Friday, November 1, 2002

Space Travelers Movie

Genre: Space Adventure
Parental Guidance Recommended
Japanese © 2000 Takashi Ui, Fuji Television Network / Amuse Video / Robot Communications
English © 2001 Anime Works (Media Blasters)

Space Travelers Movie
Cover Description:
New Cosmic Century 038, humanity is suddenly attacked by an unknown alien civilization known as the Orbital Ring System. Soon, the entire Earth Civilization Sphere has been cut off from the space colonies, and is under the control of the ORS. Only Hayabusha Jetter, along with his band of misfit space pirates and smugglers, can break through ORS lines. Aiding an underground resistance movement, the Space Travelers risk their lives to transport vital supplies to and from Earth.

Insipid would be a polite way of describing this one. >>> by Kyubi Kitsune
While anime is generally successful with making what seems to be formulaic and cliché have new life and seem interesting, Space Travelers is a sober reminder that even in anime some horrible mistakes can be made.

In Space Travelers case it may have helped if the anime actually had some graphic violence, fan service, or was made as Hentai. This is because the story, characters, music, and animation can all be summed up with one word, flat. Space Travelers is about a group of uninteresting and one dimensional stock characters who run a smuggling business that smuggles goods past the Orbital Ring System onto Earth. This time around their cargo is something that can save the earth from the invaders. Consequently, everything proceeds like clockwork as they encounter one predictable situation after another, eventually leading to a predictable conclusion.

Animation is plain yet consistent with an old school feel to it, but does misuse some CG effects and has some cheesy explosions. Character designs are okay and actually fit the characters' lack of personality quite well. Mechanical designs are just plain and uninspired.

Music is your typical uninspired sci-fi orchestral score that really does not do much, just like everything else in Space Travelers.

Voice acting is as competent as the script allows, but you do have to wonder when most of the dub cast uses pseudonyms and not their real or common stage names.

If you want a cure for insomnia and do not want anything too deep, then this title is for you. As well, if you really need a fix of people fighting robots on a post-apocalyptic Earth, try to track a down copy of the now out of print Rhea Gall Force.

Individual Rating: Art/Animation 7; Story 4; Characters 3; Sounds 5

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