Rikka Isurugi has spent her life training in the way of the ninja with her grandfather Hyoe while following in the footsteps of her father, the esteemed researcher Allen. His work has culminated in a set of cutting- edge drones equipped with artificial intelligence and incredible technical capabilities; although Allen plans to develop these drones for civilian use, there are others who have more sinister ideas in mind.
On Rikka's 16th birthday, things are forever changed when a paramilitary group raids the Isurugi house in search of the drone technology, killing Allen and Hyoe while Rikka manages to escape with the drones. Months pass, and Rikka is now an ordinary girl working as a private detective while sharing an apartment with another girl, Melissa. But when night falls, she dons her grandfather's fox mask and mercilessly hunts down those responsible for the attack. With the anger she felt that day driving her forward, Rikka will not rest until her family's killers receive the justice that they deserve.
It feels like the director read a book about how to make the most unoriginal movie ever. Because that is what this movie is!
After her family is attacked by an "Evil Corporation" Rikka Isurugi decides to track them down in order to get revenge and stop them from doing evil things. To her help she got three robot pets like with most characters, only exists to be convenient later on.
Like I said this movie is very unoriginal. If you have seen a lot of anime or movies in general, then nothing in this movie will surprise you at all. Which made this movie (at least
to me) much less enjoyable since it was very predictable. [3/10]
Art and Animation:
Visually this movie is pretty great.
Not a big fan of the cutesy character designs but the backgrounds were pretty detailed and nice to look at. [7/10]
The animation was great in the action sequences, very fluid and stylized which made for some good eye candy. But parts where the characters are just hanging out are often just very mediocre. There is also some cgi that doesn't look very good, but I've seen much worse so it didn't annoy me that much. [7/10]
Every single character feels very underdeveloped. There are a few scenes where there is a glimpse of character growth to the main characters, but it never feels earned. I blame that on the movies short length and I think it should have been a lot longer to flesh out the characters so that there is a reason to care about them. Some of the secondary characters like Rikka's robot pets and her roommate is like I said previously, only there because it's convenient and they have no reason for existing besides that.
But I kinda liked this movies villain. Not because he is a good villain but because he is so over the top it's impossible to take him seriously. So I always had a good laugh whenever he was on screen. [3/10]
The music is solid but nothing that really stands out or make you pay much attention. It sounds good and is fittingly used in each scene but it wasn't something memorable. Pretty standard movie soundtrack imo. [6/10]
The voice acting was solid and it's sounds like they did their best with what they had to work with. Overall nothing spectacular but serviceable. [6/10]
I was bored most of the time while watching because of how predictable it was, but there were a few scenes that made me laugh because of how cheesy it could be. The animation was nice to look at but I didn't feel any tension in the fights because of the forgettable characters. Overall not very entertaining. [3/10]
There is so much more you can use 90 minutes on that's not this.
Watch it if you want because like I said it has great animation at times. But I would recommend that you watch something else or spend time with your family. You will probably find more entertainment that way.
It's straightforward, you don't really have to think to get into it. You do find that this idea is plagued with clichés that do not allow it to see its full potential.
The quality is varies throughout the film. I wouldn't say it hinders the enjoyment. Fight scenes become somewhat blurry and uneasy to follow at times.
Nothing special. Music and sound both add to the experience. It does not feel like it is something that really come out on top compared to other movies.
For a movie, this is something that could have been done better. This is mainly because of the
choices were made to introduce and develop each character. It seems as if it is unorganized, as it is confusing to understand the movie at times.
Scenes build up into the next, building towards the climax. Story and Art do not hinder enjoyment, as it contains quite exciting fight scenes that are somewhat well thought out.
Many of the choices are questionable, but it does not stop it from becoming a movie that can have its moments. This movie could have improved with better direction and storytelling.
In many ways BlackFox reminds me of Princess Principal. Its premise made it seem like a full one-shot story but instead ends up being some superhero origin story down the line. There are fun and interesting bits here and there, but nothing seems to be developed to its full potential, leaving much to be desired even as the end credits roll. By far the worst offender is the cliffhanger ending, which, as of this writing, has no confirmed continuation.
Still, the movie is fine. My personal favourite bit is the last act where it turns into Symphogear (complete with hot blooded punching and villainous fakeouts),
but as it stands, plotwise, BlackFox is just okay.
I wouldn't mind seeing episodic adventures if this ever gets turned into a TV Series, but my delusions of this being a serious/semi-serious plot-driven adventure type show has been shattered completely.