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Mayuri Judgement isn't a bad movie, per say, so much as it is dissapointing. The majority of the plot itself is 'let's have him date all the girls...again', reducing the majority of it to an OVA. Aside from yet another Kurumi ex Machina, it suddenly turns into Bleach: Memories of Nobody towards the end, adding another new character which we're supposed to care about, but has no real development or time to grow. The music and art is good, as always, the concert song near the start being a treat. The design of the 'new' character that I mentioned above, as well as her cohart, are decent, the latter almost being Evangelion-esque. All in all, it's rather 'Meh' for a movie.
The movie captures some of the better highlights of the Date a Live anime and sticks it into 70 mins of content. The start is a bit questionable but brings us to what the anime capitalizes on, dates! All 6 spirits are present and most of the cast makes an appearance in some form or another. The dates are funny, cute, charming, and represent each spirit's personality well. These dates take up about 80% of the movie. The other aspect that comes to mind with Date a Live is combat which makes up most of the remainder in what is some pretty epic, but short action. The 2 large flaws with the movie is in the neglect for one of the more popular characters in the anime world due to her unique colors/looks/ability, yep it is Kurumi. She gets only a few words in and phase shifts in and out a few times. This is quite dissapointing and neglects the fans by at best teasing them with what is arguebly the most iconic character to Date a Live The other character we don't see much involvement of past also phase shifting is Mayuri, who the movie was named after. Since it is a new character there isn't any connection to her not having much presence, but becomes problematic when the movie is named after her. Overall a pretty epic feeling movie that didn't stray away from the anime, concept wise, and incorporated most, but not all (looking at your lack of presence, Kurumi) of its best aspects. It felt a bit rushed though on the dates and combat. Also, it is sad to think that this is most likely we will see from Date a Live in anime form :< , it could do so much more
I recently watched Date a Live: Mayuri Judgement and I thought I would write a review about it. Without further ado let's get started! • Minor Spoilers • Date a Live has to be one of my favorite anime, and my first ever ecchi anime. And of course, once I learned it had a movie I rushed to watch it, and I'll have to say that I wasn't disappointed. ~ Story & Plot ~ In my opinion the story was...okay. It wasn't the best story that ever existed, but it was neither the worst thing story ever created in the anime industry. It was on the average side. The story was pretty simple, and I like it for that. Personally, I would have to say the ending was a total letdown, I feel as though they could've done so much more with it. If it wasn't for the ending, and some parts I disliked I would give it a 10, but I feel as though it deserved a 7. ~ Animation and Art ~ Like the previous series/prequels, the art and animation was superb. The animation was incredible in my opinion, and it fit the anime like all anime should. The art was amazing, but I am not a fan of super sparkly art, so this in my opinion deserved an 8. ~ Sound and Music ~ I guess the music was okay. It wasn't really memorable, since most of the time I couldn't hear it, but I really loved the music that played during Yoshino's date. Sound, as in voice actors and actresses was great, since I like all the seiyuus involved. Each seiyuu's voice fit their character every time. I'll give sound and music an 8. ~ Characters ~ I loved all the characters! Each character was memorable, and unique. While, at first glance the characters are just simple character types ( For example, Tohka - Main Girl, Yoshino - Cute Loli, Kotori - Imouto, etc ), but once you look past that they are more then just simple stereotypes. But, Mayuri could have had a lot more character development, but despite that all the characters and character development were great! I think I'll have give “ characters ” a 9. ~ Overall ~ Overall, in my opinion, Date a Live: Mayuri Judgement was a good anime.... err movie! I enjoyed it to the end! I wish it could've have been longer though. Everything came together in the end, and made the movie complete ( well, except the ending xD ). I feel as though Date a Live: Mayuri Judgement deserves an 8! ••••• Thanks for reading my review! I hope it helps you if you are deciding to watch Date a Live: Mayuri Judgement! Feel free to tell me what you think in the comments, and since this is my first review feel free to critique! •••••