Well, that took twenty-nine days rather than ten! The last time I completed another hundred anime, it also took longer than ten days, leading me to dub the series “Dragging Myself to 400 Anime.” (To be precise, I now have 503 anime under my belt. I’ll tell you about those extra three sometime later.) On a side note, a few people have sent me questions through “Ask Medieval,” and I hope to get to those soon. The query I received about Wolf and Parchment, the sequel to Spice and Wolf, might take a little while. It’s hard to get used to Col and Myuri after spending so much time following the travels of Holo and Lawrence. But, I’ll get through volume one soon enough.
Anyway, a lot is on my plate–including mid-season reviews! For now, please enjoy these brief reviews of the last three movies in this series. Following the reviews will be the rankings of all ten movies.
8) Fate Stay/Night: Unlimited Blade Works Movie
My final rating here suffers for the same reason Time of Eve‘s did: the audience feels somewhat cheated by the abridgement of the story. Everything was rushed. I would have felt more lost were it not for having seen the original Fate/Stay Night. The premise remained the same, but the events struck me as more gritty–more in the spirit of Fate/Zero than Fate/Stay Night. The movie likely kept all the best fights with the final battle between Gilgamesh and Emiya outshining all the rest.
The plot kept me interested until the end despite feeling rushed. Were it not for my prior experience with this franchise, I’m not sure whether it would have been as compelling. As such, my final rating might be a little too high, but here it is…
9) Submarine 707 Revolution
Here’s one of the obscure titles I found at the 2nd & Charles store. Ex-Driver is the other. At any rate, I love submarines and the submarine genre. While very young, I dreamed about becoming a sub driver and took out the book The U.S.S. Seawolf by Gerald Frank and James D. Horan so often that my grammar school library gave the book to my mother to give to me as a Christmas present. The original creator of the Submarine 707 Revolution, Satoru Ozawa, seems to love submarines as much as I do. His other works include Blue Submarine No. 6 and Tide Line Blue.
So, you might expect this rating to be slightly inflated. But, Submarine 707 Revolution features some strong characters (I don’t know whether I like the hero or the villain more) and great undersea battles. The beginning worried me by the villain’s submarine using an incredibly stupid weapon, which I can only describe as a reverse hedgehog. (A hedgehog is a forward firing depth charge which explodes on contact. The villain’s boat in Submarine 707 Revolution maneuvered itself directly under a warship and fired missiles up at the vessel–so much less efficient than a torpedo!) But, the battles only get better from there.
That the conflict remains unresolved at the end of the OVA counts as its worst failing. Some anime essentially act as advertisements for the manga on which they are based. Submarine 707 Revolution stands as the only OVA advertisement I’ve ever seen. As such, I can’t rate it higher than…
10) Ex-Driver: the Movie
Here’s a very simple movie. In the future, computers drive cars rather than people except for a selection of specialists licensed to drive a car. These people are needed to help law enforcement and to save civilians when their cars malfunction and go berserk. Our heroes seem a likable bunch. These get themselves involved in a race sponsored by some former mafiosi. On their first day, they save the daughter of one of the mafioso and become embroiled in the family’s intrigue.
This anime is nothing special. The characters and action were interesting enough that I want to watch the six episode OVA when I get a chance. The anime used some mafia stereotypes to drive some great comedy. My rating for this movie is…
- In This Corner of the World ★★★★★
- Millenium Actress ★★★★★
- The Boy and the Beast ★★★★ 1/2
- From Up on Poppy Hill ★★★★
- Grave of the Fireflies ★★★★
- A Silent Voice ★★★ 1/2
- Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works Movie ★★★ 1/2
- Submarine 707 Revolution ★★★
- Ex-Driver: the Movie ★★ 1/2
- Time of Eve ★★
Thank you for all your fine recommendations and sticking with these posts!