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Synonyms: Brigadoon Marin and Melan, MariMera
Japanese: ブリガドーン まりんとメラン
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 21, 2000 to Feb 9, 2001
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.371 (scored by 957 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Sep 21, 2009
Brigadoon, I am happy to report, does not suffer the cliches usually associated with certain anime categories or genres. It simply doesn't belong to any. In fact, It will quietly defy all attempts at categorization and will summarily step on your face if you attempt it.
Brigadoon Marin to Melan's story revolves around Marin Asagi and a giant humanoid monomakia, Melan Blue. Combining fantasy, sci-fi, action, comedy and drama, it's a happy mix of everything every anime genre has to offer, all packed into 26 episodes.
First and foremost, Brigadoon's story is not something you can appreciate by watching the first 5 or 10 episodes and then jumping to the last episode. Despite all the action and the blood and the killing, Brigadoon is, deep down, a love story, brilliant and intricately built over a span of 26 episodes. Marin and Melan's kiss on episode 26 requires the past 25 episodes to explain; save my keyboard the trouble and just watch all of it.
Second, Brigadoon is not for the faint of heart. Most people will be uncomfortable with a romantic pairing between a 13-year old heroine and a much older-looking hero, and may decide not to even give the series a chance. This is a sad mistake. The most intimate thing that ever happened between Marin and Melan in the entire series was a goddamn kiss, and half the time Melan didn't know what a kiss was to begin with. It DOES have fanservice, but the pantyshots were far in-between and mostly for humor. It shouldn't be a hindrance from enjoying an otherwise brilliant series.
Now that we've got that out of the way, on to the review:
STORY: 8/10. Brigadoon's first few episodes makes it look like your run-of-the-mill, monster-of-the-day anime. Thankfully, it changes its mind and the pace picks up after three episodes. When it finally does, Marin's brattiness stops and Melan's slam-bang kick-assery begins.
Melan's "duty" is heavily fueled by events from Brigadoon's past, but the series manages to avoid too much flashbacks by letting Lolo narrate Brigadoon's backstory little by little. However, there are still some confusing points in the series and even as a fan, I found it hard to follow especially at the last few episodes. A more prominent flaw, however, is the deus ex machina ending. I hate this. It's very abrupt, a little too convenient, and leaves so many unanswered questions that I can't help but wonder if the makers originally had a sequel in mind. Explaining the motives of the Hensu-chi alone should take more episodes, considering that this is not the first time Brigadoon and earth almost ended because of the Hensu-chi.
ART: 7/10. The fighting sequels were superb. The action shots are tense and speedy, with no repeated cells to make a one-minute fight last five minutes. The character designs for the monomakias were excellent, notably Melan's and Kushatohn's. However, I've noticed that most people dislike Marin's character design; She's supposed to be 13 but she looks everything under 9. And her feet. I'm pretty sure something's wrong with them...
Anyway, that doesn't bother me. What DOES bother me is how the animation tended to screw up at the worst possible moments. There were a few bad sequences in the Submaton Color episode [which was the best in the series], and it irritates me to no end that Melan's first smile in the entire series was drawn by a retard. I actually have to cover half of the freaking monitor with my hands to make Melan look normal! [Thankfully, Melan smiles radiantly in another scene in the same episode.]
SOUND: 9/10. I found Brigadoon's soundtrack haunting and enjoyable, but I'd admit it's not for everyone. Most tracks were Celtic-themed acapella singing, balanced by bouncy instrumental tracks and a fun closing theme. The acapella rendition of the opening song, "Kaze no Ao, Umi no Midori" is powerful and heart-wrenching. This provides strong contrast to the catchy ending theme, "Nijiiro no Takaramono", sung by the actress who voices Marin herself.
ENGLISH DUBBING: 0/10. Just think of the English dub as parody dub, then forget it exists and watch the subbed version instead. The English dub made several changes in the character's lines, [e.g. Marin never says "Ahaaa~" in the English dub, even though it's her trademark expression in the series] and altered some scenes altogether [Melan and Marin's kiss in Episode 15 seemed to have NEVER happened in the English dub.]
And Marin. Ahh, let me see... it sounds like a fully grown woman trying to sound like a cute 13-year-old, the kind of voice you hear when you dream of little girls asking if you want to play, and when you turn around you see them holding knives dripping with blood, and when they raise it in the air you wake up in the middle of the night screaming. I hate it with all my heart.
Tony Oliver's voice is decent enough, but for a killing machine like Melan its too soft and low, like a whisper that's JUST barely audible. Somewhat like a commentator for a golf show. I don't know, but when Melan gets into a huge catfight involving guns and swords and his voice suddenly reminds me of golf, it kinda ruins the moment.
But more importantly, it's not worth missing out on Melan's Japanese voice. It's emotionless and solid, with a metallic twinge that fits his alien character unquestionably. It constantly reminds you that Melan is a huge bulk of steel and alien flesh you shouldn't mess with. Unless he's talking to Marin, he's ALWAYS unimpressed.I... it's just... perfect. I want to go on, but I can't think of any other words to describe it.
CHARACTER: 9/10. Though it has more than a dozen characters and only 26 episodes, Brigadoon manages to provide enough 'camera time' for most of them. Not enough time for character development per se, but enough for the viewer to grow familiar with and develop empathy towards them. There's Uncle Onando, who never says anything and just keeps throwing peace signs whenever he's onscreen. But I like him, and I don't know why.
ENJOYMENT: 10/10. I've watched the series over three times already, and although I am aware of the series' flaws, it has not stopped me from enjoying it. It's a pretty obscure anime and it's a pity people have not enjoyed it simply because they don't know the series exists. Highly recommended. read more
Sep 15, 2010
First of all, it has the human weapon as male (a rather good looking one at that) rather than female as seems to be the standard in anime, seemingly push this from an ecchi shounen aspect to a more shoujo one. Most series if they want to reverse it, either make the human weapon as some ugly robot, as some monster hybrid or some female cute monster. That's what attracted me to this series in the first place. I was wondering where they would go with this.
After getting hooked to Melan and wanting to see more of him, it's then that the story hits. It really doesn't pigeonhole itself into the "Proxy battle", "Mecha" affair that it seems like it's going to shove itself into. The mystery deepens when we find out that Melan is protecting Marin for a reason. You want to find out why. Toss in a magical transformation device and some romance and you really feel for the characters. It's stops being about a formulaic trope that so many anime base themselves on.
Others have mentioned the ecchi aspect, but really the way it's done in this series more or lets blends it away. Yes you see Marin's panties, but she's underage and they don't really point to it and say "HEY LOOK!" like every other ecchi and non-ecchi anime does and make it the focus of the anime. You find out that the reason you can see them in the first place, is probably because she's poor and doesn't have any money to buy new clothes. Even the scenes of nudity is for a reason and they don't parade it down the street like it's the point of the episode. People are simply nude because they have no clothes, or they can't wear them at the time.
Really over all, the story is VERY original. It doesn't have an aspect you can plop into a category. Similar to DT Eightron in that respect. The ones who came up with the story actually sat down and probably did some world building versus sit down and go "Yeah let's make another anime about a harem... with ecchi. Yeah, like those other five hundred out there." It's really want I want to start seeing in anime. More original stories that don't ruin the experience by having ecchi parts all over the place (Umi Neko and a few other mecha shows), toss in a harem aspect for no good reason (yeah, let's have a bunch of women... for no real reason. If anyone asks... we'll say it's SCIENCE!), or simply be on long string of colosseum battles (YuYu Hakusho, Shaman King, Yu-Gi-Oh, Bleach, the list goes on). It even averts the tried and troped "Let's have a guy... that controls a woman... but she's really a sword/demon/mecha/killing doll/dingo/familiar!" It really doesn't want to make me watch another master-slave relationship being played out on TV where the master is male and the slave is female. I see that in real life too much thanks.
There are anime where the master is female of course, but they add so much ecchi to it that is shoves it back into the shounen, ecchi, boin, harem category. This averts it by making the master female and a child and the slave a good looking bio-mecha type where you don't see the romance coming until the characters start to get closer to each other. It's played more realistically.
Overall this anime is good, because it doesn't try to be like every other anime out there. It makes it's own path in the world and doesn't rely on tropes and cliche out there to get it done. read more
May 24, 2010
Full lit of the review series can be found on this page, 3rd post from bottom:
WARNING TO READERS! THIS REVIEW IS EXTREMELY LONG AND CONTAINS SUBTLE PLOT SPOILERS!
Man, this is by far the most misunderstood series I know of! At first glance, it has a medium average on anidb, it has only one review (now two), it has a silly picture on the main page and it is never spoken of in any forums (meaning, it has no hype and left no specific impressions when it came out). So, anyone trying to judge it by the looks of it alone (like me), he/she will come to the conclusion that it’s a mediocre and forgettable title… Guess my surprise when I found out that this is far from the truth.
It turns out that the major flaw of this series is also its strongest point. And that point is that IT IS NOT AGE OR GENRE SPECIFIC! What I mean is…
a) It has bright colors, usually cheery atmosphere, cute little girls and fuzzy animals, a magical land made out of sweets and continually presents love and compassion to be the powers that surpass all others. You’d think it’s a silly children’s adventure for little kids, right? Wrong! Read reason (b).
b) It has several scenes of female nudity, sci-fi battles, mass destruction, suffering and death. You’d think it’s an action series for teenage boys, right? Wrong! Read reason (c).
c) It is using ALL the bishojo stereotypes to build a dramatic story. We have a beautiful girl, which is orphan, very poor, hated by others of her age, falling in love for the first time, losing her loved ones, losing her eyesight, losing her identity, crying all the time but always staying kind-heated and forgives others. There is even a subtle yuri relationship about her as well. You’d think it’s a teen drama series for teenage girls, right? Wrong! Read reason (d).
d) It has a lot of mysteries, very evolving story, multi-layered characters, several mental breakdowns, dementia and sexual innuendo scenes. You’d think it’s a mature series for adults, right? Wrong! Read reasons (a, b and c).
So there’s why this series is hard to be appreciated. If you try to watch it with the premise that it aims at a specific age or has a specific genre, you won’t like it. In fact, if you dislike even one of the following age-specific genres, you will hate it: Kodomo, Shonen, Shojo, Seinen.
This series is a blend of all the above. It is sometimes only one of them, it is sometimes only another. But it doesn’t feel like a patchwork of irrelevant ideas. It is a fine combination and you will never feel like you are watching 4 different stories, mingled in the same series.
I must tell you that I’m a seasoned otaku, with more than 1.500 series on my back. I know very well of series that blend different genres in an attempt to look interesting and original. For instance:
a) Elfen Lien mixed the Harem genre with Dementia and Gore. It became quite famous for its shocking scenes but it was generally a pointless series with shallow characters and story that LOOKED interesting because of the gore and the ecchi. But nothing more.
b) Kannazuki no Miko mixed the Romance genre with Mecha and a tragic Yuri relationship. It became quite famous for its lesbian relationship but it was generally a simple series with fake characters and story that LOOKED interesting because of the yuri atmosphere and the mecha battles. But nothing more.
c) School Days mixed the School Life genre (a Slice-Of-Life sub genre) with Dementia and Sex. It became quite famous for its tragic romantic relationships and the violent ending but it was generally a silly series that LOOKED interesting because of the wacky ending. But nothing more.
Of course, there are many fanatics who consider the above titles to be the best anime ever and will tell you otherwise. But for me these series mislead by providing shocking scenes rather than the true essence of a good series (which are the Story and the Characters). This is only my opinion and if you disagree, please don’t bury this review just because of it.
Anyway, the above examples were given just to prove to you that I’m accustomed to genre-mixing series. There are many titles that became famous because of it and others who were forgotten for the same reason. Brigadoon is in fact one of those. Which is very sad because I consider it a far better title that all of the above put together.
Ok, enough with the intro. (THIS IS STILL THE PROLOGUE!) Onwards with the scoring. Each section will be intentionally separated into 4 parts, each describing the age-oriented specifics.
ART SECTION: 8/10
For kids to notice:
-There are many bright palette colors in the series and most characters are drawn rather cartoonish (just notice Marin’s feet).
-There are many cute looking cat-like creatures with silly names (Lolo, Lele, Lala), hailing from a magical land filled with wacky constructions.
-There is a sub-space land where everything is made out of sweets. The delicious, candy shop variety ones.
-The way the characters move and grim during slapstick scenes is as funny as those old Tom & Jerry short sketches.
For teenage boys to notice:
-Lots of female nudity! Ecchi on almost every episode! But most of it is pantsu shots and 13 year old girls without breasts. Don’t expect extreme scenes… Unless you consider naked 13 year olds running around to be considered pedophilic. There are lots of those!
-Cool mecha, explosions, sci-fi battles, and mass destructions everywhere! And not Voltes-5 fake ones, where they waste time throwing weak ammo until they remember to pull the sword and defeat the bad robot in the same way all the time. Each battle is different, has a strategy and it is not raw power that decides the winner (Dragon Ball Z, eat dirt!). Plus, the good robot, Melan, is neither indestructible nor he wins all the time.
For teenage girls to notice: Lots of romantic and tragic scenes, where girls blush, cry and yearn for their loved one.
For adults to notice:
-Just look at the realistic way the buildings and temples of Earth are depicted. Most are based on real locations. And we are talking about a lot of locations.
-Notice the smart way the Brigadoon world is depicted. Nothing feels to be drawn randomly. Everything is made with a specific idea in mind.
-Every Monomakia (Brigadoon machines) are insanely great to look at. The Far Observation Monomakia is a creature, whose grinning mouth is a screen and its dozen breasts are the command buttons. The Far Communication Monomakia is a cat-like telephone, where it goes “Mew! Mew!” when it rings and you dial numbers with its soft paws. The Conscience Teleportation Monomakia is a contraption where you enter through its ass and come out of its mouth. The Self-Destruction Monomakia is tribute to the self-destruction mechanism the Hollywood-movie Predator was using to commit suicide.
Final saying : The Animation scored an 8 because it has cartoonish characters and because the motion fluidity is not flawless. If you want a series with a 10 in realism, just watch Seirei no Moribito .
SOUND SECTION: 9/10
For kids to notice: Marin is very cute when making jokes. Just listen to the funny way the creatures of Brigadoon talk and the silly sounds they make while moving.
For teenage boys to notice: Lots of special effects in battles and sci-fi scenes. The fighting Gunswordsmen have a cool heavy-dude way of talking.
For teenage girls to notice: Lots of romantic and tragic dialogues.
For adults to notice: The music themes! My God! What kind of music is that? Chorus/traditional Japanese-something type! I loved it in Escaflowne , I loved it in Gust videogames , I loved it here as well. Elegiac to the point of feeling like soaring in the sky (which is exactly what the intro clip is showing).
Final saying : The Sound scored a 9 because it simply is not as great as .hack//SIGN .
STORY SECTION: 8/10
For kids to notice: The way love and compassion is a panacea when everything seems to be out to get you.
For teenage boys to notice: The cool revelations concerning the upcoming destruction of both worlds and Marin’s story.
For teenage girls to notice: The interesting evolution of the relationship between Marin and Melan. It’s not straightforward; it has its ups and downs. Be warned that Marin is just 13 years old, while Melan appears to be an adult. This may strike as sick love to some.
For adults to notice:
-The story itself is a lot more complicating than it originally appears to be.
-It takes place in 1968 and includes real events, social issues and famous personalities of that time.
-It includes many different themes, such as coming-of-age, war drama, political intrigues, philosophical debates, existencialism issues, and sci-fi ideas, such as parallel universes and time travel.
-The plot-driving phantasies Marin has are very Jung and Freud-based (sexual, that is).
Final saying : The Story scored an 8 because some parts feel rather forced. There are some Deus Ex Machina events that ruin the seriousness of the story. Plus, all the beating Marin and Melan experienced throughout the series would be enough to kill an elephant; but they appear to survive all the time.
CHARACTER SECTION: 8/10
For kids to notice: The cute denizens of Brigadoon are hilariously funny. They talk like scientists but move like asylum madmen and throw pies at each other instead of using violence.
For teenage boys to notice: The way the cool Gunswordsmen fulfill their duty and the true intentions of the sinister Renegades are great.
For teenage girls to notice:
-Marin is the epitome of tragic bishojo characters.
-Moe is there to spice things up with her frail and yurish behavior.
-Melan is the handsome knight in shining armor of all romances.
For adults to notice:
-There are no stunts. Everyone takes part in the story and affects the events in it.
-All characters mature as the story progresses.
-No one is there just for laughs or cries; they all were both funny and tragic.
-Some have secret agendas that are revealed only in the end.
-All of them have a rather strong presence and differ from one another.
-Marin’s way of thinking and imagining upcoming events is incredible!
Final saying : The Characters scored an 8 because sometimes they change emotions too fast. One moment they suffer and cry, the other they are up and laughing. But this does not include the scenes with the teenage girls who do that many times because they are entering puberty and they are stormed by emotions.
VALUE SECTION: 7/10
Anyone who watches this, no matter if he/she liked it or not, will definitely admit that it’s an original and well-planned series. Its multiple elements and heavy atmosphere may take some time to rekindle your interest in it but it will definitely be in the back of your mind for the rest of your life.
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 8/10
This section has to do with my personal tastes alone. After watching 1.500 series, you start to feel that most series just copy one another. You see how the same things happen all the time in all the series and start to yearn for something different. This series is one of those cases.
-Unlike Elfen Lied, Kannazuki no Miko and School Days, it didn’t try to be interesting just with cheap shocking events.
-It had an interesting story, which constantly evolved without being too repetitive.
-It had no fillers! Most series have story only in the first and the last episodes.
-It was a fine blend of most genres, without becoming inconsistent amongst them.
So, ok, sometimes the events and the characters feel very fake and there is always some Deus Ex Machina way to escape danger. And the yuri relationship is not really explored. But these take only a small portion out of the whole pie.
The accused is found … NOT GUILTY! … He uses too many spices but the final dish is quite something.
All of the following titles partially remind me of Brigadoon. But as a whole, none of them were as good as it was.
Card Captor Sakura. (good) There are similarities when it comes to the subtle yuri relationship between the two main girls and in the way Sakura, like Marin, changes clothes all the time and collects strange creatures. But there is no general story in this one; just simple adventures and slice-of-life.
Figure 17. (good) There are similarities when it comes to the way slice-of-life and good action scenes were mixed together in the life of a normal girl. But the general story is quite simple.
Digimon Tamers. (very good) There are similarities when it comes to the way kids find creatures from another weird world, which starts to mingle in the sky with their own. The story is also perplex as well.
Escaflowne. (very good) There are similarities when it comes to the way a normal girl is taken to magical world filled with handsome knights and mecha. And the music themes are also as great.
P.S. If you see the ratings in my other reviews, you will realize that I rate really strict and low. If you respect my opinion about the series and of the way I rate in general, you can imagine how really good a seasoned otaku like me considers this series to be. read more
Nov 1, 2011
Leaving his only legacy for Sunrise two quirky arthouses; the enamoring but puzzling Brigadoon, and the philosophical/medical study, Betterman. Of the two, Brigadoon succeeds as both a step away from source inspirations and how to mindfuck someone and the recipient not feel violated.
Brigadoon starts off as simple as the oldest mecha genre can be; plucky girl, Marin, has external problems that do little to upset his/her upbeat view of life. All of a sudden... robot invaders strike!
The military is ineffective!
They seem hellbent on capturing/killing the main character!
What does Marin do??????
Wait....! Who's this blue bot called Melan Blue? A friend it seems... or not???
Briga's simple expo is both bold for a mecha show in modern times but also risky since its tiny alteration of having Marin and Melan being an actual "team" can be puzzling. Recent mechas like NGE, Blue Gender, and Gasaraki (including the director's other show Betterman), felt to include the human psyche as a determining factor in plot. But since those lied in the Real Robot bin, Briga's buddy bot seeds a whole buncha questions. Some might be:
Is this a monster-of-the-week show like Gundam? Is this a romance (and if it is... why???)? Is this a straight buddy show City Hunter?
Unlike eclectic mixes like Baccano, all such possibilities are strung together in tune to what is real within Marin's view and Melan's.
I'm basically saying that the show minds both characters' issues and what's better, includes both of them constantly leading the show. So the funny thing is the result:
Briga has MORE elements, style, mindbending, grave character handling; or potential, but all of this came from simple approach.
What a concept.
The downside? Who wants to wait?
The answer? Who wants to be surprised?
Luckily, two things are constants:
1. Complete and utter character faithfulness/catharsis
2. Some of the most genuine and understandable emotions in an anime; think One Piece.
Imagine what themes await... betrayal, loss of innocence, power of belief, power of friendship (or more...); when you watch an obscurity like Briga you face one of the greatest truths as well, the courage of facing down the unknown.
Now that I think about it, One Piece and even Gurren Lagann have another commonality; Art = Acquired Taste.
One model of an attractive women might not sit well when you see it's "curvy" figure translate to a girl; those of you who get indecent implications one moment and find it going against the nature of the show, relax!
This is anime after all! For all I knew, Brigadoon was going places with setting up multiple facets for audience appreciation. The mecha designs are basic but with fierce tenacity broadly reflected with their personalities. "People" bots = COOL!
Regular bots = COOL! Leading me to a theory: Returning to old school isn't a bad idea at times...
But, because I care, I'll provide a little trivia for anime staff buffs:
Brigadoon's character designer = Code Geass' character designer = attractive designs for underage girls can work = ...a problem now?
Finding fault in the art is one thing, but the music is another matter entirely.
Who would've thought that Spice and Wolf's musicmen could make this!
My response? Two things:
2. What does this mean?
I have a rule; if an OP's feeling is not properly reflected in the show's content then it affects everything.
...gives the anime complete ability to identify itself. Come see Brigadoon if you want to watch something that has substance deserving music such as this... and vice versa.
If there's anything I've tried my best to clarify about Briga is that there is not middle ground; there is nothing where you can draw conclusions or basis of reasoning from... which makes its characters feel so masterful.
Marin is typically sunny, but her nature not befitting her standing in life draws trouble naturally. Bullied, condescended, and prejudiced. Even her best friend inadvertently hurts her for presumptuous accusations. To be cast as the source of all the strife exponentially raises all of that animosity. Melan's initial anal retentiveness towards her "mission" with Marin steadily dies down in favor of understanding.
Despite the two's personal agendas, ages, and backgrounds, they are at the middle of this, and a bond so unlikely seen and born in anime forms here in this show.
Respective person's lives interfere relentlessly and painfully from time to time, from the police bullying a girl and her family, to Melan's comrades' unpolished emotions obscuring priorities, to revenge stemming from Joe's and Jane's, to everyday circumstances leading the next step.
I mentioned catharsis with characters, so even you readers forget I mention this, don't count anyone out.
Because everyone involved is key to enjoying this show. Anime is already a warpy medium but Briga's uniqueness is pushing just how warpy something can be and still matter to watch.
You'll have the mysteriousness to pique you along and the simple and clean characters growing and growing alongside you.
Compared to that, what more do you need to venture into a foreign land?
Ultimately though, I could call Briga great for the reasons why the most popular anime aren't: It does something new. It doesn't settle to just "try", it dives into itself, pulls out a magic paintbrush called imagination and flings it around til you can't recognize your way out. Alice in Wonderland? Yes.
And like that story, you can watch it pan out and not get angry. Confused, definitely, but definitely more satisfied than you'd think.
Letter Grading Time (LGT)
Story: A- (pushes and pulls its fragile universe apart leaving the sincere, honest things we tend to ignore in anime the most...)
Art: B+ (slap a lil' ol' school with a little retro with a fine dash of imagination and you get a miracle soup as manic as Duck Soup)
Sound: A ("music is the voice of the soul..." The Cricket from James and the Giant Peach. Who woulda thought such a voice came from here...)
Animation: B (Sunrise smooths things typically, but reality can bend only so far without the eye noticing)
Character: A (you want characters you'll care about? ask no further)
Enjoyment: B (trippy, but not slippery. Weird, but not off-putting. Engaging, but not detached)
Overall: B+ ("Would you have it any other way?" is a question associated with greatness well deserved for here; one of the best genre overhauls in the medium) read more
Oct 21, 2012
Our main character is a zany 13 year old orphan girl called Marin who lives in a small town and usually just goes about her day with her head in the clouds delivering newspapers. Suddenly and without warning Marin starts being chased out of nowhere by mechanical monsters. This incident leads her to come across a tiny capsule like bottle which contains a human weapon called Melan Blue who then protects her from said monsters but for some reason will not explain the current situation they are now involved in. Soon after this it is revealed the earth itself seems to be in peril due to a strange phenomenon involving a parallel world floating above the earth called...you guessed it Brigadoon.
Somehow all these events are connected to Marin….the question is how and more importantly why?
What I both liked and disliked about the story is, just like our main character Marin, we the viewers are totally kept in the dark about what the hell is actually going on with these continuous ongoing manic encounters and this can be intriguing to watch…….well, to a point
So while this mysterious story lingers on the character interactions actually start to fill the void and keep things interesting enough so that you don’t feel yourself getting agitated waiting to see what is going to happen next and more importantly why
The story has elements of drama, action, comedy and surprisingly even romance. Now mixing all these things together in one show has been done before but with Brigadoon it kinda feels like things go from one extreme to another…..and this is something I didn’t particularly enjoy very much.
For example one moment Karin could be daydreaming about something humorous and insignificant and then a moment later she would be getting the s*it beaten out of her….because that’s how life is? Erm….okay!?! lol
Alright, to be fair those extreme moments were actually genuine in formation, however they just flow together rather abruptly and the cruel moments in this series are pretty intense
Add to this we have the mix of other extremely zany characters (the brigadoon alien committee) with extremely serious ones (the gun swordsmen) and the series really does feel like a washing machine full of various opposing elements set to super spin and for this series it works out for the most part. Okay a better analogy would be it’s like having a bowl of ice cream with sprinkles of chopped onions all around it….not the best combination to have at the same time
Ultimately, the story IS quite interesting but still a little convoluted with continuous questions that will not get answered until the last eighth of the series. Elements of this story did however come around as a surprise and it even had it's share genuinely sad moments. Sadly I'm not sure I like the actual implementation of the story on a whole
To me, the actual setting and character interactions make this mixed up story standout more than anything else……intriguing….yes…..consistent……not really
The animation style in general looks quite colourful and pastely as almost everything drawn has a visible white streak around the edge giving it a unique shine affect….and I’m not sure how I feel about that as an art style in here
Character designs look very cutey and soft looking overall which plants a friendly atmosphere perception in this anime……which is intentionally misleading.
Action scenes and various disasters points were animated quite well however because of the childish animation style things that happen in this story tend to HIT you harder when they come out unexpectedly. The overall feeling from the animation style also reminded me of shadow star narutaru somewhat.
I did actually like the fact that this animation style puts your mind in a certain place while the storyline alters that original perception and explores different….well..darker things you would not have invisioned being in here. This weird mix of dark theme storyline and cute animation is the kind of thing you will only find in Japanese Animation…reminding me just how different Anime can be in comparison to other animation types
This is without a doubt the strongest point for this title. The English dub was excellent, I have to applaud Wendee Lee’s performance for playing both Marn & LoLo as well as Tony Oliver as Melan Blue - I can honestly say I felt the emotions these characters were carrying through the dialogue because of the great voice acting…..good stuff
Background themes where very smooth and classical reminding me of escaflowne. Op and Ed where cute and full of life...but the ending theme got very annoying at times mostly because some of the crueller episodes would end on a very dark note (take episode 24 as an example) and then the happy go lucky ending theme just did not make sense at these points. This I will admit is more of a personal nit-pic. Overall I will just say the sound, dialogue and English dub was very impressive for this series
I actually found the characters to truly be the heart and soul of this series. Your two main characters Marin and Melan both have a kind of blind innocence which is endearing and compelling to watch.
Although I am pretty sure I have seen this kind of character setup before (human and alien/monster/cyborg etc) in this case the partnership did not feel like just another variant of an overused formula. Melan Blue’s character in particular grew the most throughout the series and I found him a particularly likeable and admirable character
Supporting characters are also surprisingly realistic with their interactions and although the story can jump from zany comedy to dark drama in an instant at no time did I get annoyed with the characters motivations as they all seemed to be playing their parts very well making things more believable as the series progressed
I guess the only thing I really did not like about some characters was the fact that they would not explain their actual intentions for so long I just did not want to see them at all sometimes (Brigadoon aliens) but that fault I should put down more on the storyline itself as keeping things secret or hidden was also a major running theme in this series.
In conclusion I can honestly say that if it was not for the genuine-ness of the characters and their realistic reactions to the situations in this series I certainly would not have enjoyed this anime half as much as I did
It's fair to say I enjoyed this series quite a bit and was consistently engaged to find out WHAT the hell was really going on and who was pulling all the strings. But as I said before, over time I soon became more interested with just watching the character interactions themselves and just hoping everything would turn out for the best for them
The thing I think that kept throwing me off at times with this series was the zaniness of the Brigadoon aliens and the sometimes radical shifts in tone which often made me wonder when I should take things seriously. Also there was the occasional yuri-ish vibe I got from another female character that was actually named “moe”. Well it’s not like I’m opposed to Yuri or anything it just came on a lil thick at times (Moe the Giant).
This title as many others have said is hard to label as it mixes many genres with a cartoony animation style, but even so I can honestly say this series achieved a sense of originality in my eyes and once it was over I really did feel the impact of the relationship between the characters.
Unfortunately I still feel the actual implementation of the story is a bit all over the place and I believe that if it had dropped some of the more comedic-zanyness and stop throwing the emotional tone from one extreme to the other this series would actually be more consistent making it’s grade be of a much higher level.
However, regardless of all that this series is still a solid and original experience....some patience may be required though.
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Aug 20, 2012
What I did enjoy with Brigadoon was how effectively it went into its more serious elements. Marin is portrayed as a believable tragic heroine whose tragic past, current upbringing and connections to the Monomakia regularly put her at odds with classmates and others among the human populace throughout the show. She gets regularly bullied for her social status as an impoverished orphan and this worsens throughout the show as her bond with Melan Blue against the Monomakia threat leads classmates, the police and citizens to lash out at her at points thanks to personal tragedies and thinking she has something to do with the problems humanity is struggling with thanks to Brigadoon. Melan also makes for an interesting character as well as he adapts to living life on Earth and tries to maintain his loyalty and growing bond with Marin as he comes at odds with other Monomakia, a few of which being former comrades he used to coexist with before going rogue.
Brigadoon is also good at keeping you hooked on its plot developments as the merging of Brigadoon and Earth leads events to worsen throughout the show. The series slowly reveals more about the world of Brigadoon, Marin's possible connections to the world and characters taking their own different routes with trying to manage the problems between both worlds. Mood whiplash happens quite frequently throughout the show as Brigadoon juggles between light-hearted moments and shocking plot twists that worsen the situation faced by Marin and other characters. The series isn't afraid to kill off major characters or put said characters in life-threatening situations stemming from the Monomakia threat.
Still though, my praises for Brigadoon's serious elements still suffer from the title's more comical elements. I found the show's attempts at comedy as a breather from the more serious moments to be quite hit or miss as I much rather enjoyed the light-hearted moments of bonding Marin had with other characters over the show's comedic moments. With its comedy, the show quite often gets in the annoying habit of fooling the audience with Marin have a bizarre dream over her thoughts of any serious moments that take place throughout the show, and they are quite often a mood killer following the show's serious moments.
Brigadoon's more serious elements are also not safe from criticism from me. Many of the shows' early episodes tend to follow a "monster of the day" type plot that do nothing to advance the title's plot and I did often find myself getting creeped out with the frequent occasions of seeing Marin and a couple other girls around her age being nude. The final episode of the series was quite a letdown as well, having a good amount of deus ex machina to undo any major character deaths taking place, leaving Marin's connections to Brigadoon unclear and any details concerning the major foes of the series rather vague.
Visually, Brigadoon is rather average as character designs are on the simple side with details and look a bit rough with their lining with the childish-like style to many designs taking away from the seriousness of the series. Scenery is well designed having vast shots and a nice amount of detail applied to them. Animation shortcuts happen rather frequently throughout Brigadoon with speed stripes, still shots and reused frames being the norm with it.
Musical tracks do their part in accompanying the show's calm, comical, serious and dramatic moments. However with exception to the anime's OP musical track "Kaze no Ao, Umi no Midori", the soundtrack to the series isn't too memorable for me.
Overall, I felt Brigadoon's mixture of comical and serious moments in exploring Marin's ordeals with her everyday life and the Monomakia to be quite hit-or-miss for me. While I did enjoy much of the show's serious approach to its story, the comedic moments were too much of a mood killer for me and the final episode felt too convenient and open-ended with how it resolved its major plot elements. I suppose your mileage will vary with how well you warm to the series since it looks like Brigadoon has a cult following among anime fans. read more
Apr 19, 2009
Apr 15, 2008
Avoid this at all costs- the anime, anyway. If you're interested in the plot, read the manga. It's the same thing, only without the pedophilic parts, and with a coherant plot. read more
Jul 31, 2012
seriously. this is good, but it's like watching torture.
Jul 16, 2014
The storytelling of present here isn’t something that can be judged based off of the first couple of episodes. While the monster of the week format persists throughout the 1st half, there are other serious elements at play here. What sets Brigadoon’s earlier episodes apart from other proxy battle titles are the actual repercussions that come with a child summoning a monster to combat other monsters. Lives are damaged/destroyed, thus people grow fearful and act on their fear. This is where the more tragic elements come in to play as not only does Marin become a pariah in the eyes of her peers, she is also targeted by the police as well for being at the centre of all the madness she never asked for. This is a series that won’t pull it’s punches and knows how to use shock factor as a means of getting points across.
Once the 2nd half hits, Brigadoon plunges head first into its own strange mythos and slowly reveals elements, those that are both entirely new and those foreshadowed earlier on. The story picks up a greater sense of urgency as well, as its plot-twists suggest that there is more at stake than just the lives of Marin and Melan. Although there are many elements at play within the setting of Brigadoon, some of the more vital ones do not receive much attention and feel pulled out of thin air with last minute explanations during the last episode. Another somewhat annoying trait this series adopts is use of cliffhangers sometimes. Very rarely will there be a cliffhanger that isn’t resolved via disappointingly simple means. It’s these somewhat cheap tricks that put a damper on what is otherwise a rewarding experience.
The true heart of Brigadoon lies in the intriguingly handled relationship between Marin and her alien guardian Melan. It develops from protector/protected, to father/daughter, and finally to the kind of relationship that should by all accounts feel wrong. The progression of their love feels gradual and given their extreme reliance on each other, the destination feels justified. The actual ending as a result gave me what as the “feels” even though the path to that ending came about could have gone smoother, as I’ve already mentioned The wrapping up of their character arcs as a result feels cathartic enough to bring one to tears. Helping Marin get through her hardships is her makeshift extended family. Their personalities often rely on one-note gags, but the levity they offer is welcome in the face of the looming despair hanging over the story.
Brigadoon’s aesthetic, while dated visually, evokes a feeling of uniqueness not unlike the story itself. Although the visuals are by no means amazing, the overall cartoony style gives the show its own look. The series is set in 1969 and it certainly shows since special attention is given to make the locations give off that kind of vibe. Though the fight scenes are fluid enough, still, the OST is much more remarkable. “Kaze no Ao, Umi no Midori” by Ikuko is a damn good opener with an appropriately sorrowful feel to it. The rest of the track is diverse enough to accommodate for the range of tones that series employs. My only gripe lies with the ending theme, which on its own is pretty decent, cutesy stuff. However when an episode ends with a serious cliffhanger, it only serves to damage the mood with its cheery tune. It’s better to just not watch it once the second half hits.
It’s to easy see why Brigadoon: Marin and Melan incapable of achieving any more then cult status. I believe that the quirky look may have given off the wrong message to many anime watchers as to what this series is all about. It’s a “something for everyone” sort of show to the point where it ends up being an acquired taste, if that makes any sense. Perhaps the best recommendation I can make for this series is that you should watch it if you’re the sort of person who can live with having their emotions jerked about. If so then prepare for a game of Genre Roulette the likes of which you may never see replicated to this success.