Angels from the planet Eden have been watching Earthians, the inhabitants of Earth, for 5 billion years. Chihaya, an angel with unlucky black hair and wings, is a plus checker who travels to Earth with Kagetsuya, a minus checker. Each team of plus and minus checkers keep track of Earth events and, if the score ever reaches minus 10,000, the Earth will be destroyed. The story follows Chihaya and Kagetsuya and the different people and events they observe on Earth.
Earthian is from the late 1980s- early 1990s but in no way should be viewed as a classic. It's just...average. There isn't anything special about it but it isn't completely horrible. Each episode was different: one was alright, one was bad, one was good, and one was cheese. Average. Even though there needs to be credit due to the age it's still alright. Earthian screams 80s, which can be a good thing, but only the sound was exceptional for the time period.
Earthian is shonen-ai but the characters fell into the yaoi stereotypes. There was one guy who was emotionless and the "man" in the
relationship, while his parter was emotional and the "bitch" in the relationship. Even the artwork milked the stereotype. During the "scene," one guy looked so much like a girl it was like watching hetrosexuals. He may be a man but his eyes are girly, his hair is pretty, and his frame is womanly--he is a girl! Too stereotypical. I thought this was yaoi... Putting the couple aside, even the other characters personalities weren't original. The antagonist was pure evil and the girls were too emotional. It was almost as if their personalities were picked out for them instead of being developed. Again, too stereotypical.
The animation is old and gets better with each episode, but even for the time period it wasn't a work of art. The palette is neutral and some of the animation was shaky in fight scenes. It didn't match and seemed like some frames were missing. The lines are choppy, and for those who aren't into the 80s style would not like this anime.
The music is, again, very 80s. Synthesised music was played in the background followed by a couple of electronic instruments such as a keyboard and guitar; vocals and percussion were the only natural sounds. The occasional pop ballet was played, especially towards the ending credits, but the genre of music was electronica. There was a lot of chasing electronic music that was very 80s, which was enjoyable. Though the music was pleasant, it wasn't musically difficult and stuck with a few notes and chords-- not special from a musical perspective.
Usually 80s sound effects have horrible quality, Earthian didn't. The guns shots weren't completely realistic but for the time the sound effects were good. The voices quality in the sound was done well for the time period and the acting was good. It wasn't the best acting, but it was good. The Japanese Messiah voice (Hikaru Midorikawa) was a little too soft and high-pitch for the character but the other actors suited their roles. The sound was the saving grace to this OVA.
The story had potential. The pacing was a little slow, and could have been more developed. The second episode's story line was boring and one could easily ignore that entire episode to save them a wasted hour. The plot, as well as the animation, was best at the third episode; all the other episodes were fair. If one thought Titanic reeked of bleu cheese they should see the last episode. It was cheesy, yaoi angst at it's finest. Earthian needed some comedy, even if it was unintentional. The plot could have been amazing, but was mediocre.
Despite the harsh criticism, Eathian was surprisingly enjoyable. It's more of a "rent it" anime but some may wish to buy it. In other words, a guilty pleasure. It's like a poorly written song with one beat you can't stop listening to. Those who like science fiction and tragic yaoi, Earthian is the anime. For those who aren't into cheesy yaoi can avoid this OVA.
This anime tried very hard to cram a lot of a complicated plot into a short OVA. One would think this would result in a very fast-paced show, but it still manages to crawl at a snails pace.
This isn't an anime that you should watch without reading the manga. If you've read the manga, it's nice to see some aspects (SOME) come to life (kind of) in an anime. As a stand-alone, it leaves you with more questions than answers.
They should've just not called it a shounen-ai and cut that one scene because it does nothing for the anime but throw you for a
loop (they were dating????). If you're going to cut out such a big plot point, might as well cut the entire thing.
If you're looking for yaoi, look elsewhere. If you're looking for an amazing, intricate plot, same.
And if you're used to the quality of animation the 2010's have to offer, it will be a little painful trying to watch this. My eyes hurt at the 144p.
4 episodes... If you think I will say it wasn't enough, you are mistaken. I think it was enough, no.. I think it was enough by the third episode.
I was completely bored, and tired by this anime that I ended up stopping about ten times just to find something else to do. Usually resulting in a more interesting movie, such as Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaur.. oddly.
The story, well.. I am not sure what it really is. I get that they are angels sent to evaluate us on good or bad habits but really... what else is there to this other than utter
nonsense. Yes it is a good yaoi story compared to some others but I say there are better ones out there than this. This was utterly boring, dragging on.. or just wasn't thrilling enough for my taste. You have a Chikane who is an outcast angel.. alright.. and his partner (don't ask me the name, I have already forgotten)... alright.. and what do they do besides dealing with angerment issues, Chikane wanting to know if he is the only angel born with black wings, a scientist creation.. Really it is just episodic almost.
I rather take up a ridiculous love story than bother with this again. And trust me if you knew how much I hate romance you'd know I would have suffered with the love story.
Compared with some of the anime I have seen, this doesn't compare. It is descent, yes, it has some nice effects, true. But it could have been better. It is obvious that it is low budget, but from the first episode to four you can see that it has steadily improved somewhat. I still say they could have done better, but it was okay and standable.
Like any other english dub.. I found their voices basically annoying. Personally I think that is why I didn't find much interest in the story while watching. The voices really didn't seem to match, Chikane's voice was too loud, and obnoxics sounding.. I litterly was wincing. His partner.. well to be honest I just wanted to punch his partner, anways. I didn't like his voice either, sure it matched the character somewhat in his ignorance, but honestly I was sort of twitching while humming Ring around the rosy.. And it takes alot for me to sing a childish song such as that. Personally, I would have perfered Sebastian's terrible English voice to his. And that is saying a lot seeing as I REALLY hate Tatum for butchering Sebastian.
So no, the english dub isn't very good.. it is still watchable but that is at your own risk. The songs.. well.. I didn't like them either. They were okay, but I perfer never to listen to them again.
Characters now... Well what do I have to say about them. Dull, dull, dull.....'hums' Chikane, what is it with him that isn't in any uke.. he is fisty, check, he is seemily girlish, check, he has a great deal of care, check, he is an outcast. Yeah.... not really anything I haven't seen before. I did like him enough to remember his name though, he had a strong care and understanding to other people, and he wasn't afraid to stick up to his snot-noise partner. His parnter... as I repeat myself, I just wanted to punch him in the face.. arogant like any other angel, considers almost everything bad...'glares' I could go on with point out his flauts but I have other things to do. Anway the characters where okay.. they provided well to the story, and they were well rounded enough.. I will not say they were completely well rounded to a point where they can be likeable in my opinion, but they were well rounded enough.
My enjoyment to this was pretty much dreadful. As I said perviously.. I was completely bored, and had to stop the dvd about ten times just to sate my starving interest. Sometimes I found myself wanting to bash my head against something when it came to some really long scenes that were just.. oh stick needles in my eyes moment. I did get giddy once when it showed a particular hot scene, but that was once.
Overall, I have to give it a four. Though I was completely and utterly bored, didn't like the sound, or the characters all that much. I must give it a fair rating which is that of four. It was descent enough to sate any yaoi fan, but do expect to be somewhat annoyed. It was okay for those who like old art work, and alright who likes crappy music. So yes, it was descent.
I usually never write reviews, but this was just so horrible that I had to write something. It's not really much of a review as it is just me rambling about how this is the worst of the worst! I watched this expecting a good shounen-ai story that was not necessarily enjoyable, but still somewhat decent. What I got was the complete opposite. You'd think by the time You finish a 4 episode series you'd be saying it was too short, but by the 3rd one, I was already wishing it would just end. I just wonder how I still had it in me
to actually finish this that can only be called "crap".
I'm not talking about the story because I was literally left off wondering what the hell was the point of this; I saw no real story in it. Sound and Art were decent. Not really the art style I prefer but I guess it depends on the person. Character developments were poor and the main character, Chihaya, makes you watch just thinking: "How the hell did an anime revolve around this guy?" I seriously went through the whole thing wishing there would be any kind of bomb exploding, killing him in the process. Also, even though I liked Kagetsuya, his partner, I just could not handle how we would just do everything for Chihaya's sake. It was so hard to watch. The romance was just.....dead, all thanks to Chihaya of course!
I can say with real confidence that this was the stupidest, most pathetic thing I have ever seen. Even though the first 2 episodes where somewhat decent, the next 2 just kill any kind of enjoyment you could have obtained from watching. I will warn anyone who reads this, if you want to watch, just watch the first 2 episodes. Do not proceed further, or else you WILL be sorry for life, just like how I am right now.