Monday, January 1, 2001

Ruin Explorers

Genre: Adventure / Comedy
Parental Guidance Recommended
1995 Kunihiko Tanaka (creator), Hobby Japan, Bandai Visual, Nippon Columbia, Movic. Screenshots courtesy of DVD Emporium.

Ruin Explorers DVDs
Everything Ruin Explorers

Cover Description:
Fam and Ihrie are willing to do almost anything to make a buck. So when these debt-driven damsels discover the potential profits to be had in recovering a particularly dangerous mystical object, it means mortal peril for an entire civilization. There's no guarantee that they'll live long enough to squander the fabulous wealth they've been promised, and danger lurks around every turn as they cross dark seas in pursuit of legendary evil. Haunted by an unspeakable curse, plagued by doomsday prophecies, plotted against by untrustworthy traveling companions and locked in a desperate race to gain the Ultimate Power, Fam and Ihrie are the Ruin Explorers!

(4 part OAV)

NOTE: Some of the reviews were written sometime in 2001 and was recorded in the classic Otaku Fridge as ??.??.2001. Unfortunately the database would not accept non-numerical values, so this review is now dated January 01, 2001 by default.

It's quite funny. >>> by firesenshi
Swords and sorcery ... just love them! Sugoi ne? And if I can't find substantial good swords and sorcery parts like in this anime, I'm thinking... maybe the comedy part is just as nice! Well, it is. Fam and Ihrie is a totally perfectly mismatched couple? Yes... you're right... how is that? Take the clumsy sorceress, happy-go-lucky Fam with the hot-tempered, sword-wielding Ihrie. The incompatibility takes them into a lot of riot, accidents and funny people. Oops, I forgot about their issue of finding the Ultimate Power. Well, as much as it's enjoyable to watch, there isn't much of good sorcery scenes in there. Nor are the battle scenes totally cool. More than anything, the very concept of this -- two mismatched adventure seeking group out looking for money, armed with their magic powers and swords -- reminds me greatly of Slayers. This does not have the 'will-they-or-won't-they' type of "love" angle Slayers has though. Nor did it have bigger twists in plot later on as did Slayers. But take note, this is a short OAV where Slayers took on to their next series. The story isn't too deep but would you always be looking for anime that has a deep storyline? Aren't there days where you would just wish to watch something that's just funny and won't make you think too much? Well, if you do, this is worth a try! Otherwise, you can go see Slayers.

Individual Rating: Art/Animation 6; Story 8; Characters 7; Sounds 7

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