This special forces duo will of rabbits will save the hostages. Year of the rabbit indeed.
What They Say:
he two rabbit soldiers from Special Force 'Cat Shit One', PACKY and BOTASKY, infiltrate enemy line to rescue the hostages captured by unidentified militia. Knowing the hostages are in need of immediate help, they launch a snake attack without waiting for backup.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After a good bit of promotion and plugging, the first episode of Cat Shit One is now available as of this writing for free on YouTube in its dubbed form. At the same time, the bilingual DVD and Blu-ray release is available on Amazon as they try something new with same day simultaneous format releases to see what sticks. Offering the episode for free and seeing who will bite is certainly an interesting idea, especially since they're giving us a much higher definition version on the Blu-ray and having it bilingual. With the quality of the animation here, the sheer amount of detail, it looks fantastic on YouTube but definitely begs you to see it in 1080p.
The show focuses on a pair of special forces soldiers in the post Cold War era where they take on the dirty jobs of dealing with terrorists. The show opens with the pair of Packy and Botasky watching as the hostages they've been sent to rescue are being kicked, threatened and shot at by the terrorists in some little area in the Middle East. With backup between thirty and fifty minutes away, there's no way they can wait as all the hostages will be dead by the time they get there. So Packy makes the call for both of them to head in and do what needs to be done as the true professionals they are. It's a tightly focused mission with some cool and calm moments as they infiltrate it and do what they can to save them. Yet it's not entirely smooth as Botasky's definitely a bit scared by all of it. Naturally, no matter how well things go, no plan survives contact with the enemy. And when more enemies show up, it all goes to hell in a hand basket even quicker.
With the episode primarily focused on the action and some mild but good character drama, it works pretty well here. It does feel like a lot of the CG sequences you get in military games with how it plays out, just with rabbits and camels instead. There's a bit of cussing along the way, some bloody moments and even some slow motion scenes that really lets the quality of the animation shine through. It's war porn of a good order here and if you're a fan of things like Call of Duty and Medal of Honor, you'll feel right at home here. They don't really utilize the animal aspects all that much (tie down those ears as a sniper, Botasky!) but there are some cute little nods here and there when it comes to the tails and movements. It's a solid production, one that really shows a significant amount of love and effort went into it, and it serves as a real tease for making you want more of it.
There's been a fair bit of build-up towards this release since it was first announced and going by the episode as presented in 720p here, this is a very interesting way to go. Granted, I'd prefer language option choices since I'm not a fan of dubs, but I will say this is a good dub with some mild sync issues to be had. The actual action itself, the structure of events and the quality of the animation is all very solid to top notch. It's predictable if you've played war porn games before but it's a very sharp episode that really draws you in as you watch how it all unfolds to see the details of it all. You're definitely left wanting more of it if you like what you see and you definitely are left wanting to see and hear it in higher quality if you're a Blu-ray owner. The only surprise I have as of this writing is that the YouTube page doesn't offer a text link to the Amazon releases so you can just click and go to show your support.
Get the DVD or the Blu-ray.
English 2.0 Language
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