Demon City Shinjuku (1988)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 1/4

 
PROS –
1) The only character worth watching is the street smart kid Chibi riding a battery-operated skateboard.

 
CONS –
1) A below-average story of a predestined hero avenging his father.
2) Epileptic flashy lights make the climax unwatchable.
3) The climax is a huge disappointment where the evil Rebi Ra is killed without a mega fight.

 

 

QUOTE –
Mephisto: Men anger the gods with their pride, and in order to punish them, the gods looked on as Pandora opened her box letting chaos loose. And now, here in Monster City, mythology will become reality.

Kite (1998)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 3/4

 
PROS –
1) High-powered gun action with the bullets that explode inside the victim’s body.
2) Sawa got shades of Gogo Yubari Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Mathilda from Léon: The Professional (1994)

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Even tomorrow may never come for us. All l can do for now is live life to the fullest.

Fist of the North Star (1986)

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

Verdict – 4/4

 

Pros –
1) A must watch 80s action-packed dieselpunk anime.
2) Gory battles – the immense level of bloodbath
3) It can be watched without any prior knowledge of the Fist of the North Star universe.
4) Music – inspired by spaghetti western movies.
5) End credits – Ken looking for Yuria with Purple Eyes playing in the background.Extremely sad and romantic.

 

Cons –
N/A

 
Quote –
Ryûken: Power without perception is virtually useless and therefore of no true value!

The Garden of Words (2013)

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

Verdict – 4/4

 

Pros –
1) Ground-breaking animation capturing the beauty of nature in rain.It’s a cinematic triumph!
2) The subtle romance is exhibited in the most touching & elegant way.
3) Running time: If one can convey the plot in 46 minutes, why add unnecessary sub-plots.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Takao Akizuki: In the evenings, before I went to sleep, and in the mornings, in the moment I woke up, I realized I was praying for rain

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?

Princess Mononoke (1997)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – N/A
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 3/4

 

Pros –

 

1) The trademark multi-layered fantasy story-line from Studio Ghibli.
2) Ashitaka – Atticus Finch of this story
3) Lady Eboshi – character who deserves her own film.

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Misleading title – Mononoke is definitely not the central character here.

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Jigo: So you say you’re under a curse? So what? So’s the whole damn world.

Castle in the Sky (1986)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – N/A
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 4/4

 

Pros –

 

1) Another gem from Studio Ghibli with it’s trademark elements of fantasy, music ,female protagonist and cyberpunk machines.
2) Fast paced
3) Mythical Laputa
4) Rich characters like Dola, Muska and Uncle Pomme.

 
Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

Dola: There’s nothing worse than having your pigtails shot off!

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