Daisuke GouriBin ShimadaOsamu SakaMegumi Ogata
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Medium: film
Year: 1995
Director: Yasuhiro Matsumura
Actor: Bin Shimada, Daisuke Gouri, Eiji Yanagisawa, Jin Yamanoi, Makoto Higo, Megumi Ogata, Osamu Saka, Tomohiro Tsuboi, Tomohisa Aso, Tsutomu Kashiwakura, Yuichi Nagashima, Yuri Amano
Keywords: anime, SF, rubbish
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 2 episodes, total 97 minutes
Url: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=37
Website category: Anime 1990s
Review date: 27 May 2024
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It's another boring Masamune Shirow anime... but that wasn't his fault, since he only did art and character designs. The storyline's very un-Shirow-like. It's set on a relatively low-tech planet of deserts, temples and jungles, although the baddie has guns and flying battleships. There are powers from the gods and the hero's learning wind magic in order to become his village's leader.
The problem is the characters, most of whom are humourless plot units with dialogue like:
"The path of the gods! To think that it actually exists!"
"If the gods return, our culture and civilisation will become meaningless!"
Some "you are my father" nonsense is theoretically tragic, but in practice this film has only two characters worth a damn. They seem human. #1 is a goofy old bloke with comedy glasses who's dedicated his life to studying insects and doesn't know how to use a gun. #2 is a down-to-earth soldier who fancies his superior officer.
The baddie gratuitously tells his enemies and subordinates bad things they didn't know that make them hate him. He's an idiot. He's defeated when magic powers do something that the audience knew was coming, but he's astonished. On the upside, though, he stabs himself in the eyes with magic crystals.
The character introductions are a bit rubbish. The art makes naked girls look uninteresting. The plot's theoretically okay, though, and could have been excellent if they'd tried harder with the characterisation. (I killed your father! I killed my own father! My father is not my father! etc.) I don't understand what happened at the end with those disappearing red/blue eyes, but it doesn't matter there isn't a sensible explanation of anything and it's all "from the gods" bollocks anyway.
Also, twins will have the same birthmarks, apparently. (This is untrue in real life, but perhaps those were also of divine origin.)
It's not a complete disaster, but it's not even on the same continent as "good".