Synonyms: Vandread Stage One, Vandread First Stage
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2000 to Dec 19, 2000
Duration: 22 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.421 (scored by 22015 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagsaction comedy mecha sci-fi
Jul 21, 2007
Now that I mentioned battles, I’m really not good when it comes to mecha battles. Intergalactic wars tend to either confuse or bore me, but because of the CG I was a bit captivated. The battle scenes did look a bit busy, I wasn’t sure on what was happening all the time. The technical dialogue kind of made it worse, but compared to other mecha series I’ve watched, Vandread wasn’t so bad. I did watch it more than twice.
One of the reasons why I like Vandread is the cast of characters. I was impressed that everyone was able to get a good amount of screen time, even for the supporting characters such as Ezra and Paiway. That’s always difficult to accomplish, especially for an anime with so many characters. Also, Hibiki and Dita probably makes up one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever seen in anime. I think it’s because of their innocence.
Like I said, the CG was quite good. It blended with the hand drawn scenes very well and it wasn’t overwhelming. The color coordination was really good too – there was a myriad of colors that made the visuals of Vandread even more stunning. I have to note that the drawing styles would waver a bit, like for example, the characters’ designs have noticeably changed from the first episode to the second episode. At the middle of the series, I have noticed that the art became more consistent though.
The voice acting was actually good, but I prefer it if Tomokazu Seki was Hibiki instead of Bart. I’m not saying Hiroyuki Yoshino did a terrible job of playing Hibiki, but Tomokazu Seki is one of my favorite seiyuus. I also noticed that a lot of the major voice actors in Vandread also worked on Eureka 7 – another mecha anime I like.
The music was very poppy and upbeat, and it fit the theme of Vandread really well. Both tracks are very contemporary and they both show different aspects of the anime. I like the opening “trust” by Salia as well as “Himegoto” by SiLC. The BGM was equally impressive – I always like it when there are plenty of BGM tracks so that the mood and feel of a certain scene are heightened and conveyed at its best.
As I mentioned earlier, I’m not really a huge mecha fan. Vandread, however, is different because it’s got a lot to offer. Whether you’re into comedic anime, a mecha addict, a harem anime enthusiast, or just an ecchi fan, Vandread’s for you. read more
Jun 8, 2008
With that set in, the character interactions are amazing and comical. The show is more comical than serious, but it definitely has its moments of seriousness. The animation is done amazingly well with a mix of drawn anime and CGI space battles. Normally when the two mix it turns out pretty bad (Divergence Eve) but Gonzo managed to pull it off.
The story is nothing to intricate but as it progresses, its gets deeper and deeper which brings a lot more action and battles into play. The character development is pretty good as well, no empty characters are really present (with exception of the third tier people you see occasionally)
Some plot holes are presented but if you watch the entire show (by that i mean season two) then everything will be answered and there are some pretty good twists in it to make it extra enjoyable. I have seen both the english and japanese versions and i have to say the dub actually isn't bad, but i would go with the japanese.
I would say this is one of my top rated shows, definitely worth watching.
Oh and something worth mentioning is the awesome soundtrack, keep the volume up during battles, the music rocks.
Apr 13, 2010
I think the least an anime series should do is have some reason for existing. Vandread doesn't. It doesn't try to be an intelligent sci-fi series; it doesn't try to be a heartwarming, iyashikei slice-of-life one; it's even too weak to be considered a harem romance anime. All you get with Vandread is episode after episode of pointlessness.
(And if you're wondering, I only watched it because it was being screened at an anime society. Oh, hours of my life that I'll never get back.)
The men-are-from-Mars-women-are-from-Venus premise, while cheesy, could have gone somewhere. In theory. In practice it was an excuse to have a harem-style setup in space.
There are unexciting space battles which exist so viewers can giggle about the innuendo involved in combining mechs. There are episodes of ~wacky hijinks~ that just turn out tedious.
The art in Vandread, while not hideous, does suffer from character design inconsistency and an obviously low budget - in some cases it's so bad that attempts at fanservice fall pathetically flat.
The use of CGI is also jarring, but I'll be kind and chalk that up to the year of production.
I don't remember anything about the use of sound, but since this was a series without much tension or drama, that seems fair enough. It had pretty good opening and ending songs, though. The voice-acting was serviceable, but again, this is not the type of series which requires the expression of deep emotions.
What character? I think that one of the characters (the Ayanami Rei stock type) got a character development arc, and even that was woefully predictable. The rest of the characters were basically stock types (bubbly airheaded girl, comic relief dude) without believable motivations (if any).
Tedious, mind-numbingly stupid, and not even visually engaging enough to make up for that. If you're watching this for the fanservice (and come on, why else would you waste your time on this), then maybe you'd enjoy it more.
I heard that the Vandread: The Second Stage season is much better, in that it actually has some character development and perhaps a plot. It's just a pity the first season had to exist. read more
Apr 5, 2008
Jul 7, 2008
Sep 7, 2012
New review for something old, buckle down.
My trip down nostalgia lane isn't a fun one, anime wasn't always there for most of the time. School, work and other sorts were always in the way of me enjoying myself. Honestly Vandread was probably the first title I followed around 10 years ago, unlike a good portion of viewers who found themselves in English dubs on Cartoon Network. Anime was popularized worldwide strictly by action, more bang and then some.
Vandread is a title I feel that is in between the anime generation gaps, it employs the popular then mecha approach, with the popular now comedy, romance and what not. You either like blenders or you don't.
What probably hooked me most was the concept of a post earth apocalypse, where men and women are separated on different planets. It's like when your parents used to teach you that the opposite sex had cooties and encouraged you to hang with the same sex. I have another personal belief; men will eventually die out and women will learn how to replicate through cloning. Sure, that sounds like a horrible future but good human genes aren't running well. Hell, a scenario like this might even be popular, science says that the moon is slowly inching away from the earth as it is. Shooting populations of people off to habitable planets is still a science fiction however.
Obviously in this story work place the sexs will all have their conundrums of philosophy. I never really took a liking to any of the characters in particular, this is one of those series that all the characters aren't significantly more important that it makes them as one total whole. Each character has their own deeply flawed personalities that makes them notable in some aspects. Obviously if you have a problem with homosexuality though you probably won't like some of them.
Another thing I really thing illustrates the generation gap would be the opening and ending themes. The opening theme has a more serious tone that sort of introduces the old mecha ideas with CG illustrations and some of the story. When you finish an episode the ending theme in completely different, its the more laid back sexual theme that advances the anime into the next generation.
The CG illustrations and visualizations put this anime years ahead of other titles that aired late 1990's and early 2000's. A strong point but not really anything special due to playback mediums being limited to VHS and DvD. If this were a present time, it wouldn't be special by any means.
The major problem I had with Vandread goes back to the theme of split sexes, more so of the forced gags that weren't really necessary. It's like putting little boys and little girls together and watching them explore, curiosity never killed the cat but someone did get raped. Watching Mr. Alien and Dita go at it got on my nerves after a point. I really disliked the harem aspect, there should have been less room to edge it in, another point I feel was forced. Being what it is, can't stop it from happening. All the dread pilots are linked to one other singular pilot of the opposite sex. A harem is bound to occur eventually.
Robots beating other robots to a pulp in DBZ fashion, new post apocalypse ideas, forced opposite sex gags. Still a great vintage title in my eyes. read more
Nov 11, 2008
After watching the first season, while happy with the quality of the series for what I paid, the shallowness of Vandread makes me happy I didn't pay a huge amount for it.
Women are an alien species; we (men) know this much already. Vandread takes what we know a step further, REALLY making men and women aliens by putting them on different planets.
At the start of the series, the men of Taraak and women of Mejere are about to start a war. The men are fed up of a group of women space pirates and decide to put a stop to them, telling them to get in the kit...err, unleashing a new battleship against them. However, much to the dismay of the men, the launch of the battleship went badly, with the women space pirates ending up stealing the ship.
During all this, a young 3rd class worker, Hibiki, decided to sneak onto the battleship to steal a Vanguard (male mecha) part, ending up getting stuck on board when it launched. He soon found himself thrown in the brig by the men, just before the women attacked.
After the women took over the ship, the men decided to destroy it rather than let the women have it by firing missiles at the ship. This resulted in the ship *somehow* blocking the missiles and getting sent to a distant part of the galaxy. The men and women onboard the battleship then had to start working together since they soon discovered a new alien race that wants to "harvest" humans...
The plot did have a lot of potential. If taken seriously, a plot involving a war of the sexes could have been amazing... If turned into a comedy, it had the potential to be insanely funny. Sadly, however, Vandread turned out to be light-hearted, shallow and not very funny.
The plot does not develop much at all once the Nirvana (the battleship mentioned previously) gets warped to a distant part of the galaxy. The crew face battles against their new alien enemy, known only as "harvesters", go down to the mostly deserted planets they pass for supplies, fight with each other, play with each other... In other words, episodic stuff that isn't meaningful.
It's really quite disappointing that the series was taken in such a light-hearted direction when it would've worked much better as a more adult series...
The characters, while not exactly being deep or unique, saved the show from being bad.
The main character of Vandread is Hibiki, a young male who wants to prove himself. He's simple minded, direct, bad tempered... The type of lead you see in shounen stories on a regular basis. Truth be told, he isn't very interesting, with no background details revealed outside of him being a 3rd class citizen; he has little to no depth.
Dita, the female lead, is much more likable. She insists on calling Hibiki "Mr. Alien", following him around everywhere due to being curious about the male gender and generally annoying the hell out of Hibiki. She was the most funny character in the first season and by far my favourite, if only for being a redhead with nice boobs.
The other two female main characters, Jura and Meia, were less interesting. Jura is your stereotypical flirtatious woman and Meia is your stereotypical military type; hiding her emotions and commanding the others in battle. Meia had the most development (not that that's saying much...) in the first series since her past gets revealed, but the sequence about her past wasn't designed very well and had little to no impact on me.
The other three characters I found to be interesting are male: Bart, a wimpy guy who ended up steering the ship since only a male can; the male doctor, Duero, and Rabat; a Han Solo type. Rabat will hopefully get fleshed out in the 2nd series, him being one of the few intriguing characters.
For a show that aired back in 2000, Vandread most certainly looks impressive. It was a rather nice surprise to discover that the the DVDs are in widescreen format.
There was no obvious corner cutting on the art and animation side during the first season; everything looked smooth and nice to look at. The colours are bright and eye-catching.
CG is used for all of the space battles in Vandread. I'm sure it looked amazing back when Vandread originally aired, but the CG sections haven't survived the test of time and don't impress in this day and age. I didn't really like the speed the CG battles went at since I found it hard to follow what was going on a lot of time... I suppose the idea was to make the CG battles as fast-paced as possible in order to impress more.
Overall, Vandread looks excellent for its age.
The soundtrack was more distracting than anything. The person who created the soundtrack deserves to be shot... That's all there is to say really.
The OP/ED were pretty good. Nothing too memorable but the themes made watching the OP/ED animation more enjoyable.
As ever with Japanese voice acting, the performances were mostly excellent. There was no noticeable bad performance.
Enjoyable yet disappointing, Vandread is a great show to watch to pass time. Just don't go into it expecting to see the best anime of all time! read more
Jul 26, 2012
The strange idea of men and women being on separate planets leaves a lot of fan girls thinking of Yaoi and Yuri and it does happen just a little bit in the show. The yuri comes out much more though because most of the women in the show have other women they like but it seems a lot of the girls seem to fall for the men as well. It’s strange since they are not supposed to think that way when In our day and age, it is not normal to be thinking about the same gender, and when I say this, I mean as a whole and not as the individuals. I’m fine with the Gay and Lez love scene as I am a bi myself. There is a lot of sexual things within the show and lot of hinting including the ‘Power Rangers Combined’ way they did the VanGuard and Dread combining.
The animation was pretty smooth and the colors worked nicely together. The fight scenes are ok though they kind of do more speedlines in the background sadly or go for a somewhat cheep looking CG animation. I was not very fond of that or the fact that everyone’s hair seemed rather blocky and stuck in place with a lot of hair gel. The ending is just a lot of fan service slapped together with a running sequence. I really feel this was part of the low points for this anime and kept skipping it over and over because of how completely stupid it looked.
The English voice actors have a pretty good just of what I would see for a voice but the voice of Dita in the Japanese dub is rather bothersome to me. Some of the other nameless girls don’t have good voices in the English which makes me happy I don’t have to hear them all too often.
Jun 12, 2013
The plot looks very simple and cliched at the beginning as we have Men and women living separately in the far future and are on a constant war with one another . The hero gets trapped on an all female ship and thus we have a nice action harem . It seems simple but It's executed pretty well , it has more detail in it and most importantly , It's very enjoyable and fun at he same time . This series focuses more on plot and also differences in male/female ,their relationship , the crew and a good bit of comedy rather than just romance and ecchi like most other harems which makes it better .
Considering it's a rather old show, the art is still well done . Personally , I did not like the 3D effects in fighting but I this some people will definitely enjoy it . This show has very less ecchi to offer tough .
I think the sound is just about right , I did not pay much attention to the ost , the ending theme was one i liked , the op isn't that bad either .
I liked the fact that they did not use a tsundere heroine cause I am so tired of it .
I liked most of the characters in the show , each have their own personality ,their past and even character development seen on them . Many of the characters are a good blend of entertainment and fun like Pai-check girl , overtime you start to like it , I thought the main heroine and the tsundere pilot were annoying at first but later on , they seemed better and rather likable .
The MC is a bit wimpy but he fights back and is likeable . We have the typical scientist characters as in many other animes etc
The character designs are normal , typical .
On the whole , I found the anime to be much more enjoyable than I thought it would be . It is a blend of most things and quite addicting . The storyline and the sci fi world where men and women are clueless of each other , their differences, sex etc is interesting and executed quite well .
Apr 18, 2011
Full list of the review series can be found on this page, 3rd post from bottom:
This review covers both seasons.
Even a broken clock is right twice every day and even GONZO makes good anime once every dozen tries. An example of which is VanDread.
To be honest I was mostly fascinated with its premise rather than anything else. It was stupid and captivating at the same time, something that I rarely fall for. So it is a world where men and women live apart and are even hostile to each other. Reproduction happens artificially and practically everybody is homosexual. And then weird aliens attack and one ship from each side crash and combine with a mystical force to form a new power for fending off the aliens. They now need to work together in order to find a way back and prevent the alien threat.
Seriously, the premise is to die for. Seeing them trying to trust each other and even trying to study each other (since they have no idea how things are going on with each side) was not only highly comical but also even educational in a way. The whole purpose of the story is in fact to have an open mind to try new things, to learn, to evolve, and to cooperate for a common goal. And for once the deviance was about turning from a completely homosexual crew back to… heterosexuals. For some weird reason I kept making comparisons to Macross and the first old Star Trek movie. The themes are a twisted form of those two features, with the aliens being… humans of the opposite genre and aliens being… mechanized humans. And it was all some allusion to evolution, life, love and coexistence. Isn’t that something to die for? Everything is reversed in this show; right is wrong and wrong is… left.
Ok, premise aside there are other things I liked in this show as well. The cast for example is highly likable. Each one begins as a stereotype and slowly evolves through interactions with the other side into a unique personality. Some of them are highly memorable as well, such as the robot mascot and the curious bimbo “Mr. Alien” Dita. The show makes them act as idiotically as possible but for a change this is nothing but means to excuse their ignorance over what is going on beyond their tiny world and to begin a learning procedure. And even if you don’t see them as such, they are still fine ecchi material for superficial laughs. Since most of the crew is gorgeous girls and the lead pilot is Hibiki, a neurotic teenager, you can just imagine the silliness that comes from having to share the cockpit on every battle… in a humorous ecchi way as always. Meaning, I liked the cast for not being an archetypical harem cast or a token space crew. They were both and they gradually evolved past their mold. Whole episodes are dedicated into fleshing them individually and any learning process is not nullified by the next episode. That is what a good cast is all about.
The production values are not bad either. GONZO was always good at this department and almost always messed in the lively CGI. Well no surprise that most people hate the CGI in the series for looking too crude. The 2D is otherwise great (the characters that is). I will be lenient here since VanDread was amongst the first shows to be heavy on computer animated battles and did fine with what was available at the time. I ensure you that later GONZO works feel a lot worse for trying to turn their human models to 3D. Over here it remains purely during mecha action in space and once again contributes to the alien feeling of the show. I mean, when I first watched the show I thought it was all too weird. Just like the setting. Just like the characters. It was part of the themes too; cooperation and having an open mind to new things. And 3D was so new back then you also needed an open mind to accept the possibilities; thus I was not annoyed by it.
As for all the rest, it is a fine space adventure with various well drawn characters, locations, and side stories that gradually enrich both the cast and the story. It starts all silly and goofy and by the finale in the second season it turns to an epic scale war for the salvation of mankind from… itself. It was just too awesome. The OST feels kinda weak and voice acting is full of retarded dialogue and erotic humor but as I said, it was all part of the same package and I was not annoyed by it.
It’s not as if I fully enjoyed the anime though. Its weakest part is the plot, which is chaotic and messy in the least. For the most part it feels like it lacks direction and most problems are resolved with deus ex machina cheap tricks. Seriously, that glowing crystal super computer in their ship would constantly offer power ups when they needed them and even teleport them or enemies away… on its own. Yup, that was just the scriptwriter being lazy; it would be a lot better if the characters were being more strategically smart about it, other than using superior weaponry fueled by the power of love or something corny like that. Even the finale does not feel that solid as the aliens are still there and Hibiki didn’t “experiment” yet on how heterosexuals make babies.
For some reason this anime was never appreciated for its deconstruction of the ecchi/space adventure formulas. I guess it was all too silly and the CGI alienated most (lol, alienated, like the opposite of what the show … shows?). I consider it amongst the better sci-fi adventures of the turn of the century and I recommend it to anyone who wants to open his mind to ideas, stupid ones like how homosexuals learn to make babies, or intriguing ones like how too much reliance on technology ends up being self destructive. It is not very common in themes amongst anime and it’s even rarer to find something that good by GONZO. read more
May 19, 2012
At first glance this seems like a classic sci-fi mecha, then it looks like a baffonish comedy, and finally like an epic romance anime. Now let me say i am no fan to any of the 3 genre's i just listed.I am also not a fan of ecchi or the classic 15 year old boy becomes all powerful scenario.
What this title does perfectly is bind some of the best things of all those genre's together.
It makes you feel for most of it's characters in a way that i couldn't understand. it seems like they are all shallow or repetitive at times but you can't help caring when one falls from grace or get's their heart smashed. even if you don't like comedy in your anime you will chuckle occasionally at the great male vs female jokes. the cliche let's work together and believe in yourself stuff gets alittle old but its important to the show's message.
If you are looking for deep fight scenes and intricate mecha homage, look elsewhere, because the fight scenes cool as they were, are really just a way to progress the growth of the characters and the overall story arch.
Story: the overall story arch is impressive, not really deep and twisting, but what you would expect right when you should get what you need. the characters are so lovable and by the end i felt a kinship with all of them even the ones i hated to begin with.
Animation: this anime wasn't really ultra new, but for when it was made it looked and still looks fantastic. This anime was made when sci fi series were still debating on hand drawn and artsy vs computer animation. this one went with computer and it was the right choice for the show.
Sound: alot of care went into the quality sound production for this show, especially for the english dubs, however the voice actors were the usual crew we see everywhere.
Overall:this show is like a friend that hugs you when your down, it's heart warming and interesting. You find yourself falling for it's flaws and its triumphs, and hanging on to every little interaction between it's characters.
that being said if your a cynical bastard or a fan of one of the mecha genre in particular skip this show, its more for people who like to feel things, and love people shows.
Mar 16, 2010
Like all shows, there are the occasional "awkward" moments in some of the episodes but this series overcomes them and finishes strong in season 2.
themes: very mild ecchi. romance, mech combat, comedy, space sci-fi, less extreme "Gurren Lagann" like character strength development (if you've seen GL you probably understand this)
Watch if you've seen:
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Sekirei, ~maybe Zoids, Elemental Gelade, etc
This is one of series I think EVERYONE should watch, its a great mix of humor, romance, combat.
Mar 20, 2009
Mar 23, 2009
(P.S.: The mech fusions are awesome, hehe, Dita should bend that way for me ^///^)
Jun 24, 2013
the animation is fluid with well hidden off models that come fue and far apart. it also shows a great use of cg which is used to give weight to combat. as
with all ecchi the character models are often sexy, however as there is a more serious tone being used, they are not overplayed, and offer less fansevice than normal; even the spacesuits are more about purpose than fanservice, as they are bulky when used for being out in space and skintight when in the cockpits to allow for ease of movement.
i can't say much for the soundtrack, although its opening is a really good stand alone and also works to emphasizing the mood.
the characters are this shows strong point, as they are the ones who are dealing with the issues brought up. hibiki the male lead, suffers from a subtle inferiority complex and is driven by the need to prove his existance further questioned by the same entity that gives him his power, dita, the female lead, is an autistic who actually sees past the sexist views put upon her to want to get to know hibiki. with these two you get an assortment of characters, each with there own views, beliefs and problem they must over come.
this is a great anime. whilst the ecchi elements may be offputting to some people, it's definitely one to watch for those who like food for thought.
a definite must watch for anyone interested in sociology and/or phycology read more
Jul 15, 2011
After watching it i really dont know what to say.
I watched today 07/15/2011 with my girl friend. The first few episodes i was like "BLARGH" just because of a side guy saying "i want to have a baby with you" to another guy.
What i highly liked about it was the love build up between the idiot girl. i think her name was daita _< and the idiot guy i would say they are the main characters.
I loved how they build up lots of suspense when the girl was trapped inside the space pod with the baby.
Or when the macho ammo chick "dies" (hehe i wont spoil it just wait and see)
I really enjoyed it alot! read more