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Violinist of Hamelin: The Movie

a.k.a.Haamerun no Baiorin-Hiki: The Movie

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Genre: Comedy
Company: n/a
Format: 1 movie
Dates: 4/20/1996

The Kingdom of Antifarnia is in chaos! Undead soldiers have ravaged the land and its people, and they are intent on destroying everything in their sight. However, when Hamel, Flute, Raiel, Sizer, and Oboe show up, the undead threat is stopped for the meantime. Upon seeing their great skill, the King asks them to rescue his daughter from the clutches of Medusa.

summary by Eek

 

Reviewed: 11/23/2003 by
Grade: 86% av-Eek

Highs: Nonstop comedy that works constantly

Lows: Not independent; too short

Violinist of Hamelin: The Movie was released nearly a year prior to the airing of the television series, so while some people may wish to blast it for not possessing similar qualities, this is unfair. Despite being a complete contrast from Violinist of Hamelin, this short movie is actually better.

The television series focused largely on drama, but this movie’s orientation is more along the lines of the manga with light action and loads of comedy. With an entirely different seiyuu cast and character mannerisms, be prepared for an unforgettable slapstick anime that will have you laughing nonstop. From Hamel’s lechery and gluttony to Flute and Sizer’s abandoned puppy outfits, you may pass out simply because there is hardly a moment to breathe while laughing. In short, if you have already seen Violinist of Hamelin, this movie will easily cure you of any depression caused by the television series.

Yet, while Violinist of Hamelin: The Movie sticks more to the manga, this feels more like an individual chapter or even an episode from a television series. All of the characters come to Antifarnia, save the kingdom from evil and run off to rescue the King’s daughter; in the end, our heroes save the day, and Hamelin gives a speech about how their real mission is to reach Bass, the bad guy. Any questions relating to why characters are going after Bass are unanswered, and seeing as how this movie is only thirty minutes in length, you are prevented from getting too attached to the characters. However, this anime sets out to make you laugh and will succeed remarkably well, considering the material.

If you ever want a fantasy-comedy anime that will give Slayers or Dragon Half a run for their money, Violinist of Hamelin: The Movie will do the job. You will never look at a violin in the same way after watching this!

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