What can I say? The cellshaded, video game-like animation in this movie was awesome. Along with the superb direction of fighting choreography, the action in this movie was absolutely kickass. To tell the truth, if it was just another run-of-the-mill, hand-drawn, and digitally colored anime movie by Bee Train, I wouldn’t have payed attention to the action as much as I would’ve payed attention to the can of coke I was drinking to pass the time, thinking: “When the hell is this shit going to be over?” The anime portion of the .hack franchise has always took a nice direction in character development, but certainly not the action (count on the games to take care of that). This movie was a great balance of both, and it was really like watching a video game. Great graphics, good eye-candy.
Unfortunately, watching a video game and playing a video game are two totally different things. When taking the G.U. games into account… I honestly don’t know if I should really recommend this movie to anyone.
SKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEITH!!! KOTAIRO, TRIIIII-EDGEEEE!!! *insert epic explosion* *plop* … Shit.
I wouldn’t suggest that this is a good substitution instead of playing the games, nor do I suggest that you would sit in awe, watching this movie after playing the games.
Hours of gameplay crammed into a film that’s about an hour long, leaves a lot of details to be missed. One of the f***ed up things about this movie is that Azure Kite was taken down too easily, and we never actually get to know his true purpose in The World due to Haseo killing him off in this strange, alternate interpretation of G.U. Even the beautifully executed AIDA-infected Atoli-classroom scene couldn’t make up for all the characters and events omitted in this movie.
Given a choice? Play the games, watch the movie after. If you don’t have a choice (don’t have a PS2, can’t afford all three games, etc.), I guess you… don’t have a choice – unfortunately. Of course, this really isn’t a bad movie. It has nice action, and a good story… but it really is just a chopped-up story for those who don’t have the time to follow the games and want a follow-up to .hack//ROOTS.
I shat level 20 weapons. (ﾟДﾟ)
The last hope.
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