Ace pilot Trava and his personal mechanic buddy Shinkai, on their way to mark an out-of-the-way planet, pick up Mikuru, a girl with no memory. The three are about to discover that the planet is more than it seems.
Well, the story is quite basic, we start off with two characters, Trava and Shinkai, on board of a spaceship. They are freelancers, and their current job is to travel and survey an unknown planet. They find an object drifting in space, and locate a girl inside of it who seems to have lost her memories. Sound familiar?
The story doesn't start off partcularly exciting, but it's enough to keep you interested. Eventually, the trio ends up landing on the planet and realise that there are some crazy things going on there. The problem is, the story does seem random, while that can work, like in FLCL, here it feels a bit awkward. The show explains that Trava and Shikai hope to collect money to be able to enter a sort of mecha suit battle tournament, but the anime ends before any of that takes place. It seems like they had more story to show us, but ended up just wrapping up the show in 4 short episodes.
Best part of the anime. The art is really creative and different, kind of a mix of a Aeon Flux and Mind Game. This will turn off some people, but if you value art and like creative applications of it, this OVA is for you. The character designs are very funky and sometime silly(the female character's huge hips) but i found them very interesting. Overall, i found it to be stylish and eye catching.
Fair for the most part. Nothing really memorable here, but it works and none of the music felt out of place. Pretty solid overall. The voice acting was very good and fit the funkyness of the characters.
Well, this one was hard to judge. There is no character development here, but in some cases that can be a good thing. We are introduced to several eccentric characters and, in the end, it is fun to observe their actions and mannerisms, so i decided to go with a positive score.
I liked this overall, but it could have been much more, it's simply too short to be impressive. Now, short anime can be wonderful, but here it felt like a 12 episode anime cropped into a tiny 4 episodes of 13 minutes each. If you don't care about art, or don't like this kind of animation/character design, subtract two points here.
I'll admit - this is something of a stand-in review. Something you'll have to make do with until a bigger smartass comes along and gets the job done right. Because that's what a show like this really deserves.
Q: So what's this show about?
A: If you insist on being pedantic, its about two guys in a spaceship - Trava and Shinkai (actually it's $#^^^*#^%^&&, but humans can't pronounce it properly, so Shinkai it is), who are assigned to survey some godforsaken planet in the middle of Space Nowhere. However, things don't quite go as expected...
Q: Hardly what you'd call original. Why should I bother with this show?
A: Well, no one's forcing you. But if you have 52 minutes to spare (and any taste for humour at all), what you get is 52 minutes of space adventure, inter-species dialogue, wide hips, very Very wide-angle shots of aforementioned hips, amnesia, memory intromi- I mean- implants, fearsome Giants, deadly robo-bugs, and before I forget....The Making of History (This is an incomplete list).
Q: Something like FLCL?
A: You're getting the picture now.
Q: But I HATED FLCL!
A: Don't Worry. For all its style, speed and wackiness, this still has a coherent storyline and doesn't just plunge headlong into randomness.
Q: Thank god for that! So, what is this "Fist Planet" about?
A: Well I can't tell you that, I don't want to SPOIL. But neither can this sho-0oops!
Q: Out with it already!
A: Ok then, it's another of those Space Race things that [SPOILER WARNING AGAIN] they talk about from the beginning, but never get around to actually showing it.
Q: What a bummer...so I guess we're just left hanging then?
A: As it happens, NO! In 2009, they've apparently released something of a follow-up called REDLINE. Probably worth a watch if you liked this one.
Q: You seen it?
A: Meh...[DISCLAIMER] Not yet. Wish me luck.read more