Posted on 9 December 2011 with categories: Anime Reviews

For the first two Towa no Quon movies, I began to fear that it would be like the Break Blade Movies, and just be too dull to really work as a movie series. Movies 3 and 4 managed to prove me wrong with a significant improvement in both its content and characters. Having said that though: movie 4 is not as good as movie 3.

Movie 3 had a very good concept behind it. Movie 4 meanwhile is more straightforward, and is totally devoted to the thing that the previous episodes have been hinting at constantly. The content of this movie isn’t as interesting as last time, which really had me on the edge of my seat. The predictability of this installment worked a bit against it.

Nevertheless though: this movie had some good character development in it. The characters are far from the shells that they used to be in the first movie. There is one particular character who changed significantly in terms of character. The rest of the main cast didn’t so much change, as we got to see much more of why they’re doing what they’re doing, and interestingly enough it’s the side-cast of characters that’s also developing really well. This combination really works, and serves as the backbone of this movie.

Towa no Quon is a series of movies with a really heavy emphasis on ethics and morals. With that I don’t mean that it includes really difficult moral dilemmas; we’re all pretty much supposed to root for the main character. Instead though, this movie, through its main character Quon, devotes a lot of time and effort to show its vision of what’s right. Quon’s present version is the epitome of righteousness, even though some of his actions aren’t the most logical ones. The actin of this series unfortunately isn’t perfect, so this does sometimes lead to cheese. Still, beyond the cheese there also is enough genuinely good drama in this movie to keep you interested.

Storytelling: 8/10 – Straightforward, but well built up.
Characters: 8/10 – The character development is the highlight of his movie, though the characters do get a bit cheesy at times.
Production-Values: 8/10 – This show just doesn’t have your average movie budget, but the soundtrack makes up for it.
Setting: 8/10 – Huge focus on morals as always.

3 Responses

  1. kurini says:

    I don’t know why, but I’m always overeacting in this movie… It hurts me to see them cutting off his arm like this…

  2. Rockaxis says:

    It did seem predictable at first, but I wasn’t expecting that ending at all! Anyway, I agree with most of what u said, but I have been enjoying the series since it’s first installment :)

  3. Carbine Gammaximon says:

    Sorry I’m late to the party!! Geez, psgel sure has good recommendations.

    Epitome of righteousness? If you mean “This guy’s been trying to kill me all this while. but now that he also has powers, Its okay to bring him to my base and tell him everything.”, uhm, well, sure. THE GUY’S A FREAKING CYBORG! What were they thinking?!

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    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 10:31 PM)
    Ping Pong’s second episode was so fucking good. I just love these characters.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 09:57 PM)
    You know…as much as I like mushishi’s manga…I never felt compelled to read every single chapter..
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 09:38 PM)
    lol, as if on cue XD
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    Hello, I recently made a film telling the story of Dogo Onsen. As you may know, Dogo Onsen was the inspiration for the look of the bath house in Miyazaki’s Spirited Away. The Legend of Dogo Onsen
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    @psgels Yeah I feel you about the spam bots. I mentioned a specific terrible anime website that gets link spammed all over the place. If only they would put that much effort into their content.
  • Friend
    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 02:52 PM)
    @Aidan dat straightforwardness XD
    Sidonia is a little strange, Ill have to see how well it sticks for a few more episodes.
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    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 10:28 AM)
    @Roger, It’s funny just how little it took for you to say “Screw you guys. I’m going home.”
    Rather flaky if you ask me. Not that you would be missed of course.
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    *typoed an M instead of a , =<
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    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 09:03 AM)
    *isn’t felt as much.
    I actually that while he drew the monsters and robots pretty well and was as always dependable drawing the scenery his modern art actually loses alot of his older style actually benifitted from.
  • Emma
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    Sidonia no kishi volumes 1 through 8: All in all compotent, decent m average enough to stick with and even buy the rest of it. The setting, tech/science is fine, its not trapped by exposition and when the action shows up its enjoyable to look at/read, good designs on the monsters too. However the flow/pace of it is a bit off, it drags, meanders a bit, its too mainstream for that author and favours poorly in comparison to the rest of his work. The athmosphere, roughness, grit isn’t felt.

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