While there is a lot of ecchi embedded in the plot (usual panty flashes, touching, talking about reproductive organs) there is something to the story of Vandread. I like the idea of men and women not getting along together, then throughout the series they learn to work with each other and win their battles. There’s also the theme of making a difference to prove you’ve existed, which is Hibiki’s goal throughout the series.
Now that I mentioned battles, I’m really not good when it comes to mecha battles. Intergalactic wars tend to either confuse or bore me, but because of the CG I was a bit
captivated. The battle scenes did look a bit busy, I wasn’t sure on what was happening all the time. The technical dialogue kind of made it worse, but compared to other mecha series I’ve watched, Vandread wasn’t so bad. I did watch it more than twice.
One of the reasons why I like Vandread is the cast of characters. I was impressed that everyone was able to get a good amount of screen time, even for the supporting characters such as Ezra and Paiway. That’s always difficult to accomplish, especially for an anime with so many characters. Also, Hibiki and Dita probably makes up one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever seen in anime. I think it’s because of their innocence.
Like I said, the CG was quite good. It blended with the hand drawn scenes very well and it wasn’t overwhelming. The color coordination was really good too – there was a myriad of colors that made the visuals of Vandread even more stunning. I have to note that the drawing styles would waver a bit, like for example, the characters’ designs have noticeably changed from the first episode to the second episode. At the middle of the series, I have noticed that the art became more consistent though.
The voice acting was actually good, but I prefer it if Tomokazu Seki was Hibiki instead of Bart. I’m not saying Hiroyuki Yoshino did a terrible job of playing Hibiki, but Tomokazu Seki is one of my favorite seiyuus. I also noticed that a lot of the major voice actors in Vandread also worked on Eureka 7 – another mecha anime I like.
The music was very poppy and upbeat, and it fit the theme of Vandread really well. Both tracks are very contemporary and they both show different aspects of the anime. I like the opening “trust” by Salia as well as “Himegoto” by SiLC. The BGM was equally impressive – I always like it when there are plenty of BGM tracks so that the mood and feel of a certain scene are heightened and conveyed at its best.
As I mentioned earlier, I’m not really a huge mecha fan. Vandread, however, is different because it’s got a lot to offer. Whether you’re into comedic anime, a mecha addict, a harem anime enthusiast, or just an ecchi fan, Vandread’s for you.
Vandread is an excellent space/sci fi/mech/comedy anime with a premise not found in any other show (that i am aware of anyway) and that is that men and women live on different planets and know nothing about eachother.
With that set in, the character interactions are amazing and comical. The show is more comical than serious, but it definitely has its moments of seriousness. The animation is done amazingly well with a mix of drawn anime and CGI space battles. Normally when the two mix it turns out pretty bad (Divergence Eve) but Gonzo managed to pull it off.
The story is
nothing to intricate but as it progresses, its gets deeper and deeper which brings a lot more action and battles into play. The character development is pretty good as well, no empty characters are really present (with exception of the third tier people you see occasionally)
Some plot holes are presented but if you watch the entire show (by that i mean season two) then everything will be answered and there are some pretty good twists in it to make it extra enjoyable. I have seen both the english and japanese versions and i have to say the dub actually isn't bad, but i would go with the japanese.
I would say this is one of my top rated shows, definitely worth watching.
Oh and something worth mentioning is the awesome soundtrack, keep the volume up during battles, the music rocks.
I think the least an anime series should do is have some reason for existing. Vandread doesn't. It doesn't try to be an intelligent sci-fi series; it doesn't try to be a heartwarming, iyashikei slice-of-life one; it's even too weak to be considered a harem romance anime. All you get with Vandread is episode after episode of pointlessness.
(And if you're wondering, I only watched it because it was being screened at an anime society. Oh, hours of my life that I'll never get back.)
The men-are-from-Mars-women-are-from-Venus premise, while cheesy, could have gone somewhere. In theory. In practice it
was an excuse to have a harem-style setup in space.
There are unexciting space battles which exist so viewers can giggle about the innuendo involved in combining mechs. There are episodes of ~wacky hijinks~ that just turn out tedious.
The art in Vandread, while not hideous, does suffer from character design inconsistency and an obviously low budget - in some cases it's so bad that attempts at fanservice fall pathetically flat.
The use of CGI is also jarring, but I'll be kind and chalk that up to the year of production.
I don't remember anything about the use of sound, but since this was a series without much tension or drama, that seems fair enough. It had pretty good opening and ending songs, though. The voice-acting was serviceable, but again, this is not the type of series which requires the expression of deep emotions.
What character? I think that one of the characters (the Ayanami Rei stock type) got a character development arc, and even that was woefully predictable. The rest of the characters were basically stock types (bubbly airheaded girl, comic relief dude) without believable motivations (if any).
Tedious, mind-numbingly stupid, and not even visually engaging enough to make up for that. If you're watching this for the fanservice (and come on, why else would you waste your time on this), then maybe you'd enjoy it more.
I heard that the Vandread: The Second Stage season is much better, in that it actually has some character development and perhaps a plot. It's just a pity the first season had to exist.
You're probably wondering why I watched every episode of this show when I so clearly despised it. Because I'm stupid. So here's my review, I'll try to do it all in one breath (pardon the commas). This show contains the following sins, bad 3-d, stupid mech designs, "I'm the main character that's why" writing, a chosen one (anything with a chosen one is bad don't question it accept it), characters that act based on the story instead of their own beliefs (I know the characters are fake but it's your job as a writer to make people understand the characters beliefs), and Power ups (he
shudder under his breath.) Power ups make the show into an arms race and their skill becomes a sidebar to the amount of money and luck the characters posses. So my review is a bad review don't watch this show. I didn't mind the concept of men and women being separated so long that they were unaware of how to interact with one another, but it was at best poorly executed. Recap: This show is only watchable when you're doing your laundry or ironing some clothes but never meant to be enjoyed, and I'm stupid.
After managing to get the OOP box set for £26, I started watching my Vandread DVDs a few days ago.
After watching the first season, while happy with the quality of the series for what I paid, the shallowness of Vandread makes me happy I didn't pay a huge amount for it.
Women are an alien species; we (men) know this much already. Vandread takes what we know a step further, REALLY making men and women aliens by putting them on different planets.
At the start of the series, the men of Taraak and women of Mejere are about to start a war. The men
are fed up of a group of women space pirates and decide to put a stop to them, telling them to get in the kit...err, unleashing a new battleship against them. However, much to the dismay of the men, the launch of the battleship went badly, with the women space pirates ending up stealing the ship.
During all this, a young 3rd class worker, Hibiki, decided to sneak onto the battleship to steal a Vanguard (male mecha) part, ending up getting stuck on board when it launched. He soon found himself thrown in the brig by the men, just before the women attacked.
After the women took over the ship, the men decided to destroy it rather than let the women have it by firing missiles at the ship. This resulted in the ship *somehow* blocking the missiles and getting sent to a distant part of the galaxy. The men and women onboard the battleship then had to start working together since they soon discovered a new alien race that wants to "harvest" humans...
The plot did have a lot of potential. If taken seriously, a plot involving a war of the sexes could have been amazing... If turned into a comedy, it had the potential to be insanely funny. Sadly, however, Vandread turned out to be light-hearted, shallow and not very funny.
The plot does not develop much at all once the Nirvana (the battleship mentioned previously) gets warped to a distant part of the galaxy. The crew face battles against their new alien enemy, known only as "harvesters", go down to the mostly deserted planets they pass for supplies, fight with each other, play with each other... In other words, episodic stuff that isn't meaningful.
It's really quite disappointing that the series was taken in such a light-hearted direction when it would've worked much better as a more adult series...
The characters, while not exactly being deep or unique, saved the show from being bad.
The main character of Vandread is Hibiki, a young male who wants to prove himself. He's simple minded, direct, bad tempered... The type of lead you see in shounen stories on a regular basis. Truth be told, he isn't very interesting, with no background details revealed outside of him being a 3rd class citizen; he has little to no depth.
Dita, the female lead, is much more likable. She insists on calling Hibiki "Mr. Alien", following him around everywhere due to being curious about the male gender and generally annoying the hell out of Hibiki. She was the most funny character in the first season and by far my favourite, if only for being a redhead with nice boobs.
The other two female main characters, Jura and Meia, were less interesting. Jura is your stereotypical flirtatious woman and Meia is your stereotypical military type; hiding her emotions and commanding the others in battle. Meia had the most development (not that that's saying much...) in the first series since her past gets revealed, but the sequence about her past wasn't designed very well and had little to no impact on me.
The other three characters I found to be interesting are male: Bart, a wimpy guy who ended up steering the ship since only a male can; the male doctor, Duero, and Rabat; a Han Solo type. Rabat will hopefully get fleshed out in the 2nd series, him being one of the few intriguing characters.
For a show that aired back in 2000, Vandread most certainly looks impressive. It was a rather nice surprise to discover that the the DVDs are in widescreen format.
There was no obvious corner cutting on the art and animation side during the first season; everything looked smooth and nice to look at. The colours are bright and eye-catching.
CG is used for all of the space battles in Vandread. I'm sure it looked amazing back when Vandread originally aired, but the CG sections haven't survived the test of time and don't impress in this day and age. I didn't really like the speed the CG battles went at since I found it hard to follow what was going on a lot of time... I suppose the idea was to make the CG battles as fast-paced as possible in order to impress more.
Overall, Vandread looks excellent for its age.
The soundtrack was more distracting than anything. The person who created the soundtrack deserves to be shot... That's all there is to say really.
The OP/ED were pretty good. Nothing too memorable but the themes made watching the OP/ED animation more enjoyable.
As ever with Japanese voice acting, the performances were mostly excellent. There was no noticeable bad performance.
Enjoyable yet disappointing, Vandread is a great show to watch to pass time. Just don't go into it expecting to see the best anime of all time!
A war between men and women!!! wooooo hooo BRING IT ON. Set in the future, the age long contest between men and women will be fought in space and in mechas. Enters the hero where he finds himself on a ship full of women after accidently becoming a prisoner of war and then guess what... WHAM enters the unknown aliens... now what?? Whats great about this anime is the funny incidents that occur between ppl who have no idea what to do with the opposite sex. Intriguing plot where we see how these bunch of wacks work together to fight though the tough times.The animation
is great with smooth fight scenes of beautiful mechas in 3D animation using the latest anime technology very well. Think of gundam with more sex appeal and comedy... enjoy
This anime is pretty much what you would expect from a futuristic, space anime. It's interesting because it makes you wonder what life would be like if men and women lived on different planets. However, the main problem I have with this one is the blatant and frequent sexual references. Nudity, as a result, is also a problem. In my opinion, it is not worth watching.
At first glance this seems like a classic sci-fi mecha, then it looks like a baffonish comedy, and finally like an epic romance anime. Now let me say i am no fan to any of the 3 genre's i just listed.I am also not a fan of ecchi or the classic 15 year old boy becomes all powerful scenario.
What this title does perfectly is bind some of the best things of all those genre's together.
It makes you feel for most of it's characters in a way that i couldn't understand. it seems like they are all shallow or repetitive at times but you can't
help caring when one falls from grace or get's their heart smashed. even if you don't like comedy in your anime you will chuckle occasionally at the great male vs female jokes. the cliche let's work together and believe in yourself stuff gets alittle old but its important to the show's message.
If you are looking for deep fight scenes and intricate mecha homage, look elsewhere, because the fight scenes cool as they were, are really just a way to progress the growth of the characters and the overall story arch.
Story: the overall story arch is impressive, not really deep and twisting, but what you would expect right when you should get what you need. the characters are so lovable and by the end i felt a kinship with all of them even the ones i hated to begin with.
Animation: this anime wasn't really ultra new, but for when it was made it looked and still looks fantastic. This anime was made when sci fi series were still debating on hand drawn and artsy vs computer animation. this one went with computer and it was the right choice for the show.
Sound: alot of care went into the quality sound production for this show, especially for the english dubs, however the voice actors were the usual crew we see everywhere.
Overall:this show is like a friend that hugs you when your down, it's heart warming and interesting. You find yourself falling for it's flaws and its triumphs, and hanging on to every little interaction between it's characters.
that being said if your a cynical bastard or a fan of one of the mecha genre in particular skip this show, its more for people who like to feel things, and love people shows.
This a complete review of Vandread and Second Stage as i considerd tham as one . I will try not to spoil to much of the story but be warned some minor spoilers might be present.
Imagine A future where Humanity has spread out to the far reaches of the galaxy, settling on different planets for colonization after Earth has been rendered almost uninhabitable. Each planet forming it’s own type of society, Within this Society there are the 2 sister planets of Mejere and Taraak and both have been settled by humans except there is just one difference, One is only populated by man and the
other by Women and to each other are mortal Enemies, Yep sounds about right a battle of the sexes is on.
Story: The general plot focuses on Hibiki a third class citizen who lives in the lower ranks of society on the planet of Taraak and one day decides to prove himself to steal a Vanguard a high tech humanoid robot during the ceremony of the man’s attack force battle ship prepared to battle their mortal enemy ‘’ Women ‘’ but is attacked and raided by a women pirated crew and is subsequently taken hostage by the crew along with 2 other guys and are subsequently sucked trough a wormhole during the chaos to the other side of the galaxy and they are first treated with hostility but then the men and women unite to battle a new enemy known as the harvesters an unknown race that is harvesting people from each planet for their organs and are known headed straight for Taraak and Mejare and the man and women of the pirate ship Nirvana join forces to reach their homeworlds and warn them of the danger before it is too late along the way with the help of the mysterius praxis pragma that powers their ship and the new mech’s known as Vandreads formed by the praxis power, but also must survive each other as the battle of the sexes and the worlds begin.
This basically sums up what the overall plot is about, It is a Comedy, Action, Space Adventure Mech show. This was one of Gonzo’s first full length series they ever produced, The Over plot may sound silly in a sense it is a unique in terms of story, I mean can u imagine the possibility of man and women living in spate planets and being mortal enemies, know that is a very interesting concept which makes this show unique, while this show can be comedic it can also be very heavily Action focused and it can take itself seriously when it needs to be without the comedy aspects of the series turning it down. It really focuses on heavy elements of things such as self-identity, the morality of human evolution and culture and heavily focuses on different society and people can unite in order to face dangers in this case between the guys and girls.
Animation: This show was made around 2000 which was during a period where traditional animation was starting to be replaced with 2d animation, while it has been a long time since it has first broadcast the animation is still top quality especially for the time it was animated, which if u see by this day while may seem outdated it can still be up to par with today’s standard, The other unique take on this is the heavy use of CGI Animations particular during space and combat scenes.
For example The ships and mech’s and certain other element’s such as a few planets and nebula’s are almost entirely composed of CGI and the action scenes are almost done with CGI Animation, Granted by today’s standard u can see it as a bit of putting especial when u have a show that already has a hybrid animation of traditional and 2d animation but still for the majority it is still top notch and in a way it set up standard of using CGI animation with 2d animation especially in mecha’s series and I can say this, while the CGI is not top notch it was definitely way ahead of it’s time during that period.
Soundtrack: The Intro for the series is definitely the highlight of this series music, it is a mix of electrical and rock music made no other by Salia a practically unknown artist but definitely one of her more finest works but when it comes to other ost within the show there is not much to say really, most of the soundtrack are repetitive throughout the whole show and the majority are just so bland and forgetful and for the most of it even during the battle’s u can barely hear any of it, this is where the show practically truly suffered, they definitely needed better soundtrack and music composition to make this series more watchable as without much good sound to back the series it almost truly felt like u were watching a series with no real beat or excitement.
Characthers: AS for main characters u have Hibiki the Main Hero of the show, who is brave and courageous but at the same is such a hot head, idiotic and arrogant that as far as main guys go he is one of the more typically annoying types but u can get used to him, as for the other mains we have:
Dita The cute but clueless main Heroine who is fascinated by the idea of aliens and first mistake Hibiki as an alien as being on planet of only women a man is practically unknown to her, then we have Meia Gisborn the more self-controlled, hard worker and no tolerance tyoe of girl, who values efficiency and productivity more than anyone else and does tolerate any sort mischief basically the serious type of girl and then we have Jura Basil Elden the more fashioned obsessed, good looking and drama queen of the series who is interested on the idea of having a baby with a man and constantly annoys Hibiki to try to make one with her, these three girls have their own unique vanguard and when combined with Hibiki’s vanguard produce and unique new mech called a Vandread so they are constantly need ot work together.
I will admit at times some of the characters are cliché and at times annoying they still have enough credit to them that make this series fun to watch and with a diverse range of secondary characters that form most of the crew of the Nirvana the story and plot progression moves swiftly and in the right direction that makes watching the characters interact with one another also a fun to watch and not just rely on the battle action of the show.
Bottom line: It is a good old fun Anime series, it is not a series u would expect to have high praise but it is one of the founding shows that Gonzo produced back when they were still a good company and made a revolution in the use of CGI Animation and the concept of the unique plot also makes this show a good watch if u ever feel u want to experience something new. Total: 7.65/10 It is a Good just not grand.
I think that this show was well put together. It had its bit with comedy but also had a couple good lessons inside such as life can’t be token for granted and how man and women can balance each other out despite differences. Sadly, we don’t get much of the characters back stories like I would really like and I really wanted to know why Hibiki was so special though part of me feels like I can tell just by watching it.
The strange idea of men and women being on separate planets leaves a lot of fan girls thinking of Yaoi and Yuri and
it does happen just a little bit in the show. The yuri comes out much more though because most of the women in the show have other women they like but it seems a lot of the girls seem to fall for the men as well. It’s strange since they are not supposed to think that way when In our day and age, it is not normal to be thinking about the same gender, and when I say this, I mean as a whole and not as the individuals. I’m fine with the Gay and Lez love scene as I am a bi myself. There is a lot of sexual things within the show and lot of hinting including the ‘Power Rangers Combined’ way they did the VanGuard and Dread combining.
The animation was pretty smooth and the colors worked nicely together. The fight scenes are ok though they kind of do more speedlines in the background sadly or go for a somewhat cheep looking CG animation. I was not very fond of that or the fact that everyone’s hair seemed rather blocky and stuck in place with a lot of hair gel. The ending is just a lot of fan service slapped together with a running sequence. I really feel this was part of the low points for this anime and kept skipping it over and over because of how completely stupid it looked.
The English voice actors have a pretty good just of what I would see for a voice but the voice of Dita in the Japanese dub is rather bothersome to me. Some of the other nameless girls don’t have good voices in the English which makes me happy I don’t have to hear them all too often.
I believe that you have separate generations of anime. Strictly speaking between what was popular then and what is popular now.
New review for something old, buckle down.
My trip down nostalgia lane isn't a fun one, anime wasn't always there for most of the time. School, work and other sorts were always in the way of me enjoying myself. Honestly Vandread was probably the first title I followed around 10 years ago, unlike a good portion of viewers who found themselves in English dubs on Cartoon Network. Anime was popularized worldwide strictly by action, more bang and then some.
Vandread is a title I feel that is
in between the anime generation gaps, it employs the popular then mecha approach, with the popular now comedy, romance and what not. You either like blenders or you don't.
What probably hooked me most was the concept of a post earth apocalypse, where men and women are separated on different planets. It's like when your parents used to teach you that the opposite sex had cooties and encouraged you to hang with the same sex. I have another personal belief; men will eventually die out and women will learn how to replicate through cloning. Sure, that sounds like a horrible future but good human genes aren't running well. Hell, a scenario like this might even be popular, science says that the moon is slowly inching away from the earth as it is. Shooting populations of people off to habitable planets is still a science fiction however.
Obviously in this story work place the sexs will all have their conundrums of philosophy. I never really took a liking to any of the characters in particular, this is one of those series that all the characters aren't significantly more important that it makes them as one total whole. Each character has their own deeply flawed personalities that makes them notable in some aspects. Obviously if you have a problem with homosexuality though you probably won't like some of them.
Another thing I really thing illustrates the generation gap would be the opening and ending themes. The opening theme has a more serious tone that sort of introduces the old mecha ideas with CG illustrations and some of the story. When you finish an episode the ending theme in completely different, its the more laid back sexual theme that advances the anime into the next generation.
The CG illustrations and visualizations put this anime years ahead of other titles that aired late 1990's and early 2000's. A strong point but not really anything special due to playback mediums being limited to VHS and DvD. If this were a present time, it wouldn't be special by any means.
The major problem I had with Vandread goes back to the theme of split sexes, more so of the forced gags that weren't really necessary. It's like putting little boys and little girls together and watching them explore, curiosity never killed the cat but someone did get raped. Watching Mr. Alien and Dita go at it got on my nerves after a point. I really disliked the harem aspect, there should have been less room to edge it in, another point I feel was forced. Being what it is, can't stop it from happening. All the dread pilots are linked to one other singular pilot of the opposite sex. A harem is bound to occur eventually.
Robots beating other robots to a pulp in DBZ fashion, new post apocalypse ideas, forced opposite sex gags. Still a great vintage title in my eyes.
Vandread to me is the cover poster of the mediocre early 2000's animation period, the shift between the charming 90's animation to the similar looking but very bland art style that dominated the period. Vandread while not terrible, unfortunately will succumb to being an anime that in the future most people will have no desire to watch.
The biggest issue with Vandread is the fact that it was one of the earliest animes to adopt the use of CGI, to quickly state, I myself do not find Anime CGI to be ever pleasant, to me it looks absolutely awful, even modern shows
that use CGI leave alot to be desired in the quality department. The CGI in Vandread was already atrocious looking even back when it was released, with the ships looking like they came out of a poorly rendered PS1 FMV, with aliasing issues galore. The CGI clashes with the mostly alright albeit uninspired regular animation. The reason I am making a deal out of this, because while older animation can become outdated, they have a certain level of charm and style that allows them to transcend the bounds of being considered unattractive. Vandread does not, it looks like an outdated tech demo from the early 1990's, this will not bode well for its future watch ability.
The story itself is the typical anime cliches and plot lines that have been infesting anime since the 1980's, the only difference being the premise, the premise here is pretty unique and at least gives the show some original identity in the sea of uninteresting anime from its time period. The plot itself is a rather straightforward affair that has been seen numerous times, to me its fine, it for the most part hits all the notes needed for a coherent story and character development without ever really being excellent at it. Simply put, its an anime with the same average plot but set in a more unique and rather absurd premise, it is up to you to decide if that premise is enough to be interesting to you.
Sound was alright, I didn't personally think very highly of any of the music used in the series. The openings and endings were okay. Overall Vandread is an average show marred by an adaptation of a technology that was too early for them to use, even now they have yet to produce anything decent with it half the time, let alone back when Vandread was made.
Vandread is one of those shows that you really shouldn't like, but for some reason you keep coming back to it. The premise is absurd and the story itself is full of plot holes and rambles incoherently for most of the first season and the pacing is relatively uneven, but at the end of the day the reason why you enjoy it is because the majority of the cast are incredibly likable and interesting.
I would have to say that Vandread is mostly a simple boy meets girl story with a lot of window dressing on it and in that regard it does an efficient job
of making that story come to life. Wheels do occasionally spin, but characters do make progress and grow, which is really key to these kind of animes. I wasn't dissapointed by seeing the cast and crew of the "Nirvana" grow closer together as the episodes progressed and it was rewarding to see them ultimately start working as a team.
I would barely classify Vandread as a "Mecha anime" as the dreads and vanguards are really just used as part of a formulaic "Monster of the week" trope. As a result the battles and animations are somewhat pedestrian (although this does improve over the life of the series). The music and voice acting are serviceable, but not fantastic, with perhaps only Yuu Asakawa (Jura Elden) being a stand out performance and the art holds up fairly well given the age of the anime and suits the direction and theme quite well.
If you enjoy romantic comedies with a bit of mecha on the side, then there's a good chance that you'll enjoy this anime.
Vandread is baically a really under rated mecha/romance [kinda] anime. It doesn't really seem all that arractive in the beginning, but it'll grow on you. There are alot of things you have to watch twice to get, but maybe I'm just slow that way. All in all, you'll have a great time watching it, ecchi for days, and a great love story, real cutesy. [The first episode two dudes talks of making a baby, I thought it was yaoi]
(P.S.: The mech fusions are awesome, hehe, Dita should bend that way for me ^///^)
when you think of ecchi, the last thing you think of is seriousness. Vandread uses the fact it's allowed to talk about adult subjects (the body) to it's advantage. admittedly due to that same attribute it is forced to use sexual humour, but the downplay is so much that more comedy comes from non-ecchi moments than ecchi. the show actually deals more with racism, sexism, prejudice, social impairment and ones self-worth.
the animation is fluid with well hidden off models that come fue and far apart. it also shows a great use of cg which is used to give weight to combat. as
with all ecchi
the character models are often sexy, however as there is a more serious tone being used, they are not overplayed, and offer less fansevice than normal; even the spacesuits are more about purpose than fanservice, as they are bulky when used for being out in space and skintight when in the cockpits to allow for ease of movement.
i can't say much for the soundtrack, although its opening is a really good stand alone and also works to emphasizing the mood.
the characters are this shows strong point, as they are the ones who are dealing with the issues brought up. hibiki the male lead, suffers from a subtle inferiority complex and is driven by the need to prove his existance further questioned by the same entity that gives him his power, dita, the female lead, is an autistic who actually sees past the sexist views put upon her to want to get to know hibiki. with these two you get an assortment of characters, each with there own views, beliefs and problem they must over come.
this is a great anime. whilst the ecchi elements may be offputting to some people, it's definitely one to watch for those who like food for thought.
a definite must watch for anyone interested in sociology and/or phycology
Note: This review is for Vandread and Vandread Second Stage.
Life sucks for Hibiki Tokai. Raised on a planet filled with just men, he is taught that women are the enemy. Working to build war mecha, Hibiki dreams of something more and will do anything to find a way to prove his existence. To prove to his comrades that he isn't the loser and screw-up they think he tries to steal one of the mecha and then suddenly finds himself in the middle of a battle that brings him face to face with the enemy.
Vandread and Vandread Second Stage is good. I do like
the storyline but the character of Dita is very annoying especially when she goes around shouting Mr. Alien. Hibiki is a brash, selfish, annoying loud mouth that is clueless when it comes to his feelings and the feelings of others. It's really only in the last few chapters of Second Stage does he seem to grow up a bit. The fight scenes are good and there's only a touch of romance but if you like mecha and action, then these 2 anime are for you.