Sunday, September 13, 2009

Video Backlog: "Gravion"

Publisher: ADV Films (USA)
Format: Region 1 DVD, NTSC, Japanese Dialogue with optional English Dub and English Subtitles
Length: 13 Episodes x 25 minutes
Production Date: 2002
Currently in Print (as of writing): Yes

Story Outline: In trying to search out his sister Eiji Shigure has infiltrated Saint-Germain Castle owned by the mysterious billionaire Klein Sandman. He is caught out and attempts to hide in a hanger, but eventually ends up as a pilot as part of a team for a robot named Gravion (created by Sandman) to fight against mechanised aliens called Zeravire.

Mini Review: There is a lot more to this show than what I have written; maids, lost and lots of maids women with huge breasts, some limp mecha action. OK, there’s not a lot to the show really. It’s pretty superficial. The animation is quite woeful. It's like the Japanese producers just sent out the character designs and a very brief outline of the show to some Korean animators and just overdubbed the results with whatever story they saw fit. Truly this is stunningly awful. A number of storylines are begun, but just forgotten in later episodes. Horrible, annoying, ugly off model animation, awful. I find most of Masami Obari's post early 1990’s works mediocre at best, but this is clearly the worst thing he's done. I give it 3 out of 10 only for some of the better mecha sequences.

Remaining Backlog: 19 months (it's much easier this way than listing the number of discs).

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