Perfectly captures the games' quintessence,
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This review is from: Professor Layton And The Eternal Diva [DVD] (DVD)
I'm a rather large fan of the Layton games, and primarily play them for the stories and characters rather than puzzles, and so I bought this for a few pounds expecting maybe a light bit of fun driven solely by fan service, like practically all game-tie-in movies.
My expectations were utterly surpassed.
The plot was beautiful, and majestically told. A compelling adventure with much better flow than any of the games due to the lack of interrupting puzzles, full of emotion and surprise, as well as that indefinable steampunk-esque feel I love about the games. The movie managed to retain all the quintessence and charm of the games, with the same unique and fantastic art style exemplified by seamless CGI effects blending into the animation. The musical score was enrapturing, capturing the mood of the movie perfectly. The characters were perfect, and the voice-acting was magnificent with Chris Miller giving his typical brilliant performance as Layton, and the supporting cast all being superb too.
The perfect combination of plot, emotion, character and just the right amount of action made this a movie that stands up on its own merits, and not just because it's part of the Professor Layton franchise.
I don't watch anime too often, but this was one of the best I've seen. I started watching this expecting a bit of light entertainment to kill an hour or so. Now, I absolutely cannot wait for the next movie. Level 5 have outdone themselves.