ヴィーナス戦記 (Venus Wars): You say you want a revolution

This one definitely had its high points, but they got lost in the shuffle. Th artwork was quite well done, reminiscent in ways of Akira, but that may just be the motorcycles in a futuristic run-down cityscape (and the fact that in the first ten minutes we’re treated to a view of a team of competitive bikers whose headgear looks an awful lot like the Clowns’). The story doesn’t quite live up to the potential of art and setting, though. The big problems are music (we’re treated to a lot of mood-destroying Casio noodling) and theme. There’s an interesting antipolitical message fighting to get out of this story, but it keeps getting obscured by the action. A typical progression contains about 3 dialogue lines of ruminaitons on how whoever you’re fighting for they’re in the wrong, followed by 15 minutes of battle scenes. Then you’ve forgotten what they said 15 minutesago, so they start over from scratch ruminating about how oppressive governments and militaries are between battles. It’s a worthwhile thing to be slipping into a film, and this film plotwise can accomodate it, but it’s just not actually there.This actually serves to further make the film’s already abrupt ending seem inconsequential: they win a battle and suddenly, woo, Aphrodite autonomy is re-established just like that. But wasn’t the fact that the Aphrodite authorities were no better than the Ishtarians a major theme early on? Is it only the good Aphrodites in power now? So unfulfilling.

See also: IMDB, Anime News Network, AniDB.

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I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

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