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The Anime Film Plot
If you’re a regular anime watcher, or have seen a couple of anime series, then you’ll probably have come across a feature-lenght anime film. Important to note is that I’m specifically talking about films based on already established series, instead of stand-alone movies like Akira, Ninja Scroll, Perfect Blue and others.
Many popular anime series such as Naruto, Dragon Ball, Pokémon, Digimon and One Piece have over the years built such a financial success that production companies are able to invest in films dealing with, in most cases, sidestories insular to the main plot, but with a much more complex and detailed animation process, which really shows. The animation level in these movies is simply incredible and full with mind-warping sequences and gorgeous backgrounds.
However, I’ve found that, to my own arbitrary sensibilities, the screenplay doesn’t always match the genius animation these movies have. Stories tend to feel like regular episodes flattened and spread out like dough. Sure, the cake comes out beautiful, but there’s something missing in the flavor.
Do you agree with this? Why do you think this happens? Do you got any examples of a tightly written anime movie based on a series?