Magia Record takes the world you know from Madoka and shows us how it would be like in a bigger city full of networking Magical Girls. There is a bit of a firehose effect with the number of characters and amount of story here, though.
This is right smack dab in the good section of good movies that are made well. An excellently executed drama exploring the joys of really getting to know someone.
While interesting to see one of Makoto Shinkai's earlier works, this left me not really feeling anything. The first section was gorgeous and emotional, but the rest left me wanting.
Despite taking place in a restaurant, this is not a food or cooking anime. Rather, it's a Josei harem romance that borders on the line of being a Soap Opera.
It tries to have the scope, depth, and rich history of Stormlight or a Final Fantasy game, but watching it feels like watching a speed-run of said game. For how much of the story is focused on the romance element, it all feels tremendously hollow, with very forced "emotional scenes."
Focusing primarily on strong sisterly bonds, this movie is less of a Post-War Drama and more of a Period Drama (think Jane Austen meets Charles Dickens). It has calmer pacing than the series with even more gorgeous art and animation.
A truly beautiful movie with interesting, fresh, and unexpected elements, but still in the shadow of its predecessor, Your Name.
A gorgeous and fresh experience with masterfully crafted music and visuals and strong emotional elements.