English: Mars of Destruction
Synonyms: Hametsu no Mars
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2005
19 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company
Score: 2.621 (scored by 8507 users)
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SynopsisIn 2010 a manned probe sent from the Earth to investigate Mars explodes in the Earth atmosphere and fragments which contain a DNA sample of what is thought to be a trace to possible Mars inhabitants falls on Japan.
That causes mutations all over Japan. People who are infected by the "virus" are called the Iseki-jin (relic persons). The AAST is founded, obtaining the cooperation of structure Doctor Hiroshi Hyuga they develop a suit, "Mars", as a trump card against the Iseki-jin.
The carrier of the suit obtains super powers, but only a few people, who are DNA compatible with the suit, are able to wear it. Tairu, the son of the doctor, was the first person able to wear it.
While the fragment which fell on Earth is being transported to a laboratory in the USA to be analyzed the transport gets attacked by the Iseki-jin and now Tairu has to fight and defend it for a final solution in this incident.
(Source: AniDB, edited)
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This is by far the anime medium's magnum opus. Mars of Destruction is the best animated movie I've seen in years, if not ever. In terms of science-fiction related media, this blows other greats such as Heinlein's works, Battlestar Galactica, and Neon Genesis Evangelion out of the water. Truly an experience I will never forget, and oh, what an experience it was!
This film is highly philosophical. I actually felt regret when the Big Bad Ancient Guy told Random Armored Cop Dude that the humans were the true invaders of Earth. This plot twist was stunning and, on the whole, thought-provoking. It was like something written by Kafka.
This movie is so amazing that it actually makes DEEN's animation look like Madhouse by comparison. It gave me more appreciation for other anime titles! I love you, Mars Of Destruction!!!
The voice acting is absolutely perfect. When the characters yell each other's names repeatedly you will FEEL the emotion. The OST recorded by Beethoven himself is also marvelous. He did an excellent job, as always.
The characters are all equally well-done, from Green Hair Girl to Blue Hair Girl; it's so easy to tell them apart! I especially enjoyed the doctor's dialogue, as I would not have known that the girl whose head exploded was dead without his helpful reminder that "she won't make it."
This picture is absolutely riveting on every level! I could watch it over and over and never get bored!
Run, don't walk, to your nearest YouTube to catch this masterpiece as soon as possible! You won't regret it! read more
So bad it's good.
Have you ever had explosive diarrhoea or a constipation sensation and looked back at the toilet bowl to see what your shit looked like? Well, the same logic also applies for Mars of Destruction. The stench rising from this anime and permeating the air is so fetid and foul that one simply cannot resist the temptation to take a glance. After all, what’s the harm? But consider this a warning: curiosity killed the cat. And although this may not kill you, it will certainly make you lose brain cells.
There are three types of bad anime. There’s the bad, the awful and then there’s the unparalleled Mars of Destruction, an anime so unequivocally bad, so devoid of any form of intelligence or meaning whatsoever, and so inconceivably ludicrous that is provokes laughter through being risible. This is the epitome of the ‘so bad it’s good genre’, that being so, it has captivated attention and become a gradual sensation within the anime community. Take into consideration though, that when something is ‘so bad it's good’, it’s still bad. In fact, for something to reach that level, it would have to be incredibly foul.
Mars of Destruction is a short 19 minutes and 36.24 seconds OVA made to advertise a game under the same title only licenced in Japan. As expected, this has an opposite effect, and only manages to guarantee that nobody gets within sniffing distance of this putrefying crap. This sci-fi story sets itself in the ‘futuristic’ year of 2010, where a virus appears on earth after a space probe sent to Mars explodes. Then, without any explanation whatsoever, these seemingly indestructible Martians referred to as ‘Ancients’ appear out of nowhere, and of course, our protagonist, Takeru, is the ‘Chosen One’ and the only person who can kill these Ancients by using the one and only Mars armour. Oh, and he has daddy issues as well.
Totally (not)an Evangelion rip-off.
Allow me to exemplify the absurdity of this anime with an example. The first fight scene opens to a setting where 3 girls face off against a trio of Ancients. It is later explained that these girls are part of the AAST (Anti Ancients Special Team), which consists of highly trained individuals *cough* capable of taking down the Ancients. Anyways, the trio of Ancients start blasting laser beams at the direction of the girls, and they succeed in blowing the head off one of them, resulting in a nonsensical amount of blood squirting out unrealistically, like a fountain. As a result, the remaining girls retaliate and start shooting, only to find out that their bullets have absolutely no effect (Anti Ancients, my ass). Hang on, only one of these ‘specialists’ manages to hit her target. Believe it or not, the girl who missed was shooting at POINT BLANK range. I could have cataracts in both my eyes and still aim better than this so called ‘specialist’. Just two minutes in, and Mars of Destruction already proves why it’s hailed as the worst anime ever.
And that’s just one of the scenes.
Thankfully, the setting itself is somewhat decent, for a brief one episode OVA at least. But where this anime really reeks of piss, is how the story is executed. In this particular aspect, Mars of Destruction features the most incomprehensible plot, complete with inconsistencies as well as a plethora of clichés. One of the most overused cliché is the ‘Chosen One’. Death Note did this, Code Geass did this, SAO did this. Virtually every single anime regarding a power of some sort does this. Now, clichés aren’t necessarily a bad thing, as most of the time, it would be unavoidable, but it usually depends on how execution of it. Some are done well, some are not. And some are done so horrendously and rushed it’s as if a ten year old had devised the idea while taking a dump. Unsurprisingly, Mars of Destruction belongs in the third category.
Without a doubt the most distinguishable feature of Mars of Destruction, is the hilarious execution of the plot, which has more holes than a human body, sweat pores included. Not only is it numerous, the sheer magnitude of these plot holes is a remarkable accomplishment unachieved by any other anime in a mere period of one episode. On a serious note though, the lack of a structured plot results in an extremely confusing storyline which even the wisest cannot comprehend. Plotwise, this anime is really starting to stink.
Speaking of foul odours, nothing stinks more than a badly executed plot, except CRAPpy art. (Get it?)
Visually, Mars of Destruction is an absolute catastrophe. Although it’s uncertain how much money was in the budget, it would seem like the game developer Idea Factory took one look at the sum required and said, “nup, not gonna happen. How about you turn out your pockets and put all the loose change here. That will be our budget.” Considering that this was probably made on the budget no more than an average person’s weekly wage, it is unsurprising how bad the visuals are. That said, animation is extremely choppy, to such an extent, that the transitioning between frames becomes blatantly obvious. Character and background movements are minimal, and never occur simultaneously. In addition to this, characters hardly ever blink.
Without a doubt the most appalling factor of Mars of Destruction is the characterisation. There is no explanation as to how or why the protagonist wears the Mars armour. The characters are lacking of any feelings, it’s virtually impossible to remember their names or tell them apart (only two of them had names in the first place). Even in the first scene, we are given an insight as to how emotionless the characters are. When one of the comrades has her head blown off, nobody even so much as blinks (wait… they never blink anyway). In fact, there is only one scene where any form of emotions takes place, and that is the daddy flashback, which is in actuality, just another pitiful attempt to add an internal conflict and mimic the dark atmosphere of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Remember the girl who got her head vaporized? Well, get this. They thought that she was still alive, and that it was a good idea to have her body autopsied. The doctor takes a detailed examination and says “this one is totally gone”. Geez, I would have never thought that a beheaded person would still be alive. The very fact that her team-mates gave a disappointed expression hinting that they thought she had a chance is beyond my understanding. I haven’t seen anyone so vacant of any mental capabilities since George W. Bush.
The stupidity of the antagonist is beyond this planet (literally). In one of the later scenes, it faces off against the AAST, and unsurprisingly, the plasma bullets have no effect. Taking advantage of the confused girls, the antagonist grabs one of them by the neck, and starts strangling for what seemed like minutes. Her comrade appears to save the day, and she did, because the antagonist lets go and starts strangling her instead. Why can’t it just kill them by snapping their necks? Why does it have a strangling fetish?
Aurally, Mars of Destruction is a pain to the ears. The voice acting is screechy, annoying and sounds like it came from random people from the streets. In addition to this, the equipment used to record the audio must have been low-tech; hence the weird static noises at some sections. Sound effects are comically bad, and the soundtrack consists of classical music readily available on the internet. That said, the classical soundtrack is part of what makes this so unintentionally hilarious. For example, there is a scene in which the antagonist crunches the protagonist’s arms. During this entire time, grand orchestral music is going on in the background. What a great way to demonstrate the mood.
Mars of destruction is the pinnacle of terrible anime. Despite this, it is not the absolute worst when one puts it side by side with some truly appalling series from the 70s. However, a comparison of such would be inappropriate. Simply put, it’s the worst anime in the 21th century so far.
Watching it once is not enough. Watching it twice is not enough. Only on the third watch will you start to admire how unfathomably bad it is. So bad, it will become good. The incomprehensible plot, the inapt soundtracks, the comedic sound effects, the ‘dumber than Bush’ characters, the overused tropes. All of this will start to appeal to you.
So get watching.
The two worst anime ever created, directed by the Ed Wood of anime. Both of them are absolutely hilarious to watch and will have you burst out laughing from scene to scene. This is the pinnacle of "so bad, it's good."
Two anime from Idea Factory. I don't know about the quality of their video games but the anime they make are pretty bad. The story, animation, and development are quite similar. Although there is not much to tell, for me, Mars is way better then Tenkuu!
Well, "If you liked..." is not the right term for this. Anyway, these two anime have the same studio and length. Both also have a stupid plot twist as a finale. Most important, if you're a fan of bad anime, these two are probably the worst ones, so you cannot miss either. Mars is way worst though, so don't expect the same level for Skelter Heaven.
Both are the worst OVAs on MAL. They both have a useless character that makes you laugh even harder. They have boring stories that will make you say, "What the heck is this?" Also, both are from the same creators, Idea Factory.
The similarities are endless between these two! They're the two worst anime ever. They both come from Idea Factory and have somewhat of a sci-fi genre.
Two of the worst OVAs out there. The only reason to watch either is just to laugh at how bad they are. Both are made by the same company, Idea Factory, and lower budgets than middle school film projects. Neither is even the length of a normal anime episode, and they have plots that attempt to be very psychological but fail incredibly. Stereotypical, pointless characters and bad animation with mediocre soundtracks (MoD's isn't even new it's just common classical music).
Both try way too hard to be similar to Neon Genesis Evangelion. Both failed and have now become two of the lowest rated shows on MAL.
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