Batman Ninja (2018)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 3/4

 

Pros –
1) Great quality art. Putting Batman in Sengoku Period Japan.
2) Steam-punk time-travel story
3) Robin with Monkichi

 

Cons –
1) Pretty useless Batman, fooled twice by Gorilla Grodd and Joker

 

Quote –
Catwoman: Isn’t a gorilla eating a banana a little cliche?
Gorilla Grodd: Says the cat burglar wearing a cat costume.

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Death Note (2006–2007)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) “L” is so annoyingly good, audience watching the show from Light’s perspective will despise him.
2) Light Yagami – ‘Absolute power corrupts absolutely’ – All his plans were successful except in the last episode.
3) This 37 episodes TV series is full of plot twists.The revelation of 2nd Kira, Yagami’s plan, L’s death etc.
4) For the non-anime audience, this is a must watch manga with real tight screenplay without any loose-ends in spite of having a complicated storyline.

 

 

Cons –
1) Too many new characters included in the last 10 episodes.

 

 

Quote –
Ryuk: Well, it was good while it lasted. We killed some boredom, didn’t we?

Akira (1988)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/4

 

Pros –
1) Multilayered story
2) Music
3) Way ahead of its time
4) “2001: ASO” of animated movies
5) Concept of Neo-Tokyo

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
Kiyoko: The future is not a straight line. It is filled with many crossroads. There must be a future that we can choose for ourselves.

One Punch Man : Season I

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –

1) Saitama & Genos : Sherlock and Watson of anime world
2) The animation quality : two sides of Saitama
3) Plethora of Super-Heroes & Super-Villains
4) The concept of Hero Association and S/A/B/C Classes
5) Silver Fang / Pri-Pri-Prisoner / Atomic Samurai / Tatsumaki
6) Mumen Rider : The hero city needs and deserve : the best character of the show.
7) Disaster Levels
8) Intelligent & smart humor
9) Saitama’s training secret
10) Class S #1 hero “Blaster” is yet to appear.

Cons –

n/a

Quote –

“100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats, and a 10km run EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!”
— Saitama

Ghost in the Shell (1995)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –

1) Way ahead of it’s time ; highly influential.
2) Opening theme music : “Making of a Cyborg”
3) Animation Quality ; “Blade Runner” of animated sci-fi.
4) Therm-Optic camouflage ; future Guns ; spider-like armored vehicle ; high octane gun fight.

Cons –

1) Too much science & less entertaining
2) Philosophy of AI ; Sad life documentary of Puppet Master.

Quote –

Puppet Master: It can also be argued that DNA is nothing more than a program designed to preserve itself. Life has become more complex in the overwhelming sea of information. And life, when organized into species, relies upon genes to be its memory system. So, man is an individual only because of his intangible memory… and memory cannot be defined, but it defines mankind. The advent of computers, and the subsequent accumulation of incalculable data has given rise to a new system of memory and thought parallel to your own. Humanity has underestimated the consequences of computerization.

Spirited Away (2001)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –

1) Chihiro in Wonderland.
2) Yubaba’s Bath-house ; One of the best surreal universe.
3) Highly influential especially for younger audience.
4) Narration respects the intelligence of audience.
5) Subtle Haunting premise.

Cons –

n/a

Quote –

Chihiro: Listen, Haku. I don’t remember it, but my mom told me… Once, when I was little, I fell into a river. She said they’d drained it and built things on top. But I’ve just remembered. The river was called… Its name was the Kohaku River. Your real name is Kohaku.