In the first test of a revolutionary personal battle-suit, the MADOX-01, Ace female test-pilot Elle Kusomoto smashes an attacking tank force and humiliates Lt. Kilgore, Japan's most-macho tank-jockey, in the process.
Kilgore swears he'll get even, and he gets his chance when the prototype MADOX literally falls off the back of a truck in the middle of Tokyo.
Meanwhile, the MADOX, which fell off the back of one truck, off a bridge, and into the back of another truck, has found its way into the hands of college student Koji Sujimoto. Intruiged by the MADOX, Koji makes the big mistake of fooling with it without reading the manual first, and soon finds himself locked in the suit and zooming around downtown Tokyo.
If you find a mysterious box on a truck in your technical college, the best and most obvious course of action to take is to open it. If it happens to contain a suit of powered armor and a manual,only read the passage that tells you how to turn it on and get inside. After that happens, there's no better way to celebrate the activation of your newly-found robot suit by visiting your ex-girlfriend in a crowded tower.
Metal Skin Panic Madox-01 (don't you love those old-school robot titles? 'Armored Trooper Votoms', 'Blue Comet Super Powered-Tracer Layzner'...) is another one of those old 80s
shows with a plot seems more like an excuse for the directors and animators to cram as many cool fight scenes as they can into an hour of programming. It's a tried-and-true formula that produces morsels of crunchy animated entertainment and doesn't attempt to reinvent or blend any genres or push the envelope, and that's just fine. It's not intellectually stimulating or engaging, but it won't bore you to tears with hours of pointless filler or aimless dialog between sparkly-eyed effeminate men wearing goofy outfits in the pouring rain staring at opposite sides of the screen. Who also happen to be ninjas.
Everything is resolved at the end, nothing sticks out and needs to be hammered down. The fight scenes are fun, the animation's good, the English dub is awkward, and the artists seem to take too much pleasure in drawing little X-wing style flip-up targeting computers...
Seriously. There are like, several of them (I counted 5) and they all work with the same weapon. You'd think the company would have added a digital copy of the manual onboard, but... Whatever.
Okay lets start this review of right from the start of this OVA.
We're presented with a beautiful scene of the development/testing of an exoskeleton (the Madox). This mecha/scifi goodness got me hyped up for all that is to come. Only to be disappointed by a very mediocre story about a guy, his girlfriend who's about to go study abroad and the Madox. How does this all add up? I don't have a clue! It's like a math assignment Einstein wouldn't be able to solve. I know alot of OVA are pretty horrible due to the fact that it's hard to setup a plot, develop
the characters and have a likeable story just in about 40 to 55 minutes. But Madox doesn't even try to do any of this! There's OVA that are horribly mediocre and have the most cringy dialogue which still makes it worth the watch but this was just a pain. Like sitting on a medieval torture device praying to God to make it stop.
To be honest there's not even anything to review other than me saying; It's a golden turd. Once the opening scene is over the cast comes off and you're left with a smelly brown mushy turd. Beyond that the 2nd best part was the ending, because 1 I was glad it was over and 2 the ending song was okay. But still that doesn't say much.
Overal I'd give this a 3 out of 10. One for existing, which in itself is actually a sin worthy of being called the 8th sin. Another one for the likeable (but misleading) opening and finally; one more for the ending theme.
Nothing of value was lost, but only my time watching this. DO NOT watch this. And if you still want to; Watch the opening and be done with it.
Aaaah yes, a golden oldie for me Metal skin panic is one of those Ova´s that was just ´out there´, in the VHS stores and wether u wanted to watch it or not is totally up to the person itself. In my case as an oldskool anime nerd i was lucky not to regret . At first glance u can see that this ova definetly was inspired by the mechaboom and ova boom of the late 80´s Thank you gundam( for the mecha boom) and thank you Megazone 23( for the OVA boom) and was right with the fashion those days. The storyline was´nt all
too predictable and had really nice layout from beginning to end , about a schoolstudent that find a secret millitary weapon after a crash occured , and get all eyes on him after it was´caught´by the weapon, lots of action and explosions from there on!
For the art it was rather ok, u have to see it from a point of having not much money but to make the best out of it, and it was another era ofc that unlike today EVERYTHING was handdrawn, even the background animation of crowded ppl when all hell breaks loose is quite detailed, especially when u see the animation moving towards you, the better it looks frame by frame. U can´t miss the late 1980´s music here ! nicely mixed it during the movie, and i mean during the shootouts and stuff.
Some of the charachters here acted a bit onesided and stereotypical a la 1987! but the main protagonist at least had a more emotional and uplifting role, same for the villian, though he acted more like a hardball.
It was not a dissapointing movie overall, and merely because oldskool anime´s has lots of popculture references and parody´s if u look right, and man oh man it was actionpacked alright. something i would say for a sundaynight with a beer or two .AWESOMETACULAIR
Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01 is an 42 min. OVA from 1987 that delivers fast-paced over-the-top mecha action.
The story is quite simple yet effective, it doesnt challenge intelectually the viewer but it is still thrilling and keeps you looking at the screen until credit end titles pop up. However this might be the weakest point of MADOX-01, as, at least in my case, it leaves the sensation that five to ten minutes more of footage could have improved the overall result. A bit more of character development, exposition about the world in which the action takes place or whatever that could have enriched the storyline
surely would be welcomed. In any case, it's just an appreciation, i am ok with the story for the most part. The main story concept is still pretty cool and badass and the characters are sympathetic even if a little bit typical, specially the villain.
The visuals and design are alright, the MADOX is pretty cool and the plot leave enough place to show off properly all the blaze and guns, the character design is nothing special yet not bad, mildly above average. Animation itself goes the same way, not the richest you'll see but actually good for a production of this scale, with cool chases and fights, explosions, city destruction and all that.
The sound is pretty much the same as with the visuals, correct for the most part. As i have seen a subbed version i wont really talk much about it, the seiyuus seem appropriate and deliver convincing performances.
As for the enjoyment, here is where Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01 excells. Despite it small scale, recurrent setting and lack of depth, the fast pace where there is no window for a breath prevents from distracting and the coolness and 80's charm also do their work on making the viewer overlook the OVA flaws.
This isn't the definitive anime, it doesnt even come near to be a classic, but that is part of the play. You wont get a fond impression that will change you forever, instead when you stop the video at the end you will be think "yeah, that was pretty rad".
Give it a chance and you wont be dissapointed, just be sure to know what you are getting into