Spaceship Agga Ruter (Mania.com)

By:Michael Thomas
Review Date: Sunday, September 14, 2003
Release Date: Tuesday, December 04, 2001



The Review!
An adult parody of a number of space genre animes.

::Audio::
When watching the show, I listened to the original Japanese seiyuu (voice actors). The talking, ambient sounds, and background music made good use of the two, built-in, TV speakers.

::Video::
Video is solid and sharp throughout. I saw no problems in all 4 episodes. During the scenes with a lot of motion and action, I saw no shimmering, cross-coloring, or pixeling.

::Packaging::
The DVD is packaged in a clear case. The front cover is eye catching, as it displays the cast members in various states of dress and undress. The back cover has screen shots from the show, and a fairly good description of the plot. The slip-cover is double sided, with additional information about the show on the reverse of the slip-cover.

::Menus::
Menus load quickly, and update quickly.

::Extras::
Spaceship Agga Ruter does contain a number of extras; however, most of them are DVD-ROM only, so I docked the overall score by a letter grade.

::Content:: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Lust in space is about right.

Spaceship Agga Ruter is a parody of science fiction anime and movies. Done by the same directorial team as Tenchi Muyo fame, the art has a distinct "Tenchi" look to it. The plot also has the later Tenchi series (Tenchi in Tokyo, Tenchi Universe) feel, in that it is a lot of comedy and wacky situations only lightly tied together with a bit of plot. The story itself follows the path of young Taiyo and his alien mother Kei.

In the first episode, Taiyo is learning from Kei on how to communicate get people to open up to him... sexually. This is complete with hands-on training, and visual aids to help guide him through what motions to use on various erogenous zones. Enter space pirate Jannis, whose job it is to capture the two of them, and turn them over to an even more diabolical space pirate Shiunk. But, since this is an adult bishoujo, comic mischief ensues. Kei and Taiyo take great pains to embarrass Jannis. Kei also decides that Jannis will be Taiyo's first real test of what he learned.

And the show progresses from there. Kei, Taiyo, and Jannis spend the next couple of episodes eluding and avoiding Shiunk, traveling to distant locals, meeting other space babes, sexually communicating with said space babes, and generally not taking life seriously. A simple plot, but the show wasn't meant to be a dramatic one (at least not for these first 4 episodes.) And then the plot really gets started. We find out Kei has some important mission to complete, Shiunk is working for someone even more diabolic to stop her... and then the plot ends.

There are several storyboards, and color sketches that give a general plot for episodes 5 and 6. Yet, for reasons I haven't been able to find, these last 2 episodes I haven't been able to find. This does add take away from the show. If these last two episodes were included, and followed the plotline shown in the story boards, the usual wackiness of the show might have been replaced with a bit more storytelling and drama. The DVD version has one large bonus over the VHS. The VHS was released dub only. The English dubbing is so-so, which tends to be the trend for adult bishoujo. I will say that the character and set design was well done. To me, if you can remember what a character looks like after the show is over, it was a good design. I can still remember with Kei, Jannis, Clair, Martha, Yvonne, and the CLAMP-esq space elf that is briefly shown at the end of episode five (but is extensively shown in the character art and storyboards being involved in the last 2 epis!
odes.) So, kudos on the character
Overall Spaceship Agga Ruter ends up as an okay parody. You can see distinct allusions to classic anime such as Macross, Galaxy Express, Captain Harlock, Queen Esmereldas, Gall Force, Battle Angel, and Appleseed, as well as old TV sci-fi hits such as Star Wars and Star Trek. But with the shows sudden ending at episode 4, you are left wanting more.





Review Equipment
Panasonic CT-27D11E 27" TV; Sony Play Station 2 DVD Player; Gold-Plated Monster component cable



Mania Grade: C+
Audio Rating: B
Video Rating: A
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: A-
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Anime 18
MSRP: 29.99
Running time: 120
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Spaceship Agga Ruter