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Dragon Ball Super: Broly- Everything we’ve ever wanted

We asked for it every time STAR Cineplex had brought a new movie in. But to be quite honest, we didn’t think we’d live to see the day when we’ll watch an anime in Bangladeshi theatres. When we sat down to watch it for the first time, it felt like a dream come true!

And as for the movie itself, all we can say is that he is back, for good this time. Somehow, he is better than ever before. Dragon Ball Super: Broly blows all expectations out of proportion.

Dragon Ball and Broly

Fans of the Dragon Ball series have long adored it for a multitude of reasons. For most, the series defined their childhoods. That is a very subjective statement. What is objectively great about Dragon Ball is its massive and varied gallery of supporting characters, especially the villains. Arguably the most intriguing of who is Broly, the legendary Super Saiyan.

Fans obsess over Broly- the mysterious and savage warrior of seemingly no principle aside from pure mayhem. For many, he is the favorite character in the series. Established from the first Dragon Ball Z movie of his, Broly is one the last surviving members of Goku and Vegeta’s race, an untamable and monstrous individual of pure power. He is the only Dragon Ball villain to be featured in more than one movie. However, the thing about him is, he is a movie villain only and thus not part of the greater Dragon Ball canon. Toriyama and Co. decided to change that, and the result is marvelous.

Read more: https://hifipublic.com/en/2018/09/17/why-everyone-should-watch-anime/

New and improved: Not even his final form

Dragon Ball Super: Broly brings the titular character into the main universe continuation of the series and thus gives him a brand new origin to suit. It is still as close to the original as it needs to be though. Fans tend to get somewhat touchy about rehashes and revisions of their favorite characters. This movie pulls off the reboot as well as can be.

A large part of what made Broly into such a favorite in the previous continuity was the mystique surrounding him and his violence. There was some explanation to it, but it did not feel satisfactory to me and Broly felt like a really cool but incomplete character. This one does a much better job of portraying Broly as an actual person and his driving forces. Not to worry though, he is still as cool and as buff as ever. He is still out to get everyone unfortunate enough to anger him (mostly Goku). Just now, he has a reason to.

One would expect the movie to follow the character into being a complete revamp, but thankfully it is not so. It does not just ignore the previous incarnation of Broly, the movie is self-aware in the sense that it often throws shade to the past incarnation of Broly and his tale. We found that very rewarding as a long time follower.

About the movie itself

First, we need to talk about the animation quality. Super started with objectively bad animation quality. We have come a long way from there. It was evident in the anime and more so in this movie. Dragon Ball: Super is one of the most gorgeous looking animated movies we have ever seen. The animation is not just beautiful but crisp and consistent. You can notice the amount of effort that went into producing this. Toriyama himself mostly made the character designs, so you can bet on its quality. The signature fighting scenes of Dragon Ball have arguably never been better. Scene transitions are seamless. At no point do you not want to be looking at the screen.

The story is surprisingly rich by Dragon Ball standards.

At least in the movies, Dragon Ball has been mostly about cool fight scenes, of which this has no shortage. However, the importance of story has been paid attention to, evident from the fleshed out origins and motivations at work behind each character. Previously fans have complained about the lack of consistency in the storytelling of Toriyama. In this movie, the story is wonderfully structured and perfectly addresses previous storylines that follow up to the movie.  The redemption arc every Dragon Ball villain seems to have is a bother for many fans. Nevertheless, do not worry. Frieza is still as evil as ever.

Verdict

Dragon Ball Super: Broly is a wonderful film experience for newcomers and longtime fans alike. 9/10 from us easily.

It is a beautiful, emotional and action-packed ride that made the old and cynical partisan in us smile and hope for the future of the story introduced in this film. So, hurry up and go watch it.

Book your tickets from here.

Netflix announces live action Cowboy Bebop

The all-time popular anime Cowboy Bebop gets a go from Netflix. Apparently, Netflix has announced that this will be a 10 episode series, with Christopher Yost being the writer of the first episode. This has been at the works since 2017.

Here’s the tweet that announced it.  Suffice to say, we’re all pretty hyped. Cowboy Bebop is one of the greatest Anime’s ever made, and our entire team agrees.

Cowboy Bebop tells the Jazzy story of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, and Radical Ed. They are a crew of bounty hunters IN SPACE. Who are on the run from their depressing past. The original anime came out back in 1998 directed by Shinichiro Watanabe. Now that Netflix has given a go on this classic anime, we don’t know what to expect. Netflix has given us a lot of good stuff like Daredevil, Jessica Jones. Even on the anime series side, Bleach was really good too. But now, comes the bad ones like the Fullmetal Alchemist, Deathnote, Mob psycho 100. Regardless some are still clinging on to hope as the Sci-Fi series Altered Carbon delivered.

Cowboy Bebop has always been a fan favorite of all ages. From Suspense, Jazz, Action, this anime had it all perfect harmony. Which makes it an all-time binge-worthy show. The only thing we can now do is hope that Netflix blows our minds away with the series and get the characters, the story and the jazz right.

Why everyone should watch anime

Remember when you were a kid and you used to wait for Pokemon and Digimon to come up on Toonami? You didn’t know back then, but these were “anime” and not cartoons. The basic difference? Cartoons usually do not have a story stream, while animes do. Each anime is based on a distinct plot, where you can find everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. But these are weeb materials, right? Cool people don’t watch animes, right?

Well, let me give you a few reasons why one should watch anime. You can decide for yourself whether animes are cool or not.

1. Curiosity

Don’t you want to know what the hype is all about? Does it not confuse you why so many people all over the world wept with nostalgia and sadness when Naruto came to an end? Do you really not want to know why people get hooked to these hand drawn pictures? If you are the human version of a cat, then let your curiosity get the best of you. It will NOT kill you, and you will get introduced to a world so vast, so endless that you will wish you could just stay there.

2. There’s something for everyone.

It doesn’t matter if you like horror, rom-coms, fantasy, sci-fi, comedy, tragedy- any genre you can name will have at least one masterpiece in it. You like short series that consumes less time? We’ve got you covered. You like to commit yourself to a show for years? We’ve got you covered on that too. You would like things to get a little heated along the way? We definitely have you covered. It’s simply impossible to not find what you’re looking for in the anime universe. If you’re still having trouble, ask me or anyone else.

3. The music.

If you have the ability to enjoy music despite not knowing the language, then you will definitely like the anime themes. I do not know Japanese at all, and I can sing the opening theme of “Your lie in April” without missing a single word. Just imagine how catchy a song has to be to get people to relate to it on that level. And it’s not just the upbeat, catchy music that grabs your heart. Try listening to “one more time, one more chance” from 5 centimetres per second. Turn the subtitle on, and if it doesn’t tug on your heartstrings, then you are made of stone, my friend.

4. Because of unadulterated entertainment.

It’s often hard to get into a few branches of art because you simply do not understand what the artist is trying to express. You don’t have to suffer through that in anime. Most animes are pretty straightforward, with predictable storylines and a few twists here and there. There are animes that require a higher level of concentration and thinking, just don’t start with those if you’re not up for it. You can start with a lighthearted series like “Barakamon” or “Usagi Drop” and slowly move onto “Steins Gate” and “Mirai Nikki”.

5. And it will leave you awed. Every time.

Starting from harmless magic to people killing each other for game points- each anime has a distinct flavor. Once you get into it, you will find masterpieces that nobody talks about. Tatami galaxy- for example. This beautifully sarcastic, slightly confusing, funny and agitating anime is not very well known. But once you get the hang of it, you will understand just how brilliant the entire work is.

I understand that there are many sub-par animes and it’s not always lucrative because everything is hand drawn. But once you get past that prejudice, you will see that art should have no distinct form of expression, and anime is just one of many. It has also been doing its job brilliantly.
So go ahead, my friend. Pick a series and start watching it. A world full of surprises is waiting for you.

20 years of Cowboy Bebop (and four classic anime you HAVE to watch)

The real folk blues
Honto no kanashimi ga shiritaidake
Doro no kawa ni sukatta jinsei mo warukuwanai
Ichido kiri de owarunara

No, I’m not crazy. Not yet anyway. Why this song all of a sudden?  4th April marks the 20th anniversary of the all-time classic anime Cowboy Bebop being aired. If you like anime even the slightest then you have most definitely heard of Cowboy Bebop.

Written by Yutaka Nanten and Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, Cowboy Bebop tells the story of Spike Spiegel, a 27 year old bounty hunter from Mars, Jet Black, the father figure of the whole crew who used to be a cop for the ISSP (Intra Solar System Police), Jet, who lost his arm after being betrayed by his partner, ED aka Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivursky, a 13 year old hacker, and  Feye Valentine, a 23 year old that in reality is a 77 year old. They all go around in a spaceship called Bebop and call themselves Cowboy, hence the name Cowboy Bebop.

Now who wouldn’t like a bunch of space bounty hunters going on adventures risking their lives for money, with twisted background and jazz? Lots and lots of jazz. Being an anime from 90s, this was surely way ahead of its time. Within 26 episodes you’ll laugh, cry, get angry, cry a lot maybe fall into depression for a week or so. I mean I did. No simple anime can make a person go through all of these emotions in this short an amount of time.

In appreciation of this cult classic, let’s take a look at some more masterpieces of Japanese anime from the 90s.

GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka)

GTO to me is the epitome of comedy. This 43 episode long anime will make your jaws hurt for weeks from laughing. GTO tells us the story of Ekichi Onizuka, a bosozoku (biker gang) leader who wants to become the world’s greatest teacher and meet sexy high school girls *insert awkward emoji*. During this high school escapade of his, he ends up giving some serious life advice to the audience. This anime sends a strong message of how difficult life can be yet those difficulties can be overcome. That too in the most comedic way possible.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu_X_PIkdMU

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Seriously, what the heck is this anime? Sex, alcohol, teenage depression, depravity, giant robots, twisted concepts, biblical events. This anime mostly revolves around a depressed, low self esteem teenage boy named Shinji Ikari who is forced to pilot a giant robot by his ignorant father to fight angels. The referencing element of this anime is beyond words, each and every episode is dark and twisted. There is nothing light about it. Neon Genesis Evangelion also has 3 movies that gives us more in-depth knowledge of the anime and these are not to be skipped.

Ghost in the Shell

GITS is that anime every kid has at least heard of. GITS is a story set in a post-cyberpunk timeline where Major Makoto Kusanagi is a cyborg, and the first of her kind. She leads a police task force which fights cyber criminals, political unrest and corruption. The anime portrays the philosophical connotations behind cyborgs and hackers, as well as deep questions about the role technology plays in the daily lives of the characters. The philosophical undercurrents run so deep it inspired the Wachowski brothers to make the Matrix. GITS is a bit long, with 5 films and 3 animated series. This is yet another anime way ahead of its time.

Initial D

If you love Japan and JDM cars racing each other on the mountain sides then you’ll love this one. The story is about a teenage driver named Takumi Fujiwara, who learns how to drive like a professional racer while driving up and down Mount Akagi every night, delivering tofu for his father in a Toyota AE86 Sprinter Trueno. The car became so iconic it drove up prices of the heaps of junk in real life and inspired an entire generation of car enthusiasts to try doing handbrake turns. It also got a lot of kids into watching other anime that were not about cars or racing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D4x6-8PIq4

What did we miss? Think a particular anime should have been included in this list? Let us know!