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Plastic Little - The Adventures of Captain Tita (Essential Anime Collection)

3.5 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Yôsuke Akimoto, Bryan Bounds, Angel Fisher, Yuriko Fuchizaki, Tiffany Grant
  • Directors: Kinji Yoshimoto
  • Writers: Masayori Sekimoto, Satoshi Urushihara
  • Producers: Matt Greenfield, Hideaki Fujii, John Ledford, Kazuhiko Ikeguchi
  • Format: Animated, Color, 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: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001DCXSI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,351 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Plastic Little - The Adventures of Captain Tita (Essential Anime Collection)" on IMDb

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It seems to me that people who reviewed this title either loved it or hated it. I myself think somewhere in the middle. The artwork in Plastic Little is very good, and in a way it is kind of funny. One fine example of this is when Captain Tita, and Elysse, are sitting together, after having seen a beautiful sunset, and just as they're talking about Elysse's code a spaceship comes out of nowhere and blasts out the window next to them. Yet another fine example is that the pilot, Nichol, kind of likes Tita, but he himself is very femminine, right down to his name.

Many people have said that there wasn't enough character development. I agree with them in some ways, but in others I completely disagree. I agree with them because there really wasn't too much character development. That's the thing though is that there doesn't need to be more than there already is. You get to know that Tita is kind of lazy, and that Nichol is kind of in love with Tita, and that's enough. Had this been made into a series though I am sure that there would have been much more development of the characters. As it is though the entire story is only 50 minutes long, so you can't very well fit too much in.

Many people again say that the plot wasn't good, or long enough, but I again agree and disagree. I agree because it truly wasn't that long, but again for the purposes of this type of anime, the plot doesn't need any lengthening, or shortening. I am sure again that had this been made into a full fledged series Elysse wouldn't be the only person Tita would run into, and I am also sure that there would be plenty of villans in the story as well.

Now for the most infamous bit; the nudity. I personally didn't see anything wrong with it.
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(Discussions of plot, fan-service, etc., are much better covered in other reviews. This review is exclusively to mention some behind-the-scenes information about the dubbing of this feature, from one of the voice actors in the show.)

I provided the English-dubbed voice for the engineer, Mikhail. Or was he the engineer? It's been so long since I've seen this thing (and I recorded it in 1997 or so), I can't really remember much about it -- which, I suppose, says something of the overall plot.

My use of a Russian accent was planned well; the execution of that accent wasn't planned well at all. I don't recall who decided that it should be that thick. In order for an accent to be believable and natural, it is often best to paint it on thinly rather than trying to go over the top. So my apologies right off the bat for that one -- I didn't do nearly as well as I could have done. My best contribution was to provide some actual Russian, such as "Har' shoa" (very good) and "turok" (stupid, or idiot -- much like the Japanese "baka"). Please note the transliterated spelling of the Russian words is likely to be completely wrong; it's just how it sounds to my ear.

The story overall was given as much seriousness as we could gather for it, perhaps realizing that it really is a "fan service" flick at best. We (the voice actors) gave it a helluva shot, and that's about the best I can say on our behalf. This isn't the same caliber as, say, "Neon Genesis Evangelion" or "Serial Experiments Lain", so it really didn't get the same amount of attention or expertise from any of us. That, I confess, is a failing. The Tao would tell us, "Pay as much attention to the end as to the beginning, and there will be no error."
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Not perfect, but certainly not a one-star anime. The animation is simply amazing. Rent it for that if nothing else. Compared to Plastic Little, every other anime looks like Scooby Doo.
Remember the scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark where Jones is about to face a giant with a sword, then rather than fight him, Jones just pulls out a gun and shoots him? That unconventional not-what-you-expect touch made the move unique. A lot of the fights in Plastic Little are like that. That's why some people here are upset because rather than another set of big super-fights, the heroes/villains use guile and end it quickly. It's unconventional, but after seeing dozens of other animes, it's nice.
If you're not familiar with anime yet, I would suggest you pass this one up and get Tenchi Muyo, Birdy the Mighty, or Ah! My Goddess! The plot is much easier to follow in those animes. If you've seen a lot of anime, and are looking for something new, Plastic Little may be what you're looking for.
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Satoshi Urushima is best known for his work on such anime productions as Record Of Lodoss War and Bubblegum Crisis, or his designs for the Langrisser and Growlanser video games. However, a few of his own creations like Legend Of Lemnear have been adapted into anime as well. One is the oddly-titled Plastic Little, a one-shot OVA that was not originally a manga but the basis for its own action/sci-fi anime.

Set on a colonized alien world in the future, Tita is the spunky teenage captain of an airship/submarine called the Cha-Cha Maru whose crew seeks out exotic creatures. This trade is referred to as "petshop hunters", although it makes you think that they track down strip malls. Tita saves Elysse, the daughter of a brilliant scientist while she is on the run from the corrupt military. The highly-helmeted commander, Lord Guizel, plans to use Elysse's knowledge of a gyro system which sustains their nation's capitol in the air so he can take over the government. Tita takes Elysse back to the Cha-Cha Maru where she introduces her to the rest of her crew(who have some of the most stereotypical European accents ever!). Guizel eventually works out how to operate the gyro system, and its up to Tita to storm the complex and stop him. After making short work of the stormtroopers, Tita copies the ending to Return Of The Jedi by sending Guizel down an energy shaft. She then pulls out a Capt. Kirk-like deus-ex machina by exploding a typhoon to take out the rest of the evil fleet. Elysse leaves to help repair the damage caused by Guizel, which pretty much caused the entire city to be destroyed.

The OVA makes for a good story, although there was some pretty blatant boob-shots thrown into it, so much so that for its DVD release, ADV Films implemented their patented "jiggle-counter" with it.
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