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Alive and kicking



1986 / 118m - Japan
Adventure, Action - Animation
Arion poster

Greek mythology adapted as anime. It's a pretty logical combination if you think of it. There's a lot of drama, action, fantasy elements and the themes are quite adult. It also helps that Arion is a quality production, so all the ingredients are there to make Arion an epic fantasy anime, and that's exactly what it is.

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Arion, the son of Prometheus, is banished to the underworld. He isn't just resigning himself to his fate, and so he starts his journey upwards, back to where he belongs. When he finally escapes Hades' underworld, he finds himself in the middle of a war between gods, giants and humanity.

The film throws a few Greek myths together and constructs an epic journey from them. The animation is lovely, the adventure feels epic and Hisaishi's score is an asset. At two hours, it's probably a bit too long, and the lead character lacks individuality, other than that this was a pretty fun fantasy anime.

Venus Wars

Uinasu Senki
1989 / 102m - Japan
Action - Animation
Venus Wars poster

Mobile Suit Gundam II: Soldiers of Sorrow poster

The second Gundam compilation film. They're very handy for catching up with the plot of a series, on the other hand, there's a reason why I'm not big on series. It's not a bad way to get a little background on the Gundam franchise and there are some fun scenes here, but it's TV material, and that's not what I want from a film.

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The warship White Base survives an attack by Char and Garma, but that doesn't mean they're in the clear. They still have quite a way to go if they want to reach the Earth Federation's headquarters. The crew has to face various obstacles, including their own drama and insecurities.

The art style is a little limited, though the animation during the action scenes is pretty decent. The story is a bit too melodramatic, and the film doesn't flow all that well, but that's when you get when you cram 15 episodes into two hours. Still, it beats watching 15 episodes of Gundam, so it wasn't all bad.