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Bounty Dog

Baunti Doggu
1994 / 60m - Japan
Sci-fi - Animation
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A fun, short sci-fi anime. This limited 2-part OAV is a collection of overly familiar anime clichés, but the execution is pretty stylish. You don't often see this kind of hardcore sci-fi anymore, which makes it extra interesting to revisit these often forgotten productions of the 90s. Anime/sci-fi fans are sure to have a good time with this one.

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Yoshiyuki is part of a commercial investigation group. One year after the death of his wife, he is sent to the moon to look into project Kaguya. Once there, he bumps into Ines, the spitting image of his deceased wife. The more Yoshiyuki finds out about Project Kaguya and Ines, the clearer it becomes that the future of humankind is at stake.

The often monochrome visuals are pretty stylish and the mech designs are simply yummy. The animation quality isn't that great though and the plot is dense and somewhat nonsensical, but if you like sci-fi tropes that shouldn't be a bother. If you want something short, sweet and highly futuristic, Bounty Dog won't disappoint.

Shadow Skill

1995 / 52m - Japan
Action, Sci-fi - Animation
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A fun and short action anime, though one that might benefit from prior familiarity with the franchise. I had none, and while it was easy enough to get into and understand the basics of the Shadow Skill lore, it did feel like arriving late to the party. Then again, I don't think it was interesting enough to get through whatever preceded it just to watch this film.

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Gau is a young boy who lives to avenge his parents. He travels around with Elle, his adopted sister, a skilled fighter of the Karuda School of martial arts. Gau trains hard to become the ultimate fighter but to learn all the tricks of the Karuda, Gau will have to look beyond pure strength and power. Helping him out is Scarface, one of the most feared Karuda fighters.

Considering the short runtime, a bit too much time is spent on drama and sentimentality. It's clear that the film's strength lies in the action, both the choreography and the animation are pretty cool, as are the enemy designs. Other than that, this is fairly generic anime material. Fun filler, but hardly the most memorable of films.

Tenchi The Movie

Tenchi Muyô! In Love
1996 / 95m - Japan
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy - Animation
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