Despite the title, this is not a feature but the three-part OAV Battle Skipper (1995), which Takashi Watanabe directed before going on to Slayers.
When the members of the Etiquette Club at St. Ignacio's School for Girls go down the tubes--literally--they acquire the skimpy outfits they wear to pilot the unfortunately named BSs or Battle Skippers, state-of-the-art military mecha. As "Extars," the Etiquette Club members fight to eliminate evil from the world, which means the bizarre schemes of Sayaka, the nasty, super-rich president of the rival Debutante Club, and her flunky, Todo.
The series was created to promote a line of robot toys from Tomy, and viewers who are willing to accept high school girls' quarrels escalating into battles involving satellite weaponry may enjoy these silly adventures.
The premise of the OVA series was simple. Girls use mecha battle bots against other evil mecha battle bots and come up victorious. Yippie!!! But I guess there was a little more to it then that.
The story revolves around three freshman girls who are torn between joining two elite clubs. One club is the Debutante Club, the other, the Ettiquette Club. While the entire school population decides to try and join the Debutante's, these three girls go against the grain and join the Ettiquette Club. Un-be-known to them however, the new club they enrolled in is just a front.
The Ettiquette Club is really the home base for an elite group of heros known as Battle Skippers, who's primary goal is to save the world from injustice.
To be completely frank, there was no real story to mention. I think I pretty much covered it all with my synopsis but here it is anyways.
The first episode focused on the girls joining the club, and finding out the truth of what their new club was all about. It was amazing how quickly all the girls knew how to pilot these multi-million dollar machines without any formal training.
The second episode focused around a love story which lead the girls to their first real fight. It should also be noted that during this episode the girls go through a rigorous ONE day training session with one of the senior members of the Ettiquette Club. During this ONE training session the girls transform from regular high school girls to incredibly fit super heroines, where they develop lightning quick reflexs, super strength, and battle tactics. It must have been the push-up's they did :P
And finally, in the third episode, they fight their toughest opponent yet ...which means the toughest one since yesterday :P And you guesssed it...they win!!!
Not very original or groundbreaking and very hard to believe.
I think the anime was done in '95 if memory serves me correct and this anime is your standard 1995 art.
The girls are dressed in school uniforms showing off lots of leg and the occational bum shot or two. No other costume changes happen throughout the series except when they use thier Battle Skippers.
The background lacks any sort of detail and they reuse scenes many times over. All your typical, low end production stuff.
It should also be noted that the mecha Batlle Skipper units they pilot look dreadful. They are chunky and slow looking and are equipt with some pretty junky weaponry...which is rarely used anyways.
Nothing about the music screamed at me "This is friggin awesome," but it didn't make my eardrums bleed either so that's why it got the 5.
The english voice acting is what you would expect. Shrill, whiny voices for all the leading ladies and the shrill whiny voices (just a little deeper) for all the evil bad guys.
The main focus is on high school girls. It's been done a trillion times before and will be done an infinite times after. No real background story takes place but you can't really expect much from a three part series.
I can't really relate to any of the characters, good or bad, but they all have their little quirks so some people might see something that I didn't.
One thing that I really didn't like was the "bad guys". These bad guys want to take over the world, but with what??...the four Battle Bots that they have in their arsenal?? I know that it was a short series or "movie" but it was just so unbeliveable. And on top of that, they just didn't have a reason to be bad. Not my cup of tea.
I watched this series becuase I'm currently watching a couple of 26 episode series and I just wanted a break. This was not what I was hoping for. The title "Battle Skipper: The Movie" is misleading because you are expecting a movie, not an OVA. The lack of plot, the dislikable characters, and fact that it wasn't a movie, really bothered me...I did not enjoy watching this anime.
I've seen alot worse titles then this, but this is not a one that I would recommend to very many people...and I might deny watching it if someone asked :) If your life goal is to watch every anime ever made, then you're going to have to watch this sooner or later, but if you are looking for a good anime...look somewhere else.