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Iria: Zeiram the Animation
Episode 2: Akashima

Copyright: © 1994 Crowd/Bandai Visual/Mitsubishi Corporation/Banpreto (Japan), © 1995 US Manga Corps.
Length: 30 minutes
Rating: NR, contains graphic violence. Parental discretion advised.
Format: Subtitled (VHS)

Screenplay: Arakawa Naruhisa Director: Amino Tetsuro Visual Concept: Amemiya Keita Original Character Design: Katsura Masakazu Character Design: Otonashi Ryunosuke Music: Yoshikawa Yoichiro

English Version Producer: John O'Donnell Translation by: Neil Nadelman

[ plot summary ]

vhs jacket

The destruction of the Karma forces Iria to crash-land on the resort planet of Taowajan, uncertain of both Gren's and Bob's fates. Iria discovers that even in remote areas of the Galaxy, bureacracy reigns supreme. She's unable to book free passage back home, leaving her stranded on a wannabe resort area. But the same forces which caused her to land on Taowajan has also produced a most unwelcome visitor: Zeiram! Unwelcome, that is, for all but the planet's administrators. Overrun with a poverty-level population, the government decides to let Zeiram run amuck, carrying out an informal "urban renewal" project. Now it's up to Iria and her new-found friends to make sure that this doesn't happen. And she might just be able to pull it off, with the help of her brother Gren.

[ capsule review ]

People who enjoy bleak violence should like this show -- there's some very mean-hearted death and destruction sprinkled liberally throughout. Frankly, I didn't think it was necessary to see umpteen children get wasted by collateral damage. We also get the obligatory introduction to some annoying little rug-rats, who of course discover Zeiram's sore spot with -- get this -- sling shots and rocks, when regular adults armed with rifles and other assorted goodies can't even make him look twice. A suitably bored resort administrator (Fujimoto Yuzuru) sounds about as inspired as Martha Stewart discussing how to make lanterns out of gourds. (Really, she had a show about this!) The other odd thing is that even though bullets and incindiary devices are totally ineffective, a rising side-kick can halt Zeiram in his tracks. Go figure. Some truly insipid -- er, inspired script writing in this series. - AN

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: N/A 1 star N/A
Direction: N/A 2 stars
Acting: N/A 3 stars N/A
Animation: N/A 3 stars N/A
Music: N/A 3 stars N/A
Translation: N/A 3 stars N/R
Overall Rating: N/A 1 star N/A

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