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Bayonetta: Bloody Fate :: Review

Licensed: Funimation (USA)
Studio: Gonzo
Length: 90 mins
Genre: Action/supernatural
Available: :: DVD / Blu-ray ::
February 14, 2014 (JPN)
October 21, 2014 (USA)
MSRP: $34.98
Ratio: 1.78:1
Discs: 1DVD / 1Blu-ray
Rated: TV-MA
Updated: 01/05/2016
     > Bayonetta: Bloody Fate is a full length anime movie based on Sega/Platinum Games' 2009 videogame, Bayonetta.  Of course, high expectations are in order because studio Gonzo did the animation.  It started out in Japanese theaters on November 23, 2013, and was released on DVD/Blu-ray in 2014.  Many of the same voice actors of the videogame were used for the North American dub.  This makes for welcome continuity.

     > The story basically mimics the original game, albeit with a few twists. Bayonetta wakes after a 500 year sleep with no memories, only rad abilities and the world to save.  Rodin plays the bartender/arms dealer that provides Bayonetta with some sweet guns and a refreshing drink.  She's on a mission to regain her identity while battling a myriad of angel types.  She meets up with an old friend on her way to the final show down.  So how does it look?

     > As soon as I found out Gonzo was in charge of this anime, I knew it would be great.  They know how to draw and animate with special effects like no other.  Let me tell you, they did not disappoint with this movie.  The fighting scenes are amazing, much like they were in the original game.  Not once did I think to myself, geez -- they took a shortcut on that scene.  It's probably because of the Sega affiliation, but there's no nudity (unless you count a view from behind in the shower).  So much for the MA rating. I'm sure I heard some swearing in there, but that could've been PG-13.  Awesome visual content nontheless.

     > Lastly, the music is decent, but does not always equal the on-screen action.  A cool feature is they included an arranged tune from After Burner. Nice!  The sound effects get the job done nicely too.  Overall, above average sound.

Bottom Line:
     > If you like anime and are a fan of the original Bayonetta on Xbox 360 or PS3, then there's little doubt you'll enjoy this movie.  If you came on board during the Nintendo years for this franchise, then it probably depends on your age.  There's not much in there to warrant the "MA" rating, but the action is solid, the story is decent and the animation is second to none.
Overall: 80%
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