Aka dake ga tarinai
(Red, only, is missing)
Lyrics by Akio Inoue
Music by Daisuke Asakura
Performed by Iris
Courtesy of Sony Music Records
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Not really bad, but no reason to watch this over the main series.
Nothing against well-made movie-alternatives, I am very much fond of the Japanese live action adaptation of Death Note, for instance. Unfortunately, this is not one that quite succeeded in adapting the show format into good movies. If these are just meant to serve as recap before the fourth movie, then maybe they are okay.. On the other hand, watching through six hours of content for a sub two hour movie seems rather wasteful. The problem here is that they just can't really replace the main series which means that the only people that should watch these are those already familiar with the main show, but at that point, why even watch them at all? There are no real major changes (that are noteworthy) that actually affect any of the events that might make it into the fourth movie (Resurrection) which means that you are perfectly set to watch that movie without ever having watched these remake movies.
There were a few episodes here and there in the main show that were not very essential, but seemingly there was more than six hours worth in total because these three movies are not at all able to explore all of the important events. The first half of the first and second were both well paced and followed similar phasing to the main series, but that meant that after the first three or four episodes have been adapted into a one-hour movie format, the remaining hour needs to adapt the following ten-twelve episodes in the same amount of time. Needless to say, the results are very rushed and the "weight" that is needed to make all of the events feel important is completely missing. One of my favorite scenes in the original series (the coronation) falls completely flat due to the setup being way too rushed. Another big problem with the phasing is that most of the important story elements take place during mecka fighting scenes, meaning that when you have 1/3 of the time allotment, almost every scene is a battle or some form of action scene, with very little of the needed "inbetweens" to have a more varied phasing.
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