Overall Ratings for the Ten Movies

Yay!  I can now say that I have watched 300 anime!  It was a fun journey, and I very much enjoyed all of the films–even the one I didn’t like.  Thanks again to those who recommended the movies to me.  Using the star rating system, this is how I felt about the films.  In my case, half a star translates to an abomination (an honor shared by Cat Soup and X: The Movie); one through one and a half stars to a terrible film; two to two and a half stars to uninspiring; three to three and a half stars to this was pretty good; four stars to a great film which I’ll definitely watch again; and four and a half and five stars to a masterpiece.

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1) Tokyo Godfathers ★★★★1/2

2) Kiki’s Delivery Service ★★★1/2

3) Royal Space Force: Wings of the Honneamise ★★★★★

4) Wolf Children ★★★★

5) Whisper of the Heart ★★★★1/2

6) My Neighbor Totoro ★★★★★

7) Evangelion 3.0 ★★★

8) Paprika ★★★★★

9) Sky Crawlers ★1/2

10) Secret World of Arrietty ★★★★★

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Except for two of them, they were all great movies.  And of those two, Evangelion 3.0 suffered in my estimation for making the viewer feel lost much of the time–particularly in the first half hour–and feeling far too much like The End of Evangelion, a movie which makes one appreciate the TV series’ ending more.  But, the last five minutes of Evangelion 3.0 went a long way to redeeming the film and making me look forward to the final installment.  Sky Crawlers, though being a melancholy, boring, angsty, boring, unrealistic, and boring film which makes Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade look like a fast paced thriller, provides much food for thought.  Actually, a pretty good article should come from it.

Stay tuned for some reviews!  I should be able to place some up soon.

6 comments on “Overall Ratings for the Ten Movies

  1. Genki Jason says:

    Glad you enjoyed a lot of those films. Oh wow… I really liked The Sky Crawlers

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    • The most meritorious features of Sky Crawlers were its dogfights and how reminiscent the themes were of T. S. Eliot’s The Wasteland. Otherwise, the characters were rather lifeless and the dialogue uninteresting–if not repulsively bad–with the sole exception of when Kannami and Kusanagi talk after their night bowling. Though, there were two other interesting lines: “I don’t trust a superior who doesn’t smoke” and “I wish I could set up girls like that like pins and bowl them down.”

      And the movie felt rather pointless, which must be how the characters felt–a la Eliot’s view of the modern world in The Wasteland; however, if one wishes to emphasize the pointlessness of the characters’ lives, the characters themselves had better be incredibly interesting. Sky Crawlers did not deliver on that end. To make matters worse, these were military characters, but nothing about them showed the sense of comradeship soldiers at war feel toward one another or the pride most soldiers take in their service. Even if soldiers are miserable, they share their misery and feel better after sharing it.

      Then again, the war itself felt unrealistic: the public wants victories and progress. Neither side expresses the reason they are fighting and no progress is made toward prosecuting the war. With this state of affairs, it would be better to conclude a peace and resume trade–wars are expensive.

      But, the movie does force me to read T. S. Eliot’s The Wasteland again. It should be fun to review the movie.

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  2. “My Neighbor Totoro…” I’ve never watched it before…but it sounds interesting.

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  3. […] 381 anime as of this moment.  So, a Ten Movie Countdown to 400 is imminent–just like I had a Ten Movie Countdown to 300 back in February 2014.  This should be fun, and–like the last time–I intend my dear readers to have a say in […]

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  4. […] 2014, when I watched ten anime movies in order to reach a total of 300 anime watched.  There were some spectacular movies in that series.  Now that I’m ten away from 400 (I guess it takes me about two years to consume 100 […]

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