Johnny Rico is a high school student living in Buenos Aires, who doesn't know what to do with his future life. When his friend Carl and his love Carmen, whom he grew up with, join the Federal Military, he does too enlist in the hope to chase after his love into space. However, a war is brewing on the outer planets with a strange bug-like alien enemy and Johnny is thrust into conflict.
As a long time Starship Troopers fan it was only right that I watch the anime. I have to say it was a real treat to watch. The story follows the book pretty well and also adds in it's own interpretations. If you're into mecha anime then you will love this.
Story: Is about a young rich boy named Jonney Rico who joins the mobile infantry to help fight the war on alien bugs that plagues the earth and it's people. The story takes place in the future where humanity can freely travel from planet to planet as a luxury. Jonney originally had no idea what
he wanted to do once graduating from high school and didn't want to run his fathers space trading business. However once he finds out his long time crush, Carmen, is joining the Space Navy, he too decides to join up. The story progresses from there showing the hardships he and his friends must face in order to protect the earth they live on and the people they care about.
Art: Is remarkably good for 80's art. I had no problems watching it like some old Anime that I've seen.
Sound: Amazing, They used English music for the openings, endings, and actions scenes. The sound effects where really good as well.
Character: The character development was pretty good. They focused more on Jonney since he is the main character but they also tried to add development for the other characters. They could have added more but for the amount of eps that where made I think they did a decent job. The Look of the characters was good however almost all the women in the show looked to butch or to loli (waitress). The hair styles where to manly for the women but that was probably the popular Hair style in Japan or the US in the 80s. The guys looked fine although some of them had lazy eyes lol.
Enjoyment: I really enjoyed this. It was worth the time to watch and I recommend this to anyone thats seen the movie or read the book. You wont be disappointed.
Before continuing on with this review, I've never read any novel of the Starship Troopers and my only experience with the brand was the 1997 live-action movie. If you're like me and have only seen that movie with an interest in watching this series, I should inform you that this show and that movie are two very different things. A movie, while not including mecha, that is more similar to this would be Full Metal Jacket (minus the tension and action) or something along those lines.
This anime follows a very basic and generic military story of a bunch of recruits/kids deciding to join the military,
while watching them grow personally as they work to become real soldiers. Although Starship Troopers may sound like a title for a space opera with plenty of action, the battles and aliens in this series take the backseat for practically the entire show. Not much futuristic world-building is there either, making the show feel very much like a modern military flick at times, until the mechs do show up. There are moments throughout where there will be drama, but much of it is very predictable and has been done in many other military films. Things flow much like a less interesting, and more basic, version of Gunbuster.
While the story is fairly weak, the characters aren't terrible. The character menu comprises of a bunch of kid-recruits (a few of them being alright characters) a boot-camp sergeant, a love interest, and Ripley (no joke). The main character is one of the recruits joining the military who is also an alright character, but has nothing particularly interesting to note. None of the characters are really interesting, but the writing makes their interactions good enough to watch (possibly due to ripping the text straight from the book, but I wouldn't know).
The worldbuilding has a very generic scifi feel to it with mechas that could fit right into any Robotech plot-line, also containing copy-paste aliens that don't have much features besides shooting laser beams. The spaceships and technology are very sparse, yet when they do appear they are adequate.
Despite all of that, one category this show does pretty good in is it's art style. The drawings themselves are somewhat plain and basic most of the time, but there always feels like a slight bit of care in the proportions and details of the people that makes me want to keep watching. The background art and mechas are passable, but the people are taken well cared of, while honestly not having much frames of motion to take the style to its full potential. That's the main reason why I wouldn't regret watching this series, as I really did enjoy the art style (taking note of the lack of animation at many times).
In the end, the whole series just works around with a lot of generic plot devices and characters, while also being set in a very basic setting. Nothing really peaked my interest, however it also wasn't boring enough for me to stop watching all-together. I wouldn't recommend this version of Starship Troopers to most people, but if they felt the urge to watch it, I wouldn't stop them. I don't regret watching it, but I doubt I'll remember much of it after a year.