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Megazone 23 Review

May 27, 2009

Megazone 23 Review
The cover for the Megazone 23 Complete Collection.

The cover for the Megazone 23 Complete Collection.

Thank God for the OVA boom that was single handedly started by Megazone 23 (pronounced Megazone 2 3). The story by the way the title is based on what Japan was called back in WW2.

The story is pretty hard to get into, but once you get it it’s there. Here’s a sentence to sum it up: The main character, Shogo finds a bike, a bike that’s top secret to an organization. Oh, and the world is only Tokyo and they live in a spaceship that people aren’t aware of.Not very novel, right? Wanna know why? Because Megazone started it. The story was originally

supposed to be a multi-episode series compounded into a large series. There’s a big flaw in this. There are many loopholes that happen. Where are the organizations? Who’s who? What’s going on? After about 10 minutes you start to understand, but it’s pretty difficult to understand what’s going on early on. Basically there’s three more OVA’s so it’s okay to not understand at the moment. Overall, not bad but the loopholes are very hard to understand.

The art is amazing. The palet and the facial designs are very cleanly done, just like back in the day when hand drawn cell animation was around. My big complain is that things change. In some scenes there’s a pillow that’s big and pink. In some scenes it’s a simple pillow. Honestly, I’m suprised I catched that but a normal viewer probably wouldn’t notice. There are some great realism in the art though. There’s McDonald’s and Coke all around this anime. It’s VERY realistic. The art is well designed and if you can get past the flaws in this artwork it’s not a big deal.

 

 

One of the enemy Garlands of the anime.

One of the enemy Garlands of the anime.

 

The "vocaloid" of the anime.

The "vocaloid" of the anime.

The sound is amazing. From the pop idol singing to the ’80’s soundtrack it’s all amazing. I really felt like I was in that time and place. The english dubbing is excellent, and I wish I could say that for the Japanese version. The J. dubbing is terrible. The flaps don’t match and the voices all sound like they’re on steroids. For all you sub fans you might be turned off by this. It would be unfair to give the audio a 9 since the Japanese track is terrible.

The characters are pretty great. The loud mouth, the cool guy, the girl willing to sleep to the top, and the aspiring actress. Add in a guy trying to commit a coup and you got Megazone. The characters are anything but one sided but I couldn’t get a feeling for them. I seriously only got to like Yui and Shogo. I have to admit I LOVED it when a certain hot-headed-bitch gets shot in the head. I have to say though that there are alot of characters that come and go. Just remember Mr. Coup, Shogo, and Yui and you should be good.

You know I want to give this anime a 10, but it doesn’t deserve it. It just had too many loopholes and it suffered from changing artwork. It is however one of the best OVA’s I have ever seen. I’m going to give it a 9 because it’s a must see. Frankly, not seeing this is ground enough to have your otaku license revoked.

Pros:
+ One of the visuals I have ever seen. (Epic color palet)
+ It keeps you gripped with a great storyline.

Cons:
– Some of the backgrounds change when they shouldn’t.
– Characters come and go.

This anime is 9 “OVA BOOMS!” out of 10.
This anime is out now by ADV films, go out and buy it.

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