2022 Film Ranking
by Rakka • Tags: anime film lists
Will be updated throughout the year.
Everything Everywhere All at Once
There’s not really much I can say here other than watch it. As befitting its title, Everything manages to be…well, everything. It’s a hilarious action flick and yet a tender family drama. It’s full of zany sci-fi/supernatural plots but also down to earth and relatable. There’s really nothing to say here other than go watch it, right now.
Looking for Magical DoReMi (「魔女見習いをさがして」 Majo Minarai o Sagashite)
I enjoyed this film far more than I expected to. Yes, is a tie-in to an old magical girl series, Magical DoReMi, that I never saw and probably still have no intention of seeing, and you’ll probably enjoy this film more if you were a fan of the original series, and I’m sure there’s references that went completely over my head. But I don’t think you need to be a fan to have a good time with this film.
Magical DoReMi actually takes quite a clever direction: instead of continuing or rebooting the original series, it follows three grown-up fans of the series who happen to meet and bond through their shared love of the show. With that, it manages to be both your typical friendship-and-growing-up story, the same one you could write about a group of kids or teens, and yet also a story of adults facing new challenges by drawing courage from their friends and the shows they like. Whether it’s dealing with bad boyfriends or finding the nerve to confess, deciding what to do for university or a job or speaking up at the workplace, Magical DoReMi manages to take a hackneyed plot concept and freshen it by applying it to a cast we rarely see in anime.
It’s also nice to see this film essentially showing how not to be a toxic fan; these adults still like the show and find meaning in it, but don’t gatekeep it, judge others for liking it, or obsess over it.
Shoujo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Movie (「劇場版 少女☆歌劇 レヴュースタァライト」 Gekijouban Shoujo☆Kageki Revue Starlight)
I watched this without subtitles, so this is an incomplete review. Nevertheless: as with the main series, I didn’t (and couldn’t) really follow the plot, but the revues get taken up a notch here, with Maya/Claudine having the best fight (animation, choreography) and Futaba/Kaoruko having the best song (but a disappointing fight).