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As I stared into the face of my adversaries and thought all about the pain they inflicted on me and how I wanted my revenge on all of them. Although, I did get my revenge on them at the warehouse 6 reviews ago but now, they are really pissed about that day and now wants to take it out on not only me, but everyone who happens to be associated with me but still, do I deserve what’s coming to me and pay the price for what I’ve done or should I protect these people who I hardly know (in this story, not in real life) and fight to protect? Yeah, I chose the latter and guess what? This time, I won’t go easy on them and there will be bloodshed and most of it will be from them.
All of us, armed with katanas, machine guns, shotguns, gun knives, chain swords, flash bombs, grenades, handguns, the Blue Leaf, and last but not least, our own strength and wits. That list of weaponry may seem like overkill but baby, it’s time to get to killing. So who fire the first shot? Well, you’re going to have to wait for that until the review part of this is finished. The last Madhouse thing to review is MILLENNIUM ACTRESS.
From late anime filmmaker Satoshi Kon, (director of Paprika, Perfect Blue & Tokyo Godfathers) this is a story which may seem very normal and simple for unsuspecting eyes but from what I heard from people who loved his work and often reviewed it is that he has proven to have some phenomenal storytelling that can transform something so simple into a masterpiece of anime and so far, I have only seen Paprika and I was surprised that Chris Nolan was inspired by that movie to make Inception and yes, my rating for Paprika would be a First Class but right now, let’s focus more into this anime.
When Studio Gin'ei commissions filmmaker Gen'ya Tachibana to make a documentary in commemoration of its 70th anniversary, he travels to a secluded mountain lodge to interview the idol of his youth, the enigmatic Chiyoko Fujiwara, who was the studio's leading lady from the 1930s until the 1960s. As Chiyoko reminisces about her life, Tachibana and his cameraman suddenly find themselves on a rich and dazzling journey through time. Chiyoko's films and personal memories intertwine with present events and stretch the boundaries of reality.
Now what is actually unique about this story is that when Chiyoko tells the stories of her past, it isn’t just some flashback with none of the other characters involved and then they jump right back to the location, they are sucked into the stories like if they were actually there and actually experiencing the events she went through in her various movie roles and most of her personal ventures. It makes all the transitions in the movie cutting to the next scene of either from the train to the battlefield of Feudal Japan looking very well done and I’m impressed.
What I thought was kind of too farfetched was the plotline where Chiyoko’s love and devotion to an man that she’d only met once and spent most of her life trying to find him and while at first, it sounds somewhat sweet although foolish at some parts but it has made Chiyoko for she is and if it weren’t for that, she would’ve stay where she was and do whatever her stern mother would’ve wanted her to do.
Most of the character backstory we get from here is either Chiyoko or Gen’ya, the filmmaker who looks up Chiyoko as an idol of his youth and he doesn’t come out as an obsessed crazed fanboy, but actually has worked alongside with her in the studio but keep it low key and that did made him a better character throughout the end. The same can be said for Chiyoko. They are flawed characters but with the ongoing character development they get only in 90 minutes, which is completely acceptable and keeps it on a normal pace, it is perfectly fine.
The animation does show its age since the release of it in 2001 but it did aged well and doesn’t look too different from the current releases, maybe a little but it holds up good for what it is and some of the photo-realistic backgrounds do fit with the animation. The music I never did notice too much in the movie but like the animation, the music fits with the situations and the turmoil of the events in the movie.
FINAL VERDICT: I’m just going to say it. This is a great movie on the basis of storytelling and imagination. I can see why most people would love this movie and it is all of those things that I mentioned. It doesn’t get that confusing for some people and I didn’t get too brain-frazzled by it but I would recommended if you are both either an anime and/or a film fan.
So, Millennium Actress gets their rating of:
Planet Tyro rating: FIRST CLASS
So who fired the first shot? Well, Ani did with her knife gun and this is part where SHIT GETS REAL!!!!
Everybody was shooting all around the places, bullet holes are showing up more than Swiss cheese and there is more bloodshed here than in a Quentin Tarantino film and that’s saying a lot. So far, Lucky sliced a few guards with the chain swords; Neon got his revenge by stomping on the guard’s head and making it bloody but not too bloody; Nu just went into Berserker mode and snap every guards’ neck off; Don, Paradox & Discord manned the many guns they acquire and stole from the room and Discord had some payback by shooting the guy in the ass and Paradox really went mad. Jon & Jumper held their ground and straight threw a guy up in the air and slammed him on the ground and The Hybrid just did his thing and aimed for them. He took one out with a shotgun blast to the knee (not an arrow!!) and another one by stabbing him in the gut and the intestines just bleed out and it’s pretty gory and now the last remaining Anime God and he is so determined to bring him down and as he took the Blue Leaf to finish him off, The Anime God grab him by the leg, swing him and throw him directly at Jon and then Jon launched me back at the guy and surprise, he caught him again and threw me at Neon and it happened again and again and then I was beginning to be sick.
As the remaining God proven to be invincible and started to grab The Hybrid again and give the finishing move, a gunshot was heard out of nowhere and as it turns out it was directly at the God but it didn’t affected him that much and as he finds out Ani was the one that shot him but unfortunately, he won’t hold back because of a woman and grab Ani by the neck, choking the life out of her, and as hope seems to be only a sliver, the end of a sword came from the God’s back and Hybrid was the one to stab him, only to have the God stabbing him, too, but not that far into any vital organs. But he is, in fact, losing blood from his wounds and starting to lose any consciousness. He won the war but at what cause? Well, he made some new friends and hopefully allies for the future of his next endeavors of anime reviewing…..only he is doing it by the orders of himself. For now on, he is his own boss.
And until then (for the first time since this had started), I’m MAK2.0 aka HybridMedia, bringing all the crazy motherfuckers in one madhouse and I’m going on a little review break until May. I’ll still be checking around Spill every now and then.
(Also I would like to thank all the members of Planet Tyro/Spill for letting me use their characters in my little storyline plot. I really appreciate the support, guys. If you want me to use you again, just message me on Spill, or chat with me on Skype, either by text or audio chat – find or add me under MAK2.0 (HybridMedia)- and you’ll find me.)
MILLENNIUM ACTRESS – courtesy of Madhouse/The Klockworx Ltd. (U.S. Distribtion by GO FISH Pictures)
Also in case somebody ask, all of the characters (i.e., members of Planet Tyro that I added) did not die.
First off that story was sum good shit, made your posts more interesting than they already were...major props.
As for dying i dont give a &*^% kill us man...death makes a good story...i can't speak for anyone elese but i would be interested to see what and how some tyros would meet their end (myself included)...shite i should make it a rule you join planet tyro we have creative rights on your name...lol just playin.... Do your thang!
As for Millennium Actress, i had to watch it twice since the first time i fell asleep (due to work) and i woke up in the middle which was very confusing. The second time i watched it i really enjoyed this movie but still got a little lost in it for some reason but the story was good, loved the animation and i can't believe this was done in 2001..meh
I would give it a High Solid B
Well, I'm not gonna rule out death (even on the group members) in the stories yet to come. After all, this is just the beginning of another journey.
I did enjoy that Mak...good job....x
@Discord - I'm overjoyed!!!!!
@NeonKazma - Imagine if it was animated. It would have been more epic....if I added any dialogue.
@Nuansay & Animeniac - Well, you're welcome for the compliments, ladies.