Read the books first, guys, cos I'm afraid the DVD is only worthy as an add-on for extreme fans. While nothing is truly appalling about this, and it has moments of extreme fangirl watch-ability, it is also nothing special. I personally felt that the crux of the plot- aka the romance between Ryo and Dee- is completely stretched, and loses a lot of what is touching, tender and interesting about the relationship in translation.
However, JJ's comedy gets an A*, and the Bikky/Carol relationship is sensitively portrayed. Dee's voice is also rather salaciously good, and kudos to the actor for that, as it (and the attention to the 'mysterious murderer') saves the film.
In essence, the DVD is a very fun, but non-conversation making piece. It's educational and open minded, and I feel very affectionate towards it- clearly, for its time, it was a well loved work. I would definately reccomend it to a friend, but only as a light movie, and only to a real anime enthusiast, who could appreciate its less obvious qualities.
While I do suggest that it is essential viewing for any real FAKE fan, I also suggest to under 18's that you Never let your parents catch sight of you watching it. They WILL get the wrong idea! For those of you that don't have to worry about that- you might consider the years of blackmail material friends and family will have if they walk in during a heavy scene...
All in all, I reccomend FAKE the movie, but only as a supplement to the comics. It makes much more sense that way, and lends more appreciation to the author's talent!
Well, having loved the seris, I simply HAD to buy this movie! But I am sad to say that although it was good to watch the plotline wasn't new and was simply an 'episode' from FAKE vol 2-Act 5. Its almost word for word and ruined it for me. Still if you like FAKE I would recommend watching it, but for a cheap price because it just isn't worth getting worked up over. It isn't a movie but an episode, and a one off at that which is dispointing. At least it is true to the storyline, and they havent tried to improve FAKE as an anime, which is matbe it's saving face.
I didn't expect this movie to be as good as the book, and sadly I was right. It was difficult for me to enjoy the movie due to all the repeated yelling and over reacting going on. The animation itself stays very true to the books surpirsingly, which was nice. The story also stays very true to the books. If I were to recommend some Yaoi that I thought was a better movie, I'd have to recommend Kizuna... much, much better.