Oct 29, 2014
First things first, I would definitely recommend not watching this unless you are a die-hard fan of Inazuma Eleven or any of the select characters in this short film. I essentially only watched it for Desarm (you can guess why) and I almost regret it.
For something that's been hyped up for about a year, virtually no attention to plot, characters, or new story went into this "movie". Very little went into the characters beyond the basics of their personalities (Endou and Tenma being cheery, Kidou and Shindou's calculating personalities, Fudou being.... Fudou.) and there is absolutely no explanation as to what's transpired prior to the
events of this short film.
The art and animation is very average for Inazuma, which was highly disappointing after what Go Galaxy had to offer us. The opening sequence is completely reused from the first season back in 2008, and compared to recent OP installments of the series, its age shows. Very few of the characters shown in the opening are in this short film at all, so it feels highly confusing and out of place.
Sound is very good, all the voice actors did great jobs with their characters, and (as expected) several BGM tracks were reused from prior seasons, but said BGM is pleasant enough to listen to, so there isn't much of a problem to be had.
Character portrayal is.... shoddy. Here we have several kids from ten years in the future, several other kids from around 200 years in the future, a few aliens, and absolutely no explanation as to how or why any of them got here. The characters in this film were picked from several popularity polls in Japan a while back, and it definitely shows most of the characters are there to simply exist.
As for enjoyment.... It was fun to see all these characters come together, Desarm, Bitway, Shindou, and Kageyama are my four favourite characters from throughout the series, but I'm sorely disappointed that not much thought went into the plot or presentation of this at all.
Overall, this was very rushed and sloppily put together, I understand perfectly well that this series in general is targeted towards Japanese children, but even placing myself into the young mindset of a little Japanese child I would've found this short film to be a real letdown.
Reviewer’s Rating: 4
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