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

3.8 out of 5 stars 16 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:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001DCXSI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,948 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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Good things first. This is easily one of the most breath-takingly, beautifully illustrated and animated anime out there, EVER. The intricately hand-drawn and shaded character designs are beyond compare, and the frame rates are so silky smooth that probably only CG-3D stuff or Disney or Miyazaki stuff are more smoothly animated. By that virtue alone, Plastic Little easily belongs on every anime fan's must-watch list.
Now for the bad. If there ever was an award for an "all glitter and zero substance" anime, well, Plastic Little would easily win. The story is quite laughable in its cliches and pathetic lack of logic. Characters are annoyingly one-dimensional and have no depth whatsoever to speak of. Worst of all, the storyline is disappointingly anti-climactic. It should be criminal for an anime with such a rare striking beauty to be strapped to a storyline so unrewarding.
In all fairness, Plastic Little suffers the most from its own brevity. It barely clocks in at 45 minutes, and that's including the ending credit roll. If this was more of a full-length feature (say, 80-90 minutes), then there would have been a good deal of time to flesh out the characters and their relationships, and to elaborate on the futuristic society and its technology.
Heck, even with its current short length, the creators could have squeezed some of that into the storyline and have it make a lot more sense. Instead, the creators chose to spend the time with numerous scenes where the female characters are seen either nude or topless, taking bath or being bandaged. Granted, they are probably some of the most beautifully drawn breasts in all of anime, but I say that one such bath scene is enough for a 45-minute anime.
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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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