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Maps

3.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • 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: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006IIPRQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,505 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Put simply, less is more. 'Maps' is told using simple, sharp character models, and alot of earthy watercolor toned backgrounds. An effective technique: unlike other older anime, 'Maps' uses a lot of cuts to quickly show you different points of view and quiet moments that build intimacy with the characters. It's more like reading a comic, and it's nice to see it used here so smartly.

The score is very pretty and nostalgic, too. There's the raucous rock opera theme, which gets played during triumphant moments, but it's forgivable.

The story? Hey, I don't want to give it away but this boy named Gehn finds out he's the hope of the universe, aided by a living human/cyborg/spaceship woman named Lipumira, they jaunt around the universe looking for the star maps left by the Nomad star tribe....
and hunted by increasingly dangerous and sadistic adversaries..... the story is spotty in places- it feels like this was originally intended to be a longer series and was cut back.

Anyway, it's what you'd expect. :)

What you won't expect are quiet emotional moments, some wonderful artistic touches and bawdy humor. It just has a nice feel to it.
The voice acting is quite good, too.

Probably not good for young children.... Some blood, some nudity, some language, and some grotesque imagery.

Not the ticket for a action-packed friday night, but fun to curl up with on a rainy afternoon.
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Waaaaay back when we still used videos to absorb entertainment into our eyeballs, I rented a few of the "Goldenboy" animes from a video store and took them home to enjoy. As was the custom at the time, you'd often be bombarded by a full 10 minutes of previews for other movies and/or shows before you actually got to the thing you wanted to watch (some of us were too lazy to just fast forward through all of them). Weird thing about anime previews, though; they hardly ever had dialogue. It was mostly just some track played against clips from the show. And in the case of "MAPS", the preview was simply the theme song for the show dumped right onto the "Goldenboy" VHS.

And that theme song was a big part of the draw for me. If you haven't heard it, it's quite possibly one of the greatest 1980's space opera big-machines-in-space-having-fights theme to ever grace an audio track. If you want to have a listen, you can check out this URL ( [...] ). It's a Quicktime file, and I think it was supposed to have been deleted from some random Russian server ages ago, but thankfully it's still lingering in cyberspace. Good luck trying to find an mp3 of this song anywhere else on the Internet, by the way.

"Yeah, yeah, yeah, so what about the plot", you ask? Well, it's fairly straightforward stuff involving a boy who is taken into outer space by a woman who thinks that one big strip of gift wrap ribbon makes for a really neat outfit. See, the kid's got an intergalactic "map" embedded into his genetic code or something like that... even though it sounds interesting, they never actually go into it much.
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This was a bit of nostalgia for me as when I was a kid I had the VHS tape of the first two episodes but never got to see the entire series. After finally being able to watch it, I felt it was worth it. It is very short and has some interesting designs/worlds. It also has a bit of fan service if you are into that(if not then try best to ignore it). While not the best anime it was fun to watch as the ships themselves are alive and it is just a unique concept. Cliches are around as expected with most anime, but it shouldn't detract from the experience.
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PROS: Decent quality video, great packaging.
CONS: Poor sound quality during opening and ending music, Main menu very poor quality, whole screen shakes and twitches with every move of the cursor, not just the selections.
Overall, I'm happy with the purchase and was happy to replace my 2 old VHS of this.
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If you like the older style animes this is for you. Lots of action and a pretty good plot grabs and the characters are not bad either. Some fan service, but not that bad. I liked it. The only drawback was that it just wasn't long enough!
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This is your typical 80's style Action/ Sci-fi anime the story gose by rather quickly, the Graphics are typical for the 80's but it was fun to watch.

This is a well thought but hurried stoy.

It dose contain alot of violence, it dose have some nudity. It is not for children. If you are a die hard Sci-fi anime person you will enjoy this.
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