Saturday, September 1, 2001

Blue Submarine No. 6

Genre: Adventure / Action
Parental Guidance Recommended
1998 Satoru Ozawa / Bandai Visual, Toshiba EMI, Gonzo © Bandai Entertainment

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Cover Description:
In the future, the rising heat has begun melting the polar ice caps. As if humanity didn't have enough problems, a group of ocean-dwelling creatures led by the scientist Zorndyke have seemingly declared war on mankind! Humanity's last hope rests with the state of the art vessel, Blue Sub 6 and her crew! Can Tetsu and Mayumi stop Zorndyke's army before it's too late?

Breaking the boundaries of Japanese animation, Blue Submarine No. 6 was one of the first anime series to successfully blend cutting edge 3D CG animation with traditional 2D cell animation. Originally released individually on DVD in 1999, it was broadcast as a special mini-series on the Cartoon Network. The Special Edition collects all four unedited OAV episodes, a collection of new footage from the Japanese Playstation video game, and a ton of DVD extra features in one 3 disc set. Blue Submarine No. 6 Special Edition is the definitive anime release that should be part of every anime fan's DVD library.

Man against nature plus something more >>> by firesenshi
When you think the original concept is about nature and the sea dwellers against humanity, you'll be in for a big surprise. As for me, I wasn't disappointed when I learned the reasons. And don't worry. This isn't your typical world domination theme. An anime that has a thorough and justifiable reason for survival just adds depth to the whole thing. I don't know why, but watching it reminds me of the movie Island of Dr. Moreau. But as backdrop, you'll be treated with great scenes in underwater combat. The anime employs what is famous in Japan today, called animetronix, wherein computer graphics are fused with the animation. It looks, though, that in some scenes, the CGs need a lot of work. But overall, the details in the submarine and other ships looked fine to me because they enhanced the battles. Hold on to your seat as each torpedo is launched, or when there are chases underwater.

What is lacking here though is that while the concept has depth, there seems to be a lot of unanswered questions in the end. Well, you won't be left hanging. The problem was concluded in the end. But you wonder what happened to the supposed villains you knew in the beginning of the story. You wonder why it was resolved this way. Hnn... maybe that was the intention, ne?

Individual Rating: Art/Animation 9; Story 8; Characters 7; Sounds 7

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