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Festival of single disk anime, part 7: My Beautiful Girl Mari, Twin Signal, and Casshan: Robot Hunter
My Beautiful Girl Mari
A really beautiful movie. I love the colors and textures of the art.
It's a coming-of-age story with a cast of distinct, living, breathing characters. A really fine movie.
And yet, I find it boring. It's one of those movies that I find it easier to appreciate than to actually like.
Yet another Media Blasters OVA release, based on a longer manga series. The weird thing about this one is that I can't tell if the series was supposed to lean more to the comedic side or to the action-oriented. There's quite a bit of both, but given the rather goofy entrance of the main antagonist character, I'd have to say it's comedic.
There's robot fighting robot to, I guess, decide which is the most powerful robot. (Why do robots feel the need to kill each other so keenly, anyway?) There are plenty of eccentric humans. The main hook for this series is that the main robot protagonist transforms into a tiny chibi robot every time the main human protagonist, a pre-pubescent boy, sneezes.
I don't know why, either. I sometimes think that the Japanese just throw darts at the "wheel of plot complications."
It was quite a bit of fun, and it interested me in the manga: a pretty good OVA.
Casshan: Robot Hunter
This OVA is from the early 90's, based on a TV series from the 70's. It's a good post-apocalyptic story about humans rebelling against their robotic masters. Yeah, a documentary.
I knew the character designs reminded me of something, and the name "Yasuomi Umetsu" (creator of Kite and Mezzo Forte) jumped out at me.
Still, the gritty feel of the dystopian future clashed with the rather rococo design of the antagonist robots The hero of the story, Casshan, looks especially ridiculous in his pure white skintight suit.
It was dubbed by Streamline, using the usual Los Angeles suspects.
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