Attack on Titan 2: End of the World Movie Review

Attack on Titan 2: End of the World Theatrical Poster (c) Toho Pictures

Attack on Titan 2: End of the World Theatrical Poster (c) Toho Pictures

Money is indeed the root of all evil. Nope this has nothing to do with the film’s storyline folks but that’s what I felt after watching the film. How come the mangaka and publisher of the breakout and multi-awarded manga (and well-received anime) let their brilliant work got Dragonball: Evolution-ized? (TRANSLATION: f*cked up)

I had hoped that picking up from the last turn of events from the first part of the film that was shown last month, there will be redemption on the franchise. Unfortunately, the producers wasted yet another screen time as they started “Attack on Titan 2: End of the World” (Japanese Title: “Shingeki no Kyojin: Endo obu za Warudo”) with a series of recap that ultimately sacrificed what could have been a spot to go deeper on the whole mythology.

And then there’s a series of flashback and a laughable dream sequence that is totally forgettable. Whoever wrote that dream sequence deserves a slap on his face with the first 17 tankōbon (volumes) of the manga. Why the hell Shikishima was in that sequence? Oftentimes, people say that one’s biggest rival is himself. So seeing Shikishima on Eren’s dream sequence made me realized that Eren is an embodiment of a pathetic loser guy! But then again, this is the f*cked up live-action movie version. In the manga, Eren’s ramification was triggered by his aspirations, ideals and ordeals in life, oftentimes he got an extra push from Mikasa and Armin, his closest childhood friends, so seeing this on the manga/anime is acceptable. But suddenly putting Shikishima on that sequence is out of the line and it just doesn’t make sense at all. Essentially, the second-part of the movie immediately picks up after the aftermath of the attack so it doesn’t make much sense how Shikishima immediately became so invested with a stranger like Eren, and that Eren would actually grew a pair of balls.

Another standout (not in a good way though) was the shift of focus from the “regular-sized” Titan (Part 1) to “Colossal” Titan (Part 2). Suddenly, viewers were introduced to this big (aka Colossal) Titan and the reign of the regular-sized Titan was abruptly omitted. Well, they were briefly shown (like 5 seconds) to remind viewers that they still exists, just outside the walls running through hills: but remember that the wall is still wide open so given the film’s timeline (Eren’s capture; the team’s journey that leads them to the bomb; all the talksh!ts; useless screen time; eating potatoes; etc.) not a single regular-sized Titan made an attempt to enter the city?

Purist like me keeps on asking, why did they omitted Levi’s character (from the original manga) and replaced by Shikishima? But after seeing the 2-part live-action movie, I thought it was a good thing on Levi’s part to be spared from all the embarrassment.

Rating: 6.5/10

Boruto: Naruto the Movie Review

Boruto: Naruto the Movie Theatrical Poster (c) Pierrot

Boruto: Naruto the Movie Theatrical Poster (c) Pierrot

“Boruto: Naruto the Movie” is part of the “Naruto Shin Jidai Kaimaku Project” (Naruto’s New Era Opening Project) to celebrate the original manga’s 15th year anniversary. Naruto – the popular manga from mangaka Masashi Kishimoto ended its serialization in Japan last November 2014.

As previously teased on “The Last: Naruto the Movie”, “Boruto: Naruto the Movie” focuses on the new generation of ninjas. Dreams do come true as Naruto is now the 7th Hokage and is married to Hinata with two kids: Himawari and Boruto; while Sasuke, his longtime friend and rival is now married to Sakura and is gifted with a daughter named, Sarada. Other “Konoha 12” Team formed a family of their own; there are obvious pairings but with some odd pairings nonetheless.

Similar to the “The Last” film, “Boruto” made references to the last 4th Great Shinobi War which was the last and concluding part of the manga that sees Naruto promoted as Hokage (Kakashi Hatake became the 6th Hokage presumably after the war.) But the lurking question is what if you’re new to the Naruto fandom; will you be able to enjoy the film? Absolutely yes, as the viewers were aided on what transpired on the last war so you’ll get a sense on the basic premise of the film.

The “Boruto” movie pays homage to Naruto’s origin: family. What separates this film from the other Naruto movies is that unlike its predecessors where you have to save a Princess, “Boruto” is heavily tied on emotional relationships – an ordeal where old (younger) Naruto struggled but eventually triumphed.

The writers also picked up a very good material for the ultimate throwback – the “chuunin” exam. The original “chuunin” arc from the Naruto series is basically one of the keys to the manga’s early success because of its inquisitive fight battles so seeing the new generation of ninjas on the same dome is reminiscent to the early beginnings of Naruto.

Overall, the eleventh Naruto film – “Boruto: Naruto the Movie” is so easy to watch, it’s a feel good movie; and technically, the film is almost perfect: from story-telling, animation to overall direction. “Boruto” will treat viewers to an endless “throwbacks” that is both nostalgic and invigorating restart on Naruto franchise. Be sure to catch the post-credit scenes where Kishimoto reveals the identity of Mitsuki’s parents.

Rating: 10/10