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Maps (1994)

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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 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 (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006IIPRQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,829 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rainy day adventure yarn. June 29, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool show - Kind of stunted in places, though March 18, 2006
By Avery
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good solid anime July 21, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
maps is an anime that is kind of like cowboy bebop mixed with trigun and green legend ran. for some reason, it has a lot of people getting neked. it usually has something to do with the character or the immediate situation, but that's a whole lotta nekedness. this could turn off some watchers, but could, disturbingly, really turn on some viewers.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A intresting Anime July 26, 2011
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars silly movie March 24, 2014
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Its a goofy movie and the only tthing that b keeps it going is the slap stick comedy. Just pass it by.
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