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The best part of the Professor Layton games are, no doubt, its lavishly animated cutscenes and its gorgeous European-influenced visual style. This movie is the epitome of that. While the puzzles they added were integrated cleverly, they're no match for the genius puzzles of the games. However, that's not the point. This is a movie that will leave you grinning from ear to ear throughout the whole thing, and even a while afterwards. Its production value isn't quite up to the level of Studio Ghibli's famous films, but its charming enough thta you won't care.
The English dub isn't horrible, either! Anime fans know quite a bit about the horrors of dubbing, and let me assure you that this does not fall into that territory. The English dub features the same voices as the video games, and the voice actors show their chops here. There's some solid voice acting in this, which should make fans happy.
If you're a fan of Layton or even mysteries in general, you'll want this movie. Spread it around, tell your friends about it! Send a copy to whoever made the horrible Super Mario Bros movie to show them how it's really done!
This is not only a great video game movie, it's a great moive all around. 9 out of 10.
If you're unfamilier with the Professor Layton series, here's a quick rundown. The Layton video games are basically puzzle games mixed with the adventure game genre. Each game combines a well-written story with hundreds of devious puzzles ranging from math problems to trick questions. How could any of this translate into a film? This is where the games' signature art style comes in. Throughout the games, are cut-scenes that feature beautiful art along with top-notch voice acting. Level 5 obviously saw potential in these cutscenes, so they greenlighted development of this film shortly after the release of the first two games. Unfortunatly, it would take two long years before the film arrived overseas from Japan.
Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva stars a professor of archeology named Hershel Layton who is also a mild-mannered and quick-witted tea-loving gentleman.Read more ›
The graphics were one of the many things I was impressed with, as they used various different computer graphics which they managed to mix well with more ordinary animation. Various London scenes appear, such as Regent Street, double decker buses, London taxis and so on which made me smile. An amazing thing is that this was made in Japan, and the animators must have done a lot of research to get the views and objects right.
The characters including Professor Layton were all adorable, and it will be easy for small viewers to be fond of them. The storyline and various happenings reminded me of other well-known anime films, such as 'Howl's Moving Castle', 'Laputa - Castle In The Sky' and 'Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind', and although nothing is wrong with showing some influences from other great films of the past, I think I got this impression slightly too many times during the film.
As always, I watched it with the original Japanese soundtrack and English subtitles, and I think it's far more enjoyable than watching it with the English dub, although if there is a child amongst the viewers it's definitely better to watch it in his/her native language, as following subtitles must be tiring for them. I think the story is cleverly made, and there are happy and sad moments, a lot of thrilling scenes too, and it gives several opportunities for the viewers to think in order to solve a number of puzzles, so it will be good and fun in this sense too.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased this for my 14 year old. She was very happy to receive it. She is a fan.Published 2 months ago by Maryandsyd
As an avid Layton fan, I really enjoyed this movie. It had the same things I love about the games minus the puzzles.Published 4 months ago by Amy
Amazing movie with all the art styles of the professor Layton series. Great for any professor Layton fan and great for anyone interested in a unique anime.Published 7 months ago by movie view
Sword fight on a giant robot over ancient ruins. But they leave Flora in London again, so... 9/10
Descole is on point as usual.
I've watched it twice. It's really good. Most of the original English voice cast was used, with the one exception. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Captain
I have all the Layton games, so I just had to get the movie! It's cute! It was a very good price and it shipped fast too! I am very happy with this purchase.Published 12 months ago by littlejb
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There may not be a BluRay. If there was a release in Japan on BluRay, then they might release it here, but a lot of anime titles don't get BluRay treatment.
1) Because the BluRay transfer may be an additional cost that these smaller companies are not willing to pay for.
2) If there is no... Read More
Oct 2, 2011 by video voice | See all 6 posts
I wonder now if this is worth it. I already have the UK version but it be nice to have it playable on a bigger screen and to hear US Luke.
Oct 28, 2011 by Gamemaster64 | See all 8 posts