The Sacred Book of the land of Eija has been rediscovered and with it the legends of a mysterious and all powerful ship. Now Princess Crystal of Megaronia has set forth on a quest to recover the ship and its ultimate weaponry. All that stands between her and total domination of the world is a small group of piratical misfits. Swords, sorcery and technology blend to form a mesmerizing tale of Good vs. Evil in Ellcia. (Source: ANN)
This one belongs to my VHS anime old days . I don't know if I still have the VHS somewhere, but I certainly know that I don't have my VCR, so, upon seeing the OVA upped in the net, I went ahead and downloaded it for a nice rewatch and of course, for the sake of nostalgia.
Ellcia, is a fantasy anime of the beginning of the nineties, so you can more or less know what to expect if you are familiar with sci-fi fantasy anime from that late eghties/early nineties. The tale is set in a very far future where civilization ended how we know
it and started again from point 0. Some "ancient" technology has been rediscovered but things stayed with that distinct and usually "Japanese" balance between technology and medieval culture (in this case since it portrays a more occidental people.).
Our hero Eira is the leader of a small boat of unusual pirates on a land conquered with blood by the greatest nation of earth, Megaronia. Somehow Eira and her pirates find themselves involved in trouble with the Megaronia army. Megaronia princess is in search for a mythic great God ship that according to the legend will bring destruction upon Megaronia if it ever falls in the hands of the "chosen one of royal blood" of that particular conquered country. It happens that the king and queen were killed while Megaronia was conquering the country and the prince, the supposed sole heir, was imprisoned ever since. What they didn't know was that the queen was pregnant of a child during that rampage and that she gave birth to a princess.
You can guess what will happen next, as this fantasy tale, though entertaining, it has no particular clever plot nor does it have great twists. But still is a nice viewing. What impressed me more, was the good animation it had, the character design was kind of different too than the usual and very pleasant, the animation was top notch, I wonder if they used computer and in which scenes. I would like to compare the use of computer in some scenes and todays scenes.
All in all a good and entertaining watch. Recommended for a good dose of 90's fantasy.
Schizo tech is not a stranger to fantasy anime of the 90s, Windaria conjures iconic imagery of crossbowmen fending off assaults from trapezoid Stug-esque assault cannons; and its enthralling. In contrast, Ellcia's unashamedly gratuitous schizo tech sticks out in the most jarring way. This might have something to with the similarly jarring tone, which alternates like prog rock time signatures between slapstick deformation, typical impossibly high stakes epic fantasy against a great evil and child friendly adventure tale moments.
The problem with this is that immersion immediately goes bust; and the whole thing isn't quite stupid or parodical enough to laugh off like many other
forgotten 90s fantasy ovas.
Without immersion, Ellcia can't be anything more than utterly mediocre but its art direction on the other hand is its absolute saving grace (aside from some surprisingly well directed and energetic swordfights).
By this I don't mean that it is artfully done like Angel's egg, as substance riddled as a Rintaro sequence or as gorgeous as Nausicca. I mean that if you want to see a proto Gurren Lagann esque battleship with a Bionicle (I swear it has Kopaka's eyes) for a head lay waste to a diesel punk city with psychedelic death orbs, this is the anime for you! Admittedly a small niche that I seem to be a part of. You can now join it too with just a few hours of time and a tolerance for very very forgotten old ovas.
This is one of those ova´s back in the 90´s wich u see an commercial about on another anime VHS, and wether u like it or not, U WANTED IT. And honestly i was a bit suprised when i had my first view about it years ago ,i had no idea it was soo funny ( the trailer only showed the bloody action scenes and scary monsters). And as a kid i got WAY more than i bargained for (saw it in 1996) especially with the violence and dark twists in the overall storyline, that around that time fantasy action genre's like this one popped
up out of animestudio's like there was no freakin tomorrow! aside that i really had a big laugh seeing the 1st episode, maybe the animationstyle is not the best made, with some bad habits from 1980's animation but u can look past that, Charachters overall have an funny or serious look on them, about the minor and greater heroe's ofc there are a bunch of kids that make u laugh throughout the show the way i sadly miss these days. background, model and shipdesigns i had no problems with cus it was handdrawn that give's a almost oldskool flow to feel i are in the story, but differs for fans that are known with this. I really would like to see an pick-up of the story to make new mangabooks out of it, and later an 30 part serie's or so.