New Anime Brew: Aura Koga Maryuin’s Last War

New Anime Brew: Aura Koga Maryuin’s Last War

Aura_DVD_Case

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Date Released: April 13, 2013 (Japanese)

  • December 8, 2015 (American/Canadian)

Genre: (Serious) Drama & Romance
Age Range: 13+
Runtime: 1 feature, 85 minutes, 55 seconds
Original Creator: Romeo Tanaka
– Other work from Romeo Tanaka:

  • Humanity Has Declined (T.V. Series)

Director: Seiji Kishi
– Other work from Seiji Kishi:

  • Angel Beats! (T.V. Series)
  • Arpeggio of Blue Steel (Series)
  • Assassination Classroom (Series)
  • Galaxy Angel Rune (T.V. Series)
  • Kamisama Dolls (Series)
  • My Bride Is a Mermaid (T.V. Series)
  • Ragnarok The Animation (T.V. Series)
  • Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace (T.V. Series)
  • Astro Fighter Sunred (Series)
  • Yugo the Negotiator (T.V. Series)

Script Written by: Jun Kumagai
– Other work from Jun Kumagai:

  • Aquarion Logos (T.V. Series)
  • Galilei Donna (T.V. Series)

Sound Director: Satoki Iida
– Other Sound Directing from Satoki Iida:

  • Amagami SS (Series)
  • Angel Beats! (T.V. Series)
  • Assassination Classroom (Series)
  • Blood Lad (T.V. Series)
  • Busou Shinki (T.V. Series)
  • Humanity Has Declined (T.V. Series)
  • Magikano (T.V. Series)
  • Mayo Chiki! (T.V. Series)
  • My Bride Is a Mermaid (T.V. Series)
  • Nyan Koi! (T.V. Series)
  • Sakura Trick (T.V. Series)
  • Tentai Senshi Sunred (Series)

Music: Michiru Oshima
– Other musical works from Michiru Oshima:

  • Arc the Lad (T.V. Series)
  • BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad (T.V. Series)
  • Casshan: Robot Hunter Casshern (OAV)
  • Fancy Lala (T.V. Series)
  • Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress (Movie)
  • The Glass Rabbit (Movie)
  • Hal (Movie)
  • Legend of Crystania (Series)
  • Little Witch Academia (Movies)
  • Lord of Lords Ryu Knight (Series)
  • Magic User’s Club (Series)
  • Miracle Girls (T.V. Series)
  • Patema Inverted (Movie)
  • Project Blue Earth SOS (T.V. Series)
  • Queen Emeraldas (OAV)
  • Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers (T.V. Series)
  • Run (Movie)
  • Snow White with the Red Hair (Series)
  • Sound of the Sky (T.V. Series)

Productions: AIC A.S.T.A., Aura Film Partners, Lantis, Marvelous AQL, MOVIC, Pony Canyon, & Sotsu Co., Ltd.

Other Media Chronology:

-Light Novel: Title: Aura: Maryūinkōga Saigo no Tatakai. Written by: Romeo Tanaka. Illustrated by: Mebae. Published by: Shogakukan. Imprint: Gagaga Bunko. 2008. 1 (360 page) volume. Licensed by: No one in the U.S. & CAN

-Manga: Title: Aura: Maryūinkōga Saigo no Tatakai. Written by: Romeo Tanaka. Illustrated by: Kōichirō Hoshino. Published by: Shogakukan. Magazine: Shōnen Sunday Super. 2012. 4 volumes. Licensed by: No one in the U.S. & CAN

Licensed by Sentai Filmworks.

Beginning Story:

Aura The Last War of Koga Maryuin title card subtitled

-Story Insight:

The movie consists of a growing teenage romance, harsh drama primarily focusing on bullying/fitting-in, and some light hearted moments. The comedy is light, but not remember-able.

Aura swordman

A dramatic fantasy scene occurs from the top of a modern city roof. Elements of J-RPG occur as the scene just concern of the two character’s special moves. A head rolls and cuts to the movie’s main feature that’s not about a fantasy adventure at all. Ichirō Satō is starting his freshmen year of High School. His typical day starts well. He makes friends and is relieved that it’s not like his Junior High. Then he bought a casual watch from Kume with his new found friends.

fancy watch

That night, Ichirō is baffled by how half of his class mates are chuunibyou (Dream Warriors). Oh no, Mr. have-a-good-day is having a bad night as left his textbook at school. He returns that night to re-enter the school which he finds that someone else is breaking in as well. He soon discovers who as that who is a she and she’s a girl!!! Ichirō is mesmerized at her costume, role play, and she’s a girl. The two get catch by the security guard. The robed girl launches some smoke orbs and they swift away into a janitorial locker outside. Ichiro escorts Ryōko near her home and returns to his home bookless.

they know too much

The next day, Ichirō returns to home room and he get’s invited into the popular crowd. Soon little miss fantasy trots in. Ryōko approaches him with a scene being made. Ichirō returns her magical locket which everyone in the classroom criticizes her as they seem to know more about the item than saying ‘that’s for kids’. This makes him instantly teaseable.

busted

He passes out and wakes up in the Counseling Room with his homeroom teacher, Dorisen. The teacher mentions that Ichirō was brought to the Nurse’s Office by him and that he needs his help. Dorisen continues with showing the now conscious student the security camera footage of him and Ryōko. He asks him to watch over the girl as he jests about how the two already have the same last name of Satō. Ichirō refuses as he wants a ‘normal’ high school life. Dorisen soon blackmail’s Ichirō which means he has to be with a girl. This has been the first 17 minutes of the movie, SHOCKING TRUTH!!!

Ichiro's blackmail

Characters:

A.)

Ichirō Satō

Name: Ichirō Satō
Age: High School Freshman
Gender: Male
Personality: Calm, confident, and concerning
Role: Main, love interest, and develops into a man
VA:
Nobunaga Shimazaki (Japanese)
Other Roles:
**Characters:

  • Aquarion Logos (T.V. Series) Akira Kaibuki
  • Assassination Classroom (T.V. Series, Season 2) Shinigami
  • Buddy Complex (Series) Tarjim Vasily
  • Date A Live (Series) Shido Itsuka
  • Gonna be the Twin-Tail!! (T.V. Series) Crabgildy & Sōji Mitsuka
  • My Love Story!! (T.V. Series) Makoto Sunakawa
  • Nobunaga The Fool (T.V. Series) Oda Nobukatsu
  • Silver Spoon (Series) Shinnosuke Aikawa
  • Wolf Girl & Black Prince (T.V. Series) Ryōta Kimura

Corey Hartzog (English)
**Characters:

  • Angel Beats! (T.V. Series) Ooyama
  • Children Who Chase Lost Voices (Movie) Shun
  • Diabolik Lovers (T.V. Series) Kanato Sakamaki
  • DRAMAtical Murder (T.V. Series) Noiz
  • Gatchaman Crowds (T.V. Series) Sugane Tachibana
  • Ghost Hound (T.V. Series) Masayuki Nakajima
  • Kamisama Dolls (T.V. Series) Sahei Hyuga
  • Maid Sama! (T.V. Series) Ryunosuke Kurosaki
  • Majestic Prince (T.V. Series) Toshikazu Asagi
  • tsuritama (T.V. Series) Natsuki Usami

 

B.)Ryōko Satō c

 

Name: Ryōko Satō
Age: High School Freshwoman
Gender: Female
Personality: Delusional, forward, and engineer
Role: Main, love interest, and victim of being a quirky turkey
VA:
Kana Hanazawa (Japanese)
Other Roles:
**Characters:

  • Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero (T.V. Series) Kuzuha Dōmoto
  • Aquarion Evol (T.V. Series) Zessica Wong
  • B Gata H Kei: Yamada’s First Time (T.V. Series) Mayu Miyano
  • Black Rock Shooter (Series) Black Rock Shooter a.k.a. Mato Kuroi
  • Bodacious Space Pirates (Series) Chiaki Kurihara
  • Cat Planet Cuties (Series) Aoi Futaba
  • Dragonar Academy (T.V. Series) Jessica Valentine
  • Fractale (T.V. Series) Nessa
  • The Garden of Words (Movie) Yukino
  • Good Luck Girl! (T.V. Series) Ichiko Sakura
  • Haganai (Series) Kobato Hasegawa
  • Kamisama Dolls (Series) Mahiru Hyūga
  • Kemeko Deluxe! (T.V. Series) Riko At Androids
  • King of Thorn (Movie) Kasumi Ishiki
  • Ladies versus Butlers! (T.V. Series) Ayse Khadim
  • Maria the Virgin Witch (T.V. Series) Ezekiel
  • No-Rin (T.V. Series) Minori Nakazawa

Juliet Simmons (English)
Other Roles:
**Characters:

  • AKB0048 (Series) Sonata Shinonome
  • Dog & Scissors (T.V. Series) Madoka Harumi
  • Nobunaga The Fool (T.V. Series) Joan Kaguya D’Arc
  • Outbreak Company (T.V. Series) Myucel Foaran
  • Shining Hearts (T.V. Series) Princess Rufina

 

C.)

Dorisen b

Name: Dorisen
Age: Homeroom Teacher
Gender: Male
Personality: Homeroom teacher, sneaky/manipulative, and match maker
Role: Supporting, homeroom teacher, wearing Chuckie Finster’s glasses, and the stick to stir the couple together
VA:
Takahiro Mizushima  (Japanese)
Other Roles:
**Characters:

  • Ane Log (Series) Akira Konoe
  • Assassination Classroom (Series) Kōtarō Takebayashi
  • Busou Shinki (T.V. Series) Rihito
  • Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 (Series) Rollo Lamperouge
  • Koe de Oshigoto! (OAV) Yukihira Yokoyama
  • Love Lab (T.V. Series) Satoshi Nagino
  • Muromi-san (Series) Takurō Mukōjima
  • My Bride Is a Mermaid (T.V. Series) Nagasumi Michishio
  • Romeo × Juliet (T.V. Series) Romeo
  • Scrapped Princess (T.V. Series) Christopher Armalite

Jeff McMorrough (English)
Only work so far.

 

D.)

Shinako Kobato

Name: Shinako Kobato
Age: High School Freshwoman
Gender: Female
Personality: Bubbly, kind, and easily impressed
Role: Supporting, popular, and admires Ichirō Satō
VA:
Hisako Kanemoto  (Japanese)
Other Roles:
**Theme Songs:

  • Oreshura (T.V. Series) OP
  • Recently, my sister is unusual. (T.V. Series) OP
  • Squid Girl (T.V. Series) 1st OP

**Characters:

  • Assassination Classroom (Series) Hinano Kurahashi
  • Chivalry of a Failed Knight (T.V. Series) Tōka Tōdō
  • Is This a Zombie? (Series) Yuki “Tomonori” Yoshida
  • Knights of Sidonia (Series) Yuhata Midorikawa
  • Maria the Virgin Witch (T.V. Series) Maria
  • Squid Girl (Series) Ika Musume
  • Wanna Be the Strongest in the World (T.V. Series) Moe Fukuoka

Sara Ornelas (English)
Other Roles:
**Characters:

  • Beyond the Boundary (T.V. Series) Yui Inami
  • Magical Warfare (T.V. Series) Kurumi Isoshima
  • No Game, No Life (T.V. Series) Stephanie Dola
  • Nobunaga The Fool (T.V. Series) Hatsu
  • Outbreak Company (T.V. Series) Elbia Hanaiman

 

E.)

Ichirō Satō's Sister

Name: Ichiro’s Sister
Age: Young salon worker
Gender: Female
Personality: Protective, watchful, and works at a salon
Role: Supporting character, defends Ichiro from parents, and protects her brother
VA:
Satsuki Yukino  (Japanese)
Other Roles:
**Characters:

  • Arcade Gamer Fubuki (T.V. Series) Alka
  • BUTA (Movie) Kuppii
  • Canary (OAV) Megumi Chigasaki
  • Deltora Quest (T.V. Series) Anna
  • Inuyasha (Series) Kagome Higurashi
  • Monkey Magic (T.V. Series) Motte
  • Super Doll Licca-chan (T.V. Series) Hide
  • Trigun (Series) Milly Thompson & Kuroneko-sama
  • Zatch Bell (T.V. Series) Yuuta Akiyama

Amanda Passanante (English)
Only role so far.

 

F.)

Yumina Oshina a

Name: Yumina Oshina
Age: High School Freshwoman
Gender: Female
Personality: Bitch who has a pretty pink phone, popular at the beginning of the semester… ,and has her cleavage out which breaks the dress code
Role: Anti-supporting character, attention demander, and makes everyone obey the dress code because that’s the rules
VA:
Marina Inoue (Japanese)
Other Roles:
**Characters:

  • Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero (T.V. Series) Haruka Nanase
  • Attack on Titan (Series) Armin Arlelt
  • Danbōru Senki W (T.V. Series) Ami Kawamura
  • Date A Live (Series) Tohka Yatogami/Princess
  • Dog & Scissors (T.V. Series) Kirihime Natsuno
  • Dragonar Academy (T.V. Series) Rebecca Randall
  • Haganai (Series) Yozora Mikazuki
  • Library War (T.V. Series) Iku Kasahara
  • No-Rin (T.V. Series) Kochō Yoshida
  • Punch Line (T.V. Series) Yūta Iridatsu
  • Zegapain (T.V. Series) Minato

Carli Mosier (English)
Other Roles:
**Characters:

  • AKB0048 (Series) Mimori Kishida
  • Battle Girls: Time Paradox (T.V. Series) Kenshin Uesugi
  • Beyond the Boundary (T.V. Series) Izumi Nase
  • Black Bullet (T.V. Series) Seitenshi
  • Colorful (Movie) Makoto’s Mother & a classmate
  • Girls und Panzer (Series) Akebi Sasaki
  • Heaven’s Lost Property (Series) Astraea
  • Lord Marksman and Vanadis (T.V. Series) Alexandra Alshavin
  • Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! (Series) Nanase Tsukumo and others
  • Magikano (Series) Yuri Kurosu
  • Venus Versus Virus (T.V. Series) Nene Mikumo

 

F.)

Kume

Name: Kume
Age: Out-of-High-School
Gender: Male
Personality: Drifter who smokes
Role: Support character, sells accessories, and tracks local myths
VA:
Showtaro Morikubo   (Japanese)
Other Roles:
**Characters:

  • 11eyes (Series) Takahisa Tajima
  • Baby Felix (T.V. Series) Announcer
  • Momokyun Sword (T.V. Series) Sarugami
  • Monkey Magic (T.V. Series) Goku
  • Nazca (T.V. Series) Atahualpa
  • Orphen (Series) Orphen

Scott Gibbs  (English)
Other Roles:
**Characters:

  • Chaika: The Coffin Princess (Series) David
  • Magical Warfare (T.V. Series) Kazumi Ida
  • No Game, No Life (T.V. Series) Sora
  • Nobunaga The Fool (T.V. Series) Nobunaga Oda
  • Outbreak Company (T.V. Series) Alessio

Dragon

Production quality:

-Animation:

The animation is soft, smooth, and is modern since it was made in 2013. The animation is more in tune with Mysterious Girlfriend X. The designs make the character youthful and closely relatable to their age. What’s noticeable to me with the character design is seeing the roundness of the character’s eyes. This does make the adolescent characters look more innocent and naïve to their surroundings. The backgrounds are well detailed and provide a urban atmosphere to the situations. When filters are being used the coat is lightly done.

Animation Rating: 3.7/5 (B)

Filter

-Sound:

I have no issue with the sound effects. The orchestral music does well with the movie’s tone, but is mostly forgettable. Dub wise I have an issue with Sara Ornelas’ performance in the first half of the movie. I question if she thought that this is a hentai role, but during the second half of the movie she manages to properly voice act. Maybe David Wald spanked her, I don’t know, but her performance did recover. On the Japanese track, the Dream Warrior who wears an eye patch’s voice sounds gruff and masculine. I’m not sure if she is just too enthused in her role play or its bad voice directing. She’s just a background character, but with what little lines she has I can’t properly judge.

Sound Rating: 3.25/5 (C)

Overall Production Rating = 3.475/5 (C)

Dream Warriors

Pros, Cons, and Other Thoughts:

-Pros:

  • A sweet coming of age romance story
  • The drama is devious
  • The growth of the story is both easily noticeable and subtle
  • Likeable main characters
  • The story in engaging with a rewarding epilogue

-Cons:

  • The drama does have some harsh elements that some might not want to indulge in, but it’s not smut
  • This movie tricked me; I wanted fantasy
  • The parents
  • It feels like more character progression is missing from the story
  • Others calling this a comedy… Why?

-Other Thoughts:

I found this movie be an enjoyable watch. The two Satōs are adorable to watch as these two teenage sweet hearts starts to bond and fall for each other. From being surprised at each other’s bold actions to shyly nudging at each other as good friends this is a warm nostalgic reminder of high school.

nudge

Most of the problems come from Ryōko not dressing in her school uniform and her overactive role playing which makes her talk over people’s heads. Being in a normal high school setting makes Ryōko easily the odd duck in the class. Even though half of the class is delusional like this, the few popular kids get angry at how they don’t the extreme Dream Warriors obey the dress code even though they are guilty of the same crime. The scenes with Yumina Oshina make her a character that many will hate with some disgust. Miss Oshina is a crocodile playing innocent and a bumbling hater who can’t answer why she doing her harmful deeds. Yumina Oshina puts the DRRR in this drama. Some people who might watch this might get disgruntled from watching this. The drama isn’t a sexcapade, taboo, or a snuff spectacle, but it might hit too close to home for some.

Odd duck

This might take a few viewings for some, but if you pay attention to the back ground the movie rewards the viewer with an amazing-sweet-just-deserts epilogue as the social crowd shifts. I see this as moral. What kind of moral? If you be yourself and be kind to others, people are more likely to tolerate you and become your friends. It’s nice to dream.

Now your bragging
Real mature, your like a 10th grader.

Some issues that I have with this movie are Ichirō Satō’s parents and some characters show up and just leave. With Ichirō Satō’s parents, how they handled Ichirō Satō’s problem makes me enraged. The mother should have a better back bone and the father should be divorced. First this movie tricks me to think that this movie is a fantasy adventure and instead serves me a Lifetime movie. The sister I’ll admit I want to buy her a beer. I wished that her name was given since she shows up as many times as Kume. With some of these characters they are interesting, up some, stir up some trouble, and we don’t see them again. I’m speculating that they are better explored in the light novel, but shouldn’t this runtime justify a full explanation.  The two characters I’m mainly referring to is Yamamota and Yuuta Takahashi along with some nameless/barley-named popular kids. Also like how Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions spoils us, I really want to see more of what the Dream Warrior is imagining.

Ahhh too real man too real man
Zoinks man, this is getting like too real man too real!!!

One other detail I would like to rant on is some sites are labeling this movie as a comedy. Out of this whole movie their 3 short scenes that are funny, an awkward in town scene and a teenage quirky flirt scene which those last two that I just mentioned wasn’t funny. This doesn’t merit being genre as comedy. Besides comedy is not what I remembered after viewing this feature that’s the teenage romance ah-la puppy love and high school drama.

cold ramen nice date
Cold ramen? This must be a High School date.

My final thoughts are I recommend people to go watch this movie. Some might have some high school trauma with some scenes, but watching these knuckle heads push forward through dilemmas makes this worthwhile even if the movie feels like an hour going by.

*Pro’s, Con’s, and Other Thoughts Rating: 3.6/5 (B)

pink phone nice touch
Pink phone… so what?

 Pace:

-Was there meaningful action in the movie?
Yeah, the characters do develop with a warm hearted romance.

-Did the actions and situations occur at a tempo natural to the genre?
Pretty much, the movie follows a basic story structure.

-Did the resolution of each situation affect the flow of the episodes?
The situations did escalate until the conclusion, but the runtime with either language track lingers and feels like the full amount of time.

Pace Overall Rating: 3.1/5 (C)

shitty family

Overall ratings:

  • Plot: 3.75/5 (B) Constant and develops.
  • Performance: 3.4/5 (C) Some hic-ups happened.
  • Pace: 3.1/5 (C) Feels like the time stated and a tad longer.
  • Characters: 3.6/5 (B) The main characters are the movie’s point and they are lovable.
  • Production Quality: 3.475/5 (C) Animation: Smooth. Sound: Not rememberable.
  • Pro’s, Con’s, and other thoughts: 3.6/5 (B) I enjoyed the feature.
  • Overall total: 3.48/5 (C) Some slight problems are there to nitpick, but the movie is an enjoyable watch.

Note: Due to my own belief and further defining anime as a pop art, no rating will ever receive a 0, 1, or 5 (a Z, F, or A in my book). For this reason is that times will change as opinions. Anything can be far greater or worse than before. That’s just human triumph and error.

Bwak
Bawk Bawk Bawk Bawk

What was needed?

  • Localize the light novel
  • Localize the manga
  • More visuals of the delusions

Final scene fo epic fantasy

Demographic:

+13 Shōnen does contain

  • Harsh themes
  • Nudity
  • Teenage Shenanigans

Gooble
This site does not say Go Ogle.
Consider my ego crushed.

Similars:

  • Colorful
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
  • Mysterious Girlfriend X
  • Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions
  • Hagani
  • Comic Party

Aura The Last War of Koga Maryuin title card

Misc: Questions from Jimmy the Reader

the boy yells the girl compells

Jimmy: What’s a chuunibyou?

Me:  A chuunibyou is a person who is imagining themselves in a fantasy world and letting their role-play become part of their everyday actions/life or a dysfunctional person who is living in their delusions. Calling someone this word is in the same vein as calling someone a fat-ass or cunt.

Fashion Police
Wait. Teenagers? Romance? High School?
Of course the fashion police is out on the search.

Jimmy: So is larping the same as a chuunibyou?

Me: No, larping (Live Action Role PlayING) is more like a soccer game with a story. People come together or join a local chapter of IFGS (International Fantasy Gaming Society) and a staff will come up with a story and referee battles. Now if the person seriously decides to continue role-play their character outside of the game and let that persona interfere with that person’s daily life then they are a chuunibyou. Generally those partaking in larping know when it’s play time and when it’s work time. I do know that there is more than IFGS for larping, but it’s the most general that I know of.

Sentai Filmworks Subtitle Quality
Uhh, what is with Sentai Filmworks and their subtitles?

Jimmy: How come Yumina Oshina didn’t answer Ichirō Satō’s question of why she’s doing her harmful acts?

Me: Because she is the one with the problem and wants to do these actions.

bull shitLike hell you are!!!


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