Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo (2006, animated)
Plot: When a mysterious super powered Japanese warrior known as Saico-Tek (Keone Young) attacks the Teen Titans headquarters, the team travels to Japan and learns a legendary criminal known as Brushogun is after them (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa).
Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo is a solid funny little animated romp. The plot takes forever to develop, and when it does, it’s pretty uninteresting. I guess Brushogun’s back story is mildly interesting. But this is more about the characters, and all the Teen Titans are very engaging. It does feel like more of a comedy. The animation is hysterical at times, especially when Robin reacts to Starfire kissing a total stranger in order to understand Japanese. There’s plenty of action though. The first ten seconds begins with a huge aerial battle. There’s a lot of fighting in general. It’s pretty bad ass that out of all these super-powered people, Robin is the one who seems to take enemies out almost instantaneously. Beast Boy is pretty funny though. He turns into a turtle at one point. I also like the animation once they’re in Tokyo. It’s very appealing to the eye. Did we really need a whole Godzilla throw back scene though? I like the characters, animation, and it’s pretty funny, but not much else going on. Not bad.
Rating: 6.5 out of 10 (Slightly better than ‘meh’)
Category Rankings (Spoilers Throughout):
Best Performance: Hynden Walch as Starfire
-She was really funny. I love this running gimmick of her always saying ‘the’ in front of everything. Like, ‘I do not have the boy troubles.’
Worst Performance: Keone Young as Commander Uehara Daizo
-He holds a lot of weight in the film, predictably becoming the villain. There’s just nothing to this voice though.
Best Line: “Do not blame Robin for the wild chasing of the goose.” –Starfire
-This was Starfire at her best. She completely ripped apart the cliché ‘wild goose chase’ line and made it seem original. Well done.
Worst Line: “So I guess you’re not a wanted man anymore.” –Cyborg
“I wouldn’t say that.” –Robin as Starfire looks at him glowingly
-Haha, get it? This isn’t that bad, but there wasn’t really much to choose from, and it was mildly annoying.
-It’s the end with all the Titans battling the Brushogun ink creations. It’s just solid use of powers and thoroughly entertaining.
-Why does Robin have a pet slug in his room? It also looks kind of like a back pack. What the hell is the deal with this thing?
-Robin goes to jail for apparently killing Saico-Tek. He thinks Saico-Tek wasn’t real, but sits in his cell contemplating his actions. I don’t know, kind of deep for something called ‘Teen Titans.’ Not a bad little scene.
-Beast goes to karaoke and sings the Teen Titans theme song. I don’t have a problem with him singing karaoke, but the actual theme song…that’s kind of lame. I hate that the character recognizes he’s in a movie.
-After the Titans headquarters is destroyed, Cyborg begins crying about his sofa being damaged. That’s pretty funny. It was really good delivery.
Bad Ass Moment:
-The Tokyo police use this awesome electrical cage to trap the Godzilla like monster. It kind of looks like the Ghostbuster trap, but it can expand and contract. That’s awesome.