Rockman.EXE: Hikari to Yami no Program

Alt titles: Gekijouban Rockman.EXE - Hikari to Yami no Program, Theater Edition Rockman.EXE

Movie (1 ep x 48 min)
2005
3.705 out of 5 from 285 votes
Rank #2,503
Rockman.EXE: Hikari to Yami no Program

The Dematerialization Phenomenon, in which the real world becomes digital, has become a problem and must be resolved immediately. After hearing of this incident, Netto and Rockman left off after their father and Network Researcher, Yuuichirou. He also had found news of an invasion in the computer of the Trinity Brain trust company: 'The Earth itself will understand the way things stand in the cyber world'. In order to destroy the program causing the incident, Netto and Rockman have to go deep underground. But old enemies await them there, as well as new ones. As they fought each other, the vicious cyber-life, Nebula Grey, awakens. The Dematerialization Phenomenon will not be stopped unless Nebula Grey is defeated.

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Ebonyslayer
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Ah yes, the one and only anime movie to the Megaman Battle Network anime. Although to be honest, it feels more like an extended episode from the anime. Although I have nostagia for the anime and have seen the movie before, I'll try to be as honest as I can about the movie. Story- The story focuses on the Megaman villains Regal and Nebula Grey as he attempts to resurrects him from the computer data he was turned into and to destroy the world using Nebula Grey. Pretty basic plot for the most part, but if you haven't seen the Rockman anime up to the part with Stream, you're going to feel pretty unfamiliar with the characters. Animation- Pretty good for the most part, but it shines the most during the fight scenes, such as the fight between Colonel and Bass. Sound- The OSTs for the anime are pretty much used like the ones in the anime, which are for the most part pretty decent. The attack sound effects are okay too. Characters- All the characters are pretty much the same from the anime, all with their set roles in the movie. The villain appears, they go to fight him, the end. The characters don't get a lot of development in the movie, but the anime is a different story. Its a shame Dex, Mai, and Mayl didn't get to do much in the film's storyline. Seeing Megaman perform Bass double Soul was so badass! Overall-  Looking back on the anime series and the film in general, I don't think studio Xebec did as well as a good faithful adaption of the video game to anime adaption of the Megaman Battle Network series. Especially if there is a comparison done between how different the games differ from the anime. I don't even think that vital details about the connection between Regal, Baryl, and Dr. Willy ever make it into the anime. The best story viewing experience for the Megaman Battle Network series has to be the games. The movie is okay but it'll never beat the games' storyline.    

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