The Dragon Dentist Film Review

The massive dragon

From the creator of Evangelion, Hideaki Anno, The Dragon Dentist is an odd anime at first. Released in 2017, Dragon Dentists story takes place in Dragon Country. The main character is Nonoko, a new dentist, who’s job it is to protect the dragon from tooth cavity. She’s tasks with entering the jaws of the dragon keeping them clean from plaque and decay. Dragon Dentist is a retelling of World War 2. Japan uses dragons to support their troops. These gargantuan Dragons have one weakness, their teeth.

Bell and Nonoko

Nonoko finds a young boy from an enemy country named Bell, that appears to have been resurrected by the Dragon. Together they battle against the bacteria. There’s clearly a divide between the Military and the Dentist. They come into conflict many times in this movie. The first thing you notice about the Dragon Dentist is it’s animation. I was originally, drawn to the film when I saw some clips on a YouTube video. With former animators from Gainax and creators from FLCL, Tsurumaki Kazuya and Enokido Youji, The Dragon Dentist is well done.

The Wisdom tooth. LOL. Get it.

While it excels at animation it lags in story. The Dragon Dentist has a more significant story to tell than clean the teeth of Dragons. For example, when someone dies they go into an afterlife that is on the “other side of the teeth.” The higher message was lost on me. It may not be an issue with the story telling but my comprehension of the message. Furthermore, the existence of dragons isn’t explained. In addition to that a character named Salvatore Bianco is somehow immortal? He can’t be killed by weapons, it’s never explained why. Regardless, even with all it faults I like this anime, I think you will too.

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Steamboy Movie Review

Steamboy is the second film from the legendary manga artist and director, Katsuhiro Otomo. Known for the classic anime and manga series, Akira. As a result, Steamboy was always going to be held to a very high standard. Steamboy is a 2004 anime film produced by Sunrise, written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. The film took a decade to produce and is one of the most expensive Japanese movies ever.

The movie is set in an alternate nineteenth century Europe. Scientist Lloyd Steam and his son have discovered a pure mineral water in Iceland. This water is believed to be a potential unlimited power source for steam engines. While experimenting, Edward is engulfed by freezing gases, as the pipes burst. Ray Steam the son of Edward receives a package from his grandfather. It’s a metallic ball, along with instructions telling him to guard the ball. Two members from the “O’Hara Foundation” try to steal the ball.

Ray escapes with the ball on his monowheel invention, a one-wheeled single-track vehicle similar to a unicycle. However, he’s eventually captured. Ray has dinner with Scarlett O’Hara, the granddaughter of the foundation’s head, Archibald Simon the companies administrator and his father Edward that has been given mechanical parts after his accident. Ray is asked to help complete the “Steam Castle,” a facility that is powered by three steam balls.

Lloyd later informs Ray that the foundation intends to use the new technology to manufacture weapons. Ray escapes with a ball again and this time manages to give it to Robert Stephenson, who then uses it to power his tanks. The steam castle becomes mobile and then goes off course. The castle then becomes unstable and is about to explode near the city. Lloyd, Ray and Edward manage to divert it away from the civilians. The ending shows that Ray becomes a superhero named Steamboy.

This movie was boring. The action was repetitive, Ray steals a steam ball THREE times and his grandfather gets arrested and escapes twice. It was predictable, everyone lives. The concept that a evil corporation uses science to make a profit while making the world worst off is a common narrative. The only thing that’s great about this movie is it’s spectacular animation. The CGI and animation work well together and Otomo hard work paid off resulting in amazing detail. However, it doesn’t save the movie.

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos Review

Fullmetal Alchemist – The Sacred Star of Milos is an animated move adapted from the manga and the “second anime movie“ from the Full Metal Alchemist series. It’s based after the evens of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Basically the Elric brothers find themselves in conundrum. After they have a brief altercation with an escaped convict named Melvin Voyager. Capable of using ice and lightning from alchemy from circles drawn from blood from his hand, they learn from Roy Mustang that Voyager escaped with only six months remaining on his sentence.

They decided to head towards Table City to investigate further. While on the train the brothers are further accosted by a Chimera and a terrorist group called Black Bats. The brothers meet Julia Crichton, a 16-year-old girl that was arrested, then rescued by Melvin and the Black Bats. Confusion ensues, Julia turns out to be a Milosian in search of a way to save her people. The power she seeks is the “Sanguine Star”, Ed and Al quickly realize that she’s referring to a philosopher stone. Set on preventing blood shed that will likely result, they decided to help.

Overall, I loved the movie, the story itself while enjoyable wasn’t particularly interesting. Most of these anime movies are not really meant to be anything more that a fun outing for familiar characters to fight new villains you’ll never see again. The animation was without a doubt is spectacular, and with connection to thrilling action sequences is really what makes the movie shine. If there’s any downside to this movie is the fact that popular characters like Col. Mustang, Hawkeye and Armstrong were absent for most of the film even though they do appear briefly in the movie. Fullmetal Alchemist: Sacred Star of Milos can be skipped. It’s fun enough to anyone that loves anime, but not really essential viewing for fans of the series.

Director Kazuya Murata, Script Yuichi Shinpo, Running Time 1h 50m Box Office $7,579,282, Screenplay Yuichi Shinbo, Cinematography Yoshiyuki Takei


Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

One Piece Stampede Film gets 2nd trailer teaser

The first teaser trailer

On August 9, 2019 the next One Piece movie, One Piece: Stampede is scheduled to be released in Japan. It will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the series. Eiichiro Oda wrote the story and was creative supervisor. The movie will take place during the “Pirate Festival Expo,” where pirates join each other to hunt for treasure. The treasure the will hunt for is one that belonged to Gol D. Roger. The film will seems to take place after the Whole Cake Island Arc.

Douglas Bullet

One Piece movies are hit or miss to me. The last few were pretty good and the animation can be great. However, the story can be uninspired. The second teaser trailer from Toei was streamed. Two new characters are introduced for the film, Douglas Bullet and Buena Festa. Bullet is a former member of Roger’s pirate crew, Festa is a promoter for the even.

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Made in Abyss Dub trailer released

During Crunchyroll’s live stream of The Anime Awards on Saturday the dub of Made in Abyss: Journey’s Dawn trailers was released. According to ANN:


Sentai Filmworks and Kadokawa Pictures will screen the first film in theaters in the United States on March 20 and 25. The screening on March 20 will feature Japanese audio with English subtitles, and the screening on March 25 will have the English dub.


The screenings will be a partnership with Fathom Events, and tickets are available for purchase now. The screenings will include “behind-the-scenes footage, Japanese created spots and a reflection on how MADE IN ABYSS
 mirrors fairytales.”


The film will have its U.S. premiere at Regal Cinema (L.A. LIVE) in Los Angeles on March 15. Sentai Filmworks will host a red-carpet event at the premiere with guests such as director Masayuki Kojima, composer Kevin Penkin, music producer Hiromitsu Iijima, and producer Shinpei Yamashita.

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Both films were already released in Japan in January and both films will be released in 2019 in the United States. Check out the trailer:

The top ten Highest-grossing anime film franchises and film series

10. Naruto

Total Worldwide box office gross: $147,064,005

Number of films: 11

Average of films: $13,369,455

Highest-grossing film: Boruto, Naruto the Movie ($39,500,00)


9. Yo-kai

Total Worldwide box office gross: $159,151,900

Number of films: 4

Average of films: $39,787,975

Highest-grossing film: Yo-kai Watch: The Movie ($69,698,865)


8. Neon Genesis Evangelion

Total Worldwide box office gross: $184,343,170

Number of films: 5

Average of films: $36,868,634

Highest-grossing film: Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo ($66,519,752)


7. Glitter Force

Total Worldwide box office gross: $199,966,807

Number of films: 24

Average of films: $8,331,950

Highest-grossing film: Pretty Cure All Stars: Friends of the Future ($12,099,273)


6. Crayon Shin-Chan

Total Worldwide box office gross: $340,744,810

Number of films: 25

Average of films: $13,629,792

Highest-grossing film: Asleep! Dreaming World Big Assault! ($19,100,000)


5. One Piece

Total Worldwide box office gross: $432,607,375

Number of films: 13

Average of films: $33,277,490

Highest-grossing film: One Piece: Film Z ($88,736,587)


4. Dragon Ball

Total Worldwide box office gross: $735,817,583

Number of films: 20

Average of films: $36,790,879

Highest-grossing film: Dragon Ball Super: Broly ($101,963,596)


3. Case Closed

Total Worldwide box office gross: $842,825,010

Number of films: 23

Average of films: $36,644,566

Highest-grossing film: Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer ($108,105,223)


2. Pokemon

Total Worldwide box office gross: $1,050,235,271

Number of films: 21

Average of films: $50,011,203

Highest-grossing film: The First Movie ($163,644,662)


1. Doraemon

Total Worldwide box office gross: $1,218,955,319

Number of films: 39

Average of films: $31,255,265

Highest-grossing film: Stand by Me Doraemon ($183,442,714)


Source: Wikipedia

Bandai Namco announces Dragon Ball Z action RPG

Upcoming Bandai Namco game, Dragon Ball Game Project Z was teased on Twitter. It was announced last week, the publisher states that the game will “focus on the World of Dragon Ball Z.” More news is expected at the Dragon Ball Fighter Z World Tour Finals on January 26th and 27th. I was confirmed last week that “The Warrior from Universe 11,” will be joining the Dragon Ball Fighter Z’s rosters. Many fans assume that it will be Jiren.


Dragon Ball Super: Broly Film 4th at Box Office

According to the site, Box Office Mojo the latest Dragon Ball movie raked in an estimated $9, 794, 742 (US) in America and Canada. Dragon Ball Super: Broly ranked fourth behind Glass, The Upside and Aquaman. Overall, the film has earned a five day total of $20, 214, 771, making it the 3rd anime film all-time in America and Canada. The film has already grossed $65 million outside the US and Canada. The total gross for the film was about $85 million.

Source: ANN

Netflix is now streaming ‘The Seven Deadly Sins: Prisoners of the Sky’

Seven Deadly Sins: Prisoners of the sky promotion

Netflix just released the first movie from The Seven Deadly Sins entitled “Prisoners of the Sky.” Netflix also released the second full season of The Seven Deadly Sins recently. Based on the manga by Nakaba Suzuki, The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai) tells the story of a group of knights from the Britannia region. They were disbanded after the plotted a coup of the Liones Kingdom.

The film was produced by A-1 Pictures (Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, Fate/Apocrypha) and was released in theaters in Japan on August 18, 2018. Personally, I’m just getting into the series, but I’m excited to begin reading the manga. This movie was released just in time and I will review it later this week. If you want to know what the movies about check out the summary below:


“We are in a world where the Fairies, Goddesses and Demons exist. The ones who saved the Liones kingdom that was brought to the brink of destruction by the Demons’ secret maneuvers were the legendary order of criminals and knights “the Seven Deadly Sins” and one princess. And some time has elapsed since the peace was brought to the Liones kingdom.


To celebrate the kingdom’s anniversary, the Seven Deadly Sins arrived at a border territory looking for an elusive ingredient, the sky fish. In the middle of searching it, their captain Meliodas and the pig Hawk who speaks the human language get sent up to the Sky Temple, the celestial world lying high in the sky, above clouds.
The “Sky Winged ones” who possess wings dwell that temple. Meliodas was mistaken by them as the young boy who broke a law and thrown in jail.

In the Sky Temple is being prepared the ceremony aimed at preventing the liberation of the ferocious beast that has been sealed away for three thousand years. But the strong Demon group “Six Knights of Black” led by Bellion turns up with designs against the Sky Winged ones’ lives in order to break the seal. To protect everyone from these inhumanely cruel guys, Meliodas and the others clash against the Six Knights of Black.”

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My Hero Academia movie synopsis reveals some interesting story details

On April 7th, the 3rd season of My Hero Academia will premiere.

Funimation will stream the English dub of the third season on the same day that the series will premiere in Japan. Crunchyroll and Hulu will stream the series with English subtitles. The first six episodes of the series will be available with simultaneous dubs. The season is listed with 25 episodes. The series first movie will be release this August, the synopsis was translated by Audrey Odori, the CEO and Founder of Aitai Japan, over on her Tumblr. According to the synopsis:

After the end of the climatic Final Exams, the U.A. Class members head off to their school field trip for Summer break.

However, before they head off to the school field trip, All Might and Deku accept an invitation from someone to go abroad to a floating and mobile man made city, called “I Island.” All researchers in the world, from both East and West, are gathered in this place, known as the Hollywood of Science, where they research quirks as well as hero supplemental items at the special “I Expo” convention that is currently being held on the island.

This is where Deku meets the quirkless girl, Melissa. Melissa also is like him, quirkless. Deku is able to connect with Melissa by recalling when he too was quirkless. During that time, suddenly, despite an iron wall of security surrounding the island, the system is breached by a villain who hacked into it! The people living on the island are all taken hostage!

Now, the Hero Association needs to act quickly to deploy their unshakable “Plan” or else―! The only person who can grasp that key, is none other than the Number One Hero, All Might!

Sources (ANN, Newsweek)