’s the center character of the story, she alone isn’t enough to drive my interest towards the story during the entire movie.
The entire Fairy Tail cast is involved. It’s fun to see every character again, but… that’s really it. The lovely charm of seeing the tropes of every individual in funny scenes is there, and if you’re a fan of the characters then it’s a given that you’d smile to how they usually act. But that’s really what they’re there for… oh, and the fact that they all try to stop the mess from happening and stuff. They’re all trying to do the same thing as a group, and not one of them, apart from Natsu and maybe Lucy, do anything really significantly interesting or important as a whole. They’re just there to involve the charm of the Fairy Tail; if Eclair, Natsu and Lucy were the only main characters (excluding bad guys), then it’d still be enough to carry the burden of the thin, thin story forward to where it is.
Oh, and the bad guys. The bad guys, uhh… I forgot their names, are bad. And not bad as in “evil bad”, but they’re actually “badly-written” characters (you can probably tell since I don’t even remember their names at all, both group and people). In a long time, they probably have the worst motives anyone can come up with; the motives are generic, rubbish excuses that even contradict each other, and the fact that the world is going to end because of the given motives is just plain horrible for the movie. They’re nothing worth mentioning (except a few bad guys are kinda cool), but the rest are your usual assholes with uninspiring motives.
It wasn’t zero percent enjoyable though. I got through the movie because the introductory was entertaining and was a okay set-up, but from where the story unfolds just unfolds a rotten smell and unpleasant cooking. It’s a given that the fight scenes, unique style and seeing the characters again were quite enjoyable, but the story felt like a pathetic excuse to bring up an entire movie, and it’s really not worth putting it in film format.
A massive fan of Fairy Tail? You’d probably enjoy this, as you get to see every character be themselves and cool fight scenes. But a casual fan of Fairy Tail? Don’t bother, because this really isn’t anything compared to the original series, and the story is just an extremely cliché, generic and dumb linear story which doesn’t add to the series in any way possible. Movies are a cool addition to series, but sometimes they don’t work at all, especially if they’re setting the bar up high by making it a movie in the first place.
But who cares, isn’t it about the content? Oh, wait.
Note: You should probably watch the movie if your in the 100 episodes in the show.
There are alot of Fairy Tail lovers out there, as well as people who hate it for being kinda a main stream Shounen Anime.
Fairy Tail the series always had/has the knack for being kinda all in your face with the whole Nakama thing, like we are friends because we say we are, and therefore you shall also think this.
But in Fairy Tail Houou no Miku they really mad a good job, they took the basecore of the friendship trough thick and thin to a whole new level. The whole picture of we are friends because we say we are was removed. This movie made me excited when the fights went on, and made me tear up at the later parts. They painted such a lovely scenery of how true friendship can be so lovely and how it helps you keep strong at the tough parts in your life, like death, sorrow and so on. Bravo Fairy Tail, this was truly not main stream. I salute you.
For fairy tail made me participate in how all those feelings are. A Must Watch.
2: Macross F Movie 1: Itsuwari no Utahime
English: Macross Frontier: The False Songstress
Japanese: 劇場版 マクロスＦ 虚空歌姫 ～イツワリノウタヒメ～
MAL Score: 7.81
Half retelling of the original Frontier series, half new story. Conspiracies arise within the Frontier government when Sheryl Nome arrives to the colonial fleet for her concert and is soon marked as a spy for Galaxy while childhood friends, Alto Saotome and Ranka Lee both try to achieve their dreams as the battle between Frontier and the Vajra draws closer.
This movie serves as part one of the Frontier retelling and will conclude with the second, The Wings of Goodbye.
Macross Frontier: The False Songstress is an excellent example of bringing a two season long TV series to the movie theater. Unlike many recent TV-to-theater adaptation in which a large portion of the movie is nothing but recycled scenes from the TV original, the staffs behind this Macross movie has dedicated their time in rewriting the story, revising the character relations, composing new songs and OST, and most of all, using completely new animation and scenes on ~90% of the movie. In other words, there are no more than a couple of minutes of reused materials from the TV series in this 120 minutes movie! So don’t be fooled if you are told this movie is nothing but a retell/summary of the original because that is far from the truth.
While the movie is paced so that a first time viewer with no prior background from the TV series can still follow the story at ease, but at the same time it will not bore those who have already watched the 25 episodes original because the story is so immensely different on so many different levels. However, with that said, I personally still recommend watching the TV series first before proceeding with this movie so that one would have more time to get accustom to the terminologies in that universe (ie. Deculture!). To fully appreciate the skillful remake of the story, one would need to have a solid understanding of the original creation.
The Macross series has been well known to many as a futuristic action-packed, mecha, sci-fi space opera with a healthy dose of romance and lots of aliens in the mix. But what really make this series differ from other mecha shows are the superb songs, soundtracks, and OST. In other words, the music. Music is an integral part of each and every Macross title dating back to the first series aired in 1982. Following this old tradition, Macross Frontier and its first movie have set numerous sales records in the anime music industry. In fact, it is not an exaggeration when it claims that its success is nearly unmatched in the history of anime music industry. Many of its albums reached Oricon’s weekly chart top three positions and maintained those positions for weeks! Of course it is always possible to argue that the successes of the albums are thanks to the skillful J-pop singer, May’n and to a lesser degree, Megumi Nakajima, the winner of the “Best Musical Performance” award.
Character growth/development tends to be lacking in recent TV-to-theater adaptations and before watching it, I sincerely hoped Macross Frontier: The False Songstress will allow me to write something positive for a change in this category. Fortunately for me (and for all the viewers), the main casts are quite realistic albeit the girls seem a bit more moody than their TV counterpart. While not on the level as its music production, the main characters do show enough depth and personality to make me view them as something more than a 2D character with voice (2.5D?).
Much like the music compartment, the animation of Macross Frontier and its movie has been highly regarded as top notch in their respective category. The fluidity in mecha motions during intense battle scenes must have struck many unprepared viewers like an intense thunder. It is rare to see Cel-shaded animation used so well that they seem natural to be part of the environment. What makes the animation more praise-worthy is the fact that the studio did not neglect the other aspects of the show (ie. not just the battle looks great). Simply put, the animation is without doubt THE selling point of the show. Even if you are not interested in mecha or galactic warfare or singing diva, the animation alone is enough to persuade you that this movie is great in its own way.
This two hours long movie is certainly a thrilling ride and well worth my time. There were moments that threw me off my seat, moments that I cheered for certain heroic deeds, and a particular moment that I thought was slightly awkward. But all in all, the “pros” of this movie heavily outweigh the “cons”, or perhaps I was being a bit unreasonable with my expectations. For the action-minded, both the introduction and climatic ending will not be a disappointment. For the music-minded, there are enough new and old songs in the mix to tease you into buying the albums. For all other viewers whether you are new to the Macross franchise or a diehard fan, the combination of beautiful divas, awesome looking mecha, and a love triangle fighting to save the galaxy should be a pretty good recipe to stir up your appetite.
First off, you don’t even have to speak Japanese to tell this movie is rushed, although it’s not as much of a wreck as Unlimited Blade Works, it’s pacing is still kind of hectic, if you are going to watch this movie, whether you understand japanese or not, please watch the series first or you will be somewhat confused.
It is a remake of the series, so you will see some differences from the series, which to me are welcomed. I can’t really say much or I risk spoiling the movie.
As with most Gekijouban, Utsuwari no Utahime’s strong point is NOT the story, although the story isn’t bad, what really takes it away is the presentation. This movie is a classic example of what you can do to a masterpiece of the series when given a lot more money to do a remake. The animations and fight scenes were absolutely amazing, probably the best animations I have ever seen. They were so good, at times I just found myself just completely awed by how good it was. Everything just went so far above the series, including Sheryl’s concerts, the Frontier itself, the looks of the ships and vajra, the explosions, the macross cannon, ect.
The music was what stayed the most faithful to the series, although we get pretty much the same music maybe 1 or 2 new songs, it was not a letdown any less than the rest of the movie. Because one of the coolest things about Macross F was how they presented the animations during the music, such as concerts and ect. Well, they take it to a whole new level in this movie, what eyes can do to your music listening experience is just absolutely amazing, the director definitely knows this, and used it to their full advantage.
If I had to pick a weakness of this movie though was that there wasn’t nearly as much action as I thought there was going to be. Especially for a gekijouban of a mech series. Mech Gekijouban usually say “screw the story” and give us action every 5 seconds. There really is only action in the beginning and end of the movie, with the middle being dramatic build up and story. Which isn’t really bad, but they could have put a fight in the middle, that actually would have been pretty nice. Even if there wasn’t as much action as there could have been, the action we did get was supurb, and the story was different enough from the series to constantly keep you somewhat on edge. The story goes up to about episode 7 in the series, when the Galaxy gets attacked by the vajra, but the ending is different than what happened in the series, so look forward to that.
Character-wise, Sheryl definitely played a bigger role with the vajra than she did in the series, but Ranka hasn’t really done much in this movie. And Alto is the same Alto.
Overall, this movie was really damn good. If you are a fan of Macross F I strongly recommend you watch this whenever it’s subbed. There is definitely enough changes to keep you interested. I now can’t wait for the second movie, after watching this one, I wonder what kind of “different ending” they are going to give us, well, if anyone wants to give me a ticket to fly to Japan in February I’ll gladly accept it.
Story: This is not just the first half of the anime series squished into the time slot of a film. The first half does greatly draw from the beginning of the anime series, even down to frame-by-frame shots taken (but enhanced) from the anime. Things are also a bit out of order. For instance, Alto’s teasing and training is in the second film, even though it was in episode 3 of the anime, but film 2 is very much Alto’s story, so this makes a lot of sense. A number of small things have been removed to make the plot more fluid, and also focus on the pretty art. The second half of the film is almost entirely new story, and it’s pretty enjoyable. If you’ve seen the anime, you will probably cheer a lot during the second half of the film. It ends on a high note and a lot of good things happen.
I like a lot of the narrative decisions they made. My main quibbles are these:
1) Someone clearly thought that there was not enough fanservice and far too much manservice in the anime, and rectified this in the films. The concerts in the films are longer and more fanservicy (e.g., Sheryl is seduced by a male version of herself for one concert, wherein she wears a thong with a pom pom on the butt). It’s to the point where it’s cringe-worthy at times (although the animation is a lot better and worth seeing), but if you can get past it, it doesn’t truly ruin the story. Plus, they added a few things for the guys later on.
2) Women do not do a lot of the action in the films. In the anime, Ranka and Sheryl end up saving Alto a couple times, and Klan and Catherine are far more noticeably badass. This is almost entirely gone in the films. Almost immediately after we meet Catherine the first time, she basically faints from surprise. The films are a bit better because Ranka is a much stronger character overall in the films: she really knows what she wants and pursues it, spending a lot less time confused about what to do. The same is true for Sheryl. But it was a little worrying to see the women pushed back so much.
Art: They had a much bigger budget for the films, and it really shows. While they took a number of scenes from the show, they added a ton of new content. The concerts are quite gorgeous and the fighting scenes are pretty fun. Sheryl and Ranka get a lot of neat outfits to wear and the overall look of the film is much more refined and gorgeous.
Sound: Honestly, I enjoyed the music from the anime a lot better. It’s still great in the films, most likely because they reused a number of songs from the show, and I hear that a lot of people like the film versions more, but I just didn’t hear anything that really stood out to me. I paid more attention to the narrative changes and art. That being said, if you have not taken the time to check out the soundtrack for this franchise, please do so. It’s worth the time.
Character: A lot of character revamps occurred for the films. Ranka and Alto are friends before the narrative even starts, which removes some of the contrived meetings and better explains why they’re texting and seeing each other so much. Brera is also introduced almost from the beginning, which better explains his story. It’s stuff like that which was changed to just remove a lot of the clutter, give more reasons for cast members to be involved in the plot, and allow more focus for the central plot.
I liked a lot of the changes they made. Sheryl and Alto get to hang out more (this is very much a film series for SherylxAlto fans, since they do a lot of cutesy stuff). Brera’s character was also re-done very well, and his relationship with Alto is a let better: less of a testosterone-fueled conflict over Ranka, and more of one of camaraderie. One of the best changes by far for the films is the revamp of Grace’s character. Her story in the anime feels so contrived and silly. In the films, you actually like her, and her relationship with Sheryl is incredibly sweet. Yet she’s still a beautiful, intelligent, powerful badass.
Enjoyment: There are some things that are missing from the beginning of the anime that I am sad to see gone, and I did not like seeing the ridiculous amount of fanservice, but overall, I liked this film a lot and I like this narrative a lot more than the first half of the anime. On its own, it’s very enjoyable and beautiful. It’s definitely worth a watch (along with its sequel), especially if you’re a fan of the anime.
1: Macross F Movie 2: Sayonara no Tsubasa
Japanese: 劇場版 マクロスＦ 恋離飛翼 ～サヨナラノツバサ～
MAL Score: 7.97
Second Macross Frontier movie.
Remember my Evangelion anecdote in my Macross Frontier Movie 1: Itsuwari no Utahime review? If not, let me recap. Evangelion had 3, soon to be 4 rebuild films that got progressively strayed from the original anime, the more the rebuild story went on, to the point that movie 3 was something new in its entirety. It’s a similar thing here. Itsuwari no Utahime partly recapped the first 10 episodes of Macross Frontier, and then strayed away for the film’s second half. This film, Macross Frontier Movie 2: Sayonara no Tsubasa or the equally awesome English translation, Wings of Farewell, is a new story in its entirety. So, with the final installment to this 2-part ambitious project, did they put off a stellar farewell performance, or did they come crashing down into the crevasses of forgotten stardom? Let’s find out, shall we?
Your enjoyment of the story comes down to how much you can handle all of the many twists and hidden agendas this movie throws at you. It rivals Code Geass R2 in the amount of those present here. Back in Itsuwari no Utahime, Sheryl and Grace, two of the more prevalent characters in the series, were suspected as spies from Macross Galaxy. This movie finishes what that film started. It turns out that like in the show, Sheryl has been afflicted with a fatal Vajra illness, and she’ll eventually die, so Grace O’Connor wants to take her and her career out in one fell swoop. Luckily, Leon, whose role is somewhat changed from his villainous role in the show, brings this case back up, eliminates most of Grace’s men, shot Grace multiple times, arrested Sheryl, and started a manhunt against a guy named Brera Sterne, a guy being controlled by Grace herself. Fed up with Sheryl’s arrest, Alto, the rising star Ranka, and various members of Frontier’s military team up to bust her out, and eliminate the still present Vajra threat. Unfortunately, Grace’s body is brought back by Leon, thinking he still has a use for her. Considering the bullet her minion Brera Sterne put on Leon’s head, it’s safe to say it didn’t work out well. Also, if there was anything recycled from the show during this movie, it would be the remaining sides during the final confrontation, seeing as there were four sides to this epic battle of wits and conquest. Also, this movie, like Code Geass R2, pulls an ambiguous ending, leaving you to speculate what truly happened. There’s already enough spoilers on the review as it is, and I won’t add any more.
One of the biggest sections of dramatic tension, is Sheryl’s arrest. She’s heartbroken knowing that her career is going to end, and she’s going to die, weather the illness or the new death sentence placed on her arrest kills her first. Luckily, she’s even better than her portrayal in the show, with slightly more depth in this incarnation. Ranka is the same as before, and so is Alto, except for some choices he makes, even if it’s pretty much confirmed that at some point after the ending of this film, you know, when he gets back home from his crazy decision, the Alto x Sheryl ship will set sail. Everyone else is the same as in the show as well, except for Leon. He is no longer a backstabbing villain who gets confronted near the end of the show with no further punishment. This time, out of the four sides, he’s the second best, aside from the protagonists of course, only this time, HE gets backstabbed, or rather, shot.
The visuals of this movie have barely aged a day. The performances are marvelous and full of life, the CG looks stepped up from the show, and even more amazing than before. The mech fights are some of the best I’ve ever seen. So much beautiful flashy effects everywhere, it’s just breathtaking! Nothing looks bad, and it’s just a marvel to look at. It’s like being up close for a fireworks show, only, no side effects like smoke or whatever.
No track is less than stellar in terms of vocals. Sure, the background music sounds just OK, but the vocals are the best in the series. Kindan no Elixir and Sayonara no Tsubasa are some of the best performances ever, and Ranka’s performances are no slouch either. You have to listen to these songs for yourself. Also, a majority of songs are new this time around. I still listen to Kindan no elixir from time to time. It is that good.
The twists were enthralling, the action was amazing, and the music was just beautiful. What else do I need to say? If I can put up with some of the worst subs I’ve ever seen, just for this movie, that`s a testament to how much I loved this film, even if some of the twists are a bit more disagreeable than others. It was definitely the most fun I’ve had with Frontier as a whole, as well as some of the most fun I’ve had with the franchise period.
OVERALL: 8/10 RAW SCORE 81/100
There’s not much left to say. This movie was epic. It truly brought a great conclusion to the series, and is a worthy addition to the franchise. Sure, not all twists were great, but they kept me at the edge of my seat, along with the amazing songs and battles. Sure, this movie is a bit more divisive than the first, despite it having a higher score than the first, but it was a real treat, and you should definitely watch it if you have watched movie 1 already. With that, I bid you adieu.
a) The best animation ever seen (the first movie blew me away so did this one)
b) Cheesy songs that you may end up listening to as a guilty pleasure, you wouldn’t be caught dead listening to them in front of your friends
c) A crazy story about how music can suddenly save the world and make wars come to an end
d) some sort of stupid Love Triangle
I mean the thing with Macross is you can’t judge it in comparison to other shows nor can you judge it with a regular mindset. If you’re the type of person who has willingly chosen to watch Macross then you know by now that – c) and d) are very likely to be present, perhaps you even enjoy dismally bad stories and love polygons perhaps you dream of one day singing to make the galaxy a better place, or maybe you’re just an obsessed fanboy/girl. To you all of these things shouldn’t matter
Strangely enough the love triangle here is finally resolved! Yes RESOLVED – after the series’ rather indecisive ending – which was left like that so as not to piss off half of their fanbase. Now that the frontier chapter is over though and cinema tickets have been purchased nobody cares about the disenfranchised lot who are probably now embarking on a host of collective suicide gatherings and poster bonfires.
Was it better than the first movie? No use comparing them they’re probably better watched in sequence
If Nuclear reactors ran on cheese then this movie would be Fukushima – non-irradiated people like myself can actually sit through it if we take the time to remember that a) and b) are worth watching – so much so that c) and d) can be overlooked.
–may contain some SPOILER!–
Alto-kun is a real man~
I would have complained if the movie ended with alto not being
able to choose between sheryl and ranka. Even though that was
(or maybe) his last time~ He really… *cries*
he really made up his mind and chose~
I’m a rankaXalto fan. Even way back from the series, I was
hoping that Alto would end up with Ranka. I was obsessed about
their pairing so I kinda hated Sheryl. Or should I say I really
hated Sheryl. What I had in mind about her was that she makes
all this “alluring” moves to seduce Alto and so on. But after
seeing this movie, i changed my view about her. TT^TT
Well, more about the movie~ The concert (Sheryl and Ranka’s
concert) was very amazing! I wish there would be a concert like
that. It started with Sheryl having her concert. (Once again,
MF never really fails you with their songs XD) with all of
those costumes and test tubes~ TEST TUBES? yeah~(It kinda goes
along with the meaning of the song) test tubes and she used one
of those as her mic then she suddenly collapsed. I thought the
reason why she collapsed was because she kinda swallowed some
of the liquid from her test-tube-mic. Hahaha~ n_n”
Well, the rest of the story was just like from the series. Some
events on the series was elaborated on the movie. And there was
also bit of twist. Also a memory of Alto from the past was
revealed. Which I think is the one that contributed to the
‘thing’ that made Alto chose that girl.
Alto’s moment of decision must be considered a very special
time~ considering how the movie ended. But if he could have
just got out from that VAJRA, the movie would be more dramatic.
Alto surviving, returning to his chosen girl, and that girl
being on the verge of death, ranka getting over or accepting
alto’s decision (So sorry for the spoiler >_
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Macross F Movie 2: Sayonara no Tsubasa
2. Macross F Movie 1: Itsuwari no Utahime
3. Fairy Tail Movie 1: Houou no Miko
4. Mouretsu Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace
5. Macross Δ Movie: Gekijou no Walküre
6. Aquarion Movie: Ippatsu Gyakuten-hen
7. Ta ga Tame no Alchemist
8. Macross FB7: Ore no Uta wo Kike!