Soukou Kihei Votoms: Pailsen Files

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Synonyms: Armored Trooper Votoms: Pailsen Files
Japanese: 装甲騎兵ボトムズ ペールゼン・ファイルズ


Type: OVA
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 26, 2007 to Aug 25, 2008
Producers: Sunrise
Licensors: Maiden Japan
Source: Original
Genre: Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, MilitaryMilitary, SpaceSpace
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


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Ranked: #31942
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Popularity: #8216
Members: 5,249
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OVA release from anime series "Armored Trooper Votoms" utilizing the latest in 3D CG animation. Created by the original staff of the series, with an all new story about the end of the 100 year war.


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Characters & Voice Actors


Takahashi, Ryousuke
Director, Theme Song Lyrics, Original Creator
Urakami, Yasuo
Sound Director
Takada, Masahiro
Episode Director
Yoshikawa, Souji
Script, Series Composition


Opening Theme

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"Tetsu no Lullaby" by George Yanagi

Ending Theme

"Bye Bye Brother" by George Yanagi


Oct 2, 2018
After 1994's Shining Heresy more or less failed, the Votoms franchise went quiet for over a decade. It's return further explores the familiar grounds of Chirico Cuvie's past, and serves as somewhat of a sequel to Red shoulder document: Roots of ambition. If this sound a little inaccessible that's because it absolutely is made for fans familiar with both the original Armored Trooper Votoms and it's follow-up OVA's. To make matters worse, the mechs are now done with CGI, and mid-2000's CGI at that. Pailsen Files really is just for those interested in the franchise, but past that it's quite a good show that scratches ...
Jun 8, 2023
VOTOMS director Ryosuke Takahashi’s career is uncharacteristic in that, of the many series he has authored or directed, VOTOMS is the only one to ever receive sequels of any sort, and it was not until the release of Pailsen Files in the 2000s that it managed to receive a full 12-episode anime rather than sporadic OVA releases. Equally uncharacteristically for a sequel, Pailsen Files is a largely unique entity, one that displays an interest in taking the series and setting in a new direction, rather than furthering the same ideas that its original entry had already conceptualised.

One area in which this new approach is made ...
Mar 29, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Pailsen Files is only worth watching if you've seen the original AT VOTOMS, alongside the Roots of Ambition / Treachery / Red Shoulder Document OVA. If you haven't seen those, don't bother...

The story is mediocre at best. It does have some decent twists, but it gets predictable and formulaic after a while. Plus, there's not much fear that anyone is going to bite it; until the very end! I won't spoil anything, but the concept Pailsen Files runs with -- the same concept Roots of Ambition runs with -- can easily remove tension. Despite having 12 episodes (plenty for an OVA) the writers missed opportunities ...

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