Sep 26, 2017
This anime was visible in my video recommendations for a while, and with a newfound affinity for older anime I finally decided to pick it up!
I haven't watched war-related anime much, and my expectations were quite low. I only knew this production was based on a manga, that there is another version of the series that has never been translated into English, and that this OVA was cut for a western release. I must say it does end quite abruptly and absurdly.
The plot progresses quite smoothly and quickly, but not too hastily. Details concerning warfare, politics and technical details seemed accurate enough. However, when it
is time to contemplate the essence of war, Silent Service fails to deliver. Character development is nonexistent. A lot of things are conveniently explained through the Japanese culture's traditional, ingrained views on honour. It also wants to criticize the USA for acting as a "world police", but doesn't really offer much insight into why this is a good or a bad thing, other than countries and cultures having the right to arm themselves in return. Sometimes the role and motives of Japan and USA start to shift, merge or switch places, but whether or not this was intentional in the narrative, I couldn't tell.
The duration of this OVA was approximately 90 minutes, and it was a reasonably interesting glimpse into 90's animation as well as the attitudes towards nuclear technology and world politics in the 1980s.
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