Dragon Ball Super: Broly becomes the 3rd all-time Anime movie in U.S.

According to Box Office Mojo, Dragon Ball Super: Broly has earned an estimated $3.6 million over the weekend. Collectively it has grossed over $28 million in the U.S. and Canada. This now puts Dragon Ball Super: Broly third behind Pokemon: The first Movie and Pokemon 2000- The Movie. The combined domestic and foreign total is more than $98 million. The previous Dragon Ball movie, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F grossed over $8 million at the U.S. box office.


Dragon Ball Project Z game teaser trailer

Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed a trailer for the upcoming action RPG. The trailer reveals that the game will be released for the PS4, XBox One and Stream in 2019.

Source: ANN

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The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky Review

  • Streamed on: Netflix
  • Directed by: Noriyuki Abe (Chief)/Yasuto Nishikata
  • Distributed by: Toei Animation
  • Story by: Nakaba Suzuki

The film opens with the Seven Deadly Sins seeking rare ingredients for the celebration of the King’s birthday. Only, Meliodas fails to collect his ingredient the sky fish. He and the pig Hawk end up in the land in the sky. He’s mistaken for Sorada, the winged son of a warrior leader Zoria. The real Sorada, a celestial is mistaken for Meliodas by the Seven Deadly Sins. That doesn’t remain true for long as his wings give him away.

It is revealed that the seal that has trapped the Demon Clan for 3000 years is about to disappear. The great “Oshiro-sama” which is a pig-like deity that Hawk is mistaken for is the key to stopping them. Sorada declines the offer from the Seven Deadly Sins to help him find Oshiro-sama. He flies away and is attacked by a puppet of Gara of the Six Black Knights. She evaporates the spring preventing the Seven Deadly Sins and Sorada from returning to the Sky Temple through it.

The second black Knight revealed, Dahaka attacks the Sky Kingdom consuming the souls of many celestial soldiers. Meliodas faces off against him and effortless defeats him. However, Hawk is given all the credit for the victory. Somehow Master Zoria is still under the impression that Meliodas is his son, after being told he’s not several times. As the celestial’s begin their ceremony the demon clan is released. Personally, I think the character designs of the black knights are terrible.

Regardless, Meliodas faces off against the leader Bellion. While Hawk kinda fights Derocchio in a rather funny encounter. The rest of the Seven Deadly Sins arrive and split off to fight the Six Black Knights. Ban battles Pump, Merlin faces off against Derocchio, King and Gowther fight Atollah. The battles are where the movies is at it’s best. The animation during these action scenes are impressive. All the battles are well done and the main strength of this movie. The plot isn’t really complicated and largely just a set up for the battle between the Seven Deadly Sins and Six Black Knights. Basically if you seen any shonen anime movie, you would be able to predict this one.

Overall, The Seven Deadly Sins: Prisoners of the Sky is a generic shonen anime movie. It won’t reinvent the wheel, but it doesn’t need to. A predictable story doesn’t undercut the phenomenal action sequences or humor. The film is fun and any fan of shonen anime or manga would enjoy it. The villains are forgettable, being reduced largely to cannon fodder. However, you could skip to the action portion and not miss too much.

Your Name, one of the greatest anime movies

With 2016 is coming to an end, I thought that it was important to review the highest grossing film in Japan this year ($172 million) and the second highest grossing anime film of all time ($288 million). The film has received critical acclaim, earning 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 81 out of 100 on Metacritic.

Who created Your Name

Your Name is from the director Makoto Shinkai, who created Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second. It’s based on the novel of the same name, it premiered during the Anime Expo 2016 convention on July 3, 2016. Your Name was animated by CoMix Wave Films and distributed by Toho.

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What’s it about

The story centers on a high school girl named Mitsuha who wishes to be a handsome Tokyo boy in another life. A boy named Taki, wakes up and realizes that he is now Mitsuha. Taki and Mitsuha switch bodies, they communicate through leaving paper notes and memos in their phones.

Rising anime talent Makoto Shinkai concocts an outlandish and enormously entertaining  romance whose central couple spontaneously begins body-swapping. – Variety

They begin to interfere in each others lives, Mitsuha helps Taki being a relationship with a coworker, Miki Okudera. Taki increases Mitsuha’s popularity in high school. Suddenly, Taki and Mitsuha return to their previous bodies. Taki begins searching for Mitsuha, without having the name of her village, he uses sketches that he created by memory.

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He is finally told by a restaurant server that he’s looking for Itomori. However, he is informed that a fragment of comet Taimat fell to earth three years ago, killing a third of Itomori population. Taki searches through the names of fatalities and sees Mitsuha name listed. He realizes that Mitsuha existed on the completely different timeline.

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Taki drinks an offering that Mitsuha leaves behind and returns to her body. He attempts to save the town, managing to convince her friends to help her evacuate the town. Eventually, they finally meet, Taki tells Mitsuha to convince her father to evacuate the town. Their memories of each other begin to fade and Mitsuha begins to give up on Taki.

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However, after inspiration from Taki’s “I love you,” she begs her father to evacuate the town a second time. The comet crashes into Itomori, it is revealed eight years later that Mitsuha succeeded in convincing her father to evacuate the town. Taki has moved on, living his life, he graduates from university. However, he does have a fondness for items from Itomori. Finally, while riding on parallel trains they see each other and finally ask each other their names.

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Opinion

I generally don’t gravitate towards anime outside of the typical Shonen type, however, the critically acclaim of this movies made me curious. I’ll admit that I really liked this movie. I cared about Taki and Mitsuha, their relationship and was sad when I found out she had initially died. Even with it’s heartbreak, Your Name does have some humor. The tendency of Taki to fondle Mitsuha’s breast’s when inhabiting her body, while juvenile, was still funny. Finally, the animation is some of the best you will ever see. Even if your not a fan of romance (like me), any anime fan will enjoy this movie. Check it out. Happy New Year.

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Is the latest One Piece movie a hit?

One Piece movies can be hit or miss. The tenth One Piece movie, One Piece Film: Strong World was good but I didn’t like the eleventh one, One Piece 3D: Straw Hat Chase. However, the previous One Piece movie, One Piece Film: Z is my favorite so far. The latest One Piece movie, One Piece Film: Gold falls in between 10th and 12th movies. 

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What is it about?

Set in Gran Tesoro, an independent country chartered by the World Government, home of the world’s greatest entertainment city where well-known pirates, Marines, and millionaires throughout the world gather in an “absolute sanctuary” that even the World Government can’t touch.

There, the Straw Hat Pirates meet the ruler of the country, the golden emperor, Gild Tesoro, who easily wins pirates, the Marines, and even the World Government over to his side with money. He is about to take action to satisfy his bottomless ambition which may result in major changes in power relationships in the New World.

(Source: onepiece.wikia.com)

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How’s the movie?

One Piece movies have been inconsistent when it comes to quality of animation, but Gold is beautifully rendered. I’ll admit that by the time movie ended I couldn’t stand the sight of gold. Gold basically puts the Strawhat’s in a heist movie, full of scams and double crosses. The story is rather simple and straight forward, but very funny overall. The general formula for a One Piece movie is followed without many surprises. As a villain Tesoro is typical and his powers aren’t as interesting as previous One Piece villains. His backstory was more interesting but didn’t get a thorough telling and was simply a series of flashbacks. If it was intended to illicit sympathy for Tesoro it failed.  

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How are the fights?

The hallmark of a good One Piece movie are the fight scenes, this movie had several. Like most One Piece movies the fight between Luffy and the main villain (Tesoro) take center stage, leaving the rest to be quickly concluded without much detail. The most egregious example of this is Sabo vs Rob Lucci, any fan of One Piece would love to see that fight in it’s entirety. Overall, I found the fights to be unsatisfying. 

Should I watch this movie?

I think this movie fails on many level’s. It had potentially to tell a greater story and didn’t. The backstory of Tesoro could have been shared at a greater length for a larger impact. Something felt missing, when you consider that the World Government and The Revolutionary Army were in this move. It felt like the were miss used. Overall, if you love One Piece you’ll enjoy this movie, the action and animation are pretty good. 

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EVANGELION:1.0 Review, Killing Angels with Giant Robots

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Evangelion: 1.01 You Are (Not) Alone is the first of four movies in the Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy. Hideaki Anno was unsatisfied with the original series from the 90’s, aiming to recreate Evangelion. Evangelion: 1.0 retells the first six episodes of the original series, with mild changes to the plot and characters to create greater clarity. Any fan of the original series may have been confused by it’s complicated plot and complex themes. The story is condensed removing a lot of the unnecessary plot points. The often dreary tone of the series is alter, as the sadness characters experience is limited.

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Evangelion: 1.0 quickly gets past the introduction, greatly improving on the pace, while still successfully conveying the main plot. However, for the most part the story is presented as the original series. Shinji is a teenage pilot, tasked with saving humanity. He pilots a bio mechanical hybrid mecha called an Evangelion. The battles between these EVA’s and the monsters called Angels are still brutal and intense. The most visible change in the film is the noticeable improvement in the animation. Shinji as a character is also improved, as he was extremely neurotic and simply annoying to viewers.

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Shamshel, the fifth Angel from the Evangelion series.

The biggest issue regarding Evangelion: 1.0, is the consequence of condensing and editing several episodes into one movie. The story is feels rushed at times, that said, the remake of the first six episodes is well worth viewing. Evangelion: 1.0 accomplishes what Anno set out to do, retelling the original Neon Genesis Evangelion, while enhancing the animation, making the characters, and plot more understandable. It’s still not for the faint of heart as the brutal violence is still represented. With the first film in the tetralogy being so well received, the next three in the series should be even better.

Production Info:

Chief Director: Hideaki Anno, Director: Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Screenplay: Hideaki Anno, Storyboard: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi, Tomoki Kyoda, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Unit Director: Hiroshi Haraguchi, Music: Shiro Sagisu, Original creator: Hideaki Anno, Character Design: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, Art Director: Hiroshi Kato, Tatsuya Kushida, Chief Animation Director: Shunji Suzuki, Animation Director: Kazuchika Kise, Hidenori Matsubara, Yuji Moriyama, Atsushi Okuda, Mechanical design: Ikuto Yamashita, Cgi Director: Hiroyasu Kobayashi, Co-Director: Kobun Shizuno, Director of Photography: Toru Fukushi, Executive producer: Toshimichi Ootsuki.

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV (Review)

 

battle02CG Final Fantasy movies are usually disappointing. Despite the high quality of the CG the movies tend to be unimpressive. Kingsglaive is at least a step up from previous movies in the series. The film is directed by Takeshi Nozue, written by Takashi Hasegawa, and produced by Hajime Tabata. Kingsglaive is a companion movie to the upcoming FF15 game.

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The general plot is that the Kingdom of Lucis houses a crystal that protects it. The empire of Niflheim is attempting to steal this crystal. The Kingsglaive is an elite force of solider’s that protect Lucis. King Regis is given an ultimatum. Marry his son, Prince Noctis to Princess Lunafreya and surrender his lands to the rule of Niflheim.

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As the Kingsglaive betray the Kingdom of Lucis, the crystal that protected the kingdom is stolen. At this point the “Ring of the Lucii,” becomes a central part of movie. As the kingdom falls apart, the Kingsglaive solider, Nyx Ulric is called to protect the princess. The princess is asked to give the ring to Noctis. King Regis is killed in front of them by imperial general Glauca.

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They escape, only to be tracked down by Glauca. Before they battle Nyx puts on the ring and confronts the past Kings of Lucis. In exchange for his life, he is give the power of the ring. He and Glauca engage in epic battle. Their fight ends with Nyx mortally wounding Glauca and dying at dawn due to his agreement with the Kings. The movie ends with Princess Lunafreya leaving with the Ring to find Noctis.

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While I generally enjoyed the film, it still has major problems. First the story is better than the previous FF movies. However, that’s not a large compliment. The dialogue is dull and the story is linear. The use of the style of fighting, where the user throws his sword and teleports to it is cool, but extremely hard to track. When the Kingsglaive betray’s the kingdom, there’s no way to tell who’s who. I guess this was done on purpose to set some sort of suspense, but I wasn’t invested in any of the characters to care who died anyway. I was mostly just confused.

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The characters were at least distinctive in their appearance. However, the magical meets mechanical was a bit distracting. The armor of the soldiers made them stand out, but not for good reasons. They looked liked they didn’t belong in the world or at least were over dressed. The CGI in this movie is stunning, the monsters, characters and environments look real. Regardless of it’s downsides, this movie is excellent for anyone who wants to know what happens before the game starts. If you watch for nothing else the beginning war scene and the final battle is worth seeing.

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Anime Review: Little Witch Academia

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Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade is the Kickstarter-funded sequel to the acclaimed “Little Witch Academia“, released in 2013. This sequel has proven to be a worthy heir to its predecessor. Created by the famed Studio Trigger*, the story continues to follow the story from the previous movie. We follow the main protagonist Akko Kagari, her classmates the nerdy Lotte Yanson and the gothic Sucy Mambavaran.

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They continue their magical education at Luna Nova Magical Academy and appear to be performing inadequately. They create a monstrosity out of “brownie and a poisonous mushroom”, resulting in the unfortunate poisoning of their classmates. They are punished (again) for their poor behavior and are tasked with organizing this year’s “Witch Festival”. They are joined by three fellow troublemakers, thief Amanda O’Neill, Constanze Braunschweig Albrechtsberger manufacturer and seller of illegal high-tech devices and Jasmineka Antonenko food thief.

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Akko decides that she will take charge and change the narrative of the tradition festival, showing witches in a positive light. Akko shows that she is immature and self-centered. She ignore’s the opinions of her friends and alienates them in the process. Feel down and out after a series of setbacks Akko becomes inspired by her idol Chariot. She heads to the library and begins to study magic in preparation of the festival. Akko invites her friends to join her, she along with Amanda use a rod to steal some magic for the festival.

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During the festival, things start off well. However, several of the towns boys harras them and steal their magical rod. The stolen rod’s magic awakens a sleeping giant that attacks the townspeople. Ursula, the teacher of Akko uses her magic to distract the townspeople and include the attack into the festival itself. Together the witches come together to subdue the giant and improve the perception of the Witches.

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Overall, Little Witch Academia takes what made the previous movie in the series so exceptional, and expands on the world and the characters. Studio Trigger continues to impress with their animation style that made other series like Kill La Kill, Gurren Lagann and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt stand out Animes. The fluid nature of the animation with the muted color gives a lively feel. While the story was predictable and the characters were formulaic, LWA remains a standard for good anime.

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The Good:

  • LWA’s plot and characters are predictable, but this doesn’t hinder the enjoyment of the story. 
  • The animation quality of the series remains spectacular.
  • The world of LWA is expanded.

The Bad:

  • The series alludes to the “history” of witches being persecuted. I think this series could have expanded on this aspect of the universe, instead it was glossing over it.
  • The rules of magic haven’t been explained. The series doesn’t leave the viewer completely ignorant, but depth would be appreciated. 
  • Only a movie, not a full series. I probably being a little ungrateful here, but if there is an anime that needs a series it’s LWA.

The Verdict: 4.9/5

*Several of the founding members of Studio Trigger worked with Gainax. 

Naruto Special Gaiden: Boruto, Naruto the Movie

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Hinata tells her children Himawari and Boruto to wake their father, Naruto. Himawari tries to wake her father up gently. Boruto, tells her that she can’t wake her father up in that “cutesy” manner. He then proceeds to jump on his fathers stomach. Hinata offers to pick up his Hokage haori, the elder seamstress is still working on it. Kakashi’s haori wasn’t finished in time, and required poor patchwork. Hinata goes to pick up the haori, and tells Naruto to bring the children to the ceremony.

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At the ceremony Kakashi asks Hinata wear Naruto is, she is surprised and decides to go searching for him. At Naruto’s home Himawari and Boruto are fighting over bring a stuff panda to the ceremony. Naruto yells at them to stop, as the panda bear tears. Boruto apologizes as Himawari becomes enraged and activates her Byakugan. Himawari attacks Boruto, as Naruto intervene’s she attacks his chakra points by accident. Konohamaru uses henge no jutsu to take on Naruto’s appearance and the inauguration begins.

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Meanwhile, Hinata finds Naruto completely unconscious after having his chakra points forcefully stopped. She wonder who could have done this to him. Boruto is scared of Himawari, who looks for him while still using the Byakugan. Boruto can’t seem to realizes that she can see through walls. Kishimoto can’t stop teasing us with the next generation, and now I want the series to continue on. That mostly won’t happen, but I have hope. Himawari is bad-ass though.

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Bayonetta : Movie

Bloody Fate

Directed by: Fuminori Kizaki (Afro Samurai, Basilisk, Super Street Fighter 4, X-Men)

Written by: Mitsutaka Hirota ( Prince of Tennis 2, Tetsujin 28-go Gao!, X-Men)

Studio: Gonzo ( Hellsing,Rosario + Vampire, and Trinity Blood)

Released: November 23, 2013


Review

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Story 

Here are a list of the changes from the video game to the movie adaptation:

As the film is an adaptation of the first game rather than a direct translation, there are some slight visual differences in Bloody Fate. For example, Bayonetta’s earrings now have a crescent moon shape and her overall outfit features some minor differences, Balder now wears gloves on both hands, instead of only wearing one on his left hand and also has red highlights on his clothing.

The story also has various plot points and locations changed/added as part of the adaptation:

  • The movie contains an opening similar to the Records Of Time section from the game, explaining the events up until the present day in the form of narration and images in a stained glass window fashion. In one of the windows, demons resembling alternate versions of Affinity shows up next to Malphas. These demons did not make an appearance in the game.
  • The Vestibule occurs inside a church instead of at a graveyard where Bayonetta actually leads a double life as a nun. Luka follows a clue and tries to obtain photographs of Bayonetta’s fight and ensuing destruction. She later breaks his camera and destroys his car by landing on it, a reference to Enzo’s car in the game.
  • Scarborough Fair are not Bayonetta’s initial weapons. She first wields “Elfin Knight”, a set of four guns which use the design of Scarborough Fair’s fifth concept design. These weapons are later destroyed in a battle with Jeanne and Bayonetta receives Scarborough Fair later.
  • In the first scene at the Gates of Hell, Rodin states her name is Bayonetta, but Enzo quickly reminds him, that is the name given to her by Rodin.
  • Antonio’s death is shown in gruesome detail compared to the game’s portrayal of having the camera pan away. Antonio’s face is also shown when Luka is searching through his recovered pictures from his broken camera. He bears a strong similarity to Luka’s later redesign in Bayonetta 2.
  • There are extra scenes where Balder talks about his plans with Jeanne on the Isla Del Sol. In these scenes, Jubileus is shown sleeping in a fetal position in the heavens instead of being formed from a statue.
  • The angels are all shown capable of human language speaking instead of pure Enochian. They also have a certain amount of martyrdom, claiming that they intend to be the foundations for Jubileus’ awakening, even if it results in their deaths.
  • Iustitia and Sapientia never make an appearance and Fortitudo is not fought, appearing only as a ‘leader’ of the angels. Multiple Temperantias rather than just one are also shown (several appeared with Balder during the Witch Hunts).
  • Bayonetta uses multiple weapons on her enemies rather than just Scarborough Fair (unlike the game’s cutscenes). She ends up using Shuraba, an Onyx Rose and the Lt. Col. Kilgores.Bayonetta and Jeanne’s first battle happens during Bayonetta’s train journey into Vigrid. Jeanne lures the witch out of the train into some old ruins where she is able to best Bayonetta in combat by destroying her weapons before leaving.
    • All of which can be seen in the Gates of Hell after Bayonetta loses ‘Elfin Knight’ along with others from the game such as Sai Fung and Kulshedra.
  • Balder uses his powers frequently to send Bayonetta to new places, such as to the Valley of the Witch & Sage where he has left Cereza. Their meeting plays out in much the same way as the game.
  • After saving the girl, Bayonetta shares a bath with Cereza where she is staying in Vigrid. Luka attempts to sneak in to plant a bug whilst Bayonetta bonds with the child, but is quickly caught. He later talks with Bayonetta about his reasons for pursuing her, but is quickly left with Cereza the next day after she heads off on her own to find answers.
  • Luka ends up following Bayonetta with his own car rather than taking a vehicle from the guards on the bridge.
    • He also seems to be following her on the Highway rather than the other way around.
  • On Route 666, Bayonetta destroys an Irenic on her motorbike whilst in an underground tunnel and later arrives at the airport where she makes short work of Temperantia. Luka and Cereza catch up to her and Luka uses Cereza’s glasses to see the angels for the first time. The three then reconvene on a helicopter and fly to Isla Del Sol.The transport plane never appeared, instead the helicopter was their sole method of transport.
    • Instead of multiple enemies, Route 666 had only 1 Irenic. Braves never made an appearance.
  • The final battle with Jeanne takes place in both the human world and in Paradiso. The witches are transported there midway through fighting and Rodin gives Bayonetta Scarborough Fair. Using her new weapons and reawakening the memories of her past, she is able to win. Jeanne reveals the truth about their past and implores her to stop Balder before his magic causes the explosion that presumably kills her.
  • When Bayonetta, Luka and Cereza arrive at Balder’s office, Balder sends Cereza home through the time rift in his window. Bayonetta, having deducted that it was her younger self, is able to save Luka from the angels after he learns the truth about his father’s death, but is unable to save him from falling. He later saves himself with his grappling hook. Bayonetta threatens to shoot Balder, but the powers of the Left Eye awaken in her before she can pull the trigger. It is revealed that killing the angels and mastering her abilities was enough to reawaken the Left Eye within, as well as her memories. As Jubileus awakens, multiple angels and Fortitudo himself commit their life force to the deity and are absorbed to give her strength.
  • Jeanne comes to Bayonetta’s rescue in her Umbran suit like in the game, but does not save Bayonetta directly. She shoots Jubileus’ eye open and urges Bayonetta to remember what her mother, Rosa, said to her before she died. It is revealed that Balder personally watched over the destruction of the Umbra Witches and Rosa pleaded with Bayonetta in her last moment to fulfill one request: to ‘save’ her father from the madness that had gripped his soul from being exiled from his clan. Using the lipstick as a reminder, Bayonetta uses her own power to break free from Jubileus’ eye, scorching the left half of the goddess’ body.
  • Balder remains alive after being accepted as the Right Eye and directly controls Jubileus’ actions through his power. He heals the deity back to full strength and clashes with both Bayonetta and Jeanne. The witches summon Queen Sheba together and control her in a similar manner, culminating in a godly clash that sends them fighting and flying across the solar system. Bayonetta uses her magic to perform a Torture Attack on Jubileus, providing Sheba with a whip to bind her to the wooden horse used on the Joys in game. As Jeanne uses her powers to give Sheba a gigantic infernal gun, Bayonetta loads her weapon and fires the lipstick towards her father. As the bullet kills him, Jeanne gives the command and Sheba fires a gigantic explosion that disintegrates Jubileus into dust.
    • Due to Jubileus not being a former statue, the pair of witches never had to break apart the pieces as it fell to Earth.
  • After the events of the film, a year passes after Bayonetta has disappeared. Rodin and Enzo ponder her whereabouts, Luka is able to publish a book on the Sages and Witches and laments on where she is by his father’s graveside. Elsewhere, Bayonetta and Jeanne talk about going back to their other lives as a nun and a school teacher before a flock of angels appear on the horizon. The two witches team up to have one last fight before they go their separate ways.
    • Luka and Bayonetta do not seem to meet up after their last encounter.
  • Enzo’s information came from a news report from the Gates of Hell’s television regarding Balder directly instead of a report of a stone on the marketplace.Balder was almost immediately pegged as a key player rather than discovering bits and pieces of information Bayonetta outright learns of his influence.
    • In fact the Eyes of the World were never mentioned as possibly being a stone at all.
  • The Ithavoll Group also never seemed to be mentioned. In its place is Ragna.
  • Enzo is officially recognized as an Undertaker (unlike the game hinting at his possibility of being one as well as an informant).
  • Rosa played a much more important role to further the plot.
  • The only ‘boss’ that was truly fought, with the exception of Balder/Jubileus, was Beloved. Bayonetta never fought any of the Audito directly. Exception being Temperantia and he was almost instantly killed by a Demon rather than an all out fight..
  • Most of the Angels never made an appearance. Fortitudo, Temperantia, Affinity, Ardor, Beloved, Irenic and Inspired are the only ones to have appeared.

 courtesy of http://bayonetta.wikia.com/wiki/Bayonetta:_Bloody_Fate

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Opinion:

The quality of this anime’s animation is impressive. To be honest its the most impressive aspect of this movie. The creator of X-Men and Afro Samurai (Gonzo) maintains their constant visual mastery. The story is rather unimpressive in comparison.

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I found myself not really being that interested in what was happening outside the action sequences. That can’t be a good thing. However, the Video game was very similar in this regard. Considering the source maybe I should have expected this. Overall, the anime does what it sets out to do (accurately depict the events of the video game in animated for), I really shouldn’t have expected more.

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Anime Movie Review – Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

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Let me just say this Best. Dragon. Ball. Z. Movie. Ever. This movie had it all good animation, action, character growth and humor. Dragon Ball Z movies generally center around on super powerful enemy and has the entire cast appear at some point. The main bad guy in this movie was Bills, God of Destruction. Unlike previous villain’s Bills seems more comical than evil. I would attribute this to the fact that he’s a God and destroying this (like earth) are probably beneath him. During his extended slumber Bill’s has a dream depicting the “Super Saiyan God” and aims to learn more and fight him. Bill’s power is so superior to those that have precessed him that he takes out super saiyan 3 Goku with two hits.

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After beating Goku Bill’s and his companion Whis head to Earth. On Earth Bulma is throwing herself a lavish 38th birthday party, and everyone (except Goku) is in attendance. Vegeta having been given the heads up by King Kai looks to intercept Bills as he arrives. Vegeta remembers meeting Bills in the past and Bills question’s him about the super saiyan God. Bulma arrives and Bills and Whis are rather pleasant with her. Bulma’s party feature’s the most humor of this movie. With Piccolo singing, Whis and Bills obsession with human food and even Bills break dancing. The Pilaf gang arrives to steal the dragon balls and end up being invited to the party. Mai puts a gun to Trunk’s head and (after Gohan goads her) shoots at Gohan. Gohan reflects each bullet hitting Videl in the leg and Bills in the forehead. Bills getting shot in the head pisses him off and he aims to destroy earth. At this moment Vegeta shockingly begins to perform a bingo song much to everyone’s surprise. This succeeds in stopping Bills rampage.

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Whis informs Bills of pudding and how delicious it is. Bills notices Buu hogging all the pudding a rather politely asks for one or two. Buu being childlike said no and proceeds to lick all of them. This is the reason Bills finally attacks. The Z fighters finally engage Bill and unceremoniously defeats them with single strikes. Even Vegeta is quickly defeated until Bulma intervenes and strikes Bills. BIlls returns the favor triggering Vegeta’s anger resulting in a power up. Vegeta’s was still unsuccessful and was quickly knocked unconscious. Goku arrives with a plan “ask Shenron”. Even Shenron has heard of Bills and is respectful. He also has an answer to give Goku on how to become a super saiyan God.

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Shenron ” reveals that they need the light of five righteous Saiyans to infuse their power into another Saiyan for him to turn Super Saiyan God”. Gohan, Vegeta, Trunks and Goten all volunteer, they fail. Whis reminds them that Shenron said five saiyans must contribute not just four. In responses it is then revealed that Videl is pregnant and she joins completing the five. Finally “Super Saiyan God Goku” and Bills go at it. This battle is the usually DBZ styled battle, fast pace, destruction and blast. The ending however is surprising instead of having Goku win he still loses. Bills denotes that Goku is actually the second strongest warrior he’s fought Whis being the strongest. Bills states that “this world is the Seventh Universe, but there are twelve universes in total” and that Goku should expect more powerful being in existence.

Highlights:

  • Bills and Whis (not quite villians, which is good)
  • Goku and Bills battle
  • The humor
  • Baby Gohan
  • Super Saiyan God
  • Vegeta’s transformation to a loving husband (kind of)
  • Vegeta singing and dancing

Rating

Animation: 9.0

Style: 8.0

Story: 8.5

Action: 8.5