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Anime movies I personally don't mind them but sometimes I think they're too long for they're own good, like "The Cowboy Bebop movie": I was excited about the movie and was enjoying it but towards third act I was like Tom Servo just yelling "END!!! END!!! Another one was "Harmony" a good 2 hour movie but can't say what happened "I feel asleep during the middle of the film". Now there are some good Anime movies like "Akira" (duh), "Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade", and "Roujin Z" (dont forget "Perfect Blue") oh right sorry but others are well... Remember "The Iron Fortress" film that was release a while back in theaters? Well I was really into it but couldn't see it (family reasons) but found out that the film was three hours long and was the summary of the first season the show! I'm kinda glad I missed that (lol). I could keep going on about this, the "Trigun" movie was good, that one Gintama movie was bad (it was a summary movie and I watched the dubbed version which horribly done I mean wrong voice choices for the characters and it was like they phoned it in) but yeah what about everyone else? love them, hate them, or "eh they're fine"?
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I feel like original anime movies are probably worth my time. However the only anime movies ive seen are FMA Conqueror of Shamballa, Heavens Lost property angeloid of clockwork, Colorful, and Ghost in the Shell

Ghost was the only really worthwhile one
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Well... I can't really say whether I love or hate them, since I like and dislike some. I do agree with the Cowboy Bebop movie being a bit slow at times, I thought it was okay. And Akira is a fun movie to watch. The only movies that I can remember I disliked were some of the new Ghost in the Shell films/episodes, DBZ Bio-Broly, Kiki's Delivery Service etc... But then there's movies that I can watch over and over again. Like, Garden of Words, The Wind Rises, When Marnie Was There, Paprika, Perfect Blue, From Up on Poppy Hill etc... I think it's just like live action films, in the sense that there is and will be movies that you like and not like so much.
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Most original movies on existing anime (Bleach, Naruto, etc) are pretty much just filler, though of a bit higher quality than you would expect, but not deviating too much from the source's overall quality) Some are just more theatrical recaps, though I feel the length of a full length series is much better for all the small details and scenes you would not get in 2 hours.

Original materials and adaptations run the gamut, but I feel some are quite good.

That being said, I felt Graveyard of the Fireflies does not deserve the praise, where it is often misplaced on the rather conspicuous flaws.
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Ohmygod.. you didn't like the Cowboy Bebop Movie?!? Knockin' On Heaven's Door! I've never once heard anyone say that. That's what it was called btw before Clapton's agents complained... that movie is epic. Seriously one of my favorite anime movies of all time. If not THE favorite. It's so fun to watch, especially the first half. And how can you not love that bridge chase with the Swordfish? And the music. The music!!!! It's great stuff.
But you can always watch it again. Like all of Bebop I've watched it at least 10 times. It's more fun each time, not less, and after you become familiar with the events, the brilliance of the writing shines through.

Jin-Roh was one I had a bit of a hard time with. Great movie, but like a lot of Kenji Kamiyama's writing it was deeply political and perhaps a bit too dense in that area especially since it's inspired by obscure events in Japanese politics most of us wouldn't know about (he did the same thing with GITS SAC). Edit: I did not like the ending at all and found it overdramatic.. I felt utterly drained emotionally after watching it. Akira I only saw once, probably a dozen years ago. All I recall from it was the MC's friend yelling "Tetsuo!" like a thousand times; and that awesome traditional animation morphing into bizarre blobs of insanity.

Three more amazing films would be the Berserk Golden Age Arc. At least two of them are outstanding anime movies in their own right. The third was excellent up to a third of the way through, before transforming into an hour of needless gore; hateful, violent, psychotic madness that I never want to see again.
I also recall The Pilot's Lovesong. The TV anime was utter trash (what I watched of it at least) but the movie was just right and I felt that the story worked perfectly into the hour+ format and didn't need to be episodic.
I started watching Fate/Grand Order and it didn't appeal to me at all, seemed like a stupid high school anime with dumb pre-teen angst. Even though I'm somewhat a fan of the Fate franchise. Anime movies are just like the Hollywood kind, some are good, some are garbage, and some should never have been made. It's just what appeals to you.
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Asking whether someone likes anime movies is like asking whether someone likes dinner food.

Well, there is food I like and food I don't like, and whether it's dinner isn't really relevant.
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Ohmygod.. you didn't like the Cowboy Bebop Movie?!? Knockin' On Heaven's Door! I've never once heard anyone say that. That's what it was called btw before Clapton's agents complained... that movie is epic. Seriously one of my favorite anime movies of all time. If not THE favorite. It's so fun to watch, especially the first half. And how can you not love that bridge chase with the Swordfish? And the music. The music!!!! It's great stuff.
But you can always watch it again. Like all of Bebop I've watched it at least 10 times. It's more fun each time, not less, and after you become familiar with the events, the brilliance of the writing shines through.


Now I never said I didn't like it it was just... too long, some of the action/fight scenes were awesome (like you said the swordfish chase scene) and the new characters were great but the pacing was slow and some scenes dragged far too long IDK maybe I should to take another look at the film again.
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I'm not a fan of anime movies within a series, like the Naruto movies for a quick example.

However, the standalone ones I've seen have usually been pretty good.

I haven't seen many Ghibli films because I was disappointed in Spirited Away, but I love Makoto Shinkai stuff, Satoshi Kon stuff, and I just watched Koe no Katachi the other day and loved it.
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I love them. I saw the first six DBZ films before I saw the series and felt the series never measured up.
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I tend to like them! The ones I've watched (the Madoka Magica movies, Ghost in The Shell, a couple of the Studio Ghilbi movies, etc.) are pretty good.
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Depends on the kind of series. If it is a series that is based on a manga and is still ongoing, I don't really care for movies. Like I don't care about One Piece movies as they don't further the story.

Any other kind of series, or an episodic series, I might find a movie enjoyable.
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Like others have said - it depends. I loved the SAO movie - but it was an original canon story for the movie. And there are a lot of stand-alone (not from an anime series) movies that I like, such as Shinkai's movies. But the recap movies I've seen have just been dull since they didn't add anything new. I don't care for those. (I'm looking at you first Chuu-2 movie. Even though it had a couple of new scenes, it didn't really add anything and I love that series.) The first two Madoka movies were just recaps and boring since I had already seen the series, but I loved Rebellion. One exception is the first Kyoukai no kanata movie because it was cut to show the timeline completely differently from the series, even though it was still technically a recap movie. The second movie, with all new material was fantastic.

Soooo... all that to say I like the concept of there being anime movies as long as it's not just a recap.

Posted 5/27/17 , edited 5/27/17
I tend to like movies that are from an anime series.

For the movies that aren't, I haven't seen many but I find myself enjoying the romance ones more than any other genres.
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Watch" Your Name".....
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:

That being said, I felt Graveyard of the Fireflies does not deserve the praise, where it is often misplaced on the rather conspicuous flaws.


While Grave of the Fireflies is a flawed movie, it's ending probably hit me harder than any other movie. It's just so empty. It just ends, and then the credits creep in and there is no resolution to cling to. I wept like a baby for a solid thirty minutes. I didn't think I would either, but the ending crept up on me.

I think it deserves a lot of praise for being able to pull that kind of story off, and honestly, I feel like most of the "faults" were in service to the overall feel of the movie...
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