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Iria: Zeiram the Animation
Episode 3: Omokage

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: Amino Tetsuro 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

Iria returns to her home planet of Myce, where she discovers that her apartment has been ransacked, and someone is waiting for her. Worse, she discovers that Bob, Gren's employer and friend was apparently killed in a car crash, and there's no record of any activities associated with the rescue operations of the Karma. Things get stranger still when a mysterious voice seems to know her every move, and makes every attempt to assist her in her search for the truth. Who is behind the voice? And why does the megacorporation, Tedan Tippedai, seem so intent on covering up everthing to do with the Karma, and her mysterious cargo?

[ capsule review ]

Unusual mecha designs continue to punctuate the series -- the more time that's spent within the metropolis on Myce, the more we're treated to some interesting variations on the "old meets new" theme. Those of you who have seen Kabuto will notice some striking similarities in set designs. Hover-tanks armed with some form of pneumatic energy projectiles (don't even try to analyse this; you'll fry your own circuits) manned by spindly insect-like bipeds are the order of the day. Character designs continue to be the strong point in the artwork of this series -- too bad, since the story is not particularily interesting, nor is the acting very compelling. Some of the action sequences will have you saying, "You've got to be kidding!" The writers stole a page from the Imperial Stormtrooper's Training Handbook -- it seems that the Mycean armed forces couldn't hit an elephant -- sorry, maybe a kreper -- at point-blank range. Still, some of the ideas are rather unusual, with several action sequences involving the use of some James Bond-inspired (or maybe Batman) type gadgets. You'll be repeating "Where does she get all those wonderful toys?" to yourself over and over... - AN

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: N/A 2 stars N/A
Direction: N/A 2 stars
Acting: N/A 3 stars N/A
Animation: N/A 4 stars N/A
Music: N/A 3 stars N/A
Translation: N/A 3 stars N/R
Overall Rating: N/A 2 stars N/A

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