In the pre-WWII era, Nakano Naval Academy's special school for girls is codenamed "Virgin Fleet". These girls are gifted with a special form of power known as "Virgin Energy". With the fear of another Russo-Japanese war imminent, rookie pilot Shiokaze Umino must hone her powers to save Japan from complete destruction.
In a lot of ways Virgin Fleet should be the poster child for the state of the anime industry in the 90s. How this series was ever picked up and dubbed shows the contempt companies must have for its customers. This show is an example of complete fail, across the board.
One thing that had originally attracted me to this anime was its setting. You don’t see a lot of stories involving the Russo-Japanese war of the early 1900s. For historical buffs this event is what announced to the world that Japan had arrived on the world stage and was now a
power that had to be dealt with. The Japanese thoroughly trounced the Tsar controlled Russian Empire and was one of the catalysts for their downfall.
Unfortunately, Virgin Fleet is not about any of that nor does it give us anything historically accurate. Because apparently Japan won the war not because of their superior tactics and modern warships but because of their "Virgin Energy". Yes I am talking about that kind of virgin, as in never having sex before virgins. The setting takes place about 20 years following the end of the war, and an uneasy peace exists between the Russians and the Japanese. The plot revolves around a school full of, you guessed it virgins who are trying to master the mysterious power known as "Virgin Energy".
In the time that has passed since the war the Japanese government has apparently become very weak and doesn’t acknowledge Virgin Energy power. Tensions build and eventually begin to erupt into war when Russians spies start trouble trying to uncover the secrets behind virgin energy. Boring action ensues until we finally reach the inevitable and predicable outcome.
The characters are not much better than the story. The story revolves around a young girl Shiokaze and her fiancé who was so memorable that I can’t remember his name. Of course like most young men he is ready to consummate his relationship with his girl but all his plans go up in smoke when Shiokaze displays the most powerful Virgin Energy seen since the war. She takes this very seriously because Japan needs her virginity you know! None of the characters have any real depth but the mains are fairly likable. The rest of the cast however from the stereotypical villains to Shiokaze's classmates are boring and lifeless.
Really thought the most pathetic thing about this show is the art. Without a doubt this is the worst drawn show I have ever seen. Ugly character designs and a horrible color palette make you wonder how anyone thought this ever looked good at all. When compared to modern anime or even some of its contemporaries the animation so totally fails it’s like comparing a Da Vinci to cave paintings. The sound isn’t much better with horrible voice acting and very dated songs and background music there is nothing positive to say about that either.
In the end this series is a complete waste of time. Don’t bother, even though it is short there is nothing redeeming about this. Unless you are a masochist or just really like seeing how poorly anime can be done.
My favorite voice actor in all of anime is Crispin Freeman. I have never heard another anime voice actor with his range of emotion and ability to bring sheer insanity to a character. However, every actor has that one film that they REALLY regret being in. Even Oscar winning actress Helen Mirren was once in the seedy porno epic Caligula! I decided for some reason to find the worst Crispin Freeman anime, and I stumbled upon the Lovecraftian horror...Virgin Fleet!
Plot and characters: 1/10
The plot begins with the Russo-Japanese war strangely enough. We learn that the Japanese fleet didn't win in this timeline from having
brand new ships designed by England with better armor and cutting edge cannons imported from the Germans against a 40 year old, rusting Russian fleet that the Russians assumed would win based solely on racism and arrogance. Neither did the Japanese win by adopting British naval tactics and "crossing the T" at the battle Tsushima vs. badly outdated or untested Russian naval tactics. Instead Japan wins using virgin school girls who unleash a magic power called "virgin energy". If a girl waits to have sex into her late teens/early 20s , then that girl gains superpowers! Only Japan has such pure maidens, since the women of all other countries are sluts that lose their virginity at 12 and can't use witchcraft as a result! I'm dead serious! That is the fucking plot of this show! 20 years after the war, Russia is threatening to invade again and Japan must use virgin girl power to defeat them. The main character is an airheaded bimbo who is engaged to a a clingy boyfriend played by our man Crispin Freeman. The boyfriend tries to tempt her into having sex before marriage, but she must refuse for the good of Japanese society, and defeat the dastardly Russkies and their slut women!
Art and sound: 2/10
The art is pretty awful, even considering that this came out back in 1998. The only good portion of the OST is the first 4 seconds of the opening that are ripped straight out of Ode to Joy from Beethoven's 9th Symphony.
This isn't so bad it's good. This is so bad it makes you lose any and all remaining faith in mankind!
This is like Jerry Falwell made an anime! The only reason the series was made was a HORRIBLY executed attempt to convince teenage Japanese girls to keep their "purity" until marriage for the sake of Japanese society and its honor. If you want to wait until marriage because that is your religion or personal preference, then that is cool with me. I have absolutely nothing against that! However, trying to deliver a moral so awkwardly and forcefully is simply cringe inducing! This anime is to abstinance what Captain Planet is to environmentalism. If I were a girl and saw this anime, I would run out and bang the first guy I saw just to spite the son of a bitch that made this inept, preachy, BULLSHIT!