Several years ago, I became enamored with the Inazuma Eleven anime series. It was full of friendship and spirit, and while it is primarily a children's anime, it can be enjoyed by adults and young adults as well.
The movie is set in the middle of the first season of GO, therefore, you'll need to have watched the series to understand whats happening. It also references plot points from late season 1 and late season 2. Tenma and co have been sent to an island to feel the wrath of Fifth Sector's strongest teams. Not much more to be said about there. The movie introduces
2 all-powerful teams that fuse into one by the end. The backstory behind characters like Shuu, as well as some for Hakuryuu is a welcome addition. Finally, it was fun as hell seeing some of the old cast get on the field again!
Its the normal IE art, except polished up heavily as its a movie, and its the art I fell in love with. You can look past the CGI as it doesn't impact the movie to much. The art for the hissatsus, characters, and avatars is great though.
Another reason I love IE is the music, and that sure held up in this movie. Excellent pieces and theme song additions made for an engaging and exciting movie.
What makes this movie different from the previous IE movie is that it takes the time to flesh out its antagonists, and you really never truly hate them. The protagonists are as lovable as always, though you'd need to watch the show to know whats going on in their heads.
I freaking loved this movie! Its always fun watching hissatsus and avatars going at it, and this movie implemented a few twists to make the game quite unpredictable in the end. Bringing back old cast, evolving hissatsus and avatars, and even fusing them, you'll love the 'action' sports in this movie that IE has always provided.
I heartily recommend watching this movie if you are at all a fan of IE/GO. It is possibly my favorite piece of IE outside of very select parts, and its just a joy feeling like a kid again.
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