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Lord of the Flies Lost In Space ...
on November 15, 2003
After having the Infinite Ryvius Newtype design book for several years, I decided to try the DVD when it came out. This BANDAI series suffers, in the first disk, from a typical anime shortcoming- lack of contrast.
The basic plot is that a huge spacestation/living environment/something-up-there, peopled by thousands creating their own little world or culture, begins to break up and fall into a planet, or storm, or gravity well...as you can see, the basic ideas aren't conveyed very well. But, any viewer gets the idea- this space platform is in bad shape. All the adults die, and the last remaining splinter of the ship is filled with teenagers between 13 and 16 who now must live in and operate a mysterious, huge craft (the Ryvius) that somehow docked with their part of the platform. Groups of kids splinter off to become the 'leaders', the 'good guys', the 'animals', so on...and meanwhile, an evil army/organization of some kind is searching for the kids in the BRATTICA (their part of the space station I assumed) for an unknown reason. Heap on top of this a mysterious, purpley clad girl floating about, muttering incohesive thoughts and defying physics, and Ryvius is nearly as obtuse and bizarre as any other anime that creates a kind of post-modern stew of ideas.
Infinite Ryvius seems to have a strong central theme, but the direction and conveyance of broad ideas to a 'layman' audience is gone. From a lack of design and color contrasts, the viewer never solidly gets the idea where he or she REALLY is. The animation itself isn't bad, and the character design is decent, however the use of background and color doesn't help a script lacking in basic establishing.
The box set was 'nice' with it's pencil boards and ferret doll, but the major let down of the set was the DVD. WHile well done as a DVD publication, the show was average to confusing. My box will remain filled with the doll and pencil boards, not DVDs.