Four billion years ago, in the Andromeda Nebula, an ambitious project was launched. An ancient race of aliens, seeing that there was no other intelligent life in the Universe, set their massive supercomputers the task of seeding more races that could grow to sentience. The project was known as the Omega Program. The human race was the result of this project.
However, humans were not the only races to grow from the Omega Program, and lurking in the future is the deadliest threat the human race has ever faced. In time, the products of this Program are destined to clash in violent opposition. Hopelessly outnumbered by the technologically superior enemy, Earth has one last hope—the secret fail-safe of the Omega Program—the Delta Boy, living avatar of the supercomputer that began life on Earth.
His only problem is staying alive long enough to save his future—and that of all humanity...
Something like a decade ago, Anime was pretty hard to come by in the UK. Seeing it on the TV was even rarer. That's where Sci-Fi Channel stepped in to help out by airing a number of anime series, and films, including Tenchi Muyo, Akira, DevilMan, and this.
A contest has turned my interest in Anime into an Obessession when I read up on Anime, read about Tenchi Muyo then saw an Ad for Tenchi Muyo on the TV. I tried to watch every anime I could find on the TV. Unfortunately I included this.
Tapping it overnight, and then watching it... I was unsure what
the bloody hell I was watching. The Thing seems to have a plot included for a TV series, condensed into whatever time this hell lasted for. It rushed from one thing to the next, ending up in a mess that you could not understand. Nor could you find any emotional attachment to anything within.
Early on, a kinda main character dies. Then a couple minutes later, we're meeting her identical sister. You won't shred a tear for the first sister, and all references to her death etc, are kinda narmy.... There was a statue to her and stuff, but bloody hell, it was just two minutes ago for the viewer... I can't remember if there was a time jump (I actually think the Hero may tme travel or something), but it certainly didn't feel like there had been enough time for it to settle in my mind.
When I originally saw this, I was convinced it was a TV series condensed into a film, and that was to blame. However, since that wasn't the case, I think it was just plain bad.
This is not a so bad it's hilarious either. You can't follow this thing, so you can't tell if it is funny or not. Even if I do remember the plot elements I did figure out to be pretty damn generic.
Just do yourself a a favour and don't watch this. Instead recommend it to someone you don't like or something.
But remember kids, friends don't let other friends watch Armageddon.
I feel that Armageddon needs another review, mainly to elaborate on points not fully explored in other reviews.
The story gets confusing. It tries to construct a science fiction world, but does it using information it never really bothers to explain. Past the world building, the story has a pretty straight forward basis. The way the plot is constructed is lacking and boring.
The art is better than some bad anime, but couldn't really be called anything other than below average. The design of characters, especially non-human characters, are pretty interesting however. The animation fits the story it's trying to tell, but feels like it comes from
the 80s rather than the 90s. Some of the expressions look really off at times, but are quite funny to look at was the one source of enjoyment I had from this movie.
The sound is meh. The voice acting of the dub is slightly below average, but there's no absolutely trash voice acting going on. The music fits the scenes, but is utterly forgettable. Sound effects sound like they are from stock a good 95% of the time.
All I can grant the film is that the characterisation is there in a very small amount. The main character has some sense and since they're seen in a variety of situations and their feelings are shown, it has the absolute basis for characterisation. The queen is also somewhat interesting in a very basic way. Although the characterisation is below average, it is there.
My enjoyment of the film is rather lacking, it's in so bad it's bad territory. There isn't much to say about it simply because it's not got anything too terrible or anything good in it, it's basically empty. The only reason this is getting a 2 from me is that even with this nullness it's better than some other anime I have watched.