Posted by psgels on 30 December 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews


Oh my, this is a rare occurrence: quite a lot of series suffer from an underdeveloped villain, out there to destroy the world for a weak or shallow reason. This isn’t the case for Please Save my Earth, though. Heck, the major villain is actually the best-developed character of the entire series!

Please Save my Earth is one of those rare six-episode OVAs that prefers to focus on the story and the major villain, instead of the usual characters. The setting is also a memorable one, with a few similarities to Fantastic Children, and it makes sure that the villain has a good reason for his grudges.

Unfortunately, the good guys do have their problems. Don’t get me wrong, they’re deep, they’re developed, but unfortunately they haven’t been fleshed out well enough. Please Save my Earth seems to be another manga-adaptation, and in the end six episodes turned to be too small for this story. At times, the characters also keep angsting while it would have been better to see more of their sides. Especially the background story: it has so much potential, but we hardly see anything of it.

Still, for an OVA, this is definitely an above-average one. It starts out really annoying, but soon a twist will make you see that this is more than just an ordinary high-school drama. The animation may be a bit dated (this is fifteen years old), the music has been composed by Yoko Kanno in her early days, and it shines. Combine this with deep characters and you have quite a good way to spend three hours.

6 Responses

  1. Senna says:

    I’ve been wanting to see this for a long time, but the English release is quite hard to find. And you’re right about the manga adaptation; indeed, the manga’s 21 volumes long, all of which is necessary to the story. (I’d encourage you to check it out if you’re the manga reading type; it’s my very favorite series ^_^)

  2. haruda says:

    I’ve watched the first episode of this and read the first few volumes of the manga. It was nice to follow as an adaption of the manga because I knew what was supposed to happen, but I’m not sure how well that’ll work once I get past the material I’m familiar with from the manga.

  3. Mike says:

    Wow, I saw this one a long time ago, early in my fandom. I remember it had great music but seemed half-baked, with an incomplete story at best. Can’t remember much else, unfortunately, as I only saw it once.

  4. Chris says:

    Haha I remember this anime, I had rented it when I was little but I do not remember anything about it other than it creeped me out and that the small shounen-ai bits were a little embarassing to watch when I was watching it with my parents.

  5. ceillo says:

    Heh, I can understand the low ratings, I first read the manga first and when I found out that there’s anime version I was excited to watch this but meh, at over 20 volumes long they could have at least made it into a 20 plus episodes. :(

  6. Pafiume says:

    I remember finding this anime on accident. I was searching for some anime online, and this one kept coming up and eventually I got so curious I watched it. I was not displeased.

    I so wish PSME had gotten the full series animated. I’ve yet to actually read the manga, but it’s on my list. Definitely. The anime was so intriguing, and the sixth episode brought up so many interesting things that I wanted to see more of (at least I think it did, it’s been a few months since I watched it).

    I loved the animation, though. This type of old, almost dirty looking anime looks great in my eyes.

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  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 03:46 AM)
    And yet again at the end of the day Akane failed to do what’s the most important ethical thing to do and left people to possibly die instead of judging Sybil herself. I think the reason her psycho pass is clear might be out of stupidity.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 03:43 AM)
    @Emma: The plot was not only a mess but also incredibly flawed and contrived. Why would Sybil need to have to delete seemingly random brains considering that the are all supposedly asympttmatic to begin with? And if so then they should’ve done this a long time ago.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 03:40 AM)
    *This was
  • Emma
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 03:37 AM)
    One thing I forgot to say regarding earlier complaints about the second psychopass season is that you have people who were getting lost in regards to what was going on in the plot due to what a mess it was.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 03:35 AM)
    The was a pretty awful, although expected turn in the latest two brynhildr chapters regarding Hatsuna and the tonal jump in the latest chapter was terrible.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 03:34 AM)
    Yup Psycho Pass 2 finale was just as underwhelming as you lot say, so now I share the sentiment. Even the 1st season’s wrap up wasn’t all that satisfying so they kinda suck at that, but this just felt like they gave up trying tho.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:57 AM)
    I have heard of directors admitting bullshit before, Von Trier is said to have done so and I love the ground that man walks on.
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    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:56 AM)
    @Emma: yeah, he mentioned that many elements of NGE where simply for visual flair or to elicit a response from the viewer, which to me is fine.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:55 AM)
    And both of you have a point about the power fantasy thing. Would also like to add here that a writer, writing is essentially a power fantasy to an extent as he or she essentially is elevated to the position of a God that has full control over their own world and characters.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Dec 19. 2014 02:52 AM)
    Has Anno mentioned himself that he knows when he’s just messing around?
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