The King's Avatar movie is a pretty enjoyable movie to watch. However, as a standalone movie, the shortcomings become to show, particularly in the story and character department.
Art: The art is beautiful, on par with some great Japanese anime. The animation, aside from the hit or miss parts before the final climax, is excellent as well. The final fight between the MC and the last opponent, especially, was godly.
Sound: The OST is pretty good as well. Especially on the final fight with, combined with the animation, makes it a great experience to watch.
Story: Now this is where the flaws begin. This story serves as a
prequel before the entire main series. However, even then, the plot was rushed, especially since you're cramming a prequel novel into a 90 minutes movie. There's seem to be pretty rushed directing as well, since between the time of the team forming to the finals except for one point in between, it's just going to places to places. It's sufficient as a companion piece, but as a standalone, it fell short
Character: Likewise, because of how rushed the story was, the character development were rushed as well. Aside from MC, his best friend and the sister, the other characters' development were lacking. We didn't know much about them aside from the Spellblade guy.
Overall: Despite the shortcomings in the story and character department, plus some hit-or-miss animations before the finals, it's a very enjoyable movie to watch to fill in the time while waiting for Season 2.
My recommendation is watch at least Season 1 (and maybe the OVA) before jumping onto the movie.
This movie is essentially a giant ad; written to be ad friendly. If you've seen the other seasons, I'd say watch it when you have nothing else to watch to get some backstory but, don't expect much. Let's start going over every section.
1. Story: 1
The Story was dreadful, it was essentially wanting to be a tearjerker but, with the most cliche one liners followed by a mcdonalds ad. Something bad happens? MC walks in with mcdonalds. Good game? MC walkins in with mcdonalds? Most important part of the story on an emotional level? Here's another bucket of mcdonalds chicken and fries... Given you can
ignore the bucket of chicken in every scene, we can go onto the actual esports that is glory. The writers have literally never seen a video game tournament played... You had people literally walking in joining games like 20 minutes into it on a live stage in front of a live audience... You had 3 people living in a 1 bedroom apartment with 1 twin sized bed... You had a guy invite a random person into their home to live after meeting them for 5 minutes... It was so bad, that if any one in real life acted like the characters in this anime in real life they would be ridiculed and banned from palying their respective esport. I mean people in the middle of fights would stop look at the mc, stop moving their hands, and ask what to do WHILE the opponents just sit back and watch in a live scenario... I mean imagine if you were waiting for a call out in a game like league of legends and your entire team takes their hands off the keyboard to look at the captain of the team while he's in the middle of a fight MULTIPLE TIMES...
2. Art: 7
Art was decent; in the beginning it was CGI heavy and had a few iffy scenes, but as it progressed towards the end the art started to look purely hand drawn and the coreography for fight scenes was quite good.
3. Sound: 8
Music and overall sound was good, proper music for themes; only issue was the buckets of mcdonalds while characters are in emotional scenes..
4. Characters: 1
Don't get me started; having seen over 500 series that I've logged on here this was the worst written characters I've ever seen. When you had lines talking about how character had familial love then cutting it and changing it to the mmo was a joke. Every character except the mc was a floormat personality wise. Every single character but the mc in fact didn't have any acutal dialogue except 1 liners while he monologued for hours... No one had anything unique about them in game or out of game... MC had super powers from a nonsensical combo in a mmo? Which makes absolutely no sense. Imagine playing league or cs:go and all of a sudden someone who spam clicked got a combo and went super saiyan, then the second they have to fight the rival enemy the super saiyan powers suddenly do nothing... It felt like the mid plot to end plot arc was one character acting like a 9 year old. The 12 year old girl was essentially the most mature character in the entire show and she had like 10 lines of dialogue which is saying something.
5. Enjoyment: 4
As a prequel it does it's job and is a prequel. If you ignore the entire plot and watch it for the fighting scenes you'll get half decent enjoyment in a few parts. If you want any semblence of a backstory, it makes absolutely no sense in any way. From everything from size of venues, to media, to team formation, to recruitment, to practice, to review sessions, it made no sense. It was as if the writer has never seen or played any video game on any level and is just writing a fantasy novel, but with esports elements.
6. Overall: 3
It was a trainwreck but, it had very well coregraphed fight scenes for around 5-10 minutes. Everything but those 5-10 minutes caused me to lose braincells due to the stupidity and poor writing. If you enjoy the series, I'd put this as uncecessary unless you have absolutely nothing else to watch. If you know anything about gaming you will claw your eyes out watching this so I woul dnot reccomend it to you.