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Feb 5, 2023
Excellent cross-over! If you love one or the other series (or even both), you'll love this movie! The characters are all there with their humor and crazy action and they work very well together. Lupin dominates a bit with exposition, but we get some heartfelt and long awaited lore extensions with the Cats. The action scenes are wonderfully directed and if you have a 5.1 surround system, the mayhem combined with jazzy music will blow your head off!

Yes, the 3DCG is bad, but it's not that jarring, at least not most of the time. The characters look weird from some angles, but good for the ...
Apr 13, 2021
Lupin is up against an all-woman terrorist organization. The villain cast is catastrophically badly designed - just everything from their character, features to their motivation is appalling and they're horrendously voice acted to boot.

To make matters even worse, someone decided to sprinkle random gore and death scenes on top. This wouldn't be so bad if it was a stylized, properly bizarre Go Nagai kind of movie. But not when it's your regular happy-go-lucky kind of Lupin special! Imagine eating a chocolate cake with rat poison in it and that would still be preferable to watching any minute of this abomination!

The only redeeming features are ...
Jan 12, 2021
Sennen Joyuu (Anime) add
I wish I could love and be loved by someone the same way Chiyoko loves the Painter. Eternal love and friendship, how absolutely beautiful and romantic! Why, oh why does life have to be so unfair, why does there need to be pain and suffering? This movie always makes me cry. But, a bond that will never be forgotten, that's something worth living for!

Satoshi Kon made something that can only be appreciated with time. He put movie into life and characters into fantasies and it all creates a story that needs to be followed with eyes, ears and feelings. I only wish he didn't spite ...
Oct 5, 2020
This was an exceptionally well done movie in terms of directing. It's simple, but it flows so well - the visuals, the music and the characters are engaging and they never stop for a moment.

It's the kind of movie you need to see through the eyes of a kid. Like they said, one of their best quality is they never give up on what they think is right. It made me remember my childhood, all the things we've done together and some of then may have been stupid, but we never once doubted that we're right and the grownups are not.

An important realization, which they ...
Jan 14, 2016
Kamui no Ken (Anime) add
At just over 2 hours long The Dagger of Kamui is a historical epic most people can enjoy, although it will feel a bit more rewarding to those that have experienced a decent amount of anime and manga beforehand and know a few things about the Japanese history and folklore.

The first thing of note is the outstanding soundtrack. It's a unique mixture of electro rock and funky synth tunes, merged with traditional instruments and spoken sound effects. If you've seen Miyazaki's highly acclaimed The Wind Rises, you'll remember the amazing train scene with spoken sound effects. Kamui uses a lot of that and it sounds ...
Apr 10, 2012
What Initial D is to car fans, Bari Bari is to motorbike fans. And that's the greatest compliment a racing series can get. Hell, the manga was supposedly so good that people started to join the Bōsōzoku (Japanese motorbike gangs) in droves! Strange?
Not really, since the same guy, Shuichi Shigeno, created Bari Bari Densetsu and Initial D - two holy grails of the petrol-heads. He also had assistance, in the form of his prominent student Jyoji Morikawa - the guy behind Hajime no Ippo.

You know a racing movie is good when it starts with a shot of an idyllic road. The morning sun is ...
Apr 10, 2012
Mixed Feelings
Whoa, radical dude! Look at all the explosions, bad ass mecha and the totally naked girl that’s running around! Is what I would like to say as an 80′s Sci-Fi fan, to make it sound, like this OVA is any good.
But it’s not.
Actually, it’s pretty bad. Not cheesy bad, just bad. In fact, they’ve really trashed it over at the Colony Drop website. Nevertheless, there is some good stuff in the details.

Althea sets out quite ambitiously, as a hardcore action packed mecha, but gets destroyed by the awful direction. The story is all over the place, and it’s obvious that the creators wanted to ...
Jan 22, 2012
Bobby's in deep is certainly a very interesting work - short and experimental, but it holds a lot of content, animation and background themes wise. Which is a bit surprising, considering the fact that the anime was largely produced to promote a young pop idol, who voiced the main character.

Bobby has a pretty plain personality and he's also a man of few words. This somehow rubs off on many of the anime's characteristics. It's interesting, that most of what we get to learn about Bobby is not from him personally, but through the girl that is writing him letters, trough his father that's scolding him ...
Nov 21, 2011
People often remember their first love with a bitter-sweet feeling and this theme is mostly prevalent in 9 short tales from Kawaguchi Kaiji, adapted into short animations by 9 different directors.
The stories vary from touching and nostalgic, to cheeky and fun and some even develop into a rather bitter ending.

What they all have in common is the focus on male-female relationship in various interesting ways. You may be surprised to learn, that despite being short, these 10 minute animations tell just as much as a full featured movie, if not even more.

Some of them aren't fully developed, so I can't give the movie a 10 ...
Nov 16, 2011
I've found Hikari to be quite lovely, both the character and the series. It's incredibly simple and straightforward, yet it's one of those uniquely lifelike series that just warm your heart. Most of the time you'll be staring at cheerful Hikari and her big blue eyes.

The story does not solely focus on Hikari's rise in the world of rhythmic gymnastics or sports. It also touches the thematics of growing up, overcoming the many obstacles on the path to the final goal, of love, rivalry and many other themes that pest any young individual.

The production is sweet, which is typical of many 80's anime of shojo ...

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