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Sakura Wars: The Movie

Chisa Yokoyama , Michie Tomizawa , Mitsuru Hongo    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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The feature adaptation of this long-running continuity has been pumped up with redesigned characters, computer-generated mecha, jazzy special effects, and flashy tracking shots. Unfortunately, all this visual razzle-dazzle doesn't add up to much. Director Mitsurou Hongo doesn't bother to introduce the characters or the set-up, and Ojhi Hiroi's story has a jingoistic edge. Brent Furlong, the head of the American Douglas-Stewart company, plots to replace the Operetta Troupe Flower Division with his unmanned mecha Japhkiels. His real objective is the conquest of Japan, but he underestimates the young women of the Flower Division, who defeat his mecha and demons. The flat, drawn characters and the 3-D CG mechanical devices look like they're taken from two different films, and the leaden pacing makes the film feel much longer than 85 minutes. The TV series is less flashy but more entertaining. (Unrated: suitable for ages 12 and older: considerable violence) --Charles Solomon

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The Imperial Fighting Troupe is called again to defend Tokyo against the demons. However, this time, the Douglas-Stewart Company is selling a new type of Fighting mecha that will revolutionize Japan's defense. A superior fighting machine that will make the Flower Division obsolete. However, the girls suspect something when members of their team begin to vanish. But what can they do when their division has been placed on indefinite stand-by status? Comes with Reversible DVD Cover. Features English 5.1 Dolby Digital & Dolby Surround, Japanese 5.1 Dolby Digital & Dolby Surround, and Anamorphic Video

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4.0 out of 5 stars Sakura Wars: The Movie May 4 2004
Format:DVD
From the acclaimed television and OVA series comes the full length movie of Sakura Wars. The animation is much better in this movie and when you watch the Oobu being loaded on the transporter bullet engine you are in for a wild treat.
Some characters may appear to be flately drawn but this is a more somber and darker movie.
If not familier with the characters do not get this first but buy the TV series then the OVA series followed by this movie. It is then that you will understand the characters. I would have given it a 5 star, but the extended CGI loading and launching of the bullet engine was a bit distracting from the story line.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tv series is alot better Dec 9 2003
By Mami
Format:DVD
I didn't really like this movie. The dubbing on it was not really good. The tv series dubbing is excellent but the dubbing on the movie is terriable to me. This movie was kinda of boring but cool.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A movie for the gamers... Nov. 25 2003
Format:DVD
"Sakura Wars - The Movie" is a creation that builds upon every aspect of the four games which it is based on. For someone who has played these games this movie is a fun experience because all of the characters have already been fleshed out and the parts of the story that the movie doesn't explore have already been explained. It's nice because one doesn't have to listen to a bunch of introductions for characters that they already know, but unfortunately for someone who hasn't played the games this movie must surely seem very disjointed with incredibly shallow characters (and a whole lot of them ^^;). This is a movie for fans, and if you are new to the world of Sakura Taisen this isn't the place to start.
Having played all the games, I have to say I really enjoyed this movie. The animation is a little different from the games (the characters look a bit smaller-eyed), but is absolutely lovely. You can almost understand why the Ecole De Paris OVA and the TV series' animation was so mediocre after watching this, because this is expensive high-quality stuff. They must have spent all their money on it ^^; The backgrounds are especially notable, and the Imperial Theater seems to have gotten a revamp. It's very pretty ^_^
As always, the voice acting is top notch. I can't comment on the english dub because I haven't watched it, but the original will bring back every cast member from Sakura right down to the Baragumi. Lachette's actress is also very good, but even though I have heard she is some sort of professional, I can't stand her singing voice. During the "Subete wa Umi e" song performance it's very grating and drowns Sakura's voice out completely.
The story isn't anything special, but it isn't bad. It follows the usual fare...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect but one little Mistakes Oct. 4 2003
By Shan In
Format:DVD
Sakura Wars the Movie is one of the best Anime Movies that I ever has seen ( I hope I can see it in the German cinema once)
this film has all Action fun and beautiful pictures !!!!
No matter you are a Sakura Wars Fan or not Each Anime fan must have seen this film and the Extras on the DVD is wonderful
But there is a mistake in the Limited Edition (not on the DVD)the mistake is on the Mini-Pencil Board Set !!!
On the card over Reni is a Misspellings !! Her Name is RENI NOT LENI
You like Anime ?? Buy it !!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Series is better. Eugh. Sept. 29 2003
By Matic
Format:DVD
If you aren't familiar with the series first, be aware this movie pretty much assumes you already have an emotional investment in the characters and have achieved comfort in the entire somewhat silly idea of tokyo's elite protection forces being an all-girls song and dance troupe.
I AM a fan of the series, yet this movie left me entirely flat. It just isn't very good. Add to this the fact that large portions of the anime are computer animated... Now, I'm a computer animator by profession, and it is well done animation, but I feel that the 3d/CG approach clashes with the fluid grace of cel animation. Certainly the fight scenes were more stiff and less emotional as 3d animation. The sad truth is, it's cheaper to use 3d, but all the toon-shaders in the world don't take away the warmth and expressiveness of hand-drawn anime.
If you are really inclined to get this, check the return policy... Personally I would suggest some of the better titles Amazon carries - look at Haibane Renmei, Neon Genesis Evangellion, Martian Sucessor Nadesico, Please Teacher, Spirited Away, Key the Metal Idol, or Lain...
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