Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Munto 2 Beyond the Walls of Time|
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
From the key animator of Grave of the Fireflies and AKIRA and the producer of Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid. It's been a year since psychic schoolgirl Yumemi's life turned upside down with the arrival of Magical King M... more »
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Naomi B. (Tripleguess)
Reviewed on 12/22/2010...
"Munto 2: Beyond the Walls of Time" is the sequel to "Munto." It ends on a cliffhanger, so in some ways it is not as satisfying as the first OVA. However, getting to see how the characters have grown and changed -- not only in themselves, but in how they now relate to each other -- is worth the bittersweetness of not quite knowing how it ends. Besides, a happy ending can easily be projected from hints dropped throughout the story if you're watchful and a little imaginative.
This OVA is much longer than its predecessor. In some places it is even slower and quieter than the first, while at other times you have frantic battle scenes. There's a lot of buildup that is not satisfied until the very end, and then to be honest at the end you'll probably be thinking, "Wait, that's it?! What about all the loose ends, what happens next?"
There's a "sortaquel" TV series (known on this side of the Pacific as "Munto TV") which consists of both OVAs (but they are edited somewhat, some scenes have been added AND OTHER HAVE BEEN DELETED), plus 2 1/2 episodes of "new" material that is supposed to conclude the series. However the new episodes are a jarring change from the OVAs as the characterization, story, and animation style are all very different. I prefer to ignore the TV series, personally, but some people like it.
Anyways, if you don't take to the TV series, there's basically no conclusion to the story as "Munto 2: Beyond the Walls of Time" leaves it. I still think it's a special anime and deserves a spot on the shelves of people who like "Howl's Moving Castle" and "The Cat Returns." I often pull both Munto OVAs out when I'm not feeling well, and they do a good job of cheering me up and reigniting my imagination.
Amazing, better than the first one but...
Niko | 10/25/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Well, I guess for being the first to review this anime I will try to give a detailed review, as much as it is possible, without giving to many spoilers away.
To begin with, if you have not watched the first movie (OVA) than you should watch it first because it is basically the continuation of the first one and many things, or plots of the story, are based on it. Furthermore, it starts exactly from there where the first one ended.
Apart from it, a brief outline of the story (SPOILERS included for the ones who have not watched the first movie!)
After saving his Magical world, which happened because magical king Munto combine his powers with the ones of Yunami - a girl from our world, Munto is facing problems from his enemies who try to destroy the heavily world blinded by the new power released. Problem is that the heavily beings are getting weaker as they continue to fight and Munto is basically in deep s...Yunami on the other hand, has started again to `connect' with Munto and wants to help him. The issue here is that Munto is afraid to call her back again, when thinking of how much pain he put her the first time and hesitates (I am referring to mentally pain here but also that Munto saw a vision that if he would call her back she might die. Additionally, it is implied that both of them are in love with each other, something that will become clear latter on). On top of that his enemies, by having seen Yunami (from Munto 1), want to find a way to draw her back to the magical world and use her and her powers. Finally, she tries to find a way to break through the barrier of space and time and enter the magical world so that to aid Munto, who will also get some help from her two other friends and school mates.
Now, to be honest why did I give it four stars, what is my recommendation and why:
To begin with, the animation is astonishing, mind-blowing I would say, especially during the battle scenes. Moreover,the story gets very emotional and in parts depressing.
Yet, if you have seen `The Last Exile', `X-One etc' or `Infinite Riviyous' (I apologize if I have misspelled it), although Munto 2 is higly recommended, you should not expect such strong story, plot and background story, as these animes had. The only excuse that I can think of is that the OVA lasts for about 100 minutes while the previous mentioned series last for at least five to six hours. This comparison made me give it four stars.(Not to mention the fact that the show has the potential and a strong 'base storyline' to become an entire series)
As for the dub, if you prefer the dub version, actually it is very good and professional orchestrated, as is the music too. Thumbs up...
As for extras, well the typical stuff that you usually find in any other anime DVD, like trailer previews, not credit opening/ending, drawings etc.
Now to the final verdict, buying it or not?
I personally recommend this show but I also have to be honest to the reader. If you have seen the first OVA and liked it than you will not be disappointed with this one (lasts for double as long as the first one), is definitely better than the first Munto and the answer is: Yes.
If you like this kind of anime genre like - let us say Fushigi Yugi, and do not mind of the few drawbacks (as I have explained above), than the answer would be Yes, otherwise: No.
As for the price, when comparing it with other anime OVAs, it is cheaper than the other ones (which spectrum is around 23-29 dollars), than go ahead and buy this one.
To conclude, it is worth at least to rent it, but as I said earlier it is up to you to make the final decision, and if you do not mind of its few drawbacks than I can recommend this show. If on the other hand, you prefer anime shows and story depths like Evangelion, FMP, CB, X, The Last Exile or Kenshin than I believe you might not want to buy this one.
As I said it is entirely up to you to decide.
I hope that I could help... ^_^
Good, but be warned!
E. Seferian | CT, USA | 12/28/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ok, I've got to be completly honest here, It was good. Not great, but good, and here's why.
The story its self is great. Its got the (suposedly)normal school girl who meets the actiony boy from another world, and, even better, the mix of a normal life with an epic one, then the two world colliding. The animation is excellent, the characters are well-put together,voices are well matched, and its a really touching short story...
BUT thats it! Its just a short story! there's, so far, no television series, and no word about a third movie. So far, it ends here. But it can be sooo much more! And thats mostly why you gotta watch out. If you bought the first movie, you'd see the stories potential. And it just upset me thinking that this might be the end of the entire thing, thus makeing the movie good, not great!
I recomend that you buy this DVD if you bought the 1st one. Not only cause it helps finish the story you started, but it also gives you a little MORE to be satisfied with. And if you get hooked on these movies as much as i did, More is better than nothing. If I were you , after I bought this movie, I'd pray that they came out with a series...or at least a third movie!!
B. Rufi | WY, USA | 09/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Munto 2 is even better than Munto. The fight scenes and relation of the chacters are greatly enhanced. However, while it lets you visit the world of King Munto again the ending leaves you hoping for another movies to see the continuation of the characters actions at the end."