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City Hunter: Goodbye My Sweetheart

1997 / 94m - Japan
Action, Crime - Animation
City Hunter: Goodbye My Sweetheart poster

A decent but not very notable film within the City Hunter franchise. I've probably said it before, but I feel a franchise like this benefits more from shorter episodes, somewhere in the range of 45-60 minutes. A full hour and a half is simply a bit much for the material at hand, which is exactly what's holding this film back.

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One problem is that it feels like every new film is just a variation on something you've already seen before. Characters are very stereotypical and keep on pulling the same stuff over and over again, to the point where I was getting actual déjà vus. Don't expect anything too original from this one in other words.

The animation is a bit better compared to the older entries, which is normal I guess, just don't expect anything grand or exceptional. The comedy is decent, the action is fun, the plot a little too plain. With 90 minutes to fill though, it feels stretched and somewhat forced in places. Cut this film in half and you'd have something a lot better.

A Wind Named Amnesia

Kaze no Na wa Amunejia
1990 / 80m - Japan
Sci-fi - Animation
A Wind Named Amnesia poster

Five Star Monogatari

Five Star Stories
1989 / 65m - Japan
Action, Fantasy - Animation
Five Star Monogatari poster

Urusei Yatsura 3: Remember My Love

Urusei Yatsura 3: Rimenbâ Mai Rabu
1985 / 93m - Japan
Comedy, Fantasy - Animation
Urusei Yatsura 3: Remember My Love poster

It's clear that the post-Oshii Urusei Yatsura films are a big step backwards, though that's hardly surprising. There is some fun to be had here, but overall this third film feels way too serious and there isn't quite enough material to fill the entire 90 minutes. The animation is pretty poor too. Only for fans of the franchise.

Urusei Yatsura 4: Lum the Forever

Urusei Yatsura 4: Ramu za Fôebâ
1986 / 95m - Japan
Comedy, Fantasy - Animation
Urusei Yatsura 4: Lum the Forever poster