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First Squad: The Moment of Truth

Alternative Titles

English: First Squad: The Moment of Truth
Synonyms: Pervyi Otryad, Первый Отряд
Japanese: ファーストスクワッド


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 13, 2009
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Anchor Bay Films
Studios: Studio 4°C
Source: Unknown
Duration: 1 hr. 13 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 6.171 (scored by 13,083 users)
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Ranked: #60812
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Popularity: #1708
Members: 22,993
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First Squad is set during the opening days of World War II on the Eastern Front. Its main cast are a group of Soviet teenagers with extraordinary abilities; the teenagers have been drafted to form a special unit to fight the invading German army. They are opposed by a Schutzstaffel (SS) officer who is attempting to raise from the dead a supernatural army of crusaders from the 12th-century Order of the Sacred Cross and enlist them in the Nazi cause.

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Mar 17, 2010
I'll admit, I was sort of excited when I found this when I was randomly searching for some good Original Anime Music Videos. Russian rap and Studio 4°C (S4C) animating the video was perfect mix. But as an avid music video watcher in my hey day (when MTV actually showed music videos), one should know that you don't ever take a music video literally or you will lose the game.

Enter, First Squad: The Moment of Truth. I have seen many of S4C's animated shorts recently and have been a fan of most of their work. So to find a full length movie by read more
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Jul 17, 2010
A non-spoiler review from a native Russian.

Ok, there are many reasons this is not a good movie, and I believe the fact that it is a WW2-inspired fantasy flick isn't one of them. It's the fact that it attempts to do things well, takes itself seriously (look at the official site), announces that loudly… and fails at executing nearly every single one of them.

Perhaps the most dreadful offender is the documentary shots that *interrupt* the brief moments of action that actually happens on the screen. They attempt to explain some of the surreal and nonsensical things, but do a piss-poor job at doing so. The read more
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Jan 30, 2015
Considering this is my first review, this is actually a hate mail. Why is that so?
You'll soon see why...
I started watching it believing this would be something interesting. What a fool I was. If you think this anime is going to be "interesting" because it has WW2 and Russia, you're damn wrong. You should avoid it.

I was almost interested for the first 10 minutes. But the acting was terrible. The characters showed no emotions. If you do want to call them emotions, be my guest. I one was rejected by the false interpretation of those "emotions". Oh well... we'll let it be.

Story 1/10
I have absolutely read more
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Oct 6, 2009
This is my first review, but I feel like it needs to be written because no other review has highlighted how much of a let down this movie is.

Story (3/10): The premise is not terribly deep and can be summed up quite quickly; basically the Nazi's want to summon this ghost to kill all of the Soviets, so the Soviets send this clairvoyant teenage girl fight the ghost. The premise isn't amazing, but the movie could have still been good despite that. Where the story really goes bad are during these documentary-esque live action scenes with 'war veterans' and 'historians' (who are not actually war read more
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