Thursday, May 13, 2010

Video Backlog: "Garaga"

Publisher: U.S. Manga Corps (Central Park Media, USA)
Format: Region Free DVD, NTSC, Japanese Dialogue with optional English Dub and English Subtitles
Length: 100 minutes
Production Date: 1989
Currently in Print (as of writing): No

Story Outline: In the 23rd century, humankind breaks the light speed barrier and travels the universe via a warp gate constructed from three black holes. In 2755 the cargo ship XeBeC is on a mission to transport two people in stasis across the galaxy. However something goes wrong with the warp and the XeBeC’s fuel cells fail and explode. The crew decide to ditch the craft and head for the escape shuttle with their cargo. Unfortunately the shuttle crashes on an Earth like planet, making escape impossible. However the crew all survive and so does their cargo. Not knowing where they are in the universe, they explore the swampy marsh the ship has crashed in and discover dinosaur like creatures which attack them and worse still what seems to be race of hostile ape like creatures who aren’t happy to see them. To add to their ever growing list of woes, there seems to be a saboteur in their ranks and a mysterious blonde lady lurks in the shadows helping crew member Jay when he goes exploring on his own. Soon a conspiracy about the ownership of the planet is revealed with the crew of the XeBeC smack bang in the middle of it.

Mini Review: Ah geez, what a daft film. To be totally honest I lost interest about half way through. The film seems adequately designed and lot of it seems similar to other anime of the period (which really dates it). The story is pretty daft and quite a chore to get through. Couple this with the TV budget animation. Not good for what is meant to be a theatrical feature. Highly unoriginal and dull as hell. I’ll give it 4 out of 10 for some of the designs.

Remaining Backlog: 21 months (it's much easier this way than listing the number of discs).

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