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Exosquad - Season 1 is the first of two seasons from the animated USA Network series that debuted in 1993 and will be followed by three more 2-disc sets totaling 52 episodes.
The show, for those who don't know, is considered by many to be the closest domestic attempt at Japanese anime to date. ExoSquad's creative staff weaved an ongoing tale centering on a single combat unit (the ExoSquad) and their exploits in a cosmic war raging between human beings and our own rebellious genetic creations, Neo-Sapiens. The setting spans the rocky planets of our solar system (Venus, Earth, Mars) with occasional visits to the asteroid-laden rings of gas-giant Saturn.
Like most anime entries, the 52-episode saga does not consist of 52 individual episodes but rather 52 parts of a single tale. Episodes typically end very abruptly and pick up in the next episode exactly where the previous one left off. Additionally the show doesn't candy-coat concepts such as death or betrayal. Like real wars, there are casualties and the team you happen to be rooting for doesn't always come out on top. Finally the use of mecha (in this case they are called E-Frames or ExoFrames) takes another chapter from the typically considered Japanese area of expertise.Read more ›
My online friends and I have been praying for a DVD release of this show for quite some time. My old VHS tapes started loosing sound, watching on the computer YouTube episodes doesn't really satisfy completely, but it was the way. Thank you for this release. March is a drag, and April is taking too long to come.
It still holds up, it has a great story.
Anyways, I contacted Universal (who owns Exosquad) and they indicated that they had no intentions of releasing Season 2. This is really bad news. I am assuming that they do not see any potential profit in this franchise. So I suggest all of us Exosquad fans contact them and say we want Season 2 on DVD
There are no special features, no commentary tracks, no featurettes, and no foreign languages. Just episodes. As an Exo Squad fan, I would have loved features like this, though I was not expecting them given the relative obscurity of the show.
The discs also come in a white case instead of a normal black case. Apparently the producers thought this was some kind of kid's show!
The complex dynamic characters, social themes, & long arcs are what made this show truly great and addictive. Unfortunately, the show fell victim to market conditions and was lost into obscurity, but not before a fantastic finale, and edge of your seat cliff hanger!
It seems that my generation (late 20's) has a thing for nostalgia (i.e. - Transformers & GI Joe live action movies). Exosquad was clearly targeted at this nostalgic generation at the time (teenagers & young adults, not children), so if sales are good, Exosquad could be next up to bat for a live action series or mini-series!
Enough ranting, can't say enough how highly I recommend Exosquad :)
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One of the best Saturday morning cartoons ever, in a nice case with good video and soundPublished 2 days ago by KRL
The best futuristic cartoon I have ever seen. My son and I have watched it over and over in the past. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TYRONE DANIELS
I remember this show from the early 90's, it was great. It showed the real costs of war, (death, pain, loss) it even showed where the good guys didn't win all the time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BuckTown
Best cartoon series it will have you hooked great plots and characters.Published 4 months ago by peanut
My favorite show growing up. I wish they released Season 2Published 5 months ago by Jeffrey M Shoults
Loved this series as a child and surprisingly it stands the test of time and is still relevant today.Published 5 months ago by Brian J.
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