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The animation looked pleased for its time, tight handdrawn technique without too much pencil overshadowing and a more mature look to the charachters.
In 1991 there where still lloads of animation studio's that used cheaper recording/sound tapes and still drew anime like it was 1987, though sometimes VHS also could downplay the production but that was normal the time, still this looked like and uncut , raw amethyst in its respect and good transfer of the pale colours used in the first 10 min or so , to the good indeep colourfull animation.
I din't really had put my attention to the music, though it had some good musictones at action packed or violent scene's , no its not like I LOOOOOOVE 1991 HOUSEMUSIC this is a horroranime for godsake ( not like there was any dancemusic in the anime or something) but if youre ol enough you can maybe recognise some old horror elements
Some of the Charachters where interesting , and that story goes back 80 years before 1991, in 1936, it all began as the ova describe's and basiclly most of the charachters involve themself in the legend of eating mermaid flesh in an attempt to be immortal , even unwanted persona got heavenly tempted by it , thoughout the ova u see the struggles of the familly and the unfaitfull but strongminded Mana and Yuta, to see it all to a bitter end, or at least hoping for the least negative outcome, and others just where not strong enough to eat the mermaids flesh and dies right the next second you choose ur pick.
for me i mostly enjoyed the plot wich u think can go into a general scripted direction, but takes u by suprise and the way how some of the charachters respond to it, and its not the best horror anime i've seen but certainly entertaning enough to keep u going, just something different instead of a lot one way directed digitalized anime these days, i choose my oldskool ova,s any fucking day! enjoy !!! read more
45 of 45 episodes seen
Lots and Lots of chibi charachters, Sunrise Inc after the huge success of the gundam serie's that at that point aired from 1979-1988 (char's counterattack was the latest one at the time) found somewhat a new populair direction by creating a more kid friendly serie's in addition/rivalised of Toei Animation's Dragonball serie's wich was gaining hto uge popularity rating in japan, Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru , with a huge pointer to Dragons since that is very important in japanese culture.
The whole serie itself is more a friendly mix between RPG, Action adventure, Mecha's wich sunrise was best in doing and deformed charachters with funny traits to give, even for the villians.
The first wataru storyline goes about a legend that saved the 1st godrealm ( there are i believe 3 realms in total according to the ova' and last serie's storyline) and that hero was named 'wataru', and it seems a 9 year old boy is a descendant or something of that legend and is asked to cleanse the godrealm of darkness and let the rainbow shine.
Animation reallly fits for its time beeing it a kidsshow both the OP & ED to me was likable because some of the singing was stuck in my head together wich the good ol oldskool popmusic, and the models looked drawn very colourfull and funny even for the bad one's with a very positive look at 'chibi'as i said, with every now and then some strange behavior is sometimes a good thing to keep the show going.same for the mini mecha models that is personalised for every charachter wich their own unique powers and abillitie's
Musicwise: Copy, Cut& Paste wich was quite normal at the time and cheaper to do it, how repetitive it became god only knows, it could use some more variation for my account!
The charachters were one of the main things that made the show populair and shows a very strong diffrence in personality's, behaviors, looks ect ect.
but fun nevertheless, wataru himself is not a typical hotheaded ambitious type , more a heroic, helpful boy just to point out, and i like the side chara as well for their part.
I enjoyed it for a big part minus the 2 or 3 fillers every 10-12 episodes but then again it summaries some previous chapters, but the biggest enjoyment of it all was the rpglike action adventure encounters wataru and his friends had, returning all inhabitants to a normal state.
overall i give it a 7/10, good to enjoy for a kids show , could give some more so hopefully the next serie's (minus the ova wich i have seen) give some less repetitive music and some more new encounters with more actionpacked scene's and a more darkerside storyline!
43 of 43 episodes seen
Bandai co. was back then a big distributor and giver of ( in partnership with toei amongs other studio's) videogames based of populair serie's and merchandise, and had partnerships with developers like sqare enix, wich is since 2003 called squaresoft i believe and namco.
Dragonquest is still one of toei most beloved and prominent products ever since 1986 ( it started out on the Famicon, EU had the nintendo modified for the market, and the PC-Engine system wich is mostly unknown outside Japan) and has been seen as one of the first RPG franchises, little before Shin megami tensei(1987- ongoing) or the Final Fantasy series ( 1987 ongoing)
or the breath of fire serie's ( 1989-??) to name a couple. sadly i've only played some old rpg but never the first release of the serie's.
The story itself give's WAY more than the summary says i mean omg shit became intense halfway through!! and remember , its LOOSLY based so it means than some elements and /or npc's dont even appear in the game itself
but does not take away the potential of what it could do more and adds a extra taste to it in following the 'Rpg guideline, the further u get and more levels u unlock, the harder the enemies and terrain unlock special artifacts , meeting new charachters, upgrade items ect.ect.
Animationwise, if Dragonball never exsisted, there would never been Dragonquest, like 2 drops of water.
The soundtracks itself fits , but gets repeated a lot during action scene's.
If we imagined to take a peek inside goku's head what he is dreaming about to be a legendary hero in a fantasy world we got this:
Young abel = 13 year ol gohan
Slime ( the onion like creature's abel has a blue one) he calls ChiChi
Baramos the devil= Hatchiyack from the DBZ ova plans to eradicate the sayians ova
Tobi = a long silverhaired trunks
Jikoku= a demonlike overambitious impression of vegeta
just to name a few.
i enjoyed the fullest out of this show and is a FREAKIN DISGRACE that it never had a official DVD release outside japan, yeah keeping the best shit for themself alright ):
Overall, i would watch it all over again because it appears as a kidshow but it give's a very colourfull and dark aspect in itself , and its damn funny plus its is one show that makes a lot memorable thanks to a lot of positive factors!!!
I LOOOVE DRAGONQUEST!!!! u got + 1 up life
33 of 33 episodes seen
To me at first it looked kinda awkward and pinkcheesy as hell, but if u look past the fillers and some of the sing-a longs segments it give's a good laugh with some memorable moments.
The story itself is not too complicated, more or less been inspired by other kidslike anime but a Hat than can transform anything out of a hat by saying ...: Magical hatto karukaru shiba something ..... well and some of the most redicilous and over the top ( from a kids point of view) items gets summoned or transformed, fun fun fun.
The animation itself looks ok but could be a bit better, not the animation backgrounds itself but some segments looked kinda cheaper and duller , then again there is a great job with some visual effects for its time, funny looking animallike creatures and kidfriendly monsters.
Musicwise the sound in my ears sounded like a very cheap early 80's cave recordings, especially the singing sounded mediocre as well the opening intro.
I asked myself when the serie's ended about the parents of hat, u see them in the begiinning , something happens and u never see them again , not even in the end. The rest of the casting was quite good,even the villians and henchmen gave me a good laugh out though magical hatto is the main persona , with one grampa wich could be seen'as a sort of 'loremaster of devildom' a doglike boy wich has been introduced from the 1st episode and an adventrous but treasure greedy girl, an talking magical egg and some half robotic animals captured by Hat.
I mostly enjoyed it when the villians henchmen try numerous times to get the Magical hat, but when they finally got it they got outwitted in someway that is sooo damn funny, and when peace finally comes to the land a bloody musquito fucks the whole peace treaty up! din't saw that one coming.
Overall an 8 based on the positive content and prob what little kids back then assumed as an after day school t.v program , even though sound prod. and art droppings gave it a several dents read more
2 of 2 episodes seen
Clearly there you can see how the human dominion comes to a crash course once dragons appear with very bloody consequences (don't be a bitch by the amount of blood if you can't stomach it) and a girl gets involved by saving a dragon egg that hatched.
But as the story progresses there is a meaning to the dragons appearance when a demon god fucks up the human world and needs to be stopped and in some way the girl and dragon do it, leaving some destroyed buildings around, and a timerift opens so dragons can enter the human world.
Part 2 on the other hand, you will be confused the 1st time because it starts in a new era named R.C 272 ( Ryuu Seiki translated to Dragon Century) .
It appears that the human world is changed in to a human/dragonworld where
dragons that lives far longer than humans are used as pets, fighting in arenas for fame.
The young hatched dragon from part 1 is now a few hundreds of years old and encounters a young girl that possibly is a grandchild in the future related to the girl in part 1, and for some reason the demon has be revived or whatsoever which is time for the dragons to stop and save their world, and it felt unfinished.
The animation was 'respectable for its time', it was cheap but not THAT cheap, but hey what do you expect from one-shot 2 part ova.
The characters themselves were quite good, I had hoped that a bit more attention was given to the dragons since they are the main part of the story, but I had no problems with the female character, she had an undaunted, non airheaded, strong believing and understandable personality that drops heavily in part 2. Part 2 had more dragon characters and human characters but was all about it.
It was enjoyable on the basis that it's just a short popcorn OVA and was good to me but could have brought soo much more potential on the goddamn table, but after so long it is forgiven. So yeah in the end its up to you to make a opinion. read more
1 of 1 episodes seen
despite the stereotypical highschoolgirls in anime and sometimes bimbo's ,quite some female counterparts had a tough, strong chara development without airheaded fuckups of today, Yes they did some girly things that looked funny and redicilous at the same time but when it came to it, keeping their spirits up and a clean head,Bubblegum crisis, Alita, Maris the choujo, Project a-ko, slayers, gall force ect. ect. respect to anime ladies to write some down.
Maris the choujo was one of those ova meta series that was a one shot project that became notable during the ova boom of the 80's and continued some time though it first started out as a manga ofc, it also have some connection (i think ) to the Urusei Yatsura serie's starting in 1982.
The story to me was interesting , not too difficult to understand with great comical contents and moments, and as well is that like loads of other anime around was a sci-fi story with a loose background but still fun.
I had no complaints of the art i,m used to 80;s anime and it looked coulorfull, not too adultlike and ( ok some drops ) but its up to u what u are used to,and yep it was all handdrawn, pen & goddamn paper.
1980's rockmusic mixed with synthersizer and solo's ya can't go wrong with that, i enjoyed it like it was a timemachine trip FFS!!!
Maris, thanosian that is 6x stronger than an earthling and even with restrains on........ oooh boy and one more thing besides that they can destroy everything with a touch and maris work herself into depts in a hilarious way together with her nine-tail fox assistant wich sometimes use powders to confuse maris , Thanosians are also very greedy since their planet tragically got destroyed so money, silver,gold everything of value is THEIRS in a way stealing it or working for it, once again with funny moments without too many pullbacks
It was an enjoyable ova to me because for its time ooooooh i forgot( there is a splitsecond scene were u see a darth vader lookalike sitting at a bar)
enjoyable because of the popculture references, over the top fights and a not too tragic but interesting background in all and all 4 charachters have been the side core of this anime though it was more centered at Maris .
Overall: 7 hilarious scene's, good story animation, sometime's a bit gritty and droppings , and unclear for ppl it they want to find a story connection to the rumic worlds series of the urusei yatsura makings. but if u love ova's and the over-the-top anime from back then, here u are and hopefully it makes u want to watch the whole serie's , cuz i am! Fuck the paperthin cardboard female charachters from today, just too bimbo and annoying read more
46 of 46 episodes seen
Dragonquest a.k.a Dragon warrior started out in 1986 on the Famicon console( modified in the west and known as the nintendo) wich i believe was developed by Bandai&.co before it was adapted in to books, then anime starting Dragonquest: abel yuusha densetsu in 1989, and even now videogames are available for the nintendo DS systems.
The story is adapted in a way that most rpg elements are there, but the story is a bit extended and slighly adapted, you start as the boy called Dai on a island (starting zone)and is friendly with almost every creature on the island because there was a dark ruler that posseses everything, and only 4 chosen figures could save the land , because of that story Dai wants to become a hero through his retainer and master called brass.
Things really start to kick off when master brass feels increasing dark energy and strange things happen , and therefore trains Dai with spells and magical equipment,
and later on more interesting ( party members) appear wich become's a very important matter like:
Master spellcaster and swordmaster avan and his apprentice POP,
the brave but lovely long-range fighter Maam
The brave but bold armored crocodile
the knight with a sad past Hyunckel
A princess that needed saving, forgot her name
a very cool thing about it is the follow up of the bosses and the choice to join them, like in the videogame's but they first need to be 'dispelled' and defeated, and the locations and journey all are soooo fun to enjoy watching .
Dragonball orientated animation, child-friendly and coulorfull i mean come on thats clear!
The music was fitting with the mood of every episode and for its time ofc and the al famous soundeffects that only Toei back than did.
I love almost all charachters, from the heroes, side-charachters till the villians because everyone had a story to tell that tied in the past, or something thats unfinished to pursue their goal, and there is no lack of charachter and lore content .
Jumping outta my skin, i had that multiple times during some very intense and dark scene's , and yelling in happiness when a boss got defeated yes i enjoy it THAT much.
overall : 9 and thats sadly on behalf of the production , i saw the good ol VHS version dat needed a update and a freakin release in the western world, it drives me nuts that serie's like that is like almost well ..... unheard of or something. damn glad i watched it read more
3 of 3 episodes seen
This 3 part ova was produced and released about 5,5 years after the 1984 movie, in late 1989 ( about the same time i started to watch anime, in april 1989)
wich in the anime timeline is just said 5 years after the 'Khan foundation incident'
Seeing this for the first time, i somehow felt in my 80's anime element and could not forgave myself i never saw this on tape!!!!
For the story i,m not gonna bragg about, locke is a person that gets mostly involved in galactic space fights between the United Earth federation and is enemies,wich later turn out that a more 'emotional factor' is behind it and this time its Lord leon , a rouge esper space pirate.
Animation looks good enough for its time and OMG look at the hair, proper '89 haircut for both Leon and Locke, good and intense esper telepathic interactions and psychedelic battles handdrawn, every sheet of paper done a proper job instead of todays 'stiff digital animation'.
I had ofc no problems with the soundtracks the 1st second the intro started, a mix between 80's rock music and sytheziser, yeah what do u expect from that time?
Choujin locke ( locke the superman) is quite an mysterious and interesting charachter that always go for a more 'diplomatic' aprpoach' before fighting and has lived for at least 300-400 years old but he supresses his growth with his esper powers so he doesn.t in his own words become a 'war loving adult'.
I mostly enjoyed this serie's that more charachters getting a more noticeable role except from that locke once again has solve another persons problem, but enjoyable enough once u got to the esper fights . its just too bad that Choujin locke's status never reached a favorable point in anime because there is plenty of potential and material that can be used if someone in the near future decide to pick it up. and oldskool and rough ruby this one! read more
1 of 1 episodes seen
The storyline takes a few years after the Big war, and some remnants of the opposite Zeon faction and the infamous Zabi familly line , wich goes back to the very first gundam serie's 1979-1980 and the following 3 films compilation and more.
The planet earth is still healing after a colony had been dropped on in the year U.C 79. and for about 13,14 years there has been more war in space that peace in the timeline between the Earth space Federation and the Zeon, and ofc in the midst of war there is that HIGH DEATHCOUNT what gundam is famous for and the flashy spacebattles, during all of that its mainly about the gundam and its kidoperator wich in real life i woulnd reccomend to see sooo much death!!!
For it art is looks right for the time , proffesional early 90's handdrawn anime art, and they always have innovating designs for the mecha's both heroes and villian's, i have seen much much worse from other serie's.
I wanted to put the genre of space opera a bit in here when the space battle begins, it always have some intense opera music bits but also during emotional scene's, if u are used to older anime with stuff like this like i mean u know the drill.
The heroe's always starting out as PUSSIES, hotheaded punks, unfortunatly wich was back than still very stereotypical for the time , u have to bear with it but kinda blows over because much more interesting charachters dropping by, and sending minor-ages pl into war is a bit of a grim concept wich in gundam is fucking normal...... yes it is.
the way how most movies end is when the enemy deploy's it most cruel weapon with a battle that last 20 min or so, that really kept me going and i really liked this film, recommended for the weekends because of the runtime, wich i have no problems with. read more
1 of 1 episodes seen
All those decades, NO revival, NO reboot NO continuation of the ova's NOTHING!!!! and i kept waiting i mean , my sweet honey Gally( as she is sometimes named in the ova and manga books) left me too soon until a meager shred of light came to me in 2002 when i downloaded this treasure.
For at least 3 min i witnessed something that i will NEVER forget, Alita in a 3d clip on a motorball track doing a race JUST like in the 1st few volumes of alita, there was no dialogue of voice-over of whatsoever but the story was 'visually 'told.
Artwork was above my expectations omg!!!! for the time, Aweseome dance techno soundtrack and then ......GALLY!!!!!! looking sexy as ever in her motorball suit ready to kick ball and ass, just pitchperfect from my eyes.
It was only right for me to watch the clip like 20 times at one go everytime it ended and piss me the fuck off, the enjoyment however brief it was raised my spirit by +2 or something i mean I DEMAND HER BACK IN ANIME PPL!!!!!
Someone please find the inspiration to do more because i don't want to spoil stuff for myself by reading the whole series!!! PLEASE, even if i have to plunder my savings and and make connections , BRING GALLY BACK!! read more