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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  • Friend
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 06:32 AM)
    @bam Yup :) I downloaded a free template from BlendSwap and took a screenshot of it wireframed.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 06:30 AM)
    @Friend: war is definitely stained … but I’m mostly wondering about where you got that ship schematics from? =)
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 06:28 AM)
    @Friend: I really like the other one as well. I also commented on the 1st one and added you to my watch, but don’t you dare look at my creations as from a pro’s perspective they are nothing but mockeries.
  • Friend
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 06:19 AM)
    @Emma @Vincent for my next piece, I might try drawing a representation of the New Macchu Picchu concept Vincent thought up.
  • Friend
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 06:14 AM)
    @Bam thank you for that :], I try to let the viewer take a step back and absorb everything on their own rather than having things immediately pop out. Like this satirical piece I did some time ago: http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2014/187/0/d/kriege_sind_bunt_by_friendist-d7piwgz.jpg
    But I might try a flashier piece my next time, thanks. :)
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 06:10 AM)
    The water details are also lush, and I can already see that you have much experience with these types of sceneries. I would loved to have seen the serpent’s body crawling between the building as if constricting the town and hence nit immediately noticeable, but that’s probably just me.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 06:07 AM)
    @Friend: honestly amazing. Love how the church turned out, and I was a fan of the windmills from the get-go.
    Very nice contrast of blue and red. The serpent is also very cool. My minor personal gripe is to have the subject matter so classically in the center, but it serves its function.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 05:41 AM)
    The romance angle was cute enough too I suppose. Its an acceptable extended episode conclusion to a show I didn’t especially have any strong like or dislike towards. That said I watched this as a light thing to watch after three horror films.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 05:41 AM)
    You know had wicked not told me the reception the tamako market movie was getting I’d never have bothered looking into it, kind of wasn’t pushed to even after hearing that but I ended up watching it anyway. If you want to watch this and you liked the show, the bird unfortunately isn’t in it really all that much , beyond that I guess it was typically well produced, it mildly amused me, I guess I enjoyed it more than the show itself.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 05:34 AM)
    =) I left you a comment on deviant art friend =)

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