So I went to see the Space Battleship Yamato movie at the International Film Festival in Wellington tonight, being the weaboo I am.
One thing I noted was that the majority of the audience was middle aged white people. I was expecting a more of a weaboo crowd. But I assumed these people just had 10-day passes for the festival, and were just going to whatever the fuck movies they could, regardless of whether the movie would really click with them.
It was your typical movie really. It really felt like the recent Star Trek movie, both kinda in story and visual effects. Not to mention the feeling that I was watching a Mecha anime, the most recent of those being Macross Frontier, what with the main cast being in a ship that’s under attack with the crew shouting out what’s damaged and status reports and such. There are so many anime like that, but there aren’t many actual live action movies from Japan like that.
So the movie starts with Earth Forces(They’re all comprised of Japanese people. I dunno. Maybe all that’s left are Japanese people) attacking the bad guys ‘in the Mars area’. Their most powerful attacks are useless, and the main ship is urged to retreat while the others act as meat shields. But on one of those ships is a certain brother. Thus, enter the main character, the brother to a captain on one of those meatshield ships. He’s…pretty typical as main characters go. He’s a pretty boy, he’s a rebel, a hot shot, and he has a problem with the captain of the last remaining ship due to the fact that his brother died. To add to that back story, his parents also died. So he has all that stuff going on. He collects scrap metal with his handy….R2-D2 thing. PROBABLY should’ve mentioned that the Earth is pretty much radioactive wasteland. Blame the bad guys. So collecting scrap metal is pretty damn dangerous. Also, he punches drug addicts for pretty much no reason.
One day on a scrap metal hunt, something falls from the sky. Turns out it’s this message from a far away planet promising a device to erase the radiation on Earth. It also knocks main character-kun out. Miltary peoples find him, and then he gives the captain, the same one who let his brother die, some guff, before getting knocked out by a girl.
So they announce a plan to go to the far away place and accept volunteers on the SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO. Main character-kun volunteers as he was a former squadron leader, and crazy stuff ensues with the girl who punched him out, who turns out is pissed at him for wussing out of the army when she really admired him, she’s hardcore tsundere, and with the captain and other crew members who all know the main character.
They start warping around and killing the bad guys and the main character being a rebel and playing by his own rules while putting the entire ship at danger, because he’s a rebel like that. Then the captain succumbs to his…cancer/illness/whatever the hell he has, they don’t actually explain it, and becomes bedridden and main character-kun becomes the acting captian. He is immediately put to the test by a bad guy attack, which initally is fended off until a stealth suicide bomber latches onto a part of the ship. He has to make the choice to shoot off that part of the ship with the crew members inside, or make up some miraclous escape plan. Lol jk, he kills them.
This scene just seemed off to me. Sure he hated having people die, and as a new captain he needed to be tested, but it was pretty much straight after he was made acting captain. A scene or two between that would’ve been better….
Then they’re all sad and junk, and the tsundere chick from before puts out with main character-kun, because for some reason she feels like boning the guy that made her kill around a half dozen of her own crew mates. They continue on to the crazy Engrish place but wait…
NOTE, IT’S PRETTY MUCH GONNA BE SPOILERS FROM HERE ON IN.
So this place is pretty much the bad guys home planet, and they get whomped the moment they warp there. They kinda escape, and devise a plan to get to the co-ordinates that were in the message that was sent to Earth. But wham, it turns out the Captain made up a lot of shit. Regardless, they still go through with the plan, many people die needlessly, and they reach the Iskandar which is just some crystal that possesses the tsundere girl and tells them that the Iskandar and Gamilas bad guys had a split when the Gamilas bad guys wanted to waste Earth in order to move their population there as their own planet was becoming ruined. So the Iskandar promises to go with them to restore Earth, they destroy the Gamila power source, more people needlessly die, and they make it back to Earth.
BUT, then the Gamilas is like ‘Naw, you may have won this round, but I’m destroying the Earth with a massive nuclear explosion. Take that’ and disappears. Faced with a disaster, main character-kun gets everyone off the ship and charges straight into the Gamila asteroid thing with teh Wave Gun for a happy ending. Yay.
So yeah, there were a lot of old people. So they probably wouldn’t have gotten the many tropes of Japanese shit. Many laughed at things that are just regular happenings. Like random stares. And the one scene that was really dramatic than anything else. Showed these old peoples maturity. Although I thought I was in the wrong cinema until it actually started.
Another thing that reminded me of Macross Frontier was the bad guys. They were pretty much a hive mind thing, that studied the humans weaponry and gained imperviousness after each attack. Just like the Frontier bad guys.
The CGI was pretty good, and I usually don’t like CGI movies usually.
So summing up, it was pretty good, but it was your usual sci-fi special effects movie, expect to see many tropes.
Okay, now the Gantz thing. When I went to the Paramount to see Space Battleship Yamato, I see on the schedule that numerous showings of the two Gantz movies are sold out, and more showings have been arranged. THE FUCK. Hardly any other movies were sold out, and two of the few that were had to be the Gantz movies. Okay, I haven’t seen them, but usually live-action adaptions suck, and I’ve heard it sucks, even more than the anime. Regardless, I won’t be able to tell, as I’m not free for any of the unsold-out showings. But HELL. Everyone in Wellington must be live-action Gantz fags.
I’m probably missing something here. Someone explain.
Oh well. Next up is Submarine on Thursday which I’m going to see with my brother. Arctic Monkeys and Richard Ayoade yay!