Posted by psgels on 31 December 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews


After the Cockpit and 9 Love Stories, the obvious next step would be Robot Carnival: another collection of nine stories. Twenty years ago, some of the great names in anime came together, and were all assigned to create a short movie that has to do with robots. Basically, Robot Carnival is the Fantasia of anime, with only two movies that contain dialogue and a soundtrack that has been composed by Hisaishi Joe of Ghibli-fame. This movie shines in its diversity: every short is different from the other. Individually, the shorts may disappoint at times, but together they form quite an enjoyable ride.

Koji Morimoto (Magnetic Rose (Memories), Noiseman Sound Insect, Beyond (The Animatrix)) is up first, and he comes up with a strange, yet very entertaining short, though with the lack of any sort of plot with the short Franken’s Gears. Hidetoshi Omori (Dan Doh? O_o) is up next with Deprive, which is more like a standard action-movie, condensed into nine minutes. Yasuomi Umetsu (Kite, Mezzo Forte) then comes with one of the first highlights of the movie with his Prescence, a quiet thought-provoking romance.
Star Light Angel, well the title says it all. It’s a cheesy shoujo-love-story by Hiroyuki Kitazume (Moldiver), yet it somehow still works. Cloud, by Mao Lamdo will probably be the hardest short to like, as it’s basically nothing else than an animated piece of art, without any clear plot nor purpose. To make up for this, the next short, A Tale of Two Robots – Chapter 3: Foreign Invasion by Hiroyuki Kitakubo (Golden Boy, Roujin Z (note to self: check those out)) will have you rolling on the floor laughing with its parodies of ancient mecha- and samurai-shows. To close off, Takashi Naamura (Fantastic Children, A Tree of Palme) comes with a short that combines quirky characters with a lot of imagination. You wouldn’t suspect that Fantastic Children came from the same creator.

While most of the shorts fall short in the story-department, I like how a lot of them weren’t just created to tell a story, but also to pay homage to the different genres of anime at that time. Giant Robots, shoujo-dramas, action-flicks, thought-provoking dramas, samurais. All of them are either parodied or remembered. Hisaishi Joe manages to capture the feeling of every said show perfectly as well, making sure for a terrific, yet cheesy soundtrack. Overall, this is a very good way to watch at the end of the year, as the level of nostalgia is quite high.

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  • mamamoo
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 06:47 PM)
    hahahaha
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 06:46 PM)
    @mamamoo: I didn’t know right and wrong were limited only to social issues. I guess a historic work that changed the landscape of a medium and was the fruit of the labor of many people and a fond part of many other’s childhoods is utterly insignificant and not worth defending. My bad then.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 06:43 PM)
    If Aidan was truly trying to be insulting he’d have said Rahxephon was better than Eva. And we all know that’d be just cruel, wrong and unusual! =D
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 06:41 PM)
    @Kaiser: there is nothing untouchable, and certainly no work that is without some faults. This ‘off-limits’ mentality is a poison that stifles productive debates and mutes consenting opinions. But criticism has to be fair and backed up by educated analysis. A well-rounded critique mentions the good with the bad, just to show that the author knows the full extent of what they’re talking about.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 06:40 PM)
    Going by Madoka threads on here though, I do find that in the case of one former user, the triggering of Madoka fans takes a higher level than triggering an Eva one lol
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 06:38 PM)
    I think I’ll stick with the Pot, it allowed me to unwind.
  • mamamoo
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 06:37 PM)
    Bam, “I try to stand for what’s right” lol this is an anime chat not a political rally. Like I said before, it’s not that deep and i’m sure it’s just Aidan’s sense of humor. You’re acting as this is a traumatizing personal attack on your beliefs…..we are talking about anime, remember that. Maybe I’m not passionate enough compared to everyone here lol
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 06:36 PM)
    If anything in short we can sum up Eva’s importance as “It kicked the mech genre in the arse which up until then had been simple fight of the week entertainment or in gundams case war drama”
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 06:34 PM)
    It becomes difficult to criticize a seemingly untouchable show/series, especially if you find yourself saying you dislike many of them, no matter how hard you try someone will ALWAYS take it as contrarianism.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 06:33 PM)
    @K-off: that’s great m8, better for the head, health and your pocket. I’m in a similar drug retirement, aside from the ganja, which I really do need. What did you get out of Kitty? I’m not a big fan, but I usually did it on benders with a bunch of other stuff, so it was never too pleasant.

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