Posted on 25 February 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews

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Okay, that was weird. When this anime showed up, I knew nothing about it, but the title was interesting so I decided to download it to try it out. So, what do I get?

Nine minutes of insanity.

Seriously, this is another one of those short 9-minute films. It looks quite old, I expect it to have been released somewhere around 1990. It’s another great example of a good old show. I definitely recommend this series if you like fantasy-stories. It’s basically one big parody of the fantasy-adventure genre. Due to its length, it’s impossible for it to get boring. The evil lord Memphis has kidnapped the students of the Magic School Lunar and he demands the power of the Blue Dragon for ransom. The only problem: the head of the school doesn’t know what the Blue Dragon is. It’s now up to our three main heroes to explain this to Memphis. It may be a story, but after the first sentence of this anime, it becomes clear that it doesn’t take itself seriously at all.

The best point about this short film? The pacing. It’s really the same as the anime: totally insane, which really becomes apparent in the first scene. A character also warns in advance that this anime may be over before you know it, and that’s the perfect way to describe it. If there ever was a roller-coaster ride, it’d be this one.

And guess what, despite the age, the animation is excellent. It makes great use of deranged character designs to accompany the insanity. If you need 10 minutes to burn at one time, then this one is definitely recommended.

3 Responses

  1. asdfg says:

    i haven’t seen this but if you’re a fan of very funny parody of fantasy/rpg and old series, give Mahoujin GuruGuru a try, if you haven’t already. the second series mahoujin guruguru- doki doki legend- seems like a sequel or retelling or something but from what i watched isn’t as great as the first series. 45 episodes if a remember right, and fully subbed already

  2. ken says:

    Isn’t this related to the Lunar video games back on the Sega CD?

  3. psgels says:

    I’m not sure, as I’ve never heard of the Lunar video-games, but I could have sworn that this is an rpg-adaptation, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you were right.

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  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 12:54 AM)
    @Emma You’ve probably heard this before but the Akira manga is a must-read. The movie is good but at the end of the day it will be remembered for the great art and soundtrack, not for being an especially great narrative. The manga, on the other hand, is a strong contender for GOAT. One of the few mangas I own in its entirety.
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 12:50 AM)
    I quite enjoyed Animatrix over the Matrix sequels, and I like to think that the Matrix sequels should have been animated by Kawajiri.
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 12:45 AM)
    @Emma Agreed. I found plenty of hype when it was first announced, but I think it’s safe to say it’s reached cult film status since.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 12:41 AM)
    The bloodlust movie really deserves a decent dvd release.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 12:40 AM)
    @K-off: Gothic, moody, a rare example of mixing ye olde setting with scifi elements, proper, resspectible depiction of vampires, I liked the villain in it and it was a large improvement in all regards to the previous vampire hunter D movie. The manga/novels are worth a look.
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 12:35 AM)
    @ninja @Emma what’d both of you think of the Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust movie?
  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 12:26 AM)
    @Realist: I’ve only seen the film for Akira so based on that I’m going to put Roujin Z above it as a film. It was evident that Akira’s adaptation felt very crammed in, haphazard, I don’t know what I’d think of Akira if I rewatched it now.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 12:15 AM)
    @Emma I mean, I think you could honestly make the case that Roujin Z is a better movie than Akira, in the narrative sense, but in terms of audio/visual there’s no comparison. And if we’re talking manga, Akira beats the piss out of almost anything. But if people can look past that, I think Roujin Z is a very worthwhile anime.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 12:10 AM)
    @Emma I watched it at the height of my Otomo fandom. Interesting premise, but I felt like it was mainly left untapped. It was no Akira, that’s for damn sure.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 12:08 AM)
    @K-Off Damn son. Put some Neosporin on that for him.

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