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Anime Opinions: Plastic Little | Marvel Anime: Blade | Armageddon Anime | My Reviews 05 APR 2012

Plastic Little (1994)

Young Tita Mu Koshigaya is the female captain of the ship, the Cha-Cha Maru, whose business it is to capture exotic creatures in the ‘sea of clouds’ of the planet Ietta, apparently a gas giant of some kind, and selling these captured creatures to collectors and zoos.

By chance, she saves Elysse Aldo Mordish, a young woman of her own age, from a rogue faction of Ietta’s own military forces, led by the armored commander Guizel – who already killed Elysse’s scientist father. As the military conducts a vicious chase for Elysse, it becomes apparent that she holds the key to a secret that could determine the fate of the entire planet’s independence.

Plastic Little is a great example of a 90’s OVA in that it features some pretty slick and detailed animation combined with fantastic mecha and mechanical designs, shows off a fair bit of skin of the ladies for the requisite 90’s OVA fanservice quota, features great vocal and aural tracks, and makes for a short, compact and enjoyable watch.

Unfortunately though, we can’t really count it as one of the classics, in that its short length causes the story to hurtle along at such a pace that there isn’t time for any real character development or building up report with the audience, meaning that by the end of its run, you are left a little ambivalent towards what just happened, but at least you were entertained and the visuals were pretty hot.

Worth watching if you have it, but not necessary to hunt down if you don’t.

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plastic_Little

Marvel Anime: Blade (2011)

Eric Brooks is probably better known as Blade, a “Daywalker” vampire hunter who was born with both human and vampire blood in his veins, following a vampire attack on his mother while she was still pregnant with him.

His ongoing mission to hunt down the four-fanged vampire Deacon Frost, the killer of his mother, takes him to Japan, where he encounters other vampire hunters, before being drawn into battle against “Existence”, a vampire organization seeking to rebel against their European counterparts through the machinations of their leader – Deacon Frost.

The ensuing hunt leads Blade across all of Asia, as he and his new partner Makoto tackle a host of different vampire types in their quest for Frost’s head!

The Marvel Anime project continues, with Blade being the fourth 12 episode installment, following Iron Man, Wolverine and X-Men. Written by Kenta Fukasaku, Blade probably slots in at number three on the enjoyment list, with X-Men leading the pack by miles, followed by Iron Man despite its very episodic nature. Unfortunately the Logan character design and simply too over the top action sequences banishes Wolverine to the last spot.

Anyway, Blade is a competently written action adventure, filled with enough drama to make it a serious show, and comes with the added bonus of varied locations which are used to introduce us to the various Asian vampire lore that exists, certainly something I haven’t previously been exposed to.

As will all the titles up until now, the Marvel hero gets teamed up with a Japanese counterpart, with Blade delivering to us a young precocious vampire hunter in the form of Makoto, who prefers to kill vampires up close and personally, with silver blades and a set of silver knuckledusters secreted around her body. Only thing is, she’s also after Blade’s head for killing her turned father.

The show is well paced despite the frequent location changes, and the story unfolds to deliver a decent mystery with resolution, leaving a satisfying tale in its wake as the final credits draw to a close.

The animation is top notch, with some fantastic character designs, particularly when it comes to the various types of vampires to be encountered. A lot of the action happens in the dark, something which Madhouse needs to be commended on for handling so well, particularly when you look at how detailed, fluid and choreographed the animation actually is.

Aurally, Blade is a polished production, featuring great music and voice acting, with Akio Ohtsuka providing an excellent voice for the protagonist.

All in all, Blade is a solid and entertaining television anime, suited particularly to those who enjoy action packed, vampire-fuelled stories, or those who are already followers of the Blade franchise.

Worth picking up if you come across it then!

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel_Anime

Armageddon (1996)

Four billion years ago in the Andromeda Nebula, an ambitious project was launched. An ancient race of aliens, seeing that there was no other intelligent life in the universe, set their massive supercomputers the task of seeding more races that could grow to sentience. The project was known as the Omega program.

The human race was the result of the project. However humans were not the only races to grow from the Omega program and lurking in the future is the deadliest threat to the human race ever. In time, the products of this program are destined to clash in violent opposition. Hopelessly outnumbered by the technologically superior enemy, Earth has one last hope. The secret fail-safe of the Omega program – The Delta Boy, living avatar of the supercomputer that began life on Earth!

It’s no small secret that a large chunk of both Western and Japanese animation actually gets farmed out to Korea, and thus it is no surprise that eventually the Koreans started to produce films for themselves – unfortunately for us though, 1996’s Armageddon from director Hyunse Lee isn’t exactly a classic.

Pacing is completely thrown out of the window as the story hurtles towards its conclusion, with huge leaps in time made, not assisted by an almost nonsensical storyline that eventually becomes so silly that you can’t keep a serious face while trying to make head or tail out of it! There is almost no character develop of Delta Boy (or any other character for that matter) whatsoever, and the chopping around from one place to another is likely to leave you with a headache.

This train wreck of a story and storytelling is further hindered by some rather dreadful animation, in part thanks to the cheesy CG affects thrown in, but mostly because of the wildly vibrant, trippy color palette that gets used throughout, not to mention the quite frankly terrible character designs and stiff animation!

This is a difficult watch, and when the two supercomputer avatars finally finish the big end fight, you’ll be kind of happy to eject this silly disc out of your player and drop it at the back of some dusty old drawer somewhere.

Not worth pursuing, not worth watching, unless you want to experience something a little different from the normal American or Japanese fair – and even then you’re going to be disappointed, so best just leave this one completely alone!

Related Link: http://movies.tvguide.com/armageddon/review/132836

Anime Opinions: Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion | Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail | Marvel Anime: Wolverine Anime | My Reviews 27 MAR 2012

Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion (2007)

A treasure is stolen, the prime suspect is one of the Captains of Soul Society, and with him disappearing after the theft, all fingers must point to him as being the culprit. But there is more to this event, something hidden in Soul Society’s dirty past, and Ichigo as per usual is going to be dragged into the thick of it to try and clear Hitsugaya’s name before the assassination squad can do their job!

For some reason I tend to enjoy the Bleach movies more than what I enjoy the Naruto movies, despite not having been a part of either franchise for quite a couple of years now (seriously, just too long, both of them!). DiamondDust Rebellion, the second Bleach movie, follows this trend once again for me, delivering a suitably epic standalone film that doesn’t feel like filler, contains loads of action and fantastical, over the top fight sequences, and contains a decent story with just the right amount of mystery and intrigue to keep you hooked.

The animation is fluid, loads of detailed backgrounds, and as to be expected, the Bleach silliness is still present and accounted for. Similarly the voice acting and music score are top notch, making for a great movie that any Bleach, or anime fan for that matter, should enjoy!

Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail (2010)

Having thoroughly enjoyed the dark, thought-provoking and action-packed Black Lagoon series, it was pleasing to stumble across the follow-up OVA, which takes an already excellent and quite dark tale down even more a disturbed and twisted alley.

Events have driven the unstoppable killer maid Roberta over the edge, and now on a quest for revenge, she has thrown away everything (including both her humanity and sanity) and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals. This threatens to destabilize everything and it is up to Rock to come up with a plan to rectify the situation before a combination the Americans, Moscow Hotel, and Colombians mess up everything!

The blood-soaked story feels even darker than previous tales and it is quite disturbing to see how Roberta has devolved into nothing more than a mindless killing machine. On top of this we are given non-stop action, driven by clever machinations that make for a very dark and very intriguing watch, with a suitable satisfying but not completely ending that you expect from a Black Lagoon tale.

The animation is of the same quality as the television series, which quite frankly is a good thing because that animation was fantastically lit, detailed and very fluid and well choreographed.

All of this wrapped in some great voice acting and musical backdrop makes for a polished, bloody and very entertaining extension to the Black Lagoon franchise.

Marvel Anime: Wolverine (2011)

Logan and Mariko were forcefully separated years ago, but she has now finally resurfaced again in Japan. Shingen, her master swordsman, yakuza boss of a father is about to forcefully marry her off to a criminal leader in the state of Madripoor, in exchange for an expanded base of operations. Needless to say, this does not make for a very happy Wolverine, and more importantly, means a trip to Tokyo, claws ready for action!

For some unearthly reason, Madhouse gets the design for Wolverine all wrong for this outing. They get it right in the Marvel Anime: X-Men project, but completely wrong in the Marvel Anime: Wolverine project. I don’t know why, but it does take some time to get over this tall, lean, very Japanese incarnation. However, the character of Logan is spot on, and once you do get over his not so great appearance, you’ll find a fantastic action-packed story that takes you on a very twisty downhill of a adventure with a very big (and pretty over the top) ending. It is in truth a great Wolverine tale, and certainly worth the watch.

Outside of Wolverine’s appearance, the animation for Wolverine is actually pretty great, with great character designs and plenty of fluid action sequences to sit back and enjoy. Backgrounds are detailed and the colours vibrant, suiting the pace of the tale perfectly.

Similarly, a great vocal cast adds the necessary depth to the already great visuals, all wrapped up in a fantastic pulse pounding soundtrack.

It is a fun and enjoyable Wolverine romp, even with the spots that are taken just a little too over the top in terms of the action sequences (annoying, I know), making it a decent watch for any fans of action-packed anime titles.