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The story is quite simple. They don't try to make a big thing out of it, which is good on certain cases. It's pretty much this: The story of a great manager driving a not-so-good team in direction to fame and success. There are small elements left unexplained through the series, although there's no big deal about that all. It leaves you with a doubt, expecting that it will eventually be answered on a next season, OVA or special. Like I stated earlier, it also shows us the side of ETU's fans: the ones that support the team since long ago, the ones that lost faith on the team and eventually regained them, the children... Anyway, even though it (obviously) doesn't get as much space on the anime as the club, it's well featured. Even less featured is the side of the reporters, but we can see a bit of that too. An interesting part of it is that it doesn't try to make "impossible" things happen. ETU is not a team that can always win - like we usually see on most of these shows. They also don't pull cards off their sleeves all of a sudden and make a giant play that will save the game - most of the time.
There's nothing wrong with the art. It's actually very good. Truth be told, basically all the matches are very well animated and worked on through all points of view. Although the character's designs may look weird at first, you easily get adapted to the style.
The OST of this show is awesome. So are the voice actors, who did a remarkable job with all roles. The only reason I'm not rating it with a 10 is simply because of the characters who spoke some language other than japanese. On these cases, the dubs weren't satisfactory at all. Besides the idea of making each character from each region (France, England, Brazil and others) speak their natural idiom is good, the japanese accent didn't help much. Other than that, the voices match really well the characters they are designed for.
All the characters are pretty well developed. They are given interesting personalities and these are worked on as the team moves forward. Besides some characters didn't get as much attention as others did, the job is well done with all of them. Not only individually, but as the entire group that is ETU. You'll get attached more to some players and less to others, instead of having, like, three characters between which you will choose and say who's your favorite. You'll learn to like the team and - maybe - dislike some of its players.
Even if you aren't a great fan of soccer, you surely will enjoy this anime. It really makes you want to watch the next episode and see what will happen. It gets you into the story and eventually you will even cheer with the public on the stadium. There surely won't be any regrets if you start watching it anytime, anyday. read more
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Story (9): The story is great. I suppose they couldn't do more in just one movie. The Strong World: Episode 0 OVA helped buying a lot of time. Like in any One Piece arc, the story moves fastly, no matter what has been shown before.
Art (9): Once you watch One Piece (anime) and see how the art isn't that good in many parts of the series, you'll notice that this movie contains a great art. Like, Franky had a banana on his hair. What the hell is that? Brooke was smoking. Well, I liked it and all, but the clothes were strange, and I have to admit it. Anyway. Great art and this is it.
Sound(9): The sound is great, but it has nothing "unexpected". New soundtrack, but once it's a movie, it had to be like this. The voices were great (duh) like on the anime.
Character(10): Luffy's crew is so original that I can't give it less than 10. Their personalities, the clothes they were wearing (strange, but original)... Shiki was, as well, an outstanding character. I have nothing bad to add about the characters.
Enjoymen(9)t: If you like One Piece and you aren't expecting a lot of this movie just because Oda wrote this, then you'll love this movie and even give it a 10. The key is: Don't overrate it.
Overall(9): Well, many may not agree with me and rate this movie with a 10. But in a general analysis, 9 is a great note for this movie. All of the terms were combined and this is what we got: 9. The absence of logic in some parts (once I may not write spoilers, I'm not telling which parts these are), besides One Piece lacks logic on the anime itself many times, makes me feel like if this movie deserves a 9.
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Really... Before watching BRS, I was expecting something, like... "Pew pew pew fight fight". Indeed, I didn't receive it. It was just a slice of life. And guys, I tell you. The OVA is good, it just got the wrong public with that trailer. I mean, everyone was expecting something else, like Black Rock Shooter fighting against Dead Master and all. But, well, you see, they got... That. A slice of life.
The story isn't bad, it's even good, I tell you. For a slice of life, it's great. But I can't rate it with more than 7. Simply because it could have something more.
The art was great, but it wasn't actually "Godlike". Well, I suppose you can't have a good OVA just because of the art, right? After all, once the animation was the ones of an OVA, it had to be great.
The soundtrack of this OVA is AMAZING. Really, it couldn't be better. But, like the art, it can't make a good OVA alone.
How can I put it? Well... The characters didn't catch my eye. They were just "normal". It's not like if I didn't like their personalities, they simply weren't "FUCKING WIN". Something like this.
Many people won't enjoy it, because of the trailer. If you watched the trailer and you're waiting for fight and all, then you won't enjoy it. But, if you like a slice of life with those typical problems of an adolescent (feeling like if you've been forgotten by your best friend), then you'll enjoy it.
Well. The anime itself is good. Very good. As I said before, it just had the wrong public. Again: IF YOU ARE EXPETCING SOMETHING WITH (many) ACTION SCENES, THEN DON'T WATCH BLACK ROCK SHOOTER! Unless you like few action scenes and lots of slice of life. read more