1000 Episodes Of Detective Conan!
I posted about the 800 mark a few years back, and here we are now! At a point
no other anime no other internationally notable anime has previously surpassed. The thousandth episode. And not just that many, but all with a level of detail and intrigue you'd expect of a mainstream detective fiction movie.
The DragonBall realm may still have more episodes total, but not in one conducive segment. Not like this.
This show has now been running for over 25 years straight. All canon.
I haven't made it much further now than I had in my earlier attempts on catching up with the anime, but I did make it a bit further with the manga. I bought a whole set. The first 53 books or so. All that were published in Sweden. It's nowhere near the full thing still but... we're getting there. I'm getting there. Some day.
There's no rush yet; hopefully it'll keep on going for a long long time.
I try to imagine what it'd be like to be the author behind this too. To know how massive a legacy you've left behind already, and are continually building upon. Most likely that's not something you want to think about though, less the pressure amounts and the legacy unfortunately comes to a halt. It could happen any day, but for now rejoice, for the thousandth is upon us and it gongs tough.
One Piece 968
Laugh Tale. That's all I gotta say.
It's an episode where one thread of the One Piece finally gets closure - somewhat unexpectedly - and reignites the feeling of adventure once again. It's where they're headed after all. Maybe we needed a reminder.
Roger's story. It started a bit like filler, but I'm glad we got this tale too.
Hype's back. One Piece. Please don't ever run out and be done/seize.
And may this be cryptic enough to get you into it too.
Naruto Shippuuden Movie 7 - The Last (2014)
The last Naruto movie's a lovely one!
If you just watched the Boruto one and wondered when Naruto and Hinata got married in the first place... well this is that tale. Plus the moon's about to crash into the Earth, fueled by some unseen force, and the Allied Shinobi Forces are back in business and gearing to take care of it.
A few things (spoiler alert here):
- Whatever happened to the moon, is it still split in half?
- Did Hinata really have to be portrayed as such a weakling here, just because it's supposed to be romantic?
- Was Sakura really the only one with enough power to blow up that meteor? What about Tsunade? What about all the other fine Shinobi that populate said retreat hidden in the leaf? Did the whole village get weak too?
- Hinata getting captured again and again, and the repetitive confrontations with the main villain were a bit much.
Some other details irked me too, but I seem to have forgotten them now. Mainly something about the villain I think.
But the end swept other weak points away. The space battle almost felt like Macross for a while, the other battle was powerful, and the romance bit of it all has me suddenly dreaming of true love and stuff... what en ending. Somehow it wouldn't be all bad with a bit more trial and tribulation in life. Maybe you grow up quicker; maybe you can really fight your way towards an ending just like this one...
Twas a good finale after all. Weak points or no.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle
One Piece: Stampede (2019)
It's got the trademark characters, the pirate party vibe, the action, but those special effects... it really isn't what it used to be.
The island the movie takes place on (one big treasure hunt/party one - déjà vu of earlier movies) looks pretty bland too. Though it gets blander. After the initial glimpse at the party it's soon blown up, and suddenly it's just an empty; dusty; rocky desert, with a dystopian dark ocean around it, with the camera panning over the lands; occasionally taking brief dives down into the shadows below. Whatever happened to the mood? And detail?
It's good to see the gang again, but this doesn't feel like the proper reunion. It's not as much an adventure as just a fight. A mess. The whole lone wolf and strength thing is done to death at this point too, but I'll admit I did smile at the ending, so there's something.
Both the series and the movies seem to getting somewhat repetitive though, whereas earlier on the movies in particular were always a testament to somewhat higher quality in all regards.
Hope they step their game up with the next one.
rated 3/5: not bad
Boruto: Naruto The Movie (2015)
Boruto's kind of annoying isn't he? Kind of spoiled. At least in the beginning... I guess he grows on you.
I don't know if I was ever equally annoyed with his dad though, even in the beginning of the original. I am a bit annoyed at how grown-up he seems now! Even if the battle sequences are all amazing, and I do wonder who raised the third guy in the group... I thought I'd relate more to the older him since I don't relate as much to his son, but as it is I don't really relate to either. Middle age? Wonder who's really the intended audience here...
The movie feels a bit short, but the action sequences are great, and the morals are the spotlight. Don't cheat. Do it the hard way, and you'll really feel like you accomplished whatever it is you were going for!
It's also a story of family, of making time for your kids, and of course also that of a supervillain about to try what Kaguya tried to do at the end of the original anime and take over the world, only this time it doesn't take a few hundred episodes, and their plans get foiled pretty quick.
Overall it feels a bit superficial and predictable at times, and nobody dies, so in that regard it seems like less an integral part of the plot - plus when did Hinata become a weak housewife?! I'm not really seeing the lure to get into this anime after this, it's all too different from the the way I remember it and still (a few hundred episodes maybe does that to do) wish it was...
But on the other hand I'm happy when it's over.
I mean I feel it ended the right way. With closure.
Maybe it's not such a bad movie after all.
rated 3.5/5: not bad at all