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Cybuster - Tokyo 2040 (Vol. 1) (1999)

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  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2004
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0002IQH3E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,493 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Quarreling classmates Ken and Mizuki train at D.C., the Global Environmental Research Institutive, to help clean up the polluted ruins of Tokyo in 2040. They've just finished basic training in service mecha when a gigantic robot appears. Mizuki suspects something's amiss because D.C. has begun arming their mecha and completed work on the gargantuan war robot Balcion. When she sees her commander with a mysterious case that's linked to a series of explosions, Mizuki grows more suspicious. The plot shifts when Mizuki and Cybuster, the monster robot, are transported to the planet of La Guias by a "micro black hole." Viewers familiar with other mecha shows will find Cybuster (2004) often feels like a rerun on its first viewing. The characters are standard anime types, the situation borrows from RahXephon and other series, and the mecha designs look recycled. (Rated 7 and older: violence, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

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In 2040, the continuous pollution and the mysterious series of earthquakes left the city of Tokyo in ruins. A young man named Ken Ando is in training to become a member of DC, an army-like organization designed to investigate and protect the collapsing environment. Ken, with the support from his sick sister, Sayuri, gives his best to become a part of the elite group that the young longs for, but he receives the devastating news of being cut from the team because of his poor performances in the evaluation sessions. Then, an ominous monster suddenly appears from the sky with a blinding flash and starts mowing down DC's working robots with mysterious invisible forces. Ken, eager to show what he is truly made of, gets into one of the working robots and imprudently engages in a battle with the monster

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lost in the Sauce But Worth Looking Into April 1, 2009
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In a world littered with hype and hoopla, many solid anime titles slip through the proverbial cracks without ever achieving the type of recognition they deserve. Cybuster is one such series. In fact if not for an Amazon.com recommendation while placing an order for a few Gundam titles, it is likely I too would have joined the masses in overlooking the series entirely.

Debuting in Japan back in 1999, Cybuster managed to stay well below the US radar by failing to appear on domestic television. In fact the only way to experience this show is to purchase it across six individual single-disc releases from the now defunct Geneon-Pioneer label back in 2004. It may seem counterproductive to even bother reviewing a series from a company that has since folded but there are smoking deals still available on the Internet on used and new old stock copies of the show. For that reason alone it's worth taking another look at but additionally the fact that Funimation has been purchasing up the rights to re-release certain Geneon titles also means that there's always the chance of Cybuster seeing the light of day once more.

Cybuster spans 26-episodes and follows the exploits of a young man named Ken Ando living amidst the rubble and destruction of a quake-battered and environmentally trashed future Tokyo (in the year 2040). It doesn't take long for the mecha to begin appearing as the goof-off Ken is introduced as a mecha pilot-in-training for the environmental organization DC.

Character development is standard-fair here, if even a bit on the witty side. Ken Ando is portrayed as a bit more clueless and energetic than the dark and disturbed leading characters of say the Gundam Universe for example.
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