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Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters vs Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger

Super Sentai series is reaching its burnout state as this movie proves it.

As annual tradition, this versus movie feels a little bit awkward because previously Go-Busters and Gokaiger worked together in Super Hero Taisen so their meeting feels not as fateful as previous Super Sentai cross-over before. Somehow their cross-over is not exciting at all other than pretty good action scenes that fill this movie as whole. Probably due to underwhelming reception of Go-Busters as the series itself is a major blow in ratings and the quality of the series itself is seriously panned.

The story is predictable, which is why Super Sentai is burnout now, using the same formula, the same setting, and the same cliche method. The only thing that is special from this movie is that their mechas transformed (Gokai Change) into past Super Sentai mechas according to their resemblances. Even though Kyoryugers have their appearance earlier and Kyoryu Red interacts directly with Gokai Red and Red Buster, unlike previous early-bird Sentai cameo, but their appearance is not that special.

Surprisingly, the acting of Gokaiger’s cast is pretty bad, unlike their previous appearances (series or movies). Their acting is stiff, awkward, and seems they forgot their previous characterizations naturally.

Overall, this is a pretty messed-up versus movie.

Score: 2 out of 5

Uchuu Keiji Gavan The Movie

Uchuu Keiji Gavan the Movie is the commemorative celebration of 30th anniversary of Metal Heroes. There are lot of issues to be noted from this movie.

Storywise, it is about Gavan’s successor (dubbed Gavan Type-G) facing his own personal problem with “for the sake of protecting the universe” as the ingredient. The story is somewhat very weak and cliche, confusing the audience whether it is for kids or technically for adult. While it is understandable that most of them are adult who enjoyed Gavan as their childhood superhero, both types of audience will find this movie seems made in a rush. Character’s development is very predictable, actions scenes are decent, and overused CGI ruin this movie’s charm.

The protagonist, Geki Jumonji, is not interesting at all. Nothing can be described from the character (hence bad acting from the actor himself). Retsu (original Gavan) only served as secondary character, no, maybe even can be considered as cameo. Sharivan and Shaider only appear less than five minutes, used as fans-service and nothing else. This is the worst Japanese superhero storyline that deals with love triangle after Kamen Rider the First. Even Gavan the Movie feels like repeating the same mistake as The First did in the past. They are superheroes that supposed to protect people (or in Uchuu Keji case, universe), instead audience were given ridiculous love twist that is just as predictable as the character development itself.

To make it worse, this movie lacks of nostalgic elements. Even Gokaiger vs Gavan did the job better than this movie.

This movie is very disappointing, there are lots to be desired. If only they did not make this movie in a rush, the result would be significantly different.

Score: 2 out of 5

Rurouni Kenshin (2012)

Condensing a storyline from manga or anime is not an easy task. It often creates tension and complains merely from the fan (since the most targeted audience are the fans), adaptation of popular media into another will take the essence not only for profit orientation, but also fan receptions. Thankfully, this live-action of Rurouni Kenshin is a great adaptation.

The storyline of the movie is slightly altered from original manga which is reasonable, still it is entertaining on its own. It pleases fans and common audiences who had no idea about the franchise better known as Samurai X in some localizations. The acting is superb. Takeru Satoh as Kenshin Himura, the main protagonist, gives new and realistic incarnation of what an ex-assassins would be portrayed. The only notable difference adaptation goes to Hajime Saito but still the actor played it well.

The setting is convincing us that it is the real beginning of Meiji era in 19th century of Japan. Whoever does the set, it pays attention to details, and the result is beautiful. From scary night of Bakumatsu era in Kyoto into Kamiya-Kashin dojo set, nothing to be complained. Also, the sets help the fighting scenes feel realistic, gory, at the same time, true rendition of samurai sword fights.

This movie is really fun to watch, and satisfying until the end. Very recommended to watch.

Score: 5 out of 5

Gyakuten Saiban / Ace Attorney

Surprisingly, this is a good adaptation from the video game of the same name. Without trying to be identical, this movie version added unique personalities for characters to make it realistic and acceptable in the realm of motion picture.

This movie focuses more on cases The Turnoabout Sister and The Turnabout Goodbye with some modifications. Any gamers who have played the game might find this movie is familiar but different at the same time. While retaining the same plot structure and not surprising outcome, this movie feels fresh by different personalities the characters had shown. Maya Fey is a little bit colder, unlike her counterpart from the game. Mr Red White has different appearance, Prosecutor von Karma might be less frightening, but still retain the same menacing act, detective Dick Gumshoe is now a typical Japanese police officer. The trial system shown in this movie is similar, but added holographic elements  for showing evidences, contradictions, and all familiar features seen from the game.

This movie is highly recommended to watch especially for those who are already fans of the series. The words such as “objection” (“igiari”), “take that” (“kurae”) filled up the whole movie to retain its gimmick, which is something yet to be expected. Even for those who never play the game, this movie is still entertaining on its own.

Score: 4 out of 5

Secara mengejutkan, film ini berhasil mengadaptasi versi permainan videonya dengan sangat baik. Tanpa berusaha terlihat terlalu mirip, versi film ini menambahkan kepribadian-kepribadian yang unik pada karakter-karakternya sehingga terlihat realistis dan masuk akal dalam konteks film.

Film ini lebih berfokus pada kasus Turnabout Sister dan Turnabout Goodbye dengan beberapa perbedaan di plotnya. Bagi yang pernah memainkan permainan videonya akan merasakan bahwa film ini persis seperti permainannya tapi juga terasa berbeda. Walaupun masih mempertahankan plot dan hasil yang sama, film ini terasa lebih segar dengan menampilkan kepribadian-kepribadian yang berbeda. Maya Fey tidak seceria karakternya di versi permainannya. Mr Redd White tampil berbeda, von Karma terlihat kurang garang tetapi tetap sama menyeramkannya, dan detektif Dick Gumshoe menjadi sangat tipikal polisi Jepang. Sistem Trial yang hadir di versi permainannya juga tampil di film ini tetapi dengan penambahan efek holografik untuk menunjukkan barang bukti, kontradiksi, dan elemen-elemen familiar dari permainan aslinya.

Film ini sangat disarankan untuk ditonton terutama sekali untuk penggemar permainan ini.Kata-kata “Objection” (“igiari”), “Take That” (“kurae”), memenuhi isi film ini untuk mempertahankan nuansa yang ada di permainannya. Bahkan bagi yang belum pernah memainkan permainan ini, film ini masih sangat menghibur.