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Kikaider-01 - Another Journey

3.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Shotaro Ishinomori's Kikiader began as a live action series that was adapted to animation after his death. The four-part OVA Kikaider 01 begins sometime after the 13-episode animated TV series, apparently in the middle of the story. Android Jiro/Kikaider, Reiko, and Akira appear out of nowhere, fleeing a horde of fish-shaped mecha. Akira is the son of the nasty Dr. Gill and the "key" to Gill's ultimate weapon, the giant robot Armageddon God. Jiro and Reiko protect Akira from Gill and his minions, with help from Jiro's brother-androids, through the final battle between good and evil. Big chunks of the plot remain unexplained and the characters are little more than ciphers. The simple, retro look of the designs recalls the early work of Tezuka, and clashes with the CG camera moves. Androids and humans will agree Kikaider 01 is a dud. (Rated 13 and older: violence, profanity) --Charles Solomon

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  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, 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:
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  • Studio: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00018D5Q2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,316 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Ok, yes this OVA has some problems. However, unlike what many not be aware of is that Kikaider is based on a manga of considerible length. Also unbenknownst to certain, supposed "professional reviewers," the live action sentai show came after the manga from which this show is based on. The major problem with this contiuation of the manga story is monetary. The creators of this anime didn't have enough money to do it justice. So alot of events, characters, storyline are scrunched into 4 episodes. Tons of questions are left unanswered (most blatantly where are Mitsko, Dr. Komyoji, etc.), and the viewer may be left unsatisfied, especially if you enjoyed the previous, excelent 13 episode tv series. The money problems become quite obvious by episode 4, where the production values on the animation are unmistakably, very low. This show should've just been given a second tv season so the manga could've been given justice. However, satisfying the fickle Japanese anime audience is definantly not an easy task, and what becomes a hit is mostly left to chance. This story arc was definantly not meant to be only 4 episodes, and I doubt that was the intentions of the makers of this anime when the began on the project. The first episodes of the OVA probably didn't sell to well, and they probably had to wrap it up early with very little budget left to continue. I will give this a 5 star rating, only out of respect for the creative genius of Shotaro Ishinomori. However, if you're interested in Kikaider, definantly start with the tv series. Hopefully, the manga finds its way over to the US in the near future so Jiro's entire story can be told.
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Came in a few days after order. The condition of the disc is perfect but the case on the other hand is fairly well but the disc is what was important. Great buy for the price but especially a great present for my girlfriend who loves this series. Thanks
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Jiro is protecting Gil's (genetically engineered? it's not clear) son from Gil, who survived the previous series and placed his brain in a Hakaider android. Jiro then encounters Kikaider 01, who has no conscience circuit and is consequently selfish, and Kikaider 00, who is almost entirely devoid of personality and is a walking armory. A female Kikaider, Bijinder, is of dubious loyalty, and her special weapons are very silly. (Here's a hint: there are two of them.)

It's been ages since I saw the Kikaider 01 TV series

Kikaida 01 DVD Complete 46 Episode Box Set

so I have no idea how it compares. I do vaguely remember 4 Hakaiders combining into one big one.

I could make the excuse that the video (4 22-25 minute episodes) is too short for developing all the new characters, but most movies seem to manage it. I can't imagine anyone spending $200 (!) on this. The two star rating is only if you're a Kikaider fanatic and you just have to know what happens next to Jiro, otherwise, don't bother. Very few of the characters come out alive in this one.

On the plus side, the animation is improved somewhat over the original series, but of course that's not saying much.

An OVA is basically a "direct to video" release.
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Listen, Kikaider is a anime based on a manga, as well as the live action Tokusatsu (think of power rangers with a better, more teen/adult/anime/ story). Kikaider 01 is more or less viewed easier seen and knowing the subjects stated above. Though, its not released in the U.S.
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