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Koneko monogatari (1986)
A childhood favourite. Now the terrible truth.
"Koneko Monogatari" was a childhood favourite of mine. I LOVED Chatran and went through all kind of emotions alongside him and his friends everytime I watched this movie as a young child. I was told by adults at the time that it was just a movie and no kitten, dog nor any animal actually suffered. But they didn't knew the truth.
All those sweet memories are now permanently damaged by the truth: several kittens died while playing "Chatran" and some pugs may have died too. Now as a grown up is kind of obvious the animal abuse, even if no animal would have died.
Anyways, I'm glad I get to know the truth, even if it breaks my heart. CGI is, to me, the only way to portray animals in distress in current times.
I'm conflicted about the rating I'm giving, because I loved this movie so much for years, but I can't stand animal abuse. My rating should be lower, I'm sorry.
Again this week screenwriter Kôjirô Nakamura did a brilliant job with the original material by author Masashi Kishimoto. The relationship between the Uchiha family was worked out beautifully and we even got some great chemistry between SasuxSaku.
Chôchô's adventure ended good too, and I can say that I'm looking forward to see what the screenwriters will do with the new characters, please don't just forget about them. They can be useful in the future in any way for the plot.
I'm glad I saw the whole ending theme, not just because of the change in the animation (from the sadness to the happiness of Sarada's feelings), but also because there's a scene after the ED.
The animation of this episode was quite good, and I hope Studio Pierrot will keep the good work both in animation and story lines, and please don't forget the Uchiha Family, it has many fans!
Nice for the first OVA
I first saw this OVA a really long time ago and now I have re-watched it. I think the story overall is nice, with cute Konohamaru trying to help the girl he likes make a wish come true. Naruto and Konohamaru friendship is good to see as well as a little Team 7 teamwork.
The most interesting part is that we are introduced to Akagahara, AKA "Shi no mori" (Forest of death), where the Chûnin Exam is held, but we can't really see much of it anyways.
If you are a Naruto fan and haven't seen this one yet, I recommend you to see it.
Better than the manga chapter
I honestly feel that this episode, which is full of strong and conflicted feelings and emotions, was brilliantly adapted from the original manga.
When I've read the manga chapter by original author Masashi Kishimoto about 2 years ago, it didn't make me feel the whole range of emotions that this episode, adapted from original source material by screenwriter Kôjirô Nakamura, make me feel. Well, 2 years ago I didn't knew the outcome of this whole situation so that adds to the mainly anger I felt back then. Recognizing that, I still feel that this episode successfully tried to add more depth and sense to this issue.
I'm very excited to see the progress of this arc and looking forward to the next one with renewed hope.
Different but not bad.
THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.
As I have said before, I was a Naruto manga reader. The epilogue was super intense and this take of the events it's working fine so far. Written and illustrated by author Kishimoto Masashi, this arc in the manga works some issues better than others.
I would have liked to see Sasuke's flashback as it was presented in the original manga, but I liked much more Studio Pierrot's view regarding the encounter of the Uchiha family, Sakura seems much more confident in her relationship with her daughter and not so apologetic regarding Sasuke-"kun".
How the anime will work what is about to come, we will have to wait and see.
It finally begins!
First, I have to admit that at the beginning, I thought all the events we are about to see starting from this episode, had already happened in the story. I guess that's because I'm a manga reader and that Naruto epilogue really touched me.
I like the few changes that were made regarding locations, and the story so far remains very close to the original manga by author Masashi Kishimoto. I both love and hate this arc, but I'm very excited to see it finally animated, and this episode is a great start. Looking forward to the next!
Sumire, Mitsuki and Sarada.
THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.
The return of Kakei Sumire to the Konoha Academy is the main plot of this episode and it's resolved in a way that may satisfy young audiences. If there's something the "Naruto" manga taught us for over 15 years is redemption and forgiveness, so this is totally OK with the world-view of the original series.
Mitsuki is still a mystery and that's part of the fun (despite we old-school fans knows who his "parent" is, we have no idea what other connections they have, nor even they current intentions).
Sasuke's brief appearance only hurts us SasuSakuSara fans even more. After all the struggle little Sarada went through (not to mention Sakura's broken heart fixed with glue a trillion times), it makes me wonder where this is going, besides the new ED pointing to all the bad memories of Sarada's last journey.
Not bad, but not good enough neither.
OK, you are warned: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS.
This episode wasn't bad, I think the scriptwriters did a good job with what they had.
Positive aspects: - Kakashi: Kakashi is, almost always, a bonus point. - Sai: To be able to see Sai discovering the truth and wanting to save a former unit member of the evil organization known in English as "Root" it was refreshing. - Mizuki: We don't know his true colours. I think that's a good thing. The hint is that he would eventually do what his "parent" couldn't, but oh well, is there's a chance that his "parent" will has changed? - Hokage: The meaning of being Hokage and the relationship between Naruto and Boruto. We know what Yondaime Hokage had to sacrifice. Will Boruto ever be able to understand what's the true meaning of being a Hokage?
Negative aspects: - Jinchûriki plus Bijû look-alike: The whole sealing-a-beast-inside-a-host-to-destroy-Konoha thing... that's out of date. - "The quiet ones are the worst": There's a saying in my native language that can be roughly translated to that. And oh well, the kawaii-quiet one was indeed the worst. - Predictable: Everything pointed to Mitsuki or Sumire, or both, would be involved in the "Ghost" issue.
I think the positive aspects balanced this episode, but I really hope next "arcs" will be more innovative and share between Boruto and the New Generation and our dear previous generation.
Give us more "Naruto" characters, please.
THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
The best part of the episode is seeing Naruto showing his fatherly side briefly. NaruHina fans will have a little scene that is more than what has been given to us SasuSaku fans. Sai working with the Shonobis (they are kind of the CSI of Konoha in times of peace it seems) and getting info that may be related to previous experiments with, you guess it right, Hashirama Cells, make the episode feels a little more at home. Now, I'm disliking more the "class president" character. Damn, isn't she training to become a kunoichi? How can she be so weak? Maybe the scriptwriters are looking forward to give us a plot twist, because seriously, not even little-shy Hinata was such a weakling back in the Academy days.
Chôchô owns this episode.
I totally love Chôchô. This episode was OK, we keep seeing how the new threat acts and affects different people in different ways. I still don't trust the new guy and have no idea how the class president would ever become a kunoichi, but let's keep seeing to know how things will develop.
Slow but nice.
Finally the "grown-ups" acknowledge what is happening. I can't really dislike this episode, I like how Shino has grown-up and how we are able to see more about his feelings. And love Shikadai! I know Mitsuki will become a lead character, but damn his background and his weird hidden motives makes me dislike him. Hope the scriptwriters work it out all this stuff fine.
Otogakure and *that person* son, really?
There are so many things wrong with this episode that I don't know where to begin.
It seems like the show scriptwriters didn't read the "Naruto" manga. It doesn't seems possible that, being Naruto the Hokage, knowing who Mizuki parent is, he and the others (Shikamaru, Sakura, etc.) allowed this weird "transference". Seriously, Otogakure? It really doesn't make sense after all the pain and suffering in "Naruto" original story.
The episode has some funny parts and some appearances of dear old senseis, but I can't get over the fact of everything I pointed above.
We need an intelligent explanation if the show runners plan to keep old Naruto fans.
Things weren't so easy back in the day...
THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.
The beginning was quite cool, seeing Konohamaru now being able to use Kuchiyose no Jutsu, and following the tradition of Jiraiya, Minato and Naruto. I like how that cute little annoying brat is now a collected, talented and handsome man.
The idea of a "Battle of the sexes" is not bad at all, and I think it was executed OK. What bothers me the most it's how easy is for Boruto to pick a random scroll and to make a contract with whatever he invoked. This kind of thing were taken seriously in the original Naruto, it wasn't so easy to just sign the contract and begin to invoke. This bothers me but let's see what was all about. I still don't lose hope in this series.
The recipe for success.
Now, this is an episode I really enjoyed. It has the introduction of a new canon character, family time, intrigue, fight and a little development regarding the new evil that the kids are facing.
I'm looking forward to more episode like this one, though this one barely has new original characters, a good mixture of old, new and original plus an interesting plot will keep this series going and keeping old-school "Naruto" fans interested.
New characters and fights.
The second episode of "Boruto" introduces us brand new characters. I have to admit that I don't really like the "class president" (she's like a mix of your typical anime-school female character with a bit of young Hinata), but the "repeater" of the class, which at first I didn't look with good eyes, seems to have things in common with me, like the dislike of the new way of the Ninja Academy and the super-modern Konoha in general. I'm not really into new character Kaminarimon neither, but it's too soon to judge them. I guess I just want to see more of the young canon characters.
The episode has a intense fight scene which reminds us of the good old child Naruto. Boruto as a character still needs to show us his own stuff yet.
Despite my reserves about the new characters, I'm still looking forward to see what will happens next.
Let's give this new generation a try
As a "Naruto" manga reader for over 10 years, I'm indeed a great fan of the original series, but I have the habit of skipping the fillers (with very few exceptions). Since the main characters of "Boruto" are introduced in the epilogue of the original manga, I was very curious of how it would be this new series, which doesn't follow a story-line written by original author Masashi Kishimoto.
I was afraid that "Boruto" would turn out like "Dragon Ball GT", but after watching this first episode, I think this series may have a good future. Certain things still feels odd, like the new and modern Konoha, but I'm willing to give this show a try without prejudice and I hope to enjoy it as much as the original story.
Very excited about this new Mirai Trunks story!
I was looking forward to this "arc/saga". Mirai Trunks is one of my favourite characters, and after the terrible portrayal of Trunks in Dragon Ball GT, I was very happy to know he will be featured in the "Super" series. Seems like the future can't take a break. But without spoiling this for you, I can say that this story looks very promising, a new enemy that seems familiar but must have some twisted paradox background, and new allies in the future that I want to know about more too. The time travel to past is gonna be something else, I hope Toei and the writers will put their hearts into this story! It really deserves it.
Historia de un oso (2014)
Beautiful and sad. Well deserved awards and nominations.
This short film is really amazing. Both technically and emotionally. If you have the chance, watch it.
The animation is gorgeous and the attention to detail is outstanding.
As a chilean born and raised in Chile under Pinochet, the story touched me specially, it reminded me of my childhood and specifically my father.
Even if you don't know the background story of this country, you will be able to identify some common elements that the main character have to struggle in order to achieve the story's climax.
I'm gladly impressed of the talent and knowledge in technology that this group of chilean filmmakers have. Well deserved awards and Oscar nomination!
After +15 years, I still enjoy this show.
I will not write any spoilers. But it's hard not to be biased by the love I feel for this manga/anime series. I'm re-watching for 10.000.000 time this series, re-auditing all the Japanese cast and crew credits (hard work that seems to be lost, but well, that's life for us, good willing volunteer contributors). I'm not gonna argue because now I have time (Yay Southamerican summer vacations) and I love binge-watching Dragon Ball with my family in Chile.
I didn't gave this episode a 10, because of the fillers, maybe they are necessary to create some kind of context and to present this new character, Gohan, but the story they chose is not quite appealing. Maybe is because I'm too old now? Still, I love the animation, the mix between family scenes and this menace that is imminent. A good switch between our good-old Dragon Ball with chibi Son Gokû, and this new stage on our friends lives. Oh, the adulthood.
If you haven't seen the original Japanese version, I encourage you to see it (subbed, dubbed, it's your choice now with all the DVD releases). You will meet a whole new different DBZ than the one you watched in the early 2000 on Cartoon Network. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do.
A little bit disappointed.
After waiting two weeks for episode 4, this was a little disappointment.
The drawing quality is clearly below the standards of any Dragon Ball previous feature, or any Toei Animation feature, in that case. It is very sad, because the Dragon Ball series and this particular episode seems to have been done without much love.
The story almost didn't advance, so, despite seeing again "chibi" Pilaf, Mai and Shû, this is my least favourite episode by now.
I'm trying to avoid spoilers on my reviews, but it seems I need more lines in order to get the review accepted. I don't want to spoil anything about the story, so that's all I'm gonna say.
I hope the drawings improves, as well as the whole animation.
A cute alternate start for the Dragon Ball story
It's been a really long time since the first time I watched this movie. I was still on school, back in the mid 90s.
This alternate re-telling of the Dragon Ball first episodes kept the original spirit of the story, and seems more appropriate for younger audiences.
It is a classic I have on my old VHS collection, that I'm looking forward to replace with DVD-Blu Ray release. A must have for every Dragon Ball fan.
There's even a live action remake of this movie, made in Taiwan! Don't miss that one!
Dragon Ball Super: Doragon bôru cho: Yume no tsuzuki wa doko da!? Sûpâ Saiya-jin Goddo o sagase! (2015)
Getting closer to "Kami to Kami" (The Battle of the Gods)
I will try to avoid spoilers as much as possible. Please excuse me for my awful grammar, English is not my native language.
MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.
I'm really enjoying this new series. This episode brings back those feelings of the good old "Dragon Ball", with humor and the tension before facing a powerful enemy.
I really liked the scenes involving North Kaiô-Sama and Gokû, and to see Kame Sennin (and Oolong) acting like they used to. Loved to see Number 18, Krillin and their daughter Marron interacting too (18 is one of my favourite characters, and so is Krillin).
It was nice to know more about Beerus and his relation with an old character (I'm not gonna say what is, I'm trying to write without spoilers), and I'm very interested in how they gonna show us the events of "The Battle of the Gods".
We will have to wait two weeks for episode 4, looking forward to it!
Dokonjô gaeru: Episode #1.1 (2015)
Pyonkichi owns the show.
THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.
First, I beg your pardon because English is not my native language. If I make grammatical mistakes, please excuse me.
I grew up watching the 70's anime, "Dokonjô Gaeru", which was broad-casted in my home country, Chile, in 1993, under the name "Raponchi: La Rana Valiente" (spanish). I was about 11 years old, and with my elder brother, we never missed an episode. It is one of my favourite childhood anime, in a time when the word "anime" wasn't in use in western world.
Since I heard about this new live-action series, I was looking forward to it: One of my all-times favourites returning to the screen! But I was having doubts regarding the adaptation, with the characters now being 30 years old (which I can relate, indeed).
The good: I LOVED Pyonkichi (aka Raponchi). He looks just like I remember, and it is extremely well done. It's the BEST part of the show, and even if you are new to the series, you will be able to feel the charm of this incredible frog.
The FXs are quite well done overall. I liked the settings and cinematography. I liked very much the casting choice for Ume-San, Machida-sensei and Yoshiko-sensei. Gôro looked fine to me and no complains about Kyôko so far. Though Hiroshi's mother looks too young to me, I really liked her interaction with Pyonkichi.
My most favourite part was the re-telling of how Pyonkichi ended up in Hiroshi's shirt. It reminded me of a mix of two of the first episodes of the 70's anime.
The not-so-good: I didn't liked how Hiroshi was portrayed. It is not a problem with the actor, is more an issue with the presentation of the character: it seems like everyone has grown up (each one in their own way), but Hiroshi. He acts like a pre-teen and he's even more spoiled than how I remember him from the anime.
"Gorila" is the other character that seemed odd to me. He was an overweight and big bully, and now he's just a regular guy with a successful business. With all those cakes, I would have liked to see a bigger actor, like how the character was in his youth. I didn't liked to see Hiroshi's mom working in "Gorila" cake factory. I think it'll fit better if it were Hiroshi working there against his will.
I must say that my Japanese is not very good neither, so this review is based on the few that I understood. I would love to see this series, in a near future, subtitled in my native language, with luck that's not an impossible thing, being the original anime very dear in my home country.
Anyways, I'm looking forward for the next episodes.
Prince Vegeta kept his promise.
May contain SPOILERS I was looking forward to the second episode of "Dragon Ball Super", which features my favourite family, "the Briefs" (besides Bulma and Vegeta are my all-time favourite couple from fiction!).
In this second episode of the new Dragon Ball series, we are able to see the Briefs: Bulma, Vegeta and Trunks, on a family trip. It is unlikely to see Vegeta involved in this kind of activity by his own will, but we learn that he is fulfilling a promise made to his son, Trunks, back then in the battle against Majin Bû, in Dragon Ball Z.
As a fan of the characters and the series for more than 20 years, this episode was a delight in that part.
We see as well the good old North Kaiô-Sama driving happily in his planet, just to be interrupted by Son Gokû, who, just like his Saiya-jin "rival" Vegeta, just wanting to keep on training and become stronger.
Finally, Beerus talk about his premonitory dream, and Bulma's birthday party is coming soon, so the time-line of the events in "Kami to Kami" (Battle of Gods) may be sooner than we had been explained.
There was something about the animation that I didn't like. The backgrounds somewhat seems poor to me. Toei Animation and Fuji TV should pay more attention to that, to improve the level of the digital animation, to the standard we are use to in Dragon Ball franchise.
Looking forward to episode 3, please excuse my terrible English, it is not my native language.
A return to the origins of the spirit of Dragon Ball.
This is my first review in all my years as IMDb user and contributor. I was afraid of writing a review because my English is not good, please excuse me if I make grammatical mistakes, English is not my native language.
Being a Dragon Ball fan for more than 20 years, I think this new series, "Dragon Ball Cho" it's the perfect start for me, to write a review.
I'm one of those Dragon Ball fans who are very attached to the manga and never really enjoyed "Dragon Ball GT". That being said, I was expecting this first episode of "Dragon Ball Cho" with high hopes. I've watched the 2008 OVA and both following films (Kami to Kami and Fukkatsu no F) on their respective avant premieres here in my country, Chile.
It may contain SPOILERS!
The first episode of "Dragon Ball Cho" was, IMHO, a return to the roots of Dragon Ball.
Son Gokû it's spending some quality time with his youngest son, Son Goten, who is 7 years old (if my memory is working fine). That is something I wanted to see, because Son Gokû was never really part of Goten's life. It was nice to see Gokû working on a field, suits him well, and kind of reminds me that good old training with Kame Sen'nin, alongside Krillin.
Videl and Son Gohan are a young couple who has just married. I'm sure Chichi is happy that Gohan is doing great in College and also that he found a perfect wife in Videl (beauty, smart, polite, strong and millionaire!). But we all know that they share similar interests since High School. It was a bit disappointing to see Gohan being such a library mouse, he could be both: a library mouse Great Saiyaman!
The search for the wedding gift for Videl was the part that reminded me the most of those early Dragon Ball episodes: Son Goten and chibi Trunks goes on an adventure to collect some "cosmetic" for Videl. It was really great to see Trunks being the coolest kid (unlike that awful character in GT), helping his best friend. The innocence of both children's was something that is appreciated by an old-school fan like me.
Mr. Satan scenes were funny, but not as funny as they used to be. I guess we must give some time to the series, this is just episode 1. The ending was somewhat unexpected (it seems like Son Gokû is getting smarter!), but it wasn't so out-of-character. I liked that late entrance by Kame Sen'nin! And I LOVED those Tori-bots on the bills!
Overall, I give it 8/10.
I'm looking forward to the next episode, I want to see my favourite family! Bulma and Vegeta! I hope to see soon more about Piccolo, Jûhachi-gô and Krillin, Tenshinhan, and why not? Lunch! (a girl can dream, isn't it?).