Remy Shimoda is in a hurry. She's on her way to a reunion with the other members of the Go Shogun team, and she's late. A police action with some robbers gets in her way, so she runs the robbers off the road. Her vision blurs and she gets into an accident. The movie splits into two with one plot following Remy's slow decline at the hospital with the Go Shogun members and former enemies at her side, and her experience in a strange city where she, and the rest of the team have their deaths foretold. Remy, herself, is plagued by visions of her death, and visitations from a threatening girl and her panther-like cat. The temple at the center of the city is the key, so the team sets out to battle their way into it. Based on the giant robot series "Go Shogun", this is a story focusing on Remy, the female member of the team.
Alright, take the director of the Pokemon movies and have him do a sequel movie to a fighting force mecha show from the early 80's. It sounds like a recipe for unadulterated mediocrity, yet somehow it manages to be one of the most bizarre, surreal, and personal animes ever created.
In a way, I would liken this to Watchmen, even though it came out over a year before that famous comic. Both weave tales of heroes who had their moment in the sun, but when the war was over, they faded into obscurity. They're all older now and one has turned his one-time fame into
a successful commercial enterprise. Another is the Surgeon General. They haven't seen each other in years, but they quickly rally when one of their own is threatened.
While Time Stranger does have several action scenes, action is not the focus. Rather it focuses on Remy's internal struggle and how she deals with almost insurmountable odds. She realizes that her death is almost a certainty, but she never gives up.
But let's get one thing out of the way: Time Strange is 14 years old and it looks it. The animation gets the job done, and there are some moments where a lot is done with a little, but it's not going to blow anyone away. More than anything else, that's the main gripe with the show. However, it should, in no way, take away from enjoyment one gets from viewing this movie.
The music is a mix of haunting and surreal, with a pure 80's power ballad at the end. Again, nothing truly exceptional here, but it holds up better than the animation
The main draw here is the characters, or, specifically, Remy. She is one of the strongest and most unique female characters I've seen in an anime. She can fight when she needs to, but it's her strong will and never-say-die attitude that make her truly standout.
Pretty entertaining, but the characters are pretty bland. They have motives, but no character - and most of them have the same motive of "I must protect her!" The setup was interesting and I wonder how it could possibly be a sequel to a mecha anime (haven't and probably won't watch the original). Seems like an artistic project that someone decided to do more-or-less just using the IP, didn't feel like I missed anything (besides why the girl's wrist is so weak - if that is because of the show, hopefully). Some good action, reminded me of "Dawn of the Dead" at times. No deep
meaning beyond "never give up!"
One part had the cheesiest dialogue I've ever had the misfortune of hearing. Two of the team (Kernagul and Suegni) were fixing up a tram car and started getting sentimental since they might die the next day. You'd think they'd go into their pasts and you'd begin to feel connected to them, but it's almost like they were appealing to the viewers instead by them both talking about collecting model kits and how they used their trusty American Express Card. I lol'd to the heavens!