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, 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. The best character imo is the 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. [2/10]
The music is solid but nothing that really stands out or make you pay much attention. It fits where it's being used but didn't leave much of a impression on me. [5/10]
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.
One could probably make a pretty good argument for calling this movie "generic", and I wouldn't really be able to fault them for that assessment. But I will also say that for all the minor gripes I had while watching, there was not a moment where I was not entertained.
The story moved at a nice, brisk pace that didn't get too far ahead of itself nor lag enough to feel slow; characters were interesting and motivations made sense all around.
The soundtrack for this film was especially well done, and that's coming from a guy that doesn't typically take notice of soundtracks at all. From the
first sinister beats in the film to the score for the final action scene, the music really managed to stand out and raise the bar for the whole movie.
Overall, this was a very pleasant experience and a good way to kill 90 minutes.
The story isn't particularly original but that's not always a bad thing.
My only real gripes would come from the choice in camera angles and pacing to fights, it felt as if the animation was a bit blurry during moments that could have sold the action.
I think the characters were okay enough and fun even if they were all a bit one-note. The score and sound design helped to make for an enjoyable time.
A long intro was welcomed here since the preview episode might have been missed, it was a solid way to introduce characters and set-up the overall narrative. The pacing of the
plot was nice even though the runtime chased it to the finish line.
I wouldn't watch it again but I won't lie and say I didn't enjoy the end product, worth the watch.
Story, setting & concept:
Concept & setting of this movie are pretty interesting. Modern/futuristic ninja mixed with few other ideas make it really good and rather unique concept, especially how its made.
It also definetly catches your interest as far as story goes and it is good, despite few basic tropes (which never get disturbing due to delivery). Blackfox also manages to pull some great foreshadowing if you pay attention to details.
Main characters also tend to be very interesting.
However, story sadly is its weakpoint as well- while story is very interesting, the movie format means that lot of things probably had to be cut from movie
and it shows as some parts feel bit rushed or even have "wait, how does that even matter" feel to it.
All that said, it definetly feels like a pilot movie for the series, which i sincerely hope is the case as i definetly want to see more of this. Not to mention TV show format would definetly fit it better and would allow writers to explain things that were lacking in here. Story is also the reason i give it
Art, sound and animation
Blackfox manages to pull off some great animation and art is definetly top tier as well. Soundtrack of Blackfox needs special mention as lot of it really nicely supports what is going on on the screen without overwhelming it. That fully shows how much tought was put into sound design as that is quite difficult to pull off in any medium as even big names in anime dont quite have it down.
Despite shortcomings caused by format (it would have benefitted much more by TV show format instead of movie), it was extremely enjoyable. And i sincerely hope to see more of this
1 More Moe Character Comes ♥️♥️
Love The Story it's Very Enjoyable Especially All The Character is Very Cute And Touching My Deepest Heart 💗 Also, Yep, The Character Reminds Me Of Princess Principal, It's Just Like Walk Through Over My Head That Looks Like I Already Seen Her Before 😅...
Welp, For me, I 95% Rate Anime with 10 Score, Since It Has Cute Character in There And Really Good Story Which Make me Like Living in That World 🤣 😊
Ah... What a Life 😂
Story : 10
Art : 10
Sound : 10 (+The ED is Very Cool!)
Character : 10 (Yes, I Respect All of Them Especially For
Enjoyment : 10
a beautiful masterpiece with a lacklustre story and that's really the only thing holding it back
art and animation are top notch I don't know if its true but there seems to be a much more emphasis on hand drawn frames which really show's in the character expressions and there body movements and the fight scenes are very fast paced like something you would see in Naruto (the hand to hand scenes)and one of my favourite shots was a simple one just being an overhead shot of the dinner table with all the characters avoiding conversation its just something you don't see in anime a
lot is overhead shot's
sound seemed fine I'm not much of a sound guy but the music was good and the voice acting fine
character design was fine like I said the expressions and body movement really make them a lot more lively although I wasn't a fan of the final battle armour it just didn't look very practical and any anime that doesn't feel the need to through fan service at you get's bonus points from me the two main girls are very badass and you just want to see more of them
now the biggest issue the plot the plot is very cliché her father dies and she's out for revenge which isn't a problem the problem is it play's it too safe with her not wanting to kill anyone if it went for those darker tones like sword of the stranger or princess principle (I bring up those 2 because that's what people are comparing it too) it would be much more memorable and also that it's setting up for a sequel that will probably never happen
another disappointment was the final fight it was good looking there's just not a lot you can do when you have a ninja vs a psychic
overall a good looking movie that leaves a lot too be desired
Personally from what I seen from the reviews it not the best movie idea in some eyes, but regardless of that, I truly enjoy the movie from what the writers have come up with even if to other"s it a copy & paste lol.
This site really wants me to go out of my way to write some long ass review 0-0. The voice acting cast did well in captivating their characters/flushing out how they felt in particular scenes such as :Mia apologizing to rikka knowing it was he fault her home got attack by the robo dogs her dad created
or when the recording rikka found in her fam basement where it gives her a decisive choice on how to live her life.
This movie wasn't made for us. No, I don't mean this movie wasn't made for me. No, I don't mean this movie wasn't made specifically for you. What I mean is that the people that are likely to watch this movie and find information about it through this site, are not the people likely to enjoy this movie. Black Fox is a superhero origin story, about a girl that has been trained to be a ninja and has access to a lot of technological gadgets, whose appeal as a person is her kind nature. A budget teenage girl Batman if you will. I do think
that the movie did accomplish to imitate the exact same process other western movies have used, but not actually succeed in what those movies had
Now let me ask, have you ever seen a movie about a superhero origin story, that has had huge success in the western media? Your answer, if yes, is probably: yeah, I watched [insert random Marvel movie]. Well, this movie is a japanese attempt to cash in on that marketing strategy, by making a movie that employs the exact same style and structure. Given what I said, you probably know what to expect already if you were familiar with those, but even then, you might still be like: "Yeah, but it is Japan, this movie is still going to be anime as fuck, right?" Actually, that's what I would have expected too, but the answer is actually no. The only thing that is particularly anime about this, is that they are girls of high school age doing things they should not be physically capable. There's one part in the climax of the final fight that you might assume is anime as fuck, but honestly, that actually is how most final fights in Marvel movies are resolved too, so at best I'd call it overlap. It is genuinely faithful to that formula, and I'm sure it is just an attempt to see if it has any success outside the west, or it could be that someone enjoyed that formula so much they just wanted to test it out.
Now for those of you unfamiliar and not knowing what to expect, superhero origin stories are so frequent that they pretty much have a template they always follow. And Black Fox is no exception to this. They are often very predictable, and the template itself is not actually what sells the movie, it's just a tool to make the movie be sufficiently competent and present the character to both an audience that is familiar with them and one that is unfamiliar with them at the same time. If you go watch a superhero movie, you often already know entirely what it is about, since you are familiar with DC and Marvel. Black Fox however is something entirely unfamiliar to the audience, and the only way it relates to the viewer is whether or not they are aware of such content. It uses the structure and techniques of such movies but do they actually work in its favor?
My answer is that the only way it would work is if you were unfamiliar with that structure. The way Black Fox is structured imitates pretty much every movie of its type I am familiar with, to the point I could predict every single story beat as soon as it was set up. So, if familiar with these types of movies, you will see absolutely nothing new. It has no degree of subtlety and it continuously moves forward, by first presenting a setup (which can be as small as a tease) and next presenting its payoff. The thing is that makes the movie even more predictable since every single story beat presented on screen, is either there to set up something later down the line, be it a twist or to raise the impact a scene will have, 5 minutes later. It feels like every single thing presented is not presented to tell a story but rather to serve the structure used in the prior movies, like a template for success. The structure for such movies doesn’t simply work because the structure itself is a failsafe way to present a superhero origin, but rather they are a template to adapt one superhero origin people already have knowledge of and interest in.
To an audience that is unfamiliar with said structure, they may have some success but their actual reasons they sell in the western media are: brand recognition, (since it is something people are familiar with, the movie will pull its already existing fanbase, as well as their friends that are not familiar with that character) acting, (actors are capable of breathing even further life into the characters, and making them even more appealing based on their performance) solid source material, (in most cases, the template can work because the character has an already defined identity that is appealing to its audience, and they don't have to put much thought into presenting the story since the source material has already done so, and the story will already have plenty of bones and meat, allegedly) and accessibility. (comic books are not the most accessible media to consume, as most of the hero origins were released prior to content being digitized, and as a result they often end up rereleased with some modifications or redone from zero, to familiarize the audience. Movies are more accessible to a wider audience and they are easier to preserve and spread, since their content is digital, not physical. So, if anyone was genuinely interested in the concept of the comics, but they didn't have accessibility to the source material, now they have an easier way to access the content)
Black Fox has no brand recognition or source material, it is an original concept after all, it doesn't rely on acting, since its visual are carried across through animation and voice acting doesn't require the voice actor to project as much personality as a normal actor. They definitely do and can even do it better than the visuals in some cases, don't get me wrong, but they are not entirely relied on for that purpose usually, which is no exception here. But well, it might have plenty of accessibility and novelty to a japanese audience. That's why I said this movie was not made for us. We are likely going to have plenty of familiarity, be it direct or indirect, with pretty much everything Black Fox attempts to achieve as a movie and as a story. But since it is a superhero origin story in its most basic form, it might have success in japan, presenting more westernized story structures and concepts and see if they appeal to their audience, to people that wouldn't otherwise engage with them, in the medium they are familiar with.
As a result, I do think Black Fox is a test, to see if this story structure can be successful to a japanese audience. The movie pretty much put its entire focus on following this standard structure (beware that this might spoil you, there's no concrete plot details, just the average structure of such movies): Present the hero's life prior to starting their journey (in order to show who they are and how they are different from the average person) -> Define their motivations and future goal (Happens through one of the following three: a tragic event that redefines their life, a mission that is given to them because they are the only one who can accomplish it or an accidental event that grants them the ability to do exactly what they always wished for. In some cases, there is a certain degree of overlap and it is going to be a combination of those. If you read the series' synopsis you already know which of these it is. ) -> Have them prepare for their journey (This is either done through them training, or them undertaking their journey while not entirely prepared, with their actions acting as an experience that will prepare them for the future) -> Have them engage the antagonist but not be able to win straight up (This is to create tension and present in what ways the antagonist is a foil to them) -> Give them a moment of respite to reflect on their loss (used to reflect on what differentiates them from the antagonist and some self-reflection for their character arc) -> Reignite the conflict with even bigger stakes -> Have the character complete their character arc and learning from their past mistakes, helping them resolve the conflict -> Conclude with the foil being rejected and the hero identity finally being assumed -> Tease the sequel.
The biggest problem with Black Fox for someone familiar with the structure, is that it feels exactly like this:
Japan: Can I copy your homework?
America: Yes, just change it up a bit so it doesn't look obvious that it was copied.
Japan: Black Fox
Japan managed to copy the homework correctly, on a subject they don't really have a solid grasp of. As a result, its hero, doesn't feel heroic or like a genuinely good person. There's not really any point where the heroine here acts either heroically or outside their own self-interest. It hardly feels like someone conquering their demons to do good in the world, but more like a character wanting to do what is their self-interest, but what's morally good denying them of their desire, and them having to adjust. The main character is supposed to have as her appeal in her kindness, but they are not kind, they are just a brat. She's neither a compassionate or good person and she has operated entirely in their own self-interest the entire time. She hasn't done anything outright good, just things that aren't morally reprehensible, yet the story does praise them for their kindness. She can also appear quite weak-willed at times, since she sometimes does not fully pursue their goal or respects what she says and due to that appears undecisive. Truth be told, the qualities that would make her a hero are absent, but I guess that is somewhat acceptable, since she hasn't really been acknowledged as such. The only reason I take issue with these traits, is because the movie acts as if they are her virtues, but they are at best traits that are currently a work in progress and at worst non-existent.
The movie has every single thing executed correctly, it has the structure, the beats, the concept, the visuals, perhaps even the audience. But it lacks the substance. The appeal that has made the stories that were adapted attract the interest of various people around the world. It may have some passion and enjoyment of everything that has been made with this structure, but it is not its own thing.
As a result, I find it hard to recommend to someone familiar with this type of movie, since there is absolutely nothing new for you to see, and I also have a hard time to recommend it to someone unfamiliar, since there are so many better alternatives that use the very same structure and also present a character that has both charisma and is very admirable. Black Fox doesn't manage to capitalize on any of the qualities using the structure it has appealing, but it is an interesting enough experiment to watch. I'd recommend showing this show to an unsuspecting audience unfamiliar with this style of movie, if it's more accessible to them than a western superhero movie, and to gauge their reaction. Because that's who this movie was made for. And if continuously invested in, the success of the western superhero blockbusters can be replicated in anime form. Even though it might not be an interesting watch, it might the start for the pursuit of an interesting result. So, if you want to watch this movie as an informative way to observe their strategy, I fully support that, because that part of the movie is genuinely interesting, and that's what made me talk at length about it. I wish it had more substance to discuss the actual things it tried, but the only thing I could observe how hard it tries to imitate what it wishes it would've been. And by pursuing every single technical detail about it, it manages to entirely miss the point. That these movies are meant to present the best qualities humanity has to offer and demonstrate them. And that it doesn't.
Going into this movie, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The visuals looked great and it was one of the only anime movies I had seen to get a simultaneous world-wide release, streaming on Crunchyroll for those of us in other countries who couldn’t go see it in theaters. Unfortunately, it seems that the release strategy is the biggest praise I can give this movie.
To put it simply, this is a mixture of a revenge story and a set-up for some presumed sequel story. It feels very much like the first film in a superhero series, the one that sets up the hero and
their backstory and lays down the motivations and character traits. Unfortunately, it does this fairly poorly, leaving nothing but a predictable and shallow narrative. I won’t spoil anything, but trust me when I say that what you expect after the first 10 minutes is exactly what you get.
The visuals are quite well done, though they seem to be at a quality I would more often associate with a TV series than a full movie. The art does its job, most of the character animation is good, but doesn’t stand out as anything too special. Some of the visual design is quite interesting, particularly the effects used for the animal drones and the camo outfits, but nothing you can’t find elsewhere. One thing to note is that the 3D used here is very uninspired and stands out like a sore thumb. I am a fan of 3D when it is used well, Houseki no Kuni and Last Exile being excellent examples of how to do 3D properly. This is not one of them. Even in the opening credits we can see really cheap looking character models in the backgrounds, and it is very distracting and unintentionally humorous.
The audio of this film is truly the only thing I fully enjoyed. The music is well done, fits the mood, and makes you feel like what you are watching is actually something to get excited over. The sound design is also good, though seems to be muddled a bit by the constant bombastic score of the music. Not that bombastic music is an issue, especially in what is essentially a superhero movie. Unfortunately, while the music is good, it feels as though it could be slapped into any futuristic action/adventure movie and it would fit just as well.
The characters are interesting in their own right, though the quality varies greatly. The protagonist(s) are fairly well designed and like-able, both in design and personality. However, the antagonist(s) are incredibly predictable and uninspired. They feel as though they were ripped straight out of a bargain 1970’s western comic book and then painted with an even more boring coat of paint. They are one of my biggest gripes with the movie as a whole, to the point that not even a good protagonist can help.
Despite my massive gripes with the story, there is still some enjoyment to be had here. You do have to take the entire movie for what it is, however: a cheese-fest superhero origin story. I found myself smiling at certain parts, especially in the first 30 minutes, but that quickly trickled off into a fairly constant stream of face-palms toward the end.
I would only really recommend this movie to fans of western superheroes. It gives off a very strong Marvel superhero group vibe, so if you are a fan of that and can look past the predictable and lazy story, then perhaps you will find some enjoyment here. Unfortunately for me, I hate everything to do with the western superhero “genre”, and this movie did nothing more than remind me of why I do. I’m sure there will be lots of people out there that enjoy this a lot, and if that’s you, then great. As for me, I don’t plan on revisiting this any time soon. Perhaps a sequel (or series) could flesh things out and provide a more interesting plot, but I have my doubts.
Black fox is cliche personified, it relies on cliches and overused narratives so often I was able to call out exactly what the entire movie was going to be about within the first twenty minutes.
now, there are cliche anime movies I like (Sword of the stranger, Redline), so I wouldn't call this an inherent flaw. but the movie seems entirely unaware of its own cliches. Both Redline and Sword of the stranger have ways to separate themselves from others of their kin, be it through art style and wacky animation (Redline), or attempting to overlay an unusual tone on what is otherwise a cliche story
(Sword of the stranger).
This movie doesn't only fail to do so, it also fails to be the best of its compatriots.
Story: "yo, we heard you like cliches, so we put cliches on your cliche!" -a definitely real quote from Nomura Kazuya
This story is possibly the biggest pile of cliches ive ever seen, a scientist develops advanced technology for the betterment of mankind, but an old friend insists they use it for war. the scientist disagrees.
GUESS WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? HMMMMMM, I WONDER?
This makes it predictable, and mostly unexciting. it has all the tropes youre already sick to death of, and treads absolutely zero new ground. the story is nothing special, and indeed, nothing good.
Art: clearly the budget for this movie was not very large. Though the fight scenes look passable, the rest of it looks awful. CG crowds shamble around in a twisted mockery of life, scenery manages to look so unappealing that i begin to pity said CG crownds, and someone forgot to tell Kazuya that holding on shots of CG people is a REALLY bad idea. I do enjoy the protagonists' design, however.
Sound: its fine, it works. no complaints, its nothing special but its passable.
Character: Clearly whoever wrote the script for this movie forgot that youre supposed to actually develop your characters. as the most we get is a few chess scenes. And there are some characters who die with so little development I think the writers forgot character deaths were supposed to matter to the audience.
im not doing enjoyment, i think its pretty clear how i feel.
so basically, there are MUCH better ways to spend 90 minutes. dont waste it on this movie, its not worth it. I think we all deserve more from our entertainment
I enjoyed the movie, no regret in watching it. The story could have used more but I think the writer/director of the movie was given a time limit and sadly had to make it fit. The movie was really enjoyable and I’d love to see it as a series.
Overall:8 3/4 (wasn’t quite a 9 but was better than an 8 so I gave it a 9)
Explanation at bottom.
As I said above, it felt like it was enjoyable but would be much better had it of had more time. If it was given a series, I think it would be great and I’d
love to watch it. As for the events and how they unfolded, some say it predictable, while I can see that and would disagree, in story telling, the story usually follows a set path. You are introduced to the main character, given some background, then something happens which sets the MC on they’re journey. In this case it was similar to super heroes, more specifically DC comics, where it’s a tragedy that sets the character on their path. Overall I could see what they were going for and I enjoyed it. More time would have been better though.
I really enjoyed the art. It was nice. Did it stand out and try to make a name for itself, no, but I didn’t have any problems with it. The art was nice and clean.
The music was good. It felt nice and like it belonged. Don’t remember if there was an opening as I started watching late at night and was too tired so I only watched 12 minutes before pausing it to pickup the next day. As for the ending song it was nice.
As stated above, it felt like it should of been a series rather than movie. BUT, the way the characters acted didn’t seemed forced. It felt natural. The main character even is shown trying o figure out who she is. Does she want to be like her father or her grandfather. Both seemed to be a huge part of her upbringing. The white haired girl (forgot her name, this is embarrassing) while she doesn’t have tons of growth, her character makes sense. She holds onto hope for her father, despite clearly being a lunatic. Most people have a weakness for family and for her, it made sense as it seemed she didn’t get along with other kids. Overall the characters actions all made sense.
It had a nice pace to it. Honestly I wish it had more to it, not just because it would have been better as a series but also because I really enjoyed it. If this is given a series, or another movie, I would watch it.
Overall, the show is worth the watch. While I can understand some not liking the show as they’ve seen way more anime than I have, I will say that I enjoy a good story. Always have. If you’re looking for something to pass 90 minutes, I’d say give it a try. Or if you’re just looking for something to watch in general. I honestly believe it’s well worth the watch. Hopefully you’ll be able to find enjoyment in the show as well.
Black fox, a movie that looked quite promising with a good story, whose synopsis interests me a lot. Well, until I saw the movie and ne has tremendous disappointment. The idea itself of the movie is not bad, the story that tells us inclusive would say that it is decent pulling good, the problem was the way too slow in which they tell us, giving much importance in things that should not. The basis of the movie itself seemed to me to be generic, "the prota that seeks revenge of the person who killed his family", which I do not say is bad, but at
least they had to give him some originality, apart from the one He seemed Villani's own did not confirm him even 10 minutes on screen, and he sold us a very horrible antagonistic attempt with the Father of mine. I feel that it would not take away the potential it could have had, it would not explain enough things that should have explained it. If it had lasted at least two hours I would have had a different taste and better acceptance. Even so, I think they adapt it better. The anime can be good enough.
Disclaimer: I could not find a manga or source material so I did not read the source material if there is any, I only watched the movie.
Story 3/10: The story is very predictable, as many others are saying as well. Nothing stands out as very unique. This serves as a decent introduction to a series, but as a standalone movie there isn't much that makes it interesting. I found myself wanting the movie to be over about halfway through. Although I can say it got better at the end, but not by much.
Art 7/10: The 2D animation is beautiful but ruined in certain
parts by extremely poorly blended 3D animation. Studios should know by now that it can and has been blended well before, so for a full length movie to have poor CG is unfortunate. There are definitely parts you can tell the budget went to and that's where the anime shines, but it definitely feels like the movie had a series budget overall and couldn't afford to put too much effort into it's entirety. The CG is what loses 3 points off of an otherwise well animated movie. An extremely well animated section of scenes is what saves the art score, you'll know it when you watch it.
Sound 8/10: I really enjoyed the sound of this movie. I think this is one area that actually turned out great. I recommend watching with headphones. Certain character's voices are just fun to listen to because of the sound design.
Character 4/10: Every character is shallow, but they have potential. The entire movie just felt like it was a set up for an actual series. They all have something that could be good character motivation, but it was so rushed that you don't have time to process it; it doesn't feel like the characters have enough time to process it either. The characters aren't dynamic but will flip flop ideals in less than 60 seconds. I found that a little annoying.
Enjoyment 4/10: It is pretty to look at for a few scenes, but the story and characters aren't developed. I enjoyed watching for the well animated scenes, but it wasn't worth watching for 90 minutes. The end leaves you wanting more, but it's because the movie itself doesn't deliver much.
Overall 5/10: The art and sound bring this anime up but the characters and story are so boring that I can't really recommend it wholeheartedly. All I can say is that the story has potential. It's not bad but it's not great in my opinion. I wish they would've broken this into episodes and made it a prologue to a series. That being said, I'll be keeping an eye on this one to see where they decide to take the story and I'm hoping for a bright future for what could be a good action series.
Watched what I can only assume is the preview movie to this IP and it was pretty generic with some cool points.
The story is that a ninja girl's father and grandfather (where the heck's her mother?Where's anyone's mother in this?) get killed and she's out for revenge. It's like a if batman was a cute anime girl. Except she's not rich...her father was rich and built her some robot side kicks.
The characters are pretty generic too. However, once the team comes together by the end of the movie, they've all been fleshed out a little. Still very troupey through.
The art and animation
are really good in this. Probably because it's a teaser movie, so they should be trying to impress us. Character designs are fine. The last fight is particularly very well animated.
Overall, It was a good, quick and painless flick. If the next installment is a episodic show, I don't think I'll watch it. The plot isn't interesting enough to keep me invested for a a weekly basis, and I'm sure it wont be as polished. If it's another movie, then I will watch it. However, I wont change this review or anything. I'm sure another movie will be just as by the numbers.
It opens with a gradeschooler sword-sparring in grandpa’s trapdoor-laden ninja house. An explosion blows a hole in the clay-tiled roof, revealing the skyline of the fictional American city of “Brad”, and perfectly sets expectations for the level of anime pulp one can expect from "Blackfox" by studio “3Hz”. Though created largely by different people, the vibe is similar to their previous "Princess Principal" TV series. Being a tightly packed 90-minute actioneer, Blackfox also evokes pulp action OVAs from decades past and sidesteps the pitfalls of a longer format. For a certain generation of otaku, there’s nostalgic fun to be found in this action romp.
hangs from a city rooftop as the ninja-clad avenger squeezes him for the location of the villain’s secret hideout. She then zips away by grappling hook into the dark night. If there wasn’t already an anime called "Ninja Batman"…
Blackfox, in its gleeful cribbing of pop culture, lives or dies by its kitsch value. But it's the type of kitsch that transcends its unoriginality through clean, charismatic execution. The action kicks with an intelligible choreography that is rare in the effects-crazed webgen age. The heroes are charming without being overbearing. The villain, however, is deliciously over-the-top. It never oversells its tropes with long-winded explainers — it knows exactly what each is worth, and it shows more than tells.
Why anime originals get made is often a mystery. Blackfox, simultaneously debuting in Japanese theaters and to western viewers via Crunchyroll, seems like a tailor-made export product. Anime girls, ninjas, robots, superpowers… What more could a hypothetical westerner want? Perhaps the amusement of a portrait of America through the eyes of anime?
Stepping off the plane after two weeks of touring major Japanese cities, impeccably clean jungles of concrete, I saw urban America through such eyes myself. The thoroughly hand-painted backgrounds of Blackfox capture my reverse culture-shock in visceral detail. Grime cakes every surface. Weeds punch through the cracks of concrete. No coat of paint is left unchipped; no wallpaper untorn.
But the dilapidated hellhole in which I apparently live has some perks: the grassy front lawns and sidewalks of suburbia, the tall ceilings, the spacious kitchens equipped with gas-powered stovetops, the navigable regularity of a street grid, and the coherent urban architecture that follows. One cannot help but continually pause the frame to take in its uncanny world of cutesy anime girls adorned in modern Japanese fashions living in a cartoon of urban America, adding yet another layer of kitsch. And like the best anime films, Blackfox is carried by its production design, though in a somewhat unintended fashion.
Though Blackfox is far from a great anime, it’s the perfect length at 90 minutes. Its cliché, paper-thin premise would not reliably support any extension and that’s just fine. Sometimes a spell of ninja action is just the thing for a lazy afternoon.
I’m be real with you I can see why some people might hate and somme like it. Okay it’s 1am in my country right now so I need anime to watch since I can’t sleep I watched this movie the story plot isn’t that hard to follow quite easy plus ninja stuff yup got my attention anyway that twisted sob Mia dad even flames or torture wouldn’t be in enough what I do to him myself, we can all agree on that characters well there good but not amazing don’t get me wrong rikka has a got a brilliant charm smart about her but
she didn’t make me amazed but still had my attention rikka room mate was a bit interesting helpful friendly girl but much about her as for Mia I feel deeply sorry for her she wanted to live her have fun of course daddy f ked it up she had so much talent now rikka dad and grandpa loved them both imagine been able to choose bad ass lifestyle 1 smart or 1 cool badass o yeah the animals honestly perfect nothing wrong them.
Now animation 🤔 well studio 3hz did princess principal 1 of my favourites but this movie it great not amazing I mean just watch it 1 min nice colourful next blend not so good I can’t complain it’s not studio bones or madhouse but does the job nicely
Sound/OST 🤷♂️🤦♂️ o God I can barely remember any good OST yes I did watch it but I barely noticed any goood OST it wasn’t ear catching tbh you probably won’t notice so it’s a pass for me
Enjoyment there a lot of Q s still wasn’t answered in the movie but I loved it trust me if I hated I wouldn’t watch it to the end Just watch it without thinking too much you probably enjoy it more I don’t who to recommend someone who needs to something to past the time or a ninja lover
Wish it a anime or there was a manga I had so many Q s I would to know that’s how interested I was I wanted more it was very appealing but damn I loved it really it did have anything so I could read more
FYI if you see bad grammar or spelling mistakes it’s night I can barely concentrate