Question: Should you bother watching the Terra Formars OVA?
Answer: Yes. It is a neatly packaged, two episode arc that gives some interesting backstory to the main series.
- I have not read the manga.
- I watched this only after watching Terra Formars up to episode 11. I will attempt to not compare the two, but bear this in mind.
Perhaps it was due to going in with low expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised with how well the pacing and structure worked in the OVA compared to how it could have been. Is there a deep, rich, well-thought out plot structure here? No. Should there be?
Hell no. This is 45 minutes of nothing but mutant insects and superhumans beating the snot out of each other, while dropping plot points the main series can pick up on. Maybe the manga had more to it, but I wouldn't know. For the duration of the OVA though, there wasn't a single moment where I found myself thinking "When did we get here?" or "Why are we still here?" as shows with poorer pacing tend to make me.
Also, the parts about the insect abilities was kept to a nice minimum, and were informative and interesting without being excessive.
Could they have done more with the story for this OVA? Yes. Does the OVA, at face value, suffer as a result? No.
QUALITY was limited, CGI wasn't excessive or poorly implemented, and the fight scenes seemed fluid enough at a first watch. The art design didn't do much to wow me, but there were some neat designs and overall it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the OVA.
Voice acting contributed to most of this score, it was fairly strong and I couldn't tell you any one VA I thought did poorly. However, the stock gore sound effects that we've ALL heard a thousand times seem a bit lackluster on the thousand and first time. We get it, heads make a popping sound when they explode.
Well, it's kind of hard to have good characters when so many of them die, because, spoilers, lots of them die. Those that do get development, brief as it is, get just enough of it for the context of the show. There's no half-hour backstories here, but to be honest, this one doesn't especially need it as much as the main series does. What the OVA does, it does well enough, though that's probably owed to the source material. But in the end, 45 minutes is a precious resource here. Some things need to suffer a bit.
I came in looking for an OVA about gory space mutant violence and I sure as hell got it. I sort of wish there had been another couple episodes or so to flesh out everything a bit more, perhaps add more suspense to the experience, but as a whole, I was pleased with what I saw and don't regret taking the time to watch it.
It's not something you'd necessarily go back and watch again, but for what it is, it does its job. To anyone who wants a quick, fun gore fest or who just wants to see more JOHJ in action, I'd say to at least give this a shot.
this OVA , independently of the manga wich i haven't read, and of the series that is said to come later,
the art is okay, the animation is fine, being aware that this OVA is an introduction to a whole franchise, i'll only mention the things that can not possibly be fixed :
the pace is stuttery, mixing moments of doubts with gratuitous reveals to try and explain plot elements or characters in a hurry, most of wich are incredibly cliché (hinting on a dystopian future with corrupted politics and perhaps even a caste system ) this might be only because of the OVA
nature of this episode, but still could certainly have been more subtle.
The characters are apparently disposable, but not as brillantly done as in Attack on Titan wich makes sure the viewer gets familiar with them before doing horrible things to them, but more in the "that'l hopefullyl make people talk about it" sense of random guro, wich feels like some kind of cheat to me, covering up the lack of plot, wich seems to fit in a single sentence judging from this single OVA:
past the first encounter, there is no surprise, no cliffhanger, no new element introduced to the story, it all relies on it's own premice wich is " mars has been terraformed through the use of moss and cockroaches, people we send there disapear shortly" and all the episode is basically showing the many gruesome ways to make explorers disapear..
my main issue tho, is on the solution to the explorer death issue, seemingly the whole concept of the series, is the "surgery" undertaken by the protagonists, allowing them to instantly grow insect parts upon injecting themselves some kind of chemical product....... and that's just not Science Fiction, in any realistic sense ever, that is Ben-10 Fantasy ! not only the idea that such body enhancement could be done, but moreover the idea that it should be sufficient to face an unknown menace, implying that such unknown menace had to be fought through close-combat....
this is where it lost me, seeing year 2600 humans unable to think of anything else than this incredibly far-fetched solution is nothing but threatening my faith in humanity, present and future ..
as a parody of an old Z movie tho, that could work, so if that is what you're looking for, enjoy !
Valiant heroes defend Mars from the deadliest species of invader pests. There are many losses on both sides. The heroes take their revenge and it is always satisfying to watch them tear the pest species apart. The overpopulated pest species abused the abilities of our heroes (against their will and best interests) and tasked them to terraforming a planet just so the selfish pest species could come back and take the planet for themselves and continue to spread their filth, diseases and eventually destroy yet another planet.
Nothing beats a series where blattodea, a species relentlessly massacred by humans, turn the tables to flatten the real
pests: homo sapiens. In this case, the cockroaches come in anthropomorphized form and appear to be quite capable of employing basic strategy. The OVA seems to develop some back story for the scenarios in the Anime. Witnessing the human deaths is very satisfying. It gives happy feelings. I wouldn't call this horror, but I can see how it might be so for others. But revenge is so sweet. This anime brings to life fantasies of mine. The last time I pointed at the screen and laughed so much was when I watched the start of Elfen Lied and the first few episodes of Attack on Titan. It's satisfactory comedy to me. I want more! I score it a masterpiece because it is rare, entertaining, misanthropic and strays further from other generic plots and universes where humans tend to prevail even though they clearly don't deserve any victories. That's my focus here. The animation, sounds and voice acting were good. The dialogue and characters were standard for anime. I don't care much for human characters anyway so I can't get attached to them and unless they're paranoid, schizophrenic evil mad scientists (like in Steins;Gate), I can't relate to the characters either. I need to see more to piece the story together but it has me curious to see more about the virus and about the evolution of the Terra Formars. The Terra Formars and the cockroaches are pretty cute yet endearingly creepy. I'd trust them before I trust the slimy, filthy, narrow-sighed and killer human dictators.
If you enjoy watching that one selfish, pretentious species of ape violently get what they deserve because they've declared themselves special privileges which prevent you from giving them some of their own medicine, then I will recommend you watch this OVA (and the Terra Formars series) because you will enjoy it, too.
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