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 have no idea how could this Piece of Art be possibly underrated like this. It undermines my faith in the Anime Community and breakes my heart. But, oh-well, whatever.
To make it clear. This is a story of two dorks saving a princess.
And this story has all charm of "Jay and Silent Bob" comedies, it has almost Quentin Tarantino's dialogues and it has... well, really dope animation, but WHO CARES. The main characters at the most part of their screen time just chilling and smoking and talking anyway. While some serious science-fictional sh*t is going around. Hilarious!
These kind of stories will always have a
special place in my heart. Rephrasing George Denis Patrick Carlin: "The Universe is fine. People are f**ked".
While Redline was a fun fast paced film, it didn't have much in the way of character development. It had it's slower moments to break up the action, but it sacrificed character development so it could be better paced. But as if to make up for it, there is a short 4 episode OVA focusing on two of the racers featured in Redline. Of course, with Redline's infamous seven year development, the OVA started releasing in 2002, a whopping seven years before the movie's release date.
Trava: Fist Planet obviously follows ace pilot Trava and his personal mechanic buddy, Shinkai, who are on their way to
finish surveying an out-of-the-way unknown and possibly dangerous planet. As they are arriving, they find a pod floating in space containing a girl called Mikuru, who doesn't have a memory. Soon after, they all discover that the planet that they were set to mark is more than it seems.
The OVA isn't as fast paced as the film is, opting to go for a slower more character focused pace. It's only 46 minutes, so it makes up for it by putting it's focus entirely on the characters themselves. It's nice that this OVA went in it's own direction instead of trying to just do the fast-paced action of the movie again but in a smaller time frame.
It's pretty obvious that this OVA was released several years before the movie, as it's not quite as polished as the movie, but that doesn't really matter since it's still entertaining to watch. It still has it's unique art style which makes it stand out and the animation is still pretty good even if it's not as smooth or detailed as the movie. There isn't an English dub for this, but there really wasn't really a need for one.
The only real downside to the OVA is there aren't more of them based on the characters from Redline. It could have been fun to have several OVA's, each with their own unique story telling style for each of the characters from the movie. It could have been entirely possible that we were going to get more of these, but due to delays with the film, this was the only one we got, and we probably won't be getting any more of these in the future, but it's nice that we even for this to begin with. This is highly recommended for fans of Redline.