Review: Escaflowne: A Girl In Gaea

Originally posted at myanimelist.net.

This movie is everything the TV series wasn’t. It’s everything the TV show should have been. You don’t have to watch the TV show before watching this, though you might want to if you’re interested in seeing how a story can be dragged from the depths of writers hell into the light of storytelling purgatory.

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Review: Escaflowne

Originally posted at myanimelist.net.

Escaflowne has a pretty simple, and almost childish, story structure of groups of people being chased from one action scene to another, complimented by a love triangle, which all builds up into a perfect storm of plot contrivances, holes, twists and gaps of logic, all meaningless, un-earned and insulting.

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Review: Gunsmith Cats

Originally posted at myanimelist.net.

Gunsmith Cats. The original Cowboy Bebop. Almost. There’s a jazzy OP with simple 70’s style split-screen graphics madness, bounty hunters, western sensibilities. The prototype for Shinichiro Watanabe’s version which maxed out everything this franchise has. Unfortunately it doesn’t have Watanabe.

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Review: AD Police Files

Originally posted at myanimelist.net.

Someone saw more potential in the franchise and decided to take Blade Runner and blend it with Miami Vice. Inspired? Foolhardy? Definitely worth a shot. The cyberpunk genre can be blended with anything, and Bubblegum Crisis brilliant as it was, could have been taken in another direction entirely, and AD Police Files directs it into moody fatalistically romantic territory.

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Review: Bubblegum Crisis

Originally posted at myanimelist.net.

The anime came out at what might be seen as cyberpunk’s peak of influence and exposure in the mainstream, and as such is worth a watch for its historical significance, in terms of impacting the genre of cyberpunk in anime and also being a window to the time. It’s so classy it even has time to throw a shout out to The Third Man!

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Review: Sol Bianca

Originally posted at myanimelist.net.

Ok, Sol Bianca has the same template as Outlaw Star, Cowboy Bebop and dozens of other sci-fi anime, and is crammed with every anime cliché you can think of, but at least it stars a fun group of characters squabbling and exchanging wisecracks you’ve heard a million times before but still grin at anyway.

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Review: The Cockpit

Originally posted at myanimelist.net.The cockpit

The anime is produced, directed (by the luminary Yoshiaki Kawajiri), edited and animated very well for the time it was released. The music is lovely in a Joe Hisaishi kind of way and the character art is attractive. A fascinating production and worth checking out for the novelty alone.

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Review: Legend of the Galactic Heroes: My Conquest is the Sea of Stars

Originally posted at myanimelist.net.

It inserts a cynical Joseph Heller Catch-22 type humour into the characters’ mindset, making the show that much more enjoyable to experience. There are many quotable lines of characters lambasting their superiors or the state of war in general. It makes it that much more compelling to see so many people on both sides of the conflict speak out their minds on the futility of what they’re embroiled in, making you the viewer, empathise with them all.

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