Three tales based on the Gradius video game series by Konami. The planet Latis is under attack by the Space Dragon Salamander and it's war planet, the Bacterian horde destroying everything in sight, their defenses ineffective and losing all hope, three heroes from the planet Gradius join Lord British in defense of his beloved planet.
Then in a prequel, a girl from a distant planet brings an ominous warning to the planet Gradius, the Bacterians and how three people become heroes of the galaxy.
Then we jump to the future, after the signing of a peace treaty, one of our heroes gets captured by the Bacterians, can the military might of Gradius and our remaining heroes save the prisoner from a fate worse than death.
Salamander as most people probably don't know is a game series related to Gradius, a series people might know. The basic premise of this anime is lifted from the Salamander game. Basically you have four pilots unrelated to the game that have to save their world from the Bacterians that are going to turn it into yet another new home for them. The plot is pretty thin and most of the episodes are talking and flying around in the Vic Vipers to shoot stuff. Just like a game. However it does flesh out some of the questions people might have had about why they are
flying into living entrails for levels.
What I liked most about this, is that in some scenes you can see on the radar and projected layout the level designs lifted from the game. Also, it has Moai statues! (Something some of the games lacked and were missed by fans).
If your a fan of the games, this will be a nice anime to add to the overall universe of the games. For others, this anime may seem like many other 90s sci-fi anime from the time. For me I enjoyed the anime for what it was, a tie in to the game where you fly around and shoot stuff. Others might find the rice paper thin plot a bit slow and plodding with cliches all around and the characters annoying as one has the troubled past, one is a planetary leader, one is the "main character", and another gets kidnapped. It's pretty obvious on what happens to who.
Not your everyday space opera anime to watch, and most ppl these days don´t even know this one for sure. I think there was an computergame years ago for this on a platform but ok, for a short 3/part ova this is quitr enjoyable but the animation is average, good colours though. The story in the biginning can be a bit predictable , but i does´nt turn out the way u expect the further it develops with a small suprise.Cheaper mecha-a-la-macross style wich was no problem for me , good spacefights and nice opera background music, no spoiled charachters here cus each has an interesting
background story to tell!