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It's not that this Russian/Japanese co-production is what one could fairly call "bad." At it's very core, the plot which drives "First Squad" forward is quite a unique one. In the middle of World War II, Nadya is a 14 year-old psychic, the last from an elite squadron comprised of four other children. When the Russians begin to overtake Germany, the Nazis resort to calling in an undead army of 12'th century crusaders to come and wipe out their "oppressor", then proceed to merge the land of the dead and the land of the living. This would bring time itself to a standstill, bringing an end to all history past, present and future. In order to stop this from happening, the Russians enlist Nadya to travel to the realm of the dead and call the rest of her former squad back to life. Together, they may be able to stand a chance against the undead masses.
People expecting this to culminate in any sort of epic final battle, though, are going to be sorely let down.Read more ›
The setting is WWII along the Eastern front of the European theatre and centers on a young girl named Nadya, who is essentially being called upon by her beloved Russia to resurrect the team she lost at the beginning of the war in order to fight an undead army the Germans have summoned. The majority of this movie plays out sort of like a spy thriller (including live-action commentary which lends a feeling of historicity) but progressively becomes more horror as it focuses on the occult forces from each nation.
As expected in a war film there's plenty of gore while on the anime side there's zero fan-service and the voice acting is Russian with English subtitles (which are extremely easy to keep up with as this is not a dialogue-heavy film). It's a pretty grim story overall however I thoroughly enjoyed this relatively short movie and recommend it not only for animation fans but also for the sheer novelty of it being the first of hopefully more Anime to come from Russia. :o)
The English dub was not bad,I think the chosen voice actors fit the characters well but in a certain scene the english actor for Leo tries too hard to say the lines with a dose of emotion in such a short timing sequence. Some lines are too cliche or too mushy on purpose!
I give animation an A+, English Dub an A-.
Finslly, I can't stress enough that the animation was superb but the movie is best watched without the live-action clips unless you want a little bit of 'history' add into it. I also like to criticize that despite what other people have said of the ending that it was 'inconclusive or short or the animators ran out of ideas and pull the rug on us viewers' after watching and rewatching the 'animated' movie, I think what the animators are trying to hint is that the 'First Squad' may have won the battle, but they have yet to win the war...
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Worst anime I've ever paid for, I watched it once and threw it in the garbage.Published 1 month ago by Kyle E Denton
The whole movie seemed like a really good intro to a first episode. The animation was an A+, Music was a B, Acting was an A-. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Fernando Munoz
This is a mocumentary of sorts. I was not aware of how bloody it was. Beware that there is excessive gore. Other than that, a great one-shot.Published 16 months ago by Robert B. Dail Jr.
the preview did not do this movie justice. this movie is set up like a documentary. on top of it being subtitled it had old Russian men tell stories about the war.Published on June 10, 2014 by 6-SHIFT_75
I am kind of new to anime but i loved this one, espiclily how they included the interviews.
It defiantly earned 5 stars in my book.