Several months after a probe returning from Mars burns up during reentry, strange creatures dubbed "Ancients" begin to appear throughout Tokyo. Aggressive and dangerous, they cannot be killed with ordinary weapons. As scientists struggle to find the cause of their sudden appearance, the monsters wreak havoc across the world.
Humanity finds hope in the form of the MARS suit—a new weapon developed to take down these enemies. The suit, however, can only be worn by those with specific DNA. Enter Takeru Hinata, an ordinary teen with a troubled past and one of the few capable of piloting the only weapon against the Ancients. With the help of the AAST, a special police force established to defeat the dangerous creatures, the young man battles against demons both personal and global whilst trying to discover the true nature of Earth's new aggressors.
This is by far the anime medium's magnum opus. Mars of Destruction is the best animated movie I've seen in years, if not ever. In terms of science-fiction related media, this blows other greats such as Heinlein's works, Battlestar Galactica, and Neon Genesis Evangelion out of the water. Truly an experience I will never forget, and oh, what an experience it was!
This film is highly philosophical. I actually felt regret when the Big Bad Ancient Guy told Random Armored Cop Dude that the humans were the true invaders of Earth. This plot twist was stunning and, on the whole, thought-provoking. It was like something
written by Kafka.
This movie is so amazing that it actually makes DEEN's animation look like Madhouse by comparison. It gave me more appreciation for other anime titles! I love you, Mars Of Destruction!!!
The voice acting is absolutely perfect. When the characters yell each other's names repeatedly you will FEEL the emotion. The OST recorded by Beethoven himself is also marvelous. He did an excellent job, as always.
The characters are all equally well-done, from Green Hair Girl to Blue Hair Girl; it's so easy to tell them apart! I especially enjoyed the doctor's dialogue, as I would not have known that the girl whose head exploded was dead without his helpful reminder that "she won't make it."
This picture is absolutely riveting on every level! I could watch it over and over and never get bored!
Run, don't walk, to your nearest YouTube to catch this masterpiece as soon as possible! You won't regret it!
After watching this, I just felt that I simply HAVE to write a review for this masterpiece. Why is this a masterpiece, you ask? Simple, because it's the only Sci-fi/Horror anime which ever made me laugh so hard.
The story... Wait, what was the story again? Apart from whatever that was said in the synopsis, there is pratically no storyline at all, it's just about a bunch of girls working for the police fighting off the 'Ancients' alongside a guy who was forced to wear a suit developed by his father to fight the 'Ancients', and how much killings they saw on the way while delivering
the bits from the wrecked Mars exploration ship to America, and how they eventually found out that Martians were Earthlings and Earthlings were Martians.
The art is simply amazing. It's old for a 2005 anime, and the animation is just so stiff. I think even 1980s anime/OVAs like Gunbuster and Mobile Suit Gundam has better art and animation than this. The only saving grace is how bloody the massacres were.
The voice acting was horrible. The only thing I found nice to hear were the moanings of dying people, and the growling of the 'Ancients'. And as for the music, I could've sworn I heard a few classical pieces in the background.
It would be difficult to identify the characters if not for them having different genders and looks, for there is no distinct characteristics for the different character. The only distinctive traits the characters ever have are their looks and their voices. They might as well make every single character look and sound the same, since it would save them the trouble from having to think of how each and every character would have to look and sound.
This is where this OVA shines. The enjoyment factor. As I've said before, never has any sci-fi/horror series made me laugh as hard as this did. I laughed when the ship at the beginning blew up, I laughed when the girls were so stupid that they stood still and didn't run as the 'Ancients' charged up and fired their beam at them, I laughed when one of the girls got her head blown off, I laughed when the policeman was torn apart, I laughed when the main dude in the suit didn't know how to use his other free hand to attack the main 'Ancient' when his sword arm was stopped, and then later broken and dislocated by the 'Ancient', I laughed when the professor in the US said that the DNA found on Mars belonged to Homo Sapiens, I laughed when the 'Ancient' began to speak, I laughed when he said that Earthlings were Martians, and Martians were Earthlings. I was laughing throughout the entire show.
So overall, all I have to say is, if you've got about 20 minutes of your life you would like to waste away, please, PLEASE, do catch Mars of Destruction. :D
Ivan was your average, everyday, normal viewer, he had just finished his latest anime series, and was searching for a new one to watch. While, reading the reviews of several shows on MAL, he came across the infamous Mars of Destruction.
He had heard many horrible stories, regarding this particular animation. He read the reviews and noticed that many people called it "the worst anime ever.”
He thought to himself, “This can’t possibly be true. Even the worst anime has one redeeming feature. I have to see this for myself.”
He immediately typed in the words “Mars of Destruction” in Google and
found a video of it on Youtube. He clicked the video and it began to play.
Little did Ivan know that clicking and playing the video would be the biggest mistake in his entire life.
As soon as the video started, he noticed the shoddy animation/art such as, the lack of facial expression on the characters, the awful character designs, the camera shaking, and the undistinguishable characters.
The sound was uneven some parts being loud and some being soft, the Beethoven music felt out of place and distracted him from the fight scene, and the voice acting was subpar.
The story was filled with many unanswered questions, like why did these ‘Ancients’ attack, who developed AAST, who is Takeru’s father, why choose Takeru of all people, why do the girls seem ill-trained for combat, why use shitty weapons against the aliens, etc. The questions were endless.
And, all the characters were undeveloped, their intelligences level were equivalent to that of a rock, their emotional levels were nil and their dialogues were laughable, especially when the doctor stated that the headless girl wasn’t going to survive. No shit, doctor! No shit!
Once, the video was over, Ivan’s eyes were closed and his ears were covered with his palms. He tried to not remember the horrible anime, but it was too late.
His brain began to recall the shitty characters, the shitty animation, the shitty story and the shitty sound. He could feel his brain melting, it was slowly turning into a puddle of slush. Suddenly, the slush oozed out of his ears and nose, and trickled to the floor. He felt the slush in his hands and on his face. Then, immediately, he lost all feeling in his arms and legs, and fell to the floor.
He was dying, albeit slowly. At first, he panicked, but soon realized that it was better to die than be tortured by the images and sounds of Mars of Destruction.
He thought to himself, “Damn! There really was no redeeming feature in that show. That truly was the worst anime ever! The world needs to know of my fate!”
He went onto MAL and wrote a short review, and then submitted it.
Afterwards, he died, but before he passed away, he hoped that somebody had read his warning review; a warning, for those who are curious, that Mar of Destruction will literally melt your brain.
Today I had a sudden insparation to write a review on the unfathomably glorious and unparalleled masterpiece that is mars of destruction. Here is a breakdown of why mars of destruction is THE most epic anime ever created.
The story is one of the best I have ever seen. Martians invading the Earth for absolutely no properly explained reason? Wonderful. The main protagonist, Takeru, having to fight these creatures and endure the pain brought about by the mars suit which he wears? So dramatic. And the female characters are part of a well designed special alien fighting group called the AAST with Takeru, and they
all have their very own unique skill that they never use because they are always seen with the same exact gun. Now the best part is the climatic battle scene against the alien leader. Just seeing Takeru's arm being broken after 5 seconds of fighting was so painful to watch. The girls valiantly tried to stop the alien, but they just couldn't handle his special abillity "death grip", which is him basically grabbing the girls' necks and choking them without doing ANYTHING else. I shouted for joy when, after having a 3 minute conversation with a green haired girl while his other compainions were getting choked to death by the alien, Takeru used some random untested weapon that was randomly given to him by the random green haired girl to blow a hole through the alien who SAW Takeru about to shoot him but didn't move at all. At the very end, the plot takes a psychological turn when it is discovered that the Martians are the earthlings and the earthlings are the martians. ;o; Shocking, I know. Its just so amazing how fantastic the plot is of the 20 minute show.
My eyes frickin MELTED from the animation of this show. You may not believe it, but the female characters, who had the same exact faces, outfits, and figure, actually had different colored hair, which all had their own unique design. The alien leader looked different from the other aliens, which I believe helps emphisize his superior character. The fight scenes, oh my God the fight scenes were animated BRILLIANTLY! Especially the one between Takeru and the alien leader, it was such a powerful battle, and it brought forth numerous emotions, especially when they stood staring at each other while doing absolutely nothing for five minutes. The art in this show is just gorgeous.
This show had no opening or ending theme, but that's okay! The insert songs were more than enough for my ears to listen to. My personal favorite was when, during the climatic battle between our heroic protagonist and his dastardly foe, a piece written by Beethoven plays in the background. Thats right, this show has the budget to insert one of Beethoven's classical arrangements into the anime. It just so amazing.
Mars of Destruction has some of the most interesting and dynamic characters that I've even seen. They even go as far as to name each and every one of the four female leads. The backstory of the protagonist Takeru was one of the most emotional moments of anything ever created. It was gut wrenching when his dad forced him to wear the mars suit. Oh, the feels! I also find it necessary to point out my personal favorite character, known only as the girl from AAST. In the very first battle, she valiantly stood firm against the alien aggressors, and never moved from her position. My jaw dropped in shock as an alien shot a beam of light or something from his mouth and it blew off the head of the AAST girl. I cried when, in the hospital, the doctors deduced that she was dead after thoroughly analyzing her headless body. I sincerely hoped that she would survive, but alas, it was not meant to be. She died a true hero.
If you don't find this show entertaining, then I don't know what else could possibly satisfy you. Everything about this show screams perfection, from the fantastic plot right down to the music by Beethoven. My eyes were glued to the screen for the entirety of the 20 minutes in which this show ran, and it was possibly the greatest 20 minutes of my life. Thank you Idea Factory for providing the world with this exceptional anime.
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