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Sakura Wars: The Movie
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This is an OVA, and the Sakura Wars TV series comes after it. And both come after the game.
I think I should have had a little knowledge of the games before I watched this, since it just picked up with the Demons. It didn't give ANY background on the Demons at all, which had me lost for the first episode or two. But as it went along I stopped worrying about how and why the Demons existed/were there and focused on the show itself.
The dubbing in both versions is top notch. I personally prefer the English version. Since the girls are from various countries, not just Japan, they cannot be expected to speak Japanese all that well, and without an accent.But in the English, we get to hear the girls in their "native" tongues and with "native" accents. What I mean is this: The French girl *sounds* French (and she even speaks in French when we first meet her). The Russian Maria has a definitive Russian accent, which comes across very well even though we never get to hear her speak in Russian. And the Chinese teenager talks with a Chinese accent, and also speaks in Chinese.
So, watch this. You won't regret doing so, but you might want to watch the TV series just to get a little better idea of what is going on. Or get (or at least see) the games.
With that out of the way, I might as well start listing the pros and cons of this anime. Pros: beautiful animation, bright colors, cute characters, light humor sprinkled throughout the 4 episodes. The humor in this anime is not hentai, and there are no hentai scenes whatsoever in this, so if you are a hentai fan, stay away! Cons: IT'S NOT LONG ENOUGH! Four episodes aren't nearly enough for this story. The first two episodes start out slowly, which isn't bad because the information given provides a base for the rest of the episodes. However, right when the enemy of the story is revealed (during the fourth episode), the episodes end! It's a disappointment.... it leaves the viewer craving for more.
Other information to mention: This is an action anime with a cast of mainly girls. If you prefer an anime with guys as the main characters... well, at least give this a chance. There are a few main guy characters, after all, and the Sakura Wars cast is a wonderful mix... the characters grow on you.
I gave this anime 3 stars only because the story is compressed into four episodes. Although the animation is lovely, this could have been so much better than it is.
Some characters may appear to be flately drawn but this is a more somber and darker movie.
If not familier with the characters do not get this first but buy the TV series then the OVA series followed by this movie. It is then that you will understand the characters. I would have given it a 5 star, but the extended CGI loading and launching of the bullet engine was a bit distracting from the story line.
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I'm dissappointed at this anime, after reading the reviews, I expected better. I mean the artwork is very good and consistant throughout the movies, but the storyline is the same... Read morePublished 2 months ago by combat addict
Excellent movie, best $10 I've ever spent. I really recommend this movie for anybody. You won't regret buying this movie.Published 23 months ago by Shawn Nold
I was not familiar with this title, but I was please with the the show. The music was pleasant.
I would have liked more episodes, but it was only a single UMD. Read more
Everything went swift and smoothly. I received the items only a few days after placing the order and in pristine condition. I only have one to say: "Thumbs Up!" . Read morePublished on December 8, 2011 by Lodewijk Boute
There really isn't to much in the way of the movie that hasn't been done with other series like Naruto or Bleach, the basic plot is you have the Flower division in jeopardy from a... Read morePublished on September 28, 2011 by Rich(アニメとゲームが優先!!)
This item was awsome great anime movie.plus the free gift was great also.I recommend this anime movie to everyone.Published on June 12, 2010 by Veronica Medina
Glad to see the character that almost made us give up on this otherwise enjoyable series is gone.
We're looking forward to purchasing any upcoming Sumire-free disks.
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