Akuto, the main source of energy is running low and the Heavens, a world of islands, hidden beyond time, floating above ours, has united against the Magical Kingdom whom uses the most energy. To save both the Magical Kingdom and the Heavens and restore the flow of akuto, the Magical King Munto must follow a vision and find the girl Yumemi in the lower world. Yumemi herself is just a normal girl except that she is the only one who can see the islands of the Heavens floating above. When Munto appears before her she starts thinking about hers and others responsibility to the world.
The overarching plot left a lot to be desired—it was very shallow. This is sort of to be expected of something that's only 50 minutes long. A lot of OVAs come off as rushed because the creators jam too much into too short a time. Munto's story, on the other hand, didn't feel rushed. It just didn't feel good.
The subplot involving Yumemi's friend Suzume was interesting, though. I'd like to see an entire OVA dedicated to it... thirteen year olds making decisions for the rest of their lives based on emotions are always fun to watch.
I think my favorite scene must have been the one in Yumemi's living room where she's talking with her mom over the television noise. It felt like a prototype of the amazing character interaction we get to see later in AIR and Kanon 2006. It was the best-directed scene in the OVA, I feel, and I'd have liked to see more. Unfortunately, we simply do not have time for many slow scenes like that one and throughout the OVA we are given rushed and sometimes overlaid scenes that prevent the anime from presenting its atmosphere effectively and direct our attention to the (again, poor) central plot.
The OVA's high points are in character potential. Yumemi is very interesting; she is afraid of her destiny and role in big affairs in a stereotypical Ikari Shinjiesque manner but she is not whiny. She has a strong and down-to-earth side which casts her as almost a precursor to Kyon—the cynical protagonist who can only doubt in the supernatural, even when it's right before him—and yet she is still cutesy at times (hugging Ichiko during the celebration on the bridge). She has clearly faced and overcome intriguing conflict in her past and she interacts differently with different people. All signs point to 3D character—and then the OVA ends. Damn it.
Thankfully there's a second one. Having watched the first, I do want to watch the second. The first was not so bad—it just wasn't good. And perhaps some of the potential introduced shall be realized in the second installment.
In the end, one can't do much with fifty minutes. That goes for the OVA, but it also goes for us. The opportunity cost of watching Munto is small, and, given that, I do believe it's worth it.read more
Story: Cliched fanfiction-level shit. I could talk about the shitty underage romance subplot (a loner encounters a 13 yo girl and they fall in love...in the river), or how fucking socially retarded Munto is: appears out of nowhere and demands a girl give him her "power", when she doesn't even know who he is or what he's talking about. Tells her to "believe in herself", and she actually says "I believe in myself" when all she did was touch Munto. That was literally all she had to do. "Believe in yourself" is literally the most overused line in the history of shitty fanfiction. I would give a 0 for the story if I could.
Character designs: Terrible. All the girls have fuckhuge bug eyes and Munto looks like a skinny 12 year old...remember this guy is supposed to be the king of the Magic Kingdom. Just look at that ridiculous hair.
Animation: Average. Nothing to complain about, but it wasn't amazing either. The fight scenes were a letdown. Actually there is only one fight scene in the entire 54 minute OVA, Gas vs the chick with two swords. It was okay animation wise, I mean it's double framed. But in terms of choreography it wasn't that great. It was just Gas dodging the double swords. Was somewhat similar to the Darker than Black OVA where Hei was dodging the chinese contractor's double swords. Gas grabs the sword and vaporizes it. If the sword doesn't cut you then why bother dodging it? Seems kind of pointless really. Anyway that was it. The OVA's only fight scene and was mediocre.
Overall piss poor story and underwhelming fight scenes, really disappointing. read more
This is one of those interesting looking shows from Kyoto animation. This story seems a bit forced in the beginning. The story actually revolves around Yumemi Hidaka instead of Munto so I’m not really all that sure why the show is named after Munto. It should have been called magical girl or destiny girl, which would be closer to it I think.
I don’t really understand why there is a storyline within a story line. It seems like it confuses it. Fortunately, it makes up for it by the same feeling of Air and Clannad. This has the same feeling as them where if revolves around the world of a young girl who doesn’t know where her place is. She tries to find out, but turns out there are powers she has that can save the world. Kyoto has this way of having a rather dreamy and other worldly show. Now this show feels only like a beginning of a chapter, and it doesn’t seem to end really.
The artwork is not as good as the big three, it feels a bit hazy. I guess the hazy is supposed to make it dreamlike, but it just feels a little odd. The 3D animation actually look rather good with this show for however little is in this. Munto looks like Yugi with his spiky hair and lengthy body. Some of the bodies are really small waist.
The voices sound pretty good actually in the English, They did a rather good job. Unfortunately, the magical king Munto sounds like Yugi to in his dueling form. It doesn’t help because of his looks too.read more
I watched Munto a few years ago (the subbed version). I decided to rewatch it recently and saw a dubbed version had come out. To be honest, I spend the next half an hour looking for the subbed version. Except I couldn't (still can't as I write this review).
It may just be nostalgia, but I remember liking the subbed version SO MUCH more. The dubbed version is like a fanmade version. It is H-O-R-R-I-B-L-E. I think other reviewers were a bit harsh. The plot was decent (though it would have been better if it had been longer). Really, the thing that ruins it is the dubbed voices. It reminds me of watching the Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged Series except there is nothing funny about it at all.
There isn't anything remarkable about this movie, but it isn't bad either. I'm planning on re-watching the sequels, so I hope they aren't as disappointing as the FREAKING DUBBED VERSION IS!
You know what? Maybe I saw the sequel rather than the movie... I really, REALLY hope that's the case.read more
We know Madhouse for Death Note and One Punch Man, Kyoto Animation for Haruhi Suzumiya and Clannad, and Studio Ghibli for basically everything they make. But what about their flops? Their biggest disappointments? Who remembers these clangers?