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Gant:0 Movie Review

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Gantz first started of as a Manga written and illustrated by Hiroya Oku, it was adapted as an Anime back in 2004 and now have also become a 3D CGI Movie that’s specifically covering the “Osaka Arc” from the manga. (The Anime didn’t cover this arc as it wasn’t enough manga material at the time for the show to get there.) I have both read the Manga and watched the Anime and now watched the movie on Netflix.

I have to say its one of the better Manga adaptations out there. It does change some things about Gantz, such as if the timer runs out they die instead of losing their points, and there are less characters than in the manga.

The movie makes use of CGI for the animation, and the result is quite excellent.

The visuals are jaw dropping. They feel like mix of photorealism and next-gen game CG cutscenes. I am grateful they opted to use CGI instead of live actors for the human characters, as it better suits the crazy monster designs without it making them seem out of place. The choice to make a CGI film with this quality of animation was perfect.

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Something also really great is the lighting in this film. Not only does it have excellent effects for all of its lighting but there are also very “film”-esque lighting. For instance, there is eye lighting. In film, this is the act of putting a light on the eyes despite it not likely making sense in the real world. This is something I love. A scene can be crowded and busy but not only are we greeted with someone’s face and their reaction, we’re drawn to it with more focus solely because there’s a light source reflecting against their eyes and skin. It’s so classic noir but it feels great to see this employed in an animated feature, no less.

But alas there are some downsides I found to the movie, which was :

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it feels too small. A lot of the characters was cut out of this movie, so while it has the basic story, it doesn’t feel that big. The story arc the movie covers was supposed to be a full on war, and while there are tons of aliens, there aren’t as many Gantz players running around.

Another problem I have is with the characters. This movie changes a few things from the manga, most of which is good or brings something new, however the characters may be the worst change.

With Kei Kurono dead the last members of the Gantz team don’t want to fight anymore, instead they rather run and hide. This doesn’t make sense as both Suzuki and Reika would want to fight to bring back Kei. Its not that big of a problem but it I could see it would bother fans of the series.

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The last problem was that it’s a little too much like a movie. This has some nice gore, and the CGI makes it feel very realistic. But the problem is there are too many last minute saves in this. There are a lot of people that would have died if not for being saved in the last second, something that Gantz rarely ever does, maybe 1 time every 3 arcs. It feels much more like a movie and less like a Gantz adaptation.

In conclusion, Gantz:0 is an awesome movie that caters to both fans of the manga and new comers. It has some changes from the manga, but most of them are good changes. While it does have some problems that should mainly bother fans of the manga, they seem very minor when the rest of the movie blows you away.

Now only to hope we get the rest of the Manga adapted somehow…


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Hua Mulan: Rise of a Warrior Review

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If you’re like me, the only real experience you’ve had with Mulan in terms of film involves lots of lovely singing and a wise-cracking miniature dragon. Well, Mulan: Rise of a Warrior is nothing like that movie, although I imagine that’s not particularly surprising considering Disney’s penchant for…well, being Disney. That aside, I quite enjoyed the movie which shows what I’m assuming is a more realistic portrayal of Mulan’s story. Though some parts of the story are a bit iffy, Mulan as a character shone, ultimately leaving me more than satisfied with the film.

Warning for spoilers!

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The Story

The basic story revolves around a young woman, Mulan (Zhao Wei), who decides to take her ailing father’s place in the Wei army by pretending to be a man. Despite a shaky start in which she is almost executed, Mulan quickly rises to the position of sub-commander, proving to be both a smart tactician and a charismatic leader. The first half or so of the movie places emphasis on building up Mulan’s character from someone who isn’t quite prepared to face the harsh realities of war to a person who has decided to be the best leader she can be in order to protect as many of her friends as possible. Meanwhile the second half places shifts more of the focus to wrapping up the war with the Rouran tribes, which have temporarily united and become more aggressive with a shift in power. Though Mulan’s final strike doesn’t work out as planned, the war eventually ends as a result of a political marriage (Unsurprisingly, it’s not one you’re going to like). The movie ends on a relatively bittersweet note, but it manages to wrap itself up nicely in a way that stays true to Mulan’s character and is somewhat satisfying in that sense.

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Admittedly, the storyline felt a bit rushed in places and didn’t quite make a ton a sense, but the main bits, which were  typically some of the more emotional ones, tended to be particularly well done. There’s a scene near the end, for instance, where Mulan is forced to watch as the enemy massacres those captured in the recent battle, unable to help without sacrificing those who managed to survive, a sacrifice she knows she can’t make for the sake of a few. Instead, she and the others start singing the song that typically served as a funeral song of sorts for those who had died in battle. The scene is a bit cliche, sure, but it was also one of the most memorable and moving because it had a lot of heart to it. And that’s what I like about those major scenes (and even a few of the smaller ones), they have a lot of heart to them which helps in creating a more genuine or sympathetic tone that works in the movie’s favor considering it’s large focus on Mulan’s character development over the years.

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 The Characters

While the emotional stuff is pretty good, the same can’t quite be said of the rest. For one, most of the characters aren’t nearly as developed as our heroine. The bad thing about this is that when you see people die, you have to rely on Mulan’s tears and agony to make you feel anything; you don’t actually know enough about the characters to care about whether they die or not which sucks, especially when it comes to scenes that seem to rely on you caring about the side characters themselves. Even Wentai (Chen Kun), who plays a major role in the movie, is really just a person who forced more of Mulan’s growth.

Speaking of Wentai, the romance between him and Mulan is one aspect of the story that, despite leaving me with some of the greatest frustration at the end, I ultimately sort of appreciated despite its flaws. Being the romance fan that I am, I dutifully shipped the two the entire movie and enjoyed the more intimate scenes that strongly hinted at the romance between the two (you don’t feed just anyone your blood), but the handling of the romance, in my opinion, wasn’t too swift. A lot of it boils down to, I think, the movie trying to cram as much as it could relating to Mulan in the movie, with some of that stuff, like the romance, being less enjoyable by the end than others which is logical considering the other, more interesting stuff going on.

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At the same time though, I liked the romance for its strengths. Though Wentai makes some iffy decisions here and there, he’s a pretty good guy and never once treats Mulan any differently because of her sex; if anything, he treats her harsher because he wants to make her strong enough to be the leader he knows she can. The various ways he supports her throughout the movie, I honestly thought were quite sweet. Mulan, herself, benefited from the romance in the sense that it allowed her to be a girl again, not the leader, and to find hope in a place that seemed to want to crush it. In a surprising twist, one of the things that I liked most about the romance is that it goes unfulfilled. The two can never be together with circumstances as they are; if they chose to run away and live their happy lives, they would be sacrificing the peace that would come from Wentai’s political marriage which Mulan, at least, knows she can’t do. Though their romance met a sad end, it showed that the two had the maturity to put something greater than themselves before their own happiness which, though bittersweet, makes me appreciate their characters more.

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On the character side of things, if you haven’t caught on yet, Mulan is basically the only character that matters. Sure you may like Tiger (Jaycee Chan) or Wentai or any of the other equally nice male characters, but that doesn’t change the fact that the movie focuses almost entirely on Mulan, which makes sense considering the title. That said, I really liked Mulan. I’ll admit that I think she was a bit overly emotional at moments (okay, one moment in the middle) and cries a heck of a lot, to the point where I wondered why people didn’t question her status as a guy, but she’s not a weak person. The combination of her emotionalism and ability to “suck it up” for the sake of those around her is what makes her a likable character because it makes it easy to empathize with her. Her hesitation when she has to behead her first person; her devotion to her men and her friends; her desire to simply escape her warrior lifestyle and the sorrow it has brought her– all of these aspects and more are used to show Mulan’s development as a person, making her feel real.

One of the most powerful moments in the movie, which really makes you appreciate how far Mulan has come, comes at the end of the movie when Mulan finally returns to her hometown after 12 years on the battlefield; she’s finally freed herself of the warrior lifestyle, but you can finally see how tired she looks as she touches her face with her calloused hands and lets down her hair, something that hadn’t really been apparent before– she is different from the naive girl that signed up for war all those years ago. Mulan’s story isn’t a happy one, by any means, as we see her make sacrifice after sacrifice for the sake of those around her and for her country, but it’s one that also has a strange hope running throughout it. Though Mulan was inevitably changed by the war, in a sense, she never gave up; she kept on marching forward because of her hope which I find kind of touching and makes the ending a slightly less sad.

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As for everyone else? Well, aside from Wentai who was an okay guy but not one that I can say stood out a bunch aside from his status as Mulan’s Helper and as a bit of an irrational guy, there aren’t a whole lot of characters that stand out. There’s Tiger, but his importance comes and goes pretty quickly which is unfortunate because I quite liked him and was sad when he was killed later on. The only other major character is Mendu (Hu Jun), the coldblooded guy who eventually becomes the leader of the Rouran tribes, but he was a pretty uninteresting fellow. From his introduction, you can pretty much tell that with his greedy and violent tendencies he’ll be the one to forcefully take power from his more understanding father. The only surprises about him were that he wanted to bang his sister (almost completely useless, by the way) in order to create perfect Rouran babies and that he was defeated as easily as he was which was a bit anticlimactic. The bad guys, in general, were a pretty bland and predictable group whose single shining moment came near the end and involved them gaining an unexpected advantage over Mulan; other than that, they behaved as you would expect them to. That random white guy hanging around them was probably the most interesting out of all of them simply because I absolutely no idea why he was there in the first place.

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Design and Production

The movie was relatively low key in the terms of action, although the battles that did receive attention were typically kind of brutal to watch which I appreciated in a weird way. The movie also had a pretty grungy look to it with a lot of dreary colors in it; I’m hard pressed to think of more than maybe a handful of moments that had vibrant colors in them them. Not that I’m complaining, though; I liked the color scheme because it gave the movie a more “serious” tone and fit the battleground setting. I also really liked the costumes which were pretty detailed and neat to look at (minus the silly looking Rouran ones).

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Overall

I quite enjoyed Mulan: Rise of a Warrior. I found Mulan to be an empathetic character that I could get behind and whose bittersweet story tugged at my heartstrings, albeit not as much as I was expecting it to. I doubt I’ll be able to look at Disney’s version quite the same way, especially considering how the romance works out, but I’m not necessarily complaining. Despite a story that is a bit flawed and silly at parts, it has a genuine feel to it and is pretty neat by itself. Admittedly, your enjoyment of the film hinges on how much you like Mulan and drama, but I think that most will find something to like in the film, so I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who’s itching for a relatively okay drama.


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Assassination Classroom/Ansatsu Kyoushitsu Live Action Movie Review

Okay. I just finished watching the Assassination Classroom live action movie and …..

was more or less not that impressed since they literally took out all my favorite moments in the series. I was pretty much giggling through the entire thing because of how ridiculous some of the scenes were.

Though I did have a lot of fun pointing out who each character was since I actually could tell who was who from the hairstyle and how they dressed. (They did pretty well matching appearance-wise since I could actually tell who was who despite not having the same hair color)

But what they pulled at the very last second near the end I just started yelling: WHAT?! YOU CAN’T DO THAT! THAT’S SEVERE SPOILERS (as in you don’t get to know that until 100+ chapters in the manga) AND YOU’RE JUST GIVING IT AWAY LIKE THAT?!?! AND NO ONE ELSE IN CLASS FREAKING NOTICED THAT?!?!?! AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

I wish they focused more on some characters’ background but I understand that filming a live action is really hard and they had only 2 hours.

THE WHOLE CAST SEEMED TO HAVE SUCH A GREAT TIME TOGETHER AND NOW I KNOW WHY YAMACHAN GOT ALONG WITH THE CAST SO WELL

Hopefully October will come and they will get to act together again.

Now for the actual review.

The Story

The movie picks a lot of the noticeable scenes from the manga including multiple arcs such as both transfer students arcs (Ritsu and Itona) as well as everyone’s favourite teacher Takaoka.

I think in terms of content, my guess for the anime it would be up to the first 40-50 chapters and for the live action will be pretty similar. However, unlike 22 episodes, there will only be around 2 hours which is not much. Originally I was hoping that Ansatsu Kyoushitsu would get an 11-13 episode drama instead of a movie, but this ended up like Sukitte Ii na yo and Silver Spoon’s live movies where there was too much content and the movie felt kind of rushed as an result.

The Characters

Okay so I’m going to ignore the common complaints by most anime-only fans when it comes to live action adaptions of manga. I don’t care if you people hate that their hair ain’t blue/red or if they don’t look nearly how the character is in the original content. I’d rather have the characters be able to act the part well than to have them look similar and act the part horribly and ruin the movie.

I was honestly not expecting Yamada Ryosuke to play Nagisa – and no doubt, I know a lot of people didn’t expect it either. Now don’t get me wrong, being a Hey! Say! JUMP fan I love Yama-chan, but I wasn’t 100% on him playing Nagisa’s part. His diverse acting skills can get him playing someone as cold as Ryuu (Tantei Gakuen Q) to someone as goofy as Kindachi (Kindaichi shounen no jikenbo Neo), a lot of people will think he’s overrated and what not and a lot of people who don’t even know AssaClass will watch it anyway because of him, but we’ll leave it to the movie to see if he does Nagisa well.

And I think he did it very well.

I think most people’s complaints at first was about how he doesn’t look “trap”/girly enough. (But even then I’m probably the only person that that doesn’t think the original Nagisa looks like a girl to begin with…) However, I don’t think it will include any of the chapters where Nagisa needs to and will be confused as a girl so it won’t hurt much in terms of story, but more on the original manga fans who want it to stay true to the manga. (But again I think this was a good choice anyway, especially when you think about Nagisa and his horrible mother) I think personally, if he had done the movie a couple years younger he would have suited the appearance of the original content Nagisa more. Not necessarily in his days of Tantei Gakuen Q, but back when his face was still babyish and chubby (them cheeks xD).

Ofc we can just pull out the Risou no Musuko 2.0 and put Yama-chan in some cute girly clothes cause why not xD

And one a side note I laughed really hard at the first Nagisa vs Takaoka fight since he literally just smiled, walked over to Takaoka and went boop to him with the knife to his neck.

The other actors I’m not quite familiar with. I remember Suda Masaki (Karma) from High School Debut, but it’s been a while since I’ve watched that. Haven’t watch it, but I know he’s in Kamen Rider too.

He really does fit more of the delinquent-ness that Karma had and I think I can really take a liking to him playing him – Especially his chill fall of the cliff. I can see a few Karma fans taking a disliking to him just from not looking like Karma.

I don’t understand why they added that OC that interacted with Nagisa to be quite honest …. I mean, do they want to create a sort of menage à trois or love triangle or how do you want to call it!? Did they really have to?!

A lot of the others, I’ve seen them in one or no dramas/movies at all (Takaoka is Ando from Ikemen Desu ne ). Jiyoung is so fucking sexy, ‘kay. Exactly as Irina.

Korosensei

Keeping Korosensei to have his own section. I’ve seen a lot of comments about the CGI being okay or horrible from various people – someone said they should’ve gotten specific people from Weta to do it which is lol because Japan’s films are often way lower budget than your Hollywood ones.

I personally don’t mind Korosensei or maybe I’m just used to the cheaper CGI with watching too much jdramas/adaptations xD He does feel a bit more plastic-y than I imagined.

Overall

It looks like another “too much content into one movie” adaptation and would have been better suited a drama instead.

I watched it anyway as it’s one of my favorite manga and current anime as well as being a Hey! Say! JUMP fan and a fan of Yamada’s acting.

I’m going to say it now, but this movie is definitely not going to please everyone and I can tell a lot of people will be disappointed – especially for the people who will constantly compare original content to the adaptation. (Like me *cough*)

I would stick with watching the anime and reading the manga since it seemed like they didn’t have the budget to really go all out on those really epic scenes in the series (they stuck to one set for most of the movie). But if you’re just a die-hard fan of AC and need to see everything relating to it, I’d say go for it.

It’s not the greatest adaption since the scenes go by really quickly without really having any chance to have the characters in the spotlight. So I felt like I didn’t really have an attachment to anyone. All the epic scenes in the series felt really anti-climactic.

But overall it was interesting experience watching it.

Truthfully I think this will be a fun one to watch if you give it a chance.


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Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary Review

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Finally saw Saint Seiya – Legend of Sanctuary ( and by finally I mean with subs. seriously the movie came out in June and didn’t get subs until Dec) and I thought I share some of my thoughts about it.

Saint Seiya Legend of Sanctuary, daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn did I enjoy it. Some people told me it wasn’t that great, and granted it’s not the best thing since sliced bread, but I’ll be damned if I don’t say I liked it and want to talk about it.

SPOILERS, if for whatever reason you don’t know what happens in the Sanctuary arc.

Well, where to start? One thing you should all know before I start talking is that Saint Seiya was big in Mexico, France, Spain and other european countries. Not as big as Dragon Ball, but it was another anime well watched by a lot of people, as it was aired in Cartoon Network alongside DBZ, Inuyasha, Pokemon, and other animes.

Okay so, to all those people who say that it wasn’t the greatest I have to tell them that their tastes aren’t great either.

I want to watch it again, and I am totally not asking my friends if they’ve watched it yet so I can go watch it with them.

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Is it a good movie on its own?

I would only go as far as to say that it is entertaining even for non-fans. However, it relies far too much on the hope that its audience already has a working knowledge of the franchise. Its biggest problem is its short run-time, but there are some seams that could have been smoothed out just by minor tweaking like adding a line here or changing a line there.

Is it a good Saint Seiya movie?

Definitely. It offers about as much built up as any other Saint Seiya film. In fact, I was surprised how well the first act, which essentially covers the first 40 episodes in about 30 minutes, works. The rest of the movie works about as well as the other traditional Saint Seiya movies, almost point by point.

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What Works in the movie

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-The movie looks beautiful: Despite the overly busy designs for the Cloth and the environments, it is amazing to watch in animation. The new designs feels more sleek and more semi-real from the anime/manga (which is a good thing) as it feels more in touch with the movie as a whole.

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While we’re talking about redesigns, some of the redesigned armors (or should I say cloth) caught me off guard at first because I had not seen any of the promotional videos/art of this movie before watching it. (I had seen one teaser and it didn’t show much.) I loved the details when the armors were scratched/damaged as it made it look more realistic. Even when they were walking and hitting each others armor, it made metallic clunking sounds to signify more that it was armor (alongside other things, such as when they were walking and you could feel and see how heavy/light everyone’s respective armor was).

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At first I thought adding masks was just the animation team being lazy about not animating faces, but I eventually enjoyed the movie too much and forgot about it halfway through it. (Might beacuse their masks reminded me about Casshern Sins that I love, but maybe that’s just me.) What really caught me off guard was Milo of Scorpio’s sudden sex change, whereas other people was okay with it, I wasn’t. My friend suggested that this was done to make up for the lack of female characters in the movie, as Seiya’s mentor, Eagle Marin, who was one of the main female presences in the anime, was not in the movie.

-Sound design. The soundtrack was AMAZEBALLS and really gave the tension and action when needed, especially during fight scenes, the sound effects are also really good and give a nice sense of weight during the action scenes.

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-The Bronze Saints as a group: This is a big one. The way the Bronze Saints are shown in this movie works in many different levels. First of all, their backstory is streamlined. Instead of 100 orphans, it was just the 5 of them. Aioros saw in the stars that 5 young Saints would protect Athene and told Kido who then searched for 5 kids that showed affinity to Cosmo and sent them to train. Quick, simple, and leave far less questions than canon. It is implied that the Bronze Saints have been together most of their lives, we often forget that at the beginning of the series, Seiya and the others didn’t even like each other after being separate for so many years, the movie sidesteps that by implying that the Bronze Saints were trained together and then set off to find their respective Cloths.

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This makes their quirks and interactions as a group far more endearing.

And lastly, embracing stereotypes. The movie does not try to overreach with the Bronze Saints’ personalities, instead they keep them simple:

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Seiya is more comedic and light hearted, serving as some part of the comedy relief of the movie.

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Shiryuu is a serious character with a straight-to-the-objective demeanor who is for the most part always on the lookout.

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Shun is still my most precious baby and they only emphatized his kawaiiness more in this movie,

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and Ikki is as badass-swaggery as ever.

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Hyoga was awesome pouting tsundere precious baby duck riding a motorcycle. That is all.

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-Saori/Athena: The movie’s Saori is like a combination of Sasha from Lost Canvas and Aria from Omega, she is very likable.

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-Leo Aiolia: Out of all the Gold Saints, Aiolia comes off as the most epic. While he only does a bit more than of the other Gold Saints, nearly every scene with him counts.

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-Female Milo: Even though I was highly imposed about him becoming a her, I still like her, in fact I like her a lot. In fact, despite her short stature, she comes off as the most imposing Scorpio Saint in the franchise.

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-The Gold Saints: The Gold Saints actually do something during the movie. Though one would wish they would have done more, it still far better than in the original where they just waited until the Bronze Saints reached Saga.

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-Seiya vs. Saga: The fight between Seiya and Saga is THE BEST battle in the entire Saint Seiya franchise. Better than Shaka vs. Saga’s group, better than El Cid vs. Icelus, and better than Kouga vs. Abzu.

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-Seiya/Saori: There is only a bit of it, but it is there and I love it.

-“Evil” Saga: The movie has its own version of the pale haired, red-eyed Saga that work quite well.

-Seiya & Bronze Cloths: Despite skipping the vs. Ikki arc altogether, we actually got scene where pieces of the other Bronze Cloths go to help Seiya and it is one of the best moment in the movie.

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What Does Not Work

-Runtime: That is THE issue with the movie. Cramming 73 episodes worth of material cannot be done without damaging the end result, and sadly the movie suffers from it. For example, the decision of going to the Sanctuary so suddenly is a head-scratching one since they know about the Gold Saints and in fact Aiolia just beat the living hell out of them with ease. Also a lot of stuff happens off screen and that gets annoying.

The movie, despite being 93 minutes long just like your average movie, felt a little bit short in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, I think they did a great job to summarize the introduction of the protagonists and the whole sanctuary saga of the original series. I simply felt that they could have made the movie longer so they could add some more content to the movie, because honestly the movie plays out expecting you to have watched/read the original anime/manga.

And to be honest, I don’t really expect anyone who didn’t even bother to watch the original to be watching the movie, but still, adding more nods and scenes and a few fights (or have extended some of the ones they already used) would be great.

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I mean, don’t get me wrong, I loved the few scenes that were (somewhat) to the point to the original, such as Aiolia of Leo being controlled by the Patriarch (kinda hard not to add the plot point though, but still) and Aldebaraan’s helmet’s horn being cut when Seiya defeated him. Something I also absolutely loved is that they show the Gold Saints doing shit after they are defeated. In the original anime, they just kinda sat there (or outright died. I’m looking at you Death Mask of Cancer) after the protagonists defeated them, and make them participate during the finale.

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-Hyoga vs. Camus: It almost worked, it really almost did. One more scene between the two would have put this in the previous list, but alas that is not the case, it just comes off as rushed.

I felt that there wasn’t enough for the two to actually “catch up” in a sense. but hey, Seiya is the main star of the show in the first place! It’s rude to take such spotlight from the dude! His Temple looked nice though, it looked like it had water for the roof, which I wish they had saved that idea for Aphrodite’s Temple, but they never got that far. But to think that Camus would be the first Gold Saint to die. I only question how Hyoga and Shiryu “teleported” into a temple…

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-Shiryu vs. Deathmask: Essentially the same as the point above. Though in their defense, their fight is a bit more amusing thanks to DM.

I did find that the dancing and singing was a little unnecessary (Seriously though, what’s up with the hip shakes?). I felt that LoS Deathmask wasn’t anywhere near Classic Deathmask, and that disappointed me a bit. Not only did it feel like he wasn’t as well thought out as Classic Deathmask was, I felt that he was under-appreciated in LoS. I think they should have spent more time on him.

Another thing that I have to point out is the underwear scene. It was slightly embarrassing to watch. Didn’t he have tights under the Gold Cloth? (Unless Shiryu Rozan’d them off… Gosh! I didn’t know you roll that way Shiryu!) The one thing I must say is that the tattoo of the Crab of Cancer on his chest was an interesting add-on. I liked that very much.

-Ikki is wasted (;_;) : Ikki barely does anything during the movie. He kills Sagitta Ptolemy, has one cool entrance, and tries to fight Shura, emphasis in the word try.

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-Shun is wasted (;;__;;) : Shun does even less than Ikki! He defeats an unamed Saint, stops a Scarlet Needle shot… Barely, and tries to fight Shura (off-screen), and carries Saori for a short time while Seiya is down. HE’S MY FAVORITE CHARACTER, DAMMIT!

Not only does the Saint Seiya Wikia say and I quote: “He is one of the strongest characters in the series, although his gentle disposition and kind nature tend to hold him back from using his full power until he has no other choice but to do so.”

And anyone who have seen or read Saint Seiya know how badass and strong he can be.

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-Aphrodite’s death: Not only is Aphrodite’s death really cheap, but couldn’t they have just added 5 more minutes and have him fight Shun so that the kid could actually do something in the movie?

-Which reminds me, NO APHRODITE VS SHUN, GREATLY DISAPPOINTED.

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-Saga turns into a FF boss: We all made fun about how the Bronze Saints looked like Final Fantasy characters, but that’s nothing compared to the monstrous form Saga takes at the very end. It would not look out of pace next to SIN or Sephiroth’s or Kefka’s final forms. Why would they do that when the battles was going so great?!

-Shaka’s and Shura’s attacks are not named: This is the epitome of nitpicking, but it still kind of annoying. Every other character (except Aiolos and Aphrodite who do not fight) gets to call out one of their attacks at least once (Seiya, Hyoga, and Saga even have two). Shaka does use Kahn and Om during the movie and of course Shura uses Excalibur (even a super charged version of it) but they never say their names.

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Neutral Points

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-The comedy: There are many comedic moments throughout the first and second acts, some are genuinely funny while some fall flat.

-The Sanctuary: In the movie the Sanctuary seems to be inside a pocket dimension. It’s kind of weird, but it does give the entire thing an ethereal feel.

-Changes: There are some scenes from the trailers that were altered for the movie or never even happened.

-Deathmask in speedos: Yes this is a thing I mentioned earlier that happens during the movie. It’s both disturbing and hilarious.

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Final Thoughts

Does the movie make a good transition from the 2D plain to the 3D one? Yes it does.

Is it over the top several times? Yes it does.

And it very well knows that: it often makes the saints pull off ridiculous stunts and acrobatics. And damn its climax has Bayonetta-level scales painted all over it.

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This movie shows off how Japanese it is, and hey, it’s based off from the god damned Saint Seiya series, where people draw power from the “cosmos” and shoot dragons and electric jolts from their fists, it damn well knows how exaggerated it can be and is proud of it.

Heck, the introduction of Death Mask was ridiculous, and I loved it! (somewhat)

Also, for the voice actors, they had a all star cast back and god DAMN it made me want to have a full CGI television series beacuse of this.

Despite its obvious flaws, I thoroughly loved and enjoyed the movie from start to finish. However, I am the biggest Saint Seiya fan I know and I’m aware I was watching this movie with severely tinted rose-colored glasses. That said, I liked as much as the other Saint Seiya movies, I would watch it again in a heartbeat and if given the chance I would buy the DVD version when it comes out. If you are thinking of using it as a gateway to introduce your friends into the Saint Seiya series, it might work since the visually as so beautiful it is bound to catch their interest, just make sure you watch it with them because they might need some explanations that the movie is in too much of a hurry to give them.

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Battle Royale: Defense on Noriko and Shuuya

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Nanahara Shuuya and Nakagawa Noriko (Battle Royale)

For those of you who don’t know, Battle Royale is a novel by Takami Koushun, published in 1999. The following year, it was made into a manga series and movie starring Fujiwara Tatsuya and Maeda Aki. Yes, that’s right ladies, the same stud who plays Yagami Light in the Death Note movies and the girl who sings the first ending of Yu-Gi-Oh. So WHY do people hate their characters so much!? ;_;

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With a class of 42 students, 3-B has a lot of interesting characters. Some of them are heavily disliked, some with good reason (Oda (Boy 4) has a low opinion of women and people who aren’t rich, Niida (Boy 16) tries to rape a girl, (who then proceeds to kill him). But I see no reason to hate Shuuya and Noriko, both number 15.

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I’ll start with Shuuya. Now, Shuuya’s character is different in all three versions. In the manga, he’s naïve, optimistic and popular among his schoolmates. Several of the girls (And some of the men ~shot~) at school have a crush on him. Pretty impressive for an orphan, right? In the movie, his mom walked out and his dad hung himself on the first day of seventh grade. Throughout the film, he appears moody and sullen. Because of his parents, he has a rather low opinion of adults. The fact that the teacher killed his best friend Kuninobu “Nobu” Yoshitoki, didn’t help. The novel version is a bit of both. He’s very popular and optimistic, but he has a sarcastic side to him, too. In the sequel to the movie, he’s become the leader of a terrorist group (O_o) made up of previous winners of the BR Act and declares war on all adults who support it, never mind the fact that he’s now an adult himself (AND KAWADA DIDN’T SACRIFICE HIS LIFE SO YOU COULD GO DO STUFF THAT’LL GET YOU KILLED!).

Why do people hate him? I’m not sure. Is it because of his neverending faith in his classmates? Is it his reluctance to admit that any of classmates would be willing to kill each other? Is it because of his optimism that he’s held onto even through all of his hardships?

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Now let’s move onto Noriko. Like many other girls in her class, she has a crush on Shuuya (and yes, he falls in love with her over the course of the story). Shuuya’s friend Nobu has a crush on her. Nobu’s death is what inspires Shuuya to protect her. And she needs it, too. In the novel and manga, when Nobu is shot by the soldiers/teacher (in the respective versions), Noriko rushes to him. Because of this, she is shot in the leg. Obviously, it becomes hard for her to walk, let alone run. She’s a very “feminine” girl. She bakes cookies for Shuuya and Nobu for the “school trip”. She’s involved in the literature club. She’s a very nice girl. Several people have labeled her “useless”, because she doesn’t do much.

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She is SHOT IN THE LEG.

Of course she can’t do much. But that doesn’t make her completely useless. When the trio (Shuuya, Noriko, and Kawada) fight with Kiriyama, they think he’s been defeated, unaware of the fact that he has a bulletproof vest. In the manga, this allows him to shoot Kawada, giving him an injury that results in his death later. Shuuya is so stunned that he just wants Kiriyama to get it over with. Suddenly, a gunshot is heard. The one shot is Kiriyama, who has been shot by Noriko. Although this doesn’t kill him (Shuuya does that), it does cripple him shortly. Not only does she also shoot him in the novel, it’s possible that she may have been the one who killed him (After Noriko shoots him, Kawada also shoost him and tells her that he was the one who killed him, possibly to save Noriko from guilt).

Frankly, I don’t understand why they hate such likeable characters while squealing over characters like Mitsuko, the class slut, and Kiriyama, who doesn’t feel emotions. Don’t get me wrong, I like those two too (Except for Mitsuko who can die in a pit for all I care ~gets shot twise~), but I don’t get why people like them over Noriko and Shuuya. Though, why do I like Noriko and Shuuya? I don’t know. Maybe because I’m so anti-social, I’m drawn to nice people. Or maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for main characters. That or hmm, I dont know maybe beacuse they are TRYING TO SURVIVE WITHOUT LOSING THEIR HUMANITY AND DONT GIVE UP

Sorry for the small rant post but I just had to let it out.