A piece of nostalgia from the past.
INTRO: NIn the 21st century, mankind lives on two worlds. Following the collision of an ice asteroid, massive terraforming has made Venus a planet now capable of supporting life. Colonists from Earth tamed the hostile world and have thrived for four generations. But they also brought the darker side of humanity. Venus is about to get hostile again.
Hiro Seno, a hotshot motorcycle jockey, witnesses the first strike against his country Aphrodia, by the rival nation of Ishtar. Huge battle tanks and warplanes quickly lay waste to the city. The Aphrodian army is quick to mobilize and retaliate... and despite his opposition to warfare, Hiro finds himself fighting for his life on the front lines.
CONTENT: From Saturday Anime of the early 90's on Sci-Fi, this is an anime title reborn on DVD form. This is a classic anime from the days of BGC, but on a war torn Venus.
CHARACTERS: While the story revolves around Hiro becoming a man, and a journalist who discovers there are things greater than a Pulliter, we have a story where characters grow from the cold hard realities of war.
AUDIO: The sound was recorded in a low quality level compared to modern releases.
VIDEO: The video is pretty dated and shows it's age with a poor transfer.
ANIMATION: The style of animation shows it was a product of the 80's. Not that there's anything wrong with this, but rather a stern warning for those of you out there that deny anime existed before Eva. MENUS: The menus show that this was a release from the hey day of DVD's. It is an overly simple menu with nothing special, but it does work.
EXTRAS: There are a few bit of extras here, but most of them are hyper links, again this is from a day when most DVD's were thought to be played on the PC than a set top unit.
COVER ART: The cover art is busy and hard to see. I'm not sure why early titles had busy covers but this was the way it was back in the day.
ENJOYMENT: I enjoyed the 80's throw back to a different time in anime history, before modern series, yet after the giant mecha of the late seventies, the eighties were an interesting time in anime if often forgotten.
VALUE: For under ten bucks, even with the faults, I can't complain too loud, it's a good piece of nostalgia for next to nothing.
VERDICT: While this won't be in my regular rotation of anime, it will be nice for a slow day.
DVD Region 1
Sub & Dub
Cover Art: 5