Driven to recover her memories after waking in a coffin at the bottom of a lake 20 years ago, Bayonetta hunts down the forces of Heaven day and night in search of clues to her forgotten past, and to uphold her pact with the demonic forces she draws her powers from as an Umbra Witch. She is armed and guided by the mysterious bartender and weapon-smith, Rodin, and following her every footstep is the intrepid journalist, Luka Redgrave, who believes that she has something to do with the death of his father and will stop at nothing to get the truth. Her quest takes a promising turn when she encounters a little girl named Cereza, but standing in her way is a rival Umbra Witch named Jeanne, who works for the very forces that she should be opposing.
Bayonetta: Bloody Fate is an action-packed anime film that explores the connection between all of characters and works to unravel just how they are seemingly entwined in a conspiracy that eclipses them all.
Before I start this review I must start by saying Bayonetta is easily
one of my Favorite over the top action adventure games EVA!!
This movie i feel is for those who have mainly played the game bayonetta. if you have not, It might not be worth seeing this.
Anyhow, seeing that there was an anime based on the game i was worried at first, that is until i got the chance to watch it.
The Movie for the most part was quite fun.
however Not as fun as playing the actual game though.
For those who have play the game Bayonetta you'll will be pleased
to know that they have incorporated the characters and some of the soundtracks from the actual game to make this feel like the game itself. but does it live up to it?
Story - 5
Yes it is a bizarre story.
( The Prologue )
In the remote part of Europe is a place called Vigrid where there lies the observers of history, Among them are 2 Main organizations they are known as Umbra witches (representing Darkness) they known to be in league with demons and the Lumen sages (representing light) who ally themselves with the angels.
These 2 organizations were protectors in charge of keeping the right balance of the world between the 2 however that decree was suddenly violated by one witch and one sage that bound them together producing a child.
The witch was imprisoned and the sage was banished. It was An entity between light and darkness was said to bring calamity to the world and now the legend was finally about to be realized however 'you guessed it' this starts a war between angels and demons that then soon fades into the obscure dormant of history, That is only the beginning.
Now in the present day we start with a journalist named Luka,
investigating a mysterious woman who he seems to hold a personal grudge against.
That women is Bayonetta. We follow the story of the witch known as Bayonetta, as she defeats these crazy ass blood-thirsty Angels in her path and tries to remember her past from before the time she was awaken 20 years ago along with some of the other characters like Enzo bayonetta's information broker, Jeanne Bayonetta's closest rival, Rodin a renowned demon weapons dealer as well as a bartender, Cereza a mysterious little girl and of course Luka.
Characters - 7
Simply put the characters are exactly who they are in the game and nothing more
which is a plus.
Bayonetta is one of the Coolest, Sexiest, unadulterated all-out protagonist in video gaming in my opinion, She displays this in her nicely stylish long black hair and librarian glasses with such a lovely, enticing, witty attitude and her Epic abilities and powers which to me easily gets a thumbs up. all of the other supporting characters are in this as well and they too represent themselves as they are in the game which is Good,
The Downside is do not watch this anime for character development because there isn't to be honest. After all it is based of a crazy hack n' slash video game after all despite the lack of enemies, bosses and mad situations that happens compared to the game itself.
Art - 6
I am not that much of a fan of Gonzo from their previous anime productions,
The art style was nice don't get me wrong. Its just for me, the action scenes however
were not animated that well unfortunately
which is why I don't usually favor Gonzo animation that much,
I thought the CG backdrops were used poorly within this film as it stood out while it should of blended into the background even with the use of some blood in the scenes
which they tried to make it seem like its Hardcore popcorn fun.
I'm not too sure if I was impressed at the time or maybe I just didn't seem to care.
It does capture some of the over the top action I'm used to seeing in the game itself.
But I felt there should of been a lot of more better ones from the game since
Oh I don't know, ITS FREAKING BAYONETTA!!
A Dominatrix with many abilities, many transformations, Weapons, Incredible finishers
even more so than Dante from devil may cry himself and of course
she has some great Ass-ets. ; )
Sound - 6
To be fair the anime is Based off the 2009 game along with a few soundtracks
from the game, Not all mind you though.
Its missing better soundtracks from the game indeed
and to be honest its still really not my cup of tea anyways.
I'm not saying the soundtracks are bad.
I just felt maybe the sound effects could of sounded better and possibly they could of used more of the video game's better soundtracks in the fight scenes. It would bring some good vibes from the game to inject it into this movie to give it more of them Bayonet Feels OOH YEEAHH..
Enjoyment/Overall - 6
I didn't mind watching this movie in my spare time after all I do LOVE Bayonetta.
Bayonetta Bloody Fate is Only just a decent film at best which could of been
more fulfilling for fans to check out if they had done better with the material they had,
I think for some depending on who you are, I honestly advise you to play the game
because as I said its an Awesome game!.
With this film, I feel it was trying to imitate those very elements of the game and to me it didn't really pay off that much, but then again it is quite a lot of game content to put into a normal feature length film.
HOWEVER, If there is something I could at least give credit for it is this..
At least it was better than that Shitty Devil may cry anime adaptation imo and that is all.
for gamers into action games If you like the first bayonetta game, Also Play bayonetta 2
since its even more Better if you do have an nintendo wii that is and if you do, Lucky you.
Okay, my 1st time writting a review in this page, and ill start with a simplistic comment: Bayonetta fans, dont overhype yourselves in expectations, the trailers are better than 90% of the movie.
I'll be concise. It's a watchable movie, in no way absolutely awful, but it is definetely nothing special.
The story is what you already know from the games, but its development is somewhat convulted and rushed as you might expect from a game that has some actual plot adapted into a movie. The scrips are bland, Bayonetta is Bayonetta, and the rest of the chars are just "there" 90% of the time, theres
nothing noteworthy about them. Terrible villain and development for the villain.
The art ranged from orgasmic, to above average but sometimes it dropped to pretty bad, I have no idea why some frames where so neglected by the artists, but overall the art is pretty good. The sound effects are decent but the music imho, is horrible. They seemed to try and make a game soundtrack instead of a movie soundtrack, and it wasnt pulled off adequately.
You'll somewhat enjoy the movie as a Bayonetta fan, but likely feel very dissapointed in some other regards, if you like the character or wanna kill time and are interested then watch the movie, all youll be seeing the movie for is Bayonetta.
Do you like watching things happen? Think carefully about this question. Watching anime is essentially seeing a sequence of events set to music and sound. Under this definition, there could conceivably be an anime about anything, even grass growing. The reason this hasn't happened yet is because no one would care. Sure, things are happening, but why does that matter to you? You could go outside right now and see grass grow, or you could watch something you care more about, so watching Grass-chan Adventures is understandably low on your priority list. But why is that? Why do you care about some things more than
others, even though both things are equally happening? The answer is emotional investment.
Bayonetta has a lot of things happening at any given time. Guns get shot, monsters get killed, poses get posed, one-liners get tossed around, there's never a moment when things aren't happening. But much like our kawaii Grass-chan, you're never given a reason to care. Why is Bayonetta killing angels? Why are angels killing everyone? Why are some people ghosts sometimes? Why is God evil? What was with that car? Why did Jeanne shoot all those people on that train, and why was Bayonetta there? Where was she going? Where was she ever going? Why did anything happen at all? For an hour and thirty minutes, things are happening, but these questions are never answered. The bad guy is trying to revive the biggest bad guy for... some reason? Is it God? Shouldn't people be stoked to hear that God is coming to Earth? You're never told what the stakes are, so you never care why Bayonetta's fighting. You never see her struggle, so you have no reason to care when she succeeds. You never see her in any danger of losing, so seeing her win becomes meaningless. It just turns into a sequence of events. Bayonetta beats this bad guy, so now she's going to fight this other bad guy, and she's going to win but we're not quite there yet. There's nothing to think about, no surprises, no doubt, no reason to keep watching these things happening. It's just grass growing.
I haven't played the game that Bayonetta is based on, so I don't know how this adaption compares to the original. But I know immediately where all the emotional investment went. When you play a game, you supply the emotion. Just making progress gives you a reason to care, since you've now invested your time towards beating the game. You learn the price of failure if you die, which adds excitement to the fights as you try to avoid that same failure. You learn the capabilities of your character, what she can and can't do, and you add your own skill in order to overcome the obstacles presented to you. Just playing the game is enough to make you care. The story and cutscenes are nice rewards for your progress, but the goal is progress itself. This is why a straight adaption just doesn't work. There's no inherent difficulty in watching anime (except for downloading codecs and stuff, but you get the point). Once you start watching, you won't fail and have to start over if you don't beat the boss. Your skill has no bearing on whether or not the protagonist succeeds. You have no control over how or why things happen, so you need another reason to invest your time. You can't help the main character fight, but you can still care if they win or lose if you're given a good enough reason. Bayonetta just doesn't give you a reason.
Bayonetta isn't ALL bad. Norio Goddamn Wakamoto voices one of the leads, which makes absolutely any show better (see Wizard Barristers for an example). The art is good, if you've ever seen a Madhouse production it looks exactly like that style. Bayonetta has some killer tits. Beyond that, it's hard to think of any other positive points.
Should you watch Grass-chan Adventures? Maybe, if it ever comes out. You'd probably feel the same way watching Bayonetta. Should you watch Bayonetta? Not really. The only thing this movie really has going for it is the action, which is just bland and predictable. The story is a jumbled mess, the characters are boring, and the things that happen just aren't interesting. Your time would be better spent watching something else.
After just finishing playing the game Bayonetta, I was surprised and overjoyed to hear there was a movie out; and considering how much I adored playing the game, I just had to see the movie.
Unfortunately, the movie fell a little flat. Compared to the game, a lot of things were cut out, and it only really focused on the major plot points. I suppose it is rather hard to fit a 10+ hour video game into a 1 and a half hour movie, but still.
I did enjoy the soundtrack though, and the animation; I especially enjoyed the extra scene in the hotel that didn't appear
in the game at all. But other than that, the movie chopped and changes a lot of the scenes, making it almost a completely different setting from the game.
But; at the end of the day, I honestly enjoyed the movie despite these flaws, and because it was Bayonetta after all.
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