Anime – Cowboy Bebop [REVIEW] – See You Space Cowboy…

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,81/10
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Space
Studios: Sunrise
Author: Shinichiro Watanabe (Story) Yutaka Nanten (Art) Hajime Yatate (Story)
Seiyuu: Kouichi Yamadera, Aoi Tada, Megumi Hayashibara


Cowboy Bebop is one of the anime that can be regarded as the best science fiction anime in the 90s era. I’ve also been watching this anime for a long time and this anime is very different from many aspects when compared to anime nowadays. We know that nowadays, fans are more interesting in an idol, moe, waifu, harem, and so on that the story in the anime is forgotten. I also really like the things like that but this is one that causes why the anime is best compared to the anime of the 90s. If watching at the present time, Cowboy Bebop loses the sensation of the terms I mentioned earlier but if glanced from various aspects ranging from artwork to storyline, Cowboy Bebop is said to be the best sci-fi anime of 1998.

Spike

“Cowboy Bebop,” tells about Spike Spiegel (Kouchi Yamadera) is a bounty hunter who has an easy going nature but is very reliable in the world of martial arts. Taking a back spot away from the future, Spike Siegel teamed up with Jet Black (Unshou Ishizuka), Faye Valentine (Megumi Hayashibara), and Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV (Aoi Tada) crossed a galaxy to search for high-priced fugitives every day.

Cowboy Bebop is a masterpiece of Sunrise Studio that tries to produce something different from others series. It might be rather difficult to explain why this anime is so great for reviewers and critics. In fact, even in the international world is always glorified by this masterpiece. First of all, let’s try to think that this is not an anime. Cowboy Bebop is like a series made by a successful American from its novel adaptation. This series is made as if it were watched by adults only, who love the action movie and science fiction. Cowboy Bebop like a Trigun or Black Lagoon that can only be watched by adults only, although for the present is also very difficult to find anime of this kind. If it’s made, it may fail greatly because of the market demand that is off the mark.

Knockin' On Heavens Door

Cowboy Bebop is an image that successfully raised the anime to the international world. That is why outsider more prefer this anime over other anime. As Orson Scott Card says, an American novelist, critic, and public speaker: Cowboy Bebop has turned a perception of what people always say badly about anime. Cowboy Bebop managed to make the anime better than its stereotype as a story that made it a big achievement in the sci-fi genre. Cowboy Bebop is more aimed at the episodic system and focuses more on becoming itself like an American Serial TV that always has a continuous plot from time to time like one of the anime that I have reviewed also titled Monster. Both series have a continuous plot so that many people who are very interested to watch both the series even those who don’t like anime will also like it.

For the size of the Cowboy Bebop series, it can be said to be like the Samurai Champloo series which I have also reviewed. Both series are more focused on a genre of action even though the author seems not to focus on that genre. Both series also sometimes have an unpredictable story ranging from characters to existing stories. Each episode feels random because sometimes we will be made laughing, sometimes we will be made touched, and sometimes we will be amazed of his action. In essence, both series are very difficult to guess. Just like the Monster series, sometimes we are always surprised to be plot-twisty in every episode. Cowboy Bebop has an impressing story that neatly and sensibly enough to be surprised because of this series.

Spike Siegel

One more thing about this series is that although this series is titled “Cowboy” in its title, this series doesn’t focus on the theme of the cowboy. We will be amazed by a very cool space-shaped cowboy. Sounds weird, right? For some people, it may sound strange. Why you have to create a nonsense story like this? Hold on, dude. Cowboy Bebop takes on the feel of exoticism and the culture of outsiders like the Indians living in a desert on Mars, a Red Dragon syndicate who always believes in mystical things, Vicious who relies more on katana in some of his battles, and Spike Siegel who owns Jeet Kune Do. Of course, the sci-fi elements aren’t lost out like a western movie with sophisticated technologies.


Overall, Cowboy Bebop is a masterpiece that everyone should be obliged to watch it. Although this series has been long enough, this series still remains to watch but for you who like it. I was also a bit lazy to watch it when the beginning of the first episode started, but I forced myself to watch it to the end and managed to understand what this series is trying to explain us.

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Anime – Your Lie In April [REVIEW] – A Single Melody Can Bring In The Fresh Spring Air Of April

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,89/10
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, School, Shounen
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Author: Naoshi Arakawa
Seiyuu: Risa Taneda, Natsuki Hanae, Ayane Sakura


Who is not familiar with this masterpiece of an anime? There is no doubt that this anime is a winner in the anime division of the 2016 Sugoi Japan® Awards. Your Lie in April is an anime with a simple yet thrilling, upset, and laughing story at the same time. And the fact of this anime is all who watch this anime cry. Again, I’m not on the list of people like that. The anime that made by A-1 Pictures is always just present us how beautiful an artwork they bring it like Sword Art Online, Blue Exorcist, ERASED, Anohana, Fairy Tail, Seven Deadly Sins, and others. Of course, this anime also presents us a masterpiece that is so beautiful when viewed from the artwork alone. But, is this anime story as good as its rating?

“Your Lie in April,” tells about Kousei Arima (Natsuki Hanae) is a genius pianist who always dominates the competition so it is known by young musicians. They called him a “machine” under his mother’s harsh teachings. After his mother died, Arima had a mental disorder who could not hear his piano voice even though his hearing was okay. Two years later, Arima never again touched a piano and considered the world as merely a talentless gray. He just lived his life with his best friend Tsubaki Sawabe (Ayane Sakura) and Ryouta Watari (Ryota Osaka) until one day, he met a beautiful girl violinist named Kaori Miyazono (Risa Taneda) who changed the life of Arima back into music again.

Arima Kaori

As much as possible to never tell the spoiler because the chances are if I tell this anime spoiler excessively, this anime will lose the touch of the story that will make you cry for those of you who have never watched it. For anime like Your Lie in April, this anime has a very cliche story if we got the first impression of this anime. The story of the anime is just a pianist who falls in love with a violinist and his daily life will be made colorful. But, this anime could have caused a deep scar if it was far away watching it. Especially for those who have been watching it may be if remember, this anime will make you depressed. Because this anime takes the existing romance genre, of course, there’s always NTR (Netorare) in every romance anime. This elaborate triangular love will bring us feelings of pleasure and sadness at the same time.

Because this anime’s worked on by A-1 Pictures, this anime has a very beautiful and fascinating graphic for this size romance anime. In fact, this is just a romance but its graphics that make us stunning in every episode. In fact, the graphic of his background and his character seems to look very detailed when viewed from a distance. The anime features four main characters, Kaori Miyazono, which is filled by Risa Taneda, Arima Kousei, which is filled by Natsuki Hanae, Tsubaki Sawabe, which is filled by Ayane Sakura and Ryouta Watari filled by Ryota Osaka.

Natsuki Hanae and Risa Taneda in Shigatsu wa kimi no uso (2014)

In addition to its graphics who always get a positive response from the audience, this anime has a beautiful soundtrack both opening and ending. The first opening was entitled Hikaru Nara by Goose House, the first ending entitled Kirameki by wacci, the second opening titled Nanairo Symphony by Coala Mode, and the second ending entitled Orange by 7!!. The soundtrack in the anime is also very memorable as it presents popular classical music from famous musicians such as Ludwig Van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin, Fritz Kreisler, Alexander Scriabin, and others. All the soundtracks in this anime are very good to hear.


Overall, this anime is a masterpiece that is not inferior to other anime. A simple but plot-twist romance story presented at the end of the story has proved that the anime has largely succeeded in making the audience cry like a baby even for those who don’t watch anime as well. For those of you who have never watched this anime, I suggest you must prepare your mentality and a tissue to watch this anime.

Anime – Gintama Movie 2: Kanketsu-hen, Yorozuya Yo Eien Nare [REVIEW] – He Doesn’t Have To Fight Alone

MyAnimeList Rating: 9,06/10
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Historical, Parody, Samurai, Shounen
Studios: Sunrise
Author: Hideaki Sorachi
Seiyuu: Tomokazu Sugita, Rie Kugimiya, Daisuke Sakaguchi


Gintama Movie 2: Kanketsu-hen – Yorozuya yo Eien Nare or Gintama: The Movie: The Final Chapter: Be Forever Yorozuya is the 2nd movie of the Gintama series produced by Studio Sunrise. This movie is also a bit more interesting than the first movie before just for this movie is slightly different from what are Gintama show to us. For this second movie, we will be made laugh out loud, sad, confused, and amazed simultaneously because for Gintama Movie 2 presents a variety action that is very epic but doesn’t forget the usual comedy that Gintama always present.

Gintama 2

“Gintama Movie 2: Kanketsu-hen” will tell about Sakata Gintoki (Tomokazu Sugita) who is thrown into the future. Beginning of the story, Gintoki got a man who pirates a movie in a theater. Then, he somehow suddenly transported into a world where the city of Edo was stricken with an epidemic called “White Plague.” Thrown into 5 years of the future, Shinpachi Shimura (Daisuke Sakaguchi) and Kagura (Rie Kugimiya) work independently because Gintoki in the future has died. By disguise into an unknown person, Gintoki must reunite Yorozuya in order to investigate White Plague and find the key to the gloomy lie of the future.

For the 2nd movie from Gintama, I would say that this movie isn’t wrong that rated high on the internet. In closing of this anime Gintama, this film presents us all the elements that can be spelled out for the size of a movie like this. Sometimes has a funny comedy, a very touching drama, a somewhat elusive story and a very epic action that is very neat and very unusual. Of course, Gintama still presents something a bit original in it.

Silver Gintama

The soundtrack that was performed in this movie is fairly spelled out for anime movie like this. Genjou Destruction by SPYAIR is one of the craziest and epic soundtracks, perfect for this original movie and the battle presented with a bit of humor is perfect. Anime type Shounen is always present a soundtrack that will pump his audience. However, for this anime has very impressive in presenting a soundtrack.

If we compared by his TV series may be lost in animation because we can’t imagine how the movie from Gintama is a bit different from the anime series. The artwork of an action is illustrated in detail, filled colorful when viewed in good quality. The problem that is here only one if for myself that there is no difference from the artwork of characters from the movie to anime series. All look the same when compared. But that’s just my word. The result is very fantastic when viewed whole.


Overall, this movie can be watched by anyone even for those who don’t watch Gintama can also watch it. Gintama always makes us laugh, touched, even amazed at the same time. However, this movie changes our minds if this becomes more epic compared to its anime.

 

Anime – Gintama Movie 1: Shinyaku Benizakura-hen [REVIEW] – Yorozuya Crew Find Themselves In The Midst Of A Major Conspiracy

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,58/10
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Historical, Parody, Samurai, Shounen
Studios: Sunrise
Author: Hideaki Sorachi
Seiyuu: Tomokazu Sugita, Rie Kugimiya, Akira Ishida


Gintama: The Movie or known it by the name of Gintama: Shin’yaku Benizakura-Hen is a summary of the episode Gintama 58-61, which here tells about the Benizakura Arc. Gintama was produced by Studio Sunrise since 2006 and for this movie will retell how Kotarou Katsura was attacked by the aliens of Kihetai. In this movie too, Warner Bros participated in the making of this movie even though they didn’t confirm about this movie. However, Gintama movie was a great success in 2010 and successfully aired in all theaters from various countries.

Gintoki

“Gintama: Movie 1,” tells about Sakata Gintoki (Tomokazu Sugita) and his idiot friends, Kagura (Rie Kugimiya) and Shinpachi Shimura (Daisuke Sakaguchi) will venture into a futuristic where the aliens still haunt the city of Edo. Kotarou Katsura (Akira Ishida) is disappeared after being attacked by an unknown group of assassins. Shinpachi and Kagura begin their investigation to find Katsura. On the other hand, Gintoki gets a sword named Benizakura who isn’t know who the owner is. This Yorozuya will break a conspiracy from Benizakura’s side and Gintoki will join into a battlefield to enter the enemy headquarters. Together, an epic adventure as well as a comedy that will make us laugh at the beginning.

I will not write much about this movie because this movie is just a summary of this Gintama series. Indeed for Benizakura Arc in the TV Series is not epic like this movie, but the dialogues that exist and action scenario is very fascinating. The portrayal that had initially failed a bit in his TV Series began to improve in this movie. Some background music that supports animation and some altered angel cameras make this movie much different from its series.

Benizakura Arc

But what’s make different about Gintama movie and series? The answer has many differences. Because helped by Warner Bros, Gintama for this movie version has something original of his own. For Gintama fans will feel it much different from the series, because they will realize that this is just a remake of some popular arc. If you just watch this movie but never watch the anime, maybe a bit disappointing for anyone new to Gintama because this anime presents an unusual adventure comedy action.


Overall, this movie can be enjoyed by anyone who wants to watch it especially for fans who really like Naruto, One Piece or other mainstream anime. However, Gintama is not a mainstream anime in my opinion. The story is very easy to understand and presents a very mesmerizing action. The movie is good, but for someone who is unfamiliar with Gintama, it may seem strange to them.

Anime – Your Name [REVIEW] – Will Distance Be The Only Thing To Keep Them Apart?

MyAnimeList Rating: 9,24/10
Genre: Supernatural, Drama, Romance, School
Studios: CoMix Wave Films
Author: Makoto Shinkai (Story), Ranmaru Kotone (Art)
Seiyuu: Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Kana Hanazawa


A masterpiece that ranked #1 in MyAnimeList finally succeeded being shifted by the best anime of all time, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Your Name is definitely a masterpiece by Makoto Shinkai, even in all theaters in various countries showing this movie to be enjoyed on the widescreen. Your Name is sure to be selling well both in Japan and internationally, even winning many awards, especially at the Awards of the Japanese Academy as Best Music Score and Best Screenplay. Of course, this anime also entered the Asian Film Awards nomination as Best Screenwriter.

KNNW

“Your Name,” tells about a teenage boy and girl named Taki Tachibana (Ryunosuke Kamiki) who lives in Tokyo while Mitsuha Miyamizu (Mone Kamishiraishi) lives in a countryside. For less obvious reasons, they always exchanged while they were sleeping. This makes their life become a mess because of their different behavior every day. Finally, they both keep a record of all the activities of what they experience to sustain their lives.

When compared to Makoto Shinkai’s works like The Place Promised in Our Early Days, Your Name has a rather long duration of 1 hour 46 minutes. Makoto Shinkai looks like trying to keep his pacing so much better for his audience didn’t feel bored when watching this movie. Makoto Shinkai uses his time very efficiently to keep the story closer. Stories are shown will always alternate from character to other characters so that the stories we enjoy will also always made curiously. The character and pacing of the existing story make Your Name better than any other Shinkai films like other popular works by Shinkai, 5 Centimeters per Second and The Garden of Words. Of course, both films are more successful and have become a habit of Shinkai to handle it.

Kimi no na wa

In addition to stories and characters, Makoto Shinkai’s works always dominate an animation that looks very stunning to watch. Just like The Garden of Words that uses the theme of rain, Your Name also presents a no less amazing atmosphere like The Garden of Words. Starting from the movement of a very smooth character to the beauty of a village and urban in Japan that looks beautiful. To the extent that the audience can recognize all the objects easily because of its detailed animation.


Overall, Makoto Shinkai is not someone who can make anime with a beautiful animation like Hayao Miyazaki because both of them also have different techniques. For anime like Your Name, of course not a lie if this anime is said to be the most hype anime in 2016. Makoto Shinkai’s movies aren’t to be missed.

Anime – Grave Of The Fireflies [REVIEW] – Why Do Fireflies Die So Soon?

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,56/10
Genre: Drama, Historical
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Author: Akiyuki Nosaka
Seiyuu: Ayano Shiraishi, Tsutomu Tatsumi, Akemi Yamaguchi


A masterpiece created by the legend studio named Studio Ghibli in 1988 was a long time ago. However, this anime does have its own uniqueness if in its own review. Grave of the Fireflies is a classic anime that has uniqueness in its artwork. Talk about picture quality indeed when compared to anime even cartoons are now not that good. However, this anime has the most realistic message in terms of feelings of life compared to other fantasy anime.

“Grave of the Fireflies,” tells about a sister named Setsuko (Ayano Shiraishi) and Seita (Tsutomu Tatsumi) had to live after her mother died of an atomic bomb and their father was also unreported. Seita at first didn’t want to tell his sister that his mother had died. After their house was destroyed, Seita invited Setsuko to stay at his aunt’s house. However, their aunts consider both to be a nuisance, but their aunts are selling her second legacy for her family to eat. Eventually, they went to find a small cave in a hole near the river. Every night, Seita has to catch a lot of fireflies because at night it takes a light. As usual to release the fireflies in the cave that had been covered by the curtain, the morning the fireflies died. Setsuko always digs the ground to bury everything.

Hotaru no haka

The facts say that Grave of the Fireflies is a film that managed to make all the audience sobbed when watching this movie. No wonder if Akiyuki Nosaka always describes how is the artwork of detail and don’t forget the storyline provided in it. Compared to an American that always produces war films that portray them as American heroes, then Japan will describe them with stories from victims. Akiyuki Nosaka looks for a bright idea and tries to explore a point of view that many people can’t think of.

(1988)

Akiyuki Nosaka if seen isn’t too concerned with what is in this anime depiction although he also has been trying to make it as detailed as possible. However, there is no need for a film to be drawn in full detail. Enough with a story that is rich in uniqueness and makes our emotions mixed up. Grave of the Fireflies is a film that has been proven to hurt, drain emotions and leave deep scars for the audience, though this is anime that is a bit difficult to digest children.


Overall, this anime doesn’t look good in artwork when compared with the anime now especially when compared with Makoto Shinkai’s stunning outfit. However, this anime can indeed make the audience cry like a baby if who watch it doesn’t cry nor may he have no feelings.

The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya [FIRST IMPRESSION]

So, I’ve long wanted to watch this anime. And until now, only 3 episodes that I have watched. This kind of typical anime I like, a slice of life, comedy, some parody, and the mystery it makes my mind become dizzy. Many say that this anime is boring but in fact, it is like that for everyone and some say that this anime is very good to watch especially if you really like Slice of Life combined with Mystery, it sounds very weird even very strange to think about.

“The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya,” tells about an ordinary student named Kyon always believing in supernatural things related to aliens. When he meets up with Haruhi Suzumiya, he thinks the same as Suzumiya even though Kyon has given up not believing that. Haruhi managed to create a passion and opened a club called SOS Brigade that aims to seek and discuss the things about related to the supernatural.

This anime is the adaptation of the novel that entitled same with both. My first impression for this anime is, confusing. At first, it looks like an anime school impression that no purpose and intent at all. However, what we think of this anime is indeed wrong. When watching episode 2, a beginning and problem of conflict arose one by one. And its appearance is indeed a bit confusing but makes us curious. With the anime Slice of Life genre combined with the Mystery, makes this anime is rather interesting to watch. No wonder if all the fans were very fond of this anime.

Anime – My First Girlfriend Is A Gal [REVIEW] – A Series Of “Firsts” Begins!

MyAnimeList Rating: 6,51/10
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Ecchi, School, Shounen
Studios: NAZ
Author: Meguru Ueno
Seiyuu: Yuki Nagaku, Shintaro Asanuma, Ayana Taketatsu


So where did it start to review this anime? I also don’t know. After all, I’m also a bit lazy to review it. But, how else. This anime is a bit mediocre if I think. Or maybe, it’s just my mind at all or whatever is that? Hajimete no Gal manga made by Meguru Ueno which is still running. Published in 2015, its manga is also able to make its readers interested by this manga. Before it, I also had no intention to read the manga. However, when summer started in 2017, it’s have started out an announcement that the anime will be out. So, I’m going to review the anime.

Junichi

“My First Girlfriend Is A Gal,” tells about Junichi Hashiba (Shintaro Asanuma), a student who has a single status along with his friends who have the same fate. Because of their status, they wonder what it would be like to have a girlfriend. Finally, they decided to start a game with a bet to kneel down and express their love to the popular classmate, Yukana Yame (Yuki Nagaku). The result, Junichi who hit to be targeted and must do what should be promised it. In the end, his love expression was received by Yukana and his high school love story begins.

People will criticize this anime by saying, “Yeah, dude. That’s a huge tit I’ve ever seen in my entire life.” or “Yeah, so much fanservice.” That’s all the words of the person who made this first impression anime. And I’m also one of those people who say that. But, I like the harem elements that exist in this anime because this anime also doesn’t look like any other traditional harem anime. For example how Junichi dating just to eliminate her virginity, a gal who also apparently wanted a love like a normal person, to Junichi’s friend who is a pedophile in excess of good ways. There are also many interesting things that can be watched in this anime.

Yume

Hajimete no Gal is like eating a meal that has not been eaten for a long time. The point is, it is broken but there is no more food that can not be eaten. Although many people say that this anime and so, they also keep watching it even though some don’t think like that. The heroine in this anime also has very interesting personality. For example, Yukana, although a gal still has feelings in his heart, Ranko can be said to be a description of a somewhat lesbian, Nene who her boobs that don’t make sense but his love to Junichi is bigger than the existing heroine, and Yui is always assuming her friends are a servant who serves her even though he also has feelings towards Junichi.

With some regrets too, I was a bit disappointed with this anime. Not with the problem of the story or the fanservice that exist, but this Junichi character who looks somewhat annoying. Junichi is the luckiest person in his life, surrounded by 4 heroines, but just the same kind of harem anime stereotype. Junichi is just a coward, weak, stupid, and not very understanding what love is. In essence, Junichi is just like the image of the other anime character harem though not all also like that. In addition, Junichi can also look cool in some of his episodes. Mediocre bro, mediocre.

Artwork anime is pretty good for anime that aired in this season. And for the soundtrack, I don’t really have a good impression for the ending and opening there. Although some people think that the music is also slightly memorable, I don’t think that way. In essence, the music is just as good for the size of anime harem.


Overall, I would consider this anime mediocre because there are some elements as well that make this anime look good for me myself. That’s why I’m also interested in reading the manga after watching this anime. Indeed anime like this is not my favorite genre but this anime is quite interesting to watch even though there are some disappointments in it.

Anime – Spirited Away [REVIEW] – The Tunnel Led Chihiro To A Mysterious Town…

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,92/10
Genre: Adventure, Supernatural, Drama
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Author: Hayao Miyazaki
Seiyuu: Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi, Tatsuya Gashuin


For you who love animated films or fans of films, in general, you’ll definitely familiar with this masterpiece from Japan. Who else if Hayao Miyazaki is known for his very legendary studio, Studio Ghibli. Spirited Away is a film made by Miyazaki who won an Oscar for the Best Animated Feature in 2003. Because of this film, Miyazaki catapulted his name until he was famous in the International.

“Spirited Away,” tells about a girl named Chihiro Ogino (Rumi Hiiragi) entering a world of quarrels filled with everything that fancies with a fantasy and difficult to grasp the human common sense. When Chihiro’s father was about to enter a foreign territory, her parents insisted on exploring the area. Until the eve of the night and a variety of strange creatures that form and strange shape began to appear. Her parents then turned into a pair of fat pigs and Chihiro trapped in the unseen world. When she meets a young man named Haku (Miyu Irino), he suggests that she ask for a job on Yubaba (Mari Natsuki) in order to change his parents back to normal.

In general, Miyazaki’s films are a fantastic masterpiece when compared to other Miyazaki-made movies. Although I have never seen Princess Mononoke that is practically similar to this movie, Spirited Away is a film that prefers a fantasy whose emphasis is also cloaked to have a drama element. Spirited Away is like a work that is rich in imaginative.

Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

Miyazaki presents a slow-moving plot but introduces the complex story, deepening of characters and the story remains. The audience will be introduced slowly who Chihiro’s character, Haku, Yubaba, and others. This movie does give us time to get carried away with that fantasy world. The art of this movie also looks like very detailed, so maybe not exactly this is an anime. Starting from this Yubaba character, the setting that looks like in detail, to the small elements that exist. I just don’t think how Spirited Away can produce a very thorough illustration and only manually with this Miyazaki artificial pony. Only with the utmost imperfections, Miyazaki can build a dynamic feel like a painting that seems to be alive.

Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001)

Just like the other Studio Ghibli films, Spirited Away brings us a richly colored scene, gently presented, to follow the flow of the movie. Because Miyazaki’s chosen approach tends to be realistic, the fantasies he presents here fill the scene. This movie doesn’t require a message that we should take in it. Sometimes also despite present a dark theme, until very bright and intriguing.


Overall, the audience will be carried away to a world full of wonders so you can forget the time because you have entered into it. Hayao Miyazaki makes a masterpiece so dazzling that this classic movie will never get bored despite being watched over and over again. This movie is a family movie that is suitable for everyone to watch, especially for those who don’t like anime can also watch this because of tending not like other anime.

Anime – Sword Art Online Movie: Ordinal Scale [REVIEW] – Following The New Craze

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,23/10
Genre: Action, Game, Adventure, Romance, Fantasy
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Author: Reki Kawahara (Story), IsII (Art)
Seiyuu: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu, Sayaka Kanda


After the success of the two-season anime series and some game titles adapted, this time in 2017 will be present an adaptation of animated films. This Reki Kawahara work’s aired in so many various countries, including Indonesia. The story in this film is also directly written by Reki Kawahara and Tomohiko Ito again directed this film which previously also directed 2 seasons of Sword Art Online.

4 years passed after the incident Sword Art Online, the Japanese people loved the presence of a new device called AUGMA that using Augmented Reality. The workings of this device are unique because it can be used anywhere with a function as a medium of communication, entertainment, and play games. In this device, there is also a MMORPG game named Ordinal Scale. Kirito and his friends didn’t want to miss trying the game. But while others get used to the game, Kirito still cannot be fully interested in the Ordinal Scale because it claims to be more comfortable playing VR than AR. One day, Ordinal Scale presents an event featuring boss monsters from Sword Art Online. Amid the presence of various monsters from Aincrad, the presence of a virtual idol named Yuna and also the 2nd ranked Ordinal Scale named Eiji opened a mystery of Ordinal Scale and also the tragedy of Sword Art Online.

Ordinal Scale 1

I just admit it this Sword Art Online movie is better than the previous 2 seasons. In my opinion, there are so many interesting things that we can see in this movie although the core story is still related to the tragedy of Sword Art Online. SAO Movie: Ordinal Scale is an anime that produces a very new story but still has a relationship with SAO in both anime and light novels.

Sword Art Online Movie: Ordinal Scale also presents a stunning visual that uses a 3D structure with an opening from Aincrad tower building which originally became the background of SAO. It is impossible if the 2D animation isn’t in this movie because it is also something that is its own appeal in terms of visual. The 2D animation in this movie comes with a very riveting. Various kinds of animations are very smooth to flashy and filled with a very tense fighting scene that makes Ordinal Scale can give the impression of exciting in this film. Instead, the character’s design is also improved in such detail such as the characters of both Kirito and his friends.

Ordinal Scale 2

This film also brings a very far different from SAO, ALO, and GGO. Players who use Ordinal Scale are required to move their own bodies, running in reality and swinging weapons. Therefore, Ordinal Scale brings all its players to play natural, following the player’s body movements. For Kirito, he prefers VR-based physical movements determined by player status compared to AR requiring to move his own body.

Sword Art Online Kirito

Like the Sword Art Online anime, it also brings a feeling of drama and romance that makes some development of the characters. But this romance story is not only Kirito and Asuna alone, but the story of Eiji drama with the virtual idol Yuna as a new character in the introduction in this film. Of all the character development, Yuna has interesting points. Although she is an AI program, Yuna is based on deep-learning technology that makes Yuna look like a human with other players. Yuna here is also the main story for this movie.


Overall, this movie is quite suitable to watch by all teenagers either SAO fans, action anime fans, MMORPG, or even for those of you who don’t like anime can also watch it. The animation shown does look quite interesting. By the way, the last ending song performed by LiSA is good enough to be heard. Also, a surprise is prepared in the after-credit section of this film.