Posted by psgels on 14 February 2011 with categories: Anime Reviews

So, before you start watching this show, you should note that it is a children’s adventure, and so it does have some of the cliches that usually come with this genre.But damn, is it a well executed one!

It’s basically the story of five kids who get to travel through space during their summer holidays, but the creators did a truly amazing job on the graphics. The designs in this show are really imaginative, and this show just consistently comes with new ideas and designs for the characters to run into. The artwork is gorgeous, both in the foreground and the background, but by far the best is how expressive the animation of the characters is. The character in this movie really come to life in the way they’re animated; it’s incredibly dynamic in the way that the emotions, poses and facial expressions are constantly changing. There are tons of details hidden in the nonverbal communication between these characters, thanks to the surprisingly fluid animation.

The characters in this movie, despite being kids, are really likable. One of the reasons is that this movie manages to remember that it’s dealing with kids here, and uses this well. There is an epic plot in this movie, but it devotes most of its time to simple explorations and characters running into new and strange alien things. The drama that pops up near the end of the movie is also surprisingly good.

But yeah, there are some cliches, the worst one being the bad guys with really terrible security staff. Near the end, the movie tried to be too epic. There is also little character development for a movie of two hours and fifteen minutes, despite the effective drama.

Still, this was A-1’s first movie and I’d say mission accomplished. It’s a really enjoyable family movie that keeps a great balance between life-like characterizations and imaginative space adventures. I wasn’t bored for once second.

Storytelling: 8/10 – Well told and believable, yet an entertaining adventure. Gets too epic at the end, though.
Characters: 9/10 – Terrific characterization, though perhaps not much character development.
Production-Values: 9/10 – Truly gorgeous animation and artwork.
Setting: 8/10 – A ton of great ideas. A bit childish, but they work quite well.

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6 Responses

  1. kurini says:

    I want to watch this movie so badly!!
    Why there is still no subbed version? :(

  2. kurini says:

    I watched it!
    AND I love it!! :D

  3. DangerMouse says:

    Sweet, I’ve been looking forward to seeing this movie ever since it was announced and mentioned as being a new project by most of the old ROD team :) Glad to hear it’s turned out to be quite the enjoyable movie.

  4. Firechick says:

    I just finished this movie this morning and I must say it was soooo adorable! I can’t wait to own it when it comes out on DVD!

  5. fool says:

    I just watched it and I loved it! Don’t know why everybody online seems to be ragging on how the plot was cliche or trying too hard…it was quite well executed I thought.

    If I were 5 again this would be my favourite movie ever. I’d probably watch it every day for a month.

    I hear both this and Redline are coming to video in North America this year, definitely buying both.

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:49 AM)
    I read the first volume of dimenion W, good art but so far this looks like it’ll be an action series you read if you’re only in need of a fix for one. I also read the first volume of that shounen comedy dagashi kashi, nothing really impressive but every so often it had a moment, most of it due to reaction faces/expressions.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 07:40 AM)
    @Kaiser: yes unfortunately. It cost me a 6-pack of Corona to have my Mexican friend sit there and translate it cor me.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 04:38 AM)
    @Bam: That berserk chapter isn’t in English its in Spanish =<
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 04:07 AM)
    Kaiser marathons a re-watch of star wars, makes list of pros and cons:
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 29. 2015 09:50 PM)
    @Aidan: well interestingly in the pilot “what doth life?” causes a file not found error, so it fitted perfectly.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Nov 29. 2015 04:24 PM)
    @Bam, Nope. Never seen Xavier.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 29. 2015 03:25 AM)
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 28. 2015 10:22 PM)
    @Aidan: it does seem like you’ve actually seen Xavier, in which case I’m impressed. Didn’t think you had it in you.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 28. 2015 09:35 PM)
    Speaking of errors, can anybody else open Evil Genius Scanlations page? I keep getting a gateway error. I know there should be a new Berserk on there but some force is keeping it from me. This is messed up.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Nov 28. 2015 05:38 PM)
    @Bam, Easy. 404 not found

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