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Iria: Zeiram the Animation
Episode 6: Mahoroba

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

Severely injured during her last battle with Zeiram, Iria finds herself more reluctant to go after Zeiram -- at least not without some advantage she might be able to use. But Kei is not so cautious. Frustrated by Iria's apparent lack of initiative, Kei decides to go after Zeiram herself, only to be stopped by Fujikuro.

Meanwhile, the Mycean council's plan to build a huge transemmbler is met with forceful opposition by the Zeiramoid clones. Zeiram has resisted every know weapon on the planet, and the only plausible solution seems to be to transport it off world, and make it someone else's problem. But Iria knows the only solution is to stop Zeiram permenantly...

[ capsule review ]

Perhaps there is some hope for the script writers after all. A minor sub-plot involving Kei's true identity does serve to highlight some character development on the part of Iria. Admittedly, the comparison is overworked and not particularily subtle, but it does serve its purpose. Yet in the end, too many elements of the show fall flat. Bob's iconic decent into the Myce central defense computers was simply laughable, and even the final climactic battle scene between Iria and Zeiram was neither exciting nor unexpected. Perhaps the single biggest disappointment is that I felt that beneath all this shallow characterization and poorly written screenplay, there was an actual story trying to break through to the surface. I guess I'll never know... - AN

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: N/A 1 star N/A
Direction: N/A 2 stars
Acting: N/A 2 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 2 stars N/A

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