Innocent Venus 1: Cruel World Order
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In the year 2010, world-wide Hyper Hurricanes have wiped out five billion people. In the wake of the devastation, a group known as Logos rises to power, taking control of most of Earths now-precious resources. To ensure their dominant position, Logos creates Phantom, an elite force called on to suppress renegades and rebellions. Now, Joe and Jin, two of Phantoms best agents, have escaped with a mysterious girl who may hold the key to the planets future.
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beside this the Story is dense. The characters first seemed to be a little streotypic, but then they evolved so this vanisched.
Technically this was well made, a good sound and picture.
ordered alredy the next one, hope the core of the story becomes clear...
The criticism was that the characters were too stereotypical for an anime, the story line was too straightforward and plain, and that everything in here has been done before.
Well, that's not how I saw it. The story opens with two men, Jin and Jo, protecting a young girl of around 12 years old, Sana. For unknown reasons, the military is after this girl. Sana is very innocent and sweet, and I suspect she was created to cater to certain Japanese men who find underage girls attractive... but no harm, this series keeps things innocent. Jin is charismatic and fatherly to Sana, Jo is a moody loner who doesn't talk much -the strong, silent type.
Both Jin and Jo are ex-members of Phantom, an elite military division that are able to pilot robot machines which have been constructed containing the nerve tissue of genetically compatible dead children. Jin and Jo have brought their stolen technology with them, which ensures lots of violent mecha conflict with the perusing military forces. There's some gore (I wish there was more).
The story is very straightforward, which means that you won't be scratching your head trying to figure out what the heck is going on. I prefer anime this way. Sure, the genetic experiment theme has been done to death in anime, but it's done well here. In fact, I think Innocent Venus captures all the good things that anime is well known for and rolls them all together. Even if it makes no new ground, it pays very respectful homage to what it borrows from.
The humor was exactly to my taste. A tarot card obsessed psychopath who loves pulling out the Death card on people adds some dark humor to the group of military villains perusing Sana. An annoying street kid, Gora, provides comic relief as he pisses everyone off in his quest to look out for only himself. And then there's the crazy pirates who've stolen a military warship that pop up out of nowhere and cause mayhem -one pirate is a sexy female bodybuilder.
There's some things I'd change. I'm not keen on Sana's costume change near the end and I wish she'd just let her hair down more often (she has awesome, ankle-length pink hair), and Jo makes a number of choices in the last four episodes that I didn't like, but to this day, I still haven't found a movie or series that I enjoy more than this. Sana really plays on my maternal instinct -I just want to jump in one of those machines, have a bit of violent fun massacring all the bad guys, and protect her.
This is a really deserving series. Watch the first episode online and see if you might like it too.
It has English audio track in addition to a Japanese option with English subtitles. It played great with absolutely no problems on my cheap DVD player I got from Walmart here in America several years ago. No guarantees on how it will do in players in other regions.
I don't normally watch special features, so this simple, affordable DVD is exactly what I was looking for.
DVD two is here: Innocent Venus, Vol. 2: Blood of Betrayal
DVD three is here: Innocent Venus, Vol. 3: The End of the New Beginning