Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 1994 to Feb 24, 1995
28 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 6.031 (scored by 326 users)
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SynopsisWhile looking for the ledgendary Mapman, the last surviving member of the Nomad Star tribe, Lipumira finds him in Tokyo. His name is Gen Tokishima and he is the only one able to get one part of the starmap hidden within the Earth. After retrieving the piece, Gen must make a decision to follow Lipumira in her foolhardy search to find the remaining pieces of the starmap or stay on Earth. He makes his decision, only to find his girlfriend has beaten him to the spaceship as she wants to come as well. Unfortunately, as Gen learns the secret of the starmap, Lipumira's sisters have plans to stop her and will stop her at any cost.
Related AnimeAdaptation: MAPS
Alternative version: MAPS (1987)
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First, I'd like to state that this review is of one with no prior experience to the MAPS manga. While such a claim might seem ignorant, at the time of viewing I was not aware that the OVA was an adaptation.
At about two episodes through, one can easily recognize that MAPS is a highly compressed OVA. At 17 volumes, this four part OVA is comprised of 25 minute episodes--hardly enough time to cover the high volume material. MAPS easily loses you in the world it attempts to create; not through intriguing storytelling or an immersive sci-fi world, but rather through convolution and an inadequate means of explaining to the viewer. A slight narrative in an episode or two is given, but never enough to fully grasp what exactly is happening.
However, the character designs--and possibly even fan-service--of some characters warrant a watch of at least some of MAPS, as does a particular weapon used by an alien enemy; one that is quite interesting in sort of a macabre, darkly humorous way.
The ADV DVD release looks quite nice, although I noticed in the last episode a particular girl's screech to be quite piercing, even on a very low volume setting. No extras, but this is not unusual on Region 1 OVAs.
MAPS is certainly a mess, but it left me intrigued to at least seek out the manga, regardless of a lack of fansubs (To my knowledge; correct me if I am wrong.) It's hard to recommend as a whole, but a few early episodes are enjoyable--or, at least pretty to look at. read more
Opening Theme"The Wind Rides on Wings, Wings Ride on The Wind" by Yasuhiro Mizushima
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