By A.D. 2010, all men have died off quickly due to a dramatic change in the environment and an unknown contaminant. The population decreased to the lowest number ever seen...until only the women were left alive.
They live huddled in small corners of a world mostly reclaimed by nature.
There are those who accept their inevitable extinction and live a carefree life...
There are those who try to continue on the race with the help of science...
It is a society of constant conflict over their differences of principles and policies.
The story takes place in the center of Tokyo. It is one of the places left for them. The conflict over the specimen of "ICE" and the chance it may provide to save humanity begins.
The anime known as "ICE" is pretty much what would happen if some recent high school dropout otaku won $5,000 dollars off of a scratcher ticket and decided to use that money as his funds to accomplish his life-long dream of making an anime. This otaku spends all $5,000 to hire a group of animators. That particular group of animators is composed of five of our otaku pal's high school friends who all learned to draw from this book.
So after using all of his funds to hire animators, our hero realizes that he has no money left over to hire voice actors or writers.
He relegates these jobs as well to his group of animators. Unfortunately none of these people actually know the first thing about writing a story, so they decided to all pitch in in any way that they can. The only thing that our now desperate otaku can come up with is to make a bunch of slips of paper and have the animators all write two words on each of their designated slips. After collecting about 500 of these slips, the otaku throws them into a hat and pulls them out in a random order to create the story. Being that these are all pretty young kids just out of high school, unsurprisingly one of them writes "blows up" on each of his slips.
The story ends up sounding a little something like this: "All of the men in the world are dead because they exploded. Women now rule over a dying society incapable of procreating. Miraculously a baby boy is discovered by a group of female soldiers. They blow it up. Aliens show up and blow up the soldiers. The aliens then also blow up. Then birds turn into flowers. Then the flowers turn back into birds. War ensues. Everyone blows up." The story is about as unintelligible and nonsensical as it possibly can be and it doesn't seem as though anybody who worked on this atrocity really cared to speak up about it.
Story: ???¿¿¿??? I think I might have been catatonic while watching this
Overall: Worst thing I have ever seen in full/10
Ice, sounds like a dumb name right? Well it perfectly suits this show as it`s a big steaming pile of garbage.
Ice is the first and only anime the obscure animation studio PPM ever made. Guess this made them go bankrupt after putting the OVA and summary movie out.
This show had the shocking art style. For a show from 2007, you wouldn`t expect it to have the 90`s artstyle, and look like shows such as The Slayers, Trigun, Outlaw Star, Pokemon, Gundam Wing, etc. without attempting to look modern at the same time. However this show doesn`t have all that much ground to stand on when
it comes to the artwork. It doesn`t nearly look as good as what it`s trying to copy (It even doesn`t attempt to look modern and retro at the same time), and isn`t very pleasing to look at, aside from the backgrounds and a few characters.
The animation, not much to it, even during the action scenes. Pretty simple stuff.
The soundtrack has nothing special here except a few soundtracks. Other than that, pretty mediocre soundtrack.
This show had a story? Well, it had an interesting concept, but the execution was done poorly. The story goes in how the last man on Earth has died, so now, the women are the only ones left. Humanity will be on the brink of extinction as no babies can be produced. You got this thing called "The Ice" (Hence the title), but the problem is they make it hard to understand anything beyond how humanity is on the brink of destruction. They just throw random crap in, and hope it makes sense in the end. Other things are thrown in that are completely irrelevant even.
Where the show failed the most is with the characters. They just throw in a bunch of characters in, don`t do anything to make you care about them (i.e. no character development whatsoever), and call it a day. There is nothing redeeming about them, absolutely nothing. They`re just...there. I doubt any show could top this when it comes to atrocious character development.
It`s already a very, very, very obscure anime five years after it finished, and it won`t be remembered. There is no value to this anime.
Truth be told, Ice wasn`t painful for me to watch, but I can`t see how anyone else could enjoy it quite a bit (I probably enjoyed it more than most people), aside from it being laughably bad in certain parts, such as the black and white movie that pops out of nowhere we have near the very end.
It will be an uphill battle for most people, especially those expecting great characters and a great story as they`re not even decent, they`re just really, really bad.
Now would I rewatch this? Possibly, but I`d rewatch it probably only once. The rewatch value just isn`t really there.
From watching this OVA, one would probably think that this is what SJWs would make if they were to make an anime. With a post apocalyptic theme where men (all since having died off) are to blame for the situation the women find themselves in, it's not hard to make such a connection. Surprisingly, this is all essentially an AKB48 work, with the producer being the creator of this along with the voice actors being members of the group. I am not sure what led to the decision of its creation but like Frankenstein, this "thing" is the result and it really is something else.
a plot that makes no sense regardless of how many times you watch it, animation quality where people I watched it with were honestly questioning whether or not it was made in the late 90s rather than in 2007(!), very odd music choices at times, and characters... In the end, it all adds up to a very surreal experience, to say the least. The only thing I would say is decent is the theme song, since I would imagine a song by AKB48 would be quite a challenge for them to screw up on.
If you want to watch an anime with AKB48 involved, go watch AKB0048. As for Ice, I can only recommend watching it when not sober.
I'd love nothing more than to sit here and give a long-winded, informative, and detailed review of this anime, but sadly I can't. It's not that I can't it's that there's just so little to go off of to really say anything of value. The best that I can tell you is that is the worst thing I have ever viewed in my entire life...Even more heartbreakingly terrible than The Last Air Bender(Movie) by M. Night Shamalamadingdong( I honestly cant spell his name but he makes terrible movies).
I guess I can give a brief breakdown.
Was horrid. It was like watching something from 1995
or watching Dragon Ball Z before they hired more artists. So at the time of release it was already dated.
Music did a horrible job of moving the story in any direction; as if the story was going anywhere(?) Sound effects were mediocre at best and really didn't fit the environment or even into the context that was being shown in some cases.
Characters? What characters? Oh you mean the collection of people that were on screen for a few minutes at a time and had no real importance other than the fact that they were in the movie? Honestly half of them were just perverted. There was no nudity per se, but there were things hinted at "Manly woman sitting in a room covered in women smiles as the doors close and random sounds are made"...type of thing.
There was no story, only a very good premise that failed to deliver.
well i think the review kind of speaks for itself.