First Squad: The Moment of Truth

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English: First Squad: The Moment of Truth
Synonyms: Pervyi Otryad, Первый Отряд
Japanese: ファーストスクワッド


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 13, 2009
Producers: None found, add some
Studios: Studio 4°C
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, HistoricalHistorical, MilitaryMilitary, Super PowerSuper Power, SupernaturalSupernatural
Duration: 1 hr. 13 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 6.001 (scored by 1873918,739 users)
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Ranked: #85232
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Popularity: #2857
Members: 36,809
Favorites: 46

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As the Second World War rages on throughout Europe and the German forces advance closer to Moscow, the days of the Soviet Union seem numbered. Their only hope is the First Squad, a special unit operating within the Soviet intelligence service that consists of teenagers possessing supernatural abilities. However, the unit’s sole surviving memberNadya Ruslanova suffers from memory loss and is unlikely to take part in any combat operation.

The next Moment of Truth – an event that happens once every 700 years, when the actions of a single man can change the entire course of history – is rapidly approaching the Eastern Front. In hopes of breaking the stalemate at the frontlines, a German occult organization called Ahnenerbe plans to summon Baron von Wolff, a medieval knight from the Northern Crusades, and his undead army from the underworld. To prevent this from happening, First Squad must gather once again, and it’s up to Nadya to bring back her deceased friends to stop the Nazis from taking over the world.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Ruslanova, Nadya




Baron von Wolff









Takahashi, Yuuichi
Key Animation
David, Alex Von
ADR Director


Opening Theme

"Valor" by DJ Krush

Ending Theme

"Blade Wind" by DJ Krush

Jul 17, 2010
moozooh (All reviews)
A spoilerless review from a native Russian.

Ok, there are many reasons why this isn't a good movie, but it being a WW2-inspired fantasy flick isn't one of them. The problem is that it aspires to do things well, takes itself very seriously (have you seen the official site?), announces that boldly… and proceeds failing in nearly every single respect. It's by all means a schlock feature masquerading as something it isn't.

Perhaps the most dreadful offender is the documentary shots that *interrupt* the brief moments of action whenever they end up happening. They attempt to explain some of the surreal and nonsensical things, but do a read more
Mar 17, 2010
Ranivus (All reviews)
I'll admit, I was sort of excited when I found this when I was randomly searching for some good Original Anime Music Videos. Russian rap and Studio 4°C (S4C) animating the video was perfect mix. But as an avid music video watcher in my hey day (when MTV actually showed music videos), one should know that you don't ever take a music video literally or you will lose the game.

Enter, First Squad: The Moment of Truth. I have seen many of S4C's animated shorts recently and have been a fan of most of their work. So to find a full length movie by read more
Oct 6, 2009
mikewando (All reviews)
This is my first review, but I feel like it needs to be written because no other review has highlighted how much of a let down this movie is.

Story (3/10): The premise is not terribly deep and can be summed up quite quickly; basically the Nazi's want to summon this ghost to kill all of the Soviets, so the Soviets send this clairvoyant teenage girl fight the ghost. The premise isn't amazing, but the movie could have still been good despite that. Where the story really goes bad are during these documentary-esque live action scenes with 'war veterans' and 'historians' (who are not actually war read more
Oct 8, 2009
SamFury (All reviews)
Pre-Review Notes
I'm going to be using a more freeform style for Movie reviews, as they are much smaller and I can describe my feelings for the movie in a much clearer fashion.

Studio 4°C’s anime transcends the borders of Japan. From Linkin Park's "Breaking the Habit", to the Animatrix, and even to the Gotham Knight, their portfolio is varied and extensive. First Squad, their latest effort, is a collaboration between two Russian directors and 4°C, crossing the sea once again to create international anime. I had high hopes for First Squad, as the Studio's last movie, Tekkon Kinkreet, was excellent. However, the bullets of the read more

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