Wednesday, December 26, 2001

Hades Project Zeorymer

Genre: Action / Mecha
Parental Guidance Recommended
1988-1989 Morio Chimi / ARTMIC / AIC

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Cover Description:
The Hakkeshu - a team of eight giant robots with fantastic powers built to allow the forces of Hau Dragon achieve their quest for world domination. Zeorymer of the heavens, the most powerful of these robots, is stolen along with the frozen embryo of its genetically engineered pilot.

Fifteen years later, it is finally time for Zeorymer to awaken. As powerful forces gather to battle for the fate of the world, a teenager is swept into the heart of the action.

Teeneager Masato Akitsu's world is turned upside-down when he discovers his entire life has been orchestrated for him, and that he was only born to pilot the mighty warrior Zeorymer....

(4 Episodes)

There's a word for this in my language: BOBO >>> by skysenshi
WARNING: Major spoilers ahead!

Simplicity in anime can be a very beautiful thing. One can add the elements of basic human emotion and still come up with an art form that does not saturate our appetite for a simple yet exceedingly delightful medium of entertainment. One such example of a title that bungles up this fundamental fact of life is Hades Project Zeorymer.

At the beginning, a viewer can appreciate the tragic little ironies that are introduced in the first three episodes. One: A leader sacrifices her lover's life for duty. Two: A sister whose resentment at being pushed in the shadows is driven to harbor extreme hatred that ultimately ends her life. Three: A man's strikingly feminine face is the one thing that causes him pain and suffering in a world where masculinity is cherished. There it is -- your basic human tendency for discontentment.

The fourth and final chapter, however, throws excellent foreshadowing down the garbage bin. In an attempt to go for a deep and complicated plot, the writers just transformed the entire series into a gigantic circus act. It turns out that the "traitor" who is responsible for the mess that characterizes Hades Project Zeorymer has implanted himself in ALL -- yes, ALL -- of the key players in this anime from the very beginning. In essence, he has been fighting with his "selves" from the start and it doesn't really matter who wins in the end because his real self will activate within the victorious clone. If he already had this power to begin with, why not activate himself in the Underworld Empress and be the commander of the Zeorymer (since nobody can defeat the Zeorymer anyway)? The ending is a cliffhanger, but who cares anyway? The outcome would be pretty much the same no matter which side wins. All the creators did was pull us around in unnecessary circles and we end up realizing that Hades Project Zeorymer is nothing more than a complete joke. True, the art and animation are exquisite. The mechs are even more so. But the sad truth is, the plot is this anime's defining factor. It's just unfortunate that the creators thought they could insult our intelligence by bombarding us with philosophic babble to disguise a poorly written storyline.

Individual Rating: Art/Animation 8; Story 4; Characters 9; Sounds 8

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